Vampire Knight,Vanpaia Naito in Japaneses, is written by Matsuri Hino. It was First published in 2005 and ran till 2013. There is a two season anime by the same name, based on the series. The second anime has guilty added to the title. There are also two light novel that fallow side stories from the characters in the Vampire Knight universe. There are also to drama CDs , a dating simulator and a live action musical stage play for the series. The live action came out in 2015, that is what we will be talking about today.
Listen up and listen good, because I am not going to say this often about live actions. Especially stag plays. This one was decent. I’m not going to say great or good, but decent. I normally rip stag plays a new one, because they are mainly used to make money and sell the preexisting property with out much thought to the show. This one actually tried.
It was a little over acted, but it worked for this show. Why? Because it was a stage musical. A little over acting is alright and I can be more forgiving about it. If this same level of action was done in movie or tv show form, it would have been horrible. I’ve seen soap operas with better acting then some of these stage plays.
The set was a problem. There really wasn’t a set. It was the same thing over and over again. The only way you could tell the scene had changed was there was a small prop pushed on to the stage. I’ve seen this over and over again in anime adapted stage plays. It works some times but most of the time it just makes for lazy sets. I’m not asking for a massive set change. But, change the back drop and not just with lighting. Or at least put more thought in to the set. Don’t just have a two tiered set that’s painted black. That is all it is. I sswear.
My main problem with this show was, if you’re going to have a show with vampires, there should be at least a little blood. The lighting did change when some one took a bit, but there was no blood any were. It seems a little odd, considering that in the manga and anime there is an eminence amount of blood. I understand it’s live theater so there is a little bit of room for suspending disbelief. But, there should have been at least a little bit of blood.
If you are a fan of the series, you’ll enjoy this. It fallows the manga and anime very well and stays very close to the source material. If you don’t like the anime or manga, one why do you want to watch the live action version of it? And, don’t watch it. It’s as simple as that.
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Photo Credit: Vampire Knight, Hakuhinkan Theater in Tokyo, Matsuri Hino, Hakusensha, Inc., VIZ Media, LLC