Vampire Knight is a shoujo series created by Hino Matsuri, whose past works include Toraware no Minoue, Merupuri, and Wanted. Hino-sensei describes her newest series as a tragic love story, and it is indeed her darkest series yet, though it has her trademark crack!comedy and romance as well. Vampire Knight made its debut in January 2005 in the monthly Lala magazine, and is currently ongoing.

For centuries, vampires and humans clashed in bloody conflicts. Chairman Cross wants to break this dark cycle, by opening an Academy where the futures of tomorrow can learn to coexist in peace. Cross Academy is thus split into Day Class and Night Class, and the two only meet during the changing of classes at dusk. Yuki and Zero are the appointed school prefects, protecting the secret of the Night Class and maintaining harmony between the classes. But there is another secret lurking... There lies a legend that humans turn into vampires after being bit by one... How will Yuki cope when she learns that Zero is slowly turning into a vampire? Can vampires and humans really coexist in peace?

Boy & Girl

Kuran Kaname is a Pure Blood vampire, who are the noblest of all the vampires. His powers and abilities are feared even by his own kind. He is the last of the Kuran clan, and respects Chairman Cross, who knew his parents. While he supports the Chairman's pacifist ideals, he really agrees to attend the academy so that he can be near Yuki and protect her. With his backing, other noble vampires decide to attend Cross Academy with him and behave properly.

Cross Yuki is a first year Day Class student and school guardian at Cross Academy. Her family were presumably killed by vampires when she was 5, and she is only alive today thanks to Kaname saving her from a bad vampire on that snowy day 10 years ago. She has since been adopted by the Chairman, and shares his ideals that not all vampires are bad. She looks up to Kaname, and even though he is a vampire, she can't help but have a little crush on him.