Mmm… losing its touch compared to what? Compared to the 1st arc for example?
Personally cannot make an objectively estimation yet for two reasons:
First cuz the 1st arc I’d read it in one go, while the 2nd chapter by chapter, which is quite different… and secondly cuz we do not have it completed.
The end of a story at least for me is very important. I have read good stories with crappy or rushed endings and that changed my whole view, not to mention that I never re-read them again.
So I preserve my final evaluation for the end.
However I agree with some points that have been mentioned.
The art for example … I think that has been improved majorly since the beginning at least as concerns the characters. I have heard some “complaints” about the panels not being so filled and such, but even if that stands for the monthly chapters, it doesn’t for the volumes… The art there is outstanding! I almost have melted them hahaha
And to be honest I think we would’ve been a tad unfair with Hino if we stuck on such details the moment that her art –even with its flaws- is one of the best out there. From so many shoujo that I have read I can only find very few, counted on one hand that can be compared with VK’s art. If I am to blame Hino for something is that she has spoiled me with her art that much, that now is very difficult for me to be satisfied from other mangaka lol
About the LT… I agree that has been dragged for long –unnecessarily IMO since I believe that VK had to offer much more than a LT … a LT which in the end of the day has overshadowed unfairly a rich and very interesting plot- but even though that the vast majority of the fandom seems to agree on that, still from what I see the most favourable theme which generates endless discussions is the LT… so how is this possible?
I for one, being tired from it, I was very reluctant discussing it … I’m not saying that I didn’t but with not so much pleasure as the discussions about the rest of the plot offered me.
What I’m trying to say here is; is it possible that the fandom itself to have played a role in this dragging? Sure every author that respects own self and its work doesn’t change the course or the core of its story according to its fans wishes; however perhaps it can be influenced by them on a degree preserving its popularity…
On the other hand, is it possible many things that weren’t meant to fuel the LT to have been viewed as such; from portions of the fandom, cuz it was convenient? A prime example is this last chapter … usually a bed-sex-scene in a shoujo seals the deal… leaving no space for the rival character … however in our fandom that’s not the case! O.o
Still there are fans who hope or wish that Yuuki will regret and turn to Zero eventually… (being indifferent to what this would mean for the quality
of the story … but this is another story lol)
And I wonder; is this Hino’s fault? Is she the one who drags the LT always?
With that been said I do not mean that Hino didn’t play or troll with the LT many times… it’s just that I think is up to us sometimes to distinguish which parts/scenes/words had the greater gravity and which were there to spicy the LT or create obstacles and angst for the canon couple.
IMO what might have “tired” or discouraged some fans is the recession of the romantic element in general cuz bottom line VK is a shoujo and romance is very important.
Kaname and Yuuki were apart for a long time now whereas the Zeki didn’t have any progression as concerns romance… a few drops here and there or the underlying romantic emotions probably weren’t enough for a shoujo’s audience.
Secondly the seemingly disconnected rest of the plot, made it even more complicated especially for fans who read the chapter once every month and then dropped it till the next one. VK is definitely not for such readers because is like a huge puzzle demanding from the reader to place and re-place the pieces while waiting for new ones to be revealed…
Hence the mystery is good but perhaps Hino had “left out” part of the fandom for long by dragging it a tad farther than she should. Although this might be a false impression of mine due to I read this 2nd arc chapter by chapter as I said in the beginning.
But this last chapter raised again my hopes and expectations (and I’m not referring on the bed scene) that she will succeed to deliver a solid plot, picking up all the seemingly random scenes that had planted here and there giving in the end a complete arc as her 1st one.
We shall see…