I watched the anime first. Got hooked pretty quickly after the first episode from my curiosity because a particular main character (Kaname) too closely resembles Lelouch from Code Geass, my latest obsession at teh time.
Anyway, I don't have the patience to read the manga first most of the time, but the anime was amazing. So I decided to follow the manga and intend to until it ends. Like a lot of people said, it is so much more intense. It had me bawling my eyes when Ichiru goes to meet Zero in the cell. It had me cry of happy tears when I just read the bonus chapter of Juuri and Haruka's umbrella chapter <-- so beautifully written.
NOT only that, Hino's style is beautiful. The elegant style makes it my favorite, so I guess I'm also a sucker for bishounen style.
Anyhow, I'm on chapter 49-ish. I'm going REALLY slow on purpose to absorb everything in. I've read on the spoilers, I've read the latest chapters, so just filling the gap.
Right now, I'm at:
Kaname: "You have decided to spend the rest of eternity with me regardless of anything else, but I really wanted to confess all my crimes to you so you would know. Even if you don't ever let me touch you again, I only ask you to please let me stay next to you anyway."
Yuuki: "I too have done things that I can't possibly atone for. And if you were to be branded as a sinful and tainted vampire, then ... Then I want to fall down with you to the very furthest depths."
Kaname's thought: "After countless nights where I kept wishing and wishing for this very moment while nearly giving up hope, I finally have my beloved girl in my arms, to spend the eternity ahead together."
Then kissie . . . I am such a fan girl that sometimes I scare myself.
Ah, long post.