I would want to control both Kaname and Zero like puppets.
Note: Before you proceed, this post will contain a lot, and I mean it, 90% spoilers of up till the 56th chapter of Vampire Knight. If you have not finished reading Vampire Knight up till chapter 56, I strongly suggest that you turn back and not click the Read More button. Let me assure you that:
1. This is not a hate post, like I did to Kaname. Nope, never will I do it again. I’ll do my best to be as un-biased as possible towards any characters, since I’m, going to criticize some characters that I like (Zero) and praise some characters that I don’t usually pay attention to.
2. This is a post to compare the changes made in the characters from the later chapters up till chapter 56 with the earlier chapters from chapters 1 to the Rido Arc.
3. And one more thing, I kinda gonna scrap off the 10 Worst Fathers in Animation History thing out since I’m going overseas the upcoming Tuesday on the 8th, so I’ll be back before Christmas and share my views on the Winter 2009/2010 Anime preview.
Yes, it’s been bugging me for quite some time now during the summer season after the one-year time skip into the next arc. And boy I do see quite a number of characters changed for the better (And some for the worse) and some others who do not, which I will list down below.
Okay, first off, our very own:
Yuki Kuran (Since she’s no longer Kaien’s daughter, but it’s for you to decide whether she should be either a Cross or a Kuran): Sadly to say, I have quite a hard time seeing the new, sophisticated pureblood not being herself quite most of the time. Man, I wish the old Yuki is back, but I think that would be quite impossible, since all the event which happened during Rido’s reign in Cross Academy a couple of chapters ago. But I also kind of looking forward to see her working together with Zero and not being the powerless little girl we seen in the earlier chapters, though it might be hard for Zero to cooperate since he promised Yuki that he will exterminate all purebloods and all that jazz. The new Yuki, although beautiful and mighty, I found her to be like Kaname’s lifeless doll and being a yes-girl. She’s so dead, man and that has almost made me puke 44 times.
Zero Kiryuu: It must be hard for a Zero fan to say this, but I really starting to get a little pissed and turned off on Zero’s behavior in these few later chapters. Well, he’s been very emotional and unapproachable to Yuki, but after all these complicated previous events that happened between him, Yuki and Kaname, it must be hard on him to come to reasonable terms with anyone. Angst, angst and more angst. It’s so difficult to let anyone get close to him, not to mention Kaito’s intervention into the situation. (See below later.) More appearance please, Hino-sensei?
Kaname Kuran: And it’s also hard for me to make this confession, but I’m standing a little slightly to Kaname’s side, since he doesn’t act like an arrogant
masochist jerk this time that gives this silent message to fans of “Oh, I’m the king, the rare pureblood, so all of you must obey my orders or else you’ll face the consequences” in the earlier chapters. Some aspects of him might be unbearable, but in mentioning his life in his original form has made me a little sorry for him. Yup, and that’s probably the reason why I stood at Zero’s side till now (Comparing to the Kaname VS Zero situation, I find it quite similar to what the German people do when they are to vote for the Nazis or the Communists at that era. And the majority voted for the Nazis because they have no choice, since the Nazis claimed that the Communists are troublemakers and the Democratic Party is weak and stuff like that.)
God, talking about mixing fiction and factual stuff together. Ahem!
However, I still do not support Yume (Yuki X Kaname pairing, for those who aren’t familiar to the VK fandom.), Kaname treating Yuki like a doll (VK fans, you should know) and making her do things that he thinks Yuki is suited best. Geez, you want Yuki to grow up quickly, right? Put her in the outside world and let her learn a lot faster instead of ‘quarantining’ her 24/7, 365 days a year please? And one more thing: It’s difficult to paint a child like Yuki with your favorite colours. It’s neither possible nor impossible. (Up to you to debate.)
Aido Hanabusa, Kain Akatsuki and Ruka Souen: Man, I think they hardly change from their usual selves, except for Ruka who’s a little open and starting to like Yuki for the better by helping her with the party. I hope she won’t crawl up to Yuki like she did with Kaname in earlier chapters.
Rima Touya and Shiki Senri: For them, in my opinion, they changed significantly for the better. Not only they are much more open compared to the pre-Rido Arc, they are able to think for themselves rather than ‘Seeing things unfold and stand at the sidelines.’ It’s quite good news that are still quite concerned in the situation but also hope that they don’t return to their old selves again after much development.
Kaito: For those of you who don’t know or missed out the later chapters, Kaito is originally a character from the VK novels and mostly on Zero’s side of the story. So just by looking at him in the entire of chapter 44 from start to finish, I just have the impression of saying:
“Erm, why are you teaching Ethics? Geez, do all vampire hunter teachers teach Ethics in any school they go to? I think you are more suited to teach Biology instead.”
Like teaching the same subject as Yagari isn’t going to help. The first time I saw him in chapter 44, I wasn’t too impressed by his relations with Zero and himself. Shall not go further, moving on. (’cause if I move on I might turn this entire post into a Kaito-Hate post, which is not why I wrote this.)
Sara Shirabuki: Ok…the first time we saw her was around chapter 20+ (I’m too lazy to do research…have a busy week to pack my stuff for my vacation.) and with little known info about her character. Until now, I thought she was at Kaname side, but turns out that she’s at the opposite end instead. I almost went ROFL at the part when she says “I will be QUEEN~” in chapter 56. Quite stereotypical, but I leave it aside. See Rido, he’s also a stereotypical villain too, but Vampire Knight isn’t really about them. Nice development, on the contrary.
Takuma Ichijo: Nothing much to say about him, since he didn’t really changed much over the past one year aside from being a servant of Sara. Yeah, he’s still likable but maybe he’s trying to get the good side from Shiki and Rima and getting them to trust him ’cause he’s really evil inside…However I could be wrong, but let this be a food for thought for now…
Somehow, I’m getting a little frustrated at how the manga is going at this moment, particularly at Yuki Kuran. Yuki made a vow to be a stronger person in one of the chapters, but she’s still the same altogether after the one year time skip. To add to my woes, she became less herself altogether, becoming a lifeless doll for Kaname to play with (And Kaname, nice fashion sense! Thought pinheels are very comfortable to wear.) and the story being a little most angsty as before. But to look at the brighter side, at least there are 7 families of purebloods currently (Well, one of the families can be considered extinct [Hio], one of them are ‘asleep’ [Hanadangi], about 3 or 4 of them are with the Council and then we have the Kurans.) and I don’t know where this will lead us to. Need to really steer away from VK for a while, I don’t really want my anticipation for chapter 57 to be a disappointment.
I miss my old Yuki all over again. Enough of the rant, I should probably get a life once I return from my vacation.