Friday Ramble: A Certain Vampire Knight Character Study.

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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:

YukiYuki 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.

ZeroZero 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?

KanameKaname 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.)

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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.

ShikiRimaRima 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.

KaitoKaito: 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.)

SaraSara 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.

TakumaTakuma 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.

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11 Comments

  1. nebreek
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Really good character analysis!

  2. nurddd
    Posted December 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    dammit i really want the zeroxyuki pairing!! ARGH but you’re right, hes freakin pissing me off >=( he’s doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! >:(

  3. Tania
    Posted December 9, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    VK has definitely gone very angsty, as if it was not before but man, too much is just toooo much sometimes. I don’t like the incest angle of Kurans at all, I think Yuki should just go to Zero and stop feeling responsible and sorry for her brother.

  4. CatzCradle
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree with your views of Kaname, Yuki and Zero.

    As much as I prefer Zeki (Zero x Yuki lol :P ), it’s getting a little harder to ship said pairing when neither parties are really doing anything (especially Zero and his jerk-attitude lately). But I can’t help sliding slightly towards that pairing when I think of the Kaname x Yuki pairing (sorry, still not used to the “Yume” term since I never heard of that before hahaha xd ), which I find Kaname trying to change Yuki into his ideal girl slightly creepy despite my sympathy for all he has done for her.

    And although Ichiru is one of my more favourite Night class vampires, I can’t help going wtf in what he could possibly see in Sara to fall for her. ;_;
    But I don’t really think he has gone “evil,” just kinda on the side doing surveillance and still feeling rather awkward around Kaname…

    And yes, I agree Kaito is a total ass, in a sneaky kind of way. xD

    btw, still waiting for Yuki to actually use her new scythe for realz this time. *sigh* -_-;;

  5. Elisa
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Agreed!! Good analysis of the characters. The story is becoming stretched out. The author should take a hint now and make the plot move faster or else she’ll lose many fans.

    • simikeli
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 5:17 am | Permalink

      i could n agree with you more!!i m gettingall fed up with all the trivial amout kaname and the purebloods etc =/

      GO Yuki-Zero!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Federica
    Posted May 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    So much word. Even though I can see why Zero is behaving like that.

  7. Zero's little neko
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Wow. Where is Yagari? I know he’s kind of stupid but I love him. I also just want to
    Say I am for KanaZero pairings.

  8. Jemma
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    i waz kinda surprised about ur anaylsis but i agree. i am TOTALLY 4 yuuki x zero but zero iz being an ass i guess. wish there waz a lil’ more action & that yuuki wasn’t acting like kaname’s little freakin puppet…. >:(
    still…… its still THE. BEST. ANIME. IN. THE. WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Posted June 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    i waz kinda surprised about ur anaylsis but i agree. i guess i wish there waz a lilttle more action & that yuuki wasn’t acting like kaname’s freakin puppet.
    but i see why zero was acting like that and i was okay with it untill he killed ichiru sooooooooooooo angry He’s nothing but an GIANT ASS……….

    but its still THE. BEST. ANIME IN THE. WORLD

    • Jasmine Hernandez
      Posted November 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      @ichirufreak actually i thought that rido killed ichiru and then zero just drank his blood i may be wrong but that’s what i thought happened when i read the manga

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