Last week, the transformation was complete. Zero, who has struggled for the last four years of his life in the academy, can no longer resist the sweet scent of blood. He has turned into a beast in human form, one that thirsts for blood. He cannot prevent. It’s within his instincts to bite when the thirst comes. It got to him. He was fighting for the last four years. He lost.
He bit on Yuuki’s neck and drank her blood. Will that lascivious and beautiful scent of Yuuki’s blood drive Zero insane?
Yuuki realizes Zero is a vampire, as Kaname arrives. Kaname calls Zero the filth of vampires and Yuuki thought that Zero will be killed. As she tries to stop Kaname, she faints from being drained by Zero’s bite. Yuuki regained consciousness in the infirmary, and started crying naturally. Kaname asks if she is scared of vampires now. Kaname leaves after Kaien’s warning that the blood scene has aroused the night Class. Kaien also told Yuuki about how Zero is quietly suffering from this for the last four years.
Kaien explained that Zero used to be human, but was bitten deeply by a pure blooded vampire when his family was massacred. Aido realizes it is Yuuki’s scent, even though Kaname told the others to stop prying. Kaname wanted to send Zero to the night class, but Kaien is reluctant to do so. Yuuki overheard it, and did not want that to happen. She realized that Zero has been hating himself for a long time, and realizes her hurtful words about beasts in human form.
The next day, Yuuki decides to look for Kaname. Aidou is dealing with some businessmen, but pushes them away. Yuuki is glad that Kaname kept the Zero incident a secret. Aidou starts to get jealous over Yuuki, and scares her with his ice magic. He realizes that Kaname saved Yuuki, and adds that Yuuki’s blood should be offered to Kaname. Kaname appears and says that he is not interested. Aidou knows he is in trouble as he is slapped by Kaname for his insolence.
Kaname assures Yuuki that she is different and kind. Yuuki says that Kaname looks lonely. Kaname says that Zero should accompany her to such a dangerous place, since he has the obligation. Yuuki asks him for his condescending tone, but Kaname adds that he cannot forgive someone who hurts the girl he cares for. Yuuki says that she has hurt Zero from her words. Yuuki requests for Zero to stay on in the Day Class, but Kaname says that he cannot do that even for her since he will become Level E.
Yuuki runs off. Kain questions about why Kuran is associating with a vampire hunter and everyone cannot accept it. Kaname simply says that Yuuki is the only girl he loves in the world. At night, Zero is packing his stuff, and he is reminded of Yuuki through a photo. He remembers that the gun is given to him by Kaien since it has the power to hurt vampires. Yuuki sees Zero pointing the gun at himself, and attempts to wrestle the gun away.
Zero points the gun to his neck, telling Yuuki to kill him before he turns Level E. Yuuki shakes her head in disapproval. He explains he cannot control himself, and tells Yuuki to shoot him since she should be scared of him. Zero runs off, and Yuuki gives chase after seeing the dropped photo. Yuuki hugs onto Zero, telling him that it is all right. The leader of the Vampire Hunter association came to discuss about Zero’s condition and reminds him that they have sent “someone” over.
Before I start, let me just say that I am disgusted at myself for reading the manga before the anime started. I realize that it’s so tempting to make some random manga spoilers, and have to keep myself away from it. Now, after my mini rant, I must say that this series has captured my attention on the very first episode. It has drama, it has decent graphics and it has a good plot that is well improvised by the animation company.
The concentrating of Yuuki’s neck is somewhat sensual, fitting the dark atmosphere of the anime. The lighting style and angles that are used to the animation add to the dark gloomy feeling. One particular scene that stood out for me is the exchange of words between Yuuki and Zero at the end of the episode. It was desperate and I could feel the pain directly extracting from the words of Zero and Yuuki.
It has been a long time since my heart has been wrenched so badly by the protagonists of the series. I have to admit that due to future events, I am not too impressed with Kaname. In fact, I must say that I dislike Kaname and prefer a Zero x Yuuki ending. Nonetheless, some of Kaname’s aloof behavior and his natural arrogance as a pure blood is shown in this episode. It fits his character like a book, and it’s clear he really loves Yuuki. However, his treatment of Zero was harsh and cruel.
It is like a cat playing a rat that is completely exhausted. It taunts it. It scratches it gently. It looks at it with malicious eyes before consuming it completely. It is apparent that Kaname is using Zero merely as a tool, but it does make sense for him to. Zero is the only person Yuuki can truly trust, no matter whether Zero is a vampire or not. He knows his standing in the vampire world means that Yuuki might not feel that comfortable.
I do like the addition about Kaname looking lonely. I do not remember seeing this scene, and I feel that it adds more flesh to Kaname’s character. I must admit that the anime is definitely a notch above the manga right now, and it is a rare case where the anime is likely to end off much better than the manga if they keep this up. Let’s hope that this is the case.
A few questions for you readers out there to think about (without cheating or using manga spoilers):
1. What do you think about Yuuki’s feelings toward Zero. Is it romance or merely companionship like a sibling?
2. Who are the supporting vampire characters you wish to have more character development?
3. How would you appraise Zero in this episode?