Sometimes, I wonder if I watch anime for the right reasons. For most of the people who watch Vampire Knight, they are in either for the story (which is good or bad depending on whether you are a Kaname or Zero fan, or that whether you are a manga reader or not) or the nice bishies on show. On the other hand, I am here to admire the cuteness of Yuuki. Still, considering that I like cute anime gals, this should be no surprise.
Anyway, this episode is on the Saint Valentine’s day, where girls give chocolate to the person they like. Of course, our Night class will be popular for this special occasion. What will happen during this special day of giving?
From last episode, Zero is reaching his limits as a flashback of a bloodied woman appears. The next day, Yuki and Sayori are discussing about Valentine’s day, while the school president disses the whole event. However, when Sayori mentions to the class president about getting a present (he starts imagining Ruka), he smiles with glee. The boys are complaining that they will not receive any chocolate. Sayori is not interested, and Yuki is reading some chocolate books. Sayori also points out that Zero is looking (with a dark aura), and Zero asks whether it’s appropriate for Yuki to give chocolate to Kaname. Zero also stares down at everyone who sees him as the hope for the boys against the night vampire.
Kaien talks about the event with Zero and Yuuki. Zero asks impatiently why they cannot cancel this, but Kaien says that it is a chance for the beautiful vampires to hang out with the humans. Kaien adds that there are still vampires who looks at peace, and asks Zero to understand his notion of peace one day. Zero says he cannot do it, but Kaien asks whether it is Zero’s perception that they are beasts in human form. Yuuki ended the awkward situation by giving Kaien and Zero presents. Yuki also remembers the time that the aloof Zero is brought in.
At evening time, the vampires also discuss about the valentine’s day. A girl tried to climb the wall and falls, but Zero comes in to catch her. However, he warns that the event will end if they violate the rules, causing anger. The vampires exit from their mansion. Kaname goes close to Zero and asks if Zero’s body is all right. Zero challenges Kaname openly to a fight after hearing that. At night, Yuuki is preparing chocolate for Kaname while Zero struggles. Kaien tries to give him a blood pill, but he rejects it. Kaien says that his body is already beyond the limit and has a craving. Looking at it, Zero also realizes the limit of his body.
Yuuki proudly proclaims to Sayori that she bought chocolates in the end, as the fangirls are getting excited. Yuuki realizes Zero feels strange today. A fence is set up on both sides of the pathway to stop the fangirls from charging in, as the vampires mostly appear bored except Aidou (faker). Aidou rushes forward, but Kaname calls him back strictly. Ichijou receives a lot while Shiki and Ruka moves off quickly. Ichijou drags them back. Kaname receives chocolate from the fangirls, with Ruka commenting that he is being kind. Kain says her face is scary and Ruka questions why he is looking so stern. Ruka also receives a chocolate from the class president.
Kaname has his hands full and rejects more chocolate and tells Yuuki to be careful. The fangirls shove forward, and Yuki falls as the chocolate drops out from her pocket. Zero passes Kaname the dropped chocolate. Zero and Yuuki argue with each other about Zero’s nosy behavior. Yuuki says that Kaname and her are from different worlds while Zero feels a shock. As they moved away from sight, Kaname throws away all the chocolate except the one given by Yuuki. Zero disappears, and he is at the stable. The girl who was saved by Zero earlier wants to pass Zero chocolate, but was chased away by a fast tiring Zero.
Kaname and Ichijou are wondering where the other vampires are. The rest are confronting Zero, and Kain tries to defuse the situation. However, he is thrown by Zero, as Aidou’s ice power and Kain’s fire power appears. Yuuki comes in time to stop the fight. Zero tells Yuuki to leave him alone. Yuuki thinks about the barrier within Zero’s heart again. Yuuki finds Zero at the shower, as she buttons up for him. Zero is concentrating on her neck. Yuuki also gives him the only chocolate she makes, and tells Zero to appreciate it. Zero reminds her to leave him alone, as Yuuki finds a blood pill. In his own room, Zero is coughing badly and clearly struggling.
Is it just me but Yuuki looks so much cuter in the anime compared to the manga! Yuuki just feels so much cuter than how I remember her in terms of mannerisms, looks and the silly things she does. I am not sure if Studio Deen did anything with it, but whatever it is they did, I am applauding their move. I am fully enjoying this series, even if it feels a bit forced light-hearted. For now, it seems like some kind of calm before the storm, considering you are dealing with vampires, and not foxy spirits.
I must also add that it feels so wrong, but Ichijou is so cute in this episode. If there is any vampire that stands out, it must be Ichijou. The rest of the vampires are clearly believing only in Kaname’s pure blood rather than caring about some idealistic peace created by Kaname and Kaien (the reason why they have this alliance is unknown too for now). Ichijou is the only one that believes in this peace, and the sight of him happily enjoying every single chocolate and letter is just so cute. I wish they have more scenes of him rather than the other vampires. I prefer Ichijou than anyone other than Zero and Yuuki.
Kaname is a very interesting engima, if you think of the title in itself, “Vampire Knight”. I am starting to wonder who the “Vampire Knight” is, since it is quite clear now that Zero and Kaname are both vampires. The thing about Vampire knight seems to be more inclined toward Zero, who seems to be slightly more approachable than Kaname. However, anything can go from such a series. It’s a shoujo.
Any viewer who sees the obvious hints for the last two episodes should be able to get this information about Zero being a vampire. Yuuki, even with a rather innocent outlook, should be able to put two to two together about Zero’s secret identity now, and will understand why Kaien keeps reminding Zero about vampires. Kaien knows Zero is a vampire, and he is trying to get him to face reality. He needs to know he needs blood.
On the story this week, I feel that it is just building up the tension toward Zero’s transformation into a vampire. I feel that it is done perfectly, as Kaname clearly knows something about Zero at the very least. Perhaps, there is this thing about scent or aura that vampires can sense. That is why Kaname asks if “he is all right”, which is ironic since Zero hates vampires so much. For those who think he is way too emo, there should be some explanation later when the arc focuses on him. I will not spoil any further.
The preview seems to hint something about a regretful fang. Perhaps, it’s the revelation of Zero’s identity. For the manga readers, I have not forgotten you. This episode covers Chapter 2 of the manga, and my guess is that they will follow a chapter per episode. Whether this will result in a problematic ending is still too premature to say. Anyway, see you next episode entry!