With a decent start, Vampire Knight proves to be an inspired anime as it transfers seamlessly from the manga to anime form. Vampire Knight Episode 2 continues to reveal about Zero’s degradation from a human to a vampire. Nothing is said why he is turning into a vampire, but it is certain that the time of transformation is near. However, Kaien suddenly drags Zero and Yuuki over for breakfast. It turns out that today is a special day where they do not have to fulfill the usual duties as a guardian.
They are given a treat, but also to inspect the dorms of the Day and Night Class. What hilarity will ensue? For VK viewers who do not want to be spoiled by the summary, use the anchor tag “[Skip the summary]” after the read more to jump to thoughts.
The vampires are anticipating a surprise check as Seiren informs them. The vampires are not worried, and Ichijou is warned about his underwear lying around. However, Ichijou proudly proclaims that his underwear is of high quality silk. Kain enters Aido’s room, with Aido proudly proclaiming his collection of the items that Kaname destroyed in anger. Kaname finds out and starts breaking the ceiling lights, and glares coldly at Aido. Yuuki also confiscated most of the vampire photos taken by the Day class. Yuuki understands that it is due to the beauty of the vampires, and notices that Zero is lazing off. She goes to warn him, only for him to report that he is done.
They move over to the vampire’s mansion. Aido’s prized possessions are taken away as well. Yuuki wants to know the thing in Zero’s pocket, and realizes they are pills. However, Zero gets angry and rushes off, telling that it has nothing to do with him. Yuuki gives chase before panicking when she loses sight of Zero. Yuuki starts thinking about being worried to be lonely, as she remembers that day of red blood. Yuuki sees a dash of red, but it is just a red balloon. She helps the boy with the balloon, but he runs off. Yuuki gives chase, while Zero is eating some food. Yuuki finds the boy but realizes he’s a vampire.
Yuuki screams in fear, as Zero senses it and leaves abruptly. Yuuki tries to escape from the vampire, as another appears. She then runs up an abandoned tower, as she wonders about the danger of vampires. She fights against her own knowledge of beautiful and peaceful vampires. Her past memories start to haunt her, as Zero reaches the spot where Yuuki is bitten. The female vampire appears to attack Zero. Zero seems to be reminded of something as he hesistated. The vampire calls Zero a comrade, and Zero shoots her with the bloody rose.
Zero sees the young vampire, and remembers someone in his past. The kid attacks Yuuki, but Kaname appears. He covers Yuuki’s eyes as he destroys the boy (mouthing that the vampire hurts someone precious to him). Yuuki thinks that it is not a vampire, but Kaname also says that it is a level E vampire. Kaname adds that Zero has left for his dorm, when he is waiting below. Kaien talks about the vampires of vampires, the pureblood vampire aka Kaname. Kaname discusses about Zero, as he wonders what Kaien is doing about Zero, as Zero is threatening the peace.
Yuuki looks for Zero back in the dorm. Kaien explains that Zero has already suffered terribly from the massacre of his family and does not want to hurt him. Kaname reminds Kaien that Zero is bitten by a pureblood vampire, just like him. Yuuki finally finds Zero, only for Zero to chase him off. Yuuki thinks that Zero considers her a hindrance, as Zero tries to reach out for her. However, he simply unveils her bandages, as he smells blood. He then bit on Yuuki, as Yuuki realizes he is a vampire.
Way to up the ante, Vampire Knight. Studio Deen is really pulling the nice stops to make Vampire Knight accessible for even the new anime viewers. Vampire Knight really gets exciting this episode, what with the revelation (which is like ABOUT TIME) that Zero is a vampire. Now, it is a slight departure from the manga canon. In the manga, Yuki only visibly fears the vampires for the first time when Zero bites him. However, in the anime, they added some original content to increase the tension in Yuuki’s heart.
This is a very rare occasion, considering how often animation companies screw up with original content. However, I say Well done for adding this original scene. It not only makes it much scarier, but it has a stronger impact to Yuuki when she realizes that the person she cares for so much is also a vampire. If it’s not enough that the person she loves is a vampire, her closest compatriot turns out to be a vampire that bites her happily.
That is painful enough. Add to the fact that she has just been assaulted by two vampires and the disturbing memories of her past. That just adds to the emotional turmoil. The best thing is that it has been done with some style in Episode 3. It’s worth watching again.
I really like the scene when Zero’s mouth is filled with the blood of Yuuki. It is just such a haunting scene as it states everything that Zero does not want to be. I hope it explains a little why he is so emotional. It is his own fear in which he is transforming to something that he has been trained since young to hunt down. He is transforming to a being that kills his own family. He is bitten by a pureblood that wants to increase his suffering. He sees his own family getting killed.
Yet, at the end, he is shocked at his own loss of control. He actually hurts someone he cares for so much. I really sympathize with Zero a lot, because it is clear that he cares for Yuuki a lot, but he has struggled in his heart about being a vampire. He is a beast in human form, one that will survive on blood. A bloodthirsty animal that will go berserk at the sight of blood. He will be a creature that might break the peace between humans and vampires, if he is allowed to remind with the humans.
On the light side, I really like Ichijou so much this episode. He is so hilarious with his proud proclamation that his underwear is high quality silk, and will not be embarrassed by the search. Aido’s worship of Kaname is awesome too, with Kaname’s response at his collection priceless. Let’s end off the review with some questions.
1. How do you think Yuuki will be likely to react to Zero’s true identity, considering she is freaked out just a few hours ago?
2. Kaien is revealed to be an ex-vampire hunter, any opinions to that?
3. How do you like the modifications to the anime episode (question for manga readers)
4. How much do you think this episode conveys that tension (question for anime viewers)