What happens when you have to hurt the person you are trying to save? What happens when you have to have the urge of killing your best friend/lover in order to save yourself? What will you do if you are in that position? Zero does not want to turn into a vampire that is driven by mere instincts for blood, killing his loved ones without any hesitance. He would truly become a beast in human form, left to roam the streets in search of fresh, delicious blood.
With the appearance of his teacher, it seems like Zero will be pushed onto the edge of that slippery cliff of no return. Will he return back, or simply give up? Yes, I am taking over Vampire Knight for this week before passing the reins back to someone like Calawain, Crusader, RV or Riex (or no one will manage this). I am going for vacation soon!
A flashback revealed that Zero caused the eye wound on Tooga Yagari. In the flashback, young Zero looks extremely remorseful, only for Yagari to remind him that he did not sacrifice his eye to see such a pathetic sight. Back in the present, Yagari pointed the gun at Zero again, only for Yuuki to shield Zero. Yagari is surprised that Zero has not succumbed to Level E, and Zero told Yuuki to give him up. Kaien also arrived to stop Yagari. Yagari informs Yuuki that he is Zero’s teacher and Zero affirms it.
Yagari also remarks that instead of fearing Zero, Yuuki’s anger was on him (similar to a certain idiotic headmaster). Kaien told Yuuki to move away for now, and Rumi is clearly concerned over Yuuki’s sadness. The next day, Zero did not appear. During evening time, Yuuki searched for Zero in his room but he is not there. Yuuki asked Yagari what he did with Zero, but he simply told her to buzz off. He then left, adding that he has to teach the Night class as stipulated by Kaien.
After Yagari left, Kaname comes close and suggested about Zero’s induction in the Night Class to Yuuki. It is also clear that Yagari and the vampires are not that “friendly”. After the lesson is over, Yagari gets a dagger thrown to him, and he considers that a “feedback”. Yuuki is waiting outside, and Yagari told her that Zero is at the guest room.
Yuuki rushes over to find Zero. Zero re-accounts his memory of a pretty female nurse in school that tried to attack him. She was a Level E and went berserk. Yagari’s eye was injured while protecting young Zero. That was when he knew about the danger of vampires. Zero believed that if he is to be killed by the man who protected him, it is fine. Yuuki says that Zero is simply running away and asked to enter. In the bathroom, she allowed him to suck her blood.
Yuuki knows she did something unforgivable, but she is not scared of Zero. Zero feels pathetic that he has to drink like a vampire and hurts someone without being able to control himself. Zero told Yuuki to give him up, and this drinking of blood can only delay the inevitable. Yuuki reminds him that she will fulfill her promise: the promise that she will keep doing whatever she can to prevent Zero from turning to Level E, even if she is hated by Zero. Zero mumbles that he can never hate her, and is concerned of her wound.
Yuuki leaves Zero and told him to go for classes. On her way back, she meets Kaname and tries to move away so that she will not be detected for giving blood to Zero. Kaname says that Yuuki is starting to hide things from him. Yagari is surprised at Kaname’s actions and wonders why Kaname did not kill Zero for drinking Yuuki’s blood. Kaname is clearly enraged, but tells Yagari that it is done to keep Yuuki by his side. The next day, Zero did not come to class. Yuuki realizes that Yagari will be trying to kill Zero.
Yuuki rushes there in time to see Yagari pointing the gun at Zero as she screams out. At that moment, Zero realizes it and holds the muzzle away from him as the bullets missed its target. It turns out that Yagari simply wants Zero to fight on until the last second, and wants to stop him from escaping any more. Yagari also tells Yuuki to take care of Zero if he goes berserk, and hands the reins to her. It is also clear that Yagari’s shot in the pool is just to remind Zero not to give up, because it is impossible for him to miss from there. Yagari reminds Zero “That woman” exists.
Wow, that is such a wonderful episode. I really like how they make that scene where Zero drinks the blood of Yuki. It is downright awesome that they manage to make it feel so sexy and dangerous at the same time. Whoever thought about making such a cute looking Yuuki present herself as an offering in such a sensual way is a sick freak, but a very brilliant one too.
I was a bit annoyed already at Zero’s emo-ness, and this episode seems to mark the end of it. It is really a huge relief for me that he finally stopped sulking. Despite my preference of the pairing between Zero x Yuuki, his constant escapism just keeps me from completely seething in annoyance and anger. It’s a good thing that he finally snapped out of it and decides to live on for himself, as well as Yuuki. Moping for too long can be awfully annoying!
I am really surprised at Yagari. He really feels like he is going to kill Zero at times, with words that sting like bullets a few centimeters away from the heart. Yet, in the flashback, he shows that he is simply a man that will be a guardian for Zero. No matter how awful Zero has turned into, Yagari just does not want Zero to be a pathetic man that escapes from reality. He is harsh but effective, and it is perhaps Yuuki’s strength that brought Zero through.
To me, that is a key reason why I really like Yuuki x Zero. This episode does not exhibit love at all in a romantic sense, but a form of stability and trust that far exceeds any form of friendship in my opinion. They are like soul mates, despite the difficult relationship due to Zero’s awesomely retarded and cold behavior. Nonetheless, I really feel that the relationship between Kaname and Yuuki feels forced, and Yuuki is simply admiring Kaname due to being a vampire, and his rescue.
That brings me to the last topic for this episode: Kaname. He is really fleshing out much better in the anime. Even though he is aloof, it is much clearer that Yuuki is everything to him. In a way, that aggressive and selfish manner might turn some people off (and those who hate him, even more) but his character development is not stale. He does things in a way that is totally pragmatic, and I want to see more of a “human weakness” in him. For example, when he flared up by stubbing the cigarette of Yagari.
That, by the way, is the second best scene for this episode (other than the sensual blood tasting of course). So, what is your favorite scene for this episode, and why?