Vampire Knight – 02
With St. Xocolatl’s Day coming soon, the girls of the Day Class are excited over the thought of giving chocolates to the guys of the Night Class. Yuuki claims that she’s not thinking of giving out any, but when her friend Yori notices that she’s got a magazine that details how to make a chocolate cake, Yuuki tries to dismiss it as a present of thanks to someone who helped her. Regardless, she hasn’t even decided to give it to the person. After class, her father calls her and Zero in to a meeting to warn them to be diligent because something could happen to expose the Night Class’s secret. Zero thinks that they should just prohibit the event, but Kaien just launches into a speech about humans and vampires getting along. He and Zero don’t see eye to eye on the issue of vampires, so Yuuki breaks the tension by giving her father and Zero IOU coupons as presents. Still, she wonders why her father says things that deepen Zero’s wounds, and she remembers how he had brought Zero home with him one night four years ago. Back then, Yuuki had helped Zero to the bathroom and had cleaned up all the blood that was on his left shoulder.
That evening, Yuuki has to keep a horde of the Day Class girls at bay in front of the Night Class dorm, and Zero helps by saving one girl who falls while trying to get over the wall. When the members of the Night Class come out, Kaname greets Yuuki, but he stops walking completely to ask Zero about his health and to suggest that he take care of himself. Later that night, Yuuki tries to make Kaname some chocolates and is still telling herself that these are to thank him. Zero overhears her working and making a mess, and as he walks away from the kitchen, he feels a pang that causes him to lose his breath and to feel a lot of pain. Kaien discovers him in the hallway like this and, knowing what’s wrong, suggests that avoiding or running away from the problem won’t change anything. He then tries to give Zero a glass of water along with a blood tablet, but Zero just knocks the glass away. Instead of being angry, Kaien just observes that these fits have been getting more frequent and warns Zero about continuing to refuse the tablets.
The next day, Yuuki reveals to Yori that although she tried to make chocolates, she ended up just getting store-bought ones. More importantly, she notices that something is up with Zero and wonders if he’s going to do something to Kaname. She doesn’t have time to worry about this though because she’s in charge of the event that evening where girls line up at specific gates in order to give chocolates to their favorite Night Class student. This proceeds fairly smoothly except that, in having to deal with the Day Class girls, Yuuki at first misses her chance to give Kaname her chocolate. When she gets knocked over by some girls though, the chocolate box tumbles out of her pocket and onto the ground where Zero picks it up. He then throws it to Kaname, and Kaname accepts it as being from Yuuki. She is angry with Zero for doing this because she thought that it’d be troublesome for Kaname to get chocolates from her. Yuuki still thinks that Kaname is different from her and that him saving her ten years ago was a trivial incident for him. What she doesn’t know is that Kaname actually gets rid of all the chocolates that he was given except for hers.
Zero meanwhile gets an urge while staring at Yuuki’s neck and quickly leaves for the barn because he starts suffering from another fit. There, he is approached by the girl he saved from falling earlier who wants to give him a chocolate, but he rudely sends her away. He’s still not feeling better a few hours later, but he’s aware of his surroundings enough to realize when he’s suddenly surrounded by members of the Night Class led by Luca who wants to know why Kaname is so interested in Zero. Cain tries to calm both sides, but Zero reacts by throwing Cain over his shoulder, and he challenges the others to come at him. This gets Aidou and Cain angry enough to activate their elemental powers, however before a fight can start, Yuuki jumps in and gets the Night Class members to back off. She then questions what Zero is doing since he’s been acting weird, but he just ignores her and walks off, telling her to leave him alone. She nevertheless worries about him and finds him later just sitting on the bathroom floor.
As Yuuki buttons Zero’s shirt for him, she comments on how she’d like him to talk to her more, and she then remembers to give him a chocolate. Popping it into his mouth, she explains that it was the only good one out of the failed batch, but Zero doesn’t look like he enjoys eating it. When she’s not looking his way, Zero once again gets an urge, but he backs off and tells her again to leave him alone. After Zero exits the room, Yuuki notices a blood tablet on the floor and wonders what it’s doing there. What she doesn’t realize – and what Kaname is meanwhile explaining to the other vampires – is that Zero’s life changed from that incident four years ago.
Well, I think I’m beginning to understand why people call Zero emo. I don’t hate his character though – at least not yet. Unlike Kaname who comes across as very sinister (I’m always suspicious of the character who seems perfect in every way and commands a lot of power), Zero feels more like a victim of his past who needs someone to get him over it. Still, if he is “cursed” with being a vampire (and I say cursed because he hates them so much), this angst is only going to get worse before it gets better. This episode shows him wanting to bite Yuuki’s neck and suffering from what appears to be lack of blood, and if he continues to refuse the tablets, then something’s bound to happen. What exactly happens to a vampire if they don’t drink blood anyway? On a different note, I would have liked to see Zero fight the vampires, but that’s only because I’m curious about their powers (which are apparently elemental based).
In flipping through the manga after I watched this episode, I saw that this covers chapter two and part of chapter three, though they mixed up the order. Doing this reminded me that the manga’s still ongoing, so I wonder if the anime will try for an original ending if it doesn’t look like the manga will finish in the next half year. For now though, they appear to be keeping fairly faithful to the manga, and the episode title for next week (“Fang of Confession”) makes me think that we might finally see someone get bitten.