Vampire Knight – 11
Reunited with his twin brother after so long, Ichiru compares past expectations with how Zero now has to fight against the desire lurking within him and will eventually become a Level E. He suspects that Zero knew all along that it was he who helped Shizuka and joined her after the attack on the Kiryuu family. It all stemmed from how Ichiru had overheard their parents one night talking about how a weak body like his would be fatal for him as a vampire hunter. Ichiru feels that Zero doesn’t understand what it’s like to be compared and pitied, and he remembers how Shizuka had noticed that he had been crying when they had first met. He admits to always having hated Zero, and he had asked Shizuka to keep Zero alive back then so that Zero could suffer before Ichiru eventually got to kill him. Ichiru then angers Zero by comparing the pureblood vampires to gods, and he feels that way because Shizuka had made his body impervious to disease. Despite his desire to kill his brother, Ichiru still gives Zero the chance to join him as a servant to Shizuka, but Zero turns down the offer, and Ichiru subsequently draws his blade. Unfortunately for Zero, he suffers another paroxysm at that moment, and Ichiru decides to just let Zero suffer.
Yagari Touga bursts into the room at this point and rushes to Zero’s side when he sees his student on the ground. Pointing his sword at Yagari, Ichiru suggests that he could fight him, but Yagari ignores Ichiru and helps Zero to his feet instead. Nevertheless, Yagari feels that Ichiru was his student too, and he proves it by protecting Ichiru after Ichiru tries to attack and gets his sword thrown into the air by Zero. It results in Yagari’s shoulder being pierced by the sword, and Zero ends up bringing his injured teacher to the chairman’s room for treatment. Afterwards, Zero tracks down Yuuki who is helping prepare the dance hall, and she follows him to a back room. Seeing that Zero is hurt, Yuuki offers herself to him, and he doesn’t hesitate to take her from behind and suck from her neck. This reminds Yuuki of how Maria had offered her a deal to save Zero: either give herself up or give her Kaname’s corpse. The following day, Yuuki is preparing to go to the dance as part of security when her roommate brings her a dress from Kaname. She decides to wear it and, after meeting Zero at the entrance to the dance hall, she straightens his clothes and gives him a rose to wear. He doesn’t understand how she can keep smiling like she is, so Yuuki explains that she wants him to smile too.
Yuuki then goes looking for Kaname and finds him alone on the terrace outside the hall. After she thanks him for the dress, he invites her to dance, and the two do so outside the view of everyone else. Yuuki eventually realizes that Kaname is dancing slow for her sake and questions how long he’s going to keep treating her like a child. When she cites how she knows that he tampered with her memories, Kaname hugs her tightly and explains that he only wanted to protect her. This reminds Yuuki of how Maria wanted her to kill Kaname because he only lowers his guard with her, but Yuuki is of course unable to do it and runs away from him. Having watched what was going on between the two from a distance, Zero approaches Kaname afterwards and questions what happened with Yuuki. Instead of answering, Kaname reminds Zero that he’s supposed to be Yuuki’s shield, and Zero ends up running after Yuuki. Meanwhile, Aidou and Kain leave the dance and enter an underground chamber where they discover Hiou Shizuka’s frozen body. Seiren, however, suddenly appears behind them and warns them not to get involved in this any further. Kain concludes that if she’s saying this, then that means Kaname has a plan.
Sheesh, did it have to be this kind of pose? It’s almost too easy to misinterpret/sexualize everything about that scene.
In any case, it occurred to me as I watched this episode that instead of one emo Zero, we now have two of them. I say that in a somewhat joking manner, but each has already shown himself to have plenty of angst potential. The thing about Ichiru is that, given how he reacted to Yagari Touga saving him, I get the feeling that he’ll eventually become a good guy, but also that they’ll spent a good bit of time on his hatred for Zero until that point. Given what this episode reveals about him, I really don’t see how his character turns out any other way, unless he’s suddenly killed off or something.
As for Shizuka, I don’t see how telling Yuuki to kill Kaname (essentially in exchange for Zero’s life) is anything but a ploy to get at Yuuki herself. Yuuki obviously can’t bring herself to choose between the two guys, but the plan runs the risk of Kaname finding out and potentially dealing out some punishment to whoever is troubling Yuuki. I wonder if he’d actually show anger in that case. I’m surprised though Yuuki even considered the option of killing him since she could have just chosen to give herself to Shizuka. Come to think of it, couldn’t Shizuka trick Yuuki into doing things by having Ichiru pretend to be Zero? Anyway, the main question is still what Shizuka’s goal for doing all this is, and I’m also curious to see why her body needed to be frozen like that. Next week’s episode will hopefully shed some light on that.