Vampire Knight – 12
Having left the dance, Yuuki heads straight to Maria in order to offer herself in exchange for the way to save Zero. Having possessed Maria, Shizuka doesn’t like it when Yuuki talks about saving Zero because Shizuka was the person who gave him despair in the first place. Nevertheless, when Ichiru brings her real body to her and lets her reawaken it, Shizuka still explains to Yuuki that all Zero has to do to survive is to drink her blood. With the real Shizuka awake now, she gives up Maria’s body, and Ichiru carries it away. Shizuka then goes for Yuuki’s neck, but before she can bite down, Zero interrupts them. To his surprise, Yuuki actually protects Shizuka and cites how only Shizuka can save him. Zero, however, quickly points out that he could drink Shizuka’s blood after half killing her. When Yuuki reluctantly decides to use her bracelet on him, Zero grabs her arm to stop her but quickly notices that she’s in tears. Before Zero can do anything else, Shizuka exercises her vampire power over him and has him hold Yuuki. She first drinks from Zero’s neck, but when she leans in to drink from Yuuki’s neck too, Zero is able to resist her command and grabs Shizuka by the throat. As he struggles with her control over him, he shoots himself in the leg before turning his gun and shooting her three times in the chest. Though bleeding, Shizuka just laughs and blocks the rest of his shots with her clothing.
Ichiru then returns and tosses a sword into Zero’s arm, giving Shizuka the opening to walk away because there’s still something else she has to do. Zero is kept from chasing after her by Ichiru, and when Yuuki questions who Ichiru is, Zero reveals that Ichiru is his little brother. As the two start fighting, Ichiru reveals that Shizuka let him drink her blood to get special powers, but he’s still a human because she didn’t drink his blood in return. Shizuka had been the one who had saved him from the endless loneliness, yet she still chose Zero in Ichiru’s eyes. Meanwhile, Shizuka makes her way to a dark room where she finds Kaname waiting. When she questions why he came to Cross Academy, Kaname answers that it was to repay a favor and to arrange some chess pieces. Disappearing and reappearing behind her, he also admits to trying to do the same thing as her, and he proceeds to pierce his arm through her chest. As Kaname then bites her neck, Shizuka remembers how they had met when he was little and how they had stared at the same thing. Kaname then finishes her off by pulling out her heart, but he vows not to let her life got to waste and promises to destroy whatever upset the purebloods destiny. In her final breaths, Shizuka notes that he’ll get a new power, but she warns that there’ll only be darkness wherever he goes.
The smell of Shizuka’s blood soon permeates through the school, and it causes Ichiru to leave the fight with Zero so that he can go find her. Zero still thinks that he has to kill Shizuka, but Yuuki stops him and questions what he’ll do after that – she’s worried that he plans kill himself after everything is over. After hearing that she just doesn’t want him to die, Zero hugs Yuuki and expresses how glad he is that she’s safe. He also admits that, although he had thought about being dying alongside Shizuka, he doesn’t feel that way anymore, and he promises to return. Meanwhile, Ichiru discovers Shizuka’s dead body.
Wow, things happened so quickly this week. Or more to the point, Shizuka is dead after Kaname killed her, just like that. I thought she’d still have a few tricks up her sleeve, and it would take more than this to kill her, but maybe I’ve been watching too many shounen series like Bleach where the focus is on battles and powering up. Regardless, I still don’t think they’ve really explained what she (and Kaname) were after, and the vagueness of their conversation doesn’t help. Kaname’s going to be very interesting to watch moving forward because he appears to be holding all the keys to the story. Perhaps next week’s finale will clear things up a bit.
On that note, as I’m sure many of you are aware by now (thanks goes out to all seven of you who emailed me about it), it was announced today, the second season of Vampire Knight is going to be airing in the fall, which means that they’re going with the approach of splitting a longer series into two – something that’s become more and more common. I don’t particularly favor this approach over having just a single longer series, but I suspect that this might mean that the second season will have better production quality than if they had just kept going from here. In any case, the final episode of the first season is next week, just in time to wrap up the Shizuka and Ichiru stuff. Hopefully it won’t end in a frustrating cliffhanger… *shakes fist at Druaga*