A knock on the door of Kaien’s office late one evening opens up to Ichiru, stopping by because Kaien had called to introduce him to Kaname. Standing in the doorway, Ichiru mockingly asks if Kaname wants him to be another piece in his game. Kaname wants to know his real goal, but as Ichiru turns to leave and closes the door behind him, he composedly answers that Kaname couldn’t do a single thing to stop him even if he did reveal his true intentions. Outside the door, Ichiru stares at a vial of blood in his hands.
Kaname tells Kaien he really has no intention of disrupting the foundation of peace the school was built upon, even though various dangers now threaten to break it. Kaien shows no signs of doubt or mistrust towards Kaname, and desires to fulfill the shared dreams of a beautiful yet troubled looking woman holding a very frilly baby that exists in his memory. Having promised to leave all decisions regarding vampires at the school up to Kaname, he is still surprised that he intended Yuki to be his lover. He lightheartedly jokes that if Kaname makes her cry, the battle is on. And yet, he notices Kaname doesn’t look very happy. On the contrary, he’s very happy – now that they are together he can finally… not finish a very revealing thought before a scene change.
The same night in Yuki’s dorm, various memories haunt her dreams: Kaname’s confession that he wants her as his lover.. A young boy’s voice telling her they’ll be like mother and father one day.. And a vicious, bloody hand reaching out to grab her, waking her screaming from a restless sleep. The cry awakens her friend Yori, who comes over to calm her down. The nightmare is over but a lingering and painful headache remains.
That morning, Yori expresses her concern for Yuki as they walk down the stairs of their dorm together. Running into Zero at the bottom of the stairs, a long awkward silence fills the room. Yori leads the self-conscious friends out the door only to meet face to face with four night class students sent to meet Yuki by Kaname’s orders: Aidou, Rima, Kain, and random-female-vampire-01. Yuki becomes incredibly ill at ease while they follow her to class, and as the day class grumbling intensifies she frantically asks them to stop. Aidou sharply tells Yuki(-sama) to shut-up, with a little help from Rima for his keigo review. She’d better just deal with it, because she couldn’t possibly understand the pride of vampire nobles that inspires them to respect Kaname’s decisions.
Ignoring the lecture as always, Yuki reflects on her situation with Kaname during class. She tenses up and soon passes out on her desk while recalling the malicious hand reaching out to grab her from her nightmare. In the nurse’s office, Zero asks her if she’s alright, but thinks that she earned this for choosing to be with Kaname in the first place. If this is what she really wants, then he’ll support her. Aidou stands guard outside as Zero leaves without acknowledging him.
While Yuki tosses and turns in an uneasy sleep, Ichiru employs the ominous powers of slow motion, brushes off Aidou, and enters the nurses’s office on the pretense of having a headache. Staring rather too intensely at her mouth, he hovers over her with the vial of blood in his hands. Suddenly, several vivid memories of Shizuka and Zero stop him from going any further. He recalls her promise to make only Zero a vampire, and many visions of Zero’s painful descent into level E. Aidou bursts in to stop him from harming Yuki, causing her to wake up and mistake Ichiru for Zero. Aidou takes the vial of blood from him with no resistance whatsoever, intending on giving it directly to Kaname to investigate, but Ichiru seems indifferent as he nonchalantly leaves the room.
In the Night Class dorm, Aidou hands over the blood to a grateful Kaname. Aidou asks who the blood belongs to, but Kaname only answers that Ichiru is not his real enemy. He has his own role to play. In other news, because of her extreme depression upon hearing Kaname and Yuki are together, Ruka has locked herself in her room, refusing to open the door for even her closest companion. Thanking Aidou again before he leaves, Kaname thinks to himself that he won’t allow this tainted blood from the vial to fulfill its goal, obliterating it into thin air in a sudden burst.
Later on, Kaien calls Ichiru in to invite him to dinner, surprising him with a ridiculous white facial mask. Since Zero and Ichiru are twins with a difficult history, he wants to offer them an opportunity to work things out, but Ichiru walks out quietly without an answer. Outside, Aidou tells Ichiru that Kaname doesn’t seem to have a fight to pick with him, but he better not touch Yuki again. With a small sigh, Ichiru agrees to comply without the slightest hint of anger.
Zero comes to pick Yuki up only to be interrupted by Aidou, who was asked to take them to see Kaname immediately. Along the way, Aidou tells Yuki he’s discovered something vital in his investigations that relates to her. Surprised at his selfless hard work, he quickly puts any ideas of chivalry for her sake out of her mind. He’s actually been investigating the death of Kaname’s parents, but whenever he comes near something that could be a clue, it goes up in flames – just like Yuki’s research from her own past. The reason must be connected to why Kaname is so desperately protecting her. She may be in serious danger.
Yuki and Zero arrive to find Kaname waiting for her in a ‘romantic’ picnic area for two, where they can spend some peaceful time together at last. Stiff with nervous tension, Yuki asks him directly about her past again. Dodging with another refusal, he sends Zero to scare away gathering Day Class girls. He pulls Yuki to his side and orders her to rest – if her bad condition became worse she would cause him to worry. Despite loving Kaname for so long, Yuki can’t seem to shake her uneasiness, and wishes to understand why he protects her this much.
Initially showing up in front of Kaien’s building for dinner, Ichiru has second thoughts and turns around to leave, but Kaien shows up with a veggie basket behind him so they go inside and begin cooking together. Claiming ignorance, Kaien asks Ichiru if he knows what kind of food Zero likes. After a childhood memory of sharing one of Zero’s favorite dishes together, Ichiru quietly suggests vegetable soup. Returning home from Yuki’s date, Zero reminds her that he’ll never allow Kaname to turn her into a vampire, but Yuki just stares at him expressionlessly with her mouth open. Welcoming them home at the door, Zero notices Ichiru’s presence behind Kaien but Yuki is as cheerful as the headmaster as she pushes him inside to eat.
At the table, Yuki mentions mistaking Ichiru for Zero in the nurse’s office in an attempt at friendly conversation to lighten the mood, but Zero realizes that means he was up to no good and becomes explosively angry. As Kaien walks in with their dinner, Ichiru gets up to leave, saying that it’s impossible to make this work right now. Kaien brings the tomato soup to the table and Zero has a flashback to the same memory of sharing this dish with Ichiru as a child, recognizing this strange display of thoughtfulness.
Returning to the dorm for bed, Yuki apologizes to Zero for saying uncomfortable things. She also desires for him to to get along with Ichiru even though they have difficult and upsetting memories together. Out of the blue, another vision flashes painfully in Yuki’s mind, and he urges her to bed. Not left entirely alone in the room, Ichiru suddenly tells Zero again that he should abandon Yuki, and that his taste in women is poor. Bitterly refusing to answer any questions, he also goes to bed.
As Shiki and Ichijou rapidly approach the school in their car, Yuki is sleeping poorly in her room, and Kaname looks ominously out the window at the night sky. At the Night Class dorm, Rima lays down on a couch, exhausted from work, when Shiki suddenly walks in with Ichijou behind him. She immediately recognizes that it’s not the real Shiki, detecting something awful in her best friend’s abnormally colored eyes.
ED and “Preview”
I’ve noticed that Studio Deen is trying to highlight certain pieces of the plot more than others, so here are a few of my thoughts on that:
Why didn’t Ichiru pour “the unknown person’s” blood into Yuki’s mouth? He had the chance. But he clearly stopped because of his memories of Zero *in pain* during the transformation. These weren’t bitter memories, they were distressing. Also, the blood in the vial must belong to a pure blood vampire, otherwise it wouldn’t affect Yuki, but as of this point they still haven’t revealed the culprit’s true identity.
Is anyone else feeling rather sorry for Ichiru at this point? He’s clearly not being made out to be the bad guy, and yet he’s fairly sad and bitter all the time. (Dare I say angsty? They are twins, after all.) His motivations are still completely in the dark for now, but if he didn’t have at least a few good intentions, he wouldn’t have left the dinner table when Zero became upset. He wouldn’t have cared.
Shiki is back, and things aren’t looking too optimistic, but I’m very excited for what’s coming up soon. Next week we’ll have a nice confrontation or two, and see if Yuki is feeling any better. Next time: “Kiss – The mouth with thorns”