@Evil in Love
very nice topic! Thank you for opening it.
Hmm… actually in this chapter Zero confirms what I always thought about the scene when they parted … he was saying his farewell to the HUMAN Yuuki who considered as DEAD … I admit though that his description that he kissed a corpse is a bit creepy lol (not that VK isn’t creepy itself but talking in this way for the girl who supposedly loves moreover when she is still alive it sounds creepier).
Also confirms my other belief that his choice to fight Rido was triggered from his need to avenge him for Ichirou’s death making his last wish come true. Said that doesn’t mean that I deny that subconsciously he was doing it to protect Yuuki as well … no … just that the Ichrou-factor was as important as Yuuki-factor in his choice to kill Rido something that many fans used to overlook or downgrade thus far.
Anyway … one can wonder though who comes first in his heart > Yuuki or Ichirou?
As the things stands now i.e. Yuuki being a vampire == a dead-woman-walking for him I would say Ichirou. Although this is not so shocking cuz of the well-known Zero’s inability to accept Yuuki as a whole meaning to accept her true nature and see beyond that, that Yuuki in the core is the same gentle human Yuuki. This also showed up when Yuuki peeped into his thoughts through his blood.
Back then I had said that this “image” and the words that echoed in his blood > “I already have not been thinking of you anymore … sometimes your fragments will wake up inside of me”
>> were at least “his truth” i.e. what he wanted to be the truth.
For me this verifies (again) that Zero’s love for her isn’t unconditional … he could love the human Yuuki (romantically) but not the vampire Yuuki EVEN though that he is in denial still the fact that fights so much his feelings tells a lot at least compared with Kaname’s love for her.
However I thought that in the recent chapters he had made a progress from that point and that he finally had accepted her as a PB. His “shock” from her gentle glance when she said that she doesn’t worry about him reveals that he hadn’t moved so far from the point of their parting. Tad disappointing; although that I always thought that in order for Zero to risen above his personal complexities and leave them behind for good, it would be needed a huge shock … meaning something that will shake all over his existence making him realize how wrong was his previous rationale. And that moment probably hasn’t come yet.
Now I’m thinking how well Yuuki “read” Zero’s intentions when she said that she doesn’t worry about him i.e. for siding with Sara?! How is she gonna feel finding out that Zero drank from her in order to kill Kaname??? And I wonder how this will influence her stance in the upcoming fights??? She tried to stop/immobilize Kaname by taking away his regenerating ability … will she do the same thing to Zero using her bracelet???
Another interesting thingy is Hino’s choice to put Zero comparing his emotions for Ichirou (his brother
) with his feelings for Yuuki ^^ … one can wonder if this is the “escape” that she is preparing for Zero from the LT (?)>> realizing/accepting Yuuki as a vampire but on the same time realizing that she can “replace” or better fill a bit the void in his heart from the family that he has lost, seeing her as a sibling as Yuuki thinks of him …
In this frame I can see also fitting his wish for Yuuki’s happiness beside Kaname, something that it is admirable of him …
Anyway this is a personal observation that could be wrong but I always found myself trying to find “easier ways out” for Zero that will hurt him less or even at all in the end.
What never cease to amaze me though is his feelings of pain/love and loyalty for Ichirou! O.O
The guy betrayed him and his family before Shizuka’s (or Kaname’s as many want to put the blame on) interference …
Zero’s hate for Kaname is endless and now is fueled even more because Kaname freed Shizuka and to such extent that he decides to drink from an evil PB that he loathes in order to kill Kaname! (I always wondered what is gonna be his stance when he’ll found out the whole truth about Kaname … for example his role in the past in mankind’s salvation, in the creation of the anti-vampire weapons and in hunters existence since as it seems he thinks so highly about the HW lol)
Also he cannot “forgive” Yuuki for being a vampire (something that it is not her fault) but he forgave Ichirou for his conscious
betrayal which led to his parents’ death and his vampirism?!
We are talking about Kaname’s contradictions but Zero’s aren’t less under that light lol. @solar
for clarifying this part of the translation cuz indeed could create a huge misunderstanding since the context changes drastically now!