This chapter made me feel quite sympathetic towards Zero, to be honest...
I can understand why Yuuki aimed to erase Zero's memories (because she didn't finish and the chapter ended there, we'll have to wait until January to find out if she managed to erase all memory of herself), but still...poor Zero. I think memories of Yuuki were his only memories that were even a little bit happy after he lost his family.
Especially Kaname as well. He did in fact watch the girl he loved kiss Zero. That would've been so painful for him, with all the time he spent pining after her at the academy while she was staying with Zero
I think the only character I didn't really feel that much sympathy for was Yuuki
Sure, she made some tough choices here that might prove difficult for her in the future, but I'm still stuck on what she did to Zero and Kaname to be sympathic towards her at this stage.
Despite all the misery, I did enjoy this chapter
I thought that a few things were clarified, and there were some events I was definitely not expecting. The major plotpoints set up within this chapter were:1. Kaname's clarification that he does indeed plan to sacrifice himself for the good of the hunters.
2. Yuuki's desire to rid Zero of the burden she 'inflicted' upon him.3. Yuuki's goal to turn Kaname into a human
(which we were familiar with from the spoilers leaked prior to the full raws, so it wasn't that much of a surprise).
To be honest, I think that the last surprise there was actually a good mirror reflection of the past. This arc has been sort of like a role reversal of the first arc and this just keeps to that pattern. And I'm glad that Hino's main plot seems to have some definite direction now, and will hopefully start picking up the pace. I'm eager to see how this will pan out.
As for the LT....well
It seems that, at this stage, neither Yume or Zeki is going to work out in the end. With everyone's current goals, it's just borderline impossible for each pairing unless the characters first come to some other resolution
How exhausting it would be to find out that all the flame wars over the LT were for nothing in the end
However, I suppose there were some good aspects for both ships, if you're being optimistic For Yume:
Yuuki's intention to turn Kaname into a human. Most Kaname fans don't seem to like this idea, but I think it was sort of sweet. Kaname had sacrificed so much for her to be happy in safe when she was turned into a human. Now she wants to do the same for him.
She won't kill Kaname. To be honest, I never thought that she would seriously consider that. She loves him too much. Her goal of turning him into a human will conflict with his current goal to sacrifice himself, so I'm hoping we'll get to see Yuuki do everything in her power to save him
But if she were
to succeed (hypothetically speaking, because I don't think she's capable of it at this stage) wouldn't there be a possibility that he would forget her? How sad to think that with Yuuki's actions there is a POSSIBILITY
that neither Kaname nor Zero will even remember her. For Zeki:
This chapter cemented the fact that Zero still cares a great deal for Yuuki, given that he was so upset at the thought of losing his memory of her. He would rather carry the burden of his feelings / attachment to her than have clarity of mind without her, which was sweet.
Zero being my favorite character, I loved his stubbornness there. But
I didn't find this particularly romantic, though. Even though he does seem to see her in a romantic light, Yuuki's just very important to Zero in a lot of ways
, so he's adverse to losing her.
As of the end of this chapter, the only way I can see them ever being together is if both Yuuki and Zero have their memories of the other erased and turn back into humans. It would have to be like the scenario Yuuki was describing during this chapter; they'd just have to start from scratch, which doesn't seem that likely
Overall, this wasn't a romantic chapter. It was just sad all around, in my opinion