Here I am, out of my dark corner.
a bit but I couldn't get rid of the feelings I have - a mix of boredom and frustration. It seems to me that Hino-sensei is working hard, lately, to make me fall out of love with the plot. And I'm really trying to endure, for now. But let's start from the beginning.
The bed scene
Yes, this is what everybody is talking about, so I'll say what I have to say and then concentrate on the plot.
I'm obviously happy they are back together again and they could talk about what have happened since Kaname departed - even if he doesn't spit it all out, it was good, for once, not seeing him running away as soon as Yuuki appears. And I would have plunged with my nails in his back far harder
than Yuuki. I would have also worked him over before having sex - a little SM, but I would have been frustrated about Kaname's lack of sharing much more than Yuuki. I'm glad to see Yuuki angry and aware that Kaname's hiding a huge
part of his own intentions, and I hope she will be ready, later, to react promptly to what Kaname's thinking to do - to abandon her again, probably, even if he promised not to run away - or to prevent her from acting.
I can't understand all the mess about "OMG!!! Why are they in bed together??? What's happening here???"
simply because I've read the story until now and it's not a surprise, for me, to see the canon
couple having sex. I've found the scene a bit rushed, considering it's the first time for Yuuki - and the heroine's first time is usually very emphasized in shoujo
. I also have to say that I was hoping and dreaming about them being together so much, that the whole scene came out not to be up to my expectations. I've found much more sensual the kissing before Kaname's departing or the "Could you please kill me then?" scene. Here, we have two desperate people wishing to embrace their loved one just before dying. But I just can't feel
this. I don't know how to explain myself properly. But I'm not going to forgive Hino-sensei so easily for wasting my precious moment IN ONLY TWO HASTY PANELS
. Damn it! I want them burning
! I want those hunger I've read chapters ago! What's with all this "I will show you"? I will show you what? Let's do it and shut up, you stupid ancestor. Speaking of which, I'd have also sucked a lot of his blood, after all this time. But alas
, there was no space left in the chapter, clearly.
As for the "she cheated on Zero"
argument - well, she's never been Zero fiancée, as @nina correctly said - and we know now, we've been reading the same version of the story!
- so, as regards the Zeki kiss, you can only think about the opposite - that she was cheating on Kaname, at most. And even if I keep thinking that the masquerade chapter was a loss of time, we now have the opportunity to understand very well Yuuki's feelings. Because she (was) kissed by Zero, but she's in bed with Kaname. Because she let Zero follow her while she was desperatedly looking for Kaname, and her purpose - finding Kaname - has never changed until now. Because - and these are Yuuki's own words in this chapter - Kaname's the one she has to make an effort not to cling to. She didn't give it a second thought when she had to erase Zero's memories, but she's now taking the time to devour every single moment before their destiny completes. She was not in a bed with Zero before erasing his memories, but she's in bed with Kaname before making him human (and supposedly making him lose his memories of her, again). Can we say more, especially to those who don't want to listen? I don't think so. See my signature for further reference about my opinion.
BTW, I can understand a little how Zeki feel - the masquerade chapter truly came out to be a heavy troll for them. IF
you don't consider Yuuki's resolution and the fact that that was probably a goodbye kiss - that is, IF
you've never noticed the plot, but were only waiting distractedly for your ship to win, it's more than natural that you can feel trolled, and it hurts. I would have felt trolled on the opposite - but as I'm used to read the actual story, in addition to root for my ship, well... what more can I say?
May we say that she was cheating on Zero after this kiss, too? Have we ever seen Yuuki stepping forward and kiss Zero? No, it's always been Zero kissing the girl "who died one year ago"
. So what? If a hot guy you like tries to kiss you, would you refuse? I won't justify who calls her a slut. I would challenge anyone to behave bravely as she's doing, knowing she plans to die. So, please.Zero's memories
I'm totally with @nina here, as always - it's clear that Yuuki was shocked as Zero confessed her to prey on his victims, because blood tablets were not enough to satisfy his hunger. This was but the last of a series of episodes in which she could see how much he desired "the girl who died"
, and how much he suffered for this. And he was going to suffer much more, when "the girl who died"
would truly die. He would have always been a time bomb - the most powerful hunter totally ruled by his thirst. And totally obsessed with memories that don't exist anymore. Absolutely unable to accept his own self and live his life without them.
And also, Yuuki wants to belong to Kaname (her own words here), so she doesn't think it's fair, having another guy craving her blood - the most powerful hunter, moreover. That's why she decides to erase his memories - to set him free, and to set herself free. To set Kaname free, too - I'm very curious about what he's going to do, as a whole part of his plan was leaving the human Yuuki in the care of Zero. But if Zero doesn't remember about her, he has no reasons to protect an unknown girl - plus, he can be a danger for the current pureblood Yuuki. Yes, he can meet her and fall in love again, but in the meantime? If Zero is truly the key point of Kaname's plan, this is a serious blow. We shall see.
BTW, I want to make a little consideration about Zero's feelings
. Are you really really
sure he's in love with Yuuki? The current
Yuuki? "You look like a girl who died one year ago"
. And the memories of the human
Yuuki are the ones he cherishes the most. As long as they are gone, nothing remains - not even the slightest hint of good disposition towards the pureblood
Yuuki in front of his eyes. Nor any other emotion - only his job as a hunter. This is a good chance for him to understand and accept the fact that not every pureblood is evil, and that the current Yuuki is
the real one - no girl has died and it's nobody's fault. Let's stop all this useless hate. Please
The fact that the answers he was looking for are given to Yuuki instead ("His feelings for you were not planned"
) when it's too late - well, I don't know if this is funny or sad. Let's pass over.Finally, the plot
Let's happily summarize ch. 86-89:
Yuuki goes to Kuran's manor to take something. Zero follows her and she lets him do it. She says she wants to clarify their relationship, that she doesn't want to live with him and that she belongs to Kaname. Zero reaction is: "I don't care, I only want answers about my being manipulated or not". Yuuki doesn't seem to have a clear plan, but she thinks it's a wonderful idea to go to Isaya's. Yeah, let's throw ourselves down a hill and go. But - what a surprise! A messenger is giving us an invitation to a masquerade. We are very lucky today!!! So, let's do this masquerade. Let's wear all these gothic fashionable clothes. Oh, Zero is inviting me to dance. Well, let's dance. Let's kiss. Oh, look, Isaya is a f*cking genius!!! His plan worked: here is my Kaname!!!!!!! But - wait - where is he going??? What is he saying to Isaya? Maybe I can read his lips - "M.A.K.E. H.E.R. H.U.M..." - Oh crap!!!!! Well, the ball is finished. I don't know where Kaname is, but I made my decision. Now that I think about it, how would things have developed if I was a human, like Kaname wants? Alas. How sad. Well, who cares. Let's erase Zero memories and go. Go where? But back to the Academy, of course! And where will I meet the lost, unstoppable, elusive, cold-eyed man that I love? Always at the Academy. Well, I could simply stay here and wait without making all that fuss about leaving to look for Kaname. All I did was dance to a ball, after all. Well, now that we are here... What about losing my virginity?
Seriously. Am I the only one to think that the last few chapters are rather pointless?
I mean. Where are Yuuki's powers, that were so emphasized when she grew her wings? So, she can fly and erase memories. Wonderful. Will she learn something more before the ending? I wish so, if she wants to make Kaname human.
Where are the missing parts about Kaname's past? Are we truly going not to know who Kuran's queen and ancestress is? As I permanently abandoned the idea of Yuuki being connected with her - unless Hino doesn't want to make her go to the past pregnant after his first time, as all shoujo
heroines become - now I want at least to know what's the meaning of the mirror scene, what's happened to make Kaname go into slumber, and what's the meaning of Rido's dream. And if HW was truly the ancestress, I will totally change my mind about the chapter about Kaname's past, 64 - my favourite until now - as Hino could put the effort to draw almost a panel in which they had a family, or to make HW worry about his children before going to die. But nothing. If
Hino is not going to give any more explanation about Kaname's past, I'm sorry, but all those chapter suddenly become weak and lossy - a swollen road to nowhere. And this would truly be the final straw towards my love for VK.
(By the way, she keeps trolling: "In the future
and in the past
, a connection
exists for all eternity. *Sgrunt*
But maybe Hino thinks this is more than enough and that Kaname was simply tired of his eternity - that's why Yuuki, that eyewitnessed
his past, wants him to be free. I have to say that this idea is becoming more and more foolish as we see evil purebloods gahering to kill Kaname. Even though I understand her wanting his happiness and freedom from what he hates the most - being a pureblood, a monster. "If you are right with someone like me...".
But what surprised me more, is the lack of sense that Kaname's plan seems to have. I mean. He disappears and pretends to kill Aido-dono to separate himself from Yuuki and Aido. Then he starts to kill some purebloods making a show of his bones. Then he assists to HW's ending. Then he prepares a volcano. We were all waiting for something big. And then what? He can go and act as he pleases, but he has to wait for a stupid ball to have an occasion to talk to Isaya - and they are both
super powerful purebloods and such. He also takes the time to watch Zeki kissing. And then, he flies away, but suddenly, he appears at the Academy, stating clearly that he wants to become the parent metal. To Kaien
. The person closest to Yuuki we have on earth. And he's suddenly not aware that Yuuki's listening. So careful before, and so distract now. He's not flying away because he's probably shocked about what Yuuki has done and he wants to take the time to spend with her his last few moments. Still, I can't find a sense in all he's done until now. If he wants to become the parent metal, why killing some purebloods before? It's like showing a banner with his intentions to all the vampire world. And what's the meaning of having another furnace when he has the volcano? It can't be only a diversion. And what is he going to do, now that Yuuki knows - well, not everything, but the fact that he wants to die, and the fact that he wants her to become human? He wanted her not to be a hindrance, so he could simply fly away again. But he doesn't. I understand why, but this is foolish. And I really hope that the missing parts we don't know (a lot, as it seems) can give all this some kind of sense. Or I will loose any kind of respect for Hino-sensei.The secondary characters we had almost forgotten
I was obviously happy to see Aido-dono is alive, even though this was not a surprise. Still, I would have hoped for a more emphasized discovery, possibly first-hand, and not some hasty flashback given by Kaien. We also see Touma coming out of nowhere. Where is he? Still at the Academy? It doesn't seem so. But when did he escape, and how did he recovered all his boldness so fast, when the last time we saw him was under a table? And the blonde woman at the ball seems not to be Aido-dono's wife as I've been thinking before - she truly seems to be some pureblood's wife, maybe Hiou's. Still, another character out of nowhere that has no proper introduction - and that probably must represent alone the whole bunch of purebloods left? We will discover something more in next chapter - if Hino wants to employ some more panels to concentrate on what's happening, of course. *Sigh*
By the way, it seems too much of a coincidence for Chapter 64 to be called "A Proposition at the End of a Thousand Nights" and for the Chapter 84 to be called as it is with a tagline: "In the future and in the past, a unique connection exists for all eternity".
I noticed the same thing, too. But will we ever have an answer to all these hints?
You all wrote some wonderful posts as usual, but - as usual - I wrote too much, so I'll stop here for now