I know many Zeki are expecting a twist to happen . To Kaname die and Yuuki goes to Zero to avoid being alone . Or worse , become pregnant of Kaname and Zero taking care of these children with her . These can be options , but unless Hino wants to nobody buy her new series . This is a move to avoid . ( For example Absolute Boyfriend has a end were she slept with the boy she loves more , but he "died ". Making the girl choose the other boy as no more competition . Making fans rabid for this choice . Even if that was the natural road of that story . )
On that aspect, such scenarios as above are a bit, how to say it? Convenient and superficial. Why?
Well, first of all they are all based on the hypothesis that Kaname dies. And wishing a character to die in order to have your favorite couple at the end is showing lack of confidence in the ship that you are supposedly support. In such way you want the opponent ship to be destroyed and not exactly your own to win. And the underlying intention here is selfishness.
No one cares for the impact that such an event would have on the heroine? How would she continue knowing that she failed to save the one she loved? That her own intentions and role in this story was never enough, never good enough to offer happiness to the one she was trying to save so many chapters now? All the second arc is actually Yuuki’s attempts to stop Kaname from such a fate. She is ready to take the hardest decision of all, to sacrifice herself and she fails?
So in other words she shall be the true loser of this story. So her role in other words made no impact to the script and she was there all along for fanservice reasons? I can take such statements into consideration seriously, because these statements also do not take into consideration the psychology, the bet that Hino created for Yuuki (how is she going to stop Kaname? Set and highlighted even from Aido-dono), the underlying challenge that can really gave her the attributes of the heroine.
I did think Hino wants to make us believe Yume love is the one true pair , but doomed from the start.
I agree on that.
That Yuuki loves Zero more than him.
Even if Kaname had ever this idea I think that with the recent developments he hasn’t …
Firstly because Yuuki erased Zero’s memory, something that really surprised/shocked him – and we know that Kaname rarely gets shocked – an action that symbolises that Yuuki finally cut that link i.e. that she is devoted only to him which also sealed and proved by giving her soul and body to him…
I want to disagree slightly on that idea and also here is a good chance to pose a question about Kaname’s intentions that the thread poses in the first place.
About Kaname thinking that Yuuki loves Zero more;
This is a part that according to my opinion, Kaname had dealt with…
and I think that Hino makes that clear (that they might had been unresolved feelings from Yuuki’s part for Zero – but this is not a sufficient reason for them to not go on) and exactly this fact makes me sure and positive that is Yuuki the one, who unable to think of another exact reason, has the idea that she might led Kaname there with her attitude.
“Because you understand loneliness better than anyone. What a fool…why didn’t you forget about killing purebloods, and just erase all of my memories about Zero from my heart!”, is like telling him that this was not a reason to proceed with your plan, here I would had no problem even if you had done that. How could you be basing a decision on that? If that was so important to you, there were other steps that you could have taken so that we could have been together, if that really bothered you.
So Yuuki neutralizes even this supposed obstacle in Kaname’s mind and in a way she is also doubting if this could be a reason.
I should have turned you human with my life before you erased Kiryuu-kun’s memories… I should have left you in the care of Kiryuu-kun sooner…
And here is kaname insisting on his plan again. In other words (IMO) he says: Now, you should not spend eternity alone, I should have left you with Zero or change you because (he never says that but that’s what I get), I wont be here. I still judge that this would be the best for you.
And that brings Yuuki again at the beginning because she can not understand kaname’s persistence:
Answer me…all this, did you really do all of this for me?
Then why did you give up on living with me?
To get the answer:
Because the way I love you… can’t let you smile from the bottom of your heart…
Also clues in the manga that support his statement are his guilts about bringing her back to a bloody world, his apology for the mean vampires that he considers his responsibility (aka Rido but also the reference to them at the chapter where Yuuki asks why he apologizes about it and he says that it’s something from the past and also Hanadagi’s castle is depicted), and also the incident with Touma where Kaname says that “she had a taste of medicine” – true contact with the purebloods and the world that really now surrounds her, the scene at the mausoleum where he carries her and he says to her “the world that I see is different from the world that you see”.
So okay the world is filled with bad purebloods and vampires, Kaname sends himself to guilty trips all the time, believes that this life is not meant for Yuuki but the above sentence does not simply speak of a world where Yuuki would stand weak. Speaks of the way that he would love her in that world.
And that gets me back to his contradictions. Look at the scan here….
It’s obvious now that he choose to fulfill the path which he considered the best in order to make Yuuki smile again from the bottom of her heart.
So the way that he would have to love her in order to make her unhappy would be a possessive kind of love that would keep her sheltered and protected from all vampires.
So he had to fight back that emotion that Hino highlighted also in the beginning of the first arc…
“allow my dominant side to express”
“I wish to keep you all for myself”
But in the scan there is also the picture of Yuuki (at least now we know) depicted as the HW. So if he kept her inside would he do that for himself again? no.
But again letting her free, setting her free (the ship among the wolves) would not be an easy case and perhaps this brought him the greatest despair of all balancing among his passion for her, his own happiness and the unconditional love that was the hardest path to take because… it requested another sacrifice in order to be fulfilled? - Yuuki as HW...
This is the part that I do not understand at all.
As the manga shows it now it’s like Kaname chose to sacrifice himself since he did not want a life without her and apparently he decided to make something out of it, also freeing the ancestor and closing the circle, but as it was potrayed back there, it’s almost like his decision to set Yuuki free was identical in his mind with a sacrifice, therefore he had to leave and make sure that this sacrifice would not be an option for Yuuki.
That would justify the despair, the way he portrayed Yuuki in HW’s position (following the same fate?), and so more…
“I am afraid that one day you shall throw yourself into a lost cause and sacrifice yourself in the attempt, I do not want to live that a second time…”
I still have not received the answer how he predetermined that fact and how that fact is bound to Yuuki’s freedom/captivity in his mind.
So he had no options; either he would love her and restrict her (put her a leash as Rido had said) so that she would not sacrifice herself or he would let her free (unconditional love) and create a plan that would protect her again from sacrifice. Can also this be the reason why he insists so much that she should be turned human? Human means no sacrifice again. So in all means and ways, her protection from giving up her life for a cause comes up first.
And I think that Yuuki might be able to understand that, at least the fact that Kaname's love dictates to him a certain way of action towards her so that she can have the best life possible.
We’ve…really come to a stalemate. You wish to throw your heart into the furnace tomorrow, and I…
So I do not think that this a question about love here; Kaname knows that she fully loves him, as Rido had told him in that dream “he has a flower ready to bloom only for him”, it’s exactly that love that dictates to him how he should proceed (therefore all the lies and the effort to keep her in the distance). And it’s obvious that they have both reached unconditionally love since independently of what anyone knows or thinks, they are both ready to sacrifice to save each other.
The way Hino frames her story so far its like telling us that this unconditional love can not exist, can not bloom into the vampire world for all the reasons stated above. Only a possessive, a selfish one could exist but that would make them both unhappy in the end.
If you don't know where your heart's destination is... I'll tell you, Yuuki. If you're okay with someone like me...
And after Yuuki’s invites, Kaname tells her that he knows where her heart is. To be with someone like him as they are now, both of them free, even for a little while, they could cherish this unconditional love that if they could live, it would make them happy.
That’s all I get here.