I’ve been following this forum every month since the beginning of 2010. I’ve read practically everything that’s been posted on the site since that time, but I’ve never made a post of my own. But when I saw the topic for this thread - to make our predictions for the final chapter - I couldn’t resist - I knew it was now or never. So here are my thoughts/hopes:
My predictions for how VK will end have changed many times through out the course of my reading this manga, and I think Hino’s mind about how she wants to end it has changed as well - this is not uncommon for mangaka. You read in authors notes in the last volumes of manga all the time “I was going to do this, blah blah blah, but copped out at the last minute and did this other thing” or “I changed my mind half way through/when I got a new editor. ect” I’ve read the series through from chapter 1 ~ (80s/90s chaps) over 8 times, and I honestly can’t believe that she went into this with all 93 chapters planned out, knowing exactly how it would end from the get go. Case in point: all the foreshadowing about Yuki having to kill Zero by the time the series was over - her even going so far as to call volume 1 a “prologue” for the rest of the series and repeatedly saying she was determined to make it a tragedy. Then later on we get this hand wave of, “erm... don’t worry about it, it’s not going to happen after all *shifts eyes*” ...
In any case, I could ramble on and on about the different parts where it seemed like she changed direction at some point, but the bottom line about my prediction for chapter 93, where things stand right now up to this point, to put it in a nutshell: Zero and Yuki are able to convince Kaname to live on, Kaname and Yuki get married, possibly have children in some kind of flash forward epilogue, and Zero lives on as the “Knight” that either directly or indirectly “serves” the “royal family.” We’ve all known for a long time that he’s the “Knight” of “Vampire Knight” and many thought by virtue of this we’d have an overall Zeki ending, but think about it: Does a Knight usually get the “Queen”? No. They may have an affair, which is basically what the first part of the series was about, but ultimately the Queen belongs with the King. After all, how could Yuki possibly be with Zero now? He will either die or go crazy at some point, and she will live forever, so what kind of life could they have? (- I don’t mean to offend any Zeki shippers - in fact, I myself have been on the fence and liked both male leads equally throughout the course of the manga, but I think the writing has been on the wall from the beginning that Zero and Yuki aren’t meant to be together, hence Yuki’s depressing monologue outside the door after the masquerade. Even when she was “with” Zero for the first part of the series, she felt guilty and ashamed, and when she tried to hook up with him again later they both realized it just wouldn’t work. The relationship between the two of them in and of itself is very tragic, and I always cry at the end of the Guilty anime when Zero is walking around the school and Yuki isn’t there anymore, even though I’m happy for Kaname at the same time.)
As far as the war with the purebloods and weapons and such, there is obviously great significance in Yuki going back to get the artemis rod - otherwise she wouldn’t have wasted panels showing it. My thoughts are that since Yuki has already been shown more than once to be in tune with the hooded woman’s spirit, even though the other weapons are breaking, the artemis rod will survive and she alone with retain the power to kill purebloods. (hence, no sacrifice is necessary at all) This would certainly go along with her previous promise that SHE would take it upon herself to execute purebloods who didn’t want to live anymore, and in this way she could also discipline/eliminate ones who are turning humans against their will. I also think Hino might end up alluding to the promise between Yuki and Zero at the very end and reiterating that whenever he DOES go crazy, she will kill him, but until then he will continue to serve as her knight.
Few.... I hope that covers everything... Sorry for making my first post so long and winded. All that was just my best guess ~ I could be completely wrong and it really might have a Zeki ending w/ Kaname dead, or they could all end up dead, or all become mimes or something. Nothing would surprise me at this point
It may seem ludicrous, but the most burning question I have right now is: Whatever became of Seiren?? (ya know, after she was knocked out at the school and such)
Oh, and I’m not sure if it’s relevant, but I’ve been seeing the cover of the upcoming volume 18 floating around on the internet a lot and people saying that because it’s Yuki X Zero and it’s “the last volume” that must mean those two end up together... but I recently purchased the Japanese volume 17 and it only goes up to 83rd night. This means that 18 will have 84-88 in it... there will definitely be a volume 19 with 89-93 in it. And the fact that Zero is on the SECOND TO LAST cover makes me think even more that he won’t end up with her....