EDIT: Maybe I’ll make a second part with Shizuka x Ichiru; Seiren & Yagari; Kaien, Juri, Haruka; Sara x Takuma; Kaname & the Hooded woman and/or Yuki.
BUT THOSE ARE NOT MY FAVORITE SHIPS so, maybe. Just maybe.
Unsolicited Opinions on the Vampire Knight Fandom War/Therapeutic Ranting
First of all, I’ll give full disclosure by saying I barely deserve to call myself part of the VK fandom as a whole or the Zeki family because I have been out of the loop since 2013 when that ending killed my soul. Also, grad school ate up all my time to spend emotionally stewing in my feels about this story over the past couple of years. But I’m going to post my thoughts on the current Vampire Knight fandom war anyway because after only a week back in it, I am seriously baffled by what is going on here. I’m going to try to break my ideas down I guess for anyone reading this but it is more rant than analysis, really.
Do you like Ichriu I mean I have a lot of mixed feelings about him like I wanna hate him but I can't stand him for how he treated Zero, Zero did nothing wrong but fall victim to a fate he did not want, he suffered and Ichiru basically glamorized that and looked at it like it was a good thing i think he and Kaname both got of easy TBH
It’s funny you bring up Ichiru, gentle anon, because Ichiru used to be the point where I differed from most Zekis waaaaay back in the day. ;) I used to get into a lot of trouble for my views on him, lol. Here’s where I stand on him:
Ichiru alive: When Ichiru is alive during the course of arc 1, I find him an intolerable, selfish jerk on par with Kaname in how low he is. His only redeeming features are that he’s not a murderer (even though he is an accomplice in his own parents’ murders) and that he didn’t expect Zero to give him sexual favors “just because” they were related (thanks, Kaname). But in all other respects, he was honestly just as abusive, manipulative, and conniving as Kaname is, and I think he used Zero abominably. I think Ichiru’s much more useful dead than alive, and the only reason I resent his death is because of how much it hurt Zero. But Zero’s stupid, so…
Ichiru fragment: Ichiru in fragment form is where I change my opinion on him. In fragment form, Ichiru is at his “best” you might say, a best that was twisted out of shape during his actual lifetime because of his resentful and manipulative character. Ichiru as a fragment is supportive and nurturing, and he looks out for Zero’s best interests along with the other fragments in Zero’s heart. I do think the Ichiru fragment is good for Zero, and I’m glad he had that fragment within him for support during the traumatic time skip between Vampire Knight’s first and second arcs.
I have the same issues with Ichiru that I do with Kaname–both of them are “romanticized” by their siblings to the point where their very real faults are neutralized and remain unaddressed. Fortunately Ichiru died before he could cause as much damage as Kaname, but I think ultimately they were the same kind of person. (That’s probably why they didn’t like each other, ironically lol. Manipulators tend not to like other manipulators.)
Long story short, totally agree with you, my friend. =) Thanks for dropping by!