Tenth Mourning – 19/10/17 8:18 PM
There was something about this episode which made the vampires feel a whole lot less villainous than they used to be and that’s done through showing us the story from their perspective, they’re really evil but I’ve ended up liking some of the vampires, which is something that I thought wouldn’t happen.
My theory from the previous part that Megumi was protecting Yuuki turned out to only be partially true, though partially is better than nothing. Wisely Tatsumi (the cat vampire) made sure she didn’t get Yuuki as a victim however she clearly still shows her affection and her running off at the end was to Yuuki.
We also saw the scheming of the vampires before their attack on the hospital in the previous episode and what was going through their mind as they did it. They naturally did it to protect their own and to get rid of the people who knew of their existence. They are murdering when they don’t really need too so they’re still bad guys but seeing the story from their perspective always makes them appear more sympathetic even though I dislike them really. A lot of their motivation also comes from hoping their victim will come back to life so they can spend time with them, which doesn’t really justify their actions but they’re now more understandable. The fact that they still experience very human emotions from this gives them even more relatability and sympathy.
Yuki’s house then gets attacked, and it’s Tohru as a vampire who needs to be the one to do it. Though we instead experience a very human moment, he has Yuuki in his grasp yet lets him go because of his human side telling him to not kill.
Tohru and Megumi talk about this and Tohru justifies his actions as best he can. He feels forced into it, and would rather be the one to do it himself even though he doesn’t want to. The emotions that come across from these two people make both the vampires redeemable as a victim of their circumstances. It seems seriously messed up to suggest this but I think that’s the point of this anime: it wants you to see the story from both perspectives and make your own judgement. Whilst I like the humans overall more I can’t help but feel at this point that some of these guys are ok.
Anyway Megumi and Tatsumi attack Yuuki who tries to run away but it closed in on by Tohru. The difference in the three vampires reactions is amazing. Megumi is tragically sad, Tatsumi is extremely happy and Tohru is just dutiful, I’m sure he’ll regret it later. I don’t really want Yuuki to come back but you never really know with this anime. I’d hate to see Yuuki turn into a murderer; it’s just not him, which of course means it’s probably going to happen.
This idea of vampire’s vs humans is slowly becoming more and more twisted as time continues and the scenarios become more complex, I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up caring more about the vampires than humans in this show, it would be quite interesting especially when you consider the message the author would be trying to portray.
Shiki Nikki  End