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Asato Ichijo (一条麻遠, Ichijō Asatō) was Takuma's grandfather and head of the Senate and was known as Ichio.

AppearanceEdit

Asato Ichijo had the same hair color as his grandson Takuma Ichijo, pale blonde. However, rather than having
Asato

Asato Ichijo

green eyes, his are icy blue. Asato was said to be very old, but had the appearance of a man in his late 30s or 40s.

PersonalityEdit

Though appearing to be a cold and cruel man, he showed some concern for his grandson Takuma, and said that he had wanted Takuma to be his successor in the Council. He also expressed intense dislike for Purebloods, due to fear of their power over other vampires. His age and demeanor inspired in fear many other vampires.

HistoryEdit

He was the head of the most distinguished clan of aristocrats and one of the oldest vampires on the Council. Asato made the Ichijo Group so large that today all human business transactions involve his company[1].He wanted to become Kaname's guardian after the death of his parents, but Kaname did not accept. He has allowed Takuma to attend Cross Academy for the purpose of spying on Kaname.

PlotEdit

Ichiou visited the Cross Academy to warn Takuma about his involvement with Kaname, warning him that Kaname threatened the regime of the Council. Kaname and the other vampires paid their respects to Ichiou. Ichiou was later revealed to be involved with the President of the Vampire Hunter's Association. He invited Takuma to meet with Senri who was being possessed by Rido Kuran, referring to him as the true ruler of the vampires.

After the destruction caused by Kaname, he faced Kaname and revealed that he knew that Kaname is one of the ancestors. Ichiou declared that he believed everything he did was right and claimed that Kaname was the one at fault. Before he could elaborate, Takuma interrupted them and said that he did not believe that the ends justifys the means and had decided to end it for both of them and killed his grandfather. 

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

Like all aristocratic vampires, Asato had healing powers and aged slowly. It is not known in detail what his specific aristocrat powers were. In the anime, his enhanced strength was demonstrated  when he snapped the neck of the former head of the Hunter's Association.

RelationshipsEdit

Takuma IchijoEdit

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Takuma Ichijo was his grandson and he had intended to pass down the role of Senior Councilor to him when he passed away. He attempted to make Takuma spy on Kaname, but Takuma refused to betray his friend. In the wake of Rido's attack on Cross Academy, his grandson approached him, siding with Kaname and ultimately killed him.

Kaname KuranEdit

Kaname Kuran was under his care after his parents' deaths. He wanted Kaname to become his ward but Kaname refused. He was against the idea of Kaname's existence and the power he wielded over the rest of the vampire society.

QuotesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • There has been many discussions about whether Kaname became his ward or not, as Kaname has been seen driving along with Takuma in what appears to be an Ichijo car, as well as stating that he had to escape from his guards and that he is kept under very hard restrictions, making some believe that the rejection Ichiou mentions was overheard, or that he means after some time as his ward.
  • Asato seems to be the only vampire in the series to have identical similarities to Dracula[2] from vampire folklore, such as his appearance and nature.
  • According to the fan book, he likes ladies with a dark nature.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vampire Knight Manga, Chapter 11
  2. See Bram Stroker's original "Dracula's Guest" short story as reference

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