One thing that Kyosogiga continuously nails is showing the innocent gestures behind seemingly selfish acts. The little pink guy, who acts as the catalyst for this episode, is the perfect example. Yes, he takes Yase’s teacup to throw into the pile of debris leaving the Mirror Capital, thereby setting several rampages into motion, but he does it because the act of throwing stuff is fun, not because he wants to hurt her. I wish this guy all the best, and hope that we see more of him and his kleptomaniacal hijinks.
I had a sneaking suspicion that Yase would end up being my favorite of the siblings. Superficially, she was a veritable checklist of positive traits, being a blonde ogre in an unwieldy dress, perpetually sipping tea and getting into fights with Myoue. This could be the extent of her personality, and I’d still name her my favorite. The fact that there’s actually depth to her character makes for a pleasant bonus.
So far, Yase is proving to be a more tragic, relatable figure than her older brother. That’s not to say that his story isn’t tragic in its own way, or that he doesn’t miss his parents; it’s clear that he does just as much as the rest of his siblings. Unlike him though, Yase grew reliant on attention and reinforcement of her mother, rather than her father. Every one of her flashbacks involves her mother, whereas Kurama’s showed relatively equal attention from both his mother and his father. Kurama’s arc, while good, doesn’t resonate with me quite as much as this does. It lacks the consistently strong emotional punches that Yase’s delivers time and time again, without feeling cheap and exploitative.
As a result of Yase’s closer bond with Lady Koto, her memories are charged with emotion beyond wistfulness. They’re equal parts goofy and sad, detailing Yase’s slow taming of her wild streak. In particular, the one where Lady Koto made her stuffed rabbit out of a torn outfit, rather than reprimanding her for it, was a brutal representation of Lady Koto showing her daughter that their love can’t be dampened by shredded garments. Koto’s relationship with her daughter is a damn near perfect example of well-written unconditional love. Koto may always be surprised by Yase, but the way that she spins it positively really makes their relationship work. She doesn’t expect her daughter to change to fit her expectations, which is simply lovely to watch.
Just like her brother, Yase is more than somebody that dwells in the past. Despite still being easily angered, it’s made abundantly clear that Yase really cares for the objects and people that she surrounds herself with. They act as stopgaps between her and loneliness, but she never fails to take good care of themn. Actually showing those things love, and getting love in return, goes a long way toward continuing what Lady Koto worked so hard for. Yase may have trouble letting things go, but she treats them with care.
Yase’s missing teacup subplot is definitely the strongest that’s been displayed so far, contextualizing her materialistic, possessive, easily-angered nature in a manner that’s highly sympathetic. It does a fine job of finding the positives in what would be considered to be Yase’s more negative traits. If there’s a list of characters in anime most deserving of a hug, she would easily rank toward the top.