Okay, I think this naming trend has run its course.
With each new episode, Koto finds new ways to be the most adorable, totally disarming character in currently airing anime. Most of those ways involve her annoying and causing property damage for Myoue. She could disappear from next episode onward, and I’d still be inclined to label her as a contender for cutest person of the year, right behind the kid who went trick or treating at my door as pre-crazy Michael Jackson, and actually gave me a piece of his candy for guessing his costume right. I mean it wasn’t that difficult and he only gave me a bite-sized Milky Way, but it’s the thought that counts.
Her constant torment of Myoue would have the potential to be irritating if it were used improperly for one-off jokes, rather than to give substance to their unwilling guardian/child relationship. Myoue’s chronic lethargy and Koto’s spastic attitude form the barest relationship by themselves, but they’re utilized in such a way that builds on both of their personalities, resulting in every spat between them feeling like a fluid progression of events. Every retaliatory prayer bead dangling brings them closer to understanding each other. Neither has the charisma to stand apart, but together they form a cohesive unit of joy and slapstick violence.
Overall, Myoue seems to be the most mysterious and potentially self-destructive of the siblings. While Yase and Kurama seem to have moved on in some way from their parents’ disappearance, his listlessness hints at him not finding a way to cope as well as them. It certainly doesn’t help that his feelings for his parents might be a tad more complicated than those of his siblings, given that his father saved him from a willing death. There’s a hint of resentment stemming from the possible feeling that he was saved when he feels he should have died, creating just enough of an enigmatic personality to balance Koto’s similarly enigmatic reason for being in the Mirror Capital.
I’m hoping that in the next actually productive episode, the series delves deeper into his relationship with his prior parents, with Koto, and how they’re influencing his current stint as a priest. There’s a wealth of territory to be explored, preferably with as much off-key singing by Koto as possible to serve as accompaniment. It may lack the somberness of the generic church choir, but it sure does liven up the show.