So this week's focus switched to the volatile Yase and her particular brand of abandonment issues - if Kurama is forever looking forward determined to reclaim his lost parents, Yase is passively trapped in the past unwilling to let go of her memories.
Yase is a hardcore hoarder - I thought I had issues throwing things away, but Yase takes to an entirely new level - she even preserves a bloody tree because it has sentimental value to her!Yase's home is filled with treasured memories of her past - she keeps everything and can not stand the thought of parting with any of her possessions.Her extreme reaction to finding her mother's teacup missing speaks volumes about Yase's unwillingness to move on from the past - for Yase her mother was the only person to accept her as she is and therefore Yase wraps herself up in mementos that Lady Koto left behind, reliving old memories over and over.It isn't the healthiest way to cope with loss, but given how different her siblings are to Yase it is understandable she feels rather alone.
This is made worse by Kurama's actions shortly after their parents disappeared - Kurama's constant experiments to find a path to their parents started by simply tossing something strongly connected to their mother into the void in the hopes of following it to her.The fact that this object is the doll Yase treasured most leaves a deep emotional scar on Yase & Kurama's relationship - Yase is the type to bear a grudge forever given her tendency to dwell on the past.While Yase is happy to argue with Myoue in the same manner they always have, she and Kurama don't seem to interact much anymore - but her acceptance of Kurama's cup as a replacement for the one she lost can be seen as a positive step for Yase, as she is making room for new things in her world once again.
The other thing I really liked about this episode was the attention to detail paid to the setting once again.The Mirror Capital is a place where nothing made there can be broken, but there are constantly new things being made so you have to wonder how the residents avoid a neverending build up of stuff.The answer presented in this episode is the phenomenon of the "station opening" where the residents of Mirror Capital simply let unwanted objects float off into the ether.I love this little detail - it once again shows just how much thought and care the creators have put into the world of Kyousogiga.
In contrast we have the little revelation that things broken by Koto's glass hammer do not regenerate - collateral damage does seem to repair itself, but things broken by the hammer directly remain broken.This suggests that only things made in the Mirror Capital have this regenerative capacity - things influenced by objects from Outside lose this ability, Koto's arrival continues to have a wide reaching ripple effect.
Speaking of Koto her innate good nature really shines through in this episode - she goes above and beyond what would have been expected of her to comfort Yase.Despite Koto's destructive tendencies, she has this cheerful disposition that you can't help but get sucked into.Kurama likened her personality and looks to his father, Yase sees her mother in Koto's open, unjudgemental nature (and then there is the fact one of the charms on her hammer is Yase's lost doll!) - both siblings are very interested in Koto.We won't get a full insight into Myoue's take on Koto until next week, but I imagine she also reminds him of his parents in some respect.
Kyousogiga continues to impress me - it's the fine details and how well thought out everything is in addition to the colourful, fun packaging that makes me love it so much.I am so happy the creators got a change to fully explore this world - the OVA truly did have tonnes of potential.