Yeah I don’t know what i can pull from this chapter, the mirror metaphor seemed to refer to the ‘dirtiness’ inside our hearts, we’ve got that whole parable where appearances can be deceiving going on here, and i thought it was interesting that Kyou suggests Marie could have been like Mirror-Marie (or vice versa) under altered circumstances. I wished we’d gotten more time to understand why the characters in the mirror world were all so different, but i guess this wasn’t really offering a sophisticated analysis, just a fun thought experiment.
The only other point that really stuck out to me was Marie’s thought that the Mirror-Marie would embody all of her ideals, Ryukishi suggests that the common fantasy that if only you could completely change your personality you’d be perfect is built on fantasy. The same goes with Marie’s friendship with Higanbana, the Mirror-Higanbana and Mirror-Sumire both lack their negative traits from Marie’s original world but are much less ‘people’ in this one. The Youkai who were once proud are now hardly worth their screentime beyond being laughed at.
This isn’t a particularly profound dialogue but it’s nice to see Ryukishi play around with his characters a bit
@VyseGolbez I really appreciated the Higanbana remix of Monochrome Clock, it’s a fantastic track to begin with and it just makes Mirror-Sakunoshin even stranger.
@Aspirety I sure hope so! Gimme that scary ghost story Ryukishi!