Kyousogiga TV – 09
Anyway Kyousogiga is certainly ramping up the reveals for it’s finale – and I’m not entirely sure what to think about it all really.
So Inari/Myoue is the brother of the leader of Shrine and they’ve both been kicking around for the entire history of the Universe and charged with maintaining order across the 12 parallels…..and Inari is a god with the power of creation who doesn’t particularly like humans because they tend to fuck things up. Yeah that is quite a lot of information to dump on us all at once….and not particularly well considering it was just a long monologue with not much going on on screen either. While it does explain quite a few thing about Inari’s strange personality, I can’t profess to enjoying having all this revealed via info-dump towards the end of the series!
Inari is a fascinating character, but it is exceptionally difficult to grasp his thought processes. Considering he’s now been unveiled as a god this is understandable, but it is still frustrating to be unable to pin down exactly what motivates Inari. He isn’t entirely self-centred, it is abundantly clear that he cares for Lady Koto and all their children in his own way, but at the same time he seems to treat them as toys to amuse himself rather than people of unique worth.
Chaos follows in Inari’s wake. His creation of the Mirror Capital was a selfish venture that he knew would destabilise the very fabric of the universe but he did it anyway because Inari wanted to escape from his predetermined role for a while. Adopting Yakushimaru, making him immortal and then bestowing his powers of creation upon him was also entirely selfish, but he did it to satisfy Lady Koto’s maternal desires, and the other two siblings were created to ease Yakushimaru’s loneliness. His brother accused Inari of abandoning his responsibilities and running off to play house, and that seems to be the case – the fabricated world and family were an escape from the boring reality Inari has lived for millennia. It doesn’t really excuse his abuse of his godly powers to play with other peoples lives, but it does make it a bit more understandable.
Koto appears to be an entity that has surpassed all of Inari’s expectations. He refers to her as another version of himself, which I suppose explains her ability to shatter dimensions. While Inari claims to be a god of creation, Koto seems to bring destruction – but for all her destructive tendancies Koto has always been a warm and caring person, a stark contrast to Inari’s strange coolness. So when Inari locked down Koto’s personality to turn her into a force of pure destruction it was really heartbreaking, but easy to see how she could be another facet of his being.
And then we have Yakushimaru/Myoue. A character who has become even more central to this series than Koto. Myoue is utterly crushed by the realisation that Inari’s manner of thinking is completely alien to normal humans. All Myoue wanted was a return to the simple days of make-believe family life before being granted the release of death. Myoue’s guilt over living many times the lifespans denied to his biological family, has haunted him for centuries. Kurama’s statement of “desiring a future does not betray the past” seems to neatly sum up Myoue’s issues, and is a rare instance of Kurama actually acting as an older brother towards Myoue.
We’re also told that the original plan was for Myoue to rule over the Mirror Capital alone, it was a world created around him. Inari seems to have had a plan in mind for Myoue as he gifted his power of creation to him with those prayer beads, and seems somewhat perplexed by Myoue’s reluctance to use them. However Myoue’s attachment to his life before becoming immortal, the burden of his guilt and the strength of his feelings of abandonment all seemed to place heavy limiters on Myoue’s ability to act with any kind of conviction. It is only Koto that can evoke a reaction from him, casting off his supports and limiters to reach out to draw her back from the brink of complete destruction.
It was a powerful scene and somewhat restored my faith in this series. The conveniant info-dump provided by Inari isn’t the point of Kyousogiga, this series revolves around Myoue & Koto and that’s exactly where it came back to by the end of the episode. I still have great faith that this show will deliver a really fantastic finale – I’m definitely looking forward to it.