This much Mashiro is good.
Clearly secrets don’t last long in Mikakunin. First there’s Mashiro letting slip that she and Hakuya are living with Kobeni. Then there’s Benio revealing the mutual past between Kobeni and Hakuya. Now, Shirayuki shows up and reveals the Mitsumine family’s secret.
Loli Mom Kita~
Shirayuki is pretty baller for a mother-in-law.
As is obvious, the big thing this episode is Shirayuki, Hakuya’s and Mashiro’s yukata-clad mother. Her easily distracted personality suggests where Mashiro inherited her mannerisms, and her small stature doesn’t bode well for the potential of Mashiro’s future growth. I’m also guessing the Mitsumine father has brown hair and purple eyes, if the children are any indication. But I digress. Shirayuki brings with her many answers, though things may not yet be as clear cut as we think. Chiefly, it is confirmed that the Mitsumines are not human. What exactly they are isn’t explicitly stated, but perhaps this is only appropriate as it seems they might not fully conform to any one names that humans have given them in times past. Though I don’t think Benio’s “fairy” guess is quite right. But anyway, we do see that the tales of Kobeni “playing” with Hakuya in the past are cleverly misleading, as the Hakuya back then took the form of a large, black dog. Yes, they weren’t two children playing, but rather a child and her pet playing, so to speak.
This actually makes their current relationship all the more sweet in my eyes. We already knew that Hakuya isn’t good at expressing himself with words and so resorts to actions. This we now know results from him taking the form of a dog in the past and living isolated from society (stronger emphasis on the latter). And we also knew his way of trying to comfort or cheer up Kobeni is to pat or rub her on the head, though this didn’t have much meaning to us other than to make her act cute and embarrassed. But now we know he does this because Kobeni did the same to him in his dog form when they were younger. And we all know that a little bit of rubbing and patting goes a long way to make any dog happy, so clearly Hakuya is just trying to return the favor from what he knows. But wow, it’s amazing how learning this little tidbit makes such a simple thing so much more endearing. I could just gush on and on about those two.
I gotta fever… And the only prescription is cute anime.
The other big revelation is that Kobeni’s frequent fevers and weak constitution is a result of Hakuya giving her half of his “powers” to save her during their cliff accident. I like that the usual inexplicable health problems are now more or less explained away (here’s looking at you, Key AIDS), but understandably attributing it to supernatural powers is still a tad bit convenient. Anyway, the main concern is that obviously Kobeni’s body can’t handle housing even half of a Mitsumine’s powers, so one wonders if they’ll do anything to “extract” it in the near future (one also wonders how Hakuya managed to “split” his powers in the first place). Since said powers originate from Hakuya and the two are potentially getting married though, it’s easy to conclude that just perhaps this engagement might have something to do with this. Not to say that there aren’t any desirable qualities Kobeni possesses that might have made the Mitsumines and the Yonomori grandfather consider her as a suitable bride for Hakuya.
Shirayuki can come across as rather convenient, but when I think about it, she doesn’t actually reveal too much about the show. The one thing she does make clear is that the Mitsumines aren’t human. And I suppose you could say she gave us a few more hints about Hakuya’s and Kobeni’s past in that way. But really, it’s nothing much more than what we already know. In fact, she leaves us with more questions than answers with her revelation that Hakuya gave Kobeni half of his powers. Does this make Kobeni sort of a demi-human now? And what exactly are these powers that would enable a human to survive falling off a cliff? I can understand the inhuman Mitsumines having a sturdier build than most humans, but how would they potentially transfer that trait to a human on the fly? Plus, it becomes even more confusing when we factor in these powers now having an adverse effect on Kobeni’s health after having saved her in the past.
Hakuya’s canine form.