Happy Valentine’s Day from Mikakunin de Shinkoukei!
It’s Valentine’s Day and Mikakunin appropriately brings us a Valentine’s Day episode.
Trouble with Chocolate
Kobeni can’t seem to find the right moment.
The level of romcom is too damn high! Yes, that’s right. The show channels its inner romcom with a whole episode of Kobeni repeatedly missing the timing to give Hakuya her homemade chocolate, resulting in the fiancé jumping to the conclusion that she hates him. These kinds of developments are of course very standard, but as usual Mikakunin executes them with gusto. The main point is that thanks to the chocolate shenanigans, we get to see so much interaction (albeit halting) between the couple. And anything that encourages this can do no wrong. Also, I think this might be the episode in which Hakuya has had the most presence so far. Yes, he has been getting more and more screen time and lines, but this episode I’m pretty sure sets the new record. Which is sweet, because when you boil it down, his entire concern this episode was about the possibility of Kobeni hating him. And that was hilariously only due to him overhearing foreveralone guys moping in the hallway.
Elaborating on Hakuya, Kobeni is finally starting to seriously recall their mutual past. At least, she remembers enough to bring up that she knows he used to take the form of a dog. Why he was a dog is never fully explained, but supposedly young Mitsumines are a bit “unstable” and thus are stuck in one form or another until they have better control of their powers. So my guess is he just so happened to end up stuck in the form of a dog during his youth, and his rescuing Kobeni is what enabled or spurred him to take human form. That could be easily exploited for romantics. There might also be something to do with the fact that he transferred half of his powers to her, though I still think we need more details on what exactly the transferring of powers entails. Did Kobeni obtain half of whatever a Mitsumine’s repertoire might be? Or perhaps she can do all of what they are capable of, but only half-heartedly? Whatever the case though, it is apparent that she won’t be consciously using these powers.
So it looks like Mikakunin will never tell us what the true nature of the Mitsumine clan is. Which I feel is the right thing to do. I really like the idea of them being something unknown and not pinned down to some preconception of a mythical creature we are familiar with. You know, as the title itself would imply. What we do know about them though, is that they have superhuman strength and speed, and they can change their form at will. Also, it is implied that they have a very sturdy build and regenerative capabilities since Kobeni took a fall off a cliff and survived with only half of their powers. Oh, and they must also have a keen intellect if Hakuya’s test scores are any indication. Mashiro’s scores might suggest otherwise, but let’s just chalk that up to her being grade school age. So basically the Mitsumines are just like a superior form of humans in every way possible, plus transformation thrown in the mix because why not.
Will we see a catgirl Mashiro in the future?