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12 Days of Christmas: A Cradle for Priest Myoue

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The greatest cradle, complete with the greatest mobile of all-time

For the gods in Kyousougiga, it seems that abandoning all responsibility is part of the job. When the young Yakushimaru first receives the power of creation from his father, the former Priest Myoue, it seems that he inherits his father’s and grandfather’s habit of abandoning all their obligations as well. And why shouldn’t he? After all, it’s only fair that he expects someone to take his place, just as his father and grandfather did before him! It’s not like he wanted to be brought back to life anyways! Why should he be any different from the people who held the job before him!

So the priest sits alone in his cradle, wasting away his immortality and his talents by pushing leadership onto his brother and sister. He tries to lead to a normal life, bickering with rabbits who attempt to steal his soda and chasing after girls, while rarely showing up to the council that he was supposed to lead. He lies about in Wonderland where nothing is born and nothing dies, waiting day after day by the train station for his parents to come back, just so he can thrust his responsibilities back onto them and end it.

It can be frustrating to live in a town which only reminds one of one’s self, especially when one wants nothing to do with who he currently is. For the death-seeking Yakushimaru, nothing could be more annoying than having to live in the nigh-indestructible Mirror Kyoto when it only reminds him of himself. It’s aggravating to be forced into spaces which only remind one of burdens one doesn’t want and even more so when such a place takes the form of something as patronizing as an oversized crib, complete with fake stars dangling from the ceiling. Usually when a person can’t stand the place they live in, they change things or move on, but in a world where only the unnecessary can be shipped off and everything else stays the same, everything can start to feel like a hell.

However, despite the young Myoue’s attempts to convince himself that his greatest loss that day in the snow was his own death, it is clear that what he wants back most is a family. When forced to confront the fear of his family fading away again, Myoue finally assumes responsibility and refusing to lose the last of his siblings, chases down Koto, breaks out of his crib, and tells his granddad to fuck off. No longer a baby stuck in a cage made by his father and no longer willing to pin his obligations onto others, he finally assumes the responsibilities of an adult and rises to all the challenges that his new name requires. Free from all the illusions of maturity he had before, Yakushimaru’s finally grown up, even if it took him a few more decades more than others to do so.

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