There is a huge difference how their Shadow encounters turn out especially since before Shadow Yukino appears you get a choice:
Yukino finds Fujii dying at Caracol which shatters her. She actually wants to stay with him however you are given a choice: The one you actually should take is the one in which Tatsuya forces her to come along.
She gets Durga as a symbol of her anger and sadness due to Fujii’s death. However Yukino also remembers that there is still Anna who needs her help which actually makes sense if you consider Yukino’s backstory:
Saeko didn’t give up on Yukino either and she basically became Yukino’s paragon. Yukino wants to support Anna the way Saeko supported her.
Yukino faces her Shadow and admits that she’s unsure of her own abilities. Her and Anna win and Yukino is able to rejoin the party
I also really like the scene when Yukino asks Philemon to give her ability to summon Persona to Jun, because she doesn’t need it anymore and since she wants to fight all by herself. Yukino’s starter Persona is Vesta (Hestia) who gave up her place on Mount Olympus for Dionysus just like Yukino gives up her place in the party.
If you choose not to force Yukino to come with you, she fails which leads to her breakdown. This is why Shadow Yukino comes for Anna and commits suicide with her which leads to Yukino never saying a word ever again. If you choose this Yukino never becomes a mentor like person for Anna like Saeko was a mentor for Yukino. In this scenario Yukino fails both regarding herself and she fails to save Anna.
As for Maya’s Shadow
Maya’s Shadow represents her grudge due Lisa, Eikichi and Jun locking her into the Araya shrine. She can’t bring herself to hate them however as her Shadow points out the only one who she doesn’t blame for her childhood trauma is Tatsuya who was locked into the shrine with her as well since he didn’t want to lock her into the shrine, he had a childhood trauma just like her and he in the end even saved her. Maya denies her Shadow even when Shadow Maya is defeated.
Ghost teenage Maya thanks her hero and Maya mentions being locked into the shrine with Tatsuya later on but regarding Jun, Lisa and Eikichi she continues to show her bright side again. You might say that she understood of course that the kids couldn’t have foreseen that an arsonist would come along and burn down the shrine and that they really just didn’t want her to move away.
There is no reason for a breakdown for her since: 1. In contrast to Yukino there is no choice you can take 2. It’s fitting for Maya to continue to hide her problems behind her cheerful smile.
There is a reason why Maya’s arcana is the moon arcana:
Moon represents lies, delusion, illusion.
And just like Li Shang from the Mulan movie sings:
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon
-far/dark side of the moon
-near side of the moon
Though mysterious as the far side of the moon would be more accurate of course than dark side. Dark side of the moon however can refer to the unknown as an idiomatic phrase.
The moon basically only shows its “bright” side (near side of the moon) henceforth why Maya could never bring herself to hate Lisa, Jun and Eikichi.
The moon arcana theme also continues with Maya’s role in EP by the way since she wants to find out the truth and how the EP parallel world is basically in delusion and since Tatsuya has to explain Maya what has happened on the Other Side at Mount Iwato.
Tanaka week day 3 (posted on day 7 but ssssh): Flowers/family/birthday
Let’s be real, Family is a title people earn and this team couldn’t be more worthy! + actual sibling:
Tanaka is definitely a cherry blossom kid himself, he is wonderful, cheers everyone up and is gone way too soon (more Tanaka-moments for the world! yes please!). And it would suit his little senpai obsession.