I was reading reactions to aoex ch 91 earlier and someone was asking why there is so much Yukio hate when he is justifiably stressed and has no one to confide in. I think it's a combination of Yukio's issues being so complex and fairly subtle and the narrative makes it easy to pit him and Rin against each other so favoring one means being annoyed by the other as theyhighlight each other's flaws. 'Why the Yukio hate?' is a good question and I wanted to ask your opinion too?
Related to the ask about Yukio hate I have another question about the twins. Why are they so often blamed for their weaknesses? Like, does no one remember Fujimoto raised them both to be the way they are? Or that none of the adults who suspect Yukio is having a crisis have done anything? Has anyone truly tried to assess their mental health? And what happened to the other priests they grew up with? I’m just mystified why no one cares about their environment encouraging their flaws? Thank you
I’ll address both asks at once if you don’t mind!
As I’ve stated before Yukio is a frustrating character, because he’s lashing out at other protagonists it’s easier to dislike him. Unlike the antagonists he isn’t supposed to be hurting or impeding the others, yet he is. Which I think makes him a great character! Complex and not black and white when it comes to who the reader wants to feel for. But I can understand why some readers would decide to dislike him. I think that’s fine, even if I don’t agree. Not all protagonists are likable or sympathetic, just as some antagonist can still garner sympathy despite their role in the story.
I don’t know the answer to your question. My guess is that the adult characters don’t care, haven’t noticed, have other priorities, or maybe (and I’m thinking of Mephisto here) have reasons to push them in dangerous directions for some reason.
I have to wonder about how other characters, especially older ones who have a very different view of Shiro, connect his parenting to the twins.
Some seem to be suspicious of Yukio because of his connection to Rin (and by that I mean Satan) and Shiro (because he apparently disobeyed orders in order to secretly raise satan’s spawn) added with his youth I’m not surprised he hasn’t made any significant allies that he would trust or that would know/care about him enough to notice his current problems. Shura had a complicated upbringing, to say the least, so I’m a bit hesitant to blame her. Though she has noticed and has tried to bring it up with Rin and has told Yukio, more than anyone else, that he has to address whatever is bugging him. So she tried.
As for Rin very few people actually care because he’s the son of Satan. It adds pressure for him to be perfect because even a bout of teenage temper is him being a demon and a danger to Assiah and people constantly remind him that he’s only not being executed because of their good graces/because he’s useful and behaves. So that no adult would notice or help isn’t surprising. Rin is hiding it and what he isn’t able to hide (mostly his impulsiveness/temper) is held against him.
I have no idea about the culture/stigma/problems surrounding mental health in Japan, so I can’t comment on that. Let alone in the Blue Exorcist universe where I’m assuming would have the added complication of demons in the exorcist world. So…idk
Mephisto has been pulling the string a lot too and has his own motivations that don’t take the twin’s well being into account beyond what he needs them for so there’s that. In fact he might have an interest in pushing both of them to the edge in some ways, depending on what his end game is.
We actually don’t know much about the other priests relationship with the twins or the restrictions placed on them via demon contracts. We haven’t seen them be super involved in the twins’ lives since they started True Cross (and, again we might have to keep Mephisto/the higher ups in the Order in mind here) so that they’re unaware isn’t super surprising.
No one cares is a bit harsh. I think their friends care, but no one in significant power cares (or even wants the opposite). And they care about each other. I think the little spat Yukio and Rin had after Shura told them about their mother was actually a significant brother moment. Yukio was trying to connect to Rin on the common ground of their mysterious birth but…sorta gave up half way when he dismissed Rin’s opinion because they think differently.
I thought that was a little uncharitable of him, because for Rin Yuri is just another person, another parent, that’s death was indirectly caused by his birth. The more he knows then the more pain it will bring.
BUT I feel like there’s something else there when it comes to Rin’s reluctance to knowing about his birth parent(s). It’s been brought up twice now by Yukio, in specific contrast to Yukio’s burning desire to know Rin seems evasive on the topic even as a kid which is a little strange. I highly suspect there to be something more there, maybe something Rin found out or suspected or was told as a child that made him shy away from the topic.
Yukio is going down a bad road and fast, and Rin realizes it but feels like he can’t understand him anymore. Every time he tries to reach out Yukio just shoots him down by bringing up Rin’s demon heritage, which might as well be Rin’s Achilles heel when it comes to Yukio, and it derails to conversation completely. No matter how much Rin pushes (or backs off) Yukio isn’t giving anything and Rin isn’t a mind reader and he doesn’t know what Yukio does about Bon and Lightning’s involvement in the priest’s death. It’s tragic because both Rin and Yukio are dealing with problems with the same root cause, one in which they would both benefit from knowing that their twin is on their side no matter what. But Yukio has been sabotaging that.
Yukio is a very difficult place right now but he still needs to be held accountable for his behavior. Namely pointing his gun at places they should never be. At his brother (twice), at himself, at an ally. And for not letting anyone into his head, not even Rin who would be the best person to understand his situation.