the thing i think the most about akechi, beyond just pointing out the abuse and yaldabaoth is he's what happens to kids who are utterly failed not just by one adult, but an entire system. a system that does view kids as pariahs if they're illegitimate, if they're orphans. one where there's no resources. one that's really sad because imo in persona 5 while we see most of the people saved, it calls to mind societal failures on a systemic level.
Yeah.. I was actually reading into this earlier. It’s bad enough for institutionalised kids/orphans, let alone illegitimate.
I really wish they would have elaborated more on Akechi’s history, even if it’s about something Japanese society knows. Because it doesn’t mean that the ins and outs of its effect on Akechi are fully appreciated by the text itself. You don’t even know much about his mother, besides that she was ‘aijin’, she had an (apparently very memorable) relationship with Shido, and she died out of shame for bearing Goro. You don’t even know if she loved him (hell, you get that much for Yusuke and Futaba..)
Granted, it may not have been feasible to learn that much about her if Goro himself didn’t know, or remember. But really, skimping on his experience growing up in care? This is something that shaped his whole damn existence.
Besides, you know they can make whole arcs on the things that are big societal problems in Japan and outright attack them, so it feels like it was skimped unnecessarily. So much of Akechi’s arc was to be honest, and given what they’re touching on here is thematic and nigh crucial to the whole game it’s.. really sad.
What’s worse about this is that the effects of the systemic failure - that is, the external - didn’t stop even when he ‘became wanted’ by the public. He still had to hide his ‘status’ out of shame, and he was trapped into becoming the public’s puppet. He was barely human to anyone, even when he was ‘most beloved’.
In the end, it felt like they didn’t address the societal problem so much as make a cursory example of it. Maybe in this case because it’s so deeply woven that there isn’t a singular enemy to deal with, idk.