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SO EVIL WOLVERINE’S MIRROR DOES, IN FACT, HAVE AN INCREDIBLY ON BRAND CLONING FEATURE.
Which is kind of fantastic in every possible way and I can’t tell if I love it for the symbolism or hate Clamp for shoving it my face in every single plot arc and laughing silently as I didn’t know I was looking at the literal cloning device the entire time.
that Syaoran WAS, in fact, created as a clone to collect the feathers.
His extreme endurance and willingness to throw himself in harm’s way to collect Sakura’s feathers, which I was concerned about constantly, was programmed into him from the start. WHICH IS CONCERNING IN ITSELF, because DOES THAT STILL COUNT AS PART OF HIS PERSONALITY?
IF SOMEONE PROGRAMS A PERSONALITY TRAIT INTO YOU, IS IT STILL YOURS?
It’s not a shocking twist, exactly, but it reaches right down to my heart and pours gasoline all over it because WAS ANY OF THIS SYAORAN’S CHOICE AFTER ALL?
Syaoran made the choice to save Sakura, and he made every individual choice to collect each feather, and he made the choice to sacrifice his relationship with Sakura in order to be able to cross dimensions.
EXCEPT HE DIDN’T.
EVIL WOLVERINE MADE THOSE CHOICES FOR HIM BEFORE HE WAS EVEN PROPERLY BORN.
DOES THAT COUNT?
DOES A PRICE FOR A WISH COUNT IF YOU THINK YOU’RE ACCEPTING THE DEAL ON YOUR OWN TERMS, BUT WERE PROGRAMMED TO DO IT ALL ALONG?
COULD HE HAVE CHOSEN DIFFERENTLY, EVER? ABOUT ANYTHING?
And the real stinging wound is Syaoran technically never CHOSE to throw himself in harm’s way to save Sakura. He WANTED to, yes, but that was because someone else FORCED him to want to.
Every single decision he has ever made was FORCED by someone else.
But if he still THINKS he made those decisions, is his personality still fully formed?
Would he have made the same decisions without Evil Wolverine’s programming?
Would his personalty have grown in the same way?
Does it even matter if he has no choice? Is Syaoran still Syaoran no matter what programming he has?
BECAUSE THAT I DEFINITELY CCS SYAORAN’S MAGIC CIRCLE.
CAN ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF THE SAME PEOPLE SHARE THE SAME MAGIC CIRCLE?
AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SEND PART OF YOUR SOUL INTO SOMEONE ELSE?
Was it ONLY the mindcontrol sections that had Lava Lamp Guy influencing Syaoran? Or did the presence of his soul affect the development of Syaoran’s own soul?