So like, I buy into the clone theory myself, and I feel like in media in general clones get treated as disposable or "less real" and tbh it really upsets me??? I want to believe that a clone!Shiro would get treated with more respect/agency than that because so far VLD seems to be doing pretty well in the writing department, but... I worry. How do you think a clone narrative where the clone doesn't wind up being evil or conveniently dying could work? (Not necessarily in VLD, just in general.)
I feel the same way about “artificial” characters being treated as disposable or less people (or less trustworthy) and personally I think that’s because in general I project onto that as an autistic person.
My greatest discomfort with the clone theory is how a lot of the things people cite as “proof” this isn’t original Shiro seem to be targeting neurodivergence (that Shiro also has, because trauma you guys) or otherwise nitpicking harmless behavior as sinister and unpleasant.
I’m with you, I’m not really an adherent of clone theory but if they took that route, I think that the ideal thing that VLD could do with it is adapt him into this continuity’s version of Ryou.
Because in this situation, I imagine the real struggle would be- him considering for the first time that he’s not Shiro, on top of whatever the empire intended for him, and then having to build his own identity.
The writers could potentially toss him a bone in that regard in the idea of maybe however he was put together has physical side effects that manifest after a while so as time goes on he’s less of a Shiro doppelganger. It’s also possible, while it wouldn’t be happy, that he potentially breaks with the team and goes off on his own and ends up finding his own niche out in the world.
That kind of speculation off the clone theory is something I could get behind even if it’s not my theory- so if there are two people here, there’s a whole world of possibilities to explore. Basically just… treat him as a character and not a monster of the week.