Dude... Ryou meeting Kuro
well, color me super disappointed. @theprojectava did a super cute picture of Ryou meeting Kuro for the first time and I cannot find the link to it! And it was this super cute and perfect take on the whole thing too. So while I keep looking, here, have a link to a super adorable (look at them all smiling!!) picture she did of the three of them.
Honestly though, if we’re going with Kuro as a clone of Shiro or something of that sort, yeah, I can see Ryou being leery at first. But I don’t really buy the ‘Kuro would be pure evil!’ theory, simply because, if he’s based off Taka there’s - too much there that would mess that up if he inherits even the least bit of personality from Taka. If its just a walking body that reeks evil because there’s no trace of Taka’s personality that’s one thing but if we’re going on the theory that Kuro was made from Taka in more than just body, than he’s got Taka traits, no matter how twisted those are and Ryou- Ryou loves his brother. And, probably more than anyone even Taka, understands how truly dark his brother could be if he was anyone but himself. He’s lived with him all his life, he’s watched him develop into who he is and he’s seen all the multiple times Taka could have taken a lower route than he did and didn’t. If you give him someone that has Taka’s traits, that striving, that determination, that selflessness - Ryou’s going to recognize his brother in there. If Kuro has parts of Taka’s personality, Ryou’s going to reach out for that. It’s not his brother - but its what his brother could have been - and its worth saving. Ryou’s a fixer. And - there are times he can’t fix Taka. Maybe there are broken things in a Kuro he couldn’t fix either. But like hell is he not going to try his damnest.
And really - so the guy looks like his brother? Well… so does Ryou. Throwing one more mirror face in isn’t really going to throw him as badly as it might if he wasn’t already a twin. He can recognize Taka through several dozen tells physically. Someone that looks exactly like him isn’t going to stand much of a chance of fooling him so its really easy for him to look at Kuro and see… Kuro. Not Taka.
And Ryou’s always wanted a little brother.
If we’re going with the ‘Kuro is a split of Taka’s personality’ version… that’s going to hurt Ryou. This is his brother here, and something happened so horrifying to him that the only way his brother could survive was to split off a piece of himself. That version, depending on the personality it takes, might get itself decked. Ryou probably wouldn’t hit a clone but I’m sure he’s not above hitting his brother (I doubt they often ended up physically fighting but most siblings have had their moments when it just bubbles over). Over all though - its still his brother, even if its only a part of his brother and Taka would protect and care for that part too. He’d just do his best to try to find a way to merge it back into Taka so the piece could become part of the whole again instead of being a broken off shoot. Ryou’s no psychologist though so who knows how he’d even approach something like that. Probably just with support and encouragement and ‘have your back’ so that Taka could feel safe enough to not need a splinter part of himself to protect him. (I have not studied split personalities, I have no working knowledge of them, I am not writing this from a academic or psychological standpoint. Please take this as nothing more than fiction speculation).