xx route

The Problem with Kagerou Project

The title of this post may make people sort of wary, considering I’m posting this on what is supposed to be a celebratory day, but let me be clear: The problem I have with this series is possibly one of the biggest things that makes me love it and hold it so dear.

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First Timeline + Yakitsukeru (Retaining/Searing Eyes)

Okay, so before I start infodumping all over this post, I’m going to be shorthanding Shintaro’s snake’s name as “Yaki” to make things easier for me to type out. 

Basically, I made some observations about the first timeline after getting the bluray of MCA from a friend of mine, and it’s time to fuck everyone up with stuff about Shintaro and his snake. Obviously this is going under a cut because it contains lots of screenshots to prove my point: all of which come from MCA and from the official PV for Lost Time Memory. 

tl;dr: Shintaro’s Snake copies Ayano because she’s important, lots of fucked up references and symbolism and stuff to connect Lost Time Memory’s official PV to the end of Episode 8 of MCA. 

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why kanoshin is good bc i did a psychoanalysis of this ship a while ago on twitter

  • kano- young, severely depressed, pushes down his emotions to dangerously unhealthy levels, puts huge emphasis on “not letting go of the past”, SEVERELY DEPRESSED, hates himself
  • shintaro- young, severely depressed, pushes down his emotions to dangerously unhealthy levels, actively refuses to let go of the past in route xx, attempts to grow as a person in route 1 by moving on, SEVERELY DEPRESSED, thinks of himself as trash
  • both are extremely mentally unwell people who would understand each others state of mind, and understand the various coping mechanisms used to deal with mental illness and the like
  • shintaro has been shown in canon to care deeply for the members of the mekadan, shows concern over their well being. upset by the idea of kano hating him, as he expresses to kido.
  • kano hated shintaro as a teenager bc shintaro was a fucking ASSHOLE to ayano while she was alive. you cant get around that. he was rude af to her and she put up with it bc ayano was a good person. kano resented shintaro for treating her so terribly. lashes out after being under extreme stress, including being forces to pose as his older sister’s corpse.
  • kano in present day regrets his actions, recognizes that he’s done unforgivable things, and quote, thinks of [shintaro] as an idiot, but also a good person. he’s warming up to him.
  • kano letting go of past memories and regrets = starting fresh with shintaro, as he is willing to apologise and make complete amends with him
  • why wouldnt you like this ship
  • shintaro and kanos true personalities mesh perfectly. true kano has a nearly the same mindset as shintaro, yet it has been shown that when he lets his guard down, he’s somewhat cheerful. yes. its a cheerful dork and a grumpy dork combo. who doesnt like those.
  • both of them are INCREDIBLY intelligent and would be an intellectual power couple
  • can work through their past traumas together. neither of them have had great lives. especially not kano. shintaro, having regret not listening to ayano’s troubles while she was alive, would be more than willing to do everything in his power to help kano like himself
  • SHIPS DON’T HAVE TO START OUT LOVEY DOVEY THEY HAVE TO GROW
  • KANOSHIN IS A VERY COMPLEX SHIP THAT HAS REALISTIC EMOTIONS AND COMPATIBILITY GOLDness
  • they are human. they will forgive. ene thinks that shintaro will forgive kano. they will become better friends. dont believe me just watch [uptown funk plays]
  • kanoshin is fucking golden don’t believe anyone who says otherwise