Kyousogiga continues to be the best new series of the fall, with no signs of slowing down.
Shouko (Chiwa Saitou) and Fushimi (Takemoto Eiji). I've loved all the segments that focused on the time of the three siblings' childhood - they've been some of the most emotionally powerful in the series, and offered the most insight into the larger picture as well as the characters that drive the story. Kurama is the eldest, and in the present he's the one in-charge - Yase at the very least and probably Myoue too seem to resent this a little, but not so much that they're willing to push back hard. Why? Perhaps it's that they realize he does, as he says, always try and do what's best for all of them - but I think the larger reason is that they see the weight of the burdens he carries, and are happy enough to let him be the one to do so.
immediately declared his older siblings. Yakushimaru is human and Yase definitively not, but while she seems to have little interest in the human world it's different with the likewise not-human Kurama. While there are no signs he was ever less than kind and protective of his otouto, Kurama from childhood longed for the freedom Yakushimaru had - the freedom to come and go to the human capital of Kyoto. Kurama spends his time copying sutras and sculpting, and that doesn't seem to change much after the family goes to Mirror Kyoto. Yase clearly prefers this new world but while Kurama is thrilled and grateful to his father for this place that was created, at least in part, for his benefit he understands that this is still not the "real" Kyoto that he longed so badly to see.
History of the Takayamadera Family" (is that the first time we've heard them referred to as such?) the strategically placed "Stuff Happened" entries put the kibosh on that notion. Kurama wants very badly to see that Kyoto he was denied, and while I have no doubt his love for his family is genuine that burning desire makes his character perhaps the most enigmatic and dangerous in the cast.
he reports directly to Kurama. If one were conspiracy-minded, one might speculate that the real power figures in this story share names with the great Shrines and Temples of Kyoto - Inari, Yase, Kurama et al - and it's interesting that it's Fushimi and Inari whose names are linked by the legendary Shrine in South Kyoto (an Inari Shrine in the village of Fushimi) which bears their names.