Yozakura Quartet is, as ever, a hard show for me to categorize.
tuning" ability. This is one of the darker elements of Yozakura Quartet, an area where the idealistic nature that pervades much of the rest of the story and its depiction of human-youkai relations is put to the test. You wouldn't have guessed it from the introductory episodes but Akina is at worst a co-lead in this series with Hime, and in many ways he's the one in the most difficult position when it comes to the balance of life in Sakura New Town. That Shidou (and Akina's grandfather) refer to his ability as "murder" is not hyperbole - he sends these sentient creatures off to an unknown dimension, a thinly-disguised metaphor for the afterlife. It's a huge responsibility on his shoulders, and his personality usually belies the fact that he's carrying it.
Touka, Kyousuke's younger sister who's likewise an ogre, and who's crushing hard (she's good at crushing) on Akina. After Shidou's car (seemingly sabotaged) goes out of control and barrels towards the mermaid-vampire tots Mina and Kana, Touka jumps in to shield them but in the process squeezes the blood out of them like juice from an orange. These are youkai of course and thus they're fine (eventually) but it's a shocking moment nonetheless. Still, Kyousuke's rage at Akina that his sister (he is in fact a siscon, by the way) is suffering because Akina is not "duty-bound" (in the tuning business) seems odd, because there seems to be no chance that Kyousuke would actually want to see Touka tuned. And in fact, Akina puts that to the test as his own way of mending fences with Kyousuke, bro-style. It's a very weird, classic Yozakura sequence.