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6996 in #334

Did everyone read the newest Katekyo Hitman Reborn! chapter? There's three small Mukuro/Chrome moments, but as always, I can't tell if they support our 'ship or gainsay it.

Exhibit A
Mukuro: Well, that was quick. Now to finish you off. (eyes widen in surprise)
Chrome: Mukuro-sama... please... stop...
Mukuro: You're... an illusion, aren't you.


Exhibit B
Mukuro: You think I'd hesitate for a second to kill you?
Ken: Yeah!
Chikusa: Yes.
Flan: Of course!
M.M.: That's right!
Chrome: Mukuro-sama!
Mukuro: (looks vaguely surprised, possibly hesitant... and runs her through with the spear)
Before going on to deny that he considers these people comrades, or shares any emotional bond with them.

Exhibit C
Daemon: You're your own?! What are you saying?! Look how upset you got when Chrome was taken and tampered with!
Mukuro: Kufufufu, but of course. After all, I don't take kindly to being controlled.
Daemon: (thinking) When an illusionist possesses someone, they're normally able to share their senses... but this is another level! This crosses beyond emotions... unity... a complete, absolute bond! (out loud) What an absurd... group of guys...


What do you think? Is he prevaricating while he really cares? Is he telling the truth and really doesn't care?

Comments

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lackasexical
Apr. 26th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Mmm, I firmly believe Amano ships 6996, but she always wants to add some more layers to it - meaning Mukuro always denies having any kind of tie to Chrome or to any of his friends. If it was actually true, he'd be the flattest character on Earth; exactly what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

I think the reason it feels like the moments could be used against our ship is that they could be taken strictly at face value, and since Amano has always had....difficulties...with some relationships, it's hard to perceive the depth behind them sometimes. But yes, I take this as additional support - Mukuro being uncertain about Chrome as an illusion, being taken aback by fake-Chrome's assertion. He's not free of reservations as much as he is confident in his own abilities.
enisy
Apr. 27th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Your 'shipping preferences are made of win, puppies and Christmas. :D

"Difficulties with some relationships"? Are there even any real relationships in Reborn? The only one I can think of is Colonnello/Lal Mirch, and that took place exclusively in the background. XD

I hope you're right about Mukuro's comments not being gospel. Amano has always kept his feelings for Chrome under wraps, having other characters (like M.M.) or even Mukuro himself deny them. I suspect she won't make a definitive statement on them until the end of the series.
eigwayne
Apr. 26th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
I took it as Mukuro knows his comrades too well to be fooled by a crappy illusion. Tsuna would have hesitated, seeing his friends' faces, but Mukuro is more experienced, more skilled, and more confident. A friend of mine said, "Well obviously he can tell they're fake because the real ones would NEVER, EVER attack their Mukuro!" and I think Mukuro knows this. Besides, he is in Chrome's body, technically, so she can't be in front of him.

Of course, this neither supports nor refutes our ship because Mukuro is treating Chrome almost exactly the same as Ken and Chikusa.

He did hesitate long enough to let fake-Chrome get a hit in, though, and my theory is that that is where next week's plot twist is coming from. Daemon will be all "LOL no~ You can't troll a troll~!" and Mukuro will be all, "Damn my nonexistant-I-swear soft spot for cute Chrome!" /theory
enisy
Apr. 27th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think Mukuro actually took that hit. I think the perspective fooled us into thinking that, but it was actually fake-Chrome who'd gotten impaled. I agree that the fight isn't over yet, though!

I took it as Mukuro knows his comrades too well to be fooled by a crappy illusion. Tsuna would have hesitated, seeing his friends' faces, but Mukuro is more experienced, more skilled, and more confident. A friend of mine said, "Well obviously he can tell they're fake because the real ones would NEVER, EVER attack their Mukuro!" and I think Mukuro knows this. Besides, he is in Chrome's body, technically, so she can't be in front of him.

This all makes perfect sense, but I think the scene still tells us something true about the characters, otherwise Amano wouldn't have had Daemon conjure illusions of Mukuro's comrades at all. I think we're either meant to glean that Mukuro "is his own"... or that he doth protest too much. ;)

ETA: But, as you say, the message could also be that Mukuro knows these people better than Daemon had anticipated. Would certainly fit with his final (as far as we know) statement.

Edited at 2011-04-27 04:51 pm (UTC)
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enisy
Apr. 27th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
It's still fun to speculate!
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