Don’t worry, it’s all in good fun, and we’re keeping in spirit with the anime! But real quick before we start, if you don’t already know what this anime is about, the ghost of some redhead (Hiyori) haunts and possesses a young girl (Mitsuki) because she has to fall in love with some dude (Yuuya) in order to get into heaven. Oh yeah, that dude just happens to be Mitsuki’s stepbrother. Everyone got that? Cool. Alright, alright, so here’s the game. Let’s… let’s just try to imagine what it feels like to be in Mitsuki’s shoes. I mean, Hiyori’s already gone ahead and, uh, stolen her body and voice, so what’s the big deal if we just pretend to be Mitsuki for, hmmmm, a day. This day, in fact, i.e. the day we see within the anime.
First off, it’s probably your first morning at the Kanzaki household seeing as how the boxes are still unpacked in your room. It probably isn’t your first day with the new family name though, but the name hasn’t really felt like yours just yet. Yep, your mom just remarried. Who knows if she considered your feelings before jumping into this relationship, but let’s just assume she isn’t a narcissistic parent. Maybe just a little careless. And hey, the stepbrother is probably a nice enough guy, your typical bland Japanese high schooler. It’s a little disconcerting that he walked in on you while you were changing, but mistakes happen. You’re uncomfortable, but you don’t want to make a scene. Still, it’s a little embarrassing and you don’t quite feel right talking at the breakfast table just yet. What’s this? Oh that’s right, you’ve just moved in and the stepfather has to go to work overseas. And oh yeah, one of your support systems, i.e. Mom, is going along with him. Maybe a lot careless.
You don’t know this Yuuya guy that well. Sure, it’s probably not the first time you guys have met (who really knows with anime though!), but still, you are not exactly friends with the guy. In fact, you guys aren’t even acquaintances. And yet your mom expects you to share a roof with the guy somewhat unsupervised. Your aunt will check up on you every now and then, but you’re still staying in a new house that you have to call home without any adult supervision with a guy who you don’t know all that well. Thanks, Mom. Thanks “Dad,” I sure would love some doll from India. It would make everything so much better. When you left the breakfast table, you seemed a little short and distant. Haha, let’s hope nobody thinks you’re just in one of those “moods!” Oh well, it doesn’t seem like the adults are going to change their plans no matter what. All you can do is suck it up.
You’re at school now. It’s nice. It’s an escape from the home that’s not quite a home. You’re talking to friends. They are a lot more familiar to you than your current family, that’s for sure. You don’t want to seem like a bitch about it, but then again, it’s the first time you could smile all day. Too bad school doesn’t last all that long. And you’re not in great shape for some reason. I dunno, ask the author. But really, it’s okay. It’s not like you’ll have to fight off unwanted advances or anything. Even so, at least school is school, and not some soapbox for the author to coyly defend romantic sibling love just because it has some historical roots. Man, that would be silly. Time to go home.
Oh look, it’s Yuuya. Great, he’s bringing up that incident from this morning again. It was an accident, dude, you don’t have to apologize over and over. What did you do, spend all day thinking of me changing? That’s mean. He probably just wants to be friends. But if people really want you to adjust and feel comfortable with your new life, it would be nice if you got the space to do it. Oops, you fainted. Here comes the anime plot. Next thing you know, you wake up in a hospital room. That’s scary. And your chest hurts. That’s also scary. All of a sudden, you’re embracing your brother and talking to him in a strange fashion. Not only does your home and family not feel like your home and family, now your words and actions don’t feel like they belong to you either. What’s going on!
Maybe it’s all a bad dream. You try to sleep it off. No matter how hard you think about it, you can’t justify your actions at the hospital. You can’t sleep all day though, so you get up. What’s this strange feeling around your crotch? What the hell? You’re wearing a chastity belt for some reason. But you didn’t put it on. That could only mean someone else was messing around with you down there. Not cool. But before you can even deal with this new problem, a goddamn ghost appears. And she assaults you on the bed and steals a kiss. Definitely not cool. That’s your personal space we’re talking about! As if your current feelings of displacement weren’t bad enough, the ghost forces you out of your body so you can watch her play with your body while she’s in it. What the fuck? Is there even anything that’s yours anymore? You may have lost everything else, but you’re not going to lose your body so you fight for it.
You get your body back, but too bad this just prompts the ghost to sexually assault you in bed instead. Wait wait, sexually assault you? C’mon, this is anime. There’s no sexual assault here! It’s just all in good fun! Here, let me explain. You tell her to stop, but the ghost doesn’t stop. Some unseen narrator feels the need to inform everyone that you’re enjoying it despite your self-proclaimed protestations. Who’s supposed to know “Hey, stop…” means stop, am I right? Right. Oh, don’t take it so seriously. Oh, it’s just two imaginary hot girls. Oh, if she didn’t want it, she could’ve fought back. Y’know, fight back against a ghost. And plus, every woman who has ever frozen in the moment is obviously asking for it. Especially if she enjoys it ’cause we always have full control of our bodies. So congrats. You’ve done the requisite mental gymnastics to render the current events as not rape. Cool! You can stop feeling bad about it now! I guess this is what they mean when they say, “Just get over it!” It’s only traumatic if you let it be traumatic.
Plus, there’s another worry to concern yourself with: you have to take a piss. Thank god this belt can be temporarily removed so that you can go to the bathroom in peace. Hah, just kidding. The ghost will follow you in there as ghosts are wont to do. Just kidding again! That belt only goes away temporarily for three minutes. Until another hour passes, you can’t make it go away again. I guess your bodily functions aren’t yours either, haha. What’s that? It’s your “family” knocking on the bathroom door. They want to talk to you. Really. Right here and right now. They think you’re just being overly emotional, and as a result, have locked yourself in the bathroom. You don’t want to worry them, but careful now, don’t piss yourself. Careful… caaaaaareful….
Ah, you made it. See? Anime’s not cruel. At least you still have your dignity. Somewhat. Anyway, wasn’t that thought experiment fun? Horror? This wasn’t a horror story. It’s a comedy! Here, have some panties: