- Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:03 am
It's late so I won't wall o text us...
I'd look at it from Mitsuki's angle too. She's a girl who was abandoned by her lazy and manipulative mother. She had to take care of her less than stable father who's emotionally a mess. She's idolized at school and lusted after by the majority of the male population. She's self conscientious about her image, but stalwart in dealing with other's feelings (love letters). She does the shopping for the house, the laundry, cleaning, things that her parents would not.
This paints a picture of someone who's been abused, and latching on to self image in her original world. She gets attention from her father by participating in his "work" with him. She gets by day to day. But she's still thinking, not street smart per say but not caught up in frivolous teenager things. She's had to become more adult due to her circumstances.
So drop a young man, whom she doesn't have time for relationships with anyway, who's totally dependent on his parents, seems pretty flakey - into her daily routine where she's got yet another person to take care of. She understandably is easily set off.
Now switch gears and think about the fact she arrived a month ahead of Kazuki in the parallel world. She had no one that recognized her, her own "father" doubted her existence and treated her as an alien as she was taken into military custody. The world is enveloped in a war. She has no way to get home, and even her house doesn't have her own belongings in it. She's truly alone in every sense, doesn't even know if Kazuki will be showing up. She went from bad to worse by getting dumped into the parallel world.
..and yet, after the month, we pick back up where Kazuki enters the picture (to us almost instantly), Mitsuki seems well acquainted with the world. She fits in as a pilot. For her the new world is a clean slate, with a man acting as her father's role who's relatively successful and more reliable. She's got a job of sorts. She can vent her frustrations on the battlefield and is part of a team of pilots. She has purpose. The relationships at school have been reset, even if she still is idolized. Overall, for Mitsuki in World B, things are actually better.
So in drops Kazuki, a reminder of her not-to-distant past. He can't take care of himself. He wants to go home.
He's a burden. An eyesore. Then he's suddenly moved from the base dorms to Mitsuki's "home" along with an unrelatable weird alien glowing eyeball thing-girl-android - and she's expected to just deal, change her routine, and take care of more freeloaders. Imagine any time relatives or guests have stayed at your house, things get upturned pretty quickly. Even Mitsuki's diary in World B getting tossed out and replaced with new blank book is a illustration of how everything she knew had to be started over, a blank slate, when Kazuki entered her life.
Mitsuki simply doesn't deal well with changes in her life and routine. She's got a certain way of doing everything because that's how she's gotten approval and acceptance in the past. You can see she's thrown for a loop when Kazuki and D become self sufficient in doing their chores, and when more experienced females such as Yayoi, Reika, and MitsukiR all come into the house. She loses her place in the dynamic and roles she's used to. She didn't have a mother role model, she had to become that role on her own. Her authority, her world, her relationships, everything is upturned due to one boy having weird visions...
But... she doesn't stay this way.
A lot of examples of her personality changing are found in Ep.11 Real. Once upon a time it was said in the fandom that Dual was nearly as much Mitsuki's story as it was Kazuki's. It depends entirely on how much you dig into it.
So I wouldn't go quite so far as to say she's just an abusive tsundere character. There's a bit more to her backstory than that.
We are still small flowers without names. We are small beings that finally budded,
supported by those larger than us. But we dream... of the day when we will eventually
blossom under the wide open sky.