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  1. Shoichi didn’t recognize the man knocking at his door, but he looked so impatient, as if Shoichi was making him late for an engagement, or had stood him up altogether, that he felt the need to check just one more time (though he didn’t look any more familiar the second time). I love this opening line, so much. Because Lighting hasn't said a word, and yet from Shoichi's 'first' impression of him, we immediately recognise him and his ego.

    I also admire Shoichi is this, balancing his protectiveness of Jin and anger towards Lightning against his respect for his brother's desires and not imediately writting off the points Lightning makes. I also like the little snippets of Lightning and his petulant bouts of 'immaturity', for lack of a better word, in this. Everything from his short, biting sentences as he striuggles to wait for Shoichi to leap onto the same page as him, to his childlike fidgeting, adjusting his collar and tapping his foot and the odd pang that must give Shoichi in return, upon witnessing them and seeing some lost element of his brother reflected in them.

    Lightning's point of view is also interesting in how he describes his younger self's thought process behind growth, believeing it could only be provoked by agony after witnessing Jin being tortured everyday. An interesting perspective, and certainly more faceted than what the show ended up giving us.

    “So you want to help Jin…to help yourself.”

    “You could say that. Having such an imperfect origin is admittedly a bit embarrassing among the other ignises. It’s very much a reflection of myself.”

    Pfft. Typical Lightning. Why am I not surprised?

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    1. Omg thank you so much, this is the sweetest comment!!

      I know a Lightning redemption arc is super outside the scope of the show, but I really just want him to fit in with the Kusanagis postcanon!!! I think it's really interesting to speculate about how the ignises probably share a lot of weird habits with their origins from observing them/learning from their duels, even if some of their defining traits seem to be more opposite (like Yusaku being serious while Ai is playful, or Aqua telling the truth while Miyu couldn't). I feel like those similarities would be likely to win Shoichi over to Lightning honestly, and since he was so good at dealing with Ai (and even predicting Lightning's moves to a degree, foreseeing that he would use Jin to get to him) I think he would definitely be capable of handling Lightning if he had a reason to. And idk, Lightning being the fastest one, or just generally impatient with having to explain things to Soulburner and Flame was an interesting detail to me that I guess I decided to headcanon as being something he learned from Jin?

      But while Lightning does seem to care for Jin to a degree, being hesitant to delete him after Shoichi lost to Playmaker and attempting to erase Jin's more debilitating traumas, I don't think he'd immediately stop being so overly proud or selfish. I guess I just really want them all to sort of work together without changing who they are too much! Maybe even Bowman and Hal could be part of the family too! :')

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