It Takes Two
I’ll be honest: I have not been looking forward to Dui’s story, which is why I let it lie for so long. On the surface, there is obviously nothing wrong with Dui, quite the contrary. He is by far the kindest god of the entire bunch, a quiet person who genuinely cares about his friends and the MC. But I’m not new to the Japanese approach to mythology, and there is one thing that is simply a given: the Gemini sign will always have the evil twin and/or split personality problem. Always.
My favourite anime show, Saint Seiya, managed to combine both concepts: Saga, gold saint of Gemini, did not only have a dark side within himself, but also an actual evil twin brother, Kanon. Now, in Saint Seiya, Saga was (and is) my most beloved gold saint, and in terms of favourite character, second only to Phoenix Ikki. But what I’m looking for in an action show is radically different from what I’m looking for in a romance story, and a split personality is pretty high on my List of Nope.
Saga’s split personality
Saga and Kanon
In everybody else’s route, Dui is depicted as a soft-spoken, friendly god who has everybody’s best interest at heart. As sweet as he is, I expect his evil twin to be all-out evil. And while I know that a story needs an antagonist, and that a fair amount of drama is to be expected, I really prefer enemies that are not, you know, oneself.
Okay. I’m sure everything will come up roses in the end. Let’s have a look.
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I “saved” Huedhaut for last on the Wishes side of things, because I didn’t really know how I felt about his premise. I’ll tell you about the premise after the jump, although it’s not actually that much of a spoiler.
This is my last Wishes god. I did not expect to finish Wishes first, because I’m far more partial to the Punishments side of things, where I have two gods left.
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In order to preserve some holiday spirit, all we need is a handsome man to take us back to that magical time. How about my favorite boys, the gods from the stars? I mean, honestly, you didn’t think I would somehow not give you a review of my beloved Zodiac boys’s Christmas stories? Because there are several. The first reviewed set, Twelve Loves, covers your second or first Christmas with your god, depending on whether you pick one from the first series (Leon, Scorpio, Teorus, Dui, Huedhaut, Ichthys) or the second one (Karno, Zyglavis, Aigonorus, Krioff, Tauxolouve, Partheno). They are three chapters each. The second set, 12 Temptations for short, are tiny and often sweet one-chapter stories, set in what I assume is the year thereafter.
So, on this last day of Christmas, here are your gods.
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Nothing Lasts Forever
I have made my way through most of the zodiac now, with only four gods left whose stories I haven’t read. Since it is December, I thought it fitting to choose Tauxolouve, called “Lou” by his friends (“Louie” by his mother), as the next one. From his interactions with everyone else, I must deduce that he falls in the “Smooth Operator”, womanizer category. These are not necessarily my favorites, but they do tend to turn out quite a lot tamer than what we were led to believe. Also, so far, almost every god has had some sort of dark-ish secret, so I’m looking forward to finding out what that might be.
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Everything for Love
Teo was actually the first Wishes god whose story I read. I decided on Teorus, ruler of Taurus, mainly because that’s my actual sign. Also, I low-key hated Leon (Leo) and I had serious reservations about Huedhaut (Aquarius), seeing as he was the MC’s true love when she was still a goddess. Too much history/baggage. Of the second half of the gods of Wishes, neither Tauxolouve (Sagittarius) nor Aigonorus (Capricorn) caught my fancy in the beginning. Karno (Cancer) was mildly interesting, especially since he was said to make Leon almost palatable (and not by being even worse). But for a a first foray into Wishes, I chose Teorus. And then I just never got around to writing about it.
So, here, after re-reading the story, I finally give you the write-up of Teorus, the Greedy Prince. Enjoy.
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