Thanks for replying , (and sorry I’m only answering now)
I know some people think that the MC shares a blame for what is going on with Jun/ko, but I don’t see why. They never reached out and said anything to the MC, so how were they to know?
I’m not entirely sure which side of that debate I take, but at the moment I’m leaning toward the idea that, as some have mentioned, the MC might have ‘known’ at least subconsciously - if we agree that the demon couldn’t be privy to that sort of information on its own and must have simply brought to light what a younger MC either didn’t at the time understand or chose to ignore.
Also, the MC themselves appear to blame themselves for not seeing the ‘signs’, saying something to the effect that Jun/ko was “just a child crying out for help”.
On the other hand, even if the MC didn’t know, it can still be argued that they (unwittingly) contributed to a pattern of Jun/ko entering ‘problematic’ relationships (with complicated power dynamics and generally based on some sort of violence or abuse). Which, now that they know that, may lead them to feel like they must make amends for it (again, even if they weren’t at the time aware of what had happenned).
The fact that Jun/ko can see the innocence in our pint sized companion and notices the particular bond we have with our pint-sized employer just fuels their fire more.
Agreed. But its because of that heightened reaction in response to our bond with “our pint sized companion” (adorable description by the way), and the way Jun/ko’s experience twists it, that I thought it may lead people to reconsider (not necessarily dismiss, just change) their perspective on that particular RO route with Masa.
Which can be either because we now know the much more personal and darker way Jun/ko will react to that relationship over others - and therefor the higher danger they pose to Masa (I think now larger than we intially supposed) -, or because (if your MC does feel a renewed desire to help/reach out to Jun/ko, or even just feels guilt over how they handled their relationship in the past) they know how and why this particular romance with Masa will affect Jun/ko much more than any of the others, and therefor avoid it simply to not hurt Jun/ko in that specific way. (Though, again, this requires your MC to feel quite a significant amount of caring/responsibility toward Jun/ko - for the reasons stated above-, which I understand many do not).