What I really like about Uraha is that, unlike the other people at the shrine, she has no qualms over interacting with Kanna. In fact, she is just absolutely smitten over her~ Whereas, generally, all the other workers have a negative view over the winged creatures in general, Uraha doesn’t let that stop her from getting close tto Kanna.
She is a prime example of the person that does not and has never let her fears overcome her desire to obtain happiness and, this being what I feel was the theme of AIR, this makes her the prime example of the character we should strive to become.
Now then, that aside…
I’ve said this crazy theory during the Summer route podcast; go listen to it to it if you haven’t; but I see a distinct connection between Uraha and Minagi.
To summarize the theory that I said during the podcast, it goes something like this: We know that the goal of the people in obliterating the winged beings was to remove all form of reverence towards them. This included not just killing them off, but removing all documents that praise or revere the winged beings as god-like beings.
However, there was one person in the modern day and age that still revered the winged beings: Minagi’s father. He had the painting of a winged girl which he called “God”. Now why would he call her that, instead of an angel?
In comes my theory: I theorize that, somewhere down the line of Uraha’s and Ryuuya’s bloodline, it split. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of their descendants had two, maybe even more children. Whereas one bloodline continued in their mission (Yukito), perhaps the other bloodline preserved the reverence for the winged beings. The only other possibility I can think of is if he is a descendant of the monks who helped Uraha, since they also revered the winged beings.
However, one scene struck me really hard. In Minagi’s bad end, we hear her pleading to Yukito for him to rest his head on her lap (in japanese: hizamakura). Similarly, in the ending of Summer, the very last thing that Uraha has Ryuuya do is have him lay his head on her lap, so he can hear their child. This is a bit of a stretch, but it really hammered the thought into my brain that Minagi is a descendant of Ryuuya and Uraha. And, much like how Yukito is similar to Ryuuya, Minagi is similar to Uraha. Thus the trio of Minagi-Michiru-Yukito feel a lot more like Kanna-Uraha-Yukito.
There are a lot more similarities. Like how they are both very stealthy, or how they fawn heavily over their adored object (minagi to michiru and uraha to kanna). A japanese blog I read even points out how their H-scenes are similar, heh.