Okay, final thoughts on Yukito’s character. This dude is amazing, and stole the show for me for the majority of the VN he was present in. He has an amazing comedic presence in the early portion of the game, seamlessly switching roles from the witty straight guy to the eccentric weirdo when the situation calls for it, which also grants a lot of insight into the kind of person Yukito is. All the laughs aside, Yukito is very much a thinker, having had all that time to himself to think about the world and his place in it. He’s continuing a journey he doesn’t understand in the hopes that he will find meaning in his existence someday, but that meaning doesn’t necessarily rest solely with saving the girl in the sky. He can find meaning in a simple existence with Kano or Misuzu as well, as indicated by the different endings, and I think it’s important to remember that that is okay.
Ultimately though, the true ending we’re lead to is one in which Yukito must sacrifice himself to save Misuzu. As a Yukito fan, this is a massive blow, as we don’t get to see any new Yukito moments in Summer or AIR, but the story must go on. What did he accomplish in the end by putting himself into the doll? Maybe it had something to do with his rebirth into the body of Sora, or it might be completely unrelated. Maybe it was just, all he could do to help Misuzu stave off the curse a little longer to reach the end of her dream and overcome the curse for future girls in the line. We know that when he disappears, Misuzu awakens from her seemingly eternal sleep, and again he manages to help her as his spirit is summoned through the power of the doll, even if he cannot be there in person anymore. I don’t think this is much different from death for Yukito, but at least together with Misuzu, their sacrifices were able to accomplish something; ending the curse and saving Kanna, as seen by the final scene with the two children on the beach.
So yeah, that sucks, but Yukito is still one of the best Key protagonists ever. He’s funny, witty, and deep. I love getting lost in his head throughout the majority of the VN.