The tricky thing is yesterday we were just children
There’s no adultery in Legend of Korra…? I mean, what the heck, talk about exaggerating things into something completely different. o_0;
Here, let me quote Merriam-Webster:
voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband
First thing to notice: no one is married.
Second thing to notice: no one is engaging in sexual intercourse.
Third thing to notice: the only romantic acts Mako engages in while in a relationship are non-voluntary.
The idea that anything he does constitutes “adultery” is nearly as laughable as the idea that anything he does constitutes abuse. It’s just not something I can take seriously at all, and it makes me not want to engage with anything else you say.
Also, I never said that all teens act in any particular way…? Bryke made it clear in the commentaries that they were working from their experiences in art school and the behavior they saw from their friends. Stereotypes have nothing to do with it.
wrt adultery, it seems clear that they meant ‘cheating’ and chose a poor synonym.
Also, I’m not sure I can wholly agree with the third point, unless you’re restricting romantic acts to the physical. IMO Mako does voluntarily act in a romantic way towards Korra while he’s with Asami, at times in Asami’s presence, with a decided visual emphasis on Asami’s reactions (just in case anyone forgot that those sweet romantic gestures are actively painful to someone?). Perhaps he doesn’t always know what he’s doing, but he certainly has a choice there. Korra’s kiss is the only thing that springs to mind as involuntary.
(I guess unless they’re talking about kissing Asami after… he already broke up with Korra…? in which case the reasoning is beyond me, lol)
IMO it’s less that he wasn’t effectively cheating on Asami and more that it’s fairly minor cheating and not the end of the world, particularly as he’s still evolving so much as a character. (For me that’s where the ‘teenage boy’ is most relevant; you do stupid shit as a teenager and hopefully grow out of it. Doesn’t mean you’re not responsible for it, just that it’s not the be-all and end-all of your character.)
character: hate them | don’t really care | like them | LOVE them | THEY ARE MY PRECIOUS
ship with: Asami
brotp: I actually like him and Korra as friends quite a lot.
general opinions: ehhh he’s both loyal and very non-confrontational, which makes perfect sense given his background but is not terribly interesting to me, personally.
blog rate: 6/10, though it’s actually a pretty good blog, but not a personal one. I imagine it’s focused on some sport, consistently updated, with a really nice theme, and he has a consistent and straightforward tagging system that makes it easy to navigate. The sort of thing you might follow because you’re friends and you like talking back and forth, but the actual content is personally unappealing so you just end up blocking everything.
It’s less about not liking flawed characters, given that all characters are flawed in one way or another, and more about not liking characters who are flawed in certain ways.
I think there are reasons to respect Mako in the second half of Book 1 — he’s highly protective of the people he cares about, he stands his ground for what he believes in but apologizes if he’s wrong, he’s inclined to put practical concerns over romantic concerns, and he’s willing to support Korra in her plans even if he doesn’t think they’re the best idea. The thing is that most of those are colored in fandom’s minds by his other flaws into something more negative than they’re intended to be. =/
Hmm, I definitely agree that some flaws hit harder than others (especially ones that people are more likely to encounter irl), but while I agree that of course Mako does have good qualities in the latter half, I think your anon is onto something about the pacing. A lot of the things that give Mako the most audience sympathy seem concentrated in the first half, and as far as I can tell he was generally well-liked at that point.
Mako the prickly, formerly homeless gangster, currently plucky pro-bender desperately trying to keep himself and his brother afloat, and adorkably falling for the Avatar was highly sympathetic to audiences. But his efforts to retain their home and support themselves become unnecessary after the attack on the arena, his personal ambition vanishes in the wake of the revolution, the gang subplot disappears, and we hear nothing more about his and Bolin’s childhood. There are perfectly good reasons for these things in terms of the overarching plot, but that imbalance is still there—and I think particularly crucial because the only Mako subplot that really persists is the romance, in which he takes the highly unsympathetic role of “guy who waffles between two awesome, beautiful women, making everyone unhappy.” (And the show ensures that nobody forgets by panning to Asami’s suspicious/upset/angry face.)
It seems that his good qualities—which, yes, definitely are still shown—are shown mostly in the context of Korra’s love interest, which is a context in which much of the audience is already pissed off at him. So I think many people coming away with a disproportionately negative impression of him—which clearly did occur—can’t simply be blamed on audience misapprehension but on the structure of his arc, whether one considers that structure necessary or not.
Compare Tarrlok, who rapidly went from probably the most hated character on the entire show to fandom woobie. Even though he was a dick for most of the season, the sympathetic aspects of his characterization were mostly concentrated in the last few episodes, in highly dramatic ways, and so by the end, his sympathetic qualities were naturally in the forefront of many people’s minds.
i asked this but i have no idea why it’s on anon
I was about 85% sure it was you, since my Masami shipping is mostly a lonely thing in my LOK group, lol. and it’s your fault, anyway :P
ALSO JUST…. …. asami going to the police station and pulling mako into a closet. wow
:D :D :D :D :D
somebody should make that happen
ahh my dark horse ship :D
who wakes the other one with kisses: they both do, but Mako most often because 1) he wakes up first and 2) Mako
who cooks for whom: Mako for Asami. She doesn’t know how to cook, and I think he likes to have things he can do for her.
who is the morning person/night person: Mako is a very early morning person, but he can stay up late too—he’s used to keeping odd hours. I think Asami’s more of a night person. Lots of hanging out fiddling with machines in the middle of the night and stuff.
who is the more romantic one: they both are pretty romantic. Asami’s less reserved, I think. Slightly.
who is the top when it comes to sex: lol Asami (ok, they switch it up, but… in aggregate :D)
who would lead in ballroom dancing: it’s easier for Asami to, but they’re both kind of conventional in some ways, so she just whispers instructions to him and discreetly guides him.
who is the more cuddly one: Asami…? they’re both pretty cuddly. haha, that’s most of my answers—they’re really very similar.
who is the one to most likely pick which movie they watch: Asami, though she tries to choose things they’d both like.
who is the one who would pay for dates: Asami, canon :D
who is the one who would initiate a quickie when working: Asami, haha. Mako is a one-track-mind workaholic.