at 8:54 Pacific Standard Time, I wrote
Overall I’m bothered by the enthusiasm I’m running across for any idea that Mako is responding to Asami’s advances out of something other than returned affection and mutual desire for companionship.
Asami is rich, so I get that people aren’t too inclined to feel bad for her; but a big part of her character since Book 1 is that she is very, very alone. She apparently had no other place to go aside from Air Temple Island once she lost her home (never mind that that was probably out of narrative convenience more than anything). Her mother is dead, she has no siblings, and her last known encounter with her father had him turning on her violently. And of course, she has no significant other.
She says almost exactly as much herself in The Sting. She’s thrown herself into running Future Industries because it’s all she has left of her family - she feels so alone that she is turning to a company for a sense of connection.
And this is the character that people want to be treated to a show of romantic affection from an old boyfriend only if that affection will later be withdrawn and revealed to be largely insincere. Guh.
"converted me to a mako fan" the heart soars on wings of joy
it’s not even “arrrrgh your bullshit is frustrating but strangely endearing” but “you are generally making admirable life choices despite the total lack of validation from anyone around you or the fandom FOUR FOR YOU MAKO”
*climbs onto the roof*
MAKO DID NOT CHEAT ON KORRA. MAKO DID NOT GO BEHIND KORRA’S BACK. MAKO DID NOT OWE KORRA A MOURNING PERIOD. ASAMI DID NOT BETRAY KORRA. ASAMI DID NOT VIOLATE THE TERMS OF THEIR FRIENDSHIP. ASAMI HITTING ON A SINGLE GUY SHE LIKES AND FINDS ATTRACTIVE IS NOT MORALLY WRONG. BREAKING UP WITH ONE PERSON AND THEN KISSING A DIFFERENT ONE IS NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE.
Blame anghraine for commenting on my offhand post and encouraging me.
Also please enjoy the terrible gif of Asami putting the moves on Mako’s scarf.
I gladly accept all responsibility ;)
You know what I loved about Asami and Mako this episode?
It was all Asami.
She kissed him. It was her hand on his chest; her hand on his shoulder. She planned their date.
Asami knows what she wants, and she gets it.
If only she were as good at preventing piracy as she is at getting boys.
Aww, come on. D= Why couldn’t Unalaq have not been working for Vaatu? It doesn’t even make any sense! He’s an order-and-light guy! =(
(Also: love triangle go away. Is there some sort of purification ritual to get rid of unwanted love triangles? >_>; )
On the other hand… Korra can spiritbend now! Somehow! (Did she just need more practice or something…?)
Also, Tenzin’s spiritual attempts completely backfiring kind of amuse me. The fact that Korra’s apology ended up being one-sided didn’t. At least he’s learned his lesson as far as Jinora is concerned, but… I wish he’d at least apologized for the whole locking-Korra-up thing.
re: Unalaq, I did think it was interesting that they pointed out how he knew his spiritual stuff and Korra benefited from his teaching. (If that’s all the ambiguity we get out of him I’ll be disappointed, but at least it’s something :D)
I… I’m actually really enjoying the Masami angle. So far it actually seems to be straying away from direct love triangulation, as it were—Korra seems entirely consumed by the spiritual stuff with Tenzin and Jinora and so forth, and Mako by the Varrick and Future Industries and so forth plot.
Total agreement on Tenzin! I’m sort of cackling at the spiritual stuff backfiring, but I was not pleased that Korra apologizes for what was honestly a pretty reasonable choice and he never does for how he contributed to the situation. :\
How the pairing would work if they were enemies?
What I think happens is that Mako never gets out of the Triple Threats; he’s a firebending gangster, but he still (somehow) got caught up in Korra’s charisma and is being steamrollered onto the straight and narrow. When Korra and Asami befriend each other after a moped/earthbending accident and Asami becomes part of the team, she instantly identifies Mako with her mother’s murderer. Being Asami, she doesn’t tell anyone this for a long time and he assumes she’s just a prissy rich girl. They passive-aggressively fight all the time and Korra has to constantly threaten them to keep them from each other’s throats.
I think eventually they’re left alone, and it quickly devolves into sniping. Mako gets pissed and pulls Zuko’s fire daggers of rage—not threatening her, he’s just annoyed, but Asami freaks out and the whole story comes out. And he tells her how he saw his parents killed by firebenders, too, and that he never, never forgets what firebending can do, not for an instant, and she’s still got tears standing in her eyes and he’s staring broodingly at his hands and they end up kissing. :)
Their favourite meal time together
I think they eat breakfast together a lot, especially when Korra and Bolin are sleeping in, and just talk about their plans for the day.
Which of their friends (or foes) is the most annoying third wheel
Bolin always barges in at the worst moments.
A time someone walked in on them making out
Yeah, it’d be Bolin, running up to shout MAKO MAKO LISTEN I’VE HAD THIS GREAT I…deaaaaa…oh!…uh…I’ll be going…now, I’m going now, don’t mind me…
A time someone walked in on them being ridiculously cute
I think they were walking hand-in-hand in the gardens on Air Temple Island while Korra’s training with Tenzin, and when Ikki got bored, she spun past on her airball and then was like OH WOW YOU’RE SO CUTE I HOPE YOU LIVE HAPPILY FOREVER AND EVER IN A CASTLE IN THE SKY
their perfect date night
Asami sweeps him off his feet and takes him to a nice but not too elite restaurant with food they both like and, idk, play footsie under the table.
pretty much canon
a dark fic scenario
Equalist vigilante double agent Asami :(