Be warned, I use a lot of very vulgar words in my second edition of The Stupidity of Human Beings. Do not read if you don’t want to be spoiled for Legend of Korra’s Season 4 ending, and do not read if you dislike offensive language.
Update (24 Dec): Added a paragraph on Zhu Li and Varrick.
I immediately retract the declaration from my previous post that Legend of Korra is finally “all grown up”. Reading Bryan Konietzko’s explanation on why he decided to pair up Korra and Asami together just makes my blood boil.
TO BE VERY CLEAR: I have nothing against homosexual pairings, and I have nothing against lesbians. The reason why I am so angry is because Konietzko shipped Korra and Asami together for the sake of it, according to his Tumblr post.
My first reaction after finishing the post was to ask my sister: “How old is this fucker? Is he still in his twenties or something??”
Sis: “He’s in his thirties.”
Me: “Is he married?”
Sis: “Yes. He and his co-writer are married to women, but no children.”
How can a married person have such a haphazard, narrow-minded view of relationships? How can he just decide to create Korrasami on a whim, with no proper planning beforehand?
I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens.
My interpretation of their relationship so far was that of a platonic one. Two ladies in a male-dominated world who grew closer as sister-like friends to keep each other company, and to help support each other in times of trouble. It’s what normal platonic friends do.
You tell me where the flying fuck did Korra and Asami’s romantic relationship develop in previous seasons? I have the Blu-rays for Book 1 and Book 2, and I’ll purchase Book 3 the moment it’s available on Amazon. SHOW ME the exact episode and the exact scenes where their romance develops.
Otherwise, please stop spouting bullshit. You even admitted that Aang and Katara’s love declaration at the end of the original series came from completely out of nowhere. This is exactly the same for Korra and Asami.
After the complete hell that Korra has gone through, after having her bending initially removed by Amon, after having Raava and the memories of the past Avatars ripped from her, after being poisoned, she deserves way better than this. I am not against the fundamental idea of Korra and Asami being a couple. But Korra deserves WAY better character development than this.
Look at the other relationship in Legend of Korra that was handled quite well: Zhu Li and Varrick. While their romantic feelings were never shown in the first three seasons, we can see it flourish gradually towards the end of Season 4: Varrick’s refusal to develop superweapons; Zhu Li going undercover for the sake of rescuing Varrick from Kuvira; her outburst in demanding to be “an equal” partner to Varrick. THIS is how your develop a romantic pairing. Why couldn’t Korra and Asami get the same treatment?
Think back to some of the most iconic character pairs in anime or cartoons. I will just list out the most popular titles and characters off the top of my head as an example, so that as many people as possible can understand my point:
– Sakura and Syaoran (Card Captor Sakura)
– Shinji Ikari and Asuka Langley Soryu (original Neon Genesis Evangelion)
– Ranma and Akane (Ranma 1/2)
– Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev (The Slayers)
The common denominator that unifies each of these relationships, is that we are able to see and feel their romance (however warped or unromantic they might actually be) develop over time. We can see the characters make sacrifices for each other (Sakura and Syaoran), make efforts to understand and accept each other (Shinji and Asuka), and make promises to protect each other after fighting alongside as comrades for so long (Lina and Gourry).
I can even throw out a random, off-the-cuff lesbian pairing: Canaan and Maria from the Canaan anime. While they started out as platonic friends, Maria makes a bold declaration in one of the later episodes, stating her desire to be together with Canaan forever (and Canaan reciprocates by nodding in agreement).
These little bits of interaction and dialogue, however small they may be, are very important. It doesn’t have to be something direct, a subtle implication that the viewer can interpret for themselves is enough. Where was this for Korra and Asami again?
Bloody hell, even Vegeta and Bulma from Dragon Ball Z, widely accepted as one of the most out-of-the-blue couples of all time, had better relationship development than this. You HAVE to show this development to the viewers.
If you have to explain something, you did it completely wrong. And you totally messed up the characters again for your own series. I’m happy at what Legend of Korra has achieved after four seasons — but please, next time, just leave out the damn romance shipping.
What is shipping?