Got distracted by the magic of friendship but maybe I can get this done in time for today?
Day 10 - Why aren’t these two married in real life?
Another weird way to phrase…something. So again, taking this to mean whatever I want it to. And when I think of shippings that really just need to get married now…
Even though while watching anime I will frequently shout out “JUST GET MARRIED ALREADY” at every little ship tease, lol, there is ONE anime where the protags really do JUST NEED TO GET MARRIED.
Kyo Kara Maoh has a very, very special place in my heart. Along with Princess Tutu it is the first anime I ever bought (also how I learned that buying a DVD doesn’t mean you get all the episodes…you get like 4 of them >,>;;). It was also my first Shounen Ai, so in a lot of ways YurixWolfram was my first GayTP.
And damn. Did I ship it. Hard.
I know there is a huge rivalry between the Yuuram and Conri shippers in this world, so I will start by saying I DO NOT IN ANY WAY HATE CONRART, in fact he might be my favorite character, and the “betrayal” arc breaks my kokoro just as much as anyone else’s. But still, I see him more like a father / older brother to Yuri…and a true romantic pairing between them just feels like it would be weird to me.
But I digress, because the true focus of today is marriage. And Jaze. These two have been NEEDING TO FINALLY TIE THE KNOT since EPISODE TWO. That’s right. They’ve been engaged for what, 74 episodes? God knows how many novel / manga volumes (because English-speakers don’t get nice things when it comes to this stuff).
Either they need to either break off the engagement (NOOooooOOooooooooooo), or just hurry up and make it official (YES).
Because seriously, Yuuram is the cutest thing. And I only watched the anime, even though I’ve heard how much better it is in the novels.
Which brings me to the next mini rant: WHY ON EARTH DID THEY NEED TO TAKE OUT (most) OF THE BOY LOVE!? ITS A FLIPPING SHOUNEN AI SERIES SO WHAT DID THEY EXPECT!?
Granted, I am so so so so SO SO thankful that KKM got to run for THREE seasons (back when that didn’t mean no pussy-foot 13 episode season, but a full 24-26), plus an OVA. Like dayum. Because this is one of my favorite anime ever and I could watch it again and again (and have. and will). But at the same time, it being it, I don’t understand why the romance had to be downplayed so much?
I mean I understand it, since marketing a “GAY” series that has so much potential plot / character wise helps when you widen the audience, but I really don’t understand, or rather hates, why it has to be that way. You see het romance stuck up every freaking series ever up the wazoo. But if it has a homosexual protag suddenly it’s “GAY,” as if that one relationship has to be genre-defining (Exceptions do exist, of course -I’mlookingatyou,TorchWood-). Because sometimes it is the genre, but it’s not always that way.
Take KKM, for example, there is so obviously an epic political fantasy plot with very charming, well-developed characters of all shades and sizes. It’s quirky, bizarre, hilarious, and just awesome in every way shape and form (okay…they could have upped the animation budget, but we take what we can get). So I don’t understand why canonizing more of the gay relationship would have been such a flipping problem. I mean it’s already there. They’re engaged. THEY HAVE A FREAKING ADORABLE DAUGHTER. WHY NOT JUST MAKE IT CANON lkajsdljalskdasd (And yes, somehow they pulled off the whole “daughter” thing without making it stupid / annoying as I feared…Greta’s freaking great).
Point being, KKM is an awesome anime that appeals to tons of different fans, not just for BL. And Yuri and Wolfram make such a cute couple…at first (because anime), their relationship may seem forced or played overtly for gags, but as the story progresses and the plot gets increasingly darker, a truly strong bond begins to form between these two. They always have each others’ back, and there’s a certain tenderness about their relationship which really hints at more than just “brotherly love” or friendship. Wolfram honestly cares for Yuri, willing to go to great lengths to protect him…and over time Yuri learns to accept those feelings and foster some of his own. That scene where Wolfram finally arrives to catch Yuri from the fall is just a;lkdjlKJHDfla;jksfa;klsnbal:KLNlbkwak’l n-cries-
Fkk I need to re-watch this again. I don’t care how many times it’s been. ; ^;
Not sure if these are re-renders or not but, per usual, if the original artist contacts me for credit / removal I shall oblige. These things have been on my computer so long IDEK anymore…(They’re great, though).