First world problems.
Mako you poor baby.
Made this to help my family understand.
…I must be in the minority here, but it honestly made me ship it a little harder.
Korra put Asami before her feelings for Mako. She’s showing just how much she matured from that spontaneous kiss and all of her gagging at Mako/Asami interactions, not only by putting her feelings aside, but by extending her offer of Air Temple Island to Asami, as well.
And I feel like Mako is going to realize that, eventually - namely that Korra has matured and I think now it’s going to be his attraction to her that grows (just a shot in the dark, here. We’ll see…).
As far as the shipping goes, though, I’m still well on-board with my ship. I’m going to be patient to see where this all goes and how the plot itself develops from hereon out, as well.
And I am definitely, definitely looking forward to Air Temple Island shenanigans! :D
Oh, Asami Sato. I just don’t know what to make of you. All signs point to this week’s episode being a good one for Asami’s character development. I should be happy about that, and I am, really. Asami has been far too one-note so far; she’s sweet, generous, beautiful, and entirely bland. It bothers me that she was introduced as a love interest, and it bothers me even more that that’s all she’s been for three episodes straight - one-fourth of this twelve-episode season. I don’t know if I want her to be friends with Korra, but Mike and Bryan did such an excellent job with female characters in Avatar, and I know they’re capable of more when it comes to Asami. Do I want to like her? Yes, if I’m supposed to. Even if she turns out to be an antagonist, I want to appreciate the complexities in her character progression that led her to that point. For example, I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Azula, but she was an excellent character and a very formidable threat. Moreover, she had layers - perhaps not quite as many as her brother, but I really felt like I knew Azula and what made her tick by the end of the series. Basically, I want to know what motivates Asami. What is her glass of water, as Cleolinda might put it?
The problem I have with Asami at this point - and it’s hard for me to articulate, so bear with me here - is that she’s purely a plot device, mostly just to create tension in the shipping arena. Believe me, I know it’s petty, but I am a shipper, and all this sickeningly cute Masami stuff makes me want to throw something. I don’t want to hold it against Asami herself, because so far she’s done absolutely nothing but like an attractive guy, ask him out, and go steady with him, and she’s perfectly at liberty to do so. In fact, I appreciate her initiative. Nor do I want to hold things against Mako, but it’s a lot harder for me to do that for a couple of reasons. One, we don’t yet have an indication that he’s told Asami he’s confused about his feelings, or that he kissed Korra back. In real-life relationships, I understand why it might not be helpful to discuss these things, but in this situation, I think she deserves to know.
The other thing is that, to me anyway, it seems fairly obvious that Mike and Bryan are setting up an eventual Makorra relationship. Hell, they’ve established that there’s a mutual attraction and we’ve already gotten a kiss. I’m not going to lie - I love them together and am very impatient for Mako and Asami to break up. But the execution has been a little problematic, as reluctant as I am to admit it. Ostensibly, since she’s the protagonist and we want her to be happy, we’re on Korra’s side. Mike and Bryan seem to be going out of their way to make Masami as gross as possible. I like Mako, I really do, but if he’s going to be Korra’s love interest, keeping him in a Sickeningly Sweethearts relationship is not doing him any favors. Speaking as a Makorra shipper, it’s aggravating to have to put up with this lovey-dovey business week after week. I know I shouldn’t be upset that Mako and Bolin are staying at Asami’s mansion (at least temporarily; I haven’t given up hope they’ll end up on Air Temple Island with Korra before all is said and done), but I gave a little sigh of frustration the second I saw the clip last night. I do think it’s great that Mako and Korra can develop their friendship without the pressures of romance for the time being, but my patience with Masami is wearing thin. I need to see some conflict, and I want things to get better for Korra.
Which is why it’s hard for me to deal with Asami right now. We need to see her apart from Mako. I really do want to give her a fair chance, and judge her on her own merits, but I can’t do that when she and Mako are attached at the hip and Korra has trouble managing anything more than politeness around her. Please show me she’s more than a plot device, and give her some decent motivation.
This is how the Makorra kiss is gonna go down tomorrow. LEGIT.
Oh gosh I hope not