SPOILERS FOR TLOK: PATTERNS IN TIME
Y’all can’t do this to me…
THEYRE SO SOFFTTTTTT
NAWT KORRA BEING ASAMIS GAY AWAKENING CONGRATS SAMIII WELCOME TO THE CLUB YOU GAYS (thought it would be the other way around lol but love this)
Korrasami would be the best parents ever omg can’t wait for the wedding + their 3 kids they’ll have
BB SAMI AND YASUKO
HOW HOW DID HIROSHI MANAGE TO HAVE YASUKO MARRY HIM
Me realizing Yasuko never got to see Asami in Engineering School that she built (no one talk to me)
Come da fuq onnnnnn they’re literal soulmates that’s so beautifullllll
“A common soul and a common heart… which is being shared by two split halves, one of Korra and one of Asami.” OMFG KORRASAMI CANON SOULMATES LETS FUCKING GOOOOOO
// text for those who can’t read it [ It was an honor to work with brilliant artist Sachin Teng for this cover. Every time I’ve worked with Sachin in the past I’ve always been blown away by her copious use of visual metaphor and deep symbolism. as well as the extensive thought that goes into the compositions. For this first cover sketch, she noted that “everything is being split apart while simultaneously being held together by a common soul and a common heart, literally… the Republic City Spirit Portal, the double helix in the beam of light, and all the spirit vines and foliage of the Spirit Wilds… in the shape of the human vascular system, which is being shared by two split halves, one of Korra and one of Asami.” In the unused second sketch “Korra and Asami | are | almost… Spirits themselves, their bodies passing through each other” with the vines and other objects providing “an allegory for humans and Spirits no longer having boundaries between each other and learning to coexist and cohabitate.” ]
Every time I remember korrasami not only exists but is actually canon and they kiss and they’re in love I get a little warm inside
Korra: I don't need to go to bed. I'm not tired, I'll be fine.
Asami: But, darling, I'll be so lonely without you. Come curl up in my arms so I can feel whole again.
Korra: O-oh. Well. Are you trying to seduce me into healthy sleeping patterns??
Asami: Is it working?
Something I don’t think enough people recognize when it comes to making shows more diverse, there is so much going on behind the scene that you literally can’t “just add them.”
Alex Hirsch had to wait until the end of Gravity Falls to show that Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland were in love so that way the show didn’t get prematurely cancelled. And even still, that was censored in other countries.
The Owl House has a bisexual afro Latina protagonist that falls in love with a white lesbian. They kiss several times on screen and say “my awesome girlfriend.” It also has Disney’s first nonbinary character (Raine Whispers), their bisexual love interest (Eda Clawthorne), and an aro/ace woman (Lilith Clawthorne). However, because like five people said that TOH wasn’t the “Disney brand” the show is prematurely cancelled. So even with everything that TOH did, it only won battle but lost the war.
The art crew for Encanto had to fight to make Luisa buff. And when they were finally able to make her buff, Disney didn’t make as much Luisa merchandise because they thought little girls would want Mirabel or Isabela’s since they’re more “feminine.” (I think the same thing happened with Namaari when RATLD came out but I’m not sure. So don’t quote me on that.)
*Also, Luisa out preformed. So that’s a win.
Bubblegum and Marceline couldn’t kiss until the series finale of Adventure Time because it would’ve been cancelled. So throughout the entire series, the crew always just had to imply undertones about their past. Since HBO produced Obsidian, they were able to kiss on screen.
Korra and Asami’s relationship had to tempt down so that way Nick could continue airing the show and they weren’t allowed to kiss until the comics.
Turning Red got so much unwarranted criticism because not only did Mei’s mom say “pads” but she showed them on screen. (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if that made you uncomfortable, that’s a sign that we need to do this more and not less.)
Some countries marked She Ra as 18+ because Catra and Adora kissed on screen. (Once again, I’m not sure if this completely true but Nate Stevenson had to fight to actually show them kissing on screen instead of a fade to white.)
Steven Universe is the gayest show I’ve ever seen in my life which was both good and bad. It was good for obvious reasons. Example being that it was the first show that introduced to me nonbinary people in a way that wasn’t “haha, look, she uses they/them pronouns. She’s so funny and quirky.”
And it’s bad because it put a target on it’s back. SU has been censored so much that it’s honestly a miracle that we got an ending. And in most of the countries that censored SU, they usually portray Ruby as a man. So I can’t imagine how bad the censors were when the wedding happened and Ruby wore a dress and Sapphire wore a suit.
Also, you have to remember the outdated idea that gay/trans topics are “too mature” for kids to handle (there’s an episode of Adam Ruins Everything that talks about this). So it’s easier for shows with an older audience (like Arcane) to have queer/trans rep.
Not to mention, if you ever go on Insider’s website to look at the queer/trans characters in cartoons [here], most of the characters are revealed to be queer only online and not in the actual show.
All of this BS because God forbid that kids find out that other people exist.
Representation is important but please, just be aware of the actually struggles that go on that you don’t see and be thankful that this is where we are now because even though it might seem like it at times remember that this is actual progress. We need to keep pushing studios to do more. I’m sure that there’s millions of untold stories that would be made if not for this prejudice.