MAKO JUST STOP ;~;

anonymous asked:

Could you do a scenario or whatever where Junkrat and his s/o overhear someone saying that his s/o is too good for him so they go and clock that jerk in the face. (Sorry if its a weird request I just keep thinking about that.)

Junkrat was already nervous as is. You had been dating a few months now, and although his partner only mentioned him in passing once or twice to their parents, they suddenly insisted he come to their family reunion. [Name] shouldn’t have been surprised, though. Their sister dated a guy for two weeks and they were already taking him with them on family outings.

Knowing that Jamison wouldn’t really fit in well with the whole family reunion scene, they tried to work up a few excuses. But their mom was adamant on having a new “member of the family.” So now there he sat in the corner of your living room, hands in his pockets and shoulders hunched. Cordial get-togethers with socializing and manners were not Junkrat’s idea of a good time in the slightest.

“Hey,” his s/o said sweetly as they came up to him.

Glancing up at them, Jamison let out a sigh and fumbled with his shirt collar. He wasn’t accustomed to getting so dressed up, much less wearing a shirt.

“Sorry, love,” he mumbled, “These hoity toity scenes aren’t really my scene,”

“Junkrat,” they giggled, “This is hardly that fancy to begin with,”

When they saw that their comment was just making it worse, they cleared their throat and said, “Why don’t you go try talking to someone? I’ll go with you,”

“W-Well I already talked to yer mum,” he shrugged, “She likes me plenty. In’t that enough?”

“How about my aunt?” [Name] suggested, “She seemed interested by you when my mom brought you up,”

Jamison let out an inaudible mumble, fidgeting in his seat awkwardly.

“I dunno,” he mumbled, “I don’t think yer family would like me much. I’m just gonna get them all mad fer somethin’ stupid. Might accidentally…”

“…Set fire to the house,”

Their conversation was cut short when they suddenly heard someone practically finish Junkrat’s sentence. Looking across the room, they saw [Name]’s cousin, gossiping to some other relatives.

“I mean did you see his hair? You may not be able to tell now with that hoodie, but most of his hair is all singed off! I bet he’s some kind of pyro,” [Name]’s cousin went on, “Think about it: how do you think he lost an arm and a leg? Playing with explosives most likely? Why is it that when [Name]’s sister brings a boy to the house, he’s a respectable gentleman, but [Name] seems to pick her suitors from a criminal lineup? He looks like a criminal anyway, like you’d see his face on a ‘A Moment in Crime.’”

With every word that scathed past the cousin’s lips, Junkrat felt himself shrinking deeper and deeper into his chair. Normally he wouldn’t be bothered by it in the slightest, but this was [Name]’s family…people close to [Name]. If they didn’t approve to him, who’s to say [Name] would stop approving of him, too? He just wished Mako was there…

But his partner wasn’t having it. They matched across the room, pushing uncles and nephews out of their way until they stood in front of the cousin in question.

“What’s your problem?!” they asked loudly, catching everyone’s attention.

“Um, excuse me?” their cousin scoffed.

“I bring the boy I love over and you just talk about him like he’s trash?!”

“Well, just look at him…”

“No! I won’t let you talk about him like that! Why do I always pick my boyfriends from a criminal lineup?!” they snarled.

BAM! They answered their own question with a punch to their cousin’s face. The rest of [Name]’s family all gasped in shock, and Jamison saw a few relatives exchange bets.

“Maybe because I’m a bit of a criminal myself!” [Name] concluded.

“J-Jesus…” their cousin seethed as they held their bleeding nose.

“And you all!” [Name] turned on the others, “Jamison is family now, he’s sitting in that corner all by himself, and none of you are making any attempt to make him feel at home! That’s no way to treat a new family member!”

When [Name] had finished their speech, a silence fell upon the living room. All the relatives stood wide-eyed, like a group of dumb deer in a truck’s headlights. When [Name] got no answer from them, they let out an exasperated groan and marched back over to Junkrat.

“C’mon, Jamison, let’s go,” they growled, dragging him out of the chair and out the door.

Meanwhile, he was just as equally in shock. He never thought his s/o would defend his honor like that–he never assumed he even had any honor to be defended in the first place! Well, at least he knew how to pick ‘em as well: girls/guys with a bit of criminal in them.

–Mod Sirana

Non-spoilery pre-release thoughts.

OK so I haven’t finished my 10 hours of Andromeda yet, but I’ve gotten as far as the trial allows me for the main story and I’ve got like one hour left of pre-release play anyway.

For those on the tag/those who missed my earlier post, I ended up getting Origin access just for the trial because the “OMG ANDROMEDA IS GOING TO BE AWFUL AND BIOWARE IS RUINED FOREVER” talk was really starting to get to me after I saw the bad face animations. Didn’t want to wait a week because I’ve been excited for Andromeda ever since before ME3′s DLC came out. While I was super hyped and had high hopes, at the same time, I thought I had fairly realistic expectations (”Yeah Bioware’s not perfect this isn’t a bad thing” instead of the “OH GOD I’M NOT GONNA BUY THIS GAME BECAUSE BIOWARE KICKS PUPPIES” bullshit I was seeing around) but… yeah.

It was really getting to me.

So here’s some dot points, no spoilers, under the cut. This covers character creator, face animations, world exploration, and narrative, without any spoilers. Any possible spoilers are referred to so vaguely you’ll have no chance of putting anything together, so don’t worry.

I also have a bit at the bottom covering things I really like about this game.

TL;DR – Guys. It’s fine, it’s okay, it really is. Chill. These issues exist, but they’re tiny ass things you’ll barely notice, like in every other game ever. You’ll love Andromeda, you really will. Yeah, it is DA:I in Space, but it’s also not – it’s DA:I in space, but better.

Honestly, these issues are fucking terrifying when you’re hyped up and can’t see the game for yourself yet and everyone’s nitpicking about these dumbass tiny things like they’re Huge Fucking Issues, but when you do play you won’t run into them nearly as often as people made you think, and when you do see them you’ll shrug and move on and forget about them ten seconds later, like you do about 99% of glitches you run into in other games. 

You’re not gonna hate the game just because Jallo’s legs clip into his seat or Addison stared at you way more blankly than any other character or something, for fuck’s sake.

Keep reading

Belly Laugh (Roadhog x Reader)


Dry but strong winds beat hard against a small, weathered shack, testing its strength and resilience. Though it had been stripped by passing junkers trying to get lucky and was damaged during the Omnic Crisis that irradiated the land, it still managed to stay standing stand. You swore it was either a miracle of God, if he even cared about the people here, or perhaps he was too terrified not to mess with the home’s main occupants; Junkrat and Roadhog… and you… and a childr. Somehow you had transformed from one of the only people to have medical knowledge and live here to being a part of the duo’s team as their medic to, well, Mako’s current interest. You can’t recall what drew you to the man, definitely not a talker unlike his counterpart, but in truth, you can’t recall being wooed with words at all. The relationship was complicated, to say, in which it wasn’t really love, maybe it was, you weren’t sure and he would never give you an answer. Maybe it was from loneliness? Boredom? Mutual caring? Whatever the reason was, it made you feel special. It was liked someone cared for you and now, you had to care for another one in turn. Looking over at them, you couldn’t help but feel pride, ache, worry, and joy as you observed them laying on their dad’s stomach as Mako was trying to get some much needed relaxation. 

“C'mon, one more time! Please? PLEASE?! I’ll tell Uncle Junkie!!!” The small child whined, batting their father’s chest like a drum out of frustration.

“… no.” Was all Mako said, staring blankly at the fussy kid through the glass orbs of the gas mask. 

“You know he won’t do anything unless he wants to,” you muttered to the tiny grump, going back to your work of cleaning old bandages as clean ones were hard to scavenge around these parts. 

“Uncle Junkie pays him to do stuff, even if he doesn’t wanna,” your child argued back, smart enough to quip back that.

“Stubborn punk,” the man grumbled, knowing the kid had him there.

“That makes them daddy’s kid,” you chimed in sing-song, a cocky smirk on your lips.

“Makes them yours too,” he retorted, earning him your frown and a grumble of a curse word under your breath. The tot was getting more flustered, red in the face as they groaned and whined.

“Just give them what they wants,” you broke down, seeing those little chubby cheeks grow purple as they had the brilliant idea to hold their breath until they got what they wanted, “For me?”

“Fine,” Mako agreed, seeing his kid turn purple too and your begging voice was just icing on the cake, “For you.”

Mako had to make sure the small lump on his tummy as secure as he started to laugh deeply, letting his belly jiggle which caused his kid to chuckle as well as shake around.

“Bwahahahahahaa!” “Hehehehehehee!”

They even had the same sort of laugh, causing you to even let out a small cackle yourself. You know how much that brat liked to be tickled by Mako’s belly laugh and how funny Mako found it all, even if it was brief. It was a glimpse, a brief window into what your life could’ve been like before the Omnic War, before the irradiation…

“Happy?” Your thoughts burst at the word, what little remains of fragile hopes and dreams gone just like that as Mako had stopped laughing, tired and wanting rest.

“Mmm!” Your child, now satisfied, nodded before resting calming on his father’s stomach once more.

“Mmm,” Mako grunted, covering the smaller body on him with his hand and slowly rubbing their back.

As you watched the two fall into a light nap, you couldn’t help but wonder. Maybe this was the way things were suppose to turn out. They weren’t as bad as they could’ve been, right? You would never know as you simply went back to washing the old gauze in your hands, enjoying the rare peace and quiet of the broken little home on the edge of the Outback.


~Epilogue~


“GUESS WHO’S BACK!” The much welcomed silence was shattered by the loud mouth madman, Jamison, as he burst through the rickety door. Hoisting a well sized bag of loot against his scraggly, twisted form, he tossed the treasure onto the table you were working at and caused all your work to fall to the floor and get dirty again. Sighing, you gathered your supplies once more to begin the tedious task once more. Your task wasn’t the only one the man disturbed as Mako and his spawn woke up, the smaller sliding off to greet his so-called uncle.

“UNCLE JUNKIE!!!” The junker was lucky to have his arms empty as it was soon filled by the bouncing ball of energy now.

“Brought something for the runt,” Jamison chuckled, handing them a slightly damaged Pachimari but before too long, your child was whispering into his ear and you only heard the output, “Mmmhmm… HE DID WHAT?!? Well, we’ll have to change that!”

Jamison and his new minion in crime ran off into the next room, the crash of metal and hum of power tools filled the air as Roadhog finally got up, still tired but knew he’d be needed.

“Trouble?” you hummed, looking at him as he pulled his pants up to look somewhat decent.

“Trouble,” he nodded, confirming your suspicions as he walked into the other room. Loud screams that turned into laughter now drowned out the other noises. You only caught the quick flash of a tuff of blonde hair and smoke holding something followed by a grey blur dragged the pair back for their punishment. 

“COME HERE!”

anonymous asked:

I can't sleep bc I keep thinking about cute scenarios of Ryuko and mako okay hear me out... in that one pic sushio drew where mako is laying in ryuko's lap and they're on a window sill looking out the window okay imagine Ryuko is like mako I have to get up my legs are falling asleep but mako wraps her arms around ryuko's waist so ryuko's like okay ur coming with me so she picks her up bridal style and starts walking a couple feet then blows a raspberry on mako's tummy to wake her up completely

DUDE…………………………… first off, I want to apologize for being a little late for this and also I’m extremely thankful that you took your time to send 6 asks to me about these two aaaaaa!!! there’s never enough and I’m always craving for it…… I’m going to compile them all here so I don’t spam my blog with asks. This one is really cute and I can totally imagine that happening! :D very good

secondly, consider Ryuko and mako walking somewhere and it’s snowing and mako has all her winter gear on and Ryuko is shivering bc she just wore a light coat and mako’s like Ryuko I told u to dress warm! it’s cold out here and ryuko’s like I’m fine I’m fine I can handle this then mako sees her warming her hands up by her mouth so mako takes her hand and starts rubbing her mittens on either side to warn her hand and then just uses it as an excuse to hold her hand the rest of the way

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES YES THIS IS GOOD. Any moment with them happening in the snow/cold weather is A++

okay the student council crew and Ryuko and mako playing truth or dare and gamagoori dares mako to kiss the most handsome person in the room and mako immediately turns to Ryuko and kisses her and Ryuko is just O.O

OH MY GOSH……………….. ADORABLE

in their new home after the OVA, Ryuko and mako get their own room and they get bunk beds like in the fight club episode but mako climbs into ryuko’s bunk the first few nights and snuggles up to her and Ryuko doesn’t say anything ever so after a week mako just stops doing it so Ryuko crawls up to mako and asks why she stopped and mako’s like I thought u wanted space and Ryuko just smiles and climbs into her bunk and snuggles up to her

NICEU!!!! sometimes they do need their own space but they also can’t help but feel the need to get the love they have for each other every night ❤️

okay going off of that, every night after mako falls asleep Ryuko kisses the top of her head. a few weeks later when ryuko and mako meet up with the elite four, nonon kisses satsuki’s hand and mako’s like RYUKO DOES THAT TO MY HEAD EVERY NIGHT and Ryuko just stands there blushing because she was sure mako was always asleep when she does that!

OH MAN THAT CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD TOO!!!!! but that’s Mako for you. always full of surprises

so they’re in gym class outside playing soccer and the bell rings to end the game and Ryuko runs up behind mako to hug her and they fall over into the grass because Ryuko didn’t realize mako was asleep standing up and they start laughing really hard. everyone goes inside and nobody realizes they are still laying in the grass but when a teacher comes out later to find them mako is laying on ryuko’s Tum looking at the sky and Ryuko is playing with mako’s fingers and the teacher leaves them be

THAT’S GAY AF AND I LOVE IT!!!!!

anonymous asked:

I know it's a bit early but could you draw ryuko and mako dressing up for Halloween? ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

They were going to a halloween party, Mako said “Hey, let’s dress up in a funny twister couple outfit thingy!” Ryuko responded with “There’s no way in hell I’m wearing that.” after seeing what it was that made the outfit ‘funny’. But it was too late, Mako had already started started putting hers on

aseariel  asked:

So I can't remember if you've already mentioned this but I love how when Raleigh does fight Chuck, he doesn't win until he starts fighting like Mako. Raleigh can't beat Chuck fighting like Chuck. Then today I wondered if maybe that wasn't the first time Mako beat Chuck in a fight, just the first time it was through a proxy. And if they were friends as kids, and something happened that he would say the things he said to her... how would it feel to get floored by someone else who took his place?

YES HELLO GOOD EVENING THIS IS A DISCUSSION I AM 1000% HERE FOR

I ALWAYS HIT THE TAG LIMIT WHEN I TAGFIC ABOUT THIS SUBJECT

SO I’M JUST GONNA PUT THIS IN THE BODY

I DON’T CARE HOW MANY PEOPLE BUST IN WITH “THAT WAS A BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU MOVE IT TOTALLY MAKES SENSE FOR RALEIGH TO DO THAT” 

(OR MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE RESPONSE: “I like Mako as much as the next guy, but not everything is about her?” HAHA FUCK OFF YES IT IS)

WE SAW SOME FINESSE FROM RALEIGH IN THE KWOON SCENE ONCE HE REALIZED HE HAD TO BRING HIS A-GAME WITH MAKO

THAT WAS A DIALOGUE, NOT A FIGHT

WHEN HE THROWS DOWN

WELL THEY CUT THE SCENE WHERE HE SHOVED THE WALL CONSTRUCTION FOREMAN’S HEAD INTO A BEER CAN

BUT THAT’S A THING THAT HAPPENED

WHEN RALEIGH THROWS DOWN IT IS BRUTE FORCE ELBOW ROCKET NO PULSE TANKER SHIP 

RALEIGH FIGHTS LIKE A JAEGER AND SO DOES CHUCK

AND I’M NOT GOING TO GO SO FAR AS TO SAY HE COULDN’T HAVE BEATEN CHUCK WHILE FIGHTING LIKE CHUCK

JUST THAT RALEIGH CONSISTENTLY TAKES HIS ADVANTAGES FROM SURPRISE ATTACKS AND HE USED THAT UP FIRST THING (AND IT NEVER CEASES TO BE GLORIOUS)

SO IF THEY HAD JUST KEPT THROWING EACH OTHER INTO WALLS AND PIPES BECAUSE RARRR BRAWNY MANFIGHT IT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GONE ON A LOT LONGER

ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY PARA-CANON FRIEND THE PACIFIC RIM NOVELIZATION

THAT’S DURING THE FUCKING KWOON SCENE AND YES I HAVE IT HIGHLIGHTED AND NOTED FOR REFERENCE

IF THEY HAD LEFT IT IN THE FINISHED FILM IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MOMENT OF SYMMETRY AND PEOPLE WOULD BE GIFING IT LEFT AND RIGHT 

FORTUNATELY WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE THIS

AND EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN’T MAKE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THE FINISHED FILM THAT THE SLAP WAS WHERE RALEIGH’S CUSTOMARY FIGHTING STYLE ENDED AND MAKO’S BEGAN 

CHUCK’S FACE RIGHT AFTER THE SLAP?

HE KNOWS

HE KNOWS HE’S BONED

TWO MOVES LATER HE IS ON THE DECK

HOW DOES IT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEL

MAKO STEPS UP WITH A “STOP. NOW.” IN THE HARDEST VOICE WE’VE HEARD FROM HER IN THE WHOLE DAMN MOVIE UP TO THAT POINT

MAKO STEPS UP BECAUSE CHUCK JUST FLICKED RALEIGH’S CHEST

CHUCK DID THAT WHOLE SPIEL TO GET A RISE OUT OF MAKO

STARING RIGHT AT HER AND SAYING “GODDAMN DISGRACE” DIDN’T DO IT 

BUT TOUCHING MAKO’S CO-PILOT? 

RIGHT AFTER HE DOES THAT CHUCK SHIFTS TO THE RIGHT

HE ORIENTS HIS BODY TOWARD MAKO

WHAT IS HE EXPECTING HER TO DO

NOT THE FIRST TIME INDEED

NOT THE FIRST TIME HE’S GOADED HER INTO IT EITHER

POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE CONCEPT IN THIS *ENTIRE MOVIE* IS MAKO AND CHUCK AS MIRRORS OF EACH OTHER

LOLYUP

SAME ANGER

SAME DRIVE

PUTTING THEM OPPOSITE EACH OTHER RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE DEAL WITH SIMILAR TRAGEDIES

HOW DO WE DIRECT GRIEF

WHERE DO WE PLACE RESPONSIBILITY

THEY’RE A LOT ALIKE BUT THEY USED TO BE MORE ALIKE

IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS CHUCK HAS BECOME A ROCK STAR 

MAKO HAS BEEN WORKING AS A TECH

NEITHER ONE OF THEM HAD ANYTHING CLOSE TO A PROPER ADOLESCENCE BUT MAKO AT LEAST HAS HAD A CHANCE TO GROW UP A LITTLE

SHE HAS STAYED ON THE SIDELINES NOT OUT OF OBEDIENCE BUT RESPECT

WHATEVER THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS AS TEENAGERS AND AS ACADEMY CLASSMATES OR NOT DEPENDING ON WHICH TIMELINE YOU PREFER

SHE IS NO LONGER THE HORNET’S NEST CHUCK USED TO KICK

DID HE EXPECT THE PUNCH TO COME FROM HER

DID HE EXPECT A JAB TO THE THROAT

DID HE EXPECT A VERBAL SMACKDOWN EQUAL TO THOSE HE DISHED OUT THROUGHOUT THE FILM UP TO THAT POINT

OR WAS SHE GOING TO KEEP STEPPING UP INTO HIS PERSONAL SPACE UNTIL HE STUMBLED BACKWARD ALL THE WAY DOWN THE CORRIDOR WHICH IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE OPTION

WHATEVER CHUCK EXPECTED

WHATEVER HE WAS TRYING TO GET FROM HER

IT WASN’T HIS HEAD SNAPPING BACK FROM RALEIGH’S FIST

HOW DOES IT FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL

 I’m re-using the gif from my This is War post, mainly because I’m too lazy to make another.

 So this is going to be a Sato rant, mainly focusing on Asami’s character development and her relationship with Hiroshi. Avatar-lovato sort of asked me to write about this when I mentioned in my tags that I wanted to, and I finally feel like doing the thing.

 As lots of other people I am too overjoyed at the Korrasami ending and just at these two awesome queer women in general, but I also think that the most important thing to happen to Asami during the finale was this. Getting her father back only to lose him for good.

 Because you see, Hiroshi Sato was the most important person for Asami for the majority of her life. She was like 6 when her mother died, imagine a little 6 year old girl who is still so young but will never see her mommy again. I think Asami and Hiroshi always had a good relationship but after the death of her mother she grew even closer to her dad. And as the only child his daughter was the only thing left from Yasuko, so I can see Hiroshi adoring her and doing everything he could to keep Asami safe. And although losing her mother must have been horrible for Asami, something she would never forget, and the emptiness left behind would be something even her father could never heal… I think he did try his best. Asami must have felt like nothing could seperate the two of them, no firebender and certainly not hate.

 Unfortunately, Asami was wrong. All those years Hiroshi kept thinking about revenge and he hated benders more and more, until Amon and his revolution came. Hiroshi Sato truly believed that the Equalist movement could make a difference, that it could create a world where he wouldn’t have to be afraid for his non-bender daughter in a world full of benders. Only, by the time Asami found out about this he was too obsessed with revenge, but his daughter never let hatred consume her. Asami never, not even once blamed every bender for her mother’s death, she knew that that was just wrong. So when she had to choose between the father she thought she knew, between the life she had for 18 years and between the right thing, guess what, she did the right thing. She saved everyone, Korra, Mako, Bolin, Tenzin and Lin (and probably the whole city) by turning against her father, against all she had. People sometimes say that Asami’s choice was too easy for her, that she immediately knew she had to betray her father and despite their good relationship it only took her seconds. I don’t think that’s true. Well, she did choose quickly, but it was definitely not easy. See Asami’s face when she makes that decision? It’s everything but an easy choice. That’s why she says “I love you, Dad” before “betraying” him, she does love him, but she knows that there is a greater good.

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 That’s why I think she still had this little hope inside her up until the finale. Every time she mentions her father Asami’s expression is hurt, betrayed or bitter. But I still think that a little part of her hoped that Hiroshi could change, that he could love her more than hate benders and want revenge. I also have to mention that by this point Mako is basically treating her either like she doesn’t exist or like shit. I don’t want too much of shipping in this but it’s important with Asami’s character that she had to get through this on her own. So her father really is the only one she could hope to get back. When the time comes and she gets to confront him, Hiroshi pretty much thinks the same. Remember his conversation with Amon in Turning the Tides? Hiroshi Sato wanted his daughter to be with him, to see his cause. As he told her in Endgame, he wanted them to be a family again. Well, yeah, he was kinda too obsessed with his revenge and we don’t agree with him, but at least he still wanted his daughter to be a part of his life. The thing that makes him snap is Asami mentioning her mother, saying that she would hate Hiroshi for what he has become. I know it’s weird, but I can see why this makes him angry. He believed this was right, he believed what he was doing was for his family, his dead wife and their only daughter. And then that daughter tells him that it’s all wrong and the love of his life would hate him.

 Of course, this does not justify what he does next. The battle between the two Satos is one of my favourite scenes in the series, mainly because it is heartwrenching. Asami still refuses to support this madness, she still protects all these benders who frankly did nothing for her in return. Because that’s the kind of person she is. But that makes Hiroshi even more furious, and he chooses hatred and revenge over his own daughter. He chooses to believe that what he’s doing is right, and chooses to kill Asami because “there is no chance to save her”. If not for Bolin he would have killed his own daughter, the only thing left to remind him of his wife, because he was so consumed by revenge. Asami also has the opportunity to end this for good, but unlike her father she doesn’t give in to hatred. She admits that he really is a horrible father, but she remains better than him.

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 They only meet like four years later, but those four years are important for Asami. After the whole Equalist business she only had Future Industries left for her, and even that was struggling to stay alive. As she tells Mako in The Sting, it still is the only thing she has left from her family, and the incredibly strong person she is she fights for it. But then Varrick steals everything from her and she breaks. “Just stop. It’s over. I give up.” The only reason I’m willing to consider accepting Masami 2.0 is because Mako was the only person in six months who refused to give up on her. For six months she had to fight for her company, for the name Sato not to be a dirty one. She had to wake up every morning with the fact that her father attempted to kill her and she had to go to sleep with it. And she was all on her own, basically, while Team Avatar had other stuff to deal with it. So at this point Asami was this close to give up, to break and just stop trying. But Mako, probably for the first time since Tarrlok had kidnapped Korra decided to fight for her. And she kissed him, she trusted him again, she wanted to be loved again. Even Varrick was trying to help her to get Future Industries back on top! Or at least that’s what she thought. But then Mako just left her again for Korra, Varrick tricked her and she was left only with the company. Again.

 It’s pretty much my headcanon that this was when she said fuck you, and managed to build a new Future Industries. Once her company was more or less stable, she was back helping everyone in any way she could, because you know, once again, that’s just who she is. Her relationship with Korra deepened, they really were friends this time, they were always on good terms with Bolin, and although things were a bit awkward with Mako they managed to remain friends. Book 3 is actually the only one where nothing horrible happens to Asami Sato, her life seems not to suck in this one. Then the finale happened, and don’t you dare tell me that it didn’t hurt Asami to see Korra suffer that much. Her own life was okay, but her best friend just suffered a trauma and needed time to heal. So Korra went to the South-pole, “just for a couple of weeks”, right.

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 And while Asami’s life continued to be better than terrible, she still spent 3 years being concerned about Korra. Yeah, she spent the majority of that time rebuilding Republic City and being an awesome and succesful  businesswoman, but she must have missed Korra. And I don’t even mean that in a Korrasami, romantic way, not neccessarily, I just think that the bond between the two of them was so strong that it must have hurt Asami to know that Korra was not at all okay. She wrote her letters and hoped they would cheer her up. Then after two long years Korra wrote back, and though she told the older girl that she was scared and feeling awful, Asami still knew that she was on her way, she was healing. And she waited for her, no matter how much time she needed.

 Another year later Korra was supposed to come back, but instead it turned out that she spent the last six months Spirits know where. She was supposed to come back but disappeared. And of course Asami gets that she needs space and time and patience, but it was sure a lot easier when she knew where Korra was. Now she feels alone again. (This is the part we get back to Hiroshi I promise.) My headcanon is that Hiroshi first wrote to Asami  about a year ago, when Korra replied. She didn’t want to read Hiroshi’s letters, she threw them away, not wanting to know what he wanted to say. He didn’t care enough when he choose revenge over her. And Korra’s letter helped to not think about her father, working in Future Industries helped (even if it reminded her of Hiroshi daily), doing something, anything else helped. But when that boat arrived without a certain Avatar, Asami felt alone again. It was a last resort, visiting her father and facing him. She only did that so she could be the one to end a relationship for once in her life, she wasn’t the one getting hurt for once in her life. This sounds cruel out of context, Asami trying to hurt her dad, but we have to remember that the last time she saw him he tried to murder her in cold blood. In the name of her mother. But Asami is way too nice to do something out of malice, we know that. So she made the first step, she was willing to at least try to forgive Hiroshi. Even that was incredible, but Asami desperately needed someone she once loved back in her life, so when her father seemed genuine enough she decided to give it a go.

 Important things happen, like the whole Reunion episode, but that’s more Korrasami and shipping stuff. From a Sato father-daughter relationship point of view (and Asami’s character development point of view) the most important moment in that episode was Asami telling Korra about visiting her father. And yes, even getting upset when Korra suggested it might not be as genuine as Asami wanted it to be. I can totally see why that hurt Asami, like she had people playing with her trust and then throwing her away for like four years, she knew she couldn’t just trust anyone. That’s why she made sure Varrick would not dare to trick her again. But she also desperately needed her father back, that one person who stayed with her for 18 years. Asami wanted to believe in her father.

 In the finale Hiroshi is willing to help them defend the city, and it’s his idea that helps defeat the Colossus. By the time they go out to fight Asami’s just glad she got her father back, for the first time in four years she feels like she really does have her father back. And Hiroshi loves her too, it’s like old times for a few glorious hours. But, as it is the life of Asami Sato we’re talking about, all things just have to go wrong. Hiroshi dies helping to defeat Kuvira, he dies for Asami, he dies telling her that he loves her. Asami Sato has one more desperate cry, “DAD!” as she watches the Colossus kill her father. The father she just got back. The father who was ready to love her again, the father who finally chose her over anything else. The father she was also ready to love and trust again. She just got back the most important person in her life and he was taken away from her so cruelly.

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 One way to look at it is the redemption of Hiroshi Sato, how he was doing the right thing in the end. But I actually think that he never stopped hating benders, even if it was not as strong as it was a few years ago he still felt an instinctive hatred. But during his years in prison he learned to love his daugter more, he realized what was the most important thing in his life. Hiroshi Sato died saving Republic City, essentially the world, but I think that all that mattered to him was saving Asami. Who had to live with this for the rest of her life. She later tells Korra that she’s glad was able to forgive him, which is of course crucial even to Korrasami. As Korra had to let go of her past trauma in order to find happiness, to let Asami make her happy, the other girl also had to let happiness in. Forgiving Hiroshi was the first step she had to take. That’s the Korrasami part, but Hiroshi’s death had another serious consequence. He died saving Asami, he died loving her. And she knew that, his daughter knew that he loved her, so whenever Asami thinks back she can finally remember Hiroshi as her dad. I’m not saying that his Equalist years and the attempted murder will never come up again, but at least he was her father in the end.

At least she was able to forgive him, and he was able to love her.

Anyway, this was a rant, because I really really fucking love Asami Sato and I don’t think she gets nearly enough love. She’s strong, she’s a survivor, and I’m sure that with Korra she’ll finally find happiness. I’m sure she’ll miss her father and wish he would be a part of her new, happy life, but she also remembers him as her daddy again, not as Hiroshi Sato, the evil mastermind behind the Equalist weapons.

In Defense of Bopal

This essay was written with the input of korrastorian

Even though Bolin and Opal are not as contentious of an endgame pairing in the LoK fandom as Korra and Asami, I do see a fair amount of criticism aimed at Bopal. The most common criticism is that Opal did not treat Bolin well: that she was too hard on/unfair to him in Book 4, or that she’s too controlling. Some other criticisms are that he had more chemistry with either Eska or Korra (I’ve never seen it argued for Ginger, thankfully), or conversely that Bolin doesn’t bring anything to the table for Opal.

It’s certainly not going to be the most compelling ship to everyone, but in my opinion, Bolin and Opal are as perfect for each other as Korra and Asami. They both push each other in ways that’s needed for their personalities, and at the end of the day are quite clearly caring and protective of one another.

I actually had originally intended to make this a light-hearted analysis, but there’s something that makes me a little uncomfortable about the charges levied against the ship. They just seem to be largely guided a bit by the mentality that Bolin deserves the affection of women or that Opal should go easier on him because he’s “a good guy.” And…that’s sexist. Look, we love Bolin. He’s kind of the best. But he also messes up, quite a bit actually. The fact that Opal directly challenges this and doesn’t automatically swoon into his arms the second he finally realizes the error of his ways is a very positive thing. It’s also fairly transgressive in terms of how romantic arcs with the “doofy, lovable guy” are normally portrayed.

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