there has literally never been a person more selfless or more devoted in love than Tachibana Makoto ok literally never i cannot stress this enough he deserves the entire world and if there was ever a person who has karmically earned the return of a LIFE LONG LOVE and LIMITLESS FUCKING DEDICATION TO THE SAME COMPLETELY OBTUSE PERSONALITY its him ok its him give Mako what he wants 2kforever Haruka you are never going to do better than that boy get your shit together goddamn

  • Mako: Oh, hey, chief. Did you get my report on the triad murder?
  • Lin: Yeah, I looked it over. Nice work.
  • Mako: Good. Thanks, mom.
  • Lin: ...
  • Mako: Why is everyone staring at me?
  • Asami: You just called Chief Beifong "mom."
  • Mako: What? No, I didn't. I said, "thanks, ma'am."
  • Lin: Do you see me as a mother figure, Mako?
  • Mako: No. If anything, I see you as a "bother" figure, 'cause you're always bothering me.
  • Korra: Hey, show your mother some respect!

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A Story Told With Pictures About Toys In Too Many Parts

“Mako-chan, nooo!” Usagi sobbed, reaching out over the edge.

Minako placed her hand on Usagi’s head, trying not to notice how Usagi was trembling. Rei and Ami joined them, each fearing what they’d see, but willing themselves to look. They had to know. For Mako, they had to know.

Do you ever think Roadhog sometimes is at a conflict with his past self? Like he’s about to wreck some fool, and he just remembers how things Used To Be, but he kills em anyway cause like, that’s just what Roadhog (not Mako) does. Do you think he’s every regretted any kills? Regret any that were even too gruesome for him, and almost “woke up” that lost part of himself. And he just sits there after the day is over, remembering. And maybe even regretting how far he’s let this ruthlessness consume him.

“Oh! Well in that case, I can't really blame her.”

That post was long enough, so here’s a part two, of sorts. I just spilled a bunch of words everywhere about Viz’s dub of Episode 96, and if you haven’t read that post yet, I’d encourage doing that first.

As I mention there, I specifically watched that episode to screen it for Holligay. I thought an even better case could be made by the actual dialogue in the episode itself. So I transcribed all the pertinent scenes for her, and since I already have that done, I figured why not share it here as well?

Under the cut, then, is all the Viz dub dialogue for the shitty scenes in Episode 96 (and a little bit of commentary in places about the changes).

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LOK Fancast - The Krew (pictures are edited of course)

Korra - Q'orianka Kilcher (Quecha-Huachipaeri/German)
Asami Sato - Arden Cho (Korean American)
Mako - Sung Joon (South Korean)
Bolin - Andre Paras (Filipino)

Korra was undecided about what to do about Mako. She specifically expresses that Thank You may not be enough. Mako says their bond is so strong it is unnecessary to say thank you. Mako is injured and almost lost his life but he thinks he will do it again for Korra and the Krew for he lives for this. Asami cries for losing her Dad whom she didnt give a shit about for 5 years promptly making it all about her. Asami says she wouldn’t know what she would so of she lost Korra too. Yeah, hello, Korra ALMOST LOST HER LIFE AND DID A SUPER DANGEROUS THING LIKE OPENING A FUCKING SPIRIT PORTAL. And then basically has Korra apologise to her for "putting her through that" a life and death situation which INVOLVED KORRA'S LIFE AND KORRA'S AVATAR SPIRIT FUCKING NOT ASAMI IN ANY FUCKING WAY. So, this is one of the principal reasons why I dislike Korra/sami and I love Makorra because even as a friend Mako knows what to do and say and not act like a self-centered narcissistic piece of shit. I mean seriously Asami life doesn’t revolve only around her. What the hell were the writers thinking? Asami never celebrates any of Korra’s achievements nor does she embrace how far Korra has come. She only acts like some propagandist saying “oh, the world needs you ‘cause you are the avatar” wtf advice is that. At least Mako specifies they all needed Korra for Korra. Korra doesn’t have to do avatar duties all the time when she is healing at that moment because she is well not in a good place. She needs someone to remind her what she stands for as herself as well as avatar. Mako does this all the time. Asami just repeats rote memorisation things. This coupledom is BADLY written. It serves no one and shows Asami as a self-centered, spoiled rich girl who only gives a damn when it is about her. Mako caring and loving Korra with no relationship goals is something that Korra could use rather than a vacation Asami (I mean seriously the person who went through shit is Korra not Asami; Asami has been able to live her life whatever fucking way she wanted since B1). Korra is pushed aside in HER OWN FUCKING STORY to make room for a ship. This is a tragedy.

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There was a knock on your door. “Come in,” you called, not even bothering to sit up. You knew the knock.

“Hey, I know I’m not your favorite person right now,” Mako said as he opened your door and stepped into your room. “But I was hoping we could talk.”

“I’ve already said all I needed to,” you stated, glancing at your boyfriend out of the corner of your eye.

“I don’t mean about that,” Mako replied. Once he got near your bed, he sat down cross-legged on the floor. “It’s happened, it’s done, it’s over. It’s still raw, but there’s nothing more we can do.”

You frowned. “So why did you come over then?” you asked. You were still bitter over your fight with Mako, even though it was over with. He had said some hurtful things, even though he tried to take them back.

“Because I missed you,” Mako replied simply. He gave a small smile. “Remember that tough case right after we started dating?”

“The one that ran you so ragged you were spending nights at your desk because you couldn’t let it go?” you asked.

“That’s the one,” Mako said. “I don’t think I ever properly thanked you for bringing me food and reminding me to shower.”

“I didn’t remind you to shower,” you pointed out.

“Maybe not directly, but your visits did make me make sure I didn’t seem like too much of a mess,” Mako stated.

You couldn’t help but smile a little and shook your head. “I know what you’re doing,” you accused.

“What?” Mako asked, pretending to be clueless.

“Reminding me of good times in our relationship so I won’t break up with you,” you replied.

“I’m sorry, I had to try,” Mako said with a sigh.

“No, no, keep going. It might work,” you told him, finally looking at Mako. You saw his face light up.

“Alright, but how about we keep going over some noodles at that restaurant right on the edge of the spirit wilds?” Mako suggested.

“The one we had our first date at,” you commented, finally sitting up.

Mako smiled. “That’s the one,” he said, offering you his hand. You took it, allowing him to help you up, before the two of you walked, arms linked, out of your place and towards the wilds.

Meta: Mako's Fear of Emasculation

Back when Book 2 was airing, I remember seeing a lot of disapproval with Korra, at least during the first half of the season. Perhaps the pacing did us a disservice. Having a full week to reflect on how “stupid” Korra was for “still” trusting Unalaq in between the first few episodes may have undercut her characterization a bit, and only highlighted her missteps. But it wasn’t her handling of the Civil War plot that drew the most criticism…it was her treatment of Mako and her romantic actions. I was never a shipper back then, nor did I really find Makorra compelling in any respect, so their fights didn’t bother me. But I did think Korra was being a bit overly antagonistic and making some big fuck-ups in general.

Upon rewatch, however, I’m finding myself very much agreeing with Korra, both in her handling of the WT politics and in her relationship with Mako. I’m not saying there weren’t missteps, but given the information Korra had, she made the best choices she could. And yet every step of the way Mako acted as a horribly unsupportive boyfriend.

I made this post expressing my disapproval at Mako’s behavior, because I didn’t remember just how antagonistic he was in their fights. “Remembrances” focused on their issue being their jobs pitted against their relationship, but it was more than that. Mako was outright accusatory and callous towards Korra. And it’s not to say she didn’t throw some personal attacks his way, of course. Korra’s just as responsible for their fighting and overall incompatibility. But given how insulting Mako’s comments were to Korra, the fact that he is the one who dumps her is just flooring. I guess Mako felt like she was making his job harder, but rather than engaging in any kind of constructive conversation or explaining his own viewpoint/feelings, he opted to screech at Korra about how badly she kept messing everything up. Twice.

It wasn’t until 2x06, “The Sting,” that I began thinking about Mako’s actions in the context of a psychological need for Mako to place himself as the protector and to feel useful. Given his background, this makes sense and is sympathetic. He was orphaned at a young age, having nothing and needing to care for Bolin growing up. “Protector” is a natural role to him. But it seems that it’s also something that feeds his ego. Ego isn’t inherently a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. Yet Mako’s treatment of both Korra and Asami, and how it did happen to play out with very gendered dynamics suggests anxiety relating to emasculation.

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Rei Ryugazaki: Now, let’s say you haven’t eaten for days and you’re in desperate need of a sandwich. What do you do?
Nagisa Hazuki: I walk over Mako-chan’s house and have him make me a sandwich.
Rei Ryugazaki: Okay, yes. But Makoto-senpai’s not there.
Gou Matsuoka: Where’s Makoto-senpai?
Rei Ryugazaki: It’s not important where he is. He’s gone. He left the country.
Gou Matsuoka: He left the country? Why? Is he okay?
Rei Ryugazaki: Yes, he’s fine!
Nagisa Hazuki: Well, if he’s fine, I don’t see why he couldn’t make me a sandwich.