Just want everyone to know.. Not everything or everyone is homophobic..
Just because a gay couple doesn’t kiss on screen, doesn’t mean it’s homophobic. Just because you see chemistry between two female leads, that you consider sexual and THE WRITERS of the show, do not. Does not mean it’s homophobic.
As much as the fans and fandoms control lots of television. Especially now, you don’t know the whole story until it’s written. You may of read the books, did extensive research on who loves who in said universe, but that doesn’t mean the WRITERS and DIRECTORS wish for it to go that way.
I’m only writing this because I saw a few posts that complained about not seeing Malec; Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood and high warlock Magnus Bane; bang. I kindly would like to remind you, that this is a show for teens.
Teenagers. Like 14+.
As much as you want Daddy Alec to go down on our precious Magnus, it’s not appropriate at all to show. Understandably, yes; they did show Jace half naked in bed with a female. I get that you’re mad that they did that but didn’t show, maybe light touching or even any indication that the pair were about to have their first intercourse session with eachother, I get it. But think for a second about the underaged viewers. It could be considered porn if they were to actually show banging Malec.
It could easily get banned or moved the HBO and that’s not what Shadowhunters is about. I’m sure that’s not what they want to go for anyway. You can tell because there isn’t much blood either. The occasional stab wounds, Simon drinking blood. I think the most blood we’ve seen was when Alec killed Joc.
Yes, it’s 2017. Gay marriage is legalized and tumblr loves their gay pairings or even their bromances. But you have to realize, that you don’t write shows. You didn’t write the novels these shows / movies came from.
You write the fanfictions. You write in characters that you see in the story, you write yourself in. As much as you want to see something go someway, you don’t control it.
So please, unless you actually are on the set of these shows, movies, whatever. Shut your petty little mouths about homophobia on screen. Because there are tons of shows on HBO that show sex if you want it.
Hell, go watch Shameless, Mickey and Ian have sex every time they’re together. Pretty sure there’s sex in every episode.
So calm down, homo warriors. You don’t control these stories. The writers do.
I think we can all agree that Yuuri’s speech was a central scene this episode, and although I’ve seen a lot of people giving great explanations about Yuuri’s use of 「愛」 in his speech and the difference between 「愛」(ai) and 「恋」(koi) there aren’t many people who go further into his speech than that.
Firstly I’ll just briefly gloss over 「愛」 and 「恋」because what they each connotate in the Japanese language is important to the Yuri!!! on Ice plot
「恋」is kind of like a physical love. It describes one’s longing for someone, but lacks a deeper emotional bond. Used for boyfriend/girlfriend/partner.
「愛」 is a deep love, it encompasses 恋 but also describes emotional love. While it does mean you long for someone, it kind of implies that you’re willing to do, give, or change something to be with them. Used for family/spouse.
***note: on the contrary, while「恋」does imply a physical romance/love, 「恋人」refers to you’re true love, you’d call your fiancé or spouse that, and「愛人」implies someone you’ve had an affair with. So when Victor uses the word 「恋人」…. ;)))
So when Yuuri says
He’s saying his「愛」is not just the physical and emotional love he has for others, his love is literally his relationship with Victor, it is literally his family, and that it is the complicated/abstract feelings he has for others around him (aka Yuuko, Minako, Nishigori). It is a tangible THING such as actions and words as implied by Yuuri’s use of 「物」 instead of 「事」which would describe an idea or a concept.
Another interesting thing to note is when Yuuri says he has “no name for this emotion”
At first I thought Yuuri might have been downplaying his emotions but then I realised it wasn’t that, it was that Yuuri really just doesn’t know exactly what 「愛」is just yet despite describing it briefly before because he’s still exploring what it truly means for him.
Before Victor, we all know Yuuri had a big crush on Yuuko, hell, he was going to confess in the first episode. But that’s all it was, a crush, which would take neither 「愛」nor「恋」, but 「好き」(suki).
Now I’m sure you know the difference between 「愛する」and「好きです」but just in case
「好きです」refers to a wide range of types of “like”. You use it for objects, hobbies, and topics, or people-wise, friends and crushes.
Through Yuuri’s speech, we are witnessing his growth and exploration of what 「愛」is, what it means to him, and who the word applies to. Most prominent are his developing feelings of 「愛」towards Victor. The phrase
Does mean “to hold on to”, but it also means “to fasten” or “to tie”, and this implies that while Yuuri does not want to let go of Victor, neither does he want Victor to let go of him. Yuuri wants to create a mutual bond with Victor, and he has decided to call this bond 「愛」.
As a side note, here’s further meta on Yuuri and Victor’s developing relationship, shown through the episode preview. It’s very short but I do think it’s a cute example of them becoming closer to each other.
them: raphael threatened to kill simon’s mom!! he’s EVIL!!!!
me: raphael went to find simon’s mom (without even KNOWING that simon would show up and be there to ‘threaten’) bc he knew simon was worried about her but also knowing that simon going to see her personally and possibly tell the truth about his vampirism would have put both himself AND his mom in danger. raphael was literally protecting them both (tho he’d never admit it) and the only reason he had to ‘threaten’ elaine was bc he NEEDS simon to help him find camille in order to PROTECT HIS ENTIRE CLAN like that’s literally what he’s doing, he’s PROTECTING HIS FAMILY!!!!!
and um side note but if you honestly think raphael would hurt simon’s mom in any way after everything he’s done to help simon and ESPECIALLY after their conversation earlier in 2x03 that alluded to his own mother then…..wow you’ve got another thing coming