i mean, i still have hope for canon Shallura. Every time i get doubtful i end up thinking about the hand touch, and all the little nuances that went into animating it.
First off, holding hands is intimate. If the didnt want the scene to be interpreted that way, then they could have done something similar to that scene in the Altean episode where Keith just walks up behind her and they talk about the mission.
No touching, no room for mixed signals.
Then you add the music. Right before it happens the music is very still. Stagnant. Then as soon as Shiro grabs her hand it just explodes all over the place…just like fandom lol. That was fun.
Then just look at their faces. Shiro’s drawn so much softer than he usually is. Allura is surprised by his gesture. The only other person to touch her intimately has been Coran.
Again, im not saying shallura is going to be canon or anything. Im saying its certainly being TEASED. If the writers were concerned about age gaps they wouldnt write them in any capacity where it looked like SHIRO was returning some sort of romantic affection.
These writers grew up on anime, which does tend to have big age gaps between partners. So again, while it doesnt mean its canon, its still OBVIOUSLY being teased so you cant blame people for seeing romance where its being implied
that and its a cartoon where no one is really in any age relevant situations but are just a bunch of people fighting in giant alien cats.