Tumblr has this weird sort of misconception where they believe that once you hit the age of 18, you suddenly reach this Ultimate Level of Maturity and I’m like???? Age doesn’t reflect maturity???????
I see it all the time where people go against age difference ships by saying “but the MATURITY GAP!!!!” as if one is so much more mature than the other just because they’re older and it boggles my mind because age =/= maturity
Let’s back this up by looking at some of the adult characters of Yuri!!! on Ice
Victor whined like a child trying to get Yuuri to sleep with him and then pouted when he didn’t
Yuuko acted like a teenage fangirl for the majority of the time we’ve seen her
Takeshi Nishigori bullied and teased Yuuri by calling him fat just like he did when they were kids when he was first introduced to us as an adult
Georgi obsessed over Anya (in a very creepy way) when she left him, fantasizing about being the prince who will “save” her after it was clear she’d moved on
Isabella (JJ’s fiancee) behaved like an annoying brat when seen walking with JJ, saying JJ’s fans are prettier and more behaved than Yurio’s and then hiding behind JJ when Yurio got angry.
Hell, even just looking at Otabek and Yurio, there isn’t that much of a difference in the way they act. They both don’t communicate well with others, they’re seen as “bad boys” but really are just giant sweethearts, and they don’t have a lot of friends (either because of aforementioned communication issues or because of their hyper focus on skating). So no, I don’t believe that any kind of relationship between Otabek and Yurio (or any kind of age difference relationship) is bad by default just because of some imaginary maturity gap. I’m not saying that there aren’t some adults who won’t manipulate people just because they’re younger than them because I am aware that happens. I’m just saying that you can’t take a single facet of a person’s relationship (like there being a 2 fuckin’ year age difference) and automatically label it as gross or abusive.
you know when you can hear someone smile? like you can’t see them but their voice just paints a picture in your head and you know they’re smiling? you can even tell what kind of smile is on their face? you can recognize whether it’s an ear-to-ear grin that makes their eyes into crescent moons or just a shy lopsided smile with pink dusted on their cheeks? god it’s one of the best things in the world, i love it