Hi! Seing as the creators of FFXV probably developed many aspects of the game with japanese audiences in mind, I've been thinkig that Noctis and Luna's relationship is probably charged with strong japanese culture. As in, romance in japanese culture doesn't necessarily have to look the same as in western countries. I'd love to read someone analyse their relationship from a japanese point of view. Do you know if someone has done that before? Sorry for the long ask and thank you!
This is a thing that’s come up a lot, but I don’t think I’ve seen an actual Japanese person or someone steeped enough in the culture make any kind of detailed analysis.
It’s for sure though that the pairing being so heavily debated is strictly a Western thing, and I think that already says it all lol
But I would for sure be interested in reading such an analysis myself! Like- I have a *decent* idea just by being exposed to East Asian culture through my husband. There’s things shared between Japanese and Korean culture that are relevant here. Namely that subtlety in affection is in ways preferred and is highly valued. It shouldn’t need to be said. But it’s still different and also not my culture so I certainly don’t qualify lol
The people that complain about us being “told not shown” though… Missed all the body language??? We were shown long before we were told. I was in love with the pairing just by seeing what the affectionate -and ostensibly most canon- options were, seeing how shy he got about the notebook, the way they smile with relief, touch the pages, bow their heads…
When sailing to Altissia, they’re talking about the ring and the covenants. Important shit. And Noct interrupts the flow of the conversation to say “But the most important thing is how Luna is doing.”
THAT was when we were first “told” and that was what cemented it for me. Because I was just told after being shown so much.