ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh my goooooooooooood i can’t even believe this the noises i made
okay, Yukari and Akira are a clear tribute to Haruka and Michiru. You can’t deny that at this point. But what I really fucking love? Whoever wrote this actually understands Haruka and Michiru as characters.
There’s an and old VERY AMERICAN sailor moon roleplay book that notes “Haruka is the dominant one in the relationship and Michiru is submissive blablabla” which is just whoever wrote it’s nasty stereotype about butch/femme couples, cuz anyone who actually pays attention to the 90s anime notes that Michiru is the more forceful and suave person in the relationship. She is in no way submissive to Haruka, in fact Haruka is kinda a dork who Michiru has wrapped around her little finger. This is a butch/femme relationship, but it’s not an ugly stereotype- the femme girl is in no way “weaker” than the butch girl or less “in control”. She knows what she’s fucking doing.
Akira and Yukari reflect this so blatantly and perfectly it makes my heart flutter, and it’s very obvious what their dynamic is in the way they dance. Yukari very directly says to Akira “you’re gonna dance with me, right” and Akira is kinda dorky and hesitant and like “I don’t know hoooow”, at which point Yukari very commandingly grabs her hand and pulls her closer. She also draws herself up to her full height and kinda puffs out her chest, looking at Akira in a smug, queenly way. It’s a very obvious “it doesn’t matter, cuz I’m taking the lead here, look how awesome I am, are you not SEDUCED” gesture.
AND THEN THEY DANCE AND THERE ARE SO MANY LONG LINGERING GAY SHOTS. Akira starts out looking nervous and hesitant, but Yukari continues dancing confidently and looking at her very affectionately, at which point Akira relaxes and starting gazing at her right back.
They repeat the lingering shot over their smiling faces twice and it, and it, and honestly the whole dance is a very clear reference to a certain scene from Utena.
AND THEY WANTED TO MAKE IT SUPER CLEAR AS WE ACTUALLY CUT TO SOME ROSE PETALS IN THE WATER THAT ARE ~DANCING LIKE THEY ARE DANCING~
LIKE UTENA YOU KNOW. ~A METAPHOR~
The younger girl’s reactions to the dance and all the gay happening here are just the best it’s like:
Haruka likes to back Michiru into a wall and starts kissing her. And Michiru places her hands on Haruka’s hips and it makes her shiver.
Michiru reads poetry and plays by Shakespeare and similar authors and reads excerpts to Haruka when they sit on the living room couch together.
Haruka and Michiru cook and bake together like cookies and pies and they get into little food fights like throwing dashes of flour at each other. And when they get closer, Michiru pokes Haruka’s cheek lightly and leaves flour on it and Haruka doesn’t realise it until Michiru keeps giggling.
Michiru knows how much Haruka likes salads, so she makes sure to always have vegetables in the fridge. And in turn, Haruka makes sure that Michiru has her favorite kinds of tea in the pantry.
They always set aside a day out of the week to watch movies or go out shopping or eat at a restaurant, or do some kind of activity that relaxes them.
Anyway, Prince clearly sees what’s going on here and is like “okay so you want to be with Akira, got it. AKIRA YOU BETTER BRING HER HAPPINESS AND SHOW HER TRUE LOVE. THIS IS A PACT BETWEEN MEN!”
To which Akira is slightly flustered, but it appears to be about being mistaken for a dude rather than the implication they’re in a relationship. She’s like “WHY DID NONE OF YOU TELL HIM I WASN’T A GUY” and they all just kinda give her a look like “well I mean he was right about the first part, that was good advice, so we didn’t really notice the end part.”
Yukari, meanwhile, is not flustered by any of it at all, and continues smiling affectionately. Even if Akira’s being all dorky and flustered about this, she feels secure about their relationship right now- SO SECURE, IN FACT, HER HEART SPARKLES AS SHE LOOKS AT AKIRA, WHICH AS YOU RECALL:
LOOKS LIKE YUKARI IS ALREADY STARTING TO UNDERSTAND TRUE LOVE. SHE’S FEELIN’ IT WHEN SHE LOOKS AT AKIRA.
AKIRA’S HEART WAS SPARKLING EARLIER TOO WHEN SHE WAS WITH YUKARI, BY THE WAY:
So yeah, the prince was on the money about everything but Akira’s gender, and Yukari knows it.
And so we finally end our analysis of this episode. I hope you can all appreciate how these sweet furry magical girl lesbians have touched my heart.