I have never watched (extensively) or understood the concept of Yugioh or the fact that the little funky haired shota boy can magically turn into a seme for some reason but because of you I now ship them and I don't even know they damn names.
/SOBS the fact that I converted you to this ship is seriously the highest compliment I could ever receive, thank you x100 for telling me this. /.\
And I don’t know if you were actually looking for an answer, anon, but I will gladly shout into the void about what is quickly becoming my otp.
The little funky haired shota is Yugi, as in Yugioh. He is the main character and a sweet cinnamon roll. He is smol and very important. He solves this cursed Egyptian artifact and awakens this ancient spirit sealed inside it.
So basically, the way Yugi turns seme is that he’s possessed. The spirit takes control of Yugi’s body (for very different reasons, depending on which season of the anime you’re watching). But the thing is, the plot of the show is basically the spirit trying to figure out who he is and where he came from. So for lack of a name (until the end of the series, when it’s a huge plot point), he’s called Yami Yugi (dark Yugi), or just Yami. So Yami and Yugi. Yugi’s friends sometimes call his “other Yugi” or “your other self”.
so onto their relationship
They’re just married. I just. I don’t even know what to say. They share a body, and Yugi goes from not even knowing about Yami’s existence to straight up not being able to live without him. They have this telepathic bond that exists beyond the Puzzle, and Yami is constantly projecting himself over Yugi’s shoulder to talk to him, and vice versa.
they have goddamn cute nicknames for each other. Yugi calls Yami “Other Me” and Yami calls him “Aibou”, or “partner”.
And in the special cases when they can interact physically, there is so much touching. It’s like they’re just beyond personal space. They’re comforting to each other.
and if this isn’t a freaking marriage proposal idk what is.
look at this shit, this is straight out of Jane Eyre. Literally they have do the trope where the lovers who are separated by distance can still freaking hear each other
But overall, what absolutely slays me about Puzzleshipping is how much they learn and grow from each other. My favorite OTP type is the characters who work well together, and spend so much time together that everyone just assumes they’re a couple and ships them, if only by convenience. But when you actually stop and look at their dynamic, they perfectly compliment each other, and the differences in their personalities just feed into a beautiful dynamic where they just need each other.
And that’s them. Before we really get to know Yami as a character, it seems like Yugioh is an allegory for Yugi growing up and becoming independent, using games and heroism as an outlet for him to be more confident (ie, for Yami to take over). And in a way, it is. But it’s so much more than that. On the surface, it looks like Yugi is fairly worthless. Yami’s the one who duels, who defeats the bad guys, who’s the hero. He’s fearless, he’s cool, he’s the king of games. But really, he’s not. He’s a flawed person who learns so much about the world and how to interact with people from Yugi. They help each other so much, and I can’t find the panel, but there’s one from the very end where Yami says “You have the heart of a Pharaoh.” It really was Yugi all along. He looked up to Yami’s strength and confidence so much, when all along he was just as important.
They just know each other so well and are just freaking soulmates. Their relationship is literally what drives the entire plot. It’s not about freaking card games, it’s about this ancient spirit finding peace through Yugi’s guidance.
Just….goddamn. Have some more pictures that I didn’t put into collages.