can i just take a minute to talk about why i love yuu and shinoa’s relationship so much tho
yuu is a boy who spent his time w/ the hyakuya kids insisting that no one was his family and that he was alone, even though that’s not how he truly felt toward them. when he lost them all and escaped the vampire city, he finally admitted to them all being a family together.
but he was too late. everyone he loved had died and when he began to get close to other people - guren, shinoa, yoichi, kimizuki, mitsuba, etc - he was quick to confess that they were important to him and he was fierce and intense about it. “i’m not gonna let anyone in my family die again!” is the kind of stuff he would say. “we’re a family now, right? you don’t betray family.” THIS BOY knows what it is to lose everyone he loves and he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes again. if he’s going to care about people again, he’s going to make damn well sure that they know, and he’s going to do his best to protect them.
and then there’s shinoa, who was raised without any sort of familial love in her life. who doesn’t really know the passion of love at all. a lot of her siblings dont even share the same mothers - pretty much everyone she’s related to is cold and power hungry. and she meets this incredibly outspoken boy who declares his only purpose is life is to obtain revenge for his late family. and he has passion. so much passion. desire to avenge people he loved. desire to become strong. desire to protect people. she’s probably can’t understand the depth of his feelings because she was raised without exposure to any of this at all
and its just. shinoa is there with the other members of their squad to remind him that he has a family. that there are reasons to live, beyond becoming a revenge-seeking crazy person. in fact, she INTRODUCED HIM to a majority of the people he calls family now. because of her, he has a family to protect again. and yuu. oh yuu. he’s there and shinoa is learning for the first time what its like to love. do you know how beautiful that is? how hard it must be for her to process the feelings but how she might revel in them?
AND LORD they’re constantly holding hands, or reaching for each other as a sign of comfort or acceptance or encouragement and it just makes my heart burst. i cant wait to see how much their relationship develops as the manga goes on i started crying in chapter like 32 or 33 or which ever it was when shinoa told yuu to listen to her orders and he held her hand as he promised to comply.
people keep saying that their relationship doesn’t make sense but i think that’s because they are blinded by the overwhelming affection mika and yuu have for each other which is loud and obvious and shinoa and yuu’s relationship is much quieter and much much, more subtle. it’s a beautiful thing i can’t wait to see where it goes ahh.