Shiro is the only true Black Paladin and no one else comes close
here’s why i’ll never accept anyone else as a permanent replacement for Shiro as Black Paladin:
the Black Lion chose Shiro. she had everyone else lined up in front of her, so if someone else (Keith/Lance/Allura/whoever) was a better fit for Black Paladin, Black would have chosen them from the beginning. she didn’t, because Shiro is the best fit for Black Paladin
Shiro managed to get the team to form Voltron immediately. even though they pretty much all gave up, Shiro was able to turn things around and get the team to form Voltron. he never struggled the way Keith did in S3 because he’s a born leader whose team follows him without hesitation - just like the Black Paladin needs to be
when Shiro went to bond with Black in 2x07, she immediately showed him her history and let him see her memories through her eyes - because she desperately wanted to bond with him
Shiro fought Zarkon in the astral plane for the Lion - and won. he understands what it means to be a Paladin better than Zarkon - the OG Black Paladin
he was able to use his connection with the Lion to lure Zarkon into a trap at the end of S2. and his lil smug face after he manages it? priceless
he brought Voltron back from a complete shutdown in the S2 finale. even though everyone else gave up, Shiro never did
he activated the Black Lion’s wings, unlocked her teleporting powers, and stole back the black bayard from Zarkon. and he did it by bonding closely with the Black Lion. and doing the Paladin eye glow AGAIN
if Shiro was only ever meant as a temporary Black Paladin, we wouldn’t have seen two seasons of him bonding with Black and being able to see through her eyes, use her wings, or defeat her original Paladin
if Keith is supposed to be the “true Black Paladin”, then we should have seen him bond with the Black Lion, see through her eyes, share her memories, and activate her wings. we didn’t because he’s not the true Black Paladin. instead we saw him struggle to even fly Black in a straight line, because she’s not the right Lion for him
the only true Black Paladin is Shiro
Shiro is the Paladin Black chose from the beginning; the Paladin she trusted and bonded with; the Paladin who was able to see through her eyes and unlock her powers. anyone else is just temporary. Shiro is coming back - and when he does, he’ll fly the Black Lion again. like he was meant to all along.
Air signs rationalize their anger away because they’ve had repeated/prolonged exposure to people who don’t control their emotions. They observe how such people thoughtlessly lash out. The air sign native might’ve been a target for some one else’s anger outbursts. Alternatively, they may have been the witness to a victim’s abuse at the hands of an enraged aggressor.
Air signs’ anger stems from a sense of injustice: why does an innocent person have to suffer of because someone else’s issues? How stupid do you have to be to take your anger out on others, without regard for the consequences? What does that accomplish?
Because in a lot of cases, anger is stupid. Air signs see it manifest in stupid (read: emotional) people. They see how it makes them even stupider. They see a child throwing a tantrum over something utterly trivial.
Anger (along with other irrational, unproductive emotions such as self-pity, despair, and jealousy) is disgusting to air signs, unless it’s for a damn good reason.
Anger that motivates people to change, defend the weak, and reshape the future is acceptable. Anger on behalf of someone who was wronged, anger that results in justice, anger that brings people together and strengthens the call for revolution, is the only type of anger air signs respect in others and allow themselves to experience.
Air signs experience anger as much as anyone else. If the anger is over something trivial (being cut off while driving, working with an incompetent person in a group project, that sort of thing) they rationalize it and (think they) let it go.
This is not easy. It doesn’t come naturally. But, it’s the smart thing to do. Conversely, fuming, yelling, and having a fit would be a stupid way to act.
Air signs take pride in their intellect. They want to be perceived as smart. They believe that they’re smart. So, every action is motivated by whether it’s the ‘smart’ thing to do.
If the anger is over something that actually matters, they calmly channel it into a productive action.
Unexpressed anger at the little things festers and becomes cynicism, a contempt for others, and turns into arrogance.
Air signs are arrogant. Geminis lie because they think others are too stupid to understand the truth. Libras take it upon themselves to maintain peace because they think others are too stupid to avoid awkwardness and meaningless fights. Aquarians are famous for their god complex and special snowflake syndrome.
We’re all human. We need to express our emotions. If you don’t express it one way, the emotion will find some other outlet. Air signs’ anger can be vastly productive and beneficial to the world at large. However, their unexpressed anger at trivial matters becomes arrogance.
Duality is inherent to air signs: Gemini, the twins/lovers, Libra, the scales. Aquarius is symbolized by a single waterbearer; however, waterbearers carry two gourds connected by a stick. Air sign anger also has a dual nature.
This anger is a double-edged sword: their righteous anger brings people together, but their arrogance creates distance from the rest of the world.
Do you have a top 5 best senshi/senshi relationships? It's a cruel tier list when you have to choose between Ami/Usagi and Rei/Minako.
[Note, this is the relationships that I personally am interested in and is thus a mix of canons because they’re all a little jumbled up in my head, but I hope this still brings some truth to your eyes]
Ami/Usagi somehow ended up capturing my entire heart, from day 1, ride or die, all eggs one basket. The way I look at it, it’s a beautiful karmic balance between the one who needs to give affection and the one who needs to receive affection. And they’re both the most incredible sweethearts to grace this earth. Hungry? Usagi made you cookies! Cold hands? Ami surprised you with handmade mittens! Ignore the sword cuts in the fabric! She was going through a rough patch and a couple of angel tears will make it as good as new!
Rei/Minako didn’t grab me until I watched PGSM, but then it grabbed my by the collar and rooted through my pockets for loose change. They flirt by trying to be better than each other, and by “better than” I mean “good enough for.” And, in this competition to become The Best, they must also become the Nicest and the Kindest and the Most Affectionate they accidentally as a byproduct improve themselves as people. Oops!
Haruka/Michiru I need to mention, for obvious reasons. Of course, their canon relationship is beautiful and perfect and is perhaps best exemplified by the matching outfits like those pictured below. But also, these two had a massive impact outside the series itself. Probably every single LGBT+ person around my age that I know, Harumichi was a formulative moment of girls loving girls and presenting masculine or feminine while doing it. They are truly baby’s first gays.
Mako/Ami (while it’s no Ami/Usagi) is also very important to me. If Reinako is constant intensity, then Makoami is pure chill. They both have a deep, deep caring streak and I’m struggling to think of a word to describe their relationship besides “soft.” Additionally, I love the tall gf/small gf dynamic. Ami is the perfect size of a dance partner. (Actually, I think this scene is exclusively responsible for my investment in MakoAmi.)
At number five, I have to go against my immediate Ami/Usagi instincts once again and bring forward Rei/Usagi. Usagi sees the vulnerable side of Rei, something that not many people are allowed to see, and instead of teasing her about it, she nurtures it. And, you know, Rei is always fighting, but it’s not because she’s mean-spirited; it’s because she’s found something worth protecting. She’ll always defend Usagi, even if it’s from Usagi herself.
also despite how shit it sounds, i’m still heathers 101-positive: I recognise that it’s a crappy high school version that is nowhere near as good as the original, yet I still see that it is a high school version. for high schools. written to be pg-13. yikes. chill u guys.