Kallura has become a blessing for me
I know, the tittle sounds kind of dramatic, I won’t deny that, but I sincerely wanted to say something to the kallura side of the Voltron fandom.
First a little bit of info here: I didn’t get into Voltron because I was a fan of the original, my introduction to it was really through Voltron Force (this was a time before I was active in social media so I never knew why people disliked it until now.) I was never that into it, and I mostly watched it because there was nothing else on. Honestly, I got into Voltron because my cousin sent me the link to the first trailer and said it was made by the same people who worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. One was my second childhood favorite show of all time (my first being Kim Possible) and with LoK…well, let’s just say we have a…complicated relationship and leave it at that for now, but I’m talking about Voltron here.
In short, that is how I got into the show. Sincerely, after Korra had ended, I felt a craving for something Avatar related, and watching Voltron not only made me feel like I was watching Avatar all over again, but was also a fun, creative, interesting and just downright a lot of fun. I was never really into the whole giant robot genre, but Voltron was definitely a breath of fresh air for me. It wasn’t just all about the robots and such, but also about the characters, who might I add I love each one to bits! I’d even dare to say my love for the entire Voltron cast is almost as large as the love I have for the Mane Six from MLP:FiM, and I’ve been watching the show for as long as it’s been on the air!
Which brings me to one of the highlights (at least for me) since I started watching Voltron. And that, yes, is Kallura.
Before anyone goes throwing their tables, let me explain.
Yes, I know Voltron is not a romance show (Thank You! The love drama from LoK was one of my biggest pet peeves).
Yes, I know Voltron is not meant to be a spiritual “remake” of Korra, it’s more of a spiritual successor to Avatar more than anything, really.
And no, I don’t watch the show in hopes of seeing them together. It is one of the reasons but not the ONLY one.
Long story short, I was pretty saddened when my OPT from LoK didn’t become endgame (not even my second OTP!) of course, that is natural for any shipper to feel regardless of what you ship, and while I haven’t been directly “attacked” by anyone on the opposite end (Thank God), I have seen some pretty bad examples which, speaking as someone who used to get laughed at at school or I felt like I didn’t really belong with specific group, I really feel for these folks who have had worse luck than me. So you can imagine how infuriating it is for me to see the same thing happen in the Voltron fandom. I have no qualms over what others ship, heck I still ship two characters who cannon-wise were never interested in each other romantically, but I still like to think “what if” yet I accept what is cannon. I just find so much of the arguing pointless and I regret to admit at one point I was one of those people who posted angry stuff without thinking. Looking back, since I was still new to tumblr and social media at the time, I realize just how stupid that was. Every now and again I look back and delete those posts which I don’t even remember anymore to be honest. I was angry at the fandom but I winded up behaving no different from them, so I swore to stay away from that kind of conflict. While I still reblog images of my OTPs, I still don’t always feel confident in at least verbally saying why I love it unless they either ship it themselves, are neutral about it, or simply don’t care. It’s one of those scenarios where you slam on the break before you even turn the key because you keep imagining the worst possible outcome. I still remember when I was scared to post a Kallura fanfic idea post (which I am now writing) because I was scared of angry Klance shippers coming at me. Yes, I know they’re not all like that, I don’t like lumping everyone together either, and it sucks that the one who “shout the loudest” give the entire side a very bad reputation.
In short, the aftermath of LoK wasn’t an easy experience for me, at least emotionally, but I’m sure it was probably a lot worse for others. But ever since I started watching Voltron and later on shipping Kallura I’ve actually felt the same joy I had when I first started LoK or Avatar. Sure, the fandom isn’t that great all the time, but that’s why I am grateful to have found the Kallura side. These people are so chill, sweet, understanding, open minded and I genuinely feel open and confident to ship what I love and still enjoy the show in my own way, without the fear of anybody telling me it’s right or wrong. We all have our own ways of enjoying the things we watch and we shouldn’t feel ashamed from doing so.
I love the fan arts, the fanfiction (which we seriously need more of by the way), and the analysis blogs about Keith and Allura’s dynamic and possibly future relationship. Of course, my past experiences have taught me to take these things with a grain of salt, so there is still a possibility for them to get together, just as there is a possibility that they won’t. Still, because of what is established, I feel that even if I do continue to ship it even if by chance it doesn’t become cannon, at least people can understand WHY I like it and the “what if” scenarios can in fact be plausible. Like how many fans still ship Zuatara despite Kataang being cannon, but I can legitimately see the logic in the former to be honest and wholeheartedly support anyone who ships them….and I’ve been shipping kataang for years!
There are so many reasons why I love Kallura, so similar reasons why i loved my other OTP. Both are very interesting characters on their own with their own stories and development, yet they are also just as interesting as a pair (wether it be romantic or platonic) and the dynamic itself can add something new to the table. I will admit, I’m a sucker for the whole “opposite attack” yet are still “birds of a feather” in their own unique way. They’re both skilled fighters, and I adore battle couples! Their cannon dynamic in of itself is interesting and can open a lot of doors for growth both together and apart. Also, and this is just a small bonus, they both physically resemble my previous ships, but that’s just a happy coincidence.
In conclusion, while Voltron certainly has and continues to be a blast for me, Kallura feels like a real blessing. I feel so happy shipping these two and I hope to continue to freely enjoy shipping even long after the show is over without feeling ashamed. I really love being a part of this community, so thank you. Thank you all so much and you continue to stay beautiful, creative and kind. And forgive one another when we slip up.