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:
My hand slipped and what started as a simple sketch after watching “Revolutionary Girl Utena” and the Sleeping Beauty play episode for “Cardcaptor Sakura,” turned into this and it wouldn’t leave me alone.
I figured this is Marinette’s way of indulging Adrien’s anime/cosplay hobbies.
Marinette does make for a very awesome Rose Duelist.