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Ship of the Week: Zukaang

Hanabi-chan September 26, 2015 User blog:Hanabi-chan

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"And now we're friends."
— Aang recalling to Zuko how much things have changed between them.
Per last week's suggestions, I decided to write about Zukaang which is also known as Zaang. It is the ship between Zuko and Aang. As always, please let me know what you would like to see next.

Zukaang

I'm not really sure how or when this ship became popular but it is one of the most popular yaoi ships in A:TLA. I'm pretty sure that some fans shipped it as early as book one but I'm betting that it mainly became popular in book 3. The reason for this is they finally became allies in this book and their field trip together. There was that moment when Aang glomped Zuko after losing his flame and that other moment when they were standing together in the middle of rainbow flames. The fans also squealed over their hug in the final episode. Unfortunately for the Zukaang fans, Zuko was already back with Mai at that point and Aang soon got together with Katara.

I find the Zukaang pairing to be cute and interesting but I've never been much of a fan of it. And it's not that I have an issue with yaoi as I like other A:TLA yaoi pairings (such as Bakoda and Zhaozai) but I just saw their relationship as brotherly. Aang never got to experience the feeling of having a sibling and Zuko's only sibling was a complete witch to him so their bond was good for the both of them. But I never saw it as romantic. Some have the issue of spiritual incest due to Roku being related to Zuko, but I don't see that as much of a problem.

Pros

  • The two ended up getting along very well and developed a close bond.

Cons

  • Zuko and Aang were enemies for a long time. They also still butted heads in the future during the Harmony Restoration Movement.
  • The two have never been shown to be attracted to each other.
  • Aang ended up marrying Katara and Zuko was with Mai for a while at least, making this relationship impossible.

So what are your thoughts on Zukaang? Please feel free to comment and thank you for reading this. While it is okay to compare other ships, please keep discussion centered around Zukaang. Also, let me know what you would like to see next.

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