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I'm aware that this is an old subject, but some thoughts circling around my head for a while about Mako and Asami have sort of clicked together. But, before I start the actual blog, I'm going to set some things straight.
Right off the bat, I'm going to explicitly state: I AM NOT, IN ANY WAY, IN SUPPORT OF OR AGAINST MAKORRA, BORRA, MASAMI, OR ANY OTHER SHIPPING PAIR. If you've come here to flame, troll, or hate, you can leave now. This blog is purely to look at Masami in an intellectual manner. This does not involve my support of the ship or the support of any other ship.
As I stated above, I personally do not support this ship or any other. I try to stay away from anything that involves shipping, especially because I was part of those defending against hate in the Shipping Wars, but regardless, I am still interested in relationships in the Avatar universe, how they're executed, and how the individual characters are dealing with them.
Now that I've dealt with the rabid shipping Fangirls, we can get onto the actual blog. To start it off, I'm going to give a single argument in support of Masami that pretty much sums up all arguments I can think of. Without Masami, we wouldn't have Asami. It's true. The only plausible way that Asami would become involved with the Fire Ferrets, beyond being a fan and spectator, was Asami crashing into Mako on the streets. Thus, she got involved with the group, provided funds, transportation, and even some fighting power to the group, and was most certainly invaluable to Korra's group saving Republic City. The pros of Masami stops there.
Now, we could go on and come up with other scenarios (which I'm sure are innumerous in amount) about how Asami could have joined team Avatar and all that, but this blog is purely for what is. I myself am a strict Avatar canonist (that's a word, right?) and only discuss what is, not what could have been, when talking about the series. Not that I don't like to read a good fanon now and then, but you get nowhere when arguing truth vs. possible scenarios.
And now for what we've all been waiting for; why Masami should be left in the past. And to start off, I'm going to tell you why Mako was never really in love with Asami in the first place.
Now, before you say you disagree, hear me out. I don't know about the rest of you hopeless romantics with all this "love at first sight" stuff floating around the media, but I don't believe in any of it. I say true love at first sight doesn't exist. I do, however, believe in infatuation at first sight. Everyone above 12-14 should know what I'm talking about. If you don't, look it up on your own. I won't go into details for the sake of our spreaded age audience.
Now, Mako's infatuated, and that's temporary. So, basically, he thought he was in love with Asami for a while as he began developing feelings for Korra, which leaked out in episode 5, and instead of successfully repairing the leak, it continued building up pressure until it exploded in the oh so wonderful Season Finale. He only stuck with Asami for as long as he did because he felt loyalty to her because A) he was dating her at the time, and B) he thought he fell in love with her first. That's my only major argument on this.
I could go on about how obviously Mako and Asami's personalities didn't click well enough to be a long-lasting relationship, how poorly executed Masami was in the series in addition to all the romance being poorly executed, how Makorra is obviously going to be the canon ship for the series, but I'm sure you've all heard it before, and this blog is long enough as it is.
In conclusion, Masami was crucial to the series for introducing Asami as part of Team Avatar, and that's it. The rest was poorly done, cheesy, overly angsty and dramatic, and without true love. Asami's a great girl and Mako's an interesting character, but they just aren't right for each other.
Now that this is all done, tell me what you think. Do you agree? Disagree? Have any supporting arguments or anything to say against my case? If so, feel free to post your opinion in the comments section below! You can be blunt and honest, but please try and keep it civil, respectful, and not causing of long heated debates. We don't need any more of those.