Arcane is very cheerful. I’ve made it clear a number of times, whether I’m talking about how the show managed to exceed all of my weird expectations or how it helped create a fandom that seems to encompass everything in its unexpected take on big lesbians. in the animation. It pushed boundaries that no one knew existed, and it’s so wonderful.
While Arcane’s second season might not be here for a few years, her community shows no signs of slowing down, and that’s a testament to how much she’s managed to achieve, turning League of Legends into a MOBA. impenetrable in a universe craving further expansion. I’ll never touch the game, but it doesn’t have to be to enjoy all that Caitlyn and Vi’s gay adventure manages to achieve.
Speaking of – they need to fuck in the second season. Now listen to me, I’m not talking about an explicit statement of Sapphic worship purely meant to titillate, but a moment of justified intimacy between two women clearly in love with each other. The first season is devoted to the slow burn, focusing on Vi and Caitlyn as they are reunited under circumstances far beyond their control. Vi is a young butch woman with a troubled childhood who spent her early adulthood locked in prison, while Caitlyn came from a privileged family with substantial political and economic power. You know – oil and water.
Yet, it’s these differences that make their chemistry so overwhelming, Vi not afraid to tease the taller woman by calling her “Cupcake” and making fun of her strained ways. Caitlyn gives as well as she gets, but all of that japes and remarks are surrounded by a benevolent blanket of stolen looks and flirtatious moments. so obvious that you tear your hair while waiting for one of them to move. I almost went wild during the final act when the two pour out in the rain, with Vi making it clear that they’re not meant for each other as she runs a hand over Caitlyn’s cheek before turn away, pull up his hood and walk away into the night. IT’S SO GAY OH MY GOD, AS GO. Caitlyn then comes home to be sad in the shower for a few hours, which is a very normal and straightforward thing to do when a girl leaves you behind in the most dramatic way possible.
When the two come together thanks to Jinx’s murderous impulses, spectacular animation is able to highlight the finer emotional details scattered across their faces. Expressions of panic and love etched into their features as it becomes clear that they may not make it out of this place alive. We’ve never seen a queer relationship in the medium approached with such raw maturity, emotions manifested through words, actions, and phrases that leave absolutely no other interpretation to be had. These two are truly the best in Piltover.
Some have argued that the lack of a kiss during the first season and the lack of a concrete admission of love means Riot is holding back so that the series can appeal to a wider international audience, and that This is a justified fear that I have not dismissed given League of Legend’s popularity in these countries. But I have confidence that Netflix will allow the series to express itself in the most uncompromising way possible, and the first three acts are representative of that vision. However, much of the show is still heteronormative in its execution, despite so many steps taken to distance this universe from the male gaze it has indulged in for so long. It’s not just about pleasing straight men anymore.
Vi and Caitlyn feel like characters designed with realism in mind. Their bodies are clear objects of desire in the right context, but their body language, dialogue, and motivations are framed in an undeniably odd way, and there is something beautifully refreshing about it. However, we still have a compulsory straight sex scene which, while tasteful, doesn’t feel out of place in the larger narrative. The show is mature enough in its storytelling to warrant nudity and sex, and part of me thinks it should, but Jayce and Mel weren’t the right duo to (sorry) lay the groundwork. With Vi and Caitlyn however, such a scene between the two wouldn’t just be justified with the proper execution, it could make a historic statement.
Queer animation has become more and more pronounced in recent years, but many of these examples come from shows aimed at young viewers like Kipo and the Age of Wonders, The Owl House, Steven Universe and She-Ra and the Princesses. power – cartoons that show young people that it’s okay to be gay and never be afraid to explore your own identity. It’s a powerful message and one that will continue to spread across the world, although some countries like to call Lumity great friends who want to travel together. Come on, these cheerful witches are good for them, so stop denying it and let them be happy.
Arcane has the same impact on an older audience, an audience filled with queer people already out and proud or people testing the waters with a reasonable sense of anxiety. I’m a mix of the two, which is why I lose my marbles on Vi and Caitlyn on a daily basis even though the show aired over a month ago. I live for lesbians. A sex scene between the two women, especially one that feels like a natural step in their relationship, would be huge for the medium, giving these scenes an element of normalcy in media which, all too often, still treat them as taboos. Gay sex exists in so many wonderful forms, and Arcane showing that Vi and Caitlyn’s passion for each other can extend to this in a way that feels real, warm and passionate would mean so much to not only them. senders who feed off fanfics and fanart, but everyone.
Sex isn’t always the highlight of a relationship, especially queer relationships where self-doubt and euphoric discovery are central to our existence. Vi and Caitlyn could lie down together after the heat of the moment, finding relief in each other’s arms as the outside world passes by. Their romantic feelings might not even be fully cemented yet, but sex doesn’t have to be linear, especially when two fiery personalities are involved. Arcane has done so well in breaking the conventions set at every turn, and following the same behavior with Vi and Caitlyn’s growing relationship would be absolutely the right move. Growing up, I spent years defining my own subtext in the portrayal, but now there are so many examples of real-life LGBTQ + characters and themes that I want to see them take it even further. I’m not pushing an agenda, I just want the media I love to reflect the real world in a way it still fails to do, and who would have thought Arcane would lead the way? Give me gay sex or give me death.
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