So, you kiss him, and he doesn’t move, he doesn’t
pull away, and you keep on kissing him. And he hasn’t moved,
he’s frozen, and you’ve kissed him, and he’ll never
forgive you, and maybe now he’ll never leave you alone. (x)
Has everyone seriously forgotten that Belle saved the Beast?
She had to be rescued from the Wolves by him. Point ruined. Sorry.
Actually it’s not. Most of their story is about her saving him.Which is one of the themes of the original story.
Or how about Enchanted. Where Giselle up and fucking climbs a New York building, in a dress, with a sword, and slays a dragon who is currently holding the man she loves. Who is a man in distress.
Everyone forgets Giselle and it makes me so mad.
“A wonderful meeting, or a beautiful thing can exist. We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation. What we should depict is, how the boy understands the girl, and the process in which the girl opens her heart to the boy. At the end, the girl will say to the boy, ‘I love you, Ashitaka. But I cannot forgive humans.’ Smiling, the boy should say, ‘That is fine. Live with me.’” ( — Hayao Miyazaki)
#ashitaka is probably my favorite canonical hero ever #(my other favorites i had to bring a lot of fanon along but ashitaka is solid as is) #this photoset really brings it home that all of the ‘intimate’ or ‘traditionally romantic[looking] moments of the film are moments of gentleness or compassion in the midst of ugly scenes #san puts her mouth on his to feed him when he is too weak from being shot #ashitaka pulls her face to his when she is literally being consumed by hatred and pulls her into an embrace when she herself has stabbed him #offers of love and safety and acceptance and provision in an ugly violent world #and i love that forgiveness was not required of her character arc because the wrongs that were committed could not be undone #it is so rare to have a story where someone is set free from a life of hatred and revenge BUT IS NOT FORCED TO FORGIVE #i don’t even have the words for how important that is #because forgiveness is not mandatory for healing no matter what some people say #let’s live together—not the ‘together’ of romance but the ‘let’s live’ as a decision not to let yourself end