Arcane’s fandom was created by gay people and for gay people

I’m still haunted by Arcane. It’s been weeks since its premiere Netflix and Riot Games‘the show is animated, and I still wouldn’t be able to check my phone if it weren’t for being ambushed by a new collection of fan art. The community is raving, enthralled by a world of detail and nuanced characters that we’ve barely scratched the surface. All of this sweet lore is awesome, but let’s be honest – we’re all in it for the weird. These enforcers are gay, good for them.

Vi and Caitlyn’s growing dynamic is yummy, depicting a lesbian relationship so realistically that thousands of people clung to them and refused to let go. I love it so much and seeing the team, artists and viewers embrace it means the whole world. The most beautiful part of this growing popularity is how undeniably the weird fandom itself, all of the biggest artists and authors identified as LGBTQ+ as they indulge in a show cast aside the man’s gaze and seeks to portray two women in a relationship that understands a nuance that very few gay relationships in cartoons or otherwise can portray.


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I remember texting our editor in chief (and gay cheerleader) Stacey Henley after previewing the first act and telling her. ‘Stacey…I Think This Might Be Gay’ with my excitement rising to fever as the second and third acts appeared to confirm my suspicions. Vi and Caitlyn start off as bittersweet rivals and become companions who aren’t afraid to flirt and confide in each other, but their inner personalities are never lost as a result of their relationship. This beginning love, if anything, only strengthens who they are and where they come from.

Vi grew up on the streets, subjected to violence and petty crime, used to herself and did whatever she could to get through. As a result, she struggles to trust people, a perspective only reinforced by an arduous upbringing behind prison walls. Away from Powder, all she can do is become stronger. She escapes prison and is greeted by a changed world, where politics has grown and left her behind while many of her loved ones sit in dusty graves long ago. . From here, she finds comfort in the hardest places.

Caitlyn was a decent and decent woman with a rich family and a promising career, so the last person she befriended was a shaggy, pink-haired guy who branded her a adorable cupcake at the time they started their adventure together. Opposites attract, and watching them bond, argue, and develop feelings for each other over the show’s nine episodes is incredibly captivating. Yes, I’m a big gay disaster and you all have to face it, I’m so sorry.

As I mentioned earlier, Caitlyn and Vi’s art fans are relentless and very, very gay. Some of them are tasteful and erotic, while others are funny, touching, or introspective in ways you would never expect. All of them, however, were excellent, igniting a creative fire I haven’t seen in the world of animation since The Owl House made the Lumity canon. LGBTQ+ folks are so used to finding hidden text in the media we love and evoking expression from half-hearted character development or censorship that prevents pairing from becoming a reality. truth.

This picture is changing a lot, and Arcane is possibly the best example of a show that puts lesbian relationships first with a little fear of how it might be perceived. The second part would have better have a sex scene, and I’m not saying this because I’m a big pervert, but it would show that weird intimacy is a normal matter that can be put together. with normal partners without worry. Vi and Caitlyn went together, sharing the company before the world threatened to tear them apart. Arcane can take it even further, and I really hope it does.

One of Netflix’s biggest shows of the year is hosted by two strange protagonists, and the fanbase has embraced this milestone in the best way possible. Sure, some of them attacked me for comparing Vi’s heartbreak with She-Ra’s Catra, but I can forgive them because I know I’m right, and most of the people I meet are adorable, respectable, and incredibly talented. . I’m used to taking whatever win I can when it comes to weird reps, warts and all, but Arcane feels like it’s on the right track to being something special. .

The second season isn’t coming until 2023 at the earliest, so it’ll be some time until we see Vi and Caitlyn’s relationship progress, but there’s beauty in the slow burn and witness Their romance grows over time as they learn to love each other in the face of adversity and despite the abundant differences will be worth the wait.

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TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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