“Remember, it’s about compatibility. It’s a dialogue, not a fight.”
TONY: That fight scene between the two of them may still qualify as the best sex scene to show up in any movie this summer, even if they are both fully clothed.
Guillermo del Toro: That’s exactly how I shot it—like a sex scene. That scene was all about two people having an intimate connection after beating the crap out of each other.
One of the great things about this movie is that Raleigh is so pleased to have been beaten by Mako - have you ever seen a guy so happy to be thrown on his back? (please, let’s haul our minds out of the gutter until later).
When he comes running after her later (that scene outside his quarters), she looks around and backs away, as though she’s expecting him to be aggressive, as though she’s preparing for a fight - and instead, he’s all “We’re compatible! We can drift! We can be pilots together!” with hearts in his eyes.
There isn’t any masculine pride or “I’m the veteran, who the hell do you think you are, rookie?” bullshit. He’s found a new partner, after expecting never again to find anyone, after being unwilling to ever again let anyone in his head, and he’s delighted about it.
It doesn’t matter that it’s a girl who’s smaller than him who’s just kicked his arse in front of all the rest of the Shatterdome crew. He’s not humiliated, he’s not angry, he’s not resentful - he’s found someone good enough to match him and it’s wonderful.
Thank you, Guillermo del Toro, for showing us decent human beings :-)
^^^^^^^ pretty much all of that
including the Raleigh-chasing-Mako-back-to-quarters thing
Drift compatibility over 900%
you ever shipped something so damn hard, it started to physically hurt?? yeah, that’s what’s starting to happen here. this show is ruining me.
And I have to speculate, that God himself did make us
Into corresponding shapes, like puzzle pieces from clay
How Raleigh Becket Changed His Tune Once He Met Miss Mako Mori: A Short Story
"You don’t understand, I’m a complicated hero with angst and man pai- OMG SHE’S PERFECT EVERYONE GET IN THE JAEGER WE’RE GOING MONSTER HUNTING"
Oh god I never noticed how his shoulders drop in that last gif. It looks like he is literally sighing over how perfect she is.
He LITERALLY sighs at her when she walks by. NEVER have I seen a main character hero who is an extremely masculine male be SO ADORING of a woman. He has literal stars in his eyes. He’s tipsy on admiration. He looks at her like she brought Christmas and puppies and chocolate cake.
I STAN MANLY MEN WHO ARE RESPECTFUL AND EMOTIONALLY AVAILABLE AND TOTAL EQUALS WITH THEIR LADY FRIENDS
Let’s address the fallacy that a capacity for empathy is a necessary quality in a friend. A narcissist may also be a valuable companion.