[Image: Natsume and Tanuma from Natsume Yuujinchou, standing against a graphic, bright blue background with stylized white clouds and black tree branches. In the shadow of the trees, Natsume, eyes half-lidded, has his hands on Tanuma’s shoulders, leaning in to kiss him. Tanuma looks slightly surprised, but you know he is totally okay with this development because they are BOYFRIENDS IN LOVE.]
[image description: very washed out and sketchy fan art of tanuma and natsume of natsume yuujinchou, standing slightly apart against a blue background and kissing with their eyes slightly open. tanuma leans in while natsume looks a bit sad, touching tanuma’s shoulder as he kisses back, because natsume is a sad uncertain perfect angel.]
I was linked to this gorgeous gorgeous Sion/Nezumi vid and I had to share it with you, tumblr. (BTW: It’s really high quality, I totally recommend watching on fullscreen!)
Now that we know Nezumi’s backstory, the way privilege and the gulf in their lived experiences plays such an active, consciously written role in their relationship, and the way that relationship is so transformative and fulfilling for both of them, brings new hope and depth and meaning into both their worlds and lives…I’m more invested than ever, what can I sayyyy. LIKE: What Sion brings into Nezumi’s life is not a lesson that he must love his oppressors/those who profit happily and obliviously off of his people’s decimation, because some of that oppressor class is kind and good too, no really!! - the hope and peace Sion brings him is in the form of showing him someone can care about HIM, can treat him like he’s worth endless unconditional concern and love even when there is this gulf of institutionalized oppression, of a lived experience Sion will never know and Nezumi can never truly express (doesn’t even know how, if he wants to, at first), between them. What Nezumi brings into Sion’s life is not just a revelation about the hard realities Sion’s been so oblivious to, or a very special lesson about how what Sion was taught to think about the criminalized underclass growing up was all wrong - but a tap into Sion’s own deeper range of emotions; a fuller, wholer understanding of the world, what’s meaningful and beautiful about it and what needs to change, what’s worth fighting for; a struggle that’s so much more meaningful than his previous shallow understanding of the choices out there, so much bigger than himself or anything he was taught growing up. And of course what they bring each other is just this love and connection and fulfillment support companionship trust that’s so inimitable and irreplaceable and IDK I WILL SHUT UP AND LET YOU ENJOY THE GORGEOUS VID I just really, really, love themmmm.
[image description: fan art of natsume and tanuma from natsume yuujinchou. natsume stands over tanuma in a white background wearing a dark blue coat and white scarf, tanuma wears a lighter blue coat with a collar. their eyes are closed and natsume’s hand is on tanuma’s shoulder, as he leans down and tanuma leans up, poised for a kiss.]