30 Day Manga Challenge day 18 — favorite BL/yuri couple
Maya and Ayumi from Glass Mask by Miuchi Suzue
Mostly, I love the way Ayumi understands and respects Maya’s talent better than anyone else does, and how she did so before anyone else even noticed Maya’s hidden talents (with the exception of Tsukikage). And I love the way her rivalry with Maya brings out new sides to Ayumi that she probably didn’t even know she had. She becomes jealous and almost petty when it comes to her rivalry with Maya, something you can’t even imagine the intelligent, gracious, and collected Ayumi to become about anything else. She feels superior, inferior, jealous, defeated, victorious, vengeful, awestruck… Ayumi feels such an amazing array of strong and conflicting emotions, all because of Maya! She plans petty revenge against someone who hurt Maya! She almost kills Maya! The way Maya stirs up all these strong emotions in Ayumi that she never felt before reads almost like romantic love to me, to be honest.
Sometimes, when I’m reading Glass Mask, I feel almost sorry for Ayumi — not because I think Maya will end up becoming the Crimson Goddess, but because Maya seems so damn oblivious to Ayumi’s passionate feelings for her. Maya just goes on her own merry way, acting in ways she wants to, fleetingly feeling jealous of Ayumi but never as passionately as Ayumi feels jealous of Maya, and being preoccupied with Masumi and his antics. Sometimes I want to slap her and shout “HOLY CRAP MAYA DON’T YOU SEE HOW THIS PERSON CARES ABOUT YOU TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT IT’S ALMOST OBSESSION?!?!?!?!” I mean, I can imagine Maya ending up with Masumi once the manga finally ends (in 2034?), but I can’t imagine Ayumi to end up with anyone, because her entire existence is so wrapped up in Maya and no one else.
So I guess my yuri OTP is Ayumi/forver-alone-because-Maya-is-oblivious. Ouch. Poor, poor Ayumi.