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Hey! :) I am a huge fan of your work (both writing and drawing wise). I've been away from the fandom for a bit, and suddenly I saw all these posts saying that KuroFai was confirmed as a canon couple in a panel or something? However, when I try looking for it, I can't seem to find it…? Do you know what's going on with that?
My dear Anon, I have just received your ask, and shall devote this whole evening to answering it, as I foresee that a little writing will not comprise what I have to tell you.
My apologies to Jane Austen. *cough* Okay now for a serious answer. Please also note that this is all off the top of my head, written during a time when I am more than a bit stressed…it’s mostly my own viewpoints and opinions and I did ABSOLUTELY NO RESEARCH so please do your own research before taking anything I say as gospel truth, and especially before showing it to someone else as “proof” of anything. Okay? Okay.
I believe the panel you have heard mention of is the Anime Expo 2006 CLAMP panel, during which a member of the audience asked about Kurogane and Fai’s opposing and complimentary character designs, and whether that was meant to showcase the “opposites attract” concept. CLAMP (probably through an interpreter) asked for clarification, wanting to know if the fanbase desired for there to be a romantic tie between the two. There was much cheering and screaming.
CLAMP did not come right out and say “yes” or “no”. What they did was hint that there would be more development between the two soon and then there was a lot more screaming from the audience. Since TRC was released between 2003 and 2009 I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the interaction they’re hinting at is the dizzying plunge from happy family fun times that occurred about mid-way through the series.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Then it’s a pairing.
CLAMP never confirmed that Kurogane and Fai were or would be romantically involved. They never denied it either. What they did do was everything BUT confirm it outright, and to me, that’s more than enough, being that they are Japanese.
Let me explain you a thing.
In Japan, a couple may progress from mere acquaintances through all the stages of courting and move on to marriage without ever once exchanging words of love. This does not mean that they are not fathoms-deep in love, however. They might be absolutely besotted with each other, in fact. But they never once tell each other “I love you” and they would stare uncomfortably, perhaps even laugh at you or get completely grossed out if you suggested that they should do so.
It is not immature embarrassment or an inability to admit that someone is important to them in a romantic manner. It’s simply not part of the culture.
If you’re a good person, do people know it because you walk around shouting “I’m a good person!” and wear a T-shirt that says “Not a Dick”? No. In fact someone who did that is very likely to be assumed to not be all that awesome, in point of fact. People usually know that you’re a good person because they know you, and you’re good. Likewise, most Japanese couples do not walk around telling each other “I love you” all the time. They don’t need to because they know each other, and already know.
Young people are more likely to actually express direct feelings for each other, especially since Valentine’s Day became a thing in Japan. They write love notes, they secretly snap photographs and pray to the gods that they’ll be in the same class when they visit the local shrine at New Year’s. But even then they’ll likely just confess their love once to confirm and begin the relationship and never say it again.
Now let’s look at TRC.
Making some assumptions that Kurogane’s Nihon is fairly similar to Earth’s Nihon, Kurogane would have been considered an adult at fifteen and he’s certainly older than that when we first meet him. Fai is confirmed to have lived multiple times longer than Kurogane has lived. Syaoran and Sakura on the other hand are, for the most part, in their mid-teens.
It is more important for the younger couple to have a confession scene, perhaps especially because they are originally from a shoujo adventure that did not exactly end with them walking hand in hand into the sunset together if I remember correctly. They are younger, spent a lot of time in the manga apart in one way or another, and again are not walking hand in hand into the sunset together in the end (for now). Their histories, as tangled as they are, are still innocent in many ways and more in line with a shoujo romance than an adult storyline or relationship.
Kurogane and Fai, however, have already had so much interaction and interdependent development on top of having been designed for each other from the very beginning (dragon and phoenix combination = super powerful happy marriage symbolism) that staging a love confession for them was simply unnecessary. They are soulmates, a pair, and share an unbreakable bond that has nothing to do with vampirism. Whether you want to interpret that as platonic or romantic is up to you.
One other note that I’m lifting directly from an older post of mine; TRC was published in a young boys’ magazine, so the focus was on the issue resolution. If it was a young girls’ magazine there would have been more blushing and random flowers in the background. If it was a young ladies’ magazine I think we would have seen Fai making Kurogane pancakes, if you know what I mean. *eyebrow* They adapted their art style (bolder, simpler) and the story focus (more action, less feelings) for their intended audience.
Given the boundaries of the culture and audience I feel like CLAMP gave us a lot more KuroFai than anyone could have expected, with the blood bond, sacrifices of body and magic, and continual support and interest and development. And let’s not forget six months in Yama that really had no purpose in the story.
Based on what they published and what culture they are a part of, I feel like CLAMP has already confirmed for me that Kurogane and Fai are a couple.
…I think that’s most of what I wanted to say. *stretches fingers* Welcome back to the fandom, Anon! I hope the continuation of Tsubasa is to your liking, and thank you very much for the kind words. I’m very glad you like my pics and fics~ ^^
Prompt #3: Blind!Fai
Kurofai gift exchange comic for Mikkeneko!
Hope you like it (6 v 6 )/