hey you know what’s pretty gross in the sm manga
mamoru and usagi are in a relationship. haruka and michiru are in a relationship. mamoru and michiru interact with possible romantic/sexual undertones. usagi and haruka interact with blatant romantic/sexual overtones. mamoru and usagi are both jealous of the other spending time with their prospective new love interest, so they talk about it, work it out, and establish that they trust each other and will be together forever (except ok usagi never bothers to tell him she’s actually attracted to haruka and has been kissed by her so that’s not exactly perfect either, but it’s still an obviously positive and significant development). haruka and michiru………… uh
nope. nothing. they don’t talk about it. i’m not even sure they NOTICE each other doing it, which is one weird as hell implication the narrative gives off, seeing as they’re joint at the hip at all other times. either way, it’s never addressed. and i mean why should it be? ha ha they’re just silly side lesbians, it’s not like their relationship needs this narrative attention so that it can be established as strong and meaningful or anything!!!! haruka going around kissing another girl couldn’t possibly affect HER relationship with a girl, it can only affect THE OTHER GIRL’s RELATIONSHIP WITH HER BOYFRIEND. :”)))))))
Oh, June, I love you and agree with everything you have to say about the manga. Because all lesbians are creepy predators going after straight girls amirite
God, it’s less that the two of them are a couple and more that they’re working as a team to threaten Usagi and Mamoru’s relationship. Call this a stretch, but I even get this gross feeling of manga Haruka/Michiru being less a couple and more an illustration of the “moral bankruptcy” of the antagonists, that old trope where the villain isn’t just doing decidedly objectionable things outside of the bedroom, but carrying their “perversion” into it as well by being gay or into (an incredibly inaccurately-portrayed form of) BDSM. Less a relationship and more of a signifier that something about them is strange, off, dangerous. Barf.