Ugh okay so can we all just take a moment to look at this picture.
As we all know it’s never stated in the anime, but according to the official guidebooks, by the end of the series Fakir feels a delicate love for Ahiru. And you can just see it in that expression right there. Then you have to think it’s probably even the first time he ever felt a love for someone that was of the romantic type.
And it’s not even a case of The Last Unicorn or something where he falls in love with her and then discovers she’s really a duck but chooses to love her despite that. Nope, he makes that discovery right smack dab in the middle of the series while he still thinks she’s a complete nuisance and is only teaming up with her for the common goal of protecting Mytho. And then he still falls in love with her later on. When he knows she’s a duck the whole time. This aggravating-as-fuck doucheface who walked around with a stick up his ass for the greater part of the series is the one who fell in love with her and it shows right there on his fucking face. But he’s not there to woo her or anything; he’s telling her that yes, everyone is scared of the story ending, but he wants to protect her and Mytho because of his own feelings. And that it’s okay for her to be ‘just a duck’ and that he will stay by her side forever. Fakir just sealed his fate of never getting any badonkadonk this way BUT THAT’S OKAY.
And then there’s Ahiru who knows what she needs to do but at the same time some deep part of her heart is betraying her and feeling broken at the thought that she selfishly wanted to be Mytho’s princess this whole time, and knowing that it will never happen. Throughout the series she just has this incredibly strong low self esteem about being ‘just a duck’ or even the fact that she’s this impulsive crazy spazz who can barely keep up in the beginner’s dance class. She loves Mytho but feels that he is only looking at her through Princess Tutu—and thinks that well, why shouldn’t he? She’s the perfect princess and everything that Ahiru isn’t. She has plenty of friends and develops a strong bond with Fakir throughout the story, but at the same time it’s pretty clear that she doesn’t even consider anyone really having any romantic feelings toward her. Especially with all of the self-deprecation that goes on through her head.
Their relationship staked its ground on mutual trust, and remains as the base throughout the series. Even though it didn’t start off as being willfully given—Fakir belatedly finds out that Ahiru is zomfg THAT DUCK that saw him crying and it’s clearly embarrassing as fuck. But as it is, she’s the only one who has ever seen that side of him, and she treats it carefully. And it’s because of that that Ahiru finds the will to reveal that she’s the duck to him—even though she shows obvious anxiety at the thought of anyone ever finding that out about her. But when it’s all said and done, Fakir and Ahiru have seen the parts of each other that they are personally ashamed of and yet when Ahiru thinks about it, she feels like a weight was lifted and Fakir starts letting himself out more to her. And. UGH.
I’m going on a tangent because for fuck’s sake, it’s just that one screenshot that’s giving me all these feels. But seriously, the way Fakir is just looking at her. He’s probably put more trust into her than anyone else, and he’s already acknowledged that she was the one who changed him. That doesn’t mean it’s obvious that he should fall for her, but he does anyway. Then you also have to remember it’s probably the first time he ever felt romantic love at all. And now he’s there, dancing with her in her final pas de deux and he’s telling her it’s okay to be scared and to go back to being a duck—the very things that have been holding Ahiru back all this time.
And there she is, that small part of her heart destroyed that Mytho didn’t chose her as his princess and thinking there’s nothing really worth in herself as a girl or as a duck. But it’s as she said, “Fakir makes the weak me strong,” and ugh girl you have no idea how much this jerkass just LOVES YOU FOR YOU and together they go out and kick ass even though they’re only mere side characters in the entire scheme of things.
I don’t even know if I’m going about this all the right way and I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg with them, and fuck I can never organize my thoughts when thinking about FEELS but. I just really really ship these two okay. Like, more intently than any other pairing I have ever shipped. These two. UUUUGH.
This has been a wtf OTP word vomit post by yours truly.
I… I just. This. All this. I WILL SHIP THEM UNTIL MY DYING DAY.