how I feel about them
LIFE RUINER. 8/ …slash second-favorite character. Huh.
Yamamoto is another one of those characters that I love because he’s such a paradox. You’ve got this one side of him that is all HAPPY SMILEY DERP DERP DERP, I LIKE SUSHI AND BASEBALL AND PRETENDING TO BE IN THE MAFIA, and it is FANTASTIC and lol forever this fucking guy. And then there’s this completely different side of him that is sharp and alert and fucking terrifying and potentially deadly. Yamamoto doesn’t need a HDW mode because he’s already fully capable of transforming into a brilliant assassin at a moment’s notice. It’s this intense side of him that is just lurking just on the edge out of sight at all times.
And it doesn’t change him when he goes into that mode; he’s still Yamamoto. Even when he’s fighting for his life and to protect his friends, he hits the bad guys with the blunt edge of his sword, and wants to make friends with them afterward, because HE’S SUCH A NICE FUCKING GUY. He works hard and he plays hard! That’s just who he is. It’s not even REALLY a paradox, it’s just that he’s good at EVERYTHING he does, so when he’s nice he is just THE NICEST EVER, and when he’s being a bamf he is the BAMFIEST, and when he’s subtly hitting on Gokudera it’s instantly my OTP, because Yamamoto just scores an A+ at life. That son of a bitch.
It’s the scene in his fight with Squalo where he realizes what kind of style Shigure Souen is, and subsequently invents his own finishing move to defeat Squalo. There are several things about this that just kldjflaksj me. One is the fact that he has such absolute faith in his dad. He loves his pop and his pop is awesome, and his dad handed him down this really awesome sword style and he was really trying not to let him down and for a moment he was worried but then he figured it out! The second thing I love is the fact that he doesn’t give up, because he is shounen, bitches. The SHOUNENEST, because once again, this is Yamamoto, and if he’s going to be shounen then you’d better believe he will be THE BEST FUCKING SHOUNEN THAT EVER SHOUNENED. And the last thing I love is how throughout the whole thing, he never stops smiling, and he has just this simple and humble confidence in himself. Like, “Well, here goes nothing.” When he stands up and gets into a baseball stance and Squalo mocks him for it, he pretty much just shrugs and explains that he’s not really good at anything other than baseball (you lying bitch). And then he just goes for it, cuz you never know until you try. Guh.
otp for them (romantic or otherwise)
8059. Romantic and otherwise. I will freely ship Yamamoto with pretty much everyone because he is the RDJ of the KHR-verse, but Gokudera is my other favorite character so naturally I have a bias. There was also some suspicious possible confessing of feelings going on in the future arc… but aside from that, I just really like the way they interact. How they’ll be bickering one minute (or rather, Gokudera will be trying to bicker and Yamamoto will just be cracking up and trying to wind him up so he bitches even more because Gokudera is the funniest ever), and the next some shit will go down and then suddenly they are just the most badass tag team ever. They’re one of those pairs that seem to be able to read each other’s minds during a fight, resulting in attack strategies that leave me grinning endlessly like the idiot fangirl I am, because it implies not only an extensive understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, but also a trust in the other person that they will have your back and not let you down. Yamamoto was also the one who taught all this to Gokudera, he’s the one who finally jesused the notion of “Hey guy let’s work together!” into him, and that isn’t forgotten either. Basically they are just badass together, and there are also lots of feels and history between the two of them when they’re being badasses, and I’ll shut up now because this is getting incoherent.
my endgame of choice
While I fully recognize that Yamamoto is a fantastic and well-rounded character as he is now, this won’t stop me from keeping my fingers crossed that Amano will give him even more character development later down the line. In particular I am curious about his mom, and also ngl, I mentioned in a previous meme that I have a pet theory/headcanon that Reborn might secretly be his dad, so lol yeah. Basically, tell us more about this remarkable godmode kid and just where he came from exactly! And if not, at least give us some more angst down the line because there is no angst on this earth like Yamamoto angst and I am always, always in need of more. :/
my response to fandom’s attitude towards them
Fandom has the exact right attitude to him, which is to say that he is acknowledged as the hopelessly perfect life-ruiner that he is. And as long as fandom continues to provide more sexy perfect life-ruining Yamamotos in fic and in art, all is right with the world.