The ship chooses the shipper, anon. It’s not always clear why.
I came to like how Mako and Korra interacted with one another and, before I knew it, I began to ship it. Their relationship has such great potential for development, and that actually drew me closer to it.
If they were to start dating right now in the series, I doubt that they would make it. But that’s only because they have a lot of growing up to do, and they aren’t ready to start a serious relationship with one another. (Not to mention Mako isn’t 100% sure of his feelings, since he’s with Asami).
Korra is headstrong, impatient, hot-headed, and impulsive. Mako is restricted, controlling, judgmental, and (sometimes unfairly) critical. Both are stubborn, and I don’t think these are characteristics you’ll see between two people who are in love (not that I’m saying they are in love; just in strong like).
These past few episodes, specifically episodes 5 and 7, you get to see how their imperfections serve as obstacles. Each episode, I believe, featured someone’s flaws more strongly than the other. In episode 5, Korra’s impulsiveness very nearly cost the Fire Ferrets a spot in the finals and wrecked the team’s dynamics as a whole. In episode 7, Mako’s criticism and judgement had briefly cost him his friendship with Korra.
The reason why I ship them so hard is because of their potential to grow together. Their relationship is a rather clumsy one. After this past episode, I began to ship them even harder than before because of Korra’s character development.
She’s willing to leave Mako to perform her birth-given duties as the Avatar and in addition to that, she was more than willing to let him go so he could comfort Asami. I believe that is quite an achievement for someone like Korra, and I can only hope that Mako will begin to develop later on in the series (preferably next episode).
Sometime during Mako’s quest for maturity, he should tell Asami about kissing Korra. Even if she did kiss him first, he said himself that he wasn’t sure about his feelings.
It’s not that Mako doesn’t deserve Korra or vice-versa, I just don’t think they’ve grown enough to fully appreciate each other.
I just love this analysis. It summarizes my entire love-hate relationship with Makorra. I have said a million times that I’m prepared to jump off SS Makorra if it Korra truly finds happiness with another guy but this post is the reason why I haven’t abandoned it yet despite everything that has happened.
Because even with Masami going super strong, Makorra is actually VERY-MUCH-ALIVE and developing. Mako and Korra are developing personality-wise in ways that can only help them appreciate each other more. And that’s what I said in my Artist’s Comments in DA. Makorra has the most potential to learn from and support each other by complimenting the other’s differences. Borra and Masami are kinda in the supportive rather than complimentary relationship and Tahnorra… is my official one true crack pairing.