MAKAI OUJI TALK TIME AGAIN I. I am so sorry every who follows me outside of this series.
But I really wanted to express my gratitude to Yukihiro and Madoka-sensei with how they handled this! Like, the context is William just saved a woman from an attacker, and usually with this kind of homoerotic manga you get a set up of ooooo~ HET OPTION RIVAL. Which can be fine! But it’s a disservice to female characters and huge tokenism and a really irritating trope when the series has legitimately been pushed as BL (especially when word of god essentially confirmed that.)
But instead what happens is that the woman involved already has a pre-established relationship and, while she is thankful to William, is more concerned about said relationship. And that relationship is with another woman. And it’s used as a foil against William’s own doubts about his current homoerotic relationship, he isn’t actually interested in her at all beyond her safety/concerns and as someone who has been nice to him.
And it’s just really really really great that they did that, instead of taking the easy way out of HAHAHA ACTUALLY STRAIGHT ALL ALONG HERE HAVE A MINOR TOKEN GIRL WILLIAM CAN HAVE FEELINGS FOR.
I love it a lot. ;~;