I suppose it depends on the person. People like Mako might very well benefit from a change via a relationship. However, it’s the way that Korra is changing that is a little unsettling.
As you mentioned, Korra acts like her goofy self whenever she’s around Bolin. She seems to be most at ease in his presence than in Mako’s. This is not to say that Korra necessarily belongs with Bolin, but it certainly shows a disparity between that Korra and the Korra that we see in Mako’s presence.
The Korra with Mako is vindictive, insensitive, and impulsive. She tries too hard to have him. She doesn’t calculate her advances properly, so she always ends up making a complete ass of herself. She even feels that not having her powers makes her unworthy of Mako’s love, which is an incredibly unhealthy mindset.
Now, in Book 2, we have Korra sharing cotton candy with Mako and making cutesy anime cat faces. It’s…not the Korra we had in Book 1. In all fairness, six months is enough to change someone, especially since she was in a relationship with Mako for that duration of time, but it seems so…forced. Nothing feels right about their interactions, even now.I guess you can say that it’s because Makorra makes me angry and that it only reminds me of bitter memories, but generally…Mako and Korra are not “soulmates”. They’re not meant for each other. They’re teenagers being lustful and selfish, simply put.
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