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    "Raya And The Last Dragon" Is Actually An Enemies-To-Lovers Story Between Two Princesses, And I'll Die On This Hill

    "Hey there, Princess Undercut."

    Warning: Spoilers ahead!!!

    Raya and the Last Dragon finally arrived on Disney+ this week, and it's SO GOOD. As a Filipina, I'm so stoked to finally see a Southeast Asian Disney princess on my screen.

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    The movie has so many things to be excited about: Dragons! Princesses! Arnis! Tuk Tuk!

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    Another aspect of the movie that everyone is loving is the complex dynamic between Raya and her rival, Princess Namaari.

    Raya and Namaari approach each other
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    At the beginning of the movie, young Raya welcomes Namaari despite being from a rival kingdom. At first, they seem to strike up a friendship and bond over their mutual love for dragons.

    Namaari gives Raya her Sisu necklace
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    Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving — Namaari quickly betrays Raya and tries to steal the all-powerful Dragon Gem for her own kingdom.

    Namaari: "In a different world maybe we could have been friends, but I have to do what's right for Fang"
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    What comes next is years of bitter rivalry as the princesses fight for their kingdoms, with things eventually coming to a head when they meet again as adults.

    Raya and Namaari approach each other: "Hey there Princess Undercut," "Fancy meeting you here"
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    THE TENSION!!!

    Eventually, Raya sees Namaari's remorse and understands that, while her actions were wrong, she was just doing what she thought was right for her own kingdom. The princesses put aside their differences and come together to restore their land.

    Raya says they have to come together
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    I love character development!!!

    Raya and Namaari sword fighting and then coming together. A woman with the caption: "You know what that is? Growth"
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    Now, maybe I've just read too many enemies-to-lovers fanfics, but, uh...

    Max from "Ginny and Georgia": "You can say it, GAY!"
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    I'm far from the only one wondering if Raya and Namaari's relationship is more than platonic:

    raya and namaari serving childhood friends to enemies to lovers trope so true of them #RayaAndTheLastDragon

    Me,everytime Raya and Namaari has a scene. #RayaAndTheLastDragon

    Twitter: @TheWoodyElf

    Raya and Namaari sharing a meal hello I'm gonna cry they're so cute

    Twitter: @Khessamaya

    raya and namaari are in love its true this is love

    Twitter: @thatdarkness

    Raya Namaari 🤝 nothing, they're just holding hands

    Twitter: @amittensblight

    so I did watch raya and the last dragon and I can confirm these bitches gay

    Twitter: @ffroggei

    I love this enemies to lovers ship. #Raya #RayaAndTheLastDragon

    Twitter: @BadWolfKaily

    Bro I just want whatever the fuck these two have going on

    Twitter: @elimnebe

    And it's not just fans who are shipping Raya and Namaari! Kelly Marie Tran, who voices Raya, even said in an interview that she thinks there are "some romantic feelings going on there."

    Kelly Marie Tran
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    Kelly added that although Disney hasn't explicitly labeled Raya a queer character, she's hopeful that there will be more direct LGBTQ representation in the future. “I want to live in a world where every single type of person can see themselves in a movie like this,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to be done in that respect. I’d love to see a Disney warrior who — I don’t know, can I say this without getting in trouble? I don’t care — is openly in the LGBTQ community. ... And I’m hopeful. We’ll see.”

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    Kelly also said, "I think if you're a person watching this movie and you see representation in a way that feels really real and authentic to you, then it is real and authentic."

    Raya and Namaari
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    Have you streamed Raya and the Last Dragon yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below! While you're at it, be sure to click through and follow your favorite Twitter creators above to make your timeline more fun!

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