I am quite sure every person in the 아바타 fandom has heard about Zutara and Maiko dozens of times many of those occasions in complicated shipping wars something this 기사 is not here to initiate. But how many times have 당신 heard of Jinko? How many even remember who Jin is? I am willing to bet not many. She was the girl that Zuko dated when he was stuck in Ba Sing Se as a fugitive of every nation including his 집 and was disguised as a refugee of the name "Lee". In Tales of Ba Sing Se.
Jin was a sweet, innocent, charming girl that had a crush on Zuko and frequented Pao's teashop a lot just for him. When she got the courage to finally ask him out as we can tell she was quite shy Iroh acctepted for Zuko before he could back out. When Zuko begins the 날짜 with her we see him in a visibly bad mood and quite frankly being a jerk. During the 날짜 he is rude and awkward not looking at Jin in the eyes when he is playing with a 미트볼 moving it around his plate with a pair of chopsticks. Instead of mocking his dorky behavior 또는 getting angry when he yelled "She is not my girlfriend!" at the waiter making a mess of a scene in the restaurant, she is surprisingly patient and kind with him giving him her warm smile and being optimistic, but actually to the viewer the awkwardness is cute and comical. Like when Jin slurps her noodles and Zuko 코멘트 "You have.. quite an apetite for a girl" and she replies "Um, thanks?" not knowing if it was a compliment, 또는 when Jin asked about his life before the city and he replied he was part of a traveling circus (as if) and she thought he was a juggler and asked him to show her and he actually tried. Can 당신 imagine if anyone else had asked him to juggle!? But one look at Jin's wide smile and pretty hazel-green eyes and he couldn't say no.
We can clearly see that Jin was probably already warming his 심장 with her charisma.
She does not seem to lose that charisma and her smile despite being a refugee and living in poverty in the lower ring in Ba Sing Se.
The 날짜 ends with Jin taking him to the firelight 분수 and he does a shocking thing as he used firebending to light it for her, risking a lot if he got caught. When Jin asked "How did you.." we can assume she probably figured how he lit the lanterns as she trails off giving him a one might argue knowing look. She doesn't run for the hills though she stays with him. She gives him an innocent but romantic 키스 that might just be his first and he responds with a small 키스 too until he pulls aways and leaves explaining it was complicated.
It was indeed.. he is a wanted man in every corner of the planet living a lie he does not want to be living and tormented 의해 his past.
But his 날짜 gave him a 일 to feel like a normal person of his age to forget his situation for a short period.. and feel kindness appreciation and acceptance. Jin did not see a Prince 또는 a scarred banished "traitor" 또는 an angry jerk. She liked him for him when he was at his lowest and he had nothing to offer her. He had a time to enjoy being a teenager and got him to lighten up even. They are like yin yang opposites but happy together. Yes Zuko said he's never happy but with Jin he was. With Jin he smiled. With Jin he can just be who he is inside.
Jinko is a good third option for those of us who think Mai was just a bit unexcited in almost every thing and did not understand him that well though she tried and she sacrificed herself to save him so I would never take that away from her, but unfortunately sacrificing yourself does not make 당신 compatible with someone. Katara is kind and has a good personality also but she can be rude and oh so stubborn and hotheaded sometimes. I get the 불, 화재 and water deal and it sounds appealing but it is not necissarily yin and yang as 불, 화재 and water do not coexist in peace, one destroys the other. Katara also resented him for a long time, though she was of course justfied. A forbidden relationship is intense but full of drama and Zuko doesn't need 더 많이 drama because gosh he has had enough drama in his past right? I doubt he wants more. Song was a great option for him as well, as she was calm and had a good 심장 as well she did not even accuse him for stealing an ostrich horse from her family but merely felt sad 의해 it.. but she did not get him to lighten up. He deserves peace he deserves something simple but sweet. Something that brings the good fun side of him. One could argue we do not know enough about Jin to know if they are compatible but we do know that in short time she made him happy. We know they had chemistry and were adorable together. They had a beautiful nostalgic 날짜 together.. and to me she was special.
I understand though his destiny was to help the 아바타 and his 프렌즈 save the world..
Of course this all just an opinion I have and others might not agree and they do not have to everyone is free to think what they want and I respect their point of view too but I wanted to write a piece for the Jinko 팬 base out there because 더 많이 often than not we are forgotten.