not to put blame on Jing Xiu's shoulders but if that is a habit of hers I can see how their relationship was bad for Youyan, because that type of answering is just anxiety fuel.
jing xiu is a certified tsun tsun and ji youyan knows this very well. That’s one of the things she loves about her. However, their relationship wasn’t like this. The root of their relationship issues stemmed from ji youyan’s insecurities and low self esteem. Jing xiu is behaving this way now (definitely not healthy) because she loves ji youyan, but is deeply hurt and still heartbroken. Later all the shit jing xiu went through will be revealed. It doesn’t excuse her current behavior, but it will help readers understand better why she’s behaving this way
“what do you think?” I think it makes your heart melt when ji youyan shows how much she cares about you. I also think you’re desperately longing for ji youyan (look at that lonely expression) yet restraining yourself due to mixed emotions
However it is really beautiful when jing xiu and ji youyan overcome these painful feelings together
I think I heard somewhere in a pre release interview that the show isn't meant to be a yuri show, but there honestly isn't a heterosexual explanation for anything they've done so far.
You kinda confirmed it yourself already with the latter statement, but I wouldn’t take the words of an author/director/creator without a grain of salt. Yuri is niche and openly advertising a series as “yuri” can be detrimental for sales. Thus concepts such as “subtext” and “queer coding” exist, so we essentially get varying levels of yuri content without the label. Take nana for example, it is known as one of the most popular shoujo manga in japan, yet nana and hachi are gay as fuck
“shouldn’t I be getting a token of appreciation?” home girl called off her wedding, traveled to tibet, bled herself in a river, sacrificed her future fame AND permanently damaged her soul in order to revive her bae
of course she deserves a token of appreciation in the form of hugs and kisses :’(