i will assume you’ve joined in the ship lately, and well i’ve been tasked to explain i guess? and to anyone out there that have the same question too. excuse me as this reply gets really long, and i will try to be objective to explain this properly.
yutoyama has a long history since they’ve known each other since juniors, and if you watched them when they were like tiny babies, they were inseparable (and we all know how they became friends with yuto asking yamada to go home together since they lived in the same direction). a nice side note would be that yamada looks up to yuto a lot and thus his reason of calling him ‘yuto-kun’ because no matter what yuto would be a someone that he would respect and admire (it’s from a magazine interview a few years back but yes, calling him ‘yuto-kun’ is like brushing his teeth, although yamada’s been changing or trying to change how he calls yuto). that aside, from their junior years to the formation of hey! say! 7 and then to hey! say! jump, they were super close and usually paired together. refer to makings from hey! say! to around mayonaka no shadow boy to see my point (imo, it’s best seen in hey! say!).
this, however, changed in 2009 where if you refer to their discography, jump had no release, except concerts. they don’t even have concert dvd release. yutoyama became literally non-existent on magazines or even shows that they go up. it should be noted that 2009 is when NYC (boys or not) formed, and along with school kakumei (yamada/hikaru/chinen) replacing showa x heisei (yuto/yamada/ryutaro). you could say that the interactions between yutoyama was awkward and seriously non-existent and that lasted until 2010 (2011 wasn’t exactly good but it really got better). for reference, refer to the makings of hitomi no screen, arigatou, where you would see literally no moments for them (or some where it was initiated by yuto but yeah). i really have no idea what happened between them but that period of time was referred to the yutoyama drought and fanfics prospered (do ransack fics from that period, they are really good /recommendation/). ofc, 2010 was much better than 2009.
things got better in 2011, as we can see in over making, yamada tried to make yuto lift him up and do that idk jumping thing but ofc BEST cockblocked him (in all our amusement). and so we slowly see them interacting with each other. we later had magic power and you do see them interacting (although not as much still). but in all honesty, we were able to see the past shine of their friendship between both of them and we were really please.
the killer for us was of course the later half of 2011 where the casting of Risou no Musuko was announced. there were many repos and magazine translations and you can navigate around this tumblog to see them but the main turning point was probably yamada’s new year resolution on one magazine for 2012. he said and i quote that he would stick to yuto-kun like glue from now on. which is actually a 180 degree change in his attitude. another nice side note i would add here would be that yamada is not someone that appreciates skinship, something well-established during his junior days, and you can sometimes see how awkward he look with skinship (other than with yuto imo because yuto literally ignores yamada’s no-skinship rule). and so we set out to the wonderland of yutoyama with super delicate. and then all the very ghey reports comes out. and thus we all see how they had more interactions.
i dont think the rest need to be explained by me, but yes they got closer, like they went back to their junior days, and a note would be that they dont really hang out with each other a lot since 2009 i think (since yamada would always say he’d see keito and daiki more) but yeah from 2012 onwards there were more spotting of yutoyama out together. there was once yamada said that he was out with yuto only to see yabu chinen and daiki and realised everyone was headed to the same place, outside work (it was said during a radio show). of course, we also see how they talked more about each other compared to 2009-2010.
and that leads us to your question of if they’ve fought recently. my answer would be no. they’ve probably have something going on between them during 2009-2010 which we dont know (but i have a feeling that it’s got to do with something about yamada being pushed as the center of jump and pushing yuto back, and yamada feels bad about this or smth but this is only a speculation). i would say that their recent statement would be that they’ve finally resolved whatever that happened between them all those years back and they’ve realised they are totally comfortable with each other, enough to bare everything out to each other and just yes, be there for each other.
we all know that yamada asked jump’s opinion about his solo last year, and he talked about how takaki gave him a push with him telling yamada his reasoning, but he also talked about how yuto said how he understand’s yamada’s feeling (myojo june 2013, shinku column), and yeah i think that it’s something between them.
not sure how i did explaining all these stuffs but i’m just baring everything i know that happened to all of you here reading this ask (or bothered to finish reading it).
generally, we believe that they had something on between them all those years back, but finally resolved it and declared they are best friends for each other after all (or maybe married couple for like many years as i quote from yuto’s statement from his radio show a few years ago).
WOW. I wasn’t expecting such a detailed response! Thank you!! Yes, I am new to yamayuto (I’m more towards okajima). I always thought the pairing was a little forced, but when I think back to their history, it makes a lot of sense. I was around JUMP fandom before 2009, but I didn’t become a part of it until 2012 so I miss the whole 2009-2011 drought. But yeah, when I came back, I was really upset that Yamada was pushed up and Yuto lost his leading spot (so I’m really interested what Yuto thinks about that issue. I hope he will mention it in his long Myojo interview this month).
But anyway, thank you for the explanation! You pointed out a lot of stuff I’ll make sure I keep in mind when I see yamayuto interacting.
Some pics from last night. I wish I could’ve taken more but the people were very strict about taking pics. But by the end of the show, most people didn’t give a shit and took a few anyway LOL. Everyone looked great :) well they were waaaay skinnier than I thought. Like especially Taka. He was like a goddman stick! His jeans were so tight my bf thought they were leggings LOL. But he looked awesome. And sounded awesome. He’s so freaking good live. They did a few lines in English too and it was soooo cute. Taka said a few great inspirational lines. By the time they sang Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer, I was crying. I was so damn sweaty after the show and my legs and arms and throat were so sore from jumping and screaming!
I always knew this day would come. Seeing OOR in America that is. That was 6 years ago. I can’t believe its been that long and its been amazing watching Taka, Toru, Ryota, and Tomoya (and you too Alex baby) grow up. They have made me so proud yo be their fan.
I hope that One OK Rock will go bigger and harder than they ever have. I look forward to their success, even if I am unsure about their music’s direction. I will love them, and they will always