Yay, thanks so much for asking anon! :) I’ve been waiting to answer this.
Before I begin this analysis though, I just wanted to start off by saying that although I’m a shipper, this isn’t going to be a post where I’m going to make KaiSoo look like all rainbows and unicorns lol. So if you’re expecting that then prepare to be disappointed. xD To me, this ship is actually a lot more complicated than it seems to be from the outside.
Jongin’s side: Tbh, I have really little doubt that Jongin does have feelings for Kyungsoo. There’s nothing about his personality or behavior that makes me think otherwise. While Jongin may seem very introverted and passive on radio broadcasts and interviews, when it comes to somebody he loves, that person is going to be his own and he’s going to make sure the whole world fucking knows it. Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about:
^ Jongin steals Kyungsoo away right after Jonghyun put his arm around him.
Some people say that Jongin is protective of Kyungsoo because he’s his “favorite hyung” but that’s not good enough of an explanation for me. When men are protective over someone, it’s usually a sign that the person is very special to them or it’s someone they love. While South Korea is known for being very open to skinship as many people argue, this matter has nothing to do with skinship. This is about how men act around different people they value. A lot of guys do show affection towards their close friends, but it’s in a non-possessive way, generally just a casual type of thing. They only show their real dominance when it comes to somebody they truly want to own, which in Jongin’s case, would be Kyungsoo. Regardless of who it is, when somebody gets too close to Kyungsoo, Jongin will get jealous and he will mark his territory.
Did you see how angry he got? Correct me if I’m wrong, but as “close friends,” this type of jealousy probably doesn’t seem very normal.
Kyungsoo’s side: This one I admit is way more difficult to read, since as most of you know, Kyungsoo’s personality changed between the MAMA era and the Wolf era. Since I don’t want to end Kyungsoo’s analysis on a bad note, I’m just gonna go ahead and get this out of the way right now. Keep in mind that this next part is going to be highly subjective and I already know many people are going to disagree with me about this. I’m unsure of whether or not Kyungsoo feels the same way about Jongin because I think there may be someone else. Take a look at these gifs: 1, 2, 3
Remember this guy? Look up at the last gif. Yep. It’s the same dude. I don’t know who this person is, but from what it looks like, he’s most likely a stylist, and he seems to have an awfully good relationship with Kyungsoo. Their interactions seem a lot like a couple’s to me tbh. But wait, before you begin hating me, please actually spend some time to think about it. We know this can’t be fanservice since that guy isn’t a member or even an idol. And from Jongin’s hostility towards him in that gif, it makes me think that something is up between Kyungsoo and that stylist. Of course, you could always throw in that “South Koreans are touchy” reasoning, but you could pretty much use that reasoning to cover up anything, and it’s almost like saying that there are no homosexual couples in Korea. I’m well aware I shouldn’t jump to conclusions just by looking at a few gifs, but realize that’s not what I’m doing. I’m just putting out another possibility. Everything, from our perspective anyways, is always only a possibility.
Regardless of what Jongin is to Kyungsoo though, something I can say for sure is that he’s definitely special to him, and that’s one of the reasons why I ship KaiSoo. Kyungsoo as most of you know is a pretty closed off person. He doesn’t get close to others easily. But the fact that KaiSoo gets along so well and have a total new comfort zone around each other is what makes their ship beautiful. Kai is always whispering to Kyungsoo, touching him, and staring at him and Kyungsoo can only seem to enjoy it so much. It’s amazing how two introverted individuals, one who trained for 5 years and the other who only trained for 2, can have such an lovely relationship.
In conclusion, KaiSoo to me is not necessarily a couple relationship but is probably more than a platonic relationship. They mean a lot to each other and have a place for one another that nobody else can replace. They are an inseparable pair, or dare I even say soul mates.
Whew, that was such a long post! Thanks for reading. Shall we end this with some adorable KaiSoo? ^__^