EO’s Fighting Ships – Some Favorite OTPs, Successful and Otherwise

Cheering on your OTP. The excitement! The drama! The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! Going between blogs and Twitter exalting one’s favorite couple and denouncing any challengers! To see the fans of thine enemies brought low, or to accept the bitterness of a sunken ship! Truly, there are few thrills like rooting for an OTP. A mere year ago I would have thought such things boring or pointless. I was blind but now I see! It is a unique kind of thrill, where much is on the line but we as viewers have absolutely no influence except to recruit followers to our cause and spin events to our favor. Championing your OTP can be especially fun against those who have a different fate in mind for a certain character, leading to an immense amount of laughs and friendly propaganda competition. Those who actually get angry are to be ignored, for they are not true shipping warriors! In this spirit, I bring you a few favorite OTPs of mine. Some achieved their deserved love, others were not as successful but still shone bright as they met unkind fates. Join me, and post and argue your own favorites in the comments!

Kouichi Sanada X Mao Mizusawa

Anime of Origin: KimiKiss: Pure Rouge.

Displacement: 73,300 tons of Pyrrhic victory (equivalent to two displaced worthy rivals.)

Class: Resolved uneven love polygon.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Childhood friends, close quarters living arrangement, older sister-like concern, delayed fuse true feelings discovery.

Comments: An OTP I rooted for from the beginning, but it reminds one to be careful what you wish for. Once things started to go well between Koichi and Yuumi and Mao with Eiji I reluctantly supported them despite my feelings that Mao and Koichi are a better match for each other. The whole time I still held out some hope for Mao X Koichi, but as things got increasingly serious with Koichi and Yuumi I was getting ready to admit defeat. But then in the end, my OTP happened. Dramatically at that too, and in such a sweet admission of feelings. But it was also a bitter achievement of one of my two OTPs from KimiKiss. Both Koichi and Mao were going along in their relationships and denying their feelings towards each other even as Yuumi and Eiji had really fallen for them. Kouichi’s admission to Yuumi of his feelings for Mao on the night of the festival, her last day to spend with him, was a dick move. But yet, I can’t help but be happy with this Pyrrhic victory. It really sucked for Yuumi and Eiji, but Kouichi and Mao make such a great couple. I’ve never felt so conflicted about one of my OTPs working out; both Eiji and Yuumi were good people who really cared for their loves. Unlike many a rival, I felt no joy from seeing them lose out, only sadness at their abrupt losses. Kouichi finally manning up and being honest with his feelings was respectable, but I also wanted to rage at poor Yuumi being left alone that final night. Eiji seemed to take it a bit better, and at least his and Mao’s relationship wasn’t as far along as Kouichi and Yuumi’s.

Lunamaria Hawke X Athrun Zala

Anime of Origin: Gundam SEED: Destiny.

Displacement: 9,200 tons of studio drama derailment.

Class: Trainwrecked budding romance.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Ace pilot couple, best male and female character from the CE universe, rapid course change.

Comments: While I’m one of few UC-based Gundam fans that actually really liked the CE universe, even I can not fail to acknowledge its many failings in GSD. Prominent among them was the abrupt and complete disruption of the OTP comprised of what are in my opinion the best male and female characters from the entire show. Athrun was always my favorite from Gundam SEED. He’s a leader, a good commander in most respects, and managed not to let his friendship with Kira get in the way of his mission. When he did side with Kira, it was because his homeland had betrayed him, not the other way around. In GSD he became not only a leader, but a principled man who fought for the right side for the right reasons. While Kira irresponsibly spouted useless idealism and actively attacked the ZAFT forces that were attempting to end the conflict before it became even larger, Athrun followed Chairman Dulindal and did what had to be done. Lunamaria Hawke was one of the pilots sent by ZAFT to assist in this campaign against the Blue Cosmos extremists, and she was quite a promising new pilot herself. She also approached situations rationally, but wasn’t afraid to unleash her more daring side in mobile suit combat. The two were great together, and her interest in him grew. While Athrun had to worry about other matters and his disintegrating relationship with Cagali at the time, it was clear he held her in high regard. But then it fell apart and poor Lunamaria was consigned by cruel writers to ending up with Shinn Asuka, of all people. Some claim that the head writer had a personal grudge against Lunamaria’s voice actress and wrote her into such a terrible fate, though that can’t be proven. Amidst much else that was falling apart late in GSD (including Dulindal suddenly becoming a bad guy with laughably super-villainous plans), this promising ship was lost. Athrun though at least got the (SECOND) BEST END by ending up with Lunamaria’s younger sister Meyrin, a worthy if lesser member of the Hawke family. Oh yeah, in your FACE Cagali fangirls/fanboys!

Takumi Mayama X Rika Harada

Anime of Origin: Honey and Clover.

Displacement: 45,000 tons of Yamada fan anguish.

Class: Resolved uni-directional love triangle.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Purpose in life, younger protector, overcoming past trauma, against the odds, impervious to rivals.

Comments: The unsinkable ship, Rika X Mayama began before the events of the first episode even started, and defied the Rule of Drama that most series starter relationships succumb to. It wasn’t easy for either party, and it took almost the entirety of both seasons, but damn Mayama was persistent. Which, whether he knew it or not early in the story, ended up literally saving Rika from her eventual plan to follow her late husband in death after finishing the last of their projects. All along the way it could have gone differently. Mayama could have given up on Rika, Yamada’s obvious affection could have won him over, or countless other derailments that life could have sent their way. Perhaps I have a thing for this sort of sad (for most of its course) relationships, or for the younger guy winning over the older girl, but for as much as I kyaaa’ed over its sweet and bittersweet moments, I also had an equal measure of admiration for Mayama and Rika through it all. Mayama just kept trying over a several year time span, he devoted himself solely to finding a way to bring Rika out of her pain and to be with her. Everything he did, from his education to his job to his finances, was for this singular purpose.  Furthermore he managed to, with stumbling steps at times, to find a way to cause the least possible amount of pain to Yamada while acknowledging but turning down her affections. And Rika, while she’s much less expressive on screen, didn’t take the easy way out and completely shut herself off from the two people (Shuu being the other) who kept trying to connect with her and ground her to something in life. She tried pushing Mayama away several times, but her eventual recovery was due in part to her being able to see in herself a way forward with Mayama when she had just about severed all her ties with the world.

Fumie Kotozuka X Saku Ooyagi

Anime of Origin: Sora no Manimani.

Displacement: 8,040 tons of fight the official couple.

Class: Unresolved weighted love polygon.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Tsundere X tsundere, bungaku shoujo/shounen, common interest, double megane array, kuudere.

Comments: The very first OTP I ever shipped, from the very first show I ever blogged. While Mihoshi is cute and presents a formidable challenge in the form of the returned childhood friend, and Hime’s fluffiness is hard to ignore, Our Queen and Protector Fumie is clearly the best match for this currently unresolved situation. Both she and Saku have a strong interest in literature, similar borderline tsundere attitudes that just make them ridiculous cute together, and have had more genuine, meaningful dialogue between them than between any two other characters. Saku clearly was smitten with her at first sight, and Mihoshi herself was quick to acknowledge what a grave danger this was for her. And towards the end, Fumie almost got up the nerve to deliver her trip souvenir along with confession to Saku, a move that not one of her rivals has even come close to. In the course of shipping this OTP and engaging in ship to ship combat with Mihoshi and Hime’s champions, RabbitPoets and Scamp respectively, I ended up having a ridiculous amount of fun over the run of the show. Bring on season 2! Mihoshi X Saku may be the obvious official couple, be we must never give up! The story has yet to end! We will fight in the fansubs, we shall fight on the manga scans and the DVD extras. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength on Twitter! We shall defend our ship whatever the costs may be. We shall fight on the character songs, we shall fight on the blogs, we shall fight in the conventions and in the forums. We shall fight in the face of the official pairing, we shall never surrender!

Yasako X Isako

Don’t let the near kiss and fade to white fool you, the image on the right is how it really went down!

Anime of Origin: Dennou Coil

Displacement: 20,000 tons of F–K YEAH YURI ENDING!

Class: Implied resolved yuri.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Badass couple, too good to last, rivalry into love, last minute resolution.

Comments: Isako, skilled hacker child and a younger version of Alphard, spends the entire series plotting, using others, and being a badass in her pursuit of resolution and atonement for her brother’s death. Yasuko, the nice girl who generally gets in the way or even opposes Isako’s plans. But over time the two come to know one another better, and the noble if misinformed goal of Isako begins to be understood by Yasuko. And in the end, the quiet one is the key to saving the bold badass. While things get implied several times in mostly a humorous manner, by the end of the show Yasuko’s near sacrifice to save Isako melts her yuri heart and one of the final scenes closes with the two moving closer together into a kiss…though the studio unwisely decided to fade to white before contact was made. Furthering this implied resolution, the official couple partner of Yasuko, Haruken, gets barely a goodbye during the closing credits. Alas for our poor heroines, things have gotten too hot for Isako to remain in Daikoku following the massive upheavals of the finale, but as she starts life at a new school, she calls Yasuko and reminds us of the rivals into love relationship they formed. On a personal note, this show and the kiss in particular redeemed an entire semester of anime club. After Kuroshitsuji and To Aru Majutsu no Index, I really needed that.

Gamlin Kizaki X Mylene Jenius

Anime of Origin: Macross 7

Displacement: 9,400 tons of COME ON MACROSS 7, GIVE ME SOMETHING FOR ENDURING THIS!

Class: If-it-weren’t-for-the-writers resolved love triangle.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Mecha pilot couple, song of love, going to extremes, no realistic opposition.

Comments: Love triangle in name only, Gamlin and Mylene made an excellent couple from the start and over time only showed more and more how much they care about each other. Gamlin was always the serious sort, at love and everything else, but even Mylene’s frivolous nature faded away when she was with him. Basara neither showed interest in her, nor she serious interest in him. If it weren’t for the writer’s determination to not give me ANYTHING from the show, and the younger audience Macross 7 appeared to be targeted to, we’d have had on screen resolution. They were ridiculously cute together, complemented each other well, and helped each other grow. Mylene became more serious and aware of her feelings and Gamlin was able to let more of his feelings out. Need proof? How about this DDDAAAAWWWWW worthy example: when Gamlin was possessed by one of the lame Protodeviln antagonists, Mylene got out into the middle of the fight in only her spacesuit to sing him back to his old self with love and emotion in the last four minutes of the episode. Yeah, that’s right Basara, sit back and watch it. Even without on-screen resolution, moments like this meant that Macross 7 did have a few redeeming qualities.

Kikiyou X Inuyasha

Anime of Origin: Inuyasha.

Displacement: 31,900 tons of supporter and opponent tears.

Class: Unsuccessful resolved love triangle.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Long haul ship, improved durability, undefeated (in love), lifetime service commendation.

Comments: Looking back to when I first started watching Inuyasha all those years ago on Adult Swim makes me realize that perhaps my love of shipping has deeper roots, that I just needed the catalyst of blogging to realize it. I’ve always been a fan of this OTP, always opposed to Kagome trying to win out over Kikiyou. Inuyasha was ready to give up half of his being to be with her, and she her position as guardian of the Shikon no Tama to make things work. All was going well until they tragically fell into Naraku’s plan. For a long time after Kikiyou’s resurrection she hunted her former love, but he never fought back with hatred and in time helped her discover the truth. And even when she committed her entire being to destroying Naraku, she would still be there for Inuyasha. Inuyasha himself also never really fell out of love for her, despite all that Kagome tried. Throughout the many seasons of the show, Kikiyou constantly and effortlessly showed up Kagome’s pitiful attempts at cementing her preferred couple.  It took Kikiyou’s tragic death in her attempt to destroy Naraku once and for all to sink this ship. And while I knew it was coming, it was tough to take, especially so soon after the tragic end to my other Inuyasha OTP with the death of Kagura. So tough in fact, that I have yet to finish Kanketsuhen, I was left that demoralized. Content yourselves with your now unopposed ship Kagome fans, but know that it will never be so strong as the love between Inuyasha and Kikiyou!

Eriko Futami X Kazuki Aihara

Anime of Origin: KimiKiss: Pure Rouge.

Displacement: 45,000 tons of Crusader RAEG.

Class: Resolved love triangle.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Against the odds, impervious to rivals, overcoming doubts, unconventional beginning.

Comments: It started with a (experimental) kiss. Estranged from her classmates by her intellect and lack of interest in socializing, Eriko decided one day when she Kazuki wandered into the science lab room to kiss him. It was an awkward start, but plenty of growth and genuine DDDAAAWWWWWW was to follow from it. The two continued to get to know each other, at first only in the confines of the science lab room, but later Eriko went along with Kazuki elsewhere and even hung out with him and a few of his friends. Kazuki had seemed to have something of a crush on her before he even got to know her, but despite her weird habits and tastes he enjoyed spending time with her just sitting around and drinking coffee more than anything else. Their rival was the bold and competent Asuka Sakino, a soccer player just like Kazuki and keen to be with him. She conducted herself admirably and helped Kazuki reach his potential in sports. But in the end Eriko connected with Kazuki in a deeper way. In that undefinable sense they were just right for each other. Eriko found someone to depend on and to help her grow, and Kazuki had someone to inspire him and keep a check on his tendency to just go with things. While my comrade Crusader was on Asuka’s pony-tailed side all along, I could not be happier with their resolution.

Shinichiro Nakagami X Noe Isurugi

Anime of Origin: True Tears.

Displacement: 110,000 tons of fan community anguish.

Class: Unsuccessful complicated love triangle.

Weapons and Defensive Systems: Noe is moe, right from the start, vulnerable to childhood friend.

Comments: What collection of OTPs, though this one is far from comprehensive, would be complete without a ship that sank so dramatically that its echoes are still heard around the community? Despite Noe and Souichiro’s intense feelings for each other, admitted by Souichiro even on the verge of choosing the other girl, this OTP was still lost at the end of the series. Noe and Souichiro spent the majority of the series together and connected in Noe’s weird way over the chickens she raised and the storybook Souichiro was inspired to write based on them. There was nowhere near that level of connection between Souichiro and Hiromi Yuasa, the eventual victor. As Shinn87 put it well, it was one of the few anime series where the bad guy won. Noe painfully admits Souichiro’s choice to herself out on a jetty in her now infamous song, and Souichiro’s later confession about how dear she is to him were the final nails in the coffin of what would have been a great OTP. To Noe! To the one who kept chickens and freed Souichiro’s soul!

I welcome your own favorite OTPs, or perhaps some fun shipping skirmishes, in the comments.

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72 Comments

  1. Posted June 4, 2010 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    NYAR NYAR NYAR

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 5:42 am | Permalink

      Your uncontrollable laughter about the inclusion of Gundam SEED Destiny or the fact that I didn’t hit on the two bigger Macross ships yet? ;)

      • Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

        No man, I just love how I felt part of all the aggregate tonnage of Yamada fan anguish.

        • Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:38 am | Permalink

          Haha, it’s the same tonnage as a Iowa class battleship :) All the tonnages are in fact tonnages from real warships.

          • d3v
            Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

            Tonnage of Sheryl x Alto should go beyond real world ships to that of a fictional, Island class colony… or even a Nupetiet Vergenitz class superdimension battlecruiser.

  2. Impz
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    NOE IS MOE, NOE IS MOE, NOE IS MOE, NOE IS MOE, NOE IS MOE!

    I will also say one thing. The OTP I care about is Sheryl x Alto. Ranka fans can go rot in hell. This is coming from a green hair loving blogger. SHERYL X ALTO!

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:10 am | Permalink

      Strongly with you on that front. The only reason I didn’t include Sheryl X Alto this time is because there’s been so much said already. Perhaps if I make a Volume 2 post I will fully communicate the glory of Sheryl and Alto, and the criminal irresponsibility of Ranka!

  3. Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    I was shipping Gamlin and Mylene too.

    And Sakinoooooooooooo

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Welcome fellow follower of the Macross 7 OTP! You have my consolation on Sakino, she was a formidable rival without resorting to underhanded means at any point. I tip my hat to her…but still throw my hat in the air over Kazuki and Eriko!

      …if I wore a hat.

  4. Kherubim
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I thought Luna x Athrun was in the class of “FULL RETARD Husband-Wife Director-ScriptMonkey Couple???”

    Anyway, isn’t Kira x Athrun the official OTP of Cosmic Era Gundam???

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      From what I’ve heard Meyrin X Athrun was the result of the husband-wife directing team fiasco. Though I’m fine with Meyrin as a second best couple, she’s pretty cool herself especially when she helped Athrun defect. Originally it was headed for Luna X Athrun, but then some drama happened between Lunamaria’s VA and the wife part of the creative team.

      Lol, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kira X Athrun had a Bandai Seal of Approval on it.

      • Kherubim
        Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        Heh, I thought it was Naomi Shindou (Cagalli’s seiyuu) who had a falling out with Fukuda and his script monkey wife, and not Maaya Sakamoto (Lunamaria)?

        • Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

          Ah, I must have remembered incorrectly. In any case both characters got screwed, though Cagali not ending up with Athrun is ok by me, hehe.

  5. Cxei
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Hmm, I wonder if it’s a female tendency to pick Ranka over Sheryl in Macross Frontier. Vice-versa, too, as I’ve seen guys mostly pick Sheryl. Personally, I make the decision based on the fact that Sheryl is exactly the kind of girl I would immediately harbor hatred for, while Ranka is more sympathetic and less…(points out differences in wardrobe) flirtatious?

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

      Oh I hated Sheryl too, at first. I thought she was stuck up and bitchy and acted like she deserved anything and everything (and everyone in Alto’s case) early on in the show. Ranka was someone I liked and sympathized with more. Again, at first. But when Sheryl later grew as a person and let go of most of her original haughtiness around the mid-point of the show, and at the same time Ranka became more and more self-centered to the point of costing lives, I quickly switched.

      • Impz
        Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        Exactly. I am usually pre-conditioned to adore green haired lolis, particularly one that can sing so well such as Ranka. However, her selfishness and self-centered behavior really turned me off, while Sheryl really developed as a woman worthy of being called a star. How can she not win my respect?

        • d3v
          Posted June 5, 2010 at 4:09 am | Permalink

          Sheryl’s the kind of girl who might put you off at first, but before you know it, you end up falling in love with her. For me, it was episode 5 where I realized that while Ranka is the one you’d feel sympathy for, Sheryl is the one I’d like to hang out with and generally have a good time with.

          Also, her flirtatiousness communicates a level of self confidence (and playfulness) that I personally find attractive.

    • ForeShadow
      Posted June 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      I would have to disagree with that.My friends and I prefer Sheryl too. I really didn’t sympathize with Ranka because she just hid behind and peeked at Ranka. Maybe it’s because I’m more aggressive towards guys like Sheryl is ;P.

  6. Micchon
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    In terms of Fumie x Saku:

    Tsundere X tsundere? Nah I don’t think so. More like a Tsundere x Kuudere really. There only needs to be one in the pairing, and that’s obviously Fumie. But wait a minute. As one in that relationship, she doesn’t necessarily act incredibly cold and hostile towards Saku; mostly the contrary I think. That common interest of theirs is what tie them together almost inseparately; makes me think of that episode towards the end of the show with Roma where he pairs up with Omi, that girl who had that major major crush on him.

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink

      True, it is more kuudere (with emphasis on the dere) X tsundere. I would characterize them as both tsundere to an extent though. Not the hostile sort, but the more mild “I’m not really interested in you (but I am)” kind. For most of the show they’d blush and get nervous when they realized that they were opening up to each other and then (usually Fumie) would quickly cut in with a topic change or something to break the mood.

      Oumi X Roma was a great secondary character OTP. I wish they’d get a short two or three episode sidestory OVA about their first semester of college together :) Well, there is going to be some sort of announcement about SoraMani in the august issue of some magazine, hopefully that means a second season!

      • Micchon
        Posted June 5, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

        Oh yeah, Fumie never was the type to display true honest emotion, aside from wrath onto others. The two of them would most likely stay amiable classmates/friends, but no way would they be husband and wife. But at least they’d feel some kind of peace together in that they’d be away from Mihoshi and Hime, who’d still be vying for his love.

        • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

          They’d make a great couple because Fumie started overcoming her more aggressive tendencies to really open up to Saku. She had several honest, cute moments with Saku such as when she asked him why he was so into astronomy or when she attempted to deliver her gift to him as more than a souvenir, only to be derailed by a one-day bout of self doubt (and her glasses breaking causing her to be blind as a bat, haha.) Not only do I like her best of the three girls, but Saku and her also seemed to open up in ways that even Mihoshi and he didn’t.

  7. Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    I’m a Fumie shipper, too, my good man. We shall fight the good fight.

    Some of my other favorites …

    My poor Cross Game ship — Aoba x Azuma — was sunk, but I knew it had zero chance of coming to fruition. I just liked it because Azuma actually had the balls to admit his feelings but cared enough about Aoba to not force his feelings upon her and get with her as a result of attrition.

    My Honey and Clover OTP is Yamada x Nomiya. Wasn’t going to happen with Mayama, so someone just as cool fit the bill. Plus, Yamada just needed to move on so badly. ;-;

    Miyazawa x Arima from Kare Kano of course. Miyazawa is the best shoujo heroine EVER. UNSTOPPABLE LOVE.

    Nodame x Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile. (I tend to side with canon more often than not. :p) Such talented love~~~~~

    Me burning through Skip Beat! has turned me into a rabid Kyoko x Ren shipper. ffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuu Fuwa

    Kyon x Yuki in Haruhi Suzumiya. I don’t know how anyone with a heart could say any different after The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      *Salutes his fellow Fumie X Saku shipper.* I look forward to a possible second season so we can both rally beneath be royal banner of Our Queen and Protector and fight the good fight for Her honor and happiness! There’s an announcement coming up in August, and I’m really hoping it’s for a second season. 2010 seems determined to deprive me of mecha, the least it could do is give me a second season of SoraMani. I’m going to ship the hell out of it if/when it comes out! My season one posts were only the beginning!

      Yamada X Nomiya: quite a good relationship, and definitely someone that Yamada needed after she finally gave up on beating out Rika. Though it wasn’t as much of an OTP for me since it wasn’t something I rooted for over time, just something I was happy to see develop.

      I have a feeling that once I’m done with Kare Kano those two will be on a future list, I just didn’t feel right in writing about them until I’ve seen the entire show.

      Kyon X Yuki: So, I stopped watching Haruhi during the Endless Eight disaster. Where would you recommend I pick the franchise back up? Right after Endless Eight, or later? But yeah, even with only have seen season one Yuki X Kyon is the only way to ship that show.

      The amount of bloggers I respect praising Skip Beat grows daily, I must get on that.

      • Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the “Sighs of Haruhi Suzumiya” storyline (it shows the making of the shitty movie that opens the first season of the series), and it’s not really important to the story, anyway, so you could probably skip it entirely if you were so inclined. If you’ve seen through “Endless Eight” then you know basically everything you need to know going into Disappearance.

  8. ReddyRedWolf
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    The Macross 7 Triangle (Though in Basara’s side it can be called a polygon) never went anywhere.
    Thing is Mylene being fourteen turning all the way to sixteen was still young and couldn’t make up her mind who to pick! Considering she’s still called Mylene Jenius in 2059 (Macross Frontier manga adaption info provided by Luca) and is probably the one Sheryl admired in her blog meaning she’s still single!

    Then again Meltrans age like wine. So she is in no hurry. But the Macross Dynamite 7 Mylene Beat side story Gamlin acknowledges Mylene loves Basara and is honorable enough (or stupid whatever the case) not to take advantage of Basara’s absence, bringing the jerk back. The lesbian producer, would-be-rapist, and military conspirator Sazabi came way out of left field.

    So this is sort of a Macross Plus end where who the girl picks doesn’t matter as the end is a BROMANCE END.

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      The supposed teenage characters in Macross 7 was rather annoying, especially because they mostly acted like people a fair bit older than they are. In my mind I just add 5 years onto the official ages, heh. Gamlin especially didn’t act like any 17 year old. It’s an unwelcome trend that showed back up in Frontier, and while it didn’t affect the story there, I still prefer my Macross to have adult protagonists.

      Oh those crazy Dynamite episodes. I really wasn’t sure exactly where they were going (well I guess they went nowhere) with the love triangle aspect of it. Gamlin’s thing about being honorable was just one of those moments that characters have, in my opinion, where they lose confidence for a bit but then re-realize their true feelings. I have no doubt that he recovered quickly :D

      I’m not as sure about the BROMANCE END in M7, but it was clear as day in Macross Plus. That scene in the clouds before the dogfight with the Ghost, oh boy…

  9. Cxei
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I can’t refute the logic in that Sheryl did grow up a great deal as a woman, but I fall back on one principle that comes up when I watch anime. It’s easier for me to forgive characters who I already like, than to forgive characters who I never did. The rise of a Sheryl to being an even “better” match for Alto made me like her less, because it could really only make things harder for Ranka. *Edit: ack, somehow this didn’t attach to the right post?*

    • Chan
      Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

      Well I did actually like Ranka more than Sheryl, but Ranka did turn me off in regards to her selfishness I mean so many die in the series and all she can think about is her broken heart? That’s more than just a little selfish and I wouldn’t pair her off with anyone because of that attitude. You also have to take Alto’s personality into account, and Ranka’s personality would make her a wrong fit for Alto. Though the chances of Ranka actually ending up in a relationship is slim to none considering her overprotective big brothers.

      • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        True about her brothers. Ozma would likely begrudgingly accepted someone that Ranka loved, but Brera was just creepy obsessive about her.

  10. quint
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Taiga x Ruigi was well played – even if it did take a fairly roundabout path to get there.
    But by far my favorite OTP has to be Senjogahara and Arrrarrraragi (did i stutter?)

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      I was actually a Minori X Ryuuji shipper during Toradora (even if the title was a spoiler as to which couple was the official one.) She seemed to be great for Ryuuji, and Ryuuji great for her. But I can’t deny how well done the Ryuuji and Taiga relationship was done, with a great deal of real development over time.

      I’m with you on Arararararagi and Senjyougahara, though with the most recent episode and my general like of the character in general, I really feel for Tsubasa. But the ship isn’t about who I personally like the most, it’s about who’s best for Araragi.

  11. Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    First time really doing this so I just went through my MAL list and pick the ones that stood out to me.

    Hei x Yin, Hayate x Hina, Shizuku x Natsuru, Hosaka x Haruka, Taki x Natsume, Spiky Hair x Railgun,

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Misaka X Kuroko is the one true Railgun/Index ship! Spikey-kun is nothing but a stupid, falls-for-every-girl, “I’ll protect you” harem lead! RAEG! :P

      Agreed on Hayate X Hinagiku and Hei X Yin though.

  12. Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    1) Cagali and Kira deserved each other. Shinn should end up with Athrunn. Enough said.

    2) Mayama and Rika frustrated me. But yeah the setup for their romance was perfect. However for H&C, my OTP is Morita and Hagu.

    3) Kagome should back the fuck off!

    4) I love you for shipping Noe and Shin. Shin is a slut who doesn’t know what he’s missing. I fucking hate the ending. Retarded.

    • Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      SHinn x Athrun.

      That reminds me. Bandai still hasn’t released the Gundam SEED 90-minute yaoi special.

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      1) Except for Kira and Cagali being twins and all, hehe. Or maybe I just haven’t reached a high enough shipper level to go for the incest pairings? I’ll have to start training in the mountains under a waterfall!

      2) Morita and Hagu would have been great, and I wanted it to happen quite a lot (that or my outside longshot hope, Yamada X Morita based on how he helped her cope with Mayama. That hand holding scene where they walked home KYYAAAAA!) I feel a little bad for Takemoto that I wasn’t cheering him on, but for as interesting as his thoughts made the show, he was hardly the star to me.

      3) Speak it!

      4) It was so WTF and rage inducing, I didn’t know what Shin was thinking. It seemed more of a guilt thing than him actually being in love with Hiromi, while he clearly had feelings for Noe. And Noe didn’t act spiteful and intentionally hurtful to Shin like Hiromi did to boot! ARGH THE MEMORIES ARE FLOODING BACK!!!

  13. Posted June 4, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    …OTPs? I THOUGHT THIS WAS ABOUT THEM FIGHTING NAVAL CRAFT WITH THE BIG GUNS AND THE ANTI-SHIP MISSILES AND THE CIWS SYSTEMS AND THE HEAVY METAL ARMOR PLATING AND… … …

    No real ships, well then.

    …Alto X sky. IT HAD TO BE DONE.

    Also, Suou X Yin :3c

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      Alto X sky, nice. You’ve certainly got a point there. A natural pilot like him can’t be separated from it, and thinks of it all the time. That’s one of the many reasons why Minmay was such a bitch. Oooh, not even in this post and I’m getting into it already.

      On real ships, all the tonnages here are from real classes of warships. And there’s a whole shipping terminology section on TV Tropes including references to the Battle off Samar and anti-ship missiles.

  14. Posted June 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Argh @Shinmaru I also wanted Azuma and Aoba! That frikken pissed me off because I thought it did have a chance!

    I’ve never really been a shipper. Take School Rumble, one of the most shipping filled anime ever created and an anime I absolutely loved. Even so, I can’t decide which I’d prefer Harima to end up with. Even in that good old Sora no Manimani war, I just cheered Hime on to be happy in life and that no undesrving man went near my goddess of fluffyness. If Saku would treat her well then so be it, but he clearly never acknowledged her feelings so I’d honestly prefer her to find a different guy.

    Well, I love NodameXChiaki but that was never in doubt I suppose

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      As long as Hime doesn’t end up with that creepy guy from Oumi’s school, she’ll be alright. And she’s still my backup ship if Fumie is ever actually taken out of the running (damn you SoraMani and that troll episode. They got me good!)

  15. Posted June 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry. I’m an AsuCaga fan.
    I wouldn’t be so annoyed with Luna x Athrun or even Meyrin x Athrun if legitimately acknowledged AsuCaga and then made them break up. We had it! (At one point!)
    I also want to say I don’t love Cagali (she’s made some REALLY stupid decisions/slip-ups) but with such crappy options available, she is the lesser of the other evils. Luna was attracted to his popularity/power and Meyrin followed. Cagali at least treated him more like a person and an equal.

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Cagali X Athrun did happen at one point, I’ll grant you that. And Cagali was pretty cool in the first half of Gundam SEED. But they also had their estrangement, as awkward as it was, and Lunamaria definitely respected his skills, personality, and decision making. He might have been too preoccupied with his duties to notice her, but she definitely had a good thing building before she was unfortunately consigned to Shinn. Meyrin I’ll admit is more of what you mentioned, she seemed mostly to just have a crush on Athrun than actually appreciate him as a well rounded individual. But I still liked her more than Cagali :P

  16. Kherubim
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    How about some Minami-ke ships?

    My favorites are: Chiaki x Fujioka (human), Touma x Mako-chan, Haruka x Atsuko, Takeru-ojisan x Kumada-sensei, Sensei x Ninomiya-kun, Kana x Cream Custard Lemon Chiffon Pie and Hosaka x Hosaka…

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Oh Minami-ke is full of fun ships :) Fujioka X Kana was something I always hope for, even as Chiaki has started claiming him. First he will be her seat, but it’s only a short road until he is her boyfriend. And there’s always Hosaka X himself and SENSEI!! X NINOMIYA-KUN!!!

      • Kherubim
        Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:26 am | Permalink

        Chiaki x Fujioka (human): There’s only a 3 year age difference, plus if Devil Chiaki is an accurate prediction of how she’ll turn out, Chiaki will turn out FINE…

        Hosaka x Hosaka: Why self-cest and not shipped with Haruka? Well, he’s too absorbed with himself and his inner universe, just look at him feeling himself up!!!

  17. Tama
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Noe = MOE but hiromi is more gorgeous…
    Nah as for Kouichi X Mao. in the end Person like MAO is more suitable for taciturn, passive kouichi since mao has cheerful, easygoing personality but I feel bad for yumi though T_T

    For now My Fave Couple So far is :
    HEI X MISAKI = I want another season of DTB T_T
    Sheryl X Alto = I need resolution for those two
    Setsuna X Feldt = need more development in next Gundam movie: awakening of trailblazer
    Natsuru X Shizuku = Too bad natsuru so dense & lame
    Zwei X Ein = In the End they are DEAD and Until now The Final Episode Still confuse me
    Hosaka Senpai X Haruka = hahaha… I still remember hosaka Fantasizing Haruka ^_^
    Hitagi X Araragi = i really love to see if Senjougahara can torture araragi everyday

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      Hiromi wasn’t someone I could see making a good match for Shin mostly because she was petty and intentionally hurtful to him, and never opened up or encouraged his dreams like Noe did. But hey, at least you’re not supporting that cheater Aiko :P

      Mao X Kouichi was the best match, but I too felt really REALLY bad for Yuumi and to a lesser degree, Eichi. I guess the show didn’t want to take the fan hate over the top, but seeing Yuumi so calm while she was sitting alone that last night didn’t seem very realistic. You’d think she’d be more upset.

      Sheryl X Alto has resolution, they just decided to throw a consolation prize to the Ranka fans with her deluded “I won’d lose” line. Sheryl just kind of smiled and replied to humor her.
      Senjyougahara X Araragi was one of the most satisfying in recent memory. I just didn’t include it because I already mentioned it in the 2009 Awards post and also because it’s not quite over yet.

      • Posted June 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        I’ve always though strongly about the Kouichi-side ending of Kimikiss, maybe because it’s one of the first series I watched (I’ve only been watching anime for three years? WTF I have no sense of time). While Mao x Kouichi may have been destined for each other, blah blah blah, something just didn’t seem right. I know it’s only high school, but there’s a commitment factor to love, not just mutual attraction. Personally I blame Mao for Yuumi & Kouichi’s break up. She made the choice to 1. help Kouichi & Yuumi get together and 2. ‘passed on the torch’ to Yuumi. Then she realizes she’s in love with Kouichi. Sure, she could break up with such an awesome dude as Eichi if she wanted. But I think it was a bitch move on her part not to stay the hell away from those two; she knew they were happily together. But instead Kouichi ‘realized’ his feelings for Mao, and left Yuumi alone with broken promises. So much for commitment; even if you fall for someone else, don’t be that kind of dick; suck it up and follow through.

        Anyways, my opinion. Am I taking this too seriously, I wonder? :P

        PS: On the other hand, I was all for OTP Eriko x Aihara. Good move of the producers/director/whoever to split the game’s protagonist into two people.

        • Posted June 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

          A good point, one more reason why it’s a Pyhrric victory for me. There was so much wrong in terms of how they finally brought themselves to face up to their feelings. It’s commendable that, as Kouichi put it, he wanted to stop lying and stop hurting people. So he gets a little more of my respect than my scorn because at least he was putting a stop to it there before it could get even worse than it already was. Though I don’t blame Mao for not taking the course of action you outlined. Who would want to deny themselves the person they truly love just to be a romantic martyr to fairness? But you’re right, the situation sets a bad precedent.

          Not too serious at all. What’s so fun about analyzing all these OTPs and cheering for one or another is thinking them out seriously.

          And yeah, the show made a great move in splitting the protagonist into two characters, plus adding the other two male characters. It felt a lot more realistic, allowed for more couples (3 in total at the end), and made Kouichi into a real character instead of a blank slate player insert. Reading the Sweet Lips manga feels so odd to see the original Kouichi in stories with girls other than Mao or Yuumi.

          • Posted June 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

            Well, I don’t exactly blame Mao either; I’m just saying it’s her fault. Probably a bit too strong to call it a bitch move then, since she probably didn’t realize what she was doing, and just didn’t want to ‘deny herself the person she loved.’ So yeah. Maybe one day I’ll re-watch it with Mao x Kouichi in mind, and think better of it. Although, that probably won’t be until I’m old enough to say “Back in my day, we had good anime.”

            I only read the Eriko chapter of the manga, since really that’s the only coupling I was interested in. It just didn’t seem… right to have a Kouichi character be with Eriko. I think Eriko and anime-Aihara’s character designs and personalities contrasted and were better matched; a skinny weak guy falling for the lover girl was just meh compared to the sporty one doing the same. Although, in the end they married right out of high school, which was quite romantic, but raised an eyebrow on my end.

          • Posted June 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

            Yeah, the manga is weird with Kouichi and Eriko. It just doesn’t work so well, I could never see Kouichi having enough confidence on his own to deal with the things that Eriko threw at Kazuki in terms of doubt and trying to hide away. Mao worked for Kouichi because she could give him that confidence in himself, and on the other side of things Kazuki didn’t fall for Asuka over Eriko in part because he didn’t need the confidence she provided so much (though that’s a small factor among many.)

            The married right out of high school thing kind of makes me roll my eyes a little. Of the few people I’ve known who have gotten married not long after high school don’t seem to be the best of relationships. Maybe one day anime will move beyond this 90% of shows having high school settings business. I can dream of more shows like Honey and Clover.

          • Posted June 9, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

            Oh, that just reminded me (excuse me to bring up another series). A good example of the commitment I was talking about is Ichigo 100%.

            Spoilers reside below, just in case someone doesn’t know how this ends.

            While the first girl Junpei is attracted to is Aya, Tsukasa — the one he (mistakenly) confesses to and becomes his (only through the manga) girlfriend — is the eventual winner. A lot of Junpei x Aya shippers raged at the ending, but I thought it was rather mature. Aya *friggin’ finally arghsdflkjlkjds* confesses to Junpei, he basically says that he feels the same way, but he’s already committed himself. Not that he’s faking it to Tsukasa, either — he stays committed even when she goes off for several years to study in Europe or somewhere. Everyone graduates from high school, and moves on with their lives; Tsukasa moves back, and it’s assumed the two marry, or at least continue the relationship.

          • Posted June 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

            Haven’t seen the series, but that’s a respectable action for Junpei to take if he feels equally as strongly for Tsukasa. I never believed in that only one person, ‘soulmate’ stuff myself. Sounds like Aya got there way too late in confessing, it’s her fault that he already found someone else.

            SDF Macross spoilers below, if you haven’t already seen it/don’t already know how it ends.

            Kind of like Minmay not being clear and straightforward with Hikaru in Macross until the better woman had already won by *gasp* being honest with the guy she loves.

          • Posted June 10, 2010 at 5:15 am | Permalink

            While they did make an anime of Ichigo100%, apparently they really screwed it up plot-wise; Junpei is worse than your typical harem animu lead. My memory might be whitewashed, but the original manga was much better, twice as long, and actually had an ending.

            Yeah, I followed the SDF Macross posts, ‘cuz I knew I’d never actually watch it. Good example; though in Aya’s case it was more of the ultratypical shy-about-love-but-nothing-else-really girl character.

  18. Posted June 5, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Anyone who picks Noe over Hiromi is my friend.

  19. ectholion
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    and so the macross frontier ship begins to eat your post.. alto & sheryl because they were such a great couple.
    and ranka & ai kun… because after what she pulled she does not deserve the hime.

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

      Macross Frontier will need a tonnage never before seen in IRL warships, hehe.

      QFT: “ranka & ai kun… because after what she pulled she does not deserve the hime.”

  20. Chan
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I really hate to break it to you but Athrun never ended up with Meyrin. As it turned out that interview with Morosawa said that Meyrin was Athrun’s true love was a fake, in the real interview however she stated that Meyrin would leave Athrun (she also seemed to question why people even looked at Meyrin in that manner). Also Athrun left for ORB, while Meyrin ended up in ZAFT, so they pretty much are not together (although apparently we were never supposed to think so). Fukuda also recently did a few MVs featuring the couples of GSD with Meyrin no where to be in them or Stellar either for that matter. It was also believed that the reason for what happened to Cagalli was because it was her voice actress that was hated, not Lunamaria’s. Though I never liked either sisters because neither had any personality to speak of. Lunamaria ending up with Shinn came out of nowhere, and so did Meyrin’s sudden betrayal of ZAFT now that I think of it. It just made no sense.

    Yasako and Isako though were awesome. Man I miss Dennou Coil.

    • Posted June 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

      WTF they had Meyrin and Athrun together at the end of GSD. It was right there! Gah! Though this is coming from the creative team that screwed up so much in GSD that it’s become regarded so lowly that I have a fight on my hands every time I try to point out the good parts of it to most other Gundam fans. They can retcon all they want, in my mind the end of the series is the last word on it. I liked Lunamaria as she was in the show, but I’ll admit that all development of her character just ceased once she and Shinn were unfortunately made a couple. Meyrin didn’t have much to begin with, but I respected her for helping Athrun like she did. Cagali I liked back in the first half of SEED, but once she became the *surprise* princess character my opinion of her dropped like a rock.

      Dennou Coil was great. The season previews for it made it look like it wouldn’t be anything that would appeal to me, but luckily anime club played it this past semester and I was hooked from the first episode I saw. Such a good show.

      • Chan
        Posted June 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        They didn’t retcon anything, they never once said (or showed) that Athrun actually loved or even thought of her in that manner, though Meyrin herself had an interest. In other words the affection was one-sided. The creators did say several times that Athrun would not stay in ZAFT at the end of the series, those interviews happened near the end of the series. Also if you paid attention to that shot you would have noticed that she was merely following Athrun not walking side by side with him like Shinn, Lunamaria, Kira, and Lacus. She was just following behind him almost like she wasn’t his equal. They only changed his outfit in the DVDs and the Special Editions it was only the TV broadcast that gave him a ZAFT uniform. To further explain what happened to Cagalli though apparently her voice actress was pissed off at Morosawa for always turning in the script late which lead to trouble for the animators and voice actors because they had other projects to do too. So Morosawa derailed Cagalli’s character for basically calling her on it. The Cagalli is a princess thing felt more like a take that at Fllay who was a real spoiled brat. I found it ironic that Cagalli who was princess had a low opinion of Fllay for asking for precious goods like nylon stockings during a war. In other words Cagalli seemed at the time more like a foil of Fllay (remember at that time we didn’t know that Cagalli was Kira’s sister or even if Lacus would show up again and thus she was actually still a candidate for Kira’s significant other). I would have been happier if they explained more about Cagalli and Kira’s birth family, or at least had more interaction between them.

        Part of reason why I can’t ship Meyrin with Athrun is because she has no personality and also because her sudden crush on Athrun came out of nowhere. So I was actually pleased when I learned that she wasn’t meant to be shipped with Athrun in the first place, and yet pissed at the same time because they basically made her character even more shallow for the plot.

        I’m happy I’ve finally found someone else who likes Dennou Coil. A lot of people tend to hate it for being very wordy, but whats wrong with being wordy? It was a great series, I was actually introduced to it through an awesome AMV I found on youtube. I loved the interaction between Yasako and Isako.

        • Posted June 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

          While I stand by my ship, all that after the fact (series) information just adds another layer to the scrapheap of good things that the latter 1/3 of GSD FUBAR’ed. In a situation so messed up that there was often little direction or meaning behind things, I reject any realities and substitute my own, and that’s Lunamaria X Athrun. It’s about the only way I can find some solace in the way things turned out at the end of GSD. The show started out with so much promise too. I liked several of the new characters quite a bit, the politics and plotting was surprisingly decent for a non-UC series, and the mecha design was cool. But then everything fell apart and we ended up with a suddenly lame ending and more loose ends than actual sewn fabric.

          Cheers, fellow Dennou Coil fan. It’s unfortunate that wordiness can tend to turn people off to it, or to other series for that matter. I’m a big fan of the wordy scheming and plotting shows, they make the action scenes all the more meaningful and realistic. Dennou Coil (and .hack//SIGN and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, among others) feel a lot more realistic in that most intrigue and conflict, from the personal to the martial variety, tend to be at least 70% preparation and the minority is the actual times when thing go down dramatically and openly in the form of confrontation.

          • Chan
            Posted June 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

            I have to agree with you on GSD being a train wreck, I remember once I finished watching final plus aka the DVD version of the final episode and being very confused. I reaction for the entire series can basically be summed up as forgive my language but “What the F*** was is this shit?”, after that I pretty much decided to ignore Destiny’s existence as a whole, so I can’t fault you for ignoring what happened in the series. I also agree that GSD did start off pretty as a pretty interesting series, what’s funny though is now when people talk about it its because their wondering exactly where it all went wrong. In fact I think that’s the real reason why people want the Seed Movie to come out (and to be a complete retooling of the story)so that they can ignore GSD’s existence as a whole. However, I already ignore its existence so it doesn’t really effect me. To me there was never a Gundam Seed Destiny just like there was never a Tsukihime anime.

            I love wordy series for the same reason, they are much better at expressing drama and when the finally do have action it tends to be awesome and memorable. Another reason why I love wordy shows is because they force you to pay attention, and in a way make up your own theories on what you think will actually happen. So in way they are actually more interactive with their viewers than the ordinary straight forward action shows. I loved the .Hack series except Legend of the Twilight Bracelet because too much twincest because they are pretty wordy. Now that I stop to think about it a lot of the most memorable series I’ve watched are pretty wordy – Bokurano; Paranoia Agent; Vision of Escaflowne; Now and Then, Here and There; Utena; Green Legend Ran; Serial Experiments Lain; etc… Simple series are great but in a way because their worlds are so simple I find it actually harder to immerse myself in them.

          • Posted June 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

            A SEED movie that would nullify Gundam SEED Destiny? People think of GSD as the Zeta Gundam of CE in terms of it’s place in the universe’s storyline, but if the movie comes out it will be more like ZZ Gundam. SEED/Zeta, the well liked series, then GSD/ZZ as the one most people don’t like, and a movie to undo the latter. All this has happened before, and all this will happen again…

            (To be fair to GSD, it has a long way to go to be as terrible as ZZ Gundam. ZZ Gundam deserved to be removed from its universe; I’m not quite as keen about GSD being wiped from CE though. There’s so much to like about GSD early on, I just try and pretend that the last 1/3 of it never happened, heh.)

            I’ve seen about half of the wordy series you mentioned, I’ll definitely have to check out the others.

          • ectholion
            Posted June 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

            yea zz gundam was beyond terrible… it made light of the suffering of the crew of the argma… and it destroyed yazan… GSD was good if you subtract kira, shin, and lacus…. those three characters i hate almost as much as i hate ranka….

  21. Posted June 7, 2010 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    just when you think there many more attacking the realm of reality

  22. Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I have to agree, Kouichi x Mao was a match made in heaven. You knew from the start they were made from each other. And even if I wasn’t too fond of Kimikiss, seeing them together made me squeal like a fangirl.

    True Tears pairing was always meh for me. None of them really fit him.

    • Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      They were so right for each other, which is what made me only begrudgingly accept Kouichi and Yuumi and Mao and Eiji. But as things got more involved in those relationships I figured my ship was sunk. It was so last minute that they changed their minds, and that’s why the victory felt so Pyhrric. A great couple got together, but at quite a cost to others.

      For True Tears, I actually thought that the couple that ended up together was the worst possible choice of the three based on comparability. Noe was the obvious choice, and if she didn’t already have a boyfriend even Aiko would have been a better match in my view. Ugh, Hiromi.

  23. Martin
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Noting…no…ops

  24. yo
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    i remember inuyasha!
    i own the 1st 2 volumes and inuyasha had a huge crush on kikyo
    he was attracted to kagome for her similar looks
    also kikyoxinu had a point since it was for the naraku thing, whereas inu and kagome romance was unneeded and irrelevant to the main plot line. it was like romantic filler for the fangirls.

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