Crazydave’s Shipping History

 

All the shipping you could ever ask for~

[As part of the lead-up to Valentine's Day shipping fest, I have invited Twitter-friend and shipping bro CrazyDave to write a guest post, one of two guest posts by non-THAT writers for the series. Enjoy! -EO] Hello fellow THAT readers, some of you may be wondering who this Crazydave person is and why is he posting on the greatly esteemed THAT anime blog. The rest of you are probably thinking something along the lines of, “Oh man I know where this is going.” Have no fear, I’ll try and keep the hhnngg’s to a minimum. For those that don’t know me, all you really need to know is that I love shipping. Being the Shipping Bro that he is and knowing of my love for shipping, comrade EO asked me if I would be interested in writing a guest post for THAT. Having no reason to refuse, I gratefully accepted his offer.

If the above paragraph wasn’t any indication, this post contains shipping. It has probably only been within the last 4 or so years that I have become familiar with term but I have been subconsciously shipping probably since I was introduced to fictional works. Be it characters in a novel/book series, a video game, or anime if they talk, there is a good chance I’d ship them. In fact one of the earliest remembrances I have of shipping, though I didn’t know it as that at the time, was the GBA game Fire Emblem.

For those not familiar with the franchise, Fire Emblem is a series of strategy RPG games developed by Intelligent Systems. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, the seventh game in the franchise, localized as Fire Emblem, is in my top 10 games of all time. Without going into too much detail, in the game you are given control over a small army of individual characters and use them to complete objectives on each level. You can initiate conversations between your units and depending on their compatibility you can “ship” certain characters with one another. Unfortunately I was not into anime at this time so lines such as, “It’s not like I have any special feelings for you or anything! It’s not like that! Don’t get the wrong idea!” were completely lost on me. Nevertheless Fire Emblem laid the foundations of what would become my shipping fascination.

Nino x Jaffar OTP

While I could go forever about Fire Emblem, this is an anime blog so I’ll refrain from doing so and instead move right along to my introduction to shipping anime. Interestingly enough many of my introductory anime contained various levels of shipping, which just might be one of the reasons I fell in love with anime. Some of those include Gundam SEED, Shuffle, and Mai-Hime (ShizNat ftw). Since then I have gone on to watch classics such as: True Tears (Noe Forever, Never Forgive Never Forget), Macross Frontier, ef a Tale of Memories/Melodies, Hayate no Gotoku, Honey and Clover, Nyan Koi, and Sora no Manimani, among others.

I am not sure how familiar everyone is with SCCSAV so I’ll give the super short version. A bunch of dudes from the interwebs get together on skype and watch anime together. There are multiple group watches that happen on a weekly basis such as Terribad and Classic. A while back EO and I co-organized/founded the Shipping Group Watch. We started with True Tears as there were some individuals who had yet to learn of the greatness that is Noe. We started with 2 Noe shippers, 1 “she who should not be named” shipper, and one Aiko shipper and 2 first timers. We ended with 3 Noe, 1 “other one”, and 2 Aiko. All in all it was great a time.

True Tears ended on episode 8. [my poster from the SCCSAV True Tears viewing. And yes, there were only eight episodes. -EO]

After True Tears we were going to watch Kimi Kiss, however for some reason that fell through and after a while of deliberating we decided to try watching School Rumble. Best decision of my life. I don’t think I can accurately transcribe my feelings on School Rumble. All I can say is that it is probably the best shipping show I have ever seen. The cast is huge and the show provides just enough for you to be able to ship anyone with just about anyone else. And not only is the shipping great but it is one of the best comedies I have seen as well. There was something about School Rumble though…for some reason or another by the end of the first season I hadn’t decided concretely on any of my ships. Having just finished the second season just a few days ago I still haven’t completely decided on my ships but if I were forces to choose it would probably be: Harima x Eri, Suou x Aso, Tenma x Karasuma, and Imadori x Ichijou. While this leaves both Yakumo and Hanai free I don’t really feel right shipping them together and so I’ll just go with Dave x Yakumo hhhnnnggg xD.

My ships at the end of School Rumble S1

 My ships at the end of School Rumble S2

The most ironic thing about my love for shipping is that to this today of all the shows that I have watched, that actually had resolution of ships, not a single one of my original ships has ever survived. I can often be caught saying on twitter, “Being a Shipping Bro is Suffering”. This however has no effect on my love of shipping. If anything it just makes me wanna ship harder for that final moment when my ship emerges victorious. While my two main ships for this season, Zessica and Kanna, seem to have low chances of ending up with their respective MC-kun’s I am still rooting them on. It is now almost impossible for me to watch a show without my shipping goggles but I am perfectly fine with this and am looking forward to much shipping in my future.

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20 Comments

  1. Crusader
    Posted February 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t there a Fire Emblem anime? IIRC there was so yeah go nuts about the game if you want, I’ll back you up on that one since I love the franchise to pieces myself.

    School Rumble was one of the best love polygons in recent memory, if only there was some resolution for every one except Karasuma and Tenma. I still hold the banner for HanaixAkira… I might be the last but I will NEVER GIVE UP.

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

      There was a Fire Emblem anime ova I believe that was based off the original Fire Emblem with marth but I remember hearing it wasn’t all that great. The series how ever I will forever be a fan of. There is a new title slated to come out for the 3DS and depending on what I heard about it I just might have to pick my self up a 3DS.

      Agreed with the Karasuma Tenma bit, but waaaat? Hanai x Akira? where did that come from lol?

  2. Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    HEIL HIROMI! God-Empress of Sweaters! Long live the God-Empress!

  3. Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I ship Karasuma x Curry

    Also Flag

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:25 am | Permalink

      Karasuma x Curry is OTP. I am assuming that Flag is Harima x Eri? If that is the case then yes 101% agree.

  4. Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    Ah yes, I’ve done quite a bit of shipping back in the day. Now I’ve mostly stopped, although there’s still the occasional ship I support here and there.

    For the record, I was always a Hector/Lyn and Eliwood/Ninian shipper.

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      Eliwood x Ninian yes because lol who cares about Eliwood. As for lyn….I usually shipped her with my self but Lyn x Hector was my backup ship xD

  5. Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Yakumo x ghostlightning

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      I know that at the very least you will have to fight 5camp and myself for that right, and I am sure countless others~

  6. wingman32x
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Noe was awesome. Probably one of my favorite female characters overall. She had a winning personality, and she went well with the MC. She was unique. She definitely deserved better.

    I don’t hate Hiromi, though, which seems to not be the most popular opinion among Noe shippers. She had a lot going on herself. Plus, No one deserves the treatment Hiromi got from the mother. Even with the excuse given, I still think she’s an unbelievably petty, immature, and insecure individual.

    • Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Hiromi certainly got treaty really poorly by Shinichiro’s mom, so I can’t hate her for that. I can hate her for being so mean and belittling to Shinichiro. I can’t fathom his attraction to her when all she did was get angry at him, not take his dream of drawing/writing seriously, and then swoop in and ruin things for Noe. It truly was a tragedy, but the kind that legends are made of. Even to this day it’s still such a heated topic, and that’s quite an accomplishment.

      • wingman32x
        Posted February 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        True. I think *that* scene will always be in my memory. The one where Hiromi told Noe to more or less F#CK off in a very blunt and direct fashion. I couldn’t believe it. It’s been years since I’ve seen the anime, but that scene is still very clear to me.

        It really is a great series, though. That’s how you can identify the good ones, the series that spark debates long after their conclusion. Plus, the music and still shots were amazing. They really went all out with the presentation.

      • Nosaj
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 1:27 am | Permalink

        From the opening I thought I’d ship Hiromi cause I prefer long hair but by the end of the first episode I was a Noe shipper, and after seeing all the awesome stuff Noe did for her guy, cheering him up, encouraging him to follow his dream, making him lunch! Where’s my Noe? Add to that all the pettiness and immaturity that constitutes the she-devil Hiromi and I would die defending the Noe ship! Last time I watched true tears I happily stopped at episode 8 :)

  7. Posted February 13, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Dave x EO

  8. Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Ku Ku Ku~ I love me some ships! And Dave is the master of shipping! That is always a fun thing about anime finding the characters you love forever…so what is your current ship for say Aquarion EVOL? Zessica and main guy? I already follow the Kanna ship on Ano Natsu xD

    Foshizzel x Ayase ( Guilty Crown ) If I had to choose one this year lolol

  9. A Certain Watcher
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    No one commented on KamiNomi yet?

    I use to ship KeimaxElsie but I gave up. Now I can’t decide whether Keima x Tenri or Keima x Haqua is better…..

  10. Posted February 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    My little kohai can’t be this adorable.

    And by ‘little’, I mean ‘tall’. :P

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