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.