In time for the end of Valentine’s Day, I present to you another installment of the ongoing Valentine’s Day shipping series. The follow-up post to one I wrote around two years ago, EO’s Fighting Ships, I present to you seven more ships, successful and otherwise, that have earned themselves a place in my mushy, shipper’s heart. Within each entry there will be spoilers for the respective shows, however the title and image of each won’t be a spoiler since I don’t state whether they succeeded or not until the entry itself. So join me, for six more pairings that made me kyyyyaaaaa, DAAAAWWWWW, and HHHNNNNGGG.
Hanekawa Tsubasa X Araragi Koyomi
Anime of Origin: Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari.
Displacement: 9,600 tons of a near-run thing.
Class: Unsuccessful uni-directional love triangle.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Classmates, right from the start, every day I’m suffering.
Comments: My favorite ship right from the start of Bakemonogatari, though I knew early on that it stood little chance. Hanekawa from the start seemed to have a thing for Araragi, and her comment in the first episode about how “it’s not fair” pretty much summed up how things would go. My shipping alarms were going off when she was acting kind of playfully towards Araragi during that first scene in the classroom after school, though he unfortunately seemed too dense to pick up on it. I’d have loved to see them together but sadly Araragi never seemed to show much interest, which is too bad because I could just imagine the kind of banter they could have had if they’d just been a bit closer to a viable ship. Senjyougahara got all the focus of the show except for the different girl of each arc, and I don’t have much bad to say about her, since her and Araragi had the wonderfully romantic scene under the stars at the end of the original broadcast part of Bakemonogatari. Though I’m a bit less enamored of her so far in Nisemonogatari, she seems to be taking the pseudo-tsundere thing too far into more of an S&M thing by ‘protecting’ Araragi as she has. But even with this fate for my ship, I did love Tsubasa’s arc, as it was the beautiful in both its sincerity and futility. Kamikaze pilots waxed poetic about how they would die futilely for their cause and fall like cherry blossoms, and I could probably go on in a similar manner about the Last Blitz of Hanekawa during the last episodes of Bakemonogatari. As doomed as it was, it was still beautiful and heart-wrenching to see Tsubasa one last, all-out attempt on Araragi.
Sumiyoshi Kanako X Kousaka Junpei
Anime of Origin: Nyan Koi!
Displacement: 4,390 tons of SEASON 2 WHERE?!
Class: Unresolved multi-directional love polygon.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Childhood friends, quick transition tsun to dere, natural couple.
Comments: Nyan Koi had several good potential ships in it, but as things went on I came to really like the idea of Junpei and Kanako as a couple. Kanako started off looking like a delinquent at school, but once she sort of woke up to her feelings for Junpei she came out of it and was with him more frequently, getting more dere by the day. Junpei, for his part, needed a distraction from his going-nowhere crush on Kaede (you hear me, RP? Going nowhere!) and Kanako seized on the opportunity. Their ‘date’ together to the movies was one of my favorite episodes, and then there was the moment when Junpei got sick. That turned what started out as a heavy fanservice pool episode into the most DDDDAAAAAWWWWW moment of the show. Unfortunately, Kanako got a bit of that childhood friend lack of confidence when she started going in for the kiss on a barely conscious Junpei, but you have to start somewhere! Things remained very unresolved at the end, much like Sora no Manimani, both shows really, really need a second season already. Nyan Koi even promised a second season at the end of the last episode, SO HURRY IT UP, AIC! I agreed long ago when this aired (well, maybe 2 years ago or so) that if a second season comes out, I’ll blog it so I can engage in ship-to-ship combat against RP and his Kaede ship.
Meguru Akiba X Kimura Takako
Anime of Origin: Kannagi.
Displacement: 3,200 tons of otaku-fujoshi looooove.
Class: Unresolved tease-because-they-love binary.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Clubmates, otaku-fujoshi capabilities, right from the start, close-range teasing system.
Comments: Dear sweet Madoka, how can I not ship these two? Akiba is an otaku after my own heart, one that has a deep interest in his hobbies but still acts normal and at least tries to keep a lid on it in public. Which is the whole reasoning behind my username, adapted from the Eddie Izzard skit. Then there’s Takako, clearly a major fujoshi, even yaoi-shipping her friends together and nosebleeding all over the floor. Plus she’s got dat office lady style going on when she’s not in her school uniform, and even sings cheery anime songs disturbingly well, all while denying even knowing what the word ‘fujoshi’ means. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! She’s almost always getting the better of Akiba in their exchanges, and teasing all the time out of LOVE. They’re so freaking perfect for each other, I just can’t stop kyyyyyyaaaaaa-ing.
Susukihotaru X Yoshinokazura Riken
Anime of Origin: Otome Youkai Zakuro.
Displacement: 46,700 tons of kyyyyyaaaaaaaa!
Class: Resolved sugary sweet binary.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Right from the start, no credible opposition, officer and a gentleman.
Comments: Otome Youkai Zakuro showed that you don’t need love triangles or rivals to make for great shipping. From episode 01 the couples are clearly set up and you know how they’ll play out, but just watching the process of the three couples become closer provided so much sweet, romantic moments. There was something for everyone, and for me, it felt like Riken and Susukihotaru was written exactly to appeal to me. Riken was like Kimi ni Todoke‘s Ryu’s alternate universe twin, a smooth mofo that was both serious and charming. He even has the same simple haircut as me, providing for the rare cosplay opportunity without having to wear a hat or wig, so how could I not like him? Susukihotaru began the serious as the most afraid and suspicious of the humans, but after Riken’s gentlemanly and kyyyyyaaaaaa-inducing gesture during the first episode when he went down on one knee before her she really took to him. And she wasn’t just the shy girl through the show either. She could be fiercely determined at times, while being something of a voice of reason at times for the group. The two of them together…I was simply not prepared for how cute it would be.
Morita Shinobu X Yamada Ayumi
Anime of Origin: Honey and Clover.
Displacement: 9,950 tons of long shot shipping.
Class: Unsuccessful minor love polygon component.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Bringing out the best in each other, extreme long shot, friends-ship, consolation ship.
Comments: The Mayama-Rika-Yamada ship in Honey and Clover was always my main focus when it came to shipping in that show, and while I got the BEST END that I wanted and was pretty happy with Yamada X Nomiya by the end, there were some moments where I really wanted Morita and Yamada to somehow come together. This culminated in episode 20 after Yamada disappeared with Nomiya the night of the festival and Morita confronted her about how her brash actions caused Mayama and him to stay up all night worrying about her. She let out everything she was thinking, tears and all, and Morita was surprisingly serious in comforting her and walking her home, holding hands along the way. Morita was always the wacky one, but he could be surprisingly serious and caring, and he was often most like this with Yamada. I like to think that they’d make a great couple on his end because she brings this out in him and helps ground him somewhat, while he seems to be able to get on the same wavelength with her easily and understands her really well. There’s not a lot in the show or manga to ship with here, but what’s there is definitely quality. And shipping isn’t about how likely the outcome is in the plot anyway, it’s about how well you think the characters go together.
Miyamura Miyako X Hirono Hiro
Anime of Origin: ef A Tale of Memories.
Displacement: 100,000 tons of UIOFNGHFIOPJDAFKMDAFNGDAHGFAPJH9I!!
Class: Unfortunately successful resolved love triangle.
Weapons and Defensive Systems: Top-grade R.A.G.E. system, destroyer of dreams and happiness, garbage scow.
Comments: I reacted somewhat poorly to this ship working out. This isn’t a ship I love, but it is a ship that I loved to rage about and hate. I was all aboard the Kei X Hiro ship and also took an instant dislike to Miya and her ditzy then super stalker-ish ways. Miya has what my good friends during undergrad would call ‘the crazy.’ She walks into Hiro’s life, one that was soon to be happy with Kei, and decides she’s found the perfect victim to dump her supertanker full of crazy onto. Incessant phone calls and text messages because she’s do damn insecure that she couldn’t handle one missed phone call. So what does she do? Dives straight into Hiro’s bed. At this point my hatred for Hiro began and quickly accelerated to the same viciousness as my hatred for Miya. AND WOULDN’T YOU BELIEVE IT, THIS HAD TO HAPPEN WHEN KEI CAME OVER AND SHE HAD TO HAVE HER HEART CRUSHED INTO A BILLION PIECES BY SEEING MIYAKO NAKED IN HIS BED! I’d had it with that douchebag Hiro and that *look around with binoculars* biiiiiiiitch. So now Hiro can go drop out of school to pursue his incredibly unlikely dream of being a manga artist, because that always turns out well, and Miya can be at home to channel her crazy directly into his ear and maybe one day add a muscle relaxant into his food so he’s paralyzed and can’t leave her like some sort of anime Misery. This ship and my intense hatred for it inspired a new shipping term for me. Henceforth, let any ship involving two pathetic, irredeemable characters be known as a garbage scow.