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Characters I 100% Ship Despite Never Wanting a Relationship Like Theirs (Spoilers!)

Warning: Spoilers for Yuri on Ice, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, The Owl House, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Heaven Official’s Blessing, Fruits Basket, and Sasaki and Miyano.

I don’t like the typical lovey-dovey stuff that most couples think is romantic. You know, the hand-holding, kissing, cuddling, drama, passion, etc. I consider myself biromantic, but the kind of romance I want is very unconventional. Writing together, editing each other’s work, sharing music, having meals together, watching stuff together, having conversations late into the night….that’s my kinda romance. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a romance that is not my type. These romances are just plain cute and I love them. I will rank them from #10 to #1.

#10: Sasaki and Miyano from Sasaki and Miyano

I finished a review on Season 1 of this anime just recently. Miyano is a high schooler who is addicted to BL (Boy’s Love) manga, which depicts homosexual romance between boys or men. Careful to hide his interest in BL, he eventually shares one of them with a classmate named Sasaki who ends up really enjoying it. This begins a friendship in which Miyano gives Sasaki a new BL manga every time he finishes the previous one. Sasaki develops feelings for Miyano and confesses. Miyano asks for some time to sort out his own feelings. The only person he has had a crush on before was a girl, and he is unfamiliar with bisexuality so he has a hard time coming to terms with this.

Miyano discovers he is equally in love with Sasaki after a few agonizing episodes, and at the end they share a kiss and officially become boyfriends. Their relationship was sweet from the beginning and I found myself really enjoying this anime.

#9: Tohru and Kyo from Fruits Basket

During most of Fruits Basket‘s three seasons, there was an implied love triangle between Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki. Yuki annoyed me beyond reason most of the time. I eventually realized that his profound self-centeredness was his way of coping with trauma from the past and trying to move on, but I still didn’t feel like he was a good match for Tohru. Kyo always seemed to have a personality that was more fun, even if it was a little more angsty. Yuki and Kyo both had baggage, but the chemistry between Kyo and Tohru was always better. Eventually, we find out that Yuki sees Tohru in more of a familial way. So many obstacles seemed to stand in the way of Kyo and Tohru being a couple, but they made it! The anime ends with a flashforward to when Tohru and Kyo are old and living their lives together still.

#8: Xie Lian and Hua Cheng from Heaven Official’s Blessing

This anime was added to Netflix recently, though I watched it on Funimation. Xie Lian is a Heavenly Official and Hua Cheng is a ghost. They meet very early on in the anime, but they only officially talk and start living together after meeting on the back of a cart. Their relationship quickly develops into what seems like a more-than-friends kind of dynamic. The way they talk is notable for instance. It definitely seems like flirting with each other. And when they touch. And just every cute little thing they do. Season 1 doesn’t end with them officially a couple, but the manga does. It is a confusing anime at times, but the one thing that is not confusing is the love they have for each other.

#7: Aang and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Yep, I’m one of those Kataang shippers. Pretty sure we’re in the minority since most people seem to ship Zuko and Katara. Katara and Aang’s relationship was in question throughout the seasons until the end. Katara seemed confused about how she felt about Aang. Aang frequently feared that Katara saw him like an awkward little brother. It sucks to be friend-zoned by someone you like, so his consternation is understandable. Even the second to last episode it is not clear how Katara feels and there is the sense that they are running out of time. The kiss they share puts it beyond question in the final episode. I don’t know why people always seem to need a kiss as confirmation of love. It is like it is explicably intertwined with romantic love, even though there can be romance with no kissing. But anyway, I was happy to see them admit how they felt in the final episode, and I saw some of the continuation of that relationship in the graphic novels. It was cute, even if it gave Sokka the oogies.

#6: Korra and Asami from The Legend of Korra

Korrasami is a great ship, and I wish we had seen more of it on screen. But there were restrictions on how much the creators could portray of a LGBTQ+ romance, so ugh but whatever. I’ve seen enough of the two of them together to know that I ship them, and the ending with them going on a spirit world vacation but it beyond question for me. What’s awkward is that they both dated the same guy, and even were kind of romantic rivals for each other. It’s definitely a unique romance.

#5: Vi and Caitlyn from Arcane

So this one is just implied. HEAVILY implied. These two hit it off relatively quickly, making some people say it was too much too fast. All I have to say about that is that I doubt there would be that much complaint about a heterosexual romance that developed as fast. Being in dangerous situations where you have to depend on someone entirely can advance feelings like this pretty fast. I was so sad when they had the equivalent of a soap opera breakup in the rain. I mean, they weren’t officially dating, but DAMN. I really really hope when Season 2 of Arcane comes out, Vi and Caitlyn are a couple.

#4: Kaguya and Miyuki from Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

These two are awesome. They are freakin’ hilarious. The premise is, they are both hopelessly in love with each other. They also both think that it is a sign of weakness to confess their love, so they both subtly try to get the other to confess. It’s a big game to see who cave first, and they are both so adorable. They make formidable and intelligent opponents. As of the end of season 2, no one has confessed still, but I am rooting for them. They are perfect for each other! If only they could let go of their pride for half a second to admit it.

#3: Luz and Amity from The Owl House

Lumity is a wonderful ship, and I shipped them from pretty early in Season 1. Probably partially because it kinda got spoiled for me and I knew what was going to happen. The blushes are a dead giveaway to how they feel about each other. By the end of Season 2, they are officially girlfriends. Luz the human, and Amity the witch. I am pretty annoyed that the show got canceled, but at least they are canon. It’s always nice when one’s headcanon becomes actual canon.

#2: Adora and Catra from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Catradora is one that some people think is toxic. I should explain. Catra and Adora are besties until Adora switches sides in a war. Catra feels abandoned in the wake of this treachery, and they become enemies. Not frenemies. Actual enemies. The way they treat each other as enemies is physically and emotionally scarring. But when they become friends again and eventually girlfriends, they treat each other in a healthy and sweet way. So it’s an enemies-to-lovers situation and some people feel fit to call that toxic even though it is clear by the end that the relationship has a healing effect on both of them.

I love them. I didn’t think the cartoon would have the guts to let them kiss, but it did and it was precious.

#1: Yuri and Victor from Yuri on Ice

When I saw the way Yuri and Victor interacted with each other, I couldn’t help thinking that I would love a relationship as intimate and pure as theirs–although the touchiness and drama of their relationship is something I could do without. Though personally, my love language is certainly not touch, it is the genuine, deep love that they had that was what really stood out to me. They were so sweet and sincere, and were truly better together.

I have seen some people complain that the romance was too vague, but my god, I don’t see how it could have been more obvious. Yuri blatantly speaks of how his figure skating shows how he loves Victor. Victor surprises Yuri with a kiss after one of his performances. And yes, it was confirmed to have been a kiss, for all you naysayers. Victor cries at the idea that he may not continue to be Yuri’s coach. Earlier on, Yuri cries at the same thought. Yuri buys the two of them matching rings as a gift, and watching them put them on each other is adorable.

It’s so unbelievably cute. I was so worried about the ending, but it turned out really well and I was impressed and so happy for them.

Conclusion

So do any of these ships sound like the type of relationship you would want? Do you have a favorite out of these? Any more cute ones to recommend I watch? If so, leave a comment!

Anime, Shows

Fruits Basket Season 2 Is Better Than Season 1

Anime Review:

Fruits Basket Season 2

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars

Overview

Pros

  • Wonderful animation
  • Beautiful style
  • Tohru is a sweet and likable protagonist who we can really root for
  • Accurate depiction of panic attacks
  • Introduction of plenty of interesting characters who become increasingly important

Cons

  • Far too overdramatic at times
  • Some “tell” instead of “show” moments

Warning: Some Spoilers Ahead!

Review

Fruits Basket is an anime that follows the life of Tohru Honda, a high schooler who becomes privy to the secret of the Sohma family. Their secret is that they each become a different zodiac animal when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Tohru ends up living with three of the Sohmas: Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure.

In this season, I found myself increasingly frustrated with Kyo and Yuki for hating each other. I mean, yeesh. They are both good people with massive internal struggles. They should be able to relate to each other and be good friends. Not really a con, just kind of sad.

Yuki is dealing with all sorts of insecurities and his past trauma, mostly caused by Akito. Kyo is facing the fact that he will be confined forever after graduation if he does not defeat Yuki. I admit, I like Kyo much better than Yuki, since Yuki can be annoying. But having Yuki’s backstory allows me to forgive him for being so self-centered in the present.

In the first episode, we meet Machi and Manabe, new members of the student council. Machi is a girl who breaks things frequently on purpose–this is explained later. Manabe is a laidback guy who makes fun of Yuki. Yuki is not used to being teased, so his reactions are pretty funny. I found some of the student council stuff boring, but overall it added a lot to the story.

Tohru and the Sohmas deal with ordinary school stuff like figuring out career plans and parent-teacher meetings in addition to their more serious problems.

Yuki and Ayame

I absolutely love Ayame, the zodiac snake. He is funny and quirky, and loves his brother Yuki. Even though Yuki is embarrassed by Ayame, they are able to find some common ground. His constant flirting with Shigure is a source of comedy.

Arisa finds a love interest. His name is Kureno and he is 26 years old, which to me seemed like a significant age gap for sure since Arisa is still finishing up high school. I get why he had to be that old due to his relationship to Akito, but I don’t see why he had to be a love interest for Arisa. I thought it was interesting that one of the reasons Arisa likes him so much is because he reminds her of Tohru.

One of the best things about this season is that it amps up the tension and drama. Hatsuharu is dumped by his girlfriend Rin (Isuzu Sohma). Akito is a lingering threat who becomes more dangerous as they get increasingly involved with the lives of the other Sohmas. The curse of the Sohmas is revealed to be a strong bond between Akito and the other Sohmas that links them together, more a chain than a bond. The curse causes them to become their zodiac animals at inopportune moments and to be able to live their lives to the fullest.

The drama can be too much at times, such as when Arisa loses her temper at Kureno for calling grocery shopping trivial. It just seems unrealistic sometimes.

Rin has realistic panic attacks, which is good considering that this anime handled serious issues so poorly in the first season.

The Cinderella play that the class puts on is hilarious, with Yuki as the fairy godmother, Tohru as an evil stepsister, Kyo as the prince, etc. The parts they play do not fit them well and it is honestly hilarious. Arisa essentially confesses her love to Kureno during the play. The whole thing is a mess, but it’s a funny mess.

The animation and art style are completely beautiful–it is certainly a pretty anime.

I would recommend this anime even for those who did not love season 1, because it is a major improvement over the first season.

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