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Can We Talk? Because It's Too Quiet!

Actually, of course, I'm going off to work shortly, so the talking would have to be tonight ... and worked in around the LJ server downtime that's scheduled at 9 pm ET.

Let's have an old-fashioned fangirl meme:

Comment with a pairing and I'll tell you:

1. When I started shipping them
2. What I think their challenge is
3. What makes me happy about them
4. What makes me sad about them
5. What moment I wish had never happened
6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other
7. My happily ever after for them

(If you comment with one I don't ship, or one about which I am agnostic, I'll tell you something about the whys and wherefores of my opinions.)

And if that doesn't float your boat - ask me something you've been wanting to know about me. (If it's too intensely personal, I'll move it and start a new locked post for it.)

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avierra
Apr. 30th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, you know what I will ask, haha :D

585, of course.
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)

But of course ... !

1. When I started shipping them:

By the time I got to the end of the "Be There" arc.

2. What I think their challenge is:

Mainly, to believe that they actually deserve happiness.

3. What makes me happy about them:

The way that they complete each other.

4. What makes me sad about them:

The way that they don't always speak that same language, so to speak.

5. What moment I wish had never happened:

I used to hate a lot of their "Burial" arc because of the recurring misunderstandings. But it was necessary to the development of their relationship in the story.

6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:

There's no one else in canon that does that for me.

7. My happily ever after for them:

Well, that they settle down to some extent, back in Gojyo's little house (although they both really needs to be kept busy, I think - Hakkai intellectually and Gojyo physically). And that they manage to age at the same rate and die more or less at the same time ... although a scenario like devikun's "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" is quite likely, I realize. But even though that's an intensely sad story, I like what it says about what their life together must have been like up until that point.

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lawless523
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sanzo/Goku.
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)

1. When I started shipping them:

Well, I didn't in a romatic way until quite recently. But Goku is growing up ... .

2. What I think their challenge is:

They both need to recognize what it is they actually want, and Sanzo needs to square it with his sense of his responsibilities.

3. What makes me happy about them:

The way that they always seem to be connected, even when they don't want to be.

4. What makes me sad about them:

The differences in age and life experience. Although Goku is theoretically centuries old, he didn't really have much of a life. And Sanzo had to grow up much too soon, so there's more of an emotional gap than the seeming age difference would indicate.

5. What moment I wish had never happened:

When Goku realizes that Gojyo is (seemingly) right: Sanzo has abandoned them.

6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:

Eesh ... again, there isn't really an alternative for me.

7. My happily ever after for them:

Sanzo unties some of the knots in his psyche and is able to justify some kind of happiness, and Goku settles into doing something to do besides beating the crap out of bad guys (the scenario in "Cosmetic Surgery" where Goku ends up working in a bakery was pretty cute). I can't really see them actually setting up housekeeping together, though, even if they become lovers: neither of them is very domestic.

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vom_marlowe
Apr. 30th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Do you ever read SGA stories? (Or see the show?)
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)

... no. (Sad but true: the best way to handle TV and me is to assume that if it's TV, I haven't seen it. I haven't watched TV regularly since about 1982.)

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ginnyvos
Apr. 30th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Gojyo/Goku/Gojyo
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)

How did I know you were going to come to the table with that?

XD

OK, the sensible reason I don't ship those two is that Hakkai is really the one who gets left out in the cold with this. And without Gojyo to keep him in the real world, Hakkai is going to go squirrely, and a squirrely Hakkai is a public menace.

The canon reason I don't ship those two is that Gojyo's and Hakkai's souls have been together for centuries. It's Meant To Be.

And the real, gut-level reason reason I don't ship them is just that the pairing does nothing for me on the sex appeal level.

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a_mael
Apr. 30th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Your preferred SDK ship, since Saiyuki's been all taken up.
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)

Well, it's Onime-no-Kyo/Yukimura.

1. When I started shipping them:

When they had their first duel and Yukimura started talking philosophy - and Kyo actually listened to him.

2. What I think their challenge is:

Yukimura's sense of responsibility and political ambitions aren't going to let him follow Kyo indefinitely, and at the end of the day, regardless of how much I think he may have experimented, Kyo wants a lover with boobs. >sigh<

3. What makes me happy about them:

The snark and the sheer joy that they take in the fact that each regards the other as a challenge.

4. What makes me sad about them:

It's not going anywhere.

5. What moment I wish had never happened:

When Yukimura apparently betrays the Kyo-tachi to the Mibu. I really felt like I'd been kicked in the gut.

6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:

The canon Kyo ship works as well for him as anything, for me. There isn't really anyone for Yuki-sama that I can belive in comfortably. (But I kind of like that bittersweetness about him.)

7. My happily ever after for them:

D-:

Sorry - there isn't one. But I'd like them to have one final fling before Yukimura's death, which is set by his RL counterpart's death at several years after the end of the series. Again, this is part of the attraction of the whole ship for me: that it's sad and won't end well.



Edited at 2010-05-01 03:35 am (UTC)
redbrunja
Apr. 30th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Whatever you ship in Harry Potter.
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)

Uh oh ... I don't really ship anyone in HP - none of them excite me much.

Cripes, I'm sorry, red - although I remember liking the idea of Neville/Luna, I can't remember enough to work through these questions without being very vague and making stuff up.

You're welcome to try again if you don't just want to wash your hands of the whole thing.

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freeradical9
May. 1st, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
avierra already asked after the pair that I'm most curious to hear about. How about Wild Adapter, Kubota/Tokito? :)
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)

Heh, the only WA icon I have on this account is Kou ... .

1. When I started shipping them:

LOL - when they're being bugged, and the Izumo thugs who are listening at the other end hear them apparently breaking into lusty gay sex - and then we see them in the apartment, and what they're really doing is sitting on the sofa, not even touching each other, hamming it up for their listeners. The way Tokito picked up on what Kubota was doing, and the snarky enthusiasm with which they're doing it, just clinched their togetherness for me.

2. What I think their challenge is:

Survival, pure and simple.

3. What makes me happy about them:

That they're are so together and yet both such tough little bastards.

4. What makes me sad about them:

It's all going to end in tears, probably in the next volume.

5. What moment I wish had never happened:

The scenes where Tokito is realizing that Kubota hasn't told him anywhere near the whole truth about his past (the Anna arc) were a little painful.

6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:

Well, Kou would jump Kubo-chan's bones in a New York minute, I think. (And that might be a fun bit of smut.) But Kubota probably wouldn't trust Kou enough for it to be anything real. If, as in that recent fic, Shota could appear magically all grown up, I think he and Tokito could have fun messing around, and it might grow into something more.

7. My happily ever after for them:

They'd have to leave the country to have such a thing - rather like Trevor and Zach at the end of Brite's Drawing Blood. Maybe they could escape to Roanapur (in Black Lagoon) and set up business there. But otherwise, see #4.

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smillaraaq
May. 1st, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
10K counts as a different ship, technically, yes? XD

Or if you prefer...Rock/Revy!
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)

It's kind of pointless doing a happily-ever-after for 10K, though! I guess endless inventive sex through the ages ... .

Let's try the Lagoon crew:

1. When I started shipping them:

The first time Rock started mouthing off at Revy instead of being intimidated by her axe-craziness.

2. What I think their challenge is:

Well, Rock's got to admit what he's feeling, for a start (Revy has started doing so, poor thing). And then, like the WA boys, they need to survive.

3. What makes me happy about them:

That they reverse so many of the classic m/f tropes, and manage to do it without making Revy particularly mannish or Rock particularly helpless.

4. What makes me sad about them:

That they can't take a moment to breathe and realize what they're becoming to each other.

5. What moment I wish had never happened:

Hmmm ... there hasn't really been that type of pain, I think. But Revy's trying to get her feelings across to Rock without looking vulnerable was very sad.

6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:

No one in canon, actually. Eda would do Rock in a heartbeat, but he wouldn't want her. And Revy would never trust anyone else enough except for Benny and Dutch - and she just doesn't have any of that sexual element toward either of them. She doesn't respect Benny enough, I think, and she respects Dutch too much.

7. My happily ever after for them:

Gawd, could they have one? What would Revy do in a happily ever after scenario?? Maybe they can open a bar, and he can run the place and she can be the bouncer.

But I really think it's all going to end in a hailstorm of bullets and blood.

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lady_ganesh
May. 1st, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
I cannot remember if you ship Koumyou/Ukoku, but I'd like to hear your thoughts either way!
chomiji
May. 1st, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)

Yikes ... I can't say I really ship Ukoku with anyone. I don't find actual evil sexy - especially his his brand of "everyone else is an insect" evil. In fact, I think the only reason I've been able to even read any of the Koumyou/Ukoku stories is that Koumyou is the only being who is actually a person to him (and that's why, I think, he has to destroy him).

It's perhaps telling that my favorite story about the sleazebag (and the only one that I re-read regularly) is louiselux's "Heart of Darkness."

(no subject) - lady_ganesh - May. 1st, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
macavitykitsune
May. 3rd, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I hope I'm not too late!
Kougaiji/Yaone/Dokugakuji in whichever combination you prefer ♥
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