Fanart Friday returns, knowing when not to get involved in what is obviously a lovers' quarrel. Last week, we continued June's "shipping" theme with a look at our favorite yuri couples, but this week, everything is fair game! M/F, M/M, and F/F pairings (canon and not-quite-canon) will all show up in this week's installment, but with a twist--these couples just can't shut up around one another. They always bicker, they always fight, but in the end, true love (sorta) wins.
To be honest, I always think that people saying "get a room" in real life is snarky and kinda dickish, but it's okay in this context. Let's get started!
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Here's an ending couple I never saw coming. For the early part of School Rumble, Harima and Eri never really got along--they'd snipe at each other pretty regularly, but as the series went on they abandoned their initial pursuits and started getting closer to each other. I think it worked out better this way!
While Morgiana is more than willing to take one for the team in Magi, she's never all that nice to Alibaba. They always say that boys pick on girls they like, and Morgiana is a hell of a lot tougher and manlier (per se) than Alibaba, so...
Okay, so there's a part in the last episode of Cowboy Bebop where Spike has resigned himself to taking on Vicious and getting his revenge, but he doesn't want anyone else to come with him. From all that we've seen, Faye's been developing feelings for Spike over the course of the series, despite all appearances to the contrary. From the point where Faye starts (unsafely) firing her gun up into the air to the very ending, it's nothing but tears from me.
On the other hand, there are never any tears when Lina or Gourry are involved! These two are bros to the end, even if Gourry is dumb as a bowl of oatmeal and Lina will always, always remind him of it. Did I also mention that they couldn't possibly live without each other? Because there's that, too.
I always mention how much it hurts to see Guts and Casca together. This was love bred from adversity, people who hated each other (well, Casca hated Guts, Guts just kinda... dealt with Casca) and ended up realizing their feelings. Too bad Berserk is not the kind of story that gives anybody a happy ending.
Here's a fun drinking game--21 and over only! Watch Durarara!! with some friends. Take a shot whenever Izaya and Heiwajima's relationship turns from "rivalry" to "unspoken sexual tension." Make sure you also drink plenty of water so you don't get alcohol poisoning.
I've already mentioned before that Elfman is probably my favorite part of Fairy Tail, and Evergreen scares the hell out of me. These two are like oil and water, but the author keeps pairing them together during stories for some reason...
This is going a ways back, and was pretty damn difficult to find--you have no idea how hard it is to find somebody willing to draw Ah My Goddess' Keiichi! While the poster boy for harem anime male leads would regularly butt heads with Belldandy, they actually had a sweeter relationship than most people on this list.
Kinda like these guys, who one reader described as "a boke and a violent tsukkomi." No joke there. Bossun and Himeko's awkwardness is adorable as hell, and one of the best parts of Sket Dance.
Kaichou-wa Maid-Sama tries to play up the animosity between Ayuzawa and Usui, but c'mon, it runs in LaLa for God's sakes. You know where this series is headed. And it's so damn fun every step of the way!
Inuyasha makes fun of itself all on its own with Inuyasha and Kagome's Rumiko Takahashi Staple(tm) of a couple who's equal parts full-of-hate and lovey-dovey. But did you know that the bad guys also kinda do this, too? Sesshoumaru is cold and mean toward Kagura, but it's fair to say that there's still love there.
Call it a cold day in Hell when Domon Kasshu decides to be a decent guy to Rain. I mean, last time I watched G Gundam, he was nice to her maybe 10% of the time? Not counting the ending where he realizes he actually loves her, and that she's always been there for him? That dumbass.
I'm pretty sure I talked about this back in 10-Yard Fight Edition--Hiruma and Mamori have a real potboiler of a relationship that just builds and builds over Eyeshield 21. The funny part is that Mr. "I Really Could Care Less" Hiruma is the one who does all the legwork, while Mamori just chills, does her thing, and lets him fall into her lap.
Ranma's a gigantic d-bag. Akane has impulse-control problems. He casually says stupid things to and about her. She has superhuman hearing and is able to beat a trained martial artist half to death. It never, ever gets old. Thank you, Ranma 1/2.
By the way, I feel really bad for Ryoga/P-chan there.
While we're on the subject of romantic comedy brutality not getting old, I do think Love Hina got a little old after a while. Naru needs to understand that Keitarou just has horrendously bad luck, and will always, always end up in a compromising position of some kind. It's really not his fault.
Jesus, Yusuke! I mean, I know you're going for the whole "badass delinquent" thing, but there are certain lines you just don't cross. It's a wonder Keiko put up with him as much as she did! Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't these two the only canon "happy ending" couple in all of Yu Yu Hakusho?
Okay, so I haven't watched Haganai yet, but I know who Sena Kashiwazaki is (don't ask). I totally don't know why she and Yozora fight so much. I also can imagine some scenarios totally don't know why they're shipped so much. No idea.
Usagi and Mamoru are such an institution of a couple that it's easy to forget what catty little bitches they were early-on in Sailor Moon. No, seriously, we're gonna get that Sailor Moon reboot anime and it's all gonna come rushing back to you.
Ponytails may drive him wild, but one day Kyon is going to find a creative way to get rid of Haruhi. Just look at the sheer amount of (loving) abuse she heaps on him during The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and you'll start to feel a little bad for him too. We all know a guy like Kyon. We all feel bad for him.
I love Full Metal Panic. It hits all the right notes of goofy and serious, with truly likeable characters and grade-A action. I also like its painfully typical bickering main characters, Sousuke and Kaname, and how Sousuke always tries to logically explain his actions to the hot-headed Kaname. That doesn't always work in an argument.
I and many others have made the joke about how Ocelot is super gay for Big Boss. I mean, you see his wanton admiration in Metal Gear Solid 3, you see it in Portable Ops and Peace Walker with his bitchin' mustache, and you see him go way off the deep end in Metal Gear Solid 4. It doesn't get any more antagonistic than straight-up trying to kill somebody, but in Ocelot's case, it's just hero worship. He knows his hero can take it, so he gives Big Boss all he's got. This artist really, really knows how to capture the tragic spirit of Metal Gear's cast--check out their gallery!
And that wraps up the "shipping" theme! Who are your favorite bickering couples? Which characters do you think should "just get a room already?" There's no way I could have included everybody, so sound off in the comments!
I kinda like how we got ready for the coming month of Fanart Friday themes, so that's the way I'm gonna do it from now on--also, it's really hard to get a quality piece together in a week's time. So, mark your calendars for July's four Fanart Friday installments:
-On JULY 5th, we'll be exploring the STEAMPUNK genre! Not just steampunk series, but steampunk-inspired worlds like Bioshock, Dishonored, or The Big O--or even just characters cosplaying in steampunk attire! I'm taking suggestions for THIS THEME ONLY in the comments this week!
-On JULY 12th, we'll be loadin' our six-shooters and tippin' our hats for a WESTERN theme! Remember that not every Western takes place on the American frontier!
-On JULY 19th, we're powering up our Augs and taking to the mean streets of the future with a look at the CYBERPUNK genre! This one's an anime and manga staple!
-Finally, on JULY 26th, we're giving July the hard goodbye with a look at the NOIR genre. Guys, please don't wear fedoras, very few men actually look good in them.
Your work is always welcome here, regardless of your skill level or experience, so if you'd like to have your art featured in a future Fanart Friday, just send me a link to your work and I'll make sure to include it. Now get crackin', artists, you've got the whole month's themes laid out ahead of you!
Thanks again for coming and checking out Fanart Friday. These past two month-long themes have been a whole hell of a lot of fun, and your comments--even the "OMG HOW U FORGET THIS CHARACTER" ones that drive me in-frickin-sane because I ask for your suggestions every week--are always welcome. They're always a huge help, and they've made Fanart Friday grow a lot over the last two months. Those of you in the United States or Americans living abroad, have a safe and happy 4th of July--everybody else, have an awesome weekend, and we hope to see you next week!