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From my perspective, a lot of it is related to how thin the actual occurrences of yaoi/yuri are in mainstream anime. It's sort of taking that one slight spark of light and seeing it as a bright shining sun just because you've been sitting in the dark for days. Of course, that's still sometimes very blatantly mislabelling but it's sort of understandable.


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I don't understand shipping at all, even the non gay ones. I mean if people really love that crap they should take it to some fan fiction forums, because all too often they take their dumb made up relationships so seriously that they refuse to even acknowledge what's really going on in any given series. Makes for some seriously frustrating and confusing forum threads around here...


While I agree with the general thrust of this in theory it really does go both ways at times. Some shipping, regardless of the genders of those involved, is definitely just wishful thinking but there's also a fairly large amount of it that actually fits the given characters/storylines much better than what the result given in the show is. Far too many writers do everything they can do pepper their stories with red herrings and relationship red flags just to try to obscure the relationship that they've blatantly determined to be "the one" from the very start. This means that far too often the characters who do end up together have no development together, have no displayed chemistry or are the obviously worst possible pairing out of what was shown.

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I do it for fun and I'm pretty sure that's why a lot of other people do it too. It does get annoying when I see a majority of comments are people shipping this character with that character when there is literally no spark between them at all or when it's obvious that those characters are just good friends and there is no possibility of anything more coming out of it. I tend to keep my ships to myself. I just wish that the extreme shippers would do the same or at least talk about it in an appropriate place.
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Posted 6/10/15

Dramaaddict01 wrote:
or at least talk about it in an appropriate place.


Maybe we need a "Shippers Gonna Ship" sub-forum.
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domvina wrote:


Dramaaddict01 wrote:
or at least talk about it in an appropriate place.


Maybe we need a "Shippers Gonna Ship" sub-forum.


.... I made that thread last year: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-850833/shippers-gonna-ship


It's still active.









ANYWAY as for the topic at hand. I think its kind of subliminal messaging. The writers and such want to write more yaoi/yuri shows. But they are a niche market so they can't really just make a show about yaoi/yuri so they have to work it into other shows even if it doesn't actually accumulate to anything in the end.
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Hey, people also do this with guys and girls. I could name names but I won't.

But really, any two characters that stand next to each other enough are going to get as many shippers as characters that do make a compelling romantic storyline.

To me, the worst is when shippers act like if you don't see how obviously these two are romantic, you must think they were just cold business partners who had no emotion for each other whatsoever. It's not like they could have loved each other like siblings or anything. Which is bizarre because to most of those people, if someone were to say that in real life, all relationships are meaningless besides romantic ones, they'd get offended. *sigh*, anyway...
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Posted 6/10/15 , edited 6/10/15

Bavalt wrote:

It's a result of modern-day romanticism, placing a disproportionately high value on the strongest emotions and most dramatic types of relationship while devaluing the "quieter", more easygoing ones. Friendship is treated as not an important relationship in its own right, but a sort of "diet love" that, given the proper development, can blossom into the oh-so-exciting romance that is the culmination of every human relationship, according to that line of thought.


Also in Japan, where boys are terrified of girls and girls are terrified of boys, girls take refuge in thinking there's more of a "romanticism" to seeing two characters together in a harmless, unthreatening, "girly" way. (It's less scarier than the real thing.)
It's not as bad over here, where the girls indulge in the fantasy recreationally, but that's not to say it doesn't exist.

When boys put two characters together, they wonder who'd win in a fight; when girls put two characters together....
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They forget bisexuality exists.
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