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Posted 9/20/15 , edited 4/1/16
So this has been a question that has been bugging me for a while, But I wanted to reach out and get some other opinions, and see what you guys thought.

A while ago I was discussing Love Live characters with someone and they said that in the mobile game, since the person you are playing as goes to an all girls high school, that character must be a girl, therefore all of the characters must be canon lesbians. I disagreed with this, stating first that they were Idols, and that it was their job to act a certain way to appeal to their audience, regardless of their own sexual orientation, and second that Love Live is a franchise more created to work towards fan-service than creating actual continuity. Long story short, She got upset and essentially now thinks I'm a homophobe.

But what do you guys think? What makes ANY character or series event canon? Does It have to be officiated in you opinion, or is heavy implication enough for you? Lemme know!
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Eek This is a difficult topic. Honestly, I don't think I'm experienced about this so I'll keep my answer short. To make something canon, it has to be officially declared in my opinion. Or also if it is OBVIOUSLY implicated. I don't believe that making simple conclusions or theories will make a character or event canon.
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Posted 10/26/15

TakuminYue wrote:

Eek This is a difficult topic. Honestly, I don't think I'm experienced about this so I'll keep my answer short. To make something canon, it has to be officially declared in my opinion. Or also if it is OBVIOUSLY implicated. I don't believe that making simple conclusions or theories will make a character or event canon.


I understand what you are saying. Like if there is a couple in a show and they EXPLICITLY SAY THEY ARE GOING OUT, then I get it, and its canon. If, however, the couple is NOT explicitly announced, but they play at it a lot. I don't think it is canon. Its the harem/idol affect in full play with love live.
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I agree with TakuminYue. it's just like free iwatobi swim club (except for all the half naked men you see on your screen). they're trying to make the fans feel like this person is going out with this person thus making it a ship. i haven't watched love live, but i do understand some of the character pairings for love live. it's just making the fans imaginations go wild and making up whatever they want to make like what your friend said about going to an all girl school thus making them lesbians. that's just their imagination. that's the show's job. that's basically almost all of the anime shows jobs nowadays.
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In my opinion for something to be cannon it has to be/should be declared. Its fascinating to see what conclusions and different theories people will come up with after watching or reading a series, but to me that`s all it is. Like "this is what could happen" vs. "this is what actually happened". Just to be clear I am a fan of both cannon and non-cannon fandoms/ fanfictions.
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In my opinion for something to be cannon it has to be/should be declared. Its fascinating to see what conclusions and different theories people will come up with after watching or reading a series, but to me that`s all it is. Like "this is what could happen" vs. "this is what actually happened". Just to be clear I am a fan of both cannon and non-cannon fandoms/ fanfictions.


Oh don't get me wrong, I love non canon works as well. I have read some very wonderful non canon works that I would even say I love more than the original! But thats just it. they are NON CANON. This line seems to become especially blurred it terms of idol anime and idol culture. Fanservice clouds the field for many on whats canon and whats not, and when people blindly declare that THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED I AM RIGHT YOU ARE WRONG and the work is clearly either fanservice or just non canon, that's when my blood begins to boil...


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I know, right? I agree completely. I have seen/read some of each that I love, and some that I thought 'this could have been a lot better'. But those people who jump down your throat about whats cannon/not cannon bother me as well. I feel like 'why can`t we just agree to disagree, or better yet just appreciate what`s there?'
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Sometimes Cannon is actually declared by companies/the writers. They will literally look at fan stuff, and go "GOD I LOVE THIS!" and decide it's cannon. Or go "this is where i was going with that"
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TakuminYue wrote:

Eek This is a difficult topic. Honestly, I don't think I'm experienced about this so I'll keep my answer short. To make something canon, it has to be officially declared in my opinion. Or also if it is OBVIOUSLY implicated. I don't believe that making simple conclusions or theories will make a character or event canon.


I also agree with this
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