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I'd like to ask a question to everyone a question of my own though...
'What are the things you most like to see in pairings/romance?'
What "factors" (characters, themes, situations, or whatever) tend to peak your interest in a couple?
For me it's seeing a character or characters "out of their element". I'll use the example of Boa Hancock from One Piece. Being in love is just something she isn't prepared to deal with, which makes her way of dealing with it uniquely entertaining to me.
Some other examples would be..
Ryu from Kimi ni Todoke
Eureka from Eureka Seven
Sheila from Superior
Senjogahara from Bakemonogatari
Simply put, I like it when love completely knocks characters out of their comfort zone.
Last edited by Jammin; October 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM.
Great subtopic, Jammin!
I think what I am most drawn to in pairings/romance is when the couple have enough difference between them that they complete each other (like yin and yang). I'm not drawn to extreme opposites, but just enough that they challenge each other and cause each other to grow and develop. Of course, these manifest themselves differently in each manga. In that sense, I don't mind if the pairing is allegorical, ie. its not romantic but they represent something that each other lacks.
Like for example, Allen and Lenalee from D.Gray-man are very similar in personality, but their ideologies make them extremely different from one another. Their magical weapons are inverses of each other too: Lenalee's are a pair of black boots that are offensive, while Allen's his left arm, which turns white when he fights. For Lenalee what's important is her family, her roots, hence why her power is focused on her feet & legs. Allen wants to cleanse the world from evil, as well as cleanse himself, hence his deformed red arm turns a bright white when he fights. Erm...yeah, I like it when there is a clear compare and contrast between a would-be couple.
But then again, Allen and Lenalee are just one example. Akiyama and Nao from Liar Game are another would-be couple that I like because they start off really different from one another but as the series goes on, they rub off on each other and become more human. Akiyama is extremely guarded, he doesn't want to trust anyone, and because he studied psychology he feels he can manipulate anyone. Nao is foolishly honest, wants to blindly believe the best in people, and is incredibly naive. But through their interactions with one another, they become much more balanced people (Akiyama learns to trust, Nao learns to doubt others). Which in turn, helps the plot. I ship it romantically, but in the manga its not so much romantic as its just pure and simple character development through their relationship.
On a completely unromantic note, and I mean really just purely platonic--I like this yin/yang part of Oga and Furuichi's friendship too, from Beelzebub. They're quite different from one another, but by being around each other they've changed to become the two idiots we all know and love. Furuichi becomes self-aware and resourceful because of Oga, and Oga becomes more humane and less of a delinquent because of Furuichi. Another way they complement each other is of course, their comedy routine with Oga being the bokke to Furuichi's tsukkomi.
Sorry Jammin, I ended up writing an essay.
Last edited by Teeba; October 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM.