The most controversial anime ships in recent times
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Ships in anime have been complicated and controversial (not in a bad way, but a constant source of debate) over the years. The anime industry has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years, and as a consequence, the way of thinking of fans has also been modified, with hundreds or thousands entering the ranks every day, either temporarily or permanently. However, getting into the issue of shipping is a mission of life and death, and the viewer is likely to run into legions defending their favorite waifus to the death, even knowing that they have no chance or even when the results have already been reached. been determined.
Before we begin, shippeo is an English word that, as usual, is adopted in the Spanish language without worrying about translating it and refers to a shortening of the word “relationship”. Thus, "shipping" is the action of fans to establish a relationship (or wish it to occur) between two characters in a series, regardless of whether it is possible or not, and regardless of whether it results in a homosexual relationship. So, it's time to review the most discussed shippings and source of debate that have emerged in recent years in the anime community.
1. Subaru y Emilia (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
The "Subaru x Emilia" is a naturally arising ship that has been recorded, practically, from the first episode of the series. Subaru has made it clear that he loves Emilia and falls in love with her from the beginning, with other characters like Rem coming into his life after those statements. But the above did not stop fans at any point, establishing a “Rem x Subaru” ship that has led to intense debates, controversies and toxic discussions on the part of both sides. The war never ends, and it seems that everyone has forgotten about Ram's existence.
2. Hinata y Naruto (Naruto)
The "Hinata x Naruto" was another naturally arisen ship that most expected, although not as much as the previous one. With a really long animated adaptation and with Naruto expressing little or no interest in Hinata at first, it was a matter of time before the two ended up together perhaps due to Hinata's superhuman efforts to attract his attention from the earliest moments of the series. The last nail in the coffin of those who were against was established with their wedding and, subsequently, the birth of their children. There are still some fans who do not accept reality, and who continue to assure that this ship "should never have set sail."
3. Ochako y Deku (Boku no Hero Academia)
Perhaps it could be considered a ship that arose naturally given their interactions in the series, so some might wonder why it would be considered a controversy. The above arises, precisely, because the Boku no Hero Academia fan base acts… weird… Gay shipps are much more common in that fan base, and the Deku x Bakugo or the Bakugo x Kirishima have are even more commented than the series itself. Yaoi fans are perhaps the ones who get the most toxic during the Ochako x Deku discussions, but maybe it's only a matter of time before we get an answer from the author.
4. Mami y Kazuya (Kanojo, Okarishimasu)
It's no surprise that Mami x Kazuya is a source of discussion on social media. How could it not be? Being Mami Nanami, better known as "Mami-chan", a common enemy for all the fanatical sides of the series, with her influence even affecting the sales of Blu-ray volumes. Perhaps the readers of the manga could assure that they are wrong for hating Mami, but in the fan bases the general opinion will prevail and, in this case, there are more who saw the anime than those who read the manga.
5. Ichigo y Hiro (Darling in the FranXX)
The Ichigo x Hiro is another controversial recent ship in the anime industry. In the early stages it is clear that Hiro is interested in Zero Two and vice versa, which is why some claim that this ship was "stillborn". After all, the nickname "darling" came up between Zero Two and Hiro, how could he go against it?
6. Lisanna y Natsu (Fairy Tail)
The Natsu x Lisanna is a pretty fun ship, because according to the backstory, it should have worked. However, in the franchise's true story, Lucy meets Natsu and Happy, and thus becomes a mage of the Fairy Tail guild. Both Lucy and Natsu begin to get closer, and that is what ended up completely sinking the ship of Lisanna x Natsu. Again, some who refuse to accept reality, even though the original series has already ended, continue to defend their position on the forums.
7. Kirito y Alice (Sword Art Online: Alicization)
The Kirito x Alice is a ship that was not born with the anime, but from the novel, but that intensified with the animated adaptation of the project, which was when the discussions finally left its exclusiveness of the dedicated forums. In fact, many fans even consider the Alice x Kirito to be a reality, even though Asuna is already married to him, practically, since the first season. Asuna has already established her dominance in the franchise from the beginning, but fans refuse to accept it and are of the opinion that Alice is a better option, with her only fault being the fact that she "came later."
8. Kaneki y Touka (Tokyo Ghoul)
The Kaneki x Touka is perhaps one of the craziest and most toxic ships speaking of controversy, and perhaps for a logical reason. Both in the anime and in the original work, Touka and Kaneki reach the point of having relationships, making their relationship official. When this happened, fans of Tokyo Ghoul (if they can be considered that way) sent death threats to the author for the simple fact of having made the ship canon. For this reason, toxic fans turned a pretty relationship, perhaps necessary for Kaneki's mental stability, into something ugly.
9. Ichigo y Orihime (Bleach)
The Ichigo x Orihime ship never really made sense in the early stages of Bleach, or perhaps at any point in the series. Rukia is the girl Ichigo approached first, and vice versa, because of the way they met. Whenever fights or big moments happen, Rukia was there so they built great overall chemistry. Again, the author made it canon, but fans refuse to accept reality, sparking toxic debates arguing that Orihime had better reasons to be the winner.
10. Naruto y Sasuke (Naruto)
Perhaps ridiculous as it always has been, but it is still a ship that still lives on in the shadows, especially on Twitter, with hundreds of illustrations popping up each year expressing this relationship. The first gay ship on this list, which doesn't make sense by show standards, but which fans enjoy defending. Both protagonists have already married and had their own offspring, but the defenders of Naruto x Sasuke still fight for a chance, even if they have to turn to the almighty doujinshi.
11. Izuku y Bakugou (Boku no Hero Academia)
The Izuku x Bakugo is another result of the community of yaoi lovers entering another fanbase, in this case, Boku no Hero Academia. The act of shipping has no problem, the problem is its defenders, who have grown to be a quite toxic community that it is preferable to avoid.
12. Fuutarou y Miku (Gotoubun no Hanayome
The frustration of defeat was present in one of the strongest ships of the series. Although some had already won Miku Nakano's victory against the other quintuplets (even those of other ships already took it for granted), the world of fans stopped in their tracks when, in the end, Yotsuba was chosen by the author. . Full of rage, the defending fans (and even those who did not even support Miku at first) vent their frustration on the networks insulting the character, the work and the author himself.
13. Hina y Natsuo & Rui y Natsuo (Domestic na Kanojo)
One really wonders, why two? And while the Domestic na Kanojo manga series had an obvious winner, fans were completely disappointed in Kei Sasuga's development of both relationships by making, according to them, ridiculous and pointless decisions that undermined the already declining quality of the game. history. Having already established a winner in the final stretch, Sasuga changes the landscape and dictates the other as the winner, with fans exploding at the decision and insulting her non-stop through Twitter, actions that continue to this day.
Do you have any other ships that should have been added to the list? Leave it in the comments and let the controversy flow.
Original writing (excerpt): Anime Motivation