Let’s face it. We have heard or at least seen the term, OTP shipping (One True Pairing). This term is used by fans of a particular character set in which that these two characters are perfect for each other and should therefore be together. Granted many fans treat this with playful humor and don’t really push or become upset by an author’s pairing choice as it is in their right as the creator. There are times however, Take the Ichigo and Orihime pairing as the most recent example of fan’s becoming absolutely salty towards the recent reveal. Granted I have not seen the series, but I know many fans were disappointed about fan favorite Rukia being left in the metaphorical dust by this paring. Some have even gone as far as to burn images of the two pictured together. While this is at the extreme it has actually been done. Granted shipping is just natural for us when it comes to two characters that we really enjoy seeing together. It just gets a bit nagging.
It is fully within a creator’s right to deem to characters a couple and they frankly have full right not to bend the knee for the sake of fan appeasement over artistic freedom. I am a strong believer that if a couple is designed to be together then I will let the creator decide that. They are after all the ones who have breathed life into these characters and they ultimately know who falls for who. When fans of a show come in and begin to heavily ship two characters that maybe talked a few times and had a moment of closeness just for the sake of realization or to move past a wall, is just mind-boggling. Sure they are cute together and often times we create OTP ships for the sake of hoping to have the character we like all to ourselves. It is the feverish pitching that the fans send out that causes me to just lose interest in some characters. It destroys both their image and that of the authors original image.
Yes this is an opinion that is widely in the minority; frankly I am a man who likes to live life dangerously and cause trouble. This is very much a heated topic for many and I am not frowning on fan freedom at creating their own fan-fiction regarding two characters. It is when the fans begin aggressively campaigning to change the author’s original concept for their own fulfillment that bothers and upsets me. I feel as if they lack compassion for what the author made and instead only wish to further their own ideas. Sure what I am talking about is in an extreme situation that may or may not happen; rather it is the situation of fan movement of an OTP ship over the canon couple that upsets me. Granted I am not bothered at all by fan OTP shipping when it comes to characters and series that do not have defined couples. Shows like Love-Live School Idol Project while lacking in men certainly have yuri tones and vibes and therefore leave it open-ended for fans of the series to make up their own couples. Shipping OTP’s can be fun and humorous, but just don’t go rubbing it in everyone’s faces and trying your best to get them as a canon couple.
Maybe this will cause some fellow fans and followers of OGZ to grab their torches and pitchforks, but it is an opinion that I have needed to get out for sometime now. I would very much love to hear the community’s opinion on the matter! Granted we all view life and anime through a different looking-glass so it is a welcomed addition! Just be nice!