Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Biggest Shipping Mistakes

Some of the biggest mistakes fans make during shipping.

For those of you who don’t know, shipping is a term meaning the pairing of two characters together. It comes from the word relationship. Some pairings are canon, i.e., what the writers intended, like Ryu and Kaori in Jetman, and others are paired by fans, like Masumi and Natsuki from Boukenger. Some people have preferences. Some do slash pairings (same sex pairings), some only stick with hetero, some only pair red with pink and green with yellow, and some pair siblings.

However, there are big mistakes that shippers often make. These mistakes apply to fan pairings, not official ones. And some of these mistakes can affect a shipper’s own romantic life. Here are some of the most common mistakes.

They are opposites, that means they belong together.

For those of you guys outside the US, there was a horrible sitcom called Dharma and Greg that managed to run for more than two seasons. The premise was that Dharma and Greg are complete opposites, met on their first date, and then got married immediately afterwards. Dharma was a “free spirit” while Greg was straight-laced. 

Anyway, the premise sounds cute, but it gets boring after a while. And in real life, opposites attract has been disproven (not with magnets, with relationships). Relationship sites like eharmony match people based on similarities—and they aren’t scams, the relationships usually work out. Even in real life, matchmakers (they still exist) pair people off of similarities. If you go out of your way to date someone based off of the fact that he’s the yin to your yang, you’re going to get hurt. It won’t be a productive relationship, because you can’t relate to each other. You both want different things, and have different ways of dealing with life.

I’ll use the fan pairing (not canon) of Marvelous and Ahim in Gokaiger. The MarvexAhim pairing can be traced back to the dime-store romance novels that housewives read while they eat bonbons, in which a pirate and princess fall in love.

Marvelous and Ahim is not a canon pairing, but a few fans treat it like it is, and I think part of their evidence is the whole opposites attract thing. Other than being a pirate and a princess, Marvelous is impulsive and extroverted, while Ahim is polite and introverted. Marvelous and Ahim both have different morals. Marvelous and Ahim both have different goals in life. They both have different interests. If this relationship happened in real life, it would be over in a month. Because they would realize that they have nothing in common.

Some people think you need to find an opposite because they would balance you out, create synergy, and make you a better person. But do you really want to change for someone?

One of the best things about Sentai and Kamen Rider is that they usually don’t use this as a reason to pair people together.

Take a canon pairing: Kouichirou and Chisato from Megaranger. They both are extremely studious, intelligent, and are over-achievers. Chisato is a bit more down to Earth and less serious than Kouichirou, but you don’t have to be twins with your partner. It helps, though, to have a lot in common, which they do. And together, they kind of hold the team down to Earth. So their relationship not only benefits each other, but also benefits the team.

One of my pairings, Takeru and Kotoha, is based on this. Both are only comfortable on the battlefield, both have been withdrawn from the rest of the world, both have confidence issues (Takeru doesn’t reveal it, though, till later), both don’t like to let out their feelings, and they are comfortable with living an abnormal lifestyle (being Samurai instead of modern teenagers). That’s a lot in common if you ask me.

When you look at Mako, she has different goals than Takeru. She wants a normal life, she’s lived in the real world, she wants to start a family, and she’s more extroverted. This difference of goals would cause a relationship to fail in real life.

They hate each other, that means they belong together.

This goes all the way back to a Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalytical psychology (keep in mind, I know all this because if I wasn’t going to be a dramatic writer, I wanted to be a criminal psychologist).

Freud believed that unconscious thoughts and impulses controlled are day-to-day life, emotions, actions, and decisions. When deep inside ourselves, we secretly want something that our conscious is afraid of, and become anxious, we use defense mechanisms. Such as repression, when we repress feelings or a bad memory.

One of Freud’s defense mechanisms that are constantly used in pop culture is reaction formation. Reaction formation is when you want something, but believe it’s wrong, and then focus and display the opposite. I’ll use an example from Akibaranger. Mitsuki/Akibablue acts as if she is above anime/otaku culture, but she secretly likes it, and is afraid it will ruin her image.

This seeps into the romantic aspects in fictional works. Sometimes, people also use this as sexual tension, i.e., just hook up already! In Japan, they even have a term tsundere, which applies to reaction formation.

A contemporary example of this can be Helga from Hey Arnold! For those of you who don’t know, Hey Arnold! was part of the Golden Age of Nickelodeon in the 90s. I grew up with this. Like a lot of the Golden Age Nickelodeon shows, there was substance that made it watchable for people of any age. Helga is the female protagonist, an extremely creative and intelligent 9-year-old girl, who has the writing abilities of Lord Byron.

Now, this part is extremely deep for a kids’ show. Helga has a horrible home life. Her father (voiced by the versatile Maurice LaMarche) is hinted to be a former Vietnam vet, who is a successful, and possibly corrupt businessman. He owns a successful Beeper store, Big Bob’s Beepers (remember Beepers? If they did a sequel to Hey Arnold! taking place now, Helga’s father would be out a job), and is extremely devoted to it. Her mother, Miriam, voiced by the lovely Kath Soucie (is it just me, or did Hey Arnold! have the best castmembers who played the adults?) was hinted to be an alcoholic, walked around in a drowsy daze, and was extremely irresponsible, and withdrawn from Helga’s life. Not only does Helga get no attention from her parents, but she has an older sister in her 20s, Olga, who is just as intelligent and creative as her, and who gets all her parents’ attention. Also, she doesn’t have a unibrow. It was shown in a flashback, that her parents were too occupied listening to Olga play the piano, that they forgot to walk Helga to preschool, leaving Helga to walk herself. So Helga’s homelife sucks. And so she has to put on a tough front, making her kind of a bully, and an unpleasant person to be around.

And she has a huge, obsessive crush on the title character, Arnold. But Helga is afraid to show love to Arnold, because the people who are supposed to give her involuntary love in her life don’t love her. Therefore, she’s mean to him. She bullies him. And she can’t control it. And it makes for a great case, but here’s the thing:

This is television. This isn’t real life. People don’t do this in real life. And Hey Arnold’s! approach to love, might have influenced my generation, and the writers that followed.

I used to like Freud back in high school. And people knew it. But then in college, on my first day of my Modern Theatre class which focused on theatre past 1860 (it was an English class, and it was before I officially declared my major. It was my first day of college too), my professor talked about how Freud went to the theatre. A lot. And this was before theatre started using realism. It was still melodramatic. And Freud took a lot of his theory from theatre. Now, I love theatre. I’m a theatre studies major. And certain shows (specifically ones written past 1860) you can take a lot of important lessons from that will help you in the long run. Other shows can actually give you some bad ideas.

So Freud saw these shows, where people were behaving like caricatures, with a woman always in distress and hysteric. He also saw some old Greek plays, like Oedipus Rex, a play when a young man, Oedipus is fated to kill his father and sleep with his mother. Guess what happens? And guess which Freudian theory it influenced? Gross, right?

So Freud was kind of misogynist, who believed that women were hysteric, and who based his theory off of some really old plays.

So some of Freud’s stuff is true, but some of it isn’t.

Reaction formation isn’t true. If it was, you’d be dating the girl who gives you swirlies. When a girl is mean to you, it doesn’t mean she secretly likes you. It means that she just doesn’t like you. And that’s true for guys, too.

So, and this is one of the ways shipping can actually ruin someone’s romantic life, if you like a guy or a girl, don’t give them wet willies, because they will assume you hate them, and think you’re weird if you tell them you like them, and don’t assume that the girl who’s giving you wet willies likes you, because she doesn’t. FYI, I fortunately never applied this to my life, but I can imagine what would happen if someone did.

Unfortunately some novice fan fic writers, and even professional writers still use this.

In Icarly (and I was pissed that they caved into this common cliché) Sam was mean to Freddie. Guess what happened later in the series? I was like “Aw, crap!” and my little sister was like “They hate each other, so they belong together” and my mom then sided with me and corrected her, and my sister got pissed, it was hilarious.

We like seeing characters argue with each other. And when they hook up, it kind of ruins it, and destroys a part of a show.

Now let’s take some fan shippings. Marvelous and Ahim shippers will usually ship Luka and Don together. These fans can be younger, so they are more influenced by some of the fictional stuff they see on tv or in the movies.

Luka doesn’t like being touched, or shaken. And Don frequently touches her, and shakes her, because he’s afraid of a lot of thing that are going on in the world of the Gokaigers. Or, and no one would like it if someone did this, he’ll hide behind Luka, making her kind of a human shield for him. Don gets on Luka’s nerves, and Luka will hit him or punch him. You can make a drinking game on how many times Luka punches Don. I wouldn’t say she hates him, but she gets pissed at him. Don’s the only person who Luka hits and treats the harshest, and sometimes for no reason. And fans assume that when she hits him, she wants to kiss him. Which is not true. There isn’t really anything other than friendship and Luka’s wrath between Luka and Don. In real life, this relationship wouldn’t work either. Other than not having a lot in common, he gets on Luka’s nerves. That’s why she hits him. Because he pisses her off.

Now, I’m not going to ignore the fact that there have been several tension-ridden relationships in both Sentai and Kamen Rider. But these usually have reasoning behind this, a non-romantic, non-Freudian reasoning.

In Kamen Rider Kiva, Megumi works for the Wonderful Blue Sky Organization, an organization that seeks to kill Fangires. An organization that her mother worked for, before dying. Megumi has been working her ass off so that she can have the honor of using the Ixa system, and to become Kamen Rider Ixa. She’s strong enough. However, her boss, Shima, gives the Ixa System to the over-righteous Nago, because he’s stronger than her (code for, this series is targeted towards boys, so the second Kamen Rider should be a boy). Can you imagine what would happen if it happened to you? You’d be pissed at Nago alright! But at the end of the series, Megumi gets over it (she even gets to use the Ixa system a few times), realizes that she does have feelings for Nago and vice versa, and they get married.

Another example is the slash fan pairing of Kakeru and Gaku in Gaoranger. This has quite a few shippers, and the show is a goldmine for evidence. I’m not sure if the writers intended this or not. So Gaku has been fighting the Orgs as Gaoyellow for a year by himself, sacrificing his career in the military and going AWOL, in order to do so. Then Sae, Kai, and Sotaro join, and Gaku, having the most experience in both fighting orgs, and as a soldier, is kind of their leader. Imagine what happens when a new guy comes, who has had no experience, but has something that you don’t have: he can communicate with animals. And now, he’s the leader, after all the hard work you did, and after what you sacrificed, considering you could be court martialed for going AWOL. You’d be kind of pissed at this guy, wouldn’t you? That’s what exactly happened to Gaku. But then they gradually warmed up to each other, Kakeru usually trusting Gaku, and Gaku retaining some leadership as second-in-command. And they become friends. But then the series progresses, and you can see that there is something that is evolving beyond friendship, whether intentional or not.

This goes to show that not all hate-based shippings are wrong, as long as they don’t simply hate the person or are annoyed by them, but if they have a reason consciously to hate them, and if they have chemistry.

They are standing next to each other, they belong together!

Look at this picture. This is what fans will actually do. Fans will grasp at straws sometimes. Sometimes, this is towards an ambiguous gesture, such as touching someone’s head, or a glance, or sometimes, it’s as banal as sitting next to each other.

Shippings such as Takeru and Momoko from Maskman are built on this. Shippings where nothing really happened.

We all will get a little desperate, however, building a shipping on trifles is ridiculous.

The double standard

This goes along with ambiguous gestures. It’s friendship if a character does it to another character, but its romance if the same character, or type of character does it to a different character.

I’ll use an example from Shinkenger. It’s the ambiguous forehead touch. So, in the “Lord Butler” episode, the episode where some of us believe that Kotoha realizes she has feelings for Takeru that are more than just loyalty and admiration.

So, Takeru’s pretending to be Kotoha’s butler, and she’s uncomfortable with it, because she feels that she needs to be the one serving him. These feelings come to surface, when Takeru is dining with Genta’s rich friend, who has become smitten with her.  Kotoha gets uncomfortable with Takeru serving her, and she leaves the room. Takeru catches up to her, and she tells him what’s wrong, and he tells her that just because she’s a vassal doesn’t mean she doesn’t have to question him once in a while. Kotoha says one of her “catchphrases” “Tono-sama is tono-sama,” and Takeru touches her forehead, and smiles.

So a few years later, we have episode 41 of Gokaiger, the episode which is like the bible for MarvexAhim shippers. So, Ahim is about to leave the ship, and possibly die fighting the man who destroyed her planet. So Marvelous, and the rest of the crew confront her, and say that they’re joining her too, and give her one of many pep talks that are in this episode alone. Marvelous touches Ahim’s forehead.

So, when Takeru touched Kotoha’s forehead, it was dismissed as he was being her “big brother,” by several fans. When Marvelous did the same thing to Ahim, it was considered romantic. So it’s a brother and sister relationship when a red does it to a yellow, but it’s a romantic relationship when a red does it to a pink. This double standard is extremely unfair.

Not only that, but a lot of fans say how awesome Luka is. But then they say that Ahim, not Luka, deserves Marvelous. So it’s okay to be tomboyish and kick butt, but you still aren’t good enough for the hero.

Assume that the ship that has the most fans, the most art, the most fanfics is the OTP (one true pairing) and canon.

I’m going to quote your parents. If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do that? Come on, don’t be a lemming.

And don’t assume that a shipping is a fan-preferred shipping. And don’t assume that the fan-preferred shipping is the canon ship. Some fans don’t express themselves on the internet as much as other fans, or feel that they don’t need to. Some fans, however, are overbearing, and produce several videos, fanfics, and fanart. And sometimes people who are new to the media will assume that this is the dominant ship. And some of these videos focus on trifles from a few episodes.

Don’t let other people who interpret actions their own way decide the ship for you. Watch for yourself.

And a lot of the works you see are usually made by one person, two people, or a very small group of like-minded individuals.

I’m going to use an example regarding a group of shippers on To the writers from this group who I am cordial with, please don’t get upset with me.

Starting around December/January, there was a sudden burst of MarvexAhim and DonxLuka fics on You’d think they’d be by a bunch of fans, but they were by two writers. These writers say they are in their teens, but from what I can tell from their writing, grammar, and interactions, they are probably in their tweens. They also use a lot of gratuitous Japanese, which isn’t spelled or used right, which has been corrected by writers who are fluent in Japanese. Within the past few months, this clique has grown to a bunch of writers who are probably within the same age range. They have changed their usernames to reflect that they are members of this ring of writers. And they refer to themselves as a family, and as “oneechans.” Even though some of them don’t know each other in real life.

They will usually say how great a fic is, and give it positive comments, even if it is an extremely horrible fic, if it has their favorite shipping.

And if someone gives a negative review, or a constructive review to a member of their “family,” they can go on the offensive.

This clique has also built up their egos. By getting constant positive reviews, and ignoring negative ones, as people attacking them, they don’t grow as writers.

The fics also reduce the characters to Marvelous’s girlfriend, or Ahim’s boyfriend, and nothing more.

Some members of the “family” I have encountered have been extremely nice. Others have been rude, to some other writers. These writers are older, and more mature, and they have pretty much become annoyed with the “family” being rude to writers who don’t write the ships that the approve of.

So there’s a war a-brewing.

So this “family” is comprised of tweens, who probably hadn’t have real world experience with romance, and who watch Sentai with blinders.

Do you want to take their word for it?

IRL Ship

Even if an actor is playing the love interest of a character, that doesn’t mean that they are going out in real life, or that they should be going out.

Some actors will hook up if they have been in a play, movie, or television show together, in which they play love interests.

For example, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hooked up after playing husband and wife in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And they finally got engaged.

However, if an actor and actress do hook up, a lot of their feelings can be artificial. If they dive too much into a character, or are constantly together because of their filming schedule, they might develop artificial feelings for each other. Take Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Both were in that deplorable High School Musical movie that effectively destroyed both the institutions of theatre, and the high school experience. And they were constantly together during filming, as they were the two romantic leads. And they hooked up. And they finally broke up last year.

So if an actor and actress are dating because they played a couple, it’s highly likely that the relationship will fizzle.

It’s one thing to ship actors IRL if they are playing a couple. It’s another thing, however, if they aren’t playing a couple, but are shipped by fans in real life. So you have these fans who are essentially demanding you get together.

You have no right to say that two real-life people deserve to be with each other. It’s their choice.

An example would be two facebook accounts that someone set up for both Ryota Ozawa and Yui Koike. This person was obviously (I’m guessing, but it’s likely that it’s true) a MarvexAhim shipper. The person who set up these accounts then made them “engaged.” Not only is that libel, but it’s a horrible thing to do. You can’t choose a real-life person’s destiny. They aren’t characters.

So a few of the MarvexAhim shippers want them to get together in real life, and I think a few believe they are a real couple.

Believe it or not, though, one of the more prominent TakeruxMako shippers has said that she doesn’t ship them in real life. It’s nice to hear that.

Apply these mistakes to real life.

Please don’t date someone because they are your opposite, or assume that someone likes you because they are mean to you, or that if someone is sitting next to you, or offers you a stick of gum, that they are in love with him.

Because that’s extremely delusional. You don’t live in a TV series. You live in the real world.


  1. Interesting in those points you've talked out. What is your opinions about Houji/Jasmine/Tetsu in Dekaranger fanfic, and Kakeru/Sae in Gaoranger as well? I think Kakeru and Sae is more of double standard as you've been explaining above. He treats her like a kid like Takeru to Kotoha. That's probably pretty much why some shippers like this couple.

  2. Don't know if I'd call it "mistakes" (people can ship what they like, after all) but I agree with a lot of the points you make here.

    My least favourite shipping cliché is Red Ranger/Pink Ranger. You seem to dislike it too, maybe you could make a post about it one day?

  3. You make excellent points and having the background you do gives you the edge in your critiques which is refreshing, because it's just not some fan rant, you have the science to back up what you write. But like most ships I never take them further then the show and I almost never talk about them unless I'm watching the show with some one else, which never happens.

    I am one of those TakeruXMako shippers but it's okay if I feel like I'm right, right? That episode with them in the cabin was the nail on the coffin to me, idk. I liked the idea of ChiakiXKotoha, and was I the only person in the fandom that wished Ryunosuke would have been left on Junk World to die... Also, I miss Go-Onger, I loved that silly show, it was nice to have something just THAT weird. But I am definitely a MarvelousXLuka shipper. That relationship had the most potential!

  4. |I Love how u dismmissed Takeru x mako so fast on this cause your Takeru and Kotoha shipper, since when does Takeru have confidence issues, the burdun he keeps from them is killing him thats not a confidence issue LOL

    Kotoha loved him and looked up to him for loyality before She even met him thats why i see them as Bro and Sis, the head pat thing i defo agree on the marv and ahim , thing cause its a movement to stop someone crying or cheer them up Takeru did to a Kid in 12.

    Are u telling me that people with different goals can't together... what if someone had no goal cause someone close to them died and they didnt know their way in life yet ? does that mean forever they live alone ?

    Takeru and Mako are both great with kids they even had a MUm and dad line in episode 16 .

    Mako has different Goals she had them goals cause of her Parents, after 34 she now has another Goal , the reason she wants a normal family is because her mum and dad left her, her mum was a samurai injured so thats why.

    Mako never accepted Takeru at first

    Your telling me that someone who can read them without even speaking and someone who won't leave a loved one to wollow in his on dout and pain cause shes a nosy bitch haha and wants to help ? can't be together?

    When Meeting someone and growing closer goals in life can change , u mentioned Mako's goals at the beginning , she still wants a family but who says she hasnt changed her mind on a samurai family ?

    She never once left Takeru to fall, She throughout the series was a nosy bitch again till episode 44 when she came out with it that she has been trying to figure out what burdun what Pain affects him.

    Someone who marries someone or loves them ? oo with have different goals in life , it will fail ? u cant say that ? people change when they meet someone. The Siduations in life change people's goals.

    * everything else u said was an interesting read.

    Just don't say shipping can damage someones relationship in real life ? thats just werd ,

    I didnt even know what shipping was till someone came up to me and called me one with Takeru x Mako

    and i love the fact u say people who make vids use certain episodes ?

    Depends which ones u have seen but with my vids i use nearly every episode i can.

    None of my vids have them pretending and using scenes that arnt them like in some sentai vids or shipping vids they put scenes together like their looking at each other, i hate that .. i can't edit like that.

    your shipper yourself ? is it hurting your relationship with someone ? its not with mine but yah .

    You do make excellant points , but i ship women who are strong , stand up to a guy who keeps pushing them away , which men or people do in real life.

    I push people away but people who love and care for me dont let me fall or go into dispair and thats what i love in characters i ship x

    we have different opiouns, so in your statement your shipper am a shipper just let people ship who they want without giving facts or statements that can really upset them, they enjoy what they do.

    Hell Takeru x Mako are my number one i have never been so obsessed or love a duo like them, i dont know why but yah

  5. Them people on fanfics i know, they are brats their like 16 years old and think everything can be handed to them a plate, their lazy and they always ask or beg for something.. they cant search or like for themsevles.

    They give shipping a bad name, cause their little kids and have only seen a few sentai series...

    one of them last night on one of my posts about how stupid it is to ship colours... and not chemistry is

    so then i had a friend who loves Ahim and Joe and the * the people on fanfics the one who says marv and ahim actors are married is the same person *

    and they had a proper fight on it... started calling the ahim and joe shipper stupid and i just kept getting notifications so i told them to KNOCK IF OFF .. cause its stupid...

    * am just going to keep loving and shipping my own Shinkenger is my favourite show , i think shipping depends on what u like in characters .

    thats how i think shipping is created ? as well the age u are or the characters u love.

    am 23 and i like the older ships and like i said Women who are strong and stand up to a guy , reason why i like Marv and Luka their both Badass :)!

    i cant see older with younger, probably because am not young myself.. * Young i mean like 16 with a 24 year old , i see them as Bro and Sis i cant help it x

    :D but yeah i think its all about who the person is and what they like.

  6. Chiaki and Kotoha had more chemical during the series. Episode 6 was evident when Chiaki told Kotoha she's stronger than him because everyone else was affected except for her. Towards the end of the episode Chiaki is seen carrying her on his back after she passed out since she kept everything bottled inside. Mako's relationship with the two is more of a big sister relationship. Chiaki calls her nee-san and Kotoha looks up to her as a role model. The only person Takeru treats as a "mother" is Kaoru because she adopted him as her son. As for Takeru not having confidence, it's because he doesn't want the others to die for him because he was merely acting as a Kagemusha. When Kaoru was revealed to be the real 18th head, Takeru's real emotions come pouring out to the rest of the team. Kotoha feels incompetent and inferior to the others because she was only taking her sister's place. She has expressed time and time again that if her sister was here, she'd be a better ShinkenYellow. Only with the letter her sister Mitsuba sent did she regain her confidence and begin fighting while believing in herself.

    As for me personally I prefer Joe/Ahim merely because they have more chemistry. Yes Ahim is more polite because of her upbringing as the Princess of the Famille planet, but Joe cares for her on a bigger basis than Marvelous did. During the episode when Joe was fighting the Zangyack (forgot his name) Ahim was the only one to lend him her Gokai Sabre while telling him good luck. She was smiling and he returned that smile with a nod, taking her weapon and keeping his promise.

    Yes Mako wants a normal life but only because her mother was the previous ShinkenPink and doesn't want her to suffer the same fate. It was during that episode where Mako finally expresses her desire to protect her friends and those she loved. Episode 47 also highlights how she feels towards Takeru. She said "Everything you've built up as Takeru properly exists" and she believes in him. Despite the fact she was the first to find out he was a Kagemusha, Mako never turned her back on him. She continued to support him throughout the whole series. So she calls him Takeru, that's not such a big deal to me. Even Chiaki calls Takeru "Takeru" only Ryuunosuke and Kotoha refer to him as "Tono" and "Tono-sama" respectively. Of course there's Genta who calls him "Take-chan" but that's just Genta lol.

    Just because two people have nothing in common doesn't mean they can't be together. Pink and Red doesn't always belong together in Sentai. It depends on how much chemistry the person has with another, that's what determines if they are compatible. I agree with Chisato/Kouichirou since their relationship benefits the team as well. Sentai isn't always about shipping color, it's about shipping who has most chemistry.

  7. "Chemistry" is a very poor argument for shipping IMO. It's as subjective and flimsy as the "subtext" argument. 9 times out of 10, what is perceived as chemistry is either offscreen affair between the actor, or just good acting. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh are one of the most famous screen couples for their "chemistry" in Gone With the Wind; but in the real world they didn't get along very well.

    Personally, I hate Takeru/Mako although maybe I wouldn't hate it so much if there would be more variety in fanfic. 99% of the time it's about them having this perfect fairytale romance and getting married right after the show (or after a cliche plot plays out, usually Takeru realizes his feelings for Mako after she's been kidnapped or she's gone to have an arranged marriage or Chiaki and Kotoha have gotten together.) Then, they live happily ever after and have two kids who are the next ShinkenRed and Pink. We already have a canon relationship like this, it's called Hikaru/Urara and it's BORING. At least try to do something different with it?

    Actually, that's my most hated "shipping mistake": when people insist that a non-canon relationship is canon. I find Kamen Rider fans to be worse for this but Sentai fans do it too. Takeru/Mako isn't canon (I know the people above weren't saying it is, I'm just giving an example.) Tetsu/Jasmine isn't canon. Marvelous/Ahim isn't canon. Stop it, people!

  8. Loved your post!! Gona share right away!! You have touch my shipper heart in both sides!! XD I love Takeru x Kotoha and i love Marvelous X Ahim!! And you have your points with both couples!! But if i may say something.... i ship Marvelous x Ahim because the trust he showed to her in the series, the trust that she is like the mother of the crew!! Not because he is red and she is pink, or he is a pirate and she was a princess!! And im impresed there is alot of Takeru x Mako shippers!! ejem but anyways i guess shipping it's a very personal thing!! XD

  9. i think you guys all take these shipping stuff a little bit tooo personally.

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  11. 1. I agree to your POV in some point. Yeah, some fans can be very biased when it comes to same scene but different character as in Takeru/Kotoha and Marv/Ahim head patting scene, one is bro/sis and the other is romance? Hurm. Not agree with that tho. But, what can I say people have their own biased.

    2. BTW, Marvelous/Luka are my biggest shipping in super sentai so far. They're both know how to get under each skin and their personality complement each other though.

    3. Like at the end of ep 21, after their adventure with Satoru which Marvelous is bad mood at the beginning of the ep, she's teasing him to say sorry to Navi,but he blushed and refuse to, Luka smiled and say he backs to normal. well, there are several scenes in the same episode whereby Luka complements him but he blushed and shy which I personally think that Marvelous does care of Luka's opinion on him.

    4. In episode 34, Marvelous even say explicitly that Luka has a kawaii face and he likes that.(both the fact that she's beautiful and kicking ass girl) while Joe just standing there watching Marvelous persuades her to join the team. This scene is kinda interesting for me as Marvelous is not the kind of person that will explicitly complement other especially girls. But, in this scene he did and it reveals that Luka is her type. One is pirate and the other one is Robin Hood (girl version).Plus, Luka is the only character whereby Marvelous has to persuade/convince to join the Gokaiger team, whereas the rest come in voluntarily.He wants her so bad in the team. pretty interesting,huh?

    5.In the series, especially when in critical situation with Marvelous not around, it always Luka who takes the lead such as in the episode, when all of them got kidnapped (except for Marvelous) by Basco, Luka lead the team and play trick to Basco though failed.

    Nevertheless, I can see that both Marvelous and Luka truly comfortable around each other company and the thing that they have is different from others. Just my two cents tho.

    p/s: I hope there will be a cameo for both of them in the next super sentai series.I'm missing that kind of kick-ass chemistry. :-D