coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, February 20th, 2017 01:33 am
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Fujioka Haruhi/Kasanoda Ritsu
Canon Level: Friends/One-Sided Crush

Look, these two are just super cute together. Kasanoda is a huge marshamllow who has trouble making friends because of his scary face; Haruhi is Haruhi and therefore does not notice his face beyond the fact that he has one. And Kasanoda's such a sweetheart I just want him to be with someone who makes him happy.

Suggested reading:
Geisha by [ profile] dorksidefiker
Red Hot by [ profile] Vector
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, February 19th, 2017 01:04 am
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Fujioka Haruhi/Ootori Kyouya
Canon Level: Friends

Hah, I'd forgotten that I'd put this pairing down on the giant spreadsheet o' ships, but Haruhi/Kyouya is totally great. They are great together because they would be unstoppable at whatever they put their minds to. You almost have to feel sorry for whoever gets in their way because Haruhi and Kyouya are both too single-minded and practical to ever fail at accomplishing whatever their goal is, and I think the two of them together would just cause those traits to be amplified. (By the by, that's part of why I think Tamaki/Haruhi/Kyouya would work so well although I forgot to say so on that entry; he'd temper the two of them.) Kyouya and his layered reasons for everything he does would challenge Haruhi, while Haruhi's insight would keep Kyouya on his toes.

Suggested reading:
The framework of the universe by [ profile] afrai
Getting His Head Shrunk by [ profile] kay_obsessive
Hypothesis by [ profile] misura
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 12:04 pm
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Fujioka Haruhi/Morinozuka Takashi
Canon Level: Friends

I have been so down with this ship ever since the pool episode where Mori carries Haruhi cradled against his chest while they look for Hunny. And it was so sweet how Haruhi went with Mori so he wouldn't be lonely while Hunny was missing. I think they'd have a great depth of affection for each other, but neither of them are especially showy types of people. And Haruhi might find that refreshing, given how over-the-top her father and Tamaki both are.

Suggested reading:
Six Days of Worry; or How Laundry Makes Everything Better by [ profile] treeflamingo
untitled by [ profile] demoerin
Plastic Pieces by [ profile] idiosyn
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 10:15 pm
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Haninozuka Mitsukuni/Morinozuka Takashi
Canon Level: Friends

So I feel like Hunny/Mori is one of those pairings that shows up a fair bit as a background pairing in fics focused on another pairing but that rarely gets the spotlight for itself. They'll be together and in tune with each other and exist mostly to act as a counterpoint to the main pairing, who definitely do not have their stuff together. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to explore in the side pairing's relationship! For Mari and Hunny, how would they go from friends to dating? Who would make the first move? Would the change in the relationship change the quasi-master/servant relationship they have?

Suggested reading:
The Three Things Mori-Senpai Never Considered by [ profile] dracomalfoy
Isn't It Obvious by [ profile] 4bdnsn0wflake
So Kiss Me. by [ profile] allira_dream
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, February 16th, 2017 01:41 am
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Fujioka Haruhi/Ootori Kyouya/Suoh Tamaki
Canon Level: Friends, Mutual Crushes between Tamaki and Haruhi

The best way to resolve a fictional love triangle is through a threesome, I am convinced. Not that Haruhi, Tamaki, and Kyouya are in a canonical love triangle, but Kyouya loving Tamanki is my preferred way to interpret canon, so it sort of works. I think even if Tamaki were in a relationship with just Kyouya or just Haruhi, the person he wasn't with would still play a significant role in his life as a friend. Kyouya and Haruhi are both pragmatists drawn to an extremely dramatic person, so I like to think they'd be partners in Tamaki's whirlwind, commiserating sometimes and helping each other but always there because there's no place they'd rather be than by Tamaki's side. And the three of them together would be a force to be reckoned with, which is to say the three of them together are great fun to read about.

Suggested reading:
As Long As You Like (Might Be Forever) by [ profile] miaoujones
No Winner by [ profile] meritjubet
May the Best Man Lose by [ profile] aishuu
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 04:20 pm
Aw yeah, get ready for Ouran High School Host Club week!

Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Ootori Kyouya/Suoh Tamaki
Canon Level: Friends

So there's this moment in episode 24 of the anime, where Kyouya hears Tamaki playing the piano for the first time, and I watched it and my immediate thought upon seeing Kyouya's reaction was, "Ah, so this is the moment Kyouya fell in love with Tamaki." And then the rest of the scene confirmed that they're great for each other because Tamaki absolutely infuriates Kyouya. Which, okay, one person pissing the other off is generally not a good, stable underpinning for a relationship, however Kyouya is normally so buttoned up and controlled about everything that having someone in his life who can consistently get him to have some genuine emotional showings is, I think, good for him. Tamaki shakes up Kyouya's world and keeps him from just sitting back and accepting things, and Kyouya gives Tamaki direction and support for his generally pie-in-the-sky nature.

Suggested reading:
The Brilliant Find A Date For Kyouya Plan by [ profile] copperbadge
The Little Mermaid by [ profile] evocates
Revolutionary √Čtude by [ profile] trixie_chick
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 01:55 pm
Canon: NCIS
Pairing: Tony DiNozzo/Tim McGee
Canon Level: Coworkers

Tim is totally my favorite because he is the tech guy and a huge nerd, and I think he and Tony would be good for each other. They've worked together for years, with Tim gradually growing from a newbie agent to a very good agent in his own right and Tony's been along for that entire ride. They bicker/banter with each other, and Tim can both surprise and keep up with Tony.

Suggested reading:
Shopping Around by [ profile] kageygirl
Buoy by [ profile] shetiger
These Things Do Happen by [ profile] Xparrot
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, February 13th, 2017 07:48 pm
Canon: Justice League Unlimited
Pairing: Shining Knight/Vigilante
Canon Level: Coworkers/Friends

I honestly do not remember much about this one beyond dearly wishing there was more fic for these two a decade ago back when the cartoon was airing. But, if I recall correctly, they were often shown working together in the background and had some quality banter when they actually got lines and were generally shown to be friends. And they were a somewhat unlikely pair of friends with Shining Knight being very chivalrous and Vigilante being more of a lone maverick, and well, Unlikely Friends Who Work Well Together is basically catnip for me.

Suggested reading:
Shining by [ profile] doctorv

...I try to not repeat a suggested author within a ship (across multiple ships is fair game) but basically everything else for these two is nigh unreadable, so here have Happy Ever After and Theoretical Chemistry, both by [ profile] doctorv and both enjoyable.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 12:52 pm
Canon: Zootopia
Pairing: Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde
Canon Level: Friends/Partners

This pairing is basically canon for me. Like, I know it's technically not, but they just read to me like they're being set up for the emotional plot of Zootopia 2 (if there is one) to center on their romance. Probably this is at least partially because I have been conditioned to expect seeing one male protagonist and one female protagonist lead to romance by the end of the movie/series/book/other piece of media. But I think I'd ship them even without that because they work so well together. Judy's conviction in her ideals inspires Nick to reach higher himself. They also provide a good counterbalance to each other with Nick's street smarts and Judy's knowledge of the law. And Nick can be just as stubborn as Judy, which is good because she needs someone to keep her on her toes. Plus it makes for great banter.

Suggested reading:
A Different Goal by [ profile] Pixiestick_cc
wherever i'm with you by [ profile] weatheredlaw
A Mountain I'm Willing to Die On by [ profile] Vera_DragonMuse
It'll Be Fine by [ profile] Jingle
You Know What They Say About Foxes (They'll Break Your Heart) by [ profile] ozymandias314
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 11:49 pm
Canon: Daredevil
Pairing: Matt Murdock/Foggy Nelson
Canon Level: Friends

I managed an episode and a half of this show before I noped out of it. Foggy's adorableness was not not enough to get me to continue to watch, although it was the reason I even gave the show a try in the first place. But my inability to watch Matt's angsty angst as he punched people does not at all hinder my enjoyment of reading about his angsty angst as he punches people. Give me years of mutual pining between these two. Give me two people who know each other as well as they know themselves except for one very major detail. Give me Matt not thinking he's worth it, and give me Foggy trying to help in whatever way he can. Give me Matt and Foggy working their way back to where they were, or give me Matt and Foggy against the world, fighting the good fight. I just really like Foggy and Matt together.

Suggested reading:
Say You'll Still Be By My Side by [ profile] lady_ragnell
if ever joy surrounds you (you have to let it) by [ profile] KiaraSayre
Rocky Horror Pancake Show by [ profile] ChuckleVoodoos
I Decided This by [ profile] patster223
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, February 10th, 2017 06:43 pm
Canon: Les Misérables
Pairing: Javert/Jean Valjean
Canon Level: Antagonists

Just...give me all the post-canon longfic of these keeping each other company with a very gradual blossoming romance. (It should probably be noted that Javert is one of many characters for whom I take the Richie Ryan post-canon approach. While there certainly can be good and interesting takes on post-canon that keep everyone in the same state they were at the end of canon, I mostly have little desire to spend my downtime reading them.) But post-canon Richie Ryaned Javert is fascinating! He changes his worldview very drastically, and I find it much more satisfying to see him work out how this manifests in his life going forward. Javert will always be serious-minded and even rather dour, I think, but now he has a cnahce to be happy even if his path is so much more difficult now. And I think Valjean, being the ultimate cause for Javert's changed worldview, could be in a unique position to debate with Javert philosophically and make a new friend. I think a romance would be something new for both of them, two older men who've seen and done a lot over their lives but somehow not this.

Suggested reading:
Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child) by [ profile] zamwessell
my heart lies buried like something dead by [ profile] Cinaed
Toil Until the Old Colours Fade by [ profile] drcalvin
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, February 9th, 2017 07:15 pm
Canon: Futurama
Pairing: Kif Kroker/Amy Wong
Canon Level: Dating

They're just cute together. I like that Kif can be with someone who makes him happy, especially after so long working under Brannigan, and Amy's eager attitude towards life in general must be like a breath of fresh air for him.

Suggested reading:
Kiffy McKifFace by [ profile] redstapler
What's Next (Alien Sex) by [ profile] Missy
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 09:13 pm
Canon: The Eagle
Pairing: Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval
Canon Level: Friends

The Eagle is a fandom I got into ass-backwards, i.e. fic reading came first. I think the specific order was porn then long fics then actually watching the movie. Which worked because the movie is not at all like what I normally watch. And the movie still isn't really my thing (more visual violence than I generally care for), but at least now I have context. The fic is right up my alley however, with Marcus and Esca gradually growing closer and their trust in each other being tested and them ultimately choosing each other and building a life together.

Suggested reading:
I Wrote Your Name for All to See by [ profile] Sineala
Until All the Songs Are Sung by [ profile] Carmarthen (archive-locked)
By Definition an Unmerited Gift by [ profile] syllic
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 07:07 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Aburame Shina/Inuzuka Kiba
Canon Level: Teammates

I will admit that I am somewhat predisposed to enjoy pairings from within any of the genin teams because the friends to lovers trope is one of my absolute favorites. But I have a special soft spot for Shino, who's a loner partly due to his generally reserved nature and probably also partially out of self defense because he's a bit weird even for a ninja. I think they'd make a reliable team, on and off the field, switching who took the lead with ease depending on the situation.

Suggested reading:
Important People by JBMcDragon
Why Kiba isn't Sneaky with Shino by [ profile] gothic_lovely
The Sound of Rain by Anonymous

(And thus ends my first theme week, although it is not actually the end of Naruto ships.)
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Monday, February 6th, 2017 12:51 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Hyuuga Hinata/Hyuuga Neji
Canon Level: Cousins

Sometimes there are pairings that make (general) you examine where the line for squicky vs. non-squicky incest is. Neji and Hinata is one such pairing for me, and I think the line for me here is how Neji and Hinata are introduced. Neji is full of anger and resentment towards Hinata and what she represents, and Neji has no warm, family feelings for her, and that has the case for years at that point. So I think that as Neji matures, there are a lot of directions his feelings for Hinata can go, one of which is him standing by Hinata's side as her steadfast support while she leads their house in a new direction. Hinata has a core of strength that's not obvious now but could grow beautifully as she becomes more sure of herself, and I think having Neji at her side can only help.

Suggested reading:
Contract by [ profile] Pandora_Imperatrix
Cloud Hands by [ profile] Branch
Why the Caged Bird Sings by [ profile] des_butterfly
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Sunday, February 5th, 2017 01:42 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Hatake Kakashi/Maito Gai
Canon Level: Friends/Rivals

Gai and Kakashi are just a lot of fun together, mostly because of all Gai's Gai-ness. They've known each other for a long time, and I think Gai understands Kakashi very well, even if Kakashi probably doesn't want to acknowledge that very often. Their rivalry gives Kakashi, who is a by self-imposed choice, a friend and something approaching normal human interaction without making it obvious, and I think that could be a great base for something more between the two of them.

Suggested reading:
Break in the Routine by [ profile] maldoror_gw
Not Exactly Shakespeare by [ profile] tuesday
When it Counts by kimi no vanilla
Manifestations of Regret by [ profile] forgetme
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Saturday, February 4th, 2017 01:35 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Hatake Kakashi/Umino Iruka
Canon Level: Coworkers

So I feel like Iruka and Kakashi are one of those juggernaut-type pairings that had a lot of potential background and future canon based on the beginning of the show, which left a lot of room for authors to imagine and play with, but then actual canon didn't quite pan out that way. And by then the fact that there wasn't really a lot of canon support or even interaction between these two didn't really matter because the pairing had its own momentum regardless of canon. But they're still a really fun ship! Iruka, who's got a fairly stable life with a lot of big emotions, and Kakashi, who's a pervy enigma with a lot of angsty emotions, are really enjoyable to read about with their contrasts but who work well together because deep down they both deeply care about the people who are important to them and their village.

Suggested reading:
The Perfect Trap by [ profile] maldoror_gw
Opening the Roads by [ profile] thehoyden
Friends by Meleth
There's the man I chose by [ profile] cinnamaroll
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 11:54 am
(This is going to be an entire week of Naruto, by the by, because I also thought up theme weeks when I was loosely planning this whole thing.)

Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Rock Lee
Canon Level: One-Sided Crush

So I am all for romance in my reading, but I have a fairly broad definition of what sorts of things are "romantic" that has a lot more to do with the characters in question than what is traditionally thought of as romantic. For example, Chouji offering Shikamaru his last potato chip has a lot more meaning to it that Chouji buying flowers for Shikamaru. Which is my roundabout way of saying that I think Lee and Sakura would have a very traditional sort of romance if Sakura could ever get over Sasuke. They'd be so sweet! I think Sakura would genuinely appreciate Lee's courtship, and Lee would blossom because Sakura's enjoyment.

Suggested reading:
13 by Saturn Oolaa
Carpe Diem by [ profile] littledust
Not So Terrible by [ profile] Sunfreak
Secondary Dreams by Sadie Dragonfire
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:11 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Gaara/Rock Lee
Canon Level: They've Fought Against and Alongside Each Other

Gaara and Lee are a pairing that, on the outside, shouldn't really work. They're too different. Lee's grand enthusiasm and seeming never-ending optimism and Gaara's ruthless efficiency should have them clashing all the time both philosophically and with how they go about their lives day-to-day. But I think that clash is why they'd work well together. Lee's relentless cheer means he won't give up when things get tough, and Gaara needs someone he can believe in no matter what. For Lee, I think Gaara's intensity would be appealing. So many people don't take Lee seriously, but Gaara would. And their personal philosophies aren't that different. They both care deeply about protecting people; they just have very different ways of showing that desire.

Suggested reading:
Diplomatic Relations by [ profile] maldoror_gw
Heal by [ profile] gelfling8604
Start by [ profile] BaffledFox
Through The Spines Unfurling (Five Things You Should Know About Cacti) by [ profile] mstigergun
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 11:41 pm
Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Akamichi Chouji/Nara Shikamaru
Canon Level: Friends

Chouji and Shikamaru contain so many tropes I adore, they're perfect for each other. Chouji's easy-going affability and Shikamaru's lazy genius make for such a comfortable atmosphere to read. Their friendship is like a cozy blanket, warm and fuzzy. Shikamaru's ability to see past Chouji's surface and Chouji's absolute faith in his friend are a great base for a romance.

Suggested reading:
Seeing Things by Sadie Dragonfire
(How to throw a) Party like a Nara by [ profile] megyal
Bountiful by [ profile] TJ_Dragonblade
Dawning Realisation by [ profile] WhisperElmwood