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9th-Nov-2007 03:08 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
So llamrei appears to have gotten me into seriously reading Yu-Gi-Oh. She's done a fabulous YGO introductory post here that made me realise that this series has a lot of the things I really like. The one-sentence description I would use for it is, "An adorable young blond kid with the Maou/Yuuri complex BUT WITH GAMES!" It took me a while to get over the art, but I really like the story! The only reason I haven't started watching the anime yet is because I haven't gotten my hands on it. But I do think I will.

I can't believe I just reserved the latest volume the library has, because I'm if I don't reserve it, I won't get to read it til... HEAVEN KNOWS WHEN. I have learnt to make my reservations whenever I'm after something I really want that is also incredibly popular. (You know something's incredibly popular when there are eight copies of it in the circulation system and seven of them are on loan, and the only reason the last one wasn't was because it was due. I like reading the manga from books where it's available, because there's just something so satisfying about reading something physically tangible. ♥

I guess, for a series where several main characters have alternate personalities (and some have more than just the one - Case in point: the Bakura entry on Wikific lists all the Bakuras, and then says, "Please visit those pages for more information about the Bakura you are looking for.") I suppose the staggering multiplicity of pairings isn't surprising. (Still, Seto/Jou, you haven't won me over yet).

All this Bakura talk is making me want cream puffs. And I don't even like them, normally. ARGH, fandom is making me want to eat!

The YGO Shipper's List BREAKS MY BRAIN with the sheer number of permutations and combinations and extremely inventive namecalling, and explains Wishshipping. The YGO WikiFic site deserves a second honourable mention for BREAKING MY BRAIN WITH AMAZING. No, really. I have never seen any fandom go to such lengths to chronicle all, and I really mean all, its pairings.



Wishshipping - or Jou/Yuugi talk

My favourite pairing so far calls itself WishShipping. It's Main Character-Best Friend, which I avoid like the plague when it's too canon, but which I go for like mad when it's got enough spark and/or intrigue to keep me fascinated. As a rule I don't ship best friend pairings (I find them too boring), but I ship KKM's Murata/Yuuri (best friends with complex past lives, a whole wardrobe full of secrets, and DUBIOUS MOTIVATIONS), and I shipped Rurouni Kenshin's Kenshin/Sanosuke, which Jounichi/Yuugi reminds me a little off.

Jounichi started the series off as Nasty Guy Who Likes to Bully the Main Character. But then an even BIGGER Bully showed up on the scene and started to beat up on the Proto-Bullies. Yuugi, adorable, sweet and naive little hero that he is, runs up to the Biggest Bully and goes, "Stop hurting them! Hurt me instead!" Oh, Yuugi. Does the fact that these guys were beating you up not leave any impression on you at all? Turns out that Biggest Bully really is the Biggest Bully - he's just beating up on Yuugi's bullies so he can get protection money from Yuugi. Biggest Bully ends up beating all of them up.

But Jou and Yuugi are friends from then on.

It's really cute! Before the Massive-Beat-Up of Doom, Jou had stolen a piece of Yuugi's puzzle and thrown in into the school pond. But after the Massive Bonding-Bashfest, Jou goes and gets that piece back for Yuugi. (I kinda imagine it like the Britney Spears voiceover for Oops, I Did It Again - Yuugi: "I thought some bully dropped it into the school pond again!" Jou, "Well, Yuugi, I went down and got it for you!")

This puzzle of Yuugi's is pretty central to the story, cause Yuugi's been working for eight years to get it right. He gets a wish when he finally completes it that night, after Jou's given him the missing piece (YOU TWO ARE THE MISSING PIECES OF THE PUZZLE), and he wishes for a true friend. That's why the Wishshippers are called the Wishshippers, because we (XD) see Jou as Yuugi's wish come true.

[Of course, the alternate explanation is that Yami is Yuugi's wish come true, which makes more sense to me. But that's a whole other explanation for another day. Besides, the Yami/Yuugi pairing has its own ship name - Puzzleshipping. ;) ]

Jou - cutest boyfriend ever. He is incredibly protective of Yuugi - amazing contrast from when he used to be the kind of person Yuugi needed protection from. Stunning protectiveness is always a major draw for me when it comes to pairings I support - which is why I love Yuuri/Wolfram so much).



YGO Links

YGO C2 Communities
There are over three hundred fanfiction communities for YGO.

Jonouchi/Yuugi fic
(which I will link purely because it exists, and so that I can have it all in one place instead of memory'ing everything)

My favourite so far is Up, Over, Under, which is actually short gen fic, but I really liked it!

Wishshipping C2 Community (on page 17 of an 18-page community list, I am so proud of myself)

Had Said

Eight Minutes to Sunrise

and media!

first Wishshipping video I found!
(much more love on youtube, which can and WILL call up many more!)

Comments 
8th-Nov-2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Jou/Yugi was pretty much my favorite ship back in the day, too. :D There were a couple of really badass fics I loved so much, but I'm pretty sure they were taken down. ._.

I was never heavily meddled with YGO fandom, but it was a pairing that struck me as surprisingly unpopular. Which kinda... really sucks. And I don't even tryyyy to memorize those names; my brain's broken enough trying to memorize the ones from Pokemon that matter to me. @_@

XD And geez, I just re-watched the entire YGO Abridged Series last night...
8th-Nov-2007 07:56 pm (UTC) - :D :D :D YOU TOO?!
*EXPLODES WITH GLEE* I cannot express my joy adequately at finding another Jou/Yugi supporter! :D It is a shockingly unpopular pairing, and even its previous C2 community was changed/removed. Seto/Jou is about a THOUSAND BILLION TIMES MORE POPULAR TO MY ETERNAL D:!!!

I can't memorise those names, I just invent them in my head! Like "Funny Psychotic Egyptian Guy Who Turns Up For One Book" or some such! Major characters I can remember, but little ones, not so good!

XD YGO Abridged! You mean the funny videos? I seriously need to get down to watching them. The icons I see made for that series are HILARIOUS.
8th-Nov-2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooooo! T.T

I'm going to pretend this isn't happening. *crawls in a corner with House's cane!*

... SRSLY. YGO. DO NOT WANT.
8th-Nov-2007 07:58 pm (UTC) - XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
XDDDDDDDDD!!! DON'T WORRY I UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS. I had my doubts about it and the art at first, but OH MY HEAVENS, it can be really good! :))))))

I am all D: that my reply-on-page isn't working now and I am forced to reply in gmail, but ONE DAY SOON IT WILL WORK AGAIN! I hate not being able to use comment-appropriate icons!
8th-Nov-2007 08:37 pm (UTC)

I only ever watched the anime (and played the card-game to frightening lengths of I have three Blue Eyes White Dragon cards from back in the day of being very rare). So the pairings I tended to ship were usually Kaiba-centric (I've always liked the I'm a rich big bad guy who is only really misguided).
10th-Nov-2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
W O W! I am COMPLETELY impressed, and utterly delighted that you loved this series, too! ;) I must be one of the last people on earth to watch it and read it (I still haven't watched it!).

I used to play Magic a lot with my siblings and the occasional schoolmate, but that was unfortunately all the experience I had with cardgames! BUT I EMIT APPROVAL AT YOUR ACQUISITION OF THOSE CARDS!

XDDDDDDDD I hear a lot of, "SCREW THE RULES, I HAVE MONEY!" from the YGO parody side. ;)

I haven't yet warmed to Kaiba yet, but if I stay with this series long enough, soon I will love (almost!) everybody! :D
9th-Nov-2007 12:02 am (UTC)
main character/best friend pair....
|D

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
*runs away from your fandom*
10th-Nov-2007 05:05 pm (UTC) - *emits hearts at you*
Hey, you ♥ I hope that you're doing okay now, but I just wanted to say we love you lots, 'k? And I should REALLY catch you on yahoo for all this stuff. *hugs!*

YES YES YES YES YES ♥ MAIN CHARACTER X BEST FRIEND!!! IT'S SO CUTE! YOU WOULD LOVE IT!!! :D

*FANDOM AND ME CHASES AFTER!*
9th-Nov-2007 12:25 am (UTC) - So... you're into YGO?

YOU MUST WATCH THE YGO ABRIDGED SERIES



There's this part in the anime (maybe in the manga as well) where Malik kidnaps Shizuku and has both Yuugi and Jou batthe each other that really brought the best out of that ship. I'm not sure if you've seen/read it... but the both declare their LOVE for each other. I watched the Filipino dub in our country, the English version replaced it with some dumb line about friendship. BLEH. Still, it broke my brain and it still makes me wibble to this very day XDD~
10th-Nov-2007 05:13 pm (UTC) - JAW DROPS WITH JOY
OH MY GOD! I've seen your icon around for AGES, but only now do I know it's Jou! AND OH, THAT IS SUCH A THING HE WOULD THINK (AND DO). *snerk*

xDDDDDD I ATTEMPTED TO WATCH IT LAST NIGHT and I almost DIED during that episode where random people kept coming up to Yuugi and telling him I'M PREGNANT AND [INSERT RANDOM NAME] IS THE FATHER! INCLUDING MEN! OH OH OH and Honda was breaking up with Jou. I CRY!!! XDDD THANKS FOR THE LINK!

omg! ♥ I hadn't read that scene yet, but after your comment I ran off and looked for that part and were OH MY GOD THEY REALLY DID SAY THAT! I found an AMV that had the original footage with subtitles and ALL THAT GOOD STUFF, so I EMITTED HEARTS AT IT ALL THE WAY! Thanks for the heads-up! ;) IT MADE ME WIBBLE too! ♥

YUUGI: DAISUKI ♥
9th-Nov-2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I would find Jou and Yuugi cute and would ship them if not for the fact that... Yami is there. And his bond with Yuugi is so adorable and Yuugi is willing to DIE IN A FIRE rather than be seperated with him. ;_;

Plus, Mai/Jou is probably the most canon ship in canon, and I think it's cute. XD

I AM SO HAPPY YOU ARE READING YGO

I find the manga only more interesting as it goes!
9th-Nov-2007 08:50 am (UTC)
This is just me being curious since I didn't watch the entire series, and I like Mai/Jou too, but wasn't Mai like... a lot older than everyone else? Mid-twenties? Did they really have the balls to canonize it that far since Jou's just in his teens?

Because I'm down with controversy for sure. XD I just wanted to know...
9th-Nov-2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Heh, a new convert. But my tastes run for the psychotic ones... hehehehe....
10th-Nov-2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I am so new I shine! *grin!*

THERE ARE PSYCHOTIC ONES IN YGO TOO - LOADS, AND LOADS OF THEM - but I guess you know that already! ;) This series has MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF BATSHIT CRAZY.
9th-Nov-2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Yay! New convert!

I was primarily a puzzleshipper with some wishshipping on the side (as well as whatever Yami/Yugi/Jou is called - feathershipping, I think).

I've only seen two Seto/Jou fics I actually liked - Being Dead Ain't Easy and Guard Dog - and the second one is definitely working it's way towards Battleshipping (aka Seto/Jou/Yugi).
10th-Nov-2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
*beams!* I remember when you were into this series! *grin* It gave me the faith that there was something in this, because two people on my flist really liked it! ;) And I trust your taste.

yes! ;) Yuugi/Jounouchi (Wishshipping), Yami no Yuugi/Jounouchi (Dragonshipping), Yami no Yuugi/Yuugi (Puzzleshipping)! I'LL TAKE 'EM ALL! I LOVE YOUR PAIRINGS, I AM TOTALLY BEHIND THEM TOO!

BATTLESHIPPING?! oh. my. GOD. I AM GOING TO HUNT DOWN THAT PAIRING NOW. Thanks for the tip-off, it sounds BRILLIANT!
9th-Nov-2007 10:48 am (UTC)
I...I cannot believe you are into Yugioh. XD! I am too...OHGOD t.t

Jou's my favourite, though~ Well...him and Bakura. ButI totally adore the Jou/Yuugi pairing. So. Very. Cute. <3 And I don't have any of my Yugioh icons uploaded for this! D:
10th-Nov-2007 05:35 pm (UTC) - I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING JOU
oh - my - GOD - *THROWS SELF AT YOU* I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FOR LOVING JOU! ♥ ♥ ♥ *EMITS UNIVERSE OF HEARTS* I love him so much! XDDDDDD

AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT WE BOTH SHARE THE FANDOM THAT MUST BE STRIKED OUT. XDDDDDDDDD *RADIATES LOVE AT YOU*

I AM EVEN HAPPIER THAT YOU LOVE JOU/YUUGI TOO, OMG. ♥ I wish I'd known you when you were TOTALLY INTO THE SERIES! :D
9th-Nov-2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
If no one else has made an offer yet, I can lend you both the entire manga series and the vcds for the Battle City finals.
10th-Nov-2007 06:20 pm (UTC) - THAT WOULD BE BRILLIANT ♥
Thank you so much! I would actually love that, and I'd bring along my FFAC doujin and/or any other doujin you'd like as payment/insurance/FOR FUN PURPOSES!

Is the entire manga series in Chinese? If so it's a little difficult for me, but I'd definitely appreciate the VCDs! ♥
9th-Nov-2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
wah! Yu-gi-oh is teh evil><

I try to avoid it at all cost, but it's my guilty pleasure. The shear magnitude of the number of shippings available is heart-wrenching. But I definitely agree with you on the whole Jou/Yuugi. I like the dynamics between best friends. Though I sometimes find myself going 'OMG wouldn't it be so hot if Yuugi and his taller-than-he-is Yami got together!!' then I realize that's why DN Angel is for and how exactly that pairing would works is still beyond my comprehension -_-

But I'm telling you, by the end of the series, you'll be all over Seto/Yuugi.
10th-Nov-2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
BUT IT IS FUN EVIL :D

I love that this series is the guilty pleasure of many fangirls! I can see why it'd be a little embarrassing to like, but... ALL LOVE IS GOOD!

AND I AM SO HAPPY that you like Jou/Yuugi too! And Yami/Yuugi would totally work as well - the fandom even has a pairing name for Yami/Yuugi/Jou, which makes me laugh so hard and explode with joy, all at the same time! ;)

DN ANGEL! I forgot that! BUT YES!

I still want to strangle Seto a lot, but my guess is he gets better? He's still being all I WILL DESTROY YOU YUUGI and all that good stuff. I don't think I could ever get into Seto/Jou, but this Seto/Yuugi sounds like a DEFINITE possibility! ;)
11th-Nov-2007 02:19 am (UTC)
SLOWCOMERS ARE SLOW XD It's odd how suddenly lots of people are getting into (or back into) Yugioh lately >_> Almost crepy, hahaha.

My OTP for it would have to be Seto/Jou but I totally see the Yuugi/Jou also XD This was a fun post to read, haha

Edited at 2007-11-11 02:19 am (UTC)
11th-Nov-2007 05:02 pm (UTC) - slower than a glacier but TOTALLY UNSTOPPABLE
I feel like I've come looking for dinosaurs after the BIG METEOR... XDDD VERY LATE. :D But hey, at least I'm in now! :D

*dances the n00b dance proudly*

I am so happy you see the Yuugi/Jou! I'm totally not much of a Seto/Jou fan, but Guard Dog - being Seto/Jou/Yuugi - is totally winning me over to that camp. It's all about the way Kaiba's written!
8th-Dec-2007 01:43 am (UTC)
ohohohoho
XD you like jou/yuugi huh?
XD
I can make a uberlengthy argument for why setojou > all
XD
But I totally can see the jou/yuugi in the series
After all, Yuugi did go "JOUNOUCHI-KUN, DAISUKI DA!"
XD *death*
Haha but I really love their friendship 8D and I see SetoJou with so much potential XD
*shot*
but yep that's just me

imma going to go do that pairing quiz you posted XD
23rd-Dec-2007 02:53 pm (UTC) - HIII JEN! THIS IS SO LATE BUT OMG YOU BREAK MY HEART
YOU LIKE SETO/JOU?! YOU BROKE MY HEART ~

But thank you for being able to see the Jou/Yuugi!!!
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE DAISUKI DA! ♥

XDDDD I CAN SHIP SETO/JOU IF IT IS SETO/JOU/YUUGI - battleshipping! :D :D :D

♥ YAY!!! IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU OMG. ♥
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