Definitely not you. We've had multiple ship threads by multiple users and I'm more irritated at @Zul
I'll clarify here that it's not really directed at all those who say "SoKai isn't canon". Canon means "comes from an official source", if we take that as being explicitly stated by an official source, then you are correct, no pairings are canon.
If, however, it's taken as any content in
the official source, implied or otherwise, then yes, thinking SoKai is not intended to be implied at all is head-in-the-sand.
The other group I'm referring to are those who think that there's some kind of romantic "endgame" to the KH series (this includes SoKai)
. I've seen blog posts where people go out of their way to tie clues together to theorize that all of the writing has had this overarching romantic narrative hidden in the subtext that is going to culminate in some big romantic moment at the end.
That's ridiculous for a series that has emphasized friendship to the point of irritation and treated romance as an afterthought for ~18'ish years, directed by a man who doesn't care about romantic narratives in the slightest. KH is not going to suddenly reveal that it was a hidden romance novel the whole time.
It's also just my nature to have a very rigid approach to fandoms compared to a lot of others out there. One of my KH buddies is a XehAqua shipper.
Yes, YX x Aqua. Our conversations go something like this.
Me: That doesn't make any sense!
Her: It isn't really canon-nort, in my fic he has a very different personality and background here, so does Aqua.
Me:....THIS PAIRING DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE!
Her: IT ISN'T STICKING COMPLETELY TO THE CANON, THEY HAVE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS IN THIS FIC!!
Loop for 30mins.