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Anyone interested in my conspiracy theory? Most of the time when people accuse Tomoco Kanemaki of being a glorified fanfic writer it's because she was able she was able to get her OC Donut Steel canonized. But there's another, more subtle fanficcy element that I think originated with her.
Apparently Kanemaki will sometimes retweet AkuSai content (I have not been able to verify this because I don't know what her account is.) And given how involved she was in writing Days it's entirely possible that she was the one who came up with the idea of their relationship in the first place.
If my theory is true she didn't manage to canonize Axel/Saix, but she did promote it from a rarepair with little basis in canon to a relatively popular ship with a decent foundation in canon. That's an opportunity most rarepair shippers could only dream of.
I agree. I feel like he has to know it looks a certain way to a certain audience.Honestly, I would've never known all this stuff about how the Axel / Saix pair probably got its start from someone with the novels. The only novel I own is the one for 3D... Maybe I'll check out the CoM and KH2 ones then going by comments above.
It does feel at times like Nomura is the one spurring on the shipping of SoRiku, Axel/Saix, and even Eraqus/Xehanort now (although I'm not as attached to that one as the former two). I'm not sure if that's because he's actually interested in those relationships while knowing that companies like Disney and SE wouldn't allow it to become canon in any scenario, or if he's cynically smart enough to know that queerbaiting often causes fandoms of anime to grow or become super-charged thanks to shipping. Both are possible, I suppose. Either way, the content is nice regardless; I didn't really ship Saix / Axel until after BbS and especially Days--but I didn't see the additional KH2FM scenes until it was released stateside in the 2.5 ReMIX years later--so the writer probably has more responsibility than anyone else in making it. And, on another note, I'm glad Saix in particular is latched onto a popular character like Axel in that way (if they're doing it purposefully) since it probably means the character'll stick around in the spotlight for longer, too.
Sometime during KH3 after the Keyblade war but before the beach party Riku stumbles upon Isa, who is watching RAX but keeping his distance from them. Riku asks why Isa is hiding. Isa responds that Roxas and Xion are obviously much better friends to Lea than he ever was, and it would be wrong for him to disturb their happiness, and-
It really was a great choice. It goes a long way toward fleshing out both characters while still feeling organic. I wonder if it also was her idea to have them be from Radiant Garden.KH2 akusai is fun, they don't have the same depth and weren't going to be as big as The Big One, but the blue-red hair colors, the moon-sun vibes, the fact that their storyline in the game is very tied together (they are the ones who give Sora information, both kidnap Kairi).
If It was her idea to tie their backstory together she absolutely chose the right Org duo to do it to. Absolutely can see why Kh2 would make her ship it.
Given completely unnecessary element like Subject X turning out to be Axel and Saix's motivation all along I'm inclined toward more cynical interpretations. But they certainly know how to tease...I'm not sure if that's because he's actually interested in those relationships while knowing that companies like Disney and SE wouldn't allow it to become canon in any scenario, or if he's cynically smart enough to know that queerbaiting often causes fandoms of anime to grow or become super-charged thanks to shipping.
Oh my god please end me because that hand horrifies me so much that I don’t want to live anymoreListen I was there too, we were victims not experts. 2000s BLs are either trauma inducing or comfort material, no middle ground.
I vibe with that. Honestly it is where I stand with the existing canon. It’s unrequited, but not in an overly tragic way. Sometimes people love others who don’t love them in the same way, and it’s normal and okay and doesn’t have to be heartbreaking. As you said, Riku’s love doesn’t have to be rewarded with reciprocation. I could never actually see Riku confessing his feelings, either, which would mean Sora would never have to confront them.the way I wholly recognize and headcanon Riku's romantic love for Sora while simultaneously not feeling emotionally invested in the ship itself.
extended: I guess I like what that dynamic does for Riku without having to imagine Sora reciprocating Riku's feelings, which I really don't think he does/would. Riku makes Sora his ideal while also striving to protect him/give him hope. Riku's love for Sora doesn't need to be rewarded by Sora loving him back in order for it to have value or a positive yield.
I can easily imagine this happening. Isa and Riku were cut from a similar cloth, after all. Both put aside their friendships for their goal, become jaded and jealous of others, and then feel like they aren’t worthy of friendship once they atone.Sometime during KH3 after the Keyblade war but before the beach party Riku stumbles upon Isa, who is watching RAX but keeping his distance from them. Riku asks why Isa is hiding. Isa responds that Roxas and Xion are obviously much better friends to Lea than he ever was, and it would be wrong for him to disturb their happiness, and-
Riku interjects to to tell Isa to stop the nonsense, his best friend does not hate him just because he made more friends and won't better off without him, and that Isa clearly wants a reunion even with all the emotional difficulties and putting it off will only make him feel foolish when it happens anyway.
Isa is forced to acknowledge that Riku is right and sheepishly goes to reunite with Lea.
Gravitation was trash and should be burned from the face of the planet so you chose the better series. I need to reread FAKE because I barely remember anything about it. Haha yeah the guns and manly men definitely subvert the idea of it being BL.I wasn't able to get many BL novels when I was in middle and high school, only those I could slip under the radar of my homophobic-adjacent parents. FAKE and Gravitation were the only ones, and I don't like Gravitation... I do love FAKE though, because it included murder / mystery and it was a slow-moving monogamous relationship. I figured I could get that one without them noticing what it was because it has guys with guns on the cover, that surely can't be "gay" can it, even with all the flowers, lol. I usually re-visit it once a year, maybe the fact it was the "first" is part of my attachment to it.
I definitely do see Riku's feelings towards Sora as canon. I feel the same way about Isa and his out-of-control jealousy over Lea, but now, as Zackarix mentioned, there's the female character being introduced to divert away from that and "re-write" the story in a sense. Wasn't Xehaqus practically confirmed a while back (the company promoted the two on some LGBT day) or am I just remembering wrong? I thought it was a shame they'd probably only allow that because they were both more irredeemable villains. Why not do that with Saix and Axel at least? /sigh
Xehanort and Eraqus now canonically have the same home world and the woman who gives away Xehanort in the end of khux - assumed to be his mother - has Eraqus' hair and eye color. Add that to Xehanort's jealousy of Eraqus' status as a blue blood, I wouldn't be surprised if beyond Xehanort turning out to be a blue blood as well the twist will be that they are from the same line.I’ve never seen that heart image! Wow.
And what at Xehanort and Eraqus possibly being brothers? I’m learning a lot from this page.
If they are brothers I’ll fucking riotXehanort and Eraqus now canonically have the same home world and the woman who gives away Xehanort in the end of khux - assumed to be his mother - has Eraqus' hair and eye color. Add that to Xehanort's jealousy of Eraqus' status as a blue blood, I wouldn't be surprised if beyond Xehanort turning out to be a blue blood as well the twist will be that they are from the same line.
What I'm hoping for is that since khux ended making a big deal of Ephemer and Brain's connection, it will be revealed that Xehanort is Ephemer's descendant and Eraqus is Brain's, making it so their blood line has resulted in more than one friendship. But them being related would not surprise me.