i’m really happy tanaka seems to be getting his own (VERY LONG OVERDO) arc & i’m also happy he’s finally being seen as a romantic interest in someone’s eyes bcuz i’ve never quite understood why girls didn’t flock after him bcuz he’s SO AMAZING??!
but… i’m also annoyed about everyone saying shit like “WOW we can finally ship tanaka with someone!” cuz like…. you could’ve been shipping him with a bunch of people? nishinoya, ennoshita, sugawara, hinata, etc… the only reason you didn’t is bcuz this fandom seems to have a very shallow view of his character, especially when it comes to his appearance. the majority of you see tanaka as the ~token straight character~ amidst a bunch of non straight characters, most likely influenced by the way that he looks (whether you realize it or not). take nishinoya, for example. noya, like tanaka, has shown interest in women before AND he has a very similar personality to tanaka. yet why is it acceptable to ship nishinoya w/ other male characters (most popular being asahi, obviously) but not tanaka? what makes them so different? (hint: it’s bcuz he doesn’t look like your typical pretty anime boy).
another example is bokuto. here we have another wild, rambunctious character, much like tanaka, who is often shipped with other male characters (the most popular being akaashi, & to a lesser extent from what i’ve seen, kuroo). again, only difference between the two cases is their looks.
now if we’re putting personality characteristics aside for a second. maybe you view tanaka as a straight dude bcuz he’s shown to be attracted to girls on numerous occasions, right? however, as is the case with nishinoya (which i already mentioned above), MANY other main characters have shown the same? some examples: daichi is heavily implied to be interested in yui & sugawara seems to have a crush on kiyoko. yet the heavy majority of the fandom ships those two with other male characters (especially each other??)
so like…. none of these reasons make sense. tanaka has been shown to have very close & deep relationships with so many male characters in haikyuu & the fandom isn’t usually very shy when it comes to multishipping, so i really do think it all boils down to shallow fans who don’t find him handsome enough to really ship him in any serious relationships.
i’ve said this on numerous occassions but i firmly believe that, if tanaka wasn’t bald, not only would he not be as ignored as he is by the fandom (which is another thing altogether lmao), but he would be shipped with other characters a LOT more frequently. it may sound ridiculous & you can argue with me if you wanna, but this really is the only explanation me, and many other tanaka stans, have come up with.
in conclusion, my bisexual king tanaka has always been shippable with other characters, you were all just too weak & too boring to see it BYEEEE~
okay so i saw the new/last episode of hq season 3 today & i know everybody’s gonna be talking about everything that went down but i’m gonna talk about one of my favorite moments for a second
this scene right here (pls excuse my shitty screenshots):
i know this fandom very rarely puts their primary focus on tanaka (something,, all my friends know im quite bitter about) but like can we PLEASE appreciate him for a second?
tanaka has been acknowledged in canon to be one of the strongest players on the team & in every game he’s in we ALWAYS see him trying his best, saving the team’s ass, doing whatever it takes to keep the ball connected & keep them in the game & this match was no different (yes, i know all the players do their best but unlike tanaka, they usually get ample praise for this, which is why im only talking about him rn)
so in this scene we see the ball collide with hinata’s face (i think it was his face at least) quite violently & of course, tanaka looks extremely worried, but he knows hinata would want him to focus on the game & keep that ball in play no matter what, so tanaka DIVES for it & manages to connect it to his teammates, shouting for kageyama to receive it. but then you know what he does? as soon as he knows they’re safe for a moment, he turns & makes sure his teammate is okay. he stops thinking about the game for a second &, like the great caring upperclassman he’s always been, checks to see if hinata’s alright after that, what looked to be, painful hit to the face.
i know this moment probably didn’t stick out for a lot of ppl which i guess i can understand given the fast pace of the episode, but it’s small moments like these that just cement my love for tanaka & my place as a tanaka fan in this fandom. he’s so kind, protective, thoughtful, & just an all-around great person & i really wish the haikyuu fandom would pay more attention to him.
this is why he’s my favorite character. he’s in it to win it, but above all, he’s there for his teammates to rely on, he provides physical support during the games but also emotional/moral support as well (not just when they’re playing in matches, either. he’s always an encouraging voice in their lives).
anyway please appreciate our wonderful future ace of karasuno tanaka ryuunosuke because that boy deserves more love
“He was the one who completely changed my world. Even though he is pushy at times, he has an aura that I am attracted to and……I guess you can say that thanks to that, he has me completely wrapped around his finger.”