Okay, so I finally found the time to answer this! Sorry for being extremely late with it, Colal ^^;
When or if I started shipping it I don’t remember when I started shipping it - it definitely wasn’t at the beginning when I was reading the canon strips. For the longest time, I didn’t actually think those strips with Greece and Japan were “shippy” when I first read it (this was before I read that famed “AND THEY HAD SEX IN CANON!” strip, of course). I did think it was cute and I was okay with the pairing.
And then a friend told me about said strip, showed it to me and I was all …. NO. lol. I don’t know why, but maybe it was because I didn’t think Himaruya would actually do that.
“BUT HOW ARE THOSE STRIPS SHIPPY?” I said incredulously to Digi over Skype one day, one year and 2345975608759684567392 months ago. “IF THAT WAS SHIP-TEASING, I MUST HAVE MISSED IT BECAUSE IT WAS TOO SUBTLE!”
“If you mean ‘subtle’ hints like dropping anvils on our heads, then yeah it’s subtle. REALLY SUBTLE!” she said.
…. so er yeah, I think my point is that I don’t really know when I started shipping this! It just… came naturally? Like, I read Measured and Ching’s fics and loved their writing, looked for doujinshi and I just found myself liking it more and more each time.
Maybe I actually loved and shipped Giripan even before I realised that I did :/
My thoughts My thoughts on Giripan? Well, I know they are considered fandom’s “fluffiest” pairing, and I do love the fluff, I really do. I just wish there was more than just that - more AUs and historical fics, and more humour too.
What about them makes me happy … everything? XD well, almost.
What about them makes me sad Not enough fanart of these two, not enough good, well-written long fics for them. Also, not many writers explore their characters much beyond what is already the norm for this pairing.
Things done in fanfics that annoy me I dislike it when writers overdo Japan and his ~romantic feelings~ for Greece and ~only~ Greece, and I dislike it even more when it’s MEGA-KAWAII-MOE-WEEPYUKE-JAPAN. I am also not a fan of Greece the SUPER-SEME-AND-PERFECT-FLAWLESS-LOVER-CUM-SHINING-WHITE-KNIGHT.
And this is probably just me being very nit-picky, but I also don’t quite like it whenever a canon-verse fic has Kiku being okay and comfortable about kissing and holding hands PUBLICLY in Japan. He might be a little more relaxed about decorum if they were in Greece, but not in Japan (PDA, especially among the older generation, is pretty much frowned upon in Japan, so yeah).
Things I look for in fanfic Interesting plots always catch my attention, and good dialogue.
My kinks Weeeeell, a lot. lol. Uniforms and suits are always good. As is bondage… and non-penetrative stuff… Um. Basically, anything that’s consensual is usually fine with me. Consent is sexy
Dub-con, non-con, scat, vore, watersports are a big NO (I really can’t imagine Giripan ever having non-consensual sex…..)
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other Eh, well I ship NethxJapan too, so I suppose I’d be okay with Japan ending up with Netherlands. And while I really do prefer America+Japan being all bros and BFFs, a tiny, tiny part of me is kind of okay with Japan ending up with America too.
With Greece, I haven’t the slightest clue, actually ^^; Uh, I guess I could ship Greece/Egpyt…
My happily ever after for them Uhhh if it’s in an AU, probably just the two of them living together in a small coastal town in the Mediterranean, in a house that double-ups as a quaint cafe/diner by the sea. That or maybe they’d own a flower or pastry shop of some sort… IDK? And Herakles would adopt all the strays (cats, dogs, rabbits… okay, maybe not rats) that came to their establishment.
OR MAYBE KIKU IS THIS HIGH-FLYING CORPORATE EXECUTIVE WHO IS ONLY A CORPORATE EXECUTIVE BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT FAMILY EXPECTED HIM TO BE…. except his true dream is to write a book!
And Herakles is a hippie who works at a sex shop, who REALLY ACTUALLY HAS THE BRAINS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT, but who just needs that kick in the rear to TRY GOING BACK AND FINISH COLLEGE….. AND WAIT THIS ISN’T JUST A HAPPILY AFTER THIS IS ALMOST LIKE A FIC SNIPPET ISN’T IT?
But yeah, anything that has them living together happily, doing simple things would be more than enough for me.
Who is the big spoon/little spoon Physically, I guess Greece would be the big spoon and Japan the little spoon. But I like Giripan cuddling in any form so both are great to me.
What is their favourite non-sexual activity Aside from talking/sharing stories with each other, I think they both would love observing each other and watching the other as he does things. Like, I imagine Greece loves watching Japan as he goes about cleaning and tidying the house, or preparing food for the both of them. Or even simply watching Japan sitting at his desk and doing his work (he’d probably commit to memory all those little expression Japan makes when he’s deep in thought and trying to solve a problem, lol)
And likewise, I think Japan would often find himself just sitting by the porch or verandah of their houses, and observing Greece when he’s playing with the pets or helping to clean the garden. And he’d study (note, he’d call it that because 'study’ sounds more appropriate than 'ogle’ BUT IT’S OKAY JAPAN WE KNOW OTHERWISE LMAO) Greece’s body language, and how he moves when he doing all the haggling at those little Greek markets they visit together…. AND I THINK I’M GIVING MYSELF OTP FEELS HERE JUST IMAGINING ALL THIS OH MY GOD /dies
Send me 2 fandoms and I will give you my crossover OTP. WOW OKAY LOL I think I already did some sort of a APH/KHR crossover in my mafia-AU fic.
But a crossover OTP? Damn, uhhhhh I don’t know how to answer this! The KHR characters are all so different from the APH ones, and I’m not too sure how well their personalities would mesh together in a romantic pairing of sorts, you know? (or at least I haven’t got the slightest clue)
This isn’t an OTP, but I would really love to see what happens when you throw Gokudera, Romano and Lambo together in some scenario, just for laughs and kicks. Imagine the crack shenanigans that would occur with those three…. heck, let’s just throw Yamamoto and Spain into that mix as well XD
okay, maybe ‘kink’ isn’t the right word for it. but basically, i enjoy reading/watching stories set in old Japan (and when i say 'old Japan’, i guess i mean pre-WWII Japan). Even if it’s not set in old Japan, as long as there’s a hint of Japanese myth/folklore and ayakashi and obake, stories like those catch my interest easily. so you could say this 'samurai kink’ is just an extension of that. sort of.
i’m sorry i’m kind of bad at explaining this but errr yeah.