One thing I’ll never just get over in DR3 is how Tanaka never called Sonia she-cat/dark queen or how Sonia never praised Tanaka into embarrassement.
In general their relationship always appeared to be a very one-sided one. It’s always Sonia→Tanaka but never Sonia←Tanaka. Everytime he could engage in a small conversation with her, the flow is just being stopped in an unnatural way to get on another topic.
Sonia: Am I a demon of low rank?! Tanaka:
Sonia: I’m glad you’re unhurt. Tanaka:
Actually there was one conversation Tanaka started but to match the pattern Sonia was the one to stop the flow.
Tanaka: I warned her (Saionji) of the coming clamity. Sonia: Sonia: By the way, where is Yukizome-sensei?
The one to interact with the Devas wasn’t even Sonia but Souda who even tried to get along with Tanaka but you can’t even clearly tell if he acknowledged Souda
as classmate/rival or not.
It’s like DR3 tried to pull Tanaka out of the love triangle so he can have some lines for himself without any kind of shippy connotations so that anyone in the fandom can fawn over him since he is one of the most popular characters from the SDR2 cast. On the other hand not everyone agrees with or not even tolerates his relationship with Sonia, unlike KuzuPeko which is mostly liked by everyone. Tanaka’s relationship to Souda can’t even be established if there’s not much with Sonia since she is the reason why they would have to interact sooner or later more often in the first place. His relationship with Nidai was clearly shown because who the heck would disagree with best chuuni and best bro getting along? Obviously, no one.
25 Nearest and Dearest 7/25 Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter (Boy Meets World)
There are best friends and then there are these two. Years later, and they’re still the most incredible depiction of best friends to exist. Boy Meets World is an incomparable series, and it has been from the moment we all watched it when we were kids. But upon looking back, I’ve often remembered this friendship most fondly — perhaps even more than Cory and Topanga’s. Which don’t get me wrong, I love them with every fiber of my being and they’re featured in the 25 Love Stories portion of this little project, too. However, the way Shawn and Cory accepted and loved one another has left me in awe. Loyalty is the key to maintaining any relationship, and theirs was always steadfast — taking care of one another in the darkest times and having the best of times together. But also, today, it’d feel a bit like I was cheating if I also didn’t pay homage to Riley Matthews and Maya Hart’s — who’ve created their own little sisterhood mirroring Shawn and Cory’s beautifully.