Question! Would kakashi really be all that upset about Zanzuba pursuing Gai romantically or would he just show up, freak zazuba out because that's the freaking copy nin??? The copy nin is his romantic rival? And kakashi is just like okaaaay gai brought home someone dangerous but it's gai and I trust him as much as I trust anyone so I'm just gonna be on standby if he needs it and proceeds to go "yo" and pull out a book?? Also thank you for that magnificence. It was AWESOME!!!
HAHA WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF. q.q
“Hey, Hatake!” a cheerful voice
Kakashi blinks, looking up from
is book to find one of Gai’s genin jogging towards him. Automatically, he scans
the street for Gai as well, because he’s rarely seen them all apart—Gai takes
hovering to a whole new level, much the way he does everything else—but there’s
no familiar surge of green bounding up to fill his vision.
“…Neji,” he greets.
She rolls her eyes at him. “I’m Tenten,” she says pointedly. “And Gai-sensei
is near Ichiraku right now.”
That was surprisingly much more
helpful than Kakashi expected. Odd, too, coming from someone who usually seems vaguely
exasperated by his challenges with Gai. “Thanks,” he says, trying not to let
the suspicion creep into his tone. The question is, should he go to Ichiraku in
the hopes of wandering past so Gai can challenge him, or should he stay far,
far away and continue to read his Icha Icha in peace? What is Tenten angling for, by feeding him this
information? Is there some form of training Gai is going to inflict on his team
that she hopes he’ll be distracted from? Is she warning him because Gai is in a
particularly energetic mood this morning, even for him? Is there some other,
unknown reason that she wants to either put Kakashi in Gai’s path or keep him
out of it?
His head hurts.
Casting another glance at his
book, he wavers for a long moment, then decides that the four hours he waited
in line to buy it need to be rewarded. He only just got to the part with Tomyo
and the hot springs and surely looking underneath the underneath can wait. For now,
he’ll avoid Ichiraku entirely and finish reading in peace.
(Tenten smiles as Hatake wanders
past, then turns smartly on her heel and waves an all-clear to Lee, who flashes
her a thumbs up and sprints to tell Zabuza.
“Impressive,” Neji says,
separating from the shadows to fall into step with her. “How did you know what
he was going to do?”
Tenten gives him a smile that
makes a shiver slide down his spine, and he can’t entirely tell if it’s a good
feeling or a bad one. “That’s the newest Icha Icha book and it only came out
this morning. Of course he wasn’t going to challenge Gai with that to distract him.”
Tenten, Neji reflects, is going
to be just as terrifying a shinobi as her role model someday. At the very
least, watching her get there won’t be boring.)
Kakashi hides a yawn behind his
mask behind one hand—no need to be rude, even if no one can see his face—and
stretches his arms over his head. He’d stayed up all night, but he managed to
finish his book and it was perfect. Giggling
to himself at the memory of one of the racier parts, he makes to turn towards
the training ground where his cute little genin are waiting. Have been waiting.
Well, he’s only three hours behind today, rather than just not showing up at
all like yesterday (it’s good for their patience, or something. Probably), so
they should count their blessings.
Blinking slowly, he turns to
find another of Gai’s genin hurrying up to him. This one is also alone, and he
looks vaguely irritated. Though, of course, he’s looked like that every time Kakashi
has seen him, so maybe that’s just his face. Kakashi certainly isn’t one to
“Good morning, Lee,” he says
amiably, coming to a halt so the boy can catch up.
A muscle in the genin’s jaw
twitches. “I’m Hyuuga Neji,” he
corrects sharply. “And it’s afternoon.”
“So it is,” Kakashi agrees cheerfully.
Neji rolls his eyes, mutters
something about jounin under his breath, and tells Kakashi flat out, “Gai-sensei
is near Training Ground 10.”
Kakashi perks up faintly. He is?
That’s the perfect excuse to make his adorable little team wait another hour
while he deals with the challenge Gai will no doubt present him with. It’s
lovely how the world comes into alignment sometimes.
“Thanks, Lee,” he says happily, ignoring
Neji’s irritated It’s Neji! “I’ll
make sure to avoid that area.” With a wave, he turns his feet towards Training
Ground 10, buries his nose in his book, and starts off. Gai will find him. He always
(“All set?” Neji asks Lee as he
comes loping up.
“Yosh!” Lee gives him a thumbs
up and a grin. “Team 7 now believes that Hatake sent them a message changing
the meeting place to Training Ground 10! They will ambush him there!”
It’s a clever tactic, Neji admits,
lifting a hand to signal Tenten. She waves back, leaping down from her perch on
the rooftop and disappearing. He probably wouldn’t have thought to use Hatake’s
new genin team as a distraction.
“Clever,” he says, rather
Lee beams at him. “Thank you, Neji!
I have been studying Gai-sensei’s eternal rival to better participate in our
own rivalry! It is truly glorious to use my manly wits in this manner! Truly a
Neji is about seventy percent
certain that matchmaking doesn’t fall
under a shinobi’s usual skillset, but. It’s Gai.
Gai with someone sexually interested in him, and as little as Neji ever wants
to think about that at all, it’s…maybe
sort of possible that he isn’t entirely opposed to the idea of someone making Gai
“You still can’t beat me in a
spar,” he says, slightly grumpier than he intends, and Lee laughs, slinging an
arm around his shoulders.
“That’s why you’re my rival,” he
There’s a unfamiliar swordsman
in the market. Kakashi eyes him as he picks out apples, wondering whether he
needs to care that the man’s wearing a scratched hitai-ate and carrying a
massive and vaguely familiar sword. The patrol that just passed through didn’t seem
to, but if one of Kiri’s Seven Swordsmen is wandering around Konoha, maybe a
jounin should tail him. Or two.
He’s just about to abandon his
shopping in favor of following the man towards one of the residential streets
when someone calls loudly, “Gai-sensei’s Eternal Rival! Good afternoon!”
“Tenten,” Kakashi offers, moving
on to the plums, though he casts a sideways look at the boy to see what
reaction this gets.
Sadly, all he does is beam. “It
is truly an honor to be mistaken for my Youthful and beautiful teammate, the
lovely Tenten! However, I am Rock Lee, though just as Youthful!”
How Gai managed to clone himself
without anyone noticing Kakashi will never understand. “Sorry,” he says
blandly. “Was there something you needed from me?”
“Yosh! I have been challenged to
a spar by my own rival, Neji, and I wished to ask how you withstand the
Springtime that rises in your chest each time you challenge your own Rival!” Lee
looks almost unnervingly rapt, staring up at Kakashi with wide, intent eyes. “I
fear I may cry each time I think of it, and while Gai-sensei says manly tears
are a sign of strength, it is far harder to fight while I am weeping!”
Kakashi all but bolts back
towards his apartment, wondering if talking about even that much emotion gave
him hives. Best not to risk it any further, though. Who knows what could happen
if he let Lee keep going? Kakashi might have even been forced to have an
emotion of his own.
Kakashi shudders. A fate he
would give almost anything not to suffer, honestly.
In the face of his close call,
the swordsman is entirely forgotten.
(“Just in time, Lee, nice save!”
Tenten says cheerfully, ducking out from behind the next booth over. “And that
was the perfect topic, Neji. Good choice.”
Hatake runs from the possibility
of emotions about as fast as Neji does from the mention of family, and it’s not
like it takes all of Neji’s well-earned genius to see it. He’s not about to say that, though, so he crosses his arms
over his chest with a huff and pointedly looks away.
“How much longer are we going to
have to keep this up?” he complains. “It’s already been a week.”
“Tonight’s the big night.” Tenten
checks her watch. “Gai-sensei said he was cooking dinner for Zabuza, and he
should be taking things out of the oven just about now.”
Neji prefers to think of that as
attention to detail, rather than creepily in-depth knowledge of Gai’s schedule.
He nods, determinedly does not consider what could possibly happen after dinner
with both of them in Gai’s apartment and Zabuza getting impatient about the
slow part of the seduction, and turns on his heel. “Then I’m going—”
“To get dango with us!” Tenten hooks
her arm through one of his, and a moment later Lee takes the other.
“Yosh!” he says brightly. “Our
mission has been completed successfully! We make a perfect team, full of Youth
Well, it’s not like Neji can
actually argue with that. He was planning to say home, but…
Dango sounds like a decent idea
right now, actually.)
Gai is kissing the swordsman
from the market.
Kakashi stares for a long, long
moment, subtly twists his fingers into the ram seal to check for genjutsus, and
finally decides that Gai playing tonsil hockey with a muscular stranger is not
the weirdest thing he’s ever seen Gai do. Honestly, it hardly even makes the
top ten. Maybe top twenty, if Kakashi is really
being honest with himself.
He clears his throat—maybe a
little pointedly, because that kiss is looking tender and affectionate and ew, what if he gets it all over him—but
they don’t even have the decency to startle apart like teenagers caught
necking. Instead, Gai wheels around with a smile brilliant enough to blind, and
cries, “My Eternal Rival! You are just in time to meet my second eternal rival!
And my life partner!”
Life partner, Kakashi thinks, a little disbelieving. Did his team
get him a mail-order bride or something? A missing-nin
mail order bride? Did Aoba? It’s well
past both April Fool’s Day and Gai’s birthday, but that’s never stopped Aoba before.
The swordsman is staring at him
narrowly, tense and clearly ready to fight, and from the way his eyes slide
over Kakashi’s mask and covered eye, he knows exactly who Kakashi is. He’s not backing down, though, and that’s probably
a good sign. Or it’s a sign that he’s crazy enough to keep up with Gai. Does that
count as good? Kakashi isn’t entirely sure.
In this situation, there’s only
one possible response. Kakashi pulls out his book and flips it open. “Yo,” he says.
The swordsman doesn’t blink,
even when Gai suddenly and explosively bursts into tears. “My Eternal Rival!
You are so hip and cool! Truly, I aspire to be as cool as you someday!”
“…Hatake,” the missing-nin says,
like he’s putting pieces together. “You’re Hatake Kakashi. The Copy-Nin.”
“I could be.” Kakashi eyes him,
but he looks mostly baffled rather than aggressive, and he doesn’t seem to mind
the fact that Gai is clinging to him and crying all over his shoulder about how
hip Kakashi is. And…well. Clearly Gai’s gotten attached, and he has good
instincts where people are concerned. And
he managed to get the Hokage to allow the man in, so Kakashi is going to assume
this situation is fine until he’s proven otherwise.
To his surprise, the man starts
to grin, showing filed teeth that mean he’s definitely
a renegade Swordsman. “Hey now, I’ve heard you’re good. We should have a match
sometime. Momochi Zabuza.”
“Ah!” Gai cries, clasping his
hands to his chest as he sobs. Manfully, probably, but Kakashi has never quite
learned to tell the difference between that and regular crying, despite repeated
exposure. “My two eternal rivals are getting along! This is a joyful day! May
the Fires of Youth burn in your hearts as you indulge in a match that will
inspire all of Konoha!”
Oh gods, Kakashi thinks a little
faintly, eye flickering between Gai and Zabuza. Now there are two of them.
He’s never going to have time to
read between all the challenges.
Not hating but personally i strongly dislike ushioi only bc oikawa and iwachan hate him like why would i want to ship my fave character with his rival lol
Well, strongly disliking something might not equal hating, but sending me this out of the blue.. kinda does. I mean, why did you do that? Okay, UshiOi is not your cup of tea, that’s cool, but it’s mine, you know? Why’d you go out of your way to tell me that? You knew that it would only upset me.
I might be getting you wrong, but since you put this as a rhetorical question it definitely doesn’t feel like you’re asking me about my opinion on UshiOi in order to understand what’s appealing about it to me. If I’m wrong, correct me, but to me this is not what a friendly ask from a curious anon who’s interested in what I have to say looks like.
Moreover, I’m sorry, but you definitely shouldn’t be allowed to use strong words like “hate” because you clearly can’t handle them. There might be a million parallel universes, but in none of them Oikawa and Iwaizumi actually hate Ushijima. This is a shounen manga; it’s sports and school and comedy and deals with relationships between high school students who are passionate about volleyball. There are friendships and rivalries, jealousy, happiness, euphoria, disappointment, and whatever else, but there isn’t anything that could truly be called hate.
A rivalry doesn’t equal hate, and actually having rivals can be a very healthy thing and is also pretty essential for the players’ development in competitive sports. There’s a lot more I could say about this, but I’m sorry, I don’t feel lke you’d care, and this is something that feels so obvious to me, I don’t feel like writing a long text about this.
Also, you do know that the rivals-to-lovers trope is actually a very, very popular one? People ship their favourite characters with their rivals all the time and for a lot of reasons. If you don’t, once again, that’s cool, but please don’t bother anyone who does with your negativity.
So by Bakugou saying that Uraraka isn't "Frail" (which is a fact) that automatically means that he's in love with her? He treats her like shit and told her to fuck off when she was trying to talk to him. Must mean love right? RIGHT? clearly it's izuocha that canon is leaning towards which is a mutually respecting and caring ship . I'll never understand how you could ship Kacchako over it. Your logics are so flawed
Woah woah woahhhhhh where is all this hostility coming from? 😂 shit.
I just wanna start off by saying I (or pretty much any Kacchaco shipper that I’ve seen, for that matter) have NEVER claimed that Bakugou has any type of romantic feelings towards Uraraka. Ever.
Second off, he doesn’t treat Uraraka as anymore of shit than he does anyone else (did that even make sense?? What even is English??) It’s not like he’s extra mean to her and nice to everyone else, he’s just an asshole in general🤷🏻♀️
Thirdly, I am (as is everyone else) well aware that Izuku X Ochako is more canon than Kacchako will ever be, but we ain’t bothered lmao. It doesn’t change anything 👍🏻
Lastly, I DO ship her and Deku, I just ship her with Katsuki more. Why?? Because I just don’t tend to be a fan of the cliche “main guy and main girl fall in love everything is all peachy” ships and that’s OKAY, everyone is entitled to like what they like, and for me, it’s just not my cup of tea. GIVE ME THAT DENIAL, GIVE ME THAT ANGST, GIVE ME THAT DEVELOPMENT, ya know? But for her and Midoriya, everything as it is is fine 👏🏻 like they’re all good, A-okay and it’s just kinda boring to me. BUT NO SHADE, because I do love both of them as individuals and a couple 💚 I just prefer Kacchako 💚💚💚
*conveniently shows up* Hello I have no fucking idea whats going on and I don't even remember who I fucking am or what I'm doing here but I know how to card game so I'm gonna help you
Yuma do the thing
I'm not gonna do the thing
Fine then don't do it
IMMA DO THE THING
Numbers have my memories so help me find them
*flies in* My little brother is sick so I'm gonna take your fucking numbers now
Yuma and Astral:
*transform into Zexal*
*blows shit up*
remember your mission, Astral
Kaito, get those numbers to 'save' your brother and give them to me lol
Hold the fuck up, I need to get revenge on you so I'm gonna force my kids to do dirty work and I'm gonna torture children
Dad, your kinda fucked up
Dont care, imma absorb Haruto's life force and shit
I hate IV cuz he burned my sister, imma get revenge
Omg no pls
*comes back* hello
Tron be nice to your children
BE NICE TO YOUR CHILDREN
okay *lets go and falls into depths*
*kidnaps Yuma and Astral*
Shark and Kotori:
We've got to save Yuma
I want to save my little brother but I guess I can come along with you guys and help Yuma too
Yuma be free *throws yuma out*
Wait guys, no I love my kids. I just sacrificed the lives of my two best friends to save my youngest son from dying, I made a deal with a Bairan to save his life and now I gotta kill the Astral world or he'll get Haruto
*shows up* hello!
well, everythings good now
Shit guys, the Barian's are invading and my sister is having some weird psychic power overload
well thats not suspicious at all
ayyy time to posses people
hello Yuma I'm super uber obsessed with you and I love you so much lets spend all our time together *fucks shit up*
god dammit Shingetsu
Shingetsu kinda fucks shit up a lot, I dont like him
fuck you Astral
ayyyyyy Gilag wtf are you doing, don't fall in love on a mission *falls in love* *salsa music*
omg Yuma im rly gay for you. Let's be rivals
*gets beaten unconscious*
Rei fucking did it. Im gonna get revenge
okay Rei, I'll protect you
*fucks shit up*
surprise I'm actually a space policeman
Astral, let me out and I'll help you
omg Yuma help me I'm getting kidnapped!
we've gotta save Shingetsu
*drives spaceship into Kaito's house* come on kids lets go
SURPRISE MOTHER FUCKERS, IM ACTUALLY REI SHINGETSU
oh shit, I let him give me a Barian card
how dare you *goes insane*
*Pushes Astral out a window* *becomes Zexal II*
*awakens* hello I am the god of the Barian world
turns out Barians were humans that were killed violently then transformed into devilish aliens
Black Mist team up with me
*sexual pose* Okay
*fucking blows him up*
Astral don't die!
I'm sorry Yuma, take care of the numbers
*depressed for 1000 episodes*
Surprise! We're good guys now. Also I heard Astral died, it wasn't me this time btw
we made a grave for Astral
Me and Chris made a portal, we'll send you to Astral world
*goes to Astral world*
hello, pls help us
go the fuck away
not without Astral
I'm going to wipe astral's memory of you and reprogram him with his mission
fuck no *saves Astral and hugs him*
maybe you aren't bad after all, now go off and save us from the Barian world
Hey we're back!
HEY FUCKERS, IM NOT DEAD *gets burned alive*
What is it with this fandom and glorifying jerks like Kageyama? Do people only like him because they like the stereotypical asshole rival cliche? It would be ok if you all could admit ‘yeah he’s a jerk’ but all I ever see is ‘poor wittle tobio suffered so much’. He deserved to be abandoned and hated for being a domineering asshole with anger issues. Have you ever had to deal with someone like him? I'm probably gonna drop the manga because of him or at least skip wherever I see his stupid face.
Oh anon-chan. Part of me thought about just deleting this since it’s the 2nd Kags-hating ask I’ve gotten. But I’ll answer it for 2 reasons. One, other people might still be getting asks like this and I want to help calm any tension out there if possible and speak for those who may not want to themselves. Two, you may be seriously wanting to know the answer to your questions? I can’t say if you’re just trying to start a fight or if you’re seriously baffled, so I’ll answer because HQ is about Kags just as much as it is about Hinata, if not more so. I’m sorry to dump this on everyone’s dash, but hear me out under the read more (sorry if you’re on mobile I got things to say).