OH MAN MY FIRST OTP
*deep inhale* oKAY LET’S GO
Honestly, I love them so so so so much. I think the thing I love about them is how well they developed, both as individuals and as a couple, over the course of the series. Like in the beginning, there wasn’t a lot of focus on romance between them (though it was beginning to be implied once Sango recovered from “THAT ONE EXPERIENCE” after Miroku groped her), and there was instead camaraderie. I love how well they work as a team, and for the longest time they were friends with little hints here or there that prodded shippers to ship them (from the groping to the jealousy - both pretty stereotypical anime characteristics, but that’s kind of what I love about them).
I JUST LOVE THE WAY THEY DEVELOP OVER TIME. EVEN THE FILLERS LIKE “ONLY YOU, SANGO” WRECKED ME. OR THEIR TIME IN MT. HAKUREI. OR THE VILLAGE OF WOMEN. LIKE. THAT. WAS. MY. FAVORITE. THING. EVER. I. WANTED. TO. SOB.
This is supposed to be an “honest brutal truth” thing but it ended up being a ramble instead. Long story short, I think they both developed as individuals and as a pairing over a long period of time, and I think Rumiko Takahashi did it very well. They have some of the stereotypical anime character characteristics when it comes to a relationship, but it’s difficult to find pairings without (even Royai had a little jealousy going in the manga!).
I LOVE THEM. FANTASTIC PAIRING. 10/10 WOULD SHIP FOREVER AND AGAIN.