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Thoughts About TsubaHono

So during browsing and looking for fanworks for this pairing, I stumbled upon a blog post where someone expressed their dislike about this ship. No hate here, mind you, and the post was rather polite and thoughtful, but it revolved around a single reason: That fans only ship Honoka with Tsubasa because the rest of u’s are paired up with each other already.

This reasoning saddens me a bit. I am a TsubaHono fan, had been one since that short scene in Season 2 Ep. 3. I fell in deep for the pairing (or rather, the potential of the pairing) in Ep. 10. Why? To be honest, I find it hard to pin down why I like them so much. There’s magnetism there and there is definitely respect between the two characters, but I liked them together not because the rest of u’s are supposedly paired up already (at the time, I’m still copping around for a ship I actually like) but because I feel like they share something special, something that Honoka doesn’t necessarily have with her group.

Tsubasa and Honoka are both leaders of their respective groups. They are the driving forces behind A-RISE and u’s respectively, the face of the team, and the spokespersons. Because of this, I imagine that they are both placed on a certain pedestal by their members. u’s claims that it does not have a leader, but they all clearly look to Honoka for decisions and ideas. Eli, for example, asked Honoka many times what must be done. I bet A-RISE is the same, especially now that we know that Tsubasa may also be responsible for song composition. Because of their positions, I feel like these two characters share a bond that they do not have with their teammates. There are things that only a leader knows and understands, and I think this is one of the reasons why Tsubasa sought Honoka out in Ep. 10, aside from asking her what drives u’s to be as good as they are. She hoped that Honoka would understand where she was coming from when they were talking and that there would be no offense taken. Though Honoka was confused and perhaps even overwhelmed, deep down she knew where the questions came from, hence she called Umi later that night for guidance.

After going back and watching the episodes many times, I always smile whenever we are shown instances in which Honoka and Tsubasa watch each other as idols. And here lies yet another reason why this pair is endearing to me. In the anime, Honoka got the idea of forming an idol group because of she saw A-RISE perform. Later on, Tsubasa keeps an eye on u’s, because they are potential rivals. Gradually, they become each other’s idols and end up driving each other forward. A-RISE is already popular, they have all the glamour of being celebrities, and they won the first Love Live! like so many fans thought they would. Yet, in the second event, u’s was there to keep them on their toes. There is a new challenge since u’s is back and better than ever, and A-RISE must somehow try to keep the crown. But instead of being a bad sport, Tsubasa found herself admiring Honoka. It was never stated verbally in the anime, but the looks she gave, the sheer awe in it, spoke volumes. Of course, this could only be because she was impressed by u’s Yume no Tobira performance, but we see that look a few times in other instances, like after they talked by the lake and after Tsubasa saw what Honoka came up with as a catchphrase for u’s. The fondness in her expression for Honoka’s honesty and achievements always makes me smile.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I haven’t seen their interaction there. I heard that Tsubasa had quite the role in the latter half of the movie. I really like how they did that. And I think they did so because Honoka needed someone, another mentor, outside of her group. Umi might have taught her discipline, Eli might taught her how to better herself and overcome adversities, but no one from u’s knows how to deal with the bigger picture. Tsubasa is there to teach and guide Honoka into being more than a School Idol, into being popular. And I’m certain Honoka appreciates this, perhaps she’s even grateful. It’s not everyday that the person you admired for so long would openly support you, especially after you have surpassed her.

I won’t jump the gun here and prattle about romance, because it’s difficult to assume that with characters who have so little screen time together. However, I still find it hard to understand why some people cannot see their potential and simply wave the pairing off as a solution to Honoka being a leftover. I believe that Honoka and Tsubasa see each other as equals, true equals. They’re not each other’s leader, and they are no longer each other’s rival. They have become two people who have gone through the same process of rising from the very bottom and climbing to the very top with their friends in tow. And they did this through sheer will and determination. Romance may blossom, or it may not (though I’m certain Tsubasa is already quite smitten of Honoka’s sunny charm), but they have more chemistry with each other than many of the other possible ships in LL.


EDIT: I nearly screamed when I saw those horrible typos on there. This is why I dislike typing crap on my phone. Bad things happen! /0\ And knowing my typos, they’re always actual words that go unnoticed until I read it carefully. Either that or missing words. OTL -laments in the corner of fail writing-

10 SHIPS MEME

I was tagged by this little cutie –> queen-smoakin (JAY, I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE TRYING TO KILL ME AREN’T YOU?? YOU CAN’T LIMIT ME TO JUST 10!!!)

*cracks knuckles* ALRIGHTY!!!

1. Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak (Duh?!) Marriage vows included the lines “I imagined you saying that under different circumstances” and “It feels really good having you inside me" 

2. Logan Echolls and Veronica Mars THE MOST EPIC LOVE STORY TO EVER EXIST. Their ship name is LoVe for goodness sakes. Does it even get any more epic? (I need a second movie pronto)

3. Bellamy Blake and Clarke Griffin My grounder babies. Need I say more? 

4. Iris West and Barry Allen "Best friends to lovers” stories are my weakness!!! Plus they’re actual puppies, both of them!

5. Sara Lance and Nyssa Al Ghul DON’T TOUCH ME I’M STILL NOT OVER IT. *cries for a thousand years for what could’ve been*

6. Phil Coulson and Melinda May Already married in my head. Also the Mommy and Daddy of the group.

7. Jon Snow and Ygritte I’M NOT CRYING WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?? Fucking GRRM kills all my ships…literally….

8. Dean Winchester and Castiel is2g they just need to bang already. 

9. Cosima Neihaus and Delphine Cormier SCIENCE BABIESSS!!!! YEAH THAT’S RIGHT Y'ALL GO MAKE CRAZY SCIENCE TOGETHER!!!

10. Emma Swan and Killian Jones Actual fairytale story right there!!! 

Okaaayy!!! I’m tagging holysmoaksoliver  adaaaap ashukhanworld forever-erica hoodiesandcomputers justanother90sbaby 

This was fun. I’ll make a list here for the ones you can’t quite read (and whose involved in the ships) because my camera is crappy :(.

  • Klaroline (Klaus and Caroline from ‘The Vampire Diaries’)
  • Hargent (Kate Argent and Peter Hale from 'Teen Wolf’)
  • Kazuma x Ayano (From 'Kaze No Stigma’)
  • SwanFire (Emma Swan and Baelfire from 'Once Upon a Time’)
  • Dean x Jo (From 'Supernatural’)
  • Sterek (Stiles Stilinski and Derek Hale from 'Teen Wolf’)
  • Sciles (Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski from 'Teen Wolf’)
  • Outlaw Queen (Robin Hood and Regina Mills from 'Once Upon a Time’)
  • Shules (Shawn Spencer and Juliet O'Hara from 'Psych’)
  • McDanno (Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams from 'Hawaii Five-0’)
  • Fitzsimmons (Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons from 'Agents of Shield’)
  • Beremy (Bonnie Bennet and Jeremy Gilbery from 'The Vampire Diaries’)
  • Claudia x Nick (Claudia Brown and Nick Cutter from 'Primeval’)
  • Mama McCall x Papa Stilinski (Melissa McCall and Sheriff Stilinski from 'Teen Wolf’)
  • Red Huntsman (Ruby Lucas and Sheriff Graham from 'Once Upon a Time’)
  • Abby x Connor (Abby Maitland and Connor Temple from 'Primeval’)
  • Eleven x River (Eleventh Doctor and River Song from 'Doctor Who’)
  • Jo x Zane (Jo Lupo and Zane Donovan from 'Eureka’)
  • Allisaac (Allison Argent and Isaac Lahey from 'Teen Wolf’)
  • Amy x Rory (Amy Pond and Rory Williams from 'Doctor Who’)
  • Hte Orange (Percy Goodwin and Stiles Stilinski from 'My Own Personal Fanfiction’)
  • Jenny and Danny (Jenny Lewis and Danny Quinn from 'Primeval’)

I think that’s all of them. YAY!

OTPs

Tagged by the lovely @fuckyeahtatennant​!!

Rules : Name 5 different OTPs from 5 different fandoms and tag 10 people to pass it on!
1. Ten/Donna (Doctor Who)
2. Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers (Old Hollywood)
3. Benson/Stabler (Law and Order SVU)
4. Shah Rukh Khan/Kajol (Bollywood)
5. Eugene Levy/Catherine O’Hara (Comedy <3)

I tag @basmathgirl, @ladynoblesong, @lady-macgyver, @ladyjess1126 (lots of ladies!), @flygirl-freya, @catherinefcrd, and whoever else wants to get in on this.

i watched the season premiere and oHMYGOD I AM SO TOTALLY STOKED RIGHT NOW

now i can say it in the open

I SHIP RAJ/STUART

I DON’T CARE IF YOU JUDGE ME

THEY’RE FREAKING ADORABLE

i really want to see the first take of the shamy date now though. it was quite awesome, but still. it would be interesting to compare them.

once it’s online i’m sure it will join my playlist of commonly watched bbt episodes