hi!! i was just wondering, as someone who writes a lot of (really good) kagehina, do you think that the ship is dying fic wise? i've seen some people comment that people have gotten a bit tired of kagehina, but others think that it's still going strong :o thanks for your input!
Hello (and thank you for the compliment)! Hmmm before I answer this… disclaimer that I’m pretty out of touch with the non-KageHina segments of fandom! Or like, everything, really… I’ve mentioned before that I only follow about 30 blogs (which are pretty much all low post count, mainly kagehina), because I get overwhelmed otherwise.
So I’m not too sure of what other people are saying, but I don’t think the assumption that the ship is dying is accurate. That seems drastic, given it was on the top 20 list of 2016′s most popular Tumblr ships (and was the only HQ ship to be on that list).
It’s perfectly valid to not be into the ship, or feel tired of it, but I think most people who like the ship already like it because of the characters and aren’t suddenly going to get exhausted by them… I mean, they’re just, like, two kids trying to live their dreams, they don’t really have aspects to them that seem fatiguing to me - they both consistently show character development and improvement, they’re both good people, they have a strong relationship. Maybe people find that boring? But I don’t~ Anybody who is tired of them is of course going to go off and ship and create other stuff, but HQ is a pretty big fandom! There will always be those of us who love KageHina.
HQ is also now in its 5th year of existence, and it’s probably going through some normal fandom growing pains, as well. Some people who were here since the beginning have started to move on, new fans are coming in and getting the lay of the land - also, HQ does focus on a LOT of different teams and characters now, where before, at the start, it was almost solely concentrated on Karasuno and KageHina. So there’s a lot more directions for people to go in, in terms of fave characters and content creation. And we’re between anime seasons again, where there’s always a lull (I’m still betting the next season will be Nekoma/Fukurodani, so I’m sure that section of fandom will be really bustling, while the others may quiet down a bit).
Still, I don’t think KageHina will suddenly become a rarepair or anything, but even if it does… *shrug* I’ll still love it the most, and anyone who feels the same is free to continue to join me over in this corner!