The TMNT Fandom and Ships
Well, the fandom’s now split in half. It’s either “I love this ship!” or “I SWEAR TO GOD STOP THE SHIPS”.
I’m in the middle right now.
Mikey x Renet was cute but yeah, kinda pointless. I think the show’s trying to make her less annoying to fans since not many people liked her in the 2003 series. She’s got a “grockin’ cold” personality/design, after all. I don’t think it’ll be too bad though; probably just a puppy-love crush thing with Mikey and Renet. Plus, unlike April, Renet will most likely not hang around the turtles 24/7 so we won’t see the crush a lot. And as for Mona and Raph, I don’t think she was going to return until fans made such a big deal about having her back. And if she’s back, it’s guaranteed she’d be paired with Raphael. I don’t think Mona’s gonna be hanging around Raph and the turtles 24/7 either though. I think for me personally, I might like Raph x Mona more than Mikey x Renet. Don’t get me wrong; Mikey x Renet is absolutely adorable but it reminds me of early Apriltello which is why I’m a little less enthusiastic about it. Then again, Raph x Mona has yet to happen so who knows. *shrugs*
So I personally don’t see much reason to complain… But you can if you want to. It’s your opinion. But some of the stuff you people say - like COME ON YOU GUYS.
Some complainers are literally saying “strong female characters don’t deserve love and love interests don’t deserve to be strong”.
YES TMNT doesn’t write April right all the time, but for the most part she’s a strong female character. And Karai is a freaking powerful female character. Sure she’s been subjected to so much pain and needs saving, but do you guys realize the amount of character development this has given her and Leo? She’s no damsel-in-distress. Hell, Donnie’s crush on April has led to development too and he’s less hung up on her than before. Even Casey’s less hung up about it. Mona Lisa looks she’ll be a strong, unsexualized character, which Renet was as well. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Even if you don’t want to ship them, don’t hate the characters because TMNT is pretty good already with portraying women. Sure it’s no Steven Universe but TMNT is technically run by guys. Cut them some slack, please. I didn’t see anyone complaining about Teen Titans, whose characters like Jinx, Starfire, Terra, and even Raven (implications mostly) were all strong and shipped with other male characters.
And as for TMNT ships existing, uhh…I don’t mind it. They’re teenagers and are portrayed even more so in this series. It’s not a surprise the turtles may get crushes.
I see the problem with Renet x Mikey, but most people thought she was annoying in TMNT 2003. The writers look like they’re trying to do something new with the character in hopes that fans won’t get annoyed. Plus, I don’t think Renet will break Mikey’s heart. It looks like it’ll be a cute, innocent puppy love.
Also Mona x Raph wasn’t gonna happen, most likely. Blame the fans. Hell, in the original concept of the show Raph was gonna have a crush on April and she was gonna be a blond. Anyway, Mona IS a strong female character. From what we can see so far, she doesn’t have a very sexualized design, so that’s pretty awesome. I mean, if she ever appeared in the show it’s practically guaranteed she’d be Raph’s love interest because 1) TMNT 1980’s pretty much made it canon for one episode, and 2) THE FANS.
April and Donnie happened because the writers wanted to add a new spin to the show. And considering how many people ship it, I think they succeeded. Leo x Karai has been implied in the TMNT series for forever. Comics, cartoons, movies… So they played on that a lot more in TMNT 2012.
And I can see what you mean by saying Donnie is “distracted” by April, but look at his development. His little crush can make you cringe at times, sure; but overall it’s led to some really neat character development. It’s really gotten to the point where he’s not as obsessed as before, and someone pointed out here on Tumblr with lots of proof that Donnie still holds his brothers above April. And I personally really love the storyline between Leo and Karai so I’m a little biased there. They’re just freaking adorable and it’s heartbreaking and look at all the amazing storylines they’ve done with this ship and less fans ship it which just makes me ship it harder and—
And uhh… *Ah-hem* Well, I can see why you’re complaining but I’d recommend you take it in stride. I doubt it’ll be that bad. I trust the writers, and you can try to too. Then again, this is entirely your opinion but I thought I’d share my own opinion. And it’s not like the turtles haven’t had relationships before in the series. I don’t see what’s all that bad about the turtles experiencing a little love. So anyway…idk. *shrugs*
Plus I don’t see the romance making them worse ninjas?? If anything, it gives them drive to be better. Eg Donnie and Leo wanting to protect April and Karai.
A lot of fans have complained about this already though, which is mainly why I’m writing this because I was getting really frustrated.
I get it, you guys are strong, independent feminists or super fans who crave plot/action only or something. I don’t mind at all. I fall into those categories myself. I also fall into the category of shipper though, so maybe I am biased but I get the best of all three worlds so I’m trying to explain this from the point of view of someone who’s just tired of it all?
Yes you’re tired of ships. But I’m also tired of some of the people complaining about ships thinking they’re being very original. Okay, fine. This is Tumblr. But guys, I don’t want the TMNT fandom to start acting like the bronies (also yes I am a brony too) who complain a lot. Even the show’s staff seems aware that they can’t satisfy every fan.
In the end, ships adds a feminine touch to the show (not that it can’t be masculine; I’m just saying in general) and can open the show up to more younger female fans. And it makes little boys realize that “oh hey love isn’t so icky”.
I’M NOT SAYING YOU CAN’T COMPLAIN OR DISLIKE THE SHIPS.
Most of you guys make very valid points.
It’s just some of the complainers think they’re being cool, standing up for females when their arguments aren’t as strong as they think (again, TMNT does not mis-portray their female characters - usually, anyway) or when the complaints flood the TMNT tag and I’m like “I GET IT OKAY”. Look, shippers have the same problem. But if you guys are annoyed by ships and shippers, I have to remind you that too many complaints are just as annoying. I want to look at turtle tags, not the same complaint over and over again. YES IT’S YOUR OPINION. And you can have that opinion. I just want some of the people against ships to be a little more open-minded.
As I said, even I find the ships somewhat unnecessary, but right now I want to trust the show’s writers and wait. Love and tolerate, eh? I will defend the shows I like but that doesn’t mean I don’t see its faults. I’m just tired of this “battle”.
Anyway, I feel better now that I’ve ranted and raved a bit. Have a nice weekend, by the way. ^u^