What actually helps me deal with TOZX is the fact that it's diverged SO far from the game that the two could legitimately be viewed as separate universes now. So anything the anime "makes canon" doesn't affect the game in my mind, because the game has a near entirely different set of canon events that are in direct opposition to the anime. The two stories just can't exist in the same canon. This includes things like character relationships.
Yep, basically how I view it too. Except it’s not a particularly good telling of the story, so, I’m whipping out the sporks and skewering it like the badfic that it is at this point. Like, I feel better laughing and poking fun at it as opposed to stewing in my own salt, so I’m just going to find ways to make fun of it as best as I can. And if you guys laugh with me, hey, all the better.