The nerd is strong in this one. It seems like every week this month I have mentioned life getting busier. That holds true for nerd world as well. I got Richelle Mead’s latest book The Immortal Crown in the mail this week and I am beside myself with anticipation. I honestly expect to lose sleep this week in order to read that book. Final Fantasy XIII has moved along smoothly and, I admit, I actually am liking the game. Reading Bleach has also moved along smoothly. I finally got to the part of the graphic novel where Ichigo loses his powers (and I may have shed a tear when Rukia disappeared).
My life is nerd heaven, yet I still yearn for more time to indulge myself further. With so much nerdiness swimming through my life right now, I had a pretty hard time choosing a topic for this Sunday. The answer came to me via Jezebel of all places. It’s time to talk about shipping.
Shipping is most often used as a verb, for example, you’re dear TK here ships Sailor Moon characters Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Uranus) and Michiru Kaioh (Sailor Neptune). Often, fandoms will abbreviate the names of those they ship. In this case, I would say I ship HaruMichi. I follow the HaruMichi tag on Tumblr because I just can’t get enough of these two together.
The reason this particular topic resonates with me this week because of the aforementioned Jezebel article. They are re-releasing the original series of Sailor Moon uncut! As the title of the article proclaims, Haruka and Michiru will get to keep the romantic/sexual subtext that surrounds their relationship. In the original English anime, they changed to story to make the two of them cousins and cut out any scenes that showed them getting a little too close for comfort. No one was buying that. They were either incestuous or not cousins.
My love of Uranus and Neptune didn’t come to me until I started reading the re-release of the graphic novel, which thankfully maintains the original story the Japanese creator intended. As soon as I met Uranus, I fell in love with her. That girl is spunky as shit and she kicks major ass! Her and Neptune are just perfect together. I’ll stop there before I lose you all in my mushiness.
HaruMichi isn’t the only couple on my radar, though. Ever since I’ve started reading the Bleach graphic novels, I’ve been shipping Ichigo and Rukia hardcore. I’m not really sure what I mean by hardcore… The fact that I cruise the IchiRuki tag on Tumblr more often than I’m willing to admit here tells enough. I love seeing these two together.
Ichigo and Rukia aren’t actually in a relationship (ships rarely are), I just like pretending they’re together. This is an odd ship for me, though, because I’m not sure if I want the writer to make the relationship happen. The great thing about these two is that they are more than friends, but less than lovers. The respect they have for each other is simply amazing and I think it’s rare to find that between a man and a woman in any fiction. They have both saved each other’s lives. They’re both strong, respected warriors. The author really put them on equal grounds with each other.
I should not go on about this lest I risk losing you, dear readers, once again.
You really have to blame Tumblr for this. Once upon a time, I could only indulge my fandom through various Google searches and fan sites. These days, my nerdy side is all over Tumblr. I’m actually not sure if there is anything but fandoms on Tumblr. There are rumors Tumblr has a hipster side, but I have yet to see it.
What do you think Tumblr is? Are you active on Tumblr and, if so, what do you use it for? Did you love Sailor Moon in the 90s? How many of you are crazy excited for the release of the uncut version and the remake coming out this year?