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Do you ever feel compelled to get pairs?Do you ever feel compelled to get pairs?Diary

gwendal738-2gwendal738-26 days ago
I know that there are some collectors who like to collect sets - whether that's the Madoka Magica quintet, or all the girls in a harem anime, or all the cute bois in a sports anime. I myself am collecting all the Touken Ranbu nendoroids, for example.

But does anyone ever feel compelled to buy both characters in a canon/almost canon pair, even if you don't like or just don't care for one of them for any reason at all?

As for me... 100% YES. It feels wrong to me when I separate characters that are obviously not meant to be separated. It's even to the point where I don't buy a figure unless I am absolutely, positively sure that they will make his partner too (I'm using male pronouns because I only do this for male pairs/pairings).

Pairs I do this for:

AshEiji - Banana Fish
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Ash is one of my most favorite characters, and while I don't dislike Eiji, it doesn't mean that I necessarily like him either. If they were not an obvious canon pair I wouldn't buy any Eiji figures/merch at all, but because it feels wrong to me to separate them (ESPECIALLY when you know the ending, brb sobbing in the corner), I only buy them in pairs. I have the Kotobukiya scale, and the nendoroids. As much as I really like some of the Ash scales, I would never purchase them unless I was absolutely sure they would make an Eiji to go with each of them.


Victuuri - Yuri!!! on Ice
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This isn't even a question. Although I did break this rule, since I bought the Kotobukiya Victor scale and all the versions of Yuuri's nendoroids. I seriously thought Koto was going to capitalize on YoI's popularity back then, but I forgot that they're notorious for never completing pairs/sets. Still I held out hope, and continue to hold out hope.

As for the Yuuri nendoroids, he's the one I like of the two of them, and I really identified with him back then. I just wanted all the figures (whose aesthetics I like, of course) of him. I'm working on getting Victor's hair parts right now though, since I have extra faces and bodies, so hopefully I'll have Victors to go with my other Yuuris eventually.

I did buy GSC's pair scale though, the premium set with the bonus, of course. I love them so much.

I will forever continue to hold out hope for a Stammi Vicino pair scale or nendoroids...


Sebastian and Ciel - Kuroshitsuji
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I actually no longer ship this pairing romantically, but I still can't bring myself to not buy them as a pair because... they just come in that way naturally. What would a master be without a butler, and a butler without a master - no matter how perfect they are individually? I've always seen them together ever since I've been into Kuroshitsuji (since its release, pretty much). And I'll always view them that way.

Plus, I like Ciel's outfits, and Sebastian in just his suit is boring. :'D


HuaLian - Tian Guan Ci Fu
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It would be downright blasphemy, downright criminal to separate these two. Hua Cheng waited 800 years - I'm not going to make him wait any more!

It's also why I ended up not preordering Xie Lian's GSC scale no matter how beautiful he is... I'm probably going to regret it if there's ever a Hua Cheng announced in the future, but better be safe than sorry!

And yes, I did buy the chibi scale, of course. How could I not when it's absolutely adorable! I also bought a bunch of merch (shikishi, posters, acrylic stands) that I unfortunately cannot put on here because it's not allowed. And you can bet I only bought them in pairs :D


WangXian - Mo Dao Zu Shi
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I'm probably going to hell for saying this - but I do not like Lan Wangji. At all. I'm not going to go into reasons why, but there are so many things I can say that cement the fact that he doesn't deserve Wuxian one bit... except despite this, I am still drawn to the dynamic of their relationship, and cannot view them separately from each other.

HOWEVER. I am willing to buy Wuxian on his own, but only in his epic Yiling Laozu form. He is absolutely beautiful in that form. I can't wait for GSC's scale to be painted. ToT

And despite everything, I would still pay good money for that pairing scale that was announced. Hopefully we see a prototype soon!


MomoYuki (or YukiMomo?) - iDOLiSH7
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LEAVE IT TO ME TO SHIP A PAIR I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. I'm starting to get into this franchise, and I just know beforehand that these two are inseparable. Which is why I had to preorder Yuki's nendoroid as well even if I only really like Momo's aesthetically. It somehow feels like it would be a crime to separate them.


Those two dudes from Time Raiders
I can't find a gif since I know nothing about them, lmao

ITEM #1216980 & ITEM #1216981, for reference.

I haven't gotten into this franchise (yet) because there are no proper, non-badly Google Translated subs for the donghua, but when I saw them posed together in the official picture I knew I couldn't separate them either. I just really like Kylin's design and the fact that he has tattoos, so I bought him - and then got the other dude to go with him even if he looks a bit meh. Together they look pretty cool, though.


The rest of them

I only included in this list pretty much the pairs where I don't like/don't care for one of them, whether that's aesthetically or for any other reason. Obviously, as a BL fangirl, I have a lot of other pairs I ship religiously and collect for - but in their case, I actually like both characters, so it's not a problem for me whenever I buy merch/figures that feature both of them.


And that's pretty much my list. Do any of you do this too, or is it just me being oddly weird about this? X'D
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Not a canon pair, but I always collect both characters of my favorite ship together- Tanjiro and Zenitsu from KnY (don't flame me, I know they're not canon, but a guy can dream). While Zenitsu is my all time favorite and I'll buy anything of him, Tanjiro I'm more neutral towards. I don't dislike him, but I don't really seek him out unless he's with my Zenitsu if that makes sense? So when I buy merch, I'll try to get both. I had the option the other day to get two different plush sets of these two characters- one larger set that was less cute and one smaller set that was cuter, while I could have gotten one from each set of Zenitsu, I had to choose one of the sets (the smaller but cuter ones) to get one of Zenitsu and one of Tanjiro to not separate them.
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As a PreCure fangirl, I always feel the need to collect the whole team, preferably in the same style, such as cutie figure or 1/8 scale. Of course it means I end up grabbing Cures I may not enjoy as much as others, but I'm quite lenient since I don't dislike any of them. I don't own figures for every team - there are 69 main Cures and I only have two shelves - but when I find a team, I grab them all.

The only team I can't purchase in the same style is Doki Doki PreCure, since I own the regular figures but Cure Ace (ENTRY #51027) only received chibi and cutie figures. Poor girl never got the love she deserves ;-;
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PandaHeist4 days ago#101357274I hear that. It's so hard to avoid isekai at this point, it's everywhere, especially in danmei and other BL stuff. Seems like nobody writes just straight up fantasy/wuxia stuff anymore, it's always some guy going into an MMO. There are some I enjoy, but I'm pretty picky about it.

Eugh, I totally get that! It's why I appreciate MXTX's two other works, they're actual xianxia/wuxia stuff without one of them being reincarnated into that world lmao. I honestly do not get the fixation on the isekai genre - is our world so horrible that people fantasize dying and getting reincarnated into a game? X'D .... okay, maybe in some ways it is, but still. If I ever die and get reincarnated into another world the last thing I'd want to be is a reluctant hero suddenly thrust into the heat of everything lmao. I'd wanna be reincarnated in a world where I'd have a peaceful, NPC life :'D
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gwendal738-24 days ago#101357250And I agree with you on SVSSS. I'm reluctant to start it since it's... isekai. It's really NOT my jam X'D
I hear that. It's so hard to avoid isekai at this point, it's everywhere, especially in danmei and other BL stuff. Seems like nobody writes just straight up fantasy/wuxia stuff anymore, it's always some guy going into an MMO. There are some I enjoy, but I'm pretty picky about it.
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PandaHeist4 days ago#101357241For sure!! Ahh.. you'll be so disappointed when you see my bond with Natsuki.. I don't even dislike him, I just don't use him at all. I guess our similarities had to end somewhere.
I haven't actually watched the SVSSS adaptation! Honestly, I didn't like the novel enough to bother. It isn't bad per say... it just pales in comparison to the others. In my opinion, at least.


Pahahah, that's fine with me! We have so many other similarities lmao. In my case, I don't use Reiji much either - or any of the other boys, really, even Tokiya! Masato and Natsuki are already in the 100s, while the others are... very far behind X'D

I'll PM you my ID#~

And I agree with you on SVSSS. I'm reluctant to start it since it's... isekai. It's really NOT my jam X'D
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gwendal738-24 days ago#101357071Nice choices!!! :D My top 3 are Natsuki (a landslide first), Masato, and then Tokiya. Ai is a close fourth though, as he used to be my #3 hahaha. BTW, I read in your profile that you play UtaPri and TouRabu as well? :D Do you want to be friends in the UtaPri app? I can PM you my ID#!
For sure!! Ahh.. you'll be so disappointed when you see my bond with Natsuki.. I don't even dislike him, I just don't use him at all. I guess our similarities had to end somewhere.

gwendal738-24 days ago#101357071I haven't read SVSSS yet, but I wish it got a more... normal, so to say, adaptation? Like, the uncanny valley CG is not doing it for me. I'm reluctant to get into it because of that.
I haven't actually watched the SVSSS adaptation! Honestly, I didn't like the novel enough to bother. It isn't bad per say... it just pales in comparison to the others. In my opinion, at least.
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PandaHeist4 days ago#101336724I feel exactly the same way about Ren! Great with Masato, but alone he's... eh. I won't list my bottoms, but my top three are Reiji, Masato and Ai.
Saaame. People seem to ship Natsume with the adults a lot which I'm... not going to comment on... Tanuma is RIGHT THERE! It's the obvious choice! Natsume Yuujinchou was one of the first manga I started reading as a kid, back when I had a mail subscription to the Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat magazines. I don't think I'll ever be able to let go of it.
Lmaooo. I'll be honest. It took me a while to warm up to Lan Wangji, and I still only kinda tolerate him because I like the story overall. I actually already own MDZS in Korean, and I plan on getting TGCF when the physical versions come out. I'll be getting them in English too, just to make sure the publishing companies know they're worth picking up lol.
I gotta say, I love colour coded merch... but I also hate it exactly because of this. My HypMic collection is so... so very red.


Nice choices!!! :D My top 3 are Natsuki (a landslide first), Masato, and then Tokiya. Ai is a close fourth though, as he used to be my #3 hahaha. BTW, I read in your profile that you play UtaPri and TouRabu as well? :D Do you want to be friends in the UtaPri app? I can PM you my ID#!

AAAHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I hate the other Natsume ships. Natori is sus af, and Matoba is just... no. It's kind of sickening almost to imagine Natsume with him eugh. A precious bean deserves another precious bean ToT

OMG so you don't like Lan Wangji either?? How similar can we get? X'D I'm not going to go into too much detail as to why I don't like him (we'll be here all day lmao), but especially when I compare him to Hua Cheng, the difference is night and day. Hua Cheng is just so much better in every single way ToT

I haven't read SVSSS yet, but I wish it got a more... normal, so to say, adaptation? Like, the uncanny valley CG is not doing it for me. I'm reluctant to get into it because of that.
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gwendal738-24 days ago#101323592I don't actually like Ren that much (he's actually in my bottom 3 lmao) but his dynamic with Masato is just awesome!
I feel exactly the same way about Ren! Great with Masato, but alone he's... eh. I won't list my bottoms, but my top three are Reiji, Masato and Ai.
gwendal738-24 days ago#101323592Tanuma x Natsume is one of my most favorite ships too, but even without that it's just such a beautiful masterpiece.
Saaame. People seem to ship Natsume with the adults a lot which I'm... not going to comment on... Tanuma is RIGHT THERE! It's the obvious choice! Natsume Yuujinchou was one of the first manga I started reading as a kid, back when I had a mail subscription to the Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat magazines. I don't think I'll ever be able to let go of it.
gwendal738-24 days ago#101323592I just... hate Lan Wangji lmao. But I am also so so happy MXTX is getting a lot of attention, her novels are even getting licensed and you can bet I'm going to buy them! I hope this means that Chinese works and Danmei in general will become more and more well-known ToT
Lmaooo. I'll be honest. It took me a while to warm up to Lan Wangji, and I still only kinda tolerate him because I like the story overall. I actually already own MDZS in Korean, and I plan on getting TGCF when the physical versions come out. I'll be getting them in English too, just to make sure the publishing companies know they're worth picking up lol.
gwendal738-24 days ago#101323592I just HAD to like the group with the orange image color OTL... they'd look so ugly next to my blue-ass MTC shrine X'D
I gotta say, I love colour coded merch... but I also hate it exactly because of this. My HypMic collection is so... so very red.
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PandaHeist4 days ago#101319191YES!! Haha, I looked at your page and it seems like we have even more in common than just the stuff mentioned on this post. Ren and Masa from UtaPri, Hachisuka & Nagasone Kotetsu... And of course I assume that anyone who likes Natsume's Book of Friends must just have good taste in general.
ME TOO. I can't wait to get some updates on that one, but I'd be even more excited for a HuaLian announcement. I'm actually stoked MXTX is getting so much attention, I read all the novels a few years ago and I never thought I'd end up seeing so much stuff for them. (Side note, my ranking: #1. Heaven Official's Blessing (by like... a lot), #2. Mo Dao Zu Shi, #3. Scum Villain.)
I was also super early to HypMic! Was there for the OG releases in 2017, then was already cosplaying T.D.D. Ramuda a couple months later haha. The downside is that it means most of my merch is from before Bad Ass Temple and Dotsuitare Hompo existed, so now I have to play catch up and find some stuff to represent them in my collection...


Oh my gosh. You like Nagasone and Hachisuka too??? I don't think I've ever met anyone who ships them! Also yesssss, I don't actually like Ren that much (he's actually in my bottom 3 lmao) but his dynamic with Masato is just awesome! ALSO YES I LOVE NATSUME YUUJINCHOU SO MUCH!!!!! I've been into it since 2014. Tanuma x Natsume is one of my most favorite ships too, but even without that it's just such a beautiful masterpiece. Even when rewatching, my eyes are always wet with tears ToT

AADGFKJADHFJADHF AHHHH THAT'S MY RANKING TOO!!!!!!! HuaLian/TGCF is #1 by a landslide. I only just recently got into MDZS actually! For the longest time I just couldn't get into them because I just... hate Lan Wangji lmao. But I am also so so happy MXTX is getting a lot of attention, her novels are even getting licensed and you can bet I'm going to buy them! I hope this means that Chinese works and Danmei in general will become more and more well-known ToT

I FEEL YOU!!! Most of my MTC merch are from 2018-2019. I really like DotsuHon but haven't had the chance to buy merch for them. I just HAD to like the group with the orange image color OTL... they'd look so ugly next to my blue-ass MTC shrine X'D
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gwendal738-24 days ago#101319015OH MY GOSH. Can we like, be friends???? X'DDD You have hit the nail on almost every single preference I have too - we literally have almost the same character and pair likes!!!!
YES!! Haha, I looked at your page and it seems like we have even more in common than just the stuff mentioned on this post. Ren and Masa from UtaPri, Hachisuka & Nagasone Kotetsu... And of course I assume that anyone who likes Natsume's Book of Friends must just have good taste in general.
gwendal738-24 days ago#101319015I really do hope we get a beautiful pairing scale for them like the one planned for WangXian: ITEM #1013662
ME TOO. I can't wait to get some updates on that one, but I'd be even more excited for a HuaLian announcement. I'm actually stoked MXTX is getting so much attention, I read all the novels a few years ago and I never thought I'd end up seeing so much stuff for them. (Side note, my ranking: #1. Heaven Official's Blessing (by like... a lot), #2. Mo Dao Zu Shi, #3. Scum Villain.)
gwendal738-24 days ago#101319015When did you get into HypMic? My childhood friend pulled me into the fandom, and she was a super OG fan - she'd literally been following them since the franchise was announced, back in 2017. I got pulled into it a year later, 2018.
I was also super early to HypMic! Was there for the OG releases in 2017, then was already cosplaying T.D.D. Ramuda a couple months later haha. The downside is that it means most of my merch is from before Bad Ass Temple and Dotsuitare Hompo existed, so now I have to play catch up and find some stuff to represent them in my collection...
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