I mentioned it several times during episodics and reviews but what exactly are shipping materials and which ones do I personally use when “setting sail” “ships”?
Shipping material refers to the little hints sprinkled throughout certain anime/cartoons/live-action shows/games/comics that yuri fans use to justify pairing up two ladies (can also be applied to guys and on rare occasion het pairings) as a romantic couple even though the medium does not depict one or both seeing each other that way. Many nation members have similar materials they use while wearing their goggles, each member having a different brand, some more powerful than others. However, not everyone use the same ones. That is why I figured why not share the shipping materials I use when noticing a potential pairing and at the end of the post have other nation members share their own?
Keep in mind that most of these materials are used when the girl(s)’s romantic feelings are not obvious and merely the yuri goggle wearing viewers’ (Mine in this case though my fans all know I no longer need goggles as I have reached god tier levels of proper shipping) perceptions. Some do count as “obvious” hints though.
#1: Blushing. To casual viewers when a girl blushes towards another girl’s remarks or teasing it is little more than embarrassment. To me however, depending on the circumstance and if it is followed up at some point, I consider it valid reason to sail a ship.
#2: Mesmerized stares. Without goggles this is little more than a sign of trust or strengthening friendship bonds between two ladies but as soon as I see girls/women’s eyes sparkle while staring at each other I have what I need.
A combination of materials 1 and 2 could be strong enough to shatter low quality goggles.
#3: Hand holding. A controversial one to some since hand holding is not unusual at all among gal pals. Of the three materials I mentioned so far this is the one that is considered drawing straws for shipping. For example, my best friend who watched Legend of Korra did not detect ANY KorraSami vibes throughout the show. Not even the last scene. I had to tell him the writers confirmed the two dating by show’s end to convince him. Anyway, given the right context and mood it can be justifiable. Hibiki and Narumi here are perfect examples of when hand holding is valid enough reason to squeal in delight.
#4: Bickering. Self-explanatory. To me this is more plausible than foe-yay ships where two people are paired up together because their obsession with fighting one another is seen as a curtain hiding their undying desire to mate (mostly applied to two guys feuding).
#5: Compliments. People not wearing goggles only see a girl complimenting another girl about her attitude/cuteness/coolness. Unless the one making compliments outright states her attraction to the same sex it is not perceived as anything worth taking seriously. This material’s validity is intensified based on how excited the girl making the compliments is.
#6: “Daisuki!”. The meaning of the term “daisuki” in Japanese shows is worth a post in and of itself. Long story short, given the right context “I love you” can be a very powerful material when a girl utters those words to her best gal pal.
#7: Closeness. This material is based on how often the girls’ faces are close to one another with no hostile intent.
#8: Cooking. Based on how often one girl cooks meals for her brah.
#9: Teasing. An incessant need for one girl to tease another over and over.
#10: Obsession. One girl’s undying desire to show off or challenge one girl in particular over and over and over and over and over and over…
#11: The power of friendship-love. Last but not least, if two girls have a bond so strong and neither one has a super serious interest in a guy, that is good enough material for me.
And those are all the materials I usually use when shipping girls together as potential romantic couples. It is something that took me years to master and properly apply as I do not ship willy-nilly. I not only need these materials but the right context as well. Now time for other brave nation members to share theirs. What motivates you all to “set sail” “ships”? What materials do you use?
That or just share your thoughts on shipping in general.