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23rd Feb '18 3:43:12 PM mouschilight
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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the Naruto/Hinata/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, children; [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, love; a two-page manga short written by [[Creator/MasashiKishimoto the author himself himself]] dedicated to their first date, date; [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, wedding; [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, son; and [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. son. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the Naruto/Hinata/Sakura Hinata/Naruto/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get together and get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Much like the aforementioned Naruto and Hinata, Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married HappilyMarried with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.



** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.

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** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] them]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends on with Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
23rd Feb '18 3:34:02 PM mouschilight
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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned Naruto/Hinata/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.
23rd Feb '18 3:31:40 PM mouschilight
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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it and he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].
** Tsunade and Jiraiya before the latter died. The latter's love for the former is canonical but {{unrequited|LoveLastsForever}}, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.
** The GrandFinale revealed the final {{Official Couple}}s among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.
** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower"; until they actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' in which they share their passion for drawing and ending on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that ClassRepresentative Sumi might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing has been around ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. It helps that both the anime and the manga have a '''lot''' of rather... romantic moments for them. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - they get an entire ''folder''.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided crush. shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on]]. on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it and because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga.
manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].
Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.
** Tsunade and Jiraiya Jiraiya, before the latter died. The latter's love for the former is canonical but {{unrequited|LoveLastsForever}}, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.
** The GrandFinale revealed the final {{Official Couple}}s among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.
** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower"; until they "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing drawing]] and ending ends on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that ClassRepresentative Sumi [[ClassRepresentative Sumire]] might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
LikeParentLikeSpouse.
** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing Naruto/Sasuke]], which has been around going strong ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. pairing according to [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that both the anime and the manga have showcases a '''lot''' lot of rather... rather...romantic moments for them. between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - details, where they get have an entire ''folder''.
17th Feb '18 10:38:18 PM nurikokairu
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where she had her HeelFaceTurn), causing her to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where she they had her their HeelFaceTurn), causing her them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.
17th Feb '18 10:35:06 PM nurikokairu
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** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing has been around ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. It helps that both the anime and the manga have a '''lot''' of rather... romantic moments for them. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - they get an entire ''folder''.



** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).

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** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably one of the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).


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** Puzzleshipping is probably the most well-known pairing the YuGiOh franchise ever had. In the Japanese version, they even have AffectionateNickname for the other ("Mou Hitori no Boku/The other me" for Yami and "Aibou/Partner" for Yugi.) And the two can't seem to stop thinking about the other, and there are just so many subtexts in both the manga and anime, which only makes the fans more excited. Puzzleshipping is pretty much considered canon by most fans.


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** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juman".)
16th Feb '18 3:53:04 PM Arcana4th
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* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'': Later in the plot, the protagonist Ryuuichi is in the middle of a love triangle in which the {{Tsundere}} Inomata and the ShrinkingViolet Ushimaru try to get with him. Most fans however tend to ship [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Ryuuichi with Kamitani]]. It's somewhat HilariousInHindsight as it's implied that Ushimaru envies how close the two men are, if not outright recognizing Kamitani as another love rival.
** Connected to it, as the two girls befriend, a lot of fans started to ship them with each other rather than Ryuuichi.
12th Feb '18 1:53:49 PM GreatKeith
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment. [[spoiler: ''Manga/UQHolder'' reveals that the girl in question was Chisame, and they marry some time later. Whether or not this was a good choice is subject for heavy debate]].
9th Feb '18 8:14:58 PM raziel365
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. On the Het side, Midoriya/Uraraka (or IzuOcha in short) is quite the popular pairing for the main characters, reinforced in canon both by Izuku's inital attraction to Ochako and by the growing feelings of Uraraka for Midoriya and her sparse moments of jealousy when he interacts with [[DitzyGenius Mei Hatsume]], another less popular one is Momo/Todoroki, stemming from their interactions in their test with Aizawa.
28th Jan '18 9:01:11 PM JRads47
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* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, and also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among the background characters is Akane/Eri.

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* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, ''Manga/KOn'':
** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mio/Ritsu]] is easily the most popular ship in the series. This is because [[OddCouple their role as foils to each other make for a very compatible ship]],
and the way that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ritsu]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Mio]] act towards each other just screams BelligerentSexualTension. Not to mention the episodes devoted to their relationship, including the ''Romeo and Juliet'' two-parter (and yes, [[LesYay they play the titular couple]]).
** [[SempaiKouhai Yui/Azusa]] is
also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of very popular, due to Yui [[CuddleBug showering Azusa with affection very often]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Azusa often trying to reject her, but always letting up in the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among end]]. Season 2 sees the background characters two of them forming a music duo named [=YuiAzu=], which is Akane/Eri.basically WordOfGod giving the two an official PortmanteauCoupleName.
28th Jan '18 3:19:41 PM patxiao
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** THE couple might just be Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded.

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** THE couple might just be Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version versions of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded.
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