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14 Bizarre Anime Ships You Probably Didn't Know Were A Thing

July 27, 2020 608 votes 104 voters 1.5k views14 items

The world of shipping is a wild one. People love everything from the canon romances to pairings that are totally off the wall. Some weird anime ships are fun ones - it's hard not to laugh at the idea of Haruka Nanase from Free! being more interested in wooing water than any of his friends. But others easily qualify as the worst anime ships - believe it or not, there are people out there who ship Myne and Naofumi from Rising of the Shield Hero! 

If you're a fan of one of these pairings, no personal offense is meant. Lots of awesome people like pairings that are weird or even awful, and everyone has a different take on what counts. That said, these pairings are definitely eyebrow-raising.

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    Ash x Pikachu (Pokemon)

    Ash x Pikachu (Pokemon)
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    While we're not sure how serious anybody actually is about this one, some Pokemon fans want Ash to choose Pikachu in a totally different way than he does in the series. Interspecies stuff isn't always totally off-bounds in the world of anime...as long as the two species have the same level of sentience. Pokemon and humans don't have that - you can't tell when someone's consenting if all they can say is 'Pikachu!' Also, Ash is perpetually ten, so there's only so far you can go with shipping him with anybody before things get uncomfortable. 

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    Haru x Water (Free!)

    Most people ship Haru with Makoto, his soft and caring bestie, or Rin, his estranged rival. Both of these are perfectly reasonable choices - actually pretty much any other human character in the series would be. But some fans would rather see Haru with something non-living - water. H2Oshipping is definitely a joke, but for a joke it has some serious sway in the fandom. And honestly, Haru does say that his first love was a waterfall, so it's not like it doesn't have a canon basis. 

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    Naofumi x Myne (The Rising Of The Shield Hero)

    This one isn't common, but it does exist. Despite the fact that Myne is widely hated by the fandom, there are a handful of people out there who ship her with Naofumi. You know, the guy who she falsely accused of assaulting her in order to advance a weird cult? The guy she spent the entire series trying to sabotage? Yeah, somebody out there ships that. Unless it's in the hands of a wildly talented creator, there's no way to spin this particular ship that isn't hellaciously creepy. 

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    Al x Ed (Fullmetal Alchemist)

    As most anime fans know, Edward and Alphonse Elric are brothers. They're quite close as far as brothers go - they're dedicated to helping one another achieve their mutual goals, and they'll do anything to protect each other from danger. Some fans think this heartwarming relationship should be incestuous. It's hard to imagine how that would even work physically given the fact that Alphonse spends most of his time bound to a suit of armor, but maybe it's best not to think too hard about it.

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