View Full Version : What does it take for a ship to die in canon your opinion?

Kagome Higurashi
24th December 2005, 9:33 PM
I don't mean die as in fans stop believing in it, but dead as in canon terms.

What does it take for a ship to die for you? Certain lines? Long episodes without hints? Another ship taking over? Lack of hints overall? Not being important to the plot? Combination?

24th December 2005, 10:22 PM
A lack of hints overall means the ship was never alive in canon. Anti-hints mean the writers are actively trying to kill it. Another ship taking over would seem to be the most obvious kill, but it actually depends on the circumstances. If there are still new hints being dropped that the characters in the first ship still love each other when one or both of them is with somebody else, the first ship is still potentially alive. Otherwise, it the old ship can be put in its coffin and buried.

24th December 2005, 10:26 PM
When the writers do nothing for a particular ship anymore. When one of the said characters is no longer in the series. Or as said above, anti-hints (poor Rocketshipping).

24th December 2005, 10:42 PM
IMO, a ship dies in canon when a writer decides to ditch it, when one of the characters involved in it leaves the series they're apart of, anti-hints are used *weeps for poor Rocketshipping* or another pairing takes over.

24th December 2005, 11:48 PM
Anti hints, writers ditching/extremely long periods without hints that appears to mean writers ditched the idea, or another ship takes over (unless we're talking about Inuyasha XD).

I don't really consider lack of hints overall to be killing a ship in canon. If there were never any hints, it never existed in canon in the first place. It's not even alive, let alone able to die.

25th December 2005, 12:12 AM
Anti hints and "when another ship takes over" are obvious clues that a ship has been kicked in the port hole. Obviously if that ship was meant to be canon, they wouldn't show anti-hints or another ship racing way ahead of it.
Same thing when the writers ditch it...though that doesn't necessarily mean the ship wasn't "almost canon" at some point - in which case, the ship keeps many of its members.
A lack of hints is likea big giant anti-hint. It's like when you don't say something, but everyone knows what you would say. This is a way to show that nothing is going on, and what more, the writers aren't even concerned about it.