The Shipping News: Slash Madness Nomination Special

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Hello fellow slash fans! We are so excited to be here at the start of the second annual Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney! To honor this momentous occasion and to help you decide which couples to nominate, we have decided to come together and share some of our favorite slash ships that you might have forgotten. It’s actually a doubly special week for us because not only are we celebrating the beginning of this year’s Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney we are also introducing our brand new columnist/slash expert: Mike Cooper. He’s very enthusiastic and we already love him so we’re sure you will too.

Anyway without further ado, here are 12 pairings we would like you to consider nominating for the Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney.

Catherine’s Picks

For most of us Shipping News columnists, last year’s Ultimate Slash Madness Tournament was pretty much our superhero origin story. We’re back this year to defend and fight in the name of our favorite shipsassuming you nominate them. Here are the two pairings that I, Catherine, would love to see:

Haruka Nanase/Rin Matsuoka (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club)

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Spotlighted by Aja last week, the Free! anime debuted two weeks ago and sure made a splash (pun intended), particularly in the slash fandom. While the series’ protagonists are a shipping mix-and-match dream come true that might remind us of the Prince of Tennis cast, it’s the relationship between the quiet Haruka Nanase and the bitter Rin Matsuoka that gained the most attention. (Who could blame us? It’s a classic case of “rival shipping”, one of the most popular slash and shōnen-ai tropes.) To put things in perspective: Haru, who loves swimming to a point where it’s downright comical, quit practicing the sport competitively after he hurt his friend and former teammate Rin by beating him in a race. Rin subsequently went through a drastic change of personality to cope with his failure. Haru and Rin reunite years later, and together join the newly created swim club. While this endearing story is probably enough for any shipper to see great potential, the show seems very eager for us to put our slash goggles on: the opening is strangely focused on the pairing and the post-episode image still is…well, just see for yourselves. I give Haru/Rin two thumbs up, and would love to see the pairing represent the often forgotten anime/manga slash fandom this year.

Peter Rumancek/Roman Godfrey (Hemlock Grove)

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I was pleasantly surprised by the positive comments you guys made about Hemlock Grove when I mentioned it earlier this year, so it’s only fair that I give this pairing an encouraging nudge towards an official spot on the slash madness tourney (and, consequently, more exposure). Hemlock Grove was Netflix’s first original horror series, and as of June 19 it was renewed for a second season. Directed and produced by Eli Roth, this adaptation of Brian McGreevy‘s debut novel might take an unexpected turn next year, as the author decided he would not be writing any sequel, dropping his initial plan for a trilogy. The future of Peter Rumancek and Roman Godfrey therefore rests on Landon Liboiron and Bill Skarsgård‘s shoulders. Does it look good for us shippers? Well, we’re not holding our breath—even though the hints are already there, blatant homoerotic tension between a show’s otherwise straight protagonists is not exactly common, and could even be a first in the mainstream horror genre. For the writers to go there would be interesting, to say the least. What better way to show how receptive we are to a werewolf/upyr romance than to nominate them as part of our annual slash tourney? If you need a little more incentive, be sure to visit the Fuck Yeah Romancek Tumblr to reminisce about the Peter/Roman highlights of the first season.

Since I’m all about giving new or recently acknowledged pairings a chance this year, I can’t resist mentioning Supernatural‘s Dean/Benny and Marvel‘s Spider-Man/Deadpool as well. Remember: if you like it, nominate it! We’re counting on you to make this year’s tournament a success. Will we see hobbits compete against corporate lawyers? It’s all up to you.

Yvonne’s Picks

Hi guys, UndieGirl here to help celebrate the beginning of the second annual Ultimate Slash Madness Tournament. It’s kind of a special moment for us because we wouldn’t be here talking to you if it weren’t for the first tournament. Oh no I’m getting all sentimental, don’t worry once the competition begins my ruthlessness will return but until then lets get to the matter at hand… which two pairings have a chosen to put to you as possible contenders for this year’s Ultimate Slash Champion.

Finnick/Peeta (Catching Fire)

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Catching Fire (the second film in The Hunger Games series) is realize this year and that means that fans finally get to see the charming Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) come to life. While Finnick is awesome in his own right it’s the prospect of seeing his interactions with sensitive baker Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Because Katniss is too busy being awesome to have time for that romantic nonsense. Finnick is so flirtatious and Peeta is such a hopeless romantic, which for me makes the idea of a possible hook-up (even if it’s just for one night) extremely enticing.

Those that have read the book will know that there is one scene in particular to look forward to. It’s a moment I featured in the Valentine’s Day Special way back in February, you know the one, it involves a little mouth on mouth action. In fact Sam Claflin even said it was his favourite moment from the shoot: “I’d have to be giving Josh Hutcherson CPR. My mouth touching his was a beautiful moment, it will live with me for the rest of my life.” Finnick/Peeta is definitely worthy of your consideration.

Casey/Severide (Chicago Fire)

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Long ago in my first column I accidentally shipped a couple of angst-ridden firefighters from Chicago Fire. Then a couple of months later I revisited the pairing. I think I can safely say that at this stage you can’t really call it accidental anymore. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) are both chock full of issues and although they might act like they dislike each other there is clearly a deep connection between the two men.

There’s fighting, and jealously and a whole lot of lingering looks. Casey/Severide has everything a slash pairing should. The series starts with the loss of a friend and sometimes it seems like the only ones that truly understand are Casey and Severide. While this pairing is still it’s early stages it’s growing and it definitely has the potential to be an epic slash romance. Plus you don’t even need firefighter AU’s because it already is one (and it’s a really good one, chock full of action and angst). That is why I present Chicago Fire’s Casey/Severide to you for your consideration.

This was SO HARD, and voting is going to be EVEN HARDER. You should probably give these a shot though. I’m not going to beg, but I am going to use my closing statements to remind you of a pairing that made last years list that I would love to see again: Community’s Troy/Abed. “Troy and Abed in Slash Madness”. Yes? Remember if you don’t nominate it won’t make this list… so what are you doing? Get to it already!

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