Inspired by OG’s post about OT3s, I thought, why not talk about it myself? It’s a pretty interesting topic. However, let’s spice things up by adding crack pairings into the mix as well.
Though, first things first; What is an OT3? Well, if you’ve already heard about an OTP, which literally means “one true pairing”, you simply add another person, making it a 3 person relationship.
Love Live! does a great job at providing us with ample material, so let’s go with You x Riko x Chica [Love Live! Sunshine!!] and Kotori x Umi x Honoka [Love Live!] as examples.
As for crack pairings, it’s basically a romantic pairing that doesn’t make much sense, is just absurd, and possibly also just goes against the let’s say more mainstream pairings of the series.
Feel free to disagree with me, but examples of crack pairings would be Maki x Kotori [Love Live!] or Kaga x Kongou [Kantai Collection], so, basically, something that’s hard to imagine would actually happen.
Now let’s start things off by stating what many people already know about me. When I start liking a pairing, it doesn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. And what that means is simply that it’s hard for me to either imagine this particular pairing with a third person or seeing them in a relationship with anyone else. Let’s take Eri and Nozomi here, since they make quite a nice example.
They get shipped with each other a lot, but they each have other characters they get shipped with as well. It’s not necessarily crack pairings that form around this couple, since I have to admit that even Eri x Umi or Nozomi x Nico work quite well, but since I “settled” with NozoEri, you could say I have my problems liking or even accepting others. In my mind, once I start liking a specific pairing, it’s like they’re married, to put it in exaggerated terms. Seeing doujinshi with other pairings, or even a third one added, just doesn’t feel right, and I often end up simply dismissing these kind of doujinshi without even giving them a chance.
There are actually quite a number of people making fun of me for exactly that. Rock The Vogt being the most malicious one of those, of course, always coming up with more absurd crack pairings to tease me with… . 😛
However, I do see where those people are coming from. In fact, if you refuse to read works about specific pairings that interfere with your OTP, be it a crack pairing, an OT3, or simply a different pairing that works well, too, you might be missing out on something amazing.
I found out about that right when I was more or less forced to read some Eri x Umi works that literally blew my mind. This weird feeling of betrayal still lingered in the back of my head, but seeing the quality of some works made me forget about it and simply enjoy the works for the great art, story, and yuri involved.
The same could be said about the OT3 You x Chica x Riko. I’m not a fan of these types of relationships, probably because I just can’t wrap my mind around how this would ever work out properly. Though, the internet proved me wrong again, as I started liking this OT3 in particular. I agree that each of these three work quite well in pairs of two as well. However, I’m now even close to saying that I like them more in this bigger kind of relationship. I’m actually shocked to even admit that, though seeing that I’m easily influenced by great works, be it fanfiction or doujinshi, I can understand where this newfound acceptance for OT3s is coming from.
Crack pairings, however, are harder for me to enjoy, since they tend to almost always get in the way of my OTP of a series. As already stated, my attachment to specific pairings goes quite deep, so anything that goes against my top pairings, like Pharmercy, Akaga, or Mokokeine, is usually still not something I could enjoy. Especially since crack pairings involve ships that just don’t make much sense, I usually rather view them as fun reads to have some good laughs, instead of seeing it for what it might have been intended to be, like a romance, or even a drama, in some cases.
I just still can’t wrap my mind around how people come up with some pairings, though, seeing that they bring upon an even greater variation and even more great art or stories, I guess I can’t, or shouldn’t, complain too much. Of course, I’d like these artists to focus on works that I’d enjoy more, meaning pairings that I like, though that’s something really selfish to say, and seeing that so many people enjoy stories about crack pairings, I think I actually am happy to see them getting more popular lately.
For me, I guess it will take some time to warm up to them, but since I’m such a sucker for great art and great stories, there have already been, and there surely will be, many occasions in which I’ll go against my own rules and read and enjoy these stories too~
Now, what’s your opinion on OT3s and crack pairings?