I know this doesn't have anything to do with the article, I just 爱情 this photo, lol.

>I actually am kind of a 粉丝 of AkuRoku, so I'm not saying this off of anti-ship hate 或者 anything.
>I'm not saying "STOP SHIPPING tHIS NOW 你 GUYS ARE TERRIBLE", either. That would be hypocritical because I ship it myself
>I'm not trying to start anything either, I don't like arguing.
>This wasn't intended to be anti-gay either, because I'm pansexual and that would literally be like bashing on myself.
>This is all opinion. If 你 REALLY don't want to agree, that's okay.

So originally, I had written this in the 评论 of a poll, but realised it was getting way too big for just a comment, LOL. For a long time, people always have spread a rumor that Sora, Riku, Roxas and Axel were intended to be gay, but was hidden/toned down 由 Square Enix because 迪士尼 wouldn't approve. But while 迪士尼 not approving would be true, their relationship was probably never meant to be "gay". And now, here's my explantion why.

It seems that many 粉丝 aren't aware that there are cultural ideas different from their own.

In Japanese cultures, it's been 流行的 to explore super close relationships between males for centuries. There is evidence of this in paintings and 图书 from many centuries back, even. Whiles they sometimes are, these relationships generally aren't actually gay, and occasionally in these stories both men end up getting married to women, etc. anyways (not against their will, I might add). The Japanese like the teasing of a close relationship that isn't explicitly romantic/sexual. 你 probably might notice this relationship in other animes and Japanese games.

The best example in 流行的 日本动漫 would be Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachin, the twins in "Ouran High School Host Club". They are NOT gay for each other, and one (or both?) has a crush on the main girl character, as well. And yet they still have a really close relationship that appears to be gay; they DO 爱情 each other, because they are brothers and they're always together since they're twins, but it's not a homosexual relationship. And they are both fully aware that people are attracted to the idea. which is why they do it in front of the girls, and the girls 爱情 it. Because that's what the Japanese like. They are actually the 日本漫画 artist's parody on the idea.

But that idea doesn't exist in Western culture/tropes (aka anywhere that's not Asia). Either he's your friend/family, 或者 you're gay for him; there isn't leeway and there isn't an in between, that's the way it exists in the West. Because of that, when western 粉丝 saw the relationships between Sora and Riku, and Roxas and Axel, it appeared to be gay -- because we never explore the concept of an in between.

There isn't really a word for it in the English language either, which makes it all the 更多 difficult. People naturally have to stick labels on things. That's how they know what's what, and how to feel about this 或者 that. When something doesn't have a clear name, they will stick it to the closest thing they know. For some fans, the closest thing they knew was "close friends". For others, it was "gay". And that's how the shipping war starts.

And that's what puts these characters in jeopardy in Disney's eyes. Not because they're gay, but because 迪士尼 knows that people in the West will THINK they are gay, for lack of a better word. And they don't want that trouble. Which, yes, is still homophobic, and sucks, obviously.

Now, that isn't to say 你 can't ship it anyways, because shipping is fun. But arguing that it's canon, I think, is pretty ridiculous. I also encourage people to make their own 文章 about their opinion on these things, too! Whether 你 agree 或者 disagree with me.

If 你 want me to elaborate, let me know! And please, don't be immature??