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28 October 2006 @ 07:56 pm
My Reasons [Festival]  
Fanworks and all that jazz are all good and nice (and even I'm working on a little writing for the festival), but I've been doing a lot of thinking on the coupling and that thinking sort of led to the following little blurb I wrote as a means of filling the empty space in my new sig at NF. Just my take on the pairing without the frills and 'OMG NejiTen 4eva' stuff that sort of gets on my nevers from time to time.

Regardless of whatever way you look at both Neji and Tenten together, I think one of the things that really establish them, as a functional pair is their trust. It’s the foundation for something that can grow in the future. They trust each other because they remain truthful to themselves. It serves as their mechanism of growth. This is why I view the pairing/partnership/friendship to be so dynamic and interesting.

It does have its problems. Tenten didn’t handle Neji’s suffering properly, and Neji didn’t treat Tenten with respect, but that’s not to say that they’ve not improved from this since their genin days. They’ve both learned their own lessons, but they didn’t learn their lessons without the other’s aid. They’ve matured, learned, trained, and complained together. But it is the fact that they are still growing within their team that makes this relationship stable, but dynamically interesting.

Could it happen? Sure. What makes it so unlikely especially now in the time skip? Kishimoto spent time re-establishing the team dynamic, and emphasized the distinct interactions between the members of team Gai. Even now Tenten and Neji are more likely to communicate effectively and naturally with each other. And they do all of this in such a simple manner. I believe that they are able to interact this way because they are compatible. It’s even more natural for Tenten considering that her character design pulls on the fact that she is very adaptable. Compared to all the members of her team, Tenten is the most stable, and with someone like Neji who has his moments of instability, a character like hers is ideal to help him balance himself out. Tenten herself isn’t at all perfect at balancing since it’s been shown that she can lose her temper quickly, but that doesn’t mean Neji can’t be the one to ground her. It’s in these ways that they can learn to rely on each other, need each other. It strengthens them both individually, but helps keep their bond healthy and strong.

So yes, I made the pairing sound simplistic, but it really only stems off from these simple ideas into something more complex. Like I mentioned before, it does have its black and white areas around the gray, but those differences among the similarities that are present will help preserve the relationship. It’s one thing to be complete opposites, or completely identical with everything you do, but it’s another when there’s a perfect balance between these two ideas that something strong like Neji and Tenten’s relationship can truly flourish and change. It’s at this point where they can go to each other for strength, but at the same time be strong individuals as well. It’s that aspect of character strength that really makes this thing solid in my mind.

Feel free to add your own opinion if you want, or tell me I'm nuts. Whatever. XD
 
 
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rong_chan on October 28th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
God, you must get A+s when you're asked to write a reflection! XD

You do have some good points in there, and it's explained really well. :)
Brinabrina_mezzaluna on October 29th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I have to say that I agree with you :)

I always had the impression that Neji and Tenten are mature individuals. They, as you have said, interact very naturally with each other (totally unlike Sakura and Naruto's interaction :P) I've always thought that they balance each other out as well, their characters and all differ, but it balances out each other. They both are independent and strong characters, but in the team dynamics, depend on each other strengths as well, like Tenten watching out for Neji's blind spot, etc.

ok, I'm rambling. :P

does anyone else see it my way? :)

brina
wingsoverwingsover on October 29th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Amen, sister. The lure of Nejiten for me was always the image of them as a well-established, mutually trustworthy, compatible partnership. I don't see them as having a love/hate dynamic, exactly - though of course they'd argue from time to time, since both of them are strong individuals. Or as having a sweet, fluffy "I will protect you from all the horrors of the world, my gentle love" pairing either.

I see them as balanced - stable. They WORK WELL. Emphasis on work. Among all the potential ships, I can imagine theirs as being the quiet, background, private yet very unshakeable one.

Although I think that Neji could get very possessive. I just get that vibe off him. :P