(黄金の太陽, Ōgon no Taiyō)
|Abbreviation(s):||GS (GS:TLA, GS:DD)|
|Creator:||Camelot Software Planning, Nintendo|
|Date(s):||2001 - 2010|
|Medium:||video game (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS)|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||Official Site at Nintendo.com|
Golden Sun (series) at Wikipedia
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The first game in the series, Golden Sun (released in Japan as Golden Sun: The Broken Seal), was released in 2001 to critical acclaim and much anticipation for its sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, which was released in 2003. Though Camelot had always left open the possibility of a third game in the series, it wasn't until six years later, in June 2009, that they announced Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, which was released the next year and featured the children of the characters from the first two games.
The first game was released in Japan in August 2001 and in North America in November, and the second in Japan and North America in June 2002 and April 2003 respectively. The first fanfic was posted to FanFiction.net no later than January 2002. Fansites began cropping up no later than January 2003.
Shipping & Slashing
In the Golden Sun fandom, it is not uncommon to ship any variety of characters together, especially permutations of the original eight playable characters. Most conceivable pairings have a pairing name in the form "___shipping" (à la animanga fandoms such as Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!). Such names are often humorous, and may be derived from the characters' elements physical appearances, or other traits, or from well-known fanfiction stories with the pairing.
- See also: List of Golden Sun Pairing Names
Since the release of the first Golden Sun game, there have been numerous ship wars over which pairings would become canon. The largest of these ship wars was between Valeshippers, who shipped Isaac x Jenna, and both Mudshippers, who shipped Isaac x Mia, and Flameshippers, who shipped Garet x Jenna. Valeshipping was confirmed canon by Dark Dawn.
Essays and meta written include:
- Mudshipping/Flameshipping Vs. Steamshipping/Valeshipping by Triad Orion
- Imilshipping: A Canon Nightmare by Triad Orion
Slash is somewhat less popular than it is in other fandoms, though its popularity and degree of acceptance varies with different communities. Common slash pairings include Lavashipping (Isaac x Garet) and Earthshipping (Isaac x Felix). Slash is perhaps most common on journal communities. For example, gs_yaoi is a LiveJournal community dedicated exclusively to Golden Sun yaoi and yuri.
Fanfiction is perhaps mostly found on FanFiction.net's Golden Sun section. However, there are usually fanfiction sections on fansites and message boards, and there are a couple LiveJournal fanfic communities and a mostly-defunct Golden Sun Fan Fiction Archive.
Doujinshi is rare but exists (e.g. Pika Pikado by Shining House). The doujinshi anthology Golden Sun 4-Koma Gag Battle is the best-known Golden Sun doujinshi and has been scanlated into English by two different groups (though a physical copy is still difficult to come by).
Golden Sun Communities
- Golden Sun Universe , a Golden Sun wiki
- Golden Sun Fan Fiction Archive
- The Adepts of Weyard (Old URL) (Current)
- Garet's Kitchen (Golden Sun Wiki Page) (Archived Version on Oocities)
- Golden Sun Hacking Community 
- Golden Sun Odyssey (Archived)
- Golden Sun Realm 
- Golden Sun Syndicate 
- Golden Sun: Adept's Refuge 
- Golden Sunrise 
- GS-Archiv (Archived)
- The Lost Waters 
- Temple of Kraden 
- adepts_gs (LJ), a general fan community
- gsfanfic (LJ), for fanfiction
- gs_yaoi (LJ), for yaoi and yuri
- gsfest (LJ), a challenge/fest community
- goldensun100 (LJ), a drabble community
- weyard (DW), a general fan community