|Synonyms:||rarepair, minor, gyaku kappuringu, jadou|
|See also:||kappuringu, pairing|
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Ibara (イバラ or 茨, ibara), is a term that is often used by Japanese doujinshi fans to indicate a kappuringu (pairing) that is rarely taken up by fans. In that sense, ibara is synonymous with rarepair. Ibara can also mean a "minor", a source work for which few fanworks are created.
Ibara literally means "a plant with thorns", like a wild rose. The word is used as a metaphor to express the difficulties of shipping a pairing that few other fans like or understand, or of being a fan of something that has only a tiny fandom.
- Ibara. Doujin yougo no kisochishiki. Last visited 01/04/2012.