X/1999

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Name: X, X/1999, エックス
Abbreviation(s):
Creator: Clamp
Date(s): 1992-2002 (on hiatus)
Medium: manga, anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: CLAMP's Site/JP
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X (エックス), also known as X/1999, is a still-unfinished manga by Clamp that was adapted into an anime series and a film. It is unusual in so far as both series and film have different endings. It is set in the same universe as Tokyo Babylon, with the two common characters being one of the popular slash pairings of the fandom, Seishirou x Subaru.

Canon

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The story focuses on Kamui Shirou and his two friends, Fuuma and Kotori Monou.

Fandom

The fandom was notorious in its heyday for a large amount of wank. Elitism was common among certain fan groups, and there was a good amount of arguing over whether the anime or the manga was better.

The series' most popular male characters and the four possible ship combinations of them were known as the Big Four: Kamui, Fuuma, Subaru and Seishirou. At times, fans of "lesser" characters such as Karen or Satsuki would feel annoyed at the popularity of the Big Four and rant about how their favorites deserved more love, leading to accusations of elitism. [1]

The fate of the manga

The manga was stalled due to real-life events making certain plot points difficult to write about. It has yet to resume and reach a proper conclusion, much to the ire and disappointment of fans.

Shipping

X has a large yaoi and shounen ai following, a decent het following and one canonical yuri pair. The aforementioned Big Four were at the forefront of many shipping wars; most infamously Kamui/Subaru vs Subaru/Seishirou. Fans of the former felt Subaru deserved to move on from his past abusive relationship, while fans of the latter felt such an idea flew in the face of canon and "missed the point" of what a tragic character Subaru was.

Canon ships

  • Kamui/Kotori
  • Sorata/Arashi
  • Kusanagi/Yuzuriha
  • Seishirou/Subaru
  • Kanoe/Yuuto
  • Tohru/Saya

Most popular fanon ships

  • Kamui/Subaru
  • Kamui/Fuuma
  • Karen/Akoi

Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Meta

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Links & Resource

References

  1. Wow. Your representation of X fans must have sprung from the voices that live in your head.