The Problem With Taiora “Friendship”

Hello again Taiora shippers.  We here at The Taiora Movement have some big news coming your way in the not too distant future, so stay tuned.  It’s important.

However at this moment, I want to discuss the potential real world problems that a Taiora “Friendship” could include.

Recently in the profile of a relatively new Sorato author on FanFiction.net, I saw the typical rhetoric made by the… more polite of Sorato fans.  They see Tai and Sora as good/best/close friends.  While I applaud them for at least recognizing that in their ‘oh-so-perfect’ Sorato world, there is dark side to this view.

Unfairness.

Life is unfair right?  It is what it is, and in this case Tai is getting the message loud and clear.  We Taiora supporters see Tai and Sora as best friends turned lovers (at least we could have sworn that was what was going on), while Sorato supports (the nice ones) recognize the friendship and are content to see it stay that way.  In other words, Tai has one of his closest relationships severely damaged and undermined but he can’t do anything about it because he wants Sora to be happy and Matt is his best friend.  Sorato shippers are completely cool with that.  If the situation were reversed, Matt wouldn’t have had near as bad a time because he and Sora were never that close before they started dating *looks at Toei with blank expression*.

But wait!  Would Tai’s relationship with Sora be affected?  Yes he could still hang out with both of them sometimes, but surly feelings of jealousy and envy with Matt getting most of the time alone with her would creep up.  Yes, we do maintain that Tai had romantic feelings for Sora, so this would be a thing.  For anyone that doesn’t see what the real problem here is, I’m about to explain it.

A Problem For Sorato?

Caption the following with one word:

‘Girl with new boyfriend attempts to continue, as usual, very old relationship with male best friend (who may have feelings for her and vice versa)’

Yep, you got it!  Taiora.

This is a heated debate in the real world (no not that real world, I mean the actual real one).  Can a person continue to have an opposite-sex best friend while dating or married?  Is this, or can it be: healthy for all parties involved?  Opinions on this in real life vary greatly, but I’m going to take the negative position.  All relationships have their ups and downs, and Matt and Sora’s would be no different.  Who may Sora end up going to cry to during a low point?  Taichi.  She may continuously compare the two males, weighing their positive and negative attributes.  This situation is also a breeding ground for cheating.  That being said I do not believe Sora would do this, I think she’s stronger than that.  However it had to be mentioned.

Of course, none of the above was a problem for Sorato right? …Right?

In the English dub, when Tai and Sora go off together to track the girl infected with the dark spore towards the end of 02, Izzy asks Matt if he’s at all worried about Tai being alone with Sora (red flag just risen on Izzy’s part).  Matt is not.  For his sake I would hope he has nothing to fear.  Continuing on to The Revenge of Diaboromon, in both Japanese and English dubs, Sora calls out Tai’s name before Matt.  Okay, no big thing right?  Then she grabs Tai when the wind picks up. Sora…your boyfriend was right there.  Three inches from you.  One can only speculate what was going on in her mind at the time… and frankly, whatever she was thinking, be it consciously or subconsciously, wasn’t a good thing, no matter how you want to slice that cake.

At this point, I could go into a rant about how wrong that whole thing was for so, SO many reasons, but I’ll refrain from doing so.

I am completely aware that I’m starting to get vague, but I want to leave you to your own thoughts at this point.  You’ll be hearing from me again within a few months at the latest.  Also, if this at all left a sour taste in your mouth, get use to it.  Things are about to get very real.

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Additional Commentary on Aug 21, 2013 Post and More…

Hello everyone, it’s been awhile since my last post.  I just thought I’d add a bit of additional debunk to taiorafan21′s latest post.  Specifically article two, section one: They share similarities.

taiorafan21 mentioned the following as evidence cited by Sorato shippers; Both live in a single parent home, both wear jeans, crest compatibility, and the dark cave.  The dark cave was debunked in full and was mentioned again in the comments, but I want to briefly address the others.

Single parent homes.  This is actually one of the few reasonable bits of Sorato evidence.  While it doesn’t guarantee that two people will be attracted to each other whatsoever, it is something that Sora and Matt share and they would be able to relate in this way like no other potential Digidestined couple (In the first two seasons anyway).  However while this is a shared human experience, it is not one they shared together, and they don’t need to find comfort in a person based solely on this common denominator.

Jeans, clothes in general.  Please.  I really don’t want to believe that a Sorato fan would stoop to this level.  I don’t think I’ve personally ever heard this given as evidence, but I’ll debunk it anyway.

So what?  That’s the short debunk to this claim.  They wore jeans and short sleeve shirts.  This is entirely circumstantial at best.  They do own other clothes you know.  For that matter, Tai and Sora both wear things on their heads.  Or T.K. and Sora.  Both wear similarly shaped hats.  Or Mimi and Sora?  What about Yolei and Sora?   Let’s stop while we’re ahead, I’m sure we could match every DD as a potential couple at this rate, based solely on their clothing… or hair style… or opinions on hats…

Compatible Crests.  This has been debated and debunked 100 times over, so I’ll try to be brief.  Yes, their crests are compatible, and surely love can involve friendship.  However, light and hope go together flawlessly as well, and yet it seems T.K. and Kari never became official.  Lastly, Tai and Sora are already friends, but love is not easy.  It takes strength, and courage to see love prosper.  That’s all I can really say.

I have some news.  More like a reminder.  It is unfortunately a few weeks late.  It doesn’t really honor Taiora, but Digital Monsters as a whole.  August 1st was the day the original Digidestined were sucked into the Digital World.  Of course there was a group that went before them… but information regarding them remains… limited.

Anyway, August 1st should be an important day for all of us, for the rest of our lives really.  It should serve as a reminder of our childhood.  Also August 14, 1999 was the day that, in a way, we all entered the Digital World for the first time.  I will try to remember August 1st for next year.

Now I need to go before I feels too much feels.  ^_^

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Debunking Common Anti-Taiora & Pro-Sorato Arguments

I’ve been seeing some comments lately that parrot common arguments I see by Sorato fans and I felt the need to address them so here we go.

Anti-Taiora Arguments

#1: Tai was too immature

Many people speculate that a reason for Sora not dating Tai or seeing him as a potential romantic partner was that he was too childish for someone like her. This argument makes some sense on its face, but when examined closely, falls apart.

It is true that Tai was quite immature, especially for a leader, in the early part of the first season, but like most of the other characters, he went through an arc of development and grew into a confident and capable leader by the end of the season. Sora surely saw that growth, so immaturity wouldn’t be a reason to discount Tai as a romantic interest.

Besides that, Matt was quite immature himself up until the end of the first season, so if you’re going to use that argument against Tai, you need to admit that it applies just as much to Matt.

#2: Taiora is too cliche/predictable

This one is just ridiculous. Sorato fans say they prefer their couple because they think Taiora is too cliche, being the main guy and the main girl and they say that’s boring. My response to this ludicrous argument:

Who the hell cares if it’s cliche, or in your words, “boring”? First of all, that is nothing but your opinion, and second, just because a pairing match up is cliche doesn’t mean it’s invalid. The fact of the matter is, Taiora made much more logical sense because there were so many hints that Tai and Sora were heading in a romantic direction, so cliche as it may have been, it had substance, unlike Sorato and that leads me to my first Pro-Sorato argument.

Pro-Sorato Arguments

#1: They share similarities

This argument makes sense on its face as well, but when examined closely, doesn’t amount to much. Sorato fans say that because Matt and Sora shared similar experiences (and clothing), they’re more compatible than Tai and Sora.

Both live in single parent households. Both wear jeans. Their crests are compatible. Both faced the dark cave. The reasoning that because they have these similarities, they’re a good romantic match is faulty. The assumption is that they understood each other more, but that is complete BS.

Sora and Matt barely interact at all in the first season and when they do, it’s almost never about anything meaningful. They had nothing to bond over until the end of the first season. Tai and Sora had meaningful conversations, and showed that they understood each other well because of their history as best friends. That is what lays a foundation for a romantic relationship. If anything, Taiora fans have much more grounds to use this argument than Sorato fans.

#2: The Dark Cave

I mentioned the Dark Cave in the first argument, but I want to elaborate on it here. Sorato fans say that this single experience laid the foundation for a level of understanding sufficient to allow for the development of romantic feelings and the idea is just absurd.

First of all, Matt was NOT the only one helping Sora when she was in there. What Sorato fans always conveniently forget is that Joe was there too and it was HIS words that got through to Sora, not Matt’s so if anything, Joe should be given most of the credit for helping Sora.

Second, the Dark Cave was ONE moment and the only one that they shared that they could’ve bonded over. One moment can lead to better understanding but it does not lay the foundation for a romantic relationship except in the movies. They had shared nothing of significance up until the Dark Cave and it is just unrealistic to expect the depth of understanding that comes from a lifelong strong friendship (like the one Tai and Sora share) to develop after one experience together. It doesn’t follow.

Those are my thoughts on the matter and I hope I didn’t step on too many toes, but I just had to get that out.

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A great discovery

I know I’m not the only Taiora fan to know about this, but I just found an official novel series of the Digimon series that recounts Digimon Adventure. The reason why I’m so excited is because if there’s Taiora hints inside, then that means that Taiora was supported by the creators and that would explain why there was so much evidence for it in the anime.

I plan on reading it and looking for any Taiora hints because those WOULD be canon and nobody would have anything to say about it.

Here’s the link in case anyone else wants to read it.  http://digitalscratch.pmsinfirm.org/?p=4125#axzz1rUqAKGQh

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Tai’s Treasure

I was listening to a preacher on the radio the other night (well, half-listening; I was mostly waiting for my brother to come out of a Loves store) and he started talking about your treasures, citing Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”, basically saying that your treasures should be invested in God.

I’m not trying to evangelize or push Christianity, but that verse got me thinking about what Tai said in episode 20 in the Japanese original. “Something very precious to me is on the other side of this wall.” When asked if he was referring to Sora, Tai answered in the affirmative. I believe he also called her one of his treasures in that same episode (possibly in the quote above), though my memory is fuzzy. The point is, if you look at the Bible verse and apply it to that quote, it would mean that since Sora is one of Tai’s treasures, his heart belongs to her as well. The second season would bear this out to be true later on.

You might think I’m reaching with this connection, but that verse doesn’t just apply to Tai and Sora, but other fictional couples as well. I think it’s a true statement.

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Taiora Evidence From Sora’s Side: An Analysis

Many Sorato supporters concede that there’s evidence for Taiora from Tai but contend that there’s none (or almost none) from Sora or they say that all the evidence from Sora is dub-added and therefore, doesn’t count. I hate to admit it, but they do have a point. There isn’t a lot of hard evidence for Taiora from Sora’s side. But there are two pieces of evidence that (IMO) are undeniable and those two pieces are what I’ll be focusing on in this article.

Personal Protection

Exhibit A: Departure For a New Continent.

When the group is swallowed by Whamon, most of the kids cling to some part of the boat to keep from being swept away. Sora however, grabs onto Tai’s waist to keep herself anchored. She chose to go to Tai for protection rather than someone else or clinging to the boat like the others or the digimon.

Exhibit B: The Prisoner of the Pyramid.

Sora is captured by Datamon and the person she calls out to for help is Tai. I think it’s evidence that she trusted him to save her. I say this because she could’ve called out to anyone else or even just said “Help me” without specifying a particular person, but she called to Tai.

Exhibit C: Diaboromon Strikes Back.

This is the best example. When a strong gust of wind blows in the direction of Tai, Sora and Matt, Sora leans into Tai to protect herself from the wind despite the fact that Matt is close by (in fact right next to her just as Tai is). This is in light of the fact that Matt and Sora have been dating for quite some time and Sora is supposed to “love” Matt. Yet, Sora again decides to go to Tai for protection, proving further that she trusts him and ONLY him for her personal safety.

The Hair Clip

In the movie “Our War Game”, Tai and Sora aren’t talking because Sora is offended by Tai’s birthday present, a hair clip. Tai doesn’t understand why she would get so upset over something so minor and for a long time, I didn’t get it either, but I understand now. Tai is someone that Sora is very close to and to her, Tai’s present was an indication that Tai didn’t like the way she looked and the hairpin was a way to “improve” her physical appearance.

We all know girls are very self-conscious about their appearance so when Tai gave her that hair pin, it was an insult to Sora because someone that she cared about apparently thought that she didn’t look good the way she was. In fact, she accused Tai of that very thing by saying that he didn’t like her normal hairstyle or her signature hat. For her to get so upset over a perceived disapproval by Tai, I think Sora had to have deep, and possibly romantic feelings for him because the people who hurt us most are typically the ones we care about the most. She was sad and hurt that the guy she liked didn’t seem to like the way she looked.

Conclusion

There may not be overwhelming evidence of Sora’s romantic feelings for Tai, but for anyone to say that there’s none is a blatant falsehood. Taiora has proof from both sides and that’s part of the reason why it’s the best couple in Digimon for me.

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He Let Love Go Gracefully…

This is going to be a short article. I was looking for a Jyoumi picture yesterday when I came across a screencap of “A Very Digi Christmas” when Tai tells Sora to go see Matt with the title text on it as a caption and that got me thinking. I’ve said before that I believe that infamous moment of episode 38 of Season 2 is a Taiora moment as much as it is a Sorato moment and the title of this article explains why.

Tai obviously had romantic feelings for Sora. We saw that plainly in Season 1. In Season 2, he finally got up the guts to let those feelings be known and asked Sora to go with him to Matt’s concert in that infamous episode. She, unfortunately, turned him down and said she wanted to meet Matt after the concert. Tai knew what that meant and understood that, as far as he could tell, she didn’t return his feelings (even though we all know that in all likelihood, she did).

Instead of moping, or getting angry at her rejection, Tai assured Sora that he was okay with her decision and encouraged her to go see Matt if that’s what she really wanted. He put his own feelings and his own happiness aside for the sake of her happiness. That moment, to me, confirmed what I had known for a long time: that Tai truly loved Sora. And when she went inside, he said, “I’ll be waiting…”, indicating that he still had hope for the two of them. He showed great maturity and devotion to Sora by letting her go.

When I saw the screencap of that moment yesterday, I read that caption that said “He let love go gracefully” and I said to myself, “Yes. Yes he did…” and I smiled.

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