One Piece: How “ZoSan” Became Popular
While there is little evidence of the pairing in One Piece, fans take a little moment together to point out a potential romance between Zoro and Sanji.
A play fans are not immune to the allure of shipping their favorite characters, hoping that one day their favorite couple will get hot. One of the most popular couples is the “ZoSan”, or Zoro x Sanji ship. It seems their antagonistic antagonisms towards each other are just fodder for fans of the couple, and Chapter 1023 did nothing to appease the Senders.
Expedition refers to the speculation and association of two characters in a relationship, usually romantic or sexual, while “Senders” refers to fans promoting their association of choice. Mostly popular among young female fans, if a series exists there are senders within the fandom. Usually couples are based on onscreen or open chemistry, like that of Bella, Edward and Jacob from dusk, but it is not a requirement for a ship to become popular.
The most popular type of matchmaking among fans is often same-sex couples. This is in part due to the lack of accurate and meaningful portrayals of same-sex couples in the media in which viewers can see themselves. Often times, couples fall into a certain trope, as one character will be overprotective while the other will be more laid back. One of the most popular shipping tropes is the “lovers’ rivals” trope.
While Sanji and Zoro aren’t exactly enemies, their actions towards each other aren’t particularly friendly either, especially not when they first meet. They often clash and call each other by names. Although they rarely see each other in the eye, they support each other and care about their crew – which is inclusive of each other. Their mutual animosity fanned the flames of romance in the eyes of ZoSan senders. In their eyes, their quarrels and name-calling simply hide their true feelings towards each other. Although they hit each other in the head, they have shown time and time again that they really care about each other’s well-being. There is even a Matchmaking Fandom Wiki page.
A play fans are looking for little clues and moments that could move their ship forward no matter the minute. There is a point where the two are doing the dishes together and Sanji calls Zoro by name instead of “Moss Head”. There’s a point in one of the filler episodes where the two fall asleep on a rug next to each other – in fact, they sit together in many episodes and manga panels. All these little moments add up in the eyes of the fans.
While Zoro has yet to express any romantic feelings towards anyone, and Sanji has expressed his to literally every pretty woman, that doesn’t stop ZoSan Shippers from hoping that one day their couple will get hot. Zoro’s lack of interest could mean he’s aromatic or asexual, but it could also mean he just hasn’t found the right fit yet. Sanji’s hopeless romantic schtick opens him up to being more fluid in his sexuality, and while he seems like he prefers women, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t find a same-sex partner. Until Oda comes out and declares each character’s official sexuality, it’s all technically up to interpretation. Even then, that wouldn’t stop the ship’s supporters. It just means it won’t be hot.
The expedition is a lot of fun for the fans. The result is art and fanfiction that serves as additional material for other fans. Much of the fan-made content is wonderful and while often the pairs aren’t hot, that doesn’t stop fans from imagining. With ZoSan being one of the most popular couples in the fandom, fans will continue to ship the two until the end of time – or A play; it doesn’t matter which one comes first.
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