Let's also see if I can keep the whole thing public for the entire meme instead of chickening out and going to friends-only like I've been doing too much lately.
Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
I wanted to put Katniss/Peeta, but spellcoats told me to wait until Mockingjay to make any decisions on that, so I'm going back to Darker than Black.
I've always mocked the people who ship their favorite minor male character with the female lead despite them having next to no interaction, and now I'm doing it myself. Except in this case, they don't have next to no interaction, so it's different, dammit, or so I tell myself.
I love November 11, because he hits several of my pings (the most obvious being that he is a badass spy, the English accent in the dub not hurting). I love Kirihara Misaki, because she is an engaging female character with a story arc of her own that isn't dependent on the men around her (which is one of the reasons I'm leery of the second season, since I hear her arc in it is much more focused on Hei). She's also the kind of serious, intent person who is really fun to tease and troll. Which November does with some regularity. He also flirts with her in almost every scene they're in together, even if half the time she doesn't seem to realize it because she is busy linefacing at him for being a troublesome killer troll.
That's basic chemistry taken care of, which is important for me in a ship, but there's a more serious element to it as well. Misaki is one of the few humans, perhaps the only one, who really challenge November on an emotional level. She calls him on his shit. She actually catches him off-guard. After the events of the Havoc arc, she becomes someone worth taking seriously to him, someone who can be trusted in dire straits, and it's not because she pulled some badass stunt during their last time together. It's because she stood up to him and called him a coward for killing Havoc. You get the impression that people don't do that to November 11--either they take his stupid act at face value and assume he's not worth taking seriously, or they consider him too much of a legend and a badass to call out like that, or they assume that contractors can't be held accountable. Misaki doesn't let any of that hold her back around him. On top of that, after she rescues and helps him in Amber's introductory arc, she becomes someone he actually cares about, which is rare. After the events of the last two-episode arc, you can't argue that he doesn't care about her. He goes out of his way to support her and warn her twice--once while he's dying, even. His flirting with her was superficial, part of an act, albeit an entertaining one, but his fascination with her runs deeper. We're never explicitly told just what he sees in her, but by my headcanon, she's the one human who impresses him.
On Misaki's side, you have less, because she's a lead character and most of her interactions concern other characters. But there is something. The fact that she cares enough to call him out in the first place instead of just dismissing him as something beyond human censure is a start. The scenes in Amber's first arc are more. She goes out of her way to rescue him, yes, but that's not particularly special--she's the sort of person who likes to rescue others. But July calling him "friend" (nakama, in the original Japanese) and November bemusedly accepting that designation have an effect on her. So do his actions in the last two-episode arc. She cries after his death, and most tellingly, April thanks her "for caring about him." The fact that he was capable of having friends and that he went out of his way to try to help her force her to acknowledge that contractors have a human side, and that she's capable of caring for them.
So we've got chemistry here, along with both humor and tragedy, which is how I like my favorite pairings. There's another ping of mine as well: ambiguity. They never really define what their relationship is, and then it's cut off before it can develop into anything more. The most concrete information canon gives us is that he cared about her and she cared about him, but they weren't friends or partners. They just...were people who cared about each other in spite of themselves and didn't know entirely what to make of it.
I like to make a pairing out of it.
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension anymore" pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever?