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Animal Crossing book pours cold water on hopes CJ and Flick are lovers

But that hasn't stopped the fanart.

Numerous reports around the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons leapt on references to the game's chameleon and otter characters being more than just friends.

CJ, a chipper young otter who hosts the island's fishing contests, and Flick, a punky chameleon who asks you to catch bugs, can be found describing each other in dialogue as partners.

It was seized on by some fans as evidence the two were Nintendo's first canon LGBT+ characters in the series.

However, the game's official guidebook, published last week, appears to offer a clarification. According to Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Official Companion Guide, the two are "roommates and business partners" (thanks, DualShockers).

But word that the two are partners in business and not pleasure has not dampened their considerable legion of fans. Just because a chameleon and otter are working together, doesn't mean the two can't smooch on the side, right?

Looking through the considerable number of posts on the subject on Twitter dot com, it's pretty clear fans of the couple are not going to let this get in their way.

We've asked Nintendo for further clarification on this. In the meantime, here's some of the latest fanart - published after the book was released.