Not that anyone asked me, but I feel like talking about it.
I feel like my feelings on it are similar to my feelings on the Phoenix/Maya ship from Ace Attorney. I’m okay with it, but only under specific circumstances. (I swear there’s a post somewhere about that sort of feeling.)
Age is certainly a factor. I don’t like shipping them in the context of their original games because Maya’s 16 and Ray’s 13. They should be adults before starting that sort of relationship with someone who’s already an adult. It’s why I’m comfortable when people age up Ray before shipping her. Sure she acts pretty mature, but she’s still a child in more ways than one. She probably needs as much experience with healthy relationships as Zack does. 17 or 18 is my lower comfort limit, especially regarding a serious relationship. (Not that that’s the sort of thing I want to read about regardless of the couple, but again, I find it more acceptable). In fact, there’s a fairy tale AU I’ve been musing about where they actually end up together at the end. Le gasp! Of course, that’s after like four years of being around each other, but you get my point.
I don’t have an issue with the age difference. In the grand scheme of things, 7 years isn’t that big, and it becomes even less significant once they’re both older. I get why people worry about it, but once they’re both adults, it doesn’t make much difference to me.
Also, I say I’m comfortable shipping them as adults, but at the same time I don’t feeling like I need to. Again, same with Maya and Phoenix. I want them together. I want them to be with each other, but it doesn’t have to be romantically or as lovers or anything. As long as they’re soul mates, life partners, living together, ect, that’s all it takes to make me happy. Also shameless cuddles but that’s another subject entirely.
So yes, under certain circumstances I’m fine with people shipping them. But when I run into fics or fanart of them making out when Ray’s still barely a teen, it gives me an icky feeling, so forgive me if I take steps to avoid those.