Taichi was never married, therefore he can't be cucked, it's that simple.
If someone takes the last doughnut from a box you didn't bring, after asking if anyone wants it and you chose not to speak up, are you cucked? No, you were never entitled to that doughnut. You should've made a move sooner.
I'm still mad that THIS didn't happen. But there's new hope in Tri.
Platonic best friends forever.
>My actual reaction when first watching this as a kid
this desu. The relationship made no sense thematically, and only served to fuel shipping-based arguments. The shipping bait and 02 ending ruined the series for me and was my first NTR. I do wish their crests actually meant something and best boy didn't end up alone tho.
You are not entitled to get the girl. She's not "your" girl. She can't be "stolen" from you. She is a person, not a seat in a theater.