Unpopular opinion time: Relena Peacecraft is my favorite character in Gundam Wing. By far. I like her better than the pilots, the villains, and her brother with the unusually long and glamorous hair for a soldier. I’ve been re-watching GW recently and my love for Relena’s character has only grown. There’s a lot of dislike for her out there, and I have to say I’m not entirely sure where it all comes from. Yes, it is a little ridiculous that someone with Relena’s young age and limited experience can fill all of the roles she inhabits in the series, but it’s also a bit odd that young teenagers are allowed to pilot multi-billion-dollar killing machines, so you have to suspend your disbelief somewhere. This is anime, after all.
-you’re a sweetheart
-nerdiness or geekiness
-you’re very mysterious
-fangirling over stuff
-being self conscious but at the same time liking yourself
-creativity or artisticness
-wearing scarves, sweaters, dark colors in general
-being average height
-always look angry when you’re not smiling
-you have curly/wavy hair
-brown or grey hair
-you were a punk
Listen, twenty years ago, it wasn’t so cool to have a calculator watch, right? And spending all day inside playing with your calculator watch sent a clear message that you weren’t doing so well socially. And judgments like ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ and ‘smiles’ and ‘frowns’ were limited to junior high. Someone would write a note and it would say, ‘Do you like unicorns and stickers?’ and you’d say, ‘Yeah, I like unicorns and stickers! Smile!’ That kind of thing. But now it’s not just junior high kids who do it, it’s everyone, and it seems to me sometimes I’ve entered some inverted zone, some mirror world where the dorkiest shit in the world is completely dominant. The world has dorkified itself.
So I’m going to post a few things from my “descriptive data analysis” on The Night Circus and its time structure.
Top graph first: Here I have graphed date against page number. The blue points (and line connecting them) represent the regular chapters. The red points (and line connecting them) represent the section headings with quotes from Friedrick Thiessen, which are dated. (The chapters in 2nd person are undated, presumably because the author did not know the date when you would read the book.)
An upward slope means that the book is traveling forward in time (i.e. chronologically). The chapters that seem out of order (too high up compared to the overall upward line) are the ones about Bailey. I’ll show graphs later for the different characters separately.
When I made this graph I was surprised to see how chronological it was. Of course, in the upper right hand corner there things are a bit flattened out, so I zoomed in (second graph). There you can see how the book made tiny circles in time near the end. (I took out the lines because they were a little distracting.)