This entry is part of 12 Moments in Anime 2009.
#5 is Gundam Wing (wiki) fanfiction… of which I have read a lot this year. When I wasn’t doing stuff for class or watching anime proper (or looking for a job), I was probably reading GW fanfiction. It’s not even my favorite anime. It’s just my favorite set of characters. Gundam Wing first came out in Japan in April 1995 and has had a core set of fanfiction writers ever since who just won’t give up on the characters. And thank heavens for that, right? More reading material for me. The fandom is chugging merrily along as other animes come and go.
I finally decided to watch the whole series all the way through (which—haha—I hadn’t done before 2009)… Did you know that “the Perfect Soldier” idea for Heero came from the fandom, not the canon? Yeah, I didn’t either.
The most obvious pairing in fanfiction by far is 1xR (Heero/Relena) followed by 3×4 (Trowa/Quatre), which both have some basis in the actual series. After that comes my favorite pair, 1×2 (Heero/Duo). 6×9 (Zechs/Noin), 13×11 (Treize/Une), 5xS (Wufei/Sally), and 13×6 (Treize/Zechs) are also popular pairs. I could probably write an essay on the significance of the numbers and their order, but I won’t bore you with the details here. If you’d like some recommendations for fanfiction or would like to learn more about Gundam WIng, feel free to drop me a line.