In reviewing my stuff, I don’t think I nailed down exactly how old Shizuru was when she met Natsuki in the garden. Eh?
Natsuki’s Prelude as translated by Apollyon indicates that Natsuki knew Shizuru while she was in her 3rd year middle school and Shizuru was in 2nd year high school. So they met each other before that point, anyway.
And then in chapter 1.3, I mysteriously indicated that Natsuki has known Shizuru for about four years up to that point in the story. It’s mysterious because I don’t remember at all how I came up with that number. Whuh?
Anyone have thoughts on this? I have this little chart I’ve been trying to fill out as a general age timeline:
|School year||Age range||Notes|
|h3||17(18)||Anime: Shizuru is 18 in this year|
|h2||16(17)||Prelude: Shizuru was in this year|
|h1||15(16)||Anime: Natsuki is 17 in this year|
|m3||14(15)||Prelude: Natsuki knew Shizuru since at least this year|
Let’s see. I remember in the anime flashback that Shizuru was wearing… well, not the middle school sailor uniform, so they had to be across school levels. I suppose one conclusion is that Shizuru was in h1 and Natsuki in m2 at the time. Hmmm. That would make it technically “three years” in 1.3, then.
Well, okay. I typed all that out and ended up answering things myself. Guess I’ll change that bit. ^_^; (This timeline is kinda important for Part 2 as well, I suppose.)