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I just came home from school where I had philosophy in the last lesson - we talked about the topic "Time". More specifically about how we always feel like we don't have enough time and like our life is too short, and what one can do against it, and so on. You can discuss so much about time, and I could go on and on about this topic, but I don't have the TIME right now. ;)

Anyway, this connects perfectly to what I'm going to write now, because this post will be a little time analysis. About Fake, of course (what else did you expect? ;D). My question is: How much time passed between the first and the seventh volume, so how long did Dee have to wait for Ryo? (I know that there are already many great and very plausable analyzes about this issue done by other fans, but I just feel the urge to make my own.)

Okay, so the first specific mention of the season is in the last chapter of Volume 1, when Bikky and Carol go to summercamp. In the end of the chapter 4, it becomes clear in the conversation of Bikky and Dee that Ryo was sick while the kids were away, which means that chapter 3 and 4 took place at exactly the same time. Therefore, in chapters 1 and 2, it must have been spring or early summer.

In chapter 1 of Volume 2, it's still summer: Dee and Ryo go on vacation in England and apparently, Bikky and Carol still have summer holidays because they can easily follow and join them without having to worry about school. The following chapters take place in autumn and early winter, until in the second chapter of Volume 3, it's christmas time.

But in the first chapter of Volume 4, I assume that the winter is already over because nobody is wearing any warm clothes anymore. It fits that in the chapters before and after, it seems to be summer as well. But I believe that in the last chapter of this volume, it's already getting colder again: Dee gets sick and nobody is wearing summer clothes anymore. But it can't be winter already because JJ says that it's "beautiful outside" and suggests to "go sit on a park bench".

So the fifth volume starts in autumn / winter. A proof for this is that still, summer clothes seem to be out of season, as well as the fact that when Ryo and Dee come home after their unpleasant meeting with Leo Grant, Dee states that "it's chilly". (Besides, even Diana is wearing warm clothes for once, lol.)

The following chapters take place in winter / spring, until with the beginning of Volume 6, it's obviously warmer again. Evidence for this is the crowded park where Carol meets the painting Mister Jackson and where the trees are green once again. The last chapter in Volume 6 is the only one where we know the exact date: it's the fifteenth of october (just have a look at the short conversation of Ryo and Drake at the beginning).

There must be a huge gap between the sixth and seventh volume because in the very last chapter of the series, Bikky and Carol are already gone to summercamp. According to Dee's inner monologue in the beginning of this chapter, only three weeks have passed since the chapter before, which means that it was already summer back then.

To conclude this, one can see that it's the fourth summer since Ryo came to the precinct and became Dee's partner, so Dee had to wait more than four years for him! Damn, that's what I call patience! (Or maybe just desperate love.)
(By the way, I kind of left out the chapters about Bikky and Carol a bit because Sanami Matoh herself said in one volume (I forgot which one) that their age changes several times within the series.)

I hope you find my analysis plausible! :D It's a bit like writing an English exam, haha.



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Nov. 29th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
I think I read somewhere that Sanami Matoh places the time line around 2 and a half years from volume 1 to volume 7.

Which would make some of the seasons a little off in the timeline (as you pointed out) and in second season/extras Ryo tells Drake and Ted that he's been Dee's partner for 3 years and at that point they are already a couple.

I think she had a bit of a problem working out the seasons. xD
Nov. 30th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh you're right!
Either my interpretation is wrong, or Sanami Matoh just didn't care so much for the seasons and how many years passed. The Bikky-Carol-timeline is kind of confused as well. :D

I guess 3 years just seemed plausible to her, that's why she wrote it without further checking - how could she have known that there would be obsessed fans like us who try to analyze the seasons? xD

Well, there's not a big difference between 3 and 4 years after all (although Dee might disagree with me there :D), so I think my interpretation can't be totally wrong.
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
Also, apparently there were some wrong translations. When Dee and Ryo kissed on the Brooklyn bridge, Carol and Bikky were at 'summer' camp, but in the Japanese version, they were at some activity which American schools don't do, and the only equivalent that the translators could come up with to get rid of the kids for a week was to call it summer camp.

Okay, enough obsessing about the Fake timeline. I must go to the gym before it's too late!
Dec. 5th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh really? That's news for me!

But it makes sense. Sometimes I really wish I could read japanese, so that I could always read the originals when it comes to mangas...
Dec. 5th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
I refer you to this ancient post o' mine...http://brit-columbia.livejournal.com/2006/04/21/

And this one too! http://brit-columbia.livejournal.com/2006/02/18/

mtemplar is such a fount of information.

Edited at 2012-12-05 05:31 am (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
If I understand it correctly, did mtemplar participate in the Fake Second Chances RPG? That's so cool! I love this RPG! Who was she?
Dec. 5th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, she was either a major participator, or she was the only person doing all of them. She's never confirmed that, although I've poked her about it several times!

I love the RPG, too. I consider it a work of FAKE fiction. It's my favorite out of all the FAKE works I've read.

Mtemplar is still around, although her interest in Fake waned and then she became a major Dr. Who fan. I wrote Blueberry StudMuffin for her. She was kind enough to bring the cast of the FAKE RPG to my birthday post last May! Man, that was fun.

She studies Japanese, and back when she was doing the RPG and I first started writing, she was buying Japanese manga artist notes and materials on e-Bay, so she got her hands on some of Sanami Matoh's notes and interviews re Fake and translated them. She has beta-ed a lot of my chapters over the years, but I hesitate to bug her too often because she's a really busy person. She's on Twitter nowadays. I'm on Twitter too because of her, although I don't check in very often.
Dec. 5th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
That sounds really cool! I should check out her LJ, maybe she has some interesting stuff there. But it's a shame that she's not so much into FAKE anymore. Bad, bad Dr. Who, stealing our fellow fangirls! ^

I don't think I could ever loose interest in FAKE, but then again, I've already lost interest in so many things over the years. It's like every time I discover a new fandom, I'm obsessed with it for about a year and then I find something else that I love even more and forget about the other one. That's why I'm a bit scared right now because it's been almost a year now since I fell in love with FAKE. But seeing how I'm still so greatly obsessed with it and how you are still a big fan after so many years, I'm sure my prophecy won't be true this year. At least I hope so.
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