“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Boomer was a lit bundle of dynamite. Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how potent that part might be – that was full of nitroglycerin. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

– Emily LaBelle

There’s a scene in Gundam Wing where Relena invites Heero to her birthday party and Heero responds by ripping up her invitation and threatening to murder her – thus sparking one of anime’s most iconic romances. “Wow,” thought 7 year old me, “Heero’s so cool. I wish I was like him.” It took me longer than it should have to learn that acting like a murderous sociopath is not the most effective method of seduction.

– James