Handa Seishuu: Child ➜ Teen ➜ Adult
❝All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.❞
- T. E. Lawrence
- W.B. Yeats, A Man Young and Old: III. The Mermaid
Glad to. No, it’s not a silly question at all.
Sousuke’s birthday is 14 September.
This means that he is:
- Younger than Haruka
- Older than everyone else.
I will refer you to a post I made last year explaining the birthdays. In summary, Japanese school year begins in April. As such, kids enrol in elementary school when they have turned 6 years old, which means that a school year is made up of students from April 2013-March 2014.
Therefore any kid with a January-March birthday will be one calendar year younger than their peers born in April-December the year before, although all of them fall in the same school year.
From oldest to youngest, the age order now is:
Haruka > Sousuke > Makoto > Rin > Nagisa > Rei > Aiichirou > Momotaro
So at 31 December of any given year, Haruka + Sousuke + Makoto will be 1 year older than Rin + Nagisa + Rei, who will be 1 year older than Aiichirou, who is actually the same age as Momotaro.
Get it? Lol.
It is important to grasp the difference between calendar year (January -December), versus school year (April - March) to figure out who is older.
Here is the breakdown of people born in the same CALENDAR YEAR:
1996 = Haruka (30/6), Sousuke (14/09), Makoto (17/11)
1997 = Rin (02/02), Nagisa (01/08), Rei (14/12)
1998 = Aiichirou (04/01), Momotaro (06/12)
Gou’s birthday is unknown, but her birthday must fall somewhere between November 1997 - March 1998 in order to be in the same school year as Nagisa+Rei+Ai.
Now let’s look at the breakdown of people who fall in the same SCHOOL YEAR:
Year 3 captures all those born in April 1996 to March 1997 = Haruka, Sousuke, Makoto, Rin
Year 2 captures all those born in April 1997 to March 1998 = Nagisa, Rei, Ai, Gou
Year 1 captures all those born in April 1998 to March 1999 = Momotaro
Conclusion: Rin is still the baby always and forever.
** One final fun trick — use horoscopes as a rough guide! Did you know that the first sign of the horoscope is actually Aries (which spans end-March and most of April)? The horoscope cycle begins from Aries and ends with Pisces.
So any time you have 2 characters in the same school year, the character whose sign is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius will be older than (born one calendar year ahead of) the character whose sign is Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
But that’s a very rough guide, since horoscopes don’t align completely with months.
And that’s it!
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All I could do in one day.
I decided to practice drawing out Rin’s stupid sexy hair, but then I ended up with an AU idea… I freakin’ wanted to draw Rin in a dress, and he ended up dressing as Red Ridding Hood, instead of a maid dress. I also wanted to draw Rei (my second fave character in Free) in a dress. Then it went down hill from there.
It’s a fairy tale princess AU. Almost all the characters (the main Iwatobi Team and Samezuka Team) have roles as a princess. That’s right! They’re all going to be in freakin’ dresses! So, I already have which princess they will be. Yeah, Rin is a princess, in disguise as Red Ridding Hood. All of the princesses have background stories to them. Will I write it out? Who knows… who knows, but I will make it a task to draw all of them out as princesses!