Because Sunday is now the official day of brotherly cooperation, I’ve decided to try to make some sense of our attempts to make sense of Strike Witches.
Bear in mind, though, that the text I’m analyzing here is that of our posts — it doesn’t represent everything said in the raw audio commentary by any means. You should consider this an analysis of what we thought was important enough to present coherently. And it’s not as though we’re employing advanced data mining software, so of course this is all terribly unscientific. But, who knows? It may be fun.
First, a word cloud:
This is just a Wordle cloud (200 words maximum) with our more common “filler” words — “just,” “know,” “like,” “really,” “think,” “well,” “yeah” — removed. From this, it would appear that our most common maneuvers (besides general screwing around) were speculation (“wonder,” “guess,” “going”), revision of incorrect speculation (“oh,” “actually”), references to Gundam, Macross, and Gurren Lagann, and attempts to make sense of the whole pants business. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Here’s a look at the number of times we mentioned plot, characters, and setting abstractly — that is, these aren’t references to specific manifestations of those concepts, but references to those concepts themselves.
And here’s a comparison of our discussion of protagonists vs. antagonists. I suppose villains are always more interesting.
We didn’t get around to mentioning every character by name, but we did mention a few:
And here’s what happens when we add the Neuroi.
It’s kind of amazing, actually, how infrequently words such as these turned up throughout the posts. Perhaps it’s symptomatic of our refusing to admit to ourselves certain notable aspects of Strike Witches.
Expletives and generally not-very-nice words
Because it’s worth figuring out whether we curse like drunken sailors or action movie heroes. Well, maybe.
I’ll admit that I initially had more ambitious plans for this post. I wanted to take stock of our adjective use, for one thing — but that would require figuring out context, and I don’t exactly have an overabundance of spare time right now. Maybe next time.