These questions were originally posted in February of 2015, so they are Valentine's themed. While Dandy is not a romance book, the main characters each have a romance, so maybe skip this one if you want to experience the growth of their romances through the story?
1. How long have they been a couple?
Toru & Gurujhal - Two years at the beginning of the book, about two and a half by the end.
Dandy & Azuka - They meet for the first time in the second chapter (Kazu the Hand), and are more or less together through the end of the story, so about ten months.
2. How did they first meet?
Toru & Gurujhal - Through Dandy. When Toru first started working with her in a bounty hunting capacity, Toru met Gur when they went to get information from him for a job.
Dandy & Azuka - At a noblewoman's coming of age party during a bounty hunting job.
3. What were their first thoughts of each other? (Love at first sight or “you’re freakishly annoying”?)
Toru & Gurujhal:
Toru - Thought Gur was annoying and crass.
Gurujhal - Thought Toru was uptight and fun to tease.
Dandy & Azuka:
Dandy - Thought Azuka was interesting.
Azuka - Thought Dandy was mildly entertaining.
4. What do they do that most annoys each other?
Toru & Gurujhal:
Toru - Gur instigating public displays of affection.
Gurujhal - Initially, he doesn't really think anything Toru does it annoying - later, though, I'd say it's Toru's way of cutting to the heart of things.
Dandy & Azuka:
Dandy - Azuka's way of always calling her bluff.
Azuka - Well, not exactly something Dandy does, so much as his own tendency to underestimate her.
5. Are their personalities opposite or similar?
I honestly didn't even realize that both couples had opposite personalities until my editor pointed it out. In his words:
I love the dichotomy of your romantic pairings. Dandy, the crass, sexually open woman paired with the prim and proper noble in Azuka. Tough, badass, stoic Toru paired with fidgety, nervous, unsure of himself Gurujhal.
6. How would their lives be different without each other?
Toru has a arc involving a lot of self-reflection, and I feel like he'd take longer to realize some things about himself without his relationship with Gur. Gurujhal would likely never get into a really emotionally fulfilling and intimate relationship without Toru, and because of his past and why he wouldn't get into that kind of relationship, his self-esteem would suffer for it.
Dandy also goes though a growth arc, and having someone that is mature and laid-back and doesn't expect anymore of her than she's willing to give really helps her keep her head. Getting into a relationship with a partner she comes to deeply trust is also part of her growth. Azuka never planned to have a long term partner, but is beginning to change his mind.
7. Are they ever embarrassed of each other?
I think the only one who gets embarrassed is Gurujhal, who sometimes gets embarrassed by how straight forward Toru can be.
8. Does anyone disapprove of their relationship?
Toru & Gurujhal - Nobles in general disapprove of Gurujhal, but the only person close to Toru would be Lt. Urataro of the militia, who grew up as a ward of the Katowaro family. Zueng - Gur's dad, doesn't approve of Toru because he's convinced Toru will end up hurting Gur.
Dandy & Azuka - Rin, Dandy's friend and half-owner of the Mountain's Beard Inn with Dandy, doesn't approve of Azuka because of past experiences with Azuka's family. Azuka has the same societal disapproval as Toru, but no one close to him that disapproves.
9. Do they see their relationship as long-term/leading to marriage?
Toru & Gurujhal - They're just seeing where this leads.
Dandy & Azuka - Azuka is starting to make long term plans, but Dandy is more nebulous in her plans of the future.
10. If they could plan the “perfect outing” together, where would they go?
Toru & Gurujhal - Honestly a picnic with their family (Gur's dad, Toru's mom and kids) and friends somewhere quiet.
Dandy & Azuka - They wouldn't really go "out" - more like staying in bed all day.