What would be a classical Western lit equivalent? Gawain and Isolde? Perseus and Euridyce? I mean, two cool characters who have no interaction and one of whom is a part of famous OTP with someone else. At least that is the case in the original Three Kingdoms.
But not in this take on it. In this take, they have plenty of interaction and I just think they would make an awesome awesome couple. Why?
1. Guan Yu is so tough and tough and tougher, and probably the best fighter of the ones we met so far, but he turns into utter mush around her. His helpless, blatant adoration of her is so insanely cute.
2. Diao Chan is not really a fighter but she's smart and independent and pragmatic and, while not a genius extraordinaire, is totally smarter than simple-as-a-plank Guan Yu.
3. She has had a horrible family life and minds her ps-and-qs to an extreme degree. Yes, she's friends with Xiao Qiao, but that's about it, and it's a small glimpse into what she doesn't have. But Guan Yu and his posse of tough but fun and outgoing guys all of whom treat her as one of them in part because they know Guan Yu digs her but in part for her own sake, is something she needs - she totally needs to be a part of large, fun, extravert group of awesome friends. Just watch how much fun they had when they all went out. ( Shippy shippy caps )