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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Truder on February 23, 2018, 05:26:44 AM »
And I love how Miura makes it clear that while Casca's sanity (and memories) may have been restored, her pain and psychological trauma are still there. And they are raw as ever. I really like how this episode reminds us there are some things that no amount of magic can make go away and that there will be no easy fixes. Even Danan's formidable magic is no silver bullet for Casca's condition.

Agreed. They put a heart covered in thorns back in the vessel. That could only mean her feelings and trust will be locked away from people. I really hope Guts gets what he wants though :sad:.
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« Last post by Guodong on February 23, 2018, 04:03:09 AM »
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Fancypantaloons on February 23, 2018, 03:59:54 AM »
What a great episode. I cannot say more than what you guys already said. I'm happy right now.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Archer1215 on February 23, 2018, 01:12:00 AM »
Such a beautiful episode   :judo:
This is the moment that we've all been waiting for. Almost 22 years and over 260 episodes later, it finally happened - Casca is back!!  :guts: :casca:

And I love how Miura makes it clear that while Casca's sanity (and memories) may have been restored, her pain and psychological trauma are still there. And they are raw as ever. I really like how this episode reminds us there are some things that no amount of magic can make go away and that there will be no easy fixes. Even Danan's formidable magic is no silver bullet for Casca's condition.

Agreed Johnny Apples. I also love how the Eclipse was showcased in this episode. Iím glad the episode didnít focus simply on the rape, but emphasized how the event in its entirety was the source of Cascaís trauma. I loved the symbolism with her heart being covered in thorns, and I thought the helix imagery reminiscent of the Idea of Evil and Vortex of Souls was very interesting.

And next month we will finally be gifted interactions between Casca and Guts again, as well as her reactions towards the events that transpired during the Eclipse. I havenít anticipated an episode like this in a long time.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Johnny Apples on February 23, 2018, 12:53:05 AM »
Such a beautiful episode   :judo:
This is the moment that we've all been waiting for. Almost 22 years and over 260 episodes later, it finally happened - Casca is back!!  :guts: :casca:

And I love how Miura makes it clear that while Casca's sanity (and memories) may have been restored, her pain and psychological trauma are still there. And they are raw as ever. I really like how this episode reminds us there are some things that no amount of magic can make go away and that there will be no easy fixes. Even Danan's formidable magic is no silver bullet for Casca's condition.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by DirtiestM on February 23, 2018, 12:50:19 AM »
Wow this was an amazing episode! I loved Schierke's recollection of SK's words on the beach and I wonder how Casca will react to Schierke and Farnese being inside her dream. It will be interesting to see how the old Casca will be merged with a lucid, post traumatic Casca and what her immediate reactions in the real world will be. I wonder if she will be confused or immediately frightened, haunted with flashbacks from the physical and emotional trauma experienced from the eclipse. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here! Also pumped for this upcoming podcast :guts:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Scorpio on February 22, 2018, 11:15:09 PM »
And heres to another watershed moment! The upcoming character interactions and subsequent development have me chomping at the bit. I won't even speculate on how the next handful of episodes will play out, really I'm happy to just hop on and enjoy the ride. The various emotions and drama to come may not be quite as intense as what we just witnessed but it's going to be bubbly.

Hopefully I don't need to encase the rest of this in black, but spoiler warning to anyone reading further!

Jumping right into the debate at hand... I think how the rape was handled in this episode was just about spot on. We've already experienced it when it happened, we've reflected on it with Guts and his right eye's last sight, and now I think the way we see it from Casca's perspective fits in well with how we've been experiencing her memories in the dream so far- where nothing has been overly dwelled on. Making it far enough to even trigger the memory was a traumatic battle in itself and then you have Schierke's warnings as the memory opens with a stark picture of the eclipse. As with the other memories we, again, get right to the point as all the terrors and violence swirl in a horrifying, disorienting vortex with only the rape scene piercing through all that confusion, emphasizing it's importance before the gorgeous two-page spread of Casca shattering into pieces of a broken doll- highlighting both the critical moment as well as finally revealing the knowledge Schierke and Farnese were chasing all this time. I also don't think Miura necessarily needed to show more as in my opinion he already made us do the work for him...  we've been remembering/debating that harrowing scene for literally months, even casual readers were worried about how it would be broached. Having it be the only clear moment in a sea of other horrors told me enough. It's also important to remember that while she may be sane now, her trauma is far from cured. We'll just have to see how that's dealt with in the future.


It's been such a long time, but man, it's good to have her back.
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Speculation Nation / Re: Casca & The Idea of Evil
« Last post by Griffith on February 22, 2018, 10:45:53 PM »
Didn't Guts already slay the Idea of Evil inside the Sea God's belly? :guts:

I'm joking of course, but the point is just because things look similar doesn't mean they are connected, and as Wally said we've seen more design elements of the Idea elsewhere, such as the organic jets on Rosine's fully transformed state, or even Ganishka's armor. So, while I agree with the obvious, though loose (it's not insinuating something deeply connected), thematic visual associations Aaz mentioned, I think Casca's heart looks like a heart because she's literally, to paraphrase, "regaining her heart." If Miura wants to make more of it someday or connect it, and likely many things given Idea's influence in that episode, as a kernal to some reintroduction of the Idea of Evil, that's fine, but I certainly don't think that was the return he wanted us to takeaway from this moment, from an episode he removed no less, "Hey readers, biggest moment yet, and I'd like to take this opportunity to make it about the scene I cut from the story you probably don't even know about!"

Sometimes I think that scene being removed has actually given it more import via a sort of outsized, legendary status. It helps that it's essentially about "god," but on that note, given it was cut, I don't think we should see it everywhere. Idea's canon presence in the story amounts to a two page spread and some cryptic references, hardly some pervasive element that should be at the forefront of our minds, whether episode 83's apocryphal revelations offer us an incredible "behind the scenes" preview into its importance or is in fact misleading at this point.
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Speculation Nation / Re: Casca & The Idea of Evil
« Last post by Walter on February 22, 2018, 10:15:01 PM »
Sure.
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