"He was a strange man. Somehow inhuman..."
Oh. My. GOD. THAT ENDING THOUGH
Yeah, same thing here, was happy with how it turned out. Although I do wonder whether it's really over or not. I feel like there's a window for a continuation after the memory if Miura wants to. Would give the scene some urgency/tension, allow the the girls to reflect on the symbols, plus provide an opportunity for Casca herself to make the decision to end it, to wipe it all away. Also that exposed eye is kind of asking to get gouged.Gobolatula said:I was happy with the Dream Guts vs Dream Femto fight. I was a bit worried with how that would play out, but I was very happy that it fit in with the strange, dreamlike atmosphere. I should have expected no less.
I was surprised by it being the dog's tail, and by the cannon. I had imagined being held in the mouth, what would echo with Gut x Count fight. And also pleasy my Dark Souls enthusiasm (Sif). However, the cannon would probably end in a questionable spot...ApostleBob said:I'm surprised the Dragon Slayer was brought along with the armor, I really thought that it would be a separate escalation to the scene once they seem to be out of everything.
The look inWalter said:Whose .... Schierke's?
Great point here on the symbolism of it being a part she needs to embrace to become complete.DarkAdin said:The challenge for Casca now is to put that piece into her life, to find a place for it in her concious life, and make concious decisions about it and face the consequences, which are going to be truly decissive in the future. Perhaps in the future the mother will be able to add more insight on this matter. I feel that only his parents alone will have the power to use the key their child represents: a human pathway to Femto's weakness
Not to nitpick, but the child as we see him here is "only" the symbol that will trigger the memories. I would be very surprised if the actual scenes contained within were only focused on him, without featuring what led to his creation: Casca's rape by Femto. I'm repeating myself but the rape is the event that actually broke her mind and that informs everything that's been going on in this dream.DarkAdin said:And it's a good turn that the child is going to be the last piece. The challenge for Casca now is to put that piece into her life, to find a place for it in her conscious life
I think it's possible, see what I've said in previous posts so far. It's not necessarily how I would want it to go, though. Like I've been saying, the big question would be how to reconcile the events of the Eclipse, which are a LOT to get through, with post-Eclipse (and therefore post-insanity) stuff.Archer1215 said:Do you believe we could be getting any post-Eclipse memories with this last fragment?
Yeah, I mean I still think Casca will be extremely focused on her son and wanting what's best for him, but it doesn't have to be an "all black or all white" deal.Archer1215 said:Now that is an interesting thought. Especially since we all pretty much assume that Casca will be the one who will want something to be done about her child. I think it would be fantastic if Casca's feelings towards her child were just as complicated as Guts' were, but in her own way.
I really don't see the memories lasting three or four episodes, which is why I brought that up. I think we have two or three episodes left for the dream sequence as a whole.Archer1215 said:As for your other points, I understand and agree with what you're saying to a point. I do think that rushing through all of these things at once would be a bit problematic and lessen the narrative weight they should have on their own. [...] But as for cramming all of this stuff into a single episode or two, no, I don't believe that will happen, nor do I think it would give any of these moments the impact they each deserve.
Wow, really? No offense but that's a strange way to approach it... I mean like you say you've since realized, this whole venture isn't about that at all, it's about Casca, her trauma and trying to bring her back. And the secondary aspect, which is not to be overlooked, is giving Farnese and Schierke a window into who Casca really was, her relationship with Guts and Griffith, and what broke her. That will allow them to relate to her and become her friends after she's back. It also further puts an end to Farnese's little crush on Guts (which I think will effectively end at some point not long after Casca wakes up), which is another step in her personal development.Archer1215 said:When I first learned that Farnese and Schierke (two people who love and admire Guts) would be going on a dream quest into Casca's subconscious, then it just seemed obvious to me they would be seeing these things. "Of course they're going to see Guts' assault. why wouldn't they?"
How exactly do you measure Schierke or Farnese's admiration for Guts compared to Isidro's? Seems like a specious assertion.Archer1215 said:Farnese and Schierke (the two people who are arguably the closets to Guts and admire him the most)
You assume Guts has a clear understanding of what the Beast of Darkness is, which isn't really the case. He mostly ends up confused whenever they interact. The Beast of Darkness is a characterization of his dark pulsions (resulting from his trauma) that exists for the benefit of the reader. If you asked Guts himself I think he'd just say he has a problem dealing with certain thoughts/urges, which is true. Furthermore I don't think it's something his friends could actively help him with, it's mostly an introspective work on his psyche... The one person that could help? Casca.Archer1215 said:I thought it would be a great way for Guts to finally be forced to tell everyone about the Beast of Darkness and lead to something where everyone wants to help him deal with that.
There is absolutely no evidence Casca "kinda realized" she was pregnant in episode 71. In fact it is basically impossible, given how recent the conception was at the time.Mangetsu said:One thing i wonder about is if Miura may begin the dream sequence with Episode 71, where Casca kinda realized that she is pregnant.
Still haven't mine. I received 352 like two weeks ago or something. So I don't expect too soon. I'll probably have time to pre-order 354 before 353 gets in!IncantatioN said:Just got my issue today, man it's glorious. It'll take a while to fully appreciate it, now onto listening to the pod on it ^_~
Thanks for the summary puella and Aaz!