I don't know where Miura is going with the Gaiseric lore at all; I've heard that the timing is off for SK and Void to have anything to do with the First Eclipse and Gaiseric but I'm just not sure. What I will say is SK reminds readers of Gaiseric and SK reminds Puck of a fairy. SK is on Elfhelm and so are some old vikings that may or may not have some relevance to Gaiseric. Femto/Griffith/Moon Boy will be on the island soon as well and so all of these pieces might come together very soon.There's a symbol on the sword Casca uses that caught my eye:
Now where have I seen that before...?
Now, I'm not going try and convince anyone that Gaiseric and/or his people were vikings. Nevertheless, the symbol isn't just a throwaway detail. We've seen it numerous times, and a mutated version of it is on the walls of Falconia as well. What's the significance of it? I think it simply dates the weapon from "that time."
Some quick reflections on the episode itself, I'm loving the Isidro/Casca dynamic. I think it was Aaz who said it on a podcast in the past, but Isidro truly can learn more from Casca than from Guts. Also the idea of Casca training a kid who aspires to be like Guts is a pretty cute image.
Speaking of images... the full-page horror show one of Guts and the apostles, I'm having a tough time with it. I can't really rationalize it very well in a way that's suitable for me. Obviously, Casca can talk to Guts, but his body is a living reminder of that hellish moment, so seeing his body is what triggers the memories of the Eclipse. But it's not just that. She has fused the two things in her mind. He's something that terrifies her. And I'm certain we're going to dig deeper into that association as we progress through her coping with the trauma, but to be honest it's already rougher than I expected it would be. After all Guts has done, first to be thought of as a dog on a futile quest, and then to be lumped in with those fuckers, come on... give this man a fucking break!
I don't think it's that she has Guts confused for being an apostle in the back of her mind. I just think that the last conscious image that she saw of Guts was jarring; in fact the mere mention of anyone associated with the eclipse is enough to trigger at least a minor episode like Judeau . We saw in her dream that she understands that Guts has been protecting her fiercely and we saw that she is aware of all that has happened since the Eclipse consciously, but it seems to me part of her mind is still in denial about what happened so subconsciously she rejects anything or anyone associated with the Eclipse.
What would "normal" be for Femto? And why would she feel any obligation to do anything for him at this point?
You've got no basis to be sure of such a thing. And Zodd hasn't been seen around the boy since Vol 28. The boy hasn't needed him as transportation since then.
Yes, another thing we've talked a lot about since April when it became clear that the boy was headed to meet his parents again. I don't think we need to guess how Guts and Casca would feel. The question for me is really how far SK would go in such a scenario, or if he would even recognize it as a dilemma. After all, Flora wondered about her old friend's remaining humanity after all this time. Now, realistically, is he going to skewer the kid? Of course not. There are bigger possibilities for the child than to become moonlight-infused shish kebab. But if SK actually approaches the child with murderous intent, and Guts has to cross swords with him, it'd inevitably change their relationship a bit, I think. Or at the very least, lead to a VERY cool moment for readers o==||===> .
The group is not all together or happy.
The Godhand have displayed a kind of omniscience on several occasions for one. Secondly, the Child and Griffith are both aware of each other's presence. The child has apparently been able to command Zodd and interfere with Griffith (though only once on the Hill of Swords).
I'm not sure that SK won't legitimately try to skewer the kid and I'm not sure that he won't eventually succeed. I do think it's unlikely, but his advice was to kill the child to begin with and he also said it would bring woe upon them both. I have a sneaking suspicion that neither SK nor the Child have good motivations for their seemingly good actions.
And the group is altogether and the relative mood since they've all come together has been hopeful; . We've had seeds of jealousy and animosity but none have really borne fruit yet so I think a much darker time is due. Relative to the overall tone of the series both our group of protagonists and antagonists have been too comfortable.
Side note: I apologize for any overlap in previous conversations, but I thought I should put where my thinking is for those points.