There is now a measles outbreak in New York. A whole ward of cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy have been exposed to it. Imagine fighting cancer for years only to die because some jackass didn’t vaccinate their brat and you caught measles.
grailytoast Heyhey! I have a Berserk question for you. I know that you've got a lot of great analysis on the Casca/Guts dynamic during the Golden Age arc, but I haven't seen many comment from you beyond that point. What are your thoughts of Muira's writing for Casca story post-Eclipse? Do you think you'll be interested to see her make her comeback when it arrives?
i honestly haven’t devoted a ton of thought or analysis to casca post-eclipse because it’s so upsetting, and because i really think that her mental state means a whole hell of a lot more narratively and personally to guts than it does to her. before the eclipse, they were equals. they had to make room for each other in their definitions of themselves and their space in the world. their arcs were joined and mirrored by each other with the idea that people aren’t things, that you have to find something you want for yourself and move towards it rather than accept the uses that someone else finds for you.
since the eclipse, casca has symbolized a lot of things to guts. she’s the reminder of the worst day of his life. she’s a reminder that there’s no coming back from some things. she reminds him that his dream died, that his friends died, that everything that made him the person he was with all his hopes and all his hard fought personal victories is dead. she’s a very powerful symbol. but that’s, basically, all she is. and that’s not good enough for me.
i’ve been very dissatisfied with her arc ever since the eclipse, even if i appreciate the weight of the initial direction it took. it was DEVASTATING. it’s still devastating! but ever since, casca hasn’t figured into the story as anything other than a symbol and a means to explore other characters. she’s a way for guts to feel bad about himself, she’s a way for him to toe that line between man and monster, she’s a way to remind the reader just how much we’ve lost along this journey. she’s not a person, not even a very sick, very traumatized person. she’s not there.
i want her to come back, and i want her to take up the place she used to hold in the golden age arc- not the warrior necessarily, not the strong active role she used to have, but a person. one whose goals and aspirations don’t necessarily align with guts’s, who challenges his ideas about himself and about what direction he wants to take, and who won’t allow herself to be relegated to the realm of Plot-Important Objects.
and for god’s sake, let her get her own revenge, let her get her own chance to decide whether she wants to be a human or a monster, give her some agency again. guts and casca have always only ever been about two people trying as hard as they can to be actual people, and she needs that struggle back.