You kept bringing up her role as a detective and listed all her abilities and perks. And whenever anyone tried to suggest she simply made a mistake or made a wrong assumption, you’ve kept insisting again and again she MUST have been somehow deceived if her mistake is to be acceptable.
And I’ve brought up time and time again, as have others, that there was certainly enough reason to expect that given the circumstances and her own focus during the investigation, plus there being an actual explanation for it in the manga (regarldess of whether or not you like or accept it) is reason enough.
And to what end?
None of my other responses to you have actually been responded to - and the only reason I ever made them was because you were the one who brought the original points up in the first place to justify applying certain things to the story. There’s no real debate or useful discussing coming out of this.
Fine, what does it mean? What does it partain to? What scene can now no longer necessarily work because of it? Or, rather, what alternative does that leave us with? What other interesting solution is born out of it? All it opens is a maybe instead of an actual definitive and none of those other maybes lead to anything useful as far as I can see, especially since that no - there is no solid precedent to suggest Erika making a mistake in one scene means all other possible headcounts are flawed from here on out.
And given the way you’ve structured your arguments up until this point (and what they’ve been, really), I don’t think that you’re attributing this as some sort of mistake by the writer himself or an oversight of some kind - in fact, by the looks of it, you appear to be claiming it’s intentional in some way.
Which is fine.
But then, what I want to know is - what’s your point with all of this? I just want to know what is actually being discussed because all you’ve basically said is “well it’s not good enough for me”. Fine. Really, it is!
But what’s the solution, then? What’s the explanation? What’s the alternative? What’s a SEMBLANCE of one that you propose? Do we dismiss the entirety of ShKanon? Okay, sure - great, but then explain the alternative and the purpose of all these supposed “hints” to something else. Otherwise, we’re not actually discussing anything, we’re wasting time arguing whether or not we think Erika made a mistake or not and the merits of believability. You don’t want to believe it’s believable – perfectly fine, more power to you, but then give us SOMETHING to actually DISCUSS as a RESULT of that question having another answer and what that OTHER ANSWER ACTUALLY IS AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE REST OF THE STORY, rather than going around in circles for the paoyff to be “well iunno maybe maybe not”.
Because, alright, say Erika didn’t make a mistake and wasn’t deceived. Shannon and Kanon must’ve been in the same room. That means the ENTIRETY OF THE STORY is completely different, and that a million questions and potential contradictions are now born because of it, and if you’re going to go that far, then construct an argument as to what the alternative to that story is, otherwise nothing is actually being achieved. No point is actually being made.
And no, I have no real interest in “thinking it over myself” because there’s nothing else there in my mind. And it’s not a result of “refusing to think”, it’s a result of taking the work and everything I’ve seen, and actually seeing that from a narrative, structural and character standpoint, I witnessed a complete story and that there was nothing left to be discussed - especially after the manga. If someone - anyone - wants to insist there was more to it, then it is up to them to provide actual evidence and coherent theory to dispute, so that an actual discussion can happen. Because I’m not interested in vague pieces of text that might suggest there’s more to it, because you can twist basically anything to mean whatever you want with enough push – I want to be shown what that alternative, “hidden” explanation is, then, or at least a base theory for what it is.
And again, I really do apologize if the tone of this post comes off as more annoyed than it should, because I am desperately trying to understand what you’re trying to get at, and it feels like I’m being given nothing to actually work with here in return.