I’ll start with some first impressions and what I can immediately think of. There are a lot of things I wanna revisit and that needs time, so there will be at least one more post. I’ll announce at the end of this one what those things will be. Also, I think I’ll use Kari’s bulletin points as a guideline for first impressions.
But first, please a moment of silence for the Kanon=Shannon theory:
Let’s see, what were my expectations again?
My Ep 4 theory. Might be wrong, there are more hints that it actually is Shannon behind everything, not Kanon. More to that at the end (well, kinda). Battler realizing his sin, forgiving Beatrice. Well, he realized the goddamn truth, so that’s implied. And me disliking Erika. Well, more to that later.
Apart from perhaps being wrong on the identity of Beato, not really.
What does “enjoy as character” even mean? I appreciate the concept (in a talk with a forgetful friend of mine, we both called her an intentional self-insert Mary Sue, not made by Ryukishi mind you, but by Bernkastel), so I guess there’s some enjoyment? I thoroughly despise her though, so I guess you could call it “love to hate”?
Regarding her approach to mystery, I once had that inner thought if Bern perhaps is some kind of reader avatar in a sense, since her motivation throughout the question arcs seem to align with that of a reader, and through her double, Erika, this is further cemented, though the scope is lessened to the type of reader that only cares about the who dunnit and the how dunnit. And while I myself planned to start my theoryfinding on the who dunnit, I still tried to keep the how dunnit AND the why dunnit in the back of my mind. Erika herself even said again that she only trusts the red and her own perspective and ignored everything else. But if you do that, it is so much less likely to find the truth.
There’s also something I wanna point out about her portrait. I think it perfectly describes her shortcomings. She sits in an armchair, signifying her standing as detective, but the chair itself is filthy and broken, and the background shows dead vegetation, signifying her utter lack of compassion.
I think I do share their views. The important thing to take home there is that it’s a tool, not some big holy thing you have to adhere to. Kinda reminded me how the view on the Prime Directive in Star Trek changed over the different series. I definitely used one of those rules when composing my theory for Umi. Was basically asking myself “Is there ample foreshadowing in ep 1 for this character to commit the crime?” (I think I used Knox’ 8th?)
It depends from tale to tale. There are tales (viewed in the broadest sense, so meaning any kind of medium) that are written “without love”, with the sole intent to make money, but for those that are written “with love”, I think that metaphor holds true. Usually an artist wants to express something with their art, and that’s basically what that metaphor talks about. I already asked myself “what does Beato want to tell with this scene?” on multiple occasions, so probably not.
It’s definitely interesting. I remember Zosonte saying recently that he expects them to be outerscope villains that stay that way and won’t interfere more directly, but that Ryukishi wants to make him fear that they might at some point. Well, he’ll have a field day soon. Anyway, their motives. I think they really do want to relieve their boredom, I don’t get the feeling they actually have much compassion for Beato or Battler. However, I think Virgilia is right in assuming that Beato saw this coming and thus invited them to give Battler that final nudge to solve the mystery. I think in a similar way she subconciously allowed Ange to enter her golden land. Either that, or Ange was permitted entry from Maria in ep 4, since at that point they seemed to be on an equal level.
What she did is straight up murder, no way around it. Sure, I understand her motive (and apparently that is called sympathy, these terms are confusing as heck), but I still contempt her for those actions. Well, rather, I generally dislike the idea of shaming/hating someone for whatever crime for all eternity, but I do want to see the culprit repent for their actions, something Natsuhi is shown doing.
Now, for my next post, or what will happen in my next post, I will see if I can construct a Kanon culprit theory for the fifth game (both the Natsuhi culprit theory and the Battler culprit theory are not true after all), and look at all the games if I can construct a Shannon culprit theory. For Shannon on her own I’ll have to look at the how dunnit as well, as I don’t think that was discussed as detailed in the ep 4 topic. I’ll also look in detail at that letter puzzle.
Finally I wanna throw a question to all you fellow detectives: Natsuhi killing that one servant and most likely that baby and Rosa meeting Beatrice both happen in 1967 (the latter presumably). Coincidence?