I somehow didn’t notice this at the time, but given the other night, a reply feels appropriate~
It might be kinda crass for me to say this, but to be honest, while I do love the manga (particularly Ep8, and little things like the “discord” scene in Kinzo’s study in Ep1), I’m not too fond of some of the translation/localization differences Yen Press made with it. Spelling differences - Kinzou, Gouda, Nanjou - using “night” instead of “twilight” in the epitaph (though other than that, I like most of the manga’s epitaph translation), “Westernizing” some of the dialogue (replacing Battler and Ange’s corny Engrish with French in a few places, names being presented in the Western order of given name first - Sayaka Ohara’s loud screams of “USHIROMIYA BATORA” are absolutely iconic to me)… I’m not saying it’s bad, mind - I just prefer the angle that Witch Hunt/Mangagamer took with the VN translations.
Though then there’s this, from Ep6:
Which… Yeah. Oops.
More on-topic! I just finished reading through Ep7 yesterday (going to start the Tea Parties soon). I don’t have a lot to say about it right now (still need to get a lot of my thoughts in order), but I will say this:
Good grief, do I ever feel like an idiot rereading it. So many of the questions I was stumbling over on my first read-through (who Yasu “is”, the “17 people” thing and how that could work, what to make of Shannon and Kanon being practically joined at the hip, etc.) are pretty explicitly answered. I dunno how I managed to somehow miss all that until partway through Ep8, hah.
At the very least, I suppose I can take solace in knowing that my “theory” at the time (Kanon being Beatrice, with Shannon as an accomplice) wasn’t that far off the mark.
Just to add a bit more substance to this post, even though it’s something I’d like to discuss in the podcast and already asked on Discord - during Clair’s story, when she’s lamenting the fact that Battler ended up returning in 1986, we get this bit of narration, after Will comments that the incident “might not have occurred” if Battler came back just a year earlier or later:
I expressed on Discord that, as uncomfortable as I find it to think about (and I doubt I’m the only one), I suspect the “small incident” would’ve been Sayo committing suicide in some manner - likely drowning herself, so she wouldn’t leave a body behind. Having said that, the Ep8 manga does seem to contradict that (some of Sayo’s internal monologue in Confession suggests that she was going to come clean to George in 1986), but I’m not really sure what else to make of it.
I’m wondering - what do other people think this “incident” might’ve been?