How Guts and Casca grew together – Part 1

Finding common ground: The Fountain Speech

Casca and Guts slowly began to realize that there is no space in Griffith’s life for the both of them. Because he is unreachable, they spend time together instead, giving them opportunity to experience comradeship and care for the first time. Because Guts is scatter-minded and stirred-up after killing Adonis, he is not as stubborn as usual, which provokes a much softer reaction from Casca as a result.

The moment they were both faced with this truth, they started to grow closer. Let’s take a look at the events that lead to this!

So what we see here is Guts assassinating General Julius. This event is going to be important for Guts’ interactions with Casca that follow.

After Guts strikes Julius down, Adonis (who possibly wanted to talk to his father about the sparring) enters the scene and because Guts could not afford getting seen, Guts just charges at him, and penetrates him with his sword right through the chest.

Because Guts did not recognize the figure he struck yet, he was visibly shocked to find out it was Adonis. Just look at how many pages and panels were used just to express this shock!

He did not mean to kill him. His regret is shown by him taking Adonis’ hand as he reaches out, as well: This is the least he could do for the boy. This fiasco would haunt Guts in a nightmare afterwards, which shows very well that this act affected him deeply.

This goes to those who think Guts does not show any remorse for his actions – while from the outside this may be true, it still troubles him and affects him and his decisions, which in my opinion, is more important. Actions speak louder than words.

Now a Guts who’s been broken inside and suffered a concussion hitting his head against a rock, gets out of the sewers, looking for his friend, Griffith.

But Griffith would remain unreachable even to him.

Casca was about to give a lot of shit to Guts for not participating in the training of their units – but note how she chose a much softer tone. Because Guts changed his demeanor (most likely because 1) he is suffering from a concussion and 2) is still shaken he just killed Adonis) has she is reacting to him differently too.

Now because Guts is in a pretty bad shape both physically and mentally, Casca notices this and follows him to the palace.

It is also her who is stopping him going any further to meet Griffith, with as bad as he looks (and probably smells too). Unlike last time, she isn’t punching him because he is in a weak position and not being an ass about it.

Note how Casca provides a confused and lost Guts with some direction and care:

By tending to him, she is showing comradeship and kindness towards him. Because he is not being stubborn, but rather confused and scatter-minded, Casca has no need to be stubborn in return, and instead prefers to be calm and take care of his wound. This is something I find so great about her character: she can be mean if she deems your behavior unacceptable, but if you are in a weak spot, she will be there to take care of you. She is not judging him or berating him for his hurt or vulnerability. Guts will do the same in return later when they fell off the cliff.

Now after Griffith talked about dreams and what a true friend means to him, Guts was utterly shaken by this. Remember, after the assassination it almost felt like Guts was looking for some praise by Griffith, reassuring him what he did was right or anything along those lines, and then he hears this from the man he thought of as friend.

This page is the visual representation of what Guts felt hearing what his friend and commander said: distance and insignificance. He will feel that way again after killing Rosine during Lost Children Arc and almost dying doing so.

Also notice how Guts’ ragged and injured outer appearance is also a metaphor for what is going inside of him: he was extremely conflicted because a few minutes ago, he just killed Adonis, an innocent child, on accident. But: How this relates to Guts leaving the Hawks, or what it has to do with Guts’ perception of his self, is covered in different articles.

Casca was also affected by Griffith’s words, but not as much as Guts was, because technically, she still had a dream and purpose (namely to be Griffith’s sword). I think she was more jealous than anything else. She only started giving up on that dream after Guts returned from the Hawks.

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