How Guts and Casca grew together – Part 1

REsolve: falling off the Cliff

Guts finds out how he unknowingly has been a burden to Casca – and starts making changes from this point onward by being supportive of her. This includes friend-zoning himself and making space for Griffith. Because he has been so disruptive towards Griffith – making him impulsive – and Casca – making her act out of envy – he felt out of place. By being confronted with their convictions, he also realized that he has no purpose of living, which has him floating in a void. In order to fill this void and because he wanted to be looked upon by both, he decides to leave the Hawks to find himself a dream.

This stage is very important. It is when Guts understands Casca’s position and a lot of tension between them is resolved as a result.

Casca’s not feeling it that day because of her period. Because she is weakened, Guts gives her a hand when fighting Adon. Note how this is reverse roles now compared to the Fountain Speech!

He is asking Casca what is wrong with her and is lending her a hand.

He’s pretty much kicking Adon’s ass for touching our precious Casca.

Eventually, as Casca got closer to the edge of the cliff, she starts to faint, and as Guts is trying to grab her hand, Adon hurts him by firing an arrow to his sides, which causes both of them to fall.

After they got to land, Guts made sure there is no water left in her lungs (smoochie times!).

He mostly does it to save her life, but the writer’s intend to hook them up eventually is pretty obvious, because this trope is way too common in fiction.

He is (justifiably) rationalizing his decision to take her clothes off as an act to save her. He undresses her to avoid her freezing with high fever, and prays she is not going to wake up (“just don’t wake up”), because he is afraid of her (most likely violent) reaction. As he takes her clothes off, he notices blood.

Well, of course he then realizes that it’s that time of the month for her. He acknowledges that Casca must have it rough being a woman surrounded by men. Guts can be a douche, but at least he understands this.

Because he couldn’t light up a fire since the enemy was near, he warms her up with his own body warmth instead. He does everything he can to preserve her integrity – a favor she has done for him as well when he was freezing in bed after getting injured during the duel with Griffith.

After Casca woke up, Guts is explaining the situation to her. He’s making it very clear that he didn’t do it to make an advance towards her. Saving her life was more important to him (or so he implied).

I like the fact Guts is telling her to lay back down here – for one, she is still having a fever, and the other thing is he possibly doesn’t want to embarrass her by seeing her naked

Casca is upset to the point she is even throwing a knife at him. She absolutely hates being vulnerable and naked in front of someone she dislikes.

Guts justifiably is mad at her. Normally, you have Casca trying to talk (or punch) some sense into Guts and this time it’s Guts trying to talk some sense into Casca. But because he is now getting angry at her back, and Casca is not in the state of mind to fight back, she recalls the hurtful things Adon has said to her and she bursts into tears instead.

She seems very hurt that men keep questioning her competence and skill simply for the fact she is a woman (which is damn too relatable, being a woman in IT).

That goes even so far that she would even hate herself for it:

This, to me, is also very relatable. Now because Guts didn’t want to hurt her, and is also not necessarily sure why she is crying, he’s apologizing.

But then she lashes out on him again.

After this, he is being pretty brash to her (possibly out of frustration), throwing his shirt at her while she is crying.

It seems a bit like he is at loss of what to do to comfort her, or at least, make her stop being upset. Sadly, he (or she?) is only making it worse:

Guts realizes that she truly hates him and is regretting saving her in the first place.

More reasons why Casca is so upset here – beyond the obvious him undressing and saving her – is the fact that she 1) criticized Guts for not caring about his men, only to be saved by him later (see the argument before the Zodd encounter) and 2) she possibly secretly wished to be saved by Griffith – but not Guts.

Because Guts is in no position to comfort her (e.g. like he’s done to Chitch), he instead attempts to direct her attention to something else and asks her about her story of joining the Hawks. What is interesting here is that he includes the possibility of Casca not willing to talk at all (“If you don’t wanna say it, then whatever”) – so he was already prepared to deal with more of her stubbornness.

But to his surprise, Casca is telling Guts how she met Griffith and how she considered him a saint after he saved her from the rapist noble. You can tell by the way she speaks of him that she is admiring Griffith. Also interesting is the fact she says “back then I idolized Griffith”, as if that is not the case anymore as of now.

Side note: Farnese would think the same of Guts later during the conviction arc (her word choice is almost the same, too!)

Casca then proceeds to tell Guts about the dead knave with the broken knight toy, which then lead to Griffith’s affair with Gennon. She brings up Griffith’s attempt to wash himself clean in the river after this and how he resorted to self-harm. Then, she acknowledges that Griffith attempts to achieve something grand. Because of this, it is an incredible burden to carry and in order to help him, she wishes to be his sword.

Interesting: Everything Casca says in this page can be said about Guts in the current arc

Casca then proceeds how Guts enters the hawks and changes everything: How Guts made Griffith praise him so easily and how she envied him because of that.

Casca’s self-esteem was tightly connected to the purpose she had in the hawks, because it was a difference she made in the world.

And because Guts entered the scene, the very thing she achieved for herself (to make a difference and matter to people) was at stake:

“But even so, I tried to convince myself that Griffith wanted you just for your strength. But Griffith, so calm and composed, always gets impulsive when it comes to you! It’s as if… as if…” ..he considers you a friend (finished that sentence for ya, you’re welcome Casca)

Guts is so overwhelmed by her he doesn’t even know what to say:

This page seems so weird to me, because just a few moments ago, Casca threw a knife after Guts, and here she is bumping her head against his chest – out of frustration, sure, but why the need to get so touchy…? The answer to this possibly is connected to her desire to be at someone’s side, which she admits much later on after Griffith has been rescued.

Another thing: Look at how thoughtful Guts looks here. I wonder what he is thinking there. It appears like it must be something like “So that’s why she was unfair towards me” and perhaps also a “I see. So there is no way I could stop making her hate me, and because of Griffith there is no space for me, either”. Maybe he also thought that by helping her getting closer to Griffith, she would stop hating him?

He thought of Griffith as friend, but what he said during the fountain speech had that hope destroyed – and now the same happened to Casca because of her obsession with Griffith.

Guts – knowingly or unknowingly – was looking for friendship and family, a place he could belong to. And he found none of that for the people he valued and looked up to, because evidently, he was disruptive to their dynamics, making Griffith impulsive and upsetting Casca because of his presence. Had he contemplated their actions before leaving, he may have seen a different story.

What also Guts realized here is that unlike Griffith and Casca, he does not have a reason for living, which put himself into a personal crisis in many ways, like an emptiness that would haunt him the more involved he gets. Maybe he also thought that in order to be their friends and equals, he has to find himself one.

I believe this is when Guts realized he HAD to leave the Hawks, in part because he disrupted them, and the other part to possibly gain both Griffith’s and Casca’s friendship too: Griffith, because he only saw someone as friend who had a dream like him; Casca, because it was Griffith who she looked up to because he had a goal in his life.

The funny thing is that we will see he does decide on leaving right after he got time to contemplate about his life during the campfire of dreams.

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