Episode 364 not only was the last chapter Kentaro Miura (may the Gods bless him) worked on, it also left with a cliffhanger that may have felt like a punch to the face for some. Particularly the last page of Griffith crying may be very confusing.
Why is a Godhand member, supposedly devoid of any feelings, crying at all?
The short answer is that these are not Griffith’s tears, but the Moonlight Boy’s.
First, the Demon Infant or Moonlight Boy share the same body. How it came to that, you can read in detail here: Why the Demon Infant was reborn during the Birth Ceremony.
The first indicators for this we can see at the Hill of Swords scene (yes, it goes this far back!). Here, Griffith consciously notices the feelings of anxiety he has are likely that of the Demon Infant. His heart is pounding while Griffith was saving Casca, the Moonboy’s mother, from falling rocks.
It seems that something similar must have happened in Episode 364. While the Moonboy transforms back Griffith, he could register a lingering feeling of longing, which would disappear soon. He also describes this experience being similar to a dream.
If you wish to find more about the relationship of Demon Infant, Moonlight Boy and Griffith, you may want to check out this other post I wrote.
Episode 364 is an indicator that for Griffith these tears (perhaps also these actions in general) are an involuntary, visible bodily reaction. For the Moonboy, leaving his parents after full moon is over is like his world is shattering, being repeatedly denied the parental love he deserves. At least, he did manage to spend some valuable time with his mother and also warm up a little to his father.
Note how the boy usually shows no face expression whenever we saw him, either. But suddenly, as he transforms back to Griffith, he is showing emotion, namely tears. This might be due to Femto’s influence, who is completely unable to experience feelings of any sort.
Ergo, the moment the boy will smile will likely mark the moment he is set free.
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