Plane’s leaving in 13 hours! I’ll probably check tags and notifications and chill online now and then, liveblog a little and post some pics, but I obviously won’t be here much. You all have a lovely summer, okay? See you in August!
Sorry for the late answer! Yeah, I personally didn’t know about that line for a long time but it sure is a thing and it sets a precedent for Lynne’s sense of deja vu! And for others, of course.
But that’s the difference between those who went back and those who didn’t, right? Faint feelings VS a clear memory of the events, as Sissel points out in ch2, surprised that Missile remembers it all.
I just hope Kamila doesn’t get these too much. Protect Kamila at all costs. u_u/
a little girl who grows up thinking all doors are automatic but actually she’s haunted by a really polite ghost
Everyone meaning Sissel-Yomiel-Jowd-Missile? (Lynne’s half remembrance does leave the door open to faint deja vus for everyone else, too. I… don’t want Kamila to remember anything ever so I tend to steer clear, but ye. Definite canon-supported possibility!) It does indeed seem to be the way it works in-game,where the consciences that travel to the past say that they ‘go back to a new present’ and seemingly do just that. There are, however, some inconsistencies, and I’m sure there’s at least one line that points toward this timeskip simply being a directorial choice… but I can’t recall what it’s about, just my ‘a-ha!’ reaction, and can’t really afford to brave fifteen pages of meta tag right now to find it, sorry >_<
(I can, however, point out that the ending scene shows an arbitrary point in time and not the exact moment they left the game’s present: it was early morning in the submarine and dinner time as Lynne arrives!)
Anyway! The main reason I lean toward the other interpretation, i.e. a more standard ‘time travellers keep their memories of the time travel’, is consistency with two of the character’s arcs. Annnnd I really like the place it leaves Jowd in, but cross my heart it’s mostly for Sissel and Yomiel. For both of them, not knowing for ten years why their new future panned out this way seems so cruel to me… Yomiel has his legs crushed because of a ‘miracle’ and ends up in prison for a decade for relatively minor crimes. For game Yomiel, all of this can be seen as atonement. For a fresh Yomiel straight out of Temsik, it’s?? so completely unfair???
And Sissel! Sissel is DEAD. I don’t want to imagine what it must be for a baby kitten to struggle with the status of ghostly immortality and have to learn how to cope with his powers - it’s too cruel and uncalled for in a plot that’s so tight on causes and consequences. In this scenario, both Yomiel and Sissel find themselves in grim, horrific situations that they cannot explain, that aren’t foreshadowed nor shown by the narration, swerving from their character arcs, and the fact that their answers are coming ten years down the line feels to me more like a cruel joke than comfort for them. What do they do with these fractured tragedies once their memories come together? It’s highly interesting material for musing and ficcing, as most things are, but I don’t think it makes for coherent narrative, which is what the rest of the plot kind of prides itself on. On the contrary, giving them their memories at the beginning of this new future feels to me like the coronation of their respective progress through the game’s night.
There is also the fact that Jowd calls him Sissel and there’s no reason whatsoever for a Jowd with no memories to call the cat Sissel? And that going by Yomiel’s tale of his early days, learning how to control his body takes some time, so again, a Jowd going home that day with no added memories wouldn’t have had any reason to believe that the cat was anything but dead?
For Jowd, it’s not a stretch to think that it kinda does, I think - emotional detachment and all, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were simply keeping his distance. Mentor the kid, but… without taking her into his home… just yet… and he probably feels guilty about leaving Kamila to her for five years, too.
Sissel… I hope that he has been a friendly neighbourhood kitten with pretty much everyone and Lynne is obviously included. Maybe he came up to her at the park and and meowed sometimes, but she had no way of taking him for anything but a random stray? They have met already, but they only get reintroduced formally during the ending? Something like that?
But ye. These are blatant patch-it headcanons. It is weird.
ah!!! that’s right, silly me. i keep forgetting that b/c it seems so odd that lynne (if her memories were intact like it seems) would wait 10 YEARS to reunite with sissel, kamila, and missle. (i am guessing its my tags you’re talking about, yes?)
Yep! :) And her memories should not be intact - only those who travel back in time keep them, which in this case would be Sissel, Missile, Yomiel and Jowd. What she says in the end (“Sissel…hmm. It seems to me I’ve heard that name somewhere before…”) seems to hint at some unexplained flash of recognition paving the way for merry ficwriting more than memories proper… while her following lines, “And so we meet again!”, are most likely a throwback to the events at Temsik Park, as Lynne has just learned that it’s the same kitten. Here’s the whole thing!
Missile on the other hand is still her dog! She clearly expected him to be home as he arrives twirling with Cabanela. I’m so happy he stays with her!!
That being said, I perfectly agree that it’s WEIRD that they all wait ten years for that reunion. Even if Lynne couldn’t remember, Jowd and Sissel did. Why didn’t they take the initiative, bums that they are? I have my headcanons to try and explain it all away ofc, but breaking the fourth wall, I’ve noticed that Takumi simply has this odd habit of only allowing important encounters on-screen, with no fun allowed in between. Nick and Maya? MEET? Between AA1 and 2??? Inconceivable! :/
(Butting in via tag viewer - Lynne doesn’t meet Sissel in the new timeline until very very close to Yomiel’s release tho. Kitten’s staying with Kamila!)