» SQUALL LEONHART & FIRE
This is one scene that really, really makes me angry and it really cemented my dislike (possibly hate) for Shuu.
First off, I will be the first to admit that Seifer is rather harsh to Quisits during their exchange.
Quistis: You just don’t think about anything, do you? You wanted nothing more than a fight.
Seifer: …Sensei. To a student, it’s really demotivating to be scolded like that. But, I guess an amateur professor like you might not understand that.
However, I feel that Seifer lashing out at Quistis does not come without reason. When the scene occurs, Seifer is simply calling Squall over in order to talk to him about Dollet.
Seifer: Squall! Did you hear? About the radio tower? Had it not been for the withdrawal orders, those Dollet guys would’ve been thanking us.
Seifer, as he’s talking to Squall, is off to the side (and not in anyone’s face). Quistis and Shuu, however, choose to approach the both of them…and lay in on Seifer? Why…? Why now and out in the open where everyone can see them? Shouldn’t Quistis, as his teacher, pull him aside and talk to him privately?
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’ve never had a teacher, a professor or anyone of any sort of educational authority over me, approach me in front of other students and basically tell me off. As far as I’m concerned, good teachers don’t do that. As such, although Seifer’s words may cut a little deep, I feel they weren’t completely unwarranted. I’m not saying what he said wasn’t rude and he’s not an asshole, but I don’t feel he’s completely at fault either. After all, she’d chosen to publically berate him, unprovoked, at that; he just struck back with a more venomous barb.
Shuu: Seifer, don’t be so full of yourself. You’ll be taking full responsibility for Squad B having left their post.
Seifer: It’s up to the commander to come up with the best strategies that’ll guarantee progress in battle, isn’t it?
Oh, Seifer. You are so right. Especially considering the fact that your squadron made their own decision. Then again, Garden is rather hard pressed to ever see you as anything other than evil, anyway. To me, this scene just goes to show that Garden was just looking to make an example, Seifer happened to be the scapegoat that they chose. They never recognize that what Seifer did resulted in something positive. Instead, they choose to only look at the negatives. I guess I shouldn’t be all the surprised; after all, they really only care about money. Forget the students, so long as you get your pay.
Shuu: Seifer-kun, the “forever SeeD cadet.” Commander? That’s laughable.
Then, of course, there’s this line. The English and Japanese are similar, but it just sounds so much worse to me in Japanese. The level of cruel is not all that translatable, particularly the honourifics.
Everyone in Garden, Shuu included, only ever refers to Seifer as Seifer. There isn’t ever an honourific attached. Generally speaking, the “-kun” honourific is used in conjunction with younger males (boys, teens or junior males). However, I feel that Shuu chose to attach the “-kun” honourific to Seifer’s name, even though she hasn’t done so before, because she’s using it to purposely offend him, cutting even deeper when referring to him with the title of “forever SeeD cadet.” I feel that she’s using the “-kun” mockingly, choosing to use it as a weapon, as a put down, and not at all as an “honourific.”
As another translation note, when she calls him a “forever SeeD cadet,” she literally says “10,000-year SeeD cadet.” 10,000 years is pretty long, so what she’s saying basically translates to what she says in English: “you’ll never be a SeeD.”
On top of what she’s already said, she turns around, waves and walks off. Seifer is left standing and shaking. I don’t think he’s shaking because of his arrogance and that she got him good or anything of the sort. I feel that he’s shaking because of how upset he is. Seifer is the only one that I’ve noticed (other than Niida) who has a dream or goal in mind. One of those ambitions is his romantic dream of being a Sorceress’s Knight. The other? To be a SeeD. No one else, that I remember, really expresses what they want or dream to be, they’re just kind of going with the flow (Quistis, Squall, Zell and Selphie included). However, Shuu has now basically told him that he’ll never be a SeeD and the thought of him being a “commander” is a joke. He’s not shaking out of having his ego shot down, he’s shaking because of how much her words upset him.
If Seifer had approached them and said something to them unprovoked, I could understand support of Quistis and Shuu in this scene. However, that’s not how it happened. Both Quistis and Shuu, his educators, chose to approach him and provoke him when he was off minding his own business and chatting with another student.
I really don’t like Shuu.
I had a dream. It was a scary dream. We make a promise. We promise to see shooting stars together. I get dressed up an put on your ring. But the thing is, I can’t remember where I’m supposed to meet you. I start to panic. I really want to see you, Squall, but I don’t know where to go. I start running through the mountains, the desert, the plains. Through Timber, Balamb and Galbadia. When I realize I can’t run any longer, I-I just want to see you so badly. So I scream, Squall, where are you!?