OK take a look at the black-haired girl event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt9Zf1-MGtA&feature=related I had a theory for backstory pop into my head watching it. I apologize for the stream-of-consciousness dump, but here goes:
You go through a uterus-shaped map, see 9 black-haired girls die (9 months?) and then something half-formed spills out the guts of the giant black-haird girl, as her face melts into that awful bloody grin.
I think that could be the birth of Sabitsuki. We have this theory, that a disease or experiment is turning normal girls into white-haired Kaibutsus. My theory works whether it's a disease that's killing the girls or an experiment that's failing. Either way we explain the multitude of dead girls and the "butcher shop" vibe of the hospital. But one theory that's come out on this boards is that either a) the exiperment to make Kaibutsu worked in Sabitsuki's case, or b) that she's the longest survivor of the disease?
What if Sabitsuki's mother had the disease/program, and she died, but she gave "birth" to a half-alive Sabitsuki. They nurse her to life in a test-tube, hence the test-tube with Sabitsuki in the industrial area being one of the three empty box effects. (Presumably one of the three most precious and traumatic memories). If she was "born" in such a tube and was somehow conscious of it that could help explain Oreko, and the relative calm of the underwater areas. Sabitsuki is comforted by water and by machines because these are what keeps her alive and safe.
After that she is placed in the school, or escapes to it? (Black hood and dumpster handgun being part of an escape?) While there she befriends Smile, but Sister is still distrustful of Sabitsuki because she senses something wrong, going on inside of Sabitsuki. The school is covered with those bloody smiles, and there's the chase event...Sabitsuki's Kaibutsu programming or the mental effects of the rust disease is coming into play. Sabitsuki starts going mad while in school, I think. Smile tries to uneasily laugh it off, the way he kind of mocks you with the smile when you try to hit him with the pipe, but the chased school event (where depending on the game version you kill Smile or he kills you) and the importance of Smile suggest there is some kind of violent break from her life at the school.
That gets us to the game proper. The disadvantage of the theory so far is that I can't reconcile Smile and Sabitsuki possibly being related, and don't know how to tie in the neon or plant imagery.
But I still can't figure out just what Sabitsuki is actually doing in this game. What IS the computer and what is she actually trying to accomplish with it? Get into her own head and end the rust disease/programming? Hide out in her room from the cleaner maids, who will decapitate or kill her to control the disease?
The Kaibutsu stalking her dreams are own fears of what she's becoming, or perhaps she even saw fully formed Kaibutsu at some point.
But then if Sabitsuki's doing this elaborate dream play to avoid this fate, why do you become Rust in the end game? Why does Sabitsuki lay down her effects and "give up?"
Some facts about Rust: You no longer jack in via computer and pinch yourself awake, you red-static yourself awake and turn out to have been asleep...
If the red demons are the manifestations of deep rust, of Sabitsuki's body and mind succumbing to the corruption, why do they attack you as Rust? Why do they KILL you?
At the end of the game you're going deep insider yourself, turning into a melted-face self. And then you attack a tied-up Sabitsuki, tied up like her mother, and the tied-up Sabitsuki has bloody spots on her head like the horns of the red demons. Does that mean the tied-up Sabitsuki you kill and the red demons are in league, and Rust is going against them? I think we have to conclude that the red demons are against Rust, from the way they swarm about protecting the final empty boxes, the way they kill Rust, the way they corrupt Kaibutsu to their cause. But is Rust still Sabitsuki, or on Sabitsuki's side??
Shifting gears, let's look at the ending. I think that the three endings are likely the same ending, and you just see more and more of it as you get towards the "good end."
One theory of the ending: Rust is able to kill that last bit of Sabitsuki holding her back and activate the Kaibutsu programming/mental end-stage of the disease? And she instinctively goes to the school roof, and the cleaner maid tracks her down and amputates her. By that time Sabitsuki's become the grinning mad killer, and even the cleaner maid is startled to see it. But the maid does kill her, or amputates to take her back to the hospital for further testing. Perhaps seeing Oreko and the end of your walk implies you're back in the test zone? Perhaps Sabitsuki was running and fighting in the dream to avoid becoming an amputated, mad specimen in some hospital of horrors. Whether she died or not in the ending almost doesn't matter in terms of grimness.
...But really, I still don't understand why you're playing as Sabitsuki, and then you give up your effects and play as Rust. Is Rust just the degraded and desperate form of Sabitsuki?
No...it just seems like Sabitsuki is fighting to not become a Kaibutsu, whereas Rust is fighting to become one. And that still doesn't make any sense.
Last edited 11/08/29(Mon)21:14.