yes i am highly positive this is what the god of assholery does every route pshh
Raijin: Fuujin said that, if Seifer isn’t able to become a SeeD, it’s because of you. Fuujin is scary!
Fuujin/Seifer/Raijin…this OT3 right here is where it’s at.
While Fuujin is busy RAGEing all by herself over Seifer, Raijin is warning us about Fuujin. I think it’s adorable that Raijin is always trying to talk to Squall, trying to include him in things…even when he suffers because of it!
Next, Seifer and Squall are approached by Headmaster Cid.
Headmaster Cid: Seifer, this time around you’ll be the one receiving the punishment. For the sake of maintaining the system (within Garden), there’s no other way. But, it’s not that I don’t understand your behaviour. I don’t wish for you all to simply be mercenaries; soldiers that follow nothing but orders. I…
Most of what Headmaster Cid says to them (Seifer, mostly) isn’t all that different from what he says in English, though there are slight differences. Ignoring those differences, one could infer the basic meaning between what he’s saying in English from what he says in Japanese. However, these slight differences, I feel, completely change what he’s saying.
When Headmaster Cid approaches them, he tells Seifer that he will be the one to receive the punishment (for Dollet). There’s a difference between what he says in English and what he says in Japanese.
Japanese: Seifer, this time around you’ll be the one receiving the punishment.
English: Seifer. You will be disciplined for your irresponsible behaviour.
It’s slight, I know. However, it’s important to note that Headmaster Cid does not refer to what Seifer does in Dollet as “irresponsible behaviour,” he simply tells him that he’s the one that will be doled the punishment.
Why is that, you ask? Why does anyone need to be punished at all? Well, in the Japanese, Garden’s intent and reasoning for punishing Seifer is made clearer than it is in the English version. Headmaster Cid says that the reason Seifer is being punished is because:
Japanese: For the sake of maintaining the system (within Garden), there’s no other way.
English: You must follow orders exactly during combat.
This one? Not so slight, not to me, at least. That’s one big, big, big difference. It’s as I’ve said before: Garden feels that it needs to set an example (to save face) and Seifer happens to be the scapegoat that they’ve chosen. They’re not punishing him because of his “irresponsible behaviour” (that netted them information they didn’t have and helped in them completing their missions properly, by the way), they’re punishing him, and only him, because they want to make an example out of him.
Shuu may have said that Seifer is being punished for his squad having left their post, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Since this is coming from Headmaster Cid, this is as “straight from the horse’s mouth” as it comes. I know that it can be argued that this is not what Headmaster Cid says in the English version. However, it should be kept in mind that the Japanese version is the source material. If there’s any version of a situation or character to go by, it should be the Japanese.
Also, I think it’s important that Headmaster Cid says that he doesn’t want soldiers/mercenaries that just follow orders blindly. In the English, he says that he wants soldiers that “think and act” for themselves. The inclusion of this line is really important because that’s exactly what Seifer did when it really counted! What happened, though, when he did more than just follow orders blindly, when he thought and acted for himself? He was disciplined.
So far, it hasn’t been made clear why they chose Seifer (over Squall and Zell) to be the one they punish. It may just be that he was chosen as the one to be reprimanded because he was their Squad Leader. However, I think there’s more to it than that.
This may just be an assumption but, I think they chose him because everyone already sees Seifer as being a troubled kid. Other than Raijin and Fuujin, no one else will be all that bothered if the kid that’s always the problem child (or, at least, made out to be one) is finally punished. Heck, most people will be happy about it. That’s why Garden is able to use Seifer as their scapegoat so easily — he’s already seen as the problem…who’s really going to go out of their way to defend that “troubled kid” anyway, right?
Also, it certainly says a lot that, of the FOUR SeeD cadets that passed the exam, half of them just happened to be under Seifer’s command. Everyone on Seifer’s team, except for him, passed. Huh. Yeah, says a lot.