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In my opinion suicide attempts aren't ever fitting or called for. But it still happens all the time. It's not a logical thing. Everyone who kills themselves have different reasons for it. But I don't find it even slightly unbelievable that an impulsive emotional guy like Reiver would attempt it after he just found out the woman he loved was dead.Good idea for him to do it? No. Plausible? Yes.And Lunair giving him the drug was obviously a pretty stupid and selfish move on her part. It's unclear exactly what her feelings towards Reiver are, but he's important to her in some way. And with Seria gone, she knew Reiver had no reason to keep her around. So Lunair did something impulsive to keep him from abandoning her: she forced him to love her.Also, you have to keep in mind these are teenagers. I don't think their age is explicitly stated, but I peg Lunair around 16 and Reiver around 19. Emotions are more intense when you're in your teens, and you also don't have as much experience. So even if you know what the most logical or best way to handle a situation is, you may not have the self control to follow through.
Hm okay, so first of all, I think it was more dramatic than it should have been for my current taste of storytelling, and if I were to do that part of the story again I wouldn't have gone that route. But if I were to try to justify it, or at least try to make sense of it: Reivier's state there wasn't just from "simply" "losing his wife" -- it was everything that represented to him at that point, and it was what he made his whole mission to be even going as far as shortening his life span, going on routes against his will and principles -- all leading to an ultimate failure, atop of losing the one he loved and grew up with. Combined with the adrenaline of the moment and the sequences leading up to it -- well, even in real world, there are people who've committed the act for far less, questionable mental states aside. Whether you'd personally agree with his action or the extent of it aside, does that make sense in the general direction?
But hey, you said you would do it differently if given the chance, and that's a heavy statement.
(Even so, it's still one of my favorite games ever. I don't mind melodrama, it's a big part of what draws me to anime)
Or he could toss the knife away in disgust and fall to his knees before the love drug kicks in.
There have been people close to me who have tried to kill themselves before. For one of them, it was JUST AFTER something horrible happened to them. Another it was after months upon months of being depressed over something bad happened to them. I think it just comes down to the person.Though I think if Reives redid this scene, it'd be a lot better. Quintessence tends towards the over-dramatic sometimes. (Even so, it's still one of my favorite games ever. I don't mind melodrama, it's a big part of what draws me to anime)