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been rereading old .flow theories and getting a hankering for more, so here's the newest version of the .flow theory thread
old threads (recommended reading first):http://archive.uboachan.net/flow/res/1097.xhtmlhttps://uboachan.net/flow/res/5.htmlhttps://uboachan.net/flow/res/1.html
I noticed something about the song lainbow2 (that plays, although slowed down, during the flight event).
The beeping noise that starts at 00:08 and remains till the end of the song appears to be Morse code, which spells "A5ASH" ( .- ….. .- … …. ).
Do you think it's supposed to mean anything?
Probably not. Coincidentally though 'AA-5 Ash' was the NATO reporting name for a type of Russian air to air missile known as the R4. Used by the Tupolev Tu-28 (NATO: Fiddler) interceptor aircraft in the 1960s.
I highly doubt that it means anything though. It's probably just a catchy chiptune ditty beat lol came up with that sounded like a heart monitor. Still a neat observation.
I guess it could give credence to the theory that Sabi is a slav/Russophile and/or lived during wartime or the cold war.
Alternatively, the missile is a penis. Everything is a penis.
I was inspired to write a film script adaption for .flow (for fun), and I find myself in a rut trying to make sense of every single detail in this huge game. I must have missed a good third of the content in my first playthrough alone. Keep in mind I am by no means some kind of expert, in fact I've only discovered Yume Nikki and the assorted fangames late last year, but I'm wondering if this interpretation of the larger story holds any water.
Sabitsuki is an orphan who's mother and father are out of the picture for some possible reason, perhaps her mother died in childbirth and her father left her for adoption shortly thereafter. Whatever context, she has lived on her own almost her entire life. She has no friends or family to rely on and is largely ostracized at school, but she eventually develops a desperate, one-sided relationship with a boy in her class; Smile.
Constantly fighting to stay afloat on her own, Sabitsuki turns to prostitution to make ends meet, and it is possible it is from a client she contracts the rust disease.
Some time passes and the rust disease has reached pandemic levels across Japan (or wherever you want to assume this game takes place), death tolls in younger children is incredibly high and word gets out that Sabitsuki has been working the streets. Smile, willing to do anything to protect his sister, threatens to kill Sabi if he comes close to either of them.
Now even more secluded, Sabitsuki drops out of school and shuts herself in her room where she uses the internet to vicariously live through fragmented representations of her memories as her symptoms begin to develop. Her mental state quickly deteriorates into insanity, ultimately leading to Rust.
I see Rust as, metaphorically, Sabitsuki's repressed fears of her inner darkness and violent tenancies. She'd love nothing more than to watch her classmates all die to the disease and to cave in Smile's head with a pipe. Secluded in her room, Sabitsuki spirals into depression and isn't able to control her obsession.
Truth be told, that was my initial interpretation the first time I played the game, so it's mostly what I have to work on. There's so much stuff that's left out so take it with a grain of salt, but if I got anything wrong then feel free to correct me.
That's funny, according to your logic Rust is essentially a psycholgical disorder or an allegory for how disgusted and upset Sabi is with her life, but you still say that she "contracted the rust disease".
Goddamnit, why do people have to be so literal-minded all the time?