I have another child who went through every parent’s nightmare of teenage out of control behavior, only to end up in her twenties saying that my tough love was exactly what she needed. Told her over and over that I’d love her no matter what, but would not do anything to enable her bad choices and poor decision-making. When she started turning things around she knew where to turn for support. This is what worked for me. This answer contains insanely graphic material that will disturb some people. I never put trigger warnings in my writing, but in the Seven Dwarfs Happy HalloThanksMas shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this name of protecting kids from the embrace of hellfire by showing how hot the flames can burn, some of you parents just need to fully grasp what’s out there. For context, our hero protagonist, the monstrous demon-hunter man known as Guts, was captured by a band of crusaders working for the Church of the land to bring down the demonic forces that are taking over. They are led by a beautiful young noblewoman beautiful, if not alarmingly childlike in her physical appearance. She is pious and snobbish, treating our hero, the slayer of thousands of men and demons alike, as common trash. As part of his escape, he kidnaps the commander. Guts do this by invading her tent during her prayers, which she does topless, because of reasons that will forever be lost on me. Wait, scratch that. People in the comments reminded me that her nudity was because she was about to start up a healthy round of self-flagellation, the practice of some religious sects to beat, whip, or maim themselves in adherence to something for some reason because of course, she would do that. I mean, what else could she possibly be doing? For our purposes, what better way to communicate religious fanaticism while also tying in so to speak kinky undertones of sadomasochism surrounding a very beautiful. The topless girl decides to take the distraction as an opportunity to flee. Still bound, and still nude above the waist, she gets to her trusty steed and well, dang it all if he isn’t demon-possessed too. Her big problem, though, is that he has very clear intentions to be the one doing the mounting. I read this as a grown man, and it gave me weird dreams for weeks that I would rather not get into. That’s just one of many examples from the world of Berserk. We could talk about the children who literally murder each other in a game of war, or the those three demons with their little girlfriends, that demon who rips apart and eats his daughter’s mother in front of her.
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