So, what’s the first thing you do after watching the world fall apart because you were too powerless to stop it form happening? Starve an old man to death and attempt suicide, of course.
In fairness, this first bit of despair is by far the most poignant of the second half storylines. Better yet, it gets tinged with hope when Celes finds out the world might not be completely dead after all (how she was able to tell that from a single bandana is a perfect moment to use the MST3K mantra).
Of course, if you catch all the big fish, this moment never even takes place, which robs the whole thing of some of its narrative heft (and also, it feels more than a little weird to leave the old guy who was practically on his deathbed a moment ago in the cottage while you run off and take on the nightmarish post-apocalyptic world by yourself).