This arc is a flashback showing Guts' youth and what led him to become the "Black Swordsman". Guts grows up as a young mercenary until his enrollment in the Band of the Hawk. He develops complex relationships with Casca and Griffith, the Band's charismatic leader and holder of the Crimson Behelit, who leads the Band to its rise to prominence within the Midland army. Griffith is elevated from his commoner status to the nobility, causing some resentment, and after sleeping with the King's daughter, Griffith is imprisoned, and the Hawks are declared outlaws. The Hawks manage to rescue Griffith, only to find him broken mentally and physically. From a conventional medieval European background, the story shifts to fantasy and horror, with the apparition of the Eclipse ceremony that ends with the destruction of the Band, as per Griffith's sacrifice in order to become Femto, the fifth member of the God Hand, and reclaim his path towards his dream. Only with help from the enigmatic Skull ...Written by
Kevin T. Collins (Griffith), Marc Diraisom (Guts), Cartie Keranen (Casca), and Sean Schemmel (Gaston) are the only dub cast members from the 1997 anime who reprise their roles. See more »
Why do men like to shed blood, you asked. You are right in saying that it is one of the facets we, men, possess. However, it is but a tool to obtain what our heart desires and keep it from harm's way. I believe it to be a double-edged blade.
What your heart desires... a lover? A knight's honor?
Both are important, aren't they? Fighting and dying for love and honor is what a knight desires above all else. But for men there exists something even more important than that. You know of it, I believe.
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Utsukushikimono (Something Beautiful)
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A fighter and his destiny
Guts is a great fighter. Who, of course, gets into fights. His sword cleaves and kills, the bodies fall in front of his wreath, till he meets Griffith, who becomes his leader. From now on, Guts will work under Griffith's orders.
The first film of the The Golden Age Arc for "Berserk" is an entertaining, and not very long, affair, full of well developed fights, nice action, and great depiction of the fights, but a plot basically non-existent: Guts fights, Guts meets Griffith, Guts fights. However, the atmosphere is quite good, and it is easy to connect with the characters and enjoy the world they live in.
With two more movies after this first one, "The Egg of the King" just feels as an appetizer. But one that will fill the viewer.
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