acquired such an excellent soldier, I didn't want to lose him in such a
petty battle.” Griffith, Vol. 5 Ch.
was Griffith’s reply to Guts’ question of “During
the battle... Why'd you come back to save me?” Fair enough. But, thinking
back, it gets weirder (homoerotic waterfight
notwithstanding). Even though it
was Guts’ first mission with the Hawks, Griffith
assigned to him the most important and most dangerous task
of rear guard. It was a lot of responsibility, but Griffith
believed in him, and later personally returned with a couple
of bodyguards to rescue him from hundreds of pursuing soldiers. Now
fast-forward a few years, to the battle with Zodd the Immortal.
where are...?!” Caska, Vol. 5 Ch.
time around, Guts was growing impatient that a single mystery warrior
was holding back 500 men, and went alone into a dark tunnel to
investigate. He soon realized that this wasn’t a human at all, but a
giant demon named Zodd the Immortal, and he had no chance against him.
And who do you think miraculously showed up at the first hint of Guts in
trouble? Griffith! With reinforcements! They did no good, though, and Griffith
ordered them to retreat while himself running straight into the monster’s
path to help Guts escape. “Griffith, where are you going?” indeed. He got knocked unconscious
against a column, and they were both about to get killed, but then Zodd
saw Griffith’s Behelit.
a word of warning... No, a prophecy. If you can be said to be a true
friend of this man, then take heed. When his ambition collapses, death
will pay you a visit!! A death you can never escape!!” Zodd the Immortal, Vol. 5 Ch.
it wasn’t for Zodd’s penchant for prophecy, both Guts and Griffith
would be dead by now. This was the first foreshadowing of things to
come. As Guts watched Zodd fly away, he didn’t know what to make of it
all. Was he going to die? Was he really Griffith’s
friend? What mattered right now was that they survived. He’d worry
about the rest later. But something was still bothering him.
years ago you said 'I can't lose such an excellent soldier.' But to put
your life on the line for just one soldier. That's a hotheaded thing for
a calm, composed guy like you to do.” Guts, Vol. 5 Ch.
recognized that Griffith
was acting above and beyond any reasonable sense of strategy
by knowingly throwing himself into a hopeless situation. The logic of
wanting to save an exceptionally powerful soldier broke down when doing
so endangered the rest of the army, and especially its precious
Commander. When confronted about it, Griffith
became increasingly evasive. “You keep bringing up that topic. There’s
no reason. No reason at all.” He’d stare off into space and turn the
question back on Guts, “Is it necessary? A reason... A reason for me
to help you. Do I need a reason for that?”
Berserk and all the characters, story, and art therein is copyright
Kentaro Miura. No copyright infringement is intended, and I hope that
this essay inspires more people to read/watch Berserk! Translation in
the text is by Dark
Horse, translation in the images is by The
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