|Many of you might know Griffith as
the guy who sacrificed his trusting friends to demons in order become a
god, and topped it off by raping his best friendís girlfriend. And,
well, thatís all true!! But how did things go so horribly wrong??
Extraordinary tragedies require extraordinary circumstances. Was
I call it an essay, but it's really a commentary on the manga, so the following pages feature A LOT of manga scans. Make sure you read each panel RIGHT<<<TO<<<LEFT!! Now, as far as my chosen Layout: if there are two columns of pictures on a page, each column is usually a separate scene. The left column is usually reserved for my commentary and any manga pictures directly related to a quote. The right column is usually reserved for longer scenes. Sometimes it's the other way around, or completely random. Good luck!!
NOTE ON THE TRANSLATION: Unless otherwise specified, the lines I quote are from the official Dark Horse release of Berserk. However, I also provide visuals of the same scenes with a fan translation by The Band of the Hawk. The Dark Horse translation is much more accurate. Also, I like to cross-reference translations, so here is a third source.
|"Invictus" is Latin for unconquered or undefeated, and it sums up my
view of Griffith rather well. Here you will find my more radical
thoughts about Berserk's cosmology, post-Eclipse Griffith, and even some
philosophical ramblings. I fully acknowledge that there are many ways to
see Berserk. Everybody will get something unique and personal out of the
story, which is a testament to the depth and greatness of Berserk. I
present my interpretation(s) because I think it is a perspective that's
rarely considered. Even if you disagree with it, I hope you still find
It is compiled from what I consider my most important posts on The Black Swordsman forum, and links are provided to view the posts within the context of their discussion thread. Since these posts were made an indefinite amount of time apart from each other, the same information is at times repeated, but each of them have a piece of information the others don't.
WARNING: the following has rampant SPOILERS all through the CURRENT JAPANESE RELEASE of the manga!!
|Last Updated 06/15/12:
added Guts' Desires and
Rape of Caska to
Will, & Miscellaneous page. Added a couple of extra posts to
Hand Feelings. Also rearranged the layout so that the
Griffith Invictus half of the essay appears on the main page. You like??
DISCLAIMER: 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 Band of the Hawk, unless otherwise specified.