For your reading pleasure…

  » Posted June 16th, 2008 by psi29a

Berserk 297!


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134 Responses to “For your reading pleasure…”

  1. Ovidius Says:

    Muahuahuahuah 😀
    Thanks a lot

  2. Olof Says:

    Hells yeah!
    Thanks for the good work!

  3. Max Says:

    Thank you very much! I always enjoy your Berserk releases :) Keep up the good work.

  4. Jericho Says:


    i knew checking the site every 1/2 hour would pay of

    thanks to you much verily

  5. pyth Says:

    Yaaaaaayyy! Thank you!

  6. guren no kishi Says:

    Thanks for the new release.
    I think this should be the first chapter of v34 but all it’s possible.

  7. neelix Says:

    Good work, thanks.

  8. Shinobi Says:

    I haven’t visited this site for 2 weeks and when i finally do the newest chapter is released…so thanks for the release!

  9. Sa[ff] Says:

    Thx a lot, great work!

  10. Thana Says:

    Thanks for the good work 😉

  11. Dequer Says:

    Who am I?!?!

  12. Tarod Says:

    Good work =)

    does anybody know when the next chapter is releasing??

  13. LoverofHokuto Says:

    Super Duper!

  14. SAMfh Says:

    Thanks, great work.

  15. Marte Says:

    Thank you for another great release!

  16. Byku Says:

    Thanks a lot… another coming soon :((. I hope there wont be another huge break :(.

  17. dxv Says:

    Thanks. It looks like that guy is fishing on his farm lol.

  18. FallenTitan Says:

    Dear god, Miura is a freakin’ god at drawing !

    this is why Berserk overclass almost all other mangas.
    Just can’t wait for the next chapter ,)

    Great Job EG (as always might i say)
    Keep it going 😀

  19. vashfanatic Says:

    “continues next time”… man, I hope that’s not code for “in six months”!

    Thanks for the chapter, it’s got some great visuals in it.

  20. lilaceboy Says:

    Thank you =)

  21. wiolator Says:

    loves this manga, can´t wait to the next release

  22. equalityofcipher Says:

    awesome! Thanks you guys. hot damn i love Berserk. i also hope we don’t have to wait forever for the next release. but considering the time and effort that gores into each chapter, it’s worth the wait.

  23. sol rebellion Says:

    berserk berserk happy happpy joy joy bersrek happy happy joy joy berserk……

  24. Argen CR Says:

    thanks as always, i check EG everyday hoping to see some new berserk :D, this one was faster than expected, thanks again 😉

  25. Neoptolemos Says:

    booya! new chapter! can’t wait till the next one comes out (still have to read this one first anyways) didn’t know that 3% of all ppl here speak dutch nice surpise :) go dutchies! (vooral nu op het EK ghehe) tnx guy’s for this great release

  26. wolvy Says:

    Hell Yeah!Thanks guys.

  27. Fatah Says:


  28. KaraK Says:

    thank you !!!

    we are happy now 😀

  29. krazyivan Says:

    Despite MijagiCe’s opinion this chapter was not boring at all. Actually it was a kickass good chapter. and SSrry for any possible typos but i’m a bit drunk at the moment

    ALL HAIL EG! you guys give my life a little more meaning

  30. Thursday march Says:

    Thank you! You guys kick ass

  31. JubeiD Says:

    Somehow this release seems so… lonely.

    Its been a while, i think, since you released only one thing at a time.

    Thanks for the work.

    I just wish berserk would hurry up and move on. This current part kinda bores me. I want to go back to the days of guts and little twit blowing things up aimlessly.

  32. Arguile Says:

    Not boring in the least, awesome actually. At some point Berserk became something that can’t be bad, kind of like how Phish can’t really make a crappy song according to some of their fans.

    Thanks for the time you put in…I feel like such a leech.

  33. madonnalal Says:

    Thanks so much for you hard work! This makes my day XD

  34. VF Says:

    Thanks a lot guys!
    Take care 😀

  35. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    Thank you very much EG, my addiction to Berserk makes me addicted to you=HQ scanlations
    This chapter will surely help me at my exams next week :D:)

    JubeiD, I don’t mind at all this release being lonely (although you are kinda right), as long as it is a Berserk chapter scanlated very shortly after air date

  36. Thana Says:

    Oh, and to miyagi: For me the chapter wasnt boring… It was epic! The tension is rising and I think the battle between Griffith and Ganishka has to start in the next two chapters.

  37. oblivion Says:

    awesome!!! the panel with griffith was so amazing.

    and THX for the release

  38. miyagiCE Says:

    Well, glad you people like it then. To me it feels like Miura’s building up too much tension for something that doesn’t deserve the attention. I mean, Griffith is gonna pwn Ganishka no matter how you turn it anyway. Plus, I’m tired of waiting for the crew to arrive in Elfhelm.

  39. Coruga Says:

    Hello everyone, did you remember in Volume 13 on Berserk their was something interesting to read:
    The FIFTH ANGEL (Grifith) has been born…; The time of darkness shall visit us; evil shall overcome the sacred; Illusion shall overcome existence; Fear shall overcome hope; Hate shall overcome love; The dead shall overcome the living; All the darkness shall cover the light, as if the moon shadows the sunlight.
    Later people shall call this… THE AGE OF DARKNESS.

    I think that AGE OF DARKNESS is on the way – from NEXT CHAPTER until the end :)

  40. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    the fact that ganiska can’t recognize anything and anyone is very cool. I relly didn’t expect it but it makes things more realistic. after the incredible transformation he has been through he must get used with his new form.
    in this state he is kind of like a berserker… can’t make a difference between enemies and friend (umm… his own troops i mean) And the monk is acting like schierke trying to get guts back to his senses

  41. Shadowolf Says:


    It kinda of reminded me the song Anima Partus of POS when he says “Who am I?”. It´s like he became a God that lost sense of everything..

  42. St00ffer Says:

    Kinda booring imo. For berserk that is, berserk is always better than anny other manga.

  43. Jiang Iha Says:

    Thank You My Load!

  44. Thana Says:

    Naaah, if you read it in one flow its not that long like it feels. Its the long delay between each chapter that is so unsatisfying.

    I think we are at the max of tension in this story part here. Next has to be a switch over to Gutts’ group reaching Elfheim or the battle of the demi gods 😉

    I expect the battle will last 7-9 chapters – this would mean 18-36 weeks waiting till Griffith holds Ganishkas head as a trophy. That will also feel very lame and boring, but reading the hole battle as one volume will probably be great.
    But really: That would be the delay we will most likely have to endure – 3/4 of a year! And I dont think the mighty emperor will be beaten by one finger tip after this much tension build up… Well, most of the fans seen often here in the comments didnt expect the end of the plot after this arc and that there will be so much more story. Im one of them 😉 Seems like there will be at least two more years of berserk for us!

  45. Aldarion Says:

    Two? More like twenty. Iirc Miura said he wants to do more than one hundred volumes.

  46. Thana Says:

    That is why I wrote “at least”. As written in many comments before I expect many more plots concerning the God Hand members, Griffith’ new band officers, Rickert, Skull Knight and so on…

  47. xXx Says:

    thx for the release guys!

    berserk is so awesome! even thought in this chapter the emperor was just taking a walk on the field XD

  48. Byku Says:

    He wants to do more that 100 volumes!? I hope He hurry up… people aren’t immortal :/.

  49. Bardoftheberserk Says:

    I think you might be getting the “more than 100 volumes” mixed up with his main influence the guin saga which right know stands at 118 volumes and the author Kaoru Kurimoto said that she intended it to be 100 volumes. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if berserk ends somewhere in the 55-65 volume range. I’m also sure that Chapter of Falconia is the last Chapter for the Millenium Falcon Arc. And much of the ground work for the next arc has obviously already been laid(i.e. moonlight child, Elfhelm, Casca possibly returning to normal, and Guts inner dog demon)

    I’m curious as to why miura has slowed down as of late? he used to chuck out 2 volumes per year and we’ve only seen 3 volumes worth since October of 2006.

  50. Adavanter Says:

    I don’t think Berserk has lost it’s luster as at all. It’s just the delays that somewhat delude the epic level of the story. If we were to read all of them in one go, we’d herald it as one of the most in-depth character driven Manga of all time! Well we are already saying that but… ya know what I mean. The wait makes it hard. I’m trying to make myself just collect a bunch and then read them… Yet I always cave and read it immediately.

    Oh well… still my personal favorite.

  51. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    over 100 volumes ? he DID say that ? holy smoke, kool
    by the way does anyone know a release date for chapter 298?

  52. vashfanatic Says:

    The spread on pages 2-3 was amazing, and a perfect example of why I love this series in spite of how ill it sometimes makes me (although he’s toned down the violence-against-women as it’s gone on).

    But Adavanter’s right, the DELAYS! I know it takes time to draw these pictures, but it really slows down the story!

  53. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    I think that we are all about to witness the true form of Griffith in all of its splendor. Griffith is likely to use his most sublime physical form to instill his omnipotence in the minds of the people, ensuring unquestionable rule of Midland, if not the entire world. I think that it is safe to say, without a reasonable doubt, that Ganishka is already dead; he died the instant that he came face to face with Griffith. In fact, I wonder if at this point, anyone or anything that comes into contact with Griffith is essentially under his control or operating under his will through his ethereal power dominating the subconsciousness or collective unconscious.

    It’s really interesting reading into the background philosophy behind the world of Berserk, as it crisscrosses with such names and groups as Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung, and Rosicrucianism, just to name a few.

    Among the Seven worlds, also known as the seven cosmic planes which seems to be a pivotal aspect of the plot to Berserk, every being from humans to archangel (Void, Slan, Ubik, Conrad) inhabits the lower tier, comprised of the two cosmic planes of the Desire World and the Physical World. We have seen in the world of Berserk that beings of the Desire World, Archangels and the like, usually have no formal presence in either the Physical World which is a stratum below the Desire World, or a formal presence in the higher tiers, such as the five higher regions including the World of God.

    It would seem that through Griffith’s Incarnation Ceremony in which he became the Hawk of Light, Griffith not only transcended the boundary between the Desire World and the Physical World, but also between the Desire World and the five higher planes, becoming “the Christ”. Now, if power and ability were defined by ones niche within the seven planes of existence, and Griffith is the only being inhabiting the Physical World that has ascended to or beyond Sagun or the Third Heaven, Griffith simply can’t be defeated by Ganishka.

    Griffith has become the manifestation of God within the Physical World, kind of like a map editor program for a computer game; whatever Griffith wants to exist will exist, whatever he doesn’t want to exist will not. The world has thus become his to design, people places and things are very much his to incorporate as he desires; Ganishka is only the antagonist that Griffith wants him to be, completely within Griffith’s control.

    Now, people here are wondering whether or not Guts stands a chance against Griffith, with many people writing off Griffith’s defeat as impossible. If Guts were any other person within the storyline, that conclusion would be definite. According to the storyline, however, it would seem that Guts is the only being that can defeat Griffith; the reason for this is that Griffith has assigned this role to Guts. Alright, so perhaps Griffith hasn’t consciously appointed Guts as his nemesis, but let’s not forget that Griffith truly felt threatened by Guts, more so than with any other being. Perhaps Guts is destined to be Griffith’s equal, nemesis, and Zerstörer because Griffith will subconsciously assign him this role when he has attained his rule.

    Griffith will feel that there is still some threat to his rule and will immediately look to Guts because he was, in Griffith’s mundane existence, the most notable threat to his dream; Guts succeeded in outdoing Griffith in his mortal life, accomplishing that which Griffith could not single handedly. Griffith is thus likely to empower Guts with the ability to defeat him through seeing Guts as his archenemy. Also notice that as Griffith is getting stronger and building his new realm, Guts is also growing more powerful, transcending his limitations. I seem to remember there being a term for the need of an enemy, or the appointment of an antagonist out of necessity, and that particular topic being the focus of significant philosophical writings, but I forget where and when I have seen it…

  54. Darven_Losshart Says:

    Can’t wait to see this! Thanks EG. Downloading now.

  55. The Prince Says:

    Well done Reggie!

  56. Thana Says:

    Regi, you have to explain what you mean with “Zerstörer”. Im someone knowing the correct translation, so Im wondering how you mean it in your context.
    But you wrote a good text. Well done 😉

  57. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    According to the storyline, however, it would seem that Guts is the only being that can defeat Griffith; the reason for this is that Griffith has assigned this role to Guts. Alright, so perhaps Griffith hasn’t consciously appointed Guts as his nemesis, but let’s not forget that Griffith truly felt threatened by Guts, more so than with any other being.
    Reginald, it is very interesting what you say here. You have my apreciation.
    Maybe Guts will ascend to a higher level using the beherits he has gathered. He’s been collecting them for some time but so far no explanation is given. SkullKnight fotged himself quite a sword using beherits. Maybe Guts will use tem to become more powerful or to be able to get close to griffith without having his brand burst into blood. Lets not forget about SkullKnight and Guts inner daemon. Heck it’s gonna be so kool 😀

  58. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    Zerstörer is the German word for “destroyer” or “Undoer”. I get a bit carried away; German just seems so fitting in association with the Seven Worlds concept.

    Oddly enough, Mystic, I had completely forgotten about Guts and the Skull Knights amassing of behelits; though I had originally imagined Griffith vesting power in Guts subconsciously through his abilities as “the Christ”, acting as the architect of the world, but what you have proposed seems even more likely now that I think of it.

    In a way, I expect that Griffith will raise Guts to be his equal and opposite in such a way that we will see Guts become, quite literally, the antichrist (not to be taken in a negative connotation, especially because of the scenario that presents itself within the storyline). If I may conjecture, Mystic, I believe that this will entail Guts being endowed with power completely equivalent, if not superior, to Griffiths; too kool for words. Let me sow the idea for general discussion of a battle between Guts and Griffith anwherever they please within the seven strata, each utilizing incredible powers or abilities, each, perhaps, with a distinct ethereal form that more closely represents a demonic body than a human one. The battle may be between just the two of them, or perhaps because of association to Guts, Guts’ band may very well be endowed with unnatural power and ability through Griffiths subconscious. We may already be seeing the beginnings of an empowerment of Guts’ band.

    Eh heh, thanks for your appreciation; I guess I write at my best when I only get four hours of sleep the day prior and when I am in my darkest and most cynical form. Hell, at that point I’m practically a mini Diogenes Laertes; Eeeeviiiiiil!

  59. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    dammit, typos. I need to get some sleeeeep.

  60. Thana Says:

    I didnt expect you to translate zerstören directly 😉

    But it would fit. Griffith has spent a lot of time building some cult around his person. Guts will probably become the person forcing him to show his true face, destroying Griffith’ cult and at least him in persona.

  61. Geroprog Says:

    Maybe Grifith don’t have to force Guts.
    Maybe in ElfHeim the “Elf King” will give some kind of power to Gut’s band to help them to defeat Griffith. I don’t think those Elf people would like to live in Griffith “HELL” world!
    /Sorry for the idiom, I’m from Hungary, and I’m still learning this language… and thanks for the realase!!!! I love Berserk!!! :D/

  62. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    First of all, does anyone know a release date for next berserk chapter or do we have to wait for young animal to announce it?
    Well Guts may turn into an antichrist, although I doubt that, but the world of berserk is full of antichrists: griffith and the other 4 god-hand. And since theoretically there can be only one antichrist, maybe we should call them different.
    As I said, I doubt Guts will turn into an antichrist because he just isn’t the type. He doesn’t take bulshit from anyone and he just wants to kill griffith and all the demons as revenge. And he doesn’t seem appropiate to become an architect of the world because he is too simple. He does not have enough knowledge, he just wants to kill, he’s role is more of a destroyer (zerstörer :P).
    Someone told Guts (I cand’t remember right now who, maybe Skullknight) that he can’t do both things: take care of Caska and go after griffith. He told Guts that he will one day have to choose. Maybe that day will come and the beast inside guts, his inner demon that for now lies in chains, will break out and make guts sacrifice caska in order to be able to go after griffith. What’s more, griffiths body evolved from the child of guts and caska, “born” right

  63. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    The diformed child that caska gave birth to. During the second eclipse at the tower of conviction that child was swalowed by the egged shaped apostle and than transformed into griffiths curent body. This is sure to have some consequences in the storyline later.
    sorry for double posting, something weird happened :-??

  64. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    Yeah, I don’t think Guts would have much interest in molding the world as he sees fit. I do, however, think that he would rather appreciate the power and abilities that would come with being Griffith’s equal. Whatever the case, I really don’t want a repeat of the King of Wolves conclusion, where the story ends with little fanfare, little development, and lots of conclusion (the story, in my mind, is supposed to come to decelerate to a stop, not hit a reinforced concrete wall at 90 mph.)

    I certainly can’t speak for everyone, if anyone else here, but I really wouldn’t mind if Guts and his friends decided upon conclusion of the overall conflict to live normal lives as they please, not taking grandiose roles and such (I.E. Guts doesn’t become new king of Midland by default through doing away with Griffith, and instead opts to settle down with Caska in Montego Bay. Midland reimburses their efforts through an offshore savings account, woohoo fun in the sun!). There is still Queen Charlotte, after all, and unless Griffith does away with her the day after his coronation ceremony (ever the busybody), she’ll likely be around in the end.

    ~~To Mystyc~~ (I’m trying my hand at html, no promises; I suck at anything non-forthright anyway, even smilies, thus I’m Sorry in advance, just trying to wrap my turd in gold foil): Skullknight definitely said that, though I’m not sure whether it will be so extreme as it sounds. Perhaps Guts will have to leave Caska in the care of the Hanafubuku Oh; that is, assuming that the forces of evil haven’t already razed Elfhelm.

    I would conjecture that Guts’ inner demon is much like the spirit manifestation of Griffith that everybody sees in their dreams and in their vision; Schierke, if I remember correctly, witnessed Guts’ inner demon firsthand while in her astral form (trying to coax guts out of his Berserkergang). Thus, to summarize my hypothesis, I believe that the Hawk of Light and the Wolf of Darkness are astral projections, or aetheric manifestations, related to the power and presence of Griffith and Guts in the higher tiers of the Seven Cosmic Planes. This would signify, were it true, that Guts was in fact the equal and opposite of Griffith in power and ability, but I also think that there is more to the physical appearance than that.

    I believe that the significance of the chains that bind Guts’ Astral Projection (I know I’m not using the phrase in its usual manner, the concepts of metaphysics are kind of hard to grasp. Criminally bad pun.) is that the chains represent both the separation of Guts and ascension to Griffith’s level as well as the choice that Guts must make between pursuing his dream for a better future with Caska or pursuing a course of vengeance.

    I don’t believe that Guts would end up physically sacrificing Caska, sacrificing her through use of the behelits in order to pursue Griffith, namely because it would ruin the development of a tragic ending to the story. Miura has stated, however, that he intends a happy end for the story, and for some reason I just can’t imagine that Guts sacrificing Caska would be included in his idea of a happy end, at least in the sense that you propose.

    I believe that Guts will have to sacrifice his happiness with Caska in order to take a course of vengeance; we don’t know what the acquisition of such supernatural power would do to Guts’ presence within the Physical World, perhaps to become Griffith’s equal, to let loose the Wolf of Darkness, Guts would have to sacrifice his physical body much like Griffith did when his body was dissolved and reborn within the abyss. Keep in mind that after Femto’s birth, Femto required a shell inhabiting the Physical World in order to become incarnate within the Physical World; this would be quite the sacrifice, would it not? Perhaps this would be the meaning behind the Skull Knight’s words.

    That’s my hypothesis, thank you for tolerating it, or at least reading it. Please, share your ideas and maybe we can even place bets. Alright, so no bets, I’m just a hard up college student trying to make his way, I can’t help myself.

  65. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    One tiny addendum to my huge text wall (again, I’m very sorry, and it isn’t my intention to make enemies here):

    Were Guts indeed the equal and opposite of Griffith, and if Miura is making Griffith into “the Christ” similar or exact to the Rosicrucian definition, then Guts would indeed be the Antichrist while the God-Hand would not be. As the God-Hand are Archangels, they would exist within the Spirit Plane, divided still from the five higher planes of existence including the World of God and the World of Life Spirit, realm of “the Christ”. I would imagine that as Griffith’s new form is like the hand of God, so would Guts be endowed were he the Equal and Opposite of Griffith, thus he is the Antichrist.

    In the “Seven Worlds” concept, I’m not aware that there exists an Antichrist, but it may be that I haven’t looked hard enough. Whatever the case, it would seem that Miura has decided to paint a “What If?” portrait of the Seven Worlds concept with an Antichrist, and no, no, NO, not the evil, evil, bad , bad traditional definition of the Antichrist, just an opposite “the Christ”; The Hawk of Light, The Wolf of Darkness, Yin and Yang, the concept of a counterbalance. That kind of Antichrist.

    That’s all I wanted to say

  66. Thana Says:

    Using “Christ” and “Antichrist” in this plot is kinda misleading… Even if we pretend to not know the chapter with Griffith meeting God before his transformation Miura did his best to make clear for everyone that this God (the God of the Berserk universe) is evil. I admit though that most of the people surrounding Griffith right now think of him like he is something we would call “Christ”, a truely blessed person. So the title “Antichrist” would fit in the view of the fooled human underlings of Griffith but indeed Guts would be a hero, the “Redeemer”.

    Personally I hope Guts doesnt get any ascendency to a higher being. I like his struggle of being a human against demons and he has the Skull Knight as an admonitory example what could happen to him – in my opinion Gutts has no intention to become immortal. He wants to kill Griffith and then live with Caska.

  67. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    I didn’t know about Miura’s statement that he intents his manga to have a happy ending. That’s interesting… although the manga has a

    dark atmosphere and taking that into consideration one would expect a tragic end wich at first thaught might seem more apropiate, a

    happy end could be just as good as a tragic one, maybe even better for “rewarding” the characters’ phenomenal strugle to survive and

    achieve theire goals. What’s more, mr Miura proved to be not only master in drawing but also close to genius at plot development.
    Regi, your theory about Griffith and Guts as being a Christ and Antichrist (metaforicly using those terms as you mentioned, because I

    don’t think we can speak about a god and a devil in berserk world) and Guts being subconsciencely assigned by griffith as his equal,

    is very interesting as I have said, and I generally agree with it (although your post was a bit hard to read for me- not a native

    english speaker-and I must admit using the dictionary. In this context I would like to apologise for all the grammar mistakes I have

    made and I will make, hopefully fewer and fewer).
    I would like to point out volume 13 chapter 04 of berserk manga; I’ve heard that after the chapter was published it was shortly

    removed from the market, and that it is not included in the volume. Miura must have thaught he revealed too much of the storyline or

    sth. I am not 100% sure about this but I beleive it is true; I have two chapters “04” in my volume 13 folder with berserk manga, the

    first version that was canceled and the second version, if anyone is interested, I can send it via email or sth.
    So, in this chapter griffith begins his metamorphose after encountering “The IDEA”. Well this concept is probably borrowe from the

    great psilosofer Platon who said that the world is based on the IDEA. It is a reflection of the IDEA, not a perfect one, but just as

    the reflection on water, slightly different. I was very surprised to find elements from Platons filosofy in berserk manga. Anyway,

    that’s what Platon said. Well mr Miura adapted this theory to berserk’s dark atmosphere so the IDEA replyes to griffiths question “Are

    you god?”-> “I am the idea of EVIL”. So, as Thana pionted out, Miura made it clear for everyone that the God of the berserk world is

    evil. The interesting fact is that the IDEA is represented as a huge heart that absorbs and redirects the enourmous flow of souls of

    dead people, mixed together, having lost their individuality. So the “god” in berserk world isn’t exactly the regular type of god we

    would think about, it more like a concept, an IDEA, something abstract. In Miura’s conception, actually the IDEA is the reflection of

    reality, not viceversa. The IDEA was born from the feelings of people it reflects the dark side of a collective consciousness of

    humanity. The IDEA in berserk world is the entity that controls mans destiny. The explanation given is that mankind needed this so it was born from this need, to justify dark feelings that ar part of human nature although many want to deny that.
    Very interesting chapter, it brings a little light on the problem of destiny, god, beherits.

  68. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    Firstly, don’t worry about your writing; I’m trying to learn French, German, Russian and Japanese as secondary languages, so I am making a buffoon of myself in four different settings. Just speak in the manner that you are comfortable with.

    Secondly, I could not agree more with the way in which both you and Thana see the story developing.

    I admit, I’m tempted to take you up on your offer; I have read A chapter 04, though I’m not sure whether it was the original. What I have read of Chapter 04 is extremely philosophical, almost to the point where you have to read the chapter several times to ponder the meaning. Only time will tell of the intent Miura has for the conflict between Guts and Griffith; I would kill to know what Miura is planning for the story. Well, no, I wouldn’t go that far; I would certainly do more to know his plans than I would do for a Klondike bar though.

    On a lighter note, I wonder what sacrificing Five really tasty Klondike bars to the God-Hand would get for you…

  69. M Says:

    I’m sure that Guts will kill griffith at then because, Miura critics the concept of “fate”, trough guts he wants to show that “fate” is not “all-mighty” on Humans as we think, that humans have their future into their own hands.

  70. vashfanatic Says:

    Reggie: It all depends on what the God-Hand would do for a Klondike bar.

    We’re all a little uneasy calling Guts an “Antichrist,” but to the people of Midland that’s just what he’ll look like. Griffith is their savior, a literal knight in shining armor, who is overthrowing evil and representing light and justice. If Guts comes along trying to kill him, he’s going to be despised.

  71. LoverofHokuto Says:

    Wow, I just came to check up on the progress and I was happily surprised to read a great debate with plenty of theories and philosophical references. I would definitely bet my last Klondike bar that Reginald P. Funkenstein III is a philosophy major 😉

    Now @Mystyc Vegeta:
    You said…
    “I have two chapters “04″ in my volume 13 folder with berserk manga, the first version that was canceled and the second version, if anyone is interested, I can send it via email or sth.”

    I only have one version and I’m not sure which one. Could you possibly upload your two version on Megaupload or something like that because I would love to read them?

  72. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    A visitor and their theoretical Klondike bar are soon parted 😉

    Biotechnology is my major, wooooooooot! I am in training to be one of those evil men in white lab coats genetically engineering such heinous things as talking chipmunks; dagnasty evil!

    @ Vashfanatic:

    I’m somewhat convinced that Miura is going to attempt to impress upon his audience (us, amongst other Berserk readers) that such concepts as good and evil are insignificant in the grand scheme. It seems as if a greater emphasis is put on individual purpose, reason, and intent. Griffith pursues his ambitions of power and status, and Guts pursues his desires of a serene future with Caska, yet the concepts of good and evil are more or less left to the reader to interpret.

    Certainly Griffith is the child of God, the Idea of Evil, but for a purely evil God that is so heavily defined by the desires of Mankind, isn’t it somewhat odd that Griffith, an extension of God, is covertly evil in comparison?

    Don’t get me wrong, I can’t even begin to hold anything but pain and anger for Griffith’s course of action in the Eclipse ceremony, but even there it seems as if Griffith is, unlike the other God-hand, completely focused on his own desires, his own impulses.

    That aside, it just seems to me that the predominant force shaping the world in Berserk is incredibly imbalanced, at least as we have seen so far in the story. I am as suspicious as I am, admittedly partly because of my belief in science and the balance therein, but also because the world of Berserk, ethereal realm and supernatural creatures aside, mirrors our Earthly history quite well. Unfounded suspicions aside, would it be so illogical for Griffith to have a counterbalance, for God to have two hands instead of one, two natures that rule?

  73. ultra lucky cat Says:

    Berserk, Vampire Hunter D, Monster Hunter Freedom, Blade of the immortal, Ichi The Killer, Battle Royale, Ghost in the Shell, Ico, Ninja Scroll etc etc…

    How come Japan gets all the genius? 😮

    – sad european

  74. Thana Says:

    You should read books, too…

    I recommend Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Witcher”. It’s an polish author, there are more good european authors.

  75. Zera Pulsipher Says:

    See I’ve always viewes things more along the lines of Thana’s thinking in that Guts is the true “Hawk of Light” while being perceived by most in his universe as the “Hawk of Darkness” which is really Griffith who represents darkness because he chose a dark God. If you reread the missing chapter it insinuates that there is more than one God with an opposing purpose to the one Griffith chose. In short based on the philosophy of the missing chapters God is what our deepest thoughts and desires are. Since Griffith’s true desires were power and control over others that is what he chose to be his God and is the persona he has tried to become. Whereas Guts truly just wants all men especially himself to be free to choose their own fate it seems that this would become his God pitting him in opposition of Griffith and his God. I think one of the reasons the chapters were removed is because it states quite clearly that Griffith is only a pretender at being the Hawk of Light in the name of a lying God. Both aligned with each other for power and control. Whereas guts seems to be aligning with a different idea hence a different God. So in a sense of “Christ” or “Anti-Christ” Guts would be the true “Christ”/redeemer/saviour/hero while Griffith would be his Antithesis or “Anti-Christ”/villain/evil incarnate sent specifically to lead people into bondage and under control of his and his God’s will. Just my thoughts and views on the subject.

  76. InterRage Says:

    Given the choice subject that you’re into, I think you’ll find plenty of great talent no matter what you’re into. In this case, Manga. Europe isn’t exactly the godfather of it.

  77. The Prince Says:

    We have Batman and Superman!

    – crazy american

  78. Yeror Says:

    berserk sure has gotten crazy. i think back a to just a few chapters ago, and its taken a huge leap. but there is no denying that the next entry has to EPIC.

  79. JokerKillsBatman Says:

    Reggie- The idea of Guts becoming the arch-nemesis through Griffith’s subconscious is an awesome idea.

    What I’m worried about is the overall meaning behind the story. I think the idea of Guts being the antichrist isn’t so absurd. Hell I think the whole book is antichrist. Surely we won’t know until the book finishes but during the course of the story I read a lot of philosophical, antichrist references…

    The most obvious being Guts’ “human will” overpowering his destiny given by god.

    The portrait of the church’s blind killing of innocent people. “under the name of god driving people to their deaths”- this directly relates to our world and its history. Religious people blinded by their faith destorying the futures of others…Wars between religious pacts(Jews and Muslims), Gays rights, and throughout history as you all know there has been mass murders and wars that have been created b y one’s ideals (Adolf Fucking Hitler).

    and my favorite one by Schrike to the Priest on the Roof with the reallly realllly annoying hat.
    “No matter How much you change the words expressing it, The sun is still the sun, Lights is the Still Light, Even if the scriptures we recite are different, the hearts that seek salvation are same right? Using that difference to divide and oppress people is foolish. God’s name belongs to God, it is not something to be controlled by others.”

    Shricke owns…everyone!!!! SHITTT

    It doesn’t matter if Miura is saying god exists or not, he denies religion, the oppressor of mankind. The church should have no power in the government.

    Sorry for long post butideas and words of Miura excite the crap out of me and I hope i didn’t sound like a atheist trying to convert people lol.

    P.S.- Guts has to stay human, he’s more badass that way!

  80. ultra lucky cat Says:

    Ok, i admit i was a bit hasty. Europe has Jeremiah, Thorgal, Storm and a million other good comics. USA has Watchmen, Preacher etc. And 100 bullets is south american i think… But japan still rocks.

    As for Berserk; i hereby predict that the last drawing on the last page of the last issue of Berserk will feature the Behelit, up to no good as usual.

    If Miura lives long enough to finish it that is…

  81. MJ Says:

    Now I’m realy looking forward to see the next chapter.

    Like I always do…

    Thanks again.

  82. LoverofHokuto Says:

    I was parted with my Klondike bar, so as a consolation can someone upload the two versions of the missing chapter (chapter 04 in volume 13) cause I didn’t get a response from Mystyc Vegeta :( For the record, I do have one version, which I got through the forums here, and it’s titled “God of the Abyss part 2”. Is there an alternative version I’m missing, or is that the one the was cut?

  83. Ilion Says:

    First of all, id like to congratulate this site, no need to say how AWESOME it is .well, I just found out about this manga and the anime, some months ago by replaying an old dreamcast game. And I must say its one of the toughest, rawest and tragic pieces of art I ever experienced. Antigona likE TRAGIC really. A true greek tragedy in every sense. sure it has its faults but iam not going to discuss them. Also to contribute to the interesting philosophical view you guys shared here, i must say that the deterministic world-view is a very interesting part of the berserk universe. Iam portuguese , and there are very old tales in my country of old masonic cults linked to Rosicrucianism. So Miura clings closely to a shophocles causality, however the skull knight has the symbol of Rosicrucianism etched onto his shield! my point here is that he acts as a teacher of sorts for Gatsu and Rosicrucianism main goals is to prepare an individual both in mind and soul to embrace a spirit of unselfish service to mankind… also they believe in a New Dawn for mankind, the age of Aquarius, OR the age of Freedom. tha freedom that Gatsu so fiercely defends. sorry for the long post , great to meet you guys.

  84. vashfanatic Says:

    ultra lucky cat:
    “Watchmen” was written by Alan Moore, who is British. He’s part of the “Brit Wave” of the late 80s that also includes Neil Gaiman and his unbelievably fantastic masterpiece, the “Sandman” series, which everyone ought to read (just finished reading it for the third time, cried yet again at the end). They were writing for an American company (DC Comics), but they’re Europeans. And for something lighter, there’s Mignola’s “Hellboy” series. Japan just has a longer history of creating illustrated novels and comic books (all the way back to the 17th century), so it figures they’re ahead of us. And don’t forget there’s a lot of crap manga in Japan, too.

    Back to Berserk now: while I think it’s an interesting idea that there might be a good God against the evil one, I don’t know whether it’ll actually come to pass. Assuming that the deleted chapter 82 is still canon, there’s a conspicuous pause when Griffith asks if God-as-Idea-of-Evil is the one who made everything happen the way it did that seems to imply it isn’t omnipotent; Guts certainly seems able to oppose the plans of the God-Hand. If there would be anything to oppose the man-made God, it might be the vision of a living universe that Flora presented to Guts, a kind of generative, life-affirming force underlying reality. All speculation, though.

    Side note: Miura’s universe has always reminded me a lot of Lovecraft. Anyone else agree?

  85. BerserkLuver Says:

    Hi guys, thx alot for the great work you guys at EG have done.

    Anyways, is it just be or do u think Miura has been writing the last chapters while he says he is taking a break or is he really taking a break? I mean the guy is getting older and he should have down the final chapters of Berserk already cause he goes on break all the time…..oh this isn’t another post about me whining about the releases, as long as Beresrk is not discountinued like some other very good mangas, I am willing to wait a year for a new chapter lol

  86. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    What if the “Idea of God” is both Good and Evil in nature, but cannot afford to divulge its dual nature to Griffith, or more minor players as to ensure that both the players in the struggle between Good and Evil in the Physical realm remain untainted, ideologically speaking?

  87. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    We saw the “Idea of God” explain itself to Griffith; keep in mind that God is a production of human will, and that often as is the case in reality, there can be unseen or underlying motives that are not shared between levels of power. Good examples abound in Anime, such as Neon Genesis in which Shinji’s father, Gendo Ikari, kept secret from all of his underlings, as well as the audience, his intentions with the EVA project. I would go so far as to compare Gendo Ikari of NGE with “The Idea of God” in Berserk; with such a position of power and with nobody questioning its will, what’s to get in the way?

  88. DeMs Says:

    Good theories, glad to see conversations keeping the same course.

    It’s been a while I haven’t tried to think about every possible meanings and references of Berserk, but to anyone who might be feeling bad about the word antichrist, you could try to take another turn of it:
    The wolf spirit, that I am starting to see more and more as a reference to Fenris, the wolf that was needed to remain in chains in order to prevent apocalypse, kept growing endlessly to a point where things will be impossible to keep him tamed, resulting in the inevitable Apocalypse, with the wolf devouring the world itself.

    This way of seeing Gut’s spirit gives me a terrible, inevitable sense of dread but somewhat that makes sense – though would it be to happen, what would trigger this?

  89. Ilion Says:

    vashfanatic as a point. The whole godhand, and the felling, OH my god they are so old and powerful does reminds me of cthulhu mythos.

  90. DeMs Says:

    The quote of Shierke was good, I’m sure it was to lift again, or to help the readers which course Miura’s intent on the topic is, aside from the real events that happened with religion, that whatever we do or think, will not define us being good or evil; the intricacies of all events, influences etc mixing each other with precise timing whether being a witness, a victim, the one doing a deed or a natural event – anything – is simply something that cannot be fully understood by a human being ~ in a way, a different form of defining fate, with an altered meaning.

    The things happening to, or done by human beings cannot be fully controlled, nor can they truly be defined as of Good or Evil and by using their freedom, they participate to this subtle “web”. They do have free will, but not a complete, impermeable mind – and entropic forces having their effect as well to the minds, bodies and anything else.

    What I mean is, in the ultimate end, anyone’s actions and thoughts cannot hold the true definition, or be the shapers of anything of Conception itself. The only closest maybe we could get to is to end it with only one thing that a human could have as perfect: a question ^^. After all, would it not be foolish, or vanity, thus a wrongdoing to his own teachings to claim from his faith over someone else’s beliefs that that things were, are and will be, simply out of pure conviction, to a point to apply actions onto others, whether physically or mentally?

    (That sort of thing reminds me the few sentences that are said at the beginning of each episode that was done for the anime.)

  91. DeMs Says:

    The quote of Shierke was good, I’m sure it was to lift again, or to help the readers which course Miura’s intent on the topic is, aside from the real events that happened with religion, that whatever we do or think, will not define us being good or evil; the intricacies of all events, influences etc mixing each other with precise timing whether being a witness, a victim, the one doing a deed or a natural event – anything – is simply something that cannot be fully understood by a human being ~ in a way, a different form of defining fate, with an altered meaning.

    The things happening to, or done by human beings cannot be fully controlled, nor can they truly be defined as of Good or Evil and by using their freedom, they participate to this subtle “web”. They do have free will, but not a complete, impermeable mind – and entropic forces having their effect as well to the minds, bodies and anything else.

  92. EcHoEs Says:

    quierooooo mas Berserk

    puxa no han avanzado casi nada en la historia.. pero para que decir que lo complementario de la historia y distinciones de los ambientes son exelentes…

    espero con ansias el siguiente…

    Gracias Evil_Genius
    Thank Evil_Genius

  93. InterRage Says:

    DeMs, I see what you were saying about the connection with Fenris. It makes sense, maybe too much sense. Now I’m just not going to read anymore of your messages from now on, cool?

  94. berserker Says:

    hey bueyes cuando sale el otro capitulo de berserk???? does anyone know…. im falling sleep with no berserk!!!1

  95. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    If the end of the world is the protagonist’s struggle in this manga, maybe our happy ending will be something reminiscent of the Wolf’s Rain ending.

    Were it at all similar, however, I would certainly hope that Mr. Miura further explores the “New World” and our lead characters’ new lives.

    I hate depressing endings like that that don’t go further into detail. I mean, if you’re going to pull a tearjerker ending, at least have the decency to further explore it.

  96. don Says:

    any release date for the next chapter?

  97. DecAlex Says:

    WOOOP to evil genius, they do an awesome job! Berserk is my favourite manga ever! (which isn’t hard considering i’ve only ever read mahoromatic! :S and some dragonball….but i got a good feeling it doesnt get much better than berserk)

    Man, some of the posts have been interesting…and i’ve been straining my eyes to read them! Seeing how this has become a forum i’d like to share my views too. PLEASE NOTE: these are ONLY opinions, and are merely my very limited interpretation of what i think is going on. Jus because i dont agree neccessarily with other posts does NOT detract from their validity.

    1) i dont think guts will become the “antichrist”. He HATES monsters and they disgust him. He’s proud to be a human. (from guts character we’ve seen so far) IF he was to become something else, something would have to change…i.e. that “wolf spirit” inside him goes loco and alters his opinion on becoming whatever or he realises its the ONLY way. I think he will have the power to kill griffith soon, if not now. Purely because his sword has that dark cloud/shroud around it from swiping at so many nasties, c.f. hurting ganishka when the apostles couldnt hurt him. Whether it would hurt griffith remains to be seen. Also, the berserker armour would mean that even tho he would get close to griffith and the pain from the brand would be excrutiating, he could still carry on because he cant feel the pain, i also argue because the pain from the brand is merely a reaction to the presence of the god hand rather than an injury or precursor to stop doing what ur doing or it’ll get worse, aslong as it stops the pain, he’s got nothing to worry about in the long term and it wont affect his performance (unlike broken bones). MY only worry is griffith would be too fast. He can dodge a rain of arrows which seemed impossible to avoid and he either did that by moving either VERY quickly, “phased out” and every arrow went through him or had some kind of telekinetic ability that made the arrows veer off target. In ANY case, theres not a lot guts can do to land a clean hit on him.
    2) i may be a dumb-dumb , but i always considered the “hawk of light” and “hawk of darkness” the same thing? i.e. griffith? you know, to the “people” hes the saviour in the war with the kusham, hero , future king, blah blah (white) kinda iconic what with the band of the hawk logo being a white hawk and his armour being similar to a white hawk, epecially post “the tower” incident with all his armour having white feathers! :S but to all his apostle followers and all other creatures in the atherial realm (who can sense his aura?) he’s seen as the “hawk of darkness”.
    3) about…”griffith beign different to the god hand because of his actions in the ecplipse being actively evil…” or words to that effect…and that him acting out was kind of weird. I dont think so. PURELY because, he is giving the lable “king of longing” and other such names by the little weird things that visit him and the god hand.I believe all of the godhand have a definitive “trait” that identifies them. (most probable that i can think of is slan being some kind of “queen of carnal deisire” saying how she can feel the turbulent emotions of situations and “touches herself up” not to mention gettin fairly “sexy” with guts, what with the inneundos of “penetrate me with that thing” and the stripping him down etc) To some up, i believe griffith is the king of longing, of dreams. If he wants to do something, he’ll do it. which leads me onto my final point….
    4) Remember guts/casca’s evil demon child? I know it sounds strange, by why havent we seen him again? now…BEFORE i get a million comments saying “dumbass, we saw the little black haired kid at the beach and every commented how they looked like a family, and it was almost CONFIRMED when the spirit of the little kid (presumed) told guts ‘dont harm, we’re friends’ or something like that” doesnt anyone think its strange how, the kid is not deformed anymore has clearly aged rapidly (crawling demon baby = 10/18 months, to black haired kid 5-6 years old) when the story line could’ve only progressed 1-2 years at most since the eclipse? Last time we saw that child, was at the tower when the behelit apostle swallowed him to “die together” ? forgotten..i have another theory that guts and caskas child IS the vessel griffith chose to come back into this world.
    I think griffith IS the kid and can shape-shift between girffith and the kid ( he is the god-incarnate after-all…can do anything , pretty much) I think, the kid is the vessels “true form” with the mind of griffith inside but griffith uses his powers to change into a body that is instantly recognisable as THE white hawk , sir griffith to pick up where he left off on working towards claiming the throne of midland. The reason i’ve made such an outlandish remark is not only do i think its kinda intuitive (sorry for the vagueness) but also….during the fight between guts and zodd at the hill of swords when guts first speaks to griffith after the eclipse, casca comes rushing over and hugs him. I ask why? if she truly has lost her memory and doesnt know griffith, why does she run to him without another thought and hug him? I think its because she can tell in her heart because of the way she and her baby “blood” breast-fed off her brand that she can tell its her child. its WAAAY out there, but i believe if thats the case, guts will have a bigger problem on his hands…if he kills griffith, casca REALLY will hate him forever for killing her child regardless if its griffith or does he take it like a b#tch and try and live with casca knowing griffith “got away” with killing his friends/comrades and raping his woman AND being responsible for demonically corrupting his child (albeit he didnt know he was gonna be a dad, it would piss me off 😛 )

  98. DeMs Says:

    I never said it should end as such, only that if the illustrations are refering to Fenris and it would be a surprise it wouldn’t, was it simply to show how much of a threat Gatsu is dangerous to himself as in containing a part of him that is his true worst enemy and that inevitably he will slip; but if so, maybe it was just to represent it just for himself, his own apocalypse or rather, his ultimate end but not the others; although simply with what Reginald has said about being the nemesis of Griffith, will it be the apocalypse of Griffith’s world ~ of anything, anyone that will be accounted in Griffith’s world?

    Or does the wolf only represents itself in a metaphor of how hard it is for Gatsu to struggle against a part of him – then what is harder, refraining a part of you that will be your own end and your beloved ones, or the end of someone else’s world? Or is Griffith something that is even harder? How is that represented in the manga?

    I just keep myself content with the basics, the wolf is on the ground and wants to catch a hawk, always in the sky. It can strike the wolf whenever it decides to but if it does so, it is giving the wolf a chance to catch it ^^

  99. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    Wolf represents the urge to chase impossible dreams and restraint?

    If we are to analyze the meaning behind Guts’ spirit avatar, I think that the chains hold the most significance; perhaps Griffith, with his spirit avatar, is different in that he is empowered by the Idea of God and is therefore unrestricted, while Guts embraces his humanity and is thus limited in pursuing Griffith.

    Perhaps both Griffith and Guts are tools of the Idea of God, truly developing the world in their actions even, and especially on a subconscious level, acting as counterbalances in method but nevertheless ushering in a renaissance of sorts through their pathways; perhaps the chains here signify that Guts is not yet meant to influence as Griffith does until the grand scheme of the Idea of God permits his pursuit of Griffith. Griffith, meanwhile, is busy creating the new world with impunity; I think that there is significant material for the argument that Griffith is acting as the agent of creation
    while Guts will be called upon as the destroyer, the end of the experiment — just not yet, hence the chains constraining the beast.

    The most likely explanation, however, is that both Griffith and Guts are pursuing their ambitions, seemingly devoid of God’s will. Griffith is the hawk, free of all weights and limitations (very much as he mentioned on the hill of swords; he has nothing holding him back anymore, not even pathos.) he pursues that which he has always lived for, his core desire. Guts, however, has developed a rift within his ego as he has struggled to abandon his core desire of destruction and chaos, and instead has focused on pursuing happiness and a future with Caska; the chains fastened around his avatar likely represent his repression of his core desire.

    The question here is: Is it even possible for Guts to achieve his happiness with Caska, is it possible for him to abandon his nature?

  100. Reginald P. Funkenstein III Says:

    Regarding paragraphs three and four,

    To quote the Narrator of the Anime (Void?):

    “In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control; even over his own will.”

    Hmmmmm… It certainly looks as if Mr. Miura was well focused on the struggles of the individual’s nature even at the start of the manga; it has become something of a central theme of this story.

    Just some more coal to add to the engine; I’ll leave it to you to keep this locomotive steaming ahead.

  101. holborn Says:

    Very interesting thoughts and quite a read in those comments that made me start thinking.
    And here is my view on the matter. Gods in the world of Berserk are creations of the subconscious mind of human beings.

    I think that Griffith’s ascend to the human realm is because of that simple idea.

    He somehow controlled the will / mind / fate of the humans to create an era of suffering and pain.
    I don’t remember the details cause there has been some time that I read the volumes but at some part of the story there was some kind of a cult, which kept torturing humans labeling them as heretics or sinners.
    Another example are the Kushans and their reign of terror.

    Usually in times where everything goes wrong people cling to a hero, or god or someone that can save them.

    So what I am trying to say is that Griffith’s manifestation on the human world happened because people wanted / wished for it, either by their own free will or because they were subconsiously controlled by Griffith himself.

    So he could be defeated simply if people stopped wishing for his existence. But for this to happen a real “hero” must come forth, a “hero” that people will support by their own free will and that would be the task that Guts will have to accomplish.

    Also I do agree that the chained wolf is exactly as Reginald P. Funkenstein III put it. After all before the eclipse event Guts only wanted to swing his sword for himself and after the eclipse he still did the same thing. Swinging his sword for his own personal revenge, but this is changing little by little.

    Guts is a bit different than the rest of the people in the world of Berserk. Many times in the past he lost consciousness in the heat of battle and turned into a mindless slashing “beast”. When he first wore that armor that state / feeling was amplified or took shape if you prefer with the wolf. Maybe Guts’ own destiny which he so hard tries to avoid is battling on and on without end.

    PS: Sorry if my English is not that good, but guess what. It’s not my native language either 😀

  102. Berserker Says:

    well that was a good half a year worth the wait. got to read 5 chapters in 15 minutes. guess i’ll have to wait until xmas to do the same lolz.

    great work EG. keep it up..

  103. Berserker Says:

    any idea on the next berserk chapter release date? anyone?


  104. Mike Says:

    Never soon enough….sounds right to me. And everyone here would agree.

    Heres a dream of mine: Instead of Miura releasing one chapter at a time, finding out that he released the entire rest of the story…and the fine folks at evilgenius having it all done.

  105. Grey Dragon Says:

    This has indeed been an interesting collection of ideas. Here are a few of my own.
    From the advent of Griffith’s supernatural power I saw a trend; Griffith has since the beginning considered sacrifice as key to achieving everything he required, on the battlefield, in the royal court and when all hope was lost his own life. In the abyss this carried over: he continued to sacrifice his pawns for power, but isn’t it odd? The Behlit offered him power in the form he could understand.
    Guts is in total opposition to Griffith in this. Guts has always been intensely individualistic, carving a path for himself first but never forsaking the people he trusts. Sacrifice to Guts means failure as his life is on the line. This is much of what I believe shackles the Wolf. Principles and humanity are all Guts has to oppose the inhuman enemies.
    Griffith has considered his rise to power as fate but Guts has no concept of fate, it is what he struggled against since his adopted Father claimed he was accursed.
    Now what happens when Guts sees all he has won slip from his fingers? When the armor of the Berserker takes his humanity, when his allies fall and he loses everything? Not only will the Wolf be free, all opposition to transcending Griffith as a monster will also be gone. What will happen then? The same thing that occurred when Griffith tried to shackle Guts to a role. Guts will have surpassed him. Because as Griffith weaves fate, Guts scatters entropy. Or perhaps he is an instrument of the world striking down an extreme to regain the fragile homeostasis of reality.
    In the end when Guts has nothing to offer he will have already paid the price, the sacrifice, all he has left to lose is himself. The only thing he would ever sacrifice. The Brand makes this possible. Makes him stronger than Griffith. Unlike Griffith his power would never cease to grow because it is linked to his rage and his sorrow. Its an infinite loop. The battle will end in mutual destruction in the real world and endless battle in the Abyss.

  106. Ellesian Says:

    Hope its soon…

  107. They_Took_Ar_Jeeerbs! Says:

    Alright, since everyone is gone, I’m going to throw in a completely random question that has absolutely nothing to do with anything!

    Anyone here have eye floaters, those little bits of dead proteins that amble around in the vitreous media of your eye?

  108. EcHoEs Says:

    esperando por mas =)
    exelente serie… lastima que esten ganando demasiado dinero con el T_T , asi es como se empiezan a poner con comerciales y alargues innecesarios…

    por ahora, todo bkn en la serie, puta que me encanta cabros, muy buena historia, como ambiente en lo psicologico de los personajes, el ambiente, las sub-historias., etc…. muy bueno

    la mejor seria que he visto sin duda alguna..
    algo que te lleva desde lo cotidiano para tu epoca, a un mundo sub-real demoniatico con tal fase que no asumes ni quiera lo que pasa , solo tratas de involucrarte… weno weno weno…..

    Gracias equipo de Evil_Geniu, thank you very much…
    ojala no paren , hasta terminar esta saga….

    EvIl_GeniuS = 1337 😉

  109. don Says:

    yeah i have eye floaters, when i was kid i always try to chase them hehehe

  110. Mystyc Vegeta Says:

    another 6 weeks (almost) :( this is painful

  111. Good Imbecile Says:

    I just had eyefloaters this morning… creepy…
    Looks like worms..

  112. Core Says:

    Wow, was just checking up on the updates of Berserk.. and damn, the topic got heavy.. and I started reading and reading.. and eventually decided I had read enough.
    (My eyes started to hurt and get bloodshot…)

    Anyways great stuff! both the latest chapter and for the most part what was said above. Especially by Mr.Reginald P. Funkenstein III.

    *Sighs* looks like the next chapter will be awhile off though. dang. :/

  113. yatamura Says:

    Can someone answer me why we all wait for months and months for a new berserk issue??I mean we r all berserk addicts and we r willing to wait but it’s taking forever and after months and months we get to read like 20 pages if so…Why is Miura taking so long??
    Another thing i’d like to ask is why after all these years and with all us fans supporting and concidering berserk a masterpiece doesn’t someone remake the anime series??We all know that they stopped it at the best part when everything began.I was always sad about the anime.Glad there was the ps2 game that made me quite happy seeing the story moving a bit forward on the screen,but…Com’on guys they make animes out of thin air,some of them r ridiculous but still going out and there is NOONE,no anime company there in japan interested in remaking Berserk??:(I’d like to hear some opinions about that and some digging on the subject,rumors etc.I’m still hoping to see berserk on the screen again someday…Keep it up E.G and all of u guys!

  114. ROFL Says:

    To DecAlex, dude did you even read berserk ? That Child is griffith reborn. The egg guy swallowed the child and so griffith was reborn, geez. I think you didnt really pay attention to manga

  115. muoncatcher Says:

    I agree that the manga is being released at an increasingly slower pace. but maybe us buying the manga or donating will give Miura some motivation. Or maybe not.

  116. kaiserkid Says:

    This is for vashfanatic or really anyone who wants to answer. What did this person mean by the deleted 82nd chapter of Berserk? I have no idea what you are talking about…was a chapter cut from the manga because of censorship? Is there a way I can take a peak at this fated chapter?

  117. Hundred_Man_Slayer Says:

    i’m a huge fan of this manga! keep it coming. Also, does anyone know if Miura is finished with this completely and its just taking a while to translate, or is the original still ongoing? Eventually i will need a final confrontation with Griffith!

  118. Hundred_Man_Slayer Says:

    im was still in vol. 25 when i found this site.


  119. Neural Eclipse Says:

    IIRC, in the Bible the Anti-Christ is actually a deceiver, seen by the populace in the positive light despite his ultimately “evil” motives. As such, the juxtaposition of Guts and Griffith as a Christ/Anti-Christ pair respectively makes sense in that, while Griffith proceeds to deceive, Guts would, like the Biblical messiah, be treated as the enemy of the people at first, only to gain the messianic status later, after everything is over.

    As the Biblical messiah, Guts has an extremely loyal following ala the disciples of Christ as well, but so does Griffith; however, as has been mentioned, Guts’ companions chose for themselves, of their own free will, to follow the black swordsman, while Griffith’s subordinates were lured in by his godliness and messianic status. As such, you could really swap the terms around and retain the same meaning, especially considering that the Anti-Christ of the Bible could actually be a saviour of mankind from the false religion of Christianity, but that is another topic altogether.

    I think all this parallels what others have said. Terms such as Christ and Anti-Christ are very symbolic and may confuse some, who are deeply ensnared by their religious beliefs, so I think this can all be put in less poetic terms for their benefit, but I am not one to do it.

    Miura is a very well read individual, which is why everybody who has read a modicum of books on various belief systems sees so many ties to various concepts at the same time.

  120. bob Says:

    “from the false religion of Christianity”

    Going off topic: What makes you believe it’s false? Your interpretation of the Anti-Christ and what’s going on in the world today are very similar. The bible holds a lot of truth, if interpreted realistically. It’s no wonder, though, that so many believe it false when it’s beliefs are depicted as kingdoms in the clouds to live in after their death and magical healing rocks(nothing of the sort in the bible). Perhaps that deception taught these days by your Hollywood movies and whatnot is brought on by the Anti-Christ?

  121. Wotrednuloot Says:

    hello everyone! i’m so ashamed that i didn’t read these comments when 297 was released, i missed out in an amazing conversation. i love all the theories people are tossing around, there is so much content here, it would seem that everyone has the potential to be correct, lol.

    one thing that i noticed wasn’t brought up. when concerning the difference between Guts and Griffith, the Skull Knight used the analogy of the Moon’s reflection on the water as an example of inevitability and twice referred to Guts as either a fish either causing a ripple or jumping from the stream. from guts’ birth its obvious he was destined to become a catalyst, through out his life he has dodged death countless times… and to what end result? –i can’t even begin to imagine … also cause its 4 in the AM.

    one thing i wanted to share with you all; the assistant manager at my Blockbuster and i have been reading and discussing berserk at work, and he recently blew my mind with a theory. he proposed the possibility of the Behelit belonging to caska, supported by Guts’ ability to protect her at all costs, and his ability to always find her when shes lost. a bit of food for thought for you fine, wonderful, folk.


  122. Neural Eclipse Says:

    bob, everything holds a bit of truth in it one way or another, even works of fiction as they depict how humans may act. As far as the Bible is concerned, given a certain realistic context, that book makes a lot more sense, but this context goes in direct opposition to what the actual religion tries to propogate. I am not going to mention it here, as it is not the place, but if you really want to uncover the truth, search for it yourself, but always be wary and think for yourself. Do not let others’ beliefs cloud your mind. Just because I say shit, doesn’t mean you should take my word for it. Research the falsehood of the religion and discover it for yourself and then think about it and change yourself as you see fit. If you don’t want to, not much harm is done.

  123. MmM Says:

    So when douse the next chapter will be released ?

  124. pasuking Says:

    Guts was born from a hung corpse, bathing in blood. I’ve always felt that the statement “You should never have been born” said by Gambino is true in more ways than one. The world and the life of all citizens of the berserk universe goes according to the idea of Fate. I see Guts as a man living outside that design altogether.Griffith fate as always been to fail in his dream to become king.I think the existence of Gutts prevented this fate from unfolding for as long as he stayed by Griffin’s side. The minute he left him, Griffith lost his mojo and his fate just caught up to him.
    “In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control; even over his own will.”
    The idea of god, created in the abyss, control the life of men in its design. Therefore the abyss and god, as human creations, have there limits. Gutts is living outside this cycle and is changing the events predicted by fate, up until now its only been small changes maybe, But as gutts is nearing the ends of his limits as a simple human, I am thrilled with anticipation to see what type of power the forces of Nature will bestow upon him So that he can fight on the same ground with the conglomerated human waste that his the Abyss. How Gutts will destroy it and bring about the true end of the world’s logic. As we have seen in the last chapters, the manifestation of abyss is literally destroying the world.The world will not stand for it.Griffith actions and might…is merely grotesque masquerade; an illusionist’s show of light and dark.What is hiding behind is just more atrocities. The current world logic in which human hatred is powerfull enough to subdue and merge with the physical realm, destroying the balance. Gutts and his gang will be the ones to end it. :)

    This is my theory on berserk as it stands now, and my prediction of what is to come. Buts its ever so changing with every chapter released :P. I just like this vision and wanted to share it with you all :)

  125. --__--" Says:

    Is the Miura still alive?

  126. ZigyZangetsu Says:

    man when is the next chapter been waiting months. the last one was in can anyone fill me in when the next chapter will be out, were there any approximate release dates on the last chapter becuase its been that long that i forgot? thanks in advance.

  127. seishi Says:

    Miura Kentarou died ?

  128. Miro Says:

    I hope he’s alive. He ought to do at least one more chapter before he goes!
    Oh, and I have no theory about Berserk ATM. Ever since Miura introduced witches and fairy weapons, all my theories went to hell.

  129. MmM Says:

    Hm still nothing !?

  130. bob Says:

    has anyone checked young animal for any berserk updates?

  131. Moonshine Says:

    Ugh, what has happened to the guy? does he have a personal blog somewhere? just so we can still clarify his existence…Hopefully he isn’t ill or anything, would be a shame never to finish Berserk :-/

  132. pantos Says:

    28 days… =)

  133. DingChavez Says:

    Berserk returns October 24

  134. sleep3walker Says:

    10x man you save my live

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