We have reached to episode 23, an episode that while it was serious in tone it made me laugh a lot, all thanks to Puck! Who for me it is the best character on this whole drama! Seriously I can´t get enough of him; but let us leave that for later. Now, let us begin with the chapter!
The Chapter starts with Guts and his gang, they are in a shack and Schierke is checking Gut´s wounds, it seems he is getting better. In any case, Puck remind us why he is the best character…I mean about Elfhelm, the place where he comes from, a mythical place that is similar in nature than the house of the witch, where Elves exist and various Mages has gone to live in there.
In any case Farnese comes with a petition for the little witch of the group, and it is to teach her magic. That was because Farnese wants to protect Casca in a more efficient way; at first Schierke wasn´t so keen to this idea, mostly due to the fact that it is hard tot each magic to an adult since they already have some preconceived notions of reality that might be hard to break, although on the particular case of Farnese, that might not be the case anymore so yeah, she can teach her the basics… Also Serpico it is not ok with the idea; but hey! What can he do?
Later, at night, Schierke was watching the sea and Guts join her; both of them start talking about various topics, which includes some teachings from Guts about emotional stuff and letting it go to the surface, which means that it is Ok to cry since surely Schierke is sad for the dead of her master. After some tears both of them keep talking while looking at the sea. A possible first love for our Mage and other stuff, The calm is then broke by the sudden appearance of the Skull Knight.
The Skull Knight has come with a warning to Good old Guts, a warning to stop using that Berserk armor since he will lose everything if he continues. Guts listens; but decides to keep using it anyway, to master that armor and to never let it lose control. After that Schierke asks the Skull Knight what was his relationship with her master and if he was the original owner of such armor? The Skull Knight only says that the old witch was his friend, yes. Still, he warns Guts again about the risks of using the armor again, since maybe he will think he is in control; but that armor is uncontrollable…
The conversation continues and Guts asks why so many Apostles went against an old witch? And the Skull Knight basically said that due to the nature of the Witch (since she doesn´t follow this world logic or something like that), she was a bigger treat for the “Hawk” (AKA Griffith) than a 10,000 effectives army. Also that if Guts continues then the next time he sees an Apostle their leader might as well be Griffith himself.
Finally, the Skull Knight gives a tip to Guts, that the place where he wants to go, Elfhelm, there it is a fairy king, Hanafubuku, is someone of great power and he could bring Casca to be the same as how she was before… That put a smile on cranky Guts, still the Skull Knight says that what it might be good for him, it might not be for her…
Back at the shack Guts and Schierke shares the news and everyone is amazed…And dumbfounded that Puck never said anything about that, he is cool though. The peace is cut due to a sudden fog…And the monsters that came with it.
Suddenly various humanoids lizards have come and are trying to take the life of our Heroes! These beings, who are closer to a familiar, comes in waves. Guts, Serpico and Isidro go to the battle while Schierke prepares a protective barrier! Still the barrier while it might be of help, there it is to remember that these lizards have a physical body, so they might cross it!
While they fight, Guts can feel how the armor is calling him to take control let it lose to the power and become numb to the pain; but Guts has the control, he will decide to use only a small fragment of the armor´s power, so he won´t lose it!
Schierke then says that these beings are being controlled by someone, so if they eliminate such person the Lizardmen will leave! She finds them and Serpico swiftly goes to their location eliminating them! The people controlling them were Kushan… That was weird.
Suddenly a new enemy approaches a some form of fish elephant or something like that! The enemy is so big that the barrier won´t have any effect on it, to make things worse more lizardmen have come!
Guts come for the action and he hurts the giant monster! Schierke searches for the source and they are in a boat far on the sea. So reaching them is useless!
The fight is so intense, and what Schierke feared has come true!
The armor has takes control of Guts body! Guts start doing serious damage to the giant monster, even at the cost of his own safety! Schierke is trying to bring him back since the more Guts fight, the more the armor takes control and it could reach a point where Guts become, as the series and this armor name says, Berserker…Which it means that he won´t recognize friend or foe, everything will become an objective to kill and keep his blood lust.
The battle continues and Guts has lost control, he looks at Casca and the others and is only seeing new objectives to kill. He runs towards them, Serpico prepares to fight; but suddenly he stops, Schierke has reached him and brought his conscious back.
Guts wakes up, frustrated that everything that the Skull Knight said became a reality, still Schierke comforts him.
End of the chapter
What the Band of the Haken said about this chapter…
Did this berserk chapter had better production values than the last ones or was just my imagination?
Whatever the case I am a 95% convinced that the true main character is Puck, he is just that awesome
Puck is great, he’s usually doing something hilarious in the background
Indeed, there is no moment when he is not being awesome
guts is surprisingly good with little kids
except when he is accidently killing them.
hmm from the preview, it seems they will skip griffith’s rescue of the princess, and the general unsavoriness of the capital of the midlands. Which they prob didn’t have the budget to do.
they also cut out the moonlight child. killing a good moment.
I dunno feasl like if they are ending in teh next episode. they should have ended where ep 22 left of with them escaping the spirit tree on the beach. maybe ending with discussion with Skull knight and moonlight child Or his this thing greenlit for yet more cours?
pacing in this series is screwy. gloss over and speed through moments were they can build tension or show epic moments.
As far as I know next is the final chapter
Moonlight child connected to the Moonlight Knight at all? strums guitar, throws rose
Finally, as said before this chapter was better than the past ones in the production values department, or at the very least I see it like that! In any case, my part on this articles has come to an end since next week will be what it seems to be the final chapter. It has been a pleasure, so please look forward the other chapters made by the other members of the band!