「飛剣の御旗」 (Hi Ken no Mihata)
“Banner of the Flying Sword”
I guess Berserk wanted to make up for lost time because was the blood ever flowing this week. It was all Griffith—ok, mostly Griffith—this time, as Kushan got its collective ass handed to it, new allies appeared out the woodwork, and the setup for greater carnage was laid out. While I’m one to pass over subpar animation, must admit I had a chuckle at how the Kushan commander looked while impaled—pretty sure poked eyes never look like that. Then there was the decapitating arrows which definitely breach the laws of reality, even if looking pretty damn impressive. Cannot complain too much though, not with all those bodies flying around.
The interesting bit for me though was the new Band of the Hawk itself. Griffith is all but walking irony, treated as the holy guardian deity, yet resurrected off the back of pagan black magic. His band employs men and demons both, and in the Mongol spirit is not adverse to meritocratic absorption of enemy defectors. Part of my interest too stems from Griffith’s aura, a seemingly sinister mix of charisma and magic capable of getting the strongest warriors to bend the knee and spontaneously induce fealty with a few mere words. There is a lot more than
kebab Kushan removal at play here, and I’m quite curious seeing just what happens with Griffith’s merry little band going forward. Sonia in particular will be one to watch, mostly because she looks batsh*t insane, but also because I’ve got Mongol on the mind and see some Teb Tengri in the little blondie.
On Gut’s side the revelations continue as well, with Faranese and Serpico now fully accepted—well, tolerated—members of the group. Faranese is serious about wanting to learn the truth at least, a fact not lost on Guts as it proves her worth in the fights to come. Even for me it’s surprising seeing how much Guts has changed from the last season, open to assistance and fully acknowledging his malice cannot be solely controlled by himself any longer. Still had a giggle though at his reminiscing on Casca’s smile—if that is an accurate representation I’m not sure that’s a smile you want to protect. At least Isidro and Puck are around for the intended comic relief, don’t have to feel too bad about laughing at the unintentional.
With three episodes down I’m not particularly sure where Berserk is heading, but it sure has my attention. Guts continues towards Puck’s Alfheim, Griffith is gearing up for a rampage, and the possibility of a second meeting between the two is not out of the question. I honestly do not know yet if I’ll continue blogging Berserk—real life commitments and all that—but I’m seriously considering it. Even if I do not, however, an end post will be in the cards. It would be unfair leaving Berserk without that much at least.