My Thoughts: Berserk | Why Was Guts So Important to Griffith? | Anime Amino
I didn't see anyone mention how ambiguous and awkward Guts and Griffith's relationship is. Am I the only who thought there was some sexual. With the momentous desertion of his most trusted confidant Guts, however, Griffith beds Princess Charlotte on impulse, bringing about his imprisonment. So, what was the point in their relationship just falling apart? Just because they Were Guts' and Griffith's egos just too big to just stay friends?.
Guts is basically having an internal debate about whether or not his revenge rampage was worth abandoning Casca. He eventually emphatically concludes that it was in fact not worth it and he fucked right up when he draws this connection: Again again again again. The connection is drawn explicitly - he considers abandoning Casca to be the equivalent of abandoning Griffith and drawing that parallel is what motivates him to save her.
But despite wanting to start atoning for past mistakes, he still intends to abandon her in a cave again after he gets her back. Now I talk about this page all the damn time because of how off the charts gay it is, but more importantly right now is that it draws a strong contrast between Casca and Griffith. As we saw in chapter he decided to dedicate himself to getting Casca back, and we can assume that he fully intended to give up his revenge quest at that point. Anyway Isidro ultimately saves Casca, she and Guts are reunited, and Griffith appears.
why didnt Guts and Griffith just stay best friends? (Berserk spoilers!)
And to elaborate on how the depiction of Griffith is a huge contrast here to the depiction of Casca: Casca is shown at her least sexualized. And this is Griffith: Look at those sad eyebrows man. This scene thoroughly shows us how emotionally conflicted and confused Guts is.
But when NeoGriff tells Guts in no uncertain terms that his dream is not only more important, but his sole priority, Guts snaps. Scroll back up to that first picture I posted, he says it right there: Now look at this shit: This is the man I am.
He finally learned that lesson when he compared abandoning Casca to abandoning Griffith. He frames his choice to stay with Casca as making up for it. Guts draws a comparison between abandoning Griffith and abandoning Casca, and being abandoned by NeoGriffith and refusing to abandon Casca.
Berserk: Why Griffith is the Perfect Villain
Guts remembers NeoGriffith saying he knows what kind of man he is right before recalling him saving Casca. She exists to be put into peril so Guts can decide to save her and then waver between her and Griffith. Enter Beast of Darkness.
This scene is pretty much Guts arguing with his id. We take full responsibility for poor judgement and have changed the article's title to reflect what the piece is about, which is the way tragedies like Berserk are constructed to make actions seem inevitable.
Rolling forward we'll try to be significantly less boneheaded when selecting article titles. When it comes to calling Griffith the perfect villain, I'm not here to justify the inexcusable nor reduce all his actions to the powers of fate and causality.
Neither would do justice to one of manga and anime's most compelling villains. I'd rather approach the argument from the opposite side; I want to make the case for why Griffith did everything right and explore how this makes him a perfect villain and foil for Guts in the deeply disturbing world of Berserk Spoiler warning for all three anime adaptations of Berserk as well as the events depicted in the manga through volume 21 end of the Conviction Arc.
If the success of a villain could be measured in the hatred fans express for them, Griffith would surely be among the chosen ones. His betrayal of the people who loved him is so abhorrent that it can be almost as unsettling to hear what fans want Guts to do to him as it is to read Berserk. He's pretty much unanimously regarded as irredeemable, yet fiction is full of heinous villains committing unspeakable crimes that don't provoke such strong emotional reactions.
The betrayal of friendship is a powerful sin, but what makes this particular case so personal, and how evil does a character really have to be for their antagonism to become this memorable? In a series as thematically rich and character-driven as Berserkpure evil would be rather boring.
When we meet Griffith in the Golden Age Arc, he's introduced as a charismatic white knight, so unique in the world that he appears like a "saint" sent to save his followers, the "blazing inferno" for lost souls to gather around in an otherwise hostile world.
And in the world of Berserklost souls are the majority. He's a childish dreamer in a world where impractical things like dreams are in short supply, but because he can deliver on his convictions, he becomes the "miracle" people project their hopes upon, starting with his band of mercenaries and eventually growing to be a symbol for the entire kingdom of Midland. Long before the post-Eclipse prophecies of the Hawk of Light are spread, Kentaro Miura paints Griffith as someone who transcends the bounds of his world.
Characters often comment on his almost otherworldly allure, which they can only admire but never quite comprehend. You who have been ordained by the laws of fate. Defying the limits of what the world offered him, Griffith laughs at prophecies of doom while chasing his own fate. When he eventually catches up with it, and the path he carved out for himself crumbles away, his actions to follow will condemn Guts to his own cruel fate in return. While this is all very nice in a high-concept way, it's hardly enough to create a compelling villain.
Fighting a concept might make for interesting discourse, but it provides very little in terms of emotional attachment. All at once before our eyes. This is the beauty of man and evil. Before he can graduate from mentor to villain, there's no need to give us one formative past event to explain his evil, because he's not evil at all.
I realize this once again puts me dangerously close to blasphemous sacrifice territory, so let's introduce some of his less positive traits. While admired and idolized by his Band of the Hawk, Griffith is shrewd and ruthless in his ambition, manipulating or disposing of the people who oppose his rise to power without hesitation.
He's arrogant and brutally realistic about human nature, but most importantly, he's the kind of person that Guts aspires to stand on equal ground with. While Griffith rises on the shoulders of the people attracted by his charisma and determination, and he certainly takes their loyalty for granted, he doesn't betray their trust before the Eclipse or force them into anything they didn't sign up for. As mercenaries, they got the best deal by sticking with a leader who not only raises their chance at survival, but also enables a surrogate family to blossom within their ranks, taking them further than they could ever have dreamed.
He risks his life to save Guts from Zodd, and he doesn't charm Casca into following him for ruthless reasons. She joins him because of the feelings she projects onto him, as does everyone else. It's rather interesting that in a story where fate looms ever-present on the horizon, the maxim Griffith shares with the Hawks outside of the battlefield is "Do as you wish. Why is Guts any different? Griffith recognizes Guts' talents and wants to harness them to accomplish his goals, but that's not why he asks Guts to assassinate Julius instead of ordering him.
It's also not the reason that only Guts is privy to the unsightly cleanup after the poisoning attempt, and it's not why Griffith loses his composure so spectacularly after Guts' departure. Someone independent who can find his own reason to live and follow that part without guidance. And if anyone tries to crush his dream, protect it heart and soul. Even if that person happened to be me.
For me, a true friend is someone I consider my equal. But by doing so, Griffith becomes distraught, and deliberately sabotages the progress he had made towards his dream. Why did Guts' departure affect Griffith so deeply, to the point that he would throw away his dream? This is supported by the way he reacted to Guts leaving his side, as well as what he says to Guts during the Eclipse.
Griffith tells Guts that "amongst the thousands of comrades What caused him to forget his dream was the loss of his only true friend The only man he could call his equal.
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And while Guts at that point of time did not have his own dream per se, the fact that he would abandon Griffith's for his own was more than qualifying to be his equal, in Griffith's eyes. In addition to this, a tangental motif to the aforementioned theme of dreams is how people rely on others. This is exemplified mostly through Casca's Character, who was shown to rely on Griffith.
Even if he himself did not realize it. So when Guts left, he, too, lost what he relied on, just as the Band of the Hawk lost theirs when he was imprisoned. So, in conclusion, Guts was important to Griffith because he not only possessed the traits needed to achieve a dream, he also embodied them; Guts was the only man that Griffith viewed as his equal, the only man he considered his true friend.