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The Perfect Villain: Why Griffith Did Everything Right

Griffith did nothing wrong. Please don’t sacrifice me to the God Hand just yet, I’m not here to justify the inexcusable nor reduce everything 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 to make the case for why Griffith did everything right and explore how Kentaro Miura¬†created the perfect villain both thematically and as a human foil for his… Continue Reading →

Berserk 2017, Episode 16

When Farnese momentarily abandons her unglamorous task of babysitting to prove herself more useful to the group, she not only potentially endangers Casca (and everyone who’ll then have to look for them), but shows how much soul-searching she still has to do. Unlike her, the talents Serpico cultivated as the Vandimion family’s servant add some lovely domestic comforts to the ragtag party’s roadtrip through demon forest territory, while his quick wits and perceptive nature will surely continue to come in… Continue Reading →

Berserk 2017, Episode 15

It’s recruiting time on Berserk, and whether his heart is truly free or not, Griffith is doing a much better job at attracting useful companions to his new Band of the Hawk (how dare he!) than Guts’ fellowship of lost souls and comic relief characters. Flocking to the White Hawk’s re-hoisted banner are a selection of assorted legendary heroes from all the required classes, ready to showcase their impressive talents at inflicting almost comical amounts of carnage on the Kushan… Continue Reading →

Berserk 2017, Episodes 13-14

Griffith’s return to the physical world provided a powerful cliffhanger ending to Berserk 2016,¬†and the question of what his reborn self would be like loomed heavily over the new season. In-universe, people dream of the Hawk of Light to deliver them from darkness, but Griffith has more pressing matters to attend to before indulging in any savior business: proving to himself that the Eclipse got rid of that troublesome humanity of his once and for all. And so he seeks… Continue Reading →

The Tetris Moment, Example 2: “I offer them all.”

This is part 3 of 5 in a multi-part series about what I call the Tetris Moment in storytelling. There will be spoilers for important plot points of Berserk in this essay. “I offer them all.” Anime: Berserk (1997 TV series) Episode: 24 (of 25), “The Eclipse” In the introduction to this list, I mentioned different ways for the writer to set up their Tetriminos. They can chose to do so in secret, aiming to hit the unsuspecting audience with… Continue Reading →

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