Wavering Wanderer wrote:
He defies the limits so therefore does he surpass destiny? He is supposed to have been dead for over two years already but still there has been no human, monster, or godhand member that has been able to kill him.
I like this, But again, let's take it a step further. What if we were to say that this "surpassing destiny" IS in essence Guts/Gatsu/Gatts' destiny. Which then asks: Maybe there is a god beyond the godhand, beyond the destinal creature/entity we see once in the manga and cannot properly name it anything else than "God".
I think that nothing can change the fact that Guts has been marked by the brand... So in a way he's most likely already "doomed"...
It's alright, the swedish rock! If he is doomed then why hasn't he been doomed. I think Guts is cursed more than anything. There is something Shakespearian here, in both that Casca has lost her memory and it is presented as a problem that Guts wants to fix, that we the viewers want to see resolved, but that maybe Casca is lucky, that maybe she is blessed and maybe she doesn't want her memory back. Furthermore, we could say Guts is cursed, that it isn't a blessing that he was saved from the sacrifice, that amongst all the insanity he is still sane. We want Guts to live, we see it as a gift his life has been withheld, but maybe Casca is the blessed and he is the cursed. I don't think Guts is doomed, for he already escaped doom's jaws. I think more than anything, he is bewitched, burden, tortured, cursed. Guts cannot even shut one eye-lid without the possibility of a demons appearing. Why did Skull Knight rescue him? . . .
one thing that throws me off is that in berserk they have catholicism in it. even the pope gives griffith his blessing. if this religion is in berserk. were is our god, why is he not helping? or is he helpin on gutts side? judas stated before that they wish that there was a true benevolent god in Berserk and that he hasn't made his appearance. maybe he is showin himself in gutts. or togo in another direction maybe griffith is some kind of Antichrist? look at who his father is (the king of all demons)
Berserk has catholicism in it for the sake of reality (fanti-realism?). Religion is important throughout history and since Berserk is set in this Medieval / Pre-Renaissance time period, religion and the Catholic church are clearly something it can't leave out. So just because it exists in Berserk, doesn't mean it is to be taken as an "Absolute Truth".
I really like what you said about god showing himself in guts. This, again, ties into this cursed-burden Guts has. Maybe this god beyond the godhand is working through guts, working through the skull knight, playing things out not like a chess game, but a backgammon strategy. Thus death should of and could of been Guts blessing, his ticket out. His eternal slumber if you will. But no, he didn't see that at the time. At the time he saw his best-friend, his partner, his rival, his beloved brother Griffith give him up as a sacrifice, and death was something he would not succumb to, yet maybe he should have.
If this god beyond god is working through Guts, then we could almost describe it as a "Deus Ex Machina"
except through conventional, physical, and spiritual means. Through flesh, and through the mystical world (note Shrieke and other magicians pose a threat).
Final note for Verses:
See Lain! Texhnolyze was their next project and i thought it was pretty good too, but Lain exceeds it. (& only 13 episodes long).
-sorry for long post