What remains to be addressed in Berserk

Aazealh

Administrator
Staff member
People kept asking for it, so here is a list of what I consider to be the main things that remained to be addressed in Berserk when Kentarou Miura passed away. I tried to make it relatively exhaustive without detailing things too much as it would become unreadable.

This list is based off events up to episode 364, the last one created by Kentarou Miura.

Important note:

While I’m listing things individually and in separate categories, many of them would be happening simultaneously, meaning that multiple character developments happen during fights and so on. Similarly, two or more enemies could be killed in the same sequence, they aren’t necessarily meant to all occur in distinct settings. Lastly, developments like Casca overcoming her trauma would take place over several instances, spread out over time, and the same goes for many character relationships.

Points in italics are uncertain but seem likely to me.

Skellig-specific stuff
  • Schierke learns to summon Daimons
  • Farnese learns magic from Danan
  • Hanarr has a look at the Berserk’s armor (and the Dragon Slayer?)
  • Guts’ physical state is addressed
  • Schierke learns to fly / has her first solo experience
  • Isidro develops a new fighting technique

  • More development for Schierke & Molda’s relationship
  • More development for Schierke’s relationship with Cucca and the others
  • Schierke learns more about Flora (and herself?)
  • Schierke decides to leave the island despite what it represents for her

  • Confrontation between Griffith, Guts and Casca
  • A crisis comes to the island
  • Isma’s conch necklace comes into play
  • Our heroes resolve to stop Griffith
  • They return to the mainland
  • What did the Great Gurus foresee? What’s at stake for the world?
  • We see the Great Gurus in action? And the Volvaba too? And Danan?

  • Fate of Magnifico
  • Fate of Roderick
  • Fate of Isma
  • Fate of the island's inhabitants
Character development
  • Casca surmounts her trauma related to the Eclipse
  • Casca confronts her feelings towards her son and decides on a course of action
  • Casca gains new fighting capabilities
  • Guts deals with his trauma, finding a way to tap more effectively/smartly into the Beast of Darkness
  • Guts deals with his feelings towards his son
  • Guts & Casca’s relationship is mended

  • Serpico reflects on his desires and aspirations beyond simply following Farnese
  • Serpico reveals to Farnese they are siblings
  • Azan comes to terms with the end of the Holy Iron Chain Knights and finds a renewed meaning to life

  • Schierke summons Daimons and becomes even more proficient in magic
  • Schierke keeps growing and finds meaning to what she’s doing
  • Isidro keeps growing and becomes more at ease with who he is and what he can do
  • Farnese’s magic helps Casca get better… and maybe Guts, too
  • Farnese keeps growing and finds a new place in the group

  • More development for Casca & Farnese, Schierke, Isidro, Serpico, Puck
  • More development for Guts & Farnese, Schierke, Isidro, Serpico (and Puck too?)
  • More development for Isidro & Schierke
  • More development for Farnese & Schierke
  • More development for Isidro & Puck

  • Schierke & Sonia meet again
  • Isidro & Mule meet again
  • Casca meets with Luka and the girls
  • More development for Sonia, Griffith, Charlotte and Mule (individually and with each other)
Enemies
  • More battles against astral creatures

  • Death of Grunbeld
  • Death of Locus
  • Death of Irvine
  • Death of Rakshas
  • Death of Zodd

  • Destruction of the demon soldiers

  • Death of Slan
  • Death of Conrad
  • Death of Ubik
  • Death of Void
  • Death of Femto
Big story developments
  • We see more of what’s going on in Falconia through various side characters (including the Pandemonium)
  • Griffith's coronation
  • Griffith’s rule eventually takes a dark turn
  • The God Hand’s plan becomes clear
  • Gaizeric’s backstory is revealed
  • We see more of Fantasia, including through our protagonists’ adventures
  • Guts’ party eventually links up with the Bakiraka at their stronghold
  • Final confrontation(s)
  • Epilogue / Fate of the world
  • Eventual fate of all main characters
  • Eventual fate of Guts and Casca's son
  • Eventual fate of the Skull Knight
  • Eventual fate of secondary and tertiary characters (Silat, Raban, Charlotte...)
Other
  • More information about Barytes and why they matter
  • Mana (true name) comes into play
  • More information about mediums and their relation to magicians
  • Guts’ beherit comes into play
  • Addressing the Brand of Sacrifice
  • Rickert has new inventions
  • Daiba has new tricks
  • The magicians of Skellig end up playing a role in the big picture
 
Which of these do you feel confident in getting in the Mori continuation, Aazealh? And which of these do you feel are not going to be addressed? Or would you rather not speculate on that, in which case, I understand completely and didn't mean to pry.
 

Aazealh

Administrator
Staff member
Which of these do you feel confident in getting in the Mori continuation, Aazealh? And which of these do you feel are not going to be addressed? Or would you rather not speculate on that, in which case, I understand completely and didn't mean to pry.

Honestly that's hard to say. Given what Mori said at the outset and what we've seen so far, it's hard for me to imagine them pumping out many volumes like this. I feel like the best course of action for them would be to try to finish it quickly, before it becomes too denatured. Which means that many things might not be addressed or just get a mention in passing. But that's just what I think.

Beyond the itemized list, it seems clear to me that most character development won't be occurring or will be severely stunted/simplified. We've seen it already. Really, Mori's just giving us the unfinalized parts of the story that he knew of, which are then interpreted and put on the page by the team. The truth of the matter is that even if they attempt to address as much of it as they can, without Miura's uncanny intuition and dazzling execution, it will come across as perfunctory.
 
Big story developments
  • We see more of what’s going on in Falconia through various side characters (including the Pandemonium)
  • Griffith's coronation
  • Griffith’s rule eventually takes a dark turn
  • The God Hand’s plan becomes clear
  • Gaizeric’s backstory is revealed
  • We see more of Fantasia, including through our protagonists’ adventures
  • Guts’ party eventually links up with the Bakiraka at their stronghold
  • Final confrontation(s)
  • Epilogue / Fate of the world
  • Eventual fate of all main characters
  • Eventual fate of Guts and Casca's son
  • Eventual fate of the Skull Knight
  • Eventual fate of secondary and tertiary characters (Silat, Raban, Charlotte...)
I think you missed:
  • Zodd’s backstory is revealed
 
Great list, Aaz.

I have a question about the God of the Abyss: what do you think would have happened to it in the end? Would its control over humanity be broken with the God Hand's demise, at least temporarily? Will it go on to form another God Hand millennia later?

To be honest, I already dislike the idea of a cyclical God Hand, as I feel it cheapens Guts' struggle and eventual victory over them, but I'm sure Miura would have executed it in a way that works.
 

Aazealh

Administrator
Staff member
I have a question about the God of the Abyss: what do you think would have happened to it in the end? Would its control over humanity be broken with the God Hand's demise, at least temporarily? Will it go on to form another God Hand millennia later?

I think it could have been addressed tastefully and in ways consistent with Miura's comments on the matter. I have some ideas but I don't want to get into them here, it's beyond the scope of this thread.
 
I think it could have been addressed tastefully and in ways consistent with Miura's comments on the matter. I have some ideas but I don't want to get into them here, it's beyond the scope of this thread.
Have you ever elaborated even a bit on this subject before, Aaz? Not to sound demanding (I always am :sad:), but I wondered if this was an old theory you had or something you have theorised as the years passed... it just sounds like quite a long post given you tend to mention that you would elaborate on it in the future but it sounds like a long task.
 

Aazealh

Administrator
Staff member
Have you ever elaborated even a bit on this subject before, Aaz?

I don't think I did.

I wondered if this was an old theory you had or something you have theorised as the years passed...

It's something I thought about some years back.

it just sounds like quite a long post given you tend to mention that you would elaborate on it in the future but it sounds like a long task.

Not that long and I didn't say I would elaborate, just that it's beyond the scope of this thread.
 

Aazealh

Administrator
Staff member
Can all this be answered in one Arc? If so, the arc has needs to be 2-3 chapters, preferably 3.

Arcs and chapters can be of varying length, but I think it could have been fully and satisfyingly addressed in around 150 episodes.
 
Top Bottom