Thanasis is a writer, professional geek, and assistant editor at MANGA.TOKYO. He started watching anime with the mecha shows of the 70s and hasn't stopped since. He loves JRPGs.
The time has come for this series to come to an end. It started quite nicely with most of its episodes keeping the high quality Berserk is known about. This episode was an unfortunate exception, which I’m guessing will become the norm until the finale. I hope I’m wrong.
Japanese Title: ヘルス・エンジェルス
Luca is abducted by the Apostle Egg who spits out his story out of loneliness and a need to talk. Even ugly, world-changing eggs need some company I guess, and now that its end is near, it wanted a confidante to share its tragic past. Luca is eventually saved by the Skull Knight, for whom we know as much as about the Egg. Nothing. If you are not familiar with Berserk and you were expecting this series to explain a few things, well, tough luck. I don’t think that’s happening any time soon.
“The world is too flawed. So much unjust death and the agony and terror of the living, attempting to escape this fate”
While the Story of a very Ugly Egg is taking place on one scene, back in St. Albion Guts is trying to exorcise a few misguided angels. As evil is overwhelming the place, turning people into monsters and destroying the monastery, Mozgul is offering Casca to the angry mob to burn her on a stake. According to the misguided savior, that’s the only way for the land to abolish evil.
By the end of the episode, we find all the Disciples but the dwarves dead, Casca ready to be burned alive, the Skull Knight offering some last minute philosophical berserkshit to Guts, and Mozgul playing it the Messiah way. In a nutshell, nothing of real importance happened. Sadly.
Isidoro and Puck: Their bits were the second most enjoyable scenes in this episode, and that says something. I really liked their silliness and how they named their attacks.
Last still: And this was the absolute highlight of the episode. The hand-drawn still of Guts slashing his way through the aberrations was the best part of it. Great colors and a thrilling drawing. It makes me wonder how this series would have looked if everything was hand-drawn.
Villain’s Justice: Like every villain in every story that’s worth reading, the Apostle Egg truly believes in the purpose of its existence. There is meaning in its journey, a better world, a noble cause. He is not the villain, but just one side of the coin. Who is to say that Gut’s actions are nobler that its? Who says that the world that will be created by the Apostle Egg won’t be better?
Messiah Complex: Mozgus’s transformation resembles his faith. He sprouts angelic wings in a personification of the God he serves and in an ironic depiction of his immoral morality. He now believes he is a savior, God’s chosen. He even chooses to name his supernatural fire as ‘God’s Breath’, as if God is serving punishment through his mouth. The people believe in false prophets, as they have always done, as long as they are powerful enough to make them believe.
Fate: Once again, Skull Knight warns us of the implications of fate. According to him, no man is able to change the course of events, thus implying that the future is set in stone. Every one of their action has already been carefully choreographed as to bring a predetermined finale that includes Griffith’s revival as the ruler of the new world.
I was very disappointed by this episode. I felt that the Apostle Egg background story was unnecessary at this point. The Skull Knight was cool but eventually unneeded except to save Luca from being bored to death by a crying egg. There was too much extraneous philosophical chit chat, and the action was not that great. I don’t know if it’s the animation style that makes everything look less impressive, but when I thought that I was getting used to it, there is the occasional facial ugliness or two that reminds me why I didn’t like it from the first place.
It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t exactly good as well. With a terrible scene flow and a plot that begs to be resolved, Berserk should end its course before we start to hate it.
NEXT TIME: Shadow Idea, (イデアの影)
©KENTAROU MIURA(STUDIO GAGA) HAKUSENSHA/BERSERK PARTNERSHIP