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The Conviction Arc is the third story arc of Kentarou Miura's Berserk. The arc is preceded by the Golden Age Arc in the real world and Black Swordsman Arc in-universe, spanning 82 episodes (including "Berserk: The Prototype") and leading up to the Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc.

Story Edit

Lost Children Chapter Edit

One night, in his travels with Puck, Guts encounters a group of bandits in a forest holding a girl named Jill captive. The hostile animation of a tree infused with evil spirits causes the captors to flee, leaving Guts to battle the entity until sunrise. Guts and Puck are lead by Jill to her village, where they learn of the mysterious "Misty Valley", as well as the ravenous attacks and child abductions by elf-like creatures said to originate from there.[6] The swordsman's brand begins to bleed soon after as the elves of the valley mount an attack on Jill's village. During Guts' fight with the elves and their apostle leader, Rosine, Puck informs him the "elves" are in fact the aforementioned abducted children.[7] After the abrupt retreat of Rosine and her elves, the residents blame Guts for the state of their village and charred corpses of children in the barn – in actuality the reverted remains of Misty Valley elves he incinerated in battle. Guts in turn uses Jill as a hostage to escape outside the village's walls, releasing her after gaining a safe distance and setting out to eliminate Rosine.[8]

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Guts fatally wounding Rosine.

The next day, having been followed by Jill, Guts leaves the girl behind, thinking her to be a nuisance. He fails to anticipate Rosine's abduction of Jill, however, and follows the apostle to the entrance of Misty Valley. Upon arriving, he encounters the bandits from earlier, who have been converted into Rosine's pseudo-apostles and tasked with protecting the valley from intruders. After defeating the "Protectors of the Children", he ventures into Rosine's emergence grounds, incinerating the cocoons of developing elves and creating a wildfire which slowly engulfs the entire valley. An enraged Rosine assumes her true apostle form and initially overwhelms Guts with her immense speed. Using Jill as bait in the growing blaze, Guts is able to ambush the apostle and land a fatal blow on the false elf as she comes to Jill's aid. Just as he prepares to end Rosine, he is shot by Jill's father Zepek – who is accompanied by Holy Iron Chain Knights – and forced to flee.[9]

Binding Chain Chapter Edit

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Guts' pursuers, the Holy Iron Chain Knights, finally catch up to him with the intention of detaining him.

In time, the Holy Iron Chain Knights catch up to the Black Swordsman, revealing the horrors they believed to be his doing as well the prophetic warrant for his detainment by the Holy See. Heavily injured from his previous encounter, he is able to muster only enough strength to ward off most of the attacking knights, before being overwhelmed by their vice commander, Azan. Realizing he lacks the strength to combat the entire regiment, he attempts to demoralize and disrupt the knights by eliminating their inexperienced head commander, Farnese, but is disabled by her attendant, Serpico, and subsequently detained.[2]

With Puck's help, Guts escapes the encampment and flees into the night on horseback with Farnese as his hostage. When Farnese runs off and finds herself at the mercy of their possessed, lustful horse, Guts is reminded of Casca's rape during the fifth Eclipse, and is then filled with enough pure rage to combat the demons until morning. Before dawn, Guts is harassed by a possessed, bared Farnese before the spirit compelling her eventually relinquishes its hold at sunrise. Serpico soon arrives at their location and, after a brief exhibition with Guts, leaves with Farnese, her faith shaken.[10]

At a later point, while resting atop a hill, Guts' demon child appears before him, imparting to him a vision of Casca burning at the stake as well as a vague description of her potential location.[11] Indeed, upon returning to Godot's where he left her, he finds Casca has gone missing, and from Rickert learns of the city of Albion – the refugee camp Midlanders were flocking to in light of a recent plague – where he gambles his lost lover might be.[12]

Birth Ceremony Chapter Edit

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Guts and Casca reunited after two years of separation.

Journeying to Albion, Guts is intercepted by the Skull Knight, who warns him of an impending mock-Eclipse set to return "[he] who signifies the Falcon" to the Physical World.[13] Upon arriving in the city, Guts immediately begins investigating Casca's whereabouts, and with the aid of Puck and Isidro, pinpoints a cultist den where she has been taken. There, amidst the chaos of battle between possessed cultists and Holy Iron Chain Knights, Guts leaves Casca in Isidro's care before engaging the Great Goat pseudo-apostle, slaughtering the transformed heretic and escaping the den through a back exit.[14] Afterwards rendezvousing with Isidro, he learns the young thief failed in escorting Casca, having allowed the Holy Iron Chain Knights to capture her during their escape.[15]

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Griffith reincarnated.

After Guts returns to Albion and defeats the pseudo-apostle Holy See inquisitor Mozgus,[16] a massive tidal wave of the city's manifested pain and anguish sweeps over droves of present refugees, taking the lives of myriads in its passage. Before long, the Tower of Conviction is completely engulfed in a swarm of tormented souls. This results in the complete collapse of the tower, as well as the realization of both the living and dead's ultimate desire: salvation, achieved through the sudden breaking of day and consequent eradication of the dark torrent.[17] Not long after, the survivors are met with the arrivals of Zodd and the Skull Knight; the knight directs their attention to a concentration of light in the distance. All present are then enthralled by the sight of a reincarnated Griffith, who is whisked away by Zodd shortly afterwards.[18]

Anime and Manga Differences Edit

  • The 2016 anime omits the Lost Children Chapter.
  • In the manga, after escaping the Holy Iron Chain Knights' encampment, Guts takes Farnese to the middle of a road, while in the 2016 anime, he takes her to an abandoned mansion.
  • In the 2016 anime, Guts fights the Keeper of the Hounds after kidnapping Farnese, while in the manga, he fights an unidentified apostle very similar to the keeper near the end of the Golden Age Arc.

Major Fights Edit

Lost Children Chapter Edit

  • Guts vs a possessed tree[19]
  • Guts vs Elves of Misty Valley[20]
  • Guts vs Rosine's "Forest Guardians"[21]
  • Guts vs Rosine[22]

Binding Chain Chapter Edit

  • Guts vs Holy Iron Chain Knights[23]
  • Guts vs evil spirits for an entire night[24]

Birth Ceremony Chapter Edit

  • Guts vs Holy Iron Chain Knights in Albion[25]
  • Guts vs Great Goat[3]
  • Guts vs Mozgus' pseudo-apostle disciples sans the Twins: the Bird, Angel Face, Bubblehead, and the Imp[26]
  • Guts vs pseudo-apostle Mozgus[27]

References Edit

  1. Kentarou Miura (author). "Firefly". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 115. Hakusensha.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Holy Iron Chain Knights (2)". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 120. Hakusensha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kentarou Miura (author). "The Reunion". Berserk. Volume 19. Episode 148. Hakusensha.
  4. Kentarou Miura (author). "Tidal wave of Darkness (1)". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 170. Hakusensha.
  5. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Arrival". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 175. Hakusensha.
  6. Kentarou Miura (author). "By Air". Berserk. Volume 14. Episode 98. Hakusensha.
  7. Kentarou Miura (author). "Queen". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 100. Hakusensha.
  8. Kentarou Miura (author). "Elf Fire". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 101. Hakusensha.
  9. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Way Home". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 116. Hakusensha.
  10. Kentarou Miura (author). "Morning of Truth". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 125. Hakusensha.
  11. Kentarou Miura (author). "Revelations (3)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 128. Hakusensha.
  12. Kentarou Miura (author). "To Holy Ground (1)". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 131. Hakusensha.
  13. Kentarou Miura (author). "Spirit Road (2)". Berserk. Volume 18. Episode 142. Hakusensha.
  14. Kentarou Miura (author). "Ambush". Berserk. Volume 19. Episode 149. Hakusensha.
  15. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Cliff". Berserk. Volume 19. Episode 150. Hakusensha.
  16. Kentarou Miura (author). "Those who Cling, Those who Struggle". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 169. Hakusensha.
  17. Kentarou Miura (author). "Daybreak". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 174. Hakusensha.
  18. Kentarou Miura (author). "Determination and Departure". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 176. Hakusensha.
  19. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Elves of Misty Valley". Berserk. Volume 14. Episode 96. Hakusensha.
  20. Kentarou Miura (author). "Elf Bugs". Berserk. Volume 14. Episode 99. Hakusensha.
  21. Kentarou Miura (author). "Guardians (1)". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 105. Hakusensha.
  22. Kentarou Miura (author). "Cocoons". Berserk. Volume 15. Episode 110. Hakusensha.
  23. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Holy Iron Chain Knights (1)". Berserk. Volume 16. Episode 119. Hakusensha.
  24. Kentarou Miura (author). "Night of Miracles". Berserk. Volume 17. Episode 123. Hakusensha.
  25. Kentarou Miura (author). "The Black Swordsman on Holy Ground". Berserk. Volume 19. Episode 144. Hakusensha.
  26. Kentarou Miura (author). "Hell's Angels". Berserk. Volume 20. Episode 157. Hakusensha.
  27. Kentarou Miura (author). "Bestial Priest (1)". Berserk. Volume 21. Episode 167. Hakusensha.

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