|Episode 178 (Manga)|
|Reunion on the Hill of Swords|
|Date Released||December 24, 2001 (tankōbon format)|
|Arc||Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc|
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Guts has climbed to the crest of the hill where Rickert and Griffith stand. He stands a few feet away from them, boiling with rage at the sight of his old friend. Griffith leers back at him. He is now clothed, wearing white hawk-themed armor with feather-shaped protrusions extending from its joints and a cape that billows in the wind.
Guts howls with rage and charges forward, his hand on the sheathed Dragon Slayer. Rickert quickly places himself between Guts and Griffith, wrapping his arms around the former and stopping his reckless advance. The boy doesn't understand why Guts is so dead-set on fighting and urges the Black Swordsman to realize that Griffith is their friend, but Guts has long since stopped viewing Griffith this way. When he looks at Griffith, all Guts sees is the malevolent Femto. He yells that Griffith is not the same person he was when he led the Falcons. Guts' Brand of Sacrifice gushes blood.
Griffith speaks now. He is calm and composed, saying that Guts has regressed to the state he was at the moment he was inducted into the Band of the Falcon - a mad dog. The mere sound of Griffith's voice sends another wave of anger through Guts. He asks why Griffith has come to Godot's home, and the White Falcon explains that the ruins of Albion were hardly the place for a private conversation, what with the Kushan marching through it. He finds the hill they are on a much better setting for their reunion, recognizing that, in a manner of speaking, the Band of the Falcon is assembled once more. Additionally, Griffith is visiting the graves of his former comrades in arms to see if the sight of their graves affects him. Guts angrily asks whether this means that Griffith does not regret his betrayal of the Band of the Falcon. Griffith replies that his dream comes before all else.
Guts is angrier than ever before. He pushes Rickert away and charges once more. Drawing the Dragon Slayer, he brings its heavy blade down directly over the unflinching Griffith's head. Right before the moment of impact, the blade is blocked by Zodd in human form. The Apostle is wearing only a loincloth and armed with a single blade roughly equivalent in size to the Dragon Slayer.
Their blades remain locked for a long moment. Guts is still livid, and Zodd is enjoying seeing the Black Swordsman once more. Rickert watches the two warriors with fright. Griffith watches with indifference. Inside the house, Erica notices Casca place a hand on her own chest, feeling a painful sensation in her Brand of Sacrifice.
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