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"Forest of Corpses and Needling Pines" is the 351th episode of the Berserk manga series, written and illustrated by Kentarou Miura. It is also the 44th episode of the Fantasia Arc.

Synopsis Edit

While making their way up an eclipse-hovered mountain, Schierke and Farnese are forced to combat various vile spawn of Casca's dreamscape. Upon finally reaching the summit, the two sorceresses arrive at a thorned cocoon containing the final memory fragment of Casca's mind.

Story Edit

Gradually making their way to the eclipse-hovered mountain, Schierke and Farnese venture through a forest strewn with corpses and needling pine trees; Schierke remarks that any experience capable of etching such a grisly sight on one's mind is surely enough to break their psyche. Deeper into the forest, the two sorceresses are ambushed by more repulsive monsters conceived by Casca's mind. With the assistance of golems, as well as the Lady of the Depths, Rotting Root Lord, and Wheel of Flame, Schierke and Farnese are able to circumvent the monsters and continue on towards the foot of the mountain. They soon after find themselves under attack yet again, however, this time by phallus-shaped creatures of the dreamscape. Farnese searches her pouch, contemplating the use of her Snaking Thorns, but in doing so finds another item she had brought along from her own dream: a fetish bearing Mozgus' likeness. Upon activation, the mouth-shaped Mozgus-like construct is used to latch onto and bite through the phallic pursuers, making way for the sorceresses' escape.

While embarking up the mountain, the two acknowledge the increasing hostility of the dreamscape relative to their nearing proximity to Casca's final memory fragment; Schierke theorizes that Casca is seemingly rejecting their continued efforts to restore her mind, in an attempt to remain as she is. After a strenuous climb, the sorceresses eventually reach the mountain's summit and arrive at the final, thorn-encased memory fragment of Casca's fractured mind.

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Notes Edit

  • Following the release of episode 351 on June 23, 2017, Berserk went on hiatus until winter before resuming normal monthly serialization.

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