|Episode F0 (Manga)|
|The Guardians of Desire (4)|
|Romaji||Yokubō no shugotenshi (4)|
|Volume||3 Guardians of Desire Part 2|
|Date Released||October 31, 1991 (tankōbon format)|
|Arc||Black Swordsman Arc|
← Guardians of Desire 3
Guardians of Desire 5 →
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The Guardians of Desire (4) (欲望の守護天使(4) Yokubō no shugotenshi (4)?) is the 6th nonnumerical episode of the Berserk manga series, written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. This episode is also the sixth of sixteen episodes that do not go by conventional episode labeling.
As Guts lies on a destroyed pillar in defeat, the Count mocks him for having a fragile human body. Puck comes to Guts' defense, and accuses the Count of being a frail human beneath his monstrous exterior. His conversation with the Count is cut short by the appearance of the Behelit, which falls out of Guts' pocket. Puck grabs the Behelit by its mouth and nostrils and attempts to keep it away from the Count, but the chase is interrupted by Theresia, who has found her way to the throne room. Terrified of her father's Apostle form, Theresia takes cover behind one of the intact pillars. A furious Count turns to Puck to take his anger out on, but the latter is saved by some knives thrown by Guts at the Count.
His body broken but his mind unwavering, Guts faces the Count once more. He is easily knocked back by the Count's attack into the pillar behind which Theresia is hiding, but when the Count advances to deliver the final blow, Guts grabs Theresia and uses her as a shield from her father. The Count hesitates to attack, and Guts uses the opportunity to fire his cannon arm right into the Count's face and, wielding his enormous sword with his mouth and prosthetic hand, slices off the Count's head.
Guts advances on the still-living Count and takes a knife to his face, in an attempt to show the Count humans' true strength. Puck notices a distraught Theresia and tries to confront Guts, whose actions are the cause of Theresia's distress, but Guts turns the knife on Puck and threatens to kill him if he doesn't back down. Guts commands Theresia to watch as he stabs the Count's face, telling her that this is the consequence of having a body that doesn't die, the body of an Apostle. Guts continues the savage onslaught until the blade of his dagger shatters and he slips in the Count's blood, whereupon Guts sits up and begins laughing in front of a confused and horrified Puck and Theresia.
Meanwhile, as the Count's blood slowly leaks towards the Behelit, he mutters to himself that he doesn't want to die. The Behelit rearranges its facial features until they correctly placed as though on a human, and it begins crying tears of blood. Guts, Puck, Theresia and the Count are all transported to a dimension seemingly composed only of flights of stairs at impossible angles thanks to the power of the Behelit and the Count's desire to live. As Guts, Theresia and Puck look around in confusion, the Count announces the arrival of the "Great Ones".
Guts, Puck, Theresia and the Count glance up to see the God Hand looking down on them from the top of a flight of stairs.
CharacterS in Order of Appearance
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