May 5, 2010
Kentaro Miura – Dark Horse – 2010 – 33+ volumes
Aaand… here we are, caught up with Japan. I think there’s approximately one volume of this series a year, so now we wait for the ending to roll around.
This volume’s all about setting up another prophecy for Griffith. While we do get to see the primary cast on board their ship, fighting pirates, the majority of the focus is on Midland and getting the citizens out from under the Kushan invaders before something really bad happens. King Ganishka is mad about his defeat at the hands of the Band of the Hawk, and he decides to gather more power than what he has as an apostle and go full demon. While his transformation is happening, the people of Midland take the opportunity to flee the city while he’s not looking, and they’re intercepted by the Band of the Hawk just as Ganishka’s transformation is unveiled.
On one hand, this is a very slow volume, and it’s a shame we seem to be getting less and less time for Guts’ mission to kill Griffith. On the other hand, it’s pretty incredible that Berserk is continuously developing its world like this, and even situations not involving the main characters are still as good a read as this. It’s slow, but I still tore through it pretty fast. The pirates provide a little action, but my ache for twisted demon transformations was satisfied by the horrible new form that Ganishka has taken (which isn’t as spectacular as some other demons, just incredibly massive).
Guts is in pretty bad shape, too, so he’ll need time to recover while the ship leisurely sails on towards Elfhelm. Hopefully… hopefully that’ll only be one more volume. While we’re waiting for that, apparently Griffith is going to remake the entire world, so there’s also that to look forward to in the meantime. Always something in Berserk.