None of the episodes in Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition venture into the tree where Guts was found as a baby so many years ago.
A new Berserk Series adapting Studio 4°C’s film trilogy of the Golden Age arc to TV show format still completely skip over how Guts got its name.
By adapting the three original films, Studio 4°C Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition have been able to add a new scene Berserk here and there instead of having to follow the limited 90 minute or so format of the first film trilogy. But it’s clear based on the amount of episodes that have already passed that the studio is unlikely to explain the true origin of Gut’s name.
In line with the trend with Berserk’s Commemorative edition Being largely identical to the original trilogy, both of these works by Studio 4°C have thus far featured the same footage from Guts’ past. They are portrayed distorted, with muffled voices and blurry images that are enhanced by an erratic camera. As such, only those who have either read the manga and/or watched the 1997 anime will know what really happens. The original anime dedicated almost an entire episode to Guts’ tragic backstory, but it still only works as an abbreviated version of the manga. In Chapter 1 of Golden Age, mangaka Kentaro Miura went into more detail, showing a woman named Shisu finding the series’ future hero in a swamp of intestines (which is probably how the boy got his name).
Guts’ name foreshadows the series’ later focus on witchcraft
Although Commemorative edition fails to refer to the meaning behind Gut’s name like how the anime and manga did, this failure is more ironic considering the purpose of Studio 4°C’s film trilogy. The project served as a precursor for Studio 4°C to continue Berserkits history after the events of the Golden Age. Although never explicitly stated in the manga, it is assumed that Guts’ mother and the other people on the tree were hanged by one of Berserk’s dark and twisted religious sects of witchcraft. It would therefore be in Studio 4°C’s best interest to capitalize on this since the vast majority of the two seasons focused on witchcraft. Its inclusion definitely fits the series’ theme of destiny, where humanity has little control over itself, even over its own will. What is more powerful than an image of a man born from the corpse of a hanged witch who later fights an extremist religious sect that hangs witches for heresy and saves his loved one from meeting the same fate as his mother did? At least the original trilogy and Commemorative edition have included exclusive scenes showing the peak of the Sacred Sea (the aforementioned religious sect) and even of Berserk’s Lady Farnese herself who appears in Studio 4°C’s two seasons and who would later change from a witch-burning zealot to an actual witch herself.
How Guts got his name is incredibly important, even more so in Studio 4°C Commemorative edition and film trilogy than the original 1997 anime, which never ventured far beyond the Golden Age. Hopefully, those who have only seen Studio 4°C’s Golden Age adaptations will one day try the 1997 anime or, better yet, the original manga to get a more in-depth grasp of Kentaro Miura’s genius in Berserk.
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