Analyzing Berserk Episode 358 [Spoilers]

There are a couple of interesting things happening in this recent episode, so let’s take a look!

The first thing that comes to mind is that we do NOT see anything from Griffith’s demon army, or Irvine, Grunbeld or Zodd. Only Locus is there! according to him, it appears they are out on the battlefield.

(Personally, I am not sure if Zodd and Co. are part of the lancers)

What I find most interesting in this episode is that Griffith is supporting Charlotte’s proposal of constructing an orphanage:

Is Griffith sucking up to the Queen of Midland, Charlotte?

It’s very fitting to Griffith, as he technically is an orphan as well. Plus the Moonlight Boy which dwells inside of him, may also have the desire to give lost children a home. But how far the boy is affecting Griffith’s actions is covered in a different article.

What’s also noteworthy is that Griffith’s solutions to the growing social unrest in Falconia seem reasonable and agreeable. That’s also kind of creepy, knowing what he did to get here in the first place. Is this Griffith truly caring for his people, or is he doing this just as means to an end? Remember: He is NOT yet King of Midland! At some point he also HAS to do this if he still wants to have people to rule over (you can’t be ruling over anyone if everyone is dead).

At the same time, some of his suggestions also seem very imperial. Since there is literally no law and order, no countries or armies to resist because the land fell into chaos – it’s literally for the taking for the kingdom that survives. (I remember making these kind of decisions when playing Civilizations or similar games using imperialistic tactics…)

If Griffith and his kingdom should ever fall, mankind is probably going to get extinct, or on the verge of extinction. So if Guts (or Casca) decide to go after Griffith, he’s very very likely going to get painted as the bad guy for making this situation worse.

Now Lord (formerly Minister) Foss is making a couple of interesting comments about this situation too:

Minister Foss is eerily aware of what is going on.

He notes that in the wake of a powerful enemy, ministers stop their petty in-fighting for power and status in order to fight towards a common goal (namely the survival of their country). The way Lord Foss is talking about and calling them “drunk on the illusion that man skillfully weaves” it seems like he is not 100% comfortable with this thought. Which only fits him, fully knowing what schemes Griffith is capable of.

Also consider that Miura mentioned in the recent interview with French Journal La Figaro that the next confrontation between Guts and Griffith is near. There is a chance that just like these nobles HAVE to reunite to survive, Guts and Griffith both have to join forces to survive, too, if they are facing an enemy mighty enough that it’s threatening the existence of both Guts’ party and Griffith’s Falconia. I mean something like this has already happened, when Guts and Zodd united their powers so they could defeat Ganishka.

Our favorite badasses and arch enemies uniting their strength to take down a powerful astral being, Ganishka

At this point, Guts has accepted and healed from the trauma of the eclipse, and repeatedly picks the safety of his companions over revenge. What are the chances of him (or Casca) going after Griffith now to retaliate, with humans struggling to survive in a world infested with monsters and astral beings? The situation would worsen severely if they did.

Read more about different final battle scenario: Bringing Griffith down out of necessity

What also catches my attention is the fact that Griffith is low-key grooming Charlotte, calling her the mother of a nation, like a home-making mother. In return, Charlotte calls him the father of the nation, and asks him whether he wishes to become King (how convenient!). I find the use of “father” and “mother” most interesting, given they made love in Charlotte’s chamber after this. It’s to be expected they will have a child. That is if Griffith is actually fertile – only took them like 2 times to make a kid…

At this point I am also wondering whether Griffith truly wants a family – or only because he has to since it means the throne to Midland.

After this, we see Charlotte naked in their chambers. They did their deed and we can expect a little Griffiths or Charlottes coming soon.

….Is it just me or are Charlotte x Griffith dynamics basically distance and sex?

The episode ends with Griffith vanishing into the full moon over Falconia. Griffith glances at his hair and notes how this night he will have to spend as the Moonlight Boy.

Some interesting observations could be made from this chapter and despite this not being the long-awaited reunion with Guts and Casca, the more information we have, the more interesting it gets. I cannot wait for more!

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