History TearJerker / Berserk

9th Jun '16 10:16:36 PM KaeozCrimson
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** A heartbreaking moment is the long and detailed combination of BreakingSpeech and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that [[spoiler: the Godhand]] gives to Griffith, essentially revealing to him that, for all his charisma, all his accomplishments, Griffith was never more than a child, stacking the corpses of the ones around him atop one another, trying to reach a distant, unreachable castle. Getting thrown in his face the fact that, for all his manipulations and machinations, were not only for nothing, but in pursuit of a childish dream, is more or less what sends him cartwheeling over the MoralEventHorizon. The kicker? The last thing he says before making his choice? He looks at Guts and says "You are the only man who ever made me forget my dream." Casca and the rest of the Band of the Hawk? They meant nothing to him. But Guts? Griffith genuinely, honestly cared about him.
4th May '16 9:08:08 PM TheBigBopper
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* Even after all these years, the original anime version of the Eclipse preserves its power. For example, the scene where Femto rapes Casca while forcing Guts to watch. It's very minimalist compared to the original manga, as well as the 2013 film descent: Casca's body and the act itself are largely obscured by Femto's wings, and there's very little actual movement going on in each frame. Part of this is because LimitedAnimation is par for the course in old-school low-budget productions, and because they have to censor it a lot for television, but these constraints actually result in a very powerful use of limited animation and cutting between still images to show the characters' emotions, also emphasizing how everything is about eyes and vision. We don't see what Femto is doing to Casca, but we see her upper body and her face as she suffers her violation. We see Guts with his body covered in wounds, pinned down by the claws of a dozen demons with his eyes filled with tears of grief and rage. We see Femto almost unmoving as he rapes Casca, giving Guts an emotionless KubrickStare. We see the faces of Ubik and Slan, as Slan says how beautiful it is to her. And lastly, we see from the perspective of Guts' right eye as the demon's claw pierces it, engraving the image into his mind forever.

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* Even after all these years, the original anime version of the Eclipse preserves its power. For example, the scene where Femto rapes Casca while forcing Guts to watch. It's very minimalist compared to the original manga, as well as the 2013 film descent: ''Advent'': Casca's body and the act itself are largely obscured by Femto's wings, and there's very little actual movement going on in each frame. Part of this is because LimitedAnimation is par for the course in old-school low-budget productions, and because they have to censor it a lot for television, but these constraints actually result in a very powerful use of limited animation and cutting between still images to show the characters' emotions, also while emphasizing how everything is about eyes and vision. We don't see what Femto is doing to Casca, but we see her upper body and her face as she suffers her violation. We see Guts with his body covered in wounds, pinned down by the claws of a dozen demons with his eyes filled with tears of grief and rage. We see Femto almost unmoving as he rapes Casca, giving Guts an emotionless KubrickStare. We see the faces of Ubik and Slan, as Slan says how beautiful it is to her. And lastly, we see from the perspective of Guts' right eye as the demon's claw pierces it, engraving the image into his mind forever.
4th May '16 9:07:15 PM TheBigBopper
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!The 1997-98 Anime
* Even after all these years, the original anime version of the Eclipse preserves its power. For example, the scene where Femto rapes Casca while forcing Guts to watch. It's very minimalist compared to the original manga, as well as the 2013 film descent: Casca's body and the act itself are largely obscured by Femto's wings, and there's very little actual movement going on in each frame. Part of this is because LimitedAnimation is par for the course in old-school low-budget productions, and because they have to censor it a lot for television, but these constraints actually result in a very powerful use of limited animation and cutting between still images to show the characters' emotions, also emphasizing how everything is about eyes and vision. We don't see what Femto is doing to Casca, but we see her upper body and her face as she suffers her violation. We see Guts with his body covered in wounds, pinned down by the claws of a dozen demons with his eyes filled with tears of grief and rage. We see Femto almost unmoving as he rapes Casca, giving Guts an emotionless KubrickStare. We see the faces of Ubik and Slan, as Slan says how beautiful it is to her. And lastly, we see from the perspective of Guts' right eye as the demon's claw pierces it, engraving the image into his mind forever.
3rd May '16 2:19:19 AM TitanFireFlies
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[[caption-width-right:322:"Hatred is nothing but the place where men who can't deal with sadness go."]]

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[[caption-width-right:322:"Hatred [[caption-width-right:322:''"Hatred is nothing but the place where men who can't deal with sadness go."]]
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26th Apr '16 7:46:04 PM TheBigBopper
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* The end of chapter 330 of the manga. Chich, the little elf that Guts encountered in prison as a boy before meeting the Band of the Hawk, used up all of her power to selflessly help him. Healing his wounds, giving him water, and providing warmth caused her flower to wilt and die. And after all that, the flower provides a distraction that manages to save Guts from getting shot with a crossbow. Guts, who offered to plant her in a meadow where he saw other flowers like her, can only hold a little funeral of sorts for her there afterward. His [[FacialDialogue face alone]] speaks volumes.
** This scene is even more tragic because of the contrast with one of the earliest scenes in the manga; the bit where Puck rescues Guts from a prison cell. Just look at how gentle and kind the younger Guts was when he met an elf that was even more of a MotorMouth SmallAnnoyingCreature than Puck, and compare that with the way Guts treats Puck at the start. It also provides a possible reason for Guts being so cold towards Puck, if he didn't want a repeat of what happened to Chich.

!Video Games
* In the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.

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* The end of chapter 330 of the manga. Chich, Chitch, the little elf that Guts encountered in prison as a boy before meeting the Band of the Hawk, used up all of her power to selflessly help him. Healing his wounds, giving him water, and providing warmth caused her flower to wilt and die. And after all that, the flower provides a distraction that manages to save Guts from getting shot with a crossbow. Guts, who offered to plant her in a meadow where he saw other flowers like her, can only hold a little funeral of sorts for her there afterward. His [[FacialDialogue face alone]] speaks volumes.
** This scene is even more tragic because of the contrast with one of the earliest scenes in the manga; the bit where Puck rescues Guts from a prison cell. Just look at how gentle and kind the younger Guts was when he met an elf that was even more of a MotorMouth SmallAnnoyingCreature than Puck, and compare that with the way Guts treats Puck at the start. It also provides a possible reason for Guts being so cold towards Puck, if he didn't want a repeat of what happened to Chich.

!Video Games
* In the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.
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23rd Feb '16 3:59:16 PM nabu-san
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* In the boat on the way to Elfheim, Casca accidentally falls into the water, only with Guts trying to catch her...with his prostethic left hand. Of course he fails to avoid her falling into the water, and though no one is seriously hurt, Guts realizes that even though he wants to protect her and hopes for their relationship to heal if she gets her sanity back, neither is guaranteed to happen. His doubts and resentment at Casca's state are still present.
-->"Even if we painstakingly piece together something lost, I guess it doesn't mean it will be back to normal."
15th Feb '16 6:06:23 PM GrammarNavi
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* In the PS2 video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.

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* In the PS2 [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.
29th Oct '15 6:19:39 AM Mysky
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* The Eclipse. A rare example that manages to seamlessly weave TearJerker with horror.

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* The Eclipse. A rare example that manages to seamlessly weave TearJerker with [[NightmareFuel horror.]]
20th Oct '15 9:13:46 PM TheBigBopper
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* If we were to interject with the non-canonical 2000 Dreamcast game ''Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage'' [[spoiler: toward the end, after Guts defeats a huge mandragora monster that was possessing Casca, she regains her memory for a brief moment, since the mandragora makes sane people insane and vice versa in Casca's state. The two can only share a fragment of a moment with each before the possession wears off and Casca reverts back to her insane state, leaving Guts in utter despair once again.]]
** In the PS2 video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.
-->'''Guts''': "When was the last time she smiled?"

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* If we were to interject with the non-canonical 2000 Dreamcast game ''Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage'' [[spoiler: toward the end, after Guts defeats a huge mandragora monster that was possessing Casca, she regains her memory for a brief moment, since the mandragora makes sane people insane and vice versa in Casca's state. The two can only share a fragment of a moment with each before the possession wears off and Casca reverts back to her insane state, leaving Guts in utter despair once again.]]
** In the PS2 video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.
-->'''Guts''':
'''Guts''': "When was the last time she smiled?"


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!Video Games
* In the PS2 video game, there is a scene where the Band of the Hawk is re-animated by the BigBad of the game (I can't be really precise since there's a lack of translations circulating). Guts has to fight all of them, including Casca as she was before she went insane, and once each of them is defeated, they fade away while making their own, what I think would be, emotional departure. Casca's scene is especially emotional from what I can tell, as she is dying/disappearing in Guts' arms. They share some words, and as she tenderly strokes Guts' cheek, she disappears. After seeing both scenes from both video games, I sense a lot of DiedInYourArmsTonight motifs with Guts and Casca. Doesn't make it any less sad.
28th Sep '15 10:15:46 AM MechWarrior
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*** After [[spoiler: Judeau dies and she's surrounded by apostles, Casca gives one last shot at trying to defend herself by picking up Judeau's sword and charging at the apostles [[BerserkerTears in rage and tears.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Though she goes against them pretty valiantly considering the situation,]] Casca is still no match for the apostles as they break the sword and then start discussing [[FateWorseThanDeath what they intend to do with her.]] All Casca can do is stand there [[OhCrap utterly petrified]], let the tears fall, and say one name: "''Guts...''"]] You know what happens next....

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*** After [[spoiler: Judeau dies and she's surrounded by apostles, Casca gives one last shot at trying to defend herself by picking up Judeau's sword and charging at the apostles [[BerserkerTears in rage and tears.]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Though she goes against them pretty valiantly considering the situation,]] Casca is still no match for the apostles as they break the sword and then start discussing [[FateWorseThanDeath what they intend to do with her.]] All Casca can do is stand there [[OhCrap utterly petrified]], let the tears fall, and say one name: "''Guts...''"]] You know what happens next....



*** Seeing Guts in such [[DespairEventHorizon emotional despair]] after feeling the true weight of its aftermath, especially after seeing how broken Casca was and the realization that they [[StarCrossedLovers could never have the intimate relationship]] that they had planned on before everything turned to crap. [[HeartBrokenBadass Poor Guts]].

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*** Seeing Guts in such [[DespairEventHorizon emotional despair]] after feeling the true weight of its aftermath, especially after seeing how broken Casca was and the realization that they [[StarCrossedLovers could never have the intimate relationship]] that they had planned on before everything turned to crap. [[HeartBrokenBadass [[HeartbrokenBadass Poor Guts]].



* Seeing Guts as the Black Swordsman at the end of the Golden Age storyline, walking into the darkness alone. Some fans may describe this as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome a badass moment]] in Guts' story, which you can rightfully claim too, but this moment makes me extremely sad, especially in the movie interpretation. Why? Because Guts is shown to have such capacity for optimism, hope, and happiness, not to mention that the creative team behind the movie obviously went through the effort to make Guts look very cute and just damn adorable in so many moments (fangirls particularly like how Guts was given "pouty lips"). Mentioning that says a lot about Guts, since you can hardly imagine the guy who was smiling and twirling around in a ballroom was the same guy who gruesomely slaughtered a hundred enemy soldier weeks prior. And seeing Guts warmly smiling at Casca and crippled Griffith in the first half of the movie is so heartbreaking when you finally watch the Eclipse... and then the final scene of the movie shows Guts as this dark, gloomy, brooding, scary, monster of a man who had every fiber of his being destroyed and his heart and soul uninhabitable for happiness. Seeing Guts become the Black Swordsman broke my heart.

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* Seeing Guts as the Black Swordsman at the end of the Golden Age storyline, walking into the darkness alone. Some fans may describe this as [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome a badass moment]] in Guts' story, which you can rightfully claim too, but this moment makes me extremely sad, especially in the movie interpretation. Why? Because Guts is shown to have such capacity for optimism, hope, and happiness, not to mention that the creative team behind the movie obviously went through the effort to make Guts look very cute and just damn adorable in so many moments (fangirls particularly like how Guts was given "pouty lips"). Mentioning that says a lot about Guts, since you can hardly imagine the guy who was smiling and twirling around in a ballroom was the same guy who gruesomely slaughtered a hundred enemy soldier weeks prior. And seeing Guts warmly smiling at Casca and crippled Griffith in the first half of the movie is so heartbreaking when you finally watch the Eclipse... and then the final scene of the movie shows Guts as this dark, gloomy, brooding, scary, monster of a man who had every fiber of his being destroyed and his heart and soul uninhabitable for happiness. Seeing Guts become the Black Swordsman broke my heart.
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