After reading the manga Berserk for a second time I noticed a particular scene that when I first read it I didn't give even the slightest attention, this scene is from the chapter "The Golden Age (3)".

The scene starts when Guts had to kill Gambino (which would leave him strongly marked in the future), and he begins to escape from his former comrades because they didn't really know what had happened. The persecution happens on horseback and when Guts reaches a cliff is hit by an arrow, making him fall... and here is when one of my favorite scenes occurs in berserk... after the life of Guts went to hell Kentaro Miura shows us Guts watching the vastness of a beautiful starry heaven, after that Guts kept fighting for survive...

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Somehow it made me remember a scene from the manga Vagabond, chapter "Heaven and Earth", which is when Miyamoto Musashi (Shinmen Takezo) is fightning with Inshun (which was his worst enemy so far), and just when Inshun was going to attack Musashi recalls an advice that Takuan had given him long ago, and he start thinking "Beneath the vastness of These starry heavens... Inshun and I, both, are insignificant...", which made Inshun feel threatened.

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I think this scene has a deeper meaning, and that is more or less the same line as the scene of Vagabond, which I think it's: "When we realize how insignificant we are is when we can bring out our true potential".

What do you think?

  • You just asked a question where you point out a potential connection between my two favorite seinens.... +1
    – solalito
    Nov 21 '15 at 17:36

To my knowledge, there is no official interpretation of the symbolism behind this scene. Your interpretation is a good one and might be exactly what the author intended.

My interpretation is different. I see the sky as a symbol for limitless opportunity. The sky goes on forever and there are countless stars, just as human potential for growth is limitless and there is no limit to the number of paths we can take in life.

I took this interpretation because in the same scene, Guts asks the same question twice in a row: "Where should I go?". The repetition indicates the importance of the phrase.

In other words, the sky represents the endless destinations and possibilities that exist in human life, like bright stars against a black nothingness.

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