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"Spirit Road (2)" is episode 142 of the Berserk manga series.


Guts runs all through the night, refusing to stop and rest. Puck wonders what happened to Isidro since they deserted him earlier in the day, and notices the similarities the boy has with Guts, something which annoys the Black Swordsman.

Guts comes to a sudden halt when he sees a large imposing silhouette directly ahead of him. Puck thinks it's another monster Guts needs to fight, but the latter recognizes the person before him: the Skull Knight. The two greet each other; the Skull Knight with sincerity, Guts with thinly-veiled hostility. The Skull Knight notices Puck whizzing around Guts' head and is amused by the fact that Guts is traveling with an elf.

The Skull Knight explains the reason for his appearance: he's headed toward a place where not just apostles are, but in fact the God Hand themselves may be. He then says that his own destination happens to coincide with Guts', shocking the latter. The Skull Knight continues, saying that the Tower of Conviction is the ideal draw for the God Hand, as it is right now the place where there is an immense concentration of negative emotions. The Skull Knight explains that, when the emotions reach critical mass every thousand years, an incarnation ceremony occurs, allowing one in the divine domain to incarnate in the mortal realm.

The Skull Knight then asks Guts whether he'd seen the Falcon of Light in his dream. Apparently, nearly every human in the world has seen the same vision, and the Skull Knight has been able to correctly decipher its meaning: a person with the hawk as his symbol will return to the world.


Guts upon learning that the Eclipse will be repeated.

The Skull Knight asks about Casca's whereabouts and correctly guesses that she is currently at the Tower of Conviction. Casca is there, and she is acting as a beacon to draw Guts to the same place, just like the humans who desire the Falcon of Light are flocking to a single point within the world. He says that a "festival" will occur, one which mirrors the events of the Eclipse, and reasons that their meeting is a proof of it.

The Skull Knight ends his monologue by saying that this incarnation ceremony cannot be stopped by humans. He likens the world to moonlight reflected on the water's surface, just like the two warriors are, by virtue of being in the interstice.

Guts is skeptical about causality, however. He says that he is heading to Albion without being ordered to. Zodd and the Skull Knight himself both predicted Guts' death at the Eclipse, but he and Casca ultimately survived the event. Guts plans on saving Casca by his own strength, and then moving on to Griffith.

The Skull Knight is impressed by Guts' words, and muses on how they may be able to change the course of events during the time junction points: ones that can't be foreseen by the God Hand. He turns and leaves on his horse, leaving Guts with yet another prophecy: whether Guts focuses on rescuing Casca or fighting his enemies, she will remain alone.

While Guts and Puck watch the enigmatic horseman leave, Puck comically adds that Guts should have asked the Skull Knight for a ride to the Tower of Conviction. He then attempts to say something, but restrains himself. His thoughts reveal that he felt an elf-like presence from the Skull Knight, but he elects not to tell Guts.

Guts vows to save Casca no matter what, and continues to run to Albion. Not far behind, Isidro is still following him diligently.


  1. Guts
  2. Puck
  3. Skull Knight
  4. Casca (flashback)
  5. Femto (flashback)
  6. Zodd (mentioned)
  7. Isidro