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"Cherry Orchard" is episode 360 of the Berserk manga series.

Summary[]

Recovering from her collapse, Casca reveals she is drawn back to the place of her trauma when reminded of her past. Schierke and Farnese put their abilities on display for the mages of Elfhelm, leaving their fellow magic practitioners in awe at their prowess. Elsewhere, Guts vents his frustration through the swing of his Dragon Slayer. Upon wondering what to do about his standing with a restored Casca, he is met by the Skull Knight, who reveals that what lies at the end of the swordsman's journey is not merely a beautiful scene.

Synopsis[]

Having regained consciousness, Casca is tended to by Schierke, Farnese, and Danan inside a cherry tree. She remarks that stimuli reminding her of her past, especially Guts' face and voice, cause scenes from the place of her trauma to resurge as if manifested before her.

Shortly after, Danan puts Casca to sleep, reminds Schierke and Farnese to see to their magic studies, and bestows her old petaled garb to Farnese as a mark of the young woman's life as a fully-recognized mage. With Danan watching over Casca, Schierke and Farnese go to the outside orchard where mages of Elfhelm eagerly await to ascertain the extent of the two's magical abilities. To demonstrate her skills, Farnese conjures the formation of the four cardinal points, particularly without the use of a magic square or staff, much to the amazement of the spectating mages; the youngest of the mages are left in awe at her magical aptitude as an adult practitioner of only three months.

Schierke soon after sets to summoning a spirit of darkness from a nearby tree hollow, one which the youngest of the surrounding mages are unable to perceive and whose dark nature gives them pause. After Schierke successfully summons and commands the spirit of darkness without a magic square, the surrounding mages ask her how it she is able to so skillfully call upon such magic without using a magic square. Schierke explains that her group's arduous journey did not permit the carving of runes or drawing of magical iconography, pressuring her to develop the ability to use such magic intuitively by forming a series of correspondences in her mind. She goes on to explain that she likewise had to harness strength from whatever spirits were present at a given time, and so developed a sense for finding them. The spirit of darkness is noted to be harmless, though envious of the young Elfhelm mages – who in their magical practices overlooked the spirit – and avid for the offering of an apple or a friendly game of tag.

Gedfring expresses gratitude for Schierke and Farnese's magical spectacle, and implores the young Elfhelm mages to study the practical applications of magic cultivated in the outside world. The archmage hopes to offer the two something in return, to which Farnese asks to be taught healing magic, specifically healing of the mind. Gedring mentions that there is one Elfhelm mage in particular well-versed in such magic, to which Danan arrives and offers to take Farnese under her wing.

Turning to Schierke, Gedfring asks if she has any interest in communing with daimons – guiding spirits residing in a deeper realm than typical nature spirits, some of whom were human heroes and mages in life – of which Flora is one of. An enthusiastic Schierke readily accepts Gedfring's tutelage.

Elsewhere on a seaside cliff of Skellig, Guts vents his frustration through the swing of his Dragon Slayer. Upon wondering what to do about his standing with a restored Casca, he is met by the Skull Knight, who reveals that what lies at the end of the swordsman's journey is not merely a beautiful scene.

Appearances[]

  1. Farnese
  2. Casca
  3. Flower Storm Monarch
  4. Ivalera
  5. Schierke
  6. Kukka
  7. Iony
  8. Theuene
  9. Gedfring
  10. Serpico
  11. Guts
  12. Skull Knight

Notes[]

  • This episode was published following an interval of 8 months and 1 day.

Appendices[]

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