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One twice reincarnated and a sword stroke which reaches still deeper into the Spirit World have opened the door.
– Femto, before triggering the Great Wave[2]

The Great Wave of the Astral World[expl 1][1] is an event which brings about the merging of the Physical World and Astral World in the form of Fantasia. Consequently, an influx of astral beings enter the world of man,[3] apparently leaving Griffith's capital city of Falconia as the sole safe haven from creatures of legend.[4]

Story[]

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Femto uses the Skull Knight's sword stroke to split open Ganishka's twice reincarnated form and trigger the Great Wave.

Humiliated by Griffith during the Kushan assault on Vritannis, a vexed Ganishka descends into the Man-Made Beherit in an effort to transcend apostlehood and reincarnates a second time,[5] becoming a near-mindless sky-scraping eldritch abomination.[6] While the Band of the Falcon combats Ganishka's spawn, Griffith and Zodd ascend toward the emperor's head, where Griffith approaches Ganishka directly in his released form of Femto. As Femto reaches out to touch Ganishka, he is ambushed by the Skull Knight, who attacks him with the Sword of Beherits. However, Femto, having anticipated the Skull Knight's appearance, uses spatial manipulation to grab the astral tear from the sword stroke and redirect it toward Ganishka.[2] As the sword stroke splits Ganishka's twice reincarnated form, a large astral fissure opens from which the Astral World spills out into the Physical World.[7]

The Great Wave is felt as an otherworldly surge washing across the Physical World. Following the Great Wave, the World Tree appears in Ganishka's place and Griffith's capital city of Falconia miraculously surfaces near the foot of the great tree, atop the land where Wyndham once sat.[8] Following the Great Wave, with astral creatures manifesting in the emerged world of Fantasia, humanity flocks to Falconia for refuge.[9]

Explanations[]

  1. ^ The translation of "Great Roar of the Astral World" chosen by Dark Horse Comics lacks additional meaning specified by Miura.

    In episode 201, Miura indicated that "Astral World" should be pronounced Kakuriyo, rather than its standard pronunciation Yūkai. However, in episode 344, Miura clarified that this event's name should be read as Daiyūkaishō, reverting from Kakuriyo to Yūkai. The key parts of the event's name are:
    • Dai — meaning "great";
    • Yūkai — meaning "Astral World";
    • Kaishō — meaning "tidal wave" (海嘯, with Kai (海) swapped for Yūkai (幽界) in the event's full name).

    This event's name (大幽界嘯) can be viewed as a non-traditional yojijukugo, where the four kanji must be interpreted holistically rather than in isolation to understand the intended meaning.

    Yūkaishō can be viewed as a blend of Yūkai and Kaishō that incorporates the element of "(tidal) wave", which is missed when translating 嘯 (literally "roar, howl, etc.") in isolation.

    Beyond the relevant linguistics, neither the Astral World's strong association with water nor the aquatic imagery of the event are well reflected by "Great Roar". Also, the event has not been characterized by its audibility, which "Great Roar" suggests.

Notes[]

  • According to Locus, people learning that death is not the end via Griffith's communing with souls of the dead was more significant to them than the Great Wave.[10]

References[]

  1. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 39, "Village of Witches"
  2. ^ a b Berserk :: Volume 34, "Fissure"
  3. ^ Berserk :: Volume 34, "Fantasia"
  4. ^ Berserk :: Volume 37, "Paradise"
  5. ^ Berserk :: Volume 33, "Fog of Death"
  6. ^ Berserk :: Volume 33, "End God"
  7. ^ Berserk :: Volume 34, "Creation"
  8. ^ Berserk :: Volume 35, "Falconia"
  9. ^ Berserk :: Volume 37, "Covered Wagon"
  10. ^ Berserk :: Volume 38, "Divine Right of Kings"

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