Review: ‘Berserk’: Episode 5: The Suffering Of Survivors

Tower of Conviction

Guts picks up a straggler this episode in the form of Isidoro, the boy from the first episode. Considering he’s in the opening to the show it can be safe to say he’s going to be sticking around for a while. Other than dispatching of a few demons and some highly trained assassins known as the Kushan, Guts doesn’t really have much screen time this episode.

Instead the focus goes to the group of refugees Casca has been picked up by. The scenes of poverty to illuminate the suffering of the people are on full display. The brutality and corruption of the church is right out in the open as well complete with scenes of corpses in cages, skeletons still tied to the stakes they were burned at, and even a convenient torture room. There is a pretty good chance this isn’t the kind of church which plays Bingo on Wednesday mornings.

Luckily, Caska, who has been bandaged up to cover her looks, is being taken care of by a prostitute named Luca. Luca is a very intriguing character as although society would shun her for what she does, she is actually showing more compassion than those in authority. Hopefully she is going to be able to make it out of this alive or at least without getting taken to the torture room.

This episode is light on action but has a lot of good drama and world building to it. The setting is there so when Guts does arrive he is able to make short work of these wolves in saint’s clothing as he works to get Caska back. He just needs to get there fast because things can go from normal to crazy at the drop of the hat in an instant in this series.

Berserk is streaming on Crunchyroll.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.