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The Uchiha clan was one of the Four Noble clans of the Hidden Leaf Village. Members of this clan were famed and feared for their Sharingan, one of the three dojutsu of their universe. Originally rumored to be related to the Hyuga clan (famous for their Byakugan), it was later found all three of the the great Dojutsu stem from the same origin Lady Otsutsuki.
It’s eventually revealed by Madara that the Uchiha are the descendants of Rikudou’s oldest son and inherited his eyes and spiritual energy. Rikudou’s older son formed a feud with Rikudou’s younger son (whom inherited Rikudou’s body and physical energy) when he was chosen by Rikudou to be his successor. Their conflict is said to be the reason behind the rivalry between the Uchiha and the Senju, the descendants of the younger brother.
The Uchiha clan are the direct descendants of Indra Ohtsutsuki the elder son of the Sage of the Six Paths. Indra was gifted with his father’s talent and visual prowess. He believed in power overall and was overlooked for succession this caused a rift between the brothers and their descendants – the Uchiha and Senju . This rift between the brothers created the Curse of Hatred that all Uchiha have inherited.
Before the start of the series is referred to as the warring clans era. This era had been going on for an unspecified amount of time. But believe it was from the beginning of the fighting between the two ancestors until the founding of the village system. The Uchiha were very proficient in war only being defeated or matched by the Senju clan.
One of the previous leaders of the clan was Tajima Uchiha the father of Madara Uchiha (who would grow up to become one of the most feared leaders). Tajima as a leader was efficient and brutal. His rivalry with Butsuma Senju coast both of them multiple children. During the warring states era Madara would meet Hashirama and form a friendship to look beyond the war torn era. However their fathers would stall that dream and set both of them on the path to become the strongest as well as the leaders of their respective clans.
Through fighting and sacrifice Madara and his brother Izuna would become the first to awaken the Mangekyō Sharingan, an advanced form of the Uchiha’s legendary Sharingan. This aided in the transition of the clan to Madara’s control.
It was explained during the fight with Kabuto Yakushi that several members of the Uchiha clan began abusing the special ability of Mangekyo until order was restored with a counter measure. The warring era started to come to an end when members of the Uchiha clan became aware they were ultimately going to loose the war with the Senju and began defecting. All hostilities between them ended in a final brutal destructive where Hashirama and Madara went all out and leveled the battle ground. Afterwards Madara made a request of Hashirama and was appeased. This would be part of the foundation for the beginning of the village system that exist to current day.
After the attack on the village by the Nine Tailed Fox demon, villagers began to suspect that an Uchiha had been the one behind the attack due to their ability to control to demon with their Sharingan. Because of this, the Clan was relocated to the outskirts of the village and placed under close scrutiny. This caused the Uchiha to distrust the government and see them as their enemies, and soon feelings of resentment towards the Senju-led village began to fester. Fugaku Uchiha, leader of the Konoha Military Police Force and father of Itachi and Sasuke, took control of the Clan and began to coordinate a coup. To further his plans, Fugaku placed Itachi in the Anbu Black Ops to act as his spy in the Hokage’s office. Itachi didn’t agree with his father’s or the clan’s intentions, and instead decided to become a double-agent, feeding the Hokage information just as he was feeding his father. The Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi, agreed with Itachi’s outlook about the coup and wanted to find a peaceful solution to the problem.
It didn’t take too long for other members of the Uchiha clan to notice Itachi’s change in behavior, and before too long, Shisui Uchiha was ordered to keep an eye on him. Shisui, however, also wasn’t keen to the idea of a coup and attempted to use his unique Sharingan ability to coerce the Uchiha leaders into ending this idea. His efforts weren’t ignored, and soon Danzo Shimura tracked down Shisui and attacked him, taking his right eye and nearly killing him. Afraid that Danzo would find him again and gain his other eye, Shisui chose to take his own life but not before entrusting his remaining eye to Itachi.
Not too soon after, Shisui’s body was found by other Uchiha members, and since Itachi was the last person seen with him, Itachi became the prime suspect in what was an act of “murder”. Acting cold towards the ninja who came to his door, Itachi attacked his fellow clansmen and was eventually broken up by his father, who had come to talk to the boy about his recent behavior. After a brief moment of rebellion, Itachi dropped to the ground and asked for forgiveness. Now back in the good graces of his father, Itachi was informed that the Uchiha were going to make their move soon.
Taking this information to the Hokage’s office, the Third Hokage was placed with a terrible decision: let the coup happen, resulting in the death of hundreds and the weakening of the village, or make a preemptive strike and wipe out the whole Uchiha Clan in the night. Itachi took it upon himself to choose the latter option; he would attack and kill members of the clan in the night with the exception of his younger brother, Sasuke, who was too young and hadn’t developed the hatred of the other Uchiha. Itachi went outside the village and sought out the one who had controlled Nine Tails in the attack, Madara Uchiha (actually Obito Uchiha in disguise) and recruited his help in the upcoming attack.
As night time approached, Itachi snuck into the Clan’s land and assassinated everyone of its members save for Sasuke, who happened to find and confront him. To spare him the truth, Itachi chose the role of the bad guy, telling Sasuke he had wanted to test his limits and that was why he had slaughtered his family. He then told him that Sasuke needed to search him out and kill him, and then told him about the secret of the Mangekyou Sharingan and how to obtain it. With this, the Uchiha Clan was no more and the village was spared.
Years later, Sasuke gathered his own team after training under the tutelage of Orochimaru and tracked down Itachi with the intention of finally killing him. As his team neared an Uchiha hideout, they came into contact with Itachi’s Akatsuki partner, Kisame Hoshigake, who informs then that only Sasuke is allowed from this point onward and that the rest of the team needs to wait with him.
As Sasuke made his way to the hideout, he found Itachi sitting on a throne and told him that his eyes were different than before and that he would use them to defeat his older brother’s Mangekyou Sharingan. Sasuke then attacks Itachi and asks him who the remaining survivor of the Uchiha Clan is, learning of this after reading the secret Uchiha tablet detailing such. As the two exchange genjutsu, Itachi tells Sasuke about the Uchiha’s past, detailing the rise of Madara Uchiha, the first Mangekyou Sharingan users, the eventual attack on Konoha with the Nine Tailed Fox, and lastly with the fact that only two brothers can provide each other “new light”, meaning Itachi intended to steal Sasuke’s Sharingan to ensure that his own overused Mangekyou Sharingan wouldn’t lose its light and he wouldn’t become blind.
As Sasuke was caught in Itachi’s Tsukuyomi technique, he managed to break out of it with his own Sharingan, shocking the older brother because he believed only another Mangekyou Sharingan could do such a thing. As the two continued to fight, the battle headed outside as Sasuke launched two Fireball jutsus that changed the atmosphere outside and created storm clouds. As both brothers were out of chakra and on their last legs, Sasuke enacted his plan: using the clouds he created with his fire jutsu, he took control of and empowered a bolt of lightning with his chakra and launched it towards Itachi, destroying the hideout and mountain under it and apparently securing the victory in his name.
The attack hadn’t killed Itachi, though, as he activated his ace in the hole: Susanoo. An enraged Sasuke intended to charge back at Itachi, but since he was so low on chakra, his Curse Mark overpowered him and eight giant snakes sprouted out of his shoulder, revealing Orochimaru from one of them. Although weakened and sick from an earlier ailment, Itachi did battle with Orochimaru’s snakes, revealing two spirit weapons he had in his possession: the Totsuka Blade and Yata Mirror, two weapons that could seal a target in a world of genjutsu dreams when pierced and a shield that could deflect anything. One Orochimaru and his snakes were sealed, Sasuke was dead to rights at Itachi’s feet, but instead of finishing him off, Itachi placed his fingers on Sasuke’s forehead, traced a line down his face, and then collapsed, dead at his feet.
After the fight, Tobi arrived at the scene and took Sasuke away to heal his injuries, as well as extracted Itachi’s eyes for later use.
When Sasuke awoke, Tobi attempted to tell him about himself and the truth about Itachi, but when he made eye contact with Sasuke, Itachi’s ability Amaterasu came to life and caught Tobi’s shoulder on fire. Both Tobi and Sasuke seem surprised by this revelation, and Tobi revealed that just before his death, Itachi had transferred the power to Sasuke’s eye. Tobi later revealed the truth to Sasuke about the night his family was murdered, Itachi’s true intentions, his true love for the villahe, and his love for Sasuke. Sasuke eventually chooses to abandon Itachi’s ideal of protecting the village in order to seek revenge on the elders of Konoha for putting Itachi in that position in the first place. Because of this, Sasuke becomes a villain and joins with Akatsuki, hunting down jinchuuriki, invading the Kage Summit in the Land of Iron, killing it’s Samurai, and finally killing Danzo in single combat.
Sasuke would eventually summon back Orochimaru and order him to resurrect the original four Hokage in an attempt to learn whether or not what he was told about Itachi was the truth. After hearing their stories, Sasuke chooses to now defend Konoha and become it’s Hokage, intending to rewrite the history of the village and remake it in his image.
He would work together with theAllied Shinobi Forces in order to defeat the Akatsuki, Obito, Madara, and then finally the originator of chakra, Kaguya Ohtsutsuki. With new found powers allocated to him and Naruto by the spirit of the Sage of Six Paths, Sasuke and Naruto were able to seal Kaguya and release the nine Tailed Beasts.
After the defeat of Kaguya, Sasuke chose to use his new powers and trap all of the Tailed Beasts in his Chibaku Tensei technique, intending to kill them as well as the other Kage.
When confronted about this by Naruto, Sasuke reveals that he intends to remake the shinobi world by getting rid off the old order, making himself the “enemy” to keep the shinobi world united against a threat. Although he had chose to help the ninja world, Sasuke still harbored strong feelings for the mistreatment the Uchiha clan received years earlier, and this was his driving force behind his “revolution”. Knowing Naruto was the only one in the world with the power to stop him, he brought his old friend to the Valley of the End to finish things once and for all and see who’s conviction was stronger. After a brutal duel, the valley had been devastated and both young men lay on the ground, with Sasuke having lost his left arm from their jutsu clash.
Seeing the error of his ways, Sasuke chose to end his revolution and accept the consequences of his past actions, but was acquitted of his crimes by the now Hokage Kakashi Hatake. Sasuke didn’t make his home in the village, but instead chose to travel the world to atone and think about his villainous acts, as well as study the origins of Kaguya.
Years later, Sasuke married his old teammate Sakura Haruno and the two had a child named Sarada Uchiha. During this time, the Uchiha clan name has been cleansed, and Sasuke is seen as a hero to the village and the only person able to contend with the Seventh Hokage, Naruto Uzumaki. The Uchiha’s are still seen as the top clan in Konoha, as Naruto’s son Boruto Uzumaki claims that its no surprise that Sasuke is very skilled at shurikenjutsu because he’s an Uchiha.
Known as the Mirror Wheel Eye or The Eye That Reflects. The Sharingan is the trade mark of the Uchiha clan, something that is inseparable from them. The Sharingan is activated either from being in a living threatening separation or when under extreme emotional stress. With this eye power, users have the ability to see through illusions, copy and mimic ninjutsu and taijutsu, and place people under Genjutsu with a glance.
The Uchiha’s most powerful ability, however, is the Mangekyou Sharingan. It is said that you must past the test of killing your best friend or someone very close to you to obtain it. The one bad thing is once if it is overused, the user starts to go blind. Madara found this out firsthand. Madara solved this problem, however, when his younger brother gave him his eyes. This not only gave Madara his sight back, but gave him a more powerful Mangekyou Sharingan, called the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, that would never lose its sight. This began a long dark secret of those who are born Uchiha, killing their friends to obtain the Mangekyou and then killing their siblings to make the Mangekyou permanent.
Afro Samurai is a black, afro-headed samurai and the main character of the series. In the story there are several head, but only two headbands are sought after the Number Two and the Number One. The wearer of the Number One is seen as the Number One Fighter, a god, who is granted incredible power that is unmatched. The Number One can only be fought by the Number Two (the person wearing the Number Two headband), but anyone can challenge the Number Two, so many people fight the Number Two to gain the headband; When Afro was just a child, he watched his father die at the hands of Justice for the Number One Headband and from that day on, Afro swore vengeance on Justice. Sometime after the death of his father, Afro was found by a Sword Master who taught him the art of Kenjutsu and hand-to-hand combat. While under the teacher of his Sword Master, he befriended many of the students at the Swords Master’s school, one in particular being Jinnosuke and Otsuru. Over the years, Afro’s skills developed from an amateur with basic skills into a Master Swordsman. For years he put his quest for the Number Two Headband on hold, till he honed his skills and found the location of the Number Two. He discovers his Master has the headband and he challenges him. However their duel is interrupted by men looking for the number two. The students join in the battle and nearly all die, including Jinnosuke. At the end of the battle, Afro and his Swords Master face off and Afro kills him, becoming the Number Two Warrior by gaining the Number Two Headband, giving him clearance to hunt down Justice.
Years pass and Afro is now accompanied by Ninja Ninja (who may or may not be a figment of Afro’s imagination). Because of the danger and violence the Number Two Headband brings, Afro can’t have relationships with anyone, so when he comes in contact with anyone, he says little if anything. He also has a fondness for lemonade, for which he has a fancy gold-encrusted straw to drink it with. Soon Afro comes very close to finding and killing Justice. However, he is being tracked by group known as the Empty Seven who are searching for both headbands. After being injured by one of there men, Afro is cared for a by a women named Okiku. She heals his wounds, but not only is she working with the Empty Seven to steal his memories, but is a friend of his named Otsuru who was a member of the school and was thought to have died like the rest. However, she could not continue to betray Afro and she was killed by one of the brothers of the Empty Seven.
Later as Afro begins his journey again, it turns out that the Empty Seven stole his memories to program a robot with his fighting style to kill him. At first the robots seems to be winning their fight, but Afro is able to fight from his subconscious and makes moves off of pure reflex, and even he won’t know what happens next. He defeat the “Afro Droid” and then moves on. He continues after Justice killing more and more members of the Empty Seven but is attacked again by the Afro Droid no longer wearing a skin to make it look like Afro. It begins to fight him using many concealed weapons but Afro is able to finish off the machine once and for all. His last fight before Justice is maybe his most challenging. He fights a man named Kuma. Kuma is revealed to truly be Afro’s friend Jinnosuke. Jinno survived the battle due to Dharman a cyborg who turned Jinno into a cyborg himself. Jinno wants revenge on Afro and almost does kill him but Ninja Ninja is some how able to take the hit and Afro then holds his sword with both hands to increase his speed to beat Jinno.
He finally makes it to Justice, who reveals he intends to claim ultimate power and stop the fighting over the headbands by collecting them all, revealing there are many more than just two and he in fact has a whole cave full of them. During the fight, he reveals he has the power to regenerate from Afro’s attacks. Justice nearly killed Afro when he made his cave spear Afro, but the spike went through Afro’s Afro missing his head and then Afro was able to slice Justice to peaces and becomes the new Number One. Later Kuma is seen alive covered in the other headbands from Justice’s lair challenging Afro.
Afro has seemingly given up his life of violence and seems to have now become a Buddhist. However, he is surprisingly attacked by Kuma on a motorcycle destroying Afro’s home and dragging him by his hair to his fathers grave. He beats him and his father’s corpse is stolen by a female warrior named Sio Jinnosuke’s sister, in an attempt to bring his father back to life to torture him and to use to kill Afro. Afro has to don the Number Two Headband and walk the path of the warrior once again when the Number One Headband now belonging to Sio and finding it being the only way to fight her. Ninja Ninja reappears despite supposedly dying and the two travel through towns looking for information on the new Number Two and Afro finds out from the remaining Empty Seven Brothers that the new Number Two is a man named Shichigoro. He begins to look for Shichigoro and finds him after he rescues a child he is caring for from a kidnapper. Shicigoro explains the boy is actually the son of a man who died fighting Afro for the Number Two and he is now watching him. Shichigoro promises to fight him and they duel outside of the town. At first it seems like Shicigoro will win and Afro runs into town. They continue to battle and then they are attacked by ninjas working for Sio. They kill the ninjas and Afro is able to kill Shicigoro and take the headband.
Afro now goes after Sio while the young boy from before follows Afro. Soon Afro is attacked by Sio’s cyborg agents who want to kill Afro so Sio won’t have to, but they die one by one like all the others Afro kills. Afro finally meets with Kuma, Sio and his now revived father. Afro’s dad is now a mindless weapon used by Sio, but Afro can’t bare to fight his father and he is badly beaten and soon killed by him, but seeing Afro die makes Jinnosuke reappear in Kuma as he saw Afro as his brother and cannot stand to see him dead. He tries to kill Afro’s dad but is (literally) cut to pieces. Sio even tries to kill Afro’s dad to save her brother but Afro’s dad ends up running the two of them through with the same sword. They both die embracing each other as brother and sister. Amazingly Jinnosukes body began to spark electricity from his damaged arm and one of the jolts makes it to Afro restarting his heart. He realizes that the thing in front of him is not his dad and with Jinnosukes sword he kills his father. He leaves the battle field with Ninja Ninja accepting that his fight will never end and he sees the young boy that had been following him earlier. The boy tries to draw his sword, but Afro instead gives him the Number Two Headband telling him to find him when he is ready.
Guts is a tormented soul that has gone through a lot since his birth. He was raised among mercenaries with an adoptive father, Gambino blaming him for all his woes and wishing the boy had died. It didn’t help that Guts was raised on battlefields and that Gambino sold him for one night to a man. This greatly affected Guts and lead him to be distant from all for a long time.
Things changed after being forced into the Band of the Hawk by their leader Griffith. Guts was harsh at first and intent to leave. Guts only trusted in that of his broadsword as through all he had been through growing up. The sword had never betrayed Guts and was always there to protect him. He gradually found his place with Griffith taking him as best friend. Many soldiers gave praise to Guts in years to come. Guts held true to his namesake as he never backed down for any reason or for any one even when he had to go up against the legendary immortal Nosferatu Zodd.
Judeau, Pippin, and Rickett became unofficial sidekicks as they urged Guts to interact with others. Soon many looked up to Guts as they did to Griffith. He also enjoyed bucking heads with Caska, the only female of the group. They had a love-hate relationship for the longest of time. Guts also began to idolize Griffith because of his determination to become a noble, a seemingly unreachable dream that Griffith managed to achieve. It was during a mass slaughter of men that Guts had an epiphany of his own life and had decided in the moment to find his own dream. Though after the group nearly disbanded Caska finally acknowledged Guts feelings for her. Guts began to center his actions around Caska and was briefly doing things to help her out as acting leader of the Hawks. He also realized the Band of the Hawks was what he truly desired as they brought a sense of family. It all changed upon finding Griffith.
Current times are set two years after Guts and Caska survived the massacre of the original Band of the Hawks. Guts became cold and unforgiving in nature. He cared little of bystanders and normally saves people on a whim and normally to use them if necessary during combat. Revenge rules his mind upon dawning the mantle of the Black Swordsman. Though all the rage, and madness he displays is a cover for the sorrow he feels from the betrayal of a friend, and lost of those he started to hold dear. Eventually after failing to kill the God Hand on a second encounter Guts refocussed his efforts to the mentally distraught Caska. Guts travels with her well being taking priority and allows an unorthodox crew travel with him to keep her safe when he cannot while caught in the midst of battle. Many believe Guts takes his punishment as being reckless. None realizing that Guts lets himself get injured so others don’t have to. Guts rarely cares when people talk bad of him as none know what he has gone through in life. Guts is a struggler in the truth of all things. He has defied fate from the surviving his mother’s death to being branded a sacrifice and meant to die. Guts lives bringing a situation of despair to that of a miracle with his determination and resolve to never give up.
His name is Guts and he earned his name from the manner in which he was found. While still in his mother’s womb, his mother was hung. He was born from his mother’s corpse. Guts was then found by a woman named Shisu in the after-birth and decay of being born from a corpse. Shisu later on adopted him as her own. By the time he was three years old Shisu had died from the plague. With no role-model or parents to look up to, Guts turned to Shisu’s husband, Gambino, for support. Gambino wanted nothing to do with the young boy, so he just put him to work. As a mercenary Guts was useless unless he could fight, so Gambino taught him to fight starting at the age of three. With no small swords around Guts had to fight with a sword much larger than he was. When he grew older, instead of growing into the sword, the sword grew as he grew. By the time he was a full grown adult he was swinging a 6 feet long, 1 1/2′ wide sword that was not even sharp.
After Gambino was killed at the hands of Guts, he went on from battlefield to battlefield as a mercenary for a few years. He got his big break after killing Bozuso the thirty man killer. He was then forced to join the Band of the Hawk after losing a duel to Griffith the Hawk’s commander (his first of only 2 battles that he has ever lost). Guts and Griffith grow to become equals though, and soon enough he became Griffith’s right-hand man. Guts keeps his word in remaining with the Hawks but rarely acts like one. Guts likes to be overwhelmed by enemies and rarely anyone has a weapon that can match the broadswords he likes to use in combat. Guts remains forever reckless in each encounter relying on his wits,reflexes and sheer luck to prevail. Griffith always takes Guts nature into account when planning his strategies. Caska dislikes this trait of Guts as normally it leads to Griffith having to bail Guts out of trouble every now and again.
During one confrontation nothing seems to be going right for Guts and the others. A single man seems to be keeping their forces at bay and it gets under Guts’ skin. So defiant as ever he goes to see what is going on. Guts finds a very bizarre man known by Rickett as Nosferatu Zodd the immortal. Guts normally fearless is gripped by it for the first time since his youth. Guts faces Zodd and learns he is no mere human at all. Still Guts strove to hold his own. Griffith arrived in learning Guts ran in alone. Together they were able to deal seeming crucial damage to Zodd in severing an arm. Until the beast just put the arm but on. Griffith nearly got killed as Zodd decided to leave. He wanted Guts to grow stronger so he could enjoy a glorious battle later on down the road. Caska rushed to Griffith scolding Guts for letting it happen.
Guts ends up being Caska and Griffith in escorting members of the royal family. He is uneased as Caska still will not talk to him since the Nosferatu Zodd incident. Travesty strikes again with an assassin trying to kill Griffith. Luckily the White Hawk was saved by his Behelit, a luck charm always carried with him. Griffith later speaks with Guts to determine who was plotting is demise. Guts is requested to eliminate Duke Julius, General of the White Dragon Knights. Guts goes stealth for this task and cannot allow anyone to see his face as a commander in the Band of the Hawks. Guts slips in very easy to strike down the general in one blow. Unfortunately the general’s son finds them. Guts reacts by instinct to kill the boy. He remains until the kid dies,mortified at what he has done. Guts is quick to flee as an attendant draws at the corner. Several guards are killed in Guts’ escape before one manages to hit him with an arrow. Guts finds way into the sewers to rest and past out. He has a nightmare of Zodd and himself becoming a monster after killing the boy.
Guts seeks Griffith to let him know the results of his assignment. Caska stops Guts outside of a noble party. Guts overhears Griffith speaking to Charlotte about what friends mean to him. Guts is left standing in the shadows with Caska. Soon afterwards it is time for battle. Guts moves through the enemy to aid Caska who is confronted by the enemy commander Adon. Guts has no trouble in defeating the man but has to save an ill Caska. Guts is too late in pulling Caska from a cliffside and goes over with her. They survive with Guts taking the brunt of the damage. He tends to Caska until she wakes. Caska tries to kill him in a fit of confusion and is pinned by Guts. Caska calms and reminisces of a time before Guts came. She shares her opinion of Griffith, and jealousy of Guts. Both are alert as enemies are closing in on their location. Guts and Caska attempt to flee only to find Adon has hunted them down with 100 men. Guts keeps Caska from harm and allows an opening for her to escape. Guts remains taking on the mercenaries on his own. None can strike him down or do enough damage to slow the berserker. Guts fights through the entire night causing Adon to flee. Guts takes heavy injuries by the time he is done and sits to rest in a field of 100 dead corpses.
Guts survived his suicidal battle with Adon’s mercenaries. This brought fame to Guts and also got him favor in the eyes of Caska, who he was initially protecting. Although Guts accomplished a seemingly impossible feat he still felt his deed was mediocre. Guts had been comparing himself to Griffith and now Caska as both had a strong attachment to their dreams that brought others that offered aid to reach that goal. Guts keeps it to himself but now wants to leave and find his own dream. Guts would not just up and depart like a bandit in the night. He decides to at least remain until the end of the 100 year war between Midland and Chude. He knew Griffith had the talent to do this.
It came to a point where Midland was at the disadvantage. The strongest legion of Chude remained undefeated. They were the Purple Rhino Knights led by General Boscne. Other commanding knights of Midland felt it now hopeless to advance any further. Griffith seized this opportunity and vowed he could prevail. The king favored Griffith and decided to put faith in him. During the final battle Guts leads the Hawk with Griffith and Caska. The enemy are aware of Guts as the legendary 100 manslayer and commander in the Band of the Hawks.
Unfortunately this also draws the attention of Boscne. Guts is excited in this clash. Boscne is the first man to give him a challenge in a long time since Griffith (Nosferatu Zodd is not a man but something far worst). All was going well until Guts sword broke in the middle of combat. It had lost durability after locking swords in killing the hundred men only weeks earlier. Fellow hawks rush to Guts aid despite his warning only to be slaughtered by the bloodthirsty Boscne. This was the opening needed by a dark figure atop a cliff. A familiar massive sword is thrown at Guts’ feet. He doesn’t hesitate to take it to arms. This weapon easily breaks Boscne’s huge axe. Guts continues to decapitate Boscne and his horse. The Chude army basically surrendered as Caska had taken Doldrey Castle, the enemy stronghold from the rear by killing Adon. Guts goes to find Caska still recovering from a shot of poison by the treachery of Adon. They are both in admiration of Griffith as he kept good on his word and has ended the 100 year war.
Celebrations await the Band of the Hawks in returning to Wyndam Kingdom. Guts has even more fame in killing General Boscne, atop of the hundred men. Guts is forced out his usual attire and gets a lot of unwanted attention from nobles. Caska steals him away as she is in the same boat. Guts learns Caska shares his views and didn’t feel comfortable unless having armor on her back and a sword in hand. Both overhear Griffith has been promoted and ordained commander of the White Phoenix Knights. Joys quickly turn to despair as Griffith’s drink is poisoned. Guts ends up going stealth once again. He greets the one tasked to taint Griffith’s drink. It turns out a pack of nobles sought Griffith’s end from the beginning. Griffith was aware and had Guts alone in on the plan.
Now all was as it should be and Guts decided it was due time to leave. Caska was aware and rushed to stop him. Judeau, Pippin, and others also catch Guts. Corkus is the only one wanting Guts to be gone and vows to kill him if they meet later on down the road. During escorting Guts to leave Caska went to wake Griffith. Guts stood as Griffith refused to let go of a vital member of his crew and best friend. Guts revealed to all he had now far surpassed Griffith in terms of skill. Griffith was left in dismay on a snowy field. Guts left with Caska calling out to him for the first time.
Guts spends a few nights alone trying to get use to being on his own again. He had adjusted to having comrades to rely on for 3 years. Those memories are brought to a halt in face of the Skull Knight. Guts attempts to fight him but the foe is omnipresent in his movements. Guts stops as the armored foe appears out the darkness several feet away when he was just behind Guts. The Skull Knight warns Guts to be cautious of the coming eclipse as it will herald great travesty. The Skull Knight shares his belief only one such Guts will be able to survive the future and defy fate.
Time passes with Guts now a wandering swordsman. He seeks out the best to keep sharpening his skills. This brings Guts to an exhibition tournament where he intrudes upon to contestants. He decides to face a masked figure of the Kushan known only as Black Horse, the other is a poser that claimed to be the Crazy Killer, that killed 100 men (which Guts had accomplished) in the war of Midland vs Chuda. Guts displays great agility in evading the movements of Black Horse. The sponsor is amazed as Guts won in a single swing of the sword. He offers an job as a mercenary. Guts turns it down no longer walking that path. The sponsor is let down and hoped to get the reward for seizing the Band of the Hawk and its leader Caska. This draws Guts full attention as he learns Griffith was imprisoned and deemed a traitor of the country along with those who served under him.
Guts travels all day to the rumored location of his former comrades. He arrives in time to save Caska from Black Horse. Guts apparently took care of the other foes and the hawks rejoiced in the return of Guts. Caska has no words and leaves for her tent. Guts learns Griffith got very depressed around the time when Guts left. None are aware what Griffith did but all of Midland is out to kill the Band of the Hawks now. Judeau reveals plans to find and rescue Griffith before fully reforming their numbers. Guts tells of reaching new levels of might in his absence and is willing to help. Judeau pulled Guts aside to reveal Caska was once calling out for him in a dream. He decides to talk with her only to be attacked. Caska blamed it all on Guts. She tells that Griffith lost all composure the day Guts left. Guts lets himself be impaled and justifies his actions. Caska tries to kill herself and Guts saves her life again. This finally leads her to see that Guts cared for her in a way Griffith never did or would. Guts ends up revealing his own turmoils and why he is so distant from everyone. This draws Caska even closer as they have both shared secrets with one another.
Guts is with Caska in rallying the hawks for their first mission in a long time, to save Griffith. The majority of the force is left to secure the escape route. Guts teams with Caska, Judeau, Pippin, and Corkus. Guts discovers Princess Charlotte is the spy aiding the hawks with information to avoid capture and now to find Griffith. She leads the team to the Tower of Rebirth, constructed long ago to imprison pagans that worshiped satanic gods. Guts remains silent as Judeau and Caska debate over the princess coming any further. The princess declares she had come to be with Griffith and will progress on her own accord. She also became a burden and Guts had to carry her on his back the rest of the way. The princess started revealing the origin of Midland and the Tower of Rebirth. Guts discovers the identity of the Skull Knight as the first emperor some thousand years ago.
Soon Guts and the others reached the bottom of the tower. He found Griffith maimed on his cell floor. Griffith no longer resembled the man he was at all. Suddenly an inquisitor locks everyone inside with Griffith. He boasts on breaking the White Hawk month after month until he was silent. This ignited the berserker in Guts. He easily pierced through a 4 feet thick door killing Griffith’s tormentor. Guts proceeded to climbing the tower and killing anyone in his way. Many tried to flee but an enemy commander ordered all to remain as it was a single man. He got killed with them all.Once outside the tower another force await with the withered king. Guts resumed to his berserker state killing at least forty men. Caska helps killing one guy. The king calls a halt in fear of Charlotte’s welfare. Guts and others are allowed to retreat. The king sends for the Baakiraka, an abnormal gang with features resembling Black Horse.
Guts is now exhausted and tended to by Caska. Griffith watched in silence carried at Pippin’s back. The Baakiraka catch up and ambush the group. Only they injure Charlotte which was not suppose to happen by any means. The Baakiraka claim only to want Charlotte and she is let go with her maid. They then resume their attack only to be defeated by Guts and the others in a team effort. A surviving female of the Baakiraka ignites a fire consuming all the sewers. Guts and the others escape as Pippin caved in the walls behind them. The team find shelter with a small family still loyal to the heroes of Midland. The agenda was now to regroup with the remaining hawks left in a forest escape route and return to their campsite. Unfortunately a day later the king dispatches his personal underhanded group, the Black Dog Knights.
These men quickly catch up to Guts and his crew. He and Caska see those that gave them shelter were dismembered and impaled on sticks for display as the Dog Knights rode. Guts remained to face them all but this time he wasn’t alone as Pippin was at his side. The two began to slaughter but it wasn’t like any other fight. Guts realized no matter how many guys he killed the enemy didn’t waiver at all. Then came Wylad, leader of the Black Dog Knights. Guts and Pippin fight cautiously as Wylad blocks their blades with one hand. Luckily the two were a diversion from Caska setting an explosive trap at a bridge. Guts and Pippin retreated as the explosion separated them from the Black Dog Knights. Guts and the others watched Wylad easily clear through another trap in a valley. He alone knew that Wylad was no ordinary man and feared he may be like a person he met a year ago. Guts challenged Wylad knowing others would be killed if they were to act. After a long duel Guts bare witnessed as Wylad transformed into an ape-like beast. Guts struggled as he did with Zodd the Immortal. Guts takes brutal punishment but goes berserk once Wylad threatens Caska. Guts drives his sword into Wylad’s neck and the monster falls.
Guts and the rescue team meet with comrades in the forest. All rested up before rejoining their reserve team at the campsite. Caska scolds Guts for being reckless as every even in facing something beyond explanation in Wylad and his demonic transformation. Guts also spends some time with the broken Griffith. He tries to reassure Griffith he will fight again one day. Wylad strikes again terrifying all but is near death. Wylad targeted Griffith this time and wanted him to use the Behelit charm to summon the God Hand. Guts is helpless with Wylad threatening to kill Griffith only to learn Griffith lost the Behelit. Guts is shocked when a larger monster shadowed Wylad. It is Zodd and he saves Griffith for unknown reasons to Guts. Zodd finishes Wylad off by breaking his back. Zodd addresses Guts of a coming eclipse and hopes he is prepared.
Guts is enraged as he got the same onimous warning from the Skull Knight earlier when he left the Band of the Hawks. This event leaves the mercenaries broken in spirits. Guts plans to leave again and take Caska with him. Though she feels unable to follow her desire as leader of the Hawks now. Guts learns the Hawks now see him as their symbol of hope. Many offer to leave Caska and Griffith feeling they could survive with Guts leading them. Guts finally realizes the feeling they gave him was what he was searching for all his life, the sense of brotherhood and a family. Guts tries once more to convince Caska to leave Griffith and let Judeau and others tend to him. Griffith acted on eavesdropping and built the strength to flee them all. Guts pursues him without a second thought leaving his sword and armor behind.
Soon Guts finds Griffith staring at the coming eclipse in the sky. Guts also tries to make sense of a vast legion nearing Griffith from the horizon. Many believe another faction of the Midland Army had been sent after them again. Only Guts knows it is something far worst.Guts reaches Griffith to discover the Behelit found way back into his hands but looked nothing like it did before. This is when the background changes and all of the Hawks find themselves in an alternate dimension of some sort. Guts with Griffith faces the Four Angels of the God Hand. They reveal Griffith is ordained to be the fifth and must sacrifice those he love to ascend. Guts is in dismay as Griffith submits to the God Hand and began his transformation into one of them. Guts is branded along with Caska and everyone else present at this horrid gathering of demons set to feed on human flesh in a grand feast.
Guts alone has the might to fight off the monsters at every turn. He spends a great deal of time trying to find Caska, Judeau, and the others. Guts finds his favorite subordinate Gaston, but he dies before Guts eyes. He resumes to fight until finding Caska had been caught by the demons. Guts goes berserk killing all in his path until the demons focus on subduing him. The angel Slan takes strong interest in Guts for his fiery emotions. Guts and Caska are both tormented by Griffith upon emerging as the angel Femto. Before they are killed the Skull Knight breaks in the dimension to save Guts and Caska. Both are taken to Rickett that escaped the massacre of the reserve Hawks at the campsite. Guts and Caska are taken to Godo, where Guts spent his time training. He has many flashbacks of his time in the Hawks and how everyone was now gone.
Guts wakes to discover his right eye blinded and his left arm gone as he hacked it off while trying to escape demons to save Caska. Guts is frantic and ignored injuries to find Caska. He finds her and she is now emotionally scarred and suffered a mental breakdown. Guts is overwhelmed and flees her with grief and turmoil mixing inside of him. The Skull Knight comes and reveals Guts is now a branded soul. Demonic spirits came to posses Guts but he refuses to accept anything dealing with fate. Guts vows revenge on the God Hand which impresses the Skull Knight. Godo and Rickett decide to help Guts. Rickett devises a prosthetic arm that acts also as a cannon. Godo makes a number of swords but Guts finds way to Godo’s prize Dragonslayer. Godo allows Guts to use the massive weapon no other man had been able to use in full. There was nothing that could be done for Guts lost eye, and he now uses the brand on his neck as an alert sense towards the demonic Apostles. This is the point where Guts decides to live on as the Black Swordsman, and travel the world killing Apostles until led to the God Hand and Femto aka Griffith.
This point treads a little after the start of the manga. Guts has killed the demonic female apostle that ate Corkus. He ends up saving the life of Puck to get information of the local Apostle deciding to rule an unnamed town. Unfortunately Guts is caught and imprisoned to be tortured and questioned by the mayor. Guts had killed men serving the local Apostle and learned the mayor and others very fearful of him. Nightfell with the Snake Lord deciding to go on a rampage. Puck returns after abandoning Guts to free him. Guts made his way to the battle to find the Snake Lord killing innocents. Guts proceeded to kill those in service of the Apostle and fights the Snake Lord himself. He had the upper hand until the Snake Lord revealed his demonic form. Guts is thrashed around with the Snake Lord talking down to him as being a weak human. Guts uses his cannon to turn the tides and shows the Snake Lord who was really weak and leaves him begging for mercy.
Guts moves on as the night was young. Only to draw demonic spirits upon a grandfather and his granddaughter. Both were killed by the demons as they were in company of Guts, the living sacrifice. The brand on Guts’ neck signifies him as a meal for all demons as per law of the God Hand. Guts has other plans as this brand also alerts him by bleeding whenever a demonic presence is near. So Guts only finds rest during the day as demonic spirits fade in the coming of daybreak. Guts ends up in a community during the execution of those being marked as pagan worshippers.
He finds the Count, another Apostle but had ruled over the people for a long period of time. Guts begins killing the Count’s men but there are too many. He is aided to escape by a former advisor of the Count that wants revenge for having his legs chopped off and his family slain. This is also where Guts learns of the Behelits, devices to summon the God Hand. Griffith carried one around his neck for the longest of time. Guts ends up being attacked by Captain Zondark, a guy maimed by Guts in the earlier attack on the Count. This time Zondark has minor demonic properties bestowed to aid in exacting his revenge. Guts finds out the Count gave the captain some regenerative capabilities. Guts held off Zondark until the fool brought the entire hideaway upon himself. Somehow the advisor was caught and Puck begged Guts to save him. Guts didn’t and got a visit from the Demon Fetus of Caska. It visited him before and seemed to be following him. Guts seems disturbed by this creature rather than killing it like he does every other demonic apparition. Guts ends up having demons try to takeover his body and has to force them out. Not long after that is when Zondark returns for more. This time Guts battles him in full to kill the deformed man once and for all.
Guts enters the domain of the Count to kill a lot of men before facing Geriko, second to Zondark but no demonic powers either. Guts kills him in a swing of the Dragonslayer. He advanced forth to face the Count at last. The Count wasted no time and transformed from the beginning revealing itself as the Apostle that killed Pippin. Guts actually has a tough time against the Count and is knocked out. Puck and Theresia, the Count’s daughter, end up being essential to Guts’ survival. Theresia never knew of her father’s pact with the God Hand and his true form horrified her. Guts decided to use her as human shield showing how low he would sink to gain the advantage. The cannon was used once more and swing of the Dragonslayer sealed the deal. This is when the Count showed his fears in facing death. Guts once again began torturing the Apostle in his defenseless state. Unfortunately the Count noticed the Behelit that fell from Guts’ person during combat and used it. Guts came face to face with Femto and the other God Hand once again. The brand on Guts neck sent tremendous pain that was suppose to immobilize all sacrifices in presence of the God Hand. Guts not only moved, he went in to attack but couldn’t bare the pain when up closer to Femto. Guts was knocked out again and the God Hand went on to cox the Count into sacrificing his daughter to save his own life. Puck came to heal Guts as the Count finally decided he couldn’t kill Theresia after reflecting on all that happened to him. Guts was nearly caught up in the whirlpool of demons taking the Count away upon his death. Guts failed to kill any of the God Hand and now they were gone to be anywhere in world.