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Release Date 1998-04-01
Runtime 23 minutes
Genres Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Animation
Stars Toshiyuki Morikawa, Nobutoshi Canna, Yuko Miyamura, Unsho Ishizuka
Directors Yuriko Chiba, Hiroyoshi Iida, Susumu Hirasawa, Naohito Takahashi, Shichiro Kobayashi

Guts, a man who calls himself "The Black Swordsman", looks back upon his days serving as a member of a group of mercenaries. Led by an ambitious, ruthless, and intelligent man named Griffith, together they battle their way into the royal court, and are forced into a fate that changes their lives.

1. The Black Swordsman


A blacksmith is forging an enormous sword while a dark man with only one eye and one arm stands back and watches.

2. Band of the Hawk


There is a great battle taking place at a fort. The attackers are doing well, except one thing stands in their way - a grey knight and he states that none shall pass him.

3. First Battle


Guts and Griffith begin their sword fight.

4. The Hand of God


Guts reminisces about his childhood.

5. A Wind of Swords


Guts is now a commander of Griffith's army, taking many risks in battle, Casca takes him to task for it. Griffith is knighted in the Midland court much to the nobles' dismay.

6. Zodd the Immortal


In another raid, Guts and Griffith come across a demon known as Nosferatu Zodd.

7. The Sword`s Owner


Princess Charlotte of Midland strikes up a friendship with Griffith.

8. Conspiracy


Griffith and Guts continue their success in battle and Griffith is made a Count.

9. Assassination


Griffith saves Charlotte when her horse bolts during a fox hunt. Yurius, the king's younger brother, attempts to have him assassinated.

10. Nobleman


Guts, sent by Griffith, assassinates Yurius and his son Adonis. Griffith gets closer to Charlotte. The Hawks depart for yet another mission.

11. The Battle


On a stormy battlefield, Caska, Griffith's second in command, is wounded while fighting the leader of an enemy army. Guts runs to her rescue but when she passes out at the edge of a cliff, he cannot catch her in time and they both fall into the river below.

12. Together


Caska is still unconcious, so Guts shelters them in a cave while the rain pours down. She comes to and tells Guts about her past and about Griffith's.

13. Prepared for Death


Guts and Caska try to fight their way back to the Hawks while the enemy army they were fighting from before try to stop them.

14. Bonfire of Dreams


Caska finds Judeau's division of Hawks and leads them back to where Guts was fighting alone. Although injured, he defeated all the enemy soldiers by himself. They return to the Hawks' camp and Caska tends to Guts' wounds.

15. The Decisive Battle


The King of Midland and his various generals confer about Doldrey Castle, long since captured by the Chudan Empire. Griffith plans an attack and the King agrees despite the protests of his other officers. Only one other general supports Griffith's actions. The Hawks attack Doldrey.

16. The Conqueror


With the help of Nosferatu Zodd, Guts defeats the defender of Doldrey Castle.

17. Moment of Glory


With the victory at Doldrey, Griffith is promoted to White Phoenix General, an aristocratic title. The Queen of Midland and other court conspirators try to poison Griffith.

18. Tombstone of Flames


Griffith has his revenge by having the Queen's castle burned down.

19. Separation


Griffith will not let Guts simply leave. He says that Guts belongs to him.

20. Sparks


Guts arrives at the home of Godo the swordsmith and stays there for a while while Godo crafts a new sword for him. Guts practices more on his sword techniques with the help of Godo's little daughter Erika.

21. Confession


Guts returns in time to save the remaining Hawks from annihilation.

22. Infiltration


With Guts help, Caska and the Hawks hope to rescue Griffith.

23. Eve of the Feast


Breaking away from the King's pursuing armies, the few Hawks left contemplate their future. Guts comforts Caska, who is despondent over Griffith's condition. Griffith begins to dream.

24. The Great Eclipse


Seduced by the promises of demons and his dreams from his childhood, Griffith agrees to fulfill his destiny and become one of the God Hand demons.

25. Time of Eternity


Griffith's men are sacrificed to the demon's appetites. Guts fights on, at first to save Griffith, then to save himself from the result of Griffith's ambition.