Berserk is nothing if not dark and depressing, and true to these attributes, the latest manga chapter has destroyed a major trump card that Guts and his allies had in the battle against Griffith and his demonic forces. As writer Kouji Mori and the artists at Studio Gaga continue to pick up where Kentaro Miura left off, it's clear that they have a plan in place for the future of the remaining members of the Band of the Hawk and those unfortunate enough to meet them.
Warning. If you have yet to read the latest chapter of Berserk, Chapter 369, you might want to steer clear as we'll be diving into serious spoiler territory for the bleak anime franchise.
Elfhelm is officially no more. The magical island that was fit to bursting with supernatural creatures including elves, fairies, witches, and other beings, is no longer a part of the "real world" thanks to Griffith's actions and powers as the newest member of the Godhand. This comes as a serious blow to Guts and his allies, as these were the most powerful creatures that they encountered who happened to be on their side.
The heroes of Berserk traveled to Elfhelm to not only bring back Casca's sanity, which had been missing since her return from the Eclipse following the Golden Age Arc, but also as a way to power themselves up via new weaponry, a better understanding of magic, along with potential revelations when it came to things like Guts' Berserker armor. Now, nothing remains of the inhabitants and their magical environment as they've been pulled from the "corporeal world".
This might spell a serious issue for one of Guts' biggest allies that have been with him since the very first chapter, as the fairy Puck just so happened to fall in the category of Elfhlem residents. While Puck wasn't seen vanishing from the world like his brethren, we have yet to see whether he will still accompany the Black Swordsman to the end of his journey or if his time on the mortal plane has fallen to the wayside.
A new Berserk anime hasn't been revealed, though this October will see a television series released that re-edits footage from the original trilogy of films covering the Golden Age Arc, along with never before seen deleted footage. Should the popularity of the Memorial Edition skyrocket, perhaps we'll see a new anime adaptation arrive for Guts' terrifying tale.