If you’re looking for a dark anime series, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more brutal series than Berserk. The series, which centers on the Band of the Hawk and the black swordsman known as Guts, has continued to weave its bloody story for decades. Of the many dark moments that occur in the series, Eclipse may take the wildest cake of them all. Now, players in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom have hilariously recreated the terrifying moment.
For those who may not be familiar with Berserk, the eclipse was the moment when Guts’ best friend in the world, Griffith, made the decision to sacrifice his friends and loved ones in the name of power. Made an offer by malevolent spirits known as the Godhand, White Hawk Griffith decides to abandon the soldiers in his job to heal his broken body along with giving himself the powers of a dark god in the process. Of course, like many other moments in creator Kentaro Miura’s dark franchise, Berserk’s Eclipse sees Griffith’s sacrifice shed some serious blood as the Band of the Hawk is swallowed whole by an army of demons.
The One Tears of The Kingdom player was able to take advantage of the “Blood Moon” mechanic, in which the sky turns red and countless monsters rise from the depths to hunt down the people of Hyrule. With a key element in the latest Zelda title allowing players to create almost any structure their hearts desire, it should come as no surprise that anime fans might pay homage to some of the medium’s greatest examples. We don’t expect a crossover anytime soon, if ever, between the world of Hyrule and Band of the Hawk.
Berserk has had its fair share of video games in the past, with From Software putting a number of references to the Kentaro Miura series in their games like Dark Souls, Elden Ring, and Bloodborne to name a few. While the creator of the Berserk movie, Kentaro Miura, has tragically passed away in recent years, creator Kouji Mori and the artists at Studio Gaga created the series as a tribute to their deceased friend. Berserk’s influence on the world of video games is so great it’s clear that some video game players will take the opportunity to pay homage to the dark anime when they can.