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On Questionable Coincidences (Guts, meet Götz)

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“Götz von Berlichingen (1480–1562), a German knight, was the leader of a band of mercenary soldiers and had a reputation as a Robin Hood figure. In 1504, his right arm was struck by an enemy cannon fire and a prosthetic iron arm was developed to replace it.”


“He had a new, artificial hand made out of iron, a sort of glove which he attached to the stump on his lower arm. It was fitted with cogs that enabled him to move the fingers.

Legend has it that Götz – even with his iron hand – still had so much power wielding a sword that his opponents soon realised they had nothing to laugh about.”

“A metal prosthetic hand? Amazing! What’s this in the center of the palm? Wait, don’t tell me … it’s a magnet. But what for?”

“For your sword. To hold it better.”


Guts’ iron arm, in his original character concept, is very similar to Götz’s iron arm kept in the Nüremberg Museum. Miura stated in an interview that he created Guts independently and that he did not find out about von Berlichingen until after several volumes of the manga had been published.”

“Tell him he can kiss my ass.” (“Er aber sags ihm, er kann mich am Arsch lecken”)
– the eponymous character of Goethe’s 1773 drama “Götz von Berlichingen,” in reply to the Bishop of Bamberg’s demand for his surrender

(Not making any accusations, of course. :] )

Götz’s iron hand now resides, appropriately, in the Götzenburg Museum.

From Wikipedia, the Goethe Institut, and Berserk ch 94; additional info on Götz and his iron hand auf Deutsch.


Written by mellytan

2009/10/22 at 00:15

Posted in anime, interesting

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