Episodes 1 to 5 of the anime adventure set in a world of magic, war and politics.In the castle town of Midland, a new king has come to power through treachery and violence. His demonic agents victimise the citizens, until one night, a mysterious warrior comes to destroy them. Known as the Black Swordsman, he has long held an unrelenting grudge against the king. Before the twilight of Midland, a young mercenary named Guts fights for his fortune on the front lines. There he meets Griffith, who is charismatic, graceful, and deadly. Griffith's mercenary company, the Band of the Hawk, is a powerful military force and the talk of elite political circles. Between the strength of Gut's anger and Griffith's ambitio, the face of Midland will never be the same.