Descent is quite simply the most graphic mainstream anime movie I have ever seen. The eclipse is just shocking, and it far surpassed my personal tolerance for graphic violence. And unlike many gorefest films, Descent never hits the point where the gore becomes so over-the-top, it’s funny. Instead, it remains genuinely horrifying from beginning to end. I would even go so far as to say that the eclipse is even more disturbing than it was in the manga. In still frames, it was shocking (to say the least); but in motion with an aural accompaniment, it was nearly unbearable.
But as graphic as it is, Descent is not ultra-violent for the sake of being ultra-violent. More than anything else, it’s a tool for character development—a way to show you just what will drive Guts for the rest of the story. Every excruciating detail is meant to make you empathize with Guts and teach you the true definition of an unforgivable act.