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Then comes the Golden Arc that aside from Nosferatu Zod and another monster both the anime and movies omitted everything else it's just a series of skirmishes between human armies. But these fights served more as context of the state of the world, the focus of the story was Guts finding meaning on the bloodshed by bonding with the band of the Hawk. Casca had a crush on Griffith and struggled to keep a strong demeanor despite being an emotional person, and Griffith mainly wanted to achieve noblehood and eventual control of the kingdom in order to prove his worthness. I may be bias but it has a feeling of a greek tragedy in which the characters want to change their destiny but in a way are only cementing their fates.
Still you're correct, and that's what's frustrating to me. Casca hasn't recovered her senses, Guts is wandering across several places fighting monsters, and intentionally or not, he hasn't sorrounded with the most useful of characters which if anything seem to be more about adding levity than depth to Guts's conflict. Except for a witch Guts meets later on and gives him an armor to sustain pain and the witch can cast summons.