This is the volume that marks the continuation of story after the anime ends. Even though there are some events in the anime that have not shown up yet in the manga, in this volume we find a fair amount of material not seen in the TV show. I would still recommend those people that watched the anime and are looking to see how the story continues, to go back and read the manga from the beginning. The reason for this is that the story is presented in a slightly different way, and thus, has a different flavor.
In the last volume, Guts and Casca finally consummated their love, and now the big question is: Can their happiness last? (I know, I know, those that watched the anime already know the answer) Their main problem right now is that they need to rescue Griffith, who has been a prisoner of the king of Midland for the last year. This is a really important element to the development of the story, and we see Griffith undergo some brutal torture, while still obsessing about his connection to Guts.
There are a lot of events in this volume that provide a great insight into the characters' background. We get to find out more about how important Guts' sword is to him and why this is the case. And we also get a deeper look into Casca's thoughts, fears and motivations. We finally reach the point in which we start to see a more clear connection to the demons and gods.
I am pretty sure I have said this before about this series, but I am going to do it again. This is the series that has it all: a powerful story, impeccable drawings with vivid details, shocking violence, a healthy dose of gore and sexual scenes, including some bad ones, like rape and incest. To top it all off, there are a few bursts of humor here and there. You are probably asking yourself: Humor from Guts? Yes, this is the second time in the whole series, so treasure it!