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From ANN:

Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces attracted to him and his woman because of a demonic mark on their necks, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength gained from a harsh childhood lived with mercenaries, a gigantic sword, and an iron prosthetic left hand, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity.

Warning: This manga is for mature audiences only, since it has sexual content and graphic violence (gore, blood, rape, etc). Definitely not for the weak hearted.

The 1988 Prototype chapter won a prize at the Comi Manga School Miura attended and the main series won the Tezuka Osamu Award for Excellence in 2002.


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Associated Names
Berserk Max

Groups Scanlating
Band of The Hawks
Evil Genius

Latest Release(s)
v.39 c.343 by Evil Genius (124d ago)
v.38 c.342 by Evil Genius (152d ago)
v.38 c.341 by Evil Genius (187d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 and skips to Vol 3, Chap 09 (1997) / Vol 3, Chap 09 (2012)
Ends at Vol 13, Chap 102 (1997) / Vol 13, Chap 106 (2012)

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2463 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 13th 2016, 9:02am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Animal House (Hakusensha)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #195 decreased(-12)
Monthly Pos #174 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #170 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #128 decreased(-18)

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Forum Posts
Berserk Gets New Anime Project Featuring Guts as 'Black Swordsman' 86 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes ago
"Berserk" Manga Schedules Latest Hiatus! 94 days, 0 hours, 24 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 94 days, 1 hours, 10 minutes ago
Berserk when does Guts show his evil smile 102 days, 6 hours, 18 minutes ago
The boat ride of a lifetime - Spoilers inside 132 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Damn Good   
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by Ido_Alpha_Omega
November 30th, 2005, 8:23pm
What sets this manga apart from others is the connectivity between episodes. While some manga focus on a few characters that reappear from time to time to do their own thing, Berserk manages to intertwine the stories of a few key characters on "both" (there's really more than just two sides) sides of the struggles present within its pages. The artwork has steadily increased in quality and Miura manages to make the reader both love the badassness of Guts and despise the wickedness of Griffith more and more as the story progresses. I find that the bits of comedy interspersed within the manga keep it from becoming too serious and melodramatic. While bordering on antics at times, the humor is mainly referential and/or dark.
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by Anonymous
November 25th, 2005, 1:43pm
You know,this is the onli manga that I ever red from the beginning until the last page,and it wasn't enough,I want more :)
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best manga ever   
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by Gatin
November 19th, 2005, 6:04am
the best manga ever
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A masterpiece   
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by Anonymous
November 14th, 2005, 6:11pm
Perfect manga in every aspect.
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The best I've read so far..   
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by Uchiha
November 12th, 2005, 4:32pm
This one is just too awesome.The storyline, the heroes, the artwork everything is just to unique and cool.This one is a MUST read.
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by Anonymous
November 2nd, 2005, 10:38am
one of the best in every aspect, great storyline, character development, art, action, cool looking creatures and scenery. it has gore, and lots of it, but its not used in a way that it is its only redeeming quality, it adds to all. basically this is a must, unless u like sports manga, or gay stuff like pokemon
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Very good   
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by barbapapa
October 27th, 2005, 8:36am
Really like this, I dont worship it like I do other manga tho (or other people this manga)
but I enjoy reading on to find out what is gonna happen to Guts & Caska (Im up to volume 21 now)
The sidestories dont interest me that much tho (unless they eventually are a part of something bigger), but truth be said, only one I read was about the elves and that one had a cool "sick" aspect to it.
And thats probably my favorite part about Berserk, how it turned to into a "fairly" normal medievel story about 3 people, into a SICK a
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must read manga   
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by Anonymous
October 18th, 2005, 1:03pm
best story ever read..and the drawing is really amazing
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Berserk is an epic manga   
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by Anonymous
October 6th, 2005, 11:51pm
The story and characters make Berserk better than any other series :D. It's an epic story and the art is very good.
Action scenes are very well detailed and all sort of weapons too, Berserk is simply the best.
Fighting the demons and all sort of strong enemies is great and all the characters are deeply emotional.
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The Ultimate Fantasy Manga   
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by Anonymous
September 29th, 2005, 7:17pm
Berserk is in a category by its own, there is no other fantasy manga (or even no other manga at all) that is this good.

Artwork: Unique and seemingly western-influenced. Was good to begin with but has gotten even more detailed.

Plot: Epic struggle against fate and God himself (the Idea of Evil). Tragic tales of friendship, love, betrayal, comeradry, and years of struggle. As an age of darkness is about to descend on the world, Guts and his band are doing their best to survive. The story goes all the way back to Guts' birth and his mercenary childhood, as well as his unique "friendship" with Griffith, who has come to be something no other man can ever be. All the while there is still comic relief (and without it, the story would be rather depressingly dark).

Characters: All characters develop emotionally and physically and come to their own resolutions in the course of the manga. Most of the characters are rather unique.
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