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From ANN:

Gats, 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, Gats 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.

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.38 c.337 by Evil Genius (178d ago)
v.38 c.336 by Evil Genius (229d ago)
v.38 c.335 by Evil Genius (309d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews
Berserk by J
Berserk by canucks

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2303 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 24th 2015, 1:37am 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 #114 decreased(-26)
Monthly Pos #97 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #81 increased(+3)
6 Month Pos #77 increased(+9)

List Stats
On 7306 reading lists
On 1337 wish lists
On 210 unfinished lists
On 511 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Youve read Berserk...right? 18 days, 13 hours, 52 minutes ago
Berserk AMVs 56 days, 8 hours, 39 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 163 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes ago
When should i start this epic? 171 days, 2 hours, 44 minutes ago
I used to be a slave trader... 231 days, 11 hours, 55 minutes ago

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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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by Anonymous
September 20th, 2005, 8:38pm
the best ive ever read or watched
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Nice but a bit stereotypical   
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by Anonymous
September 10th, 2005, 4:39pm
Nice story. I liked it best when it mostly involved human fighting and less monsters. I hate the comic relief characters, and sometimes the story just devolves into monster of the week pointlesness
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just read   
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by rOKI
September 7th, 2005, 1:25pm
Definitely one of the best comics I've ever read.
Story is simply epic but U can say it's basically about two strong characters, their friendship, betrayal and about people who follow thous two. I say it one more time charakters - very very strong charakters is what i think is the best part of this book, they are very unusal U just can't compare them to any other charakters in other mangas.
Drawings are really good, and they fit very well in cllimat of dark mediavil age. They
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