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Berserk  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
Берсерк
ベルセルク
ברזרק
برزرک
烙印勇士
烙印战士
เบอร์เซิร์ก
베르세르크
Berserk Max

Groups Scanlating
AOM
Band of The Hawks
Binktopia
Evil Genius
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Latest Release(s)
v.39 c.343 by Evil Genius (149d ago)
v.38 c.342 by Evil Genius (177d ago)
v.38 c.341 by Evil Genius (212d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
39 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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)

User Reviews
Berserk by J
Berserk by canucks

Forum
50 topics, 637 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2468 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
10
 56% (1372 votes)
9+
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Last Updated
May 14th 2016, 5:56pm PST


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Year
1989

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #168 increased(+1)
Monthly Pos #130 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #152 decreased(-1)
6 Month Pos #124 decreased(-14)

List Stats
On 7884 reading lists
On 1448 wish lists
On 226 unfinished lists
On 571 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Berserk Gets New Anime Project Featuring Guts as 'Black Swordsman' 111 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
"Berserk" Manga Schedules Latest Hiatus! 118 days, 20 hours, 8 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 118 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes ago
Berserk when does Guts show his evil smile 127 days, 2 hours, 3 minutes ago
The boat ride of a lifetime - Spoilers inside 157 days, 2 hours, 51 minutes ago

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Superb   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
September 10th, 2012, 3:27pm
Earlier I decided not to read it further after reading first 3 volume as they were terrible, but I am glad that I didnt followed my decession. The true interesting story starts after first 5-6 volumes.
Its one of the best seinen I have ever read. The story is well framed,characters are really well characterised except for few and the art is really well drawn (not including the starting).
So dont give up on it for it slow starting because you will surely regret that you missed such a masterpiece work.
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A blessing to the manga world   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
August 28th, 2012, 9:32pm
There are a handful of mangas that are so good they provide inspiration for other mangakas to up their game and raise the quality of mangas as a whole. This is one of those mangas.

I would have given this a ten if some of the characters weren't missing some fundamental, human character traits. Of course, most mangakas make the same mistake, but I am more greatly dissapointed to see it here.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2012, 9:36pm
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Berserk has everything   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gamezob
July 14th, 2012, 8:44am
This manga so well rounded:
We're shown struggle, strife
And some awesome fights
Then we see tender love:
Big Damn Kisses and hugs.
There are scenes of blood and gore
Yet still we chant: more,more more
Then glimpses of a young hearts' fight
There and then my soft heart takes flight

See this manga is so awesome it makes me want to write poetry
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The Build   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by burntskullcandy
July 11th, 2012, 6:59pm
When I read this story everything builds on everything else and although the oponets get bigger and badder the main character doesn't grow at the same rate. This is why I have unfailingly gave it a ten as their has never been a point when I questioned if this manga is moveing forward.
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Finally found death   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by inkstorm
June 2nd, 2012, 3:01pm
I feel odd saying this but it's refreshing to see a character die. Two bitter enemies don't magically see eye-to-eye after participating in a bloody brawl, nor does a friend live after receiving a fatal blow. Gats, the main character, takes after the first point as he tends be the unforgiving type. If you can't stand blood and gore then you should probably keep moving on, otherwise there is a reason Berserk has a Rating of 9 despite 74 1's.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2012, 8:02am
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Not a seinen anymore? You serious?   
Rating: N/A
by Magasaki_Sugamoto
May 31st, 2012, 3:15am
Gotta say 2 things: first off to Callmebaboon : i dont get your characterisation about seinen vs shoujo. More likely what you describe is shounen vs shoujo cause seinen by definition is more mature than seinen and includes the tribulations of adulthood, the angst about real life issues etc that a teenage boy ( shounen) hasnt usualy to cope with yet. And seinen is all about nudity blood and rape? I think you should try find and read some non action seinen and get more aquainted with the genre (because the action ones tend to be more like a hybrid between shounen and seinen at times (as they indluge in action and hormone driven fantasies more than the maturity that tempers those in a real seinen somewhat).
Second: to those who keep complain on it supposedly gone downhill... in what way? Way i see it action keeps exist plenty often and added characters met are interesting and progressively are flessed out and get depth and world around has changed plenty since golden age (specialy lately with pope etc ). Basicaly i m curious to see where this is going because way things go with griffith's plan realisation so far hasnt shown up to be so evil and that sorta clashes with what we seen so far of godhands ( not to mention apostles) and is interesting that it leads to a resurgence of fantasy creatures and concepts around this world ( but that doesnt mean he can be ever forgiven for the liberties taken with sacrificing band of hawk or raping casca.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2012, 3:12am
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berserk.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by callmebaboon
May 19th, 2012, 7:01am
I like this manga at first but as the time pass I keep wondering when will this manga end?..The story Is dragging to long its bored me...Why?... this is story is about vengeance right?..where is it now?..this manga has changes so much it seem it's not seinen manga anymore more like shounen..what make this seinen is --> rape, nudity and blood.. other than that meh...Just saying.
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Epicly awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by scarredswordheart
May 15th, 2012, 9:03am
This is one manga that should get turned into a full, seinan anime for sure.

Guts and Griffith's relationship, going from almost brothers to enemies is really intense and tragic, as well as everything that happens to them and their followers.
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Berserk >>> Übel Blatt   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by iruchan
May 4th, 2012, 1:02am
Übel Blatt and Berserk seem similar in terms of categories (Medieval, swordplay, fantasy,...), BUT compared to Berserk, Übel Blatt is just for kiddos. Berserk always leaves me in awe. It is the TRUE king of seinen!
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Berserk>One piece>Everything else.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by azeth
April 30th, 2012, 8:46pm
If you enjoy badass main character, awesome art, and epic stories, this is the manga for you. Anyone who says otherwise has not bothered to read past the beginning. I usually dont like reading tragedies, but berserk is the only exception to that rule.
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