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Berserk  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Берсерк
ベルセルク
烙印战士
Įniršis

Groups Scanlating
AOM
Band of The Hawks
Binktopia
Evil Genius
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Latest Release(s)
v.38 c.335 by Evil Genius (68d ago)
v.38 c.334 by Evil Genius (111d ago)
v.37 c.333 by Evil Genius (565d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 3, Chap 4 (1997, 2012)
Ends at Vol 13, Chap 6 (1997)

User Reviews
Berserk by J
Berserk by canucks

Forum
44 topics, 560 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2197 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 10th 2014, 11:12pm PST

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Year
1988

Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (37 Volumes - Ongoing)
DMP (Works with Dark Horse)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #116 decreased(-15)
Monthly Pos #97 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #71 decreased(-22)
6 Month Pos #51 decreased(-2)

List Stats
On 6903 reading lists
On 1263 wish lists
On 184 unfinished lists
On 459 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Berserk to Resume on April 11 45 days, 3 hours, 50 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 45 days, 6 hours, 2 minutes ago
Berserk to resume from hiatus soon 179 days, 3 hours, 38 minutes ago
Youve read Berserk...right? 373 days, 19 hours, 44 minutes ago
Berserk hiatus?... 428 days, 8 hours, 17 minutes ago

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Pros and Cons   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by OppKnox
July 11th, 2009, 11:29pm
Berserk’s pros and cons can be summarized rather simply. Among its flaws are its excessive mayhem and debauchery; its poor transition from adult tragedy to children’s fairytale; its incorporation of every medieval cliché known to man in a seemingly pointless mélange; and its longwinded mysticism. Among its assets are its staggering art; the mythic resonance of Guts and Griffith’s saga; Volumes 4 through 13; and the many memorable flights of fancy that follow, from the creepy Lost Children bit to Griffith’s colorful minions.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2009, 11:35pm
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great manga but!!!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by razuraw
July 7th, 2009, 3:10pm
it has way too much rape scenes. women getting raped by monsters WTF. turns my stomach just thinking about it and your realy going to hate just how many times the main female character gets raped, its sickening. so if dont mind that stuff then read it as its has a great story and fight scenes.
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The best i ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by linkindc
June 16th, 2009, 4:28pm
The drawings are Excellent, the story are excellent, im kinda like to see grifith suffering , and i like to see guts in fury , the only thing i hate is the time that takes to come new mangas =(... but its excellent
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wild..   
Rating: N/A
by SoY
April 29th, 2009, 6:18am
yes! it has a good storyline, the "wild" art and detail is also great.
Bearing to read until volume3 is worthed.
Skip some "speech" page..like how they describe about the religion,belief, fairy world, etc, if you didn't have much time.
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good but a total mind****   
Rating: N/A
by ssuasw
April 27th, 2009, 10:31am
Awesome manga but id advise you njot to read it if your weak of heart . i am personally dropping this manga to avoid any more mental scarring.
This stuff is more ****ed up than Ichi the Killer
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The Berserk Experience   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by IASeldon
April 8th, 2009, 11:56am
My first experiences with Berserk came not through the manga, nor even from watching the anime: but actually from seeing a preview on the Samurai Deeper Kyo DVDs. One day I was scanning through the previews on the fourth disc and randomly decided to watch the one for Berserk. Let me tell you, I was floored. Not by the art, not by the amazing way it was cut together, but actually by the music they had playing in the background. Seeing that trailer set me on two passions: Berserk and Susumu Hirasawa (if you have not checked out his music, do so. Some of it is hit-or-miss, but there are more than a few golden pieces in his works).

In any event, after seeing the trailer I had to find the anime; at least, that is what my thinking went to immediately. No such luck. Berserk is quite possibly one of the hardest collections of DVDs to find unless you order on-line, which almost seems like cheating. In any event, stymied by the failure, I put it out of my mind for a time and went on with life...until I saw the first fourteen volumes of Berserk one day in Borders.

I will say this - I did not read Berserk in order. I read books 1-2, then went to 4-6, 8-10, then went back to 3 and 7 and on from there. It is a fascinating story, filled with violently beautiful art and distinct, emotionally fractured characters. It is quite possibly the most realistic portrait of medieval times ever shown (and that from a Japanese mangaka!), despite the magic and demons and elves.

It is also delightfully humorous - something that even the darkest of stories need, if only to relieve the tension - especially for someone who has read a lot of manga and watched a lot of anime. All of the overblown attacks called out by Guts' enemies in the Golden Age, promising utter defeat and devastation - only to have them fail spectacularly - is clearly a thumb to the nose at all of the shounen manga in existence.

Now, there are some complaints that the story in the Millennium Arc is moving away from the dark aspects of the story. Not True! Think back to the Golden Age arc, and how happy and cheerful it seemed then! The story is only becoming happier because of the terrible things yet to come. Nothing makes despair deeper than the fond memories of good times.

For those who have reviewed this story poorly I have only this to say: you did not try. You read the story with skepticism, a critical eye and a sneer upon your lips. You refused to let yourself go and just accept the story for what it is: A Story.

Let all who read Berserk after seeing this review read it with this in mind: Experience it for what it is - the story of Guts - and not for what you believe it should be, or with any comparisons to the manga you have read in the past. Because I can guarantee you one thing - any manga you have read recently came after Berserk.

I would also recommend searching the internet for Susumu Hirasawa's Berserk soundtrack. You can find it if you look hard enough. Reading the manga while listening to the music is a sublime experience.

I will agree with one negative point mentioned in the previous reviews - it could be done faster. Not blindingly fast, like some Shounen Jump teeney-bopper fight manga, but once a month like Gantz would be superb, and would no doubt lead to ecstatic frenzies amongst the Berserk community.
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Keep reading through volume three....   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by serobins
March 30th, 2009, 8:40pm
I'm going to preface this review by saying that I love Berserk - but I almost wrote a review saying that I hated it. I'm writing this for people like me who see all the raves here, pick up Berserk, and then can't figure out what all of the fuss is about. My main message: stick with it through the end of volume 3 before you decide.

The first couple of volumes of Berserk honestly had me thinking that this was the most overrated manga ever. The drawings were sketchy and disproportionate, and the characters often had weirdly foreshortened limbs. Worse, the story seemed like a godawful adolescent male empowerment fantasy: A scowly, invincible warrior in crotch-ccentuating armor runs around a bad D&D backstory populated by burlap wearing peasants. He carries a sword shaped like a Freudian complex and is accompanied by an irritating pixie sidekick who serves primarily as a Greek chorus designed to remind us every other panel of just how badass the hero is.... Yuck!

So... if this is your opinion of Berserk when you start reading, bear with the bad Conan-esqueness of it all until you hit the flashback episodes. I guarantee that you will be hooked. I wound up losing sleep for several nights running. It's that addictive.

UPDATE: It gets lousy again. The art stays good (lots of vagina dentata stuff, if you're into it), but Guts is now collecting adorable wee sidekicks like they're frigging Pokemon.

... Last updated on May 21st, 2012, 6:13pm
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Am i stupid or what?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hayden
March 25th, 2009, 8:21am
How could i have missed this manga till nowconfused? Everything i could possibly ask to see in a manga is mixed in Berserk... sooo BADASS!!!

This manga makes me feel all emotions the hero (Guts) have. The art is epically mindblowing. All this make me classify the author as "pure genius"!

Are you stupid as i was too?
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O_O!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by IcedWolf
March 3rd, 2009, 4:13am
This honestly must be the best one I have read so far. Art, fantastic, story, amazing, emotions towards the characters, outstanding! From start too 301 I couldn't stop reading. It was something that would stir my mind for hours. Guts really has it rough, but I suppose I want to say Caska had been burdened with less because of her memory, but I cannot say that seeing how she was mortified right in front of him :'(. Man did the beginning arcs bind me close to this series >_<! I would recommend this to anyone, I think o_o;'.
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cool   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by amishmies
February 22nd, 2009, 4:14am
great art, great story, great characters, great planning in telling the story...however slow releases and i have to agree with slayerxv, the author will die before he finishes if he doesn't hurry up a bit more...
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