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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.

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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 (155d ago)
v.38 c.342 by Evil Genius (183d ago)
v.38 c.341 by Evil Genius (218d 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)

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50 topics, 637 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2469 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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9+
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Last Updated
May 14th 2016, 5:56pm PST


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Year
1989

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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 #173 decreased(-16)
Monthly Pos #129 increased(+11)
3 Month Pos #146 increased(+5)
6 Month Pos #124 decreased(-14)

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On 7889 reading lists
On 1449 wish lists
On 226 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Berserk Gets New Anime Project Featuring Guts as 'Black Swordsman' 117 days, 12 hours, 59 minutes ago
"Berserk" Manga Schedules Latest Hiatus! 125 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 125 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes ago
Berserk when does Guts show his evil smile 133 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes ago
The boat ride of a lifetime - Spoilers inside 163 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes ago

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A MUST read manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bloodfall
January 9th, 2010, 10:37am
Berserk is a must-read for any manga fan.
In my pov, berserk is like "the godfather" on the manga world.

The best art i've ever seen so far, great plot, great characters....
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....   
Rating: N/A
by dreamer00013
January 8th, 2010, 11:38am
ugh.....I'm still reading the first volume and ....wow. this is nothing like I expected. I heard people say "This is so awesome" and all, another person kept telling me that it's so great and that the graphic scenes aren't that many and that horrible - but I was surprised. It was NOTHING like I imagined. Actually, the graphic scenes really aren't disturbing (yet?) and the art was good. Not catastrophal like many say. And the art is sure to get better - there are 20 volumes, it HAS to get better! I'll see about the characters and plot.

but still, one tip: Do not eat while reading.....

... Last updated on July 7th, 2010, 5:31am
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Going steadily downhill   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lordyupa
October 25th, 2009, 10:20pm
I used to love Berserk more than life itself. The Golden Age story arc remains some of the greatest storytelling in manga history, and many of the subsequent chapters were also excellent. However, I feel like I can no longer recommend Berserk with a clear conscience. In recent years it's been slowly transforming from a gritty low-fantasy book to a generic J-RPG. Guts, the main character and one of the most psychologically complex action heroes I've ever read, has been pretty much replaced by a cast of extremely boring stock characters, including the hot-blooded young kid who wants to be a warrior, the super-cool skilled swordsman who rarely speaks, the kawaii-magic-girl-chan ^_^, and a couple of useless girls who spend their time being victims.

In the beginning, Berserk was about Guts fighting a continually losing battle against fate itself, supported in his hopeless endeavor only by his titanic force of will. Now, it seems that he and his gang spend their time fighting a series of trite "boss battles" straight from Final Fantasy, and nearly every problem is solved by the witch girl busting out some new and unprecedented magic power that resolves it automatically. Frankly, it's sucked for the last 3-4 years.

So should you read it? I want to say yes. Some parts of Berserk are truly perfect, the epitome of the mangaka's craft. Other parts (and sadly these parts indicate the current direction of the story) are more like an insult to the reader.
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hmm   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by N0X
October 25th, 2009, 6:17pm
You know, kotto, you actually have a point there. When I read the manga for the first time, I also thought the same thing. Miura bringing the magic and everything in put it almost "over-the-top", but somehow it all balances out with the demons and God Hands and the bad guys. Besides, it was refreshing, and Guts certainly needed something else than his sword to be able to kick some serious apostle ass (which he did after he got the armor). ^^
As for the characters, in a way they also balance eachother out, you have the comedic relief (Isidro and Puck), the all-so serious women of the squad (Schierke, Farnese and that female fairy), and last, but not least, a mastermind and a tactitian (Serpico) being Guts' opposite when it comes to fighting, as Guts is more of a up-front kinda guy, while Serpico will cunningly find the best way to defeat someone, even if it's "fair" or not. Serpico can in a way have similarities to Griffith, but that's another story. My point is that Miura makes it all balance out perfectly, and with all the different character's background stories and introductions done so magnificently, this deserves nothing less than a 10 on my account.

PS.
A girl actually does survive in the beginning of the manga. --> Chapter 8, the daughter of the apostle Guts' fights when we first see Femto.

... Last updated on October 25th, 2009, 6:20pm
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Great manga but I dont what to say about it now.   
Rating: N/A
by kotto
October 20th, 2009, 10:50pm
I watched the anime before I even started reading Berserk. I enjoyed the anime and continue to rewatch it when I have time. In the beginning the manga was great. Im not saying it isnt great now but I kind of disappointed that it all magic and stuff. I didnt mind Gutt's armor(cant remember the name) but the witch and the little annoying little boy character....its like in the beginning of the manga you see a little girl then....BAM she gets killed. So how is this annoying little punk alive and WTF is with the magic and shit. I understand that there are demons and stuff but we didnt need fairy magic. I will give the manga a 9 since some of the villains in the beginning of the manga were too childish. Sadly its hard to read more of the manga since it has lost it touch for me and if I read any of its to see if any happens to Caska(Getting memory back or something) or Gutts not for any of the other chars.(Hoping they would die or something)

... Last updated on October 20th, 2009, 10:56pm
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So not for kids   
Rating: N/A
by heatguyj
October 12th, 2009, 9:02am
I started reading this series when I was around 14, and I had to stop, although I read up to everything that was scanlated up to that time. It's a really good series, great art, story, and everything, but I had to keep looking over my shoulder every minute that I was reading this. That's actually the only reason why I stopped, not because of the gore or graphic scenes, but because I kept stressing over the fact that someone was gonna walk in on me reading it ^_^. But I definitely plan on starting it up again. Well this didn't help anyone at all, but just really don't read it if you don't wanna be caught doing so.
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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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