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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.


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Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Band of The Hawks
Evil Genius

Latest Release(s)
v.38 c.334 by Evil Genius (8d ago)
v.37 c.333 by Evil Genius (462d ago)
v.37 c.332 by Evil Genius (529d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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

44 topics, 556 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2138 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 9th 2014, 5:14am 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)
DMP (Works with Dark Horse)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #64 decreased(-50)
Monthly Pos #30 increased(+38)
3 Month Pos #42 increased(+24)
6 Month Pos #50 increased(+18)

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On 6689 reading lists
On 1229 wish lists
On 178 unfinished lists
On 431 custom lists

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Forum Posts
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 0 days, 20 hours, 25 minutes ago
Berserk to Resume on April 11 19 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes ago
Berserk to resume from hiatus soon 75 days, 18 hours, 38 minutes ago
Youve read Berserk...right? 270 days, 10 hours, 44 minutes ago
Berserk hiatus?... 324 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes ago

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by cyttonmyface
February 14th, 2009, 10:57am
the protagonist is a bada**. the manga went on a weird direction when they implimented fairy tale background instead of the dreary goth like background from before. its a fascinating mix. probably one of the best seinen works out there. unfortunately, the chapters come out really slowly and the author takes frequent breaks. it worries me that this mangaka might never finish his work before kicking the bucket
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by Im a member
February 3rd, 2009, 11:46am
Seriously the best fuckin manga ever! The best story ever! The best "hero" ever! I just dont know what else to say... I just hope it ends before I die, at this rate, its actually not that likely...
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I love it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
February 1st, 2009, 10:44pm
Great story. Almost too good. That is probably what is making the mangaka lazy. Looks like he wants to fill the story with details but he knows it will be like climbing a mountain without arms and legs thus it seems impossible so he just puts it off. I can't wait for this to be off hiatus and for it to be out every 2 weeks.
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Take a look at the calendar now...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AmishSamurai
January 16th, 2009, 6:31am
Because when you get started on this series, by the time you are up-to-date, it will be a week or so later. The series has gone on for 20 years now, and is still running strong. I raised my eyebrows a bit at the inclusion of magic after the Band of the Hawks arc, but it was handled well and still kept to the fundamentals of the series. Miura is arguably the single best manga artist in the field at the moment. Contains violence upon violence, rape, sex, disgusting and horrible demonic.... things. Also, if you take offense to religion being scoffed at, either suck it up or don't read it.
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dare i say best manga ever?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by usn014
January 4th, 2009, 3:16am
great i know why people always talked about this...this is the best work of manga i've EVER still reading it and its still growing...this manga is better than my all time favorite just has it all...a manga master peace...i dont care who you are, you WILL enjoy it
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Life's read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nisei
December 30th, 2008, 4:41am
Masterpiece. There are many words that come into mind when thinking about Berserk, but only one includes them all: MASTERPIECE. A life's work for its author and a life's read for me. Not only hypnotizingly beautiful, but so deeply thoughtful that makes Tolkien's childish tales seem like Teletubbies. Good and bad (God and Devil) are only terms (ideas) born from our fears. There is no good-bad and only one of them wins.There is only human and human means endless tragedy and shivering beauty. To fully enjoy it you have to be patient and examine everything around you, as you must in real life. A true masterpiece that only Japanese minimalism (the beauty of the simple) and openmindedness could make possible...

... Last updated on December 31st, 2008, 10:52am
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The Best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lomlom333
December 11th, 2008, 9:51pm
This is, by far, my favorite manga. There are VERY few mangas out there that have over 300 chapters and have you wishing for much more. Someone here wrote that it has no character development- are you freaken shi**ing me? Repeating old themes... REPEATING? Berserk IS an old theme, it has been going since the 80s. I am not going to get into too much detail, because a lot of people have already done that here, but I'll just say it again- Berserk is meant for a mature audience, if One Piece and etc. is in your top 3 you probably won't like Berserk.
P.S- Berserk is the ONLY manga that I read all over again (thrice)
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One of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by soul_father
November 19th, 2008, 11:07am
For me, this is one of the best manga that I've ever read. Yes, it does take quiet a while to really enjoy the artwork and the raw emotion of the manga. I'm not gonna criticize the people who rate this manga badly, but do please don't rate it if you haven't even read past 1st volume.
There are some people who take these reviews seriously and anyone can try out any manga at the first chapter or two as it only takes 2 minutes. What they want to know is how the manga develops and you should really rate it as a whole. There are tons of manga out there that I don't read past 1st volume, but I never rate it 1 or 2 just because its not my type of manga.
Anyway back to berserk, it is quiet gory but the violence isn't pointless. Do keep away if you don't like these things used as a medium to deliver the storyline. The artwork at the beginning of the series does need some improvement, in which it did improve at the later part of the series. And oh yeah this has the longest update ever for any manga (about 5 chapters a year?). So consider that advance warning.

... Last updated on November 19th, 2008, 11:09am
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by Drycatsocks
August 29th, 2008, 8:14am
too be honest i love this manga... but the only real time this series goes above and beyond the standard is "The Golden Age" everything else is just a repeat over and over and over and over and over... kinda like gantz.
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by metamike
August 9th, 2008, 11:28am
I'm not going to praise this manga with fancy long paragraphs, or by dissing other mangas in my comment. I'll simply state that Berserk is...raw emotion.

That's the best way to describe it.

Also - while the current chapters have a mesmerizing amount of beauty and detail, they come out at a rate chapters a year or so? Don't expect this manga to finish in the author's lifetime.
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