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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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Berserk Max

Groups Scanlating
Band of The Hawks
Evil Genius

Latest Release(s)
v.39 c.343 by Evil Genius (42d ago)
v.38 c.342 by Evil Genius (70d ago)
v.38 c.341 by Evil Genius (105d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

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

50 topics, 637 posts
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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2446 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 8th 2016, 7:19am 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 #209 decreased(-2)
Monthly Pos #180 decreased(-12)
3 Month Pos #91 increased(+6)
6 Month Pos #105 increased(+7)

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On 7772 reading lists
On 1440 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Berserk Gets New Anime Project Featuring Guts as 'Black Swordsman' 4 days, 12 hours, 47 minutes ago
"Berserk" Manga Schedules Latest Hiatus! 12 days, 6 hours, 39 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 12 days, 7 hours, 26 minutes ago
Berserk when does Guts show his evil smile 20 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes ago
The boat ride of a lifetime - Spoilers inside 50 days, 13 hours, 22 minutes ago

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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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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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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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Read it   
Rating: N/A
by Daarien
February 18th, 2009, 11:28am
This is one of the best stories I've ever read after you see what happens you feel so bad for guts, but with the art and the story this is still going to continue being the best
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aswome but ONE THING   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by slayerxv
February 14th, 2009, 6:25pm
this is probably a good story, good action and tragedy/horror themes at best howEVER i predict the rate the manga artist is going, the dudes gna die before he finishes it cus the monthly issues are just pantz in size
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Rating: N/A
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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Rating: N/A
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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