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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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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 (153d ago)
v.38 c.342 by Evil Genius (180d ago)
v.38 c.341 by Evil Genius (216d 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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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 #162 decreased(-12)
Monthly Pos #135 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #147 increased(+4)
6 Month Pos #124 decreased(-14)

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Forum Posts
Berserk Gets New Anime Project Featuring Guts as 'Black Swordsman' 114 days, 23 hours, 8 minutes ago
"Berserk" Manga Schedules Latest Hiatus! 122 days, 17 hours, 0 minutes ago
What type of end do you wish for at this point? 122 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes ago
Berserk when does Guts show his evil smile 130 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes ago
The boat ride of a lifetime - Spoilers inside 160 days, 23 hours, 43 minutes ago

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It's fantastic!   
Rating: N/A
by Mr. White
May 3rd, 2016, 1:53am
Here are the reasons why you should read Berserk:
* Unpredictable story
* Thrilling action
* Ridiculously detailed artwork - if there was an art gallery dedicated to artwork from this manga I would go in a heartbeat
* Characters you can care for
* Good scares
* Good humour to be had
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A mess   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by NazarethSTG
April 19th, 2016, 7:41pm
This is a very uneven manga. It has a pretty weak start, where it is violent for the sake of violence with little interesting happening and an one-dimensional main character. Then it starts getting very good with the Golden Age volumes, where lots of interesting characters are presented, the protagonist gets developed and there's a good story and action besides only grimdark violence. The Eclipse is one of the highest points in action manga.

But sadly it's all downhill afterwards. The plot goes nowhere, the events get stupid, the author releases chapters at a snail's pace, and the whole manga gets corrupted by Miura's newfound moe obsessions. At this point it's pretty much unreadable garbage and anyone still reading it is hopelessly waiting for it to get decent again. But we all know it won't.

I say, if you haven't read this yet save yourself time and pain and read something else, like Blade of the Immortal. It's just not worth it.

... Last updated on April 19th, 2016, 7:43pm
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Dangers of Expectations   
Rating: N/A
by JapanRocks
December 7th, 2015, 2:29pm
I try not to prejudge stuff I really do. But whether we like it or not our opinions on things can be affected by other people's opinions. It's just human nature to want to feel accepted, to find the same enjoyment in things that other people do.
I saw a recommendation for Berserk when I first got into anime/manga a couple of years ago. Sadly I was not ready for that kinda story, being both underage and only having read and watched a few shoujo and shounen. I got scared off by the first chapter. Maybe if I'd pushed through it would've made an impact on me. But I waited through all the hype until I'd read enough manga to find my pace. That first impression left a huge "This is big people's manga, I'm not ready for it." feeling in me so I kept putting it off. And several years later I thought I could handle Berserk. Sadly I was right.

To cut a long whine short, it's good. But I went in with expectations through the roof and it didn't blow them away. It didn't change my life. I read over a hundred chapters in a short period of time but it didn't blow my mind. And according to a couple of comments I've seen, the first hundred or so chapters is arguably the best part of this manga.
Don't get me wrong I winced and cringed just like any normal human would. I felt frustrated and sad at the appropriate times. But it's not changing the way I'll look at other manga. This must be what people who weren't raised on DBZ feel when they watch it for the first time and see the glaring flaws. That feeling of missing out on something that everyone else feels. It tends to build hostility, like you're the odd one out.

Despite my long backstory I don't hate Berserk, it's great. Miles above your average manga. I'm just disappointed I won't be able to love/fan girl over it like everyone else. But I'm glad I read it. It's just a fact of life that not everything will affected people the same way I guess.
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A Legend   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by taichokage
June 4th, 2015, 7:08am
For me, this is still the most masterfully put together manga I have had the pleasure of reading. I still search for one that is better. After having gone through masterpieces like Monster, Vinland Saga, Lone Wolf and Cub and touching upon the likes of Vagabond, Berserk still reigns supreme for me. I look forward to the day I find something greater.
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"I'll give it a 1/10 because... Ignorance!"   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lost Rabbit
March 28th, 2015, 11:55am
The manga's DEFINITELY not something that everyone should be reading due to its graphic content (something that some readers should've known ahead...). While I'd usually try to point out all the good and bad stuff that's presented in this series, I rather just make counterarguments toward the ignorant statements by a few reviewers here. I'm in no way saying that people can't dislike this series at all, but when it comes to pointing out information that's misleading/totally ridiculous from said reviewers, well... that's not reliable information at all now is it?

@hijarin
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First of all, I totally admit this work is very well drawn and the author definitely knows his art, he kinda draws this stuff the same amount of time that I live.

>Ok, so you'll admit it's good, but whatever, good art doesn't mean shit for this series's overall rating, hence the 1/10.
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It's clear from the very first chapters that author wants and loves to draw gore. Berserk is filled with completely unnecessary gore from start to the very last chapters and there's no end to it. To be honest, I would ban from existence any manga which has mutilated women in it, and this particular manga is all about such a things. I don't care whether the author is a sadist IRL, but please do not feed the juvenile audience (rest assured it is) with such a shit.

>Unnecessary gore? Have you never heard about the fucking MEDIEVAL TIMES, with torture and slaughterings that actually did happen hundreds of years ago? With this series taking place in a dark fantasy realm partly based off Medieval Europe, how is this "UNNECESSARY?!" And if you really need to see this for yourself how cruel history was:
http://www.medievalwarfare.info/torture.htm
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Just ask yourself: why do we ever need to look at all this horrible sights? And more than that, it's not just rape, it's gang-rape or homosexual rape, it's not just murder, it's tortures and murder or mutilation. And all of this is drawn in such a details that I'm sure that author just wants his audience to be like him: a heartless monster accustomed to atrocities.

>So I asked myself this, and as stated before, I think it's good to acknowledge that these kind of atrocities that have taken place throughout history, AND STILL DO IN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD. It's not something that we're supposed to support (like come to think that gang rape is just SO COOOOOL!), yet be disgusted by, as our protagonist must fight off all evils against him in this savage fantasy world he lives in. Oh yeah, and I'd advice you to stay away from NTR/forced Hentai, cause you'll probably think that Japan's an island of insane psychopaths + criminals (and if you somehow do come to believe that, you'll be shocked o hear that for a long time, Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world).
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Honestly, just think about it a bit: this manga can be called a "masterpiece" only by the immoral people who loves to see a lot of gore and brutality, because nothing else is here!

>Oh ok, insult the people that do see this as a masterpiece. You're blind to think that they give it that kind of acknowledgement for only its gore, where it just so happens to be that YOU are the one that can't even see past that. Rather than end on a disgusted "Bleh" right back at you, I'll actually point out some reasons why this can be seen as a masterpiece thanx to a friend that gave me some more info on it (if you're reading this, thanx again for sharing bud).
>Strong historic research >Took sexual abuse seriously and was not afraid to alienate fans >Once again, INCREDIBLY DETAILED ARTWORK >Won a Tezaku + sold 33+ million copies >The crazy amount of references to classic European art or philosophical ideas (Faust, Dante´s Inferno, etc.) >The well defined political religious and worldview and conflict >Very thought provoking ideas about violence/sex and how revenge can destroy both the body and soul >Considered to be incredibly influential >It´s the second highest reviewed manga on ANN with 0.01 point behind Monster - 10/10.

@StormBreaker
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putting that aside, the writer keeps going on and on and on and on about how pitiful the main character (Guts) is and how terrible his past had been. If I was in the story I would introduce him to a counselor (since he's just mentally ill) and say Get a grip man you're the main character!. But instead of a counselor He finds himself in a band.

>Yes, let's find the protagonist a counselor in A MEDIEVAL WORLD, WHERE EDUCATION AND "PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP" ARE PRACTICALLY INACCESSIBLE TO ANYONE THAT'S NOT FROM A HIGH CLASS. Sounds like you just have no desire to sympathize with a character that comes from a shitty background, and you'd rather see a protagonist that's self-aware of his/her role, having them acknowledge that they can do whatever the hell they want "coz they're the protagonist, and nothing can possibly hold them down!"
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no, not a Rock band. a mercenary band leading by Griffith. a lot of warriors follow Griffith.. not just a normal following. they would die for him to the point that all end up dead. I have noooooooooooooo idea why those warriors had to serve under him. Ofcourse writer claims that everyone had gathered around him for the sake of their dreams. But this 52 year old writer seems like doesn't know that the goal that someone seeks for, if it involves violence, gore, killing innocent people and betrayal to their own friends and comrades is Not Called a dream. It's called war and It's hell what they're seeking for.

>Seriously, go read up on Medieval history. It may give you some perspective as for why people are so willing to put their faith in others, and also notice how you mentioned them being "mercenaries". Mercenary - a person primarily concerned with material reward at the expense of ethics. Maybe that has something to do with the immoral stuff they're doing for the sake of achieving a dream that could've been made a reality, but I don't think you'd care to hear that...
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[quote]...only two main characters survived (We all know they're the writer's favorite so they won't die that easily) anyway after that, The Story goes to a slope downfall!!![/quote]

>Didn't you acknowledge Guts being the protagonist? Also Casca's the heroine, so no, I don't think he kept his characters alive because "Favoritism!"
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oh, we see mermaids,demons, Thinkerbell, princess, more nudity and violence (The only reason for age limitation), the same old but much worse plot. [I think The mangaka has focused more on drawing naked people than writing a meaningful story... (pervert) *shivers*]

>YES! Drawing naked people makes anyone a pervert! The mandatory figure drawing sessions for my advanced art classes in High School weren't to help us learn how to gain a proper understanding of human anatomy! No, they were mandatory coz my teachers wanted us to all be perverts!
[But in a more proper defense toward the series, it sounds like you mainly have an issue with nudity itself (to which I'd suggest that you stay away from the nude European artwork in museums). It's like you're saying that the series features it for meaningless fan service and thus doesn't give two shits about anything else when it comes to the writing or the art... Which clearly is not at all true...]
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There's more than this to write about but my fingers started to get numb... at the end if you want my advice.... and If you care about your time... It's better NOT to read it! (or watch it) .

>Or, ya know, give it a shot if you (talking to anyone who hasn't read the series yet) really want to see for yourself. If it's your kind of series, that's fine, and if it's not, well that's fine as well. You can't be totally sure unless you see for yourself...

... Last updated on March 28th, 2015, 11:58am
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Not   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by DrManga
October 31st, 2014, 9:06pm
I kinda of agree with StormBreaker but with one difference. The anime is good, the manga is repetitive and weak by comparison. Only started reading the manga, many years ago, because I loved the anime and wanted to know what happens next.

I wish I didn't. I think right now it is being continued because its a cash cow. He should have wrapped up the story volumes ago.
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I was expecting something unique and extraodinary but..   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by StormBreaker
July 27th, 2014, 3:43am
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I started watching the anime (and reading the manga) due to the high ratings and popularity among manga readers. I didn't know a damn thing about the plot or the process of the story neither did i know about the characters and such (I didn't google them since i wanted to have the full experience of the story myself).
I was was expecting something unique and extraordinary back then but it was in episode 5 or 6 (I don't wanna remember which episode was) that I realized I had overestimated "Berserk". The writer has chosen such a poor personality for his manga characters that you'll get sick of 'em eventually (still it depends on yourself. maybe the expired cereal as you were reading this manga made you sick). but really if somebody asked me so how's this Griffith guy like? I would be loss for words after thinking for hours.(knowing characters personalities help readers to get into the story and connect emotionally with characters)
putting that aside, the writer keeps going on and on and on and on about how pitiful the main character (Guts) is and how terrible his past had been. If I was in the story I would introduce him to a counselor (since he's just mentally ill) and say Get a grip man you're the main character!. But instead of a counselor He finds himself in a band. no, not a Rock band. a mercenary band leading by Griffith. a lot of warriors follow Griffith.. not just a normal following. they would die for him to the point that all end up dead. I have noooooooooooooo idea why those warriors had to serve under him. Ofcourse writer claims that everyone had gathered around him for the sake of their dreams. But this 52 year old writer seems like doesn't know that the goal that someone seeks for, if it involves violence, gore, killing innocent people and betrayal to their own friends and comrades is Not Called a dream. It's called war and It's hell what they're seeking for.

when I got up to volume 10 or maybe 11 (who cares!?) I knew nothing good would come out of this story and I was right. all the Hawk band members died in the hand of Griffith. (wait I predicted that...) only two main characters survived (We all know they're the writer's favorite so they won't die that easily) anyway after that, The Story goes to a slope downfall!!!

oh, we see mermaids,demons, Thinkerbell, princess, more nudity and violence (The only reason for age limitation), the same old but much worse plot. [I think The mangaka has focused more on drawing naked people than writing a meaningful story... (pervert) *shivers*]
*sighs* I also don't like the way that the story goes to. "Guts" (main character) seeks revenge against Griffith(after Griffith turns from a gentleman into a madman or should I say MadMonster). It's already clear that revenge only leads to more hatred. til it tears the character apart. so not a fan! (It wouldn't be that bad if Guts helped Griffith to be a gentleman once again.)

There's more than this to write about but my fingers started to get numb... at the end if you want my advice.... and If you care about your time... It's better NOT to read it! (or watch it) .


... Last updated on July 27th, 2014, 3:58am
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way too overhyped   
Rating: N/A
by mattba
May 26th, 2014, 7:40pm
For the first 200 or so chapters it looked like a good manga (albeit a bit too much senseless violence/rape for my taste). The art is really nice and detailed, the world looks interesting.

But now it feels like the author has no idea what he wants to do with the characters. Basically in from chapter 250 until now (around 340) two things happen:
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1. The good guys wander around killing some random monsters and meeting some new good guys. Standard stuff.

2. Meanwhile the bad guy gets ridiculously strong, kills mountain sized enemies in 1 hit etc.

Its like two different mangas, dragonball Z vs Fairy Tail.
There is almost no story development just the mega epic scenes or the bad guy squashing everything along its way. I get it the bad guy is very strong, why does the author wants to waste 200 chapters showing it? Plus he made him so ridiculously OP that now only some really cheap deus ex machina ending will be possible.

Finally with the current release speed (~20 pages/ 2 months) we wont reach the end of the story in this century.

... Last updated on May 26th, 2014, 7:42pm
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MANLY MANS MANGA   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lewb
March 7th, 2014, 3:00pm
The best piece of fiction ever conceived by man, in a well crafted world with awesome art and a complete bad-ass main character Gutts, who never has anything easy in his life.

The story is on par with lord of the rings and star wars in epicness but its also filled to the brim with Gore and Nudity so if your easily offended stay away from this perfect manga.
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My rate~   
Rating: N/A
by Kuro vi Lolitannia
January 30th, 2014, 2:16am
This is a good manga. But the development is a bit too slow. Guts turning stronger and stronger, it's like your usual fighting manga, but it's quite interesting to see his progress. There are so many flashback chapters, but at least those flashbacks are necessary to find out about his past and reason.

The artwork is really good but if you don't like blood and gore stuff I don't really recommend this to you though. Like what they say 'No Guts, No Gory'
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