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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.


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Associated Names
Berserk Max

Groups Scanlating
Band of The Hawks

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Status in Country of Origin
39 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 and skips to Vol 3, Ch 09 (1997) / Vol 3, Chap 09 (2012) / Vol 18, Chap 134 (2016)
Ends at Vol 13, Chap 102 (1997) / Vol 13, Chap 107 (2012) / Vol 29, Chap 264 (2017)

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Average: 9 / 10.0 (2686 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Animal House (Hakusensha)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (38 Volumes - Ongoing)

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On JRPG   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lolnameless
January 20th, 2013, 4:07am
You can't blame Miura for introducing "pointless" characters, knowing that Guts already is the strongest human on earth.

It is not the case that he wishes to popularize this manga by ruining it, it would be stupid.
He drew this for 20 yrs, not thinking how long it takes toward the end, with increasing quality like no manga can compete, if he wishes to do things with lesser time, lesser mind, the first symptom is degradation on quality, sorry, i can't find this anywhere, it happens only in the opposite way.
My interpretation is that if he is the kind of person who trades quality for anything, he may rather trade this stupidity for longer release cycle, that is why Berserk is still in the half-way after 20 years of work.

The underlying reason on having characters who are more stpuid than Guts, is that not everyone is Guts. Still, it would be more boring if Guts fights as a lone wolf all the time.
I cant say i like the current plot development or defend anything, i just think that if you think about "what's for" all the time, you are not reading the manga.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2013, 12:56am
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Absolutely horrible disgrace   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by hijarian
December 24th, 2012, 2:16am
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.

But apart from that, Berserk is absolute abomination, both literature-wise and art-wise. I completely don't understand why this manga is being compared to Bastard, there's *nothing* related between them except for the longevity.
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. 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.
Story-wise, this is just a tale of revenge. Basically we have this for the freaking (almost) 25 years: a noname outcast gets into bad company
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
which turns to total monsters which raped (there's no such a thing like simple rape in Berserk so she turned to insanity afterwards) his loved one
and now he seeks his revenge by any means. Ones who've read the Berserk already can (probably) see that this spoiler does not even reveal anything useful! Story did not become anymore deep!

And the whole 332 chapters so far ALL we have is just Guts spilling the guts out of everything that comes for it. And yeah, while he does this, there's a bunch of people appeared which happened to stick to him by unknown reasons.

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!

In "Elfen Lied" we at least had the story of the horrors of xenophobia which lie in humans. Here we don't have even such a small amount of moral, there's just a absolutely disgusting world filled with disgusting deeds which author relentlessly throws at his audience. Bleh.

... Last updated on October 26th, 2014, 8:58pm
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There can be only ONE   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
September 15th, 2012, 8:25am
I have been reading Berserk since 2006 and deem it to be the best long-form comic of all time even if i consider URASAWA Naoki to be the better overall mangaka due to his wider reach and his vast amount of separate works.
Grant Morrison´s somewhat comparable seminal run on Batman is my 2nd favorite and i am stone cold serious when i say that Miura´s wildly influential bestselling masterpiece can only be rivaled by the works of William Shakespeare or Dante Alighieri as not even master Tezuka´s equally ambitious Hi no Tori (10/10) can managed to reach this epic.
The "Golden Age" arc for example featured parallels to Hamlet and the series constantly recreates European paintings to boot. My favorite part is still the "Hawk of the Millennium Empire Arc" that began in Vol.22 and the overall historical research is top notch. A lot of the characters/events featured have real life counterparts so look em up.
The whole epic further needs to be read multiple times to be fully understood due to the highly layered structure and the meticulous foreshadowing that began after the admittedly uneven "Black Swordsman" prologue. Miura began to solely focus on Berserk right thereafter which lead to an explosion in the fidelity of art and writing and the often discussed art in the post flashback volumes is lastly only inferior to Frank Quality´s much slower output in the history of the comic book medium. In the Tezuka winning Miura i trust and i can´t be the only one as Berserk´s ANN entry managed to become the highest rated series on that site! I will give one last warning that i am incapable of recommending the series to just anyone due to the unflinching focus on gore, sex and rape. These aspects are handled with meretricious care and the series inverts expectations by having a strong focus on emancipation but my warning still stand.
Even Guts himself ended up being a conflicted and not always sympathetic loner who deserves some of the suffering the chain of causality throws at him.
Miura´s output slowed down during the last decade but he is still fast if compared to A-level international artists and the stellar work speaks for itself. Berserk´s popularity only continues to grow too. Some may complain about a "lighter" tone in the later volumes but i am not sure if they read the same manga i did and i like all the later introduced teens as much as i liked the original Band of Haws. Guts himself is only in his 20s too and the Griffith focused chapter are further some of the best the manga has to offer and prove that a strong narrative doesn´t need a "hero" who always takes the center stage or constantly wins. I could have lived with a chapter or two less about the ultimately goofy pirates and one could complain that the manga could use more nudity from less appealing women to "even the scales" but these minor issues or only pebbles on the road. I have lastly written a review for all of the manga that were fully authored by the master and i can recommend the somewhat rushed first anime, which even features a better pilot than the manga, and the 2 games that were also written by Miura. The success-less later anime movie trilogy though wasn´t overseen by him and is an insult to any fan so stay way. Now pick up your sword and face destiny True Believers!
I even got a Brand of Sacrifice tattoo to prove my intelligence to Miura´s timeless masterpiece and thus look forward to the next decade of industry leading quality as the series is planned to run for about 50 volumes.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2016, 7:29am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strixflash
September 10th, 2012, 3:27pm
Earlier I decided not to read it further after reading first 3 volume as they were terrible, but I am glad that I didnt followed my decession. The true interesting story starts after first 5-6 volumes.
Its one of the best seinen I have ever read. The story is well framed,characters are really well characterised except for few and the art is really well drawn (not including the starting).
So dont give up on it for it slow starting because you will surely regret that you missed such a masterpiece work.
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A blessing to the manga world   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
August 28th, 2012, 9:32pm
There are a handful of mangas that are so good they provide inspiration for other mangakas to up their game and raise the quality of mangas as a whole. This is one of those mangas.

I would have given this a ten if some of the characters weren't missing some fundamental, human character traits. Of course, most mangakas make the same mistake, but I am more greatly dissapointed to see it here.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2012, 9:36pm
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Berserk has everything   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gamezob
July 14th, 2012, 8:44am
This manga so well rounded:
We're shown struggle, strife
And some awesome fights
Then we see tender love:
Big Damn Kisses and hugs.
There are scenes of blood and gore
Yet still we chant: more,more more
Then glimpses of a young hearts' fight
There and then my soft heart takes flight

See this manga is so awesome it makes me want to write poetry
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The Build   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by burntskullcandy
July 11th, 2012, 6:59pm
When I read this story everything builds on everything else and although the oponets get bigger and badder the main character doesn't grow at the same rate. This is why I have unfailingly gave it a ten as their has never been a point when I questioned if this manga is moveing forward.
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Finally found death   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by inkstorm
June 2nd, 2012, 3:01pm
I feel odd saying this but it's refreshing to see a character die. Two bitter enemies don't magically see eye-to-eye after participating in a bloody brawl, nor does a friend live after receiving a fatal blow. Gats, the main character, takes after the first point as he tends be the unforgiving type. If you can't stand blood and gore then you should probably keep moving on, otherwise there is a reason Berserk has a Rating of 9 despite 74 1's.

... Last updated on September 13th, 2012, 8:02am
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Not a seinen anymore? You serious?   
Rating: N/A
by Magasaki_Sugamoto
May 31st, 2012, 3:15am
Gotta say 2 things: first off to Callmebaboon : i dont get your characterisation about seinen vs shoujo. More likely what you describe is shounen vs shoujo cause seinen by definition is more mature than seinen and includes the tribulations of adulthood, the angst about real life issues etc that a teenage boy ( shounen) hasnt usualy to cope with yet. And seinen is all about nudity blood and rape? I think you should try find and read some non action seinen and get more aquainted with the genre (because the action ones tend to be more like a hybrid between shounen and seinen at times (as they indluge in action and hormone driven fantasies more than the maturity that tempers those in a real seinen somewhat).
Second: to those who keep complain on it supposedly gone downhill... in what way? Way i see it action keeps exist plenty often and added characters met are interesting and progressively are flessed out and get depth and world around has changed plenty since golden age (specialy lately with pope etc ). Basicaly i m curious to see where this is going because way things go with griffith's plan realisation so far hasnt shown up to be so evil and that sorta clashes with what we seen so far of godhands ( not to mention apostles) and is interesting that it leads to a resurgence of fantasy creatures and concepts around this world ( but that doesnt mean he can be ever forgiven for the liberties taken with sacrificing band of hawk or raping casca.

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2012, 3:12am
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by callmebaboon
May 19th, 2012, 7:01am
I like this manga at first but as the time pass I keep wondering when will this manga end?..The story Is dragging to long its bored me...Why?... this is story is about vengeance right?..where is it now?..this manga has changes so much it seem it's not seinen manga anymore more like shounen..what make this seinen is --> rape, nudity and blood.. other than that meh...Just saying.
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