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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

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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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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (2679 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 18th 2018, 8:04pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Animal House (Hakusensha)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Dark Horse (38 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #185 decreased(-15)
Monthly Pos #175 decreased(-93)
3 Month Pos #84 decreased(-17)
6 Month Pos #75 increased(+15)
Year Pos #83 decreased(-9)

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Epicly awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by scarredswordheart
May 15th, 2012, 9:03am
This is one manga that should get turned into a full, seinan anime for sure.

Guts and Griffith's relationship, going from almost brothers to enemies is really intense and tragic, as well as everything that happens to them and their followers.
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Berserk >>> Übel Blatt   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by iruchan
May 4th, 2012, 1:02am
Übel Blatt and Berserk seem similar in terms of categories (Medieval, swordplay, fantasy,...), BUT compared to Berserk, Übel Blatt is just for kiddos. Berserk always leaves me in awe. It is the TRUE king of seinen!
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Berserk>One piece>Everything else.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by azeth
April 30th, 2012, 8:46pm
If you enjoy badass main character, awesome art, and epic stories, this is the manga for you. Anyone who says otherwise has not bothered to read past the beginning. I usually dont like reading tragedies, but berserk is the only exception to that rule.
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A great manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by devildesire
April 16th, 2012, 9:16am
This is a great manga. I rated it an eight for the simple reason that though its quality is undeniable, I know this manga is not for everyone. Firstly, its a manga suited for only mature viewers, even then some may not like it because of some of the content in it. But if you can overlook that part then it truly is great manga. Though I hope the chapters are released a little faster, its already been going on for 20+ years I think, so a faster release will be a lot of help.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by burp
April 3rd, 2012, 10:21am
The Best Comic Book i have ever read, I really mean it! Nothing compares.I have now a question and a hope. The Question is: What in Gods name is in the Autors Head?(that guy is nuts). And the Hope is That the Mangaka doesent die of old age until he Completes this Masterpiece.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TaoPaiPai
March 3rd, 2012, 10:55am
something that needs to be said

I think we needed the first 3 volumes
so we could really be interested in finding out how and why they ended up as enemies
we needed that to be interested in the "origin" story
it made it so much more interesting
dont disslike the reason why the golden age arc works ppl.
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one of the best seinen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nickmanger
February 27th, 2012, 10:41pm
this manga is brilliant and the best in its genre. No manga can captive u as this manga does .. If u past 2 or 3 volume than the real story starts... The best story i have ever read is the golden arc or guts youth or guts flashback arc ... N story keeps u interested till the end... The onli problem is its gettin drag now and the chapters are coming very late...
Trust me go pick this one bear the 2 or 3 volume and this will swallow u ...not for the weak hearted :-)
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One of my favorites   
Rating: N/A
by ZanathKariashi
November 2nd, 2011, 9:18am
It took me a while to finally get around to reading it, mostly due to all the bad press, and admittedly I almost dropped it before finally arriving at the golden age arc.....that was the turning point. The gratitous violence with some very vague back story angst was a bit put offish, but, the golden age is a major turning point. It's clear why they based the anime on that arc rather then doing the entire black swordsman arc first (though, the way things turned out, I don't see why they bothered with the first episode, not only does it spoil the entire rest of the series, it makes the way they ended it all the more disappointing).

Now, RE-reading the first arc, a lot of what happens is so much better as you understand FAR more deeply the significants of his actions and makes it much better. However, I do agree that things have gone down hill of late. My enjoyment began to slip after the witch joins up. It wasn't bad before then, but that was the point where the story as started getting side tracked, which with the extreme wait between very short drawn out chapters, it's hard to keep interested in the story.

That said, the new OVA series that's getting kicked off in 2012 has got me excited again. I was always disappointed in how badly the first anime was handled, so I'm glad it's getting the Ultimate treatment. A lot of people have complained about them remaking the Golden Age arc first, but that's fine with me. The golden age, in my opinion was the best of the bunch by far. And since it's never been animated accurately in its entirety, I see no reason for people to gripe about it. The anime interpretation was horribly watered down and cut out quite a few things, some of which there was no reason to (like Silat or Wyald) beyond having a crappy budget.
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I am growing old.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by junaid_9j
July 12th, 2011, 6:28am
When will this manga end.....although I like the story and the art, I wish it would end soon, and the mangaka should work on a new story instead of just dragging the same old thing. Its not like the release dates are weekly as's already 31 years now.....
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For every seinen readers out there!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by riverside
July 4th, 2011, 6:48am
Well this manga is one of the best i've ever read, however i'm giving it an 8, because of the time that the releases are out. Because I read a chapter only once, by the time the author gives us another release i've already forgot the whole plot and the enthusiasm of the last release is already lost.
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