Ranked #171

Berserk

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Kenpuu Denki Berserk, Kenfu Denki Berserk
Japanese: 剣風伝奇ベルセルク

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 1997 to Mar 31, 1998
Premiered: Fall 1997
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.361 (scored by 86,373 users)
Ranked: #1712
Popularity: #185
Members: 168,783
Favorites: 6,675
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Synopsis

A brave young warrior named Guts fights for his fortune as a mercenary on the front lines. A fated encounter unites Guts with the charismatic and deadly young man named Griffith. Leading the rogue soldiers known as the Band of the Hawk, Griffith wields his formidable force like no other. Driven by a quest for status, the Hawks exert military and social prowess the likes of which have never been seen before. The armies of Midland will quake with fear as Griffith and Guts set off on a path that will bring the world to its knees.

(Source: Season One Complete DVD Collection Back Cover)

Background

Berserk is the first anime adaptation of the long-running, ongoing seinen manga series published in the bi-weekly magazine Young Animal created by Kentaro Miura in 1989. While the story in the anime is fairly loyal to the source material, heavy modifications were made to exclude some of the more graphic depictions of violence, as well as characters and other content that could not be covered within the length of the anime’s running time. These changes were approved by the series creator himself.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Guts
Guts
Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese
Canna, Nobutoshi
Fukushima, Orine
Japanese
Fukushima, Orine
Griffith
Griffith
Main
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Takayama, Minami
Japanese
Takayama, Minami
...
Casca
Casca
Main
Miyamura, Yuko
Japanese
Miyamura, Yuko
Judeau
Judeau
Supporting
Ishida, Akira
Japanese
Ishida, Akira

Staff

Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Episode Director
Imagawa, Yasuhiro
Imagawa, Yasuhiro
Script
Tomioka, Atsuhiro
Tomioka, Atsuhiro
Script
Hidaka, Masamitsu
Hidaka, Masamitsu
Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(0/25)

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Opening Theme

"Tell Me Why" by PENPALS

Ending Theme

"Waiting So Long" by Silver Fins



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Moonlith
Sep 4, 2010
I'm one of those guys who usually read the manga before watching the anime. You can imagine, then, what my sentiments were like when I began watching a 25-episode-anime of which I'd read 300+ chapters of manga. To clarify, I was preparing for a completely unripe anime-draft of a manga praised to the heavens that'd actually been worth it, and then some. To my pleasant surprise I discovered the anime adaptation of Berserk lost to its original version in nothing but length and detail.

But the main elements, the magic that made the epic manga what it is are all present in the animated version. Guts, read more
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META_BODY
Jan 6, 2010
What are you living for? This is the question posed by Berserk, pitting humanistic free will against nihilistic predestination. More intimately, this is the battle of human suffering in the wake of divine fate and the ambition of one's fellow man. Set in a medieval world of strife, vast green lands and blue skies obscure the supernatural demonic powers lurking in unseen shadows. One man named Griffith, graceful leader of the notorious mercenary group Band of the Hawk, stakes everything on a fate he means to forge for himself at any cost, and as he shines ever brighter the shadows nearby read more
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jupiterjazz
Jun 6, 2007
Story: 10/10 Did you get the meat for my dog, boy!?
Berserk is an amazing anime. Although I heavily disagree with starting the first episode in a time line after the last episode in the series as it has discouraged more then a few people who I have had to set strait. After you get to the meat of the story, and the relationships between Guts, and the other members of The Band of the Hawk you will find yourself in a late night cram session feeding your brain with episode after episode of Berserk. All in all this anime has everything I wanted. Friendship, love, read more
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Nanotype
Mar 1, 2008
Review by theme analysis:

There are three major themes that mark this series: (1) MEDIEVAL, (2) GORE, and (3) PHILOSOPHY.

This is why I think this is a great series: this combination of themes, which is already rare in anime, are very well incorporated together as a complete story.

The (1) MEDIEVAL theme brings the setting of the story. creating an atmosphere where the gore and philosophy can develop together. This also sets the pace of the story based on the technological circumstances of medieval culture. The slow nature of this large-scale medieval story allows enough time to unravel the deep characters.

The (2) GORE read more
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Note: The first episodes of both series include the villain 'SPOILERS' required for this recommendation. Read with caution if you know nothing about either. Otherwise, read on.

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Both shows begin in a very similar manner, with teaser first episodes where monsters exist. Then, they jump into lengthy flashback arcs where there aren't monsters and political/gangster intrigue is focused on. Characterisation heavy excellence.

The similarities don't end there: the most obvious similarity between the two is the way two best friends' relationship worsens over the course of the story until the best of friends become the worst of enemies. Protagonists become  read more 
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Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin
It's safe to say Berserk anime fans were left shocked & traumatised by its haunting finale. You get that feeling on a regular basis with Shingeki as characters are torn to shreds before your eyes. Not as extreme (or as sexual!) as Berserk at its most (in)famous, no, but you get the point. Images that won't leave will remain imprinted in your brain, after viewing--ye be warned!

In terms of their settings, Berserk and Shingeki are both set during medieval times. Aside from Shingeki's 'Spiderman' way of doing battle with gigantic threats, you're gonna get a STRONG taste of bleak realism from medieval/fantasy epics,  read more 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Anime: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
There are many similiarities between Denyuden and Berserk like both are set in past with monsters and stuff. There are character similarities as well like Sion and Griffith. Both series are not afraid to show blood and are very dark(though Denyuden does have humor in it). On top of that, both series conclude in a similar way. 
reportRecommended by ninjapintu
Anime: Juubee Ninpuuchou
These "adult only" anime are indeed similar in how they mix strong elements such as violence, gore, sword fights, and sadistic villains with romance, sex, and drama.
In both anime the main characters are a fearsome swordman and a strong-tempered fighter girl, which is one of the reasons why the relationship between Jubei & Kagero instantly reminded me of Gatsu & Caska.
Needless to say that both Berserk & Ninja Scroll are great to watch. 
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Sword wielding badass and a lot of blood. 
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