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Berserk

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
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.331 (scored by 58813 users)
Ranked: #1952
Popularity: #179
Members: 107,429
Favorites: 4,294
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action adventure drama fantasy horror

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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Berserk
Alternative version: Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen I - Haou no Tamago, Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen II - Doldrey Kouryaku, Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen III - Kourin

Characters & Voice Actors

Guts
Guts
Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese
Canna, Nobutoshi
Prata, Patrizio
Italian
Prata, Patrizio
...
Casca
Casca
Main
Miyamura, Yuko
Japanese
Miyamura, Yuko
Keranen, Carrie
English
Keranen, Carrie
...
Griffith
Griffith
Main
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Takayama, Minami
Japanese
Takayama, Minami
...
Judeau
Judeau
Supporting
Ishida, Akira
Japanese
Ishida, Akira
Kromer, Christopher
English
Kromer, Christopher
...

Staff

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



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Sep 4, 2010
Moonlith
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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Jan 6, 2010
META_BODY
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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Recommendations

Two hardcore hack and slash shows. While Berserk is most likely more on the "darker" side of the two, both are still definitely a guy's "beat the crap out of them" type of show. Brutal, but each has a touch of emotion here and there.
reportRecommended by Xinil - Add to favorites
Both shows start in a similar way, starting in a present where monsters exist and then going into a lengthy flashback story. 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. While not identical (Berserk is set during medieval times, where as Gungrave is about gangsters), both shows are similar enough for most fans of one to like the other.

Opening Theme

"Tell Me Why" by PENPALS

Ending Theme

"Waiting So Long" by Silver Fins

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