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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 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998
Premiered: Fall 1997
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: OLM, Inc.
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.371 (scored by 92,619 users)
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Ranked: #1702
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Popularity: #184
Members: 181,998
Favorites: 7,265
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Episodes: /25

Synopsis

Born from the corpse of his mother, a young mercenary known only as Guts, embraces the battlefield as his only means of survival. Day in and day out, putting his life on the line just to make enough to get by, he moves from one bloodshed to the next.

After a run-in with the Band of the Hawk, a formidable troop of mercenaries, Guts is recruited by their charismatic leader Griffith, nicknamed the "White Hawk." As he quickly climbed the ranks in order to become the head of the offensive faction, Guts proves to be a mighty addition to Griffith's force, taking Midland by storm. However, while the band's quest for recognition continues, Guts slowly realizes that the world is not as black-and-white as he once assumed.

Set in the medieval era, Berserk is a dark, gritty tale that follows one man's struggle to find his own path, while supporting another's lust for power, and the unimaginable tragedy that begins to turn the wheels of fate.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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
Yonemura, Shouji
Yonemura, Shouji
Script

More episodes Episodes(10/25)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Black Swordsman
Kuroi Kenshi (黒い剣士)
Oct 8, 1997
2 The Band of the Hawk
Taka no Dan (鷹の団)
Oct 15, 1997
3 First Battle
Uijin (初陣)
Oct 22, 1997
4 The Hand of God
Kami no Te (神の手)
Oct 29, 1997
5 A Wind of Swords
Kenpuu (剣風)
Nov 5, 1997

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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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