Kenpuu Denki Berserk


Berserk

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Berserk: The Chronicles of Wind Blades, Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk
Japanese: 剣風伝奇ベルセルク
English: Berserk
German: Berserk
Spanish: Berserk
French: Berserk
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Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1997 to Apr 1, 1998
Premiered: Fall 1997
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:45 (JST)
Studios: OLM
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: GoreGore, MilitaryMilitary, MythologyMythology
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.541 (scored by 287499287,499 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #972
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Popularity: #333
Members: 537,260
Favorites: 22,141

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Synopsis

Guts, a man who will one day be known as the Black Swordsman, is a young traveling mercenary characterized by the large greatsword he carries. He accepts jobs that offer the most money, but he never stays with one group for long—until he encounters the Band of the Hawk. Ambushed after completing a job, Guts crushes many of its members in combat. Griffith, The Band of the Falcon's leader and founder, takes an interest in Guts and duels him. While the others are no match for Guts, Griffith defeats him in one blow.

Incapacitated and taken into the Band of the Hawk's camp to recover, Guts wakes up two days later. He confronts Griffith, and the two duel yet again, only this time with a condition: Guts will join the Band of the Falcon if he loses. Due to his fresh injuries, Guts loses the fight and is inducted by Griffith.

In three years' time, Guts has become one of the Band of the Hawk's commanders. On the battlefield, his combat prowess is second only to Griffith as he takes on large groups of enemies all on his own. With Guts' immense strength and Griffith's leadership, the Band of the Hawk dominate every battle they partake in. But something menacing lurks in the shadows, threatening to change Guts' life forever.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Kenpuu Denki Berserk adapts the first 12 volumes and a part of the 13th volume of the manga. While the story remains 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.

The series was released on DVD by Media Blasters in six volumes from May 28, 2002 to May 27, 2003. The company also released a complete collection on November 16, 2004; it was later remastered by AnimeWorks and published on March 10, 2009.

An art book—titled Berserk: Kenpuu Denki - Kanzen Kaiseki-sho—containing sketches and behind-the-scenes information on the anime was published by Hakusensha on December 9, 1998.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Guts

Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese

Griffith

Main
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese

Casca

Main
Miyamura, Yuko
Japanese

Judeau

Supporting
Ishida, Akira
Japanese

Nosferatu, Zodd

Supporting
Utsumi, Kenji
Japanese

Pippin

Supporting
Amada, Masuo
Japanese

Rickert

Supporting
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese

Slan

Supporting
Tanaka, Atsuko
Japanese

Void

Supporting
Ishizuka, Unshou
Japanese

Godo

Supporting
Nishikawa, Ikuo
Japanese

Staff

Nakatani, Toshio
Producer
Takahashi, Naohito
Director, Storyboard, Chief Animation Director
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Episode Director
Yoshikawa, Kouji
Episode Director


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"Tell Me Why" by PENPALS
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"Waiting So Long" by Silver Fins



Sep 4, 2010
Moonlith (All reviews)
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
Jan 6, 2010
zenoslime (All reviews)
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
Mar 1, 2008
Nanotype (All reviews)
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
Jun 6, 2007
jupiterjazz (All reviews)
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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