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Synonyms: Berserk: The Prototype
Japanese: ベルセルク
English: Berserk
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Aug 25, 1989 to ?
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Horror Horror, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Gore Gore, Military Military, Mythology Mythology, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Animal
Authors: Miura, Kentarou (Story & Art), Studio Gaga (Art)


Score: 9.471 (scored by 325047325,047 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1
Members: 653,803
Favorites: 121,002

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Guts, a former mercenary now known as the "Black Swordsman," is out for revenge. After a tumultuous childhood, he finally finds someone he respects and believes he can trust, only to have everything fall apart when this person takes away everything important to Guts for the purpose of fulfilling his own desires. Now marked for death, Guts becomes condemned to a fate in which he is relentlessly pursued by demonic beings.

Setting out on a dreadful quest riddled with misfortune, Guts, armed with a massive sword and monstrous strength, will let nothing stop him, not even death itself, until he is finally able to take the head of the one who stripped him—and his loved one—of their humanity.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Included one-shot:
Volume 14: Berserk: The Prototype


Berserk won the Award for Excellence at the sixth installment of Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002.

The series has over 50 million copies in print worldwide and has been published in English by Dark Horse since November 4, 2003. It is also published in Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Poland, México and Turkey.

In May 2021, the author Kentaro Miura suddenly died at the age of 54. Chapter 364 of Berserk was published posthumously on September 10, 2021. Miura would often share details about the series' story with his childhood friend and fellow mangaka Kouji Mori. Berserk resumed on June 24, 2022, with Studio Gaga handling the art and Kouji Mori's supervision.

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Sep 24, 2023
Preliminary (320/? eps)

1. Story 10/10
Lets talk about story, a brutal and unforgiving medieval world filled with supernatural forces, political intrigue, and moral ambiguity. It delves into themes of ambition, betrayal, trauma, and the relentless struggle for survival and identity.
The Golden Age Arc is the most important arc. It serves as an extended flashback that explores the past of the main characters, particularly Guts, Griffith, and Casca. This arc delves deep into their relationships, motivations, and the events that ultimately shape their destinies.
In the following arcs (Conviction Arc, Millennium Falcon Arc, Fantasia Arc), we gain a much deeper understanding of the character Guts and the pain ...
Aug 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (367/? eps)
I get why Berserk is at the top of MAL's manga section, and it's because of the Golden Age arc. It's in the character development and outstanding writing. We get to see how the characters react to different developments in their lives (especially Griffith) and how their relationships and motivations change. Characters like Griffith are detestable, but they are completely understandable and even relatable. All the events that come to pass to culminate in the Eclipse make sense. It's like watching an epic Greek tragedy.

My biggest problem is with the portrayal of the female characters. To start off, there's an evil group called the ...
Sep 19, 2023
Preliminary (382/? eps)
[I saw many "not-recommended" reviews as dismissive and short. It prompted me to write one myself as I revisited the series to condense my perception of it. The review has major spoilers so reader's discretion and all that.]

Let's get straight to the bone with the negatives as the positives have already been done to death. I don't like at all how mangaka Kentaro Miura handles female characters which is only a complain to some if you make it one. However, there's much more to that. There are major problems with Casca. She — like most female characters of Berserk — has been heavily sexualized (for ...

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