History Manga / Berserk

27th Apr '16 5:14:09 PM TheBigBopper
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The manga was adapted into a twenty-five episode anime that ran from 1997-1998 and covered the Golden Age Arc, using the opening chapter and the forging of Guts' sword as BookEnds to start and end the narrative. It is well-regarded in the fandom as being quite faithful to the manga, offering a rich exploration of its characters, and for having a memorable soundtrack by Music/SusumuHirasawa. Viewers should be warned that it is also known for having a GainaxEnding that abruptly stops at the single most depressing point in the manga thus far while omitting any explanation of what happens next, but apart from this defect it is a good entry point to the series for newcomers who are not used to reading manga. An HD remaster of the complete 1997 anime will be available in April 2016 as part of a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition BluRay box set]] costing 18,000 yen, or about USD$148.

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The manga first adaptation of Berserk was adapted into a twenty-five episode anime by [[OLMIncorporated Oriental Light and Magic]] that ran from 1997-1998 and covered the Golden Age Arc, using the opening chapter Arc and the forging of Guts' sword as BookEnds aired from October 7, 1997 to start and end the narrative.March 31, 1998. It is well-regarded in the fandom as being quite faithful to the manga, offering a rich exploration of its characters, and for having a memorable soundtrack by Music/SusumuHirasawa. Viewers should be warned that it is also known for having a GainaxEnding that abruptly stops at the single most depressing point in the manga thus far while omitting any explanation of what happens next, but apart from this defect it is a good entry point to the series for newcomers who are not used to reading manga. An HD remaster of the complete 1997 anime will be available in April 2016 as part of a [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition BluRay box set]] costing 18,000 yen, or about USD$148.
25th Apr '16 7:37:49 PM TheBigBopper
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Because of its frequently disturbing and graphic content, which includes child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and copious amounts of gore, this manga is NOT safe for all audiences. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, there's a huge payoff in thrilling action and human drama as it explores the great problems of existence, such as {{revenge}}, [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate fate]], religion, morality, the causes of evil and suffering, the nature of an individual's hopes and dreams, and the various ways that people cope with living in a cruel world. The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that ''Berserk'' has attracted many loyal fans. Having said upfront that there's a lot of pain ahead, it would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it. It also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].

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Because of its frequently disturbing and graphic content, which includes child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and copious amounts of gore, this manga is NOT safe for all audiences. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, there's a huge payoff in thrilling action and human drama as it explores the great problems of existence, such as {{revenge}}, [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate fate]], religion, morality, the causes of evil and suffering, the nature of an individual's hopes and dreams, and the various ways that people cope with living in a cruel world. The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that ''Berserk'' has attracted many loyal fans. Having said upfront that there's a lot of pain ahead, it would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it. It also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].
worldwide]], making it one of the top 40 best-selling manga by number of volumes in circulation.
25th Apr '16 7:30:34 PM TheBigBopper
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Because of its frequently disturbing and graphic content, which includes child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and copious amounts of gore, this manga is NOT safe for all audiences. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, there's a huge payoff in thrilling action combined with a serious look at all sorts of questions relating to the human condition, such as religion, morality, {{revenge}}, [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate fate]], the root of evil, the nature of an individual's hopes and dreams, and the various ways that people cope with living in a cruel world. The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that ''Berserk'' has attracted many loyal fans. Having said upfront that there's a lot of pain ahead, it would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it. It also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].

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Because of its frequently disturbing and graphic content, which includes child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and copious amounts of gore, this manga is NOT safe for all audiences. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, there's a huge payoff in thrilling action combined with a serious look at all sorts of questions relating to the and human condition, drama as it explores the great problems of existence, such as religion, morality, {{revenge}}, [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate fate]], religion, morality, the root causes of evil, evil and suffering, the nature of an individual's hopes and dreams, and the various ways that people cope with living in a cruel world. The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that ''Berserk'' has attracted many loyal fans. Having said upfront that there's a lot of pain ahead, it would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it. It also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].
worldwide]].
21st Apr '16 7:58:21 PM TheBigBopper
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Aside from Griffith, the Golden Age arc sets up the other major characters of the series: [[TheChick Casca]], Griffith's [[ConsummateProfessional serious]] and [[ActionGirl capable]] female [[NumberTwo second-in-command]] who evolves into Guts' LoveInterest after some BelligerentSexualTension between them; [[TheDragon Nosferatu Zodd]], a [[NobleDemon demonic but honorable]] BloodKnight who cements the reality of demons to both Guts and Griffith; and the [[HorrifyingHero Skull Knight]], an enigmatic rider in skeletal armor who opposes the Godhand.

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Aside from Griffith, the Golden Age arc sets up the other major characters of the series: [[TheChick Casca]], Griffith's [[ConsummateProfessional serious]] and [[ActionGirl capable]] female [[NumberTwo second-in-command]] who evolves into Guts' LoveInterest after some BelligerentSexualTension between them; as their [[BelligerentSexualTension initially hostile relationship]] defrosts; [[TheDragon Nosferatu Zodd]], a [[NobleDemon demonic but honorable]] BloodKnight who cements the reality of demons to both Guts and Griffith; and the [[HorrifyingHero Skull Knight]], an enigmatic rider in skeletal armor who opposes the Godhand.
Godhand and acts as Guts' AloofAlly.
21st Apr '16 7:50:39 PM TheBigBopper
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In serialization [[LongRunner since 1990 with 37 volumes and counting]], ''Berserk'' advertises itself as the "Number 1 Fantasy Comic" in Japan, and stands as the author's ''Magnum Opus''. Miura incorporates story and visual elements from many different media into his epic manga, which was mainly inspired by Kaoru Kurimoto's ambitious and long-running ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' fantasy series. He loved the classics of the [[ShonenDemographic shounen genre]] including Buronson's ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', as well as two of the darkest works of Creator/GoNagai, ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Manga/ViolenceJack''. At the same time, he appreciated the ShoujoDemographic for its focus on character drama, and calls ''Berserk'' the result of his attempt to fuse the worlds of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. Lastly, he acknowledges influences from action, horror, SciFi, and fantasy films from Hollywood and from some of his favorite literature. Miura's creation broke new ground because of the unique way that he combined and developed upon these influences, and ''Berserk'' has been successful enough to leave its mark on a new generation of storytellers.

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In serialization [[LongRunner since 1990 with 37 volumes and counting]], ''Berserk'' advertises itself as the "Number 1 Fantasy Comic" in Japan, and stands as the author's ''Magnum Opus''. Miura incorporates story and visual elements from many different media into his epic manga, which was mainly inspired by Kaoru Kurimoto's ambitious and long-running ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' fantasy series. He loved the classics of the [[ShonenDemographic shounen genre]] including Buronson's ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', as well as two of the darkest works of Creator/GoNagai, ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Manga/ViolenceJack''. At the same time, he appreciated the ShoujoDemographic for its focus on character drama, and calls ''Berserk'' the result of his attempt to fuse the worlds of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. The latter is especially evident in the elegance of the Midland court and in the complicated triangular relationship between Guts, Griffith, and Casca. Lastly, he Miura acknowledges influences from action, horror, SciFi, and fantasy films from Hollywood and from some of his favorite literature. Miura's His creation broke new ground because of the unique way that he combined and developed upon these influences, and ''Berserk'' has been successful enough to leave its mark on a new generation of storytellers.
21st Apr '16 7:42:47 PM TheBigBopper
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''Berserk'', which has been published [[LongRunner since 1990 with 37 volumes and counting]], is the author's ''Magnum Opus'' and advertises itself as the "Number 1 Fantasy Comic" in Japan. Miura incorporates story and visual elements from many different media into his epic manga, which was mainly inspired by Kaoru Kurimoto's ambitious and long-running ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' fantasy series. He credits the popular manga he read in the 70s and 80s including ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', and ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' with many of the ideas he used in ''Berserk'', and acknowledges influences from action, horror, and fantasy films from Hollywood as well as classic SciFi literature. Nevertheless, his creation broke new ground with its unique and original development of these themes, and has been successful enough to leave its mark on a new generation of storytellers. The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that the series has attracted many loyal fans. It has to be said that because of its oftentimes disturbing and graphic content, Berserk is not everyone's cup of tea. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, it's a thrilling and emotional ride. It would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it, and also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].

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''Berserk'', which has been published In serialization [[LongRunner since 1990 with 37 volumes and counting]], is the author's ''Magnum Opus'' and ''Berserk'' advertises itself as the "Number 1 Fantasy Comic" in Japan.Japan, and stands as the author's ''Magnum Opus''. Miura incorporates story and visual elements from many different media into his epic manga, which was mainly inspired by Kaoru Kurimoto's ambitious and long-running ''LightNovel/GuinSaga'' fantasy series. He credits loved the popular manga he read in classics of the 70s and 80s [[ShonenDemographic shounen genre]] including Buronson's ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'', and ''Manga/ViolenceJack'' with many as well as two of the ideas he used in ''Berserk'', darkest works of Creator/GoNagai, ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Manga/ViolenceJack''. At the same time, he appreciated the ShoujoDemographic for its focus on character drama, and calls ''Berserk'' the result of his attempt to fuse the worlds of ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles''. Lastly, he acknowledges influences from action, horror, SciFi, and fantasy films from Hollywood as well as classic SciFi and from some of his favorite literature. Nevertheless, his Miura's creation broke new ground with its because of the unique way that he combined and original development of developed upon these themes, influences, and ''Berserk'' has been successful enough to leave its mark on a new generation of storytellers. storytellers.

Because of its frequently disturbing and graphic content, which includes child abuse, torture, sexual violence, and copious amounts of gore, this manga is NOT safe for all audiences. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take it on, there's a huge payoff in thrilling action combined with a serious look at all sorts of questions relating to the human condition, such as religion, morality, {{revenge}}, [[SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate fate]], the root of evil, the nature of an individual's hopes and dreams, and the various ways that people cope with living in a cruel world.
The depth and atmosphere of the setting, the engrossing plot, the psychological complexity of the characters, and the [[AwesomeArt virtuosity of Miura's art]] are all reasons that the series ''Berserk'' has attracted many loyal fans. It has to be Having said upfront that because there's a lot of its oftentimes disturbing and graphic content, Berserk is not everyone's cup of tea. It's certainly not recommended for the [[NightmareFuel faint of heart]]--[[NauseaFuel or stomach]]! However, for those who dare to take pain ahead, it on, it's a thrilling and emotional ride. It would be just as wrong to misrepresent it as consisting of nothing but angst and gloom, since this series can sometimes offer inspiring examples of human resilience when you least expect it, and it. It also contains a surprising amount of humor. As of February 2016, the manga has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies in print worldwide]].
21st Apr '16 5:38:09 PM TheBigBopper
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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a ruthless sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the latter into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.

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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a ruthless lone sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the latter into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.
20th Apr '16 9:33:41 PM TheBigBopper
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In response to the series' popularity, Japanese game developer Yuke's created two [[LicensedGame licensed videogames]] based on the manga. The first, titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'', came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999; the game's English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive, titled ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', had its North American release in 2000. ''Sword of the Berserk'' is an {{Interquel}} utilizing an original scenario and characters created by Miura and set between volumes 23 and 24 of the manga, though its status as {{Canon}} is uncertain. Check out the ''Sword Of The Berserk'' page for the plot summary. The second video game, titled ''Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō'' (''Berserk: Millennium Falcon Arc - Chapter of the Holy Demon War''), came out on the Playstation 2 on October 7, 2004, being released [[NoExportForYou only in Japan and Korea]]. It adapts volumes 22 to 27 of the manga, covering the titular ''Chapter of the Holy Demon War'', but also adds an original sub-plot where a child-like Apostle named Charles forces Guts to confront and fight apparitions of his fallen comrades from the Band of the Hawk.

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In response to the series' popularity, Japanese game developer Yuke's created two [[LicensedGame licensed videogames]] based on the manga. The first, titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'', came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999; the game's English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive, titled ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', had its North American release in 2000. ''Sword of the Berserk'' is an {{Interquel}} utilizing an original scenario and characters created by Miura and set between volumes 23 and 24 of the manga, though its status as {{Canon}} is uncertain. Check out the ''Sword Of The Berserk'' page for the plot summary. The second video game, titled ''Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō'' ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'' (''Berserk: Millennium Falcon Arc - Chapter of the Holy Demon War''), came out on the Playstation 2 on October 7, 2004, being released [[NoExportForYou only in Japan and Korea]]. It adapts volumes 22 to 27 of the manga, covering the titular ''Chapter of the Holy Demon War'', but also adds an original sub-plot where a child-like Apostle named Charles forces Guts to confront and fight apparitions of his fallen comrades from the Band of the Hawk.
18th Apr '16 5:37:13 PM ShiroAkuma
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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a ruthless sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the later into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.

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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a ruthless sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the later latter into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.
18th Apr '16 5:35:24 PM ShiroAkuma
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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a rootless sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the later into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.

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''Berserk'' -- also known as ''Kenpuu Denki Berserk'' (''Sword Wind Chronicle Berserk'') in Japan -- is an ongoing {{seinen}} manga series by Creator/KentaroMiura set in a grim MedievalEuropeanFantasy world. Beginning the action InMediasRes with the first three volumes establishing Guts, the setting, and the Godhand, the story then goes into a ''twelve-volumes-long'' flashback called the Golden Age arc which explains HowWeGotHere and reveals Guts' [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful backstory]]. Guts survives an abuse-filled childhood and lives as a rootless ruthless sell-sword, until he meets the charismatic mercenary leader Griffith and his undefeated [[TrueCompanions Band of the Hawk]]. Griffith is a man with a dream of winning his own kingdom despite his common origins, and possesses an egg-shaped artifact called the [[ArtifactOfDoom crimson behelit]], which he was told will grant its owner the world in exchange for his flesh and blood. Inducted into the Band by [[DefeatMeansFriendship losing to Griffith in a duel]], Guts finds himself for the first time surrounded by companions united by Griffith's dream and loyalty to each other, and grows to view Griffith with both friendship and admiration. By turning the tide of a hundred year war in favor of the Kingdom of Midland they become the most celebrated force in the land, but a falling out between Guts and Griffith plunges the later into despair, setting off a chain of events that ultimately brings their friendship and the Band of the Hawk to a disastrous end.
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