History Manga / Berserk

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->'''[[TheStinger John Avner (As Narrator)]]''': In this world, for—
->'''Director:''' Uh uh, that's all John. We don't need that stuff anymore, the show's over.
->'''John''': Who are you!? I am the Hand of God hovering abo—
->'''Director''': No, no, John, John, thanks, that'll be all.
->'''John''': No! You have no control! Not even your own will!
->'''Director''': Ohwoahwoahwoahwoah! No, uh, it's the end of the series, that's—that's the last episode.
->'''John''': But this is...my will...
->'''Director''': John, would you please get out of the booth?
->'''John''': Who is John, I am the Hand of God, hovering—hey-get your hands off—

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->'''[[TheStinger John Avner (As Narrator)]]''': In this world, for—
->'''Director:''' Uh uh, that's all John. We don't need
-> ''[[TheStinger Man takes up the sword]] in order to shield the small wound in his heart sustained in a far-off time beyond remembrance. Man wields the sword so that stuff anymore, the show's over.
->'''John''': Who are you!? I am the Hand of God hovering abo—
->'''Director''': No, no, John, John, thanks, that'll be all.
->'''John''': No! You have no control! Not even your own will!
->'''Director''': Ohwoahwoahwoahwoah! No, uh, it's the end of the series, that's—that's the last episode.
->'''John''': But this is...my will...
->'''Director''': John, would you please get out of the booth?
->'''John''': Who is John, I am the Hand of God, hovering—hey-get your hands off—
he may die smiling in some far-off time beyond perception.''
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', the first of two HackAndSlash {{licensed games}} developed by Yuke's which featured the first anime's voice actors. The original Japanese version titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'' came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, while the English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive re-titled ''Sword of the Berserk'' 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 22 and 23 of the manga.

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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', the first of two HackAndSlash {{licensed games}} game}}s developed by Yuke's which featured the first anime's voice actors. The original Japanese version titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'' came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, while the English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive re-titled ''Sword of the Berserk'' 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 22 and 23 of the manga.
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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', the first of two [[LicensedGame licensed videogames]] developed by Yuke's which featured the anime's voice actors. The original Japanese version titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'' came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, while the English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive re-titled ''Sword of the Berserk'' 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 22 and 23 of the manga.
* ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'', the second videogame made by Yuke's, came out on the Playstation 2 on October 7, 2004. Unlike ''Sword of the Berserk'', it was only realeased in Japan and Korea with [[NoExportForYou no English localization]]. 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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* ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheBerserkGutsRage'', the first of two [[LicensedGame licensed videogames]] HackAndSlash {{licensed games}} developed by Yuke's which featured the first anime's voice actors. The original Japanese version titled ''Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion'' came out on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, while the English localization by Creator/EidosInteractive re-titled ''Sword of the Berserk'' 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 22 and 23 of the manga.
* ''VideoGame/BerserkMillenniumFalconHenSeimaSenkiNoSho'', the second videogame made by Yuke's, Yuke's videogame, came out on the Playstation 2 on October 7, 2004. Unlike ''Sword of the Berserk'', it was only realeased in Japan and Korea with [[NoExportForYou no English localization]]. 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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-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''
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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. The manga is published in Japan by Hakusensha and licensed in English by Creator/DarkHorseComics. As of February 2016, the manga it has [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-04/new-berserk-anime-is-tv-series-that-premieres-in-july/.98320 40 million copies volumes in print worldwide]].
22nd Nov '16 7:50:22 PM TheBigBopper
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Be careful not confuse this work with the similarly named classic arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'' or with the 1967 B-horror movie ''Film/Berserk1967''. It is also not the namesake of the trope TheBerserker, although Guts is enough of an example to be featured as the image for that page.

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Be careful not confuse this work with the similarly named classic arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'' or with the 1967 B-horror movie ''Film/Berserk1967''. It is also not the namesake of the trope TheBerserker, although Guts is enough of an example to be featured as the image for that page.
''Film/Berserk1967''.
22nd Nov '16 7:49:48 PM TheBigBopper
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This work on TV Tropes has an extensive collection of '''[[Characters/{{Berserk}} Character Pages]]''' dedicated to exploring the tropes of individual characters in greater depth. The alphabetical trope pages for this work of fiction listed below emphasize those that describe the plot, setting, factions, dynamics between two or more characters, and differences between the various adaptations. There is also a large buffet of special pages including YMMV, Trivia, and Crowning Moments on the top bar.
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* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', an anime film trilogy covering the Golden Age Arc and featuring animation production by Creator/Studio4C, was announced in 2011 as the beginning of an ambitious project to adapt the entire manga. The first, second, and third installments came out on February 4th, 2012; June 23rd, 2012; and February 1st, 2013, respectively. The films generate mixed opinions, as they were relatively lavish on the production side, but relied on ConspicuousCG to animate large battles, and significantly compressed the plot and character development in order to fit everything into three movies.
* ''Anime/Berserk2016'', the first anime sequel to the Golden Age Arc, aired in 12 episodes during the Summer2016Anime season, with simulcasting rights in the West licensed by Crunchyroll. This one was produced by LIDEN Films, with animation production by studios GEMBA and Millepensee, and combines a bit of the Black Swordsman Arc with the second and third chapters of the Conviction Arc. Animated mostly in 3D with passages of 2D mixed in, it's been quite controversial among the fans. A second season will air in Spring 2017.

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* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'' is an anime film trilogy covering the Golden Age Arc and Arc, featuring animation production by Creator/Studio4C, was announced in 2011 as the beginning of an ambitious project to adapt the entire manga.Creator/Studio4C. The first, second, and third installments came out on February 4th, 2012; June 23rd, 2012; and February 1st, 2013, respectively. The films generate mixed opinions, as they were relatively lavish on the production side, but relied on ConspicuousCG to animate large battles, and significantly compressed the plot and character development in order to fit everything into three movies.
* ''Anime/Berserk2016'', the first anime sequel to the Golden Age Arc, aired in 12 episodes during the Summer2016Anime season, with simulcasting rights in the West licensed by Crunchyroll. This one was is produced by LIDEN Films, with animation production by studios GEMBA and Millepensee, and combines a bit of the Black Swordsman Arc with the second and third chapters of the Conviction Arc. Animated mostly in 3D with passages of 2D mixed in, it's been quite controversial among the fans. A second season will air in Spring 2017.
22nd Nov '16 7:45:11 PM TheBigBopper
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The manga has also spawned numerous adaptations in different media, which cover various parts of the story and often significantly [[AdaptationExpansion expand]], [[CompressedAdaptation compress]], or [[AdaptationDistillation change]] its content:

* ''Anime/Berserk1997'', the first work to adapt the manga, is a twenty-five episode anime by [[OLMIncorporated Oriental Light and Magic]] that covered the Golden Age Arc and aired from October 7, 1997 to March 31, 1998. It is well-loved in the fandom as a PragmaticAdaptation that preserves the spirit of the original work, takes its time focusing on CharacterDevelopment, uses good editing and art direction to make a lot out of a shoestring production with LimitedAnimation, and features a memorable soundtrack by Music/SusumuHirasawa. This version notably has a GainaxEnding that abruptly leaves Guts hanging and rolls the end credits at the bleakest moment in the Eclipse, a shocking conclusion to the series that deliberately denies closure to the viewer and leaves them feeling the same sense of rage and grief that Guts does. This approach admittedly introduces an AdaptationInducedPlotHole concerning how Guts is still alive in TheStinger when he girds on the Dragonslayer and embarks on the RoaringRampageOfRevenge depicted in the first episode, and avoids dealing with some important things that happen in the immediate aftermath. Still, it is a great way for newcomers who are not used to reading manga to get hooked on the series, and the cliffhanger ending ensures that once invested in the story and characters, one will feel compelled to pick up the manga and read up on the rest.

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The manga has also spawned numerous adaptations in different media, which cover various parts of the story and often significantly substantially [[AdaptationExpansion expand]], [[CompressedAdaptation compress]], or [[AdaptationDistillation change]] its content:

* ''Anime/Berserk1997'', the first work to adapt the manga, is a twenty-five episode anime with animation by [[OLMIncorporated Oriental Light and Magic]] that covered the Golden Age Arc and aired from October 7, 1997 to March 31, 1998. It is well-loved covers the Golden Age Arc after starting off with a short prologue in the fandom as a PragmaticAdaptation Black Swordsman Arc; the main differences are that preserves Puck and the spirit of Skull Knight get AdaptedOut, and the original work, takes its time focusing on CharacterDevelopment, uses good editing and art direction to make a lot out of a shoestring ending after the Eclipse leaves more questions unanswered than in the manga. Despite modest production with LimitedAnimation, values it's quite well done and features regarded as a memorable soundtrack by Music/SusumuHirasawa. This version notably has a GainaxEnding that abruptly leaves Guts hanging and rolls the end credits at the bleakest moment in the Eclipse, a shocking conclusion to the series that deliberately denies closure to the viewer and leaves them feeling the same sense of rage and grief that Guts does. This approach admittedly introduces an AdaptationInducedPlotHole concerning how Guts is still alive in TheStinger when he girds on the Dragonslayer and embarks on the RoaringRampageOfRevenge depicted in the first episode, and avoids dealing with some important things that happen in the immediate aftermath. Still, it is a great way for newcomers who are not used to reading manga to get hooked on the series, and the cliffhanger ending ensures that once invested in the story and characters, one will feel compelled to pick up the manga and read up on the rest.classic.



* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', an anime film trilogy covering the Golden Age Arc and animated by Creator/Studio4C, was announced in 2011 as the beginning of an ambitious project to adapt the entire manga. The first of the three movies, ''Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King'', was released on February 4th, 2012. The second, ''The Battle of Doldrey'', was released on June 23rd, 2012; and the third movie, ''Advent'', was released on February 1st, 2013. The films [[BrokenBase polarized the fandom]] over whether they were a proper adaptation. On the positive side, they gave an impressively animated and visually spectacular treatment of the series' fights, supernatural horrors, and richly detailed setting, while restoring the characters and plot events that had been AdaptedOut of the previous anime which were necessary for properly resolving the ending and setting up the continuation of the story. On the negative side, the films drew criticism for their heavy use of ConspicuousCG for character animation--more of a problem in the first installment compared to the second and third in which it looked considerably better--and especially for changing and cutting a large number of scenes relating to character development and motivation, leading to accusations of flattening the characters' personalities and thereby dulling the emotional impact of losing so many of them in the Eclipse. While the films are still considered an imperfect adaptation, there are signs that their reputation may improve over time.
* ''Anime/Berserk2016'', the first anime sequel to the Golden Age Arc, aired in 12 episodes during the Summer2016Anime season, with simulcasting rights in the West licensed by Crunchyroll. It was directed by Shin Itagaki, produced by LIDEN Films, and animated by studios GEMBA and Millepensee in a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation. Miura himself was the show's executive supervisor involved in all aspects of production, including writing an original scenario for episode 3. Most of the voice actors from the movie trilogy return to their characters, joined by additional voices for newly introduced characters, and Creator/UnshoIshizuka reprises his 1997 anime role as TheNarrator. The music includes an OST by movie trilogy composer Shiro Sagisu, opening song ''Inferno'' performed by 9mm Parabellum Bullet, insert song ''Hai Yo'' (''Oh Ashes'') performed by 1997 anime composer Susumu Hirasawa, and ending theme ''Meimoku no Kanata'' (''Behind Closed Eyes'') performed by Nagi Yanagi. A second season will air in Spring 2017.
* ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'', known in Japan as ''Beruseruku Musō'' (ベルセルク無双 ), was announced by Koei Tecmo at E3 2016 on June 12. Developed by Omega Force, it is a ''Franchise/DynastyWarriors''-style adaptation that covers the story from the Golden Age Arc to the Millennium Falcon Arc. As with the main ''Dynasty Warriors'' series, players can choose one of several characters and fight against waves of enemies while completing mission objectives on a large battlefield. It is set to be released in Japan on October 27, 2016, for the [=PlayStation=] 4, [=PlayStation=] 3, and the [=PlayStation=] Vita; It will be released in North America and Europe on February 21 and February 24 of 2017, respectively, for the [=PlayStation=] 4, the [=PlayStation=] Vita, and the PC via Steam.

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* ''Anime/BerserkTheGoldenAgeArc'', an anime film trilogy covering the Golden Age Arc and animated featuring animation production by Creator/Studio4C, was announced in 2011 as the beginning of an ambitious project to adapt the entire manga. The first of the three movies, ''Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King'', was released first, second, and third installments came out on February 4th, 2012. The second, ''The Battle of Doldrey'', was released on 2012; June 23rd, 2012; and the third movie, ''Advent'', was released on February 1st, 2013. 2013, respectively. The films [[BrokenBase polarized the fandom]] over whether generate mixed opinions, as they were a proper adaptation. On relatively lavish on the positive production side, they gave an impressively animated and visually spectacular treatment of the series' fights, supernatural horrors, and richly detailed setting, while restoring the characters and plot events that had been AdaptedOut of the previous anime which were necessary for properly resolving the ending and setting up the continuation of the story. On the negative side, the films drew criticism for their heavy use of but relied on ConspicuousCG for character animation--more of a problem in the first installment compared to the second and third in which it looked considerably better--and especially for changing and cutting a animate large number of scenes relating to battles, and significantly compressed the plot and character development and motivation, leading in order to accusations of flattening the characters' personalities and thereby dulling the emotional impact of losing so many of them in the Eclipse. While the films are still considered an imperfect adaptation, there are signs that their reputation may improve over time.
fit everything into three movies.
* ''Anime/Berserk2016'', the first anime sequel to the Golden Age Arc, aired in 12 episodes during the Summer2016Anime season, with simulcasting rights in the West licensed by Crunchyroll. It This one was directed by Shin Itagaki, produced by LIDEN Films, and animated with animation production by studios GEMBA and Millepensee in a hybrid of 2D Millepensee, and 3D animation. Miura himself was the show's executive supervisor involved in all aspects of production, including writing an original scenario for episode 3. Most combines a bit of the voice actors from Black Swordsman Arc with the movie trilogy return to their characters, joined by additional voices for newly introduced characters, second and Creator/UnshoIshizuka reprises his 1997 anime role as TheNarrator. The music includes an OST by movie trilogy composer Shiro Sagisu, opening song ''Inferno'' performed by 9mm Parabellum Bullet, insert song ''Hai Yo'' (''Oh Ashes'') performed by 1997 anime composer Susumu Hirasawa, and ending theme ''Meimoku no Kanata'' (''Behind Closed Eyes'') performed by Nagi Yanagi.third chapters of the Conviction Arc. Animated mostly in 3D with passages of 2D mixed in, it's been quite controversial among the fans. A second season will air in Spring 2017.
* ''VideoGame/BerserkAndTheBandOfTheHawk'', known in Japan as ''Beruseruku Musō'' (ベルセルク無双 ), was announced by Koei Tecmo at E3 2016 on June 12. Developed by Omega Force, it is a ''Franchise/DynastyWarriors''-style videogame adaptation that produced by Koei Tecmo and developed by Omega Force. It covers the story from the Golden Age Arc to the Millennium Falcon Arc. As with Arc, and--as in the main ''Dynasty Warriors'' series, players series--players can choose one of several characters and fight against waves of enemies while completing mission objectives on a large battlefield. It is set to be was released in Japan on October 27, 2016, for the [=PlayStation=] 4, [=PlayStation=] 3, and the [=PlayStation=] Vita; It will be released in North America and Europe on February 21 and February 24 of 2017, respectively, for the [=PlayStation=] 4, the [=PlayStation=] Vita, and the PC via Steam.
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Be careful not confuse this work with the similarly named classic arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'' or with the 1967 B-horror movie ''Film/{{Berserk}}''. It is also not the namesake of the trope TheBerserker, although Guts is enough of an example to be featured as the image for that page.

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Be careful not confuse this work with the similarly named classic arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'' or with the 1967 B-horror movie ''Film/{{Berserk}}''.''Film/Berserk1967''. It is also not the namesake of the trope TheBerserker, although Guts is enough of an example to be featured as the image for that page.
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