History YMMV / Berserk

16th Apr '16 9:04:17 AM mlsmithca
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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: Many fans were at first unsupportive of how the new anime in 2016 was going to use CG animation along with 2D animation. And then the second PV came, and it turned out that the animation was surprisingly ''really good'', or at least better than how the movies depicted them. Hype ensued.
16th Apr '16 7:02:59 AM TitanFireFlies
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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: Many fans were at first unsupportive of how the new anime in 2016 was going to use CG animation along with 2D animation. And then the second PV came, and it turned out that the animation was surprisingly ''really good'', or at least better than how the movies depicted them. Hype ensued.
13th Apr '16 8:56:46 PM DivineDeath
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** Raising concerns about [[AuthorExistenceFailure Miura dying before he finishes the manga]] will raise hackles fast. Not only are people [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore sick of hearing it]], but such thoughts are considered tasteless and insensitive.

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** Raising concerns about [[AuthorExistenceFailure Miura dying before he finishes the manga]] will raise hackles fast. Not only are people [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore sick of hearing it]], but many consider such thoughts are considered to be tasteless and insensitive.
13th Apr '16 8:55:00 PM DivineDeath
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** Raising concerns about [[AuthorExistenceFailure Miura dying before he finishes the manga]] will raise hackles fast. Not only are people [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore sick of hearing it]], but such thoughts are considered tasteless and insensitive.


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* FriendlyFandoms: The ''Berserk'' fandom has a lot of overlap with the fandom of Creator/FromSoftware's family of "Soulsborne" games (which includes ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'') due to their similar DarkFantasy settings. It helps that Miyazaki is a fan of ''Berserk'' himself and includes all manner of {{Shout Out}}s to it in each of those titles.
13th Apr '16 8:07:38 PM TheBigBopper
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** Farnese seems to be aware this trope exists and tries as hard as she can not to fall into it. And she succeeds more and more as time goes by.
** The post-Eclipse Casca avoids this status, due to being a massive [[TheWoobie woobie]].
%%**Oh, Charlotte.

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** Farnese seems to be aware this trope exists and tries as hard as she can not to fall into it. And she She succeeds more and more as time goes by.
** The post-Eclipse Post-Eclipse Casca avoids this status, status with some due to being a massive [[TheWoobie woobie]].
%%**Oh, Charlotte.
woobie]], but others are just annoyed that the character that they liked before because she was an ActionGirl got downgraded to a mental incompetent who needs protecting all the time.
** Princess Charlotte is pretty much the classic DamselInDistress, and not everybody is a fan of her character.
13th Apr '16 8:03:36 PM TheBigBopper
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** Puck is hated by some for breaking the fourth wall and generally subverting the [[{{DarkerAndEdgier}} Grimdark]] tone. Others actually liked him earlier when he had more of a serious role and acted as Guts' conscience, but feel like he's been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] as silly comic relief since the ''Chapter of the Holy Evil War''. With the growth of Guts' party so that he isn't as important, he has little to do but go chibi and make pop culture references that are lost on a non-Japanese readership.
** Nina from the ''Birth Ceremony'' Chapter. Being a [[DirtyCoward spineless]], indecisive, emotional and painfully weak-willed character who [[spoiler: partakes in the worshipping of Slan]], many readers hate her even more for making it out of the arc alive.
** The Pirates are considered annoying, mostly for being overused and heavily associated with the time when Guts and co. were "stuck on the boat".
** Corkus was one for his jerkassery toward Guts.
** Overlapping with BaseBreaker, lots of fans started to hate Griffith after his MoralEventHorizon.

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** Puck is hated by some for readers who dislike his breaking the fourth wall antics, and generally subverting think that he doesn't fit the work's [[{{DarkerAndEdgier}} Grimdark]] tone. Others actually liked him earlier when he had more of a serious role and acted as Guts' conscience, conscience as well as a small spot of light and humor, but feel like he's been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] as silly comic relief since the ''Chapter of the Holy Evil War''. With the growth of Guts' party so that he isn't as important, he has little to do but go chibi and make pop culture references that are lost on a the non-Japanese readership.
readers.
** Similarly to Puck, Isidro has haters in the readership who call him a bratty, useless kid who's around for annoying comic relief.
** ''Conviction Arc'' Farnese is bound to tick readers off by being a tyrannical KnightTemplar {{Hypocrite}}.
** Nina from the ''Birth Ceremony'' Chapter. Being a [[DirtyCoward spineless]], indecisive, emotional hysterical and painfully weak-willed character who [[spoiler: partakes in the worshipping of Slan]], many some readers hate her even more for making it out of the arc alive.
** The Captain Bonebeard and the Pirates are widely considered annoying, mostly for being overused in place of more satisfying opponents and because they're heavily associated with the long stretch of real-world time when Guts and co. were "stuck on the boat".
** Corkus was one can get on the reader's nerves for his jerkassery being a {{Jerkass}} toward Guts.
Guts and having almost no likable traits.
** Overlapping with BaseBreaker, lots of fans started to ''really'' hate Griffith after his MoralEventHorizon.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Some fans view Casca's status in the story as such, seeing her as an interesting and complex character in her own right that had a lot of potential for character growth plot wise, but that was suddenly brought to a halt when she was driven insane by the Eclipse; some fans take it a bit further by saying [[StuffedIntoTheFridge how it was unfair for Casca to be fridged for the sake of Guts' character arc]]. Fans eagerly await for the day that Casca will be cured so that maybe she'll get some more development in.

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Some fans view Casca's status in the story as such, seeing her as an interesting and complex character in her own right that had a lot of potential for character growth plot wise, but that was suddenly brought to a halt when she was driven insane by the Eclipse; some fans take it a bit further by saying [[StuffedIntoTheFridge how it was unfair for Casca to be fridged for the sake of Guts' character arc]]. Fans eagerly await for the day that Casca will be cured so that maybe she'll get some more development in. in.
** Fans of Puck and Isidro often claim that they got pigeonholed as nothing but comic relief at some point, lamenting that their more interesting personality facets are being neglected.
12th Apr '16 7:21:39 PM TheBigBopper
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** Is all of the depiction of sexual assault and rape part of Berserk's unflinchingly honest perspective on the worst aspects of the human condition, or is it [[GratuitousRape gratuitously offensive]] and the result of lazy writing? There's fans who argue the former, others who argue the latter, and still others who sit somewhere in the middle.
7th Apr '16 9:03:09 PM TheBigBopper
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* TaintedByThePreview: Expectations for the 2016 TV anime have lowered for some because of the recent previews, which show the upcoming series as an AllCGICartoon in the vein of ''Manga/{{Ajin}}'' and ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', complete with a low frame rate (despite maintaining the original manga's AwesomeArt in the process). There are already fans swearing off watching the upcoming anime. On the other hand, a fair number who were totally disgusted with the first preview's quality were somewhat mollified by the second preview which was more polished, featured voice acting, had the new Susumu Hirasawa song ''Ash'', displayed a nice 2-D shot of Puck, and seemed to indicate that the CGI might not look as terrible as previously feared.

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* TaintedByThePreview: Expectations The December 2015 preview for the 2016 TV anime have lowered Anime set low expectations for some because of the recent previews, which show the upcoming series as fans by revealing it to be an AllCGICartoon in the vein of ''Manga/{{Ajin}}'' and ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', complete with a low frame rate (despite maintaining the original manga's AwesomeArt in the process). There are and poor textures. The bland rock music, jerky walk animation, and "rubber" Dragon Slayer received some mockery, and at that time there were already fans swearing off watching the upcoming anime. On the other hand, a fair number who were totally disgusted with the first preview's quality were somewhat mollified by In contrast, more people have become cautiously optimistic upon seeing that the second preview which was more polished, featured voice acting, had the new Susumu Hirasawa song ''Ash'', displayed a nice 2-D shot of Puck, and seemed to indicate that the CGI might not look as terrible as previously feared.
27th Mar '16 10:50:13 PM TheBigBopper
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* GeniusBonus: Schierke's MeaningfulName.
* GrowingTheBeard: From the very start of the Golden Age arc and onward.

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* GeniusBonus: GeniusBonus:
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Schierke's MeaningfulName.
MeaningfulName requires you to know about an obscure German village and witchcraft legends to get the reference.
** The author's sheer attention to detail rewards you for having some background in the history of arms and armor, architecture, costume design, ship construction, pre-Enlightenment science and magic, philosophy, religion, fantastic creatures, Western painting, or 20th century Japanese pop culture.
* GrowingTheBeard: From After the very first two chapters which come across as rather simple and lurid self-contained plots at first glance, and with the art being decent but not great, the story gets more nuanced with the first continuous story, the Guardians of Desire, and then takes a MASSIVE leap in quality at the start of the Golden Age arc Arc, particularly when Guts meets Griffith and onward.the Band of the Hawk. By ''Sword Wind'', the first episode published in Young Animal, the art has gotten excellent and the characters/plot have perfectly hit their stride. Fans have debated about which parts of the story after the Golden Age were good or not, but almost everybody acknowledges that the art quality only gets more amazing with every passing year.
27th Mar '16 10:25:16 PM TheBigBopper
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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Farnese. Her initial appearances see her doing little else besides getting in Guts' way and acting like a hypocrite, and after she joins Guts, she tends to be TheLoad. She gradually starts getting better as she has to help protect Caska and gets to know Scheirke better, but she really proves herself to have changed when they reach Vritannis. She essentially allows herself to be married off so that the rest of the group can get a ship, and shortly after she [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome attempts to fend off a demonic tiger with nothing but a silver candelabra]], demonstrating clearly that she's finally taking initiative for herself.

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* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
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Farnese. Her initial appearances see her doing little else besides getting in Guts' way and acting like a hypocrite, and after she joins Guts, she tends to be TheLoad. She gradually starts getting better as she has to help protect Caska and gets to know Scheirke better, but she really proves herself to have changed when they reach Vritannis. She essentially allows herself to be married off so that the rest of the group can get a ship, and shortly after she [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome attempts to fend off a demonic tiger with nothing but a silver candelabra]], demonstrating clearly that she's finally taking initiative for herself. By casting the protection spell during the battle with the sea God, and learning how to heal Guts' wounds afterwards, she's getting more heroic all the time.
** Nina is easy to hate for most of the Chapter of the Birth Ceremony because of her cowardice and tendency to throw her friends under the bus when she panics, but the fact that she hates herself for being that way and tries a couple of times (unsuccessfully) to put others before herself make it possible to hold off on condemning her entirely if you're inclined to give her a second chance. At the end of the chapter she acts like she's really learned to appreciate Luca's unconditional love and wants to make it up to her somehow, and when she decides to go away with Joachim so that she can learn to be a better person it feels like a redeeming step for her.
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