Trivia / Berserk

The manga and anime:

  • Actor Allusion: In a dub outtake, Guts asks a group of soldiers, "So, which one of you is Goku (Sean Schemmel)?"
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Berserk may have taken a while to build its popularity, but it now has a large number of devoted fans and is attracting more all the time. 26 years after it started in 1990, it continues to generate consistent profit with its ongoing serialization in Young Animal magazine, its adaptations, and various merchandise. The Japanese entertainment news website Anime! Anime! revealed on February 4, 2016, that the manga has 40 million copies in print worldwide. In 1997 the Golden Age arc was adapted into a 25 episode anime, which is being reissued in April 2016 as an HD remastered Blu-ray box set. There have been two videogame adaptations: Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage for the Sega Genesis in 1999, and Berserk: Millenium Falcon Arc - Chapter of the Holy Evil War for the Playstation 2 in 2004. Studio 4°C did the Golden Age again from 2012-2013, this time as a theatrical anime film trilogy, and a new anime adaptation of the Black Swordsman arc will begin airing in July 2016. As for merchandising, fans are invited to spend more than $100 on a high-quality action figure of Guts, Griffith, or Casca, and in some corner of Japan you just might see Guts and Griffith on a fast food advertising poster.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Guts and Casca's child has no name of his own and is usually called simply "The Child" or "The Moonchild" since he only appears in human form when the moon is full. Others call him "Gusca" since he looks like a perfect cross between them.
    • The Beast of Darkness is also known as "Hellhound" for its appearance.
    • "Skully" is a popular nickname for the Skull Knight.
    • Farnese is known as "Farnie" to some fans. This is also what Puck calls her.
    • Serpico is also affectionately known as "Serp" or "Serpie".
    • "Rape Horse" for the demonically powered horse that tries to rape Farnese. It's often used as a symbol for how excessively bleak the story is.
    • "Schnoz" is the nickname fans have bestowed upon the creature from Qliphoth who's basically a Gag Nose with legs.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Fountain of Expies: Berserk has been extremely influential in Japanese fiction, to the point where almost any hardcore brooding badass owes his dues to the original hundred-man slayer (excluding the personality aspect; you won't find that very often in general).
    • Caim from Drakengard, Artorias from Dark Souls, and Arngrim from Valkyrie Profile are just some of the most blatant examples.
    • Auron is the clearest example from Final Fantasy, while Final Fantasy VII's main heroes Zack and Cloud... To an extent, while Cloud is a Mercenary who happens to want to kill a silver haired guy, Cloud is much more upbeat than Guts and he doesn't indulge in the carnage. Zack is Guts with a mullet and if he was a well adjusted individual. Of course the settings are much more different, they come from a Cyberpunk world after all.
    • Even females aren't safe: Cattleya is a good example of this.note 
    • Dragon's Dogma's Mercedes Marten: expert swordswoman, leader among her men, badass attitude, dusky complexion...almost sounds like Casca.
      • Dragon's Dogma expies don't stop at Mercedes and Casca. There's also a Schierke-expy in Selene, a girl-witch who lives in the enchanted woods under the tutelage of an old grandmother figure whose hut is also guarded by rock monsters.
    • With the rising popularity of Mad Max: Fury Road, many fans of both series have noted how Zoe Kravitz's character, Toast the Knowing, bears some similarities to Casca in appearance (as far as Casca's movie adaptation form goes), personality, and backstory. Not to mention it's easy to mistake fanart of Toast as being fanart of Casca.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: Kevin T. Collins, Griffith's English voice actor, is quite honestly a gem when you hear how fun-loving he is in the bloopers. It's astonishing how the guy who drops the script in order to sing improvised musical scores is the same person who is playing the voice of Griffith and his much more horrendous alter ego Femto (which is really saying something since Femto technically has no speaking role during the Eclipse: it's the principle really).
  • Missing Episode: One chapter of the manga (where during his transformation into a Godhand, Griffith meets the Idea of Evil (A.K.A God) who explains its origins and its goals) that should have been in volume 13 was supposedly pulled by Miura because he felt that it revealed too much about the setting at the time; it was later released as supplemental material.
  • No Export for You: The 2004 Playstation 2 game Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Sho has only been released in Japan and Korea.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: This was the beginning for both Nobutoshi Canna (Guts) and Toshiyuki Morikawa (Griffith).
  • Schedule Slip: When Miura is on a roll, chapters come out once a month and new tankobon volumes once or twice a year, but he is notorious for frequently putting the manga on hiatus, which delays the release schedule by months. Most egregiously, he ended one hiatus to start another one just two months later. These breaks are likely necessary to stave off breakdowns. Still, just look at this chart for how much his releases have slowed down since 2000.
  • Unrated Edition: In the case of the the third movie, Descent, some scenes were considered too explicit for a regular theater audience, so two edits were made: the theatrical release that obscures some details and then the blu-ray release which has ALL of the details.
  • What Could Have Been: As mentioned on previous pages, Berserk could have ended up being a Shōnen manga where Guts is a more light-hearted vagabond on a quest to avenge the death of his mother and possibly fight the not-so-ambiguous Ultimate Evil, Varna, had Miura stuck to his plans in The Prototype. For more info, go to the The Prototype stub here.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Miura said he hadn't even come up with the Band of the Hawk or Casca when he drew Guts' confrontation with the God Hand in volume 3, and there were a lot of details that he made up as he went along but which fell into place later. In fact, it fits together so well that it's surprising to learn he didn't plan everything ahead in great detail. A prime example is that the creepy fetus Guts sees in the first three volumes wasn't originally supposed to be Guts and Casca's child, but Miura later realized that this would work really well and made it into an important Recurring Character.
  • Write Who You Know: The author partly based the characters in the Band of the Hawk on his friends in college, and feels like he has a bit of both Guts and Griffith inside himself.

The 1967 British film: