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Berserk |OT| - Big men, bigger swords, OFF THE BOAT, GUTS IS THE GOAT - Berserk #359 23/8/2019

Mista

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In this world
is the destiny of
mankind controlled
by some transcendental
entity or law?
Is it like the hand of god
hovering above?

At least
it is true...
that man has no control
even over his own will.






  • What is Berserk?
Berserk is a long-running dark fantasy manga written and drawn by author Kentaro Miura. The first volume was released in December of 1990 and it's still being released to this day with the 37th volume releasing this December.
Over the years Berserk has received a ton of recognition for its unparalleled art and a story that has fans squirming for the tale to continue after every single release.






  • Yeah, but what's the actual story about?

The story centers around Guts, a lone mercenary going from battle to battle to survive in a harsh world named Midland which is inspired by medieval Europe. Soon enough the leader of an up and coming mercenary group - Band of the Falcon - becomes infatuated with Guts and insists on Guts joining his army to one day conquer Midland.
As the story proceeds it goes to some dark places touching upon several dark and mature themes and thus it would be spoilery to say any more.







  • Alright, how do I get into this?

The obvious answer would be to buy the manga, supporting the author for the work he's put into this over the years and Dark Horse for the great localization.
However, my recommendation would be to watch the 1997 anime first. It beautifully stays true to Berserk's original art style and has one of the greatest soundtracks ever. Guts and Forces never fail to come up when discussing music from anime.
After that you'll definitely want to read the manga. The anime covers volumes 3-12, but it's entirely worth reading them when you go to the manga after watching the anime because of the added depth.






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Kentaro Miura
Berserk (manga)
Berserk (1997 anime)
Berserk (2016 anime)
Berserk 1997 anime OST playlist
Berserk (2012/2013 movies)
Berserk (Dreamcast game)
Berserk (PS2 game)
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4 game)
Gigantomakhia


 
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JORMBO

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Thanks for making this. I’m just getting into Berserk as I’ve mentioned in the anime thread before. Compilation book #2 is out next month. I wish they would release then quicker so I didn’t have a big break between each release. I think #3 is dated for November.
 

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Nice, Berserk is da best!
Tell me why, tell me why!

Anyone wanting to get into berserk just get the new deluxe edition, I got the volume 1 and it is perfect!

 

Mista

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Thanks for making this. I’m just getting into Berserk as I’ve mentioned in the anime thread before. Compilation book #2 is out next month. I wish they would release then quicker so I didn’t have a big break between each release. I think #3 is dated for November.
Glad you're enjoying it. You're in for a great journey
dope thread bro, has anyone played the dynasty warriors clone?
Not mine actually, just re-made the old one mate. I played it
 

Mista

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Discovered Berskerk at the beginning of this year, read all the volumes currently out in like 2 months

Can't even begin to describe how gorgeously fucked up this manga is, nothing comes close tbh
Well said and welcome to the club struggler
 

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Made a new one since the old one is dead and obviously I'm a Berserk maniac and need more people to get into it :)
Amazing thread!

I don't want people to get into it. It's suffering. When's the next chapter released dude? :(
 

Mista

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Amazing thread!

I don't want people to get into it. It's suffering. When's the next chapter released dude? :(
It was supposed to be in end of May and another chapter end of June but looks like Miura went MIA as always..
 

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Man, I can’t wait to see when Casca actually recognise Guts. I’ll cry
I will as well. But I see it coming that he’ll focus on griffin for the next 5 chapters and we will see the scene in your spoiler tags in 10 years..

how this can happen..? Don’t those guys have like.. contracts? Any news/rumors how long we have to wait until the next ~20 or so pages are out? ;-;
 

Mista

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I will as well. But I see it coming that he’ll focus on griffin for the next 5 chapters and we will see the scene in your spoiler tags in 10 years..

how this can happen..? Don’t those guys have like.. contracts? Any news/rumors how long we have to wait until the next ~20 or so pages are out? ;-;
Can’t wait to see Griffith slaughtered painfully. Young Animal doesn’t have any problem with Miura’s way of releasing since he’s bringing in lots of money I guess

Hopefully end of this month is the new chapter
 
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I took your advice Mista, and watched the 4 first episodes of the 90s anime, since I have been meaning to. Does it get better, or should I skip it and only read the manga instead?
 

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I took your advice Mista, and watched the 4 first episodes of the 90s anime, since I have been meaning to. Does it get better, or should I skip it and only read the manga instead?
It does get better, yeah, by episode 7 or so it hits its groove. If the relatively low budget is a problem for you, try the three anime movies instead. Or just read the manga of course.
 
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Mista

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I took your advice Mista, and watched the 4 first episodes of the 90s anime, since I have been meaning to. Does it get better, or should I skip it and only read the manga instead?
It gets better + I want you to read the manga. You have to

No harm in watching the 3 movies too
 

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It does get better, yeah, by episode 7 or so it hits its groove. If the relatively low budget is a problem for you, try the three anime movies instead. Or just read the manga of course.
It gets better + I want you to read the manga. You have to

No harm in watching the 3 movies too
Good to know. Felt a little lacking in both the visual department and animation, while the manga more of a timeless quality. I will give it more time even if it stays that way, and hopefully like it well enough to check out the rest.
 
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Mista

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1 more week left since Miura ditched us last month. If by the end of this month there isn't a new chapter, then its another fucking hiatus..
 
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Yeah yeah, you can post any gif you want but it's a piece of shit manga now with all the cute fairies and magic powers and stupid shit going on.
If that’s your reason then I haven’t read a more stupid reason to said that the manga is a piece of shit now. Obviously you don’t know what’s going on so I won’t even bother.
 

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Yeah yeah, you can post any gif you want but it's a piece of shit manga now with all the cute fairies and magic powers and stupid shit going on.
Fairies have been in Berserk since the first arc though. If your point is that the manga is less darker than it used to be, I could maybe see it. But that still doesn't happen until halfway through Falconia.
 

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If that’s your reason then I haven’t read a more stupid reason to said that the manga is a piece of shit now. Obviously you don’t know what’s going on so I won’t even bother.
I've been following it probably before you. *You* don't know what's going on and the tone shift and the drop in the narrative since the first Band of the Falcon have morphed what was once a masterpiece into a subpar manga.

But you're a blind fanboy, I'm wasting my time.
 
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Mista

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I've been following it probably before you. *You* don't know what's going on and the tone shift and the drop in the narrative since the first Band of the Falcon have morphed what was once a masterpiece into a subpar manga.

But you're a blind fanboy, I'm wasting my time.
Lol blind fanboy because your reason is garbage? Your reason was fucking bollocks to call the whole manga “piece of shit” if you had a proper reason we would’ve had a proper discussion. So yeah, jog on until you have a proper reason for a proper discussion
 

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WHOA lmfao.

This went in hard. I read Berserk before they even got on the boat, the Golden Age is good but to instantly dismiss anything after that is insane, the narrative has had a clear focus from after that point Miura has been fucking around ever since the boat but they finally made it. There's a drop in quality for how brutal it's been and the artwork is a bit lower in quality now recently but it's still good.


Last year my friend got Nobutoshi Canna to sign a copy of volume 13 at Otakon for me.
 
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Mista

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WHOA lmfao.

This went in hard. I read Berserk before they even got on the boat, the Golden Age is good but to instantly dismiss anything after that is insane, the narrative has had a clear focus from after that point Miura has been fucking around ever since the boat but they finally made it. There's a drop in quality for how brutal it's been and the artwork is a bit lower in quality now recently but it's still good.


Last year my friend got Nobutoshi Canna to sign a copy of volume 13 at Otakon for me.
Ah, you must be a blind fanboy then😔
 
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Fuz

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This is the Berserk official thread. Dropping in to shit-talk with nothing substantive to say is poor form. You've been removed.
we would’ve had a proper discussion
If you would have had a proper discussion you wouldn't have posted a stupid dismissive gif, kid. You don't want a discussion, you're just a blind fanboy.
 
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Mista

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If you would have had a proper discussion you wouldn't have posted a stupid dismissive gif, kid. You don't want a discussion, you're just a blind fanboy.
True, especially when most disagreed with you yet I’m the one that doesn’t want a proper discussion. Anyways bye bye
 

Mista

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I hope they stop dragging this shit out with Casca. I really don't give a fuck about the kingdom of Griffith.
It’s a big part now in the story, Miura must concentrate on it now. It’s building up nicely but he have to stop ditching the manga!
 

Mista

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Two more days and we’ll see if we’re gonna have a new chapter..
 

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I took your advice Mista, and watched the 4 first episodes of the 90s anime, since I have been meaning to. Does it get better, or should I skip it and only read the manga instead?
The manga is so much better than the anime it's not even funny. English anime has one of the worst VAs possible. Do yourself a favour: Read the manga, forget the anime.

Mista Mista : Thanks for the OP: Been reading the entire manga ever the past year. Took it reeeeaaaalllll slow to enjoy it as long as possible. For me it was one the best stories I've ever experienced. Eagerly awaing the new chapter. From what I gathered we should get another chapter soon. IIRC Miura usally releases a couple of chapters after each hiatus - and the one before the last one was pretty long.
 

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@Mista: Thanks for the OP: Been reading the entire manga ever the past year. Took it reeeeaaaalllll slow to enjoy it as long as possible. For me it was one the best stories I've ever experienced. Eagerly awaing the new chapter. From what I gathered we should get another chapter soon. IIRC Miura usally releases a couple of chapters after each hiatus - and the one before the last one was pretty long.
Most welcome. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Berserk really offers something that you can’t find somewhere else. Miura is a lazy ass so after the last hiatus we got one chapter and now two months passed without a new one. He’s taking hiatus into another level