Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Seinen
Author: Kentaro Miura
Original Runtime: 1989 – Present
Guts is a black swordsman who seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him. He is also seeking revenge against the man who labelled him as an unholy sacrifice. Guts will now struggle against his already hazy destiny. What will happen to him in his pursuit?
The story of berserk is great. It is unique. There are surprises, there are sorrows, there are violence and so much more. If you are sucker for violence and dark anime Berserk is the best there is. There are occasional slowness in Berserk and it is not surprising considering the fact that it is such a long running manga but otherwise there is nothing to complain regarding the pacing of Berserk. It will take you on a journey, a journey of a man seeking revenge and where his bloodlust takes him. An absolutely fascinating story that will keep you hooked through the entire time. The manga will never fail to surprise you.
Berserk primarily focuses on Guts. How he struggles against his fate and seeks revenge. He is breath of fresh air among lots of “Noble” protagonists. He is not your typical good guy. His thirst for revenge and how far it takes him is something that will keep you mesmerized. He shows significant character development throughout the series and since it is ongoing we can definitely expect something more to come. Griffith is the main antagonist in Berserk. He is charismatic and intelligent and definitely a really captivating character as an antagonist. Casca is one of the characters that gives you those mixed reaction while personally I find her to be an extremely well portrayed character but there is quite a few who considers her a burden. There other characters that are worth mentioning but I am deciding to keep it short.
Here are some notable characters form the manga:
Berserk was blurry and a bit messy in the initial stages but improved gradually and became much better. Now it looks great. I guess the art of the manga evolved over the years. and the mangaka definitely took it up a few a notches.
Here are some art samples from the manga:
If you cannot tolerate violence, this manga will not appeal you. The ferocity and darkness in various events is definitely something most people may not enjoy. But if you enjoy seinen berserk is an obvious choice and will fulfill all your criteria. I myself enjoyed it a lot and it is definitely one of my favorite manga till date.
Berserk is the best manga I have read and I am a slice of life lover. So that’s how good berserk is. It made a slice of life lover like me go through a seinen manga filled with violence. No offense to other masterpieces like Fullmetal Alchemist, One piece, Death Note etc, all of them are excellent but Berserk is just a tad bit better and that is probably why it has been running all these year with an unmatched level of consistency.