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Berserk, Vol. 1

(ベルセルク / Berserk #1)

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Created by Kenturo Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme - violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny - and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter - and offers none!

His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Dark Horse Manga (first published November 26th 1990)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Berserk, Vol. 1 of 37 (Berserk #1), Kentaro Miura

The philosophical battle between Guts (the Black Swordsman) and Griffith (White Hawk), freedom vs. tranquility.

The story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the "Band of the Hawk". Themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the question of whether humanity is fundamentally good or evil pervade the story, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature. Both the manga and anime
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ΕιζΝιηΕ
Berserk: A Super-Dick Slaughterama the Whole Family Can Enjoy (Except Grandma and Grampa. And the Kids. And Probably the Significant Other. You Might Not Like it Either.)

[NOTE: This is really a review of the entire series. Reviewing every single volume sounds like one of those repetitive, mindless exercises used to break down the ego of a subject prior to brainwashing. Explicit and possibly offensive images and language follow, so don't scroll down if that sort of thing makes you feel twitch
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Ben
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This review will be my review of the whole series.

I think this is easily the best and most epic manga ever written. The drawing is grimy and it has this very old school 1980's feel even up to this day which i think gives it a little something extra. Pound for pound the most visually stunning and sometimes revolting thing I have ever read. Then there is the depth of the mythology. I think this manga has been running for something like 18 years and the story just gets deeper and deeper. I read all
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Michael Britt
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is my first ever manga, and I really enjoyed it! And it was a super fast read! I've seen quite a bit of the anime and I really enjoyed how much more this added. Such a fun little read! I'll definitely be picking up Vol 2, later on.
Petros
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Medieval kingdoms, big swords, frenzied warriors, gore, nude, sex, intrigue, betrayal, demons, a quest for vengeance. Berserk is the encapsulation of the best parts of dark fantasy. You know how nowadays everything gets compared to Dark Souls? Even Dark Souls took heavy inspiration from it, if that is any indication for how well executed it is.

And why wouldn’t it be? If pretty images are all you care about, then you will never be disappointed as the artwork is amongst the best you can find in a
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Jokoloyo
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jokoloyo by: shanghao
Bloody gory dark fantasy. But don't underestimate this manga. This manga is not only selling gory scenes, but also there are some good promises in setting and characterizations. I don't know how the promises will be delivered, this series is still ongoing. When I write this review the series has been running for around 27 years.
seak
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Blood, guts (in more ways than one), and huge swords (not even in the phallic symbol kinda way...okay it probably is). I haven't read a lot of manga, but this was great stuff.

Berserk is manga set in medieval times. It's straight-forward, good guy (who's kind of a dick) in pursuit of bad dudes doing bad things. It has it's mysterious elements that I'm interested in getting to know, but it's really all about taking people out...including slicing horses in half...and the dude has a crazy crossbow
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John Wiswell
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
A messy little manga that feels like a graphic artist venting his Dungeons & Dragons empowerment fantasies. Here we follow Guts, the frowny badass with a giant sword, who kills a bunch of bad guys, gets caught and tortured for a little while, then breaks free and kills more bad guys. He goes on a trip and is jumped by skeletons, who he beats up, while frowning. He gets a fairy sidekick, who he frowns at. He’s in pursuit of more bad guys, for reasons we don’t know, but for obvious motives: he’s g ...more
Deanna
Since I have about a month till season 6 of Game of Thrones starts I decided I'd revist the other emotionally abusive, horrifically violent, series that I'm obsessed with. AND This series isn't yet finished either, maybe I'm a masochist.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga
With the release this summer of the newest Berserk anime, I decided it was time to revisit the Manga.

It's fun going back to the earlier Berserk stories. I forgot how different the original source material really is from the anime(s) they have made/are making.

The Manga is a lot more intense, it's more graphic and doesn't really worry about pulling punches. Hell, the very first panel, Guts is banging a demon slut...and it only gets worse better from there.

The art in this series is top notch and s
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Bogdan
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
When i read it for the first time, some years ago, I was really blown away.

Himanshu Karmacharya
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga
Berserk doesn't hold back in terms of violence and gore, but unlike many other books in the format, it doesn't have violence just for the sake of violence. The art isn't gorgeous to look at, but it is good enough and blends well with the setting of the manga. So, if you're looking for a violent dark fantasy manga, then Berserk is just for you.
Grace
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
If you need an explanation, this is my boyfriend's favourite manga.
Took me a while to get into, didn't understand what was really happening based on this first volume, but we got there eventually lmao
Michael Sorbello
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hellraiser + Conan the Barbarian + Game of Thrones + Ash vs Evil Dead + Macbeth = Berserk.

There's a joke in the Berserk community that no matter how bad you have it, Guts will always have it worse. It's not all that hard to believe once you've delved into the psychologically devastating slaughter fest that is Berserk.

Guts was born from the corpse of a dead woman hanging from a tree and adopted into a group of brutal mercenaries as a baby. He watched the closest thing he had to a real mother die
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توفيق عبد الرحيم
amazing as expected
there are once in a life time stories and berserk is one of them the potential behind this simple manga the suspense the mystery of it all
what is a behelit?
what is the gods hand?
why demons are trying to kill guts?
how can you pencil pages so disgusting yet so beautiful
and using the inquisition trials was a very smart move
i love it cant wait to read more
Maria
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is like lord of the rings of manga. I gotta dig it to educate (and respect) myself
Bokeshi
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah, Berserk: manga that dwarfs all other manga. Not all volumes of this neverending dark fantasy saga are equally gripping, but most of those covering the Golden Age arc are really outstanding, and when Miura is in top form he is unbeatable, much like his brooding anti-hero, the übermensch Guts.

The plot of Berserk is brutal and intricate, full of twists, turns and cliffhangers; the action is merciless, violent and gruesome; but the characters and their interactions are the crux that makes the s
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Garrett
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-comics
An awesome manga! I loved the art, the action and the mysterious character of the Black Swordsman Guts. Can't wait to read more of the series.
bookjunkie
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***This is a review of the whole series***

Berserk is not for the squeamish. I tried to read a volume while eating once. I did not make that mistake again.

Dark fantasy apparently contains a subgenre called grimdark. It is what it sounds like: fantasy with a particularly grim and dark atmosphere, permeated with horror and dread. This accurately describes Berserk's gritty, violent, fantasy-medieval setting, but it is also realistic. I mean, humans created torture. Judas cradles, the rack, the wheel
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Sara
Wow, that was violent! A little too violent for me, but I thought it was well drawn and there was lots of comic relief with the little elf, Puck.

This is the story of a man with a brand. A warrior with mighty weapons who seems almost immortal. He's full of rage and sadness. The tale takes place long ago. We have the Inquisition, we have castles and dungeons and man-eating monsters who are almost invincible. We have corpses raised up as armies. The man has no name but Puck calls him Guts. Is his n
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Rusty Grey
This manga has violence , in its unadulterated form . Bloody , gory , gut-punching kind of violence . Berserk makes Game Of Thrones kinda fairy tale world . But it was intoxicating .

Berserk has a mercenary , Guts , as its protagonist . He's a master swordsman , with a big ass sword and an iron hand .



He is marked with a Brand which attract dark/evil forces to him . Thus he brings death and destruction wherever he goes . And we follow Guts on his bloodstained journey for vengeance .

Guts is despi
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Aleksandra
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
3.5 stars maybe?

I'm surprised by how much I liked this volume. I don't usually read middle-age-esque fantasy manga with lots of fighting & gore & violence.

Guts is on a quest to kill demons and other despicable creatures, however he's not the knight in shining armor, he couldn't care less about casualties and innocent people killed in the process. He believes if a person is too weak to defend themselves they deserves what's coming for them. I'm curious to see where his arc will go.

I love Puck, th
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Malum
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga
Berserk is an over-the-top splatter fest. While this is lots of fun, don't expect it to evolve much past that. The main character goes somewhere, brutally murders a ton of guys, and then goes somewhere else to repeat the process. If I had read this when I was a teen I probably would have loved it.
Cheese
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent manga book which I picked up as a recommendation from Sarah.

I'm very intrigued and will start to look at the rest of the series.

I just wish it was in colour!
Peach Pettes
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Yasiru
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Being a review of the entire (yet ongoing) series.

It is a rare thing that a work can abstract what aspects of the human condition it explores to a raw essence of struggle instead of merely accomplishing a transference of symptoms from our familiar world to a more tightly controlled, constructed realm, as do most works of fantasy. Indeed, it's easy for the more human themes to become subsumed quite colourlessly into an endeavour of vivid world-building.

The world of Berserk makes no such compromis
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Devin (Mostly Manga)
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorite-manga
This is merely an introduction to Berserk but wow. WOW. Guts is probably one of the most interesting characters I've come across. Obviously this guy's got some huge messed up history. The violence is awesome, and I'm expecting to see it get better as I read more. This, I believe is the Dark Fantasy I have always been looking for. Stuff that just makes me think "What the hell kind of a world does Guts live in?". That's the stuff I've been looking for. I was immediately hooked when (view spoiler) ...more
Hassan
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is just right up my alley
Suaad (I just want a cat)
So good so far
A lot of action and killing so I'm waiting for the main story to start
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Kentarou Miura (三浦 建太郎) was born in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1966. He is left-handed. In 1976, at the early age of 10, Miura made his first Manga, entitled "Miuranger", that was published for his classmates in a school publication; the manga ended up spanning 40 volumes. In 1977, Miura created his second manga called Ken e no michi (剣への道 The Way to the Sword), using Indian ink for t ...more

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