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Berserk, Vol. 9

(ベルセルク / Berserk #9)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,009 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Griffith, charismatic leader of the elite mercenary Band of the Hawk, has seen better days. His fearless champion, Guts, has left the Band, defeating Griffith in personal combat as his ticket out. With his judgment clouded by this unthinkable humiliation, Griffith eases his pain in the arms of the daughter of Midland’s king. But the King doesn’t take kindly to an employee ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Dark Horse Manga (first published March 31st 1995)
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May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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توفيق عبد الرحيم
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
OH MY GOD wounds part 1 and 2 are 2 of the best chapters i have ever read anywhere.
Sensual and sad and beautiful and full of love and misery and compassion.
L. McCoy
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every reader (with a high tolerance for gore and sexual content)
Man, I didn’t think this series could get more brutal but it did... and it’s amazing!

What’s it about?
I can’t describe that without spoilers, skip!

Why it gets 5 stars:
The story is the best thing in the fantasy genre IMO. It’s so dark, gripping, interesting and well written. I love it so much!
I keep saying it but... this art is amazing. Kentaro Miura is one of the best artists of all time and this series shows it with the beautiful, perfectly drawn mixed styles of art! Even if you look at the stor
C. Varn
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The introduction of Skull Knight, Guts dueling with Griffith, and sex. Sex is a part of Miura's world of Berserk, and only sometimes is it at all meant to be titillating. Here we have Griffith's inability to code leading to a serious misstep; Guts confronting both Casca and his own sexual/familial trauma. Casca's deepening love for Guts, and her own inner-strength coming through in a way that is not as shrill as earlier issues. The contrast between Griffith's sexuality and guts could not be more ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seeing Casca and Guts mutually cope with their trauma and anxieties is beautiful. It's a moment that hits home because they feel such emotional depth. They are both flawed, but those flaws make them feel more real. More often than not, we act based on feelings, not thoughts. And seeing these characters grow and cope with those emotions really gets me. It's one of the most believable love stories I've ever seen.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the ninth volume in the Berserk series. I continue to really enjoy this fantasy horror manga series. This is the book where everything pretty much goes downhill for everyone (except maybe Guts).

Griffith has taken Guts leaving hard and decides to seek comfort in the princesses’s embrace. When Griffith is found out both Griffith and the Band of the Hawk take a hard fall from grace.

Meanwhile Guts has returned from training in the Mountains; it’s been a year since he left the Band of the Ha
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story is so dark :( but I love Guts
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why this volume is drawing so much heat with reviewers here, as I think it's probably one of the better volumes in the series thus far. In the wake of Guts's departure, Griffith basically loses it and to fill the unexpected void left by what he feels is abandonment by his friend, foolishly decides to speed up his plans and devote himself to the rapid attainment of the ambition he'd been so patiently and methodically working toward his entire life. In a fit of unthinking desperation, ...more
Adad Joseph
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
That Chapter was crazy
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I hated Guts at the start of the series, but I really like him now. The art's gotten better too I think.

2017 reread: I hated Guts at the start of the reread, and I still hate him now. Amazing what 2 years difference will change.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, library-books
Rating: 3,5 (Rounded up for Goodreads)

This volume contains explicit sexual content, so be aware of that if reading in public. I wasn't and got some suspicious looks thrown my way. ^^;;;

I quite liked this volume, though there was some content that was on the iffy side.
The art is phenomenal in this one. Every time I think Miura has reached his peak he tops himself. The characters are expressive, anatomy is on point, flow of movement is great and use of perspective and angles is done in a way that
Michael Sorbello
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Griffith has been broken and disgraced. Caska has taken over as the leader of the Band of the Hawk and Guts returns to his comrades in their time of greatest need. Everything the Hawks have worked so hard to accomplish is crumbling to dust and important bonds are being torn to shreds. A very tragic volume with small glints of hope.

Guts and Caska share an intimate moment, both of them overcoming the trauma of their past together in a beautiful moment of vulnerability and compassion. Griffith slip
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another of my favorite volumes. Not for Griffith and Charlotte. That is an important part to the story but oh how I wish it hadn’t happened. No, this is a favorite because the second half of the book. It’s a year after Gut’s leaves and both he and Casca have grown even more as characters. And we finally get to see a romance begin between the two of them. It was very satisfying watching them interact. The way Miura handled it was very touching. It might even be one of my favorite scenes i ...more
Timothy Pitkin
We are finally seeing the downward spiral of Griffith and do wish it can hurry it back up to the demon stuff because honestly seeing Guts plow through every enemy with some ease is kind of boring. Also while I do appreciate the romance stuff and the fact that Guts does have PTSD from his time with Gambino I still wish the story would keep nudity to a minimum also that King is a really messed up character as I feel there a little to many pedophiles in this story between the guy from Guts past, th ...more
Jesse Slater
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
And it begins. This volume had some beautifully solemn scenes (I showed my wife page after page of the Knight of Skeleton chapter just to show the art), some great action scenes (Salit feels like he brings a bit of JoJo's to Berserk), and some truly horrible scenes (ick...). But, what really gets this volume that 4th star is the finale set of chapters with Guts and Casca. I've thought from the start that Miura handles trauma and PTSD in a pretty respectful manner -- things people don't get over ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
I didn't expect our precious Griffith to be condemned to dungeon and torture for a whole year. Can't imagine how it's gonna be shown next volumes everything that changed in him. I do feel sorry for the remaining crew living from day to day while running away from the kings soldiers hunting them, but still working on a rescue plan.
I don't believe Griffith will have understanding though, after everything he's been through and after losing everything he's been trying for, just because of Guts.
All w
Kyle Berk
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
9 volumes deep I don’t have very many bad things to say about the series, other than it’s not for everyone because of how violent it is. Or how masculine it can get, or at times appear to be what some would call a soap opera.

I don’t count any of these as negative quality’s.

basically Guts left a year ago. Griffith couldn’t sea with it, then the King couldn’t deal with what Griffith did so now Griffith is captured. All before the oncoming eclipse that Guts is warmed about. I won’t go any further.

Peter Barr
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Berserk, Vol. 9 by Kentaro Miura is the continued story of a swordsman named Guts. In the last story, Guts had left the Band of the Hawks led by the charismatic Lord Griffith after they had earned respectability as an army of the Midlands. This edition is a continuation of that story and how Guts returns to them and their subcommand Casca. The graphic novels are interesting and the story moves along well.
M. Ashraf
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: berserk
This is incredible
The Fall of the Hawks
The Skull Knight was very interesting at the beginning of the volume, the prophecy and with the panel of the broken sword and knowing what happened in the first volume, all is falling into place. Very good story telling.
Gutts has grown in this year!
The trauma visited again in a masterful way.
What was Griffith thinking??? did not he anticipate that!!! or was that part of his plan??
Great volume!!!
Can't wait to start the next volume!

Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2018
In this volume, there's a lot more sex than before. That shouldn't really be too significant, but here, we see Griffith in actually a somewhat vulnerable position, even if he is the one dominating. Guts and Casca also share a moment, in scenes that are super important for both of their characters. Who would have thought that Guts had feelings, eh?

Another five stars. I can't get enough of this. Beautiful.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guts finally opens up about what happened. Not surprisingly, the title of that particular chapter was called Wounds. That scene with him and Caska was beautiful. Cathartic. Beautiful.

Manga, and comics in general, usually get a bad reputation of being dumbed down and stupid and for the most part that's true. But you can tell everything leading up to this paid off, it was a wonderful scene.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Berserk
Easily my favorite volume yet, this one is full of interpersonal drama. The bit of action that it does have is a little lackluster, in my opinion, but the rest of it is presented so well that I don't really care. This volume has so much emotion, passion, horror, (and sex), it's just hard not to love every page.
Snob Mushroom
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas, dark-fantasy
So this book might be one of my favourite so far... I can't describe how amazed u am Hy this story, this author, this universe. He characters, the plots, the drawings, everything's so... Indescribable. I've rated 5 stars each and every Berserk book I've read so far, and that's not going to end any time soon !
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my review of Berserk’s Golden Age Arc contained in volumes 4 through 14.

I can’t say much more about the Golden Age Arc that hasn’t already been said. I first experienced the arc when I watched the ’97 anime, but the breadth of the story lies within the manga’s pages. Sure there’s the brutal fighting that I’m sure many action fans read Berserk for, but its spaced out between some really stunning character setup and development of protagonists, antagonists, side characters and their human
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seeing the fall of the Band of Hawks is one of the more satisfying moments in the series, transitioning Griffith from a noble, untouchable character to one truly more skeleton than human. Really satisfying to see the branching angles here.
The Fool
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I like the series and the storyline but I'm afraid that some of the characters are a bit sexist; maybe it's due to the fact that this was written in the 90's but still. I will continue on with the series, hoping the characters and their beliefs progress throughout.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absoluty amazing. The relationship of Guts and Kasca is really fantastic because it had a very good development and you can feel how they need each other to carry on in their hard lifes.

I'm so close to the big event lml
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anime
I'm aware of what will happen later which just makes me more worried cuz I can't help shipping Guts and Casca. They're so cute together and knowing what will happen later has me screaming. Ah darn it, this is what happens when you start shipping!!!!
Tomás Jorquera
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing... I don't really know what to feel with those images... so much feelings. Best vol. By now...
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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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