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Berserk, Vol. 23

(ベルセルク / Berserk #23)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,495 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Desperate as Guts, the Black Swordsman, has been to reunite with his former captain and lover, the now-mad Casca, he’s quickly learning that being together is as dangerous as being apart. What should be a simple journey to the safety of Puck’s homeland proves to be a gauntlet of perils, as the Mark of Sacrifice each bears brings the fury of Hell down upon them, and Guts di ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Dark Horse Manga (first published July 5th 2002)
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Ella Alaniz
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Love this manga. Going to be buying the entire manga this christmas.
توفيق عبد الرحيم
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Guts still fighting his demons and caring for casca but it all goes wrong when he loses control and chokes her and she gets scared of him and hates him but Isidiro, Farnese, Serpico and puck saves the day when they join guts and it seems everything goes back to normal again even better then normal.
what about casca killing those bandits who tried to rape her !!! she still has her skills but not her old self not just yet.
i dont even know if casca will ever be back it might be very unlikely to happ
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
poor caska just can't get a fair shake. on the flipside, griffith crushing it against the pseudomughals was pretty awesome, and looks like farnese, serpico and isidro are turning into (semi)permanent party members ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Berserk's always been good, but man, this volume gave me major feels. ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 23rd volume in the Berserk series. In this volume Guts is struggling to take care of Casca when Lady Farnese, Serpico and Isidro join him; for once Guts appreciates the help.

We also meet Lord Mule who ends up being saved by Griffith’s new band of the Hawk and joins Griffith on his mission to take over the Kushan kingdom.

After that it is back to Guts and his companions, where Lady Farnese is feeling very useless as she struggles to do basic chores.

Overall I really enjoyed this volum
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
i'm not going to lie when i say this volume had me shocked. i honestly didn't know whether i sympathised or i hated a character i was so connected to at this point of the story.

the story must go on and when that, the negative tension between two characters appears for good reason. (broad so i don't spoil anything)
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Do none of the named characters ACTUALLY die in these books?
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Series is more chill at the moment. It's still crack. Dark crack. ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I’m really going to enjoy this arc. The heart of this story has always been Guts and Griffith, and in this volume we see Guts struggle with his demon powers while Griffith gains a foothold of Midland with them. We see Griffith win a battle against the Kushan through the eyes of a young knight, as well as the power to give the families of the fallen the touching power to say goodbye. The action contrasts with the knight meeting with Griffiths unruly band of demon knights, reestablishing t ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
What goes up, most come down, and there's a bit of a fall as the realization sinks in that we're bound for some repetition, moving Casca to yet another sanctuary, cheapening Guts's words from the previous chapters; on the bright side, the manga does benefit from a now expanded secondary cast for the first time since the original Band of the Hawk. While the direction of this volume seems to be away from the central journey towards Griffith and the rest of the Godhand, it does at least offer a new ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, in this volume, the first half is composed of Guts and Casca while the second half follows those recruiting themselves to Griffith’s new band of hawks. It makes for a nice contrast but I do love the former. The interaction between Guts and Casca in this volume however is not what any reader wants to see. It’s the exact opposite. But it is part of the story unfortunately and all I can do as a reader is accept it and hope it gets better. This volume is also where two becomes a group as Farn ...more
Timothy Pitkin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Nice world building and also really good that we are seeing actually two stories with one being about Griffith and the other focusing on Guts' journey. Also really good that Guts is forming his own group as he journeys with Caska. Also nice that we get a glimpse of the old Caska as it was kind of getting frustrating that the once awesome battle hardened Caska being reduced to a feeble and stupid girl but we get a glimpse of her former glory. ...more
Benjamin Wallace
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Our struggler Guts, is, for the first time, struggling to keep his wits and sanity after getting Casca back and trying to keep her safe on his own. Battling the horrors of the brand night after night and dealing with her invalid mind are becoming too much for our hero.

On the other side, the massive piece of shit Griffith is taking out armies and laying Midland to waste, in what seems to me like a ploy to become its savior.
Peter Barr
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Berserk, Vol. 23, Guts, the Black Swordsman is traveling with his love, Casca who has lost her mind and a fairy. To make matters worse, he is overcome at times by spirits and is not aware of his actions. This episode not only follows their journey but also that of Griffith, Guts' and Casca's former commander. It's an interesting tale. ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
the art is gorgeous and i am in love with every panel of griffith.

however, what has happened to casca and between casca and guts in this volume was disturbing, repetetive and annoying. i hope that after serpico, farneze and yelly boy joined the trio, things will get better, guts will get better.
i am hoping in vain for casca to get better but i doubt it will happen any time soon.
Took me almost a month but it was an enjoyable read, this arc is heading in the direction of war against the Kushan, I'm interested to see what will become of Griffiths new recruit and his demon army. As well as what will become of Lady Farnese and Casca amongst Guts and his groupie. Let's see :) ...more
Jesse Slater
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I continue to be impressed. Quiet moments like the last chapter stick out as especially good. The chapter introducing a new character to the new Band of the Hawk reads interestingly if you pretend he's the protagonist at the start of a series. ...more
Philip Mastandrea
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: berserk
Not too much happens in this one, but I found it very refreshing. Guts is dealing with his guilt over Casca. Griffith is out being the asshole that he is. I suppose it didn't move the story forward an incredible amount (and perhaps that is soon to become a theme???), but I liked it. ...more
M. Ashraf
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: berserk
Berserk Vol#23

This felt like a filler, but it was not, but things moved slowly, still early in the new arc.
More demons because of Casca;
A reunion and the formation of a new main group,
The Hawks army is moving and taking lands;
Too much graphics
The artwork is great!!!
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as good as the previous. A little darker.
Kelly K
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2019
Wut. >.< *screams in frustration* *throws book* *picks book back up and apologizes for being a dick but puts it at the bottom of the return pile to be a jerk*
Achillia Herondale
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A more laid back volume this time, it was important after the shock and gore of the previous ones...(it still had battle and the usual obviously but rather minimized).
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok so the monstrous monster slayer Gutts becomes small and helpless in front of Casca. I guess you can't override biology and psychology combo of love, regardless of strength. ...more
Alyza Raine
ohmygodddd im just sitting here and reading but even I feel exhausted for guts and the others
Andrea CA
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
griffith became more powerful, more influential, and best of all, more beautiful
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The new Band of the Hawk team has some really neat character designs. I dig the family dynamic in Guts’s party. I hope they stick with that for a while.
Charlie Cain
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
slow but necessary. building up to something good, I imagine.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This just keeps getting better and better.
The new alliance will ease the burden off guts shoulders, I hope
Kyle Berk
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Guts' relationship with Casca has changed, he has now noticed the time passed more then ever. That is perhaps my favorite thing about the volume.

Some developments with Griffith, and Lady Farnese is on a path to the black swordsman.

While the section that was just Guts, Casca, and Puck was probably the most interesting one I think all the developments in this volume are going somewhere interesting and I am still enjoying the hell out of it.

4 stars.
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