Like a lot of other Berserk fans, I started out with the anime and was totally sucked in, so the final episode left me thinking, "No! NO! It can't end like this!"
And, sure enough, the story of Berserk and its characters continues well past the ending of the anime.
The manga series is over 30 volumes long now and I still impatiently wait for the next episode to see what Guts and his new group are up to, and what the newest version of Griffith and his army of apostle captains and ordinary humans are up to as well.
Berserk simply fascinates me. At first glance, it looks like a standard hack-and-slash story with lots of blood and sex. And while there is a lot of gore and sex, it also has an evolving storyline that has held the interest of its readers for some 15 years. It also has characters that are complex, realistic, and capable of growing and changing as the story progresses.
When I describe why I like this story to people who don't watch anime or read manga, I tell them it's because the story keeps me guessing about where it's going and makes me care about all the characters, even the ones who aren't strictly the good guys. Basically, I like Berserk because it so deftly straddles the gray zones between right and wrong, good and evil. It's a story where the heroes can be monsters and the monsters can be heroic or even sympathetic, and I love that.
I also truly admire Kentarou Miura. His artistic and storytelling skills leave me in awe.
If you're a fan of Berserk -- the anime, manga, or both -- I hope you'll add your name to the listing.
Set in a fantasy world with a (mostly) medieval feel, Berserk follows the journey of a young swordsman named Guts as he battles to defy the odds against him and find a purpose to his life -- and to take revenge against a former friend who betrayed him and those he cared about. Although dark and violent, the story also has its humorous moments, and its strong cast of characters and classic quest theme should appeal to anyone who enjoys epic adventure tales revolving around destiny, fate, and the consequences of chasing after one's dreams.
The layout image was pieced together from scans of the trading card game from Konami and includes characters from the manga as well as characters familiar to those who've only seen the anime series.