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Name: Berserk, Berserk: The Prototype
ベルセルク, Beruseruku
Creator: Miura Kentarō
manga series
1988 (prototype)
Aug 25, 1989 – Sep 10, 2021
Jul 12, 1996 (one-shot)
Jun 23, 2017 (light novel)
anime tv series
Oct 8, 1997 – Apr 1, 1998
Jul 1, 2016 – Sep 16, 2016
Apr 7, 2017 – Jun 23, 2017
anime film series
February 4, 2012
June 23, 2012
February 1, 2013
musou game
October 27, 2016 (Japan)
February 21, 2017 (World Wide)
Medium: manga, anime, film, musou game
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Official Website (Japanese)
manga series
at MyAnimeList (1989 to 2021)
at Wikipedia (1989 to 2021)
at MyAnimeList (one-shot)
at MyAnimeList (light novel)
anime tv series
at MyAnimeList (1997 series)
at Wikipedia (1997 series)
at MyAnimeList (2016 series)
at Wikipedia (2016 series)
at MyAnimeList (2017 series)
anime film series
at MyAnimeList (Feb 2012)
at MyAnimeList (Jun 2012)
at MyAnimeList (Feb 2013)
at Wikipedia (golden arc)
musou game
at Wikipedia (spin-off)
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Berserk is a long-running seinen manga created and illustrated by Kentaro Miura, between 1989 to 2021 and by Kouji Mori and Studio Gaga from 2022 to present.

It is known for being exceptionally dark, gritty, and bleak, particularly in terms of violence and sexual violence. Berserk is set in a medieval dark Europian-inspired fantasy world and centers on Guts, a mercenary on a dangerous journey; his emotionally and mentally shattered partner Casca; and an enigmatic figure from their past, the androgynous Griffith.

The manga has three anime adaptations — a series in 1997, a movie trilogy from 2012 to 2013, a series in 2016 - controversially filmed in CGI - and an episodic edition of the movie trilogy in 2022, ‘ Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - Memorial Edition’. There was a 2017 spin-off novel, Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight.

Miura’s Death & Continuation

In May 2021, the official Twitter account for Berserk released a statement, sharing the news of Miura’s death.[1] A chapter was published posthumously in September of that year, ending the series prematurely. In June 2022, it was announced that the series would be continued by Miura's close friend, Kouji Mori, in collaboration with Miura’s studio, Studio Gaga, using Miura's completed manuscript.[2]

As the only person who was told the intended ending, Kouji Mori explained in a 2022 interview with Hakusensha, "I will only write the episodes that Miura talked to me about. I will not flesh it out. I will not write episodes that I don't remember clearly. I will only write the lines and stories that Miura described to me.” [3]


Miura cited Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star as the character model for Guts, and Oscar François de Jarjayes from The Rose of Versailles for Griffith.[4]

Miura expressed his enjoyment for Shoujo manga, citing The Rose of Versailles and Kaze to Ki no Uta as specific influences from that demographic. [5]

Other influences include Star Wars and Hellraiser.[6]

Influence On Other Works

Hidetaka Miyazaki has mentioned Berserk being influential to him; this is very evident in the Dark Souls games. [7]

Miro Haverinen, the creator of Fear & Hunger stated the character Le’Garde was directly influenced by Griffith.[8] Makoto Yukimura, the author of Vinland Saga, notes Berserk as a big influence.[9]



  • Guts/Griffith
  • Guts/Casca
  • Griffith/Casca
  • Griffith/Charlotte
  • Casca/Farnese
  • Guts/Farnese
  • Farnese/Serpico
  • Farnese/Roderick


There was a time where some people (fans and no-fans) believed Casca's brutal rape was "meant to be sexy," pissing off devoted fans of the series who pointed out that even in the less graphic 90s anime, it was still clearly played for horror.

Example Fanworks


Griffith by zeilyan



Title Circle Published Contents
Toxic Killer Bambi 2014.05.04 18+ Griffith/Guts
Heartache Killer Bambi 2014.12.29 18+ Griffith/Guts
I’m Incontinent Just Because I’m Drunk [10] Kentaro Miura, Kouji Mori, Akkiu, Sugiko 2004.12.30 18+ General


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