Berserk, Volume 1

Berserk, Volume 1

by Kentaro Miura

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Created by Kentaro 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 sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won't take his fate lying down; he'll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned - and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death...or vengeance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593070205
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 11/18/2003
Series: Berserk Series , #1
Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 70,237
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

While attending college at Nihon University, in 1988, Kentaro Miura debuted a 48-page manga known as Berserk Prototype, an introduction to the current Berserk fantasy world. It went on to win Miura a prize from the Comi Manga School. In 1989, after receiving a doctorate degree, Kentarou started a project titled King of Wolves based on a script by Buronson, writer of Hokuto no Ken (Fist Of The North Star).

In 1990, the first volume Berserk was released with a relatively limited success. Miura again collaborated with Buronson on manga entitled Japan. Miura's fame grew after Berserk began "The Golden Age" story arc and the huge success of this masterpiece made of him one of the most prominent contemporary manga artists.

In 1997, Miura supervised the production of 25 anime episodes of Berserk that aired in the same year on NTV.

The series has also spawned a whole host of merchandise, both official and fan made, ranging from statues and action figures, to key rings, video games, and a trading card game. In 2002, Kentaro Miura received the second place in the Tezuka Osamu (Astro Boy) Cultural Prize of Excellence for Berserk. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.

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Berserk, Volume 1: The Black Swordsman 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
exes_and_ohs More than 1 year ago
I watched the Berserk anime and HAD to read the manga that it was based on. This is the first manga that I've ever read, and I'm told that it's the best out there. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Berserk is about Guts, a mercenary soldier, who has no ties until he meets Griffith, the leader of a mercenary group. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though this manga may sound like a blood-and-guts story (because it is) it still has an amazing story line that keeps you wanting more. (I'm on 33 waiting on 34.) I highly recommend this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line and action is amazing
elementallibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Starting off very-much-like-yet-very-differently-than the popular anime of the same name, the manga iteration of Kentaro Miura's epic dark fantasy has more time to explore the extra characters, situations, and themes that are absent from the anime. Three tales in this volume tell a story that expands upon the events in the first chapter of the anime in one way or another.In the first chapter, The Black Swordsman, Guts is established as a man with a mission of vengeance, hunting and hunted by demons, and looking to bring the demon governor of a village to a brutal and gory end. He is joined by Puck, a fairy/elf character not seen in the anime, who alternately plays the parts of annoying sidekick chatterbox and helpful ally, despite Guts's protestations of being a loner. The Brand is the story's second chapter and explains the peculiar mark on Guts's neck as a curse that draws demons and evil creatures to him wherever he goes. Picked up by a priest and his young daughter, Guts demonstrates in horrifying fashion that he can't escape horrific phenomena, even in his sleep, to the tragic detriment of his would-be benefactors. The first part of the Guardians of Desire, a multistory arc, places Guts on the hunt for another demon. He is aided by a mysterious stranger, who shows Guts an object he can readily identify: a behelit, which contains the various parts of a human face arranged in disturbing randomness on an egg-shaped surface.Kentaro Miura definitely knows how to tell a story, and apparently can do a good chunk of it himself: writing, penciling, and inking credits go to no one else in this manga. His no-holds-barred style, deft handling of the plot, and continued development of his characters make for a tale that, while violent, disturbing and definitely not for the faint of heart, is nonetheless a remarkable piece of storytelling that deserves high praise. Having seen the anime first, I will invariably make comparisons to how these volumes handle the story relative to it, but I'll also say this version does a fantastic job of standing on its own two feet.Definitely not recommended as a part of the teen browsing section of the library for its violence, horror, and nudity/sexual content, this series will nonetheless appeal to visual readers (particularly males) who enjoy a compelling story and quality artwork.
geekeagle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Berserk is definitely one of the best seinen manga series I have read. The English translation is wonderful. The story is absolutely engaging and the drawings are detailed and beautiful. Just absolutely amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. I am so glad to finaly have it avalable as an ebook!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well that was a good start. I had seen the anime I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the series but figure why not. Might read the other volumes.
InvaderPat More than 1 year ago
the movies and anime series are super amazingly amazing and i cant wait to start reading this amazing manga series \m/ 
Marveled_Zark More than 1 year ago
The artwork is simply beatiful there is no equal. This is a story about a man who sololy surivived by his hatred of the evil in the world and his cquest for revenge for his falling comrades.
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Ryder13 More than 1 year ago
While this is a very graphic and violent horror story in a sense, it still manages to have a plot that keeps you reading more and more of it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully violent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great manga The best I recommened it every one
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far, one of the greatest mangas ever created. Kentaro Miura is a true mastermind. I own all 26 volumes and plan to get 27 as soon as it's released. I recomend this title for any real otaku, except those who have a weak stomach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own up to volume 26 of berserk and it only gets better(i can read japanese). it goes back and tells his whole story and introduces the craziest monsters and demons. get them all they are my favorite manga
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was the greatest......i am definitely gonna get part 2 when it comes out in january....i would recommend it to all anime and manga fans....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Beserk by seeing the exellent anime, and now the manga comes along and is even better. This violent epic gives a great storyline along with interesting characters and intense action. This is possibly the most violent manga I have ever seen, and it is NOT for children, as it has very mature storylines. If you like things fom the action of fansasy genre, Berserk is a must have.