Number of Episodes: 25
Year Produced: 1997
Plot:Berserk is the tale of the somber swordsman, Guts. Told over a number of years, we watch his development from an emotional aloof youth, to a tragic, grizzled adult. Set in a feudal environment, the story contains fairly normal (though graphic) plots of war and political intrigue. Yet, despite being the protagonist, Guts is not the "main character" of the story. That honor goes to Griffith, the common birth mercenary leader with dreams of ascending social ladders.
Of course, what makes this tale the most enjoyable is its story telling. Spanning years, guts goes from being an unwilling (i.e. involuntary) member of the group, to Griffith's most trusted ally. Its at this point that an element of graphic fantasy shows up. Foreshadowing what is to come, the raiders come across a seemingly impossible foe. A man so monstrously powerful he's referred to as "The Immortal." Clearly inhuman, he directly states that this story is a tragedy, and no one's role will be sadder, than that of the swordsman Guts...
Stuff you might love about it
- The slow boil, but masterful story
- The use of nudity, in non hyper-sexualized ways
- The dark, dark undertones, splashed with graphic imagery
- The beautiful art
- The grand evolution of tone
Recommend it to your friends who liked...Claymore
Fist of the North Star
Blade of the Immortal
ConclusionIf you're looking for something quick and gratifying, Berserk might not be for you. Much like real life, the characters will occasionally act quite illogically, but viewing their lives over the course of years leaves a delicious taste in your mouth. The biggest flaw, of course, is the ending. Most people will tell you that the ending is terrible, but that resides mostly around the fact that it does not continue. I mean that seriously. Your jaw will drop, everything will change, and you will check your DVD menu over and over for that next episode that's never to come.
Its not uncommon to feel a number of emotions at that point, but I think everyone will agree... this is a series that doesn't suck.