Born from the corpse of his mother, a young mercenary known only as Guts, embraces the battlefield as his only means of survival. Day in and day out, putting his life on the line just to make enough to get by, he moves from one bloodshed to the next.
After a run-in with the Band of the Hawk, a formidable troop of mercenaries, Guts is recruited by their charismatic leader Griffith, nicknamed the “White Hawk.” As he quickly climbed the ranks in order to become the head of the offensive faction, Guts proves to be a mighty addition to Griffith’s force, taking Midland by storm. However, while the band’s quest for recognition continues, Guts slowly realizes that the world is not as black-and-white as he once assumed.
Set in the medieval era, Berserk is a dark, gritty tale that follows one man’s struggle to find his own path, while supporting another’s lust for power, and the unimaginable tragedy that begins to turn the wheels of fate. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
I watched the first episode and wasn’t that interested… then I watched the second and third and couldn’t stop.
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I still feel as if I’m only just getting to the core of Berserk, and yet saying more requires spoiling the experience. So let me simply say this…if you enjoy fantasy and haven’t been scared away by anything I’ve said, then you owe it to yourself to give the show a try. Give yourself at least the first five episodes, since that moves you past the strawy opener into the core of the series. Be prepared for the show to go to darker places than you might imagine. Then start counting the days until the Berserk movie series starts up in early 2012…because the one thing I know is, I can’t wait for more. And if worse comes to worst and you hate it, at least it’s given you an emotional reaction worth your time to experience.
With such phenomenal credentials, Berserk should be watched by all fans of serious anime who are mature enough to handle the massive gore and nudity. Berserk will suck you into its world and make you forget that you are watching animation. Just don’t let any soccer moms find out about Berserk; it would probably become public enemy number one–as if it needed any more of a reputation to attract viewers.
Berserk is rightfully considered to be one of the best action anime of the 90s, despite its relatively low budget and infuriating ending.
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Even with its non-ending and cheap animation, Berserk still stands as a great series that earns its reputation as a classic. It’s clear why it has endured so long and why there have been so many remakes.
Overall 10/10 for an incredible experience, despite some technical flaws. Watch Berserk as soon as you can, you will not regret it!
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Be that as it may, Berserk is truly one to deserve the title “epic” in the history of anime. It is an obligatory watch for anyone who likes Japanese animation. It is a classic right there among Evangelion, Miyazaki’s works, or any other anime one might deem ageless and undying. It is right there among them, shining in their midst as the bloodiest gem of them all
If you want fantasy that really makes you think, then don’t let the name fool you. Berserk is not about turning your brain off. Not one bit.
I don’t think there is anything that could have saved this disaster of a TV series. In every aspect, Berserk is as bad as anime gets. If you love one-sided fights, you might want to give it a look, but otherwise you should probably stay well clear of it. Even as a rental, it’s a complete waste of time and money.