Berserk (Japanese: ベルセルク, Hepburn: Beruseruku) is a Japanese manga series written and .. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Read Dark Horse Digital Comics on your Internet-connected laptop and desktop! What's New in Berserk. Berserk Official Guidebook Berserk: Volumes 1 - 4. Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is manga hem to the extreme - violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny - and the wellspring for the internationally.

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Berserk, Vol. 1 book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Created by Kenturo Miura, Berserk is manga hem to the extreme -. Read Berserk Manga in English Online for free at The Prototype chapter won a prize at the Comi Manga School Miura attended and the main series won the Tezuka Osamu Award for Excellence in

The choice between this level of beautiful intricacy and computer coloring ain't no choice at all: That doesn't mean that volume 1 is terrible, by any means; it's just not on the same level as Miura's recent work.

The European influence of artists like Francois Schuiten and Moebius is evident from the beginning; but it's particularly clear in the beautifully rendered battlefield sequences of volumes 34 to 36, in which the Band of the Hawk's war against the god-like Emperor culminates with a stunning transformation, as Griffin's troops reveal their true demonic selves.

The imaginative firepower is very impressive and visually distinctive, with Miura's clean outlines and controlled hatching making every page a work that could stand alone on it's visual merits. Taking place in a peculiarly Japanese vision of Medieval Europe, Berserk is a relic of the Dungeons and Dragons-style fantasy boom of the 's.

It always manages to make me nostalgic for something I never knew, in the same way the film Akira makes me nostalgic for 80's science fiction and cell animation.

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Berserk attracted a huge fan following immediately, and has since become an international multi-media hit, thanks to the anime and the Dark Horse translation of the manga. The sex-and-violence factor has contributed to its popularity, as Guts, the Black Swordsman, goes 'berserk' and kills everything that breathes, bi-secting his enemies with an eight-inch wide, six-foot long broadsword that is obviously and ridiculously phallic.

While swords can always have phallic associations, it seems like Miura has to be conscious of the exaggerated super-dick fantasy he's illustrating every time Guts splits another enemy in two. Or, you know, anything.

The only thing more obviously phallic is a dick. Guts might as well be swinging around a five foot long dildo: Each volume of Berserk goes by ridiculously fast considering the amount of effort it represents, with the cinematic pacing that is so different from European and American comics. This means that the 'time-lapse' between the panels is much shorter, resulting in more work for the artist.

A story that takes 48 pages to tell in a European comic album will take pages as a manga 'tankobon'. In Vagabond, for example, over pages are devoted to a duel; specifically, the seconds spent waiting for the other man to launch his attack.

Fear and uncertainty are created or indicated by the slight shift of a sandal. That's not typical, and as much as I like 'Vagabond', I have to admit, that shit got tedious.

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Miura adds a homage to Bosch in one of the more recent volumes; he's unquestionably one of the best manga artists alive, on par with Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and Taiyo Matsumoto.

He wasn't this good in the early going, but he developed quickly: Berserk has no such subtlety, but you still end up going through each page volume pretty fast. I deliberately slow things down to enjoy the carefully crafted artwork, but unfortunately, manga does not encourage art scrutiny.

I'd like to see Berserk and Blade of the Immortal collected in the larger-sized omnibus editions like 'Viz-Big', which collect three books together, use a better grade of paper, and provide a bigger page to show off the art. All the key features and notable hallmarks of his style and sensibilities as a creator are evident here despite being in their rawest, most unrefined state, relatively speaking. Miura plays with various ways to give his pages, especially in certain settings, a unique aesthetic.

This is seen most evidently in the opening chapters, where a painting-esque aesthetic and look takes over before leading back down to the usual style.

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Miura manages to boldly tie key visual ideas and moments together to give the work more flair. Dark Horse Comics His use of textures with the monstrous creatures he renders into being and the use of dark tones are also essential to setting the mood of the horror that is so essential to a dark fantasy.

Miura is able to consistently build atmosphere and tension, scaring the reader and conveying despair and dread as his intense story demands. This is a world of shadows, monsters, mysteries and creatures of the night and Miura makes sure that you know. Guts is an interesting leading man. Absolutely selfish, cruel and disturbing as an individual, he lives by the code of strength wherein those who are weak deserve all that is inflicted on them.

While the opening tales are fine, the manga really begins to shine once Guts and Griffith come face to face. The book emphasizes the great shared history between the two gents, teasing the reader and making them wonder what it is that led to this scenario in the first place. One man is a berserker, the other a god of demons for all intents and purposes.

The second the book establishes itself as a revenge narrative, things click into place perfectly. The other key character is Puck.

The presence and usage of Puck as a character is obvious, almost serving as a Robin-esque lighthearted audience-proxy figure to the dark and disturbed Guts, the Watson to his Sherlock if you will. Dark Horse Comics But therein lines the issue.

Berserk is a fairly over-the-top dark fantasy with impossibly giant swords, ridiculously horrendous monsters and action sequences and more.

And within it Puck is this figure that almost feels out of place.Pairing the manga with the anime, which Miura supervised, would be an incredible gift for fans new and old.

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Of course it becomes a story thick with characters and a worldview the readers like, but that's not the way I'm building mine. To put that world view into broad terms, it comes down to "Once upon a time, there was a At the same time, Griffith is shown leading his new armies of both humans and "war demons" against an army of giants that have emerged due to the effects of Griffith's and Ganishka's war.

Casca: They're kind of attached. I'm still here working on Berserk. I suppose if I want to convey something, using one or two important words will do it. That's why the opening apostles were the Snake Lord and Slug Baron.

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