Berserk Volume 1 - by Kentaro Miura (Paperback)

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4/ 5stars

Most series get better as they go on, but the truly epic length of Berserk, now over 37 volumes and counting, has yielded a huge leap in artistry. The quality of the art in the second half of the series is light years ahead of the relatively crude renderings of volume 1, and the storytelling has evo lved as well, with much sharper character development and pacing. 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 1980'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. 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. Then there's the weird, almost-gay rivalry/bromance between Guts and Griffin (who looks like a woman)... but that has nothing to do with the early volumes.Berserk makes for a quick, entertaining read, 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 200 pages as a manga 'tankobon'. In Vagabond, for example, over 120 pages are devoted to a duel; specifically, the seconds spent waiting for the other man to launch his attack. 120 pages detailing the silent, psychic battle that is waged between wills, as fear and uncertainty are created or indicated by the slight shift of a sandal. Berserk has no such subtlety, but you still end up going through each 220 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. They're also far more economical; Berserk would seem like a far less daunting expenditure as 12 volumes of 700 pages at $22.00 each (I'm using the Viz-Big editions of Vagabond for comparison), rather than the current 36 volume run, which cost about $15.00 each (MSRP for both). It would be a significant difference in price: $264.00, instead of $540.00. Read more

May 22, 2021
/ 5stars

Nothing like I expected. I meant story wise. The show covered backstory first that leads up to the current story. Apparently I assumed they'll start there and go on with the plot. However it was Guts and Guts alone. Puck is an interesting character, though I never heard anyone mention him before.

May 22, 2021
/ 5stars

A messy little manga that feels like a graphic artist venting his Dungeons & Dragons empowerment fantasies. Here we follow Guts, the frowny badass with a giant sword, who kills a bunch of bad guys, gets caught and tortured for a little while, then breaks free and kills more bad guys. He goes on a tr ip and is jumped by skeletons, who he beats up, while frowning. He gets a fairy sidekick, who he frowns at. He’s in pursuit of more bad guys, for reasons we don’t know, but for obvious motives: he’s going to beat them up. It’s what this volume suggests he exists to do. From adaptations of the series, one knows there must be more to it, but this volume doesn’t have anything more to offer. Read more

May 22, 2021
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(Whole series review, at least up to volume 32)"In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control; even over his own will."Berserk sits comfortably on the Manga throne. The one true masterpiece I have met, leaving behind everything I have ever read or watched when it comes to graphic novels. I discovered it in 2003 and have been captivated ever since.The atmosphere and character depth are unique. The journey is well crafted. It is also here where I began developing a fascination for two-handed great swords... Read more

May 22, 2021
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4/ 5stars

Ah, Berserk: manga that dwarfs all other manga. Not all volumes of this neverending dark fantasy saga are equally gripping, but most of those covering the Golden Age arc are really outstanding, and when Miura is in top form he is unbeatable, much like his brooding anti-hero, the übermensch Guts. Th e plot of Berserk is brutal and intricate, full of twists, turns and cliffhangers; the action is merciless, violent and gruesome; but the characters and their interactions are the crux that makes the story truly shine. Also, the love/hate relationship between Guts and his best friend/arch-nemesis Griffith is the stuff of legends: a tragedy of epic proportions, full of tenderness, devotion, angst, betrayal and pain, with enough unresolved sexual tension to inflame the passions of a thousand nuns. Anyways, this first volume is only so-so--great stuff is yet to come. But on the whole (or at least counting volumes 3-13, which I think are the best ones), this manga is up there among my favorite reads of all time, and I highly recommend it. Read more

May 22, 2021
I have watched all the...
5/ 5stars

I have watched all the Berserk anime up to this point (including the Golden Age arc) and wanted to read the manga. My husband started reading the manga many years ago and I am not sure what took me so long to pick them up. This is a very violent almost horror-like fantasy manga series and is not for the faint of heart. In this first book we meet Guts (the Black Swordsman) and Puck. Guts has been branded and labeled a sacrifice and attracts all sorts of demons to him, which he brutally slays. Guts is one of those characters that take a licking and keeps on ticking. He is brutally tortured a number of times in the book, yet manages to decimate his foes with his incredibly enormous sword. In this book we are also introduced to the Apostles fiends of god-like power who are after anyone with the brand. These Apostles seem to thrive off of human misery and Guts has made it his mission to take them down. The illustration is really well done and easy to follow. There is a lot of action in this book but also solid world-building and interesting characters. The story is very graphic and violent, so just be aware of that. If you find violence, torture, and gore extremely abhorrent this isn't the manga series for you. Overall this was an amazing start to this manga series. Unlike other manga series this one sucks you right in and builds a great story right from the first volume. I really am enjoying it and would recommend to mature manga readers who enjoy action fantasy manga. Read more

May 22, 2021
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Ah, Berserk: manga that dwarfs all other manga. Not all volumes of this neverending dark fantasy saga are equally gripping, but most of those covering the Golden Age arc are really outstanding, and when Miura is in top form he is unbeatable, much like his brooding anti-hero, the bermensch Guts. The plot of Berserk is brutal and intricate, full of twists, turns and cliffhangers; the action is merciless, violent and gruesome; but the characters and their interactions are the crux that makes the story truly shine. Also, the love/hate relationship between Guts and his best friend/arch-nemesis Griffith is the stuff of legends: a tragedy of epic proportions, full of tenderness, devotion, angst, betrayal and pain, with enough unresolved sexual tension to inflame the passions of a thousand nuns. Anyways, this first volume is only so-so--great stuff is yet to come. But on the whole (or at least counting volumes 3-13, which I think are the best ones), this manga is up there among my favorite reads of all time, and I highly recommend it. Read more

May 22, 2021
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5/ 5stars

This will be a review of the entire volumes released until now,unfinished review for now.Berserk in a singular experience,set in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, grim and dark and merciless in it's exposing of Guts facing monsters, gods and casualty as a mere human being who lost more than most, the theme of the manga isn't fixed but include the ambiguous mind of humans and their desperation for power and the question of evil/good being thrown into an abyss that doesn't care about an answer but only about the presenting a story with "fidelity" if i may say to itself, here the journey is more important than the destination.At first i was a little startled by the dark tone of the drawings if not by the story itself, but rapidly you remark the detail and the finesse of the graphic and it's just get better with each chapter, some pages are gruesome by what the shows and other depict an epicness rarely matched; The battles and fights are well done and easily read.The Golden Age party of the manga is considered by a lot of people as the epitome of the series, it comes with Guts previous life before he lost his arm , eye and some may say his 'humanity' even ! Personally I found it deserving the praise, it satisfied me greatly and even now after years of reading it i still find fragment of the arc lingering in my mind as a feel of unforgettable surprise and loss remain with the end eclipse.Then comes a new age, darker even and more magically bound we witness the change of a world and the skirmish that our hero fights seems insignificant in the grand scheme of things.The characters besides guts are interesting and grows with time and they brings a spark of light in this ocean of black that is warmly welcomed especially a little elf with his fair share of fun and even humorous part. Read more

May 22, 2021
/ 5stars

After watching the 25 episodes of the Berserk anime, I started reading this Manga.

May 22, 2021
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3/ 5stars

After reading Fullmetal Alchemist vol 1, I decided to try out Berserk. It's the first seinen manga I've read and the first thing that caught my eye was the detailed artwork in this. It looks stunning. This is what I knew about Berserk before reading:1. It's been running on and off for over 25 years. 2. It has lots of gore and sex.3. It's set in a mystical medieval setting. 4. The series reaches its zenith in volumes 12 and 13.I've read volume 1 but it hardly rocked my world. It's clear that Kentara Miura is in this for the long run. Volume 1 introduces us to the wandering warrior Guts and his sidekick Puck. We learn very little about Guts in this first volume. We know he's on some sort of quest, out for revenge. But it's not entirely clear where this quest will take him. Lots of action but low on plot, the promise of great things to come has led me to decide I will continue on with this series. Volume 1 was a quick and fun read, but nothing special. Read more

May 22, 2021
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