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Have you got the Guts? Kentaro Miura's Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7" x 10" deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 p Have you got the Guts? Kentaro Miura's Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7" x 10" deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 pages amassing the first three Berserk volumes, with following volumes to come to serve up the entire series in handsome bookshelf collections. No Guts, no glory!


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Have you got the Guts? Kentaro Miura's Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7" x 10" deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 p Have you got the Guts? Kentaro Miura's Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the badass champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7" x 10" deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 pages amassing the first three Berserk volumes, with following volumes to come to serve up the entire series in handsome bookshelf collections. No Guts, no glory!

30 review for Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    I'm not much into Manga but I thought this was pretty good. I'm not exactly sure where the story is headed but so far this is packed with the Black Swordsman cleaving lots of demons in half. Very graphic, gory, and dark with a large horror element. The art, while very detailed, sometimes is too busy and leaves me puzzled as to what is happening. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. I'm not much into Manga but I thought this was pretty good. I'm not exactly sure where the story is headed but so far this is packed with the Black Swordsman cleaving lots of demons in half. Very graphic, gory, and dark with a large horror element. The art, while very detailed, sometimes is too busy and leaves me puzzled as to what is happening. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Volume 1 - 5/5 Hellraiser + Conan the Barbarian + Game of Thrones + Ash vs Evil Dead + Macbeth = Berserk. Berserk has always been my favorite manga of all time, rivalled only by Naoki Urasawa's Monster. The first volume is only the tip of the iceberg of a very complex, dark and violent tragedy. If you find yourself to be not too impressed with the first volume, I highly recommend reading further. The first three volumes serve as an interlude to help prepare you for the atrocities to come and may s Volume 1 - 5/5 Hellraiser + Conan the Barbarian + Game of Thrones + Ash vs Evil Dead + Macbeth = Berserk. Berserk has always been my favorite manga of all time, rivalled only by Naoki Urasawa's Monster. The first volume is only the tip of the iceberg of a very complex, dark and violent tragedy. If you find yourself to be not too impressed with the first volume, I highly recommend reading further. The first three volumes serve as an interlude to help prepare you for the atrocities to come and may seem somewhat underwhelming in terms of plot, but believe me when I say the payoff is highly rewarding and memorable. Guts seems like a simplistic, edgy anti-hero at first glance, but he's so much more than that. Guts is one of the greatest characters the fantasy genre has to offer, Sigmund Freud could probably write a novel-length psychological analysis of the severely troubled and broken man. Not to mention his rival Griffith who is equally complex and incredibly rich with psychological depth, but there will be more on that as you delve further in. I would strongly recommend this series for hardcore fans of fantasy and horror, so long as you're prepared to be traumatized for life by the disgustingly harsh nature of its content. *** Volume 2 - 4/5 An absolute slaughterfest. Guts and his massive blade against hordes of armored knights and demonic forces. The beginning of this volume sets up a lot of future plot points by introducing us to the Behilit, the God Hand, and the fact that even the demonic apostles are capable of emotions and having a family. Guts is more complex than he leads people to believe as well. He's not a sociopathic anti-hero, he's a man that has no choice but to lie to himself to keep his emotions from crushing his spirit and getting innocent people involved with his deadly affairs. He's cruel and harsh for the greater good. It's the only way he can keep himself from going insane and continue to put up a good fight against terrifying creatures that are far stronger than he is. *** Volume 3 - 5/5 This volume captures all of the greatest and most brutal qualities of the grimdark fantasy genre. The intense violence, the extreme suffering of innocents, demonic gods that control the world from behind the scenes, morally corrupt protagonists and heart-wrenching betrayal that hits you where it hurts most. There's a bit of a joke in the Berserk community that says that no matter how bad your life might be, Guts will always have it worse. It's really not that hard to believe after you've read a bit of the series. His life was one big catastrophe literally from the moment he was born. Guts was born from the corpse of his dead mother hanging from a tree and found by a group of brutal mercenaries that adopted him. He watched the closest thing he had to a mother die from the plague. He was violently abused by his adoptive father and sold to a rapist as a small child. He was forced to kill his parent. He watched all of his friends and loved ones get tortured, raped and eaten alive right in front of him. He was betrayed and marked as a demonic sacrifice by the man he considered his closest friend. And that's only the beginning... This volume is arguably one of the most important as it solidifies the themes of struggle, survival and wavering humanity that Guts deals with on a daily basis and sets up the flow of the rest of the story. It peels back the layers and reveals little by little how Guts grew up to be such a mentally broken and morally outraged character. It makes you sympathize with him and understand why he acts the way he does. He's an incredible character that's had it rough since the moment he was born.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Berserk is probably one of the first major animes I watched as a kid. Between Guyver and Dragon Ball Z getting pushed here as a child I stumbled upon Berserk in the 90's as a kid. Fell in love with the anime right away and watched it a few times growing up. HOWEVER the manga I stopped reading around 20 and just never went back to it. Now because it was bad, I still collect the series, I just didn't start reading them again. Then I saw these Deluxe books coming out. I very rarely buy books again Berserk is probably one of the first major animes I watched as a kid. Between Guyver and Dragon Ball Z getting pushed here as a child I stumbled upon Berserk in the 90's as a kid. Fell in love with the anime right away and watched it a few times growing up. HOWEVER the manga I stopped reading around 20 and just never went back to it. Now because it was bad, I still collect the series, I just didn't start reading them again. Then I saw these Deluxe books coming out. I very rarely buy books again that I own. Even when it released I kind of ignored it. But then walking through books a million I saw this and I was blown away. The size of it, the hardcover...the feel. It was like screaming for me to purchase. But 50$ is a hefty pricetag. So I went online, saw they were doing buy 2 get 1 free, and then had a 20% off coupon for books a million this week and so I bought berserk deluxe volume 1-6 for half the prices they normally are. Anyway you're like "James, I don't care why you got it. Is it good?" Well the point I was making is it's good enough for me to rebuy, so yes...it is that good. See, Berserk is a dark series. Filled with dark themes, and I'm talking Rape, incest, mutilation's, child murder, and much more. So it is NOT for everyone and that's okay. It never really needed to be. Even drawn in the 80's all these years later the art is fantastic. Guts starts his adventures on the first page fucking a demon. Just when the demon goes to kill him he blasts her face off. This sets the tone right away. Gritty, fucked up, and a world filled with loss. We then Meet Puck, a elf, who helps guts in the adventure. Luckily Puck gives some much needed humor inbetween the darkness of the series. The first arc here is mostly focused on learning the world and why it is filled with demons, meeting guts main enemy Griffith, and then ending the book with the Golden Age Arc which covers Guts childhood and this is the first maybe 9 years of his life, leaving it off with a horrible cliffhanger (Not bad, but terrible what happens). While not the strongest arc it is a wonderful showcase to the art, action, and brutalness of the series. While the only negative of this arc is it is a little action heavy not getting TOO big of a story yet. It also shows more tender moments that you'll get later on. If you love Dark Fantasy and you've heard about Berserk, THIS is the version to pick up. Pages double the size and they look amazing. A 4 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    This deluxe edition is gorgeous. Way above art and illustrations quality that we usually get in manga, paper quality is also better! That being said, this story/series is so good!! It has a lot, but a lot, of violence and action, but it also have a solid story, maybe not the most original, but well done, everything is put into place smoothly and I really enjoy reading it. The character is one hell of «hero» that's for sure! Can't wait to continue!! Fantastic new discovery! This deluxe edition is gorgeous. Way above art and illustrations quality that we usually get in manga, paper quality is also better! That being said, this story/series is so good!! It has a lot, but a lot, of violence and action, but it also have a solid story, maybe not the most original, but well done, everything is put into place smoothly and I really enjoy reading it. The character is one hell of «hero» that's for sure! Can't wait to continue!! Fantastic new discovery!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A totally unlikeable protagonist grudgingly hangs with the world's creepiest and most discomfiting sidekick: a tiny, androgynous, naked flying elf with no genitals but sporting a frequently displayed butt crack. The story is thin, with our hero Guts (!?!?) wandering around angry, killing most everyone especially humans possessed by demons -- for revenge-y reasons, I guess. This usually involves cutting them in half with his improbably large penis, er, I mean, sword. The big villain this time figh A totally unlikeable protagonist grudgingly hangs with the world's creepiest and most discomfiting sidekick: a tiny, androgynous, naked flying elf with no genitals but sporting a frequently displayed butt crack. The story is thin, with our hero Guts (!?!?) wandering around angry, killing most everyone especially humans possessed by demons -- for revenge-y reasons, I guess. This usually involves cutting them in half with his improbably large penis, er, I mean, sword. The big villain this time fights back with his improbably large penis, er, I mean, oh wait, yes, that is indeed his penis: The imagery is too over-the-top for me while the story underwhelms. I do believe I'm done with this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Des Fox

    Reading Berserk for the first time, and first off, let me just say, these books as a physical product are awesome! Super nice to hold in the hand, sewn spine, ribbon bookmark, I am pleased as punch to own and display this volume, and will be collecting the rest. As for the manga, well yeah, it's consensus that Berserk is pretty incredible. I don't know if I have the stomach for some of the depraved depths it reaches eventually, but right here, this is an incredible universe with some truly wild Reading Berserk for the first time, and first off, let me just say, these books as a physical product are awesome! Super nice to hold in the hand, sewn spine, ribbon bookmark, I am pleased as punch to own and display this volume, and will be collecting the rest. As for the manga, well yeah, it's consensus that Berserk is pretty incredible. I don't know if I have the stomach for some of the depraved depths it reaches eventually, but right here, this is an incredible universe with some truly wild layers of good and evil. Its most incredible feat as an introductory arc is presenting Guts as a total dickwad, and having him look comparatively heroic next to his enemies. This was a lot of fun to read, and I admire Miura's art. Very excited to read more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    The anime I watched as a teen seems to have been very close to the source material. Fun stuff!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I'd avoided picking up Berserk for a good long while, largely because of the anime adaptation from the '90s. Based on that, I thought the series was sort of an anime version of Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire for purists). That is, a lot of corrupt lords, bandits, and such--people versus people, when I tend to like my dark fantasy a little more on the monstrous side. Then, I learned that Berserk was a huge inspiration for the Dark Souls games, and decided to bite the bullet on this nearly I'd avoided picking up Berserk for a good long while, largely because of the anime adaptation from the '90s. Based on that, I thought the series was sort of an anime version of Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire for purists). That is, a lot of corrupt lords, bandits, and such--people versus people, when I tend to like my dark fantasy a little more on the monstrous side. Then, I learned that Berserk was a huge inspiration for the Dark Souls games, and decided to bite the bullet on this nearly 700-page omnibus. I'm so sorry I waited this long. Right out of the gate, Guts has an...erm, "encounter" with a demon, and that really sets the tone for the rest of the book. The art and pacing are a little rough at first, but once the series finds its footing, it turns into one of the most darkly intriguing, brutal, and flat-out metal manga I've ever seen. It's less George R. R. Martin, and more Glen Cook and Sam Sykes (though, ironically, I'm sure they owe more to Kentaro Miura, than the other way around), with some Clive Barker and M. C. Escher unexpectedly thrown in. Guts is a hard character to root for, because he's kind of an awful human being, but the things he's hunting are even worse. Plus, we're given a glimpse of his childhood right at the end of this volume, which helps humanize him a little. This, despite him being almost unstoppable--a trait I normally dislike in a protagonist, but Guts gets the crap beaten out of him so often on the road to victory (and vengeance), that I don't mind it too much here. I suppose I should do a basic plot synopsis, since this is the beginning of the series: Guts is a mysterious swordsman who carries a cursed brand on his neck. He's on a quest for revenge against the immortal beings who put it on him, and he really doesn't give a damn about anyone or anything else. He's extremely unlikable, but it's hard not to get caught up in his fight, because of how great the art becomes (plus, the creature designs are incredibly cool). Bottom line: Berserk is an awesome series if you like dark fantasy. (I'd add "and if you're not squeamish," but if you're into this genre, you probably aren't easily rattled.) It has a bit of a rocky start, but once you get to the "Guardians of Desire" story arc, things shift into high gear, and they don't really stop. I really can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who likes grim, unflinching fantasy stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rumi Bossche

    Finally started one of the most beloved and best selling manga series of all time, Berserk a Sword and Sorcery Fantasy comic, with very grim dark vibes is among the most loved titles i see from comic collectors on the gram. I finished the first book, and i can see its huge potential. I have to say it started very standard,  and almost cliché,  but i already knew that the story really picks up with the Golden age Arc, starting at the end of this book. This is a very disturbing read and not for th Finally started one of the most beloved and best selling manga series of all time, Berserk a Sword and Sorcery Fantasy comic, with very grim dark vibes is among the most loved titles i see from comic collectors on the gram. I finished the first book, and i can see its huge potential. I have to say it started very standard,  and almost cliché,  but i already knew that the story really picks up with the Golden age Arc, starting at the end of this book. This is a very disturbing read and not for the very squeamish. Its already on the first page that you see Guts the main character,  balls deep onto a lady who then turns into a demon, and the fighting begins,  you know you are reading Henta, Manga i mean ! He is amcompanied by a ambisexual elf, and has a sword that barely fits on the page, and cool hair of course. The later part of this three manga volume is the better one and we see a bit of the long set up to come. Dark Horse comics releases these books in super fancy leather hcs that are a sight to behold and they look very good on the shelf, all other publishers should take note! One minor letdown for me is that there are no covers on the book, but thats it. This is a very promising book that i know i will love eventually after its rough start. 3.5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    A classic for a reason. It's sick, gory, and twisted...and I loved every second of it! TW: For basically everything. Murder, general violence, body horror, implied sexual assault/abuse of a child, various sexual scenes/images, and the like. A classic for a reason. It's sick, gory, and twisted...and I loved every second of it! TW: For basically everything. Murder, general violence, body horror, implied sexual assault/abuse of a child, various sexual scenes/images, and the like.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

    I will keep my thoughts quite short and I will not be assigning a rating to most of the manga I read as my inexperience with the medium does not really allow me to rate it fairly. Putting it up next to novels on Goodreads makes that even more difficult due to the differences in presentation. In addition to this, the episodic nature of manga volumes do not give a true outlook to the various story arcs so rating every volume independently feels wrong. What I can do is give a few thoughts on why som I will keep my thoughts quite short and I will not be assigning a rating to most of the manga I read as my inexperience with the medium does not really allow me to rate it fairly. Putting it up next to novels on Goodreads makes that even more difficult due to the differences in presentation. In addition to this, the episodic nature of manga volumes do not give a true outlook to the various story arcs so rating every volume independently feels wrong. What I can do is give a few thoughts on why someone should or should not pick up the manga from the perspective of a fresh reader. Berserk is one of the most beloved manga that exists so I was very excited to finally get to it. This Deluxe Edition gathers the first three volumes and "The Black Swordsman" arc with a little glimpse of following "The Golden Age" arc in the end. "The Black Swordsman" arc itself ranges from mediocre to good and as I understand is more of a stepping stone towards later glory. The action is pretty great and the visuals themselves can be quite gory. The quality of the art varies throughout the volume. I wouldn't say it is ever bad but you can definitely see that this is some of Miura's first work (especially if you check out some of his later pieces). The story itself is fun enough and definitely raised some questions that make me want to keep on reading. For the most part, it comes down to "Dude kills demons and is badass". The weakest point of the story for me was probably the fact that the main character is pretty unlikeable and there isn't any effort to reveal too much about him in this arc. This makes the story a bit harder to follow than it should have been but luckily this all should be remedied in "The Golden Age" which focuses on the past of the MC to flesh him out. The glimpse into it already seemed pretty great and I am excited to continue. To sum up I would say that these first three volumes were intriguing but at the same time nothing to write home about. Because of this, I would like to push people to keep on reading since according to pretty much all sources on the internet Berserk gets a lot better in the next arc. I cannot give a clear recommendation myself before getting there but I am quite sure that this will turn out to be true.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nelson

    Re-read Still just as good, even better in the deluxe editions. * From now on, I'll be reading in Deluxes up to book 5 (volume 15), but marking on GR in individual volumes for the sake of uniformity, since not all volumes are collected in this format yet. The first 3 volumes of Berserk were all I had read before, so this is the only part that is a re-read. Going into Golden Age blind. Re-read Still just as good, even better in the deluxe editions. * From now on, I'll be reading in Deluxes up to book 5 (volume 15), but marking on GR in individual volumes for the sake of uniformity, since not all volumes are collected in this format yet. The first 3 volumes of Berserk were all I had read before, so this is the only part that is a re-read. Going into Golden Age blind.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Connor Foley

    Despite already owning a good portion of the manga in traditional volumes, I’ve had my eye on these deluxe editions since they’d been released and seeing this installment go out of print pushed me to make the investment into all currently released Berserk Deluxe Editions, and boy, what a good decision that was. Reading Berserk in 7x10, in it’s beautiful packaging, is an absolute pleasure. I fuckin looove Berserk, and being able to finally see Miura’s incredible art in a format that does it justi Despite already owning a good portion of the manga in traditional volumes, I’ve had my eye on these deluxe editions since they’d been released and seeing this installment go out of print pushed me to make the investment into all currently released Berserk Deluxe Editions, and boy, what a good decision that was. Reading Berserk in 7x10, in it’s beautiful packaging, is an absolute pleasure. I fuckin looove Berserk, and being able to finally see Miura’s incredible art in a format that does it justice is a dream. Deluxe Vol. 1 collects the first three Berserk volumes, which is essentially the entirety of the Blackswordsman Arc and the very start of the Golden Age arc. It’s often overlooked for the Golden Age arc, since that is the backbone and beating heart of Berserk, but these volumes do an extraordinary job at introducing the ceaseless brutality of the world, and like a slab of iron through soft tissue, enter stage left, my favorite protagonist ever, Guts. At this stage in his story, Guts’ humanity is at absolute rock bottom, morality is an annoyance to be flicked aside and his bottomless pit of anger fuels every waking moment. Only with the full context of the story can you sympathize with him during this period of slaughter and depravity, and even still, twinkles of humanity shine through once or twice in these volumes, letting you know you’re not following some senseless hell-bent psychopath. Some of my favorite panels of the series are in these volumes. The gorgeous double page battle of Guts fighting possessed skeletons, the introduction to the God-Hand and their MC Escher labyrinth dimension, among many others. The easiest complaint or criticism to make about these volumes is that the art isnt as refined as it is currently or has been for the past 20 years, but regardless, Miura’s exquisite eye has been present since the beginning. The law of causality drives this world, and the gods behind it all are devils that sow chaos through the pacts they make with desperate and despicable humans. Guts must wade through blood and corpses just to survive the world in it’s current state, and as a reader, I’m just so stoked to follow his journey and get this absolute masterpiece started up again. Fuckin 5 out of 5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would. Picked it up solely on reputation and never really read any manga before. There's an adjustment period, after reading American comics for decades: Having to read up/down and right/left across a page took a little getting used to. Reading "subtitles" for sound effects. But that's pretty minor and not hard to accommodate. I found myself engrossed in the story. The excessive violence and gore doesn't attract me, it's more of a curiosity for I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would. Picked it up solely on reputation and never really read any manga before. There's an adjustment period, after reading American comics for decades: Having to read up/down and right/left across a page took a little getting used to. Reading "subtitles" for sound effects. But that's pretty minor and not hard to accommodate. I found myself engrossed in the story. The excessive violence and gore doesn't attract me, it's more of a curiosity for how the main character, Guts, got to where he is and just why does he act the way that he does. The first story drops you into one of his adventures and there isn't much explanation for what is going on. But Guts has a few intriguing qualities: an impossibly large sword, a brand on his neck that bleeds, he seemingly has no care at all for anyone but his mission. What? How? Why? This is no "hero" in the traditional sense? I need to know more! The last chapter of the book hearkens back to Guts' origin. It gives you just a taste before this particular volume ends, offering at least the opportunity to answer some of my questions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    I think I’m too old and have read too much fantasy to be truly impressed with Berserk. It’s... fine. The story is straightforward and Miura’s art is very good. But there are so many cliches. I wasn’t surprised once reading this book. We have an edgy badass lead (with giant sword), comic relief sidekick, girl locked in a tower, evil rulers, vengeance, and so on. It also seems like Miura revels in shocking for shock’s sake, like he’s trying to prove how far he can go. I’m sure this was shocking in I think I’m too old and have read too much fantasy to be truly impressed with Berserk. It’s... fine. The story is straightforward and Miura’s art is very good. But there are so many cliches. I wasn’t surprised once reading this book. We have an edgy badass lead (with giant sword), comic relief sidekick, girl locked in a tower, evil rulers, vengeance, and so on. It also seems like Miura revels in shocking for shock’s sake, like he’s trying to prove how far he can go. I’m sure this was shocking in 1989 when it began, but it’s less so 30+ years later. Not really Miura’s fault, but still. I do like the dark humor elements, or just straight humor like when people say, “Look at his sword! It’s so big!” Yeah, I laughed at that. I might continue Berserk someday, because I did find this book somewhat fun, and it’s perfectly readable. But I won’t rush to do so.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    very great artwork is amazing, the only thing that was lacking was overall plot, but towards the end the Golden Arc begins, and I must say, it's quite interesting. very great artwork is amazing, the only thing that was lacking was overall plot, but towards the end the Golden Arc begins, and I must say, it's quite interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    Bought this special edition just as an excuse to reread the series. Loved it even more this time; but damn this edition is heavy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    L.R. Jackson

    Oh, god. What can I possibly write about this? It’s a badass manga in a badass edition, that’s it. I knew the story, even tho i never read it from start to end, and I have to say that reading it in order, knowing what will happens next, reveals a lot of things one wouldn’t notice at first. The problem is, this volumes ends with the first chapter of the golden age and I mean... we all know how fucking painful that part is. I’m gonna need some Xanax now.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Samuel

    This Berserk edition contains the first three volumes, over 700 pages, of the original manga. It starts in medias res, with the main protagonist, Guts, unbelievably violent, cold and not much of a hero apart from the fact that he cleaves his demonic enemies in twain. Guts has a strange symbol branded on his neck and it seems to be a source of great pain when demonic entities are nearby. It's clear that Guts is haunted by demons who want to take his life but he's also haunted by things never touc This Berserk edition contains the first three volumes, over 700 pages, of the original manga. It starts in medias res, with the main protagonist, Guts, unbelievably violent, cold and not much of a hero apart from the fact that he cleaves his demonic enemies in twain. Guts has a strange symbol branded on his neck and it seems to be a source of great pain when demonic entities are nearby. It's clear that Guts is haunted by demons who want to take his life but he's also haunted by things never touched upon in the first few pages. The first pages are littered with blood, gore, violence and disturbing monstrosities of all kinds, hardly giving you a moment's chance to keep up. You will hurtle through the start and find yourself getting small crumbs of an overarching plot: a behelit, a count who (view spoiler)[sacrificed his wife in order to shed his painful humanity (hide spoiler)] , five members of the God Hand (whatever that is, you may say), and another dimension hosting numerous fallen souls. It's only at the end of the third volume that the manga takes you to Guts's childhood. The conditions of his birth are enough to give you nightmares and provide the stark backdrop to Guts's personality. Ultimately, it leaves you begging for more. The first three volumes in this edition are the just-right spoonful of a flavourful dish. You can't but not dip the spoon a second time, in the hopes that you get more of Guts's intriguing story. This edition will not sate you but that's why it will hook you. This is a powerful and exciting start to a beautiful, heartbreaking horror story. To anyone who, like me, was introduced to Berserk through the 90s anime, you'll hardly recognise this intro as the TV show focused on the Golden Arc, which saga is only introduced in the last few pages of this edition. But this is a unique graphic novel, unparalleled and exceptional, a manga masterpiece, kindly reproduced in quality translated pages and quality art through Dark Horse comics.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sean Pollock

    Thoroughly entertaining dark stuff. I loved the atmosphere of this grim dark fantasy series. It's a slightly cliche series of tales about an edgy mysterious warrior with an improbably large sword fighting demons, but it's done so well that I didn't care. The art is gorgeous and really suits black and white, Miura using every shadow to excellent effect. the creature designs are wonderfully disgusting and Lovecraftian. The action scenes are visceral and overflowing with kinetic energy. There isn't Thoroughly entertaining dark stuff. I loved the atmosphere of this grim dark fantasy series. It's a slightly cliche series of tales about an edgy mysterious warrior with an improbably large sword fighting demons, but it's done so well that I didn't care. The art is gorgeous and really suits black and white, Miura using every shadow to excellent effect. the creature designs are wonderfully disgusting and Lovecraftian. The action scenes are visceral and overflowing with kinetic energy. There isn't much character stuff in this volume but there is enough to wet the appetite and hint at great character drama to come. I can't wait to read more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Mendelsohn

    I leave this sitting on my coffee table in hopes someone flips through it so I can judge their taste in all things awesome

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve Lucido

    A funny story as to how I got turned on to this Manga and why it now sits among my all time favorites of Epic Fantasy. My wife and I are coping as many with the current global pandemic in much the same as way as many people are by binging books and netflix to occupy ourselves when we aren't working. My wife has been suggesting all sorts of anime series she thought I might like and I had been for a long time very skeptical and picky about anime. She is also an avid reader of Manga and had read so A funny story as to how I got turned on to this Manga and why it now sits among my all time favorites of Epic Fantasy. My wife and I are coping as many with the current global pandemic in much the same as way as many people are by binging books and netflix to occupy ourselves when we aren't working. My wife has been suggesting all sorts of anime series she thought I might like and I had been for a long time very skeptical and picky about anime. She is also an avid reader of Manga and had read so many and suggested more than a few. One of these was 'Berserk' and she put the 2012 Golden Age movies parts 1 thru 3 in our watch list on Netflix. I thought I'll get around to watching it after i've watche some other shows I'd queued up. A few days later while reading a forum about Warhammer 40K of which I am also a fan I read one fan compare the story of Fulgrim from the 40K Universe to that of Griffith and how Fulgrim made an awful choice to turn against everything he had previously believed. That piqued my curiosity and so I decided to watch the films on Netflix. Blown away! That's the best way to describe my reaction. This anime surpassed anything I had previously watched and I was hooked. So much so that my wife suggested I read the Manga which she said was also very long running and hugely popular, and when I realized...wait?!? There is more to this story! I dove in. I discovered that there were these Deluxe volumes of the Manga, each one contain 3 of the regular size volumes that were released and currently 5 of these were available so I purchased all of them as a birthday gift for myself. I was not disappointed!! The Manga had so much more detail that was not in the anime and it was written so well with some exceptional artwork. Volume 1 represents the earliest published chapters of the story and show Miura's very kinetic art syle in an early stage and it's still outsanding and improves throughout the series. The writing is where this saga really shines however and I'm impressed by the depth of character development and plot that the author has also put into this series. This is the first volume so we get a glance of Guts just after the events of the Golden Age which Miura had not yet revealed yet, but its clear to see that Guts is among the great troubled heroes of the genre and this volume closes with the begining of the Golden Age arc, but starts waaay before the events of the 2012 animated movies I saw and we see the story of Guts from his birth to early childhood with the rest of the story picking up in Volume 2 of these deluxe books and continues through Volume 5 that is currently available. I purchased the rest of the standard edition volumes through Volume 40 which is currently the latest available volume and I intend to keep reading. I highly recommend this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    I thought that “Watchmen”, and “The Walking Dead” were the most grizzliest worlds I’ve ever discovered, but “Berserk” has just topped them. We follow a mercenary named Guts on his journey with only a sword 🗡 he carries that’s larger than a man, With only a pixie-sized elf named Puck 🧚‍♂️ as his acquaintance, the story immediately turns into a horror shows that’s beyond otherworldly, in a bloody way ☠️. Literally from start to end of these three volumes, it’s a shockfest of blood, violence and dr I thought that “Watchmen”, and “The Walking Dead” were the most grizzliest worlds I’ve ever discovered, but “Berserk” has just topped them. We follow a mercenary named Guts on his journey with only a sword 🗡 he carries that’s larger than a man, With only a pixie-sized elf named Puck 🧚‍♂️ as his acquaintance, the story immediately turns into a horror shows that’s beyond otherworldly, in a bloody way ☠️. Literally from start to end of these three volumes, it’s a shockfest of blood, violence and drama. It also doesn’t hold the reader’s hand as it’s theme, atmosphere and art style is just so grim and grotesque that it’s not gonna be for the faint of heart. Guts is also not a picture perfect hero as he has a emotionless and sadistic personality that it’s kind of unsettling at times. Even so, it’s a powerful series that just pulls you in with it’s graphic story that is NOT flowers and rainbows, but blood and monsters. A (100%/Outstanding)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Mariano

    I've seen the anime trilogy movie on Netflix and heard all this talk that Berserk is a masterpiece, so I figured I'd read the first few volumes. The Deluxe Volume 1 contains the full Black Swordsman arc and is a great introduction to the world. I'm addicted and must read the entire manga because of this. I've seen the anime trilogy movie on Netflix and heard all this talk that Berserk is a masterpiece, so I figured I'd read the first few volumes. The Deluxe Volume 1 contains the full Black Swordsman arc and is a great introduction to the world. I'm addicted and must read the entire manga because of this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    B

    The manga seems like an after story to the anime which is great. Having watched the anime movies on Netflix it feels like I'm already caught up on what's happened to the characters so far and I can just keep reading to find out what happens next through the manga. This feeling of continuity is pretty rare between manga and its anime counterpart so I'm actually impressed. The manga seems like an after story to the anime which is great. Having watched the anime movies on Netflix it feels like I'm already caught up on what's happened to the characters so far and I can just keep reading to find out what happens next through the manga. This feeling of continuity is pretty rare between manga and its anime counterpart so I'm actually impressed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    This was a most spectacular read indeed. If you love murder, gore, demons and war, you'll love this. If these things don't appeal to you, stay away from the series. This was a most spectacular read indeed. If you love murder, gore, demons and war, you'll love this. If these things don't appeal to you, stay away from the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Tsunami

    Guts is alright. Griffith is best girl.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aildiin

    I am reading it because it's a classic but I an not overly found of the art I am reading it because it's a classic but I an not overly found of the art

  29. 5 out of 5

    Austin Zook

    The artwork in the deluxe edition looks incredible. I’m so into this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Great intro arc to the Berserk universe. This was really dark but I'm interested in what is coming in the future. Parts of this remind me a Game of Thrones. Great intro arc to the Berserk universe. This was really dark but I'm interested in what is coming in the future. Parts of this remind me a Game of Thrones.

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