The NZA Posted July 11, 2005 Share Posted July 11, 2005 please note: the thread for the anime based on this book can be found here) So, after seeing the anime - which, again, is great but leaves you really wanting to know what else happens - I sought out this book, and it's been an ongoing title for years now - its up to volume 30, about 250 issues thus far. The Band of the Hawks describes Berserk as: Created By Kentaro Miura, Berserk Is A Gothic Tale Set In The Middle Ages Which Chronicles The Life And Trials Of Gatsu. He Is A Very Strong And Skilled Swordsman. He Fights So That He Can Determine His Own Destiny. Taking Your Destiny Into Your Own Hands And Not Letting Fate Do It For You Is The Constant Theme In This Series. While this is true - destiny is defintely a central theme - it should be noted this is the darkest, most violent comic/manga i believe I've ever read. Both the sex and the violence (sometimes both) are quite detailed, and the book is outright horrifying at parts. The violence is so commonplace, you almost become numb to it, utnil the envelope is pushed further. This, however, isnt done entirely for shock value, i believe: the context of the story, and the effects this horror has on Guts/Gatsu are shown as they take their toll, as well as how far he is willing to go to put an end to it. The book can go from a slow character-build of a fairly large, almost RPG-ish cast of characters, to silent action scenes moving the plot at breakneak speed with little warning. Manga being what it is, there's many silent spreads like the one up top, so thought I admit the series is a long one, I've honestly breezed through it in a week or so (im on vol. 28), and though after seeing the anime, I simply wanted resolution quickly, I honestly hope to see a lot more to come. The book is pretty badass, and though most arcs admittedly havent been as eventful as the first one that said anime was taken from, there's been more than enough moving along to keep me really interested. Fans of dark, gothic action stories with badass heroes and very, very nasty villians will most certainly enjoy this book, but those easily offended or faint of heart should definitely look elsehwere. Here's to seeing if anyone else has ever given it a try; hopefully ill have copies for Da Cap'n soon enough. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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