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  • Vol: 37+; Ch: 334+
  • 1988 - ?
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Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawk. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the Band of the Hawk, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Very soon, what seems like a straightforward march for conquest becomes a harrowing struggle for humanity and life itself. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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Manga Relations

Manga Name Year Relation Type More Info
Berserk (Pilot) 1988 TBD

Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Berserk TV 1997 Anime Adaptation
Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler Movie 2012 Anime Adaptation
Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey Movie 2012 Anime Adaptation
Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent Movie 2013 Anime Adaptation
Name Role
Kentaro MIURA Artist
Kentaro MIURA Author

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Berserk harshrox2 10/10 Jan 7, 2014
Berserk deideiblueeyez 9.5/10 Jan 17, 2013
Berserk ValorousFish 10/10 Mar 12, 2012
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  • Vol: 25+; Ch: 149+
  • 2001 - ?

In a land overrun by yoma - monsters that feed upon human innards and take on the appearance and memories of their victims - humans are little more than cattle awaiting slaughter. The only opposition to the yoma is The Organization, a group led by a council of mysterious men who send out their all-female warriors (known as claymores) to do their bidding. However, The Organization is not charitable; a town must pay an exorbitant fee for their services. Likewise, many of the claymores care little for those who they protect. Clare, the lowest ranked claymore, lives only so that she may one day avenge her mentor.

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Both manga share a similar setting (medieval fantasy), their plot line is constructed on flawed characters who are fighting against the immeasurable odds to survive. Also main-characters have anti-hero archetypes and their motives are based on their situation rather than being good or evil characters are always poised on grey area. Both manga share a similar explicit material such as extensive blood scenes, and sexual scenes (more suited to mature audience).


It's all about the mood when it comes to Berserk and Claymore.  Hopelessness radiates from the atmosphere as we follow our beloved main characters through hell.  Fighting beasts that no ordinary human can beat, Clare and Gatts go against the impossible.  With rich art in each eventful page, eager to read on, you'll not want to miss both of these riveting manga.


Claymore sometimes feels like Berserk's younger sibling. Both contain plenty of violent battles, gore and monsters, set in fantasy worlds that aren't exactly great places to live out one's life. The worlds are also fairly low fantasy, so there's not that much in the way of spellcasting, bearded dwards or magical artefacts compared to, say, Forgotten Realms.

Keep in mind that Claymore is more lighthearted than Berserk, which sometimes goes over the top with all the rape, slaughter and maiming. Berserk's characters are also more fleshed out and appealing, but Claymore does have some good ones. If one of these appeals to you, and you don't mind to cross a demography barrier, do check out the other.


Very similar setting in witch the both protagonist/antagonists (still not sure who is what) deal with the situation that seemes to be out of control, since it may or may not be on the world basis. Violence, gore, cruelty, giant mosters... they both got a plenty of it. If you liked one, reading other one will be a huge success...


Both Berserk and Claymore take place in a demonic world filled with sorrow and death, and both fight to survive against monsters odds.


very same story concept art just here protagonist and lead are female lot of gore and monster and both have humungous amount of content to have as a development left as in progress to irrtatingly say what the hell when next chapter is coming


Both are similar in the fact they include monsters/beings that no ordinary human can really kill as well as with the the serious tones and envirnments both hold. Both have their moments, but Berserk however is way more gory and brutal.  If you like Berserk you most likely will like Claymore. If you like Claymore, you might like Bersekr but it is not for the faint of heart.

Ubel Blatt

Ubel Blatt
  • Vol: 13+; Ch: 121+
  • 2004 - ?

Köinzell is a master swordsman who, along with thirteen other heroes, was sent by the Szaalenden Empire to block an invasion of their enemy Wischtech. Along the way three died, four betrayed the others and seven defeated the traitors and returned as heroes. At least, that's what people believe. In reality the ‘Seven Heroes' were the real traitors, defeating the four true champions after the seven had fled the battle in cowardice. Köinzell has bided his time for twenty years, honing his skills and recovering from the brink of death so that he may avenge his fallen comrades. The time for vengeance has finally come and all who stand in his way shall be dismembered without hesitation, but it won't be easy as everyone believes the lies of the traitors. With all the soldiers in the land and the public against them, Köinzell and his ragtag allies may have to sacrifice everything if they are to prevail against the might of the entire nation.

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Both manga are set in an old-style fantasy world, with knights, monsters, swords, lords, faeries, and magic. Unlike many fantasy manga, these stories are both dark and stories of betrayal. They both have similar content in terms of sex and violence; breasts and blood appear regularly. The protagonists in both stories are strong, have dark pasts that are unveiled over the course of the story, and gather a following of useful but weaker companions who travel with them throughout the world.


While I'm not sure that if you like a great manga like Berserk you will like average one like Ubell Blatt, but the other way around is a certain thing.Still I will keep it as both ways, since they have really similar theme/story (the main difference is quality)

In both mangas the main character is really strong swordsman, who wans to get revenge on his former companion/s for the betrayal that costed him a lot. In both cases the vendetta is outside the law, and the character often crosses paths with forces of law, protecting his target/s.

Both mangas have dark, medieval theme with addition of magic. Both are very brutal, and don't mind showing some explicit gore/nudity.


The stories are simliar in a multitude of ways, both main characters seeking vengence after being betrayed the person/people closest to them. Ubel Blatt art style is not as dark as berserk but still dark. The plots are quite good, nice character development.

If you liked either Ubel Blatt or Berserk, you should give the other a try.

Shin Angyo Onshi

Shin Angyo Onshi

Munsu is an Angyo Onshi - an arbiter for the country of Jushin. Fighting evil is all he knows, but since Jushin has recently collapsed, what is he fighting for? Wandering from place to place, Munsu finds himself battling those who would further destabilize the country, whether they be arms dealers, smugglers, tyrants, or necromancers. Accompanied by a female warrior named Chun Hyang and able to call upon the strength of a ghostly legion with his Angyo Onshi powers, Munsu sets out to help those who are willing to take a step towards helping themselves, and bring justice against all that is evil in the world.

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Shin Angyo Onishi and Berserk both revolve heavily around a man who is trying to start a war and take over all that is good.  In Berserk, Griffith is starting a war with every creature imaginable and Gatts seems to be the only man who realizes evil's intentions.  While Munsu has to face a likely foe, trying to take over the world with some sick awesome creatures.

Both Munsu and Gatts are very serious men who have one goal, rid evil and their arch enemy, who once were friends.  Gatts with his incredible strength and Munsu with his medallion destroy all in their path.  Both have to fight treacherous wars where humanity is at stake.  Creative and eye-opening artwork depict just how harsh their times were.  Many more similarities with these two mind-blowing mangas but ill leave the rest for you readers to find out.


both have gore theme magical world female copanion here less dark story is in bits like that of wandering swordsmen but in berserk story is on another level and com as a whoesome pack




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If you strip away the fantasy aspect of Berserk, Ares will poke through.  Ares and Berserk follow a very similar, if not the same, formula. In black and white, Ares and Berserk are split up into 2 parts, trust and betrayal.  When Ares joins the Mercs, he becomes close friends with a few of them.  They have good battling times, and then Ares gets betrayed.  Gatts goes through the same trial.  He joins Band of the Hawks, opens himself up and then gets betrayed.  Trust then Betrayal.  As the devastating turn of events happen, we find our main characters battling it out with the betrayer in an all out war.  The one who betrayed his friends creates an army and becomes unbelievably powerful.  Berserk and Ares are incredibly told, in a sense, war stories.  These manga are packed with gore and heart-wrenching details of a struggle to survive and live on. 

Battle Angel Alita

Battle Angel Alita

In a post-apocalyptic world, humans, robots and cyborgs live in the Scrapyard - a landscape of twisted, rusted junk made up of the garbage sent from the above city of Zalem. In this place, the inventor Ido finds a partially-destroyed cyborg amidst the rubble, gives her a new body and names her Gally. With no memory of her past and an instinctual ability to use a powerful martial art known as the Panzer Kunst, Gally matures and relearns life's lessons while she travels the broken landscape, struggles to remember who she is and where she came from, and discovers the mysteries of Zalem.

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though coming from two different genres, at their core berserk and battle angel alita have alot in common. both are character driven, dark and violent. underscore that with intrigueing plots and great art and you have two books that just feel the same.

if you like one, then definitely give the other a try.