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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?
While Berserk and EDEN are have very different settings and plots, both are complex both in plot and character development. Each and every page is well-thought-out and eloquently structured. From the beginning to the very end everything comes together and has a meaning and reason behind it.
Both are very serious in tone for the most part, but also have their lighter moments. Both can also be extremely mature in content, featuring sexual acts as well as blood and gore. EDEN is Sci-fi, while Berserk is Fantasy, but I can not think of a pair of manga series more alike than these two.
For centuries, vampires have lurked in the shadows of England's streets. The Hellsing Organization, currently led by Integra Hellsing, has spent centuries fighting these monsters and keeping their existence a secret from the world. Alucard is a vampire sworn to serve Integra and follow Hellsing under her rule; Seras is a fledgling vampire subservient to Alucard, learning about vampire ways while struggling with her own lost mortality. Together they keep England safe from blood-drinking monsters, until a new breed of pseudo-vampire, the Freak, begins attacking people for fun and not to feed. Where are these Freaks coming from and what will Hellsing sacrifice to stop them?
Both of Berserk and Hellsing are super violent and involve huge battle scenes. Both also have pleanty of hellish demonic looking bad guys. But I think the most important similarity is the protagonists ability to kill hoards of badguys with little or no effort.
Trust and Love turned into the worst enemy and shaking the world, is how Kurohime and Berserk relate. Kurohime and Gatts once met incredible trustworthy friends that changed their life. Gatts met Griffith who changed him and Kurohime met Zero who broke her curse and made her find love. The twist is, both these people turn the world upside down and turn into death gods. They both transcended into darkness and became the worst villain imaginable to the main characters. In order to salvage some hope, Gatts and Hime seek to guide them towards the light once again. Imagination that will rock the house, a war unlike any other, and the most incredible, gigantic monsters alive, these 2 fantasies go hand in hand. If one is read then dive into the extraordinary world of the other.
Ten years ago, a strong warrior named Thors lost his life in a fight with Askeladd - a powerful and ruthless Viking. Having witnessed his demise, Thors’ son, Thorfinn, became consumed by hatred and vowed to exact revenge on his father’s killer in an honorable duel. With nowhere to go, Thorfinn was recruited onto Askeladd’s ship and began working with the crew as they pillage settlements and trick naive armies. Now, the young boy spends his days honing his battle skills while carrying out Askeladd’s bidding in order to earn his reward of a duel with the vicious captain. But despite having failed in all his bouts with the man he despises so much, will the day ever come when Thorfinn can finally defeat Askeladd and lay his father’s memory to rest?
Vinland reminds me of Berserk in a few ways. The art is very detailed, amazing shadowing as well. The character's facial expression are are also quite eye grabbing. You've got a troubled character out for revenge, with plenty of blood and guts along the way. There is also a parallel story here of the hero involved in a plot with a boy who would be king. Basically if you removed the fantasy element from Berserk you would have Vinland!
Although it has only been going for 5 years it's definitely made a mark for itself and is truly turning into an epic tale.