Berserk

TV (25 eps)
OLM
1997 - 1998
4.322 out of 5 from 24,827 votes
Rank #390

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 Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, 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. 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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VivisQueen May 23, 2008
Score 8.5/10

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While I would have liked to begin with a witty, intellectual line about how great Berserk is, I just couldn't find the right words to do it. For some reason, Berserk defies any attempts at clever analysis, meaning that I'm left with no option but to say it how I feel: Berserk is hands down one of the best anime around. It may not turn out to be one... read more

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roriconfan Apr 12, 2012
Score 8.5/10

I like epic fantasy, dragons, wizards, and knights and stuff. If there is good action and interesting characters to the lot, I like it a lot more. Some years before this one they made Record of Lodoss War, which as good as it may have been in terms of story, the plot and the action were boring as hell and thus it was nothing but a good idea. And then this baby pops up, with a really dark, violent and erotic... read more

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