Berserk Complete Series (1997)
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|Entire complete series: Episodes 1-25 with Special Box! In the town of Midland, a new king comes to power through treachery and violence. His demonic agents victimize the citizens relentlessly until one night when a battle weary soldier calling himself the Black Swordsman approaches the city. The sword he carries is as big as his grudge against the king, and he hunts the servants of evil with vengeful fury!|
Editor's NotePlease see individual titles for full story descriptions. In the popular series BERSERK, a young fighter named Guts and the personable Captain Griffith make their way through a country that has been ravaged by an evil king. The king came to power illegitimately, and used his forces to take advantage of the citizenry until the Black Swordsman eliminated them. The boxed set of the series follows the action as the country deals with the aftermath.
|Michelle Newman - Voice|
|Oriental Light and Magic - Animation Producer|
|Marc Diraison - Voice|
|Kevin T. Collins - Voice|
|Naohito Takahashi - Director|
Berserk was one of the first anime I ever saw, and it was the one that really got me hooked on anime in general. That was several years ago (when I was sixteen or thereabouts), and Berserk still remains one of my favourite titles. One of the things that I appreciated about it, aside from the intense animation and plot, was the fact that it made me appreciate a genre I might otherwise have passed off as a purely male thing. Berserk has its share of violence and gore and gratuitous blood spurting, but it also has drama and touches of romance and humour. (No, it's NOT shoujo, it simply has depth that a lot of violent series lack.) It's something that a girl of sixteen could enjoy wholeheartedly. The outtakes are absolutely hilarious (I wish more animated series and films did them); if you've never heard 'Griffith' sing 'I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No,' it's worth it. The only issue I have is with the packaging of this set. While I appreciate the slimmer design, a thinpak idea in the style of ADV would have been better than two discs layered on a card. It's really, really annoying having to take out discs to get to the one you want (and the ones on the front and back of the case are very difficult to remove, inviting damage). If you get this, I recommend getting some slim DVD cases as well and doing away with the stock case. I've had some obnoxious DVD storage situations, and this one is just more trouble than it's worth.
Berserk, its for the guys3/10/2005
This is by far the bloodiest series out there at this moment. However, it is not all blood and guts. There is actually a story here that embodies frienship, love, and even betrayal. It just so happens that it's covered in crimson blood. The story involves the friendship between Guts and Griffin, the main characters that are looked upon for leadership in a renegade group or mercineries called The Band of the Hawk. Their goal is to attain a kingdom of their own through the services that they provide for various Lords and Kings in the region. We see through out the story the development of the characters as they grow in status and power. But the real meat is the interaction between the two leads. This is by far one of the best aspects of the show. It does contain alot of action and great battles, but just how Guts and Griffin interact with each other is very intersting. You feel for these protagonists and you cant help but wonder where this is going. And it goes into places you could not expect. Overall this is one of the best animes out there. It is smart, serious and not for the squimish. This one bites back and the blood does spill but it is well worth it. Highly recommended!!