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Berserk vol 01 The black swordsman TP
Berserk vol 01 The black swordsman TP
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His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won't take his fate lying down; he'll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned-and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death...or vengeance.
Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme - violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny - and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter - and offers none!
This collection is translated into English but oriented in right-to-left reading format, as originally published.
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"Top manga" by Vampire-Akito (Nederland) on May 3, 2018
Ik vind het echt een top manga! De tekeningen zijn behoorlijk grof en het verhaal is heel goed. Ik raakte er meteen verslaafd aan. Persoonlijk vind ik Berserk een echte 'Must read'.
"geweldig!" by symen papadopoulos (Belgium) on Apr 13, 2012
op het begin had ik mijn twijfels over berserk want ik heb niet zo graag actie in manga maar de actie en het verhaal zijn zo goed dat
ik na de eerste volume wist dat het niet de laatste zou zijn het is echt een must have!
"Though strong muscular...what's not to like :)" by ElenoreLoretje (Belgium) on Jun 3, 2008
So...this is a seinen manga? Why am I reading this then? x_x
Just kidding, I liked it a lot, it's just my thing, a tough guy with a mysterious past, slashing and dashing monsters in half. (yeah there's a lot of violence and gore...) But there's also a fairy (awwww ^-^) and of course the warrior believes he doesn't need anyone (grrr men...) but the fairy sticks to his side anyway, way to go cutie ;)
So if you're a guy who likes explicit violence and gore or a girl who likes those things too(like me) and you're a softie for guys with a terrible secret, there's nothing else to do but read this one :)
"Super" by Wegeling (Netherlands) on May 26, 2008
Ik ben het net zoals Jeffrey Brok en de anderen wel eens
het is echt super (nou vond ik zelf het mischien wel beter geweest als het begin meer naar het einde werd gebracht) Het mooiste aan het verhaal is dat je hem ziet opgroeien hij ontmoed Griffith en de wereld veranderd voor hem later veranderd het nog een aantal malen maar dat zou je zelf maar moeten lezen (Beste manga ooit kijk ook eens de Anime serie is ook te gek)
"Great" by Levi Blokdijk (Nederland) on Apr 5, 2008
I started reading it once and stopped after the first 2 volumes for reasons unknown now. But when I started again I really wanted to get the whole serie. It really is great. The artwork gets betting during the series and is absolutly fabulous. Don't get thrown off by the covers because what's done on the inside is alot better. Not only are the drawings great, the story really is indepth. Looking at the drawings might give you a different impression. But between all the hacking and slashing there really is an interesting story. Five stars, for sure.
"Wreed!" by Jeffrey Brok (Nederland) on Mar 1, 2008
Ah, dat begin was echt wreed! De hele volume deed wel iets bij mij. Het had zoiets dat je hebt als je dorst hebt, maar dan anders.
Ik heb er wel gigantisch snel door heen gelezen. Want er waren ook veel gevechten, en weinig tekst wat ik wel fijn vond.
"The beginning of a dark and brutal fantasy-saga." by Villain (Finland) on Feb 24, 2006
Berserk is an epic story with extreme emotions and incredibly deep characters, but this first volume touches only the violent surface. We are introduced to the main character of the series, Guts the Black Swordman, a man with a literally haunted past. The three long chapters of the book show him fighting seemingly overwhelming opponents, but Guts has seen a lot worse.
A reader who is not already familiar with Berserk might be bothered by the fact that we get only a few hints about Guts' past in this volume. Also, instead of the intriguing storylines and complex characters the later volumes are famous for, this first volume is only about action and a few moments of dark humor provided by Puck the elf.
Kentaro Miura's art, although certainly high above most manga-artists', isn't yet quite as polished here as it is in the later volumes (this was originally released already in 1990). There's plenty of detail in almost every single panel, but only a few pages look genuinely impressive. Nevertheless, the designs are original and interesting.
This release by Dark Horse and Digital Manga is of high quality; printing is sharp with excellent tones. There are some cases of bad trim, where the picture is cut by the edge of the page, but most of them are not severe at all. The first printing of this first volume has also several typos and spelling errors, but they have rumoredly been corrected in later printings.
Compared to the popular anime, the manga is quite different. The first episode of the anime somewhat follows the first chapter of this volume, albeit loosely; but whereas the anime jumped back in time to show Guts' past very quickly, the manga continues much further with "present-day" Guts.
Overall, the first volume of Berserk is probably the weakest of the series, but nevertheless an important part of the whole saga and essential reading to every manga fan.
"A magnificent story of epic proportions" by Antti Niemela (Finland) on Aug 9, 2005
I can't understand why it took me so long to buy the first volume. I remember picking up the book from the local comics specialist only "because there wasn't anything else of interest". As soon as I had closed the book I walk right back to the store and bought all the volumes he had on sale. Having seen the anime, I knew what I was getting into. Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine the manga to be this much better than the anime.
The first volume is just a fraction of the massive story Miura is telling us. It introduces us to the world ridden with demons hiding among people exploiting them at every turn and to the unlikely hero set out to destroy them.
Kentaro's artwork is incredible. Gritty, detailed and very well drawn. I especially like the way he designs his characters. A very unique style. He pours a lot of feeling into the characters and you can really feel the hatred and the rage burning inside Guts as he seeks revenge. The artist also mixes quirky, lighthearted humor into the darkness and carnage.
Not only is his artwork superb, he is also a great story teller. He tells the story with such a firm grip it's hard to remember that this truly is the man's first manga. The story that has lasted for 28 volumes and still apparently going strong!
A great story with excellent artwork and a likeable cast of characters... A true master piece!
"An instant classic" by Winkelkar (Belgium) on Dec 2, 2003
Berserk the manga is definitely a must read for anyone who loves dark stories with awesome fights and very human characters which we can relate to in some way. Also there are many ways to interpretate a character. Their relationships aren't easily defined with simple definitions as love, friendship, enemy, ... No, the story and the relationships go alot deeper than you might think at first.
This first volume introduces us to Gatsu, or Guts whatever you prefer. It is an excellent introduction into the rich, dark, violent and funny story. We also how much of a b*stard he actually is. At first he doesn't seem a popular or interesting character at all. He seems like a very shallow, uncaring guy that does whatever he feels like. But as the story progresses and certainly into the later volumes we see another side of Gatsu. That takes us a look into his souls and his very being of who he really is and was.
But this first volume is perfect if you haven't seen the anime or haven't read the manga. You'll instantly fall in love with it! I guarantee you that.