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Title: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Uknowin on August 24, 2016, 03:20:23 AM
Hi, Skull.net, first let me say that I'm happy to be accepted onto the forum, and I hope to make as much attributions as my free time from school allows lmao.

Okay, so I'm pretty new to Berserk. I've watched the 90s anime, and I've gotten to around 260 or so in the manga, but I'm curious:

How did you find about Berserk? I'm sincerely curious to know.

I'm just curious because you don't see much adds for it, and I've heard there are people in the anime viewing community that don't even know what it is. Although I wouldn't know personally because I'm in any general anime communities.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Typhous on August 30, 2016, 03:49:45 PM
 I was lucky enough to have a friend recommend it to me about 2 years ago, we were talking about plot heavy stories and went from dune to berserk.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Salem on August 30, 2016, 04:28:07 PM
Years ago I played Guts rage for dreamcast.  Loved it, but knew nothing of the anime or manga.

Years later in 2007 my friend convinced a very reluctant version of myself to watch this anime called Berserk.  Cue insane lust for more.  Connected the dots of this show and that old dreamcast game, found out about the manga and read it all quickly. 

Slowly started collecting the books and even had a myspace fan page way back when, but little did I know there was already a very well organized page right here.

You should catch up right now.  :)
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Eluvei on August 30, 2016, 05:24:49 PM
All I remember is being 13 or 14 and typing "Bersek" on now defunct p2p file sharing software Kazaa so I could download the anime. I actually managed to download several episodes by spelling it wrong like that.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Lawliet on August 30, 2016, 06:48:47 PM
I'm not certain of the first time I heard of it, but I believe it was when I made a thread in another forum asking about the most powerful stories in manga. Someone (many actually) said Berserk and I looked if up and it was in my mind until I read it a few months later. That was six years ago.

The series scared me away at first and it wasn't until 2015 when I randomly decided to watch the first movie when I found it on Netflix. It was on a whim and I'm glad it happened because it led me to read the manga and I've been a massive fan ever since.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Sareth on August 31, 2016, 02:13:05 AM
I'm a very new fan since I just got into the series back in May. The biggest factor in me getting interested in Berserk was TwoBestFriendsPlay. They're big fans and have talked about it quite a bit. Earlier this year they were playing Dark Souls 3 and kept making comparisons to Berserk so I got curious, especially since I've had the Dreamcast game in my gaming collection for a while and had no context for anything. I looked up Berserk and almost immediately had The Eclipse spoiled for me :judo: But I found the '97 anime and gave it a watch, and even though it was low-budget and the voice acting was a bit cheesy I really enjoyed it. Once I finished it I started searching for official manga scans.

I've tried to read a few mangas before but I've never read any other beyond a few episodes. Somehow Berserk compelled me to read it every chance I had and I caught up in less than a week. It was like I wasn't even reading it most of that time, more like watching it. I was so enthralled with the story and characters and artwork that  my mind just filled in everything else. It was really surreal. Now I'm working on buying new volumes to offer my support to the series. I currently have 1-4 and 37, and I'm expecting 5,13,17, and 19 to arrive this week.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: hearTes on August 31, 2016, 03:11:34 AM
One day I was browsing through a manga website when I came across the latest Detective Conan chapter (ch. 940~), I was baffled by the number (I mean how can somebody keep an episodic series running for such a long time?) and decided to find out if it's ever going to conclude. My search led me to a thread on MAL where I learned about Berserk, the fact that the series was older than Detective Conan and only 337 episodes had been published sparked my curiosity.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Death May Die on August 31, 2016, 04:37:44 AM
       The very first time was in a issue of EGM or Dreamcast Magazine. (This was around 1998-1999, the Dreamcast wasn't even out yet. I'll try to dig up a screenshot of it later on.) There was a small article of it with a tiny screen shot of the Guts Rage game. All I could see was blood every where, and a "guy" swinging a Cloud-like "Buster Sword." I remember thinking "I would call this some sort of rip off, but there is just too much blood not to want to play this." I truly knew too little. In a short time, I would forget all about the game, until I came across it about a year later. "Oh shit, I remember reading about this!" If it wasn't for that tiny screenshot a year earlier, I would never of bought it. That juvenile lust for blood and guts (no pun intended) would introduce me to a surprising well made game with a pretty decent story. It really show cased what the Dreamcast can offer at the time. Looking back, it honestly did feel like a middle chapter but it was entirely enjoyable out of context.

      I would never have imagined, there was a anime... or manga. But I was determined for some reason in my teens to never read manga. That was a new level of nerd I wasn't going to touch at the time. I however, found the BOX of WAR volume 1 at a local video store that was way over priced. Interestingly enough, I didn't put two and two together. The Berserk "title" text was different from that of the Dreamcast game. What stood out was the collectors box, and how I didn't get it what the big box itself was all about. "How come there is only one DVD in this thing... what a rip off." I visited the store quite a bit, and was always on the hunt for new anime. I was just coming off the Samurai X OVA kick, and for a long while just needed to fill the void. I finally came across Berserk that wasn't wrapped in the "big box." It was volume 2, or 3 and still nothing added up that it was the same series that the Dreamcast game. Really, thinking about it, Guts Rage is based off post Golden Age. Big Sword, Casca's mind was gone, she had long hair. I wouldn't have recognized anyone. The anime presented a large-yet smaller sword, Casca had short hair, Griffith wasn't in the game. (Also I also somehow got the impression that Zodd was Griffith, I guess because I thought it was a play on the word "Griffin" which is what kinda of creature I thought Zodd was in the game. Meaning... he would of been talking about himself in the 3rd person in the game, when he mentions Griffith. Yeah, I was pretty confused on that.) Any how, I read the description and Guts name was mentioned, but didn't stand out. Band of the Hawk was mentioned, and still nothing in my head added up. It wasn't until I read the name "Griffith" that the gears started to turn or more so, correct themselves. The name Griffith, which I only ever heard in Guts Rage made me think of just that, the Dreamcast game. I said "Hang on a minute..." I looked at Guts name, and thought "Oh shit!" I scuffled around and found the other 4 or 5 available volumes and started to put it all together. I said "It's a prequel!"

       I was entirely relieved, because I liked the game and I was very interested in "what the fuck was that game all about." I would of never of guessed just how much the anime would not only eclipses the game, but would open me up to just tidbits of the greatest story I ever read. For years, I borrowed the anime to friends. Even now I own 3 different complete sets of the anime. I turned so many people on to the anime. It wasn't until I was hearing "Man, that cliffhanger sucked. I just want more Berserk man!" from so many people, that I decided I myself did as well. Somewhere along the way, I had read that the anime was based off a Manga. This was bad news, as in Missouri back in 2003-2004, there just wasn't a whole lot of options unless you went to a big city. Which for me, was two hour drive. Amazon and online ordering wasn't streamlined yet, and I was still in high school. Even if I found it at a store, I couldn't of bought it. No funds and there was simply too many volumes to contend with. So, getting the manga was never option. So I read scans. Which I thought was okay until thankfully Aaz verbally-bitch-slapped me one day when I mentioned it. I shit you not, sometime in 2008-2009 I systematically bought the entire available series. I do consider it a prize possession.

     I'm proud of my slow-burn of a journey of discovering Berserk. I took baby steps with the series, and it feels like I somehow raised a relationship with the series. It's literally part of my life. Somewhat of a comfortable place, or a old friend that seems to have been around since forever. It's taken a life of its own in a lot of ways really. Hell, I pop in here now and then and feel like I'm visiting the series, even if there's no new episode, I'm investing my time into my fascination and love for the series. As we all are. Again it's like stopping in and checking up on a old friend to see how they're doing. 
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Squiddot on August 31, 2016, 05:16:17 AM
Berserk hung in my periphery for probably years before I actually picked it up. The earliest I can remember hearing about it was when I got into Dark Souls and read about the oft repeated Guts and Artorias comparison.

Eventually I kept noticing it popping up enough to look into the story online a bit. I scoured the wiki for a bit (because I sometimes do that rather than devote too much time to reading a series i'm only curious about. It has its downsides.). All that stuck with me after I left was the Eclipse and the World Transformation, but it was enough to get me interested. So next time I visit my friend who watched loads of anime, I bring it up. He's never heard of it so we get hold of the movie trilogy (don't judge) and power through the first two. We have to split up before we get to the third and watch that alone (Which was probably for the best) and we both start the manga a few days later.

He wound up racing ahead of me only to drop it around the the time Ganishka shows up. I completely fell in love by Lost Children and the rest is history  :badbone:.

That was maybe 2 or 3 years ago. Nowadays I have the 37 Dark Horse volumes sitting on my shelf. I remember trying so hard to get my friends into it but they all resisted, save for one who read through my collection last year. Through chance I discovered a few other friends of friends read it as well. So we bond over the current series events whenever we run into each other.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Gamehowitzer on August 31, 2016, 06:54:16 AM
I found the old anime a few years back and watched all of that, the eclipse scene left me confused and wondering what the hell happened, so i checked out the manga. And from then on i have loved berserk as a whole. I don't know why but everyone loved the lost children arc, and that was one of my favorite apostle fights. I could imagine it animated in fact. That's another thing that makes berserk great, if you actually read the manga and then look back on it in your head you can see how it should be animated. My favorite part of the lost children arc is somewhere between the pseudo elves killing each other, and when Guts face got skewered.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Kobby on August 31, 2016, 04:08:27 PM
One of my favourite anime Youtubers, King of Lightning, mentioned it in one of his videos years ago (2011/2012). Though I didn't start Berserk until the summer of 2014.
Some people on a facebook group I used to be in recommended it to me as well.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: DANGERDOOOOM on September 01, 2016, 03:52:22 AM
I had a friend in middle school (somewhere in 2003), and he had the first Berserk volume. I glanced at it for a bit and didn't think much of it. Years later I happened to spontaneously by the anime from some review online and slowly became obsessed with it. When I found out there was more than the giant cliff hanger the anime left me at, I ended up buying the books from Amazon.

Berserk is an amazing experience and I'm happy I came across it :guts:
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: favole on September 01, 2016, 08:03:33 AM
A close friend mentioned it something like two years ago but after looking it up extremely briefly and seeing Guts' Dragon Slayer, I thought this would be too heavy on the fighting side for it to interest me.

And then at the very beginning of this year, I read an interview from the author of Shingeki no Kyojin saying that he had been inspired by Casca's character when he imagined the main girl of the series, so I went to look it up again, remembered my friend's words, read some extremely positive reviews and watched the three movies not long after to see whether this could be something I'd enjoy.

And... well, I picked up the manga from the very first volume immediately after and it took me about 3-4 months to read through it and buy all volumes.

Easily one of the best (if not the best) series I'm following right now and I'm glad I looked it up again and gave it a chance.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: hearTes on September 01, 2016, 01:13:39 PM
Eventually I kept noticing it popping up enough to look into the story online a bit. I scoured the wiki for a bit (because I sometimes do that rather than devote too much time to reading a series i'm only curious about. It has its downsides.). All that stuck with me after I left was the Eclipse and the World Transformation

...you basically spoiled 2 of the biggest highlights of the series for yourself.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Squiddot on September 01, 2016, 02:05:42 PM
...you basically spoiled 2 of the biggest highlights of the series for yourself.

It didn't affect my reading too much at all. When I watched the adapted Golden Age, I already knew Griffith would eventually sacrifice everyone (read. Guts), but I had no idea what the context would be, or how the event would actually play out. Which is essentially the exact same position any manga reader would be in by the time they finish Black Swordsman.

And my knowledge of the World Transformation was literally "Griffith floods the world with magical stuff". Do you think I had any idea about Ganishka, Skullknight, Zodd, the Kushan war and the events that led to Femto incarnating and leading Midland's army? For a while I even though the WT and the Eclipse were the same event, or at least happened much sooner to each other than they eventually did.

Maybe those were the biggest highlights for you. But I still distinctly remember my first read through's highlights turned out to be the quieter moments like Guts' goodbye to Jill, meeting Rickert and Godo again, Guts reuniting with Casca in the heretic cave as well as the Hill of Swords, and the battle against Grunbeld. Overall I don't regret anything about knowing that information beforehand, if I had to sacrifice those scenes to convince myself to get into the manga, so be it.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: hearTes on September 01, 2016, 02:21:04 PM
It didn't affect my reading too much at all. When I watched the adapted Golden Age, I already knew Griffith would eventually sacrifice everyone (read. Guts), but I had no idea what the context would be, or how the event would actually play out. Which is essentially the exact same position any manga reader would be in by the time they finish Black Swordsman.

And my knowledge of the World Transformation was literally "Griffith floods the world with magical stuff". Do you think I had any idea about Ganishka, Skullknight, Zodd, the Kushan war and the events that led to Femto incarnating and leading Midland's army? For a while I even though the WT and the Eclipse were the same event, or at least happened much sooner to each other than they eventually did.

I assumed you knew the details by the time you finished scouring the wiki, I'm glad that you didn't completely spoil yourself.  :guts:

Maybe those were the biggest highlights for you. But I still distinctly remember my first read through's highlights turned out to be the quieter moments like Guts' goodbye to Jill, meeting Rickert and Godo again, Guts reuniting with Casca in the heretic cave as well as the Hill of Swords, and the battle against Grunbeld.

No, of course not, I wrote "2 of the biggest highlights" not "the biggest highlights".
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Tabris on September 02, 2016, 10:32:42 PM
It was sometime in 2001 for me and I was about 16 years old. My friend gave it to me on a bunch of burned CDs and one day IMed me on ICQ asking me why I wasn't watching Berserk yet.

Well, I took the initiative and ended up watching the whole damn thing in one sitting. He came over to my place around 2am and I was just getting into the eclipse and he was like "holy shit, you're here already?". About another 20 minutes later I was like "wtf, what?".

Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: jackson_hurley on September 03, 2016, 01:40:29 PM
Back around 2002-03 a friend suggested the anime. I took note of it in my mind and then later on found the first dvd of the 97' anime. Bough it, watched it, loved it. I returned to the store at the next pay check and bought disc 2, then disc 3 and so on. When I was done with the anime I wanted answer to that shit storm of an ending. Found out that Dark horse just released the first 3 volumes. Got them on amazon. Since then, everytime there was a volume to be out I reread the series. And when it was too long, I reread the series. I read it around 1 time a year. I'm at volume 28 right now in my rereading.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Walter on September 03, 2016, 08:27:58 PM
In spring 1999, there was a store near Atlanta that (blatantly illegally) rented fansubbed anime tapes, and I found Berserk on the shelf.  The cover looked interesting (http://d2ydh70d4b5xgv.cloudfront.net/images/0/4/berserk-l-1-ld-laserdisc-japan-anime-obi-kentaro-miura-takahashi-naohito-manga-0fbfb3b3b95d10b0ab74d28d08dade54.jpg). Knowing nothing else about it, I watched the first VHS. The tape was so worn that the colors bled and I was convinced that it was an '80s anime that I'd never heard of before. I was immediately intrigued by Guts, but after just the first 4 episodes, I wasn't hooked on the show. I resigned to move on, and maybe I'd revisit it later. 

A few months later, I encountered a guy cosplaying as Guts at a convention who said Berserk was his favorite series. That struck me as a very strange thing to say, because from what little I had seen of the anime, it didn't really seem to be of the caliber to be anyone's favorite. So, based on this stranger's devotion, I acquired more episodes, and by episode 10 (Adonis' death), I was in love. The full series hadn't been released by fansubs at the time, so I turned to the manga, buying a few volumes at random at a local Japanese bookstore. At the time, Volume 18 was the latest volume, and just judging by the cover, figured "cool, the series is over and I can get the full thing." (http://www.skullknight.net/encyclopedia/merchandise/manga/images/18high.jpg) I also bought some text translations through Aclimate Solutions (a now defunct service where  you paid a service to mail you printed transcripts of very literal translations of various series). Around this time, summer 1999, I also discovered Black Sun Over Midland, the only Berserk fan community in existence (which I've kept alive here: http://bsom.skullknight.net), a community that eventually transferred over to here, after the admin there stopped updating regularly. And well, here we are.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: jackson_hurley on September 03, 2016, 08:47:38 PM

Around this time, summer 1999, I also discovered Black Sun Over Midland, the only Berserk fan community in existence

I remember stumbling on that website, a little bit before rediscovering it here.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Oburi on September 03, 2016, 10:21:41 PM
I think the first Berserk website I looked at was Yongs Berserk Page. Anyone remember that one?
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: MrFlibble on September 04, 2016, 07:26:28 AM
Berserk was reccomended under the category great monster designs on an image on 4chan, so I checked it out, it was a piss poor Hawks translation (sorry), and I was deterred by Guts being a total bastard during the Black swordsman arc. However the Berserk 3 trailer sparked my interest again, after that my opinion of and interest in Berserk kept growing. Took me 3 years to complete my volume collections, especially since inn my country Berserk volumes are like unicorns, finding them is a miracle.

Also fuck the Hawks translations, they're the worst trap for new readers.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: N7Paladin on September 04, 2016, 11:36:11 PM
I had a few friends suggest the series to me many years back. I ended up reading the horrible Hawks translations online, but I still thought the series was incredible. After that I started building my collection of the Dark Horse volumes until it was finished, and I discovered SkullKnight.net somewhere in-between.


Around this time, summer 1999, I also discovered Black Sun Over Midland, the only Berserk fan community in existence (which I've kept alive here: http://bsom.skullknight.net), a community that eventually transferred over to here, after the admin there stopped updating regularly. And well, here we are.

I guess I am too young to have ever seen (or remember seeing) Black Sun Over Midland, but the page you linked brought back a lot of fond memories from website design back then.

Also, is that a Diablo font type on the BSOM page?
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Squiddot on September 05, 2016, 02:00:30 PM
Berserk was reccomended under the category great monster designs on an image on 4chan

I remember that picture. It always used to bug me the example they used was the hydra eating the unicorns. You have dozens of totally unique apostles to choose from and you choose the most "generic high fantasy" panel you can get.   :ganishka:
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: asic on September 05, 2016, 05:18:17 PM
I watched the 1997 anime in the early 2000's. I liked it quite a bit but the abrupt ending at such a turning point was pretty devastating. Some years went by but I would always think back to Berserk so I re-watched it again. My reaction was pretty much the same and I knew absolutely nothing about the Manga connection to most Anime's. I decided to search the web for Berserk and of course my mind was blown. I got possessed by Berserk, eventually I found Skullknight.net and signed up. I rarely join any kinds of forums but Berserk influenced me in such a way that I had to read what other people thought about it and also share my fondness for Berserk via my own art (something I have been neglecting for years now  :mozgus: forgive me Walter for I have sinned). 
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Tass on September 06, 2016, 01:38:44 AM
Always been around on the net and interested in pop culture and geeky stuff so it was inevitable I'd hear about it.

Watched the movies back in 2013, liked them a lot but eh kind of forgot about it after. manga didn't grab me.

Got a little older, went through some shit, suddenly something clicked and now I think this is one of the greatest stories to ever come out of Japan, up there with Eva and Bebop. OG.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: TakedaKershaw on October 01, 2016, 09:13:18 AM
I originally was browsing the web and I came across a top 20 anime lists. Berserk was on this list and I thought the premise and the main character looked cool. I binged watched the anime in about two days and was instantly hooked, I really wanted to know what happened after the cliffhanger so I began reading the manga to see what happens, I'm currently on episode 319 and absolutely loving the series. It's honestly up there in my top 5 anime's and it's my favourite manga. The three films were also good and I don't think the 2016 anime is as bad as everyone makes it out to be I would probably rate it around a 6/10. Since finding Berserk I've been hooked on the series and watched the original anime three times and I can't wait to continue with the manga and play Berserk Musou when it finally arrives on PC.    :femto: 
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: VladimirPutin on October 03, 2016, 12:49:23 AM
I had friends on M&A forum and they were reading Berserk. It was in 2010 or something like that. I tried it and I loved it, from the very beginning I knew that it's the best manga I've ever read.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: lovianettesherry on January 01, 2017, 10:23:58 PM
I was looking about Death Note ending review in Youtube and watched Anime America's Top 10 Anime with WTF ending : Berserk is no 1. Yeah, I was sure that Berserk is an ordinary anime until I saw Beherit rearranged its face and screamed frighteningly. Although after that, I tried my best not to look at the video again, I ended up searching in berserk wikia and wikipedia about berserk plot and characterization. Don't judge me because I'm still to scared to read Berserk even if it's only scanlation, also I don't think it will get legally translated in my country because of the plot and the content. However,I started watching 2016 anime, Golden Age Arc movies and 1997 anime, they were great *2016 anime is rubbish in animation and CGI and too many plot hole, Golden Age Arc is pretty descent and I fall in love with Susumu Hirasawa's Aria and I considered 1997 anime to be the most faithful one*...I'm not going to read the manga soon since I'm too coward to look at the activated Beherit and thousand of frightening pics, I'm spoiled by berserk wikia but i'm still too curious about the actual dialogue in the manga
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: The Wack Swordsman on February 19, 2017, 03:41:14 PM
Back when I was 16 years old I was into anime and thus I had the honor to discover BERSERK.  :carcus:

My first one (besides Pokémon, Dragonball Z and the likes) was "Another" which was a pretty good start. I watched some One Piece till episode 70. Some Bleach till episode 70... I also watched a bit of Naruto but I stopped around episode 20. Not that I think it was bad, a younger version of me would've really liked it but I guess I just didn't feel watching everything back when I was 16.

I watched some crappy ones and good ones but those that really influenced me were either very funny, over the top absurd or just very good in my opinion.
Death Note for example... In my early days. It's the typical good starter for many people.

But Death Note eventually was put in the shade by anime like MONSTER and Ergo Proxy.
Once you've seen anime like that it's a bit of a disappointment to watch those that do not reach the same impact even though they try.

BERSERK however was a complete different case. It was the fifth (I think) anime I ever watched. Someone I knew from school said I should watch the anime and by chance I already noticed the name on a site the day before. I watched the anime over a pretty long period of time for I wasn't that interested at first.

Sure it was good to watch but in the beginning I suspected it to be not that special.
Your average badass superhuman with an oversized sword hacking stuff with lots of gore isn't very original itself...

Though I remembered the slow pace which was actually very soothing.
(Also stuff like when he broke that bolt stuck in his hand by just clenching his fist during the slaying of 100 soldiers was f*cking badass! A rare moment that was actually better than the manga itself... Oh wait that could've happened during the trilogy? My point is that Guts was a badass.)

I have to admit that I wasn't fully committed at watching it and since I don't have the best attention span I probably didn't  absorb everything of this series that is filled with lots of details and requires (and deserves) actual focus.

It was  the last two episodes that really sparked my interest. It was completely unexpected, especially since I almost forgot the first episode by the time I watched those last ones.
 :isidro:

I really cared for the characters that died during the slaughter... :judo:

The scenery took me as a whole and I was frustrated not knowing how, why and what just happened. Especially since there weren't any episodes left to watch.  :mozgus:

The anime truly serves its purpose as a teaser.  :iva:

After a few days I watched something else and after some months I still remembered the most crucial moments but I didn't regard BERSERK as "that special" apart from the "mindf*ck" ending.

That was... Until I stumbled upon the glorious manga itself.
I was entranced and read the whole thing instantly and kept reading many times after that.
As someone that draws a little bit I also appreciated the hard work of all those panels.
A lot of work it is compared to other manga. :puck:

Especially during my studies I continued to read it. The irony was that even though I read that magnificent manga the same dude that saw the anime and read a bit of the manga that introduced me to it didn't even care how the story goes and doesn't even bother reading the rest...
Something that I really don't understand.  How barbaric...  :schierke:

Perhaps liking BERSERK is very personal for I don't know many people in person (zero to be exact) that really like it as much I do. I know some friend I introduced to BERSERK, he read it completely (since I kinda begged him to do so) and really enjoyed it but that was it. He gets the main story but just isn't as interested as I was. Also it's not something I could introduce to many people since some stuff just scares them off (which is a bit understandable).

I'm glad to find a place like this with fans that like BERSERK as much (and probably even more) as I do.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Dark Moon on March 06, 2017, 01:55:01 PM
Few years ago in 2012 my friend was watching 'Most brutal anime' video on youtube and i saw a clip of guts killing army men from 1997 anime.I was very intrigued by guts character so i watched 97 anime,I was disappointed that there was no continuation of the anime to black swordsman arc so i read all the manga volumes later.I had never bought or read any manga volumes before but berserk got me into it. :beast:
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: brokenknight on March 07, 2017, 08:28:42 PM
Well I have know about it for a long time. A friend of mine was into it and told me about it but Fantasy settings have never been my thing. Eventually I saw it was on Netflix and saved it to my list for viewing eventually. One day my girlfriend couldn't think of something to watch and were looking trough my list and it caught her eye.She loves fantasy stuff and knights. Next thing i know we watch all 3 movies, start the 2016 anime and are slowly buying the volumes. I absolutely love it. It has easily shot to the top of my list for favorite anything ever.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: JK17 on July 04, 2017, 06:47:38 PM
Greetings everyone, I'm another new fan of the Berserk series. And I'm even more excited to find this website! My personal story is back in May I was watching a youtube video about a character from a favorite RPG game and I was so fascinated by the character analysis I decided to watch the youtuber's other videos and there were one on Berserk, about a predict ending. There were spoilers, but I was very intrigued to everything I heard, plus there were tons of berserk pages from throughout the series that I just had to read! I purchased Volume 1 and was hooked from the first page! The artwork is just amazing and beyond this world. I have a deep interest in Japanes and other Asian cultures, and their artwork is amazing. I own the Three Hardback volumes for the Final Fantasy series. Anyway, I am nearly finished with Volume 28 and have ordered the entire series online! I just couldn't wait and had to have a copy of each.

No spoilers here, but I think this is one of the best fictional pieces of works that exists! The characters are very realistic, the world is so alive, and the story is unlike anything I have ever heard of. And I'm excited to see when the ending final comes. I bet it will be spectacular.

I look forward to discussing this series with many others. I won't take long to finish up to the latest released volume. I just can't quit. I care about these characters so much I just have to learn all of what happens. This author has superb creativity and has become a favorite! (I've been wanting to get into the Manga genre, and finally I have. Berserk is my first and will always be my favorite :)
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: TyrannoFan on July 31, 2017, 12:13:45 PM
Don't burn me at the stake to this, but it's thanks to the 2016+ adaptations...

Well, I never actually watched them, but I was motivated to read the manga due to all the comments about how Berserk "deserves a better adaptation" and whatnot. So I thought, why not try it? So I did. Now I'm here, wishing I had waited for it to be over so I wouldn't have to suffer the long waits with the rest of ye...

I think that this is really one of the few things good about the 2016-2017 adaptations. Regardless of their quality, they do give exposure to the series and also provide a way for the fans of the manga to express their love for it to more people, by contributing to episode discussions and making memes or whatever. Obviously Berserk should get an adaptation worthy of its name, but at least the current adaptations DO increase the chances of more people learning about the series. Though, if they were actually good they would probably attract even more people to the series...
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: IncantatioN on July 31, 2017, 02:45:30 PM
Don't burn me at the stake to this, but it's thanks to the 2016+ adaptations...

Well, I never actually watched them, but I was motivated to read the manga due to all the comments about how Berserk "deserves a better adaptation" and whatnot. So I thought, why not try it? So I did. Now I'm here, wishing I had waited for it to be over so I wouldn't have to suffer the long waits with the rest of ye...

I think that this is really one of the few things good about the 2016-2017 adaptations. Regardless of their quality, they do give exposure to the series and also provide a way for the fans of the manga to express their love for it to more people, by contributing to episode discussions and making memes or whatever. Obviously Berserk should get an adaptation worthy of its name, but at least the current adaptations DO increase the chances of more people learning about the series. Though, if they were actually good they would probably attract even more people to the series...

No shame in admitting it, the silver lining is that you're here now and you can differentiate + appreciate the story depicted in the manga. This sort of situation was briefly discussed in the introduction of most recent SkullKast (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=15355.msg248919#msg248919).

Be sure to support Berserk by purchasing the manga and enjoy the ride dude. 
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: TyrannoFan on July 31, 2017, 05:19:20 PM
Be sure to support Berserk by purchasing the manga and enjoy the ride dude.

Thanks! And yeah I've bought 9 volumes already (I'd buy them all in one go if I had the money) and am doing a re-read.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Menosgade on August 02, 2017, 01:13:47 PM
I discovered it through my brother, who really likes watching anime. It was years ago and I had only watched 2 or 3 animes, but then I gave the 90's Berserk anime a try. After that I rewatched it some times, because it was so good.

Since it only covered up to the eclipse, my only way of knowing the rest of the story was reading the actual manga, something I had never done. But I wanted to know, and a lot, so I gave the manga a try. And then I had to control myself so I wouldn't read the whole manga in less than a week - from the very first page to the very last. Reading books is a hobby to me, but reading mangas still isn't, Berserk and Vagabond are the only exception (started Vagabond indirectly thanks to Berserk).

It's just too good to not read, and it really helped my minor depression.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Sixtopia on August 02, 2017, 02:14:43 PM
One of my old roommates in college was a big fan of manga and knew I liked anime, so he would often suggest shows to me that I normally wouldn't know of. He told me about Berserk and suggested I watch the '97 anime, which I watched in 2015. This was my first introduction to the series. I really liked the anime but wanted to know what happened after. Around the time I finished the anime, the announcement came out for the 2016 adaptation, which I was ecstatic about. I watched it when it came out but wasn't a huge fan due to the presentation and choice of 3DCG.

While the 2017 adaptation/second season was airing, another friend from college was always recommending I read the manga, which I finally did about halfway through the season after stumbling upon a local anime/manga shop. After picking up the first few Dark Horse volumes, I was hooked. I made a weekly routine to run to this store and pick up a few more volumes every weekend until I was caught up, about 2 months ago.  The same friend recommended I listen to the SkullKast, where I eventually got into SK.net. Now I'm re-reading the manga from start to finish.

PS: It's very weird listening through the SkullKast episodes and hearing about the guys' life events (new kids, marriages, etc) from 5 or so years ago. They're like little time capsules.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: rockvoanjd on August 02, 2017, 03:04:23 PM
Back in the day, around 2002/2003, I was eating Mall Chinese food. My fortune cookie said "today your mind will be fucking blown!" Thinking nothing of it I walked into one of those video stores that no longer exist. And there it was, in all its glory, that beautiful red DVD case. 2017 and my minds still blown
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Walter on August 02, 2017, 04:44:59 PM
Back in the day, around 2002/2003, I was eating Mall Chinese food. My fortune cookie said "today your mind will be fucking blown!" Thinking nothing of it I walked into one of those video stores that no longer exist. And there it was, in all its glory, that beautiful red DVD case. 2017 and my minds still blown

I don't think I've ever had a fortune cookie tell me anything that colorful.  :isidro:
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: ApostleBob on August 02, 2017, 07:37:49 PM
I had a D&D group that played regularly and someone kept talking about this amazing anime that kind of fit the D&D world. The guy gushed about it, but we were all a bit skeptical because anime can be pretty polarizing and weird at times. But he wore us down and we decided to do a screening night with drinks and pizza over the course of two nights. It started pretty typically and we were all bemoaning cliches here and there that were later subverted and by the time we got to the court intrigue, we were all hooked.

Fast forward a year or two when I was going through different comic series and I decide to see what that whole Eclipse thing was about and see where the story went from there. It was the First Manga I read since Akira, and remains that way, but I was hooked. The Art, the story, the characters. The creativity and brutality, and the commentary on human nature. What's not to love? Ever since then I've been on SK.net at least once a week, and have been following it episodically ever since.
Title: Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
Post by: Jubeebus on August 10, 2017, 07:40:54 PM
it was like 2013. me and my sister went to this japanese convention, hyper japan. while she was off somewhere taking pics, i was looking in the anime dvd section, looking for a decent seinen. i ended up finding a berserk ova, the first one for about Ł10. i decided to buy it since it looked interesting enough. i watched and finished it within my first few hours of getting home (i wasn't a massive fan of the gc at the time though) and was actually pretty annoyed that i didn't bother to get the other two. so i went on the internet to see into getting them. i then found out there was an older, cg free anime. of course i watched it (but weirdly didn't finish until 2015 and i'm not sure where that was due to my laziness or work). now, after finishing that, i naturally wanted more. so i finally decided to get on the manga and now here i am, waiting on the next chapter.  :serpico: