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Berserk has reached several new audiences with the release of the latest anime series seasons this year and last, so are there any plans to bundle volumes into omnibus releases for collectors to get a fresh start?

Not at the moment—there is still excitement around the individual volumes (which are still coming out in Japan), and in a sense, the material is fresher than ever, with tons of new readers making the foray into Berserk. Furthermore, both the creator and licensor are pleased with the current format and releases, which is incredibly important to us as licensees of the work.

Why do you think the Berserk story resonates so much with fans?Why do you think the Berserk story resonates so much with fans?

The Berserk world is every bit as rich and complex as that of A Game of Thrones, and while the material is often horrific and genuinely disturbing, there is real human emotion and a generous serving of humor. The more you read, the deeper you are drawn in. Kentaro Miura’s imagination is boundless, and the series never fails to surprise. It really is an astonishing accomplishment.

If you were going to recommend additional Dark Horse titles for fans interested in Berserk, what would they be?

It’s difficult to compare anything to Berserk, but I’d suggest Gantz, another very adult and very disturbing series that is filled with imagination and heart. And Gantz is also one of the most spectacularly realistic works of comics illustration I’ve ever seen. You really believe everything you see—and some of it you’ll wish you could un-see!

Does the amount of widely disseminated Berserk scans from fans tend to affect the sales of the Berserk volumes?

We’re selling more now than we ever have, so while scanlations likely have some impact on sales, a lot of readers are buying our Berserk volumes. That said, I believe that most people who read scanlations aren’t going to pay for the books anyway, so those aren’t really lost sales, and some who check out the scanlations become fans of the series and start buying the books.

How long of a lead time do you have between when volumes of Berserk are published in Japan and translating them for Western audiences?

Depends on a lot of factors too boring to go into. We get them out as soon as is practical; things as small as someone being out for a week with wisdom tooth surgery on top of Golden Week vacation in Japan can delay negotiations, and there are a bunch of other elements, such as solicitation with our distributor, translation, etc. 

Since the additional Berserk series and video games have released in the last few months, have you seen an uptick in manga sales?

Absolutely. And, actually, it has recently dethroned Lone Wolf & Cub as DH’s best-selling title (not just among manga, but across all titles and volumes), and in terms of units sold commercially—that is, via “normal” channels, not a special bulk pack-in ordered by a specific client—it is our historical bestseller.

Do you typically see more sales from later parts of the series or near the beginning with fans just getting into the franchise in general?

Generally, there’d be series attrition with any longer title, but this is one of those special titles (like Gantz or Lone Wolf & Cub) that remain steady across the board.

Were sales of the manga steady despite the four-year gap between volume 37 and volume 38?

Yes, surprisingly. However, Miura-sensei released Giganto Maxia, also published by DH and released a while back, which seemed to tide over the fans during the long wait.
Thanks to Dark Horse Comics and Michael Gombos for the interview!

Berserk Merchandise / Tsume-Berserk
« on: October 10, 2016, 05:51:09 PM »
The french company Tsume recently announced that they will be working on a Golden Age Berserk line.

The sculptor for this line will be Caleb Nefzen. He is an absolutely insane sculptor.

Just to give you a feel of his work

Here is a link to his other works, if you are interested.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Tetsuo Hara x Kentarou Miura
« on: August 18, 2016, 02:16:37 PM »
Hey Guys, i just found this.

Apparently Miura will draw the Protagonist of Tetsuo Hara's current running manga Ikusa no Ko while Tetsuo Hara will be drawing Guts. As a fan of both Mangaka i'm extremely excited to see what the outcome will be :ubik:

Someone called Ryu Osaka posted this on Facebook.

The quality of the video is very low, but still neat to see if u ask me  :void:

Current Episodes / Episode 342
« on: November 24, 2015, 01:23:16 PM »
Title: Landing

Berserk Merchandise / Guts autograph for auction on Mandarake
« on: July 22, 2015, 11:50:34 AM »

Berserk Merchandise / Medicom RAH Guts the Black Swordsman
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:55:39 AM »
There has been some pictures leaked regarding Medicom's new Berserk Figure.

Manga Mausoleum / Possible timeskip?
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:30:20 PM »
Hello guys and girls.

So I will get directly to the question. Do you guys think that we may get a longer timeskip in the future storyline?
IMO it is highly possible that one could occur, especially since we got introduced to many characters which are kids such as Sonia, Mule, Isidro, Schierke etc.
Of course this does not mean that one will happen, but I seriously think that it is highly possible.

The biggest thing which bugs me though, is that I cannot think of a place where it actually could happen?
The only place which comes into my mind, is currently Elfhelm, but even that seems somewhat unlikely.
I still would not have something against it, though. :carcus:

What do you think? Will we get one? How long will it be? And on what part of the story could it occur?

Buying / Selling / WTB
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:31:53 PM »
Hey Guys, i want to buy my first Berserk Statue and yeah if you want to sell yours feel free to pm me
I am also looking fo some Kits which will be probably very hard to find, but yeah you can always try

The List:
Skull Knight Birth Ceremony don't care for the version
Griffith 2011 Blue Mantle Ver.
Zodd Narin Kit
Guts Bith Ceremony don't care for the version
Femto Rebirth Repaint ver.
Guts Headlong Bust

i am also looking for Berserk unrelated Item's: Sasaki Kojiro Vagabond Statue from Sqaure Enix


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