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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!

The one of the party is so good ahhhhh

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:29:14 PM »
By the sculptor of the upcoming Femto statue  :femto:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:23:42 AM »
Absolutely love this cover! The last one was a disappointment for me, but this one is incredible  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:38:30 PM »
Here are some pages from the new episode guys


My heart  :farnese: :farnese:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:08:48 PM »
By the way guys, Volume 39 should come out around june.

Credits: Ryu Osaka

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 23, 2017, 10:33:19 PM »
Thanks Puella for your very helpful translations! I know that we can't expect 100% accuracy from these in particular, but it still helps to provide context and give us a general idea of what to expect as things develop.

My first thought about seeing the big "spiky mountain" in the background was that it would eventually show itself to be the enormous hand from the Eclipse. As it has become a recurring symbol within the series, and in many ways represents the crux of Casca's suffering, it seemed like a natural choice. Then again, Miura is pretty good at getting us thinking one thing and then subverts our expectations, so I never know what to predict. :ganishka: Anyone have another theory about it?

It is most likely the hand, as the extra shading goes hand in hand with the width of it

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:16:15 AM »
Full episode!


There are some changes to the draft from the guidebook  :schnoz:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:18:33 PM »
Looks like dogshit

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:45:42 PM »
More detailed pictures


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:25:13 PM »
Started Ubik by Phillip K. Dick. Didn't read much of it till now, but i enjoyed what i read thus far.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: January 08, 2017, 05:34:54 AM »
The tweet was deleted. Did anyone save the image?

I updated my post. You should be able to see it now  :void:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official Weightloss/gain Thread!
« on: December 02, 2016, 02:11:20 PM »
I started working out this January. Prior to working out i weighed at 68 kg's (around 150 pounds). Since then i gained more than 20 kg and i am right now weighing at 195 pounds. I am 6'1 so when i was skinny, i looked very fragile and my posture wasn't the best either.

I work out 4 to 6 times a week. When i have more time i will use a push-pull-leg routine if not i will just go with an upper/lower body routine. I have been in a caloric surplus, since i started pretty much, although recently i haven't been able to eat as much as i would have liked to. I started out with not knowing much about caloric intakes so i used to just eat as much i could. Right now when I'm able to focus on fitness, i eat in a  surplus of 400 to 600 calories.

I'm pretty happy with where i have come, but i still have a very long way to go.

I unfortunately don't have a before/after picture as i never used to take pictures back in the day and i still don't  :ganishka: , but this is my current physique.

If anyone has a question, feel free to ask  :guts:

Here are some more shots:

I like the concept, Guts' face looks better in comparison to other Aow statues of him, but Casca looks awful to me.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: November 22, 2016, 08:44:10 PM »
Somebody posted this on twitter, it was just drawn yesterday!  :ubik:

Here is the original twitter post to it, which seems to have an interesting story behind it.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 18, 2016, 08:26:31 PM »
a slightly closer look at the new illustrations, guts looks so tired  :sad:

Let me top that


Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:41:42 AM »
I just found these 2 amazing drawings by Miura done for the recent Berserk Musou event  :ubik: :ubik:

I love that Griffith  :griffnotevil:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 12, 2016, 04:15:44 PM »

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.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SK Net Pets
« on: October 01, 2016, 07:22:43 PM »
What kind of dog are you thinking of getting? I never had a dog growing up, just cats, and I didn't think I was a dog person until I got my first one and realized how much I like them. I had a German Shepherd/Lab mix named Susie who passed away, and now my current dog, Huckleberry, who is a Border Collie/Corgi mix. Susie was really sweet and mellow for the most part. She just needed to be walked a couple times a day and she was happy. Huckleberry is another story. He has so much energy. Luckily I have a decent sized back yard, so I can take him out there for frisbee. He loves that and can run some of his excess energy off that way.
She is cute! I love cats in general. My best friend has a black cat and he is a major trouble maker. :ganishka:

Back in the day, i was never really the pet person to begin with, but all of that changed after i stayed in England. I was there for a 3 week long work placement and the host mother that i stood with had a dog and a cat. The dog had unfortunately lost one of his legs, so running and generally even just walking was a hard task for her. All of this led to her being pretty depressive  :judo: . She was laying around all day having a sad face, so i atleast tried to play with her in the garden to cheer her up. The host mother was pretty lazy, just watching TV all day  :rickert:

The cat was absolutely lovely though. She never bit me or my class comrade. After staying some weeks there, the cat even visited my room to sleep with me in the bed  :ganishka:

Nonetheless to finally answer your question. When it comes to dog breeds, i have really taken a liking towards corgis. And although i love them, I'm not sure if i will get one.

I want my choice to be natural and not just limited on a liking towards a breed so I'm generally open towards every breed. When the time comes, i will decide through my gut feeling  :daiba:

I want to get a cat too, but im not sure when. I will see how things turn out.

Mangetsu (or anyone else who happens to be thinking about getting a dog), if you have never taken care of one before, definitely take a friend's out for a doggy test-drive. Some are more mellow and easy-going than others, but in general dogs depend on their owner for a lot of attention, affection, and creepy amounts of eye contact.  :isidro: At least, that was my experience.

Haha, true true. I really should ask one of my friends who has an active dog. Making that experience really will make me understand some things better.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:24:53 PM »
Our hero Guts is found as a baby laying in the mud under his dead mother who was hung by the neck from a tree. He is later rapped as a boy because his foster dad "sold" him for that purpose. (Kudos to Kentaro Miura for NOT drawing 19 pages of that.) Fast forward to the Golden Age Arc, Guts spends most of his time slicing people in half, disemboweling a hundred men in one setting. This is all following the dreams and ambitions of Griffith, a friend who once sold his body to some Lord who's either a pedophile or just into androgynous guys with long hair, for money to advance his own goals. After Guts decides to go off on his own, Griffith is tortured for a year having his tendons cut, his tongue cut out, and left to rot in a dungeon. One year later Guts and Casca get the band back together and rescue Griffith. Guts doesn't hold back slicing men in half and throwing them into a black pit as they make their escape. Then what many would call "a dick move" Griffith uses a Beherit to summon some demon lords and sacrifice almost everyone who ever cared for him in what is easily one of the bloodiest scenes in anime with his friends being torn apart, chewed up, and devoured by demons. There is also a 19 page raped scene involving Casca and Griffith as Guts watches him, helpless to do anything and has to cleave off his own arm to get free. Guts is then tackled by a demon and has one of his eyes torn out. Casca is then left in a regressed child-like state, while Guts searches the world for other demons to get his revenge on Griffith, and he's not afraid to have sex with them to do it! See Berserk Vol One, Page One for more details.

I could go on but I think I made my point. The thing that makes Berserk great is the quiet times of character development between the scenes of relentless violence that make this series one of the darkest fantasy series ever made. Not every episode or issue/volume is worth having an R rating but there's plenty in there that does.

That being said, I have seen anime series that focus more on the torture porn aspect. Blood C in particular comes to mind.

I don't think you understood what Aaz tried to say. We all know that Berserk has elements of dark fantasy, but categorizing it under one subgenre is a pretty ignorant way of viewing the series.

Berserk withholds elements of dark, low and high fantasy and even elements of other Genres. Referring to it as simply Fantasy is much more easy and truthfull to it's content though.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 28, 2016, 03:47:55 PM »
Im pretty sure that this is a horse.


I don't know about all that. Feels like a stretch to me. The portions that are most damaged are the head, chest and arm. I also don't think it's meant to imply something regarding Guts.

True. It wouldn't make that much sense either, since it's explicitly about her body & state of mind rather than additionally symbolizing anything for Guts, which we already seem to get through the dog.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:41:55 PM »
Quick question: What is the best translation of Wyald's motto? Everything I've ever read of it sounds like a bad translation.

By Miura himself

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:33:31 PM »
One thing i find really interesting about that broken Casca figure in the coffin are the places that are cracked. The most obvious one is the genital area. Additionally her right arm and left eye seems to be cracked too which is the complete opposite of what Guts has lost during the eclipse.

Im also really happy that we got to see these scripts. Can't wait to see the outcome of the Art.

Interesting, I wondered too wether it was a dog or a horse, the way the animals legs are spread out in the left hand image with its mouth open, and its long chest made me lean towards dog. The inner Casca, makes me wonder about what Danan said about the rules of Cascas dream realm, and what method will be used to put Casca together again so to speak.

Im pretty sure that this is a horse.

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