What impact did Berserk have on your life?

Now, this is a personal question but one I'm interested in seeing answers for. Please go ahead and talk about the impact this series has had on your life.

Personally, the impact that Berserk has had on me is probably negligible (especially compared to others). I first got into Berserk when I was around 12. It helped me through some tough times and even motivated me to try hard at school work. Seeing Guts struggle through nearly impossible odds acted as a deterrent to my own procrastination. It indicated to me that nearly any challenge can be overcome through sheer willpower. I am forever grateful to Miura for creating this masterpiece and especially as a loner in my younger years, this series really helped me overcome barriers and forget about any troubles.

Now, it has been a while since I first experienced Berserk and I enjoy it more with each subsequent read-through. It seems more and more relevant than it ever did. I remember always believing that the conviction arc was the weakest area of the manga, but it is now my favourite; especially when looking back at my catholic education. That one Guts quote about those praying being too weak to fend for themselves will stick with me til the end of time, especially as someone surrounded by religion at school. That Mozgus fight on-top of the wall is also my favourite battle in the whole series, besides the funnily out of place GODS BREATH that still makes me laugh.
 
Now, this is a personal question but one I'm interested in seeing answers for. Please go ahead and talk about the impact this series has had on your life.

Personally, the impact that Berserk has had on me is probably negligible (especially compared to others). I first got into Berserk when I was around 12. It helped me through some tough times and even motivated me to try hard at school work. Seeing Guts struggle through nearly impossible odds acted as a deterrent to my own procrastination. It indicated to me that nearly any challenge can be overcome through sheer willpower. I am forever grateful to Miura for creating this masterpiece and especially as a loner in my younger years, this series really helped me overcome barriers and forget about any troubles.

Now, it has been a while since I first experienced Berserk and I enjoy it more with each subsequent read-through. It seems more and more relevant than it ever did. I remember always believing that the conviction arc was the weakest area of the manga, but it is now my favourite; especially when looking back at my catholic education. That one Guts quote about those praying being too weak to fend for themselves will stick with me til the end of time, especially as someone surrounded by religion at school. That Mozgus fight on-top of the wall is also my favourite battle in the whole series, besides the funnily out of place GODS BREATH that still makes me laugh.
As a teenager there was a comic book store that had a decent selection of anime and the 1997 DVD cover caught my eye. I guess the artwork as well as the word ``Berserk`` drew my attention. "Violence and a dude swinging a massive sword? Count me in!" I loved the main character, the music, everything about it in general; of course like many fans, the ending of the first season blew my mind. All I can say is the series had a dramatic impact on my life that has just stayed with me. The series was not only entertaining and emotional, I think that one of the main themes in the series that has applied to my own life is that even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, Guts still finds the strength to keep moving forward and doesn't give up. So even though it is a work of fiction, that, "never give up" and struggle against the odds attitude has stuck with me. For that, i`ll always be grateful to Miura San for his creation.
 
I hope I don't sound overly personal or weird here, but berserk did help me out quite a bit, and to this day it is genuinely a therapeutic/stress relieving activity to read it.

When I was a teenager I went through a lot of abuse at home, and I took this out on the people around me (girlfriend, friends, people in general) which came in the form of acting really edgy, mean, vindictive, and condescending.

Anyway, I slowly got into some anime and manga because it was really popular at the time, and one of my friends recommended berserk to me, strangely enough, I felt like I saw a lot of parallels to my own life in it, especially with guts. Despite the story being great and all of that stuff, for me on the first read it really spoke to me on a personal level. I guess I saw a bit of me in guts. Anyway, by the end of the golden age I kinda had an epiphany that I should really appreciate the things I have while I can, and that I should be better to people in general because everyone is complex in their own way. On top of this, it also served as a really effective diversion tool. I become obsessed and fascinated with things really easily, most likely because of my ADHD, and berserk was a perfect segue into reading more manga/anime and story based stuff that I could learn from, as compared to seeking out conflict and argument with people I did not like.


Essentially, I took many of the themes as valuable life lessons, and using that frame of reference actively tried to become a better person.
 
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I hope I don't sound overly personal or weird here, but berserk did help me out quite a bit, and to this day it is genuinely a therapeutic/stress relieving activity to read it.
I like that it's personal. That is the purpose of the thread, so don't worry about that. I definitely can relate to quite a few things you said. Berserk was also a personal outlay for me, especially when I was angry. Seeing how terrible its world was and the hardships faced by each character provided me with a sense of relief.

And like you, it was the manga that got me into reading other stuff. Without Berserk, I would never of read anything by Jiro Taniguchi. If you've never heard of him, I recommend "A Distant Neighbourhood", which is an absolutely amazing story. His artwork is absolutely stunning.
 
And like you, it was the manga that got me into reading other stuff. Without Berserk, I would never of read anything by Jiro Taniguchi. If you've never heard of him, I recommend "A Distant Neighbourhood", which is an absolutely amazing story. His artwork is absolutely stunning.
I haven't read anything by him, I'll check it out. Thanks.
 
Berserk was the first manga I read and got me interested in exploring other series. Now I’m studying to read Japanese in my spare time.
 
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