If you're a fan of manga, then you've probably heard of Berserk before. The epic series has been one of the most beloved stories for years now, and a new anime has just begun to tell a new part of its tale.
The new show debuted in 2016 and takes place years after the Golden Age Arc of the Berserk manga. It follows the fallen hero Guts, who is one of the most devastating and feared swordsmen in the world. Carrying an enormous broadsword, Guts is on a quest to kill the "Apostles" - demons who inhabit our world.
Along the way, Guts partners with a fairie named Puck as he travels the countryside, and they encounter all of the world's hidden mysteries.
This is a great series for fans of action, anime, and just all-around fun - you should definitely check it out. Need more convincing? Take a look through the slideshow for five reasons you should be watching Berserk.
It's Based On An Incredible Manga
Berserk is an incredibly beloved manga series, and fans have been following the story of the Band Of The Hawk for years now.
This new series is the third adaptation from the series, following a show in 1997 and a set of movies just after that.
If you're wanting to watch something with a rich history, that many of your manga-reading friends will want to talk about, Berserk will certainly fill that void.
The Characters Are Complex
Each of the characters in this series finds themselves navigating a complex maze of emotions and motivations.
Guts obviously has the most draw, as a lone soldier working through the issues of the present, and the nightmares of the past, simultaneously. His history of heartbreak is well-told through flashbacks, and it makes for some intriguing storytellng.
The other characters, Puck included, are worth investing your time in as well. Just a couple of episodes with these characters and you'll be hooked.
It Tells A New Part Of An Old Story
The Berserk manga works a lot like a classic epic - it tells the adventures of a band of heroes over the course of multiple years.
The original anime followed the Golden Age Arc, which captured the Band Of The Hawk at the height of their prominence. You were able to witness the rise of these soldiers and how they worked together.
Now, in the new series, you get a chance to witness what happened after they disbanded. Guts takes much of the responsibility of the group, and that weight is a lot for one man to bear.
The Story Keeps You Guessing
At every turn, Berserk finds new ways to challenge the things you thought you knew about storytelling.
The tale of Guts is told in a ver non-traditional way, and it causes you to really want to prepare yourself for what could come next. From the demons of the night, to rebellious army leaders, you never know what the heroes could encounter next.
Unless you've read the manga, there's no way to tell where Berserk will take you.
Season 2 Is Coming Soon
Some people worry about starting a new show, only to see it get cancelled soon after. Unfortunately, that's just a part of the age we live in.
With Berserk, there's no need to worry. The show has already been renewed for season two.
The better news? Season two is set to debut this spring! So, after you finish the first 12 episodes of the series, you only have a couple of months to wait before getting more.
Do yourself a favor, and check out Berserk. All episodes are now streaming on Crunchyroll for free.