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Berserk (ベルセルク Beruseruku?), also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk (剣風伝奇ベルセルク Kenpū Denki Beruseruku?), is a 1997 anime adaptation of part of the Black Swordsman arc, continuing through the Golden Age arc of Berserk. The series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, MVM Entertainment, AnimeWorks and is produced by OLM, Inc.

It was introduced in 1997 where it was first broadcasted on Nippon Television in Japan. The series, despite removing plot-threads and key characters, was viewed as a critical and commercial success.

Cast Edit

Cast Seiyū Voice Actor
Narrator/Void Unshō Ishizuka Jon Avner
Guts Nobutoshi Canna (Adult)
Orine Fukushima (Child)
Marc Diraison (Adult)
Colin DePaula (Child)
Griffith/Femto Toshiyuki Morikawa (Adult)
Minami Takayama (Child)
Kevin T. Collins (Adult)
Veronica Taylor (Child)
Casca Yūko Miyamura Carrie Keranen
Rickert Akiko Yajima Michelle Newman
Judeau Akira Ishida Christopher Kromer
Corkus Tomohiro Nishimura Marc Sebastian
Pippin Masuo Amada Jeff Ward
Gaston Masahito Kawanago Sean Schemmel
Nosferatu Zodd Kenji Utsumi David Brimmer
King of Midland Tamio Ōki Jeff Swarthout
Queen of Midland Toshiko Sawada Uncredited
Charlotte Yuri Shiratori Rachael Lillis
Julius Ryuji Mizuno Uncredited
Laban Tōru Ōkawa Uncredited
Gennon Shoji Oki Uncredited
Foss Mahito Tsujimura Uncredited
Adon Coborlwitz Tesshō Genda Mike Pollock
Boscogn Ikuya Sawaki Uncredited
Gambino Norio Wakamoto Patrick Krakowski
Godot Ikuo Nishikawa Greg Abbey
Erica Yuki Masuda Michelle Medlin
Ubik Chafurin Christian Collingwood
Slan Atsuko Tanaka C.L. Jones
Conrad Toku Nishio Sean Schemmel

Background Edit

The anime series was directed by Naohito Takahashi and produced by Oriental Light and Magic, airing on Japan's Nippon Television starting from October 7, 1997 and ending on March 31, 1998. The Anime covers Volumes 1 (Chapters 1 and 2, though fused into Chapter 1 along with reference to later Chapters in Volume 2), the end chapter of Volume 3 (where Gambino discovers Guts at a tree of execution), Volumes 4 through 10 and then Volumes 12 and 13 in the manga. Volume 11 is omitted entirely in the anime to remove the character Wyald, but the events of the volume are instead replaced with a similar (but much shorter) scenario involving human characters.

To make the animated series fit within 25 episodes, changes had to be made. Characters like Puck, Donovan, Skull Knight, Theresia, The Count and Wyald were removed, as well as the opening scene with the Female Apostle was omitted (though she still exists during the Eclipse). The Count's story, Guts' fight with Wyald and many explicit scenes have been edited heavily, removing much of the gore in favor of heavy bloodsplatter instead of eyeballs, brains, innards and otherwise flying all over the place. The sex scene between Casca and Guts was cut down, as well as Femto's rape of Casca.

Episodes Edit

Main article: List of Episodes (1997 series)
# Title Original airdate

Music Edit

Opening theme: Edit

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Ending theme: Edit

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Trailers Edit


Notes Edit

  • This was the first anime to be produced for Berserk.
  • Well known among fans of the series, the English dub of the anime featured several humorous outtakes with voice actors either improvising lines, quoting movies or randomly bursting out into song. A few of the outtakes even spawned into internet memes.
    • Additionally, the opening song for the series, Tell Me Why became parodied and famous on the internet for its "Engrish" lyrics and overall happy tone being completely off from the dark and tragic nature of Berserk.

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