The Berserk Anime (Kenpū Denki Berserk (剣風伝奇ベルセルク, Kenpū Denki Beruseruku) was based on the manga series by Kentaro Miura and it covers the first two arcs in the series: The Black Swordsman Arc and The Golden Age Saga.
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.
- Main article: Episode Guide
The DVD ReleasesEdit
The series has been released separately on 6 DVDs, as well as in several complete boxsets.
- War Cry
- Immortal Soldier
- White Hawk
- Devil's Advocate
- Requited Desires
- God's Hand
The original soundtrack to the Berserk anime was composed by Susumu Hirasawa and released 06/11/1997. It consists of 11 tracks, as well as a 12th Bonus track.
|Track Number||English Title||Length|
|9.||Berserk ~Forces~ (TV Version)||1:56|
|10.||Tell Me Why (TV Version)||1:15|
|11.||Waiting So Long (TV Version)||1:22|
|12.||Queen's Funeral (Bonus track)||1:09|