Berserk, (updated) volume 1 cover.

Berserk is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentarou Miura. Miura first premiered Berserk in 1988 with a 48-page prototype, which won a prize at the Comi Manga School where he was enrolled at the time. On 26 November 1990, the first volume of the manga was published by Hakusensha in its Jets Comics collection. Three more volumes were published under the Jets Comics name until Berserk was serialized by Young Animal in 1992, with new episodes being released every second and fourth Friday of the month. Volumes are still published biannually in Japan by Hakusensha (Jets Comics collection), and contain 8-11 episodes depending on the release.

Publication outside of Japan Edit

In America, the manga is translated and published by Dark Horse Comics, which has released 38 volumes so far, the first of which was published on October 22, 2003.[1] As with other Dark Horse manga releases, the Japanese reading format (from right to left) is preserved in the English release. The sound effects are left untranslated in the earlier releases, but are translated in later books starting from volume 12. The company also occasionally incorporates references to various franchises, such as Evil Dead, into the dialogue.[2] However, the content in general remains untouched.

In Europe, the manga was introduced in 1996, first in France (Samourai Editions), then in Italy (Panini Comics, under its Marvel Manga – later Planet Manga – imprint) a few months later. The manga has also been translated and released in Germany (Panini Comics/Planet Manga) and in Spain (MangaLine Ediciones) since 2001.[3] In France, following Samourai Editions' bankruptcy, the comic series is now published by both Dynamic Visions (since 2002) and Glénat (since 2004), the latter edition being printed in a larger format. A two-books-in-one Max edition (400+ pages) has also been published in Germany and Italy since 2006 by Panini Comics.

In Asia, Berserk has been published in South Korea since 1999 by Dai Won. In Latin America, Panini Comics has published the manga series in a demi-sized (120 pages) edition in Brazil (2005), re-releasing each volume in a deluxe edition from September 2014 onward.

Notes Edit

  • The original publication of episode 113 (the December 1997 issue of Young Animal) also included a 4-page conversation between Kentarou Miura and Susumu Hirasawa regarding the themes of the series.

References Edit

  1. Berserk Volume 1 TPB. Dark Horse.
  2. Auturgist (creative consusltant to translator Duane Johnson).
    "I'm a guy that works on Dark Horse's translations". "So sometimes we'll work in some subtle reference to other awesome things. For instance, when Guts first gets his iron arm, we had him saying, 'Groovy!'"
  3. BERSERK (2001, MANGALINE). MangaLine Ediciones.

See Also Edit

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