Berserk (Beruseruku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Gatsu, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the “Band of the Hawk”.
Miura premiered a preview version of Berserk in 1988. The series began the following year in the Hakusensha’s magazine Monthly Animal House, which was replaced in 1992 by the semimonthly magazine Young Animal, where Berserk has continued its publication intermittently. Miura died of aortic dissection in May 2021 leaving his masterpiece unfinished.
As of May 2021, the Berserk manga had over 50 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. It received the Award for Excellence at the 6th installment of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002. Berserk has been widely acclaimed, particularly for its dark setting, storytelling, characters, and Miura’s incredibly detailed artwork.