All of these shows should be a blast for fans of Berserk!
Since its initial serialization in 1988, the cult classic Kentaro Miura’s Berserk has been translated into a number of other forms, including an animated television series in 1997, a feature film in 2012, and most recently, a 2016 remake that pays closer attention to the source material. Over 40 million copies of this seinenseries have been sold as of 2016, making it one of Japan’s best-selling manga.
Although this series has a small following, there are many more options for those who enjoy it. If you can’t wait for Miura-san to return from one of his several hiatuses and yet want to be entertained by the bloody conflict between good and evil, magical monsters, gore, and craziness, here are some suggestions for you.
Claymore, like Gut’s ‘Dragon Slayer,’ follows Clare, a female Claymore whose name comes from the enormous sword she wields. For their part, Yoma and Claymore are human-demon hybrids, and they use their combined superhuman power and cunning to take them down. In addition to their demon-like appearance in a medieval background, the ‘Yoma’ are endowed with superhuman strength, speed, and the ability to possess others. This might be a nice recommendation with a similar vibe, but with more strong female parts and a society overtaken by demons and murder.
2. Hellsing: Ultimate
It’s not hard to think of blood, gore, and monsters when you think about Hellsing: Ultimate, the OVA series that more closely mirrored the manga by Kouta Hirano. The figure of Alexander Anderson, a Vatican priest who murders vampires, would be right at home in the Berserk universe as an archrival and assassin of Alucard. Religious and pagan ideas, as well as acts of eradicating sinners and pagans, are among the common threads. Seras’ colossal Harkonnen cannon is just one example of massive weaponry used in both series.
Gungrave, the anime adaptation of the video game Gungrave, has been dubbed ‘Berserk withguns’. Guts and Brandon Heat, better known as ‘Grave’, are both formerly tranquil persons who have been molded into something more sinister owing to their tragedies, both betrayed and their friends brutally slain. The concept of the novel is shared by both of the main protagonists. And because it’s the only thing they have left that matters, both characters will stop at nothing to keep their love interests/significant others safe. Retribution is the driving force for both Guts and Grave’s actions, which include using deadly weapons and being incredibly ruthless.
Bastard! is a surreal, crazy ride not recommended for young audiences, as the title suggests. It shares a lot of similarities with Berserk, a sex-driven romp that doesn’t shy away from more serious subjects. In many ways, these two share many similarities, however Bastard!! is more humorous and less serious at times, while Berserk is still dark but not as severe as it was in the original film. Both stories are set in medieval periods, during which magic is prevalent. It would be an excellent fit for a fan who is looking for a light-hearted and romantic series that is similar to this one.
5. Devilman Crybaby
The Netflix original series Devilman Crybaby, which is based on Go Nagai’s manga, has numerous scenes of explicit nudity, gore, and sexual content. There are also a lot of parallels between Guts and Griffith’s friendship and Akira and Ryo’s, which follows two male pals. The two are similar in that they each have a friend who has an effect on the other, yet they also appear to be complete opposites. For example, Guts’ everyday battle with the cursed world is depicted in these horrible creature designs and the usage of human possession. Shock value-based rather than tragic, this is a wonderful viewing for aficionados of the genre and is a good introduction to the subject matter.
6. Fist of the North Star
Anime fans are familiar with Hokuto no Ken, or Fist of the North Star. Like other book seinen series, it has a male-dominated, “rescue the helpless woman” sort of tone. Like Berserk, Kenshiro is searching for his abducted fiancee, Yuria, who was kidnapped by an envious competitor in the post-apocalyptic wasteland where he lives. Similar to Guts, after the Eclipse, he continues to defend his love interest, Casca, who has lost her memory and has returned to a child-like state due to the awful deed that was done to her by his then closest buddy Griffith, Guts continues to do so. In both shows, strong men risk their life to protect a woman, only to have that woman taken away by someone they previously trusted.
7. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
To this day, Bloodlust remains a fan-favorite animated Vampire Hunter D film, as well as an animation masterpiece. D, a roaming dhampir (half-vampire, half-human), is on the hunt for a vampire Noble who kidnapped a young woman and is following his trail. However, unlike Berserk, this film’s plot isn’t only a bloody love story between two supernatural beings. The two male heroes, D and Guts, share a lot of the same characteristics, such as being reserved, incredibly talented, and dedicated to their goal. In this vein, This film is a must-see for anyone interested in the supernatural.
Blade Of The Immortal: Immortal, based on the manga of the same name, is another series famed for its gore and would be an excellent match. Immortality-cursed Manji follows in this samuraitale. To get out of this hell, he’ll have to kill a thousand people first. In the same way that Guts is cursed, he has the same fate. Demons are pursuing Guts, who was branded during the Eclipse and is now the prey of those who desire to consume him. Berserk, on the other hand, is a much darker series, but this one has a comparable tone and level of tragedy and morality. Despite the fact that this project is still in progress, there is an animated series that aired in 2008.
Finally, CLAMP’s X, based on the manga of the same name, is a timeless classic. The fact that it’s shoujo rather than seinen means that it shares numerous similarities with Berserk, which would be of interest to Berserk aficionados. There’s plenty of dark fantasy in this shoujo story, with the Earth/Heaven Dragons fighting for humanity’s destiny and an impending Armageddon hanging over the earth. There is a strong connection between the universe of Berserk and the series’ religious overtones, and it is possible that watching this series will pique someone’s interest in the genre, which need not always be frilly and cheery.