Berserk’s world is a terrifying one, in which humanity is often no more than food for the demons that operate underneath the all-powerful Godhand, god-like figures that look as if they were torn from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. With the manga continuing to follow the confrontation between Guts and Griffith, the series has received a classical makeover that re-imagines the Black Swordsman and the White Hawk with a brand new aesthetic that looks at the two former best friends if they existed in a different time.
Following the tragic death of creator Kentaro Miura, many Berserk fans thought the series, which first began in the 1980s, would never receive an ending and leave the story of the Band of the Hawk unfinished. Luckily, friends of Miura in writer Kouji Mori and the artists at Studio Gaga have taken it upon themselves to use the notes of Kentaro, along with information gleaned from meetings with the mangaka, to help forge an ending to the story of Guts, Griffith, Casca, and the brutal supernatural world. With recent events in the manga seeing the supernatural stronghold of Elfhelm disappearing from the world, Guts and his friends have lost some valuable allies that might have assisted them further in taking down Griffith and his new iteration of the Band of the Hawk.
Fan Artist Justin 96636, who has been becoming more well-known for creating classical interpretations of anime favorites, has taken another crack at the world of Berserk by placing Guts and Griffith side-by-side in their current iteration in which they are at one another’s throats:
Chien Chih Kang art work-Berserk ukiyoe style 2022。簡志剛体国-烙印勇士·斬魔錄-2022@justin96636 #berserk #berserkmanga #berserkedit #berserker #art #paint #paintings #painting #fight #烙印勇士 #三浦建太郎 #ヒルシルク #beruseruku #anime #animelover #animelove#gutsberserk #dark pic.twitter.com/pJOQcG9YH0
— 簡志剛 (@Justin96636) September 18, 2022
Mouri and Gaga haven’t revealed when they plan on bringing Berserk’s manga to a close, although considering that characters such as Skull Knight have stated in recent chapters that Guts and company are currently in their “end game”, we would imagine that the ending is in sight. While Berserk: Memorial Edition isn’t a new anime series re-telling the story of the manga, the franchise could be testing the waters for a new anime adaptation, as there is plenty of story that has yet to be brought to the screen.
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