It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about Kentaro Miura’s Berserk.
Berserk is a gorgeous manga at all levels, from story to art. The thing is, it’s also a highly disturbing manga that really should only be read by those who are mature enough and can stomach the gruesome content.
With that said, let me talk a bit more about what makes Berserk so great. First of all, the story is fantastic. Set in a sword-and-sorcery era of the Medieval ages, Berserk is all about Gutts and his revenge on “God.” The problem here is that God is/was his best friend and possible God is the evillest thing in all of creation (he also might not be God per se…just roll with my description here, okay? makes life a little easier).
Revenge stories are a dime a dozen, but what Miura does is he provides an amazingly compelling backstory that he takes the time to tell and flesh out. When he switches over to the present day, it is unlikely will anyone feel anything but rage and the wish to journey with Gutts to take down Griffith. Then we have the next bit of the story, which is Gutts and how does he survive after Griffith’s horror, which is bloody and brutal and so engrossing that there is no way to take one’s eyes off of it (hmmm, this might be a poor choice of words…oh well, read the manga and tell me!).
Then there is the art, which is so luscious (even the gross parts) that it creates a synesthesiatic effect…thus you actually can smell and taste the carnage that is happening (thankfully not feel, ’cause that might be too much). Miura manages to impress such a sensitivity to his work that it affects more than your visual sense.
I only wish Berserk was more regular, but when you see how detailed the art is, you realize why it takes so much time and you feel a bit of forgiveness towards him (though considering the cliffhanger the last chapter released had, sometimes it is hard to remember that forgiveness).