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Hey Berserk fans! We've got some more art and information from May's issue of Young Animal, the manga magazine in which Berserk currently is serialized in.

This month, we have an exclusive look at the upcoming character designs and art, including an exciting look at both the character sketches and 3D models!


Serpico (CV: Okitsu Kazuyuki)

Farnese (CV: Hikasa Youko)

Puck (CV: Mizuhara Kaoru)

Isidro (CV: Shimono Hiro)

The Berserk TV anime is making smooth progress! Farnese, who has officially been announced as part of the cast, will be unveiled along with the opening theme. Get hype!

Opening Theme Song: Inferno by 9mm Parabellum Bullet
Opening theme: "Inferno"
Released 20th July, 2016!
Serial: GNCA-0432
Price: 1500 yen


9mm Parabellum Bullet
Formed in March 2004, in Yokohama. Consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sugawara Takurou, guitarist and backing vocalist Taki Yoshimitsu, bassist Nakamura Kazuhiko, and drummer Kamijou Chihiro. After releasing two mini-albums under independent record labels, made their major debut in 2007 with the album "Discommunication e.p". In 2016, they will release their sixth album, "Waltz on Life Line", on April 27th, they will perform a solo concert at Hibiya Park on June 19th, following which they'll embark on a nationwide solo tour on June 24th.

From 2D to 3D—TV Anime Design Concepts
Main Character Designs: Abe Hisashi
These characters will be brought to life in 3D, based off the 2D concept art. Unveiling some important concept materials!

Farnese:

The gallant form of Farnese in armor. Her tense expression, born from her duty of pursuing Guts, is portrayed accurately.

2D Concept (Rough character profiles by Abe Hisashi, the character designer for the anime. The 3D designs will be based off these.)

3D Designs (Designs based off the character design concepts, which the CG models will adhere to.)


Serpico:
Seems very easygoing with his helmet off, but also seems unreadable and frightening. Surprisingly expressive?

2D Concept

3D Design


Puck:
Puck has gotten even cuter for the anime. Of course, there's concept art for chestnut Puck, too.

2D Concept

3D Design


Isidro:
In the concept art, he has childish and expressive poses and expressions. It will be great to see how he's animated.

2D Concept

3D Design


We hope you guys are excited, and if you want more information, check out the official pages and social media below!

Anime Official Home Page (JP): berserk-anime.com
Anime Official Twitter (JP): @berserk_anime
Manga Official Home Page (JP): www.younganimal.com/berserk-anime
Manga Official Twitter (JP): @berserk_project




The first four are also featured in the pamphlets distributed at NBC Universal's Anime Japan 2016 booth.


Itagaki Shin (Director)

Hello. I'm Itagaki Shin, and I'll be directing the 2016 TV anime series Berserk.
I remember watching the first adaptation as an average viewer and thinking, "This show sure does stand out," but of course, I never imagined back then that I would one day get an offer to direct an anime for the series.
When I read through the manga this time, it hit me just how rich a work Berserk is, and how much depth it has as a human drama.
I believe it's a work that should prove fascinating to one and all, especially in how it accepts the darkness within people and uses that to form the framework of the story.
Making an anime adaptation which would recreate the manga's depth along with its detailed and graphic art would normally considered reckless, but we're facing up to the challenge with the latest in animation technology and techniques.
Please cheer us on!


Fukami Makoto (Series Composition & Scripts)

Hello. I'm Fukami, and I'll be handling series composition and scripts.
I was a student back when I first read Berserk.
The vivid and detailed art, overwhelming violence, and unrelenting plot developments left a deep impression on me that I have yet to forget.
I am overjoyed that I get to work on a series that I believe, without exaggeration, is one of the foremost names in world fantasy history.
The Golden Age ends, and the Black Swordsman's travels begin.
Just how will Guts's "Dragon Slayer" cut through his formidable opponents?
What kind of animation will the world get to see?
Personally, I'm very much looking forward to it.


Iwanaga Hiroaki (VA: Guts)

My feelings haven't changed since 2012, when I first got to work on the Berserk movies.
It is a series that is wildly popular not just in Japan but all over the world,
and continuing to play Guts, its protagonist, brings me both great joy and a huge amount of pressure, frankly speaking.
But at the same time, I desperately want to channel that joy and pressure into my work, so I live up to the expectations of not only the manga's fans, but also every single person who will tune in and watch the new anime.


Hikasa Youko (VA: Farnese)

I'm truly honored to have the chance to take on the role of Farnese.
Farnese forces herself to portray a leader and suppresses her desires as part of her faith.
In truth, she has a side to her that is extremely human and feminine.
I feel she's a difficult character to portray, and that I'll have to destroy the walls put up around my own heart if I have to succeed.
When I immerse myself into the role, I focus hard so my mind doesn't wander in between lines, so it's always a huge relief when dubbing is over for the day. Sometimes, I find my hands trembling, and I get the feeling my lifespan has reduced quite a bit.
It's a work with a lot of fans of the source material, so I'd like to do my best to make this an adaptation with all our spirits poured into it, one which won't let its viewers down.
Please look forward to its airing!


Sagisu Shirou (Music)

In Helsinki around thirty years ago, with temperatures falling below -20C day after day,
I was recording while heating myself up each afternoon with reindeer stew and a local spirit as strong as vodka. Following the saying of "Controlling bears has always been part of Nordic DNA," I one day ordered a dish made of high-grade Bear meat, and the entire restaurant broke out into applause. My colleague took one bite of the bear meat and yelled out "I have defeated bearhood!" in such a loud voice that it resonated in the mountains of snow piled out outdoors.

I was told that in Old Norse, "Berserk" referred to warriors who wore bear skin and let out war cries that made them sound insane.

Since then, I have visited Scandinavia more than a hundred times. Strangely enough, the offers to work on the movies and the TV series both came while I was on jobs there. I sense fate at work here.

Since I love dark fantasy—no. Since I respect and admire Miura Kentarou and Hirasawa Susumu, facing up to this work makes me feel as though I am heading out to battle.

And the curtain has risen on battle, to create music resembling the cries of warriors that pierce and echo across the wintry skies!


Hirasawa Susumu (Insert Song)

I've worked on every anime edition of Berserk, right from its very first airing on TV.
This time, too, I was asked to work on it, and I gladly took up the offer and produced
"Hai yo," an insert song for the show.

I wrote the lyrics in Japanese instead of neologisms this time and tried to enliven the setting for the series. At the same time, while learning from Sagisu-san's soundtrack and trying to fit in with his dignified touches, I looked to implement my own style that has supported Berserk all this while, with a certain wildness to it.

When a greater enemy looks down upon some as nothing but ash, powerless and worthless, and pressures them to submit, they stand up to them by setting themselves free and using their own, dazzling "divinity" of sorts as strength. "Hai yo," the insert song, looks to provide cover fire for such fighters, and if it could serve as a trigger for viewers to sympathize with them, nothing like it.


Sugawara Takurou (9mm Parabellum Bullet)

As a fan who has kept up with Berserk for a long time, I'm honored to be involved in this project. I'm happy to say that I believe the soundtrack resonates with the series' worldview on a deep, profound level.
Please look forward to the synergy it will create with the visuals.


Interview with Shimono Hiro (VA: Isidro)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

I've been reading the manga since before the auditions, but this serious dark fantasy manga has a lot of extreme depictions, and it makes me curious to find out if we really can make a TV anime out of it, and how much of it we can actually show. Since the manga's still ongoing, I don't know how much we can adapt, but I'll do my best!


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

Isidro has the strength to stay true to himself no matter what situation he finds himself in, and I found that great. While he may be young, he staunchly lives through all kinds of harsh environments and dangerous situations, and tries to achieve his ambitions. That's the best thing about him, and what I respect him for.

Though he's an idiot.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

When I saw the visuals during dubbing and found he looked even younger than I expected, that surprised me. But he looks young or mature depending on the circumstances, and shows loads of expressions, so playing him is bundles of fun..

Since he's more playful than other characters, it makes me want to adlib a lot of his lines.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

His expressions change at the drop of a hat, and the anime itself is rather high-tempo, so try to keep up with that, all the while bringing out the essence of Isidro's persona, adlibbing lines, and bantering with Puck. Be it comical scenes or serious ones, I hope to have fun playing him in all sorts of situations.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

I really can't wait to see how the anime ends up when it goes on air. We're desperately doing all we can to live up to fans' expectations, so please give us your support!


Interview with Iwanaga Hiroaki (VA: Guts)


● What is your impression on Guts? What's the best thing about him?

He's as formidable as he looks, so at first he was strong man who was invincible against humans. My first impression of him is that he’s strong and composed, which is something all guys admire to become.
He carries darkness in his heart, such as the traumatic events of his pasts, so he isn't just strong and nothing else. And while this is just my interpretation, I feel he's trying to make up for his frail heart by becoming stronger, and I think that's great.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

This is a comparison with the movie trilogy, but in the Golden Age, there are a lot of fight scenes, and in them Guts is always out of breath and roaring as loud as he can, so I thought it'd be hard enacting that again. Although I know that might be complaining about something others would long for : )
When I realised that he stopped roaring as much after becoming the Black Swordsman, I went through the manga once more for research, and realized the difference between Guts then and Guts now. The scales fell from my eyes, really.
But just as much, the burden he carries in his heart is even heavier than back during the Golden Age, so I hope I can effectively portray that difference.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

This is Guts after experiencing the Eclipse, which is honestly beyond human understanding. He's quite unlike his past self in the Golden Age, when he simply sought strength and first found people he could call comrades, so while it may still be Berserk at its core, I think its overall feel has changed since he became the Black Swordsman. Thus, I try to show that change to the best of my ability.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

Berserk has a lot of history and fans, so we're trying our best to please the original fans without betraying their expectations, and also to make new viewers find the series fun and exciting. We really wish that as many people as possible understand the allure of Berserk with this anime.


Interview with Yasumoto Hiroki (VA: Azan)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

I've been reading it forever. It's an amazing story that builds up over a long time and really excites its readers. In my mind, high fantasy equals Berserk.


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

His charm, I suppose. He's overbearing yet lovable. I really like him.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

Living in that world is really tough. It's desperate times every time.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

Living with all I have within in that world, with an unshaking and unyielding conviction.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

This anime isn't “heavy and far too rough”, it's actually extremely rich. Let's all get immersed in its eclipse.


Interview with Mizuhara Kaoru (VA: Puck)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

It's so hot blooded! Boiling, seething hot. But within that you can also find pain and warmth, so I feel it's a manga that both male and female readers can get hooked on.


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

In the midst of a severe battlefield, there is just one corner of solace. That is Puck.
His presence softens the pain of sorrow and suffering, if only a bit.
He occupies a different sort of role from Casca, but supports Guts just like her.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

It's fun. I even learned how to switch on the fly after having to portray both Normal and Evil Puck.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

“Cute and lovable” is what I swear by. Cute and lovable laughter, cute and lovable screaming, cute and lovable crying, cute and lovable anger, etc.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

Following in the passionate footsteps of the movie trilogy, the TV series turns the heat up another notch. The main role goes without saying, but I've also put in enthusiastic performances voicing the bad guys, so I hope you enjoy that as you watch.


Interview with Okitsu Kazuyuki (VA: Serpico)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

It's been adored for years and years, and that's not surprising because it's a grand story told through overwhelmingly powerful visuals. I feel it really digs deep into the sins and karma of humanity. Once you start reading, you can't stop.


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

You can't tell what he's thinking from his usual expressions, so he's impossible to grasp. But once he opens his eyes, he's crazy strong. Guts said this, too, but I felt he really was like a wily fox.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

He doesn't talk much, so often the script would have nothing but "…". When I see "…(good grief)," it makes me go, "I want to say 'good grief' out loud!" (haha)


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

I'm expressing the "…"s with my breathing, so I get nervous every time I stand before the microphone. I mean, a lot of the times there are crazy battles happening around me…
Since I have few lines as Serpico, whenever I do double duty in other roles, I yell out with all my heart, haha.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

The staff and cast are all doing our very, very best to live up to the expectations of the manga fans. I'm very excited to see the show in its completed form, too. Please continue to support us!


Interview with Yukinari Toa (VA: Casca)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

I was overwhelmed by the wild action scenes, but I also felt that it was a story that portrays the deepest part of the human mind, which you don't want others to know, and the ugly along with the beautiful. Since it isn't filled with only strong characters, it can resonate with you and draw you into its world.


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

Before, Casca wished to be gallant and strong but was actually awkward and weak inside. That straightforwardness was what I liked best about her.
And now, she's basically the embodiment of human instinct.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

Playing Casca is really, really hard. It made me understand just how much language helps in terms of expressing our feelings.
I use the scripts, the manga, and my own impressions to try and grasp what she feels at any given moment.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

While Casca doesn't talk, her body and mind do work and move, so I try not to miss any signs of movement from her, and look to play her with a real voice coming from within me. I find it fun discovering all the various kinds of noises I find myself making.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

I'm very happy that after the movies, I can continue to play Casca.
I would like to make a home for myself in the world by facing up to a side of her that is different from before.
Please look forward to it!


Interview with Hikasa Youko (VA: Farnese)


● Please give us your thoughts on the manga Berserk.

I read it for the first time recently, to prepare for the auditions, and it's an extremely powerful work. Drawn by its philosophical musings and portrayals of human nature, I honestly find it terrifying at times.


● What are your impressions on your character? What's the best thing about them?

My first impression of her was that of a strong and unyielding woman, but as I kept reading, I found out that in truth, she was entirely the opposite. I think that gap between expectation and reality is what I liked best.


● Tell us how you felt after actually playing the character. Did anything change?

I don't know if it's because of the powerful story, or whether I get too immersed in Farnese, but there are times during dubbing when I find my hands trembling out of anger or fear and I nearly drop my script. As an actor, I find it immensely satisfying that I can enter that state of mind.


● Is there anything you make sure to do, or have difficulty with, while recording?

I get the feeling that voicing Farnese becomes a shallow affair the moment you lose focus, so I try not to. And that wears me out both physically and mentally, so I'm always extremely hungry after a recording session.


● What would you like to tell the fans looking forward to the anime?

Berserk has a huge fan following both in Japan and overseas. We're trying to make this a show that not only lives up to their expectations, but surpasses them. Please look forward to it!


Stay tuned for more Berserk updates!

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We are VERY EXCITED to announce that Berserk will be premiering on Crunchyroll THIS SUMMER!


©Miura Kentarou (Studio Gaga)・Hakusensha/Berserk Production Committee



An immensely popular fantasy comic, with over 40 million copies in print worldwide, Berserk’s anime adaptation begins airing this July!

Boasting a deep story, fascinating characters, overwhelming and intricate art, and an unparalleled creative flair, it makes a strong impact on reader hearts and lives. It’s a fantasy comic that has fascinated not only Japanese readers, but people all over the world, and is widely considered to be one of the leading comics of all time. Set in a world where swordplay, magic, and monsters run wild, it portrays the protagonist Guts’ magnificent way of life. Packed to the brim with top-notch action, romance, spectacular scenes, and drama, it is sure to entertain the audience!

Miura Kentarou’s “Berserk” is currently serialized in Seinen Comics Magazine Young Animal. Volume 38 releases June 24th!


Staff!

◆Original Creator/Story Supervisor:Miura Kentarou
(Studio Gaga)(Serialized in Hakusensha Young Animal)
◆Director:Itagaki Shin
◆Series Composition:Fukami Makoto
◆Series Composition Assistance:Yamashita Takashi
◆Main Character Design:Abe Hisashi
◆Music:Sagisu Shirou
◆Insert Song:”Hai yo”by Hirasawa Susumu
◆Production:LIDENFILMS
◆Animation Production:GEMBA/Millepensee

Cast!

◆Guts:Iwanaga Hiroaki  
◆Puck:Mizuhara Kaoru
◆Farnese:Hikasa Youko 
◆Serpico:Okitsu Kazuyuki
◆Isidro:Shimono Hiro   
◆Azan:Yasumoto Hiroki
◆Casca:Yukinari Toa   
◆Griffith:Sakurai Takahiro
◆Skull Knight:Ootsuka Akio
◆Narration:Ishizuka Unshou  
- And others

We'll have this thread updated with launch date/time, territories, etc. as well as fun and exciting things we'll be doing involving this title - Stay tuned!


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Is this a reboot or a continuation of the 1997 series of 25 episodes. I am not familiar with it.
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Well. That's a pleasant surprise. Hopefully it will be uncensored since i suspect this will be.
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OMG!!!! I'm so excited!



That being said I'm hoping the censorship is not too heavy as this is an adult series, perhaps age restricting it would be a good idea?


How excited are you @sailorbee? #crunchycast
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Huh, now this is actually quite a surprise.
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Whoot-whoot.~
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Are they starting from the beginning?
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I hope it will be just as gory as the manga.
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That staff though
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I don't know what this is about, but Berserk deserves a tv series, although I liked the movies as well.
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Is the animation going to be that weird blend of 2D and 3D that was in the initial trailer? That looked worse than the PS2 game. Alright, maybe not that bad, but this really doesn't seem like the series you'd want to do something like that with.
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Ohghod I truly hope that this will be a mature anime and uncensored. Straight manga adaptations have a special place in my heart.
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This is a continuation of the story that was told twice before (the three movies, and the old anime, which covered the same ground with some differences). Therefore, this is the first time Berserk fans will see the story post eclipse animated.
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Yaaaaaaaaaay

I can't wait to see this!!!
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I hope this available in my region.
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