Do I have to watch 1997 Berserk?
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
Just watched the first episode of the new one, didn't know it was the new one.

Top comment recommended that everyone watch Berserk 1997 to understand why Guts is how he is.

Where can I watch it? Is it necessary?
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 8/9/18
Just read the manga...
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
As someone who watched the 1997 series first, I can't imagine trying to understand Guts without that background.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
Just watch the Golden Arc Movies

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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17

InternetSwag wrote:

Just watched the first episode of the new one, didn't know it was the new one.

Top comment recommended that everyone watch Berserk 1997 to understand why Guts is how he is.

Where can I watch it? Is it necessary?


I've moved this over to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

I'm someone who has been watching the show without having read the manga or seen any of the prior adaptations. While I'm not in a position to say whether or not someone would appreciate the 2016/2017 adaptations more having seen the prior ones, I found that I haven't felt especially befuddled. I just accept that Guts has a traumatic past. I have picked up a bit of stuff by reading comments and discussion threads though, so those bits of exposure may have been useful. I'd say that if you don't want to take the time to read the manga, or find and watch prior adapted material, you might want to just search for some synopses or summaries in order to feel more settled, though personally I don't think even that is absolutely necessary.

tl;dr I personally think just knowing that fucked up brutal shit happened is sufficient.

That said, when I was starting to watch the show, it was recommended to me to watch the three Golden Age Arc movies. These are available streaming on Amazon (rental $5 each HD; $4 SD). If you are good with dubs, that might be a good option. I actually would have watched them that way except it seems that only the English dub version is available via streaming. I don't normally watch English dubs of anime and just a few minutes watching the trailer convinced me I was just going to find that annoying. But that might not be true for everyone.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
Manga first if you can otherwise the 97 but you would have to look for that version or buy it from Amazon. Golden Arcs trilogy if you don't want to go through all that. It's usually $5 to rent via, PlayStation Store, Amazon, Steam ( I think ) and Xbox. If you have Netflix they have on there to.
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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 11/26/17

TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:

Just read the manga...


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Posted 6/11/17 , edited 6/11/17
The 1997 series broadly follows the manga story but is missing a few key plot points (such as the character that resolves the situation at the end of that series, paving the way to the current series).

The recent Berserk movie series is a retelling of the same story as the 1997 series. I haven't seen any of them yet but I believe they cover some of the elements of the manga missing from the original series.

If you want to understand the tragedy that underpins the story you should watch either the movies or 1997 series or read the manga. One thing to consider is that the Japanese voice actors for the movies have continued into the new series; if you watch the 1997 series and then the new series you may find the change in voices a little jarring.
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Posted 6/13/17 , edited 6/13/17
Tbh it isn't that nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Manga purist don't like but it gets across the essence of what Berserk is it's core. And that doesn't have to do with edgy, gorey stuff they left out but the relationships between the 3 complex main characters and their development. At least in the prologue.
Ideally the manga is better but if your not in the mood for manga or don't enjoy the medium the original anime is fine to get what Berserk is all about.
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