Berserk Deluxe Edition: The Complete Hardcover Collection, Books 1-11
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That same year, in 1982, Miura enrolled in an artistic curriculum in high school, where he and his classmates started publishing their works in school booklets, as well as having his first dōjinshi published in a fan-produced magazine. In 1985, Miura applied for the entrance examination of an art college in Nihon University. He submitted Futanabi for examination and was granted admission. This project was later nominated Best New Author work in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Another Miura manga Noa was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine the very same year. Due to a disagreement with one of the editors, the manga was stalled and eventually dropped altogether. This is approximately where Miura's career hit a slump. Berserk is a haunting and powerful manga series that has left a lasting impact on the medium. Written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura, the series follows the character of Guts, a mercenary warrior who embarks on a brutal and violent journey of vengeance.
In 1990, the first volume Berserk was released with a relatively limited success. Miura again collaborated with Buronson on manga entitled Japan. Miura's fame grew after Berserk began "The Golden Age" story arc and the huge success of this masterpiece made of him one of the most prominent contemporary manga artists. The series is still continuing with the most recent volume to release being Volume 40. Currently, the Deluxe Editions only collect through Volume 18. With that being said, if you are someone who wants to get completely caught up on the series, the Berserk Deluxe Editions are behind since they release only three a year. At this pace, it will take a little over two years for the Deluxe Editions to catch up to the individual volumes. Even so, the positives I’ll talk about below make them well worth the wait. Credit: Anime Collective Positives to buying the Berserk Deluxe Editions The Berserk Deluxe Editions are well made and they are a joy to read The Berserk Official Guidebook is an essential roadmap to the sprawling Berserk universe, profusely illustrated, and includes author notes by Kentaro Miura that detail characters, creatures, settings, and stories from Berserk's first 38 volumes. Three volumes of Berserk would take up approx. 2.1in, whereas the Deluxe Editions take up approx. 1.98in each. The difference here is marginal, but every little bit counts. Kentaro Miura’s highly detailed art shines even more in the Berserk Deluxe EditionsIn 1997, Miura supervised the production of 25 anime episodes of Berserk that aired in the same year on NTV. In 1997, Miura supervised the production of 25 anime episodes of Berserk that aired in the same year on NTV. Various art books and supplemental materials by Miura based on Berserk are also released. In 1999, Miura made minor contributions to the Dreamcast video game Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage. 2004 saw the release of yet another video game adaptation entitled Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Record of the Holy Demon War.
Since that time, the Berserk manga has spanned 34 tankōbon with no end in sight. The series has also spawned a whole host of merchandise, both official and fan-made, ranging from statues, action figures to key rings, video games, and a trading card game. In 2002, Kentarou Miura received the second place in the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award of Excellence for Berserk. The artwork is also a masterpiece of its own, with expressive character designs and dynamic action sequences brought to life through Miura's masterful use of paneling and shading. The series has a dark and gritty aesthetic that perfectly captures the tone of its disturbing and violent content. The Deluxe Editions are close to the price you’d pay if you bought the three volumes contained within them individually. Since they are hardcover and have a larger format, you definitely get more for your money with the Deluxe Editions. Final thoughts: Are the Berserk Deluxe Editions worth it? There are two different printings of the Berserk individual volumes. The first were released by DMP and Dark Horse together. The DMP volumes are out of print. Dark Horse later began releasing the Berserk individual volumes on their own.In 1990, a sequel is made to Ourou entitled Ourou Den (王狼伝 ōrō den, The Legend of the Wolf King) that was published as a prequel to the original in Young Animal Magazine. In the same year, the 10th issue of Animal House witnesses the first volume of the solo project Berserk was released with a relatively limited success. Miura again collaborated with Buronson on manga titled Japan, that was published in Young Animal House from the 1st issue to the 8th of 1992, and was later released as a stand-alone tankōbon. Miura's fame grew after Berserk was serialized in Young Animal in 1992 with the release of "The Golden Age" story arc and the huge success of his masterpiece made of him one of the most prominent contemporary mangakas. At this time Miura dedicates himself solely to be working on Berserk. He has indicated, however, that he intends to publish more manga in the future. Kentarou Miura ( 三浦建太郎) was born in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1966. He is left-handed. In 1976, at the early age of 10, Miura made his first Manga, entitled "Miuranger", that was published for his classmates in a school publication; the manga ended up spanning 40 volumes. In 1977, Miura created his second manga called Ken e no michi (剣への道 The Way to the Sword), using Indian ink for the first time. When he was in middle school in 1979, Miura's drawing techniques improved greatly as he started using professional drawing techniques. His first dōjinshi was published, with the help of friends, in a magazine in 1982.