Guts, known as the Black Swordsman, seeks sanctuary from the demonic forces that pursue him and his woman, and also vengeance against the man who branded him as an unholy sacrifice. Aided only by his titanic strength, skill, and sword, Guts must struggle against his bleak destiny, all the while fighting with a rage that might strip him of his humanity. Berserk is a dark and brooding story of outrageous swordplay and ominous fate, in the theme of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
My experience with Berserk was to go in blind starting with the series from 1997 and then moving along to the manga. Looking back at it I wouldn't have it any other way, it perfectly threw me around from confusion and skepticism into a piledriver of mindfucks and awe. Skipped the movies and not watching this from 2016 because I can't stand the 3D aspects, it's stiff and restricted and doesn't really capture the tone of things. It's all just personal preference though.
Berserk is really one of a kind so that's why I think you shouldn't rob yourself by rushing into a random segment of the story, but it's all up to your taste of experiencing things.
at first i wasnt interested in this anime, i kept going for killing some times, i wondered about the missing story so i started digging up and saw this crazy guys comment below mine, so i watched the 25 episodes of the old anime and the 3 movies.... i must admit , it had been a while i was MOVED by an anime this much, the violence , the blood, gore , love , everything came together so awesome. i highly recommend that u watch the movies instead of the old anime , since its the same anime with better graphics with more original story.
SPOILER ALERT : Best part is the last part so keep watching
If you haven't seen the original BERSERK that was made in ages past, I HIGHLY recommend watching that series before watching this one. The animation isn't as good as BERSERK 2016, but the story line and gore, and cast of amazing / memorable characters will keep you on the edge of your seats.
The Original series is 25 or 26 episodes I believe, and it ends in a very CRAZY WAY. The only way to "FINISH" this anime was to read the manga, because the anime like i said above, ends at about somewhere towards the beginning to middle part of the manga.
NOT NOW SUCKERS! HAHAHHAHA! GUTS IS BACK! I REPEAT GUTS IS BACK! I would have been happy to finish watching the story WITH SHITTY GRAPHICS/ANIMATION!
BUT NOW GUTS IS BACK! He is back with a vengeance and the animation in BERSERK 2016 is of course very beautifully drawn, and the story SELLS ITSELF.
So do yourself a favor and watch the original BERSERK because it is regarded as one of the best 20 something episode series ever by many hardcore Anime fans. (Unless you're a noob that started with Naruto, stay away from this anime, your head will probably explode because berserk has ZERO FILLERS)
Watch the original Berserk, and if it isn't in your TOP TEN of animes with 20 something episodes of all time, I will jump off a building. (Of course I know you will place it in your top ten so no need to worry about my health guys)
Berserk 2016 leaves off where the ORIGINAL leaves off, so you will be very happy to know HE"S BACK !!!! HE'S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK