ANIME REVIEW: BERSERK

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I discovered the anime/manga Berserk and it has become one of my favorite dark fantasy stories. In many ways it reminds me of Game of Thrones in that the setting is dark and full of despair while depicting morally ambiguous characters. Another similarity I noticed between this anime/manga and Game of Thrones has something to do with two of the main characters, Guts and Griffith. Traditional fantasy stories depict bad guys as wearing black clothing while good guys wear white clothing. Game of Thrones reversed this stereotype with the Night’s Watch and Kingsguard in that the Night’s Watch wears black and yet they are considered the “good guys” while the Kingsguard wear white and yet are corrupt “bad guys”. This is similar to Guts and Griffith in that guts wears black and yet he is heroic while Griffith wears white and is a savage villain. The main villains known as the God’s Hand remind me of the Cenobites from the Hellraiser films in that they are seen as angels to some and demons to others. This story definitely makes you question whether or not humans are fundamentally good or evil. I would recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a morally ambiguous story.

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