Berserk Deluxe Edition Manga Preview

One of the best additions that I have made this year to my manga collection is the deluxe edition of the infamous seinen series, Berserk by Kentarō Miura.

When I saw that this manga was being re-released in stunning leather-bound editions, I knew immediately that I had to pre-order them as soon as they became available to do so. I chatted briefly about Berserk a few weeks ago and about how I felt intimidated by it for a long time. Yet, when I spied the new editions, I figured it was time to overcome my hesitations and experience the story for myself. Honestly, I can’t think of a better and more stylish way to read about Guts and this brutal shenanigans.

Tonight, I wanted to show what these deluxe editions look like so that you can determine if they are worth the hefty price-tag of $49.99. Once I sit down and read through this beast of a volume, I shall do a proper review for it—both my first impressions of the story as well as my impressions of reading them in these heavy arse tomes. My goal is to prioritise this specific manga first impressions in between semesters during the month of May.

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Here is the cover for it. I love the leather texture and the bright, red embossed title and fonts. It’s a very clean yet mature appearance.


The pages are classic manga white and black, but they are slightly thicker than your standard manga volume. That’s probably so it can endure the weight of the volume. The brightness of the white complements that clean, minimalistic look.


The cover and the spine together. The spine feels sturdy without coming off too stiff. I’m not sure how well it will hold up to people who tend to be more rough with their manga while reading. But I think with careful handling, it will last a long time.


Here is the title page when you open up the cover. Again, everything is very neat and simple. The page is a brilliant white. I have light sensitivity, so opening it up beneath a such intense lighting wasn’t the best choice, but I like the crispness of it. It’s very classic.


The intro page for chapter one. This is where the supremely strange and unapologetically visceral story begins.


Here is a panel from somewhere within the first quarter of the book. I’m going to hope it’s not a spoiler. It didn’t look like a spoiler page to me. The panels have been enlarged and the details are more refined. It’s sort of like a remastered presentation. The artwork is exquisite, especially the shading and the intensities of the blacks and greys.

That is Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume One. Out of all of the special or limited edition manga serials that I own (which admittedly isn’t a whole lot), I feel this one is definitely worth the money. You can tell that a lot of care and attention went into crafting these editions. The fact that they are kept basic really impressed me. More often than not we get fancy editions that have too much emboss or overcroweded artwork and it severely detracts from the allure of the original. I’m so happy that wasn’t the case with Berserk.

What do you think of them? Would you invest in these editions? Please, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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9 thoughts on “Berserk Deluxe Edition Manga Preview

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  2. I’d feel so sophisticated holding this! I haven’t read Berserk, so looking forward to your thoughts as you progress through the manga.

  3. Wow, that looks like a stunning edition. I don’t know Berserk and likewise feel a bit intimidated by the prospect, but if you’re going to jump in, jump in with $50 of gusto I say!

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