Berserk Vol. #33 -

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  • Art Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 14.99
  • Pages: 232
  • ISBN: 978-1595823724
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Berserk

Berserk Vol. #33

Berserk Vol. #33 Manga Review

By Matthew Alexander     September 07, 2010
Release Date: February 17, 2010

Berserk Vol. #33
© Dark Horse Comics

A peaceful ocean cruise is anything but when you invite Guts along.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Kentaro Miura
Translation: Duane Johnson
Adaptation: Duane Johnson

What They Say
Guts the Black Swordsman and his companions brave the open sea, hoping to reach Puck's homeland, Elfhelm, and its powerful elven king, who might be able to restore the sanity of Guts' former lover, Casca. But seeking out a sanctuary for Casca means that Guts must postpone his hunt for his ex-friend and leader, Griffith, who has been reborn as a demon lord hell-bent on conquest. The winds of change blow fast and hard across the war-torn lands of the Holy See, and if Guts waits too long to exact his vengeance, Griffith might attain his murderous goals before Guts can return to Midland to stop him!

The Review!

With Guts and his companions safely away from Windham City and aboard Roderick’s ship headed for Elfhelm, it seems they might finally get a chance to rest. Guts is in desperate need of some down time after his battle with the Apostle Ganishka. Guts’ armor makes him super strong, but it take a huge toll on his body. Plus, Ganishka burned Guts from head to toe, on top of all his other injuries leading up to that battle.
Don’t let this lull fool you, this wouldn’t be ‘Berserk’ if the author didn’t throw battles at Guts every other chapter. Luckily, this time it is only pirates. Well, actually three pirate ships. There isn’t much for Guts to do in a naval battle, so he retreats below with his companions. Not that he could have done much anyways with all his injuries. Can Roderick live up to his nickname ‘The Sailing Prince of Iith’, and defeat three experience pirate ships at once?
Griffith marches on in his quest to conquer the world, or at least to retake it from Ganishka’s minions. At this point it is still difficult to figure out exactly how strong Griffith is since his rebirth. Sure, Griffith has an army of Apostles, and he should be stronger than any of his soldiers, and Ganishka is afraid of him, but we haven’t seen him battle anyone yet. I’m sure the time will come when he either throws down directly with Ganishka or Guts heals enough to seek his vengeance. For now, Griffith will occupy his time with rescuing Windham City from the Kushan forces, but can the citizens survive their Kushan tormentors long enough for Griffith to arrive?
In Summary:
Packaging wise, this series continues to impress with both the quality of the printing and the color foldout mini-poster in each volume. Something this series didn’t start until volume 27, but I greatly appreciate, is the character profiles at the start of the volume. With any series over 10 volumes or so, it really helps to recap where things are at in the story and get the reader back on track. 
Story wise, the depth of the characters as they interact with each other while wrestling with their inner demons is both entertaining and impressive. It is pretty easy to see Guts’ inner demon, especially when it takes the form of a huge wolf demon in his dreams. Farnese’s demons are less grandiose despite the fact her battle with them somewhat mirrors Guts. While it is great to see Farnese develop as a person as she embraces magic, which had been her antithesis her whole life, she also shows flickers of her of her impetuous evil side. She loves Guts, but he only cares about Casca, so I keep waiting for Farnese’s jealousy to get the best of her and lash out at Casca. It would be easy for Farnese to let Casca get away from her during a battle, which would probably end in Casca’s death.
This odd triangle is just one of the many conflicts raging through this violently complex series.  Highly recommended.


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