A brand new visual has been revealed for the recently announced anime project based on Kentarou Miura’s Berserk manga. The visual itself, which features Guts as the Black Swordsman, also reveals that the anime is set for 2016.
The project itself was announced in the recent issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine. Miura comments in the issue that the manga will be on hiatus until Summer next year. He also mentions that the new anime project will depict the Black Swordsman arc. The magazine has also announced that the 1997 TV anime adaptation of the series will be released as a Blu-ray boxset on April 20, 2016. The boxset will retail for ¥18,000 (~ US$148.80).
The anime’s official website was launched earlier and revealed first visual of the project.
The site has also revealed that more information about the project will be revealed on Christmas, with the first promotional video being shown at Comiket 89 – from December 29th till the 31st. The anime’s tagline was also revealed:
Sleepless nights shall begin
Berserk is a dark fantasy manga written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura, that began in 1989. The manga is being serialized in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine, where a total of 37 volumes have been published to date. The series was adapted into a TV anime series in 1997 for 25 episodes, being directed by Naohito Takahashi (Danball Senki W, Steel Angel Kurumi) and animated by OLM, Inc. (Pokémon, Inazuma Eleven). The manga also received an anime movie trilogy from 2012 under Berserk: The Golden Age Arc. The films were directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka (Gunbuster and Giant Robo Animation Director) and produced by Studio 4°C (Tweeny Witches, Harmony).
Here is the synopsis of the first anime on MAL:
A brave young warrior named Guts fights for his fortune as a mercenary on the front lines. A fated encounter unites Guts with the charismatic and deadly young man named Griffith. Leading the rogue soldiers known as the Band of the Hawk, Griffith wields his formidable force like no other. Driven by a quest for status, the Hawks exert military and social prowess the likes of which have never been seen before. The armies of Midland will quake with fear as Griffith and Guts set off on a path that will bring the world to its knees.
A brand new Berserk anime project is currently in production for 2016, though the specific nature of the project has not been revealed. Further information will be revealed on Christmas and at Comiket 89.
“Berserk”, images, and all associated brands and titles © 2015 Kentaro Miura and Hakusensha