Berserk 312, Soregashi Kotsujiki ni Arazu, Zetman 134

  » Posted February 26th, 2010 by miyagiCE

As usual, I bring you the goods without further ado and in a highly efficient fashion.

Miura blesses us with another break.

Soregashi Kotsujiki ni Arazu (aka “Proud to be a samurai even though I’m destitute. Hirata Hiroshi Chronologies 1970-1971”):
tsubaimomo brings you another complete work that he slaved over of samurai author Hirata Hiroshi. Some of you will remember him from Bloody Swordsmanship, which we also released recently.

Okay, so I lied when I said there’d be a release before the next Berserk. Heh, wasn’t intentional.

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146 Responses to “Berserk 312, Soregashi Kotsujiki ni Arazu, Zetman 134”

  1. Jumping Ja-ho-za-fart Says:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!! LOL!!! “and i never use LOL” @ Asphyxis VS Thana comments #84-90.hahaha yall amuse me with your banter….ALMOST as much as BATTLE ANGEL ALITA does…… i need a release……A NEW RELEASE OF ALITA, THAT IS. good day

  2. Thana Says:

    Well, I live to entertain… But what is this campaign for this Alita shit? My guess is you don’t wnt to be lonely reading it all alone. Good day.

  3. Berserker Says:


  4. nansake09 Says:

    P A T I E N C E people lets just wait this break and see what will happen BERSERK rocksss


    I agree with you CrackoWitcho. I think Griffith is becoming increasingly uninteresting. I enjoy the side of Guts where he’s being more of a loner, I felt like that was some really powerful stuff. The mood is largely destroyed now that his shit eating companions have tried to make the mood all cheery and shit. It completely ruins it, they’re like fucking clowns. I like the good ol’ days, when this manga was really dark and morbid.
    Miura needs to rethink what the hell he’s doing with this series. Oh, and as if this story needed more of the elf-fairies. Recently they have only acted as a sort of comic relief, but serve only as an annoyance. If yet another fairy joins the group, I will be growing very tired of this kind of faggotry.
    For the most part, the companions are not good additions to the story
    Farnese and Serpico were very interesting, but are becoming boring very fast
    Isidoro is a tard
    Schierke was alright, and is still a good character
    Azan is so so
    The fairies… yeah
    Caska, and of course Guts, are good characters.

    I am just hoping that the segment with the pirates was not a hint of what is to come, I liked it better when this stuff was dark fantasy, not this childish shit. Things are looking better though, considering the recent update.

  6. soleyfir Says:

    Yeah, I agree with you (except for Shierke, but I’ve already said what I thought of that earlier in the discussion).
    I’ve reread the part from the beginning till the meeting between Guts, Caska, Rickert and Zodd after the Albion arc.
    And that stuff was definately great. When I compare this to the more recent books, I feel like I’m reading a different manga. And it saddens me.


    I agree with you soleyfir. Schierke isn’t really a great character addition, but she had a lot of potential to be an amazing character if handled properly. She would need to be older, too. I would imagine that she and Guts, then, would have found each others personalities refreshing as they would be quite similar, and could relate to one another. I am a bit disappointed that nothing happened between Guts and Farnese because that would have been nice to see a little intimacy. The thing they had going for them bottomed out a while ago, along with my level of interest with Farnese. Miura should know though that we don’t like his work because of the immense amount of detail that goes into the drawings, but for the incredible story that he has given us, a story that has already started to stagnate and lose direction.

  8. CrackoWitcho Says:

    His companions are testing my patience too, DS. Just more useless filler to stall for time with. The saddest part is that they all did start as strong personalities, and now they’re scenery.

    Seriously, I don’t want the future of Berserk to include a years’ worth of Gutz charging the Berserk-world equivalent of a Spirit Bomb while Griffith stands there blathering on about how infinitely more powerful he is than Gutz the faceless cast of extras gushing in the background about how powerful they’ve both become.

    I want something to HAPPEN, for fuck’s sake, to actually happen for the first time in a long time. After thousands of pages in pursuit of his dream, Griffith finally gets his own kingdom. wat do now, Miura? Filler battles with pirates, of course. Create further delays on the decade-old journey to Elfheim to introduce more plot elements that will take you years to flesh out, provided you don’t die in the meantime or become chronically vacationed.

    Should mention now that I do really appreciate your guys’ work, EG. Berserk is infuriating to follow, but I’m thankful to you for providing the opportunity. Your releases are the best going.

  9. soleyfir Says:

    Yeah, that’s definately what I am thinking. As I said earlier, I completely concur with you DS on the fact that all the companions started with rather interesting personalities or roles to fulfill. But the thing is, they either turn out to be too young (Isidoro, Shierke) or their mentalities became that way (Farnese and Serpico which started as great mature characters and have become childish and boring).
    The best example is Farnese. I was rereading the first chapters in which she appears: she’s a fanatic spoiled kid who believes what she’s told to believe, have a self-centered personality and a deviate sexuality (she can’t accept being attracted to Guts and tries to kill him, she plays with herself while thinking about burning people, she once rode Guts’ sword and tried to slice herself with it and have sado-masochistic issues) and believes in her superiority before the other. Now she’s a maid taken from a fairy tail who’s too shy to act and worships a little girl. Where’s the character developpement?

  10. GhostUnit Says:

    Something else.

    Anyone get the impression that Guts is getting too humble and down-to-earth? Lately he’s all like “thanks for your compliments, but I only won because X came through at the right time. He’s great at Y, by the way”.

    It’s not as bad as the other stuff you guys mention, but lately it’s been getting so thickly marked that it annoys me.

    I get it, Guts has “grown up” throughout his adventures, and/or his burden and pain has lessened somehow now that time has passed and that he has new companions and is taking care of Caska.

    Still, I kinda miss the Guts of the Black Swordsman arc, who was utterly disdainful to everyone he crossed paths with, who didn’t even want Puck around and rarely ever allowed him to heal him.

    By the way, that tension with Puck was great, with Puck wanting to save him while Guts only thought of slaughtering monsters and drenching himself in rage and blood. It was a great part of what made Puck a real character, and not just serve as (very poor) comic-relief, like he does now.

  11. Ray Says:

    I don’t mind the supporting cast. They aren’t all that interesting (though I find them more interesting than most of you apparently) but they are an important part of the story.

    They are there to keep Guts human in my opinion. We’ve already seen Guts’ downfall into semi-madness when he traveled alone before. And Guts acts similar with them as to how he did with the Hawks.

    I think it makes for an interesting character dynamic. He has to choose between his companions or revenge. I’m sure we will see that more intensely in the future as well.

    I do agree that some of the battles aren’t as intense and that Guts’ anger doesn’t show as much as before but I’m willing to accept those changes for the series to progress. It’s not like he’s lost his anger; he’s making the side trip to cure Caska but afterwards he’s going to ditch (or try to) his group to go hunt Griffith.

    The only character I’m beyond tired of is Caska. I hope to god this ark doesn’t last long and that there’s not a Griffith arc or something afterwards before Elfheim.

    The thing I’m most interested in is the past and back story to be honest though. Can’t wait to learn more about the God Hand and what happened when 5 of them were there in the past and more about the Skull Knight.


  12. GhostUnit Says:


    Indeed. If Miura doesn’t know what to do with the story now or is just loosing his edge, maybe he should try diverging completely and starting from a (relatively) blank slate.

    And one of the ways to do that could be to start working on a new arc that deals with the past of the Berserk world: Gaeseric, the Skull Knight and Flora, etc.

  13. Henrik Says:

    Sorry for advertising, but since we’re all bored here waiting for the next chapter I figured I’d pimp something I’m doing that is a bit inspired by Berserk to help you pass the time 😉

  14. loretom Says:

    Would you guys know any books that are similar in feel to the berserk world pre-Fantasia? I know there are a lot of references to lovecrafts works, but can someone tell me more. As I am sure for many, what fascinated me about berserk was the world, its indescribable nature and concept of fate, its conception of god and hell, and the depictions of human misery, all of which we try to overcome through Guts. Any advice on where I could find more stories that touch these themes?

  15. CrackoWitcho Says:

    You could read or watch Monster, or watch Texhnolyze, which are two series I got into after Berserk. They’re both pretty dark and somewhat philosophical.

  16. Henrik Says:

    Monster is awesome, watched it about a year ago. Loved that it was a good length too. Haven’t checked out Texhnolyze.

  17. GhostUnitTe Says:

    Monster sucks terribly. At first it looks intriguing, and the characters are extremely interesting. But by about episode 15, the author loses focus completely and never regains it.

    The characters get so repetitive they become caricatures of themselves. Past a point, they do nothing but act out these lines over and over:

    Tenma: I must kill Johan! (never does, cue to countless scenes of him aiming at Johan, making a grim face and never being able to pull the trigger).
    Anna: I remember now!! (she remembers only pointless stuff)
    Johan: I didn’t care anyways (about everything he does or fails to do)

  18. Henrik Says:

    I think it’s a stretch to say it sucks terribly. Yes it has weak points but it is miles above most other anime out there. Miura hasn’t done much better with some of his characters: Caska becoming nothing but a bumbling oaf saying crap like “d-urrr?” all the time.. Puck always being irritating whenever Guts is being “a meanie”, and then devolving completely into a marshmallow that adds nothing except comic relief (that I don’t even find comical) .. Griffith becoming a caricature of evil.. need I go on? How about Guts? When’s the last time he’s even said anything interesting?

    Monster was interesting because it dealt with a lot of psychological themes, mind control, people’s biases and pride. The inspector was a great character. And imo Tenma’s struggle wasn’t that stupid, it showed that he was a pretty moral person, I guess that’s meaningless to some people who are used to seeing Guts mindlessly slaying people without a second thought…?

  19. soleyfir Says:

    Monster is a really great manga needless to say (I’ve never watched the anime though, so I don’t know what it’s worth). But it has very few things in common with Berserk. If you’ve liked Monster, you should check out the other mangas by the same author. Especially 20th Century Boys (great manga though the end kinda sucked) and Pluto (short manga but very interesting).
    To Loretom:
    Well there are Lovecraftian references in Berserk, but it didn’t really strike me as being a major source of influence to Miura’s work.
    I haven’t actually found any manga really similar to Berserk yet. There are some good shonens or seinens that are catchy and have a couple of things in common with Berserk but none has the qualities you’re looking for.
    There is one great manga you should take a look a though: Vinland Saga. It reminds me a lot of the Berserk Golden Age era with a very good writing, complex characers and a mature world where politics and violence are closely tied. The whole is wrapped up with a very good historical background and a great art. Definately one of the best surprises I’ve had with the latest mangas I’ve read.
    Not much Fate/God/hell in it though, it’s mostly a very realistic piece of art. You’ll find it easily on the web (OneManga, Mangafox…).

    Then there is also this great manga: Kurozuka. ( It’s a bit hard to start reading but it turns out to be really original and maybe a bit closer to what you’re looking for.

  20. loretom Says:

    Thanks guys. Yeah, Vinland saga is on my current reading list and definitely agree that it’s a great work. I will check out Kurozuka and Monster.

  21. Karas Says:

    It’s 5:11am and I’m far too tired to write a wall of text on my opinions about Berserk at this stage which I could have done any other time. So I’ll just say that I agree with what no.49 random berserk fan said 😛

  22. GhostUnit Says:

    To all who still look optimistically on Berserk despite its current state of overall derangement and degradation, I urge you to look at the Star Wars prequels (for example) and realize that it IS indeed possible to destroy a cannon of work, regardless of its quality, mythos, depth and span. I am deeply afraid Berserk is decaying so, and that maybe Miura is following a similar path to Lucas after all.

  23. sins of the past Says:

    You could check out Red Sonja by dynamite entertainment.

    I feel for you guys, but Berserk has it’s moments. All is not lost, if only Miura would seriously continue working on this series maybe we’d have some real substance. God, I can’t even remember the last time I was excited for this manga.

    The bottome line though is if Miura doesn’t want to work on it then he doesn’t have too. Depressing, but its the unfortunate truth. But I’ll tell you despite its setbacks, it still remains the best, most compelling manga out there. It’s to bad that such a good manga doesn’t have an author that cares to work on it.

  24. Karas Says:

    The Berserk storyline isn’t getting worse , it’s changing and everyones confusing this change with degradation. Berserk is still as good as it has always been and will continue to be. I’m not in a state of wishfull thinking and ignorance here. I actually like the direction the story is going, which Miura most likely had planned for a very long time now.
    For those of you who does not like the change and is criticizing Miura’s work are weeds of the fan base and a nuisance to the rest of us.

  25. CrackoWitcho Says:

    I’ve gone out and bought every Dark Horse Berserk release to date despite having already read 28 volumes online before learning the series was available locally on paper. Since I fund Berserk in my own small way, I’m pretty much going to treat that as divine right to criticize the series.

    The Star Wars comparison made earlier is pretty much exactly what’s going on, whether you accept it or not.

  26. Henrik Says:

    Give me a break Karas.. you act like authors, filmmakers and anyone else who creates can do no wrong. This is simply untrue, and any creative person with some integrity cares what the fans say, because that’s who they are making it for obviously (no matter if they say “I make it for myself”).. otherwise they wouldn’t put it out there, or sell it. So they must expect not just praise, even though that is obviously to some end what we want, but an honest critique, which is just what I and others here have been giving. The fact that many of us seem to be in agreement on the dip in quality is indicative that Miura has probably lost sight of who his audience is, or perhaps his passion or direction.

    Am I saying the story can’t recover or that he didn’t plan this? Not particularily, and the truth is I have no way of knowing, but that doesn’t change the fact that I can make valid observations about consistency. This “it’s not worse it’s just different” stuff is a cop out. You may be perfectly fine with it, but I’m pretty sure you’re in the minority on that. That being said, I’m not trying to ruin your enjoyment, unfortunately when you make the choice to listen to the thoughts of others on the internet you will run into dissent. If that bothers you, either don’t read it, or keep it to yourself, because you are acting no better by calling us “weeds” and “nuisances”. Grow up.

  27. Karas Says:

    Granted, maybe your right. I guess we are just two sides of the same coin.

  28. sins of the past Says:

    I think people here are just trying to vent their rage as Miura seems to not give a damn anymore. He is making a habit of suspending this series, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that this wears on fans. If I could speak Japanese I would try and send him some feedback, and most of us can’t. So, we have to watch as the best manga series ponderously moves along with little to be excited about. Theirs is a legitimate concern Karas. The fact that we haven’t dropped this series already is testament to how much we care for the series, and it really is a shame how far we’ve come only to have Miura drag his fan base through the mud.

  29. Henrik Says:

    It would even be nice just to see him do an interview once in a while.. something other aspiring artists would appreciate especially.. but he doesn’t even seem willing to do that. I haven’t spotted any since like, 2004. Seems like an extreme hermit if you ask me. Makes you wonder why he wanted to be a mangaka in the first place. I think I spotted his twitter account a few weeks back, I am guessing it is his because there are 2 kentaro miuras on twitter, one is obviously not him, and the other is protected from the public reading it – sounds about his style.

  30. GhostUnit Says:


    I speak fluent Japanese, I worked in Japan for 3 years. Maybe we can put up an “open letter”, I’ll translate.

  31. GhostUnit Says:


    To be fair, he has been writing this series for more than a decade now. Maybe it’s hard to keep writing stuff as gruesome, cruel and sad as Berserk, hence the continuous breaks of late.

    Also, Miura himself may not be the “same” person he was when he began. This is a real factor for writers and artists I think, as one inevitably changes with time and loses the attunement to some things while gaining sight of others. Thus, one should finish, and not drag one’s work over decades.

    Maybe Miura has even become a more cheerful person or something.

  32. Henrik Says:

    Well, you hit the nail on the head – if he doesn’t enjoy it anymore, he should try to finish it, and in a way that does satisfy him. Maybe he feels obligated to make it as long as he claimed it was going to be, or he has some contract to fulfill, but I doubt it. I think it’s simply his main source of income, which is probably some incentive to continue. Ironically he’s one of a relatively few number who has the freedom to actually do what they want creatively because royalties help support him for now, and a fanbase who is likely to give any new work a chance, especially if it was published more regularly.

    I like Berserk but it’s getting to be like those shows still on tv after 10, 20 seasons that should have quit after 5 or 6 while they were at their peak. Anything that goes on too long sadly always becomes a parody of itself.

  33. Karas Says:

    *Sigh* To be honest, I just said what I said back there because I didn’t want to continue arguing with you guys and have a flood of hate posts directed at me. I still think those of you who are discontent with Berserk is bunch of idiots, especially now that you want to personally whine in Miura’s ear by sending him mails. Please do us all favour and suck your thumbs until Gatts and the rest arrives at Elfheim.

  34. CrackoWitcho Says:

    I’ll have children sucking their own thumbs by the time anyone gets to Elfheim.

  35. Karas Says:

    Then let’s hope you get children soon.

  36. sins of the past Says:

    You call us a bunch of idiots, for what reason? and we would just voice our concern and ask politely for an explanation as to why Miura has been taking so many breaks, not whine.

    If you haven’t noticed Miura asks for feedback from fans on the latest releases at least.

    You can’t honestly say that he isn’t getting tired of this project considering that he keeps suspending the series, I remember reading he works on other things. I suspect the only thing that is keeping him going at all is the fans. Like I said this series has a lot of potential, and if you don’t care for the story so far then you shouldn’t think it can not get better. It can, but Miura seems to be getting more and more disinterested.

    I won’t be surprised if he decides to just dump this series altogether. You may not think it, but all these “breaks” can only mean on thing in my opinion. He is getting sick of working on it. I don’t know why he would, but he has been working on it for a very long time. He wants to do other things and I don’t blame him

  37. Karas Says:

    136. sins of the past
    “Like I said this series has a lot of potential, and if you don’t care for the story so far then you shouldn’t think it can not get better.”

    What makes you think it I don’t care for the story? I do, and I do think it’s getting better. It never stopped getting better. For me at least, as others think it’s getting worse. Sure the breaks are a little vexing, but that has nothing to do with the story, as he most likely already have most of the story planned out through to the end. His taking breaks because he also has a life to attend to. Berserk’s artwork isn’t as simple as, say Naruto, and it takes a lot more effort and patience. So I wouldn’t blame Miura for taking breaks. And yes, he may have other projects his working on but he’ll always will stay true to Berserk.

    Maybe some of you are just discontent because a big climax has recently passed and your feeling that Beserk hasn’t that much to give anymore.

  38. Attn: Dick Cheney is Conrad Says:

    Next episode: Guts awakens in his luxury Malibu flat with Casca and Farnese lying right beside him and realizes everything all up to that point has been a dream.

  39. Deci Says:

    miura should just give up and take up a new career like portrait drawing, since he seems alot more interested (or should I say obsessed) in wasting time drawing extremely detailed pictures in every episode that comes out then actually looking at the overall picture, such as keeping a decent pace in the plot. It’s only a matter of time before he decides to call it quits, especially since he’s said in the past that he wants to start on a seinen gangster manga. At the rate he’s going he obviously can’t hope to follow through with that plan, seeing as hes probably going to be 60 by the time he’s done berserk. By the time that happens he’ll be looking at retirement most likely.

  40. VietDiuDo Says:

    WoW, I’ve made pass through the wall of text and I must say I couldn’t have agree more with the people who are having concern about how things is going with Berserk.

    I don’t blame people like Karas to think that berserk is getting “better”, because the path that berserk is taking right is quite similar to mainstream mangas. Perky, annoying, and obnoxious…did mention the overly use amount of “chibi”. Seriously, it have come to a point where I actually have forgotten how Puck looks like in his “normal form”; every panels I scroll through chibis chibis chibis! It doesn’t fit with the art work, it doesn’t serve the story, and it make you go “who the fuck is that?” when you haven’t been paying attention to the series in a long time.

  41. Karas Says:

    Okay, the chibi Puck comedie is getting (for a while now) a little too saturated, but I really wouldn’t say that this is what is making the manga crap, which some of you think is happening, nor is Berserk getting similar to mainstream mangas.

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Lets face it, Miura is already dead and his assistent is working on Berserk now.

  43. BoozerX Says:

    Hope it finishes before he is dead.

  44. Grimmer Says:

    In favor of Schierke I have to add that she’s one of the few characters (the only character perhaps besides guts) whom I can’t get enough of. It’s vile to lump her together with the elves.

    Anywayz, the good author is sure taking it slow and steady…
    Frankly I can’t blame him. If I created a series like this, I’d take early retirement and release at most one episode a year. :p

  45. Luiz Says:

    Miura is working on a new Berserk OVA and maybe this is the reason for the delay!

  46. fokers Says:

    Do you people where fan-made berserker armors?Because there is so much RAGE in here seriously stop qqing and start pewpewing and by pewpewing i mean reading and stfu tyvm

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