In a post on their official X account, Studio Eclipse has officially set sail on an exciting new journey with BERSERK: The Black Swordsman. This fan animation project holds a special place in their hearts as they aim to breathe life into the overlooked aspects of the series, right from the beginning, paying homage to the late author, Kentaro Miura.
The dedication of Studio Eclipse to BERSERK: The Black Swordsman is palpable. Their mission is straightforward: deliver a faithful 2D adaptation of the series, shedding light on the often-neglected parts of the narrative.
Watch BERSERK: The Black Swordsman teaser here:
What makes this project even more fascinating is their decision to kick off the journey from the very origins of the BERSERK saga. This means that both newcomers and long-time fans can anticipate a fresh perspective on the enigmatic Black Swordsman, Guts.
Prepare to see iconic characters like Guts, Casca, and Griffith return to the forefront in this adaptation. Their intricate stories will receive the careful attention they deserve.
What sets BERSERK: The Black Swordsman apart is its status as a fan animation project, operating independently, without the backing of major studios or production companies. This unique approach grants Studio Eclipse the creative freedom to stay true to the source material while paying homage to the passionate BERSERK community that has sustained the series for years.
Join Studio Eclipse in celebrating this project’s journey by following along with the hashtags #BERSERK, #Guts, and the talented artists contributing to this endeavor, such as @ReymerMark, @velupium, @TruRequiemVA (Guts’ voice actor), @DepthsAetherium (music), @aledrawart (blood effects), and @axxlg (editing and composition).
As the BERSERK: The Black Swordsman project unfolds, fans can look forward to a fresh take on this iconic series, animated with dedication and love by Studio Eclipse, all while honoring the legacy of the late Kentaro Miura, the series’ author.
The story of Berserk follows the friendship of Guts, a lone swordsman and Griffith, the leader of mercenary group called “Band of the Hawk”. Their unlikely friendship began when Griffith won against Guts in a duel forcing the latter to join his mercenary group.
Guts became Griffith’s best fighter and his closest confidante. However, their friendship turned sour when Guts left the “Band of the Hawk”. It turned for the worst when Griffith betrayed Guts and his whole army by sacrificing them in exchange for power.
Berserk was written and illustrated by Kentarou Miura. The first prototype of the series was released in 1988 and was serialized the following year in Monthly Animal House, Hakusensha’s now defunct magazine. Berserk continued its publication in Young Animal Magazine in 1992.
The final chapter that Miura wrote and illustrated was published posthumously after in September 2021 after the author’s passing in May of the same year. After Miura’s passing due to acute aortic dissection on May 6, 2021 many fans of Berserk feared that the series will no longer see its completion.
Thankfully, in June 2022 the series resumed under the supervision of Miura’s childhood friend and fello manga artist Kouji Mori along with Miura’s apprentices and group of assistant from Studio Saga.
A 24-episode anime adaptation of Berserk was produced by Nippon TV and VAP and was animated by Oriental Light and Magic with the direction of Naohito Takashi. Nippon TV broadcasted the series from October 8, 1997, to April 1, 1998 with the first episode beginning with the Black Swordsman arc and shifted into the Golden Age arc after.
Source: BESERK: The Black Swordsman Official X account