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New Berserk Anime is TV Series That Premieres in July

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Series depicting Guts as Black Swordsman airs on WOWOW, MBS

The official website for the new anime of Kentarō Miura's Berserk manga announced on Thursday that the project will be a TV series that will premiere in July. The series will air on WOWOW first, before airing in MBS's "Animeism" programming block. The new anime will be titled Berserk.

Additionally, the Japanese entertainment news website Anime! Anime! revealed on Thursday that the manga now has 40 million copies in print worldwide.

The official website had streamed a teaser promo video for the series in December.

Miura commented in Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine in December that the anime project will depict Guts in his "Black Swordsman" appearance, which is only revealed in parts of the manga that go beyond any previously animated Berserk story, and is only briefly hinted at in the first and last episode of the 1997 television anime series.

The 1997 Berserk television anime series will get a newly priced Blu-ray Disc release with the 2012 HD remaster. The new boxset is slated for an April 20 release, and will cost 18,000 yen (about US$148).

Miura put his Berserk manga on hiatus in December, and the next chapter is planned to arrive "around" this summer. The manga will then be published as an irregular series.

Hakusensha published the 37th compiled book volume of Berserk in Japan in March 2013. Dark Horse Comics published the same volume in North America in December 2013. As of July, the manga had 27 million copies in print in Japan and 8 million copies in print overseas.

The manga inspired a new movie trilogy from Studio 4°C in 2012-2013 that Viz Media released in North America.

Source: Anime! Anime

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