Berserk Manga's Live-Action Promotional Video Now Streaming
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine began streaming the live-action promotional video for the 40th volume of Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga on Friday. Shigeru Matsuzaki portrays Guts in the video.
The site is also streaming a behind-the-scenes video and an interview with Matsuzaki.
The video description also reveals that the manga has 40 million copies in print worldwide.
The manga's 40th compiled book volume (pictured at right) also shipped on Friday. Miura launched the manga in 1989, and he most recently resumed the manga on December 22 after it went on hiatus in June 2017. Hakusensha published the manga's 39th compiled volume in Japan in June 2017. Dark Horse Comics released the 39th volume in English on July 11.
Dark Horse Comics revealed on September 20 that it will reprint the series in an embossed hardcover deluxe edition "in Miura's preferred 7x10 format" starting in February 2019.
The manga follows Guts, a superhumanly strong warrior who wields a large sword, as he wanders a dark medieval world filled with demons, corrupt and decadent nobles, and other horrors. Every night, he is assailed by demons, attracted to the curse branded on him after a traumatic event. He makes his way through the world on a quest to slay a former friend turned demon, who took everything away from him.
Hakusensha also published the first novel in the Berserk franchise, Berserk: Flame Dragon Knight, in June 2017. Makoto Fukami wrote the novel, which features an original story focusing on the character Grunbeld. Dark Horse will release the novel in English on April 3, 2019.
The manga inspired three television anime series, an anime film trilogy, and several video games.
Source: Young Animal official website