Somehow, I was one of the few people who picked up the Berserk manga without ever realizing there was an anime. I had read what I thought was “darkr” manga before. It turns out, however, that Berserk has all of those other series trumped. Executions, torture, hideous monsters, dismemberment, and gallons of blood soak the majority of the pages in volume one. That being said, Berserk is not an exercise in tasteless, mindless violence.