Berserk, called Beruseruku in Japanese, is a dark fantasy anime TV series based on the manga Berserk, which Kentaro Miura writes. The manga’s first chapter was published on April 25, 1989. Ever since then, the franchise has been active. Berserk, an animated adaptation of the manga, was first launched in 1997. On February 4, 2012, the first movie, named Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King, was released. Followed by Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II- The Battle for Doldrey on June 23, 2012, and Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent on February 1, 2013.
The movies received a good response, and the manga was a huge hit, and so in 2016, season one of Berserk was launched, which was a sequel to the Golden Age Arc. Then, on April 7, 2017, the second season was also aired.
Since the end of season two, the fans have been impatiently waiting for a Berserk Season 3, so keep reading to find out all the information about Season 3.
What Happened So Far in Berserk?
Berserk follows the story of Guts, a black swordsman who’s briefly seen in the first episode of Berserk 1997 television series and the last scene of the Golden Age Arc films. Guts used to be a part of the mercenary group called Band of the Hawk. He fought alongside them until their leader, Griffith, sacrificed all his comrades to become one of God’s hands so he could follow his dream of ruling a kingdom of his own. The only survivors of this ritual known as “Eclipse” were Guts and his lover Casca who lost her sanity after experiencing the devastating events. However, both become branded with marks that attract evil spirits and entities.
Guts leave Casca with blacksmith Godo, his adopted daughter Erica and Rickert, a member of the Hawks, absent during the ritual. Afterward, Guts sets off to hunt down God Hand’s Apostles so he can find and kill Griffith for revenge. After years, Guts is joined in his hunt by an elf named Puck, and the events which God Hand has waited for a long time begin to unfold.
What Is Going on With Gemba and Millepensee?
Due to the detailed and complex artwork in Berserk manga, it was not easy to make an animated adaptation. GEMBA co-animated Berserk with Millepensee, a 2D studio.
After working on Berserk, GEMBA remained an active studio and worked on two more projects, The Magnificent Kotobuki and its compilation film, The Magnificent Kotobuki Complete Edition, released in 2020.
Millepensee also remained an active studio after completing Berserk and worked on various projects including, Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter and Cop Craft. Their most recent project has been “So I’m a Spider, So what?” released in July 2021.
What Do We Know About Berserk Season 3 So Far?
So far, there has been no news or updates regarding Season 3 yet. No rumors or hints have been given by the producers either. Yet fans are still anticipating Season 3 as a message was displayed at the end of Season 2: “The Story Continues.”
What Are Fans Saying About Berserk Season 3?
Although fans desperately want a Season 2, they are starting to think that a Season 3 will not come because there has been no update about it for four years.
Some people prefer to read the manga instead of Season 3 as they believe the manga is way better than the first two seasons of Berserk, reasoning that it had poor animation.
Will There Be Berserk Season 3?
Despite receiving criticism from fans regarding the animation of the first two seasons, Berserk has remained a popular anime. The manga of Berserk is one of the best-selling manga of all time as it has sold 50 million copies, including digital versions. The anime sold 2,268 DVD copies. The success of the manga and the popularity of the anime can be an encouraging factor for the studio to produce a Season 3.
It was officially announced at the end of Berserk Season 2 that the story would be continued. But four years have been passed since then, and there has been no update about it. The studios haven’t thrown around any hints about working towards Season 3 either.
Regarding the source material, Berserk manga has been running for over 30 years and has 40 volumes, and the anime adaptations so far have only covered half of the manga. The movie series of 2012 followed the plot of the 1997 anime adaptation and covered the Golden Age Arc. The 2016 season 1 of Berserk skipped the Lost Children Arc, but it was still a sequel to the 2012 movies. The second season ended with Chapter 301 of Volume 25 and showed the Falcon of The Millenium Empire story. If there were to be another season, it could quickly adopt another 15 manga volumes. Therefore, there is more than enough source material for the creation of Berserk Season 3.
However, the fact is that a new anime season will not be released until manga volume 41 is released. But unfortunately, the writer of Berserk, Kentaro Miura, died in May 2021, and the manga has been left unfinished. It cannot be confirmed if the manga will be continued or not. Perhaps, an assistant of Kentaro Miura would decide to continue writing the following chapters and conclude the story. If this happens and another volume is released, it can have a Season 3.
Considering these factors, it cannot be confirmed whether Season 3 will be coming out. Except, the official announcement for the continuation of the story is a green signal for Season 3. Hence, fans may be hearing some news about a Season 3 in some time.
When Will Berserk Season 3 Be Released?
Even though an official announcement for a Season 3 was made in 2017, there hasn’t been a rumor and teaser for a Season 3 yet.
The pandemic may have been a hindrance in the production of Season 3. Although the situation has been getting better, and so the production can be starting soon. Keeping this in mind, there’s a chance of Berserk Season 3 being released in late 2022.
What Can We Expect in Season 3 of Berserk?
If Season 3 were to be released, it would most likely cover the left 57 manga chapters of the Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc. The arc will search for a ship for taking the group to Skellig. A serious discussion will be held between the Vandimion family, which would become a threat when Guts is provoked into a fight. Emperor Ganishka may also announce a war towards the Holy See. However, they will discover that the Kushan Empire’s Troops invade the town. The war with Kushan’s troops will end because Guts would plan a union with Zodd for fighting Ganishka.
A hole will be opened to the astral sphere when the battle starts, termed World Transformation; this would tell about the material world to cover with the supernatural. All of this would make things fall apart for Guts, and other-worldly monsters will be allowed to move in the physical world freely. If all of this actually happens, it will begin the rule of Griffith in the empire of Falconia.