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Berserk Character Designs, Premiere Dates Unveiled

Berserk! Berserk! Berserk over you! Oh, wait… wrong franchise.

The latest issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine (2016’s 11th issue) revealed that the upcoming Berserk anime series will première on July 1. The series will kick off on WOWOW at 10:00PM local time. The series will air a week later on the following networks:

  • MBS: 7/8/2016
  • TBS: 7/8/2016
  • CBC: 7/8/2016
  • BS-TBS: 7/9/2016

In addition, the show’s official Twitter account published several character visuals. You can check these out below:

Earlier this year, series creator Kentarou Miura revealed that the project will feature Guts in his “Black Swordsman” role, which hasn’t appeared in an animated adaptation to date. He also noted that the Berserk manga will go on hiatus, with the next chapter hitting “around” summer 2016. When it returns, the Berserk manga will be published as an irregular series.

Berserk Visual 002 - 20160325Crunchyroll describes the series as follows:

An immensely popular fantasy comic, with over 40 million copies in print worldwide, Berserk’s anime adaptation begins airing this July!
Boasting a deep story, fascinating characters, overwhelming and intricate art, and an unparalleled creative flair, it makes a strong impact on reader hearts and lives. It’s a fantasy comic that has fascinated not only Japanese readers, but people all over the world, and is widely considered to be one of the leading comics of all time. Set in a world where swordplay, magic, and monsters run wild, it portrays the protagonist Guts’ magnificent way of life. Packed to the brim with top-notch action, romance, spectacular scenes, and drama, it is sure to entertain the audience!

Miura Kentarou’s “Berserk” is currently serialized in Seinen Comics Magazine Young Animal. Volume 38 releases June 24th!

Shin Itagaki, who directed Ben-To and Black Cat, is in the director’s chair at Liden Films. Hisashi Abe (Sorcerer Hunters, Gunslinger Girl) is in charge of character designs on the project, while Shiro Sagisu (Berserk: The Golden Age, Neon Genesis Evangelion) scores the soundtrack. Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass: The Movie) is in charge of Series Composition, with Takashi Yamashita serving as his assistant.

Berserk Visual 001 - 20151224The rest of the confirmed staff includes:

  • Music: Shirou Sagisu
  • Insert Song: Hai yo by Susumu Hirasawa
  • Animation Production: GEMBA/Millepensee

The core cast members the Berserk: The Golden Age films will reprise their role in the series, including the roles of Guts, Griffith, Casca, and Skull Knight. The confirmed cast includes:

  • Guts: Hiroaki Iwanaga
  • Puck: Kaoru Mizuhara
  • Farnese: Yōko Hikasa
  • Serpico: Kazuyuki Okitsu
  • Isidro: Hiro Shimono
  • Azan: Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Casca: Toa Yukinari
  • Griffith: Takahiro Sakurai
  • Skull Knight: Akio Ōtsuka
  • Narrator: Unshou Ishizuka

Crunchyroll will simulcast Berserk on their digital platform .A 30-second teaser for the series began streaming in March. You can check it out below:

Source: Anime News Network

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