A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes explored include destiny, free will, revenge, willpower, corruption, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Guts is an extremely flawed person, a brutal and fierce warrior capable of incredible acts of violence. Despite that he does have moments that display perseverance and show the importance of how love, kindness, and compassion can heal someone even as flawed as him. Granting Guts, the ability to overcome his tragic past and glaring faults to build meaningful relationships and protect and serve those he loves.
This Japanese anime is set in a fictional fantasy world. The case is made up of male and female characters. The fantasy world seems inspired my medieval Europe and most of the characters appear light-skinned. There are multiple female characters that shown as being capable warriors, and great leaders.
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Violence & Scariness
Extreme graphic violence and disturbing imagery, including depictions of bloodshed, death, and explicit gore, beatings, dismemberment, decapitations, torture, executions, and the use of swords, axes, and bows. The action sequences are marked by excessive brutality, with many characters meeting gruesome ends that involve copious amounts of blood and detailed gore. Various instances depict characters being eviscerated, decapitated, or having their heads bisected by either humans or monstrous demons. One scene involves the stabbing of a young boy through the chest, resulting in his emotional demise. Additionally, there is a portrayal of a character attempting suicide by slicing their throat, along with several scenes of disturbing sexual violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple scenes of male and female nudity. A couple is shown having sex, the man's butt and woman's breasts and butt are shown. Strong sexual violent content that includes a disturbing scene of a woman being raped in front of her partner, and child molestation.
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Language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard," "ass," "bitch," and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some characters are shown occasionally drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Berserk is a Japanese dark fantasy anime. The series centers around a man's violent quest to seek revenge on a former friend who betrayed him. It has extremely violent and scary imagery that includes blood, death, and detailed gore, beatings, dismemberment, decapitations, torture, executions, and use of swords, axes, and bows. Action sequences are excessively violent, and many characters are killed in grotesque ways that show a ton of blood and detailed gore. These details include multiple scenes of characters getting eviscerated, decapitated, or their heads bisected by humans or monstrous demons. There is strong sexual violence including child molestation, and a woman being raped in front of her partner. Multiple sex scenes that show nudity including a man's backside, and a woman's breasts and backside. Language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard," "ass," "bitch," and "s--t." Characters are sometimes shown drinking alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
This dark fantasy series is known for its grim and mature themes and brutal fantasy world filled with monstrous and supernatural creatures. Berserk is a visceral series filled with graphic and intense violence, action, and thought-provoking storytelling that explores the human experience in a brutal and unforgiving world. Berserk's strange supernatural aspects and bizarre imagery also make it visually compelling as well. The extreme levels of violence and dark sexual themes definitely make it a choice for mature audiences.
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