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The Best Anime Like Berserk

Looking for anime recommendations for what to watch after Berserk? It's rare to find a piece of mature entertainment that remains shocking and engaging after multiple decades, but Berserk does just that. Ever since its 1989 release, Berserk continues to be an excellent action series that pits "The Black Swordsman" Guts against a hellish world. Even with the series' infamous hiatuses, the Berserk fandom remains an active, and patient, community. For that reason, let's take a look at anime similar to Berserk, and rank them with the help of your votes.

If you're a Berserk fan who doesn't know what to do with him or herself during the constant breaks, why not try some of the shows on this list? One good anime like Berserk is Claymore, which also follows a powerful swordsman and her comrades as they fight against a world of demons. Other good anime like Berserk include Ninja Scroll, Devilman Crybaby, and Fist of the North Star.

The following Berserk recommendations embody the series' dark atmosphere, gruesome violence, and captivating characters. If you've seen any of the similar series below, be sure to vote up your favorites so fellow fans know what to watch next.

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  • 1
    542 votes
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    Claymore is a great follow-up to Berserk. Both series take place in a dark fantasy setting with a quiet lead committing plenty of hack and slash. The biggest difference is its feminine lead, Clare, a living weapon manufactured to kill monsters. 

  • If you're yearning for a mature action series with over-the-top gunplay, look no further than Hellsing Ultimate. The supernatural anime about an all-powerful vampire protecting the world from evil worse than himself is addicting, with its thrilling Nazi-killing storyline and grotesque animated violence. It's a fun periodic alternative to the ancient fantasy world of Berserk.  

  • 3
    211 votes

    Ninja Scroll is another 90s anime like Berserk that doesn't shy away from sex and violence. Fans of Guts will love Jubei Kibagami, a wandering swordsman in feudal Japan, who must battle supernatural ninjas and unravel a plot to overthrow the Japanese government, after saving a young woman's life. Even after 25 years, the hyper-violent action scenes of Ninja Scroll remain stunning. 

  • 4
    210 votes
    Afro Samurai
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    Anyone looking for a flashy, yet equally violent alternative to Berserk will be pleased with Afro Samurai. Afro Samurai is a simple revenge story of an African-American samurai seeking the man who killed his father, but what makes the series fun to watch is its gorgeous animation and larger-than-life action sequences. It's an entertaining style-over-substance show.

  • 5
    154 votes
    Photo: Viz Media

    Older anime fans looking for a mature and thought-provoking story like Berserk will feel right at home with Monster. While lacking the brute force of Berserk, Monster more than makes up for it with its psychological tale of a murderous man raised as the next Adolf Hitler, and the doctor who, regrettably, saved his life. Despite their clear differences, the two series both explore the ugliness of humanity.

  • Devilman Crybaby
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    The Devilman franchise has always been known for its shocking content; originating all the way back to 1987. Devilman Crybaby, the latest entry in the series, is the perfect recommendation for Berserk fans who want the same explicit content, but in a modernized package. The Netflix anime follows Akira Fudo and his demonic alter-ego known as the Devilman, as they go up against Heaven, Hell, and God himself.