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The Best Anime Like Berserk

Updated June 14, 2019 3.7k votes 1.1k voters 75.3k views13 items

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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    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.

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      Gantz is a mature sci-fi action series that should please any Berserk fans looking for more adult anime. In stark contrast to the medieval setting of Berserk, Gantz takes place in a futuristic afterlife where recently deceased contestants must play a deadly video game, in order to win another chance at life. Gantz features plenty of gore and sex to justify its mature label, but where it really shines is pushing its cast to the brink of insanity. 

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        Basilisk and Berserk are two anime series engulfed in violence and tragedy. In Basilisk, the love between Gennosuke Kouga and Oboro Iga is put to the test, as their respected clans have re-engaged in war through a battle royale competition and expect one to kill the other. Basilisk's greatest strength is making you care about its unique cast in such a limited time, before they meet their gruesome demise. 

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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.