Berserk is a popular dark fantasy anime with two seasons. The second season of the show aired in 2017, and ever since then, fans are still waiting for Berserk Season 3.
Berserk or Beruseruku in Japanese is a fantasy anime based on manga of the same name. The anime is known for its unique animation and is regarded as one of the best anime shows of all time.
The fantasy show is based on the manga written by Kentarou Miura. The manga was first published in 1989 and is still ongoing. Season 1 of the show premiered in July 2016, followed by a second season in April 2017.
Here’s everything we know so far regarding Berserk Season 3.
Will there be Berserk Season 3?
The second season of the anime aired in 2017, and ever since there is no official announcement regarding Berserk season 3.
The last episode of the season ended with a hopeful message saying “The Story Continues” so fans are hopeful that the show will return. However, it’s been more than six years and there is still no news regarding season 3 of Berserk.
Apart from the anime, there are three Berserk movies released from 2012 to 2013. The movies covered 11 manga volumes of the Golden Age Story Arc.
Apart from Berserk, there is plenty of anime awaiting renewal like God of Highschool, Gangsta, The Ones Within, and more.
What is Berserk Season 3 Release Date?
There is no release date for Berserk season 3 as the show has not been renewed by the Studio. The second season of the show aired in 2017, and ever since then, there is no news regarding season 3.
Kentaro Miura, the author of the manga, was the executive supervisor for the anime. The manga has seen frequent disruptions in the past and extended hiatuses. In May 2021, Miura died at the age of 54, leaving it undecided about what would happen with the series.
Chapter 365 of Berserk was Miura’s last work before his death. In June 2022, it was announced that Kouji Mori will continue the series based on plans and thoughts relayed to him by Miura about the story.
Mori said that Muira had already laid out the entire story, and events, so they will focus on that. As Mori knew how Miura intended to end the story, he decided to continue the manga. As a result, Berserk manga continued for another 6 chapters that ended the Fantasia Arc.
Chapters 356th and 366th were published in June 2022. There are a total of forty volumes of the manga published so far, with a special version as well.
Is Berserk Manga Ending?
The fans of Berserk know that the sudden death of Muira has affected the project generally. After his death, Studio Gaga resumed the story with Muira’s friend Mori Kouji taking over the manga.
When Muira started Chapter 308 of the Fantasia Arc in 2019, he said that he is almost 60 to 70% done with the story. In other words, the manga is reaching its end. However, we don’t know for how long the manga will continue.
If we look at the timeline, it is safe to assume that the manga is almost 80% complete, thus in its last stages. Maybe Mori will work on the final story arc, rather than expanding the story as Muira might have done if he was still alive.
So, if the Studio does not take any hiatuses, the story will come to an end in a few years if Mori sticks to Muira’s intended plotline.
Even if the manga is in its ending stages, there is plenty of content that could be adapted into season 3 and season 4.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition
Season 3 of Berserk is not confirmed, but we did get a special memorial edition to commemorate the death of Muira. The series premiered in October 2022 and it is about Gut’s journey ten years after the theatrical release of the arc.
The TV adaption is produced by Studio 4°C. It is to honor Miura’s death. The series includes plenty of new scenes, along with the movie trilogy. We still haven’t heard about season 3 of the anime, but if it returns, we can expect Studio 4°C to take over the project.
The series is based on The Golden Age movie trilogy. This one is enhanced with better animation, audio, and visuals. You can watch the trailer here:
What is the Story of Berserk Season 3?
As of right now, there is no release date for Berserk season 3. However, when the show returns, it will be about the ending of the Falcon of the Millennium Empire story arc.
The group will take a ship to Skellig, and there is expected to be a discussion among the Vandimion family, as Guts will have to fight. Emperor Ganishka will announce war on the Holy See, only to realize that the town is under invasion by Kushan Empire’s army.
Guts will form an alliance with Zodd to fight Ganishka and end the war with Kushan’s army. During the battle, World Transformation is expected which will result in Mythical monsters running free in the physical world. It will also be the start of Griffith’s domination of the empire of Falconia.
Berserk Season 3 Source Material and Production
After season 2 in 2017, there was plenty of source material left that could be adapted into season 3, but the show never got greenlit for season 3.
The first season of the anime covered major events of the Conviction Story Arc of the manga which is around Chapter 95 to Chapter 176. It covered Volumes 14 through 21.
The second season of Berserk covered almost half of the Falcon of the Millenium Empire Story Arc in the manga. It spanned Volumes 22 through 35 or Chapters 177 to 307.
There are plenty of chapters from the Falcon of the Millenium Empire Story Arc that can be adapted into season 3.
However, considering the original anime, Berserk 2016 did not have a great run. It only sold 803 Blu-ray/DVD copies in its first week. Even then, the anime series was very popular internationally on Crunchyroll.
In 2017, there was talk that Crunchyroll and NBC Universal Japan are partnering to make a 3D Berserk anime project. But the project was never worked on. Instead, they refused to take on the Memorial Edition, and Aniplex had to step up for the project.
This is a great thing as Aniplex is behind some popular names in the industry like Demon Slayer, My Dress-Up Girl, SK8 The Infinity, and more.
As there has been a huge change in the production and the studio, it might take a lot more time before the anime series comes back for another season. Considering the busy schedule of Aniplex, and the release of the Memorial edition, season 3 of Berserk might come in late 2024, or 2025.
Berserk 2016/2017 Reboot – Reviews
One thing that fans are very disappointed about Berserk reboot is its animation. The series got serious criticism and backlash from fans on social media platforms like Reddit.
The show has old-school graphics, not to mention 2D animation when 3D animation is the norm these days. Studio GEMBA struggled with animation a lot which resulted in bad visuals. Studio Millepensee which was helping GEMBA in animation had to apply texture effects to the animation which led to low-quality animation.
This is one of the main reasons why fans have praised the Memorial Edition so much.
That’s everything we know so far about Berserk Season 3. It’s been more than six years and we still haven’t heard anything about the renewal of the series. It hasn’t been canceled so we can expect the story to continue in a few years.
After the illustrator’s death in 2021, the manga and anime have seen some major setbacks. Luckily, the manga has been picked up again, and we also got a Memorial Edition series based on the movie trilogy with amazing animation.
With a new production company, producers, animators, and the entire team, it might take a few years for the anime to make a comeback, but given its popularity, we are sure Berserk season 3 will be back!
Stay tuned for more updates.