Berserk (Japanese: ベルセルク Hepburn: Beruseruku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the “Band of the Hawk”. Themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the question of whether humanity is fundamentally good or evil pervade the story, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature.

In this world, there are two types of people. Those who have powerful “skills,” and those who don’t. People born with powerful skills exterminate monsters to level up and become successful, while people without them become failures who are treated harshly by society.

Fate Grafit works as a mere gatekeeper, and his only skill is gluttony, which makes him hungry. Constantly abused and ultimately useless, he unexpectedly levels up one day and he learns the true nature of his skill: kill monsters to “eat” their power. With the desire to take revenge on those who looked down on him, Fate sets out to get stronger…!