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Berserk tells the story of the first years of the main character (Guts) as a mercenary and his first meeting with the war.
Berserk is based on a Japanese comic series (manga) written by Kentaro Miura. It was first published in 1989 and it's still on going.
Those who watched the series since the first episode know that something happened after the end of episode 25, since episode 01 works more like a sequel to episode 25. However in the actual Berserk timeline (following the manga series) there's a lot of story which takes place after episode 25 and before episode 01 and they are only shown in the manga series.
In the manga, after chapter 102 (the one where the anime ends), the skull knight (character not shown in the anime series) manages to break into the hell dimension to rescue Guts and Caska.
Both were rescued from the eclipse chaos and broght back by skull knight to human world. Guts had lost one arm and managed to replace it with a fake iron arm featuring a canon inside of it and Caska got insane after she was raped by Femto, being unable to speak or to do the more simple tasks that a normal adult could do. After their enormous loss and humiliation both are hunted by demons and evil spirits, until Guts decides to hunt down all the demon forces of the world, starting a dark and bloody journey and leaving Caska behind with Godo and his daughter.
Griffith turned into one of the five god hand demons and had his name changed to 'Femto' and started a plan with the other god hands to destroy humanity using the demons and corrupting other people from the human world to turn them to demons as well. He is constantly hunted by Guts in the manga.
After being rescued from the prison, Griffith started to develop great envy for Caska since she was the new leader the hawks and he was unable to recover the leadership to concrete his dream since he was unable to speak or even use a sword, as he also started to develop a big attraction to her body and enormous guilt when he realized she was way more beautiful and kind to him, as he also had lost the chance to have sex with her, he couldn't try it again since he was permanently weak and Caska was in love with Guts. However this wasn't the main reason for why Griffith raped Caska, as what really motivated him was the fact that Guts left him behind to start a new life, ignoring everything that Griffith gave him including his love. Actually Griffith started to develop more than feelings of friendship towards Guts in the war against the Tudor and probably expected that Guts would feel the same.
Yes, in the end of volume 13 it's shown that she not only got pregnant but also gave birth to a premature baby human-demon hybrid. It was probably a mixture of Guts and Caska DNA plus Femto's essence of evil (his semen). The baby looks more like a small vermin-fetus creature, it vanishes at daylight but it can be seen in the darkness (like caves or during the night), and sometimes it appears to protect Caska from danger and to warn Guts about the demons.
During the pre-production of the series the original idea was to adapt the entire berserk manga series from start to finish (even though the manga story was still on going), however, there was not enough budget to make an adaptation of the first manga chapters, so the only way was to try to sum it up in only one episode, which wasn't the pilot that the producers where expecting. During the production, there weren't enough manga chapters to make a second season after the first 25 episodes, so the studio decided to create only one season with an ending connecting the beginning of the series. Even with the series having a good success with its 25 episodes some fans where disappointed with adaptation of the first volumes to the pilot.
Berserk is published in the USA by Dark Horse Comics, and since the manga has not been completed they keep publishing every semester. However, if you want to start to read Berserk since the beginning you can read it on www.mangareader.net .
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