22 CRAZY Manga Like Berserk That Are a must watch!

Berserk is one of, if not the greatest, manga of all time. Either you have read it already or you just want to take a break from it, there’s nothing wrong with being curious about series that are similar to this timeless masterpiece. Hence, these are the Top 22 manga like Berserk!

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22. Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Mushoku Tensei
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
8/20
7/10
9/10
24/40

Genre: Fantasy, Isekai, and Harem
Chapters: 49

Manga Storyline:

Mushoku Tensei is one of the hidden gems in the manga industry that’s slowly being brought to light. It follows the story of Rudeus Greyrat, a reincarnated middle-aged man, who basically represents the word ‘failure.’

We’re not trying to be mean here, he himself knows that he was an unsuccessful shut-in and unemployed otaku, hence, he decided that he will change himself for the better in his next life.

Rudeus was reincarnated in a rather unconventional way, by starting from the very beginning, a baby! This is what made this series unique, and also it has a balance of comedy due to Rudeus’ personality and dark plot because he is constantly reminded of his tragic past.

Moreover, the series slowly spirals into a more dark-themed approach when it comes to later arcs and important events. Truly, a must-read!

 

21. Berserk of Gluttony

berserk of gluttony
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
12/20
7/10
6/10
25/40

Genre: Fantasy, Action, and Romance
Chapters: On-going

Manga Storyline:

Berserk of Gluttony is about the story of a young man and his plan to overthrow those who once humiliated and looked down on him.

The story starts off with the introduction of a world that has two kinds of people: those granted power and those who are powerless. Those individuals with power are able to make their lives successful and the powerless are usually overwhelmed.

The protagonist, Fate Graphite, is a man who once thought he was powerless due to his supposedly “useless” skill, Gluttony. However, behind the side effect of making him hungry most of the time, he discovered that he can steal the stats and skills of people whom he killed.

This marks the beginning of the journey of Fate and his revenge.

 

20. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
8/20
7/10
10/10
25/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural
Chapters: On-going

Manga Storyline:

Jujutsu Kaisen might be a weird entry to this list, and we can see why. However, JJK presents some fantasy elements along with dark aspects, as the series’ story progresses.

The plot kicks off with the debut of the lead protagonist, Itadori Yuuji. He is a normal high school student in the flesh, however, his physical strength is unmatched, even in the world of Jujutsu.

He slowly was introduced to the realm of Jujutsu sorcerers, after encountering a sealed cursed object, and worse yet, eating it! Leading him to become a vessel of the so-called King of Curses.

This manga shows the experiences of Yuuji as he becomes a full-fledged Jujutsu sorcerer and gains the trust of all the other sorcerers in the world, but for now, in Japan.

 

19. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
8/20
10/10
8/10
26/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Thriller
Chapters: 143

Manga Storyline:

A normal world filled with fantasy-esque entities known as ghouls. This is the dark premise of the manga Tokyo Ghoul.

Ken Kaneki, a shy young man, just so happened to invite a beautiful woman named Rize on a date. They had their fun, ate lunch, and walked into the alley in order to say goodbye to each other. The problem is that Rize would love to have dinner as well. However, it’s not what you and Kaneki are expecting

 

18. Chainsaw Man

Chainsawman
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
8/20
9/10
9/10
26/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Comedy, and Action
Chapters: 97

Manga Storyline:

Along with Jujutsu Kaisen, this is also a weird entry to this list, but it’s still a series that we had to include due to its dark fantasy-like powers and world setting.

Denji, an impoverished and abandoned young boy, who after a series of (un)fortunate events, merged with his devil dog, Pochita. This landed him a job as an official Devil hunter, hunting devils in the big city.

He got to learn more about his job and was able to meet Makima, a girl that upon meeting, he immediately admired.

Follow Denji as he lives up as the titular character, Chainsaw Man.

 

17. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World

Re Zero
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
9/20
9/10
8/10
26/40

Genre: Adventure and Fiction
Chapters: 26

Manga Storyline:

When coming across the isekai series, you often see a regular individual transformed into a hero, bestowed with powers, beginning their journey on the unknown lands in the other world.

However, Re:Zero is somewhat of a unique one. You see, this series introduces Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student who was randomly transported into a fantasy world. The problem is, he is weak and bestowed with only one power, the ability to return back to an unspecified time of the past right after his death; it’s called “Return by Death.”

This premise resulted in a tragic relationship between Subaru and death. Due to him being weak, he’s always put into a spot where he is unable to protect his loved ones. And the only way to “save” them is to kill himself to reset back to a point in time.

Boys cry at titanic. Real men cry when they hear “Who’s Rem?”

 

16. Overlord

overlord
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
9/20
9/10
8/10
26/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Isekai, and Comedy
Chapters: 15 Volumes

Manga Storyline:

When you hear the title “Overlord,” there’s a big chance that you might be thinking about something ominous or evil. However, fear not! For you are wrong (but also right).

Overlord is actually a series that features comedic scenes all throughout its chapters. It features the main character, Ainz Ooal Gown, a man who is forced to keep up his dignified and strict personality as he was trapped in the DMMO-RPG, YGGDRASIL.

Despite all of this, it’s still a dark fantasy due to its anti-hero protagonist and violent scenes as this manga also features war and conflict.

 

15. Hell’s Paradise

Hell's Paradise
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
10/20
8/10
9/10
27/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Action, and Psychological
Chapters: 127

Manga Storyline:

Hell’s Paradise is one of the underdog series in Shonen Jump. We believe that this hidden manga needs more recognition.

It starts off with Gabimaru, an assassin that is so emotionless when killing, he gained the title of “Gabimaru the Hollow.” He is one of the most talented ninjas in his village but a betrayal caused him to be on death row, waiting for execution.

After a series of twists, he was given a chance to redeem his freedom by traveling to a mysterious island- filled with fantasy-like, unknown monsters- and getting the elixir said to make someone immortal.

His decision? To continue on the conquest of finding the elixir and returning back home, back to his wife.

 

14. Akame Ga Kill

Akame Ga Kill
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
12/20
10/10
6/10
28/40

Genre: Adventure, Action
Chapters: 78

Manga Storyline:

The Akame Ga Kill manga is one of the most edgy series in the manga industry right now. For others, this might be the series’ weakness while for others this might be its selling point. Regardless, Akame Ga Kill is one of the popular series to read if you are looking for something dark.

It features the story of Tatsumi, a country mouse who decided to go and work in the Capital to earn himself some money, as he came from a poor village.

Sooner, the story presents dark elements such as corruption and violence as he meets Night Raid– a group of assassins, trying to overthrow those in the higher hierarchy.

Eventually, he realized something… this group of assassins might be the good ones in the city.

 

13. Devilman Crybaby

Devilman Crybaby
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
10/20
10/10
8/10
28/40

Genre: Action, Dark Fantasy
Chapters: 9

Manga Storyline:

Devilman opens up the existence of demons both figuratively and literally.

Suddenly, an underworld that many have thought has been sealed, has been opened leading to a horde of demons going to the Earth’s surface.

The only chance of survival for humanity is using devil powers against devils themselves. Hence, Fudo Akira sets out on a quest to eliminate the demons while preventing the loss of his humanity as Devilman.

 

12. Redo of Healer

Redo of Healer
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
12/20
10/10
6/10
28/40

Genre: Fantasy, Action
Chapters: 29

Manga Storyline:

The series Redo of Healer is a mature, fantasy manga that generated heat on the internet due to its dark and controversial nature; mostly started by the release of its anime adaptation.

It started with the main character, Keyaru, a healer who was continuously exploited by other people. He endured years of abuse and was treated like an animal, until he discovered the overpowered potential of his healing ability.

With this, he decided to use his power on the world itself, making him able to go back four years ago. He is able to restart everything, but now, with the knowledge of his past life and his overwhelming ability. Let the revenge saga begin!

Beware! This is not for the faint of heart.

 

11. Fire Punch

Fire Punch
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
14/20
8/10
8/10
30/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Thriller
Chapters: 8 Volumes

Manga Storyline:

Fire Punch’s setting takes off on Earth, however, it’s frozen and barren due to the doings of the Ice Witch.

The premise of the story is about these “blessings” that are given to only certain people. The orphaned siblings, Agni and Luna, are some of the people who are blessed with these.

This is basically a telling of their experiences, one of which is being attacked by one of their people, greatly reducing the number of orphans in their village. A plot that will make your heart thrill as Agni vows for vengeance!

 

10.The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
10/20
10/10
10/10
30/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Thriller, and Sci-Fi
Chapters: 181

Manga Storyline:

The Promised Neverland embodies the meme, “they had us in the first half, not gonna lie.”

The story starts off with an iyashikei introduction of Emma, Norman, and Ray, the most talented kids of Grace Field House orphanage. They are under the care and love of the orphanage’s mother, simply referred to as “mom” by the orphans living there.

Unfortunately, this wholesome aspect of the story was quickly destroyed when Emma and Norman discovered the dark truth of the world they are currently living in, and how this orphanage is not really a safe place to be.

 

9. Black Butler

Black Butler
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
14/20
9/10
8/10
31/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Dark Comedy
Chapters: 30

Manga Storyline:

Black Butler is a mix of fantasy and supernatural. This features the protagonist Ciel, along with the titular demon, whom he sold his soul, Sebastian.

This is a story of his revenge, as they hunt people related to his parent’s murder. The dark plot isn’t over with just this. As the male lead continues to face problems that are more and more tragic in just a month directly after.

As you read this, tragedies start to unfold one by one.

 

8. Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
13/20
10/10
9/10
32/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Chapters: 9 Volumes

Manga Storyline:

Made in Abyss is the definition of the word “uncensored.” The way the author writes its story and occurrences always shout “no holding back.” Hence, it is a mature, seinen manga.

It features a lot of dark fantasy elements, with the story starting with the female protagonist, Riko, who became an orphan at a very young age (two years old) after her mother’s last dive into the abyss.

About a decade later, she’s about to follow in her mother’s footsteps of becoming a legendary White Whistle, able to conquer the inner depths of the abyss.

Be careful! The abyss is a very dangerous place. As they say, “if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes back into you.”

 

7. Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
16/20
10/10
7/10
33/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Chapters:

Manga Storyline:

Goblins in anime are usually portrayed (in anime) as these weak creatures, usually a monster that a rookie adventurer can easily go against. They are shown as these “light” creatures.

However, Goblin Slayer broke this convention through its dark theme; a dark theme focused on goblins. You see, the goblins in Goblin Slayer are still pretty easy to defeat… as long as they’re alone.

But this series portrayed well the terrifying significance of numbers and that goblins can be really dangerous as they mostly attack as a swarm.

The story sets off with an unnamed protagonist, often referred to as ‘Goblin Slayer-san,’ and his journey of revenge for those goblins who ravaged his town.

Overall, a mature story for those of legal age that features the horror of very dark fantasy.

 

6. Attack on Titan

Attack on titan
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
14/20
10/10
9/10
33/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Chapters: 139+ 2 Side Stories

Manga Storyline:

Come on! Did you really think this would be a list of dark fantasy manga without mentioning one of the ‘deemed’ greatest manga of all time?!

Seriously though, I’m pretty sure you have heard of Attack on Titan. If not, then are you living under a rock?

Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic story, set in a dark fantasy world where these horrifying beings known as “titans” exist. These titans are about twice the size of a house and could easily gobble up any civilians that they see.

Due to this dystopian setting, the people of Paradis Island developed anti-titan equipment called ODM gear. With this and the scouts together with humanity’s strongest soldier, Levi, they are able to fend off any titan-related attacks.

Not until, of course, their 50-meter-high wall encountered a titan that may or may not be bigger than that…

 

5. Ubel Blatt

Ubel Blatt
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
19/20
9/10
6/10
34/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy
Chapters: 170 

Manga Storyline:

Come on! Did you really think this would be a list of dark fantasy manga without mentioning one of the ‘deemed’ greatest manga of all time?!

Seriously though, I’m pretty sure you have heard of Attack on Titan. If not, then are you living under a rock?

Attack on Titan is a post-apocalyptic story, set in a dark fantasy world where these horrifying beings known as “titans” exist. These titans are about twice the size of a house and could easily gobble up any civilians that they see.

Due to this dystopian setting, the people of Paradis Island developed anti-titan equipment called ODM gear. With this and the scouts together with humanity’s strongest soldier, Levi, they are able to fend off any titan-related attacks.

Not until, of course, their 50-meter-high wall encountered a titan that may or may not be bigger than that…

 

4. Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
19/20
9/10
6/10
34/40

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Action Fiction
Chapters: 23 Volumes

Manga Storyline:

Describing Dorohedoro with a statement would be “weird, but in a good way.”

The Dorohedoro series is a dark fantasy manga filled with violence, gore, and horror. However, what’s weird (or unique) about it, is its author’s implementation of his goofy, yet tragic sense of humor.

An interesting plot telling the story of Nikaido and Kaiman, as they hunt sorcerers in “the Hole,” who use people as guinea pigs for their brutal experiments.

 

3. Vagabond

Vagabond
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
19/20
9/10
6/10
34/40

Genre: Action
Chapters: On-going

Manga Storyline:

Vagabond is about the story of a man named Miyamoto Musashi, a person who sets out on his journey using his way of swordsmanship.

Due to him being hated by his own village and also being a fugitive survivor after being on the losing side of the epic Battle of Sekigahara, he is hunted down by different people, seemingly like a beast.

A must-read that tells the story of the vagabond, Miyamoto, and his relationships with a monk and his childhood friend.

 

2. Claymore

Claymore
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
17/20
10/10
10/10
37/40

Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy
Chapters: 155

Manga Storyline:

If we have to describe Claymore in very simple terms, then it is “Berserk but a female protagonist.”

The story starts with a village constantly plagued with fear, due to a Yoma (creatures that feed on human flesh and blood) taking the lives of six people. They requested for help, however, the claymore who came was not what they were expecting.

Moreover, it’s a claymore who is even more terrifying and monster-like than the monster itself. She goes by the name “Clare.”

 

1. Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga
Similarity Dark Fantasy Plot Total
19/20
10/10
10/10
39/40

Genre: Adventure, Historical
Chapters: 25 Volumes

Manga Storyline:

For number one of the list, Vinland Saga.

If we’re gonna be talking about manga like Berserk, then no doubt Vinland Saga must be mentioned. When it comes to similarity, this series also shows revenge, dark adventures, and superhuman feats.

And it’s not just a knock-off of Berserk, and we’ll tell you why.

Berserk, even though it portrays trauma and adventures, is at its core, an action-focused story, while Vinland Saga is the vice-versa. It does portray amazing action scenes, but at its very core is the word “adventure” written on it.

An excellent story of Thorfinn and his journey for revenge on the person who killed his father and ruined his once peaceful life.

People in the manga community often declare the big four of the seinen genre: Berserk, Kingdom, Vagabond, and Vinland Saga.

 

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Nothing can replace Berserk with its contribution to the dark fantasy genre, or the manga industry as a whole. A lot of recent events, as of the time of writing, have been really tragic. But one thing is for sure, Berserk is a masterpiece and an inspiration to other mangas that were written after it.

All of these mangas that were mentioned are all amazing in their own ways and have some form of “unique” aspect embedded into them.

 

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