In September, it was said that Dark Horse were working on releasing Berserk‘s 38th volume in English. That promise has come to fruition after more than three years since their release of volume 37. The latest collection of Kentaro Miura’s manga will be on shelves from July 5th, but is now available to pre-order from Amazon.

Here’s everything Dark Horse had to say in their announcement:

After over three years of anticipation by fans, from creator Kentaro Miura (Giganto MaxiaJapanKing of Wolves) comes Berserk Volume 38, a sprawling adult fantasy epic of fierce imagination!

On July 5, Guts the Black Swordsman and company will reach the isle of Skellig in hopes that elven magic can cure the afflicted Casca, but the cure could come at a deadly cost. Meanwhile, Guts’s Band of the Hawk comrade Rickert journeys to the city of Falconia, the seat of power for Griffith, the resurrected former Hawks commander. But the glittering towers of Falconia cast the darkest of shadows, and a legion of demonic monstrosities dwell in the darkness!
This is one of the most popular and longest-running seinen manga series ever published in North America. Berserk has also recently reemerged on the New York Times best-selling manga list!

 

Last year, Dark Horse reprinted Berserk volumes 2, 5, 6, 12, and 14, which were all mysteriously hard for fans to get their hands on. As it happens they came out just in time for Halloween, hitting shelves on October 24th. To coincide with the Japanese release of volume 38 in June, Berserk was brought back from hiatus for a short time. But as of December the manga was put back on extended hiatus until “around” summer 2017. When it does return, the series will continue on an irregular basis.

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The Otaku Judge

Yeah manga can be pricey, but I suppose the same applies to Western comics too. I stopped buying Marvel stuff because £2 to £3 on an issue that can be read in a few minutes wasn’t great value in terms of cost/entertainment time.

Elisabeth O'Neill

Yup, we tried to keep up with Marvel and DC stuff but the endless universe shake ups stumped us in the end. Decided it wasn’t worth shelling out just to end up out of the loop again XD Sticking to trades, thanks.

The Otaku Judge

Trades give you more bang for your buck, although for people like me who have a bad memory they can suck. Waiting months between collections often results in me losing track of the story.

Elisabeth O'Neill

I don’t tend to have that problem, I can memorise most fiction better than actually useful, practical stuff. It’s more annoying just having to wait four weeks for another 20 pages, I’d rather binge six issues at once.

The Otaku Judge

No digital versions? That’s a shame, as making physical space for such a long running series can put off readers from giving the books a try.

Nice of them to re-print stuff though. I hate it when sellers hike up the price to silly levels when stuff goes out of print.

Elisabeth O'Neill

Mhmm, and manga volumes ask a fair bit of money for not a lot of material, it’s expensive to keep up with long-running stuff. But I’m glad they’re helping readers to avoid the ridiculous Amazon seller prices too. Again, it just comes down to rights awkwardness.