On May 6, 2022, the first anniversary of the death of Kentaro Miura, one of the manga’s biggest fans – rapper Robb Banks – released his Berserk concept album on YouTube in honor of the epic dark fantasy manga. The album is called Falconia and is inspired by the adventures of Guts, Griffith and Casca.
Last year, the untimely death of Kentaro Miura devastated fans and left the future of the Berserk manga in limbo. Fans wondered if the official manga would go on? You can read more about this in my article:
Kentaro Miura’s death was 1 year ago: Berserk ending released by manga fans instead of Young Animal’s silence.
Berserk music enters the rap world thanks to Robb Banks
Fans have found countless ways to honor Berserk’s legacy after Miura’s passing, such as expressing themselves through art, animation, and cosplay (there are many great male cosplayers who dressed up as Guts). Berserk has gained more fans than ever thanks to its passionate fanbase, even though the series is over. This passion is now expanding into the world of rap thanks to rapper Robb Banks.
Robb Banks has been a fan of Berserk for years. In 2017, he released the controversial song Griffith Did Nothing Wrong. Rapper Robb has several Berserk tattoos and goes on Twitter with “femto”. Robb Banks putting out an entire album inspired by Berserk was just an inevitability.
Banks announced the release of Falconia in a Tweet:
The album features 18 tracks inspired by the events that take place in the manga Berserk and features an album cover that captures one of Casca’s famous moments. While there aren’t many blatant references to Berserk, such as Griffith Did Nothing Wrong, there is a song titled CHARLOTTES INTERLUDE.
It makes sense that a manga series like Berserk would appeal to a musical artist. Griffith’s story of starting at the bottom of society and working his way to the top, and gaining power by sacrificing those dear to him parallels the sacrifices many artists have to make for fame. Guts’ heroic journey to find the meaning of his existence while fighting the bitter sting of betrayal is also recognizable to artists.
Banks also tweeted a photo of a gold behelit set with diamonds for those who want to get their bling on.
The entire album is now available to listen to on YouTube, or you can listen to it where it was first released on Spotify and Apple Music.
Rappers shout to their favorite animes in their songs
Robb Banks isn’t the only musical artist to sneak references to their favorite anime or manga into their songs. Megan Thee Stallion (a rapper known for her “hot girl summer” meme about confidence and having fun, which inspired women to post selfies with the caption “I hear it’s hot girl summer”) is known as a fan of the anime black clover.
When Megan Thee Stallion posted a particular tweet, she immediately caught the attention of Black Clover fans:
Megan’s fans were quick to share her thoughts on the anime, while a few others recommended some other anime titles she might like.