I think you will find the Golden Age arc in the Manga also has a few more things that weren't in either adaptation, so look forward to that.So just finished Volume 3 and really enjoyed the Black Swordsman Arc. I can however see why the anime adaptions start at the Golden Age Arc. I think its a better start for new comers personally. I am judging this mostly on my intro to the series which was the 97 anime (as obviously the golden age arc just starts in Vol 3) and I think because it just seemed like a medieval show for the most part it really sucked me in and then the s**t hit the fan . I think I may have had a different reaction if it would have had demons etc from the start. I kinda like it sort of hinted at other things (well if you can call Nosferatu Zod a hint ).
I'm trying to get my cousin into it but she generally listens to audio books (time constraints), so she may never have the time to read the Manga or watch the anime. I'm going to recommend her the 97 series (just re-watching it to make sure I'm convinced she'll enjoy it.) first and then its up to her if, like myself she picks up the Manga aswell.
I think you will find the Golden Age arc in the Manga also has a few more things that weren't in either adaptation, so look forward to that.
I guess kind off. Miura was quoted as saying he was 70% done back in 2009 and some plot threads had started to get wrapped up finally. It's honestly a hard one to judge but I would say yes.Those more knowledgeable than me, was there an end in sight for the manga?