Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King [Blu-ray]
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As the Band of the Hawk fight together and their bond as a unit grows stronger, Griffith and Guts's bond deepens as well. With their continued success on the battlefield, Griffith achieves the first step toward his lofty goals: his band of mercenaries becomes recognized as a full-fledged army within the Midland Kingdom. Despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith's dream, which, unbeknownst to Guts, is destined to bestow a monstrous fate on them both.
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The original Berserk anime is infamous for its massive cliffhanger ending. I was never into manga until I watched Berserk, then I simply HAD to read the manga, because I literally could not live with not knowing what happened next. The fact that Berserk is one of the most well drawn and well written (if poorly updated) manga series ever made.
For years the fans clamored for season 2, even after it became clear that it wasn't going to happen there were still some hold outs, but eventually even they died out as well. Then the past few years we have started to see a lot of old uncompleted anime series get reboots. Some like Ultimate Hellsing were just what the fans were waiting for, others like Inuyasha: Final Act were rushed and kind of disappointing. But if any anime deserved a reboot, it was Berserk. And now here it is, the long rumored Berserk reboot that we have waited for all this time.
Now I'm going to review the actual series itself of Berserk (be patient the movie review is coming).
I don't really look at Berserk like a manga, to me it's more like a great work of art, and it reads more like a classic novel that will survive the ages. It's also easily one of the best drawn series I've ever read. The detail Miura puts into his work is spectacular, and his stories are breathtaking.Read more ›
If you've ever wanted to see a realistic film depiction of Medieval siege-warfare, well... go elsewhere. `Berserk' is a strange, hyper-violent vision of European sword and sorcery, from a Japanese POV. It looks like the dark ages, but there's no historical connection whatsoever; instead, it serves as a brutal playground for Kentaro Miura's twisted imagination.
This film trilogy is actually a reboot; it takes the viewer back to the first meeting of Guts the Black Swordsman and The Band of the Hawk, rather than acting as a sequel to the first series. It's different from the manga as well, but retains the essence of the tale.
While I liked the original anime, I wasn't terribly impressed with the animation. This film, as well as the two that follow, are spectacular in comparison. The blend of animation and CGI isn't flawless, but it's pretty damn good, providing much more detailed art and realistic movements. The battle scenes, in particular, are very dynamic, giving the violence the kind of impact it needs.
With that in mind, the three Golden Age Arc movies are a decent summary of one of the best manga ever written. I say summary because even though it does a fair job of making the original story come to life, it unfortunately still leaves out various crucial elements. While I believe that the animation studio did intend to recreate the original Berserk storyline, according to many of the fans I've spoken with (myself included), these movies are instead seen viewed as a kind of synopsis of the full story. While it is of course understood that during production, many events and other aspects must sometimes be cut out due to budgets and time constraints, the fact still remains that many significant events were either underdeveloped and shown with much scarcity or, in some cases, disregarded altogether.
The other issue that many fans have with these movies is the obvious use of CGI. While the motions and fight scenes of characters are in a sense, more realistic, the fact that the CGI is clearly visible in comparison to the regular animation (which makes up the remainder of the scene) makes things seem a bit strange. In short, I'd say that for the majority of the time that the CGI is used, it's obvious presence proves to be distracting. Through CGI, the level of motion, character, and background detail are all very impressive, however, I believe that when combined with regular animation, the result was an "abnormal" appearance for viewers.Read more ›
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As I stated in the other ones, I love the animation and story line….
When you have the time come and check out my Dark Science Fiction Novel, "Pursuit of the... Read more
I owned the series as a kid in the 90's and still it's one of my favorite anime of all time. If you haven't seen the series then this retelling will seem full of holes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Godsbane777
The anime seems off, I don't know not to put it. I've seen the show before and was great, but with this dvd it seemed like they tried to remake it with a slightly different style,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin
Very disturbing movie along with its sequels. Way too much homo-erotic that is unnecessary. I dont know why the Japanese have this extremely perverted sense of sexuality when they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Evlengr
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|the second movie is coming out on blu ray||
So far away... I guess by the time we get the Blu-Ray of movie two, the final movie will have been aired in Japan.
Dec 26, 2012 by AiyuNeko | See all 2 posts
Sorry, but no bloopers.
Aug 19, 2013 by Kurohei | See all 2 posts
|How uncut is this?||
There's one nudity scene. And the scene with Zodd the immortal was pretty bloody. So I'd highly not recommend this to the younger audience.
Aug 19, 2013 by Kurohei | See all 2 posts
|after the 3 movies?||
i heared they make 3 trilogies of the hole story.
look on berserk fanpage
Aug 31, 2012 by Mal Reynolds | See all 3 posts
Go for the one with the picture, less likely to be cancelled that way.
Aug 15, 2012 by Matt | See all 3 posts
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