Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King
NC-17 | 03 February 2012 (USA)
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Guts, an immensely strong sword-for-hire, has little direction in his life, simply fighting one battle after the next. However, this all changes suddenly when he meets and is bested by Griffith, a beautiful and charismatic young man who leads the Band of the Hawk mercenary army. After Guts joins the Band and the relationship between the two men begins to blossom, Casca, the tough, lone swordswoman in the Band of the Hawk, struggles to accept Guts and the influence he has on the world around her. While the two men begin to fight together, Griffith continues to rise to power, all seemingly in order to reach his mysterious, prophesied goals. What lengths will Guts and Griffith go to in order to reach these goals, and where will fate take the two men?

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Steineded

How sad is this?

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JinRoz

For all the hype it got I was expecting a lot more!

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Loui Blair

It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.

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Kinley

This movie feels like it was made purely to piss off people who want good shows

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Dharkstar1

If anything, the story of Berserk needs to be expanded upon, not shortened. Basically, they are taking a 10-hour long show, improving the visuals, and reducing to the story to 3-4 hours. I'm curious who thought this would be a good idea. Many pivotal moments that occurred during the series were completely glossed over in this movie, and in many cases, left out entirely. What was great about the show was the emphasis on the story and character development. How can you develop the characters when you're cramming everything into such a short amount of time? Sure, the re-imagined action sequences and animation are great to look at, but that was only ever a small part of what made the series so good. Berserk being my favorite (if not, second favorite) anime of all time, this was doomed to fail for me. This first part is entertaining, sure, but doesn't do justice to the original series. It's just not possible. That being said, it might be a decent watch if you're a first time viewer of Berserk, but for true fans of the show, I don't see how this could be acceptable. They should have just redone the entire series and gave it a proper ending. Or, continued the show from where the original left off. I'm certain either of these options would please fans more, rather than giving them cheapened, hyped-up movies. I'll watch the rest of the movies just to see how they turn out, but I suspect I'll be disappointed with the rest. I can only give the first part a biased 5 out of 10.

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Rectangular_businessman

I liked very much the original "Berserk" anime series, so when this movie was announced, I wasn't sure about what to expect.However, I have to say that I'm pretty satisfied with what I saw, which keep all the good elements from the story, being a more ambitious adaptation of the comic created by Kentaro Miura, with all the possibilities that modern animation could offer.The battle scenes from this movie are quite impressive and pretty well done, at first I had my doubts of use of CGI animation, but the final result was pretty well done. The designs were good too, even when I liked more the art from the first anime series, this does still have the essence of the source material, something that made this a more than worth-watching experience.I now have high expectations about the sequels, and I hope that now the entire "Berserk" story get an animated adaptation.

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incahoots123

So I watched the first new Berserk movie subtitled last night, and on the whole I was impressed with not only the visual similarities to the manga, but also the overall flow and feel of the movie. I have read every chapter of Berserk manga so far and it is my favorite series ever. Action /fighting scenes are very well done, and really does a great job in immersing you into the story. And of course, plenty of violence. I enjoyed how the writers incorporated many plot points from the manga that were missing from the '97 anime series, including the whole 'Gatts being raped as a kid thing', and from the looks of the intro for the movie, which features characters from later on in the manga, the writers don't seem to be taking out too much of the original story. And now for the bad parts about this movie. The CGI effects, which are ubiquitous throughout this film, seem extremely inconsistent. Some scenes it's great and looks really well done, and some scenes look like a bad Playstation 1 game cutscene. It's really strange and kind of ruins the movie a little bit. Also, I felt character developed was hashed out and streamlined, I thought that viewers who were new to the series wouldn't quite grasp the relationship between Gutts, Griffith, and the rest of the band of the hawk. Ancillary characters in the manga such as Pippin, Judeau, Rickert, even Corkus had little to no lines in the movie. I feel as though this doesn't allow you to become fully invested in the characters and their lives. Overall, this one is definitely worth the watch, but it will leave you craving the second and third movies, and just made me want to watch the anime series over again.

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whatdahellisthis

Berserk manga by Kentaro Miura is one of the best saga I have ever seen, great script, great dialogues, great characters and all what mankind have to offer : from best to worst. But Berserk manga is actually very dark, very harsh, violent, and humanity got an ugly side, a real ugly one. This movie does a great job to introduce the Golden Age Arc. Unfortunately you don't have the Gut's childhood but instead just a flashback (showing his rape, his escape *do not worry since you should know this to understand his character when you began this movie and his reactions*). Griffith is the other main character, an angel face, a smart warrior, but a master puppet, who will shattered everyone who are against him... The Devil, God, "they are the same" from his own word. We know at the beginning of the manga that Griffith is actually a God Hand, and Guts... worst nemesis.

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