One hell of an epic that I soon wonít forget, Berserk has
one of the best story lines Iíve seen in a long time, be it anime or film.
Itís one of those series that leaves you hanging out for the next
installment. The story line follows a young man named Guts who carries a
humongous sword twice his size, and by the reactions to all the warriors he
encounters it must be pretty damn heavy too.
The movie starts as far as I can understand at the end of
the series (which I wonít give away) and rewinds all the way back to the very
beginning of his life. A young mercenary destroys a man three times his size
and covered in armor collects a bounty for killing the brute. The unwelcome
occupants of the castle retreat, and soon after intercept Guts in order to
collect the money for killing their biggest mercenary.
After some lackeys fail, the leaders take down Guts but
to the bands surprise Griffith (the leader) brings Guts back to health only to
have him integrated in the band known as the band of the hawk. An assault on
a well paid job brings Guts into the lime light for his first big test he
succeeds and absolutely decimates the enemy proving himself, he is accepted
into the band with open arms.
As Guts gets older the sword he welds gets bigger and
bigger the sword stays in proportion to his body, he started training very
young and by the end the sword is huge. Griffith carries an interesting
baylet around his neck which he received from an old fortune teller who calls
it The Egg of The King and itís said that any man who wields it shall rule the
world. As Guts touches it, itís eye opens and the appearance is really freaky
and alive. Griffithís goal is to rule as king and have his own kingdom.
Guts found by a militant groups of mercenaries is lead by a
real bastard named Gambino who takes up the role of the boyís father figure
and trainer who gives him a hard time until he gets jealous of Gutsí
increasing skill and power and tries to kill him, Guts succeeds in protecting
himself by killing Gambino but is outcast by the group.
The band of the hawk has excelled to a great prestige and
is now known by the name of Death of the Battlefield and has chosen a side of
a bigger war that has been raging for years. Guts has become one of the
greatest assets in the ranks of the hawks and is eventually promoted to
commander of their raiders.
As I said earlier, this series is going to knock your socks
off, the animation is fantastic and thereís not a great emphasis on the gore
level. Whilst some people may want more, youíre not going to get it. The
story line is by far the thing that grabbed me and I canít wait to see the
Donít miss out on the extraís, some good quality pictures
in there, but most importantly the outtakes are absolutely hilarious. My
partner did find the outtakes dodgy and stupid though I laughed almost the
whole way through.
Sound effects are fantastic, the DVD captures all the fast
moving action unlike your VHS machines so instead of recording it when and if
it comes to TV itís a must buy for DVD anime lovers.
of a great series you canít go past Berserk Vol 1
Berserk Vol. 1:
War Cry Features
- Textless Closing
- Production Sketches