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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King (2012)
"Beruseruku: Ougon jidai-hen I - Haou no tamago" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroaki Iwanaga ...
Guts (voice)
Takahiro Sakurai ...
Griffith (voice)
Toa Yukinari ...
Casca (voice)
Yûki Kaji ...
Judeau (voice)
Yoshiro Matsumoto ...
Corkus (voice)
Minako Kotobuki ...
Rickert (voice)
Takahiro Fujiwara ...
Pippin (voice)
Kazuki Yao ...
Gaston (voice)
Aki Toyosaki ...
Charlotte (voice)
Kenta Miyake ...
Nosferatu Zodd (voice)
Nobuyuki Katsube ...
Midland King (voice)
Rikiya Koyama ...
Adon Coborlwitz (voice)
Hiroshi Arikawa ...
Hassan (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ...
Laban (voice)
Kendô Kobayashi ...
Bazuso (voice)
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This arc is a flashback showing Guts' youth and what led him to become the "Black Swordsman". Guts grows up as a young mercenary until his enrollment in the Band of the Hawk. He develops complex relationships with Casca and Griffith, the Band's charismatic leader and holder of the Crimson Behelit, who leads the Band to its rise to prominence within the Midland army. Griffith is elevated from his commoner status to the nobility, causing some resentment, and after sleeping with the King's daughter, Griffith is imprisoned, and the Hawks are declared outlaws. The Hawks manage to rescue Griffith, only to find him broken mentally and physically. From a conventional medieval European background, the story shifts to fantasy and horror, with the apparition of the Eclipse ceremony that ends with the destruction of the Band, as per Griffith's sacrifice in order to become Femto, the fifth member of the God Hand, and reclaim his path towards his dream. Only with help from the enigmatic Skull ... Written by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berserk_(manga)

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Griffith: Why do men like to shed blood, you asked. You are right in saying that it is one of the facets we, men, possess. However, it is but a tool to obtain what our heart desires and keep it from harm's way. I believe it to be a double-edged blade.
Charlotte: What your heart desires... a lover? A knight's honor?
Griffith: Both are important, aren't they? Fighting and dying for love and honor is what a knight desires above all else. But for men there exists something even more important than that. You know of it, I believe...
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True to original - made for fans!
17 July 2012 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

After several months of anticipation I just got to watch Berserk - The Golden Age Arc Chapter I - The Egg of the King, and as a fan of both the Manga Comic and the animated TV series, I was not the least disappointed. This movie kicks ass! I was perhaps most amazed of the battles, which come off as extremely vivid and original.

Many will compare this movie to the animated series, and yes, some things have changed, as this format is much more time-limited. The exclusion of some scenes and moments to the benefit of other, might make the movie feel as a summary of the series. The much loved musical themes of the series have also been changed, something I expected, yet hoped would stay the same as I really liked them. On the other hand, we get to see Guts and Griffith swinging their swords in a much more vivid graphical universe, which I think the story deserves!

As the above mentioned mainly comes down to a matter of taste, the main problem with this movie is that it doesn't focus as much on character development as the original comic and animated series did. This will create some moments which new viewers couldn't possibly make full sense of. However, for any passionate Berserk-fan, this should not be a deal-breaker, as it is still a great movie, true to the original story.


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