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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King (2012)

Beruseruku: Ougon jidai-hen I - Haou no tamago (original title)
He trusts no one, only his sword.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroaki Iwanaga ...
Guts (voice)
Takahiro Sakurai ...
Griffith (voice)
Toa Yukinari ...
Casca (voice)
Yuki 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 ...
King of Midland (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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Wrong Direction
4 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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