If you could be a demon or an angel... what would you choose?!
Hello "meine freunde", which is another way of saying "my friends"!
Now that we are all (well most of us) enjoying our much well deserved vacations, it's time that to share with you some of my most recent movie viewings opinions. And to start things off I have an anime that's long since hoping for a conclusion... Berserk: The Golden Age Arc.
For those of you who don't know, this is a spin-off of the original tv series Berserk that aired (with a limited success) a few years back. The series didn't stick with the fans so they decided to make three OVA (that's original video animations) to capture more of the universe and show the fans a good solid story background to the - still ongoing - manga.
But have they succeeded? Well... This is a two part answer so let's get started!
On a technical level, this is top of the line animation all the way! The production company behind all three chapters was none other than the famous Studio 4 C, acclaimed by such success like Akira and Animatrix, not to mention a big pile of other series and shorts, so you get a great hour and half of full action animation that will make your eyes pop. So nothing wrong there, but (and sorry about that)... On the storyline level, at some point, it all just starts to get really weird!
The first chapter was all about battles and nobility and how the hero "Guts" makes his path to help others. On the second one he's filled with guilt after a failed assassination attempt goes not quite as planned, but on the third chapter everything just takes a turn to the horror-gore side with a not so very explicable plot line. Most character either are killed or get crazy and the one upside we get, is now we know HOW the Berserk universe was formed.
My final opinion, if you are a fan of the series you'll love and drool over this from begin to end but if your not... I'll encourage you to read some reviews first (like this one) and only then - with full knowledge of you are expecting - should you engage in such a viral experience!
Because I'm a anime fan - A technically excelled animation 4 out of 5!