I have been on an action anime high lately drinking down episode after episode and movie after movie featuring giant swords, epic fight scenes and all the decapitated heads and blood baths that come with the genre. One such movie which I enjoyed is the first in a trilogy of movies is Berserk Golden Age Arc I The Egg of the King.
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?
Checking out the movies before the anime series
I have heard many good things about the anime adaptation of this anime for many years but just could not find the time to watch the episodes. I felt like the movies would be a good way to enjoy the story in a condensed setting and I am very happy that I did because now I will have to see the other two movies and start on the anime!
I enjoyed the Berserk Golden Age Arc I The Egg of the King immensely and although the opening fight scene was epic I was put off by the freakishly girly-looking “Griffith” character until he started stabbing people with his sword. The pacing of the movie was a bit off and some scenes were all too predictable but the fight scenes were very enjoyable while a decent sized cast that made me feel invested in how their stories played out.
More Berserk blog posts coming
I would recommend Berserk Golden Age Arc I The Egg of the King to fans of action anime set in medieval world. Look out for my thoughts on the second movie in the trilogy entitled Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey. Fan of the Berserk anime and/or movies? share your thoughts in a comment below or tweet me @Jamaipanese.