Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago

Title:Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King
The Golden Age Arc I: The High King's Egg
ベルセルク 黄金時代篇Ⅰ 覇王の卵
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Notables: Animation - Studio 4°C
R1 License - Viz Media (Shopro)
Guts is a young and highly skilled mercenary living in a medieval era of the Midland monarchy. During the siege of a castle, he catches the attention of Griffith, leader of a mercenary army called Band of the Hawk. As the two meet again, Guts ends up joining the notorious group.
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77 minute film premiered on February 4, 2012.
Animated by Studio 4C
Licensed by Viz Media
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TV Series: Movie Trilogy Remake:
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Watch 10 8 9 7 5 Ggultra2764 [series:2577#1552]
This is the first part in a film trilogy adaptation by Studio 4C to adapt the Golden Age arc from Berserk. Running at a measly 77 minutes, this film essentially rushes through the major developments of the arc from when Guts meets up with the Band of the Hawk to the latter starting to have his doubts of serving under Griffith. Because of its haphazard pacing, moments of character depth and development that made Berserk a memorable title from its 90s anime TV series run and manga adaptation are very limited here and give you little time to experience the world of Midland and get into the title's plot. Instead, the movie is mostly focused on its action scenes and summarizing the major events from the earlier episodes of the Golden Age arc.

The animation to Egg of the King has its pros and cons, mixing traditional cel-shaded animation and 3D-CGI animation. Scenery shots are gorgeous sporting plenty of depth and detail, as well as sporting a rich amount of color. Character designs looked life-like and sported just as impressive detail as scenery when drawn in cel-shaded animation. The use of 3D-CGI allows for large-scale battle scenes to look impressive when in action and allow for implementation of different camera tricks used during the movie's more heated scenes. However, the rendering of 3D-CGI animated characters do stick out prominently from cel-shaded character designs in a number of close camera shots and there are occasional blunders with animation such as lowered frame rate or limited animated frames created for a character.

Overall, I find myself quite disappointed with how this new anime adaptation of Berserk turned out as it felt no different from a number of other films created based on a popular franchise just to make a quick buck off the fans that enjoyed said work. I don't think I'll be sticking around for the other two films to come in this film trilogy to Berserk.

Last updated Tuesday, June 12 2012. Created Tuesday, June 12 2012.

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