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Posted 7/1/16
Hoo boy. Let's take it bit by bit:

-Starting at the Black Swordsman arc is a good thing, though it seems we're already diverging a bit from the manga (to be fair, I have literally only just started reading the manga and have finished the first volume, so this is basically the length and breadth of my authority on it).

-OP theme was honestly pretty lame, and the ED was meh too, but I have to wonder: if the OP can have that art style, why the fuck can't the show?! Hell, it even kinda looked Trigger-ish. But shit, I have no complaints about the art style from the original series, you can just pretty that up a bit. The CGI isn't terrible, but the fact that we get to see a glimpse of the alternative just underscores the fact that, if given the choice, I'd take the 2D art every time.

-Is Guts going to start saying "Yare yare daze"? I don't know if his VA is the same as Jotaro's, but he talks in a similar fashion. Not a bad thing, honestly.

-The music is....ugh. I really loved the music in the original series, but here, it's pretty annoying, because I feel like they had the right idea but fucked it up halfway through. If you're going to have metal in your soundtrack, then commit to it and have some actual fuckin' metal not this bastardized fusion of metal and dubstep. You keep your goddamn dubstep out of my Berserk, thank you very much. Guts is the most metal anime character ever, and some black/thrash metal would suit him just fine.

-Does the Dragonslayer have to make a loud, heavy clang every time it moves? It's really distracting.

-Lastly, the shaking, always circling camera could stand to take a break.

In spite of all these issues, I will continue watching, because it's fucking Berserk, and it can still improve. I'm just glad my main man Guts is back.
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Posted 7/1/16
I wonder what Miuras reaction to the first episode is like. That would make for an interesting web series, "authors react to their own adapted series"
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I'll check it out and I wonder what the music will be like. It would be cool if Kotaro Nakagawa were chosen as this series' music composer, he made epic music at one point.
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What a complete and utter load of garbage.

3rd anime adaptation we've had and it's already completely worthless. These animes simply aren't getting it.

Yeah, lets completely cut out the Count, the snake guy, the Golden Age, the Eclipse, the Fairies and like 1/4 of the series because none of that shit mattered right? The count was a fantastic arc to start the series with and yet all these animes ignore it. Why? Why would you want to start a series off by removing such a strong starting point. It had good action, great build up, amazing art and it showed the series had some real depth to it.

I feel bad for the anime only watchers who see this and think this is Berserk. It's not. You're getting a watered down version that completely misses the point of what made this such an amazing series.

This is a shame because I really wanted to like it, I really did but as the episode went on I found it more painful to force myself through this.

3rd Berserk anime I've seen, 3rd time they've fucked it up. Maybe one day we'll get an actual proper adaptation that doesn't shit all over the source material.
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Posted 7/1/16

KurtIrving wrote:

I'll check it out and I wonder what the music will be like. It would be cool if Kotaro Nakagawa were chosen as this series' music composer, he made epic music at one point.


I think it was confirmed that the composer would be Shiro Sagisu, the same guy who did the music for the Golden Age movies. They even played one of the songs of the movie's OST in today's episode.
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berserk 2016 in a nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ipRkyQovrI
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Posted 7/1/16
*puts on sunglasses*

Home from work, time to watch the show.

Here we go. *puts it on the big screen*
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Posted 7/1/16 , edited 7/1/16
I'm out of words. That was Guts wrenchingly bad.


Miura must be turning in his [email protected] games collection right now.
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So many ppl bitchin it is crazy. The art reminds of Valkyrie chronicles I have no problem with it. I have one complaint but it is not enough for me to hate the show or stop watching it. They seemed to mash up parts of a couple arcs. I was looking forward to seeing the arc with the Queen elf. That was a damn great arc for Guts. Maybe they are saving it for a new movie. As long as from here on out they stay true to the manga I will be one happy Berserk fan.

I don't see them staying true to the manga since they already skiped one of my favorite arcs (Elf arc). Even though i like the first episode i can see numerous problems im just happy we got a anime for the moment. I'm still confused why not just go 2D like the opening and went cgi i can take either ;P
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Meh. As others have said, CGI not great but not terrible. This first episode was very focused on introducing character and basic brutal world situation. I think it did that really well, and I say as someone completely new to Berserk that I think it works fine at getting us quickly in place even without knowing details from the manga and preceding anime.

Puck is an annoying annoyance. Guts is an interesting badass, but not especially unique that I can see so far--that impression could change.

Finally though, it doesn't seem like the sort of show that appeals that much to me. I was kinda bored with the slayage. (Which is not because there wasn't enough of it or that it wasn't graphic enough; it's because I just don't get much of a kick or an emotional punch out that sort of thing unless it's handled especially adeptly.)

But, I expect I'll give it another couple of episodes to find out what it might have that might hook me.
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I've read a good chunk of the manga, but I've never watched any of the adaptations. I still don't understand why they went for CG when the opening cinematic was so well 2d animated.
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Now I've always been a long term berserk fan. Read all of the manga....So far, I swear he's never gonna finish it. and I've seen the original 1997 anime adaptation of the Golden Arc. Plus the three films recapping the Golden Arc AGAIN. First things first. I'm not a massive fan of the CG I really wish they stuck to traditional animation. But I'm not gonna complain and bitch about it. It isn't as bad as everyone's making it out to be, infact I think it kinda works for some parts of it. Secondly I hate the fact there's so much censorship but I was totally expecting it, but not in the very first episode. for the people who have read the manga you know well there is no way in HELL they were going to get away with making the anime adaptation without heavy censorship. But in the first episode there was censorship ?! There was no need for that! I hate when every small thing is Censored...

However in conclusion I'm just soo happy they're finally telling the story after the Golden Age arc. Everything they've made so far has been during the golden age ARC. Took them long enough. I said this one I'll say it again. Been waiting ten years for this !
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Posted 7/1/16
I'm just happy we get to see more chapters animated.

The music though should be apologized for as it's awful and doesn't fit the setting of the show at all.
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Posted 7/1/16
i saw the golden age arc movies and loved them. The only thing that this anime needs to do is pack it full of extremely mature material for out enjoyment. Basically, gore, sex, and some f***ked up stuff
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