Berserk: The Golden Age Arc

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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc
ベルセルク 黄金時代篇
(Beruseruku Ōgon Jidai-hen)
Genre Action, Dark fantasy
Anime film
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King
Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka
Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Susumu Hirasawa
Studio Studio 4°C
Licensed by
Released February 4, 2012
Runtime 80 minutes
Anime film
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey
Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka
Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Susumu Hirasawa
Studio Studio 4°C
Licensed by
Released June 23, 2012
Runtime 95 minutes
Anime film
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent
Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka
Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi
Music by Shirō Sagisu
Susumu Hirasawa
Studio Studio 4°C
Licensed by
Released February 1, 2013
Runtime 110 minutes
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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc (ベルセルク 黄金時代篇 Beruseruku Ōgon Jidai-hen?) is a series of films, the first part of an overall effort to adapt the entire Berserk manga series.[1] The project was first announced as a new anime project in September 2010 on a wraparound jacket band on volume 35 of the Berserk manga.[2] The first two films, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Capture of Doldrey, were released in Japan in February and June 2012, with the third film, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent, released in February 2013. The third film also marks the first time new footage based on the manga has been animated beyond the storyline of the TV show. Viz Media has licensed all three films for a home video release.[3] The first film was released on (DVD/Blu-ray) November 27, 2012, the second on August 6, 2013, and the third on April 15, 2014 in the United States.[4]

The Japanese voice cast features Hiroaki Iwanaga as Guts (replacing Nobutoshi Canna from the original anime), Takahiro Sakurai as Griffith (replacing Toshiyuki Morikawa), and Toa Yukinari as Casca (replacing Yuko Miyamura).[5][6] The English voice cast features Marc Diraison as Guts, Kevin T. Collins as Griffith, and Carrie Keranen as Casca, all reprising their roles from the original anime.

Films[edit]

The Egg of the King[edit]

Berserk: Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King[7][8] (ベルセルク 黄金時代篇I 覇王の卵 Beruseruku Ōgon Jidai-hen Wan Haō no Tamago?) was released on February 4, 2012 in Japan.

The Battle for Doldrey[edit]

Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey[9][10] (ベルセルク 黄金時代篇II ドルドレイ攻略 Beruseruku Ōgon Jidai-hen Tsū Dorudorei Koryaku?) was released on June 23, 2012 in Japan.[11]

Descent[edit]

Berserk: Golden Age Arc III - Descent[12] (ベルセルク 黄金時代篇III 降臨 Beruseruku Ōgon Jidai-hen Surī Kōrin?) was released on February 1, 2013 in Japan.

Music[edit]

The soundtracks for the film series will be composed and arranged by Shiro Sagisu, with the theme song composed and arranged by Susumu Hirasawa. The insert song of all films, "Aria", was sung by Hirasawa, and a live performance made in Hirasawa's PHONON2555 tour (performed with Yasuhiro Araki and PEVO 1go) was included in the Japanese video release of the second film, and will be included in Hirasawa's PHONON2555 VISION DVD; the ending theme of the first film, "Utsukushii Mono" (ウツクシキモノ?, "Pretty Thing"), was sung by the R&B singer AI (in an uncharacteristic epic ballad style) and composed by Rykeyz and Redd Styiez, the ending theme of the third film, "breakthrough, was performed by CHEMISTRY, written by Kaname Kawabata, Hidenori Tanaka and UTA & arranged by Sagisu, Miho Hazama and CHOKKAKU. A special TV program, narrated by Akio Ōtsuka (the voice actor for the Skull Knight), that summarized the events of the first two movies, used the Hirasawa song Horde of Thistledown (冠毛種子の大群 Kanmō Shushi no Taigun?) (from the album The Secret of The Flowers of Phenomenon) as its ending theme.

Home media[edit]

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King (Viz Pictures - Nov 27, 2012[13])

  • Video: 2.35:1 [MPEG-4 AVC] (1080p)
  • Audio: English and Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Extras: Art Gallery and Trailer (Viz Releases)
  • Case type: Keep Case
  • Note: The film suffers from banding issues. (This appears to a problem with the first two films so far)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey (Viz Pictures - Aug 06, 2013[14])

  • Video: 2.35:1 [MPEG-4 AVC] (1080p)
  • Audio: English and Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Extras:
  • Production Art Gallery
  • International Trailers for the First Film
  • Live Concert of Susumu Hirasawa "Aria" (4 min)
  • Interview (in Japanese) with Aki Toyosaki and Minako Kotobuki (12 min)
  • Outtakes of the English Dubbing (15 min)
  • Case type: Keep Case
  • Note: The film suffers from banding issues. (This appears to a problem with the first two films so far)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent (Viz Pictures - Apr 15, 2014)

  • Video: 2.35:1 [MPEG-4 AVC] (1080p)
  • Audio: English and Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

Reception[edit]

The first film received a positive review by Ko Ransom of Anime News Network.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berserk's Golden Age Arc to Be Made Into 3 Anime Films". Anime News Network. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Berserk Anime Project Launching (Updated)". Anime News Network. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Viz Media Licenses Berserk Film Trilogy". Anime News Network. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.blu-ray.com/search/?quicksearch=1&quicksearch_country=US&quicksearch_keyword=berserk&section=bluraymovies
  5. ^ "Berserk Film Slated for Next January". Anime News Network. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012 Berserk Film Trilogy's Main Cast, Staff Listed". Anime News Network. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  7. ^ http://fantasiafest.com/2012/en/films-schedule/282/berserk-golden-age-arc-i-the-egg-of-the-king
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Berserk-The-Golden-King-Blu-ray/dp/B008UE8ICK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1374152199&sr=8-2&keywords=berserk
  9. ^ http://fantasiafest.com/2013/en/films-schedule/246/berserk-golden-age-arc-ii-the-battle-for-doldrey
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Berserk-Golden-Battle-Doldrey-Blu-ray/dp/B00CENSU3A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374152199&sr=8-1&keywords=berserk
  11. ^ "Berserk's 2nd Film Slated for June 23". Anime News Network. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  12. ^ http://fantasiafest.com/2013/en/films-schedule/247/berserk-golden-age-arc-iii-the-advent
  13. ^ http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Berserk-The-Golden-Age-Arc-I-The-Egg-of-the-King-Blu-ray/52442/#Review
  14. ^ http://www.fandompost.com/2013/09/10/berserk-golden-age-arc-ii-battle-for-doldrey-blu-ray-anime-review/
  15. ^ Ko Ransom (7 February 2012). "Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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