Berserk (2016)

TV (12 eps)
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Berserk (2016)

Spurred by the flame raging in his heart, the Black Swordsman Guts continues his seemingly endless quest for revenge. Standing in his path are heinous outlaws, delusional evil spirits, and a devout child of god.Even as it chips away at his life, Guts continues to fight his enemies, who wield repulsive and inhumane power, with nary but his body and sword—his strength as a human. What lies at the end of his travels? The answer is shrouded in the "night." Strain your eyes and stare into the dark!

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Episode 1

The Dragonslayer

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Episode 2

The Holy Iron Chain Knights

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Episode 3

Night of Miracles

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Episode 4


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Episode 5

Tower of Conviction

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Episode 6

A Nighttime Feast: Burning at the Stake

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Episode 7

The Black Witch

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Episode 8

Reunion in the Den of Evil

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Episode 9

Blood Flow of the Dead

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Episode 10

Hell's Angels

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Episode 11

Shadows of Ideas

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Episode 12

Those Who Cling, Those Who Struggle

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When I called Arkada a nostalgiafag for anticipating the new Berserk, many said I was being a hypocrite since I am also a nostalgiafag. Which I am not, I love the retro aesthetics, but I hardly love most of what I grew up with. I said right away before it’s even out that the new Berserk is going to be shitty CGI that adapts events that are not as good. And that’s exactly what it was.The 90s Berserk is the best dark fantasy anime of all times. The 2016 version on the other hand is yet another dark and edgy mediocrity with cancer CGI, awful directing, and terrible sound composition. You cannot watch 5 minutes without spotting a lazily made scene with bizarre camera angles and effortless lipsync. When Guts hits something, it makes a ridiculous metallic sound even when what he hits is not made of metal. And when he cuts someone in half, it looks like a plastic toy because the CGI is rendered cheaply. As if that wasn’t enough, the trailer for the upcoming game promotes it as the most brutal thing ever made. Aside from how it’s obviously not, it also says a lot about how Berserk degraded from a psychological drama to a mindless gorefest. I mean, it always had splatter and violence, but at least the Golden Age arc was very focused on the relationship of the main trio. Each one of them had a completely different mindset which was making the manga, and the 90s anime to be exceptional as a character study. You could say it was edge done right. The problem is, as soon as the Eclipse was over, the story lost most of its appeal. Not only because the new anime is all in CGI and has terrible directing. It suffers from the exact same problem as the manga, which doesn’t look like shit. The character dynamics are gone, Griffith degrades to a heartless demon, Guts degrades to slaying mostly monsters instead of people which doesn’t have the same impact, and Caska degrades from a strong willed woman to a damsel in distress with the brain of a vegetable. Also, the newer cast has dynamics which are nowhere near as interesting. They are comic reliefs or background characters who are there just for the heck of it. Guts is the one doing all the work, he is so powerful compared to them that he doesn’t really need them. Yes, later on they help him not to be taken over by evil, it’s still doesn’t take away the issue of them being nothing more than support for the main character instead of having their own strong dynamics. I also got tired of seeing Guts doing nothing but running after Griffith, as if I’m watching Naruto and Sasuke all over again. I was very patient with it, assuming all the shit that were happening in all these arcs is some sort of a buildup. They are not, the only thing that changes is Guts getting bigger swords and better equipment, stuff that do not count as character development. He just mutated from a man who can’t settle down to a mindless killing machine that wants nothing but revenge. How is that remotely interesting?And since there is going to be another season coming out next year, I might as well complain from now about the story going nowhere for over a decade, it goes in circles as if I am watching Inuyasha all over again. Many had an issue with how the anime skipped a couple of arcs as if that was damaging somehow, when it wasn’t since nothing of importance happened in them. I’m also fed up with Miura and his fucking Idolmaster addiction. Instead of finishing the story, he is dragging it indefinitely so he can milk it for all it’s worth and keeps playing that lolishit. He changed Berserk from an amazing dark fantasy with memorable characters into another edgelord throwaway series. Yeah, ok, he occasionally mentions the importance of religion and how all the suffering in the world is caused by people looking for scapegoats. That was shoehorned after the Goldern Age and although it sounds interesting as a concept, I don’t care about it because it gives a metaphysical aspect to the setting. I wasn’t watching Berserk for demons and hells and holy inquisitions. It was a straightforward tale of ambition and duty, how the gifted go after their dreams and how everybody else is following them since they are mediocrities. There was no need for the whole demonic invasion bullshit. It made things convoluted and took away the tragedy of death, since now it’s mostly about Guts butchering monsters. You don’t care about monsters, they are 1 dimensional spawns of evil. It’s still a fine spectacle if you love goreporn, but it’s nowhere near as good as it was, and the CGI makes it unable to be immersed. Not recommended.

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