Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey

Alt title: Berserk: Ougon Jidai-hen II - Doldrey Kouryaku

Movie (1 ep x 92 min)
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Berserk: Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey

For three years, Guts believed his mission was to pursue Griffith's dream together with him. But in order to become Griffith's equal and truly be called his friend, Guts realizes he will have to leave the Band of the Hawk. At the same time, a bloody battle to capture the impenetrable Fortress of Doldrey from the Empire of Chuder is about to begin. The Band of the Hawk will face an army 30,000 strong!

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Critic’s Log - Earthdate: May 1, 2014. Review #85: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey The second part of a trilogy is often the most important piece of any trilogy. Man, does a lot happen in this one. That being Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey The Band of the Hawk participates in the Midland war campaign. During the campaign on the bloody battlefield, they conquer and win decisive victories that lead them to Doldrey, an old fortress that will decide the outcome of the war. Amid all this carnage and brutality, Griffith’s words still resonate in Guts´ mind and and he contimplates what he should  do once this conflict is over. To be technical, this second part of Berserk’s Golden Age movie trilogy is a Studio 4°C production and the previous film suffered with inconsistent use of CG animation that looked awful with the 2D animation that looked really good. This time, the CG animation is still there but not as heavily used. There are some CG moments here and there and I am starting to see why the CG animation is being used in these movies. It is often used during the army battle sequences. This is to save money with the animation budget, however with a series like Berserk, it would have been nice if another studio (especially one that has gotten well-recognized) could handle it instead, but I digress. This is a very difficult manga to adapt into an anime, and the animation is starting to show improvement but it isn’t perfect. The music by Shiro Sagisu continues to compliment the soundtrack extremely well and I have no further comment for this particular review, but I could have something more to offer when I go over the third Berserk movie. As for the Japanese cast, I don’t have much to say since the quality of voice acting is the same as the first movie. As with the English dub, it’s doing great so far in these movies. It continues to impress me. Now that I’ve seen this second part, I can point out that this is where the characters really shine in this film as well as the third movie (which I will review next) Guts is becoming more three-dimensional in this one, Casca is becoming very likeable, and Griffith really is interesting in this movie too. The rest of the Band of the Hawk are just as watchable but they support the main three leads pretty well for the most part. In the previous movie, the length of the first movie was pretty short. This time, it’s around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The story’s pacing is a little better this time around but there are some moments from the original anime and even in the manga that I was a little disappointed that were left out. Casca’s backstory is reduced just like Guts, and the Queen of Midland’s role was severely reduced. Not to mention, a character known as Minister Foss has no part in these movies. Hell, Griffith’s apparent assassination attempt by poison was not put into this movie during a specific moment in the story. It is a little spoilerish, but I’m only comparing what was in before and was excluded in the movie. If this is to save time, I understand. at the same time. It would have been nice to see those moments portrayed in the movies. If there is something the original anime did not display, it is a sex scene. This is technically a spoiler, but hear me out. In the original anime, The sex scenes were toned down. This movie does not hold back displaying a sex scene. This is an upgrade compared to the original anime. I should point out that I don’t buy into the “Sex sells” message whatsoever. The sex scenes in the manga actually serve the story, they aren’t necessarily in there for fanservice even though Berserk is known for its violence in the anime community. As a whole for this entire second movie, The effort put into this second part does pay off to some extent, only time can tell when the third and final part of the Golden Age Arc movies comes in. Which I will tell in my next review. But in all honesty, I don’t wanna go. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey is available by Viz Media, the original manga by Kentaro Miura is available by Dark Horse. With all that said, the Second Berserk movie has honest effort in improvement with its animation, it may not be perfect, but the story’s pacing isn’t as rushed as before and it is a very important piece in the trilogy which will lead to the third and final part of the Golden Age movies. The story is far more interesting and intense, the characters shine, and the music compliments it all. This movie does not fully redeem the first one, but I’m glad I stuck through and passed the first part just to get to the second part that doesn’t look too bad. It’s not perfect, but most of it turned out fine. I give Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey a 9 out of 10, it is EXCELLENT! Feel free to leave a comment.


Berserk is just one of those shows that goes above and beyond. The second film is by far my favorite of the three, not that all three didn't blow me away. The second film had one of the most beautifully animated scenes I've ever seen in film. No one will ever convince me otherwise. The story ... Where can I even start with that? It's a lot. It's beautifully complex. There are various themes that are explored in these movies and in the series, such as revenge, loss, the best and worst of human nature. What controls us emotionally? How far will we go for what we want? The three movies sum up the series; it's essentially a remake. You can choose to watch either. I suggest both. The animation in the older series was good for the time. I enjoy the original show, but there's something about the movies that just took my breath away. There's a realistic feel to it. The movements are fluid and the lighting matches the scenes perfectly. Going back to the scene I mentioned in the beginning of this review, everything about this scene from the lighting to the intensity of the emotions circling the characters was incredibly done. The music is beautiful. The background sounds between characters fighting really got me. It sucks you into the scene. The characters ... I can't explain all of them in a review. Each one has their own story and personality. I would say that Griffith's story got me the most. I found him to be an extremely complex character. He's such a strong personality, yet when he's weak, he's weak, and he allows his emotional attachments to pave his path. Overall, Berserk is one of my favorite shows. It has everything I want in an anime and more. If you like action, complex characters, and anything to do with fantasy or the medieval era, specifically the Tudor Period, then you'll like it. It's not for anyone with a weak stomach or those who are easily triggered by intense sexual themes.

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