This post is dedicated to Kal
Berserk (Manga) is the best thing I came across in the Entertainment world. I’ve watched tons of movies, TV shows, cartoons, Anime, read stories, books, novels, and ComicscOylTbgl.jpgMangas. None gave me the feeling when I’m reading the Manga of Berserk. Its themes, settings and story are very brutal; physically and emotionally. I can talk all day about the references, the ideology, the philology of the Manga; but I’ll just review the 1st movie on the upcoming trilogy.
After more than a decade – 15 yrs to be precise – of waiting after the end of the Original TV-anime series. Finally a new project was announce to adapt Berserk manga
Obviously, 3 movies can’t cover the whole vols.cOylTbgl.jpgTV-anime. A huge chunk of material will be neglected in the movie. I didn’t complain, I’m familiar with these sorts of things and how producers struggle to take as much as they can to view it in a very short window. The question is did they ?
Yup, They stayed with the manga
On the other hand, I did complain about the use of CGI (computer generated imagery) At moments, when the movement is still, It looks amazing. When there is movementcOylTbgl.jpgaction it’s lousy, stiff, and dull. Like watching a low budget CGI TV series; you know like our local shows :\ . We all know that Japanese are not very fond working with 3D CGI.
The use of 3D CGI and merging them with traditional 2D anime style – as the producers said – saves time, and money. I understand that. The project is huge, to release 3 part movie in a single year, but you can’t NOT to complain about it.
What’s also a downside is the shortcuts they made, the material they left wasn’t necessary for the story or the plot, but it did left a gap in the characters developing process. You need to spend more time with The Band of The Hawk – like the manga – to understand and relate to them. It didn’t feel that much in the movie.
All in All I liked the movie, after all this wait it kind of worth it to be honest. I’m looking forward watching the other two.
+brutal, bloody action
+true to the source material
+decent voice acting
-lousy 3D CGI
-poor character development