Berserk – Anime Abandon

The year closes with one of Sage’s personal favorite anime of all time, Berserk.

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18 Comments on "Berserk – Anime Abandon"

RockmanX3
Guest

Oh hell yes, I LOVE Berserk!

Shinigami
Guest

Ah Berserk. This is first anime series that I complited on DVD. It’s shame that it’s based on still on going manga and thus is basically feels like just advertisement for manga.

goblinjuice
Guest

I love this show so much, but it broke my goddamn heart. Of course, the fact that I binge-watched it the same week I saw Grave of the Fireflies at the same time probably didn’t help matters. What do you think of the recent(er) remake?

OldManHermit
Guest

I just discovered this anime last year and was instantly hooked. That ending is such a punch to the gut though, I recall being depressed for several days after seeing it. I was further dismayed to learn there’s still no resolution to the story and the author has said he may die before he ever completes it.

HMorris73
Guest

I wouldn’t call The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya “moe crap”. Granted that describes a lot of the series inspired by its popularity pretty well, but Haruhi itself had a lot more going for it than that.

thatchickwithlonghair
Guest
thatchickwithlonghair

It definitely isn’t “moe crap”. It takes the concept and parodies it with one character, yes, but its plot is nothing like a moe anime plot.

Salosandre
Guest
I never understood the appeal of this series. I went into it with really no particular expectations, I knew it had good buzz behind it but hadn’t been exposed to much critique of the show (positive or negative). After watching I was left underwhelmed. I could see the themes at work but it really just came off as mostly mindless and largely unnecessary violence with shoddy production quality and a completely unfulfilling ending. I’m certainly not averse to excess gore or violence, I enjoyed Hellsing Ultimate (as mindless as it was), Claymore (well up until the last three episodes) and… Read more »
Zachary Smith
Guest

Are you looking forward to the new Berserk Bennett? Have you looked into anything about it or will you wait till it comes to the states?

Zefram
Guest
This review is a perfect encapsulation of why I think Sage is a good reviewer, but falls short of being a GREAT one. There are two aspects of Berserk that are ignored in this review that really leave it feeling incomplete, and both are somewhat related. The first is that Berserk is not an original anime, it’s an adaptation of a manga (still going) by Kentaro Miura, and while there is a school of thought that says an adaptation should be judged on its own merits, the fact remains that it IS an adaptation, and thus that should be at… Read more »
Zelkiiro
Guest

Hey Sage, dunno if you’ve heard of this yet, but there’s a heavy metal band called Battle Beast who’ve written several songs about (if not just referencing) Berserk. Their other songs are great, too, but the ones about Berserk seem relevant, and they include…

“The Band of the Hawk” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67gMPl4RBKY
“Iron Hand” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nhar5FvWfw
“Victory” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-ov9oQZwq4 (studio version seems to be blocked)
“Golden Age”/”Kingdom” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEa9VHxVOeQ
“I Want the World…and Everything in It” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIpRusBZoxg (seems to be only referential)
“Touch in the Night” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enSmON-pcpA

Sypoth
Guest
You forgot that the biggest downfall of Anime in the mid 2000’s was that because of the Glut of American audiences flooding to series that looked good, but didn’t deliver, led the industry to want to capitalize on the large source of money from those seeking good quality entertainment that could not be done any other way, at least not as well any other way, and so they placed quantity over quality which led to the rise of the Shonen Shit and many of the stigmas that plague the industry even to this day. There are anime bingers, the equivalent… Read more »
Souledge94
Guest

I wouldint call the ending satisfying. More like a middle finger since well it doesint really end and leaves HUGE doors open. Im also surprised you didint touch on the other releases of the berserk series. Like the anime movie.

Zelkiiro
Guest

That’s because, aside from the third one (Descent), the new Berserk movies are complete garbage.

thatchickwithlonghair
Guest
thatchickwithlonghair

Oh f*ck you and your moe hate, Sage. Mark my words, you WILL find one that you’ll like. I mean, if you like Kodocha, moe’s not a huge step away from it.

Zelkiiro
Guest

Moe is a fad that needs to die immediately. I can count the number of decent moe shows on one hand, and they are: Clannad (+After Story), Angel Beats (if it even counts as moe), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (season one and the movie only), and…uhh…I guess K-On could have been worse? Maybe?

And that’s it, son. Maybe we’ll have a #5 when I get around to Sound! Euphonium, but until then, the moe fad is pure hot garbage, and its few good titles are exceptions to the rule.

DeadCobra
Guest

It is very nice

Zebra_Bug
Guest
Well, the manga actually makes it clear why and how Guts can use such a big sword, he was raised by mercenaries and his ‘father’ had him training to fight using adult sized swords when he was only a child, and so he developed incredible upper body strength and stamina, and the sword really is just a hunk of iron, which is necessary because the weight of the sword is needed to be able to cut through the demons. Ah, those loose ends….yeesh. That is why I have no interest in ever watching this anime. I love the manga. It… Read more »
Zebra_Bug
Guest

It was an interesting review though, just thought I should say that. Even though I don’t agree with you every time, you’re still one of my favorite reviewers.

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