English: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent
Synonyms: Berserk Movie, Berserk Saga, Berserk: Golden Age Arc III - Descent
Japanese: ベルセルク 黄金時代篇Ⅲ 降臨
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 1, 2013
1 hr. 50 min.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 8.361 (scored by 9480 users)
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SynopsisOne year has passed since Guts left the Band of the Hawk and Griffith was imprisoned by the Kingdom of Midland for treason.
In the dead of night, at a camping site where they hide, the Band of the Hawk is attacked by Bakiraka assassins led by Silat. When all seems lost, Guts returns from his journey. "You destroyed everything." Crying that Griffith is nothing without Guts, Casca and Guts are joined together body and soul. Griffith is imprisoned in the oldest building in Wyndham Catle, the Tower of Rebirth. They discover that Griffith has been tortured, with the tendons of his legs and arms severed and his tongue removed. Seeing Guts and Casca pitying him, Griffith drags his body along the ground. At that moment, the Egg of the King Behelit that he had thought lost returns to his hand. The Behelit resonated with Griffith's despair and screams, causing a shockwave that creates a twisted dimension. The God Hand descends. A nightmare of magnificent violence erupts as a horde of apostles devour the Band of the Hawk. This is the birth of the fifth guardian and the beginning of an age where darkness overcomes all light.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Berserk
Prequel: Berserk: Ougon Jidaihen II - Doldrey Kouryaku
Characters & Voice Actors
I will be evaluating all the movies as a whole. So this review will look at all three movies in the Golden age arc.
It all starts with a dream. Ambition, lust, greed, jealousy, hatred, and a huge ass sword. All critical components in the creation of Guts character. Forged on the battle field and bathed in blood, Guts is an ever evolving individual.
(Story and Character)
It is nearly impossible to separate both story and character. Both get a 10 from me, so i will combine both of them in the same discussion. The story is absolutely brilliant in bringing its world to life. It incorporates so many different elements that slowly weave themselves into the narrative. The story is founded on the dreams of a man named Griffith. An individual who will stop at nothing in order to gain absolute control of the world and become king. Him and his band of mercenaries meet a man named Guts on the way who at first is a very young and reckless person.
!!!!!!!!!!!(Semi-Spoiler, I don't go into anything specific in the story, but I do describe Guts evolution as a character)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guts soon grows and becomes stronger and wiser with every action he makes. He soon realizes that the only way he can achieve a purpose is to fight for himself and strive for his own ambitions. He is tired of trying to fulfill Griffith's dream and decides its time to move on. I will stop here as to not spoil anything huge, but this causes a rift between Guts and Griffiths characters as it marks the beginning of the end.
Watching every character grow makes you feel emotionally attached to them. You feel their sorrows, their struggles, their hopes, and their dreams. Most of the characters are fleshed out and I felt like I was there, riding along on their journey. I felt that I was there trying to achieve the dream beside Griffith and Guts. It's a nonstop epic story that takes you on an unforgettable journey and ends in the most grotesque and twisted way I've ever seen. I felt absolute catharsis after the last movie was over. Unlike the original anime, this one at least leaves you with a sliver of hope, but at the same time fleshes out more despair when it comes to Caska.
The art is a mixed bag. In my opinion the art was better in the movies than the original anime. Although the CG looked odd and clunky at times when it came to fighting and tearing sh*t apart (which is the important stuff) it looked incredible. Especially the Battle for Doldrey. The epic music hit fitting in perfectly, and then I absolutely flipped at the scenes near the end where multiple fights were going on at the same time, Caska and blonde mohawk guy, Guts and the enemy general, and everyone fighting in the army. The chaos was absolutely beautiful.
When the general yells, "Undisciplined FOOLS!!" and proceeds to rip everyone a new one around him in a mist of blood I dropped my jaw, but I wasn't ready for what would come next. Guts uses a flag as a distraction and proceeds to slam his sword down towards the ground chopping off not only the generals head, but the head of the horse.
This battle was the definition of epic. In terms of absolute epic-ness and the scene i described in the spoiler gets a 69696969669/10.
There were absolutely stunning scenes like this, but then when the dust settled the cg did look clunky and unappealing at times and i preferred the 2D normal anime look that it threw around here and there. The last movie did look the best and corrected some of the issues, but it still suffered at times.
The sound was great. I really don't have any complaints other than some of the voice acting. As far as the background music and the new epic score, it is leagues ahead of the anime. The original anime suffered in the music and sound department, but this movie easily corrects that and gives every scene a more emotional depth with its score. Now for the voice acting, the dub is stellar. I watched the first two movies dubbed, and the final movie subbed since the dub still has not been released. Very few anime can claim a better dub than its sub, but Guts voice is absolutely perfect, it matches his character 100%. The other characters are also well done and it sounds perfect as if it were made for English. On the other hand the voice of Guts in Japanese just didn't have the same ooomph that the English one did. It didn't sound as grisly or hardened as it should have. So the English dub was my favorite because it captured the grisliness, manliness, and ruggedness of Guts character.
I basically spelled it out this entire review. This is a nonstop action packed emotionally fueled epic. I felt the movies solved some of the issues of slower pacing that I found in the original anime. Maybe I had a short attention span, but i felt bored at times with the original anime, but in the movie I was absolutely stunned the whole way through. The change in scenery and pace made it a blast to watch. The story jumps from talk of politics and nobility, to romance, to the battlefield, and you even get to see Guts in a ballroom (A very important scene by the way). It then ends on a supernatural element that defines the story near the end.
Although I can't show it, in the end this series gets a whopping 9.4 in my book. My favorite of the movies is the second as it represented the integral shift between the main characters and was the most jam packed with epic. It may have a few flaws, but the series is an absolute marvel. The movies are fast paced, have absolutely beautiful fight scenes filled with pools of blood, the characters grow tremendously, the English voices fit perfectly. It's ending is so twisted and dark that there is no way to ever see it coming. Trust me, there's no way you could ever predict what happened. The ending left me emotionally exhausted. It made me question whether Guts could ever overcome his past. It made me question whether he would ever be able to go back to who he was before the ending. I wonder what type of man he will become. I guess it's time to read the Manga.
9.4/10 read more
Continuing from where the last movie leaves off, Guts leaves the Band of the Hawk and Griffith is captured. It is now a year later and Guts has returned to save Griffith who is now only beyond a mere shell of his former glory self. Anyway, I say this has been the best movie of the trilogy so far. In context to story, the beginning is very rushed and some scenes are taken out from the original manga and some are properly rearranged. But it doesn't really hurt the flow for the story in relation to the movie. It works in its own way, but I will admit as a manga purist, idealistically, I wish it followed the manga 100% to a t, but that's just me. This movie is now 2 hours so it allows more content, though I wish all the movies were 2 hours.
The controversial CG in my humble opinion, has improved but still has its problems. I say the frame rate is more even and the frame size in proportion to the characters and foreground appropriately accommodates it. It still comes across as "gamey," but it is an improvement, but by no means perfect. The action is very violent and lives up to its bad ass title. There will be plenty of blood and gore. Even though Guts is the main character and a bad ass, I will admit when this guy fights, he scares me and this movie does a good job of making me scared of the main character. There's nothing to fear, but fear itself, but fear fears Guts. On a list of top anime bad asses, Guts has to be on that list no doubt.
I say what defines the art and animation is how it sets the atmosphere and brings you into the emotions. You feel Griffith's fragility. Even though you don't see him unmasked, the detail to the art on whatever you see of his face is enough to give you an idea of what he would look like if unmasked. You see the hesitation of Guts on whether or not he should leave the Hawks again. You feel Casca's frustrations. I feel that the raw emotions bring a sense of substance in conjunction to its R-15+ (the equivalent to an NC-17 in America) rating.
The voice acting, as I have admitted in previous reviews, has been an issue for me. I will admit that Guts' new actor has shown improvement and shown instances that he can capture the character. But I will openly admit as a purist and fanboy that Nobutoshi Canna is still Guts to me while Michael Bell will always be his English voice to me. The guy who plays Jedau does an ok imitation of the character's original voice actor, Ishida Akira. Maybe for people not familiar with the previous anime series and the games will not find this to be an issue and may like the voice actors.
Like the second movie, the soundtrack is more acoustics and orchestrated. My thoughts on that carry onto this movie as well. It suits the time period very well and knows how to suit the atmosphere. The orchestra in the ending credits was very impressive. Susumu Hirakawa still does the opening theme and is my favorite part of the soundtrack. Still, like the newer voice cast, fans new to Berserk who had not seen the previous anime series or played the games will probably not think of this as an issue.
The closest thing to a spoiler I can give is that after the ending credits, there is a post credits scene which isn't much for some people, but after that is over, there is a message in clear English that says "This is only the beginning" meaning we will get new Berserk movies. I say its only natural with the easter eggs in previous movies, this series deserves its shot where it really shines. For those not familiar with the Berserk manga, this new trilogy is a mere fraction of what Berserk has to offer. So I hope we hear more news soon if a new Berserk movie will come out this year or not.
After that, we get a bonus music video!!! So fans will most likely enjoy this. read more
Opening Theme"Aria" by Susumu Hirasawa
Ending Theme"breakthrough" by Kaname Kawabata
"L’Avenement Closing Credits" by Sagisu Shiro
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