You'd think that a stretch of 7 months would give the studio the opportunity to iron out all of the kinks that the abomination known as last season's Berserk had, and at first, it did!
For the first 3 minutes.
Without spoiling too much, this season kicks off with no CG in sight. The handrawn is all we see (well, that and all of the awful cut-fade camera angles returning also from the previous season) and it doesn't look too bad. Follow that up with a brand-new intro from returning 9mm Parabellum Bullet (another saving grace) showing off what the characters do best, and for awhile it
actually got me catiously optimistic! Maybe they really did fix all of the last season's problems!
And then the show actually began. And unfortunately, nothing has changed. The models of Guts and Casca trudge onto the screen like a bad PS1 game and proceed to talk majorly off synch while the camera cuts and fades about 20 times making hard once again to even focus on who's talking. Then to make matters worse, a battle breaks out and takes up the rest of the episode's length. Along the final nail; the same repeated animations twice in less than a minute while the camera goes full Tyler Perry Alex Cross mode. So in short, if you want to just see Berserk animated then go right ahead. But if you go in expecting anything better than what we've gotten, you're going to be incredibly disappointed. Do not let the fanboys fool you that just because it's Berserk, it warrants a pass. Avoid like the plague.
I'm going to give you a really good Berserk (2017) review. I've seen the other reviews for this and I didn't like any of them at all. They were too short and not properly done. Right now I have all 4 episodes available for watching and I'm going to use them episodes to help me give you a detailed review that makes the other people's review look like garbage. Down below is the stats I collected, you can choose whether to read it or not. I recommend you at least skim through it because I'm going to use these stats in my review. The paragraph
after the next is the real review.
The prequel Berserk (2016) has 43,559 users scored out of 106,012 members. That is a surprisingly 62,453 users who didn't score.
Berserk (2017) on the other hand has 4,361 users scored out of 34,680 members. That means that 30,319 members didn't score due to several reasons like it being on a plan-to-watch list, just dropped without scoring or just hasn't made a decision. In the end 71,332 members from Berserk (2016) decided to not watch the sequel.
The prequel has a score of 6.76 and previously had a score of 6.13 when it was airing. There's no doubt that it improved during the airing. Berserk (2017) so far has the score of 7.38 and beats its prequel when it was airing score by 1.25 with room for improvement.
The first 2 minutes of the first episode was perfectly done. The art was amazing and the CG animation worked perfectly for it. This was a perfect start to the anime and the opening after that scene made it even better, especially listening to another 9mm Parabellum Bullet song. Straight after the awesome opening you come across the CG characters just like the prequel. I personally don't mind it at all, if anything I enjoy seeing them faded lines on their faces. In this first episode at 14:52-14:54, Guts gets hit by a falling rock and goes flying at a very fast speed... I admit it was ridiculous but it's easy to ignore. Also at 19:32-20:32, the scene's CG animation was top notch for me. I couldn't ask for anything better. That short battle scene was a lot better than how the movies did them.Another great CG moment is 21:20-21:36, the blood and gore is to die for. There was no specific flaws at all apart from a few CG that not much people seem to like. The content is 8/10 worthy but is held back by the animation.
At times the CG works very well and looks unbeatable. The studio did a great job in improving the art and various other things. Some people might not notice but I notice it very well because I've been through the prequel twice and rewatching this.The camera angles looks pretty good so far and this time the anime doesn't cut out content or put in a filler, I'm impressed so far.
The music is important to anime and this anime was spot on in this area. The opening and ending is something to look foward to. The Sound effects are more or less the same but I like the sound of Guts sword in particular. The sound is not something to worry about at all. The soundtracks are the same and good as ever. A good soundtrack moment would be at 16:51-17:15. I must say though, the voice acting has a important role for making this anime successful.
Seeing my favorite manga adapted is very very exciting, I have been waiting for this for a long time. It didn't disappoint me at all, in fact it was the other way around. I enjoyed it so much that I can re-watch it anytime. I always get shivers down my spine from just watching the opening and a few moments during the episodes. For the opening I like the art and basically how it was made. Just seeing the animation and movements of the white and black still characters is satisfying enough for me.
Looking at the stats you can see that a lot of people dropped the prequel due to the CG. That is an undeniable fact, but that doesn't mean that the animation totally ruins the content. The increase of the airing score is proof that the animation doesn't kill the material straight off. That doesn't change the amount of members lost but I think it's for the better because the prequel had a lot of uneeded criticism. The people here are true fans or at least faithful fans who actully love this series regardless of the flaws. Don't think that the second season is crap because it has less members because that would be stupid analogy. Then there's people saying things like, "it might of improved since the last season but in the end its just less crap" or similar lines. The prequel wasn't crap at all, it just had flaws in the animation. The content was great and it improved so its no where near crap in my eyes. The rating wasn't crap either, it was fine.
I basically said everything I wanted to say, I leave the decision of watching it to you. I spent a lot of time on this review, I hope it helps you.
btw the other short reviews with ratings of less than 6 are probably unreliable.
Not sure why so many people don't like the anime adaptation. Personally, Berserk was and always will be one of my favorites cause of the story, action and characters (reminds me a lot of conan comics I used to read as a kid).
I'm generally not a manga fan and only read a bit of the Berserk manga but my opinion is that generally manga can't surpass the anime as it's lacking the atmosphere (action, sound, voices) that makes people enjoy the story and associate with the characters.
About this adaptation, it continues to amaze me and keeps me interested as it seems there's so much
more to learn about the characters and so much story to be told. This could well develop into a very long anime that doesn't lose it's glory over the years.
Its finally out,this is the 3rd season overall
The story continues right where Berserk2016 ended,
art is the same as in previous season but this season will be action packed and we will found out more about Griffiths arrival
so far i watched 3 episodes and they all were action packed,especially first one,
if you liked previous season then i recommend to continue and start watching this season,i believe it will be much better and with much more creatures involved
Guts finally starting to trust others more because even he can see that he alone can't fight the battles to come,and in this season we will finally see Berserk Armor
far i give it 8 Overall
once i finish this season i will Update my review and until then i hope this is enough for you to know if you wish to continue to watch it or not