Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg Of The King Reviews
Guts is a loner mercenary for hire that is unmatched on the battle field; however, he is arrested and captured by the royal king's guard led by a man named Griffith who will likely be the king himself one day. Guts joins Griffith's legion as it travels the countryside ridding it of various demons and evils.
"He's strong. Unbelievably strong."
Toshiyuki Kubooka, director of Batman: Gotham Knight, and Berserk II & III, delivers Bersek The Golden Age of Arc - The Egg of the King. The storyline for this picture is excellent, well paced, action packed, and contains wonderful characters and animation. I thought the quality of the animation and violence was excellent.
"What happens if I win?"
"Whatever you want from my sword to my ass."
I came across this on Netflix and randomly added it to the queue. I am very glad I did because I loved it. I thought this was very well done and presented. I thoroughly enjoyed this gem and recommend it to hardcore and casual anime fans.
"There's no way a monster like this can exist."
"This hugely entertaining film is a must for fans of hard-hitting, action-packed anime." - Stephen Lambrechts, Neon Maniacs
Fun to watch, but I'm inclined to say everything but the animation is overhyped.
Best main theme ever.
The character's animation is a freaking disgrace. The original series' strongpoints, characters' outlooks and their expressions, are both missing from the film. Let's take an example. In the original series, when Griffith smiles for Julius after getting slapped by the latter one is a very sinister and subtle scene. It is a moment when the character portrays humility on the outside, still looking more frightening and unpredictable than ever before. It tells the audience that Griffith is not threatened by this man because he has always been more superior than him - he was destined to be a king. And he will destroy any obstacle there may be lying in front of the throne. In the movie this very important scene is played like it didn't have any value at all. Griffith looks like a scumbag who couldn't take a hint and Julius shrugs him off like a tool Griffith looks like in the movie. What a letdown.
Pacing is another thing that this movie lacks. A good example is the assassination attempt. After Griffith has regained his posture Casca asks him to remove his armor to see if there is any wounds from the arrow, Griffith acts like he has the attention span of 4-year old and he ignores Casca, turning his head to the side to find Julius looking at him horseback. These things happen so fast that the audience cannot really grasp what's happening. The movie has a lot of moments like this, due to the insane idea of ramming several episodes into one movie, makes me wonder if it really was worth it. To an old fan, watching this movie was like watching the series with triple speed. Giving some time for reactions, even in animation, is important.
Because of this movie is clearly taking out all the bad aspects of the original series rather than following the old saying "if it's not broken, don't fix it", I really don't want to see the remaining two movies, especially since the original series' ending is something that an unskilled movie maker should never touch.
One thing that is good is the locations and landscapes. Water flow looks fantastically realistic and the scene of Guts cutting a leaf with his sword is a nice detail. Movie looks kind of good, if the characters are counted out.
In conclusion, The Egg Of The King is a weak attempt at film adaptation of a well-written, well-executed anime. It has some good aspects, but a lot of bad ones. If you consider yourself a fan of the anime series, do not watch this unless you want to cringe with disgust. And you who watched this movie but hasn't watched the original series, do so. It will give you much more depth about the characters and it looks better, even though it was made 15 years ago.
On the positive side, I'm glad the original soundtrack (made by the great Susumu Hirasawa) wasn't featured.