Post by Master Menos on Sept 24, 2016 15:33:11 GMT
Note: This review is part of the "Before Redemption" reviewing series. This is for Day IV and contains no spoilers.
Berserk 2016 is a series about a man that was cursed to have all sorts of demons follow him while on a journey to kill any demon or monster that crosses him, but mainly the one that branded him in the first place. He meets some unlikely comrades along the way as he currently searches for a woman who has the same curse as him.
Storyline A very vexing premise, however, as the series went, the tale is told on a rather weird and convulted way, but there was a lot of meaning to some scenes, especially for those that either checked out the manga, or had seen the past versions. Some new viewers may not get the scenes at hand all the way through. Once the pieces do get picked up, the story is easier to follow, but doesn't feel any less weird. As things would have it, the latter half of the show turns out to be much more faithful to the manga version to compensate with the altered parts to the first half. Thankfully, there is another part in the works as how this season ends turned out to be very bizarre and barebones, yet fitting to the world of this show.
Characters The most outstanding of the characters turn out to be Guts, Puck (being comic relief to a very dark series aside), Ishidro (same reasons as Puck, but was a bit more effective) Judeau and Luca while the only one that were bad news was Nina due to dragging a lot of people down during the show. The remaining characters, including Casca are neutral here.
Pros and Cons This series happens to be a very fast-paced one, and there are times when this was a benefit, but said pacing and structure in the second half of the show improve greatly. The art style happens to be easy to get used to unless the viewer isn't into 3D animated series, but it isn't too on-par in some cases. It is understandable since the origin movies also have that style along with 2D animated events, but this series isn't as well built as the movies after just taking a sneak peek between them. Some of the battles that are in the show are really good, especially among the second half.
Speaking of negatives, there's sadly a lot of them, but on the neutral side, those that were expecting the darkness of the lost children arc will either be relieved or disappointed considering that it has been skipped, most likely for the content contained alongside many parts after said arc. However, the beginning parts were really sloppy and poorly executed as a whole. The animation looks terrible and not well built at all and some of them look horrendous with the art style at hand. The musical score is hit-or-miss with way more misses considering that the only decent part of the music was the opening theme, which is mediocre at best. Nudity and gore were both watered down due to censorship (which is subject to change as the home video releases aren't existing yet), but those that dislike or are sensitive to such matters alongside rape, grotesque imagery and anti-religious events should just stay away from the show altogether.
Final Verdict After sitting through all of this, it gets a 6/10. I was one of the crowd that jumped into this without seeing the movies or the older adaptation and after seeing this, I think it's best to tackle the movies or the older series instead. It's really best to stay away from this version, unless you really want to see it for yourself. Just be mindful of the dark events that the entire franchise contains.
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The new anime is pretty tame compared to the films. I just wish the new anime bridge the gap between the films; though, I have not seen the last trilogy film. I only read the manga up to Ch. 50 or 54. Don't remember.
It was my first dive into Berserk. Didn't do a bad job of introducing stuff. Though, the war and countries - you won't get any context on from the 2016 anime and I guess the backstories of Guts, Casca, and Griffith - you have to watch the film, the old anime, or read the manga.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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