Ever since the announcement that there would be a trilogy of movie remakes, fans of the cult classic hit anime series; Berserk, have been rattling the sabers. Both eager in excitement and dread as to whether or not the remakes would pay great tribute to their beloved classic anime favorite. However, after the release in late 2012 of the 1st Berserk Golden Age Arc movie: The Egg of the King, it would seem that a rather large fanbase is re-forming around the remake movies just from judging by the amount of anticipation there is for the upcoming 2013 US release of the 2nd movie.
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Battle for Doldrey has a US Release date of August 6, 2013. For the most part, fans will be glad to know the second movie will have more to enjoy and appreciate than the first movie.
For three years, Guts believed his mission was to pursue Griffith’s dream together with him. But in order to become Griffith’s equal and truly be called his friend, Guts realizes he will have to leave the Band of the Hawk. At the same time, a bloody battle to capture the impenetrable Fortress of Doldrey from the Empire of Chuder is about to begin. The Band of the Hawk will face an army 30,000 strong!
Those of us who have seen the Japanese release of The Golden Age Arc II: Battle for Doldrey takes much pride in its big visual improvement over the first arc regarding the CGI parts. The fluidity of CGI action sequences in battle scenes are extremely cinematic.
The story moves on from the establishment of the Band of the Hawk and the cultivation of the relationship between Guts and Griffith. In Berserk The Golden Age Arc II, the second movie depicts the rise and fall of Griffith and his camp of mercenaries as they are thrown into the fray against a Kingdom that they swore an allegiance to protect. Feelings between Guts and Casca are all the more brought out into the open as they realize that their passion to protect their fellow mercenaries brings them closer to each other romantically.
Halfway through the Arc II movie, the story brings Griffith to his highest glory of war achievements all the while setting it as the turning point for his inevitable confrontation with his strongest warrior in the Band of the Hawks; Guts.
Although the fact that these movies are remakes spells out to hardcore fans of Berserk that many of the scenes in the original TV series will have to be compressed or even cut out entirely, the Berserk Golden Age Arc trilogy movies are doing a relatively great job at retelling the story as well as taking careful steps at establishing character developments.
The visuals aren’t the only thing that improved immensely in the second Arc movie from the first, as its compelling soundtrack will have you feeling the plot’s twists and turns that much more visceral.
Whether you prefer the original Japanese language or the American English dub versions, the voice acting in both the Japanese and English dubs are right on the mark. The American voice over director obviously felt a great deal of pressure to make sure that the dub actors aren’t simply mimicking the original cast’s work, but also bringing in something fresh into the remake as well.