Berserk: Golden Age Arc Trilogy – I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler (Blu-ray release 2012-5-23), II: The Battle for Doldrey (Blu-ray release 2012-12-5), III: Descent (2013-6-19), is the animated movie adaptation of the first part of the Berserk manga series.  The story is about a mercenary named Guts, who joined a mercenary band in a medieval Europe setting.  Right from the start it is violent.  I don’t think I have watched another anime with more human heads being chopped off.  (Note: I have no background knowledge of the manga or the previous TV series.)

I’m not particularly fascinated by the first movie, but continuing to the second and the third movie, the story becomes more interesting, and the animation quality is improved.  More sex/rape scenes and fantasy elements are thrown in.  Be warned about watching the third movie – It is ultra violent while the story takes a shocking turn.  However, I think the graphic gore here does serve the story, far more than the usual torture porn movies do.  Hopefully more movies based on the following parts of the manga will be made, so we get to see what happens after this.

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