Berserk (2016) Season 2 PV

I’d like to say that it looks a little better than what I saw in the first season of the series but…I somehow doubt that it’s anything more than the staff picking the best 20 seconds of animation to show from the first episode. I can’t wait to see how they’ll butcher the Millenium Falcon arc in this season.

In much more exciting news, the Berserk manga returns from it’s latest hiatus with a new chapter on March 24th.

The Great 2016 Berserk Summer Festival

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Over the past several weeks there has been a literal deluge of Berserk news; so I’ve decided to just catch up with it all in one handy post. Before I jump into all of this though a few points: It is really, REALLY strange to be so inundated with Berserk announcements, trailers, and whatever else that it’s actually hard for me to keep up with all the new click-bait. I’ve been a fan of the series for just long enough to have been looking forward to the PS2 game back in 2004. Back then we only had one sub-par anime adaptation to complain about as some of us would wistfully dream of some sort of divine project that would not only beautifully animate the ‘No.1 Dark Fantasy Comic’ but also properly show non-manga readers just how much of the story they were missing out on.

Fast forward to June 2016 and take a look at the newest trailer for the upcoming TV series:

It’s a CG wonderland, isn’t it? and based on the new key visual at the top of this article, it’s confirmed that the new TV series will be making a brave attempt at adapting the ‘Binding Chain’ and ‘Birth Ceremony’ chapters of the Conviction arc. One of the broadcasters for the new series also revealed the episode titles for the first five episodes. What did we learn? Despite whatever meager traces of story that may be shown in the first episode, this new TV adaptation will be entirely skipping over the ‘Black Swordsman’ arc as well as the ‘Lost Children’ chapter of the Conviction arc. This should make anyone familiar with the original story go blind with rage. I do admit that I am morbidly curious to see how they will have Guts captured by Farnese and her forces if Guts wasn’t previously beaten to a pulp by Rosine. I’m also interested in seeing how they will get some of the more interesting elements of the Birth Ceremony chapter on TV.

I’ll be ranting much more about all of this after the series starts airing on a future episode of the 2D Champions Podcast.

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Meanwhile, and most importantly, it was announced that Kentaro Miura will be coming back from hiatus with a new episode of Berserk in the June 24th issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine. Subsequent episodes will also be published monthly for the time being. This is similar to when the series came back from hiatus last year and ran monthly for about 6 episodes. Volume 38 of the manga will also be released next week on June 24th. This new volume will have a new cover design which will be included on all future re-publications of older volumes of the series. Volume 1 is even being re-published with a brand-new cover image by Miura.

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And finally, a new Berserk video game has been announced at E3 this year. ‘Berserk Musou’ will begin with the Golden Age arc but will also include characters and stories from later in the series; although it has not been made clear how much of the whole story the new game will be covering. It also seems that it will be getting a North American release on both the PS4 and Steam. I think a Dynasty Warriors-style Berserk game could be really badass and it’s been way too long since the franchise has had video game tie-in. There is a teaser video for the new game but I actually found it to be really distasteful so you can check it out on your own. More information on the new game is coming soon, I’m sure.

It’s a really interesting time to be a Berserk fan and I’m still very excited to see so much buzz around the series. The new anime really doesn’t look very promising right now but I’m still hoping it will have it’s good points. Most importantly, the manga is coming back for at least a few months, and with Guts and company finally on Elf Island, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Sources: Crunchyroll (1,2, 3), MoCa

Berserk Manga Returns From Hiatus With Episode 338 Release Date

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This week’s issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine is set to reveal that Kentaro Miura’s dark fantasy manga Berserk will return from hiatus on July 24th with the release of episode 338. The last episode of the series was entitled ‘Bridge of Parting’ and was released on October 6th of last year. The other big piece of news is that the series will be staying in Young Animal but moving to a monthly schedule as opposed to trying to stick to the magazine’s bi-monthly format. I think this is a good choice for the series and I’m trying not to get too excited at the prospect of getting Berserk on a regular schedule, although the series has always been published with some irregularity.

Dark Horse Comics will be releasing Miura’s most recent work, Giganto Maxia, next February.

Source: Crunchyroll

New Berserk Film Project Information (Updated)

Some images from the July 8th issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine have popped up online revealing new information about the previously announced Berserk animation project.

The project will begin with the release of the first theatrical film in January 2012 which will cover at least a portion of the Golden Age arc. It’s also now been confirmed that animation production will indeed be handled by Studio 4°C. The director has been revealed to be Toshiyuki Kubooka, who is known for his work on the Lunar video games as well as having been a chief animation director on Gunbuster as well as Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket and has worked on many other projects including Giant Robo and the current Idolm@aster television series.

Film distribution is being handled by Warner Bros. Japan which goes along with the Berserk Project’s statement of aiming for an international release back in January.

As always, every fan of Berserk should head on over and join the SkullKnight.net message board. It’s not only the best english-language message board for discussing Berserk but also the place to be to keep up with all the latest news and manga episodes.

Update 7/7/11: The official title of the upcoming film will be Berserk – Golden Age I – The Egg of the Conqueror. The official site for the film series has gone live here but doesn’t officially open until July 15th; hopefully then including a banner image and perhaps the teaser trailer which is about to start showing in Japanese theaters later this month.

Despite currently lacking content, the official site does offer a link to a new twitter feed. It’s a roleplay twitter being written by ‘Clara de Porras’ who has been dispatched as the official communications officer of the Band of the Hawk.

Update on 7/10/11: I’ve found some better images of the article that I’m posting as well as a new page that includes some images of Casca from the upcoming animation project. All the new images are from Evil Genius Scanlations.

Currently the voice acting cast and Susumu Hirasawa’s involvement in the project as the soundtrack composer are as of yet unconfirmed. Check back here on July 15th for more information!

The image below state that apart from the official website of the Berserk film project opening on July 15th it seems  that the prototype model for a Guts figma will be shown at this year’s Kaiyodo Wonder Festival.

Berserk Returns From Hiatus

The most recent issue of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine has announced that Kentaro Miura’s fantasy epic Berserk will resume publication on April 8th. The series has been on hiatus since November 26th.

This is the first chapter of the series to be published after the announcement that the entire manga will be adapted into animation beginning with a feature film to be released later this year.

Berserk Theatrical Film Project Announced (Updated)

It has just been leaked that on monday the February issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Newtype magazine will ‘officially’ announce that the previously advertised new Berserk anime project will be a theatrical film.

No other information is available as of yet, but I will update this post as soon as more news about the project is found.

Update 01: Here’s a quickly cut together image of the two-page spread from Newtype announcing the project. Looks like it could be a new version of the Golden Age Arc which was previously adapted in the 1997 television series. So does this mean it will be a series of films? or just one? More information when it becomes available.

Update 02: It’s official. The Berserk film project aims to adapt the ‘entire story’ of Kentaro Miura’s original work from the beginning. The animation studio handling the production is Studio 4°C (Known best for Mind Game, Genius Party, Detroit Metal City OVA, and Tekkon Kinkreet) and the production team is ‘aiming for the worldwide market’.

Update 03 (1/6/11): The official Berserk twitter updated several times today, adding some further details to yesterday’s announcement. The official twitter states that the first film is scheduled for a ‘mid-2011’ release date and that the voice acting cast is currently being finalized. Most importantly, it states that animating the entire series is a huge task that will take time to do and may not be entirely done as a film series — direct to video releases are also an option.

This really just confirms my excitement of the project as it really seems that they are intent on giving the royal treatment to adapting Kentaro Miura’s original work. I really can’t think of any better way of handling such a massive and graphic series any other way without being completely disrespectful to the source material.

Since the planned release date is this ‘summer’ I guess I can also start getting excited about seeing a trailer for the project soon.

This is the best news in all of human history.

From ANN.

Berserk Promotional Video #5

And so Skull Knight finally makes his first animated appearance! (not counting his scenes in the video games). I skipped the 4th trailer as it was just repeating footage seen in the previous 3 videos so I could jump right to posting this web-exclusive trailer. The promotional video campaign is now over and the wait is on for the details of this week’s Young Animal magazine to arrive. According to the most recent information, no new chapter of Berserk will be present in this week’s issue although it is supposed to have some sort of announcement regarding the new ‘anime project’.

Also, in correction to my previous post, the scene with Casca in the previous trailer posted was not from volume 9/10 but rather volume 6.