Berserk Episodes 1 and 2 Review

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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Berserk | Puck

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT!?

Here it is everyone, the show many of us have been waiting for. The new 2016 adaptation of the long running Berserk Manga series. Of course this is not the first time we were able to watch the story of Guts. There was an anime back in the late 90s and more recently, we had a trilogy of movies that retold the Golden Age Arc. Admittedly, I have only just started reading the Berserk manga. I have been told there is lots of gorgeous art, great atmosphere and plenty of blood and gore to go around. How do I feel about these two episodes? I can’t say I was blown away but I have not lost hope yet.

Berserk | Guts'body

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Episode 1 starts off with Guts meeting a small fairy named Puck in a bar. Unfortunately, it is not the best of first encounters as some guys were harassing the little fairy. Guts then solves this problem the way any bad ass would: beat everyone up. And right away I noticed the problem with this series. See, most everything in this show is CG. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it is done really well, unfortunately it did not translate well to this episode. Guts’ animations were really choppy and it also appeared to be running at a fairly low frame rate. This unfortunately made a later scene have less impact than it could have. Guts encounters a series of cursed skeletons and takes him out as he wields his giant blade. The choppy animation really prevented this scene from reaching its full potential.

Berzerk | Guts

Episode 2 picks up soon after this when Guts encounters the Holy Chain Knights who have been chasing him for a while. Guts has somewhat of a reputation among these people. They refer to him as the Black Swordsman, wielding something that was ” Far too big to be considered a sword”. Of course this ends in a giant bloodbath! The animation here is a lot better this time around so this episode was far more enjoyable. It ends with Guts being captured then kidnapping Lady Farnese of the Holy Chain Knights. Some “hero” huh?

Berserk | Guts Farnese

What a gentleman!

Berserk so far has so much potential. The artwork itself is actually pretty nice except for when Puck seems to mysteriously transform into this really weird looking white blob. I get it, they are trying to be funny and show Puck’s comedic side, but it just looked so out of place.  I also noticed they used that weird “Sketch” shading on the polygons similar to what they did in the Wii U version of Rodea the Sky Soldier. Otherwise the action is there and the music is actually quite decent. The story so far isn’t too bad and I really like the atmosphere, but its held back by how poorly animated the CG is. Episode 2 was definitely an improvement over the first one, so hopefully the series will improve as it goes on and they make better use of the CG.

You can watch episodes of Berserk here

About Justin Guillou

Justin joined Operation Rainfall after visiting the site numerous times and reading the articles on Xenoblade Chronicles. He enjoys searching for and collecting some of the more obscure video games out there.




  • Dgnfly

    Can’t believe you reviewed such a garbage anime. It looks godawful, it skips moment in the manga and feels more like a kids series even the action moment are lame and Guts moves likea piece of wood floating on water, Not to mention the horrible facial expresssion Guts look mostly like he’s is constipated.

  • Panpopo

    I’m a manga snob, so I was curious about this anime adaption. If anything, I hope this brings new people to the series to read the manga.

  • Wolfe

    All these years we waited for a modern anime production of Berserk. And we get the Dreamcast game, presented in full FMV form. Delightful.

  • promo

    I’m on complete opposite, the only thing that made me happy was exactly that they kept Puck’s chibi moments. Other than that it’s pure garbage.