Ulty reviews things that no one cares about: Berserk 1: Egg of The High King

Hi Ulty here, you may remember me from such classics such as Therme Romae and Baki the Grappler among other. Well I'm back to review thing people may or may not care about and on the stand today is Berserk: Egg of the High King. Sadly though if this movie was on trial it'd be found guilty on a charge of being awful and a few counts of amateur animation.

First a little background,this is the first of a trilogy of movies meant to tell the story of Berserk's Golden Age arc with hopeful attempts to move on to the arcs after that. It covers our main character,Guts, as he meets with the band of Hawks and ends shortly before the battle of Doldrey (I.e the main focus of the second movie). This is where the movie hits it's first major problem.

See what I just described is not the true beginning of the story, it really starts with Guts kicking some ass/world building then starting the big flashback that is the Golden Age arc. So the movie either skips it(in the case of pre flashback events) or hastily explains it( as in Guts' childhood). This trend carries over into the rest of the movie as well. Many minor events that build up the characters and what not are skipped just to rush to the next battle scene. The movie has no sense of pace and feels rushed. It doesn't help that they only had an hour and ten minutes to cover a massive amount of material.

This ties into the next problem,the characters are bad. Without all of the nice character moments to build things up everything just short of happens. Relationships change with little warning and it's jarring as hell. We have no real understanding of the characters and therefore can't get behind them. With no reason to give a shit about them, we can't really care about the narrative either. So in this two legged race both story and character fall flat on their faces at first hurdle.

Ok so maybe the story/characters lost their event to make this a good movie,maybe the animation can win it's event and help at least take home the silver. Well unfortunately, someone put laxatives in it's sports drink and it is just soiling it self all over the course(and with that I've done to metaphors what Guts does to people). What I'm trying to get at is that the CGI is awful. It's like some one was trying to make a PS2 game and then they decided to say screw it and made a movie. There is some better looking animated scenes that only serve to make the others look even worse. To somehow make it even stupider, the changes between the two are clunky enough to give you whiplash. One moment Casca looks fine then the next she's a monstrosity.

Now this is where I saw some nice things about the movie:umm,hold on. Oh yeah, it's mostly uncensored,which is nice because the source material is extremely violent(for a reason).Also Griffith's eyes are still terffying. Yeah that's about it.

So if you just skipped to here for a simple yes or no, then shame on you go read it then come back down here. My recommendation is skip this garbage and go read the manga or watch the TV series,rage at the ending, then read the manga and enjoy one of the best stories ever written. Until next time,don't die.

As always comments, criticisms and death threats are always welcome.

Pretty spot on. The movie was fucking terrible.

They didn't even try to make the story work within the feature's length. It's like they simply took chunks from the manga and just stitched them together.

And the wooden CGI is just ghastly. I certainly understand the need for CGI in a story of such epic proportions, but not for fucking character close-ups or general movement. Is the lack of skilled tradional animators in Japan this dire?

Also, the movie on a whole felt way too clean and sterile for something that's set in the dark ages.

btw. What happened to your indepth review of the manga?

I'll be sure to avoid it then.

I actually just started reading the manga myself, having finally grown tired of just collecting One Piece manga and wanting to expand my horizions. My mind was blown by the third one, it's unbeleivably fantastic!

...and expensive. I only have the first five issues and they all cost about the normal manga price (around $8-$10), but later on, a book can go to be worth over $70! What's up with that??

Anyway, thanks for this.

Casual Shinji:
Pretty spot on. The movie was fucking terrible.

They didn't even try to make the story work within the feature's length. It's like they simply took chunks from the manga and just stitched them together.

And the wooden CGI is just ghastly. I certainly understand the need for CGI in a story of such epic propertions, but not for fucking character close-ups or general movement. Is the lack of skilled tradional animators in Japan this dire?

Also, the movie on a whole felt way too clean and sterile for something that's set in the dark ages.

btw. What happened to your indepth review of the manga?

It's still happening it's just I've been caught up in my new job and it's left me drained for big reviews like that.Plus I want to try and improve myself with this mini reviews before going back to that.I'll probably get back to it before spring.

Totally agree with this and Shinji's point about it all feeling way to clean for such a dark story. And the second one isn't much better. There are a few moments that look really good but other than that it's missing so much of the soul of the source material. The missing out of the Black Swordsman bit at the beginning also destroys with the whole "how did Guts get so messed up?" question which drove the Golden Age arc in a lot of ways.

Korenith:
Totally agree with this and Shinji's point about it all feeling way to clean for such a dark story. And the second one isn't much better. There are a few moments that look really good but other than that it's missing so much of the soul of the source material. The missing out of the Black Swordsman bit at the beginning also destroys with the whole "how did Guts get so messed up?" question which drove the Golden Age arc in a lot of ways.

Honestly I though the second movie was a nice improvement of this one.I'd say more but I'll save it for when I review it

UncleUlty:

Korenith:
Totally agree with this and Shinji's point about it all feeling way to clean for such a dark story. And the second one isn't much better. There are a few moments that look really good but other than that it's missing so much of the soul of the source material. The missing out of the Black Swordsman bit at the beginning also destroys with the whole "how did Guts get so messed up?" question which drove the Golden Age arc in a lot of ways.

Honestly I though the second movie was a nice improvement of this one.I'd say more but I'll save it for when I review it

Interesting. I'll keep an eye out then.

Ya the first film was really bad I found they fixed the second one at least a little bit and hopefully the third was help make the films worth while. I really wish they had just dropped the 3D animation all together 2D animation looks so much better over all and especially on this sorta series with really strong stylization.

 

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