Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Memorial Edition Announced, Coming This Year

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The 2012-2013 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc anime movie trilogy is returning this year via the Memorial Edition, which will air on Japanese television. A trailer and poster have been released.

RedAsh -Gearworld- director Yuuta Sano, who was a storyboarder on Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent, is credited as the director of Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition. The movies’ theme song “Aria” by Susumu Hirasawa will be used as the opening song.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc was produced by Studio 4°C with Naoyuki Onda (Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector, Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash co-character designer) as character designer. The first two films, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc: I – The Egg of the King and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc: II – The Battle for Doldrey, premiered in Japan in February and June 2012 respectively. The Advent was released in February 2013. 

The anime is one of several that are based on the Hakusensha-published manga by the late Kentaro Miura, which began serialization in 1989. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition‘s announcement comes two weeks after it was revealed that the Berserk manga will be continued by Miura’s friend Kouji Mori and Miura’s assistants, and a few days before the June 24 release of Young Animal #13. The Young Animal Editing Department previously noted that beginning with Young Animal #13, “we will first publish six chapters until the end of ‘Fantasia Arc/Elf Island Chapter’. After this, we will start a new arc.”

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Amazon describes the first Berserk: The Golden Age Arc movie as:

He trusts nothing but his own sword. He has no place to call home. The lone mercenary Guts travels a land ravaged by a hundred-year war. Moving from battlefield to battlefield, his skill and ferocity eventually attract the attention of Griffith, the leader of a group of mercenaries called “The Band of the Hawk.” Desiring Guts’s power to help him achieve his goals, Griffith succeeds in recruiting the distrustful Guts by challenging him to a duel and defeating him.

As the Band of the Hawk fight together and their bond as a unit grows stronger, Griffith and Guts’s bond deepens as well. With their continued success on the battlefield, Griffith achieves the first step toward his lofty goals: his band of mercenaries becomes recognized as a full-fledged army within the Midland Kingdom. Despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream, which, unbeknownst to Guts, is destined to bestow a monstrous fate on them both.

Source: Press release

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, so he spent a few years, starting from his college days, doing so. He still likes video games, but now focuses on writing anime-related news content and the occasional review for Anime Trending. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive.
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