Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Memorial Edition Begins in October

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The previously announced Berserk: The Golden Age Arc Memorial Edition will begin airing on Japanese television this October. A new visual has been released.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition is meant to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2012-2013 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc movie trilogy. The visual reveals that Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition will feature the addition of “famous scenes,” including some based on Bonfire of Dreams.

It was also announced that Mika Nakashima will perform the anime’s ending song “Wish,” and that Susumu Hirasawa and Shirou Sagisu (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, Berserk) will provide new tracks for the show.

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

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc was produced by Studio 4°C with Toshiyuki Kubooka (Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) as director and Naoyuki Onda (Psycho-Pass 3: First InspectorMobile 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. 

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.

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition was announced 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.”

Update: Added information about Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition‘s additional content.

Sources: @berserk_mePRComic NatalieBerserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition website (1), (2)

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