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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent ("Berserk Ogon Jidai-Hen III: Korin")

North American Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 110 mins
  • HD
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

Following the events of BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC II - THE BATTLE FOR DOLDREY, the dark, bloody and brooding tale of Guts, Griffith, the swordswoman Casca and the Band of the Hawk marches ever forward — past the clashing steel and death cries of Medieval military mayhem and down into an even more monstrous realm of supernatural nightmare, where the Golden Age Arc reaches its apocalyptic conclusion and the stage is set for the violent tale of Guts that follows it. The BERSERK manga series has been previously adapted as anime for TV in the ’90s. Unchained from that format, Studio 4°C invests this new animated vision of BERSERK with unflinchingly explicit evocations of warfare in the time of swords and chain mail — the wholesale gruesome fury only alluded to in, say, GAME OF THRONES, is vividly and intricately displayed, all the more powerful as events dive deeper into darkness. Threaded through the brutality is a strong line of moral debate and philosophical challenge. A key work of Japanese Europhile fantasy, the BERSERK GOLDEN AGE ARC trilogy is a must-see for those with a taste for the not-so-sunny side of anime.

— Rupert Bottenberg