Some trailers and DVD releasing information for anybody interested in Japanese films and anime… especially Berserk
Berserk – Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme King
Release date: January 2012
Running time: N/A
Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka
Starring: Hiroaki Iwanaga (Guts), Takahiro Sakurai (Griffith), Toa Yukinari (Casca), Aki Toyosaki (Charlotte) Kenta Miyake (Nosferatu Zodd), Minako Kotobuki (Rickert), Kazuki Yao (Gaston)
My first taste of Beserk since playing the Dreamcast game. Thanks to a cover-disk on Neo magazine I then watched the first episode and found it dull and I never really got into it. This trailer looks much more exciting.
Due out in Japanese theatres in January 2012 this is the first of a trilogy of movies based on Miura Kentarō’s original Beserk manga covering the Golden Age Arc (vols. 3-13). Animated by Studio 4°C, it has been directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka who has worked as animation director on notable titles like Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Christo), Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and the Working Through Pain Segment of Batman:Gotham Knight.
Interestingly, the trailer features a sample of the film’s main theme, Aria, which was composed by electronic artist Hirsawa Susumu (Paprika, Paranoia Agent) who workedcomposed the soundtracks for the series and videgames as well as the closing theme Utsukushikumono by Ai. This is also another sign of Warner Bros. increased presence in the Japanese film industry where they are distributing or making titles like Paradise Kiss and Higanjima. The CGI doesn’t convince but the rest of the chaos does a this is my chance to get involved in what many consider to be a classic franchise.