Aidan’s review published on Letterboxd:
“In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of god hovering above? At least it is true, that man has no control, even over his own will”
First off, I want to say Rest In Peace Kentaro Miura. I kinda feel bad that I didn’t watch until after he passed away but better late than never I guess. Kentaro Miura truly created something amazing here. I have never read the manga but I’m definitely thinking about starting after watching this.
Berserk is about the main character Guts. Guts is a very skilled swordsman and when I mean skilled, I mean very skilled. Guts was brought up by a mercenary group ever since birth. After killing his guardian in self defence, he runs away and survives all by himself. Years later, he encounters Griffith and the Band of the Hawk. After Griffith defeats him in a fight, Guts joins the Band of the Hawk. Guts eventually becomes their captain and the Band of the Hawk grows bigger and bigger over the next 3 years. The Band of the Hawks fight for the king of Midland and end a 100 year war. The Band of the Hawk become the kings personal guard but after reaching the top, things take a turn for the worse.
Griffith is easily one of my favourite villains in anything ever! He isn’t the same as other villains and he is more of a good guy for most of the series. Guts is one of my favourite main characters in anime. There are other great characters as well such as Casca who is the only female in the entire Band of the Hawks.
The ending is not what I expected at all but it was amazing! It was kinda weird and trippy but it was great and makes sense. The lessons that this anime teaches you by the end are very good. I won’t get into it though as it would be better if you watch and see it for yourself. Only bad thing about the ending is that it ends on a cliffhanger. There is no second season so you will never know what happens. I guess the manga will tell you what happens since it’s still going. I don’t know though because I haven’t read it.
One final thing, this is another example of an anime that isn’t for kids. I hate when people say “anime is only for kids” shut up with that bullcrap. This show isn’t for kids at all and same with Black Lagoon which I reviewed yesterday.