Looks Like The New BERSERK Anime Is Only 12 Episodes

Looks Like The New BERSERK Anime Is Only 12 Episodes

Details on Berserk's Blu-ray box set have revealed that the currently ongoing CG anime from GEMBA and Millepensee will only consist of 12 episodes, which contradicts previous rumors that this was a 2-cour show.

Fans have been waiting a long time for the Berserk anime series to finally make its way past the Golden Age arc, however it appears that the new CG anime series from GEMBA and Millepensee won't be going very far.

The official website for the series has released info on the forthcoming Blu-ray box set release and confirms that the new adaptation of Kentarou Miura's dark fantasy manga will only consist of 12 episodes. The first box set will be released on October 28 and will contain 6 episodes, an original script, storyboard art, packaging illustrated by character designer Hisashi Abe and a soundtrack CD.  The second box set will arrive on December 21 and will contain the remaining 6 episodes.  Extras for this release were not revealed at this time.  Both sets are priced at a staggering 22,500 yen ($222 dollars).

Crunchyroll has been simulcasting the series as it airs in Japan and just released episode 6.

Berserk is a Japanese, fantasy manga series from celebrated mangaka Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired dark fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk. Oriental Light and Magic produced a 25-episode anime adaptation that aired from 1997-98. A three-part animated film series was released in 2012 which retold the Golden Age arc, which was previously depicted in the '98 anime.

BERSERK MANGA ARCS
Black Swordsman Arc -  Vol. 1 -Vol.3 (partial)
Golden Age Arc - Vol. 3 (partial) - Vol. 14
Conviction Arc - Vol. 14 (partial) - Vol. 21
Falcon of the Millenium Empire Arc - Vol. 22 - Vol. 35 (partial)
Fantasia Arc - Vol. 35 (partial) -  ongoing

The 1997 anime featured a heavily condensced adaptation of the Black Swordsman arc for the first episode before tackling the Gold Age arc for the remaining 24 episodes.  In 2012, a three-part film series was released, which retold the Golden Age arc using cgi animation and adhered to the manga more closely. It should be noted that despite being published first, the events of the Black Swordsman arc occur AFTER the Golden Age arc.  In short, the Golden Age arc is a flashback.  With it being the earliest chronological point in the series, it stands to reason that's why both the anime series and films started with the Golden Age arc.



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