Kentaro Miura's manga creation Berserk, a violent but emotionally compelling fantasy, debuted in 1990 to great acclaim -- enough for a TV anime to be made from the first story arc of the manga. But the show's abortive ending left fans wanting more.
Now, after years of whispers and rumors, a follow-up of sorts is in the works. STUDIO 4°C, the animation house behind First Squad: The Moment of Truth and Detroit Metal City, are now producing a series of theatrical films designed to re-adapt the whole of the source material from the beginning. The first installment, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King, comes out later this month on Blu-ray Disc and DVD (compare prices).
We were lucky enough to receive a preview copy of that first film, for which we have a full review. Two other films in the cycle have been completed and should be released in English in 2013, and we'll be on top of those as they come out, too.
If you're curious about the underlying story and its origins as a TV anime project, check out our profile of Berserk as well.
Image: Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King. Image courtesy Pricegrabber.