Berserk Golden Age Arc 3: The Advent. This movie, based on the Berserk manga, concludes the Golden Age arc from the manga, and has a lot more material in it than the anime showed, with screentime for both the Skull Knight and the elf Puck. I’ll try to not post some spoilers, for those who haven’t for some reason watched the other films, the older anime, or read the manga.
The film takes place a year after the events of the second film. The Band of the Hawk runs a rescue operation to save one of their own imprisoned in an underground dungeon. After the rescue, however, things begin to take hold that will determine the fate of both the Hawk and the entire world. Kinda vague summary, but the entire movie is reliant on seeing the prevous ones, or know the series.
Just like the previous films, the weak points in the film are the use of obvious contrasting computer animation, and the weaker soundtrack compared to the anime series. The voice acting and 2D animation are excellent. The Japanese cast is good, but the English dub is strong. I am glad to see the outtakes return, in hilarious fashion. Included on the disc is also the outtakes for the first film, which were sorely missing from that set.
I’ll give this movie a 9/10. There could have been a few changes, though from the hinting shown, I do hope they continue making these films, animating all the way to the current Falconia arc. Definitely give these movies a watch, and then read the manga to get caught up. Lucky the manga schedule is so irregular it’s easy to catch up and wait months for new material.
The movie has been released on both DVD and Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray quality is excellent and I highly recommend that format for the films.