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Berserk Saga Project News
« on: July 20, 2011, 12:26:14 AM »

The Berserk Saga is an animation project from STUDIO4℃ with plans to span the entire series, beginning in February 2012 with the first of three theatrical releases set in the Golden Age arc of the series. No further information is available about how future releases will be handled. This thread is where news will be gathered about the Berserk Saga Project so you can peruse the history of everything we know about it in one convenient thread.

In August 2009, the following pictures surfaced on the Internet:






One year later, we got word that a new anime project was being launched:



http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-09-27/new-berserk-anime-project-launching.

The wraparound jacket band on the 35th volume of Kentarou Miura's Berserk fantasy manga is announcing this month that a new anime project is launching.

More information will be provided in Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine and the affiliated Young Animal Web site.

Anyway, a series of four TV commercials have also been announced with Gackt as the salesman (well, he's doing the narration). The "Berserk Official Corner" is getting a revamp as well (should happen in about 9 hours), and it looks like they've opened an official Twitter account for the series. The TV commercials will be available on the website along with a special one made only for the web.

... here's the Twitter account for those interested: http://twitter.com/berserk_project

... early reports on the first commercial that aired today on NTV were that it is an animated project for television (so, not OVA and not 3D/CG), being produced by STUDIO4℃, who generally does OVA type productions, but have also done some TV (see their full works here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studio_4%C2%B0C). In the west theyre known for doing things like the Animatrix shorts, and Halo Legends. They also recently did an OVA for Detroit Metal City, another Young Animal series.

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CM1 released September 28, 2010
CM1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lihPs4BoDvo

Just checked http://www.younganimal.com to find this:



Clicking it links to the official corner, where there's no new information. Just more fuel for the anime fire... If anything though, it just confirms that THIS IS the anime, folks! :troll:

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CM2 released September 30, 2010
CM2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4m9sDeor3o

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CM3 released October 1, 2010
CM3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWibBuWvZbA

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CM4 released October 2, 2010
CM4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAqSkxKAKFM

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CM5 released October 4, 2010
CM5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7fn_SMH284



The flurry of news ceased in October, and didn't start back until January 2011.



Quote from:  http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-05/berserk-project-to-be-theatrical-film
The February issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine is announcing on Saturday that the previously revealed Berserk project will begin with a theatrical film that will open in 2011. According to Newtype, the 2011 film will be the first part of a project that will adapt the entire story from Kentarou Miura's manga.



"The theatrical release is targeted for mid 2011! ! This is the official announcement!"

Some English tweets this time for the English fans.



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Asahi Shimbun article regarding Berserk Saga published January 22, 2011:

http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201101210303.html
An animated feature film based on the dark fantasy epic manga "Berserk" is destined to hit theaters this year, publisher Hakusensha Inc. said this month.

The much-anticipated feature film will be the first part of the "Berserk: Saga Project," in which all episodes of the original comic will be adapted as anime.

"Berserk," manga artist Kentarou Miura's best known work, has been running in Hakusensha's biweekly Young Animal comic magazine for more than 20 years.

The series, set in a war-torn medieval world, is hailed as a masterpiece of dark fantasy. The story follows Guts, a sword warrior who carries a huge blade as he sets out on a journey of revenge.

The original manga is now in its 35th volume, with a combined total of 30 million copies in print.

The manga has been recognized for its excellence, winning the outstanding award at the sixth installment of Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002.

It also enjoys immense popularity outside Japan. The manga has been translated and published in 15 countries, especially in Germany, France and other parts of Europe.

"Berserk" was adapted into an animated TV series in 1997. But that series only covered 25 episodes, giving just a glimpse into the epic. In the more than 10 years since, the manga has grown to an even wider scale.

The Berserk Saga Project aims to include all the original episodes of the spectacular series.

See (http://www.younganimal.com/berserk/).

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Berserk Saga featured in February 2011 issue of NewType magazine.
Indeed, it doesn't say anything new. It's basically just promotional material.

Something more or less interesting: the producer says he chose to make Berserk because it's about young people and the main hero, Guts, doesn't surrender to his fate. While the era depicted is very harsh, he has the power to break through the common hardships of his time (implying a parallel with Japan nowadays?). Other than that, they say about how Japanese swords are different from Western ones so they put a lot of effort into depicting the swords faithfully, the armors are well detailed, etc.



Five months later, new material surfaces in July:




January 2012! Studio 4c! That's what I can get outta this! :guts:

Berserk Movie official website:
http://www.berserkfilm.com/
Start: 15 July



Berserk_project is controlled by Young Animal and used for more than just giving news about the film. Clara_de_Porras is likely used by the "Berserk Film Partners" (those interest me more than Warner Bros, by the way) and appears to be some sort of roleplay account to tease the launch of the movie. By the way, there seems to be the title of the first movie at the bottom of the website: Berserk - Golden Age I - The Egg of the Supreme King, along with the mention of a "road show" (meaning a nationwide release apparently).

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Berserk Saga featured in Young Animal published July 8, 2011
IMAGES AHOY!

IncantatioN was nice enough to take and share some shots from the anime news section of YA.




Quote from: Quote from: Miura Kentarou, in YA#14 (Translated by puella)
I never imagined I'd receive such a great blessing again: to have the manga animated. The previous animation of Berserk served as a momentum to make it known to people.

It's been 14 years since the first one. I think this animation will be done, as a movie, well enough to gain the sympathy of many people as well as that of the fans.

14 years ago, my skill wasn't good enough so I fully concentrated myself on the serialization (I was really absorbed!). Besides, back then, we didn't have Amazon and not many people had Internet in our country. A debutant mangaka had almost no means to get data about armors or European Middle-Ages history. So I used a pamphlet of the movie "Excalibur" until it was ragged.

Time has passed and now we live in the Information Age, not to mention we have CG technology! I'm sure that we'll see images beyond the expectations that I had at the time. And, I had a chance to visit STUDIO 4įC, known for its craftsmanship and to first meet the director Kubooka and then the other staff. Seeing their over-passioned tenacity about the project (they're out of their minds <3), I can trust them deeply, and I can't do anything but wish that nobody dies of overwork.

http://natalie.mu/comic/news/52893

Portrait of Clara de Porras and the last paragraph mentions the Golden Age arc will be animated into three films.

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First full trailer released July 14, 2011 on Yahoo! Japan]













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www.berserkfilm.com officially launches on July 15, 2011 along with a 720p HD trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKkcY6Sfz5I
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/jKkcY6Sfz5I" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/jKkcY6Sfz5I</a>

August 15, a new contest for fans began.
More info from Clara de Porras about their little twitter game:

If you join the Band of the Falcon, after the August 15 you'll have access to a page called "My Page" on the official site. The contest will start on that precise day, even though "My Page" might not be available right away. People who join before August 14 will get 200 pts right away. Those who do after the 15th will only get 100 pts. Casca got her title as a leader of 1000 soldiers by fighting. But you can get it by collecting points. If you get a higher position, there are many offers to get (digital privileges, special images, invitations to events) in addition to the final goal of being credited in the movie.




August 24, the Project's Staff was announced, including the Voice Acting Cast:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-08-24/2011-berserk-film-trilogy-main-cast-staff-listed
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Guts: Hiroaki Iwanaga (Tomica Hero Rescue Force, Moyashimon, Kamen Rider OOO)
Griffith: Takahiro Sakurai (Toriko, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.)
Casca: Toa Yukinari (Grey's Anatomy dubbing, Naruto Shippūden)

Staff:
Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka (Batman: Gotham Knight episode 5)
Screenplay: Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Naoyuki Onda (Gantz)
Animation Director: Satoshi Iwataki (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
Art Director: Yusuke Takeda (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Goki Nakamura (Cat Soup), others
Art Setting: Mitsuhiro Arita (Final Fantasy XI), others
World Setting Supervisor: Kenichi Iwao (Final Fantasy XI/XIV)
Western Swordsmanship Coach: Jay Noyes (Final Fantasy XII)

September 15, word leaks that Susumu Hirasawa will be providing theme music for the film:

According to this website, Susumu Hirasawa would be doing the movie's theme song! If true that should make a few people happy. :slan:

September 22, two new CMs are released on the official project site:

THEY ARE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Kiss"
This one is pretty cool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF2GaxlyNvk

"Special"
THIS ONE ROCKS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POaFuuuwgV4

November 1, the second trailer is released

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WF3OP3f2I10" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WF3OP3f2I10</a>

November 3, movie poster unveiled



March 8, Blu-Ray/DVD Date Announced
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-03-07/1st-berserk-film-bd/dvd-slated-for-may-23

The Japanese Blu-Ray and DVD release of the first Berserk movie will be on May 23.

October 9, New Saga Trailer Released
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ft-7KSPzHU
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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 12:31:25 AM »
Nice to have it all in one place. :SK:

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 12:49:53 AM »
Haha wow, starting from the beginning that was quite an epic post !  :guts:
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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011, 12:59:18 AM »
Nice Post Walter! It's nice seeing it all nicely put together in chronological order. :ubik:

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 03:38:06 AM »
Yay! Thanks Walter! Kinda feel nostalgic already looking at these pictures.  :judo:
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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 04:31:42 AM »
Good topic idea and great post Walter! Definitely a good read.
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2011, 04:01:52 PM »
You may want to change the news banner that currently says "A NEW BERSERK ANIME PROJECT IS LAUNCHING." You could change the link to direct to this thread rather than that other, monster thread.

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 05:36:55 PM »
You may want to change the news banner that currently says "A NEW BERSERK ANIME PROJECT IS LAUNCHING." You could change the link to direct to this thread rather than that other, monster thread.

Done, thanks for pointing it out!

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011, 05:09:13 PM »
Yay! Thanks Walter! Kinda feel nostalgic already looking at these pictures.  :judo:

Yes. THANKS WALLY!  I feel nostalgic too.  Was a great read!

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 10:13:32 PM »
Just started playing Catherine about 5 minutes ago and see in the credits that 4C does the animation for the anime scenes! I'm enjoying them quite a bit but then again....not much CG :P
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 08:06:21 PM »
I'm sorry if this has been addressed somewhere else and I missed it, but has there been any indication of how widespread the theatrical release is going to be and if it will be subbed or dubbed outside of Japan?

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 08:17:25 PM »
I'm sorry if this has been addressed somewhere else and I missed it, but has there been any indication of how widespread the theatrical release is going to be and if it will be subbed or dubbed outside of Japan?

No word on a release outside of Japan so far.

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2011, 08:23:50 PM »
I'm sorry if this has been addressed somewhere else and I missed it...
For future reference, if it's not in this thread, then we don't know it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2011, 04:44:31 AM »
I hope to be the same musical soundtrack of the old and the anime is the best OST: Earth, Beherit, Guts, FURCES and FURCES 2.
Sorry I'm writing wrong. Will there be parts of the series after the movie or not? :sad:

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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2011, 05:02:54 AM »
I hope to be the same musical soundtrack of the old and the anime is the best OST: Earth, Beherit, Guts, FURCES and FURCES 2.
And I thought my English was bad. :serpico: FUR-ces? =) I can assure you, you won't be getting the same OST twice. It's just impossible.

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2011, 12:37:43 PM »
STUDIO4℃ updated their blog (link) today with information that they're seeking to expand their CGI staff. Let's hope it's to hire more people for the Berserk project :daiba:
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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2011, 06:27:15 AM »
STUDIO4℃ updated their blog (link) today with information that they're seeking to expand their CGI staff. Let's hope it's to hire more people for the Berserk project :daiba:

Oh, would that I lived in Japan....I'd infiltrate the project from the inside and make it the most accurate (art-wise) thing ever.  :badbone:
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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2011, 11:07:37 PM »
Sorry guys for the bad English before :ubik:.
I have one question. Are the 3 movies going to be telling the story of the old series only or it will be telling the FULL story?
And SORRY AGAIN.

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2011, 11:50:13 PM »
Sorry guys for the bad English before :ubik:.
I have one question. Are the 3 movies going to be telling the story of the old series only or it will be telling the FULL story?
And SORRY AGAIN.
The first three movies will cover the Golden Age.
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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2011, 03:31:16 PM »
The first three movies will cover the Golden Age.
I misunderstood that.  That is the best news I've heard in weeks! =) Woo Woo!  :guts:

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2011, 03:46:12 PM »
I misunderstood that.  That is the best news I've heard in weeks! =) Woo Woo!  :guts:
The first movie is called: Berserk - Golden Age I - The Egg of the Supreme King. But it was also confirmed by Clara de Porras.
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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2011, 09:08:43 AM »
Clara announced something about the release of "advanced tickets" today, saying she'll inform us when she gets the information, and asking that we please wait for it. See the quote below.

Quote from: Clara_de_Porras
前売り券の発売ですが、情報がわかったらみなさんにすぐご案内しますので、それまでお待ちくださいね。

I'm thinking it might refer to preorders for a preview of the movie before the premiere.


EDIT:

She's posted a picture of the script! She says that the movie is in production right now and that the cast will be announced soon.

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こんばんは、クララです。「ベルセルク」の台本を見つけたのでコッソリ撮影してきました。映画はただ今製作中です。キャストの情報ももうすぐ発表できるそうなのでお楽しみに! #berserkfilm


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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2011, 07:21:42 PM »
Clara announced something about the release of "advanced tickets" today, saying she'll inform us when she gets the information, and asking that we please wait for it. See the quote below.

I'm thinking it might refer to preorders for a preview of the movie before the premiere.

I WANT.

She's posted a picture of the script! She says that the movie is in production right now and that the cast will be announced soon.

I WANT.

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2011, 07:52:58 PM »
I have to say...  That script doesn't look very thick.  The typical screenplay for a feature film is between 95 and 125 pages.  Hollywood standard is 1 page = 1 minute of screen time.

Of course there are a lot of variables that might make this point moot.  It's an animated film, therefore it might have an entirely different format.  However I would think this would make the script even more descriptive, and therefore lengthy.  

The fact that it's probably written in Japanese characters would most definitely affect the page count in some way, though I'm not sure if it would make a script appear longer or shorter than an English equivalent.

Anyone seen many animation scripts written in Japanese?  Is there a standard page count for a feature?

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Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2011, 08:08:30 PM »
I have to say...  That script doesn't look very thick.  The typical screenplay for a feature film is between 95 and 125 pages.  Hollywood standard is 1 page = 1 minute of screen time.

Of course there are a lot of variables that might make this point moot.  It's an animated film, therefore it might have an entirely different format.  However I would think this would make the script even more descriptive, and therefore lengthy. 

The fact that it's probably written in Japanese characters would most definitely affect the page count in some way, though I'm not sure if it would make a script appear longer or shorter than an English equivalent.

Anyone seen many animation scripts written in Japanese?  Is there a standard page count for a feature?
I appreciate your thought exercise here, but there's simply not enough information in the picture to draw any logical conclusion about the length of the movie. Independent of the variables you listed above, there's also the paper quality to take into consideration. It could be hundreds of pages. It could be 50. It's neat that we have a picture of it, but it's not informative. It does, however, whet our appetite.

Seeing the picture reminds me that we're just 5 months away from its theatrical premiere (discounting any early screening), and all we can say for certain is that it will depict the first third of the Golden Age arc. And even that's a presumption, truly. There are still many questions left to be answered. Who will do the soundtrack? Will the original voice actors be back for this? Will it be shown in other countries?

As we get closer to the launch, I also anticipate we'll get more promotional art. That will be nice. I've seen the trailer about 99x at this point.
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