One of the problems with the flashback scenes is that they do a really poor job of showing the audience what really happened. The effect they use is kind of a disjointed dream like visual but unless you know what happens from the manga you are going to be hard pressed to have a clear picture. They could have used a few minutes and showed Guts when he was with Gambino. Then you have the scene when Guts is being paid for his part in storming the castle that the Band of the Hawk was helping to defend, and the guy paying him puts his hand on Guts' shoulder and Guts recoils and threatens the guy, saying not to touch him. Gut's traumatic experiences as a child plays a huge part in his personal transformation. I mean his being able to be intimate and ultimately have sex with Casca just goes to show how much he has changed. Given what happened to him as a kid it's obvious why he would want to be a loner and see real friendship as something strange.IronBerserk said:Yes, and I completely agree with you guys. Actually I stated in my first post that the failing of the second movie was that they didn't include the Bonfire of Dreams sequence...a very dumb move on their part. But I also suggested that the sex scene could have helped the past movies if they had added to the sex scene by putting in flashback scenes of childhood Guts in order to explain the killing of his father and the rape. It would have explained why he took risks on the battlefield before he met Griffith and how he didn't care too much about dying. Also would have explained why he was mad at Casca in the first movie when she said he was "you're just like you were before and you never changed" (something like that). It would have added layers to his character. After all, the sex scene does have Guts in dialogue explain to Casca his inner childhood turmoils. The only difference they could have done and added in the movie was put a bit more visual representation. That would have made the movie and trilogy much better. Not as masterful as the manga (that's for sure) but it definitely would have been a great addition that adds to the characters and Eclipse.......but the point here is that they didn't. They took a masterpiece and turned it into average movies. Very annoying and I could definitely see why people would be insulted.
Then you have the dream sequence after Griffith is rescued where he's married to Casca. He's shown as some pathetic character that needs to be taken care of, reduced to almost nothing as a person and of course that is why he tries to kill himself by slicing his neck open on that sharp piece of wood when he's at the stream. These events give you more insight into why Griffith chose to become Femto; he went from this great military leader that was beloved by all his troops to a feeble person who had to be taken care of like a child. This definitely added to his despair as his dream would be lost forever if he didn't choose to become part of the god hand, there was no alternative.
When it comes to adaptations the biggest thing fans are going to gripe about is what was changed or what was left out. In the case of LOTR there was no choice but to alter the story as it was impossible to tell it all without putting out more movies which would have been overkill and probably wouldn't have worked. However Berserk is basically set up like a storyboard in a sense with all the dialog, nothing is narrated over like it would be in a novel. You have the playbook so just follow the damn thing. I would have given the studio credit if they actually changed something that improved the story, but that is not the case here. That isn't to say there isn't something that could be changed to improve on things, I'm sure Miura looks back on what he was writing when he started Berserk and wished he'd have changed something here or there, or approached something a little differently, that's completely normal.