Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.
Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it. Simple, right?
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
Fun fact. This anime was released the year I turned seven. It turns 20 next year. That should give you a hint at my age if you weren’t already aware. In any case, I was well aware of the existence of this anime, but for whatever reason I’d just never given it a shot.
I literally was just scrolling through the anime on AnimeLab, came across it and thought “You know what? Why not. Let’s do this”. One last confession before I get going. I started to watch this dubbed. Then just….I wasn’t feeling it, so I switched to the Japanese version. Something tells me I made a good call.
I can’t really discern from the first episode what the entirety of the anime is about, so once again I’ll only really be able to talk about stuff that happens in this specific episode. Great. I know how to pick them don’t I? In any case, the episode revolves around a mysterious figure called “The Black Swordsman” (Guts is his real name and what I’ll call him from now on) calling out the ruler of a….kingdom? Village? Honestly it’s not explained very well. Also the guy he’s after looks like this.
“Yes, Snake Baron? Serpentor called. He wants his outfit back”.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the fucker decides to transform into this “cobra but with arms and legs” form. Which to be honest just looks kinda silly to me rather than scary or creepy.
You know…there’s a sex joke here, but this guy is such a masochist that I’m not even gonna go there. You’re welcome.
In an actual surprise Guts gets his arse handed to him for a while, only to pull a John Cena and fuck the Snake Baron guy up out of nowhere with his sword. Adding insult to injury by continuing to use his little wrist crossbow thing to hurt him more until he finally dies. It’s actually kinda brutal in a way. When they’re not showing Snake Baron guy’s face anyway.
Just…come on how am I supposed to take a guy with that face seriously? How?
Guts then picks up this random-yet-important thing Snake Baron guy had around his neck and thinks back to something that happened ages ago. Which apparently leads into the rest of the series being one big flashback, but I have no idea if that’s actually the case or not. Again, I really know nothing about this anime.Oh there’s also a scene about how Guts has this sort of curse or something which isn’t entirely explained. I mean it vaguely is but not really.
I must say this episode is a very……odd first episode. I’m more confused and just left with questions that most anime would’ve either explained or built to. But since this is going into flashback mode, I’m assuming it’ll be quite a while before I get any answers. Which I guess is fine. So long as this episode does actually make sense in retrospect at some point. It was fun to watch and everything but yeah. It’s just very “What’s that? Who’s that? Who are you? What is this?”.
Oh also the opening theme is terrible. Really terrible. Just throwing that out there. Anyway, will I continue to watch Berserk? Well, despite this first episode confusing the hell out of me, yes. I do want to keep watching. If out of morbid curiosity than anything else.
For those interested, Berserk consists of 25 episodes which are available in both dubbed and subbed formats. There’s also a trilogy of Berserk movies called “Berserk: The Golden Age Arc” and a new adaptation of the Berserk manga is currently running, having aired a first season already, which consists of 12 episodes. The new adaptation also ties into the movies, just to clarify.
Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.