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With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ACF 1425: First film in BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC animated movie trilogy coming from VIZ this fall
VIZ MEDIA BECOMES MASTER LICENSOR FORBERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC FEATURE FILM TRILOGY
and Armor Action Clash
In Three Visceral Anime Films
About A Young Medieval Mercenary
VIZ Media has acquired the North
American theatrical, TV, home entertainment, digital and merchandising rights for
the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC animated movie trilogy. The company made the licensing
announcement during its panel held at Sakura Con 2012 this past weekend.
BERSERK: THE Golden Age Arcfilm trilogy was produced in Japan by Studio 4ºC and is based on the bestselling medieval dark fantasy manga
(graphic novel) series created by Kentaro Miura.
VIZ Media plans to release the first film of the trilogy, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE
KING, in the Fall of 2012.
Combining a foreboding
medieval European-insired setting with fantasy and exquisitely detailed
swordsmanship, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING follows lone mercenary
Guts as he travels the land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His
ferocity and ability to take down enemies attracts the attention of Griffith,
leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to
the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond
between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins
to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts,
this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both.
and a tense plot are at the center of these gripping films that depict how the
young mercenary protagonist, Guts, becomes a legendary swordsman,” says Lyn
Johnson, Senior Animation Marketing Manager. “We’re very excited to add these
films to the VIZ Media anime library. BERSERK combines a foreboding medieval European-inspired
setting with fantasy and horror elements to make for an amazing adventure that
no action fan will want to miss, and we look forward to announcing more
information on the release of the first film in theBerserk: THE Golden Age Arctrilogy very soon!”
manga series, by Kentaro Miura, debuted in Japan in 1989 and quickly drew a
devoted following, going on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. The
series, still ongoing in Japan, has been published in North America and the UK,
as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Latin America. The BERSERK
manga has also inspired a popular anime television series and has spawned a
variety of related video games, collectable figures and toys, and music
soundtracks, as well as the current BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy.