Berserk’s Golden Age Arc trilogy of films will premiere on Japanese television, recut as “Memorial Edition.”
As part of a great celebration of the Berserk franchise, the Golden Age Arc The film trilogy is airing on Japanese television for the first time with a special recut version called “Memorial Edition”.
This announcement was made on the Japanese entertainment site comedic Natalie. According to the translations of the site of Crunchyroll, the “Memorial Edition” will be released later this year. Details on how the films will be recut have yet to be revealed. However, a new poster and promotional video have been released to promote the upcoming “Memorial Edition”. The video was posted on Aniplex’s official YouTube channel.
First published in 1989, Berserk had a substantial impact on the world of anime and manga. With over 50 million copies in circulation worldwide, it is one of the best-selling manga ever made. It stood out among other fantasy manga for its unique use of a European-style medieval setting and masterful artwork. Berserk also became famous for its unflinching use of explicit violence, which critics hailed as an effective element of its action-packed and often tragic story.
The cut of the Golden Age Arc trilogy is part of a larger effort to commemorate the legacy of Berserk and its creator, Kentaro Miura, who died in May last year from a sudden aortic dissection. The final chapter that Miura worked on himself was released in Japan on September 10, but earlier this month Hakusensha, the manga’s publisher, announced plans to continue production on Berserk, despite the death of the author.
Berserk will continue to be written by Miura’s friend and manga author, Kouji Mori (Holyland, Jisatsutou) and drawn by staff members from Studio Gaga, the manga studio created by Miura. As of now, six new chapters are planned for the current “Fantasia Arc/Elf Island” story arc, after which the story will continue with a brand new arc, the details of which are not yet known. The next part of Guts’ story, Chapter 365, is currently slated for a June 24 release in Hakusensha’s Review of young animals.
Berserk is published in English by Dark Horse comics. Volume 41, the last Miura completed before his death, is slated for release in North America in November. The regular versions of the three films of the Berserk: Golden Age Arc are available to stream on Netflix.