The Lone Wolf: Tribute to Berserk

berserkI’ve read the manga, watched the TV series and right now as I’m writing this post, I’m listening to “Guts” the instrumental track from the original TV series. This post has been on my mind long time ago. Since I’ve watched “Berserk”, my life and mind have not been the same. I was depressed, affected and moved by the creator’s choice of displaying his feelings through his works and the choice of path he placed for his created characters.

Guts, arguably the most fearsome swordsman to grace the manga pages and TV screens, is one heck of a warrior. The manga shows us in reverse order the current situation and the lonely travels of Guts. Then goes back in time with he joined the Order of the Hawk under the leadership of Griffon, his greatest leader and later, his arch nemesis. The TV series has captured only up to the event of the dark eclipse, the most wickedly visualized and bloodiest event I have seen in Anime/manga till now. The TV series was toned due to to the gruesome nature of the manga, yet it broke anime standards for being an adult anime show played at late night during the late 90s to make up for TV sluggish ratings.

As I’m still listening to the instrumental “Guts”, I keep thinking about Guts after losing his friends, beloved girl Caska and chasing after his greatest comrade Griffon who in turn became the most evil figure on Earth, after he offered his own army as sacrifice to the devil to gain power. Traveling along down a dark road full of danger just to stay alive, while being haunted by memories of lost comrades and companions. People that you tried your best to save, but couldn’t and had to watch their limps being torn apart right in front of your eyes.

I’m still awed by the first arcs in Berserk which are the “Black swordsman” and “Golden Age”. I just didn’t digest what followed afterwards. The “Fantasia Arc” is truly silly and not up to bar with the earlier arcs of the story. I hope that the creator, Kentaro Miura, would get some sense back in his head and fix the current state of the manga.


The Hokuto Underdog

Yeah, yeah, hate me for this, Kenshiro fans but you’ve gotta know that even Jagi has fans too!! Pretty much underestimated in the whole series and the manga, I don’t know why but I Jagi fascinates me. Maybe his patience to avenge his dismissal from the Hokuto school because of Kenshiro. Maybe because like Raoh, he thought that Kenshiro was too young to handle it. Never the less, Jagi kept a low profile, plotting to destroy Kenshiro and Yuria’s dream by employing Shin, Kenshiro’s best buddy! How’s that for a cold revenge? Master in hate, he remains one of the most hated in the Hokuto series! The mask makes him even more fearsome than the rest!

Only In Japan Vol.3

Some Japan-only items that I’ve noticed laying around in the net:

Devilman Zippo: This is soo cool, I’d start smoking again for this!! Anyone knows where I can get this?

K-4 Tetra Special Edition Gundam Color version Shaver: well,……..I think it’s kinda of neat. But I’d try it!

Lolita-oriented anime items marked with ”12” : I don’t think selling those are legal!!! Is 12 the age mark for those characters???!!

Hades Project Zeorymer

Although I’ve watched this OVA very late, I have to admit that this is one ass-kicking robot anime that has no match yet. Zeorymer is very underrated because of the gloomy and dark story it contains. According to Wikipedia, the OVA is a a pretty cleaned version of the violent and adult comic it was based on to gain a bigger fan base.
Unfortunately, the budget isn’t as big as you think so don’t expect HD animation, but it holds out just fine. The music is pretty cool, though there is no ending theme, credits play out at the beginning of each part. The OVA consists of four parts, each is around 25 minutes. To tell the truth, I’ve met many that told me that Evangelion had a pretty crazy storyline. I can counter their opinion since Zeorymer by far beats all robot shows in having the darkest and most twisted storyline. And yes, it keeps up with Ideon , Victory Gundam and Zeta Gundam’s death counts. As far as the storyline, it’s so fucked up that it made me admire the creator for making by far the worst anti-hero main character who kills in cold blood. After watching Masato in the 4th part, you’d think that Devilman Amon is piloting Zeorymer.
All of what I’ve mentioned made this show currently my favorite super robot show. It’s totally awesome when it’s left out by the stupid American Gundam Wingers, we just don’t need them.
I give it all my thumps!!