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Berserk: A Hidden Gem For Anime And Video Games Alike

Posted by Yogizilla on March 23, 2011

After a long work day, few things are as rewarding as winding down to some video games and movies (at least if you ask *this* geek).  I’m enjoying a more “recent” Anime classic that some of you may know but most probably never even heard of..  It’s called “Berserk” and it is A-MAZING!!

The history here is quite extensive…  According to Wikipedia, Berserk dates back to as early as 1988 but I first really fell in love with the series when I enjoyed a good ‘ol hack-and-slash called Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage on the Sega Dreamcast circa 2001 (the Dreamcast is one of my favorite gaming systems of all time, BTW).  At the time, Berserk wasn’t really known in the United States, in spite the long track record of the series as a Manga and Anime alike.  In fact, most people I know that have heard of the Anime watched it in more recent years (say, back in 2007 or 2008), which is why I say it is a more recent Anime classic.  Berserk is one of those hidden gems that is a shame to miss out on!

Now, some of the content snobs out there may say that the Anime, Manga, and video game alike are shallow but I beg to differ.  Berserk is the story of Guts, a man who has missed out on a lot of his life because all he has ever known is the way of the sword and survival.  He’s a bit of a drifter and a loner but, as he meets people in his journies, he learns more about himself and life.  I like his character quite a bit and, well, he simply kicks some major A-double-dollar-sign!!

Sure, at face value, Guts can be seen as any other Japanese hero.  Swords tend to be over-glorified and over-done these days..  But Guts has something special to him.  He is a character whose greatest conflict lies within himself.  He seeks a sense of purpose and I think that’s something people can relate to at any time.  Some of the Japanese cliches still apply (i.e. huge swords, exagerrated actions, and one-dimensional names) but there is depth here, I promise. As such, Berserk earns a place up there with Anime classics like Fist of the North Star and Vampire Hunter D.

In any case, that’s my quick update for now…  I’m thinking I’ll be revisiting this post to share some photos and links.  Berserk FTW!  Anime FTW!!  (Excuse my excessive excitement here but, well, all this action-packed goodness has me hyped up just a smidge.)

Guts From "Berserk" Getting SERIOUS!!

RAWR!!!!!

UPDATE: Just minutes after posting this quick blurb on Berserk, I had felt compelled to check out some of the deals for the complete Anime collection. I found a great deal on Amazon for Berserk Complete under $50. w00t! I can’t wait to re-experience the series. Supposedly, this collection claims to be re-mastered but does not deliver on such promises. You have to remember that the Anime spanned decades with several breaks in between so, as the characters evolved, so did the artistic presentation.

…And now for something a little different…

In that video, we see Berserk slaughtering his foes. You could take this at face value and say, “Wow, he really knows how to wield a sword!” There is more to it, though…

While there are lots of back stories and themes throughout the series, it’s really all about Guts trying to figure life out. Why does he fight? What is the point? This is something few stories really tackle because some writers feel that they may steel their protagonist’s thunder, I suppose. Guts doesn’t have super powers nor is he infallible. I think Kentaro Miura did an excellent job of creating a character that fans could relate to and still admire and perhaps even idolize.

With so much crap out there in the entertainment industry, it’d be nice to see this franchise continued. A new video game would certainly rock, for starters. Really, the Dreamcast game, Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage, developed by Eidos Interactive / ASCII was ahead of it’s time. They fell short on a few things but it’s still a great game, even today. Not to mention it fills the gap between the actual Anime without providing excessive filler content (like, say, DBZ).

Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage (Sega Dreamcast, US 2000)

A game that any self-respecting gamer should at least try out once in their lives!

While Berserk has received many awards and recognition as a Manga, I’m still amazed that the collective works rarely come up in geek conversations. A recent discussion on Shonen Jump (via Twitter) had fans mentioning the usual staples (Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, etc.) and even I forgot for a second about Berserk. Unacceptable. Let’s show some love, people!

Interestingly enough, my Facebook broadcast caught a bit of attention. My buddy KiNgDeeM got his hands on the full collection as well. My buddy, Shizlanski, revealed that Berserk is one of his favorite geek indulgences of all time. I guess it’s one of those things where there is an underground following but not enough open discussions. If you like Berserk or are interested, leave a comment – let’s bring Guts back into the forefront!

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Duel Pass ONLINE Returns – Yu-Gi-Oh! Still Going Strong!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 18, 2011

Some of you may have already noticed that DPO is officially BACK!  It’s been hard to keep up with this site as a solo gig sooooo…  If you’re interested in becoming a contributor on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass Online, reply to this message (I’ll repeat this again at the end in the “Game On! Wrap-Up”).

We’ve been lining up some new stuff for DPO for a few months now.  Now is as good as time to catch you all up on what’s going on!  First and foremost, we’re under new management here at DPO.  John is no longer with us so the retail component of our Yu-Gi-Oh! network is no more.

Fortunately, we at DPO and NoF as a whole love to game  so we’ve kept DPO going as part of our blog network and, ultimately, the NoF Network (affectionately called RoNoF for “Realm of NoF”).  We want to meet more gamers and geeks like us and keep the Yu-Gi-Oh! goodness coming.  As such, DPO will be providing more of what you already love and…

  • Anime and Manga news and recommendations.
  • Video game reviews and industry news.
  • Competitive events for gamers, locally and globally.

Don’t worry: we’ll be focusing on Yu-Gi-Oh! but we’ve noticed that some of our other content here has been quite popular as well.  In fact, our Anime pieces have been amongst our top searches.  We still remain a pretty underground so we hope to make our community more tightly-knit and interactive than ever!

Like I said, there’s lots of stuff in the pipelines so bare with us.  We’ll be linking to our top fan sites, friends, and affiliates.  If your web site and/or blog aligns well with our content, YOU may be the next featured site.  With around 50 new visitors each day, we have some good traffic to the site and hope to draw in some new fans soon.

SIDEBAR:  Can you believe it’s been over ten years now and Yu-Gi-Oh! is STILL going strong?  That’s pretty awesome, if you ask me.  The 5D’s series has been a big hit, in no small part thanks to the folks at Shonen Jump (be sure to follow ShonenJump, NipplesOfFate, and Yogizilla on Twitter) – w00t w00t!!

I’m particularly excited about sharing some of my recent Yu-Gi-Oh! purchases.  We’ll be doing some pack/box busters and sharing our favorite cards from different pack releases/series.  We’ll also discuss our favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! video games, movies, and MORE!

Game On! Wrap-Up

In our effort to increase our following and meet fellow geeks/gamers, we will be wrapping up major blog entries with your very own “Call To Action”.  Every good blog should drive action and encourage reader participation so we hope this sets up more opportunities for us to have good times together.  Here we go!

  • Help us reach 500K views.  We’re over 400K views which is pretty impressive for a site with minimal promotional effort behind it.  We need more folks to put us on their blogrolls, reviews, favorites, bookmarks, and all that good stuff.  Sharing is caring!
  • Like a topic?  Leave your mark.  No matter how long or short, we love reading comments from our fans.  Keep it friendly and specific.  If it sounds like spam, we may just unapprove your comments (sorry, no free links from us).  While you’re at it, be sure to Like, Share, Rate, and all that good stuff.
  • Let’s UNITE!  If you have a web site or blog, link to us and we’ll return the love.  While we run away from salespitchy, spammy messages, if you naturally introduce yourself and have something particularly interesting to share, we’ll be sure to check it out and pass the word along, as appropriate.  Together, we can reach new audiences..  EZ.
  • Want more?  Tell us.  We have lots of things lined up for DPO but, to stay focused, we need your help.  If there is anything in particular you like on our site, let us know.  All it takes is a quick comment.  What’s more is that your comments help us find your web sites and return the favor.  It’s a win-win situation!
  • Get friendly and support DPO Friends.  DPO Friends is a new page where we feature our favorite and affiliated sites.  Be sure to check out what our friends are up to.  If you’re savvy with social media, plug our friends away – a little extra exposure never hurts!
Over a decade later, Yu-Gi-Oh! is still going strong!!

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