What’s going on guys? My name is RBG and if you’re familiar with some of the content I produce, you know I’m a huge Berserk fan. For the past few months we’ve been reporting on rumors swirling around the internet that Netflix might be coming out with a new Berserk anime. From some of the interviews Adi Shankar gave to companies like Forbes. To twitter polls that seemed to be alluding that Netflix was very interested in adapting a new Berserk series in the near future. This buzz really got the community talking. It really has a lot of fans invested especially considering the fact that same producer behind the Castlevania series is adamant about bringing Berserk back to a more classical style in animation. Like I don’t know why the anime gods have shunned this series so many times. It’s bad enough we have to worry about when the manga will go on hiatus. But it’s even worse when we can barely even make it past the Falcon of the Millennium Empire Arc without getting piss poor animation. So while there was talk of the Netflix Berserk anime being an actual thing. The future still looked dire because we know that the anime industry can be very tricky when it comes to adaptations. But it looks like there is more information that indicates that we’ll be getting a new Berserk series from Netflix sooner than we think. Before we talk about that I wanna remind the viewers that this video is sponsored by Beautiful Halo. If you’re a man or woman of culture who loves anime, games, and dank memes then I highly recommend checking out their merch. They have a wide variety stylish hoodies and other cool apparel that’ll have your friends mad jealous. By using this promotional link you get 5% off any $49 purchase or higher. So slide on over to beautifulhalo.com, the link will be in the description. So as I mentioned earlier we had gotten word that this new Berserk series could possibly be in the works through some negotiations. Last November Castlevania Producer Adi Shankar briefly mentioned his interest in properly adapted Berserk with 2D animation if someone would get him the rights. And Netflix held a poll on their twitter asking fans which Guts they preferred out Berserk and Kill la Kill. Now although little poll seemed like nothing more than a post to get some silly engagement. It managed to perpetuate more speculations on if Netflix was down to do a Berserk anime. This idea was further cemented when Adi Shankar, 1 of Netflix’s very own, got in on the conversation saying and I quote “I think we already know my answer to this. #notanothergoldenagearc.” So as you can see, this tweet only added more fuel to the fire of hype. Adi Shankar seems like a man who’s in tune with the anime genre, pretty much stating what we all think. That we shouldn’t have to tread backwards with Berserk in regards to it’s arcs, particularly the Golden Age Arc. A chapter in Berserk that’s been adapted twice in a series and movie format. I know fans are just ready to see something different. And if a studio is to go backwards then it’s only right that they do it with the 1st story in the Berserk canon, the Black Swordsman Arc. That’s been a chapter that for whatever reason seems to get shafted out since it thrusts the viewer into fray of chaos with little to no explanations given. In my opinion, kicking things off with the Black Swordsmen arc would really work. Introducing newcomers to the world of Berserk with the cursed enigma that is Guts would only motivate them to look into the lore more. Currently Netflix has the streaming rights to the Golden Age films so it would be nothing for them to recommend it as a guide for people who want to fill in the gaps. But anyways we didn’t hear anymore ramblings regarding this adaptation for a few months. That’s until Netflix took to twitter to announce that they made a deal with a certain comic book company to adapt their works into films and tv series. The tweet starts off as throwback referencing all the projects they’ve worked on previously with Dark Horse Comics. Shows like the Umbrella Academy live adaptation and the comic iteration of Stranger Things were mentioned. References that all segued into this… “Very happy to announce that Netflix has closed an overall deal with Dark Horse Comics!” “That means Netflix will have the first look at all Dark Horse titles for both film and TV projects and I’m really trying to keep my cool about it but YES YES YES.” This was some great news because Dark Horse Comics has some awesome material to work with. And Netflix has been pretty consistent with representing their adaptations from a story and productions standpoint. If there’s 1 think you can count on them to do, it’s put a pretty hefty budget up to make sure that everything looks great in their shows & films. They basically give you that cinematic experience without having to leave your home. Anyways after we got that news, a certain demographic of fans immediately started retweeting this post. And that was the Berserk community because if you didn’t know, Dark Horse has been 1 of the co-publishers of the Berserk manga since 2003. And they just started releasing these super duper deluxe versions of the manga in larger prints a few months ago. So similar to the last time Netflix made a tweet remotely even associating to Berserk, fans started speculating that they’re alluding to this new series actually happening. There were noticeably a lot of Hellboy related responses in the twitter thread but the Berserk fandom outnumbered them in droves. Now while there was a lot optimistic feedback about Berserk potentially being adapted by the same people behind Castlevania’s anime. There were just as many livid fans who didn’t want to see this happen. Some stated that they didn’t necessarily like the Castlevania series because the story was somewhat lackluster and the animation while good, was pretty inconsistent. And I can kinda agree with some of the sentiments, Castlevania isn’t necessarily the perfect adaptation that follows the source material beat by beat. As someone who’s familiar with Castlevania’s writer, Warren Ellis I instantly noticed that he was doing things that he’s constantly done with his other works. Like turning Trevor Belmont into the typical misanthrope. And making Sypha this feisty woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone. Those are tropes that Warren Ellis loves injecting into his main protagonists. And the animation, while top notch I will say it was a little clunky at times. With choppy frames but I think that was largely due to the studio Powerhouse Animation not being too good at that anime style. And I think they had to use the Japanese key animators sparingly. But other than that I think Netflix and the producers did a pretty decent job with what they had to work with. The series looks like it has no signs of slowing down since they’re gonna be doing more seasons. And Adi Shankar is gonna be following suit with his Netflix Devil May Cry anime adaptation he announced last year. I think it’s safe to assume that’s why we didn’t see him reply to the tweet regarding the because announcement with Netflix and Dark Horse comics. Because he’s too busy working on the new season of Castlevania and the new DMC anime. Another reason why some of the fans weren’t too keen on Netflix aqcuiring the rights Berserk is because Netflix has been producing a lot of animes that are CG animated. You have the Ultraman series that’s probably 1 of the few CG anime that’s received a warm reception. Typically because Ultraman is a live action series anyways. We have the Ajin: Demi Human films that were some of the first CG animated anime produced for Netflix. And you have the controversial Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CG anime which has gotten a lot of backlash since this style of animation has become a little over saturated on the platform. That’s essentially what has a lot of fans worried, not to mention that not all of Netflix’s adaptations come out good, let alone decent. Rightfully so fans are still outraged at how bad the Death Note live action adaptation turned out. And admittedly I am not looking forward to their live action Cowboy Bebop movie. But I think it’s important to understand how Netflix works. Because a lot of people think that Netflix is fully involved with the way they produce their shows. And that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Netflix is essentially the big wig that foots the bill for the content being produced on their platform. They usually don’t make a lot of creative decisions when it comes to their shows since that would be too time consuming for them. So they form a partnership and distribution agreement with companies. The companies come up with the way in which they go about producing and director said shows and they styles in which they want the shows to be. This is essentially why Netflix can choose to severe relationships with companies like Marvel. Because even though Marvel may have directed and filmed the shows, Netflix still paid for the production costs. Same can be said for the anime they acquire that are considered Netflix originals. They hire Japanese anime productions to work on new series for them. And sometimes these series may have already been in the works and distributed through another company. So the styles in animation usually depend on the animation studios. Not Netlfix. Now granted even though Netflix isn’t largely at fault for how much CG anime gets produced on their service. I think they tend to enable the studios to get away with this method. Because they’re willing to shell out a ton of money. Usually when an anime is produced, that studio works in tandem with other companies for distribution rights and funding. This is 1 of the reasons why animation teams don’t make a lot of money in their field of work. But Netflix seems to be more than generous when paying anime studios and they choose to take on all of the funding. So considering the fact that CG animation is less costly as well as less time consuming, the studios may choose to produce they’re anime that way so they can make back twice as much money as they put into the project. I’m not saying that’s the case but it really seems like that’s what a lot of Japanese animation studios are doing when it comes to working with Netflix. Because they know Netflix will pay them a load of money for something that’s half ass. Thankfully there are still studios who are passionate about putting their all into anime projects. Companies like TMS with Baki, Science Saru with Devilman Crybaby are living proof that 2D animation is here to stay. And I think that if Adi Shankar is still on board with producing a Berserk anime, he’ll get a Japanese studio to animate it how he and the fans wanted. Currently Netflix has 5 anime production houses who are contractually obligated to produce shows that are exclusive to the streaming services. And 2 of the most noteworthy 1’s include Bones and David Production. If Adi Shankar didn’t roll with Powerhouse Animation like he did with Castlevania then Bones or David Productions would be some awesome picks. Studio Bones has animated awesome anime like Space Dandy and Eureka 7. And David Production has been killing it with their Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime. Like their Jojo series is probably the best anime adaptation I’ve seen in recent years and the animation quality continues to improve with every arc they do. So David Production would be 1 of the candidates I would choose. Especially considering that they’re pretty much done with their latest season of Jojo. If there’s 1 thing fans really want done right it’s the language option. Like I know a lot of Japanese sub purest were talking trash about Netflix because Castlevania was only in English and it doesn’t have a Japanese dub at least not in the West. So they’re assuming that this may be the case if Netflix produces Berserk. I’m more so concerned if we get the original English voice actors from 90’s series and Golden Age movies back. Because we didn’t reprise their roles in the 2016 series. I think it had something to do with Crunchyroll not hiring the voice director from the old series to come back. So the old voice cast declined to return. Hopefully Netflix and Adi Shankar could work something out and bring those voice actors back. I will be completely satisfied if they make that happen. But with that I’d like to end the video. What are your thoughts on this new partnership with Netflix & Dark Horse Comics. Do you think the relationship will extend further and we could possibly get a new Berserk anime? Or do you think it isn’t gonna happen and that Netflix would need to work out a deal with Berserk’s other publisher, Hakusensha? Lemme know in the comments below. As always I ask that you like or dislike the video. It doesn’t have to be a thumbs up. It can be a thumbs down. Any feedback is good feedback and will only help me improve my channel. But if you really enjoyed the video it would help me out tremendously if you shared it on social media outlets with all your friends and followers. Sharing really makes a difference. But this was your boy RBG signing out on another video. I’ll catch you guys later. Peace out.