Posted by psgels on 25 February 2009 with categories: Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai



Short Synopsis: Munto tells Yumemi about the past of his country.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
Ah, finally! It was a long wait, but finally we know a bit more about what the heck is going on in this series. Finally we see a bit of the elf country when it’s not fighting. While it’s certainly not enough yet, it’s definitely a good start, although again the dialogue was pretty complex, meaning a lot of trouble for me to understand it. ^^;

So if I understood correctly, the past of Munto’s world looked a lot like it in terms of technological advancement. Then from out of nowhere (or from somewhere that’s yet to be explained) and started wrecking things with their huge amounts of powers. They then discovered the parallel world that Munto lived in, and created a link to it. Eventually though, they destroyed this link again when they became obsessed with their own powers, resulting in lots of destruction. In order to prevent this from happening again, I suspect that the outsider was born. This went fine until the strange evil guy who appeared in the previous episode appeared, and Munto tried to use Yumemi’s help to get rid of him, while Gntarl and his allies didn’t support his decision. At least, that’s what I understood from it.

One thing that worries me though is that the pacing still is as fast as ever. Even though this episode was a quiet one, it still rushed the history of Munto’s world through in less than half an episode, which was an especially bad sign for my hopes of seeing this series continue for more than thirteen episodes. Things really can go anywhere at this point, but if the creators do plan to squeeze the entire story in only one season, then the second half of the series is going to have to be consistently solid and excellent if it doesn’t want to end up the same as the very unfinished OVAs. This episode thankfully met those requirements, but but for this series it’s going to be a matter whether the big picture can deliver or not in the end.

As for the animation, I’m glad to say that now that the series has started its original material, the quality hasn’t gone down too badly. While things obviously look less detailed and impressive when compared to the first six episode, the creators thankfully still have lots of movement. Some details were lost in the process, but it’s better than just resorting to safe drawings with mostly still frames.

8 Responses

  1. Asa says:

    nice episode but..where the heck was Irita? I wanted to see her reaction after what happened :/

  2. Aegd says:

    You got it wrong :)

    “So if I understood correctly, the past of Munto’s world looked a lot like it in terms of technological advancement. Then from out of nowhere (or from somewhere that’s yet to be explained) and started wrecking things with their huge amounts of powers.”

    He’s talking about the earth (下界) in a very distant past, before the 天上世界 existed. The people who appear are the ancestors of the people who would later inhabit the 天上世界

    It’s unclear from where they came, or if they once where human, but they could control the アクト and they destroyed the whole human world in mere days.

    “They then discovered the parallel world that Munto lived in, and created a link to it.”

    No, they did not just discover one world. They discovered a huge amount of parallel worlds, and drawn to their desire for the powers that アクト granted them, they bridged the gap between many worlds and destroyed and pillaged them. After having attained a huge amount of アクト they started to research the very essence of アクト itself, and eventually used it to create a world that would collect the アクト from many worlds, giving them untold power. These people started refering to themselves as 天上人 after they created this world and connected it to other world with those “pillars” that I suppose worked as a link to take the アクト from those world and bring it to the 天上世界. In this world the 天上人 now lived in over-abundance and eventually their society started to collapse unto itself.

    Once this happaned, the humans of that time , who in fact seems to exist because the 天上人 created them in an experiment to control アクト but later cast them down to the 下界 because they saw them as a failed experiment, decided that it would be a good idea to ascend to the 天上界 and overthrow the 天上人. At this time the current King of the 天上世界 took the rash decision to sever all the pillars connecting his world with the other worlds (and their never-ending supply of アクト)which caused the 下界 to be destroyed in the destruction caused by the falling pillars, and also severing the worlds from one another.

    This was obviously a long time ago, and seems to have resulted in setting back the human race (created by the 天上人) to the stone age, and making them forget about the 天上人. At this stage the 天上人 decided to never again make the same mistake, and severed their connection with the outside world, appointing a “watchman” to hold the gate between the worlds shut, and also bound him with a curse, so as to control him.

  3. Aegd says:

    Here’s some reading for you. There’s three or four words that i’m a bit unsure about, but read this and you’ll get it all :)

    ムント: 今、お前が見ているのはこの星の遥かな過去。
    天上がまだ存在しない、太古の世界。
    数千年続く文明が栄える、この星に、どこからか現る、降り立ったものたちがいた。

    人の思念の波動、万能の力、アクトを操るものたちだ。

    夢見: アクト・・・

    ムント: 人の思いや願い、夢、それらを生む心。
    彼らはその心の波動、アクトを力にも物質にも変換できた。
    それはまさに神の力にも等しい、万能の力だった。
    だがこのものたちが、アクトを手にしてはならなかった。
    彼らはその力に溺れ、知恵をなくし、心を失っていた。
    この星で無慈悲に奮われたその力は、恐ろしい速さでアクトを生むものたち、
    人類を根絶やしした。数千年続いた文明は数日で地上からで消し去った。
    それでも彼らの愚考は止ます。時空を隔てだ壁を破るために、星の姿まで変えていた。

    夢見: 星の姿・・・

    ムント: 失われた万能の力、アクトが(異空?)より循環してきていた、それに気づいた彼ら
    が時空を渡るために星の波動に干渉し、その姿を歪み。そこから生まれた力を持って時空を破ったのだ。侵略と略奪が、(あらゆる?)時空で繰り広がれた。星星の思いや願い、夢がまたたく間に枯れていた。(あらゆる?)星が・・時空が・・心が・・闇に沈んだ。そして、長い(無法の後?)。(異空?)から奪った無限のアクトで彼らはこの空に新しい世界を想像した。それがこの天上世界、全ての時空を支配する、全能のものたちが住まう空。彼らはみずから天上人と呼び、力を生む心の波動をアクトと呼んだ

    そうだ。俺さまの生きる、この世界は心を略奪し星星を食らって生まれた、いむべき世界。この汚れた空で全能の支配者となった彼らは享楽の限りを尽くし、快楽の全てをむさぼり、やがて、その全てに倦んでいた。そんな世界の末路は定まっている。流されるまま、天上は廃頽に塗れ、堕落を極め、枯れ落ちるのを待つだけの世界となりはてだ。

    一方でその時を待ち続けていたものたちがいた。奪われた未来を取り戻すため、心を食われ続けてもなお、明日を夢見て、地上に生きたものたち、アクトを(攻究?)生命体として生み出された末に、望まぬ形上、捨てさられた、人類だ。下界に廃棄されたも彼らは生きることを諦めなかった。長い忍耐の末に、待ち望んだ機を得て、天上を襲った。その力は天上人を圧倒するものだった。天上の王わ選択を迫れられた。戦って滅びるか、アクトの供給源である、世界との繋がりを断つか。彼は時空を閉じた。
    全ての柱を下界へ落とし、天上を汚した、地上のものたちの世界を焼き尽くし、全ての
    絆を断ち切って、地上との繋がりを断った。罪悪の日と呼ばれる出来事だ。その後
    天上人は時空への干渉を一切禁忌とし、この扉に番人を置いた。呪いの敬訳に支配された、この番人、(あらゆる?)関係から切り離され

  4. Aegd says:

    also, note that this first civilization you see at the start, is not the current 人間 or 天上人 civilization. This civilization was completely destroyed by the people who could control the アクト.

    I also forgot to mention that Munto says that this power was something that they should never have obtained, and expressed regret over how his ancestors drowned in their power and misused their god-like power to bring only destruction.

    The reasons why they started crossing over to other worlds was because they learned that the アクト was not a constant thing, but diverted to other worlds as it was used. In their desire for アクト they learned how to manipulate the stars themselves, so they could move to other worlds, and in the wake followed only destruction.

  5. Aegd says:

    There’s a pretty good summary in this blog as well.

    http://yuuki107834.blog39.fc2.com/blog-date-20090227.html

    I also noted that I got some 漢字 wrong in my post,

    I managed to write 契約as 敬訳 for some reason and I also got 攻究生命体 wrong, it’s supposed to be 供給生命体

    could also be further errors, but the majority is correct I think.

  6. shinobs says:

    Apparently, the show is only 9 episodes long :S.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    What the… seriously?! Then what the heck was the point of this TV series anyway?

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  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:47 PM)
    I never understood how a franchise like Berserk with huge sales and avid fan base struggles so much to get anything made. The PS2 videogame was never released outside of Japan, and it took 20 years for the anime to get a follow-up. And after all of that we get a slim-budgeted series from an unknown studio, all the while D.Grey Man gets a full-blown slick looking second series that nobody asked for. Quite baffling.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:42 PM)
    @Badesh: well the creator of the Souls series Hidetaka Miyazaki is an outspoken Berserk fan. The games are replete with Berserk references.
    Cheers to you too m8.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:38 PM)
    @Aidan: for some reason I thought you were talking about the iOS game Berserk: Raging Wave of Mercenaries. Looks like the Musou game is getting a North American release, which is good news. But the weird part is that it’s a Sony exclusive, for whatever reason.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:37 PM)
    Dear God, a DarkSouls/Berserk mashup would be too god to be true. It stikes me just now, how similar these franchises are in tone. Somehow the never ending suffering doesn’t affect me that much. Could be because of my slow paced, depressive livestyle for most of my past life – no pun intended.
    Nice to hear some well thought thoughts on that topic, cheers ;)
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:29 PM)
    @Bam, you know I mentioned that game in the berserk episode 2 review.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:45 AM)
    WHAT?! This is tremendous news. Many thanks @Badesh for sharing.
    But Koei Tecmo out of all people? I guess we’re getting the Dynasty/Hyrule Warriors treatment. Where is the FromSoftware developed Hidetaka Miyazaki directed Berserk that was rumored? I guess better than nothing- which has been the mantra of us Berserk fans for a while now. Being a Berserk fan, is being Guts -> which is suffering.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:34 AM)
    https://youtu.be/9TPBx5Dq-Jk
    new one. the first teaser didn’t contain any gameplay just the first bit with cascar being snuggled by tentacles. it was how they introduced the new game to me. maybe i should feel raped as well…
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:04 AM)
    @Badesh: which one? Cuz I played thru both the Dreamcast and the PS2 version. The Dreamcast one was a stand-alone story, but it was both a good one written by Miura, and it was set between Vol22 and Vol23, so it didn’t interfere with the manga’s story. The PS2 one was almost a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of the Holy Demon War section, and it featured the de-facto Berserk theme ‘Sign’ by Hirasawa himself:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpqV7RPnTE
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:50 AM)
    They did the same thing to promote the video game! Srsly?
    Besides, i really enjoy the new series as a long time fan.. can’t exactly point out why. I like the action and for every shitty shot, we get an awesome one.

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