They have movies covering the golden age saga now (up through the eclipse). They're alright, and they solve the problem the anime had at the end (the whole wtf? How does this make sense thing). You know if you've seen it.
I saw the anime first... then was... like ... wtf!?
Then I read the manga. I've watched the subs of the films--I think they're planning on making more to follow the manga too. I can't remember how far I read the manga.
Anybody else here watched Berserk and read the mangas? No? Okay then.
I have. I agree with your points. It's good if you're into violence, but it also has a lot of intrigue drama and historical nuance with it concerning medieval life. I'm not sure the manga didn't go off in a weird direction though with the fantasy stuff... plus it's clear that the author is just making it up as he goes along..... and if you talk to Berserk fans, and/or you follow the manga religiously, you'll find out that he goes along pretty slllllooowwwwllly.... hope you haven't gotten caught up.... because if you have, you're in for some wait time.
Also, the animation in the movies gets better with each one. They were trying out some new style and the first one has some odd stuff about the animation, but they correct those in the sequels. I think I still like the original anime better, even though it was done relatively cheaply, and by the end of it something very wrong happened.
Every once in awhile I go back and watch the first episode with Zodd... I think it's five or six... it's like a halloween episode.
Oh... and I'd interject that Gutz is the only character I've seen in fiction who has any realistic business wielding the size sword that he does--a lot of japanese media has heroes who wield big swords, and that's usually off-putting to me, but Gutz pulls it off because his character is both built to be able to wield such an unwieldy weapon and because with the explanation of his background, he has reasons to both be able to wield such an unwieldy weapon and to actually want to wield it. My best friend and I once tried to guesstimate the weight of that sword, assuming it's primarily made of iron... I can't remember what we came up with, but we guessed it was about 6 and a half feet long and about one foot wide.
Berserk is pretty cool.