First Impression: Berserk of Gluttony

First Affect: Berserk of Gluttony

Fate Graphite finds himself in a world of magic, knights, and goblins towards the bottom of society. A person’s skill—a power conferred by the gods when they are born—determines their position in the universe. Fate, however, has a meaningless skill called “gluttony,” which, it would appear, has no other effect than to cause his stomach to growl unceasingly. Of course, it accomplishes more than that, as Fate will soon find out. After being turned on and receiving the talking sword “Greed,” Fate will be powerful enough to defeat goblins. But is he strong enough to defend a youngster from an enemy who is stronger than he is? Or is he still required to rely on the Holy Knights, some of whom resemble demons more than angels?

Another uninspiring dark fantasy season, another genre. Yes, there is a lot of violence in Berserk of Gluttony, most notably in episode one when dozens of goblins are slashed in half with swords. However, the overall experience is very tedious. There isn’t much that sets this fantasy series apart from others that have recently been released; the protagonist is just another cute anime girl, the action scenes are poorly animated, and the universe isn’t particularly unique in any way. Actually, let me rephrase that—Roxy Hart only chooses to offer Fate a position with her family after he protects her reputation by slaying a robber who escaped her. Hmmm… Anyway, returning to the point: there isn’t much here, though a few details might be intriguing enough to pique the curiosity of enthusiasts of the genre, such as the bond that Fate forges with his blade Greed, who is so far the only amusing character. Despite not being very memorable, Fate has a strong conscience, which I immediately respected. I believe this speaks well for the path in which his character development will go. Oh, and the themes, both by EverdreaM, are fairly lovely, however I prefer them because of their retro feel. It’s possible that Berserk of Gluttony will satisfy your craving for fantasy anime if those factors are sufficient. If not, I advise passing on this anime completely and satisfying your appetite in another way.

Berserk of Gluttony can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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