First Impression: Berserk of Gluttony

In a world of goblins, magic, and knights, Fate Graphite finds himself near the bottom of society. One’s skill—a power bestowed by the gods when you’re born—determines your place in the world, and Fate has a useless one, “gluttony,” which only has the power to make his belly grumble endlessly it seems. Of course, it does more than that, as Fate is about to discover. Once it’s activated, and after acquiring a talking sword named “Greed,” Fate now has the strength to defeat goblins. But is he strong enough to save a child from a villain more powerful than he is? Or must he continue to depend on the Holy Knights, some of whom are far more like devils than angels?

Another season, another uninspired dark fantasy series. Yes, while Berserk of Gluttony features plenty of violence (mostly in the form of dozens of goblins being bisected by swords in episode one), it’s all a rather dull affair. Like so many fantasy series of recent years, there’s little that makes this series distinct: the hero isn’t memorable, the action scenes are poorly animated, the world isn’t unusual in any aspect, and the heroine is just another cute anime girl. Actually, scratch that—Roxy Hart only decides to offer Fate a job with her family after he saves her hide by killing a thief who ran away from her. Hmmm… Anyway, back to the point: there’s not a whole lot here, though a few specs might be interesting enough to keep fans of the genre entertained, including the relationship that Fate develops with his sword, Greed, who is really the only fun character so far. And even if Fate isn’t particularly memorable, he has a strong conscience, and I immediately admired that about him; I think it also bodes well for the direction of his character growth. Oh, and the themes, both by EverdreaM, are quite nice, though that’s just a preference as they have an old-school vibe to them. If those elements are enough to feed your passion for fantasy anime, you might enjoy Berserk of Gluttony. Otherwise, I recommend giving this anime a hard pass and feeding your gluttony another way.

Berserk of Gluttony can be streamed on Crunchyroll.


2 thoughts on “First Impression: Berserk of Gluttony

  1. After watching the first episode I have to agree. While the series is entertaining enough at the moment to keep watching, so much of it is generic, cliché, or kind of a rip-off (OP skill is called gluttony, really). Hopefully it improves, but it is pretty low on the watch priority list.

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