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Title: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2014, 04:04:37 PM
A few days ago, we passed the 5th anniversary of Miura's reply to our 10-question letter  (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9513.msg166232#msg166232). (See Puella's translation of his answers) (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9513.msg166308#msg166308)

At the time, we pooled our thoughts on what we would ask him. I don't think many of us expected to get a real reply from him, but the questions were worded in a way that would increase the odds of that possibility: They weren't offensive, demanding or critical of him. His reply was gracious, and as he said, a kind of thank-you for the international fan support for his series. Of course, over the years I've thought of some things I would have liked to add to that list, and wished I had tossed out some of the other questions (how old is Guts, and the Hawk/Falcon thing), But it was tough to come up with a set of questions that hadn't been asked before (that we know of), and could provide revealing answers.

Now that some time has passed, in keeping with the atmosphere of the last set of questions, what would you ask Miura today?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 07, 2014, 04:37:03 PM
Good question. I myself don't have a new one but more a follow up question to one of his answers.


In his answer to question 9 : "Itís because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development."


I would be curious to know in what way or how it would have limit the freedom of the story development. I'd like to hear his take on that.

That'd be one question for the moment.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on April 07, 2014, 04:38:10 PM
Mister Kentaro Miura,

Why are you such an Genius ?

joke aside haha  :ganishka:

What was the hardest PictureI/llustration to draw in Berserk ?

I couldnt formulate the question that good due to my not so good english, but i hope that you still will understand what i mean haha
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 07, 2014, 04:40:54 PM


What was the hardest Picture to draw in your Journey while drawing Berserk ?


I like that one. On a creative side too I've always wondered how much time he'd spent on the drawing vs the inking? or are the assistant inking the pages? or his he just doing them straight with ink and no pencils?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on April 07, 2014, 04:42:38 PM
I like that one. On a creative side too I've always wondered how much time he'd spent on the drawing vs the inking? or are the assistant inking the pages? or his he just doing them straight with ink and no pencils?


The inking is mostly done by the mangaka himself
The Assistants are mostly drawing the background while the mangaka is drawing all characters etc.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on April 07, 2014, 04:45:39 PM
I like that one. On a creative side too I've always wondered how much time he'd spent on the drawing vs the inking? or are the assistant inking the pages? or his he just doing them straight with ink and no pencils?

For example there are some videos of the famous Mangaka Tekhiko Inoue while drawing Vegabond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVNaVSGLXMI
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 07, 2014, 04:47:53 PM


The inking is mostly done by the mangaka himself
The Assistants are mostly drawing the background while the mangaka is drawing all characters etc.

Thanks for that info I really appreciate it. But what I was more wondering and sorry I didn't precise it before, is that Miura said (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) that he did one page/day. So if that's the case I was wondering how much he spent time with the pencil / inking if it's how he works. I am wondering cause I draw a lot too and I am just curious in his drawing process.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on April 07, 2014, 04:52:12 PM
Thanks for that info I really appreciate it. But what I was more wondering and sorry I didn't precise it before, is that Miura said (I think, correct me if I'm wrong) that he did one page/day. So if that's the case I was wondering how much he spent time with the pencil / inking if it's how he works. I am wondering cause I draw a lot too and I am just curious in his drawing process.

oh  now i understand what you mean
i once read that he is dong 6 pages with the pencil
the inking process mostly depends on the page
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2014, 05:10:08 PM
In his answer to question 9 : "Itís because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development."

I would be curious to know in what way or how it would have limit the freedom of the story development. I'd like to hear his take on that.

We don't need Miura to answer that. By having one of your main characters have a Q&A with the god of the Berserk world, it sets limitations on that world. There's a defined order to things as a result of that conversation that Miura doesn't necessarily have to obey, now that it's non-canon.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 07, 2014, 05:22:29 PM
We don't need Miura to answer that. By having one of your main characters have a Q&A with the god of the Berserk world, it sets limitations on that world. There's a defined order to things as a result of that conversation that Miura doesn't necessarily have to obey, now that it's non-canon.

Ah euh well thank you. But I still get a feeling he could still do what he want with this info no? I don't remember exactly what the q&a was exactly (and that's alright since it's non-canon and I was just curious.) but I just don't see what the limitation it could have done. Anyway I wanted an answer and I got one and I get what you mean so thanks again.

Another question, I know Miura based some of the old Falcon from his friend. Does he still do that for new characters? How hard is it to come with a character design if not.. Something in the likes, I'm not good to phrase questions.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2014, 05:40:47 PM
Ah euh well thank you. But I still get a feeling he could still do what he want with this info no?

Once you start making rules for your world, especially defining how your god works, the only way around it is retconning. Remember, the Idea of Evil talked about manipulating generations of bloodlines to create the pathway for Griffith, and affecting the dark side of human subconscious mind to shape history. These are things that are consistent with how the series works, but Miura has eliminated the specifics of how these things have occurred by removing Episode 83.

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I don't remember exactly what the q&a was exactly (and that's alright since it's non-canon and I was just curious.)

Well, you're missing out if you aren't familiar with it, since it still holds up to scrutiny. You can always find the text for Episode 83 here: http://skullknight.net/idea
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: ryOtoha on April 07, 2014, 08:19:20 PM
How old is Guts now is definitely the most important question.

Also,

Is there any chance for another Berserk video game ?

What do you think about the evolution of your drawing skills ? The way it impact Guts design for example ?

Can you elaborate on how things works between studio GaGa members ?

We really appreciated Gigantomaxia. Can you give us one detail we don't know about Delos/Prome's journey or the world itself ?

What's you favorite giant robot series ?



Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on April 07, 2014, 08:29:06 PM
How old is Guts now is definitely  the most important question.

Also,

Is there any chance to have another Berserk video game ?

What do you think about the evolution of your drawing skills ? The way it impact for example Guts design ?

Can you elaborate on how things works between studio GaGa members ?

We really appreciated Gigantomaxia. Can you give us one detail we don't know about Delos/Prome journey or the world itself ?

What's you favorite giant robot series ?

If there would come out an Berserk Game
I would totally go insane
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Slime_Beherit on April 07, 2014, 10:34:29 PM
How did you refrain from taking a Dragon Slayer to everyone involved with the Berserk movies? Was that "mysterious smile" caused by the thought of all the  :mozgus: -like torture you were planning to instill?

What do you to unwind besides creating an excellent short story?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 08, 2014, 04:09:06 AM
Once you start making rules for your world, especially defining how your god works, the only way around it is retconning. Remember, the Idea of Evil talked about manipulating generations of bloodlines to create the pathway for Griffith, and affecting the dark side of human subconscious mind to shape history. These are things that are consistent with how the series works, but Miura has eliminated the specifics of how these things have occurred by removing Episode 83.

Well, you're missing out if you aren't familiar with it, since it still holds up to scrutiny. You can always find the text for Episode 83 here: http://skullknight.net/idea

thank you for making it more clear to me walter :)
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Deci on April 09, 2014, 10:39:11 AM
Any plan to release a new illustration file?

Do you have a map for the world of Berserk?

I would ask about another game as mentioned above.

You've mentioned an interest in continuing Gigantomakhia one day, and I believe I remember reading that you were interested in telling a story about the real historical figure Dracula was based off, do you still want to do that? Something totally new?

You sometimes have moved a page, panel, or in some rare cases a whole episode's order in the story. As well as adding panels and pages, and removing them sometimes too. Some of us are interested to know if you have a record of all the changes you've officially made and if you would release it?

Does doing an art exhibition interest you?

Marvel or DC?  :troll:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 09, 2014, 11:04:46 AM
Any plan to release a new illustration file?

We asked that last time, though.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Doc on April 09, 2014, 09:26:00 PM
I'd ask him if there were any key parts in the story that he would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight, apart from the 'lost chapter' of course.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 10, 2014, 01:49:27 AM
In Berserk, you have portrayed disturbing moments by holding back details such as not showing Griffith's exposed face after his prolonged torture. You have also portrayed disturbing moments with overwhelming detail, Casca's rape as an example. How do you know when to inundate the audience with detail and when to hold back?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Vodnak on April 10, 2014, 10:52:54 AM
In Berserk, you have portrayed disturbing moments by holding back details such as not showing Griffith's exposed after his prolonged torture. You have also portrayed disturbing moments with overwhelming detail, Casca's rape as an example. How do you know when to inundate the audience with detail and when to hold back?

I like that question, well spoken. I can't imagine Miura gets one like this too often.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 10, 2014, 11:17:38 AM
Thanks for the ideas, guys.

I'd ask him if there were any key parts in the story that he would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight, apart from the 'lost chapter' of course.

We touched upon this last time by asking him was any part of the story especially difficult (to which he replied no). But your question would somewhat require him to admit mistakes.

In Berserk, you have portrayed disturbing moments by holding back details such as not showing Griffith's exposed after his prolonged torture. You have also portrayed disturbing moments with overwhelming detail, Casca's rape as an example. How do you know when to inundate the audience with detail and when to hold back?

Not a bad idea, but there really aren't that many examples of what you describe. Really, there's just the one. And I imagine he would reply something akin to: Instinct.  It's also getting close to asking a comedian to explain his jokes.

I know it seems like I'm being critical, but I do appreciate the variety of questions. I'm just trying to find questions that will encourage him to reply should we ever write him a second letter. Whenever I formulate a question, I always try to consider his range of replies. Does the question imply criticism of his work? Would the answer require him to give away parts of the story? Or ask him to explain his storytelling method to a degree that would be uncomfortable? On top of that, there's the whole "always be super polite when asking questions of Japanese people" thing to consider.

Here are a few questions of my own, to which I invite the same amount of criticism as I have offered :griffnotevil:


Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: RanShi on April 10, 2014, 02:25:35 PM
I wouldn't ask him anything about Berserk.

Although I would ask him what we can do, as fans, to support him on his journey of creating the manga (besides buying his stuff of course).
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: IncantatioN on April 10, 2014, 08:41:08 PM
Good topic Walter and some really interesting questions.

Would it be rude to ask him what his favorite books or who his favorite authors/ mangeka's are? It's non-Berserk so if we had a limited set, best to strike off?

You sometimes have moved a page, panel, or in some rare cases a whole episode's order in the story. As well as adding panels and pages, and removing them sometimes too. Some of us are interested to know if you have a record of all the changes you've officially made and if you would release it?

Apart from that 1 episode, I had no idea pages/ panels were moved ... this's fascinating to learn.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 10, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
Quote from: IncantatioN link=topic=14236.msg227332#msg227332
Would it be rude to ask him what his favorite books or who his favorite authors/ mangeka's are? It's non-Berserk so if we had a limited set, best to strike off?

Nope, but we can hazard a guess what his reply would be, based on his previous interviews.

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Apart from that 1 episode, I had no idea pages/ panels were moved ... this's fascinating to learn.
We've discussed the changes a number of times. Only a handful are significant. Most are so small they're not even noteworthy. http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11140.15
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 10, 2014, 10:46:12 PM
maybe a cheap one or maybe insignificant but for the sake of the brain storm :

How did you come up with the idea of Berserk. Did you think it would get as popular as it is now?

ps : sorry if we already know the answer to that. I don't so I'm curious about it.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 10, 2014, 11:26:02 PM
maybe a cheap one or maybe insignificant but for the sake of the brain storm :

How did you come up with the idea of Berserk. Did you think it would get as popular as it is now?

ps : sorry if we already know the answer to that. I don't so I'm curious about it.

Answer is here: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=4632.msg20393#msg20393

More old interviews can be found here, and they're all fascinating: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8059.msg136395#msg136395
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 11, 2014, 07:51:37 PM
Muchas gracias Walter. i read a couple of interviews in the past but don't remember a lot. It' ll be good reading while waiting for the next episode.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: RanShi on April 11, 2014, 08:15:48 PM
Or actually, I would ask him about himself.
His habits when he gets into his creative process, if he uses any stimulants (caffeine/nicotine), alcohol or consciousness-altering substances... but maybe that's rude to ask.  :void:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: IncantatioN on April 11, 2014, 08:40:50 PM
We've discussed the changes a number of times. Only a handful are significant. Most are so small they're not even noteworthy. http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11140.15

Thanks for linking that topic, it's so detailed.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Bender on April 13, 2014, 03:34:58 AM
-Who are some of the characters that you enjoy drawing the most and why?

-In the past you spoke about the time and effort you put into to the creation of the 1997 amine series.  Did you do anything similar with the recent movies?

I am also interested in some of the fan events that might go on in Japan that we don't hear about.  A podcast I listen to for another anime is done by people who currently live in Japan and they talk about all the fan events, conventions, signings, merchandise, and so on that happens in Japan.  I am not sure how to ask this.  If things like this do exist, does Miura have any idea that they exist let alone take part in them.  Is anyone aware of something like a Berserk fanclub?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Aazealh on April 13, 2014, 08:12:31 AM
A podcast I listen to for another anime is done by people who currently live in Japan and they talk about all the fan events, conventions, signings, merchandise, and so on that happens in Japan.  I am not sure how to ask this.  If things like this do exist, does Miura have any idea that they exist let alone take part in them.  Is anyone aware of something like a Berserk fanclub?

As far as I know there aren't any conventions or official fan clubs for Berserk in Japan. There are some events from time to time though, some of which we've mentioned on the forum.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Henry Spencer on April 24, 2014, 09:14:01 PM
Mine would go like this:

-Over the years, you have changed your designs various times, is this a conscious thing that you set out to do; as in, "improve" your artwork or do you feel that is a natural thing that has happened, as you became more experienced/accomplished as an artist? Do you ever look back at your old works and want to redraw them in your newer style? Do you agree with artists that want to go back and change things, or do you think that part of being an artist is leaving things be and enjoying the work as is?

-Do the changing times we live in now effect your work. For example: Do your life experiences and how quickly the world has been changing effect Berserk in anyway. For example, are your philosophies/deep thinking in your life forever changing or do you feel the same way as you did when you first started the manga series?

-Have you ever grown tired of working on Berserk for so long and if you do, what have you done to reinvigorate your love for the work that you do - anything that inspires you to continue this long, prestigious manga series.

-What has your interaction with fans been like? Do you enjoy getting feedback from your fans, or do you prefer not thinking too much of fans expectations since as an artist, you don't like being effected by the opinions of others? And as a follow up to that, do you see yourself engaging with fans at any events in the future?

-Will there be another game project for Berserk and what approach would you take if there was - the side story/gaiden approach of the Dreamcast game or an adaptation of your work like with the PlayStation 2 game (which included some supplementary original material)?

-What do you think of the influence your manga has had on popular culture at large - does it give you personal satisfaction on seeing your manga influencing other creators in all entertainment fields, like for example, seeing all of the influence your manga had on director Hidetaka Miyazaki and the game, Demon's Souls?

-Do you ever regret decisions you have made with regards to the storyline/any particular character? What would you change about it, if anything?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on April 24, 2014, 10:29:43 PM
All fantastic and respectful questions :ubik:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: lon3vvolf on May 27, 2014, 07:28:01 PM
This is going to sound way selfish but its actually something I've been thinking about for years.  I would ask him if he could draw a wedding ring for me.  I ask this because its due to Berserk that I met my girlfriend.  I was cosplaying Guts when she noticed me and she is the perfect Casca, you can check out the cosplay thread.  I know its very unlikely that he would entertain such a question but I've even thought of visiting Japan and Young Animal to see if my message could get passed on.

Hey, I did go to korea to try and see that Zodd statue that was posted in a thread on here... it wasnt there when I went  :puck:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Redfield on June 05, 2014, 03:56:47 AM
Hello, everyone.  Brand new member here.  Thank you for letting me join the community.  I've been a big fan of Berserk for a pretty long time, starting with the '97anime, which then subsequently turned me on to the manga.  I've bought every Japanese tankoban and every Dark Horse edition.  I've also bought all the DVDs of the 97 TV series and both the BDs and the DVDs of the more recent Golden Age movie trilogy (to support Berserk.)  I also have both the video games (bought a Japanese PS2 just to play Berserk), all the art books, the post card book, numerous action figures, the Guts Art of War statue, etc.  I'd say Berserk is my favorite thing ever.  I go out of my way to expose as many people as I can to it, and I often think about the story and the characters-it's on my mind a lot LOL.  Long time lurker at skullknight.net, been downloading and listening to the podcasts in order and am really enjoying them and decided now is a good time to get involved.  Again, thanks for letting me in.

Okay, so my questions for Miura-sama, and if these have been answered already, I'd appreciate being pointed to places where those comments can be found:

1.)  We know that the outfits and weapons of both Guts and Griffith can be obtained and used in Capcom's Dragon's Dogma video game.  Has anyone ever approached you about using any of the Berserk characters in video games for guest or special appearances?  It seems to me that Guts, Griffith and Casca would be naturals for appearances in, say, Soul Calibur, since Namco-Bandai seems to enjoy having guest characters appear in every entry and it's a dark fantasy based fighting game series.

2.)  As it regards the two Berserk video games, do you consider them canonical entries in the storyline?

3.)  Fans have debated for a long time about Casca's reaction to being violated by Griffith during the Eclipse.  Do you feel that the third movie of the Golden Age arc adequately captured your intentions as a creator as it regards the matter of Casca's suffering, or do you see it more as an alternative interpretation by a different group of artists?

Apologies if anyone is bothered by these questions or thinks they're stupid :P
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Aazealh on June 05, 2014, 12:16:25 PM
Hello, everyone.  Brand new member here.  Thank you for letting me join the community.  I've been a big fan of Berserk for a pretty long time

Welcome!

1.)  We know that the outfits and weapons of both Guts and Griffith can be obtained and used in Capcom's Dragon's Dogma video game.  Has anyone ever approached you about using any of the Berserk characters in video games for guest or special appearances?  It seems to me that Guts, Griffith and Casca would be naturals for appearances in, say, Soul Calibur, since Namco-Bandai seems to enjoy having guest characters appear in every entry and it's a dark fantasy based fighting game series.

Can't answer for Miura here, but for info the Dragon Dogma stuff was the result of a promotional deal with the first movie of the Berserk Film Project, not with the manga itself. As for Soul Calibur, it's already got its fair share of Berserk references as it is (e.g. Siegfried's design).

2.)  As it regards the two Berserk video games, do you consider them canonical entries in the storyline?

The first game's story was written by Miura and was meant to be canon originally, but it didn't work out in the end. Again I won't presume to answer for Miura, but it's not truly canon like events in the manga are. As for the PS2 game, Miura explicitly said at the time that it was "just for fun". So it's definitely not canon, as one can tell by playing the game anyway, given all the changes to the story.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on June 05, 2014, 01:17:59 PM
3.)  Fans have debated for a long time about Casca's reaction to being violated by Griffith during the Eclipse.  Do you feel that the third movie of the Golden Age arc adequately captured your intentions as a creator as it regards the matter of Casca's suffering, or do you see it more as an alternative interpretation by a different group of artists?

I doubt he'd ever criticize the movie adaptations openly. It's just not his style. But I think it's probably not hard to guess his true feelings.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Redfield on June 05, 2014, 01:20:20 PM
Welcome!

Thanks. 

Not to heap too much praise on you, but you're my favorite of the three regular voices on SkullKast.  I like hearing all three of you, but your thoughts and examinations are the ones I'm most in tune with:)

Can't answer for Miura here, but for info the Dragon Dogma stuff was the result of a promotional deal with the first movie of the Berserk Film Project, not with the manga itself. As for Soul Calibur, it's already got its fair share of Berserk references as it is (e.g. Siegfried's design).

Yeah, I follow.  It's not that I want to see the characters specifically in Soul Calibur, or any other game series for that matter.  I would definitely be intrigued by Namco's interpretation of the characters in a fighting game, however.  What attacks they'd have, the hit boxes of their various attacks, their animations, their voices, victory quotes and anything else they'd mine from the manga, etc.  It's just more of a general question about guest appearances.  I just wonder what offers he's had, if any, from game companies to use the characters in a 'guest' capacity. 

The ideal scenario, however, would be another Berserk game!  I'd love a SRPG set during the Golden Age.

The first game's story was written by Miura and was meant to be canon originally, but it didn't work out in the end. Again I won't presume to answer for Miura, but it's not truly canon like events in the manga are. As for the PS2 game, Miura explicitly said at the time that it was "just for fun". So it's definitely not canon, as one can tell by playing the game anyway, given all the changes to the story.

When the PS2 game came out, I didn't have much access to translated versions of the manga and I didn't (and still don't) speak Japanese, so I was unfamiliar with the pacing of the game and how the events fit in.  I didn't really know how much time was passing in the game, so I couldn't be sure of it.  With the Dreamcast game, I recall some of those characters showing up in a scene in the manga, but it was a minor thing.  I thought they were in a forest and watched Zodd fly overhead or something like that, but I might not be remembering it right.

I doubt he'd ever criticize the movie adaptations openly. It's just not his style. But I think it's probably not hard to guess his true feelings.

Has Miura ever directly stated his intentions for Casca's POV?  I presume he's been saving that for what I'd have to think is the eventual attempt by the elves to heal her, but I just don't know what he's said.  Has he ever even publicly hinted at this?

I refrain from opining on the matter myself because I'm pretty tired of reading all the back and forth on the subject from the community.  At this point, knowing what the various circles of fans think, I'm only interested in what Miura has to say on the subject.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on June 05, 2014, 01:42:37 PM
Has Miura ever directly stated his intentions for Casca's POV?
I think his intentions were pretty clear during the scene in which she was raped and said no no no, while crying and bleeding, then having her mind wiped from the trauma. How many more layers of pain and suffering would be sufficient to convince you?

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I refrain from opining on the matter myself because I'm pretty tired of reading all the back and forth on the subject from the community.  At this point, knowing what the various circles of fans think, I'm only interested in what Miura has to say on the subject.

It's not debatable. If you can't see what his intentions were with the scene, then your query is more suited to a remedial Berserk class than to ask the man himself.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Redfield on June 05, 2014, 01:57:05 PM
I think his intentions were pretty clear during the scene in which she was raped and said no no no, while crying and bleeding, then having her mind wiped from the trauma. How many more layers of pain and suffering would be sufficient to convince you?

It's not debatable. If you can't see what his intentions were with the scene, then your query is more suited to a remedial Berserk class than to ask the man himself.

Well, I know this question won't be making it on to the next interview submission:D

EDIT:  I was just asked in a PM if I believe Casca was raped.

Let me clear up that question.

Absolutely.  She was raped.  To imply that there was even a part of her that just saw Femto and jumped on him is just wrong.  My question is more about what happened to her during the act, the psychological walls and defense mechanisms that either were or were not going up and switching on during the violation. 

In a shattered, brain addled state, did she revert to a partial, broken shadow of herself and reciprocate at all at THAT point?  Or was there only pure resistance followed by insanity?

I've seen arguments on both sides of the psychological defense side, and that's more what I was referring to.

Sorry about any confusion I've caused.

To the sender of the PM:  I responded, but my Sent Items box is showing no items, so I don't know if you received my response at all.

Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on June 05, 2014, 04:45:17 PM
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In a shattered, brain addled state, did she revert to a partial, broken shadow of herself and reciprocate at all at THAT point? 

That sounds rather convoluted, and doesn't match up with what we're shown -- no reciprocation. It comes across as a gross attempt at justification from those who for whatever reason wanted Casca to kiss him back.

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Or was there only pure resistance followed by insanity?

Sounds more likely to me. The trauma caused her mind to regress. It could be further addressed later, as you say, when they go to restore her. But it seems pretty straightforward.

Anyway, this is hardly the place to debate such a thing. In fact, there are many active threads right now on Casca.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Redfield on June 05, 2014, 05:17:09 PM
Sorry again for any confusion about my line of question.  I'm a new guy and I'm just trying to fit in without being too much of a troublemaker :carcus:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Aazealh on June 05, 2014, 05:47:50 PM
Not to heap too much praise on you, but you're my favorite of the three regular voices on SkullKast.  I like hearing all three of you, but your thoughts and examinations are the ones I'm most in tune with:)

Glad to know you enjoy my contributions.

The ideal scenario, however, would be another Berserk game!  I'd love a SRPG set during the Golden Age.

I don't think that'd be a very good use of the license to be honest.

When the PS2 game came out, I didn't have much access to translated versions of the manga and I didn't (and still don't) speak Japanese, so I was unfamiliar with the pacing of the game and how the events fit in.  I didn't really know how much time was passing in the game, so I couldn't be sure of it.  With the Dreamcast game, I recall some of those characters showing up in a scene in the manga, but it was a minor thing.  I thought they were in a forest and watched Zodd fly overhead or something like that, but I might not be remembering it right.

Well for the PS2 game I think the events depicted differ so much from what's in the manga that even without speaking Japanese it's quite clear it's not meant to be canon. As for the DC game, no, no characters from it show up in the manga. The event to which you refer is not connected. There's just one similar name that might be a little nod, but that's it.

Has Miura ever directly stated his intentions for Casca's POV? [...] I refrain from opining on the matter myself because I'm pretty tired of reading all the back and forth on the subject from the community.  At this point, knowing what the various circles of fans think, I'm only interested in what Miura has to say on the subject.

Congratulation on refraining, starting a discussion on the topic in an unrelated thread would have been in bad taste. As for asking Miura about this, there aren't many questions that I think would be more distasteful.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Bender on November 20, 2014, 03:32:23 PM
How has the advancement and changes in technology affected the way you make Berserk over the years?  Do you use computers or other devices to aid you in your work?

I came across an artist who I was familiar with who I believe started working in the early 80's in the industry and is currently now drawing a manga completely digitally.  It got me wondering if Miura has embraced any new technology, like computers, as he has drawn Berserk over the years.  I know very little about the process of making a manga and maybe someone with more knowledge could help frame the question better, but it is something I thought would be interesting to hear since he has been working on one project for the last 20+ years.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Aazealh on November 20, 2014, 03:43:07 PM
I came across an artist who I was familiar with who I believe started working in the early 80's in the industry and is currently now drawing a manga completely digitally.  It got me wondering if Miura has embraced any new technology, like computers, as he has drawn Berserk over the years.  I know very little about the process of making a manga and maybe someone with more knowledge could help frame the question better, but it is something I thought would be interesting to hear since he has been working on one project for the last 20+ years.

As far as I know he still works completely by hand. The "special effects", which are the work of one of his assistants, are the only thing that might possibly be added by computer, and even then I'm not sure they are.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Bender on November 20, 2014, 04:43:27 PM
As far as I know he still works completely by hand. The "special effects", which are the work of one of his assistants, are the only thing that might possibly be added by computer, and even then I'm not sure they are.

Yeah, that is what I assume as well and why I'm interested.  If that were the case I would still be interested to know that his methods have not changed.  There were other questions in the thread about his work environment and process, maybe something along the lines of my question could be combined with them.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: rayhato on December 09, 2014, 10:44:22 AM
Here what's in my mind:

- AFAIK George R.R. Martin and his wife like to read threads his fans posts and trying to resolve his plot riddles and twists. Berserk is over 25 years old and boards have plenty of theories Is Miura-san reading community discussions?
- Will we see any spin-offs to the main story in future? Short series taken place in the same world but in another era, for example.
- Skull Knight stated that he is an enemy of God Hand. What he meant, except his attempts to kill them? Why he is hiding his personality?
- If the characters read books, what would read Guts, Griffith, Zodd, Irvin, Locus, Grunbeld, Rakshas and Skull Knight?
- Anything that Guts afraid of?
- Anything about GSC obtaining Berserk license and releasing figures? More merchandise coming in future? New limited polystone statues are dedicated to incoming Berserk events (new anime, etc)?
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Handmade on December 10, 2014, 01:31:00 PM
This is going to sound way selfish but its actually something I've been thinking about for years.  I would ask him if he could draw a wedding ring for me.  I ask this because its due to Berserk that I met my girlfriend.  I was cosplaying Guts when she noticed me and she is the perfect Casca, you can check out the cosplay thread.  I know its very unlikely that he would entertain such a question but I've even thought of visiting Japan and Young Animal to see if my message could get passed on.

This is the most adorable thing I've read in a long time. You guys met each other as Guts and Casca. How romantic. :farnese:

Over the years I've seen many many very original proposals, and personally, I think it is a dying art(?). No one wows or surprises their significant others anymore with their proposals! I jest, of course. Some still do (I remember a guy filling a theater for example, and he had his girlfriend believe they were just going to see a movie, but it was actually a video of her family giving him their blessing and telling her how proud they were of her here's the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnVAE91E7kM)), but some don't, and that's fine.  :slan:

But this is a very original idea, and very rooted in how you met your girlfriend. Assuming you're serious (and it seems like you are), I think it's very sweet, and if Miura ever heard your request, I don't think he'd refuse or respectfully decline. I don't see any impossibilities transferring a ring drawing (on a table or a woman's finger for scale as I imagine him drawing it, maybe even noticeably in the Berserk world!  :guts:) over to a jeweler (they're all about unique and microscopic detail anyway, right?). Again, it is a very sweet idea, so thank you for sharing it. I imagined it very clearly, and it warmed my heart a little bit. I agree, it seems very unlikely, but I will wish you luck anyway. Don't wait forever, though!  :magni:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Constantly_Shaved on December 10, 2014, 05:35:41 PM
I would like to ask him some personal questions , like If he does read other mangas that are currently being published and If he would like to visit the places he sometimes takes inspirations from.

I wanna know how he spends his "day off" if he has any , or how he would plan it.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on December 10, 2014, 05:40:56 PM
I would like to ask him some personal questions , like If he does read other mangas that are currently being published and

It'd be good to know. I don't recall him mentioning reading any currently running series, other than Guin Saga of course (a novel). But he does often mention games.

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If he would like to visit the places he sometimes takes inspirations from.

He took a trip to Europe a Dutch naval museum in Japan in 2004 to do research on ships (for all the ships in Vritannis, we can assume), and I imagine he's taken other trips to see these old locations in person.
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Mangetsu on December 10, 2014, 05:55:28 PM
He took a trip to Europe a Dutch naval museum in Japan in 2004 to do research on ships (for all the ships in Vritannis, we can assume), and I imagine he's taken other trips to see these old locations in person.


So happy to hear this. I remember you guys mentioning this in the podcast where you talked about Miura. It makes me happy to hear that, since he mentioned this in one of his earlier comments

1993: Sword Master (1)
I don't even dare to dream about a trip to a foreign country but at least I would like to go to a spa once in my life. (Thanks again Puella  :void:)

It makes me happy that he was able to fulfill one of his dreams.

Edit: Oh i see, it isn't confirmed yet, if he ever went to europe. I hope he did one day though  :serpico:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Walter on December 10, 2014, 06:56:59 PM
So happy to hear this. I remember you guys mentioning this in the podcast where you talked about Miura. It makes me happy to hear that, since he mentioned this in one of his earlier comments

Well, that's from my memory, and I could be mistaken. We don't have accurate translations of all the comments yet, of course!
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: Grail on December 10, 2014, 07:39:01 PM
This is the most adorable thing I've read in a long time. You guys met each other as Guts and Casca. How romantic. :farnese:
It definitely is cute, but I hope he didn't blow his cover by posting about it! :casca: I wonder if they're already engaged, since the original post was back in May?

But this is a very original idea, and very rooted in how you met your girlfriend. Assuming you're serious (and it seems like you are), I think it's very sweet, and if Miura ever heard your request, I don't think he'd refuse or respectfully decline.
As sweet an idea as it is, I don't think it would be fair to assume that. It takes time to make something worthwhile, especially if he'd be doing it as a request, and not a commission. :serpico: Besides, it wouldn't be fair for a single fan to get something special.

- Will we see any spin-offs to the main story in future? Short series taken place in the same world but in another era, for example.
I think I'd be curious about this too. Not necessarily for Berserk, but I wonder if he has any stories that he'd like to develop as a single manga volume, like he did with Gigantomakhia. I always thought it was pretty inspiring how he's managed to stay dedicated to Berserk for so many years, but he must have at least a few ideas tucked away. :slan:
Title: Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
Post by: slothqueen on April 15, 2015, 02:50:12 PM
We know (approximately) how old is Guts. Than - how old are Griffith and Casca? Or who is the oldest and who is the youngest (at last).