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Title: Episode 338
Post by: Heiji on July 07, 2015, 01:00:01 PM
Title: 夕闇の死客 - The Dusky Assassin (literally: The Dusky Visitor of Death)

Episode #338 will be published in Young Animal #15 (24/07).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 07, 2015, 01:00:59 PM
Our second-longest nightmare has ended.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Heiji on July 07, 2015, 01:02:48 PM
Look like serie will became monthly from this episode.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 07, 2015, 01:12:35 PM
What a relief ! It was becoming increasingly hard to live normally without any Berserk's new substantial material. Thank you Heiji :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 07, 2015, 01:13:52 PM
Yippie!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 07, 2015, 01:23:05 PM
Oh man! The hype train is real. I cannot wait for this! And just 4 days after my birthday? Thanks, Miura!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Devilwoman on July 07, 2015, 01:25:24 PM
Awesome news :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 07, 2015, 01:26:39 PM
Look like serie will became monthly from this episode.

Now that would be interesting. Not sure I could handle a return to a breakneck publishing pace after so long. :void:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 07, 2015, 01:35:50 PM
Now that would be interesting. Not sure I could handle a return to a breakneck publishing pace after so long. :void:

Not sure our podcast production rate could keep up, either  :magni:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 07, 2015, 01:40:46 PM
Well this is an interesting news! And hopefully the monthly resuming will come. My girlfriend ain't excited though (still haven't succeed in converting her   :serpico: ) I talked about the slap scene for weeks! My money on a switch to Guts crew. Now the question is : one last episode on the sea with Elfhelm on the horizon at the end or more likely Elfhelm in the middle and a punch at the end? (That is if we have a switch to Guts)

Either scenario, I'm just glad to have my favorite series back!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 07, 2015, 01:47:38 PM
Well this is an interesting news! And hopefully the monthly resuming will come. My girlfriend ain't excited though (still haven't succeed in converting her   :serpico: ) I talked about the slap scene for weeks! My money on a switch to Guts crew. Now the question is : one last episode on the sea with Elfhelm on the horizon at the end or more likely Elfhelm in the middle and a punch at the end? (That is if we have a switch to Guts)

Either scenario, I'm just glad to have my favorite series back!

I've gone back and forth on it for a few months now, but I think it'll be focused on Guts' side of the story.

While it would seem natural to ease into the Skellig sighting, I wonder what the major action would be for this coming episode. We've already had a kind of summary episode in 331, reviewing the current circumstances of each character, and alluding to the coming changes. So then for me, that leaves whatever getting close to Skellig will involve. Perhaps they'll start noticing strange things in the sea, sky, etc. leading to comments from Schierke, leading to the inevitable and long-awaited LAND HO. Miura has accomplished feats like that in a matter of pages though. So I wonder... (as always).

But of course, let's not get too excited about that possibility if we get another Falconia episode instead  :griffnotevil: I've long been the guy trumpeting how interesting it would be to learn a little more about the circumstances behind the scenes at Falconia -- particularly about those guards who were found unconscious, and of course the aftermath of Rickert's slap on those closest to Griffith.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 07, 2015, 01:50:03 PM
It would be interesting if we could ask some questions to Miura, now he has prepared/structurized a lot of things to come, expected or not. Don't you think the timing feels right ?

I've gone back and forth on it for a few months now, but I think it'll be focused on Guts' side of the story.

While it would seem natural to ease into the Skellig sighting, I wonder what the major action would be for this coming episode. We've already had a kind of summary episode in 331, reviewing the current circumstances of each character, and alluding to the coming changes. So then for me, that leaves whatever getting close to Skellig will involve. Perhaps they'll start noticing strange things in the sea, sky, etc. leading to comments from Schierke, leading to the inevitable and long-awaited LAND HO. Miura has accomplished feats like that in a matter of pages though. So I wonder... (as always).

But of course, let's not get too excited about that possibility if we get another Falconia episode instead  :griffnotevil: I've long been the guy trumpeting how interesting it would be to learn a little more about the circumstances behind the scenes at Falconia -- particularly about those guards who were found unconscious, and of course the aftermath of Rickert's slap on those closest to Griffith.

Even if that scenario is what we would like to see, the timing feels right. It seems logical and well paced to return to Guts' journey and in a few month, get back to Rickert/Griffith side. That what i was thinking myself since episode 337.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 07, 2015, 01:57:02 PM
Excellent news, thanks Heiji!

Not sure our podcast production rate could keep up, either  :magni:

It'll be a fun challenge for sure, can't wait on those amazing insights as always.

When your mind's fading and body's giving up Walter from the stress of work, life and everything, watch this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuHfVn_cfHU

Joking of course. Don't worry about the podcast schedule, we'll stay tuned whenever you put one out.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Nildin on July 07, 2015, 02:01:19 PM
Great news. My heart jumped when I saw the 338 thread title :D
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: rayhato on July 07, 2015, 02:27:25 PM
Look like serie will became monthly from this episode.
This is interesting. What caused such acceleration? it's been 2-3 chapters for a year last few years.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 07, 2015, 02:35:13 PM
This is interesting. What caused such acceleration? it's been 2-3 EPISODES for a year last few years.

Real talk on the monthly thing:

If it's true, it'd be a true revolution from Miura's pace of work over the last decade. So I think it's more likely that he took this past year to build up a bulk of episodes, which when spread across a longer release period (once per month instead of twice), means he can more easily regulate the release pace according to his own working schedule.

TL;DR: Maybe he created a backlog during the break, which he can slowly exhaust while continuing to work at his own pace.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 07, 2015, 03:01:34 PM
it's been 2-3 episodes for a year last few years.

Not quite. While 2013 was a big drought and 2015 has been empty so far, 2014 saw 10 releases (Berserk & Gigantomachia) and 2011/2012 both had seven episodes.

So I think it's more likely that he took this past year to build up a bulk of episodes, which when spread across a longer release period (once per month instead of twice), means he can more easily regulate the release pace according to his own working schedule.

TL;DR: Maybe he created a backlog during the break, which he can slowly exhaust while continuing to work at his own pace.

Sounds plausible to me, and I also think he may have finally worked out all the stuff he needed to storywise, and can therefore get on with things.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 07, 2015, 03:18:40 PM
Not quite. While 2013 was a big drought and 2015 has been empty so far, 2014 saw 10 releases (Berserk & Gigantomachia) and 2011/2012 both had seven episodes.

Sounds plausible to me, and I also think he may have finally worked out all the stuff he needed to storywise, and can therefore get on with things.

That pretty much what I had in mind. Building a bunch of episode in advance and while they get to be release he keeps working on newer ones. It's what I'd try to do if I was a pro. (Still trying to do that with my own comic but hey I'm way ahead of being a pro)

Anyway back to my wishful prediction : a storm! (I wished for a damn big storm since they got on the ship) would be cool for the beginning of the episode. With the crew working hard on the sails and then when the storm abides what do we see behind the clouds ; Elfhelm. They get off the boat and a monster! No seriously I'd like to see a storm for real but I won't cry if it's not gonna happen.

And yeah Walter I wouldn't mind another Falconia episode either...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: hearTes on July 07, 2015, 03:46:58 PM
I am crying right now *sob*.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 07, 2015, 04:01:21 PM
And there was much rejoicing.   :ubik:  yay!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 07, 2015, 04:24:13 PM
(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--dH1XnAl0--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_320/mawqez6cusa7z0m1njot.gif)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rupert Sinclair on July 07, 2015, 05:00:16 PM
This is unbelievable!  I haven't been able to wipe this big stupid smile off my face since I saw this.  Great news.  Patience pays off.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: SpaceyLauss on July 07, 2015, 05:16:03 PM
Awesome news!  :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rhombaad on July 07, 2015, 05:33:35 PM
Episode #338 will be published in Young Animal #15 (24/07).

Great news!

Look like serie will became monthly from this episode.

Even better! :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 07, 2015, 06:55:43 PM
This made my day. I want to cry tears of joy.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Dar Klink on July 07, 2015, 07:44:01 PM
Holy shit, I forgot how much I cared about Berserk until I read this thread and I almost teared up. This month has been crazy for things I love getting new stuff!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: luizao on July 07, 2015, 07:46:12 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/g2wKMbb.gif)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: XionHorsey on July 07, 2015, 08:02:11 PM
Well, that's certainly great to hear, but I'm a bit wary.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Proj2501 on July 07, 2015, 08:05:46 PM
This news

(http://aazealh.net/Divers/Face/Guts_smiles_06.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ApostleBob on July 07, 2015, 08:16:39 PM
Awesome! Monthly sounds great! Even for a few months and we should be at Skellig!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Grail on July 07, 2015, 08:19:51 PM
Luizao, I think you said all that needs to be said. :ganishka:

This is the first time before the release of an episode where I can sincerely say that I don't care whether we're going back to Falconia or Guts's group. I have a feeling that whatever arrives at the end of this month is going to be bursting with exciting stuff. We're entering a brave new post-slap world, after all!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: MrMehawk on July 07, 2015, 08:36:38 PM
Out of Fallout 4 confirmation, Dragonball Super releasing, Disturbed being back and a number of other fantastic news for the communities I'm part of, this has to be the best out of all of them.

And I'm referring just to a new episode being released. If anything close to a monthly schedule is realized even just for a few months, I'll cry.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: luizao on July 07, 2015, 08:39:21 PM
Out of Fallout 4 confirmation, Dragonball Super releasing, Disturbed being back and a number of other fantastic news for the communities I'm part of, this has to be the best out of all of them.

And I'm referring just to a new episode being released. If anything close to a monthly schedule is realized even just for a few months, I'll cry.

Don't forget about the FFVII Remake
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Sygorian on July 07, 2015, 09:34:45 PM
I've made a tradition of buying my friends beer whenever an episode comes out. If there's gonna be indeed a monthly release uptime, well, it's not looking that great for my budget. Other than that, HURRAYYYY !!!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: creampuff_war on July 07, 2015, 09:56:32 PM
the return
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mickamott on July 08, 2015, 12:21:01 AM
Wonderful news! I can't wait for the new episode and we'll hopefully get a somewhat consistent release schedule for a while.

Perhaps I'll reread the series again in preparation. It's been about a year.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Johnstantine on July 08, 2015, 01:50:06 AM
This is exciting news, but are there sources on it being monthly? I didn't see any sources in the comments, so I'm just holding back any excitement until I see that it's been confirmed.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 08, 2015, 02:08:28 AM
This is exciting news, but are there sources on it being monthly? I didn't see any sources in the comments, so I'm just holding back any excitement until I see that it's been confirmed.
Heiji/LOicos has been providing us early dates consistently for a few years now.

But here's a source: http://hope.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/comic/1434615624/?v=pc (see post 943). The official confirmation will come Thursday or Friday on this page: http://www.younganimal.com/magazine/next.html
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Hitoshura on July 08, 2015, 03:05:56 AM
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/DemiFiendRSA/Berserk%20monthly_zpstiwbdw07.jpg)
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-08/berserk-manga-confirmed-to-resume-as-monthly-series-this-month/.90187
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Johnstantine on July 08, 2015, 03:25:07 AM
Thanks! Awesome to hear. I read comics that come out monthly, so this is nothing out of the usual for me!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Devilwoman on July 08, 2015, 03:48:30 AM
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/DemiFiendRSA/Berserk%20monthly_zpstiwbdw07.jpg)
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-08/berserk-manga-confirmed-to-resume-as-monthly-series-this-month/.90187

I'm crying tears of joy right now. After all this wait this is truly the best gift .

Thank you Miura.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kaladin on July 08, 2015, 04:22:09 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/Sb4Xdaj.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Gummyskull on July 08, 2015, 05:56:57 AM
I literally started dancing around the room in joy.

EDIT: My boyfriend just made this image for me based on my reaction (http://i60.tinypic.com/kec85g.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Cid on July 08, 2015, 07:30:22 AM
Don't forget about the FFVII Remake

Indeed! Don't you ever forget :0) 
What a blessing Miura is giving us!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: MASTER-AMIR on July 08, 2015, 09:08:55 AM
OMG!! Congratulations to all
pls release more than 3 episodes :judo: :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 08, 2015, 10:01:23 AM
(http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s499/DemiFiendRSA/Berserk%20monthly_zpstiwbdw07.jpg)
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-08/berserk-manga-confirmed-to-resume-as-monthly-series-this-month/.90187
Can anybody translate what it says on the cover? It might be 4 episodes with 100 pages or something of that sort.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 08, 2015, 10:05:48 AM
Can anybody translate what it says on the cover? It might be 4 episodes with 100 pages or something of that sort.

The previous four episodes will be republished in the coming issue to refresh people's memory. Any important information was divulged early on in the thread, don't bother yourself with the rest.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 08, 2015, 10:07:37 AM
The previous four episodes will be republished in the coming issue to refresh people's memory. Any important information was divulged early on in the thread, don't bother yourself with the rest.
Alright, thanks!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: RaffoBaffo on July 08, 2015, 11:11:56 AM
Wonderful News *___*
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Hanma_Baki on July 08, 2015, 12:35:26 PM
(http://media.giphy.com/media/10qcQYd6rcfS12/giphy.gif)

Beautiful.................Fucking BEAUTIFUL!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Tabris on July 08, 2015, 12:59:43 PM
This year has just been absolute magic. Incredibly so if Berserk does maintain a monthly schedule.

Maybe that's what the break was for? To get himself ahead of schedule enough that Young Animal can consistently publish episodes and he can still work at the pace he needs to?

Not gonna act like I know how it works but it's a guess.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Lithrael on July 08, 2015, 01:19:23 PM
Most excellent news!!

The previous four episodes will be republished in the coming issue to refresh people's memory.

Oh, cool!  I wouldn't mind getting my hands on that either.  I'll have to figure out where I might be able to buy it, as my favorite proxy has retired. 
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 08, 2015, 01:36:35 PM
Maybe that's what the break was for? To get himself ahead of schedule enough that Young Animal can consistently publish episodes and he can still work at the pace he needs to?

Walter and I discussed this on the first page of the thread. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14709.msg235383#msg235383) While it seems plausible that building a reserve would help provide some buffer to ensure a consistent publication, I don't believe that can reasonably be the only reason for this return to a regular schedule. I think Miura may have finished plotting the course the story will take throughout all the big events to come, therefore making it possible for things to move forward at a normal pace.

I'll have to figure out where I might be able to buy it, as my favorite proxy has retired.

Why not just buy the digital edition of Young Animal? (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14329.0)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 08, 2015, 01:53:58 PM
Why not just buy the digital edition of Young Animal? (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14329.0)
I can vouch for the quality of the digital editions. They look pristine -- so long as you don't mind reading things on your computer.

That four-issue recap is kind of like a mini-volume 38 at this point, since that Vol likely won't be out until early 2016.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 08, 2015, 01:57:38 PM
Wow! This is such great news! Even more excited than I was yesterday. :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Diwo on July 08, 2015, 05:13:19 PM
This. is. definitely. the. best. moment. of. the. year. A train full of smileys hit me when I read "Episode 338"! Oh Berserk, I love you so much
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Lithrael on July 08, 2015, 07:27:01 PM
I can vouch for the quality of the digital editions. They look pristine -- so long as you don't mind reading things on your computer.

Oh yeah, I like the digital editions, it's just also very fun to have the pages in your hand and I haven't bought any hardcopy YA since episode 313.

Quote from: Walter
That four-issue recap is kind of like a mini-volume 38 at this point, since that Vol likely won't be out until early 2016.

Good point.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Gobolatula on July 08, 2015, 11:59:35 PM
Having Berserk back in my life will be amazing. When I heard the news of the new episode and the new release schedule I got so excited. This is turning out to be a damn good summer.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 09, 2015, 01:28:32 AM
More confirmation: the official Berserk Twitter account just woke from a long slumber to tease about something Berserk fans already know: http://imgur.com/FtNP1Kx

Of course, there's always a one page preview of the next issue, and that will be the official announcement that Berserk is coming. ANN showed off that page a little early.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Calvinos on July 09, 2015, 03:22:48 AM
Yeah that twitter account woke me up! :beast:

All the coming releases + the info about disturbed already made my day and it's not even 6.30 am.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 09, 2015, 05:02:22 AM
Good stuff.  I figure the recap will be like the one they put out a few years ago, an extra additional magazine that's like a Young Animal sized half volume.

Most excellent news!!

Oh, cool!  I wouldn't mind getting my hands on that either.  I'll have to figure out where I might be able to buy it, as my favorite proxy has retired.

CD Japan carries the individual Young Animal.  You just have to wait for it to be released and them to put it up for sale on their website.  It's usually up by the end of Friday.  Shipping can be expensive but it's convenient.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: RyoGTO on July 09, 2015, 08:55:41 AM
This is awesome news. I'm hyped. Saw it on FB today linked me to: ANN's article (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-07-08/berserk-manga-confirmed-to-resume-as-monthly-series-this-month/.90187)

Excited to let a few episodes come out so I can marathon Berserk again. Thanks Miura :D
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Jaze1618 on July 09, 2015, 05:04:49 PM
I wonder if we will get a full 12 months of releases? :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 09, 2015, 05:13:47 PM
I wonder if we will get a full 12 months of releases? :ubik:

That'd be crazy! But I doubt it. My guess is it'll be between 4 to 6 episode and then maybe a 2-3 months break.. Just a guess though.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 09, 2015, 06:31:02 PM
That'd be crazy! But I doubt it. My guess is it'll be between 4 to 6 episode and then maybe a 2-3 months break.. Just a guess though.

While it's logical to be pessimistic about the duration of the monthly thing, given the publication history, we're kind of in uncharted waters here. There's never been an announced change like this before. So, I'm willing to believe it's legit.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 09, 2015, 06:42:29 PM
While it's tempting to be pessimistic about the duration of the monthly thing, we're kind of in uncharted waters here. There's never been an announced change in the publication history. So, I'm willing to believe it's legit.

I totally agree with you. What I meant was semi based from earlier episodes. As it happened a few times that we had 3-4 release in a row and then a small break. don't get me wrong I'd be really happy to have 12 episodes a year, heck I'd be happy with just 10 or 8 a year. It's just a guess from me. The only way to know it for sure is to wait it out.  :serpico: But yeah I'm willing to believe it's legit also!

Ps: I didn't meant my post as pessimistic, sorry if it looked like that.  :slan:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ApostleBob on July 09, 2015, 08:11:08 PM
While it's logical to be pessimistic about the duration of the monthly thing, given the publication history, we're kind of in uncharted waters here. There's never been an announced change like this before. So, I'm willing to believe it's legit.

I'm doubting that it'll be monthly from now on, just rather monthly for several months until the next break.  The announcement is rather vague so it could go either way.  But I welcome it's return either way!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Crocodile on July 10, 2015, 09:24:03 AM
This is very exciting.
This is actually my first time being on Skullknight.net for an episode release. It's cool seeing all the activity on the site, and this is before the episode is published.
I'll probably have to avoid the site between when the episode is published and translations are made available in case I spoil myself, although I'll probably cave and look at the raws anyway.
I don't know how long this episode-a-month thing will last but I'll be excited every month until the end.
I wonder where 338 will pick up, as much as I want to see Skellig, I really want to see the fallout of that slap, maybe even see if Daiba, Luca and Erica figured out that they all know Guts.
.
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Now all we need is the announcement of an anime adaptation of Lost Children and this year will be perfect.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: NeaR on July 12, 2015, 01:21:10 AM
Out of Fallout 4 confirmation, Dragonball Super releasing, Disturbed being back and a number of other fantastic news for the communities I'm part of, this has to be the best out of all of them.

And I'm referring just to a new episode being released. If anything close to a monthly schedule is realized even just for a few months, I'll cry.
Don't forget about the FFVII Remake

What a time to be alive..
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JezzaX on July 12, 2015, 11:32:07 PM
This and the news of Shenmue 3 within the month of each other? Please don't wake me up...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Death May Die on July 13, 2015, 02:15:10 AM
I can awaken from my long lurking slumber!

2015 has been a great year of anticipation, reveals, and surprises!

Mad Max
Fallout 4
Final Fantasy 7
Shenmue 3
Tomb Raider 2
Diablo 3 New Season

and now Berserk!  :guts:

I will now catch my manga collection up. I believe the last one I picked up was Vol. 34! Now that I think about, its been 5 years since I read through the manga series! Time flys... holy shit!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: RaffoBaffo on July 13, 2015, 02:31:38 AM
Meanwhile, Kenji Saito [Platinum Games]:
https://twitter.com/PG_saito/status/619377368101093377?s=04

Obviously nothing official, only a personal desire of Saito.
Still...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 13, 2015, 09:48:12 AM
Meanwhile, Kenji Saito [Platinum Games]:
https://twitter.com/PG_saito/status/619377368101093377?s=04

Obviously nothing official, only a personal desire of Saito.
Still...

Same thing I told Walter 3 days ago: that's nice, though I wonder what his latest game (Transformers) will end up like. :iva: And Berserk's not even his first choice...
Still, would be nice to get another game, especially from Platinum.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: VengeanceQuest982 on July 13, 2015, 02:03:59 PM
...While I would love to see what Skullknight has been up to since the merging of different planes of existence with the physical plane back in volume 34 I think that not showing him would be a good idea. I say that because every time he shows up to surprise attack The God Hand things just go from bad to worse I mean he's literally become the goon that bungled a perfect kill only to be taken out by his own boss in a fit of frustration who then asks the corpse "How could you have screwed that up"?

...But back on point. I'm looking forward to consecutive episode releases as I think we've suffered enough through one of the longest breaks to date between releases. And seeing as we've mainly focussed on Falconia with the recent episodes I would like to see the story focussing on team Guts for a while.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 13, 2015, 02:39:56 PM
I say that because every time he shows up to surprise attack The God Hand things just go from bad to worse

You're misremembering things.

Vol 13: Attack is repelled by Void, but he still makes it out alive with Guts and Casca in tow. Positive effect.
Vol 21: Takes no action during the incarnation ceremony. No effect.
Vol 26: In the Qliphoth, tells Guts exactly how to dispel Slan from the area. Then rescues Guts using the Beherit Sword. Positive effect.
Vol 34: His attack is manipulated by Femto to merge the worlds. Negative effect.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 13, 2015, 06:21:44 PM
I say that because every time he shows up to surprise attack The God Hand things just go from bad to worse I mean he's literally become the goon that bungled a perfect kill only to be taken out by his own boss in a fit of frustration who then asks the corpse "How could you have screwed that up"?

That's a pretty stupid way to summarize the character and his actions...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 16, 2015, 07:23:49 PM
Can we expect some spoilers next week?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 16, 2015, 08:55:47 PM
Yes, as is the case with every release, we will likely get shitty cell phone pictures of key pages a few days before its official release.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 16, 2015, 08:58:15 PM
 :ubik:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjjZGyYcH9E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjjZGyYcH9E)
 :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: flagawax on July 17, 2015, 12:03:23 PM
...ohoh  :rakshas: "don't spoil the moment" ...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: MikioBo on July 19, 2015, 04:34:54 PM
I recently introduced Berserk to a friend, now I'm kind of disappointed he won't experience the pain of waiting for a Berserk episode for a while. But that doesn't compare to the happiness I'm feeling right now, especially if the releases continue being monthly for a while. Time to read through my collection once again.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 19, 2015, 05:21:02 PM
:ubik:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjjZGyYcH9E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjjZGyYcH9E)
 :guts:

Hahaha, that made my day.  Good call.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 20, 2015, 09:48:47 PM
T-Minus 3 days until the episode's released  :guts: . Too bad we didn't get spoilers by now to know what the episode will be about.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 20, 2015, 10:22:53 PM
T-Minus 3 days until the episode's released  :guts: . Too bad we didn't get spoilers by now to know what the episode will be about.

No one should have expected to get a preview of the episode by now. We won't see them until Tuesday-Thursday, if we even get anything.

Also... Are they really "spoilers?"
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 20, 2015, 10:36:08 PM
No one should have expected to get a preview of the episode by now. We won't see them until Tuesday-Thursday, if we even get anything.

Also... Are they really "spoilers?"
I'm rarely around for releases I didn't know that it's too early to expect a preview or a spoiler.
And yes, I consider them spoilers because a good amount of hype and excitement comes from not knowing what the episode will be about (Falconia or Guts and co).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 20, 2015, 10:37:49 PM
Also... Are they really "spoilers?"

Those "spoilers" or preview pics always scares me since that time (I think it was you, Walter, that talked about it on a podcast) you mentioned with the Skullknight trying to slash Femto just before Fantasia. I don't want to get something revealed before reading the episode! So i guess I don't care to wait until Friday (or when we'll get it) to see the content of the episode. If i recall correctly, no one was expecting to see Femto in that scene (except maybe Aaz cause he's good at predicting stuff)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 20, 2015, 10:56:32 PM
And yes, I consider them spoilers because a good amount of hype and excitement comes from not knowing what the episode will be about (Falconia or Guts and co).

If you feel like it deflates the experience, then I'm a little confused why you're here counting down the days until we see them. These images aren't going to appear on this forum anywhere but this thread, So they aren't "spoiling" the experience for anyone who isn't already looking for them.

Of course, I understand the duality of wanting to see and not wanting to see. But it's primarily the word "spoiler" that I think is being misused here. Preview is more appropriate, unless we want to primarily start calling movie trailers "spoilers" instead as well (omg did you see that leaked Avengers 3 spoilers?!)

(I think it was you, Walter, that talked about it on a podcast) you mentioned with the Skullknight trying to slash Femto just before Fantasia. I don't want to get something revealed before reading the episode! So i guess I don't care to wait until Friday (or when we'll get it) to see the content of the episode. If i recall correctly, no one was expecting to see Femto in that scene (except maybe Aaz cause he's good at predicting stuff)

No, no one had predicted that event. And on top of that, that particular preview came a full week early, which was unprecedented. That was a rather exceptional event though -- the biggest surprise in the series that I can recall.

I think there's a case to be made for each perspective: Seeing these previews early and riding the wave of excitement that comes with each morsel of information; and stoically waiting for the full release and joining in the fun later. But I don't really have much of a choice in the matter, and either way, 99% of the time, I personally wouldn't trade knowing for not knowing.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 20, 2015, 11:01:10 PM
If you feel like it deflates the experience, then I'm a little confused why you're here counting down the days until we see them.

I'm trying to spoil myself :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Vixen Comics on July 20, 2015, 11:36:18 PM
this is very good news I am so psyched we are getting an episodes and that we are going to get monthly releases for a while. I have never been around as a fan when they had monthly releases. It is one of the reasons that I was deliberately taking it slow and trying to savor the series so I would not have go to wait too long in between releases. But this news has me walking on air!  :ubik:

I for one hope 338 will still have us stay in falconia and we can see the immediate after effects of Rickert's  :rickert: Richert was one of my favorites from the old band of the falcon days and it has been so exciting to see members from that era, like Raban and Minister Foss, as well as Luca and her followers. I want to spend at least just one more episode with them before getting back to Guts and company.   :magni:  :slan:

My feelings is that we are going to have at least one more Falconia story. I would like the seeds for some kind of rebellion to at least be planted among Rickert and Luca's group before we switch over to Guts and everyone.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 12:33:31 AM
No, no one had predicted that event. And on top of that, that particular preview came a full week early, which was unprecedented. That was a rather exceptional event though -- the biggest surprise in the series that I can recall.

I think there's a case to be made for each perspective: Seeing these previews early and riding the wave of excitement that comes with each morsel of information; and stoically waiting for the full release and joining in the fun later. But I don't really have much of a choice in the matter, and either way, 99% of the time, I personally wouldn't trade knowing for not knowing.

Understandable. I just hope they won't show the DS slashing Femto as the preview of the end. As it has been said before. In most of the cases I'm just too excited to have an episode so when a preview is out, be it one pic or more, I'm glad to see them. Anyway it's not as if I can read Japanese myself so at least textually I'm still surprise. :guts: But yeah I get what you mean.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 21, 2015, 12:44:54 PM
Korean scans

Guys, i shat in my pants
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2015, 12:48:55 PM
Wowow! Just gets better and better.

Will save further impressions until most have seen.

That *headless* statue at the end... Could it be...?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: SpaceyLauss on July 21, 2015, 12:50:37 PM
Oh my god. This was so awesome, thanks Mangetsu.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: RaffoBaffo on July 21, 2015, 01:00:39 PM
The return of Rakshas, nice!

Any new information, from this scan?


http://i.imgur.com/r2JAi5h.jpg
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 21, 2015, 01:03:53 PM
As walter said, this whole Falconia section is just getting better and better.

The way miura set ups those opposing fractions is just great. The reactions to the slap were better than what i hoped for. Especially the reaction of Locus  :magni:

And what you guys said concerning episode 335 probably just might come true, seeing the bakiraka clan and silat interferring into the assassination of Rickert by Rakshas is amazing.   :ubik: :void:


Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 01:09:22 PM
The way miura set ups those opposing fractions is just great. The reactions to the slap were better than what i hoped for. Especially the reaction of Locus  :magni:

Haha well that's pretty much what you'd expect from him, though it's still super badass. :guts:

And what you guys said concerning episode 335 probably just might come true, seeing the bakiraka clan and silat interferring into the assassination of Rickert by Rakshas is amazing.   :ubik: :void:

Well it wasn't too hard to guess, there just aren't too many people who are skilled enough, ballsy enough AND have the motivation to infiltrate Griffith's palace like that.

Anyway, it's great to see more shots of Falconia, Rickert essentially inventing a fireman hose and then voicing his doubts about staying there. Also loved the contrast between the industrial scale of war preparation going on being juxtaposed with the infinitely smaller scale of the old school Band of the Falcon... It reiterates what Rickert told Griffith, how different things are now. And of course it's awesome to see Rakshas come for Rickert, and at the same time feels natural given his "role" in Griffith's entourage...

Really excited to see how things will go now. The Bakiraka look prepared to take on Rakshas, but I don't think they can manage it right there and then. Could they retreat while taking Rickert with them though? That would be quite something, and it'd allow us to see their camp from his point of view.

There's also a blurb at the beginning of the episode confirming that publication will occur every 2 issues from now on.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 01:10:46 PM
Wow oui! What an episode... What. an. episode!  :guts:

Well then I think Grail might be right with having another episode in Falconia. I cannot stay on that "cliffhanger" much longer then that!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 21, 2015, 01:33:22 PM
Well it wasn't too hard to guess, there just aren't too many people who are skilled enough, ballsy enough AND have the motivation to infiltrate Griffith's palace like that.

True  :farnese:


Anyway, it's great to see more shots of Falconia, Rickert essentially inventing a fireman hose and then voicing his doubts about staying there. Also loved the contrast between the industrial scale of war preparation going on being juxtaposed with the infinitely smaller scale of the old school Band of the Falcon... It reiterates what Rickert told Griffith, how different things are now. And of course it's awesome to see Rakshas come for Rickert, and at the same time feels natural given his "role" in Griffith's entourage...

Really excited to see how things will go now. The Bakiraka look prepared to take on Rakshas, but I don't think they can manage it right there and then. Could they retreat while taking Rickert with them though? That would be quite something, and it'd allow us to see their camp from his point of view.

There's also a blurb at the beginning of the episode confirming that publication will occur every 2 issues from now on.

Rickert's character development in the recent episodes have been great. It's nice seeing more of his view concerning Falconia and Griffith. Im interested in knowing, if rakshas decided to assassinate Rickert by himself or if he was ordered by Griffith or even Locus to do so.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2015, 01:43:02 PM
Any new information, from this scan?

http://i.imgur.com/r2JAi5h.jpg

Don't think so. I can't read the bubble at the bottom-right (with the 4), but the top text appears to be a brief summary of episodes leading up to now.

Im interested in knowing, if rakshas decided to assassinate Rickert by himself or if he was ordered by Griffith or even Locus to do so.

We know Rakshas has been protective of Griffith in the past, and he's consistently operated as a kind of shadow protector/enforcer. So, given that and Griffith raising his hand at Locus, it sure seems to me like he's acting of his own accord.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 01:59:27 PM
Title is something like "A guest of death at dusk".

As Griffith watches Rickert go off, he tells Charlotte, Sonia and Mule "it seems I've been rejected." Locus crushes a balcony in anger while Silat spies on the scene from outside of the building. Back to his quarters with Luca and the others, Rickert is fixing stuff up as usual.  Among other things, he tinkers a machine to extinguish fires for someone from a sort of Youth Militia, youngsters who aren't soldiers but act as helpful citizens when the need arises.

Rickert is impressed that there are many technological advances in Falconia. Waterways, bathing places, public toilets, roads... He reflects on the fact that "if this city is the city of legend, the advances of civilization and technology are at the top, better than any other country". Luca tells him "But you're the one who's great because you revive them! Because you're so good with your ability, you can find a good job. Especially in this city, where artisans are in high demand. Not to mention that you're also an ex-member of the Band of the Falcon".

The girls comment on the fact he's got a connexion to Griffith and might be a friend of his. They try to seduce him, but Erica is pissed off and repels them. Rickert comments: "But... I can't stay here."
Luca asks him what happened, and he tells them that he hit Griffith. Luca comments that it's not a thing he can tell others. The girls immediately change their attitudes upon learning what happened, telling him to please forget their earlier talk.

Luca tries to downplay it, saying "it's a thing between men, and between comrades in arms... It's common to fight..."
Rickert replies that it's rather, because he was a comrade...
Rickert thinks to himself: "if this city has been built on the cemetery of my comrade in arms, I can't stay here comfortably, even if this is a utopia."
Luca keeps it real: "Well, it's between men. But what will you do with this girl? Take her with you again, in the wilderness where monsters appear?"
Erica: "I...will definitely follow him, he's my family."

Luca gets into a grand speech: "In life, sometimes you get somebody precious. But whether it's somebody who is with you or somebody who already left you, somebody close or somebody who walked away from you... No matter what you choose, there's always regret. But at least you shouldn't make excuses to yourself."

The girls are fawning: "Ah you are great Luca. Don't you regret about Jerome?"
Luca: "His wife is too fierce. I couldn't fool her, and I'm not that type of woman."

Another girl who'd been working all the while: "Hey you lazy people, come and help us."
Luca to Rickert: "You don't have to hurry, think on it well."
Daiba: "Being young is good."

Rickert, upon seeing the scale of things in Falconia: "It's huge... This energy... All the people here are so intent on things. Everybody is committed and driven. I think whoever lives in this city will be like them. This is falconia, the city of Griffith."

He's thinking about what Luca said to him... Then comments to himself, facing the city: "Family... I also had one..."

Someone replies :rakshas: : "Ah, that's too bad..."
Rickert: "Darkness?"
Rakshas: "Separation with your family, it's so hard and lonely, but you don't have to worry."
Rakshas: "Even if you disappear, your family will be taken good care of under the protection of the Falcon in this city."
Rakshas: "Your family will live without any problem."
Rakshas: "So, please go without having any regrets."

Silat: "Is it the order of the Falcon himself, or is it a trick of that knight, Locus or whatever? Anyway, that boy seems to know the secret of the Falcon..."
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 02:12:02 PM
man thank you Aaz for that summary. This, this is getting to another level of interesting. I really can't wait to see what will happen with Silat and the tapasa. Very intriguing. I like Rakshas's speech too!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2015, 02:17:44 PM
 :isidro:

We get the episode early AND we get a full summary AND most of a translation, all within a few minutes of its release.  Thanks to Aaz and Puella for all this labor! 

:ubik:

Rickert is impressed that there are many technological advances in Falconia. Waterways, bathing places, public toilets, roads... He reflects on the fact that "if this city is the city of legend, the advances of civilization and technology are at the top, better than any other country". Luca tells him "But you're the one who's great because you revive them!

Wow, while Gaiseric's city always evoked a Grecian atmosphere, I'd never considered that there would also be lost technologies as well.
 
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Luca gets into a grand speech: "In life, sometimes you get somebody precious. But whether it's somebody who is with you or somebody who already left you, somebody close or somebody you walked away from... No matter what you choose, there's always regret. But at least you shouldn't make excuses to yourself."

Once again, Miura tying various threads together. This line can be applied to many character relatioonships of course.

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The girls are fawning: "Ah you are great Luca. Don't you regret about Jerome?"
Luca: "His wife is too fierce. I couldn't fool her, and I'm not that type of woman."

I was wondering where Jerome was...! But I guess we should have seen this coming, given the tenuous future those two had together, him being a noble and all. It's too bad -- I liked that guy.

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Daiba: "Being young is good."

Poor Daiba -- he has to live with his choices. Probably still shaken by the loss of his leader, and considering the path that led everyone here.

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Someone replies :rakshas: : "Ah, that's too bad..."
Rickert: "Darkness?"
Rakshas: "Separation with your family, it's so hard and lonely, but you don't have to worry."
Rakshas: "Even if you disappear, your family will be taken good care of under the protection of the Falcon in this city."
Rakshas: "Your family will live without any problem."
Rakshas: "So, please go without having any regrets."

So... Rickert really was intent on leaving. It's almost cruel, to leave Erica like that, after she had pledged that she'd follow him.

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Silat: "Is it the order of the Falcon himself, or is it a trick of that knight, Locus or whatever? Anyway, that boy seems to know the secret of the Falcon..."

Such a cool turn -- Rickert is suddenly a valuable asset to both parties, all over the slap.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Devilwoman on July 21, 2015, 02:49:40 PM
What an intesting development. Thanks Aazealh for the summary.

So glad to see  :rakshas: again. He is ever so  protective of Griffith. I wonder if it is really as Silat said, that it's all Locus' doing? I do not think Griffith is behind it.
And I guess it's possible that Rakshas is acting of his own accord.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 02:53:53 PM
So... Rickert really was intent on leaving. It's almost cruel, to leave Erica like that, after she had pledged that she'd follow him.

I'm not sure he'd completely made up his mind yet, though he was clearly giving it serious consideration. But that does raise the question of whether or not they'll be separated, assuming he flees with the Bakiraka. And it's honestly hard for me to see how he could stay now even if he wanted to, unless Griffith intervened directly to tell the apostles to hold off. On that note, I do expect Griffith to eventually reprimand Rakshas and/or Locus if he learns what transpired here.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Gobolatula on July 21, 2015, 03:29:16 PM
Good God what an episode! What a great way to return! I was blown away by Rakshas' entrance and double-blown away by the attack by Silat and his crew. This is going to be GOOD.

Miura does a fantastic job of keeping the mood so eerie and tense. I feared for Rickert's life the whole time I was reading.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2015, 03:32:09 PM
Fantastic stuff, I'm so glad we didn't just move on from that monumental moment but are getting to see the waves immediately. I guess we already talked about this at length, but seeing the consequences in motion really makes the point; Rickert touched the one that's supposed to be untouchable, it's not just a personal affront to Griff and his men, it's a threat to the foundation of their... existence (sounds extreme, but just like that they're no longer invincible and omnipotent, and an already disturbing number of important and influential people know it). Basically, Rickert bitch-slapped God, so the fallout is arguably muted thus far. =)

Man, so Griffith gets slapped and rejected (we know he doesn't take that well), his men are possibly being insubordinate (let the undermining begin), and on top of it all the Bakiraka infiltrated his defenses to the point they could mark him, the pope and the queen, and witnessed the whole shameful episode. And now they're brazenly challenging his top men in his city for the person that shamed him. Whatever happens next, for a guy that rules the world, Griff is having a bad fuckin' day! Just like that it's all coming apart. :rickert:

On that note, I do expect Griffith to eventually reprimand Rakshas and/or Locus if he learns what transpired here.

For not killing him sooner? :griffnotevil: :rakshas:


P.S. Some belated Puck math: :guts: :zodd: < :SK: < :femto: < :rickert:

So, Rickert is our true hero and possibly "the ultimate strong one." =)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 21, 2015, 03:37:43 PM
We get to see a good amount of progression from just one episode, amazing! Thanks Mangetsu, Aaz and puella.

Back off Locus, you're ruining the building. Expected and lovely way to show his reaction. Good to see the old gang sit together in that one panel. I think my favorite panel from the episode is Rickert turning to look at the statue and the sun setting in the background, both perfectly aligned.

Edit: I'm really glad we didn't get a few images as spoilers and instead got to read a full episode in one go. Much more pleasurable experience. It wouldn't matter if it was for a series I was just a casual reader of.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 21, 2015, 03:52:04 PM
Thanks for the summery!  Looks like a lot happens here.  It is so cool to see how all these characters who have been affected by Guts seem to have come together. 

I wonder if Rickert recognizes Silat?  He seems to focus on the chackram, I bet he does.  The old ruins in Falconia are interesting too.  Some actual parts unmodified or restored of the original city?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 04:14:42 PM
Man, so Griffith gets slapped and rejected (we know he doesn't take that well)

It's funny that for all the focus on the slap, Griffith actually doesn't seem bothered by it, it's more the fact Rickert denied him that he seems to be contemplative about.

Anyway, I'm back to furiously thinking about Rakshas' apostle form. :rakshas: How will he emerge from that shattered pillar? Slowly rising up in his apostle form, his broken mask falling off his horrific insectoid-like face? I'd imagine him oozing out from the debris and re-forming a new body but that's just too out there.

Anyway that's the most detailed shot we've ever gotten of his arm/hand yet, and it looks even more inhuman than the last time we saw it. It's basically a stinger. Given his background as a former Bakiraka member and his current attributes, I'm thinking his apostle form will have two obvious requirements: be very fast and very agile. Also probably poisonous. I could picture whip-like appendages that can strike quickly and accurately, not unlike the Urumi. As for inspirations, there's the classic spider/insect possibility, although it's guaranteed to be something original (just look at Grunbeld, Locus and Irvine if needed). Plus Miura's already done quite a few of those. And I'd propose an invertebrate like an octopus if we hadn't also already had our fill of seafood with the Sea God, plus his bone-cracking sounds when contorting himself back in Shet. Then of course there's Indian mythology, which I'm sure will play a part. I could picture him having big, bulging eyes for example. Anyway, what do you guys think?

I also think we could learn some of his backstory soon, given that all the required actors are there. Could go two ways in my opinion: he was the best at his craft among the Bakiraka clan, then was maimed or met failure in a way or another and chose to sacrifice. Or maybe he couldn't measure up to the standards and necessities of the clan from the beginning, maybe because of a deformity or some such, and sacrificed to overcome that, and got exiled as a result.

I wonder if Rickert recognizes Silat?  He seems to focus on the chackram, I bet he does.

I don't think he focuses on the Chakram, that's just a shot for emphasis by Miura. However I do believe he'll remember him.

The old ruins in Falconia are interesting too.  Some actual parts unmodified or restored of the original city?

Seems so!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2015, 04:37:45 PM
It's funny that for all the focus on the slap, Griffith actually doesn't seem bothered by it, it's more the fact Rickert denied him that he seems to be contemplative about.

Yeah, presumably he had to let his guard down to allow the slap, his supposedly equally invincible force of personality is another matter. Rickert punctured that on his own and considering Griffith's position and probable plans it's not hard to understand why that's far more disconcerting. I wonder if he's merely contemplative or dazed and confused like the dumpee he is. =)

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Anyway, I'm back to furiously thinking about Rakshas' apostle form. :rakshas:

...

I'd propose an invertebrate like an octopus

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c6/SPECTRE_Logo.png)

More curious than that, when did he get back from Elfhelm!? :troll:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2015, 04:44:56 PM
I wonder if he's merely contemplative or dazed and confused like the dumpee he is. =)

We have a pretty introspective panel at the top of page 2 regarding that subject. His first documented frown since obtaining his new skin suit?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 21, 2015, 05:23:43 PM
Wow. Incredible. Can we give credit where it is due. Silat not only being a complete badass in defending Rickert but infiltrating Falconia in such a fashion without apostles such as Locus discovering him. I wonder if there's more to his espionage than just hiding in the shadows. The whole end scene sets up a perfect opportunity to give us more about Rakshas, or like Aaz speculated give us his Apostle form. You've got to imagine Silat along with those Bakiraka would be enough of a challenge to make him change.

It's so good to have Berserk back. And on a regular schedule ... This is like Christmas for me.  :serpico:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 21, 2015, 05:36:46 PM
Coolest moment for me in this episode was the coordinated attack by Silat and Tapasa -- that boulder was thrown in anticipation of where Rakshas would land after he dodged the chakram. I expect more awesome teamwork next ep :Daiba:

I wonder if there's more to his espionage than just hiding in the shadows.

It's pretty significant that he witnessed the slap.

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You've got to imagine Silat along with those Bakiraka would be enough of a challenge to make him change.

Well don't forget this is the third time these guys have squared off, at this point. And it's never gone well for Silat and crew in the past. But this time, I can't see either party backing down, which is what makes it more exciting.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 05:54:39 PM
If it comes down to a fight, which is what it looks like its going to turn out, I hope Silat will get out of it okay! To have make him survive that long in the series, it'd make me shed a tear if something bad happened to him. By the way I'm a bit confused : is there still 4 Tapasa?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 06:00:15 PM
By the way I'm a bit confused : is there still 4 Tapasa?

Yes, there are still four Tapasa. They just rarely infiltrate a place all together. Silat usually only takes two of them with him, probably to draw as little attention as possible.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: MrFlibble on July 21, 2015, 06:05:28 PM
Damn, I never thought Griffith would have Rickert capped, but the again he can't have "A loose tongue spreading petty rumors."

 :rakshas:

I am interested in seeing the Rakshas vs Tapasa fight that might occur, the Tapasa, they're in desperate need of a strong opponent so that they can show off.

Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Johnny Apples on July 21, 2015, 06:16:34 PM

That *headless* statue at the end... Could it be...?

And could Rakshas have some kind of a connection with the statue of that said person?   :SK:  :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 06:18:22 PM
And could Rakshas have some kind of a connection with the statue of that said person?   :SK:  :rakshas:

That's pretty much 100% impossible.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 21, 2015, 06:26:08 PM
I'd just like to echo others who said thanks to puella, Aazealh, and Mangetsu! What a treat!  :guts:

Anyway, what do you guys think?
Rakshas seems to be very flexible and able to condense himself down to being very small, like when he squashed down to look like a ball the last time he fought the Tapasa. Maybe  he has a structure with a lot of joints to allow for that. Kind of like this :
(http://www.huayiinc.com/upload/images/expanding_sphere_hoberman_mini_ball_kids_toy_.jpg)
Only, probably just a little less brightly colored!  :ganishka: And not shaped like a sphere, I was just using this to show how I thought some of his joints might be able to expand and contract. As far as actual form maybe more like this:
(http://static1.squarespace.com/static/522e2159e4b0d3c39cd13786/t/539354eae4b00bb4cdac469b/1402164459676/)
Only with a more organic look instead of so machine-like and with longer, more expandable legs.
He might also look something like a scorpion. That stinger reminded me of a scorpion's tail.

I wonder if there will necessarily be a full out battle between Rakshas, Silat, and the Tapasa. I guess it depends on whether Rakshas' attack on Rickert was sanctioned by Griffith or not, which as Walter mentioned I doubt since Griffith waved Locus off earlier when he wanted to intervene. If Rakshas was acting on his own then he might not want to draw a lot of attention to his assassination attempt on Rickert and instead of fighting, which would cause a big ruckus, he might just pull a disappearing act. It'll be really interesting to see how it goes.  :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 06:30:31 PM
Yes, there are still four Tapasa. They just rarely infiltrate a place all together. Silat usually only takes two of them with him, probably to draw as little attention as possible.

Thank you for the clarification. I wasn't so sure anymore. Since especially, like you said, he brings (Silat) two with him most of the time. When was it that we saw the gang together? With the merging? The one scene I recall for sure is the gathering of apostles around Griffith.

Anyway yeah it's better not to bring up too much attention considering the apostles in Falconia. Wow august is gonna be long but hey I'm ready for it!

ps: I forgot to thank also Puella for the hard translation.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 21, 2015, 06:36:17 PM
Great episode. I'm glad Rickert doesn't want to stay in Falconia, and that Erica would follow him.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 06:42:48 PM
When was it that we saw the gang together?

Episode 294 in volume 33.

The one scene I recall for sure is the gathering of apostles around Griffith.

There were only two of them with him in Shet.

Anyway, a better question to ask is how many of them will be left after this encounter with Rakshas. If he gets serious, their survival is not at all guaranteed, despite their impressive skills.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 06:45:59 PM

Anyway, a better question to ask is how many of them will be left after this encounter with Rakshas. If he gets serious, their survival is not at all guaranteed, despite their impressive skills.

That's what I'm afraid of. I'd like for them to survive that encounter.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2015, 07:08:05 PM
We have a pretty introspective panel at the top of page 2 regarding that subject. His first documented frown since obtaining his new skin suit?

Griff's put on some appropriately sober and somber faces, but that's obviously the most personal instance. He seemingly recovered well though, but the million dollar question is whether Locus and Rakshas have gone rogue or if they're merely following their master's, even unspoken, desire. The last guy to slap and embarrass Griff only for him to laugh it off didn't fare too well in the long run.

Wow. Incredible. Can we give credit where it is due. Silat not only being a complete badass in defending Rickert but infiltrating Falconia in such a fashion without apostles such as Locus discovering him. I wonder if there's more to his espionage than just hiding in the shadows.

Like a state-of-the-magical-art sneaking suit? :daiba:

I have to give badass of the episode status to Rakshas, even though the Bakiraka literally crushed him at the end. His movement, his dialogue, his entire aura. He does sinister like nobody's business. That sneering double speak that basically amounted to, "ha ha, relax, you've got nothing to worry about because you're going to die now, but not before I make you think about it first." He's so purely malevolent, but makes it look cool.

The whole end scene sets up a perfect opportunity to give us more about Rakshas, or like Aaz speculated give us his Apostle form. You've got to imagine Silat along with those Bakiraka would be enough of a challenge to make him change.

If it were any other Apostle I would assume it a forgone conclusion that such "mortal" damage to his "human" form would precede a transformation, but as my scare quotes indicate, Rakshas is a unique case, and because that seemed almost too easy (to the Bakiraka's credit, they've been paying attention =), I also wouldn't be shocked if it's a chance for Rakshas to show off his durability by oozing out from under that pillar, completely unhurt, like the slime he is. :rakshas:

That's pretty much 100% impossible.

Oh yeah! *puts on patented speculatron helmet (http://www.wolfgnards.com/media/blogs/photos/miscellaneous/doc-brown-thinking-cap.jpg)* "What if... that's a headless statue of... Gaiseric... Griffith's predecessor as head of the city... and whose head Rakshas has claimed for himself: CONNECTION FOUND!" *exhales deeply* In any case, it was neat considering his initial predilection for heads. =)

Anyway, a better question to ask is how many of them will be left after this encounter with Rakshas. If he gets serious, their survival is not at all guaranteed, despite their impressive skills.
That's what I'm afraid of. I'd like for them to survive that encounter.

If the Rakshapus throws that pillar right back at them I'm sure they'd be wise enough to beat a hasty retreat with Rickert in tow, but even that, as Silat once said, could mean losing something.


P.S. My post count...

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I've been anticipating making this joke for approximately 8,999 posts. =)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 21, 2015, 07:20:07 PM
I have to give badass of the episode status to Rakshas, even though the Bakiraka literally crushed him at the end. His movement, his dialogue, his entire aura. He does sinister like nobody's business. That sneering double speak that basically amounted to, "ha ha, relax, you've got nothing to worry about because you're going to die now, but not before I make you think about it first." He's so purely malevolent, but makes it look cool.

Quote
Someone replies :rakshas: : "Ah, that's too bad..."
Rickert: "Darkness?"
Rakshas: "Separation with your family, it's so hard and lonely, but you don't have to worry."
Rakshas: "Even if you disappear, your family will be taken good care of under the protection of the Falcon in this city."
Rakshas: "Your family will live without any problem."
Rakshas: "So, please go without having any regrets."


That is really cold. And yet it's like Rakshas is almost having mercy on Rickert. Giving words of comfort before taking his life. He truly is frighteningly powerful.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 07:26:19 PM
the million dollar question is whether Locus and Rakshas have gone rogue or if they're merely following their master's, even unspoken, desire.

Personally my first thought was that I don't see it coming from Griffith, but... Who knows really. It's been so long since we've really known what he thought that it's become near impossible to tell.

His movement, his dialogue, his entire aura. He does sinister like nobody's business. That sneering double speak that basically amounted to, "ha ha, relax, you've got nothing to worry about because you're going to die now, but not before I make you think about it first." He's so purely malevolent, but makes it look cool.

Gotta respect a guy who loves his job. :rakshas:

In any case, it was neat considering his initial predilection for heads. =)

Yep, the simple imagery of him on a headless statue is already super cool without needing any additional crazy theory.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2015, 09:23:07 PM
That is really cold. And yet it's like Rakshas is almost having mercy on Rickert. Giving words of comfort before taking his life. He truly is frighteningly powerful.

Yeah, it's like he's graciously menacing, like Death really, and I doubt his tone or the feeling he evokes is comforting.

Personally my first thought was that I don't see it coming from Griffith, but... Who knows really. It's been so long since we've really known what he thought that it's become near impossible to tell.

I didn't think so either, considering the contrast in reactions between Griff and Locus, and Silat seeing that and pondering loudly whether Locus is actually behind it. It also doesn't strike me as that big a reveal for Griff to be willing to kill former comrades at this juncture, "I'm starting to think he's really not a nice guy. :judo:" Of course, it could be it's being telegraphed that way to misdirect us for some finer point about Griffith, but Miura is usually pretty clear in his intentions and plainly laying the foundation for them.

Gotta respect a guy who loves his job. :rakshas:

So, do you think this is it and we're treated to a full transformation next episode, or does he simply T-1000 out from under there and say, "You missed me." :rakshas:

Yep, the simple imagery of him on a headless statue is already super cool without needing any additional crazy theory.

My favorite part is that for a moment it resembled Medusa before you realize what's really afoot. Also, though he's obviously always been scary, it's been more for his lack of shape, whereas he cut quite a physically imposing figure there.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 21, 2015, 09:35:40 PM
So, do you think this is it and we're treated to a full transformation next episode, or does he simply T-1000 out from under there and say, "You missed me." :rakshas:

I think for dramatic effect it's more likely we'll get to see his apostle form, rather than having a repeat of previous encounters.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 21, 2015, 09:49:17 PM
So, do you think this is it and we're treated to a full transformation next episode, or does he simply T-1000 out from under there and say, "You missed me." :rakshas:

I think for dramatic effect it's more likely we'll get to see his apostle form, rather than having a repeat of previous encounters.

Maybe his final form IS T-1000   :troll:

I mean, that appendage he had on Rickert did evoke a T-1000 type kill (http://i.imgur.com/n9CbanM.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 21, 2015, 10:37:34 PM
I think for dramatic effect it's more likely we'll get to see his apostle form, rather than having a repeat of previous encounters.

I'm rooting on your side. I think we're due to see what his apostle form looks like. Well, I for one hope so, now that the idea has been planted in my head!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 21, 2015, 10:57:02 PM
I think for dramatic effect it's more likely we'll get to see his apostle form, rather than having a repeat of previous encounters.
I'm rooting on your side. I think we're due to see what his apostle form looks like. Well, I for one hope so, now that the idea has been planted in my head!

I phrased that question poorly since that wouldn't preclude him transforming; what I really meant was will this definitely precipitate it, or will there be more foreplay? As with Locus' situation though, I agree it makes sense that if you're going to crush Rakshas at the end of an episode it'd be a tease if he didn't transform as a result... unless he still does. =)

Maybe his final form IS T-1000   :troll:

I mean, that appendage he had on Rickert did evoke a T-1000 type kill

I just hope it's not like Ganishka where we've actually been seeing his Apostle abilities this whole time. :ganishka: Maybe he's like Ant-Man and when he transforms he just shrinks into a smaller, more evasive, and therefore deadlier version of himself. He's going to stab your heart... from the inside out! :rakshas:


Anyway, as for possible outcomes, barring a likely escape, Griffith could still intervene and take another shot playing hero to Rickert and, perhaps more importantly, his friends. Afterall, Rickert has gotten a close up look at the alternative to accepting Griffith's protection, a knife to the throat. My favorite possibility is Zodd intervening ala Grunbeld, "I do not like jokes." (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/zodd.gif)

Even better if he flies in furiously roaring at and pushing everybody apart, "WHAT THE SAM HILL IS GOIN' ON HERE!?" :zodd:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kaladin on July 21, 2015, 11:12:41 PM
Great episode, I wanna see what's under Rakshas' mask but I don't think we'll get that just yet, I don't want to underestimate him. :rakshas:

All those armors, all those spears, all those cannons!! :carcus:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 21, 2015, 11:38:51 PM
great episode, i wanna see what's under Raksha's mask but i don't think we'll get that just yet, i don't want to underestimate him  :rakshas:

I want to see!  Besides the blunt warrior in a grunbeld, my favorite apostle is getting more screen time.  Whoop!  I hear some of you guys talk about altering size and being like some octopus or insect.  I picture his awkward changes like my coral.  Going from tiny to full of life, but maybe death in this case.   :rakshas:

At the end of the series I would be tickled to death if my main man/woman does indeed wear Griffs face as a mask in some crazy last page gesture...assuming he/she survives.   :farnese:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kaladin on July 22, 2015, 12:03:40 AM
he was quick enough to dodge silat's attack so I'm sure he dodged that pillar, when it smashed the ground there was no indication that it hit him, no cloth sticking out or anything, he probably jumped away. After that, not really sure if he really needs to use his apostle form against these guys, maybe he does, this is all very exciting nonetheless!!! :ubik:

Also on that final page, I see 8/28, is that maybe the release date for episode 339 :???:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 22, 2015, 12:20:21 AM
Also on that final page, i see 8/28, is that maybe the release date for episode 339 :???: :???: :???:

If the rumor mill holds truth and a monthly publication takes hold, I can't even...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 22, 2015, 12:28:49 AM
Also on that final page, i see 8/28, is that maybe the release date for episode 339 :???: :???: :???:

Yes it is.

If the rumor mill holds truth and a monthly publication takes hold, I can't even...

Ain't a rumor. It's been confirmed.  :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 22, 2015, 12:41:41 AM
Well, if that ends up being more than a couple months straight...there will be much rejoicing.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kruge on July 22, 2015, 12:41:51 AM
Rakshas had better not be dead  :mozgus:

I'm gleefully awaiting seeing his apostle form (please please please).

 :rakshas: :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 22, 2015, 12:44:44 AM

I just hope it's not like Ganishka where we've actually been seeing his Apostle abilities this whole time. :ganishka: Maybe he's like Ant-Man and when he transforms he just shrinks into a smaller, more evasive, and therefore deadlier version of himself. He's going to stab your heart... from the inside out! :rakshas:


It's funny you mention that actually because I remember telling Aaz years and years ago when we first anticipated that we might see his apostle form (when he appeared on Zodd's wing) that if I had to guess I thought his form might be something similar to Ganishka's mist. God I hope I'm wrong. Although, I still can't help but think it's going to be something along those lines. He's a mist, he's a liquid, he shrinks, he flattens, he stretches, he can clone himself ... I don't know what this motherfucker is capable of but you just know that Miura has been holding out on this reveal for so long that it's going blow us all away when he decides that's enough foreplay.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 22, 2015, 01:11:43 AM
Well, if that ends up being more than a couple months straight...there will be much rejoicing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArbzOExaBg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArbzOExaBg)  :ganishka:

It's funny you mention that actually because I remember telling Aaz years and years ago when we first anticipated that we might see his apostle form (when he appeared on Zodd's wing) that if I had to guess I thought his form might be something similar to Ganishka's mist.
Well, in the panel where Rakshas comes down from the statue towards Rickert it does look like he turns into just a shadow on the ground and like you mentioned he has seemed to melt into things before. It seems like he can become insubstantial when he chooses. Talk about tough to kill! I definitely don't think Rakshas is dead. If there was to be a faceoff between him and Silat's group I can't see the humans faring too well.  :magni:

Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 22, 2015, 01:15:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArbzOExaBg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UArbzOExaBg)

 :ubik: ha!  I'm a sucker for some english humor.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Skeleton on July 22, 2015, 01:20:35 AM
The Kushan resistance lives on!  :guts:

As much as I'd love to watch Silat and the Tapasa beat the shit out of Rakshas, I get the feeling they won't fight next episode.  I think they'll grab Rickert and run.  (Hopefully after a little good ol' fashioned Bakiraka-Rakshas chat.)  It wouldn't be a very smart move to take any other action.  "That boy seems to know the secret of the Falcon. . . So let's fight Rakshas, and assuming neither us nor the boy are killed during the fight, we can ask him about the Falcon's secret afterwards!"
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 22, 2015, 01:56:50 AM
Wow! Absolutely fantastic! I cannot get enough of that first close up of Rakshas on top of the statue! He's absolutely terrifying. I personally don't know if we'll see his apostle form, but this is certainly the best opportunity presented in the series so far. Surely we'll have an answer in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 22, 2015, 02:11:36 AM
:ubik: ha!  I'm a sucker for some english humor.
Same here and Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of my favorites!

This episode had some interesting moments to do with Rickert and Erica's relationship, too. To me, they seem like they have more of a brother/sister vibe and Erica saying he's her family just makes me think that all the more. But then there's the scene where Erica seems to get territorial around the two flirtatious girls, so that suggests some jealousy. Maybe the platonic sense I'm getting about them is just because they're so young at this point. Whether they'll end up as a couple when they're older, or if we'll even get to that by the end of the story is anybody's guess. Anyway, this episode was certainly packed with lots of good stuff to ponder! :serpico:


Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2015, 09:30:04 AM
I phrased that question poorly since that wouldn't preclude him transforming; what I really meant was will this definitely precipitate it, or will there be more foreplay? As with Locus' situation though, I agree it makes sense that if you're going to crush Rakshas at the end of an episode it'd be a tease if he didn't transform as a result... unless he still does. =)

I think either he transforms now or he doesn't transform at all, because I don't see this fight lasting very long.

I just hope it's not like Ganishka where we've actually been seeing his Apostle abilities this whole time. :ganishka:

I don't think it will be, Ganishka was special in many ways and he still had a human/apostle dynamic, whereas we've only seen one form of Rakshas.

At the end of the series I would be tickled to death if my main man/woman does indeed wear Griffs face as a mask in some crazy last page gesture...assuming he/she survives.   :farnese:

That's unlikely to happen.

he was quick enough to dodge silat's attack so I'm sure he dodged that pillar, when it smashed the ground there was no indication that it hit him, no cloth sticking out or anything, he probably jumped away.

The way the shot is framed, with the pillar above him, then it crashing on the ground and no further shots after while Silat and the Tapasa look confident, implies that he didn't dodge it.

Rakshas had better not be dead  :mozgus:

Haha, don't worry, there's literally no chance that he is.

Well, in the panel where Rakshas comes down from the statue towards Rickert it does look like he turns into just a shadow on the ground and like you mentioned he has seemed to melt into things before. It seems like he can become insubstantial when he chooses.

No, I don't think he can do that. He's fast, nimble and very flexible, but nothing so far has implied he can become insubstantial.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kruge on July 22, 2015, 11:54:22 AM
Wow! Absolutely fantastic! I cannot get enough of that first close up of Rakshas on top of the statue! He's absolutely terrifying. I personally don't know if we'll see his apostle form, but this is certainly the best opportunity presented in the series so far. Surely we'll have an answer in a few weeks.

I'm thinking figure of this scene, no? Might sculpt a maquette of it after my current project is done.  :void: #brainstorming
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 22, 2015, 12:56:45 PM
That's unlikely to happen.

It was a joke Aazealh...albeit a little choppy on my part.  Little too much excitement this week.   :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 22, 2015, 02:01:20 PM
I'm thinking figure of this scene, no? Might sculpt a maquette of it after my current project is done.  :void: #brainstorming

Haha, um, please?!  :beast:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kenshi Rô on July 22, 2015, 02:13:19 PM
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First post on this forum

^I second this  :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 22, 2015, 02:54:21 PM
when we first anticipated that we might see his apostle form (when he appeared on Zodd's wing) that if I had to guess I thought his form might be something similar to Ganishka's mist. God I hope I'm wrong. Although, I still can't help but think it's going to be something along those lines. He's a mist, he's a liquid, he shrinks, he flattens, he stretches, he can clone himself ... I don't know what this motherfucker is capable of
Well, in the panel where Rakshas comes down from the statue towards Rickert it does look like he turns into just a shadow on the ground and like you mentioned he has seemed to melt into things before. It seems like he can become insubstantial when he chooses.

He can certainly make himself quite compact, as evidenced by his first appearance and the incident on Zodd's wing among others, though he's still physically all there, which implies that besides his drapings there's really not a lot to him. The panel where he appears like a shadow on the ground is interesting, but a big vague and stylistic (especially with the speech bubble obscuring it). It begs the question how these traits will manifest in his transformed state, if at all. Maybe he'll become a super Tapasa in a bit of irony. =)

Talk about tough to kill! I definitely don't think Rakshas is dead. If there was to be a faceoff between him and Silat's group I can't see the humans faring too well.  :magni:

Well, they've faced him before and lived to do so again, so it hasn't been the slaughter one might think. On the other hand, that doesn't mean it's any less one-sided or they're a match for him as Rakshas doesn't seem to take them too seriously and his personal motivations aren't the most comprehensible (the last time they faced each other he had other business, and perhaps ulterior motives, to attend to). Still, it appears they've solved his human form at least! Go in heavy.

I don't think it will be, Ganishka was special in many ways and he still had a human/apostle dynamic, whereas we've only seen one form of Rakshas.

Yeah, while they otherwise don't have much in common, Rakshas is also quite unique and his one form so far already seems quite special compared to your average Apostle (though you could say that about so many of them now I may need to refine my definition of "average Apostle").
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 22, 2015, 03:14:27 PM
He can certainly make himself quite compact, as evidenced by his first appearance and the incident on Zodd's wing among others, though he's still physically all there, which implies that besides his drapings there's really not a lot to him. The panel where he appears like a shadow on the ground is interesting, but a big vague and stylistic (especially with the speech bubble obscuring it). It begs the question how these traits will manifest in his transformed state, if at all. Maybe he'll become a super Tapasa in a bit of irony. =)
...
Yeah, while they otherwise don't have much in common, Rakshas is also quite unique and his one form so far already seems quite special compared to your average Apostle (though you could say that about so many of them now I may need to refine my definition of "average Apostle").

Man, our next podcast is shaping up to be the RakshasCast.  :rakshas:

Despite all this debate, Rakshas' body is still basically a blank canvas to me. I'll be surprised and pleased by almost anything (Spider-Man Carnage homage aside (http://www.nerdsraging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Carnage-spider-man.jpg)...). But what's interesting is that Miura's not actually painting on a blank canvas. He's left a few clues about what's under that cloak, which may as well be a curtain while Miura finalizes the design for public consumption.

-Bone-cracking sounds associated with him compressing his body
-Sharp appendage pokes through cloak
-Slinks when moving
-Three eyes (not just a mask)

So all these little hints scattered since his first appearance have to be consistent with whatever form we eventually see. And then the real fun starts: His transformed figure, where all bets are off.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 22, 2015, 03:32:39 PM
For anyone that wants a copy and the additional booklet, CDJapan only has a few in stock (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1836430).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2015, 03:55:18 PM
For anyone that wants a copy and the additional booklet, CDJapan only has a few in stock (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1836430).

Thanks for the link! Bought one for the hell of it, even though I'm still getting the digital edition. I can never have enough! :beast:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 22, 2015, 05:04:48 PM
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The panel where he appears like a shadow on the ground is interesting, but a big vague and stylistic (especially with the speech bubble obscuring it).

Clever use of the speech bubble by Miura. When I first glanced at the page i think I actually mouthed at that panel "get out of the way"!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Salem on July 22, 2015, 05:16:37 PM
For anyone that wants a copy and the additional booklet, CDJapan only has a few in stock (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1836430).

Thanks so much for posting that link.  I was able to get a copy.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 22, 2015, 07:57:28 PM
For anyone that wants a copy and the additional booklet, CDJapan only has a few in stock (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1836430).
Grabbed the last one!  :guts: Thanks for posting that, Bender! So the past few episodes before the newest one are included in this issue as well, right?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2015, 08:06:58 PM
So the past few episodes before the newest one are included in this issue as well, right?

The four previous episodes are included.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 22, 2015, 08:09:39 PM
The four previous episodes are included.
Sweet! :serpico: Thanks!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on July 22, 2015, 08:33:35 PM
The four previous episodes are included.
Nice new avatar Aaz  :carcus:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2015, 08:34:59 PM
Nice new avatar Aaz  :carcus:

Thanks, I felt it was appropriate. :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 22, 2015, 09:09:27 PM
Man, our next podcast is shaping up to be the RakshasCast.  :rakshas:

Fine by me, to be fair though I guess we should also talk about Rickert and his friends. Though im actually more interested in Silat's agenda (secret of the Falcon, indeed), and Locus playing the role of Julius (not a cool look, even for a supernatural cyborg centaur).

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Despite all this debate, Rakshas' body is still basically a blank canvas to me. I'll be surprised and pleased by almost anything (Spider-Man Carnage homage aside (http://www.nerdsraging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Carnage-spider-man.jpg)...).

Well, I wouldn't want him to look like that interpretation, but something resembling a classic Carnage/symbiote design wouldn't be a bad fit, actually.

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But what's interesting is that Miura's not actually painting on a blank canvas. He's left a few clues about what's under that cloak, which may as well be a curtain while Miura finalizes the design for public consumption.

I wonder, speaking of Locus, perhaps we've been looking at the wrong comparisons and Rakshas relationship with said cloak is more like Locus' armor rather than a shroud to hide him. There's plenty of precedent for Apostle attire symbolizing their transformed state, and some of Griffith's lieutenants have taken this further, even incorporating such items into their transformation; with that in mind it's not beyond the pale to imagine that cloak coming alive. Imagine the eyes and "teeth" on his mask becoming real and the texure of his cloak becoming sleek, jet black, sinewy and alive and I'd be ready to shit my pants. :ganishka:

Clever use of the speech bubble by Miura. When I first glanced at the page i think I actually mouthed at that panel "get out of the way"!

Haha, I was more scared for Rickert, with Rakshas literally using his menacing words to cover his movement! If they'd sent Rakshas to give Rickert the talk instead of that big metal tool Locus none of this would've happened because Rickert would have been too preoccupied looking over his shoulder to raise a hand to Griffith, "I know you'll be polite, because I'll have all three of my eyes on you." :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 22, 2015, 09:22:12 PM
I wonder, speaking of Locus, perhaps we've been looking at the wrong comparisons and Rakshas relationship with said cloak is more like Locus' armor rather than a shroud to hide him. There's plenty of precedent for Apostle attire symbolizing their transformed state, and some of Griffith's lieutenants have taken this further, even incorporating such items into their transformation; with that in mind it's not beyond the pale to imagine that cloak coming alive. Imagine the eyes and "teeth" on his mask becoming real and the texure of his cloak becoming sleek, jet black, sinewy and alive and I'd be ready to shit my pants. :ganishka:

That is a pretty damn good idea, and I could totally see it come to fruition. Would be completely alien.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 23, 2015, 03:52:19 AM
Rickert: "Darkness?"

Indeed. :rakshas:


This thread has to be contending for the Rakshas emoticon record.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Theozilla on July 23, 2015, 05:11:23 AM
I know it is a common (and likely) assumption to make but I don't think Raksas has ever been officially confirmed/explicitly depicted to be an Apostle in the manga has he?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kruge on July 23, 2015, 06:31:51 AM
Something I just considered: We've already seen Rakshas' Apostle form. With a few exceptions we saw all of the apostles during the eclipse event. There's been hints that Rakshas might be insectoid... I'm going through and speculating based on his mask appearance now. Three eyes and those teeth on the mask are some clues. I think I'd be happy either way, and by that I mean 'oh that was Rakshas' would be cool, but a new form would be equally welcomed.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 23, 2015, 06:36:19 AM
I know it is a common (and likely) assumption to make but I don't think Raksas has ever been officially confirmed/explicitly depicted to be an Apostle in the manga has he?

We are yet to see Rakshas in his apostle form but that doesn't mean he isn't one. It's pretty certain he is an apostle. He's depicted as someone who has lead apostles, is drawn to and loyal to Griffith like other apostles are and if you consider his behavior, he does as he pleases or roams about freely among other apostles which isn't something a mere human could easily do.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2015, 09:06:25 AM
I know it is a common (and likely) assumption to make but I don't think Raksas has ever been officially confirmed/explicitly depicted to be an Apostle in the manga has he?

He doesn't wear an "I'm an apostle" shirt, but then again neither do any of the others. He is however a monster, and a commander in Griffith's apostle army (to which he refers as "we"), so there is literally no reason to assume he is anything but an apostle. Just like Irvine, Locus or Grunbeld.

Something I just considered: We've already seen Rakshas' Apostle form. With a few exceptions we saw all of the apostles during the eclipse event.

None of the other lieutenants were there (even Zodd stayed out!), so I don't expect Rakshas to have been.

There's been hints that Rakshas might be insectoid...

I don't know about that man, what we have on him is pretty thin. I think that he'll have a pretty unique design, like the others. Maybe with inspiration from some mythological creature(s), but it's honestly one of those things that is practically impossible to guess (which is why I'd really love it if we could guess it :ganishka:).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Theozilla on July 23, 2015, 11:22:13 AM
He doesn't wear an "I'm an apostle" shirt, but then again neither do any of the others. He is however a monster, and a commander in Griffith's apostle army (to which he refers as "we"), so there is literally no reason to assume he is anything but an apostle. Just like Irvine, Locus or Grunbeld.

I don't think Raksas is human either, but I just thought it might be possible that Raksas could be some unspecified other type of non-Apostle inhuman monstrous being.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2015, 11:41:45 AM
I don't think Raksas is human either, but I just thought it might be possible that Raksas could be some unspecified other type of non-Apostle inhuman monstrous being.

I know that's what you thought, but Rakshas isn't a mysterious monster of a type we never knew existed that's not an apostle but just so happens to look and behave exactly like one. Ask yourself: what purpose would it serve for things to be so convoluted when for all intents and purposes it makes no difference at all? Rakshas is an apostle. He came to Griffith along with all the other apostles, he serves as an officer in the apostle army, he identifies as an apostle, he has all of the typical apostle traits... And he will very possibly show us his apostle form in the next episode.

You know, I like to remind people every time this is brought up that when the apostles first came to serve Griffith in Shet, some folks speculated that they were something else, another type of being. Maybe legendary creatures brought to life, that kind of thing. When we learned more about them and the demon corps they formed, most people figured it out: they were apostles. But some refused to see it. Then Grunbeld was revealed to be an apostle. And yet some still believed! He must have been the exception, but the others were different. Then it was Locus' turn. No matter, Irvine and Rakshas are surely too special to be apostles too! But it turned out Irvine was also an apostle after all. "Who'd have thought?!" And now, finally, Rakshas is the only one left. By now it should be clear that he's an apostle just like the others, but no, not to some, never. When we get to see him transform, I'm sure there will be people out there who will express their surprise. But honestly, it's been a foregone conclusion for over a decade.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 23, 2015, 12:59:31 PM
You know, I like to remind people every time this is brought up that when the apostles first came to serve Griffith in Shet, some folks speculated that they were something else, another type of being. Maybe legendary creatures brought to life, that kind of thing. When we learned more about them and the demon corps they formed, most people figured it out: they were apostles. But some refused to see it. Then Grunbeld was revealed to be an apostle. And yet some still believed! He must have been the exception, but the others were different. Then it was Locus' turn. No matter, Irvine and Rakshas are surely too special to be apostles too! But it turned out Irvine was also an apostle after all. "Who'd have thought?!" And now, finally, Rakshas is the only one left. By now it should be clear that he's an apostle just like the others, but no, not to some, never. When we get to see him transform, I'm sure there will be people out there who will express their surprise. But honestly, it's been a foregone conclusion for over a decade.

 :ganishka: I must have missed that discussion.

It just reminds me to not take some people's current speculation and theories (Such as those about the Moonlight Boy or the Skull Knight) too seriously--that is, let them think what they want and move on, so long as they aren't spreading blatant misinformation--since ridiculous speculation and theories were made over what appears to be even the most mundane and obvious subjects since this has probably gone on as long as the series has been in serialization.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: flagawax on July 23, 2015, 01:20:22 PM
.. Thx for the summary ..

The girls comment on the fact he's got a connexion to Griffith and might be a friend of his. They try to seduce him, but Erica is pissed off and repels them.
Rickert comments: "But... I can't stay here."
.. That means, no more bath with Luca ?   :slan: .. snif ...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2015, 03:46:38 PM
It just reminds me to not take some people's current speculation and theories (Such as those about the Moonlight Boy or the Skull Knight) too seriously--that is, let them think what they want and move on, so long as they aren't spreading blatant misinformation--since ridiculous speculation and theories were made over what appears to be even the most mundane and obvious subjects since this has probably gone on as long as the series has been in serialization.

There really aren't many things left in Berserk that haven't been part of some crazy theory.

.. That means, no more bath with Luca ?   :slan: .. snif ...

Yes, that's the one big takeaway from this episode.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rupert Sinclair on July 23, 2015, 03:54:45 PM
That *headless* statue at the end... Could it be...?

The ruins themselves interest me quite a bit actually.  The rest of the ancient city was restored to perfect, pristine condition throughout most of Falconia and yet this one little section was left in ruin.  Could it be that this was a shrine of sorts for the old king ( :SK: ) that was left this way as a sign of disrespect.  Maybe even the remains of his old palace, if this is just a small portion.  It also must be a very remote part of Falconia as we can finally see a little beyond the city (the far off mountains in the background).  The perfect place for Rakshas to have his meeting with Rickert.  :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 23, 2015, 04:13:05 PM
The ruins themselves interest me quite a bit actually.  The rest of the ancient city was restored to perfect, pristine condition throughout most of Falconia and yet this one little section was left in ruin.  Could it be that this was a shrine of sorts for the old king ( :SK: ) that was left this way as a sign of disrespect.  Maybe even the remains of his old palace, if this is just a small portion.  It also must be a very remote part of Falconia as we can finally see a little beyond the city (the far off mountains in the background).  The perfect place for Rakshas to have his meeting with Rickert.  :rakshas:

Yeah the ruins interest me as well especially since everything else that we have seen is like you said, pristine and perfect.  Are they there just to give credibility to the legendary city or as a show of disrespect like you said?  Maybe it is a weakness of some kind, a possible way in or tie to the old world. 

Or it's just cool setting for a fight. :badbone:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 23, 2015, 04:46:49 PM
It's certainly exciting to consider, particularly for a big Gaiseric nerd like myself, who's been dying for any new hints about his era since Falconia appeared. But since the episode landed, I've kind of sobered on the notion that the figure is Gaiseric.

Primarily, I think it'd be unlike Miura to finally give us a look at that character with little to no acknowledgement of it. As it's shown here,  the figure is apparently sitting on a throne and is central to the framing of that scene, which draws attention to itself, but it really could just be anyone. Afterall, there are tons of statues all over the place (admittedly, most of them have heads, but that could just mean this was a statue that was in progress...). What makes it Gaiseric, necessarily? Our desire  :farnese:

As for why that section of the otherwise spotless city appears to be in disrepair, I have no solid explanation. Perhaps it's commonplace, and we just haven't seen enough of the city. Perhaps it's merely a reflection of how that section stood in Gaiseric's time. Counter to that, we know that when Femto waved his artistic brush across the old city, he spruced the old designs up a bit. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14238.msg227490#msg227490) So if he had the opportunity, why leave that part in ruins...? Indeed, it's a good question, and one that quite possibly won't be answered.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2015, 04:55:35 PM
The ruins themselves interest me quite a bit actually.  The rest of the ancient city was restored to perfect, pristine condition throughout most of Falconia and yet this one little section was left in ruin. Could it be that this was a shrine of sorts for the old king ( :SK: ) that was left this way as a sign of disrespect.  Maybe even the remains of his old palace, if this is just a small portion.  It also must be a very remote part of Falconia as we can finally see a little beyond the city (the far off mountains in the background).

Could be that the outskirts didn't benefit as much from the general "restoration" that took place (but then again, the whole city's surrounded by shiny new mega-walls...). Or that some parts judged less useful (or possibly unsavory) were left untouched. Alternatively, maybe some parts of the city that were closely tied to certain astral powers couldn't be revamped like the rest, similar to how spectres couldn't reach Guts and Casca in Godot's mine. Beyond that, it does seem from Rickert's work with the firefighting apparatus that quite a few things were left as they were for people to rediscover. That may have been the case for some parts of the city as well.

Or it's just cool setting for a fight. :badbone:

Indeed, that's the main factor for now as far as I'm concerned.

Primarily, I think it'd be unlike Miura to finally give us a look at that character with little to no acknowledgement of it. As it's shown here,  the figure is apparently sitting on a throne and is central to the framing of that scene, which draws attention to itself, but it really could just be anyone. Afterall, there are tons of statues all over the place (admittedly, most of them have heads, but that could just mean this was a statue that was in progress...). What makes it Gaiseric, necessarily? Our desire  :farnese:

Like I said earlier in the thread, I think the coolness of Rakshas sitting on a headless statue is enough by itself without needing any additional explanation. That being said, that location could plausibly be referenced in a future flashback. It could for example open on the statue's face, then pan out and reveal an intact temple before moving on to the city itself.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 23, 2015, 05:29:05 PM
As it's shown here,  the figure is apparently sitting on a throne and is central to the framing of that scene, which draws attention to itself, but it really could just be anyone. Afterall, there are tons of statues all over the place (admittedly, most of them have heads, but that could just mean this was a statue that was in progress...). What makes it Gaiseric, necessarily? Our desire  :farnese:

True, it's certainly anonymous at this point. All we can tell is whoever it was, was someone who could have been a warrior judging by the physique.

Looking at the surroundings, there are pillar blocks and other slabs that seem broken/ chipped or dislocated from their original place and if you look closely at the floor/ground, it looks like it took a beating. From what's left of the statue's arms, the right extends longer than the left ... doesn't substantially say much but if it were a statue in progress we could assume it'd have equal parts to it, maaaaybe. The way the left arm is shaded from that low angle panel, it doesn't look like smooth, more like broken off.

On the other hand, it couldn't have been made out of 1 big block because we see a similar hole at the center of the arm as we see in those pillar blocks. So maybe it was indeed a work-in-progress statue?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Diwo on July 23, 2015, 06:07:44 PM
On the other hand, it couldn't have been made out of 1 big block because we see a similar hole at the center of the arm as we see in those pillar blocks. So maybe it was indeed a work-in-progress statue?

But why would this be a work-in-progress statue if anything else appeared finished? I don't think that apostle built the city in the astral world. I think the city always existed just for Griffith, going out from nowhere
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 23, 2015, 06:19:37 PM
I think the city always existed just for Griffith, going out from nowhere

Falconia is Gaiseric's ancient city (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14238.msg227490#msg227490), with some Falcon-styled additions.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 23, 2015, 06:20:30 PM
But why would this be a work-in-progress statue if anything else appeared finished? I don't think that apostle built the city in the astral world. I think the city always existed just for Griffith, going out from nowhere

Dude, this is Gaiseric's city from a thousand years ago that was magically restored and transformed into Falconia. Even putting aside the fact it's obvious, it's been commented on repeatedly by the characters...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Diwo on July 23, 2015, 08:00:52 PM
Falconia is Gaiseric's ancient city (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14238.msg227490#msg227490), with some Falcon-styled additions.

Sorry, I didn't looked closely enough to see that
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 23, 2015, 08:51:05 PM
Sorry, I didn't looked closely enough to see that

It's not required that you notice that detail. Miura explained it to us through character observations upon Falconia's appearance and later by Rickert's words. On top of that, you have the architectural similarities, which can be traced down to the column type.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Theozilla on July 23, 2015, 11:21:03 PM
I know that's what you thought, but Rakshas isn't a mysterious monster of a type we never knew existed that's not an apostle but just so happens to look and behave exactly like one. Ask yourself: what purpose would it serve for things to be so convoluted when for all intents and purposes it makes no difference at all? Rakshas is an apostle. He came to Griffith along with all the other apostles, he serves as an officer in the apostle army, he identifies as an apostle, he has all of the typical apostle traits... And he will very possibly show us his apostle form in the next episode.

You know, I like to remind people every time this is brought up that when the apostles first came to serve Griffith in Shet, some folks speculated that they were something else, another type of being. Maybe legendary creatures brought to life, that kind of thing. When we learned more about them and the demon corps they formed, most people figured it out: they were apostles. But some refused to see it. Then Grunbeld was revealed to be an apostle. And yet some still believed! He must have been the exception, but the others were different. Then it was Locus' turn. No matter, Irvine and Rakshas are surely too special to be apostles too! But it turned out Irvine was also an apostle after all. "Who'd have thought?!" And now, finally, Rakshas is the only one left. By now it should be clear that he's an apostle just like the others, but no, not to some, never. When we get to see him transform, I'm sure there will be people out there who will express their surprise. But honestly, it's been a foregone conclusion for over a decade.

Well for me personally, my speculation of Raksas' possible non-Apostle status (though I agree Raksas being an Apsotle is the most likely case) wasn't like how some fans did the same for Locus, Grunbeld, and Irvine because they didn't like the idea of such cool nobel-ish characters having committed the immoral act of the Sacrifice (I knew from the start that they were undeniably Apostles). I mostly thought it was a possible option because Raksas seems to be more of a "wild card" compared to the former three, his desire to eventually kill Griffith stuck out especially. Also (unless he is always transformed under his cloak) he didn't even transform when he was in the center of Ganishka along with Zodd and Griffith/Femto. And I thought perhaps his Kushan/Bakiraka backstory could potentially be an indicator of his powers having something to do with Kushan magic.
But again I do agree that him being an Apostle is the most likely and simple case.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 24, 2015, 01:07:55 AM
Also (unless he is always transformed under his cloak) he didn't even transform when he was in the center of Ganishka along with Zodd and Griffith/Femto.

Why would he though? His intent was to conceal himself and observe what was happening during those crucial moments.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Uriel on July 24, 2015, 02:54:23 AM
Had to make sure it was real.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ux3axNe.jpg)

Oh yeah, it's real. That new Berserk episode smell. :femto:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 24, 2015, 03:25:44 AM
Also (unless he is always transformed under his cloak) he didn't even transform when he was in the center of Ganishka along with Zodd and Griffith/Femto.

Neither did Griffith until he needed to. Apparently, Rakshas never did (that we saw, I'll revisit this later :carcus:).

And I thought perhaps his Kushan/Bakiraka backstory could potentially be an indicator of his powers having something to do with Kushan magic.

That's intriguing, but while we've seen something like that with Ganishka, he turned out to be an Apostle anyway, and, unlike him or Daiba, Rakshas has never been shown to use any Kushan magic we know of. We can't even be certain the Bakiraka, even the Tapasa as monstrous as they seem, use any such magic to enhance themselves physically considering how shocking it all apparently is to Silat.

But again I do agree that him being an Apostle is the most likely and simple case.

And, as Aaz pointed out, he identifies as/with Apostles, which pretty much makes it the only case barring an outright change to the story. Okay, I think I've built enough official SK.net goodwill now for this next response... :carcus:

Why would he though? His intent was to conceal himself and observe what was happening during those crucial moments.

And don't forget trailing Skull Knight back to his home base! Now, some, like two out of three administrators of this message board, might claim that Rakshas' appearance here undermines or even refutes that already radical interpretation. On the other hand, it could also indicate something far more sinister and significant... Skull Knight is DEAD! That's right, I'm doubling down, bet it all on "darkness!" This is further supported/foreshadowed by the lack of head on that (Gaiseric?) statue!! :carcus: :iva: :badbone:

Alright, I'm joking, I give up, but that was to be my Zodd on the rocky knoll. :sad: I will say though, I do find it strange, especially considering the reprisal Rickert is receiving in this episode, that Rakshas apparently had no such reaction to Skull Knight's attempted assassination of Femto (even Zodd wasn't in on the plan). Anyway, I'm most looking forward to learning his purpose there, either at the time or to some later end. I hope it wasn't just whimsy, because seeing him bundled up like a little backpack on Zodd's wing alone was probably worth it. :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Theozilla on July 24, 2015, 04:26:39 AM
Why would he though? His intent was to conceal himself and observe what was happening during those crucial moments.
I should have rephrased that, I thought it was curious that he (by all appearances) didn't transform along with the other Apostles initially during the fight against the Ganishka-spawn and instead deliberately chose to sneak aboard onto Zodd, without the former (and maybe even Griffith) being aware that he did so.
Basically the greater sense of enigma surrounding Raksas' character (he's literally a (likely) Apostle from a "foreign"/non-European analogous country) I felt allowed for more WGM/speculation of his nature compared to other characters.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 24, 2015, 09:05:51 AM
Had to make sure it was real.

http://i.imgur.com/Ux3axNe.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/Ux3axNe.jpg)

Oh yeah, it's real. That new Berserk episode smell. :femto:

Gorgeous...


Looking back at page 2 and Griffith's expression, i started to think more about who could be the main responsible in this whole ordeal concerning the assasination. I am more so talking about who ould have gotten the the idea of actually even attempting to kill Rickert and to get him out of the way.

First i want to talk about Locus, we obviously saw his reaction towards the slap and it was surely not that nice....  :mozgus:

Yet i don't think that he would go and order Rakshas to kill Rickert, especially doing so behind the back of Femto. Alone the fact that Griffith held him back from hurting Rickert in episode 337 should have been a sign enough for Locus to leave Rickert alone.

Then we have Rakshas, we know how over protective he is when it comes to his leader, yet that would not make his attempt in killing Rickert reasonable. Rickert is no threat to Griffith, there is not even a need to be protective.


Lastly, only Griffith is left and that's were his expression on page 2 becomes so important to me. We talked about how he held back Locus, but that does not mean that he would not order an assassination afterwards. It's him doing the usual, making orders behind the curtains so that his image as the Falcon of Light does not get damaged. He couldn't just have let Locus kill Rickert in front of others, such as being the pontiff, Charlotte, Sonia and mule.

Additionally on page 3 we see Silat spying on Griffith, which probably gave Silat a trace on what would happen afterwards, but as we know, not even he has a clue on who was responsible for this attempt of assassination, hence him asking Rakshas  :rakshas:

As aaz said at this point anything can be impossible, miura could go ahead and throw in something completely new. By the end of the day, the last few epsideos were completely unpredictable.


I personally love the idea of Femto doing stuff like this, not because it's just evil, but because we again would get a deeper look into his ral feelings. All of this stuff, like ordering his men to get Flora's head, his moment with Ganishka and Skull Knight and now maybe even telling Rakshas to kill Rickert would be a great set up towards what he will do in the future of the series. Especially when the Age of darkness comes to fruition.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2015, 10:20:41 AM
Well for me personally, my speculation of Raksas' possible non-Apostle status (though I agree Raksas being an Apsotle is the most likely case) wasn't like how some fans did the same for Locus, Grunbeld, and Irvine because they didn't like the idea of such cool nobel-ish characters having committed the immoral act of the Sacrifice (I knew from the start that they were undeniably Apostles).

I don't think you should presume to know what each person's reasons were...

I mostly thought it was a possible option because Raksas seems to be more of a "wild card" compared to the former three, his desire to eventually kill Griffith stuck out especially.

That one quip of his was an illustration of his strangeness, but I wouldn't straight up equate it to a desire to kill Griffith. Also, Zodd's first reaction upon being visited by the Falcon of Light was to attack it. That's actually a much more concrete act of defiance all things considered, actions speaking louder than words.

And I thought perhaps his Kushan/Bakiraka backstory could potentially be an indicator of his powers having something to do with Kushan magic.

The Bakiraka don't use magic, they're experts at training their bodies. They're pretty much antonymous with magic users. As a matter of fact, their philosophy of life is part of why they didn't buy into the Falcon's fairy tale (see episode 294).

I will say though, I do find it strange, especially considering the reprisal Rickert is receiving in this episode, that Rakshas apparently had no such reaction to Skull Knight's attempted assassination of Femto (even Zodd wasn't in on the plan). Anyway, I'm most looking forward to learning his purpose there, either at the time or to some later end. I hope it wasn't just whimsy, because seeing him bundled up like a little backpack on Zodd's wing alone was probably worth it.

I think there was more to that than we know at the moment, and I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about it. Beyond SK's intervention, I think Rakshas may have wanted to bear witness to what was transpiring there, to Griffith showing his true power, that sort of stuff. What for (other than a spy wanting to spy)? Who knows... :rakshas:

I should have rephrased that, I thought it was curious that he (by all appearances) didn't transform along with the other Apostles initially during the fight against the Ganishka-spawn and instead deliberately chose to sneak aboard onto Zodd, without the former (and maybe even Griffith) being aware that he did so.

Well that just fits his character. He's not a battlefield frontline kind of guy, he deals in shadows. Again, nothing surprising given his Bakiraka lineage. Also, I doubt Zodd was unaware that Rakshas was onboard, he probably just didn't care.

Basically the greater sense of enigma surrounding Raksas' character (he's literally a (likely) Apostle from a "foreign"/non-European analogous country) I felt allowed for more WGM/speculation of his nature compared to other characters.

Sure, sure. This has all been discussed many times before, but at the end of the day, he's still an apostle. Hopefully this matter will be settled with the next episode, because I've grown tired of it (and I don't mean that as a knock against you). On a side note, his name is spelled "Rakshas" with an 'h'. It comes from the Indian word "Rakshasa".

Yet i don't think that he would go and order Rakshas to kill Rickert, especially doing so behind the back of Femto. Alone the fact that Griffith held him back from hurting Rickert in episode 337 should have been a sign enough for Locus to leave Rickert alone.

We've seen in the past few episodes that Locus doesn't hesitate to take initiatives, though. He personally went through the trouble of showing the apostles' lair to Rickert to try and intimidate him into playing nice. So the slap was a double humiliation for him. However the more pertinent point to me is that I don't believe Locus holds any authority over Rakshas. They're equals. He could no doubt ask him to do something, but not order him to.

Then we have Rakshas, we know how over protective he is when it comes to his leader, yet that would not make his attempt in killing Rickert reasonable. Rickert is no threat to Griffith, there is not even a need to be protective.

Well he's an apostle and killing doesn't require too much incentive for him. Furthermore, Rickert tarnished Griffith's pristine, untouched-till-now face. The same face Rakshas once said he coveted. That in itself could be his reason. Sacrilege towards something he'd sworn to protect. Which in the end isn't too different from Locus' own reasons to be angry.

Lastly, only Griffith is left and that's were his expression on page 2 becomes so important to me. We talked about how he held back Locus, but that does not mean that he would not order an assassination afterwards. It's him doing the usual, making orders behind the curtains so that his image as the Falcon of Light does not get damaged. He couldn't just have let Locus kill Rickert in front of others, such as being the pontiff, Charlotte, Sonia and mule.

Indeed, it's plausible. Like I said in an earlier post, Griffith/Femto has become alien enough to the reader that we can't know for sure whether he simply would be disappointed, be angry or wouldn't care.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Dalerio on July 24, 2015, 12:59:31 PM
Here are the japanese scans, if anyone is interested in the japanese Version :)

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Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 24, 2015, 02:27:50 PM
We've seen in the past few episodes that Locus doesn't hesitate to take initiatives, though. He personally went through the trouble of showing the apostles' lair to Rickert to try and intimidate him into playing nice. So the slap was a double humiliation for him. However the more pertinent point to me is that I don't believe Locus holds any authority over Rakshas. They're equals. He could no doubt ask him to do something, but not order him to.

I should have considered this more. Now really thinking about it, imagining Locus ordering Rakshas around seems very weird anyways.

Well he's an apostle and killing doesn't require too much incentive for him. Furthermore, Rickert tarnished Griffith's pristine, untouched-till-now face. The same face Rakshas once said he coveted. That in itself could be his reason. Sacrilege towards something he'd sworn to protect. Which in the end isn't too different from Locus' own reasons to be angry.

Good point. I seriously can't wait to get the answer.  :puck:


Additionally, the Berserk Manga now has 35 million copies in print worldwide. Here is the article concerning the news, which got mentioned in the latest issue of Young Animal.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2015-07-24/berserk-manga-has-27-million-copies-in-print-in-japan-8-million-overseas/.90845
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 24, 2015, 02:41:46 PM
The ruins were interesting for sure. They don't look like something that's in the process of being newly built. It looks like a temple to a god or ruler that was destroyed. From the appearance it wasn't recently destroyed either. There's vegetation growing over it and even a decent sized tree that's had time to grow among the stones. So what does that mean? That this place was destroyed before the fall of the capital city? The plants and tree wouldn't have grown on it while the city was buried underground in the dark and doesn't seem like they would have had time to grow since Falconia emerged. I don't know, but it is interesting.

Gaiseric's old stuff keeps getting revamped for new owners. His old armor changed to suit Guts and now his old capital seems to have changed to suit Griffith, at least to some extent with all the falcon motif going on. I'm not suggesting that the armor and the city share any of the same properties, though, just thought it was odd.

That one quip of his was an illustration of his strangeness, but I wouldn't straight up equate it to a desire to kill Griffith.
That was how I saw Rakshas' statement about killing Griffith, too. It was his own weird version of declaring his allegiance to Griffith, like Locus did in a more conventional way when he showed up. Plus they both said they were told to come by an oracle, seems like that message they got was like an all-points-bulletin for apostles. "Attention all apostles! Please report to Shet at once to serve the Hawk of Light!" LOL
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 24, 2015, 02:50:41 PM
It looks like a temple to a god or ruler that was destroyed. From the appearance it wasn't recently destroyed either. There's vegetation growing over it and even a decent sized tree that's had time to grow among the stones.

Some great thoughts! And indeed, that occurred to me. Also, regarding the trees and plants -- have we seen any others within Falconia's walls so far? I don't think so. If it was a place of worship, perhaps that made it beyond the reach of the "restoration" effort. Of course, this is getting quite elaborate at this point  :badbone:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Oburi on July 24, 2015, 02:58:16 PM
Alright, I'm joking, I give up, but that was to be my Zodd on the rocky knoll. :sad: I will say though, I do find it strange, especially considering the reprisal Rickert is receiving in this episode, that Rakshas apparently had no such reaction to Skull Knight's attempted assassination of Femto (even Zodd wasn't in on the plan). Anyway, I'm most looking forward to learning his purpose there, either at the time or to some later end. I hope it wasn't just whimsy, because seeing him bundled up like a little backpack on Zodd's wing alone was probably worth it. :rakshas:

Hey you never know. Perhaps when our heroes arrive at Elfhelm they'll find it in ashes, utterly destroyed.  :troll: Just another day in the life of our little apostle, and he made it back in time for tea :rakshas:


How soul crushing would that be.  :carcus:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rhombaad on July 24, 2015, 03:35:52 PM
What an episode. I'm so happy Berserk is back.

As others have said, I think Griffith ordered Rakshas to kill Rickert, or Rakshas witnessed Rickert slap Griffith and decided to take matters into his own hands (spikes?). I can't see Locus ordering Rakshas to kill Rickert, because they're peers.

I hope Miura lets us back into Griffith's head one day. I'd really like to know what he's thinking.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2015, 03:48:36 PM
There's vegetation growing over it and even a decent sized tree that's had time to grow among the stones. So what does that mean? That this place was destroyed before the fall of the capital city? The plants and tree wouldn't have grown on it while the city was buried underground in the dark and doesn't seem like they would have had time to grow since Falconia emerged. I don't know, but it is interesting.

I think you're overanalyzing what is primarily a cool, remote setting for a battle. There are many trivial ways to explain those ruins. For one thing, that they're ancient and date back to Gaiseric's day seems beyond obvious to me. As for the vegetation, it could either be from that era (we don't know exactly what happened to Gaiseric's capital, but it's not unthinkable that some ruins were able to have vegetation grow in them), or more recent (how long has it been since Falconia appeared? We don't know, but crops are being harvested and giant crystals have sprouted all over the place). Either way, I don't expect that aspect of the location to play an important role.

Gaiseric's old stuff keeps getting revamped for new owners. His old armor changed to suit Guts and now his old capital seems to have changed to suit Griffith, at least to some extent with all the falcon motif going on. I'm not suggesting that the armor and the city share any of the same properties, though, just thought it was odd.

That doesn't seem too odd to me. The Skull Knight has taken Guts under his wing, and has seen fit to bequeath the Berserk's armor to him. Meanwhile, the legendary city he had built back in his time was seized and reused by the God Hand to serve their own purposes. If anything, this just underlines how big of a role the events from a thousand years ago played in shaping what is currently happening. And that is quite interesting, although we already knew it. It's been my belief for a long time now that Gaiseric's life may have been the template on which Griffith's current tale is based.

Plus they both said they were told to come by an oracle, seems like that message they got was like an all-points-bulletin for apostles. "Attention all apostles! Please report to Shet at once to serve the Hawk of Light!" LOL

When they talk about the oracle, they refer to the dream(s) of the Falcon of Light that everyone experienced (like the one Zodd had in volume 17). And for apostles it did essentially serve as a call to rally under Griffith's banner.

If it was a place of worship, perhaps that made it beyond the reach of the "restoration" effort.

When I mentioned that, I was thinking about a place that would have retained the mark of astral beings. That does not seem compatible with the idea of worshipping a human figure.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 24, 2015, 03:53:36 PM
I think there was more to that than we know at the moment, and I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about it. Beyond SK's intervention, I think Rakshas may have wanted to bear witness to what was transpiring there, to Griffith showing his true power, that sort of stuff. What for (other than a spy wanting to spy)? Who knows... :rakshas:

Yeah, I can certainly see him being curious, even perversely so =), and more importantly it's not the first time we've seen him serve with Zodd as Griffith's personal bodyguards, having previously taken out those Kushan assassins as Mule swore fealty to Griffith. To that point, I just wonder why he didn't leap into action like Zodd, especially being an assassin himself. Either he was but Femto gave the all clear before he could act (and we just didn't see whatever reaction he was having), he intuited that Femto wasn't actually in danger, some combination thereof, OR he was clued into the situation for some specific purpose while Zodd got the "no need to know" treatment. The least impactful interpretation is that we simply didn't see him going "!!" or whatever.

Yet i don't think that he would go and order Rakshas to kill Rickert, especially doing so behind the back of Femto. Alone the fact that Griffith held him back from hurting Rickert in episode 337 should have been a sign enough for Locus to leave Rickert alone.
We've seen in the past few episodes that Locus doesn't hesitate to take initiatives, though. He personally went through the trouble of showing the apostles' lair to Rickert to try and intimidate him into playing nice. So the slap was a double humiliation for him. However the more pertinent point to me is that I don't believe Locus holds any authority over Rakshas. They're equals. He could no doubt ask him to do something, but not order him to.
As others have said, I think Griffith ordered Rakshas to kill Rickert, or Rakshas witnessed Rickert slap Griffith and decided to take matters into his own hands (spikes?). I can't see Locus ordering Rakshas to kill Rickert, because they're peers.

Well, he could have just asked. :slan: It could even be a matter of professional courtesy that he notify and let Rakshas handle such action! I wonder about that, not that I disagree with the assessment that they're all essentially co-equals, but how they're roles invest them with different authority, responsibilities, or jurisdictions (Locus is a knight and a decent public "face" for Griffith's Apostle army, Rakshas works in the shadows as a bodyguard or doing wetwork). Like a real bureaucracy! :ganishka:

Anyway, if Locus and Rakshas are indeed going on their own here, it exposes a few cracks in the armor of the whole seemingly loose organization, or lack thereof. Under this scenario, not only are they doing this without Griffith's permission obviously, but Locus is arguably going against a standing order! Which brings up the contradiction that they're committing sacrilege against God in the name of defending that god, plus whatever they feel needs defending is almost an indictment of his legitimacy (which, in part, is why Rickert's action is so threatening to them). Part of the problem is a seeming disconnect on Locus' part understanding Rickert's importance (and maybe rightfully so). Why should God let his peon, whoever he was or is, literally slap him in the face? They sure couldn't get away with that, right? Who the fuck is HE? Some comrade from back in the day? Who cares? Does God care? Why? Why does any of that matter!? It doesn't, right? It essentially undermines everything, and whatever the case, it makes Griffith look weak, in the mind's of his subordinates and therefore in reality. I'm obviously taking it to extremes, but it's worth questioning considering their unity, at least the Apostles total loyalty to Griffith himself, has previously seemed immutable, whereas this action carries a whiff of insubordination and maybe a hint that Guts is more correct than he knows; these guys are really just monsters pretending to be knights, so maybe when the chips are down that house of cards will fall into chaos... or maybe Griffith ordered the hit, or they otherwise have an understanding and he doesn't care, or it's simply easier to ask forgiveness than permission. We'll see, but it's interesting to think about.

Lastly, only Griffith is left and that's were his expression on page 2 becomes so important to me.
Like I said in an earlier post, Griffith/Femto has become alien enough to the reader that we can't know for sure whether he simply would be disappointed, be angry or wouldn't care.

Griffith's reaction the last two episodes have actually been by far the most reminiscent of his human self to me. Rather than just being able to completely control the situation, along with the fuckin' universe, like a God, he had to show a little finesse and good humor and just make the best of it to save a little face in front of his important friends (like the rest of us slobs =). He's done plenty of political maneuvering since he's been back of course, but the deck was always stacked in his favor with the perfect retort always at the ready to completely shut down his would-be adversaries, whereas there was no perfect response here.

Hey you never know. Perhaps when our heroes arrive at Elfhelm they'll find it in ashes, utterly destroyed.  :troll: Just another day in the life of our little apostle, and he made it back in time for tea :rakshas:


How soul crushing would that be.  :carcus:

(http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/files/2013/05/large_20080908-thank-you-mario-but-our-princess-is-in-another-castle.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 24, 2015, 04:09:25 PM
Even though it doesn't really fit at all with what we know already of Rakshas, I'd like his apostle form to be a sloth. With these long and sharp claws. Of course they are slow so I really don't think that'll be the case. I just recently saw a picture of one and thought It'd be nice to have a sloth apostle with surprisingly fast skills and agility. Wishfull thinking on my part.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 24, 2015, 04:16:47 PM
I think you're overanalyzing what is primarily a cool, remote setting for a battle.

There's no reason it can't be both a cool setting and a peek into life 1,000 years ago. Which I think is the basis for all this hubub. That's part of what's made every page of Falconia awesome, for me. This just happens to be one of the more enigmatic pieces of the city so far, a curiosity which has for better or worse fueled most of this conversation. But I'm fully prepared for this to never be explained.

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There are many trivial ways to explain those ruins. For one thing, that they're ancient and date back to Gaiseric's day seems beyond obvious to me. As for the vegetation, it could either be from that era (we don't know exactly what happened to Gaiseric's capital, but it's not unthinkable that some ruins were able to have vegetation grow in them)

Perhaps there's simply vegetation because it's an out-of-the-way part of the city -- which of course makes it unique, given that every scene thus far has been crammed with people. THough not necessarily *special*.

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When I mentioned that, I was thinking about a place that would have retained the mark of astral beings. That does not seem compatible with the idea of worshipping a human figure.

Good point. But of course without any identifying markings (or even arms), we can't say who or what it represented. And it still begs the question why such a seated/throned figure was in that location to begin with.

Locus is arguably going against a standing order! Which brings up the contradiction that they're committing sacrilege against God in the name of defending that god, plus whatever they feel needs defending is almost an indictment of his legitimacy (which, in part, is why Rickert's action is so threatening to them). Part of the problem is a seeming disconnect on Locus' part understanding Rickert's importance (and maybe rightfully so). Why should God let his peon, whoever he was or is, literally slap him in the face? They sure couldn't get away with that, right? Who the fuck is HE? Some comrade from back in the day? Who cares? Does God care? Why? Why does any of that matter!? It doesn't, right?

Check back to when Rickert first came into the palace,. Locus was already very skeptical of him. "Why does this kid matter to Griffith...?" And his fears just came to fruition. I feel like it's impetus for Locus acting on his own, seeing a weakness here, and trying to correct it before it gets out of control. As to the whole "equals" thing, he wouldn't need to compel Rakshas with a direct order. He could just say "maybe that kid should disappear and here's why."
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rupert Sinclair on July 24, 2015, 04:39:08 PM
Anyway, if Locus and Rakshas are indeed going on their own here, it exposes a few cracks in the armor of the whole seemingly loose organization, or lack thereof. Under this scenario, not only are they doing this without Griffith's permission obviously, but Locus is arguably going against a standing order!

"Even that part of you is part of my plan."  :femto:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2015, 05:15:20 PM
I just wonder why he didn't leap into action like Zodd, especially being an assassin himself. Either he was but Femto gave the all clear before he could act (and we just didn't see whatever reaction he was having), he intuited that Femto wasn't actually in danger, some combination thereof, OR he was clued into the situation for some specific purpose while Zodd got the "no need to know" treatment. The least impactful interpretation is that we simply didn't see him going "!!" or whatever.

I think those are all valid reasons. The two main points for me being that it all happened very quickly and that there was no need for him to act.

Well, he could have just asked. :slan: It could even be a matter of professional courtesy that he notify and let Rakshas handle such action! I wonder about that, not that I disagree with the assessment that they're all essentially co-equals, but how they're roles invest them with different authority, responsibilities, or jurisdictions (Locus is a knight and a decent public "face" for Griffith's Apostle army, Rakshas works in the shadows as a bodyguard or doing wetwork). Like a real bureaucracy!

Yeah, I've been quite interested to see how the Falconian society has all been set up so far, even simple things like the relationship between Owen and Locus. I'm looking forward to see how it all develops. Anyway, Locus could have indeed just asked Rakshas, although like I said earlier I don't think Rakshas would have needed much impetus to act anyway. I honestly believe that most apostles would have reacted similarly.

Anyway, if Locus and Rakshas are indeed going on their own here, it exposes a few cracks in the armor of the whole seemingly loose organization, or lack thereof. Under this scenario, not only are they doing this without Griffith's permission obviously, but Locus is arguably going against a standing order! Which brings up the contradiction that they're committing sacrilege against God in the name of defending that god, plus whatever they feel needs defending is almost an indictment of his legitimacy (which, in part, is why Rickert's action is so threatening to them). Part of the problem is a seeming disconnect on Locus' part understanding Rickert's importance (and maybe rightfully so). Why should God let his peon, whoever he was or is, literally slap him in the face? They sure couldn't get away with that, right? Who the fuck is HE? Some comrade from back in the day? Who cares? Does God care? Why? Why does any of that matter!? It doesn't, right? It essentially undermines everything, and whatever the case, it makes Griffith look weak, in the mind's of his subordinates and therefore in reality. I'm obviously taking it to extremes, but it's worth questioning considering their unity, at least the Apostles total loyalty to Griffith himself, has previously seemed immutable, whereas this action carries a whiff of insubordination and maybe a hint that Guts is more correct than he knows; these guys are really just monsters pretending to be knights, so maybe when the chips are down that house of cards will fall into chaos... or maybe Griffith ordered the hit, or they otherwise have an understanding and he doesn't care, or it's simply easier to ask forgiveness than permission. We'll see, but it's interesting to think about.

Yeah it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I've already voiced my speculation on this earlier (like 4 pages ago lol) so I won't repeat it, but it does open interesting dynamics. Although like Rupert said, Griffith could have anticipated Rakshas' actions and willingly let it slide. Also worth mentioning is that I'm not too sure Locus would really view Griffith as weak because of this, or if he did, well, that probably wouldn't be very wise of him (since Femto could presumably kill him by snapping his fingers). However I find his "overly worrying" and "easily angered on behalf of" attitude quite reminiscent of another person who once attended to Griffith: his former first officer, Casca.

Griffith's reaction the last two episodes have actually been by far the most reminiscent of his human self to me. Rather than just being able to completely control the situation, along with the fuckin' universe, like a God, he had to show a little finesse and good humor and just make the best of it to save a little face in front of his important friends (like the rest of us slobs =). He's done plenty of political maneuvering since he's been back of course, but the deck was always stacked in his favor with the perfect retort always at the ready to completely shut down his would-be adversaries, whereas there was no perfect response here.

It's true that there was no magic at work there, but he still remains largely unreadable in my opinion. What was most telling to me, far more than his expression, was the fact he moved out to a balcony to watch Rickert leave the palace. That shows a certain attachment or melancholy and I think that's what made Locus so angry. Because beyond the slap, Rickert could reach Griffith in a way (emotionally?) no one else has been able to so far (outside maybe of Guts & Casca, and even then the boy's intervention muddles things up).

Even though it doesn't really fit at all with what we know already of Rakshas, I'd like his apostle form to be a sloth. With these long and sharp claws. Of course they are slow so I really don't think that'll be the case. I just recently saw a picture of one and thought It'd be nice to have a sloth apostle with surprisingly fast skills and agility. Wishfull thinking on my part.

I would have thought the Ganishka / Baboon fiasco had been a lesson learned.

There's no reason it can't be both a cool setting and a peek into life 1,000 years ago.

Well it certainly relates to the old city, however I don't think much can be gleaned from it at the moment.

Good point. But of course without any identifying markings (or even arms), we can't say who or what it represented. And it still begs the question why such a seated/throned figure was in that location to begin with.

I think we can still assume with good certainty that it represented a man. As for why it was there... who knows? We don't even know what the place was (and there are many possibilities).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on July 24, 2015, 05:20:54 PM
For anyone that wants a copy and the additional booklet, CDJapan only has a few in stock (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1836430).

Thanks for the link Bender! I just checked and they have more in stock. Went ahead and secured my own copy!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 24, 2015, 05:22:19 PM

I would have thought the Ganishka / Baboon fiasco had been a lesson learned.


Whaaaaaaat? Man I missed that one! Anyway it was just rambling on my part on a boring day at work. Sorry to bring back old memories of a fiasco.  :slan:

But seriously? A baboon?  :ganishka: good thing that was not the case. Wyald's design was awesome though. But Ganishka as a baboon?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 24, 2015, 05:27:43 PM
Whaaaaaaat? Man I missed that one! Anyway it was just rambling on my part on a boring day at work.

Ah sorry man, I actually confused you with another member (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=summary;u=2969) (who had speculated that). My bad! :farnese:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 24, 2015, 05:29:20 PM
Ah sorry man, I actually confused you with another member (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=summary;u=2969) (who had speculated that). My bad! :farnese:

Hey no harm done man! What thread was that in? It could be fun read for me while I work?  :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Bender on July 24, 2015, 06:33:22 PM
Thanks for the link Bender! I just checked and they have more in stock. Went ahead and secured my own copy!

Cool, I imagine that they have only a few ordered on hand and once those sell they can continue to pick them up as ordered for a bit.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 24, 2015, 08:09:42 PM
I think those are all valid reasons. The two main points for me being that it all happened very quickly and that there was no need for him to act.

In any case it's going down on his performance review, along with getting smashed by a pillar. :femto:

Yeah, I've been quite interested to see how the Falconian society has all been set up so far, even simple things like the relationship between Owen and Locus. I'm looking forward to see how it all develops. Anyway, Locus could have indeed just asked Rakshas, although like I said earlier I don't think Rakshas would have needed much impetus to act anyway. I honestly believe that most apostles would have reacted similarly.

Thinking of this like a bureaucracy, Locus could have even skirted the rules simply by relaying what Rickert did to Rakshas, while going light on the details of Griffith's reaction, and letting nature take its course, "trick of that knight, Locus" indeed. That's what I would have done. :griffnotevil:

Also worth mentioning is that I'm not too sure Locus would really view Griffith as weak because of this, or if he did, well, that probably wouldn't be very wise of him (since Femto could presumably kill him by snapping his fingers). However I find his "overly worrying" and "easily angered on behalf of" attitude quite reminiscent of another person who once attended to Griffith: his former first officer, Casca.

Well, that's sort of the way I meant "weak," not with contempt, but more recognizing, or perceiving, vulnerability. Great comparison to Casca, and really, for the same reasons (and perhaps validly held reasons as well!). Locus should just strip down to nothing but a tank top and yell at Rickert in a cave. That's everyone's free mental image of the day.

It's true that there was no magic at work there, but he still remains largely unreadable in my opinion. What was most telling to me, far more than his expression, was the fact he moved out to a balcony to watch Rickert leave the palace. That shows a certain attachment or melancholy

I'm ashamed to say I didn't even consciously think of that, just sort of took it for granted but you're absolutely right. It was a bit of an odd transition imagining Griffith silently following Rickert with his eyes as he leaves the castle while everyone follows him bewildered and then, *smile* "Everything's fine!" :ganishka:

I think that's what made Locus so angry.

Again, very Casca-esque. :casca:

Because beyond the slap, Rickert could reach Griffith in a way (emotionally?) no one else has been able to so far (outside maybe of Guts & Casca, and even then the boy's intervention muddles things up).

Out of the mouths of babes; if there is anything left of Griffith's humanity, or even just the vanity of it, in there it got a serious reality check from an un-impeachable source. :rickert:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Theozilla on July 25, 2015, 07:06:28 AM
I don't think you should presume to know what each person's reasons were...
Oh, I'm sorry that was insensitive of me. I thought that's what you were implying before when you referred to people in the past speculating on Grunbeld, Locus, and Irvine's natures.

On a side note, his name is spelled "Rakshas" with an 'h'. It comes from the Indian word "Rakshasa".
Oh really? I didn't know that. I got into Berserk by reading all of the Dark Horse volumes exclusively. In them (or at least my editions of them) they spell his as "Raksas", is that something that most Skullknight.net members think they got wrong? (similar to Shisu vs. Sys, do Vandimion vs. de Vandimion, Behe-l-it vs. Beherit, etc.).
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 09:54:53 AM
Oh really? I didn't know that. I got into Berserk by reading all of the Dark Horse volumes exclusively. In them (or at least my editions of them) they spell his as "Raksas", is that something that most Skullknight.net members think they got wrong? (similar to Shisu vs. Sys, do Vandimion vs. de Vandimion, Beherit vs. Beherit, etc.).

Yeah I figured that was where you got it. And yeah, it's really quite likely they got it wrong. Not sure why either as it's not too hard to figure out.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Uriel on July 25, 2015, 01:43:14 PM
Walter asked me to take a photo of this double-page spread at the back of the 4-episode supplement.

Some of these images showed up in episode 338, but the two panels at the top don't look familiar. They certainly weren't in 338. Perhaps alluding to episode 339?

The full spread: http://i.imgur.com/8EJXGZD.jpg
The panels in question: http://i.imgur.com/O9E3M5l.jpg

Take a gander.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 25, 2015, 01:51:24 PM
Anyway, I'm back to furiously thinking about Rakshas' apostle form. :rakshas: How will he emerge from that shattered pillar? Slowly rising up in his apostle form, his broken mask falling off his horrific insectoid-like face? I'd imagine him oozing out from the debris and re-forming a new body but that's just too out there...
Anyway, what do you guys think?

You're going to call me nuts, but I think Rakshas could turn out to more cat like. My only reason for saying that is because Rakshas, like a cat, is adapt at hiding, shrinking down into small forms*, and extremely agile. Of course, there's a lot more I'm not looking at or considering.  :troll: 

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnaDQ12Xpig
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Zeeho on July 25, 2015, 01:54:29 PM
Some of these images showed up in episode 338, but the two panels at the top don't look familiar. They certainly weren't in 338. Perhaps alluding to episode 339?

The full spread: http://i.imgur.com/8EJXGZD.jpg
The panels in question: http://i.imgur.com/O9E3M5l.jpg

Take a gander.

Here is a better picture I found for that page: http://i.imgur.com/4NX48zz.jpg (http://i.imgur.com/4NX48zz.jpg)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Truder on July 25, 2015, 01:59:12 PM

The panels in question: http://i.imgur.com/O9E3M5l.jpg


That looks to be in Falconia. What's interesting though is that there's a full moon out, and I dont see any branches in the sky? The full moon was out recently on Guts side, so I wonder when in time is this? and if the branches aren't visible at night?

Edit: also the panel with the girls is a different panel from #338. I hope its Rickert telling them he knows Guts and Casca
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 02:08:10 PM
You're going to call me nuts, but I think Rakshas could turn out to more cat like. My only reason for saying that is because Rakshas, like a cat, is adapt at hiding, shrinking down into small forms*, and extremely agile. Of course, there's a lot more I'm not looking at or considering.  :troll:

Not calling you nuts at all. The thought crossed my mind as well, but I figured that Zodd was already partly feline and that it would be somewhat redundant, plus the fact his "appendages" are more stinger-like than claw-like.

Some of these images showed up in episode 338, but the two panels at the top don't look familiar. They certainly weren't in 338. Perhaps alluding to episode 339?

Nice, thanks for the pictures man. I've got to say, it's a curious couple of panels. I talked about it with Mangetsu yesterday (who'd also found them), and some details seemed odd to me. For example, the girls' reaction shot is eerily similar to the one from this episode. I also wonder what's up with that cloaked figure. Seems like it could only be Rakshas, and the length of the cloak (which covers a good part of the statue) could back the idea that his garment itself is part of his abilities, something we speculated about earlier in this thread. Anyway, both panels suggest the encounter with Rickert and the Bakiraka is long over. The remaining questions would then be: what's prompting this reaction from the girls (is it Rickert telling them what happened, or someone else telling them Rickert isn't coming back), and what's Rakshas doing on top of that pillar (observing, but what?).

That looks to be in Falconia. What's interesting though is that there's a full moon out, and I dont see any branches in the sky? The full moon was out recently on Guts side, so I wonder when in time is this? and if the branches aren't visible at night?

Indeed, good observation. The sky looks clear even though the World Spiral Tree should be visible overhead. Hmm... Could be that those panels were still works in progress when the staff at YA included them in there, but that'd be a strange decision. Then again, showing these panels over a month in advance is pretty unusual in itself.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Uriel on July 25, 2015, 02:43:34 PM
The remaining questions would then be what's prompting this reaction from the girls (is it Rickert telling them what happened, or someone else telling them Rickert isn't coming back), and what's Rakshas doing on top of that pillar (observing, but what?).

Is it possible the reaction is based on Rickert/Erica's relationship to Guts? I'm not suggesting it is, just throwing it out there. Honestly, the cute moment with Luca and Daiba in episode 336 might be the only time that connection is acknowledged, albeit indirectly.

As for Rakshas, the length of his cape also struck me. It seems much longer (and somewhat mirrors the wings of the statue below). I think the assumption it is part of his ability wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 03:39:54 PM
Is it possible the reaction is based on Rickert/Erica's relationship to Guts? I'm not suggesting it is, just throwing it out there. Honestly, the cute moment with Luca and Daiba in episode 336 might be the only time that connection is acknowledged, albeit indirectly.

Everything's possible obviously, but the look on their faces corresponds more to a frightening/shocking news than a simply surprising one in my opinion. Or maybe they're speaking and the bubbles were cut. Anyway, I'm sure it'll be directly addressed eventually, it's just a matter of time.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 25, 2015, 03:59:58 PM
What's Rakshas gender ?

The description of the Rakshasa (male) / Rakshasi (female), fierce demonic beings from Hindu mythology is pretty interesting :

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Rakshasa were most often depicted as ugly, fierce-looking and enormous creatures and with two fangs protruding down from the top of the mouth as well as sharp, claw-like fingernails. They are shown as being mean, growling like beasts and as insatiable cannibals who could smell the scent of flesh. Some of the more ferocious ones were shown with flaming red eyes and hair, drinking blood with their palms or from a human skull. Generally they could fly, vanish, and had Maya (magical powers of illusion), which enabled them to change size at will and assume the form of any creature.

Do you think Rakshas can impersonate others beings ?


You're going to call me nuts, but I think Rakshas could turn out to more cat like. My only reason for saying that is because Rakshas, like a cat, is adapt at hiding, shrinking down into small forms*, and extremely agile.

Agreed. It would make sense, especially because many representation of Rakshasa beings are Felidae-like.
Not saying Miura will do the same as everybody, more putting his magic touch like he did for Goura and the robotto theme.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 04:14:12 PM
What's Rakshas gender ?

Male, as far as we know.

Do you think Rakshas can impersonate others beings ?

Nothing has led us to believe that could be the case so far.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Wesker90 on July 25, 2015, 06:01:41 PM
But why the Barkilaka are interfering with the assassination of Rickert?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 25, 2015, 06:24:44 PM
But why the Barkilaka are interfering with the assassination of Rickert?

Simply put, because Rickert has inside information about Griffith, and Silat wants it. To what end, we're not sure, and perhaps Silat doesn't either, but it certainly seems he has no interest in serving another Emperor, as he was already given an invitation (and as far as we know, all are welcome). So, instead he's waging a little spying offensive. Pretty impressively brazen, really. BTW, has it been considered that Rakshas was menacing Rickert with the intention, at least in part, to drawing out the intruders as well? He would have a pretty good idea it was the Bakiraka, and that they'd be interested in someone like Rickert.

Also, assassins may not be the best saviors; they strike me as the type willing to torture for information. =) But I can also see Silat being against it, and Rickert and he making for strange bedfellows if they realize the significance of their big mutual acquaintance. Rickert is one of the few people that knows where Guts will be soon too.

Funny out there thought: Rickert the Bakiraka weapons maker. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 07:57:04 PM
BTW, has it been considered that Rakshas was menacing Rickert with the intention, at least in part, to drawing out the intruders as well? He would have a pretty good idea it was the Bakiraka, and that they'd be interested in someone like Rickert.

It came to mind, though that feels overly complicated when thus far Rakshas always seemed able to get the drop on them. If he had been onto them I feel like he could have probably acted in the palace directly, instead of waiting for an opportunity he wasn't sure would come.

Also, assassins may not be the best saviors; they strike me as the type willing to torture for information. =) But I can also see Silat being against it, and Rickert and he making for strange bedfellows if they realize the significance of their big mutual acquaintance. Rickert is one of the few people that knows where Guts will be soon too.

Well I know who I would choose between the apostles and the Bakiraka. :iva:

Funny out there thought: Rickert the Bakiraka weapons maker.

I'd like to see that. :beast:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 25, 2015, 08:56:29 PM
It came to mind, though that feels overly complicated when thus far Rakshas always seemed able to get the drop on them. If he had been onto them I feel like he could have probably acted in the palace directly, instead of waiting for an opportunity he wasn't sure would come.

Sure, so then did they really just get the drop on him? It's just strange he's out killing some kid while potential assassins roam the palace (only to be jumped by said assassins). Either way, the Falconia secret service is having a real shitty day in my estimation. =)

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Well I know who I would choose between the apostles and the Bakiraka. :iva:

I'd have it both ways and choose Rakshas! Rickert's results may vary.

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I'd like to see that. :beast:

We will in The Band of the Beast.  :carcus:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 25, 2015, 09:15:23 PM
Sure, so then did they really just get the drop on him?

Well the pillar certainly did. :troll:

It's just strange he's out killing some kid while potential assassins roam the palace (only to be jumped by said assassins).

"Some kid" who slapped Griffith within the inner sanctum, a feat "The Emperor of Terror" could not come close to, despite throwing everything he had and more at it. I can understand how that (not to mention Griffith's acceptance of it) would distract Rakshas (and Locus, and anyone else) from investigating a couple of knocked out guards (something Owen is already doing anyway). Besides, to give credit where it's due, not only are the Bakiraka the best at this kind of thing, they've also got experience with these players.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Griffith on July 26, 2015, 01:46:10 AM
Distracted indeed, that's why I'm incredulous; they better not get "distracted" and leave it to Owen when Guts is around or Griff will get slapped with more than an open palm! Also, why didn't the Bakiraka fo better to hide the bodies? Was thst a distraction itself? I'm questioning everytning! :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 11:29:27 AM
Distracted indeed, that's why I'm incredulous; they better not get "distracted" and leave it to Owen when Guts is around or Griff will get slapped with more than an open palm!

Oh I'm sure they'll be very focused on eternal suffering in the Vortex of Souls by the time Guts comes around to slap *splat* Griffith. :iva:

Also, why didn't the Bakiraka fo better to hide the bodies? Was thst a distraction itself? I'm questioning everytning!

Might have indeed been a distraction in itself, and besides, hiding the bodies would have made it even more suspicious, whereas upon finding that nothing was stolen or displaced, they'll probably wrap it up and conclude it was a non-event. That is, unless Rakshas tell them about it.

Anyway, am I the only one excited at the prospect of seeing Silat pull out the Urumis next episode? We can see the handle of one jutting out from his back in the last panel. He gon' shred dat cloak to bits! (or not :rakshas:)

Also, I found it interesting to see the parallel between Rickert and Guts' paths in this episode, specifically regarding their reevaluation of their life, and their realization that while they've lost a family (the Band of the Falcon), they have found another. Guts went through this after the Qliphoth in volume 26 and it's developed since then, and the scene is really similar here. Only Rickert has more of a dilemma, because he has to balance his revulsion at what Falconia stands for with his desire to protect Erica. I'm interested to see how that will develop.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Death May Die on July 26, 2015, 12:43:54 PM
I didn't catch it on here if someone already answered, but what did Daiba say to Rickert to make him go off scouting the harbor?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 01:31:05 PM
I didn't catch it on here if someone already answered, but what did Daiba say to Rickert to make him go off scouting the harbor?

Rickert was already going there regardless of Daiba. The old man just said that it's good to be young. I said as much on page 4 of the thread.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Drakonite23 on July 26, 2015, 02:03:28 PM
So I've managed to read the episode and I'm pretty excited to give my opinions on the episode (first time commenting an episode).

Miura has done a very good job not only on storytelling but on "image telling" if we can call it that.
We only get a shot of Griffith's eyes when Charlotte and the others approach, so we don't know, in a precise way, how his expression was before they arrived.

In a narrative sense, it's very cool to see the ripples that the slapping of Griffith caused and it's also very interesting to know that several parties were there to witness the event (Locus, presumably Rakshas, Silat and the Tapasa).
I'm going to assume that Femto doesn't know about Rakshas' actions mainly because if he considered Rickert a threat, he would've acted differently (I may be wrong of course). My assumptions are that either Locus is involved or Rakshas is just acting on his own. In the grand scheme of things, Rickert is just a voice agaisnt many. If we really think about it, would anyone in Falconia really believe Rickert's story?

Of course that doesn't apply to anyone who has had encounters with the supernatural and mainly the God Hand, like Silat and his gang. Any information they may have about Femto may be crucial and very valuable for them.

About the statue, I have several suspicions about it, but given what we know and/or theories that have been formed, I don't think that statue is a statue of Gaiseric. If we think on a historical context and because Walter mentioned the Grecians, they were usually known for building statues to its prophets. If the theory that Void and Skullknight are linked is correct I'm more inclined to believe that that statue may actually represent Void in his pre-God Hand form. But that's just my theory anyway.

I'm very interested in seeing this confrontation between Rakshas and Silat's group and I've been very intrigued by Rickert's development. I believe that Miura doesn't do anything at random, every story is very thoughtful which leads me to believe that Rickert's part is gonna be an important one more down the line.

I'm also content on staying in Falconia for now. Maybe when the ripples have subsided we will see Guts' company and the development of that story arc.

 :ubik: Great Episode!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 02:15:22 PM
If we really think about it, would anyone in Falconia really believe Rickert's story?

Luca's group did. :slan:

Of course that doesn't apply to anyone who has had encounters with the supernatural and mainly the God Hand, like Silat and his gang.

Who hasn't had an encounter with the supernatural as things currently stand though? They're surrounded by it.

If we think on a historical context and because Walter mentioned the Grecians, they were usually known for building statues to its prophets.

I think if anything this statue is inspired by the one of Zeus at Olympia, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But like I said before, it's hard to guess who it actually depicts here, save for the fact it's a man.

I believe that Miura doesn't do anything at random, every story is very thoughtful which leads me to believe that Rickert's part is gonna be an important one more down the line.

I'd say Rickert's already playing a pretty important part right now.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Drakonite23 on July 26, 2015, 02:32:50 PM
To comment on your post Aaz, maybe I should've expanded a bit more on some stuff.

Yes Luca's group did believe Rickert, but they have the information that Rickert was an ex-member of the Band of the Falcon.
Could we believe that Griffith's fanatics and followers, such as those who have seen him perform the miracles of talking to the dead and saving them from the Ganishka's monstrosities, believe that their savior would sacrifice his closest friends? If we hypothesize that Rickert was put on trial for the defamation of Griffith, would he not be considered guilty?

On another point, yes the worlds are connected and their are surrounded by the fantastical creatures, but there are only a handful of people who have seen some of these characters for what they really are (Guts was present at the Eclipse, Luca's group was also present in the conviction arc and witnessed very harsh things...). What I mean is, that even among the fantastic that surrounds Falconia, things are still being hidden, such as the true nature of the apostles, as Locus showed Rickert.

Yes you're correct its hard to guess who is depicted. I was just letting my theory leak out :iva:

On the last point: yes Rickert is playing an important part right now, I agree. Still, looking back, if we think about the information that's been given: he's very crafty, he knows the true nature of Femto/Griffith and that's a very valuable knowledge which is validated by Silat's and Rakshas actions. Do you not feel that he's still got a more important role further down the line?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 02:53:15 PM
Yes Luca's group did believe Rickert, but they have the information that Rickert was an ex-member of the Band of the Falcon.
Could we believe that Griffith's fanatics and followers, such as those who have seen him perform the miracles of talking to the dead and saving them from the Ganishka's monstrosities, believe that their savior would sacrifice his closest friends?

Oh that's what you meant, I thought you were just talking about the fact he slapped Griffith. Really, I don't think Rickert would go telling everyone about what he knows of Griffith's past. He could tell Luca and the others (could be what's going on in that leaked picture), but random people in the street? That's not happening.

What I mean is, that even among the fantastic that surrounds Falconia, things are still being hidden, such as the true nature of the apostles, as Locus showed Rickert.

The apostles are segregated, however they're not as hidden as you imply I think. For example, Irvine had no problem transforming in front of Rickert's group, and all the soldiers present during the final battle against Ganishka fought side by side with apostles. So while I'm sure everyone is rationalizing it and the Average Joe probably doesn't see apostles on a daily basis, the information is out there if someone seeks it.

On the last point: yes Rickert is playing an important part right now, I agree. [...] Do you not feel that he's still got a more important role further down the line?

I'm not saying he doesn't have more things coming in the future (I was already saying Rickert would play a significant role 10 years ago), just that his role at present is already pretty damn crucial IMO and I'm not sure it can get much more important than that.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Drakonite23 on July 26, 2015, 03:11:33 PM
He could tell Luca and the others (could be what's going on in that leaked picture), but random people in the street? That's not happening.

That's a very interesting point! Don't know the circumstances that would lead that to happen though. I also think that he wouldn't tell that to random people in the street. I was just picturing a "what if" scenario

The apostles are segregated, however they're not as hidden as you imply I think. [...] the information is out there if someone seeks it.

Is it? I'm lead to assume that Locus or other apostles would not want some information to be known and I also think that the majority of humans would "fear" but respect some of the characters closest to Griffith. After all, I doubt even Charlotte knows much. Still I don't think we've seen the dynamic of Falconia and its high society as much as we saw of Midland when we were in the Golden Age arc.

I'm not saying he doesn't have more things coming in the future (I was already saying Rickert would play a significant role 10 years ago), just that his role at present is already pretty damn crucial IMO and I'm not sure it can get much more important than that.

Wow 10 years ago?
Yeah Rickert's future seems to be a very blurry one, I think that the determining factor resides on the fact that whether Guts goes to Falconia or not. Would be interesting to see a reunion of the two. Especially after everything that's happened. But that's WAY down the road.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 03:39:29 PM
Is it? I'm lead to assume that Locus or other apostles would not want some information to be known and I also think that the majority of humans would "fear" but respect some of the characters closest to Griffith.

I don't think Locus goes around in taverns threatening people not to talk about the fact he and others are monsters. As a matter of fact I doubt most people have met him personally. Meanwhile, we know that a good portion of Falconia's citizens were exposed to apostles. And people are gonna talk, especially if they're disturbed. It's the way of things.

Wow 10 years ago?

Hahaha, I'm probably exaggerating (his part certainly got real big real fast in these last few episodes), but as you know this site has been around for a good while and we certainly have speculated about Rickert's potential future role over the years.

Yeah Rickert's future seems to be a very blurry one, I think that the determining factor resides on the fact that whether Guts goes to Falconia or not. Would be interesting to see a reunion of the two. Especially after everything that's happened. But that's WAY down the road.

I think it's a given that Guts and Rickert will meet again eventually, and I also don't doubt that Guts will come to Falconia down the road. I mean he could face Griffith elsewhere, but it'd be a waste to not have that dramatic setting as a background for it.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 26, 2015, 04:28:25 PM
Also, I found it interesting to see the parallel between Rickert and Guts' paths in this episode, specifically regarding their reevaluation of their life, and their realization that while they've lost a family (the Band of the Falcon), they have found another. Guts went through this after the Qliphoth in volume 26 and it's developed since then, and the scene is really similar here. Only Rickert has more of a dilemma, because he has to balance his revulsion at what Falconia stands for with his desire to protect Erica. I'm interested to see how that will develop.
It is interesting to see how the lives of these two characters, who basically lost everything they knew and loved in the eclipse, take shape and start to gain new meaning. I remember feeling so happy for Guts in that part you mentioned after Qliphoth when he realizes he's found new companions.  :guts:
As far as Rickert's dilemma, he was struggling with whether to remain in Falconia for Erica's sake, but the attempt on his life may have just made that decision for him. Now, the option to begin a life as a Falconian seems like it would be off the table. I would think he would either need to go into hiding within Falconia (at the Bakiraka safe house?) or he'll have to escape the city all together. Either way it would probably be better to take Erica with him since it seems like she could easily be captured and used as a hostage to lure him out. Looking forward to seeing how things will go, too!

The people who've come to Falconia were probably forced out of their homes by various monster threats and I would think it would be likely that they were pursued on the road, just like Rickert and Erica's party. I think most people are now more familiar with the supernatural than they ever wanted to be. This would just add to their relief at making it to the seemingly safe haven of Falconia and I'm sure they probably like the thought of having powerful monsters who protect them from the outside threats, like having big bad guard dogs on their side. All this keeps the people flocking to Falconia and loyal to Griffith and the apostles.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Wesker90 on July 26, 2015, 05:12:29 PM
Simply put, because Rickert has inside information about Griffith, and Silat wants it. To what end, we're not sure, and perhaps Silat doesn't either, but it certainly seems he has no interest in serving another Emperor, as he was already given an invitation (and as far as we know, all are welcome).

Rickert doesn't know anything of the new Griffith, he didn't participating the eclipse and he don't know the power and the secrets of the Falcon.

And we don't know if Silat is serving or not the Falcon now, but I think we'll know it very soon :)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 26, 2015, 05:14:56 PM
Rickert doesn't know anything of the new Griffith, he didn't participating the eclipse and he don't know the power and the secrets of the Falcon.

But he knows what he did. Additionally in episode 336, he even got a better insight in how much his former Commander has changed.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Wesker90 on July 26, 2015, 05:19:06 PM
But he knows what he did. Additionally in episode 336, he even got a better insight in how much his former Commander has changed.

I think that are irrelevant things to know to be useful.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Mangetsu on July 26, 2015, 05:53:14 PM
I think that are irrelevant things to know to be useful.

How is knowing that your companions got sacrificed by your former Commander irrelevant ?
Hence it is so important to him that he even wants to leave an utopia like Falconia, because this city got built on the corpses of his comrades.

Visiting the dome and seeing the apostles also played a major role in coming with the decision to slap Griffith.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 06:11:38 PM
As far as Rickert's dilemma, he was struggling with whether to remain in Falconia for Erica's sake, but the attempt on his life may have just made that decision for him. Now, the option to begin a life as a Falconian seems like it would be off the table. I would think he would either need to go into hiding within Falconia (at the Bakiraka safe house?) or he'll have to escape the city all together.

Agreed, unless Rakshas were to be stopped by a figure of authority (who could only possibly be Zodd in my mind), which isn't the most likely scenario.

Either way it would probably be better to take Erica with him since it seems like she could easily be captured and used as a hostage to lure him out.

That's yet another dilemma though. She could be safe in the city, as their connexion isn't very high profile, while on the other hand she would be in danger if they were on the run.

I'm sure they probably like the thought of having powerful monsters who protect them from the outside threats, like having big bad guard dogs on their side. All this keeps the people flocking to Falconia and loyal to Griffith and the apostles.

I'm not so sure about that. People usually don't feel comfortable in the presence of apostles, and I don't think that has changed. There's a reason the human guards don't come near the Pandemonium.

Rickert doesn't know anything of the new Griffith, he didn't participating the eclipse and he don't know the power and the secrets of the Falcon.

Rickert was told what occurred during the Occultation ceremony, and he knows all about Griffith's past and how he got to this point. He also knows what apostles are... He knows many things that could help Silat connect the dots based on what he's already gathered himself.

And we don't know if Silat is serving or not the Falcon now, but I think we'll know it very soon :)

Uhhh, we do know that Silat is definitely not serving Griffith... He told Jarif as much in episode 294, and beyond that he just infiltrated his palace and is now attacking one of his lieutenants.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Iria on July 26, 2015, 06:26:53 PM
Great episode, and even greater to finally have Berserk back! Thank you guys for comments and clarifications.

I may have missed this, but when some of you suggest that Locus if behind the plan to assassinate Rickert, do you imply that Locus can actually give orders to Rakshas? What exactly is the hierarchy in Griffith's retinue?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 06:32:00 PM
Great episode, and even greater to finally have Berserk back! Thank you guys for comments and clarifications.

I may have missed this, but when some of you suggest that Locus if behind the plan to assassinate Rickert, do you imply that Locus can actually give orders to Rakshas? What exactly is the hierarchy in Griffith's retinue?

Hello Iria and welcome. We have commented on it several times in the thread, because of what Silat himself says (wondering if Rakshas is acting on Griffith's orders, or if Locus is behind it). I had this to say about it:

I don't believe Locus holds any authority over Rakshas. They're equals. He could no doubt ask him to do something, but not order him to. [...] Rakshas is an apostle and killing doesn't require too much incentive for him. Furthermore, Rickert tarnished Griffith's pristine, untouched-till-now face. The same face Rakshas once said he coveted. That in itself could be his reason. Sacrilege towards something he'd sworn to protect. Which in the end isn't too different from Locus' own reasons to be angry.
I've been quite interested to see how the Falconian society has all been set up so far, even simple things like the relationship between Owen and Locus. I'm looking forward to see how it all develops.

They obviously each play certain roles, but I don't think there's a specific hierarchy, other than Zodd being the de facto alpha male.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: JMP on July 26, 2015, 07:05:55 PM
That's yet another dilemma though. She could be safe in the city, as their connexion isn't very high profile, while on the other hand she would be in danger if they were on the run.
True.

I'm not so sure about that. People usually don't feel comfortable in the presence of apostles, and I don't think that has changed. There's a reason the human guards don't come near the Pandemonium.
I don't think the humans are entirely comfortable with apostles either, but I think they have accepted them as allies after everything that's happened. Most people probably think they're good for protection, but terrifying and don't want to be around them any more than they have to be. People's fear of apostles works to Griffith's advantage, too, because people aren't likely to try going near enough to risk them seeing more of the apostles than he would want them to see.  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Gurifisu on July 26, 2015, 07:09:19 PM
So is this the first time Rak has fought?  If he's anything like the other Neo-Hawk commanders then I don't really see those guys having a prayer of making it out alive.  That is unless they've made absolutely supernatural gains in their skill over the years.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 26, 2015, 07:32:21 PM
So is this the first time Rak has fought?

It's not the first time he's fought, no, but we haven't seen him "get serious" in battle yet.

If he's anything like the other Neo-Hawk commanders then I don't really see those guys having a prayer of making it out alive. That is unless they've made absolutely supernatural gains in their skill over the years.

...Both Silat and the Tapasa are extremely skilled fighters, easily among the best in the series.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 27, 2015, 12:20:03 AM
I also wonder what's up with that cloaked figure. Seems like it could only be Rakshas, and the length of the cloak (which covers a good part of the statue) could back the idea that his garment itself is part of his abilities, something we speculated about earlier in this thread.

In the middle of a volume 31 re-read. In episode 269 we see a panel of Guts sitting on Daiba's ships bowsprit. What's interesting is the length and alive like shape of the cape when the armor's activated. No connection, it's just something that reminded me of how long Rakshas' (much longer) cloak is in that preview shot.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Cuthbert19 on July 27, 2015, 12:28:11 AM

...Both Silat and the Tapasa are extremely skilled fighters, easily among the best in the series.

Definitely.  Silat even stated earlier that he and the Tapasa could have killed Guts but that they all wouldn't live through the experience.  He wasn't being cocky about it, just said it as a matter of fact.  Granted this was before the Berserker armor and Guts having his new crew but I would say that  Silat  and his boys would have things fairly under control against Rakshas, especially since they know him and who he is better than we do at this point.

Also, if things got too hairy Silat is the kind of leader who would prioritize an escape and survival strategy rather than keep fighting in order to win at any cost.  I think they'll snatch up Rickert and bail, they've seen enough of Falconia to know what's up and Rickert has all the details to fill them in on what they don't know.  After their experiences with Ganishka they're just a Rickert away from putting together the big picture.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 27, 2015, 12:30:49 AM
In the middle of a volume 31 re-read. In episode 269 we see a panel of Guts sitting on Daiba's ships bowsprit. What's interesting is the length and alive like shape of the cape when the armor's activated.

His cloak has no specific properties when the Berserk's armor takes over. It isn't a part of the armor and has no special attributes. Guts is crouching in the panel you refer to, so the cape seems comparatively longer, but that's all. It is definitely a nice scene though, and I like the way the cloak drapes around him in it.

Definitely.  Silat even stated earlier that he and the Tapasa could have killed Guts but that they all wouldn't live through the experience.  He wasn't being cocky about it, just said it as a matter of fact.

To be fair, I think Silat's assessment of that situation should be taken with a grain of salt. The five of them would have been tough to handle for sure, but Guts has come out of many, many tough fights as the victor.

I would say that  Silat  and his boys would have things fairly under control against Rakshas, especially since they know him and who he is better than we do at this point.

I think they can handle it to a certain point, but he remains an apostle and a formidable one at that, and I don't expect them to be able to keep anything under control if he transforms.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Crocodile on July 27, 2015, 06:26:51 AM
Fantastic episode, can't wait for next month.
Do we know what Miura's author comment is this episode?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 27, 2015, 10:01:50 AM
Do we know what Miura's author comment is this episode?

We haven't seen the page for now. We'll know in a few days, unless someone who's already got their YA posts it here first.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Crocodile on July 27, 2015, 10:30:47 AM
We haven't seen the page for now. We'll know in a few days, unless someone who's already got their YA posts it here first.

Thanks, I've been really enjoying Puella's translations of older comments, I'm really interested in what he has to say.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: IncantatioN on July 27, 2015, 11:43:35 AM
Ack! Sorry guys, I should've posted it earlier, hope this helps.

(http://i.imgur.com/qcctPUn.jpg?2)

Also, the very last 2 pages of the 4 episode supplement has Gigantomakhia!

(http://i.imgur.com/QoBPh9K.jpg?1)

Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: puella on July 27, 2015, 01:59:34 PM
Miura's comment: Please enjoy.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 27, 2015, 02:09:11 PM
Miura's comment: Please enjoy.

I think we have! Thx Puella!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Crocodile on July 27, 2015, 02:19:34 PM
Miura's comment: Please enjoy.

Thanks Puella :)

Is the two-page spread an advertisement for Gigantomakhia?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 27, 2015, 02:40:32 PM
Is the two-page spread an advertisement for Gigantomakhia?

Yes. What else would it be?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Drakonite23 on July 27, 2015, 03:01:55 PM
Miura's comment: Please enjoy.

Thanks for the translation Puella!  :guts:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Uriel on July 27, 2015, 03:03:37 PM
Fantastic episode, can't wait for next month.
Do we know what Miura's author comment is this episode?

He just said " お願いしまーす。"
Literally "please" but more of an expression akin to "Please enjoy."

Edit. Beaten by puella!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: *Gyom* on July 27, 2015, 08:51:40 PM
Oh really? I didn't know that. I got into Berserk by reading all of the Dark Horse volumes exclusively. In them (or at least my editions of them) they spell his as "Raksas", is that something that most Skullknight.net members think they got wrong? (similar to Shisu vs. Sys, do Vandimion vs. de Vandimion, Behe-l-it vs. Beherit, etc.).

Hello everybody,

First I'm glad Berserk is back on a regular track and want to thank you for the images and Puella for the translations, as always, priceless ))

The confusion between SK.net's Rakshas and Darkhorse's Raksas, apart from the transliteration of romaji (and as far Japanese is concerned, I'm pretty clueless) comes from the transliteration of Devanagari / Hindi, as the sound is represented as "ṣa".
Aaz was right about it, since the sound is a retroflex "sh" (kind of an English "r" mixed with "sh") and as  matter of fact, tends to merge with the "normal sh" in modern Indian pronounciation.
I'm putting a link to a small talk about it in wordreference.
http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/sanskrit-pronunciation-of-%E0%A4%B7-and-%E0%A4%B6.2866467/ (http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/sanskrit-pronunciation-of-%E0%A4%B7-and-%E0%A4%B6.2866467/)

These days, Berserk is particularly exciting to me as I remember back then cowriting some fanfic material involving Rickert, Luca and co. If I recall correctly, I kinda had foreseen the encounter with Irvine, but not what is happening now, obviously. Really looking forward to the developement of the Rickert / Silat relationship.

So long!


Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 27, 2015, 09:08:55 PM
Hello everybody,
[...]

These days, Berserk is particularly exciting to me as I remember back then cowriting some fanfic material involving Rickert, Luca and co. If I recall correctly, I kinda had foreseen the encounter with Irvine, but not what is happening now, obviously. Really looking forward to the developement of the Rickert / Silat relationship.

So long!

Hey man, long time no see. Yeah, Berserk is as awesome as ever.
About that collective fan fiction you mentioned, I believe you had set it shortly after volume 22, and it involved Joachim meeting up with Irvine before he had joined Griffith. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=4057.0)
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: *Gyom* on July 27, 2015, 09:24:36 PM
Yep time flies! I have been Rakshasly writing here, these past years, we could say.
I realise the fanfic was in 2005 (more than 10 years back  :SK:) and Joachim was indeed the one saved while Rickert was getting stuck in dwarve caves. But who knows? As it was settled at Vol22+, Rickert may have had time to hang out with dwarves before arriving at Falconia... anyway I'm glad we get to see him again, and I guess we won't be hearing about Joachim and Nina ever now, as even Jerome's fate in the series got sorted out with Luca's comment on his wife. Carcus gone, Jerome too now, we need another jewel like them! )
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 27, 2015, 09:29:56 PM
Carcus gone, Jerome too now, we need another jewel like them! )

Magnifico carries the torch. :magni:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 27, 2015, 11:28:18 PM
Magnifico carries the torch. :magni:

At some point I kinda hope we'll get to see Magnifico entering Falconia. I can imagine a lot of comments from him. After all, the gang doesn't really know how much things have change on land. I'm pretty sure they got an idea after the "wind" blew, but on land...
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Wesker90 on July 28, 2015, 05:25:16 PM
But you think we'll see a fight between Raksas and the Bakiraka in the next episode or they will just talk and run away with Rickert seeing that Raksas is too strong for them?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 28, 2015, 05:28:29 PM
But you think we'll see a fight between Raksas and the Bakiraka in the next episode or they will just talk and run away with Rickert seeing that Raksas is too strong for them?

Presumably Rakshas will be upset at having had a pillar thrown on his face and will respond with violence. One would then expect the Bakiraka to have to defend themselves at least to some extent before attempting an escape with Rickert in tow.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Zenki on July 29, 2015, 04:21:01 AM
Presumably Rakshas will be upset at having had a pillar thrown on his face and will respond with violence. One would then expect the Bakiraka to have to defend themselves at least to some extent before attempting an escape with Rickert in tow.
But you think we'll see a fight between Raksas and the Bakiraka in the next episode or they will just talk and run away with Rickert seeing that Raksas is too strong for them?

Greetings, avid fans of Berserk.

About what's to come for the next episode, I am clueless to what's 100% a possibility as well, but I'd like to assume , with how great Miura has done unraveling events so quickly, that both of these possible outcomes might happen simultaneously? I don't see Silas as the type to be able to handle whatever Rakshas has in store for the Bakiraka, or be of any use to the stronger brothers aid, and they may rendezvous at some point after the fights done. Or is that a wild speculation?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Skeleton on July 29, 2015, 05:41:22 AM
It probably isn't very meaningful, but something I find interesting is the fact that this situation is almost a reverse of the previous Rakshas-Bakiraka encounters.  The first time they met, Rakshas was able to take the Tapasa completely by surprise and was able to dodge their attacks effortlessly.  In their second encounter, Rakshas was able to catch them by surprise yet again, and he effortlessly dodged Silat's attack.  However, this time it was the Bakiraka who caught Rakshas completely by surprise.  And Rakshas couldn't dodge their attacks because they effectively planned for when and how he'd dodge Silat's initial attack.  If I didn't know any better I'd say we're seeing the results of them learning from their mistakes and adapting their strategy to deal with Rakshas, slowly gaining the upper hand over time.

Maybe they took to heart all the times Rakshas has been telling them they're slow, obtuse, and easily snuck up on.  :troll:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kaladin on July 29, 2015, 05:53:29 AM
Greetings, avid fans of Berserk.

About what's to come for the next episode, I am clueless to what's 100% a possibility as well, but I'd like to assume , with how great Miura has done unraveling events so quickly, that both of these possible outcomes might happen simultaneously? I don't see Silas as the type to be able to handle whatever Rakshas has in store for the Bakiraka, or be of any use to the stronger brothers aid, and they may rendezvous at some point after the fights done. Or is that a wild speculation?

Hello there Zenki! the whole situation can go down in many different ways, Rakshas came in expecting to get a quick clean kill but Silat and the Tapasa interfered, he wasn't anticipating that. not really sure how smart it is if they decide to go all out on a fight thought in day time, before Rickert turned around you could see alot of people walking in the city going on about their day, and since falconia is the only truly safe place left for humans at this point a fight breaking out like that would make them speculate about their safety in this place. i wonder if rakshas is gonna take that into account (probably doesn't care). the fight of course could pretty much still take place despite that. Silat and the tapasa are very skilled as well i wouldn't want to underestimate them. we'll see, the hype for the next episode is insanely high and predicting what's going to happen is pretty hard because it can go down in many different ways  :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Esper on July 29, 2015, 10:13:47 AM
Hello to the Skullknight community, it's my first post here :guts:

There's a detail I'd like mention about current episodes:
When Falconia chapters aired, the whole city, well, all of the panels even, looked so bright that I had a thought: what would this city be like at night? I know Pandaemonium is the darker part of the city as is, but not showing nighttime Falconia would've been a lost opportunity for Miura. Especially after the slap, overlapping repercussions with nighttime seems like a really cool move.

And what do you know? In 338, that great shot of Rakshas in front of the sun happens at dawn, the shadows are really long and dramatic, and I'm sure the next one or two episodes will happen during the night. I bet some great secrets of the Falcon will be revealed to our well-known group of characters during that time. Some shadowy business may occur. And preview pictures only support this thought. I haven't seen this aspect being discussed before. What are your thoughts? Are you hyped about day/night Falconia too?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 29, 2015, 11:00:40 AM
Greetings, avid fans of Berserk.

Hello there! :serpico:

About what's to come for the next episode, I am clueless to what's 100% a possibility as well, but I'd like to assume , with how great Miura has done unraveling events so quickly, that both of these possible outcomes might happen simultaneously? I don't see Silas as the type to be able to handle whatever Rakshas has in store for the Bakiraka, or be of any use to the stronger brothers aid, and they may rendezvous at some point after the fights done. Or is that a wild speculation?

Well you certainly are selling Silat short here. We've seen him fight before, and I don't think you should underestimate his skills. There is a reason the Tapasa answer to him, and he is among the few people to have ever survived a fight agaisnt Guts. Besides that, if a rapid escape were to be attempted, the best way to go about it would be for one of the Tapasa to carry Rickert around, something I don't believe Silat could do as effectively.

If I didn't know any better I'd say we're seeing the results of them learning from their mistakes and adapting their strategy to deal with Rakshas, slowly gaining the upper hand over time.

I think they've clearly learned from their past encounters, although this also shows the benefit of getting the drop on someone.

not really sure how smart it is if they decide to go all out on a fight thought in day time, before Rickert turned around you could see alot of people walking in the city going on about their day, and since falconia is the only truly safe place left for humans at this point a fight breaking out like that would make them speculate about their safety in this place. i wonder if rakshas is gonna take that into account (probably doesn't care). the fight of course could pretty much still take place despite that. Silat and the tapasa are very skilled as well i wouldn't want to underestimate them. we'll see, the hype for the next episode is insanely high and predicting what's going to happen is pretty hard because it can go down in many different ways  :rakshas:

All those are valid points, and just to reiterate what I've said before in the thread, I don't think a fully-fledged battle is going to take place here. I believe there will be a skirmish which the Bakiraka will be on the losing side of (and that may involve a casualty), and then it can go two ways. Either they manage a tactical retreat, or the fight is interrupted somehow.

Hello to the Skullknight community, it's my first post here :guts:

Hello Esper and welcome!

There's a detail I'd like mention about current episodes:
When Falconia chapters aired, the whole city, well, all of the panels even, looked so bright that I had a thought: what would this city be like at night? I know Pandaemonium is the darker part of the city as is, but not showing nighttime Falconia would've been a lost opportunity for Miura. Especially after the slap, overlapping repercussions with nighttime seems like a really cool move.

And what do you know? In 338, that great shot of Rakshas in front of the sun happens at dawn, the shadows are really long and dramatic, and I'm sure the next one or two episodes will happen during the night. I bet some great secrets of the Falcon will be revealed to our well-known group of characters during that time. Some shadowy business may occur. And preview pictures only support this thought. I haven't seen this aspect being discussed before. What are your thoughts? Are you hyped about day/night Falconia too?

Well, episode 334 did end with Rickert looking over the city at night, and nothing special was happening then. Now, I don't know what you're expecting exactly, but I'm not sure "great secrets of the Falcon" will necessarily be revealed simply through night-time shots. I do believe we'll eventually see some shady business occurring in Falconia though, but I'm not expecting too much of that from the next episode, given that it already has a lot on its plate. We'll see!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 29, 2015, 11:49:32 AM
Since Rickert was absent from the Occultation ceremony, was Godot's apprentice and the one providing some of Guts' iconic tools, i've always pictured him as game changer, a loophole for the hero. Many things are possible but i'm convince Rickert's gonna stay in Falconia, providing for his family, citizens even after the slap and what it means for his own security inside the city. And primarly because this idyllic city is basically offering him his dream job. He would refine his skills, learn a lot, probably things he couldn't learn anywhere else. I would be very happy because i want so bad to see every details about the city life. Rickert could be the reader's guide inside Falconia.

In many ways, he can make a big difference in a lot of ways being inside Griffith's kingdom. And what if Daiba teams up with Rickert for a future armor/weapons set for Guts & co ? Elementary weapons ?  :beast:



Honestly, i would be shock if he choose or be forced to leave the city.But even more eager to learn what's next for him.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 29, 2015, 12:16:32 PM
And what if Daiba teams up with Rickert for a future armor/weapons set for Guts & co ? Elementary weapons ?

That seems unlikely. For one thing, by the time Guts' band comes to Falconia I would expect them all to be properly suited up, but beyond that, they're more likely to find powerful magical equipment in Elfhelm than it is for Rickert and Daiba to team up to create some in expectation of their arrival. That being said, it'd be interesting to see what Rickert could come up with if given access to more advanced technology, as well as seeing what part he would play (wittingly or not) in the war to come.

Honestly, i would be shock if he choose or be forced to leave the city.But even more eager to learn what's next for him.

Would it really be shocking given the developments in this episode?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: DarkAdin on July 29, 2015, 12:25:12 PM
Since Rickert was absent from the Occultation ceremony, was Godot's apprentice and the one providing some of Guts' iconic tools, i've always pictured him as game changer, a loophole for the hero. Many things are possible but i'm convince Rickert's gonna stay in Falconia, providing for his family, citizens even after the slap and what it means for his own security inside the city. And primarly because this idyllic city is basically offering him his dream job. He would refine his skills, learn a lot, probably things he couldn't learn anywhere else. I would be very happy because i want so bad to see every details about the city life. Rickert could be the reader's guide inside Falconia.

In many ways, he can make a big difference in a lot of ways being inside Griffith's kingdom. And what if Daiba teams up with Rickert for a future armor/weapons set for Guts & co ? Elementary weapons ?  :beast:



Honestly, i would be shock if he choose or be forced to leave the city.But even more eager to learn what's next for him.
I wouldn't be very shocked. Staying in Falconia would be much of a pain for him since he now has some hostile enemies there. You know, staying in the city of the king I just slapped wouldn't be my first option...  :rickert:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 29, 2015, 12:34:15 PM
it'd be interesting to see what Rickert could come up with if given access to more advanced technology, as well as seeing what part he would play (wittingly or not) in the war to come.
That's also what i was wondering, speaking of things he could never learn anywhere else in the world.

Would it really be shocking given the developments in this episode?

As I said just would love to see more about the city life :iva: Maybe in a special episode with a unexpected character.

Sure, the fight between Rakshas/Silat will have some interesting development and i'd rather see Rickert being forced to leave after he made up his mind to stay (plus it would be far more dramatic) than leaving the city by himself. This course makes more sense to me.

But anyway where could the Bakiraka go anyway ? I know there are formidable warriors but hell, they always on the run so i don't see Rickert following them, keeping the pace everywhere they decide to go.

I wouldn't be very shocked. Staying in Falconia would be much of a pain for him since he now has some hostile enemies there. You know, staying in the city of the king I just slapped wouldn't be my first option...  :rickert:

It's more complicated than that. Let's say he's remains and work inside the city, do you really think Griffith will allow anyone to tear apart a ex-Hawk and a citizen of Falconia ?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 29, 2015, 12:48:28 PM
But anyway where could the Bakiraka go anyway ? I know there are formidable warriors but hell, they always on the run so i don't see Rickert following them, keeping the pace everywhere they decide to go.

They could be living out in the wilderness in a fortified/hidden encampment, or hidden within the city of Falconia, for example in an underground network (sewers, catacombs, who knows) or in less populated parts of the city. There are many possibilities.

It's more complicated than that. Let's say he's remains and work inside the city, do you really think Griffith will allow anyone to tear apart a ex-Hawk and a citizen of Falconia ?

What was Rakshas just about to do before the Bakiraka intervened?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 29, 2015, 12:54:28 PM
What was Rakshas just about to do before the Bakiraka intervened?

Do you think Rakshas could have succeed if the Bakiraka  didn't choose to intervene ? I supposed Zodd would ?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 29, 2015, 01:10:28 PM
Do you think Rakshas could have succeed if the Bakiraka  didn't choose to intervene ?

Yes.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 29, 2015, 01:25:33 PM
Fair enough.

I forgot one important detail : The slap occured at a specific place in Falconia where usely, no regular citizens are allow, so no witness, only apostles around.

So you right guys. Apologies :serpico:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on July 29, 2015, 01:38:53 PM

Anyway, am I the only one excited at the prospect of seeing Silat pull out the Urumis next episode? We can see the handle of one jutting out from his back in the last panel. He gon' shred dat cloak to bits! (or not  :rakshas: )

Now that you mentioned it, I'd like to see that! Been a loooong time since we've seen the Urumis!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Cuthbert19 on July 29, 2015, 10:29:28 PM
Do you think Rakshas could have succeed if the Bakiraka  didn't choose to intervene ? I supposed Zodd would ?

I don't think Rakshas would have had any trouble killing an unarmed and alone Rickert via sneak attack had Silat and his crew not stopped him.  Not sure what Zodd has to do with anything.  Griffith either ordered the hit on Rickert or did nothing at all to prevent it or protect him so I really think Rickert will leave Falconia.  Now he not only has his own emotional hang ups about living there but at least one masked monster willing to murder him, time to go I think.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Zenki on July 30, 2015, 08:00:46 AM
Hello there! :serpico:

Well you certainly are selling Silat short here. We've seen him fight before, and I don't think you should underestimate his skills. There is a reason the Tapasa answer to him, and he is among the few people to have ever survived a fight agaisnt Guts. Besides that, if a rapid escape were to be attempted, the best way to go about it would be for one of the Tapasa to carry Rickert around, something I don't believe Silat could do as effectively.

I think they've clearly learned from their past encounters, although this also shows the benefit of getting the drop on someone.

All those are valid points, and just to reiterate what I've said before in the thread, I don't think a fully-fledged battle is going to take place here. I believe there will be a skirmish which the Bakiraka will be on the losing side of (and that may involve a casualty), and then it can go two ways. Either they manage a tactical retreat, or the fight is interrupted somehow.

Hello Esper and welcome!

Well, episode 334 did end with Rickert looking over the city at night, and nothing special was happening then. Now, I don't know what you're expecting exactly, but I'm not sure "great secrets of the Falcon" will necessarily be revealed simply through night-time shots. I do believe we'll eventually see some shady business occurring in Falconia though, but I'm not expecting too much of that from the next episode, given that it already has a lot on its plate. We'll see!
Hello there Zenki! the whole situation can go down in many different ways, Rakshas came in expecting to get a quick clean kill but Silat and the Tapasa interfered, he wasn't anticipating that. not really sure how smart it is if they decide to go all out on a fight thought in day time, before Rickert turned around you could see alot of people walking in the city going on about their day, and since falconia is the only truly safe place left for humans at this point a fight breaking out like that would make them speculate about their safety in this place. i wonder if rakshas is gonna take that into account (probably doesn't care). the fight of course could pretty much still take place despite that. Silat and the tapasa are very skilled as well i wouldn't want to underestimate them. we'll see, the hype for the next episode is insanely high and predicting what's going to happen is pretty hard because it can go down in many different ways  :rakshas:

Hey guys. :badbone:

Very good executed points you've established on what I've said. I don't mean to underestimate Silat, as you do bring up the point of how skilled he was. Even Casca was at the point of dying to him , in her prime. However, I don't want to underestimate Rakshas either. In a basic observation of him, he has been known to be creepily agile, and also had displayed illusionary type of combat to confuse the elephants in the Kushan sieging the Holy See (don't know if I spelled that place right) land. Its been said here numerous times here, but he is quite the  unknown  when it comes to his actual fighting prowess, and what true onset of abilities he carries, alas not to forget to mention his true apostle form. All of this, or maybe a portion of these wonders will probably be explained in 339 hopefully, because as you guys have said, the Tapasa is not a force to be easily underestimated , they made it this far, and survived the demonic shifts that consumed their world through either sheer skill or cunning, which is still skill at the end of the day  :isidro:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 30, 2015, 11:16:32 AM
However, I don't want to underestimate Rakshas either. In a basic observation of him, he has been known to be creepily agile, and also had displayed illusionary type of combat to confuse the elephants in the Kushan sieging the Holy See (don't know if I spelled that place right) land.

No one is underestimating Rakshas here. No one expects him to be defeated by the Bakiraka.
That aside, the Kushans were besieging Vritannis, which is not the Holy See itself. And Rakshas didn't use "illusions" to madden the elephants, he used poison darts.

Its been said here numerous times here, but he is quite the  unknown  when it comes to his actual fighting prowess, and what true onset of abilities he carries, alas not to forget to mention his true apostle form.

He was originally a member of the Bakiraka, and Silat and the Tapasa have encountered him twice before. Their experience with him led to what happened in this episode.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Esper on July 30, 2015, 04:13:00 PM
Well, episode 334 did end with Rickert looking over the city at night, and nothing special was happening then.

True, though that night was the night before main stuff happens, while this one is the repercussions night. We only got a single panoramic panel then, and I meant that IMO this current one will play a visually important role considering the situation. That + Falconia setting gets me really hyped, I have no idea why so much. :ubik:

Now, I don't know what you're expecting exactly, but I'm not sure "great secrets of the Falcon" will necessarily be revealed simply through night-time shots.

I meant that anti-falcon group may oficially establish this night with Rickert putting all the cards on table. Also, my hope is that this night may be the same full moon night we saw on Guts' side. Based solely on the preview panel we got, though moon there lacks branches, so what do I know? We lack solid answer.

I do believe we'll eventually see some shady business occurring in Falconia though, but I'm not expecting too much of that from the next episode, given that it already has a lot on its plate. We'll see!

Miura can pack a lot in a single episode, so the fight may take anywhere from half of the next episode to more than 3 of them. However I expect Rickert to make up his mind about staying or leaving by the next day. Again, playing with (or cleverly using) day/night cycle.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Wesker90 on July 30, 2015, 05:24:03 PM
I wonder what are the really ambitions of Rakshas...

Maybe he want to become the new god?

Movies and tv series has teached us that this kind of mysterious and ambiguous characters have always great plans in their mind.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 30, 2015, 05:56:05 PM
True, though that night was the night before main stuff happens, while this one is the repercussions night.

My point was just that we've already seen the city at night, and it looked uneventful.

I meant that anti-falcon group may oficially establish this night with Rickert putting all the cards on table.

Ah, I see. Your previous post sounded like you meant actual secrets would be revealed to the reader from witnessing nightly events.

Also, my hope is that this night may be the same full moon night we saw on Guts' side. Based solely on the preview panel we got, though moon there lacks branches, so what do I know? We lack solid answer.

I guess it's possible, but I don't think it would matter much if this was the exact same night. However I do think it could be only a couple of days later, assuming the transition between characters wasn't accompanied by a time gap. The moon would be waning, but still looking pretty round. As for branches, it's not just the moon, the whole sky lacks them, as well as stars (compare to the night shot of episode 332).

Miura can pack a lot in a single episode, so the fight may take anywhere from half of the next episode to more than 3 of them.

I really don't see this taking up more than one episode. At most it could end at the beginning of 340.

I wonder what are the really ambitions of Rakshas...

Maybe he want to become the new god? Movies and tv series has teached us that this kind of mysterious and ambiguous characters have always great plans in their mind.

Get out of here. :rickert:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 31, 2015, 10:24:53 AM
Friendly reminder that YA #15 is now available on http://www.hakusensha-e.net/ (http://www.hakusensha-e.net/). And we have a guide on how to buy it. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14329.0) Please support the series!
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 31, 2015, 11:33:21 AM
Thanks ! I suppose there's a fair chance that one of the Tapasa won't survive against Rakshas ?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 31, 2015, 02:02:20 PM
Thanks ! I suppose there's a fair chance that one of the Tapasa won't survive against Rakshas ?
Totally possible, but it would be a sad day to break up that group of four before we've seen them test their limits.  :judo:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Rhombaad on July 31, 2015, 02:18:43 PM
Friendly reminder that YA #15 is now available on http://www.hakusensha-e.net/ (http://www.hakusensha-e.net/). And we have a guide on how to buy it. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14329.0) Please support the series!

Thanks, Aazealh! I'm looking forward to downloading it when I get home.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on July 31, 2015, 02:20:16 PM
it would be a sad day to break up that group of four before we've seen them test their limits. 

Don't you think Rakshas as a formidable foe could do just that ?   :carcus:

In the mean time, it'd be great to learn even a little more about those mysterious Tapasa's symbols. 
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on July 31, 2015, 02:28:01 PM
Don't you think Rakshas as a formidable foe could do just that ?   :carcus:

Well, while it could indeed happen in 339, I meant that it's sad to think that we're already talking about their deaths, before we even see their potential as warriors.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on July 31, 2015, 03:05:50 PM
In the mean time, it'd be great to learn even a little more about those mysterious Tapasa's symbols.

There's nothing particularly mysterious about them; they're variations of tilaka, Hindu body markings. Additionally they're convenient to help the reader differentiate the Tapasa from each other.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on August 01, 2015, 02:19:24 AM
Well, while it could indeed happen in 339, I meant that it's sad to think that we're already talking about their deaths, before we even see their potential as warriors.

Oh, i agree. And it would be neat to see Guts fight (maybe alongside ?) them in the near future.

There's nothing particularly mysterious about them; they're variations of tilaka, Hindu body markings. Additionally they're convenient to help the reader differentiate the Tapasa from each other.

Thanks for those details man.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 01, 2015, 10:01:31 AM
And it would be neat to see Guts fight (maybe along ?) them in the near future.

In the near future? Really?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: ryOtoha on August 01, 2015, 11:58:49 AM
In the near future? Really?

Actually i was trying to express in english the plausability of this idea. I don't know what are the correct term to use though.

But yeah, with Guts & co travelling far away from Falconia and the Bakiraka, it's not gonna happen anytime soon. At least not until everybody's ready to pay a visit to Griffith :void:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: puppet12ca on August 03, 2015, 01:07:36 AM
the digital version of of YA number 15 that contains berserk 338 appears to be up. also on the page that advertises this issue their appears to be a link to digitally view a YA issue or special or something that contains the original first act of berserk with some colour pages as well as a crapload of other manga the link to the page advertising the issue 15 of YA is here

http://www.hakusensha-e.net/m_eanimal?#

and in the digital issue/special that has a link on this page the first episode of berserk starts on page 681
keep in mind this is all from a guy cannot read or speak any Japanese so if I'm missing something feel free to correct me
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 03, 2015, 06:34:49 AM
the digital version of of YA number 15 that contains berserk 338 appears to be up.

Yes, it has been up for 3 days, as I indicated in this thread at the time.

also on the page that advertises this issue their appears to be a link to digitally view a YA issue or special or something that contains the original first act of berserk with some colour pages as well as a crapload of other manga the link to the page advertising the issue 15 of YA is here

I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to, but you can buy the "special edition" (larger volumes of a cheaper quality) that contains the color pictures here (http://www.hakusensha-e.net/v_ttop?id=230). Those have been out for some years now.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: puppet12ca on August 03, 2015, 07:32:05 AM
I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to, but you can buy the "special edition" (larger volumes of a cheaper quality) that contains the color pictures here (http://www.hakusensha-e.net/v_ttop?id=230). Those have been out for some years now.

on the page I posted scroll down to a red link under a picture of a YA related cover using the same cover art as volume 29 of berserk this is right next to a picture of another manga magazine cover above a blue link. now the red link appears to allow you to view this issue/special on the site for free complete with the first act of berserk with colour pages starting at page 681
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 03, 2015, 03:51:07 PM
on the page I posted scroll down to a red link under a picture of a YA related cover using the same cover art as volume 29 of berserk this is right next to a picture of another manga magazine cover above a blue link. now the red link appears to allow you to view this issue/special on the site for free complete with the first act of berserk with colour pages starting at page 681

Oh yeah, that's also nothing new. If you're interested you can also check out some other color pages in the previews for the special editions I linked to.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: puppet12ca on August 03, 2015, 06:58:29 PM
Oh yeah, that's also nothing new. If you're interested you can also check out some other color pages in the previews for the special editions I linked to.

yeah I think I remember those from back when the colour pages were first posted here to show the acts being made available digitally if I recall correctly. I gotta admit though I'm a little curious what that issue/special whatever posted on the YA page was?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 03, 2015, 07:29:40 PM
I gotta admit though I'm a little curious what that issue/special whatever posted on the YA page was?

It's nothing more than a free sample to show people the series published in Young Animal.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Kruge on August 03, 2015, 09:29:25 PM
Is that totally digital, or is there a way to order it and it be delivered internationally?
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 03, 2015, 10:54:54 PM
Is that totally digital, or is there a way to order it and it be delivered internationally?

I think those specific editions are digital only. For example, Amazon carries them, but only on Kindle. (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E4%B8%80%E6%B0%97%E8%AA%AD%E3%81%BF%EF%BC%81%E3%80%8E%E3%83%99%E3%83%AB%E3%82%BB%E3%83%AB%E3%82%AF%E3%80%8F%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9A%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A3%E3%83%AB%E7%B7%A8%E9%9B%86%E7%89%88%E3%80%80%E7%AC%AC1%E9%9B%86-%E9%BB%84%E9%87%91%E6%99%82%E4%BB%A3%E7%B7%A8-363%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8-%E3%82%B8%E3%82%A7%E3%83%83%E3%83%84%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9-%E4%B8%89%E6%B5%A6%E5%BB%BA%E5%A4%AA%E9%83%8E-ebook/dp/B00DMULB6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438645235&sr=8-1&keywords=%E4%B8%80%E6%B0%97%E8%AA%AD%E3%81%BF%EF%BC%81%E3%80%8E%E3%83%99%E3%83%AB%E3%82%BB%E3%83%AB%E3%82%AF%E3%80%8F%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9A%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A3%E3%83%AB%E7%B7%A8%E9%9B%86%E7%89%88%E3%80%80%E7%AC%AC1%E9%9B%86+%1A%E9%BB%84%E9%87%91%E6%99%82%E4%BB%A3%E7%B7%A8%1A+363%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8+%28%E3%82%B8%E3%82%A7%E3%83%83%E3%83%84%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%29)

That being said, I know of at least two equivalent physical releases that took place some years ago, both of which I possess. The first one was labelled "My Best Remix" (MBR) and consisted of 12 volumes that covered the manga up to volume 27 (the classic tankōbons). The second was released alongside the movie trilogy. It was called Young Animal Remix (YAR) and was virtually identical to the MBR but only had six volumes. Unfortunately those were limited runs and have been out of print for a long time as far as I know. You might still be able to find some online (here, for example) (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-44933), but getting the complete set will likely prove difficult.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 04, 2015, 04:29:52 PM
So I finally got my physical copy of YA and one thing no one else mentioned is that the booklet has a character sheet with two new official spellings: Luka and Erika. So consider that the official SK.net notice: Cs now uncool, Ks are in demand.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on August 04, 2015, 05:48:17 PM
Thank you for the clarification Aaz. Talking about that, how many characters do we know for sure about their spelling? I know some of them are actually debated or was not to long ago.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on August 04, 2015, 06:23:58 PM
Thank you for the clarification Aaz. Talking about that, how many characters do we know for sure about their spelling? I know some of them are actually debated or was not to long ago.
The ones that immediately stick out to me as being uncertain are: Locus, Grunbeld, Carcus.

It's possible we'll get a character entry listing (with intended spelling) for Locus at the start of Vol 38, given the focus on him in recent episodes. Just hoping it's not ROCKS.  :puck:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: jackson_hurley on August 04, 2015, 06:41:03 PM
The ones that immediately stick out to me as being uncertain are: Locus, Grunbeld, Carcus.

Just hoping it's not ROCKS.  :puck:

God I hope not too. But thanx for the answer! As always you guys are of great help!  :serpico:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Constantly_Shaved on August 09, 2015, 06:18:26 PM
I am so happy that BERSERK is back. For good , I might add.

Im really curios what Rickert would've done if Rakshas had not come after him and decided to leave Falconia. I mean would he have just walked out the front door and get wrecked instantly by monsters ? :D

I always love seeing the Bakiraka , they are looking so badass with their muscles as big as the Dragonslayer !
Let's hope they manage to atleast "impress" Rakshas a bit by showing how mich they improved.

Also isnt it possible that Rakshas went after Rickert for his own intentions? I can imagine him thinking stuff like "You cant just slap the fcking "Mayor" of our city and still get to live here"  :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on August 10, 2015, 01:50:50 PM
Also isnt it possible that Rakshas went after Rickert for his own intentions? I can imagine him thinking stuff like "You cant just slap the fcking "Mayor" of our city and still get to live here"  :rakshas:

Of course. He's an independent sort of guy. It just seems that Miura is directing us toward Locus' involvement, given Silat's final line.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 10, 2015, 05:41:40 PM
Of course. He's an independent sort of guy. It just seems that Miura is directing us toward Locus' involvement, given Silat's final line.

Episode 339 might open with him saying he came of his own volition though. :rakshas:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on August 10, 2015, 05:50:04 PM
Episode 339 might open with him saying he came of his own volition though. :rakshas:

Of course.There's a lot about this particular circumstance that'll likely be revealed shortly.

I wonder how many more Falconia episodes we'll be seeing after this fight concludes.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Aazealh on August 10, 2015, 06:03:54 PM
I wonder how many more Falconia episodes we'll be seeing after this fight concludes.

I say we've got one or two more in stock, tops.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: RaffoBaffo on August 16, 2015, 08:43:52 PM
Oddly Berserk is'nt in the Preview of the Next YA.
Or, at least, I don't see it.

EDIT:
Nevermind, is there, the Kanji are really small, so I didn't notice them XD
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Walter on August 17, 2015, 12:28:48 AM
Oddly Berserk is'nt in the Preview of the Next YA.
Or, at least, I don't see it.

EDIT:
Nevermind, is there, the Kanji are really small, so I didn't notice them XD

Yeah. The fact there wasn't an image for Berserk is actually a good sign. Another Berserk? No big deal!

I considered making a post here back on Wednesday confirming that it was in the next issue when I saw the katakana for Berserk in the corner, but didn't think it was worth refreshing the thread over, considering it was dated in the last issue. But here we are :iva:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: PippinStrippin on August 20, 2015, 01:33:25 AM
Awesome!! I really hope the news about Miura releasing episodes monthly become a reality  :ubik:
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: Delta Phi on August 20, 2015, 04:04:44 AM
Awesome!! I really hope the news about Miura releasing episodes monthly become a reality  :ubik:

I think it's funny that people (There's more than just you, Pippin) are still in denial of the monthly release despite it being confirmed.
Title: Re: Episode 338
Post by: the_borg on August 20, 2015, 06:48:05 AM
I think it's funny that people (There's more than just you, Pippin) are still in denial of the monthly release despite it being confirmed.

deep rooted disbelief due to some long breaks  :ganishka: