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Title: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on October 22, 2008, 11:04:57 PM
In a thread in Berserk Misc., many members have been penning questions to Miura regarding a few non-spoiler mysteries of Berserk. You can check the thread here. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9486)

What we've done is assemble a list of the best questions of the thread and we hope to get this letter translated into Japanese so we can actually address this to Miura himself. I'm looking for any final thoughts, since this is an action that will represent the entire community.

Here's what I came up with for the full package:

Quote
To Kentarou Miura,

I am a longtime fan and devoted reader. I operate Skullknight.net, a website for fans of Berserk. We have grown into an international community of about 6,000 members that has been faithfully following your work since about 1999. Over time, we have accumulated several questions about the series and your views on the Berserk world. Several of our members voted on which questions would be addressed to you in this format.

 We would all be deeply humbled if you could answer these unobtrusive questions, which we feel would give us a deeper understanding of the series.

1 ) To the readers, Guts as a character has grown tremendously in the past few years, but how much time has elapsed in the Berserk world since the end of the Golden Age arc in Volume 14? (i.e. Lost Children - Millennium Falcon)

2 ) Regarding the kanji "Taka," do you intend that to be Falcon or Hawk? Was there ever a conscious change in its usage, such as after Griffith's reincarnation, or has it always been "falcon" to you?

3 ) Just before the launch of the Millennium Falcon arc, you were quoted as saying now you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. Is that accurate? If that is the case, how far along are we in the story at this point?

4 ) It's been years since the last art book release. There may now be enough content for 2-3 additional books. Do you plan to release any more based on your sketches and paintings?

5 ) What portion of the story was the most difficult in terms of making hard decisions about where to take the direction of the series? Any regrets?

6 ) You've talked of post-Berserk projects in the past. Do you still expect to do it, or will you be enjoying retirement after having spent so long working on Berserk?

7 ) Do you feel a sense of achievement at what you've accomplished over all those years? Was it worth the sacrifices to your life and health it has required?

8 ) Could you describe an average day in your studio? How many hours each day do you work?

9 ) Can we have some more details on why Episode 83 was left out of the collected volume? Do you consider the events in the episode to be canon? Can we expect to see or hear from the Idea of Evil again before the end of the series?

10 ) Rumors of a second season, or new animation of Berserk have been persistent since the first animation's conclusion. These have all been proven false, in time. But to be perfectly sure, are there plans for a continuation of the animation?

- Frank ("Walter") Smith & the Skullknight.net community.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: pippin22 on October 23, 2008, 12:01:04 AM
I would really love to know more about Mr. Miura's work environment and episode production.

)What is an average day in your studio like?

I would say forget the animation question, there are much more interesting things to ask.

If we got any kind of answer back to any of these questions that would be unreal.

A note: Something should be added after the questions... something encouraging and friendly, maybe less formal.  Something... witty. :void:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on October 23, 2008, 12:02:55 AM
Yeah, it was mentioned along with others in the main thread, but I think it would have to be very loosely worded, like the way you have it here, for him to give a good response. I'll add it to the list.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on October 23, 2008, 06:50:49 AM
A note: Something should be added after the questions... something encouraging and friendly, maybe less formal.  Something... witty. :void:

Keep in mind most of the letter will have to be rephrased not to sound supremely rude in Japanese anyway (it's pretty much inevitable), so you can forget about being witty.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Proj2501 on October 23, 2008, 10:35:15 AM
Just wondering how this might go.
We (someone on SK.net) compose an excellent list of questions. Formal, respectful, mature, insightful.
Then we send it! But to where? A physical letter or email?
YA? Miura's Studio?

We have to attach something that gives weight to the letter.

Ok, now this idea might seem lame, but, why not spruce it up big time?

Send a real letter. On hecka nice paper, get a little Sk.net seal made up, stamp it that piece. Give the letter an appearance of coming from a place that LOVES this man and his work.
Also, personally, I'd provide something about Sk.net itself. How long we've been in existence, how large our community is, etc.

I just think they receive these types of questions/requests often and we might be overlooked. So if we all want to see our questions answered, then we should all brainstorm on how to make an impression.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on October 23, 2008, 10:56:28 AM
We (someone on SK.net) compose an excellent list of questions. Formal, respectful, mature, insightful.
Then we send it! But to where? A physical letter or email?
YA? Miura's Studio?

Physical letter sent to the address provided by YA. They'll forward it to him. It's what I've always done myself.

get a little Sk.net seal made up, stamp it that piece.

Hahaha, now that'd be fun. But if we get one made then I want another one for me! :void:

I just think they receive these types of questions/requests often and we might be overlooked.

That will almost certainly be the case. But hey, at least we'll have given it a shot.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: SimplyEd on October 23, 2008, 11:51:11 AM
Keep in mind most of the letter will have to be rephrased not to sound supremely rude in Japanese anyway (it's pretty much inevitable), so you can forget about being witty.


Actually, i think that letter would feel even more strange if you were to write it in perfect keigo. Then again, it may just be enough to get some attention at least. Whether that's really all that desireable remains to be seen, i guess.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Nomad on October 31, 2008, 06:23:20 AM
 I don't know if it's late to say this, but I do recall a question based on a map or geographic idea of how the Berserk world is placed.

http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=2050.0

 I don't know if this would fall under the art book category question, but I thought it would be an interesting question seeing as for what I remember, there was no concrete information.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Okin on November 03, 2008, 01:33:17 PM
I'd really like to know his inspiration for many of the apostles. Take Zodd for example.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Death May Die on November 06, 2008, 05:41:08 AM
I don't know if I should suggest anything. But if I had to, I would suggest two things.

-Fewer Questions
-Simple questions

I think the letter will be more likely to get a read through if its short. I think its a way of playing it safe. I know there are a million questions we want to ask but I think the ones voted "critical" should make the list. On top of that,  some of the questions seem to ask for too much elaboration or exponation. I mean, its great they breakdown and pin point specific area's and arks. But I think the simpler the question is to answer, the chances of a response increase. Again, this is just theory and only suggestions. It might be great the way it already is.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on November 06, 2008, 05:44:44 AM
Yeah, that's how I came to the choices for the questions I've listed so far. But Ive been considering brevity and succinctness as second only to the importance of the question.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Proj2501 on November 06, 2008, 04:17:18 PM
Wow, I'm very excited to see how this may turn out. Please let us know the very minute this puppy goes into the mailbox.

This is actually a very exciting prospect. I'm actually stoked at the very notion Miura will learn (if he hasn't already) about SkullKnight.net (AKA my homepage on EVERYTHING!!!!!)

To make it better. Hmm
Attach a thank you letter on behalf of the members of SkullKnight.net expressing our gratitude for his work.
I mean let's face it guys alot of us here are obssessed.

Good luck Walter and I really do hope the man replies in SOME way, shape or form.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: zrexe on November 07, 2008, 02:16:10 AM


This is actually a very exciting prospect. I'm actually stoked at the very notion Miura will learn (if he hasn't already) about SkullKnight.net (AKA my homepage on EVERYTHING!!!!!)


Miura spending his time to join this community, or spending his time to write more Berserk. A tough choice indeed.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ramen4ever on November 07, 2008, 03:20:54 AM
Miura spending his time to join this community, or spending his time to write more Berserk. A tough choice indeed.

Knowing about and joining are two very different things. And I doubt Miura would join an english speaking fansite for Berserk.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on December 03, 2008, 01:17:23 PM
I'm going to reword the letter so it's easier for translation and less rude to Miura. Things are moving forward.

I'll repost the new draft of it in my next post for you guys' review.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ramen4ever on December 03, 2008, 04:03:55 PM
I'm going to reword the letter so it's easier for translation and less rude to Miura. Things are moving forward.

I'll repost the new draft of it in my next post for you guys' review.

I can hardly wait. I think you know exactly whats going to be coming when you post it though.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5922/typoguyjb8.th.jpg) (http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=typoguyjb8.jpg)
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on December 03, 2008, 04:15:43 PM
I can hardly wait. I think you know exactly what's going to be coming when you post it though.
(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5922/typoguyjb8.th.jpg) (http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=typoguyjb8.jpg)

No thanks to the stupid image macros.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Griffith on December 03, 2008, 08:12:51 PM
Hold on, you're still not asking about the logistics and circumstances of Guts' Apostle fuck on page 1? Or Casca's disappearing/reappearing boots in volume 23? Outrageous! Do we not hold the man accountable? =)

Seriously now, I've been quietly following this with great expectations. Looking forward to the next draft!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: NightCrawler on December 08, 2008, 11:25:28 PM
I think question number 5 is definitely the most pertinent of the bunch. I would love if he'd answer it. On the other hand, question 10 is probably the only one that feels too forced.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on December 09, 2008, 03:51:01 AM
I think question number 5 is definitely the most pertinent of the bunch. I would love if he'd answer it. On the other hand, question 10 is probably the only one that feels too forced.
What's not pertinent about question 3?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on December 09, 2008, 03:56:51 AM
I think you should give him a SK.Net Girls calendar to sweeten the deal Walter. Maybe he has a thing for western girls!  :carcus:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on December 09, 2008, 04:05:56 AM
Maybe he has a thing for western girls!  :carcus:
Based strictly on his character designs, I say that'd be a yes.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: NightCrawler on December 09, 2008, 05:14:16 AM
What's not pertinent about question 3?

Well, it depends on how much planning of the story did Miura make. Maybe he just threw that quote in the air with no particular meaning. But i don't know the guy.
We might get a good and straight answer, but i wouldn't count on it. I think it deals too much with futurology.
Unless he denies the accuracy of his quote.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on December 26, 2008, 03:18:31 PM
New draft with more "humble" questions.

------------------


To Kentarou Miura,

Thank you for creating such a wonderful series as Berserk. I have been a longtime fan and devoted reader of your manga. I own and operate Skullknight.net, a website for fans of Berserk. We have grown into an international community that receives about 1000 visitors a day and have been faithfully following your work since about 1999.

Over time, we have accumulated several questions about the series and your views on the Berserk world. Several of our members voted on which questions would be addressed to you in this format and we have intentionally left out questions regarding many of the series' mysteries.

We would all be deeply humbled if you could be troubled to answer these questions, which we feel would give us a deeper understanding of your series.

This letter was originally written in English and then translated into Japanese. We apologize in advance for any perceived rudeness in this letter, as it was wholly unintentional. We have only the deepest respect and reverence for you and your work.

1 ) Guts' character has grown tremendously in the past few years – congratulations on making such a realistic, human character. But it seems unclear exactly how much time has elapsed in the Berserk world since the end of the Golden Age arc in Volume 14 (i.e. Lost Children - Millennium Falcon). We knew Guts' age around the time of the Lost Children Arc, but now it is unclear. It also seems that Griffith's age has been a little bit of a mystery. How much older is he than Guts?

2 ) Regarding the kanji "Taka," there has been much discussion among our users over whether this is intended to be “Falcon” or “Hawk” ? We are wondering if there was ever a conscious change in its usage, such as after Griffith's reincarnation, or if it always been "Falcon" to you.

3 ) Just before the Millennium Falcon arc, there was an interview with you where you seemed to imply that you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. If that is the case, how far along do you feel we are in the story at this point?

4 ) It's been 9 years since the last art book release. It seems there may now be enough content for 2-3 additional books. Do you have any plans to release any more art books based on your sketches and paintings?

5 ) Berserk is a large, complicated story. It must be difficult to plan how these many events will play out. Because the story involves so many different components, was there was any portion that was extremely difficult to make decisions on? Is it possible that you have any regrets about the direction of any story elements?

6 ) In the past, there have been interviews where you discussed your interest in creating post-Berserk projects. Is there any hope for these still, or would you rather retire after Berserk's conclusion, having invested most of your career in such a successful manga?

7 ) The series has millions of fans across the globe, but as we understand it, the schedule you work on is very taxing on your life and health. The community wonders how you feel about your creation and whether you feel it was worth the sacrifices it has required.

8 ) Do you consider the events in Episode 83, which was not included in the tankoubon, to be part of the official series? Can we expect to see or hear from the Idea of Evil again before the end of the series?

Sincerely,
- D. Frank ("Walter") Smith & the Skullknight.net community.
---------------
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Oburi on December 26, 2008, 08:06:44 PM
I think it's almost perfect. When is this going out again?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on December 26, 2008, 08:08:30 PM
I think it's almost perfect. When is this going out again?
No set date. 3DRealms: "When it's done."
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on December 26, 2008, 08:35:40 PM
Looks great, Walter! :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on December 27, 2008, 11:03:39 AM
3 ) Just before the Millennium Falcon arc, there was an interview with you where you seemed to imply that you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. If that is the case, how far along do you feel we are in the story at this point?

That wasn't an interview but a comment he made in Young Animal #2 of the year 2001.

6 ) In the past, there have been interviews where you discussed your interest in creating post-Berserk projects. Is there any hope for these still, or would you rather retire after Berserk's conclusion, having invested most of your career in such a successful manga?

I think an interesting addition to this question would be to ask (assuming he would work on something after Berserk) whether he'd still like to do a historical manga, or if he would want to try something else (Sci-Fi?).

I'll comment some more, privately, when we get the time. =)
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on March 05, 2009, 12:46:41 PM
The letter is being assembled as I type this. I hope to get it out this afternoon. After it is sent, I expect that it will be a long wait, if we're to get anything at all. But as soon as I do, of course you guys will be among the first to know.

The translation for the interview was done at no cost by Puella. Please thank her for all the time she invested in making this letter legible for Miura. Selfless efforts like these are the backbone of SKnet and what keeps us coming back every day.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: puella on March 05, 2009, 01:46:13 PM
I hope Miura will be happy with our letter.

Quote
Selfless efforts like these are the backbone of SKnet and what keeps us coming back every day.

The backbone of SkullKnight, who's composed of nothing but bones? How flattering!! :ganishka:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 05, 2009, 03:07:34 PM

Thank you for your assistance Puella. :guts: :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on March 05, 2009, 05:18:39 PM
Thanks, Puella!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: The Beast of Darkness on March 05, 2009, 07:07:59 PM
Thanks a lot Puella!.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on March 06, 2009, 06:40:28 PM
Letter was mailed out today. I paid about $2.00 more than I probably needed to in postage -- just to make sure  :void:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 06, 2009, 06:47:56 PM
Thanks Puella and Walter for putting this all together. It's much appreciated.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 06, 2009, 06:51:16 PM



Good!. Take care of that letter well mailman :void:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ramen4ever on March 06, 2009, 06:57:15 PM
Thanks Walter, Puella and everyone else that contributed. Hopefully your hard work will be rewarded.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on March 06, 2009, 11:00:52 PM
Thanks, Wally & Puella!  You guys rock! :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Xem on March 07, 2009, 12:40:43 AM
Thanks puella!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: emorace on March 08, 2009, 04:02:19 PM
great achievement, hope that this will come to fruition  :griff:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jarome on March 09, 2009, 05:21:32 PM
Long live Walter & Puella! :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Danat on March 18, 2009, 01:12:20 PM
any rough estimate on how much time should it take for a letter to arrive in Miura's mailbox ? ;)
and why was the most important question omitted: when can we expect the next berserk episode?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on March 18, 2009, 01:21:52 PM
any rough estimate on how much time should it take for a letter to arrive in Miura's mailbox ? ;)

It takes about a week and a half to two weeks for parcels with standard shipping usually.

and why was the most important question omitted: when can we expect the next berserk episode?

Reading this was irritating, even though I'm assuming you're not being serious.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Danat on March 18, 2009, 01:51:37 PM
Quote
Reading this was irritating, even though I'm assuming you're not being serious.
well i'd say 40% serious ;)
i mean it could phrased in a very gentle way to ask him something like:
"what is the most tiresome in making berserk that takes a lot of motivation? developing the plot or implementing it (i.e. drawing)? after you have decided how will the series go on, how much time it usually takes to draw that?"

idk, something close to that.
when i was 14 i had a hobby drawing comic books, so i undestand that being rushed in things like these ruins the mood to make it (if that's what the "irritating" part was about).
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on March 18, 2009, 01:54:38 PM
But, we already know that while on these breaks, Miura is working on the plot and story sequences.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on March 18, 2009, 01:56:15 PM
It's just that it's practically the least important/interesting question you could possibly ask, and one that you can be sure won't get an answer (alongside "how is Berserk going to end?"). If a date had been decided upon, it'd have been printed in YA. And before that happens, Miura's not going to tell people about it personally.

"what is the most tiresome in making berserk that takes a lot of motivation? developing the plot or implementing it (i.e. drawing)?

Miura's already answered that question long ago in the Illustrations File interview. He said that drawing is by far the most tiresome for him. However we've reached a very important point in the storyline right now, so that planning the story likely demands a lot of time and effort as well.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Danat on March 18, 2009, 02:30:45 PM
meh, too bad i was lazy to read _all_ Miura's interviews.
okay then i guess we cant ask him something that would help us estimate the time he spends on his work?

and still i dont think that this question is _least_ important. At least for me as a reader which had recently read all berserk episodes in two days - its kinda hard to wait for next episode without any information about it ;). i guess you're just used to waiting through all these years.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on March 18, 2009, 03:01:36 PM
meh, too bad i was lazy to read _all_ Miura's interviews.

Too bad indeed. When someone has the pretension to interview an author, the very least they should do is to read up on what he's already answered in the past so as to avoid redundancy. It's a simple matter of respect.

okay then i guess we cant ask him something that would help us estimate the time he spends on his work?

We don't need to estimate that (like I just told you in my previous post), and your question wouldn't help with it anyway. Frankly there's little merit in what you've proposed and you're not helping your cause by arguing about it. Since the letter's already been sent anyhow, I suggest you to stop insisting on the matter. As soon as there's news about the next episode it'll be posted on the forum.

and still i dont think that this question is _least_ important.

Well I do. In fact I think even worse things about it. Mean things.

At least for me as a reader which had recently read all berserk episodes in two days - its kinda hard to wait for next episode without any information about it ;).

You'll get used to it. In the meantime you can always re-read the series, since I don't think you can appreciate everything it has to offer in two days' time.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ramen4ever on March 18, 2009, 03:31:11 PM
Hope you don't mind me dropping in. One of the problems with the question Danat is that it's really short term. Also it's not the type of question that would get an answer. New episodes come out sooner or later anyway. The small mysteries are far more interesting. The ones that have been mysteries for years. Like Guts' age, the Idea of Evil, does "Taka" mean Hawk or Falcon or if we can expect some more artbooks. These aren't the type of questions you'd have to ask every month. Not to mention that the quality of the questions will reflect on how Walter and this community is viewed.

Edit, Oh and welcome to the community.  :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2009, 06:52:29 PM
Potentially good news everyone. I got a note on my door today that a "large package from Tokyo" arrived for me. However, since no one was home and it was from a foreign country, the idiotic postman decided to bring it back to the post office. It's currently in transit, so I cant access it until 3 hours from now. However, by then we will know whether it's
a) an actual response from Miura  :isidro:
b) a rejection letter from Hakusensha
c) an "address could not be reached" from the Tokyo Mail Service
d) a new Berserk artbook hand drawn by Miura, signed "For my #1 fans at SKnet."

I'm hoping for either a or d personally. Ill update with a double post here if necessary in t-minus 2.5 hours.

PS: No this is not an April Fool's joke.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 02, 2009, 06:58:26 PM


Great news that you got something from Japan. You must be quite anxious and ready to open that package once it's in your hands. :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on April 02, 2009, 07:38:22 PM
Potentially good news everyone. I got a note on my door today that a "large package from Tokyo" arrived for me. However, since no one was home and it was from a foreign country, the idiotic postman decided to bring it back to the post office. It's currently in transit, so I cant access it until 3 hours from now. However, by then we will know whether it's
a) an actual response from Miura  :isidro:
b) a rejection letter from Hakusensha
c) an "address could not be reached" from the Tokyo Mail Service
d) a new Berserk artbook hand drawn by Miura, signed "For my #1 fans at SKnet."

I'm hoping for either a or d personally. Ill update with a double post here if necessary in t-minus 2.5 hours.

PS: No this is not an April Fool's joke.

Awesome!  I can't wait to find out what it is. :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2009, 09:23:15 PM
The letter is apparently not directly from Miura, but it appears whoever wrote the letter (an associate of his at Hakusensha by the look of it) went through Miura to answer nearly all if not ALL of our questions.

(click for full res scans, ~400kb each)
(http://skullknight.net/images/miuraletter1small.jpg) (http://skullknight.net/images/miuraletter1.jpg) (http://skullknight.net/images/miuraletter2small.jpg) (http://skullknight.net/images/miuraletter2.jpg)

For those trying to read along, the full original letter w/questions can be read in the first post of the thread. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9513.msg157963#msg157963)

It will take time to translate it, and will require the work of our members here. But on first glance, there are many numbers and letters that I can tell indicate the following:

-the series is estimated to be 60-70 percent complete
-3-4 years have passed since the end of the Golden Age, (which makes Guts 22-23; 1-2 years older than we previously knew)
-and it has always been FALCON, not Hawk.

I can't believe we got a real response. The odds for this were incalculably low. Im honored beyond words that someone at Hakusensha took time out of their busy schedule and Miura's to answer these questions for us.


I must say it is unfortunate that this breakthrough and historic moment in SKnet's history comes to us the day after April Fool's day and our prank here. I'm sure this information will give many of our members here, who have been fooled by our little pranks in the past, some pause. However, in all of our previous April Fool's gags and even our Aolsier jokes, we have never promised that they were real. We just went along with the jokes.

But this is not something I would joke about. This is real. I swear on all the years of my life and on my title as administrator of SkullKnight.net that this is real. The following are full-resolution pictures of the letter and package I received, along with my desk. Run tests on them if you'd like to attempt to disprove their legitimacy. They are unaltered except that I blurred out my home address.

proof 1 (http://skullknight.net/images/proof1.jpg)
proof 2 (http://skullknight.net/images/proof2.jpg)
proof 3 (http://skullknight.net/images/proof3.jpg)
proof 4 (http://skullknight.net/images/proof4.jpg)
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 02, 2009, 10:11:20 PM
This is amazing, I can't wait to hear what it all says.  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Griffith on April 02, 2009, 10:19:20 PM
I'm totally blown away, this is awesome, and I can't wait to see what other new information comes to light.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 02, 2009, 10:20:52 PM
This is Great! Good job on getting a response and thank you to all that helped this be possible. THANK YOU!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 02, 2009, 10:44:30 PM
It was sent by Akira Shimada, Berserk's editor at Hakusensha. Among other things, it specifically states that Miura very rarely replies to letters and that this response was sent as a special service to foreign fans. Anyway, great stuff all around. I'm usually not the type to brag, but... SK.net, #1 Berserk fan site now and forever.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on April 02, 2009, 11:24:45 PM
Questions 4, which asked about art books for the future says "Arimasen" which is that there are no plans for any.  :judo:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2009, 11:25:22 PM
Among other things, it specifically states that Miura very rarely replies to letters and that this response was sent as a special service to foreign fans.
Out of everything, this is what means the most to me -- Miura acknowledging us as some of his biggest fans :judo:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on April 02, 2009, 11:42:27 PM
I am emailing some of the shorter replies to my wife. Do we want to include the translations somewhere? PM someone with them? Just post them in here then consolidate them later?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 02, 2009, 11:43:47 PM
Just post them in here then consolidate them later?
A la carte sounds good to me. I'll take what I can get at this point, and we can later turn it into something cohesive.

Thanks for the effort man.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Cronus on April 03, 2009, 12:06:44 AM
OK, Walter called me to tell me about this one.  This is incredible.  It makes me want to dust off the old japanese tomes!

Edit: Motherfucker I am translating shit tonight, I haven't done this in years!

Easy #10 - Another anime is a possibility.  :void:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grail on April 03, 2009, 01:35:04 AM
Absolutely amazing. Huge kudos to you guys for putting so much work into this project. Can't wait to see the translation(s)! :carcus:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jaze1618 on April 03, 2009, 01:38:43 AM
This is so exciting for berserk fans everywhere. I want to issue a huge congratulations to all of the admins and everyone else who had a hand in making this happen. Your hard work definitely paid off. I really want to thank all of you for having the gusto to put see the whole thing through to the end even when there was no guarantee that your hard work would be rewarded. Bravo!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on April 03, 2009, 04:33:27 AM
This is unbelievably cool.  Words can't even express how awesome this is, but so far everyone has done a good job.  Thanks to everyone who worked on this and a HUGE thanks to Miura for taking time out of his insane schedule to answer these questions for us.  I can't wait to read the translations.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: m on April 03, 2009, 05:12:16 AM

Very nice indeed. As everybody else. I can't wait for the translations.

What will be of the actual letter? Is it going to be displayed on somebody's wall? Is it going to a safe in a bank? I'm just curious.

Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: puella on April 03, 2009, 07:29:45 AM
This is the biggest thing ever since this site was created. :guts: Shouldn't we all have a drink to celebrate it?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Skeleton on April 03, 2009, 07:33:51 AM
This is absolutely incredible, Walter!  Congratulations on getting a reply.  I'll admit.  When the idea of sending Miura questions first came up, I was a bit reserved.  But Fortune really does favor the bold, eh? This is so cool!

SK.net has been and always will be #1!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 03, 2009, 07:38:35 AM
This is the biggest thing ever since this site was created. :guts:
I thought the same as soon as I ripped open the package and saw 60-70% [complete] written there in front of me. It was at that moment I knew this was real. Miura has acknowledged we exist  :serpico:

As for drinking, all I did tonight was stay up to fix my scanner and have a preliminary translation and Japanese text ready to go for the translators, so I'm exhausted (4 hours until work too). But TONIGHT I will drink heavily from our several remaining wine bottles and think of you guys.

Cheers, to SKnet. We did this together.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grovel on April 03, 2009, 07:42:07 AM
This is absolutely incredible, Walter!  Congratulations on getting a reply.  I'll admit.  When the idea of sending Miura questions first came up, I was a bit reserved.  But Fortune really does favor the bold, eh? This is so cool!

SK.net has been and always will be #1!

I agree 100% - Fantastic!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Xem on April 03, 2009, 08:26:00 AM
I drank heavy amounts of Tequila tonight, not really to celebrate as I drink heavily every night, but hey! You gave me an excuse!

Thank you to all who contributed to the letter and thank you Kentarou Miura and staff for gracing us with a response! I humbly praise you all for your efforts..... /bow
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 03, 2009, 09:43:14 AM
Holy shit, this just made a good week into a better week. Thanks Walter for everything.  :badbone:

Edit: I forgot to mention. I really have to admire Miura's work ethic, this really helped get a better understanding of the man.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: emorace on April 03, 2009, 09:53:06 AM
just incredible! dont remember any fanpage that took so much effort!
GREAT!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: puella on April 03, 2009, 12:58:51 PM
Translation of the answers, with the questions added for clarity:



Dear Frank Smith,

Thank you for your support of Berserk.

I’m transferring you Miura Kentarou's answers to your questions.

This letter is written in the easiest possible form of Japanese, but I’m worried that it might not be understood well.

I should let you know that all the answers are based on the recent episodes published in Young Animal.




Q1: To the readers, Guts as a character has grown tremendously in the past few years, but how much time has elapsed in the Berserk world since the end of the Golden Age arc in Volume 14? (i.e. Lost Children - Millennium Falcon)

I’d say it’s been 3-4 years, though it’s not been clearly decided.

Q2: Regarding the kanji "Taka," do you intend that to be Falcon or Hawk? Was there ever a conscious change in its usage, such as after Griffith's reincarnation, or has it always been "falcon" to you?

“Falcon” or “Hawk”, both mean [鷹] in Japanese. In some dictionaries, “Falcon ” is translated as [隼(はやぶさ)] but there’s almost no difference. I used "Falcon" from the great name of the “Millennium Falcon" ship in Star Wars.
 
Q3: Just before the launch of the Millennium Falcon arc, you were quoted as saying now you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. Is that accurate? If that is the case, how far along are we in the story at this point?

I think we are at about 60-70%. However, I myself don’t know anything for sure when it comes to the future.

Q4: It's been years since the last art book release. There may now be enough content for 2-3 additional books. Do you plan to release any more based on your sketches and paintings?

No, I don’t.

Q5: What portion of the story was the most difficult in terms of making hard decisions about where to take the direction of the series? Any regrets?

No specific part was especially difficult or regrettable to me.

Q6: You've talked of post-Berserk projects in the past. Do you still expect to do it, or will you be enjoying retirement after having spent so long working on Berserk?

I don’t remember when I talked about my future plans after Berserk, but there's no doubt I’ll work on something else once it's over.

Q7: Do you feel a sense of achievement at what you've accomplished over all those years? Was it worth the sacrifices to your life and health it has required?

Yes, I feel a sense of achievement, since my work has been appreciated more and more over time in society.

Besides, I can’t think of living any other life.

Q8: Could you describe an average day in your studio? How many hours each day do you work?

I start working at 2:00 PM and I finish at 7:00 AM. Of course, the time I spend eating is included. I work 15-16 hours everyday, without holidays.

Q9: Can we have some more details on why Episode 83 was left out of the collected volume? Do you consider the events in the episode to be canon? Can we expect to see or hear from the Idea of Evil again before the end of the series?

It’s because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development.

I myself don’t know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not.

Q10: Rumors of a second season, or new animation of Berserk have been persistent since the first animation's conclusion. These have all been proven false, in time. But to be perfectly sure, are there plans for a continuation of the animation?

It’s possible.



I’ve forwaded all his answers to you, though it took a little time.

It’s very rare for Miura to answer this kind of questions. It would be good if you could think of it as his service for foreign fans like you. And also please keep in mind we can’t tell you things for sure about future developments that haven’t been scripted yet.

We’ll keep doing our best to meet your expectations for Berserk.

Thank you for your devotion to the manga. I wish you happiness and health.
 
Shimada Akira, editing department, Young Animal

Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: zrexe on April 03, 2009, 01:03:15 PM
Wow thanks for everything SK.net.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on April 03, 2009, 01:31:50 PM
that's just fucking beautiful. :judo:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 03, 2009, 02:34:48 PM
Words can't describe how awesome that really is. Thank you Puella!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 03, 2009, 02:39:15 PM
Puella thank you so much for taking time out of your own busy schedule to translate this for us. But now you can see the fruits of your labor in translating the interview!   :guts:

I'll quote what I think is most significant here, or what stuck out the most to me as  :isidro:

I’m transferring you Miura Kentarou's answers to your questions.
Take special note here that in many of the answers, he responds "I" or "for me", which implies that Miura himself gave us these responses, and they weren't an interpretation of the editor. I was worried for a bit with our babelfish translation seeming like he got them from a previous interview or something. Good to know he took time to respond as personally as was feasible.

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I’d say it’s been 3-4 years, though it’s not been clearly decided.
I actually flubbed the question here, since I end up asking two different things. I meant to ask  how much time has passed since Lost Children, during which we saw the last time shift, and Guts was 21. But what I think he ended up responding to was "how long since the Golden Age ended," which we already know has been at least 2 years (1 between Golden Age and Black Swordsman and 1 between that and Lost Children). So, 3-4 years would mean that it's 1-2 years more than we thought. Still, some time has clearly passed, and that's all i was trying to get at.

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“Falcon” or “Hawk”, both mean [鷹] in Japanese. In some dictionaries, “Falcon ” is translated as [隼(はやぶさ)] but there’s almost no difference. I used "Falcon" from the great name of the “Millennium Falcon" ship in Star Wars.
This answer seems inconclusive to me. We already knew Taka could mean Falcon and Hawk, and I even mentioned that in the question. But in this answer, he does seem to lean more toward Falcon, but I'm not sure we can definitively say that it's "always" been Falcon. Hmm...

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I think we are at about 60-70%. However, I myself don’t know anything for sure when it comes to the future.
:isidro: I can't believe we got an answer on this one. It's amazing.

Anyway, let's reason this out to get a vague prediction of Berserk's future. Let's split the difference and say it's 65 percent through. That would mean the series would be complete at around volume 55 or so. Assuming that Miura gets back on a more consistent schedule like earlier in the 2000s, he'd produce enough work for 2 volumes a year, with ~21 more until it's end. All of that is to say Berserk COULD be completed by 2020. But, as he says, it's not set in stone.

Or to put it another way, SKnet's life x2  :badbone:

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No, I don’t [plan to make more art books]
That is really too bad... there's so much gorgeous material I'd like to have in a good bound edition. But I imagine these things take time to work on.

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No specific part was especially difficult or regrettable to me.
Admittedly, this was kind of a throwaway question, but I was hoping he would elaborate more if I touched on something sensitive, like if one portion was especially difficult, we'd get some insight into why.

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I don’t remember when I talked about my future plans after Berserk, but there's no doubt I’ll work on something else once it's over.
Amazing, a future after Berserk. So, I suppose by that time, SkullKnight.net will have to transmogrify into something else? Or maybe it will be for another generation of fans. Ah, so much to ponder with this thing...  :sad:

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Yes, I feel a sense of achievement, since my work has been appreciated more and more over time in society.
Besides, I can’t think of living any other life.
That's great, I had always hoped he hadn't regretted his life and the sacrifices he's clearly made to achieve his vision for Berserk, especially since it has affected his health and social life. It's good to know he's content with everything in spite of what others would perceive as impediments to a normal life.

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I start working at 2:00 PM and I finish at 7:00 AM. Of course, the time I spend eating is included. I work 15-16 hours everyday, without holidays.
I hope this revelation will shut everyone  up that complains when Miura opts to take a break. I seriously might get violent if I hear it after this ...

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It’s because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development.
So it's finally official: it limited the storyline options too much. We'd assembled that information ourselves, but it was pulled from such ancient interviews (~1996) that there was no telling it's accuracy.  And he doesn't know if The Idea of Evil will be back... how haunting.  :idea:

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It’s possible.
Argh, I'd prefer he just say it's an impossibility at this point. Now the SEAZON 2?!?! threads will continue until we're all dead.

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I’ve forwaded all his answers to you, though it took a little time.
It only took 3 weeks, I mean, I expected this would take MONTHS. So bravo on your expediency!

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It’s very rare for Miura to answer this kind of questions. It would be good if you could think of it as his service for foreign fans like you. And also please keep in mind we can’t tell you things for sure about future developments that haven’t been scripted yet.
I tried my best to make the questions fair, and not to ask about unscripted events. I'm without words in my honor at being chosen for such a special reply. It's a day I'll remember for the rest of my life, and is so far the greatest achievement of the community here.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: DirectDK on April 03, 2009, 02:44:55 PM
SK.net NAMBA WANNN!!!!!!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 03, 2009, 02:54:53 PM
No doubt one of the greatest event on SK.net history's. Congratulations for making this possible Walter,Puella and if I am missing people that haven't been mentioned. Thank you for doing this and letting us be part of such great news. Now, there is no reason to bitch and moan about episodes. Once again thanks for your hard work and time you have put on this.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on April 03, 2009, 02:55:17 PM
Thank you for translating, Puella!  I'm still in awe. :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Danat on April 03, 2009, 05:07:35 PM
um...
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I myself don’t know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not.
do I understand this correctly that it is possible for the whole "Griffith->Femto->Griffith" theme to have another explanation that can even contradict to the "Idea of Evil" concept (since it was not present in the volume), meaning that its better to just forget about episode 83 and expect something new instead of IoE ;) ?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: The Beast of Darkness on April 03, 2009, 05:08:37 PM
A huge "thank you" to everyone who made this miracle happen!
It's purely incredible!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 03, 2009, 05:13:54 PM
um...do I understand this correctly that it is possible for the whole "Griffith->Femto->Griffith" theme to have another explanation that can even contradict to the "Idea of Evil" concept (since it was not present in the volume), meaning that its better to just forget about episode 83 and expect something new instead of IoE ;) ?
Something new? Maybe ... but I really don't think so. He's just keeping his story possibilities open.

I don't see this as Miura washing his hands of The Idea of Evil forever, because we've already seen a glimpse of it at the end of Episode 82, independent of the lost episode. There's also Flora's allusion to it in volume 24, when discussing the layers of the world "... and perhaps even deeper still... [there's another force at work]" and the three-part episode in volume 20: Shadow of Idea.

Anyway, the conversation between Griffith and the Idea of Evil isn't essential to understanding his transformation as a God Hand member, if that's what you're driving at.  In the future, I think Miura could simply leave out specific references to the Idea of Evil and get along fine.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: deathbybears on April 03, 2009, 05:19:09 PM
Really, really great. How many SK members live in southern California? We ought to all get together sometime.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Danat on April 03, 2009, 05:35:20 PM
@Walter
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Don't forget that we've already seen the Idea of Evil at the end of Episode 82 as well
oh yeah, you're right ;). but without 83 we dont know what he sees there, Griffith just says "God?...", soo as you said...
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It just keeps the possibilities open for how it will be portrayed in the future.
which is good enough for me ;). it was kinda pessimistic autmosphere when you _know_ that its God (which can control fate and such) versus Guts, meaning that Guts cannot really do much to spoil his plans.

anyway, thanks for clearing this up.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 03, 2009, 05:51:00 PM
it was kinda pessimistic atmosphere when you _know_ that its God (which can control fate and such) versus Guts, meaning that Guts cannot really do much to spoil his plans.
Well, there's no "fate" in Berserk, there is causality -- a sequence of events influenced by a higher power.

And truly I mean no offense, but I think you've stated a pretty naive view regarding Guts' effect on causality. There have been several moments in the series where the plans of a higher power went slightly off-kilter because of Guts' or the Skull Knight's intervention.

The point I'm trying to make is that Miura has always left room for the determined human will to overcome incalculable odds. That's like the spirit of the series (and the moral learned from our letter request of Miura :SK: ). For example, as Flora said, humans always have a choice for what path they take, they aren't truly governed by causality. Most people just simply go with the flow, and few swim against it.

Future posts on this will be split and merged elsewhere. Let's try to stay on topic here gang. Me included...
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 03, 2009, 06:13:27 PM
This answer seems inconclusive to me. We already knew Taka could mean Falcon and Hawk, and I even mentioned that in the question. But in this answer, he does seem to lean more toward Falcon, but I'm not sure we can definitively say that it's "always" been Falcon. Hmm...

Well yeah, it's like I always said: he never cared. However, since he's been using "falcon" for a while (Millennium Falcon, Falconia), and regardless of why he's doing it... I'll go with "falcon".

Anyway, let's reason this out to get a vague prediction of Berserk's future. Let's split the difference and say it's 65 percent through. That would mean the series would be complete at around volume 55 or so. Assuming that Miura gets back on a more consistent schedule like earlier in the 2000s, he'd produce enough work for 2 volumes a year, with ~21 more until it's end. All of that is to say Berserk COULD be completed by 2020. But, as he says, it's not set in stone.

Honestly, considering how things went with the Golden Age arc (was supposed to be a simple flashback, ended up going from volume 3 to volume 14), I'm not too worried. :carcus:

That is really too bad... there's so much gorgeous material I'd like to have in a good bound edition. But I imagine these things take time to work on.

Yeah man, that blows big time. We're going to have to lobby this through. :rakshas:

Amazing, a future after Berserk. So, I suppose by that time, SkullKnight.net will have to transmogrify into something else? Or maybe it will be for another generation of fans. Ah, so much to ponder with this thing...  :sad:

Sci-Fi. :SK: And we could just get rid of that shameful Vagabond Inn, replacing it with whatever new masterpiece Miura will work on afterwards. Only the true believers will remain! :SK:

I hope this revelation will shut everyone  up that complains when Miura opts to take a break. I seriously might get violent if I hear it after this ...

Well to be honest, it's not like we didn't already know that...

the usual schedule to draw the episodes is just 2 weeks, with an average of 16 hours of work a day for at least 6 days a week from what I've read.

:badbone:

It only took 3 weeks, I mean, I expected this would take MONTHS. So bravo on your expediency!

Yeah man, honestly I myself was quite surprised at how quick it was. A real lesson in humility.

um...do I understand this correctly that it is possible for the whole "Griffith->Femto->Griffith" theme to have another explanation that can even ontradict to the "Idea of Evil" concept

No, you don't understand this correctly. And it's not really the thread to be talking about it either.

@Walteroh yeah, you're right ;). but without 83 we dont know what he sees there, Griffith just says "God?..."

Yeah, so we know what he sees there: God.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jaze1618 on April 03, 2009, 06:55:35 PM
I was hoping a good story would come out of Question #5 but all in all good show. It's been a while since things have been this excited about berserk.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Oburi on April 03, 2009, 06:56:30 PM
Indeed this is a great achievement in Skullknight.net history. Big thanks to Walter and everyone else involved. My favorite answer was that Berserk is 60% to 70% complete. I'm surprised he even answered that one, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to know the answer to begin with. But that's the best answer I could have hoped for. So the story is a little more than halfway done, and like Aaz pointed out, who knows how many volumes that could turn into.

Again, bravo to everyone involved, Walter, Aazealh, Puella! Great Work!!!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Griffith on April 03, 2009, 07:13:55 PM
(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/tablets600.jpg) (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/tablets.jpg)

Thank you, puella! Also, the biggest thanks to Walter, and, I can't believe I'm saying this, to Miura, of course! Wow, I'm sorry, I just can't resist quoting and responding to Kentarou Miura on skullknight.net myself! Part of me actually wants to write these addressing him in the first person, but I'll spare you. :guts:

Q1: To the readers, Guts as a character has grown tremendously in the past few years, but how much time has elapsed in the Berserk world since the end of the Golden Age arc in Volume 14? (i.e. Lost Children - Millennium Falcon)

I’d say it’s been 3-4 years, though it’s not been clearly decided.

Like Walter noted, re-reading the question and answer there's doubt as to whether he meant the end of Golden Age or the end of Lost Children. I agree with Wally it's probably the former, after all, we haven't had any defined time breaks since then for so many years to have passed, but 1-2 makes sense over the course of events we've witnessed.

Q2: Regarding the kanji "Taka," do you intend that to be Falcon or Hawk? Was there ever a conscious change in its usage, such as after Griffith's reincarnation, or has it always been "falcon" to you?

“Falcon” or “Hawk”, both mean [鷹] in Japanese. In some dictionaries, “Falcon ” is translated as [隼(はやぶさ)] but there’s almost no difference. I used "Falcon" from the great name of the “Millennium Falcon" ship in Star Wars.

I guess it's always been falcon. I know Hawk was official on merch and stuff, but I think this really could come down to it just being our language barrier, like, we see the difference, and he doesn't, and it's as though we're asking him which word he means among exact synonyms, "Did you mean gray, or grey!?"
 
Q3: Just before the launch of the Millennium Falcon arc, you were quoted as saying now you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. Is that accurate? If that is the case, how far along are we in the story at this point?

I think we are at about 60-70%. However, I myself don’t know anything for sure when it comes to the future.

This is fantastic, I think it's kind of where we thought we were, or it felt like the story was, but great to hear it from the man himself nonetheless. This would be nice too since that's about the exact amount of space I have on my little Berserk bookshelf. =)

Q4: It's been years since the last art book release. There may now be enough content for 2-3 additional books. Do you plan to release any more based on your sketches and paintings?

No, I don’t.

This is an odd negatory, you'd think it would be something like his answer to the last question. Maybe the art books are more personal and involved for him where another anime is more the licensing/business side of things handled by the companies. I'd still think that business side of his work would be pushing for more art books though, considering how fantastic his work is it would sell itself and the series. I guess one should keep in mind that he has been releasing stand alone artwork though, just not in a collected volume.

Q5: What portion of the story was the most difficult in terms of making hard decisions about where to take the direction of the series? Any regrets?

No specific part was especially difficult or regrettable to me.

To bad he didn't have more to say here, even if the question doesn't directly apply to his experience. Maybe this is where we should have asked about the Apostle Guts is screwing on page 1 and Casca's boots in volume 23? =)

Q6: You've talked of post-Berserk projects in the past. Do you still expect to do it, or will you be enjoying retirement after having spent so long working on Berserk?

I don’t remember when I talked about my future plans after Berserk, but there's no doubt I’ll work on something else once it's over.

I'm looking forward to it, though I'd have been satisfied with just a hint about his future interests, because I'm really looking forward to it because it means I'll get to see Berserk in it's entirety.

Q7: Do you feel a sense of achievement at what you've accomplished over all those years? Was it worth the sacrifices to your life and health it has required?

Yes, I feel a sense of achievement, since my work has been appreciated more and more over time in society.

Besides, I can’t think of living any other life.

This is affirming to hear, I'm glad we're not holding Miura against his will.

Q8: Could you describe an average day in your studio? How many hours each day do you work?

I start working at 2:00 PM and I finish at 7:00 AM. Of course, the time I spend eating is included. I work 15-16 hours everyday, without holidays.

Awesome, he's a fellow night owl. I'm always amazed by the crazy hours highly creative people like him keep while remaining productive, or being more productive because of them. For instance, that not unlike my sleep schedule, except I'm certainly not constantly working during those waking hours, haha. Also, like Walter said, and Aaz has pointed out before, we can put the complaints about the release schedule to rest. I think people have taken the extremely high level of artwork in the series for granted.

Q9: Can we have some more details on why Episode 83 was left out of the collected volume? Do you consider the events in the episode to be canon? Can we expect to see or hear from the Idea of Evil again before the end of the series?

It’s because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development.

I myself don’t know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not.

I think it's interesting that he confirmed Idea not just as a god, but just god at the time (at least of man), as many already interpreted it. I wonder how much that has changed, if at all, with the deeper introduction of magic and appearance of other highly powerful astral beings. I wonder if that's exactly why Miura took Idea out of the forefront and literally into the shadows, for the freedom to do those things, or if it wouldn't matter. To put it simply, Idea was intended to be god, but is it still?

Q10: Rumors of a second season, or new animation of Berserk have been persistent since the first animation's conclusion. These have all been proven false, in time. But to be perfectly sure, are there plans for a continuation of the animation?

It’s possible.

SEASON 2 CONFIRMED! :troll:

That was fun, and again, a red letter day in skullknight.net history, just huge. I feel stuck between trying not to overstate it (as the above image clearly demonstrates my restraint =), while not being able to truly express how significant it is without sounding silly... I think the only way to understand is to think back to the beginnings of this place. To imagine something like this then was either unthinkable or thought to be naive or just a fantasy. Amazing. The closing from Mr. Shimada was also very nice, especially acknowledging the rarity of Miura answering such questions and it being a special favor to his foreign, and in this case, Western audience. Essentially, a special favor to skullknight.net! =)
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 03, 2009, 07:43:45 PM
This is an odd negatory, you'd think it would be something like his answer to the last question. Maybe the art books are more personal and involved for him where another anime is more the licensing/business side of things handled by the companies. I'd still think that business side of his work would be pushing for more art books though, considering how fantastic his work is it would sell itself and the series. I guess one should keep in mind that he has been releasing stand alone artwork though, just not in a collected volume.

Well, long ago when the "Illustrations Files" artbook was being created, he did comment on how he didn't want to just make it a standard "Information Book" but instead wanted to truly make it worthwhile art-wise. This sort of concern and involvement might be part of the reason why nothing's planned at the moment. Still, I think a lobby's in order. :zodd:

I think it's interesting that he confirmed Idea not just as a god, but just god at the time (at least of man), as many already interpreted it. I wonder how much that has changed, if at all, with the deeper introduction of magic and appearance of other highly powerful astral beings. I wonder if that's exactly why Miura took Idea out of the forefront and literally into the shadows, for the freedom to do those things, or if it wouldn't matter. To put it simply, Idea was intended to be god, but is it still?

Hmm well, from Flora's comments in volume 24, I would say that it is still God. =) But it's an enigmatic God, a being we (supposedly) know nothing about, instead of the precisely outlined and defined being of episode 83.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: NightCrawler on April 03, 2009, 08:37:17 PM
SK.net NAMBA WANNN!!!!!!

Tru that yo.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Xem on April 03, 2009, 09:00:04 PM
SkullKnight.Net - Official Fan Corner for Berserk

This site is deserving of such a title, indeed. And puella wins as the best bridge between this title and Miura himself. Thanks puellaaaaaaaaaaa!

About the answers,

I'm surprised and selfishly happy to say that I'm roughly the same age as Guts. I almost wish we could've just asked what Guts' birthday is officially in terms of our timeline, so I could boost my ego even more? Is it late January.... is it relative to 1984..... hmmm?  :troll:

About the Falcon/Hawk thing... I'm just too fucking used to saying Hawk, I'm kinda pissed at myself for it but I can't help it. I'll try to make the switch, though I guess in the end it's really not all that important.

When I heard we're over halfway done with the story I honestly had mixed feelings... I don't want this story to ever end... I don't know what I'd do if it did, but at the same time I need to know how everything turns out. Worst case scenario: We get to follow a brand new story from the master! Either way I win and lose I suppose.

I found it a bit surprising that he got his sense of achievement from Berserk's success... usually I relate a sense of achievement with personal satisfaction about something, not the reponses, though I'm sure it's probably a combination of both. He did say, "Besides, I can’t think of living any other life.", that sounds like personal satisfaction to me.

About his work schedule all I can do is salute the boss here. Bravo sir, you are a mangaka warrior to the heart! Take a vacation some time, man, you deserve it.

The artbook response made me a bit of a sad panda, but nothing too serious. We have a plenty of extremely talented artists here who color a lot of his work, and that sort of fills the gap for me... I wish I would've thought to recommend sending him some of it to see his response. How cool would that have been?  :carcus:

The Idea of Evil response was probably the most interesting for me.... I mean, wow, not really sure what to think of it at this point. Do we continue to discuss it as if ep. 83 is still valid? I'm starting to think not, but what else do we do? I hope he's got plans to fill this in, Berserk now seems more mysterious to me than it ever has before.

And finally, Berserk season 2? Ugggghhh... I really wish we'd get a definitive answer on this, or at least his opinion on the matter. I'll just cross my fingers and hope that he does have some idea of how he'd translate Berserk into another media that would be suitable for it. CGI like Advent Children (but better), maybe? Premium OVA's? My guess is we won't know the answer for a long, long time.

.................

What a badass for responding to us, and going through the trouble to talk in a simple way for us to understand. Long live Miura, long live SK.net!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Yami no Tsubasa on April 03, 2009, 09:16:24 PM
Pure gold over here guys. Congratulations to SK.net for such an achievement, this place definitely remains as the best Berserk site on the internet (and maybe the only one who has recieved a reply from Kentarou Miura himself in the last years).

Gratz again guys :badbone:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: jackson_hurley on April 03, 2009, 09:41:03 PM
This event is a must for the calendar! I hope it's already on it because that made Sknet History!  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Drakull on April 03, 2009, 09:47:32 PM
Replies are incredible, very good news at all  :ganishka: Thanks guys !
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Henry Spencer on April 03, 2009, 10:11:47 PM
Answers to question 3, 6, 9 and 10 made me go :isidro:

What a moment for any fanbase. Any fanbase, let alone from a creator from another country so far from us all being humble and kind enough answering the fan questions? Bet you guys feel really lucky. At first, I thought you were having us on for some late April Fool joke, but was I wrong. What else can be said, except, this would be a truly memorable moment for any fanbase, and of course it well and truly is.

Thank you, Walter, Aazealh and puella. You guys are now the best Berserk fans alive, know that and treasure it well. What a moment, wow.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Scorpio on April 04, 2009, 12:36:38 AM
It's been said a million times now, but wow, what a monumental occasion! Skullknight.net- number one source for news and interviews on Berserk!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 04, 2009, 02:54:01 AM
I'm already considering writing another letter thanking Miura and Shimada for the time they spent answering the questions. And Ive been racking my brain all day over what I could include as an _appropriate_ gift. I'm thinking emoticons will be involved somehow. I really want Miura to see them =).

If we could get Grovel's 9-year-old daughter to make another emoticon bookmark... (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9865.0) that'd be the ticket!

PS: Otherwise I may just get one of you guys to learn to cross stitch for us :void:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Black_Devil on April 04, 2009, 03:38:58 AM
Hahaha great work guys, makes me feel like less of a douche for posting yet another rumor the other day, never thought I'd see the site get an actual response from Miura due to his schedule good work to everyone who wrote, and a big thanks to puella for translating.  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: NightCrawler on April 04, 2009, 04:37:04 AM
I'm already considering writing another letter thanking Miura and Shimada for the time they spent answering the questions. And Ive been racking my brain all day over what I could include as an _appropriate_ gift. I'm thinking emoticons will be involved somehow. I really want Miura to see them =).

If we could get Grovel's 9-year-old daughter to make another emoticon bookmark... (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9865.0) that'd be the ticket!

PS: Otherwise I may just get one of you guys to learn to cross stitch for us :void:

I think the emoticon bookmark is a great idea.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Nomad on April 04, 2009, 04:56:36 AM
And Ive been racking my brain all day over what I could include as an _appropriate_ gift. I'm thinking emoticons will be involved somehow. I really want Miura to see them =).

  Quick suggestion, Personally as a community the best way to show appreciation is to send out a "best of SK.NET" package.  In detail, every art form that has been in this site since day one.  Funny, serious, artistic etc.  Heck even music if any.  Obviously the right thing to do would be to ask those who have donated their work, but given the fact that they_were given to this site... I am sure they wouldn't mind you admins were to share it with Miura & Co.  Again it's just a suggestion, but in my own personal opinion I think it's SK.NET showing it's quality to the ones responsible of this story in which we obviously love.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 04, 2009, 07:15:21 AM
When I heard we're over halfway done with the story I honestly had mixed feelings... I don't want this story to ever end... I don't know what I'd do if it did, but at the same time I need to know how everything turns out. Worst case scenario: We get to follow a brand new story from the master! Either way I win and lose I suppose.

Just think of the fact it'll take over 10 years. We have more than enough time to enjoy it.

I found it a bit surprising that he got his sense of achievement from Berserk's success... usually I relate a sense of achievement with personal satisfaction about something, not the reponses, though I'm sure it's probably a combination of both. He did say, "Besides, I can’t think of living any other life.", that sounds like personal satisfaction to me.

Yes, he's content with his life. And you have to put things in context: different culture, different way of expressing things. It's also a display of modesty.

The Idea of Evil response was probably the most interesting for me.... I mean, wow, not really sure what to think of it at this point. Do we continue to discuss it as if ep. 83 is still valid? I'm starting to think not, but what else do we do? I hope he's got plans to fill this in, Berserk now seems more mysterious to me than it ever has before.

We'd known from the start that it wasn't canon anymore though, so there's no point in acting surprised now. We can always use episode 83 as an aid to guess how things function at the core of the Berserk universe, but only as long as it doesn't directly contradict something in the actual story. And 83 mostly shines light on the Idea of Evil itself, so its removal doesn't affect the rest of the story too deeply. That answer was honestly not breaking news but more a confirmation of something we already knew.

Congratulations to SK.net for such an achievement, this place definitely remains as the best Berserk site on the internet (and maybe the only one who has recieved a reply from Kentarou Miura himself in the last years).

As far as I know, it's the only website to ever have received any letter at all.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: BLG on April 04, 2009, 07:46:03 AM
I, too, would like to thank Walter, the translators, and everybody involved in this great project. This is really a monumental achievement and I'm still amazed that we even got a reply. Truly fantastic! :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: asic on April 04, 2009, 07:50:34 AM
Really great guys  :guts: Amazing stuff! Thanks so much for this and SK.net
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: mega_devastation on April 04, 2009, 08:40:55 AM
wow this is incredible! thanks to everyone who made this possible, thank you Puella for your fine work in translation
the fact that the man works 16hrs a day and has no regrets is truely an inspiration for me! if i ever saw him in person i would instantly pull a mozgus face plant in front of him


Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Saeki on April 04, 2009, 01:56:37 PM
Wow guys, this is truly awesome.

You guys should start a "Writing Miura" skullknight.net tradition every year!  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 04, 2009, 02:31:31 PM
You guys should start a "Writing Miura" skullknight.net tradition every year!  :guts:
It's tempting, but I really don't want to overplay my hand here. If I write another followup letter soon, it will be directly to Shimada thanking him for taking the time to do the reply, and nothing more than that. I looked it up and he's been the editor of Berserk as far back as volume 7 (1993), possibly longer.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: royoak on April 04, 2009, 04:03:38 PM
Wow, that blows me away. I didn't expect any sort of reply at all, but this is as good as it gets.

You guys should start a "Writing Miura" skullknight.net tradition every year!  :guts:
No. That's definitely a no. We really shouldn't stretch our luck.

It's simply amazing how devoted Miura is towards his work and even more so after hearing it from himself.
to Q5: The answer seems quite simple, but I think it somehow shows Miura's confidence in his work and that he's got all well planned character- and story-wise.

Special thanks to Walter, Puella, Mr. Shimada and of course to Mr. Miura himself for sacrificing his time to answer the questions.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Eluvei on April 04, 2009, 04:30:28 PM
SEASON 2 CONFIRMED!  :troll:

Just kidding. Thanks to everyone at SK.net, this is really amazing.
I think you guys should send them something related to Schnoz! I bet they would love it!  :schnoz:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: fuxberg on April 04, 2009, 05:30:45 PM
Awesome.
SK.net rocks, and thanks to everyone that made it happen. :casca:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ersinus on April 04, 2009, 05:47:21 PM
Congratulations on this great achievement. Its great to see the author acknowledges his fans from abroad.

What impressed me most was his working hours. from 2.00 pm to 7.00 am. Just wow. :SK:

And season 2 likely to happen. Which is kick ass news! :ganishka: :ganishka: I hope it happens in near future.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 04, 2009, 06:26:07 PM
And season 2 likely to happen. Which is kick ass news!

That's not what was said. Just that more animated material is a possibility. In other words: nothing new. Maybe it will happen, maybe not. He didn't say it's likely to happen, and even if it does, it won't necessarily be a second season to the first TV series (in fact I'd say that would be unlikely).
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Henry Spencer on April 04, 2009, 09:32:37 PM
Mmm, lets not jump ahead here. Miura is obviously still on the fence regarding an animation series, which did surprise me. Makes me wonder if an animation series would actually be an advantage, could they honestly do a faithful adaptation of said material without many story concessions like what happened previously. I'm a bit on the fence with it myself.

Makes me wonder what they would do if they were if they decided to go through with another animation series. The animé series did sort of closed off any chance of Guts escaping, by not introducing the Skull Knight at all. So yeah, a continuation would prove to be most baffling. Perhaps they would adopt an OVA format covering the most important sections of the plot, starting the OVA from the beginning of the Eclipse (I doubt they would want to cover the entire Band of the Hawk story arc once more, unless it would be a complete reboot) and ignore all the riff raff found in the animation series, and actually include Skully into it this time? Just a theory on how they could do it.

Regarding saying thank you, perhaps you could send him a Beherit, granting him amazing powers. :carcus:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Eluvei on April 04, 2009, 10:26:49 PM
Mmm, lets not jump ahead here. Miura is obviously still on the fence regarding an animation series, which did surprise me.
I'm not sure if it's even completely up to Miura if the series is made or not.

The animé series did sort of closed off any chance of Guts escaping, by not introducing the Skull Knight at all.
Well, he escaped somehow. Remember the first episode? It's set after the Eclipse.

But let's not discuss this here. Actually, we shouldn't even discuss this at all since, like Aazealh said, there's no info about a new animation anyway.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: puella on April 04, 2009, 10:48:58 PM
The great thing is not only Miura's answers but also Mr. Shimada, who sent the letter to Walter with much care; writing in as plain a Japanese as possible, covering the letter with a plastic film, checking the box indicating "Young Animal" among the small ones on the envelope and even choosing a fast, very reliable and a bit expensive mailing delivery (EMS). Everything impresses me much. I feel like sending a box of wine bottle to the whole staff in the Young Animal department.

Why don't they sell Young Animal in France? Why? Why?  :judo:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Denial on April 05, 2009, 12:22:59 AM
Awesome stuff. Both glad and unhappy that we've got another 10 years to go. But hey, guess that will give me something to come back to in another 9!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Lithrael on April 05, 2009, 05:55:20 AM
Fantastic.  Just awesome!  And a pretty amazing honor. 

I wonder if Mr. Shimada was himself interested in hearing the answers, as well.   :carcus:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: smoke on April 05, 2009, 05:33:45 PM
Really cool stuff!

Can't say much that hasn't been said. Interesting read and something of an accomplishment for the site. Awesome.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Death May Die on April 06, 2009, 03:55:50 AM
This is so cool. Thanks Miura and everyone else who slapped this thing together. I'm very happy for his acknowledgement and respect towards foreign fans.

I found the entire thing immensely interesting. I find the possible 60-70% ratio pretty comforting. It seems he isn't too interested in the "idea of evil" beyond the lost episode. The possible 2nd season of anime is also a pretty good plus. I will keep praying for it.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 06, 2009, 07:10:18 AM
It seems he isn't too interested in the "idea of evil" beyond the lost episode.

I wouldn't say that. It's still the God of the Berserk world, and it was indirectly mentioned by Flora in volume 24 (as the master of both the beherits and the God Hand). What Miura hasn't decided on yet is whether it will make another direct appearance in the story or not.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: JK on April 06, 2009, 01:10:18 PM
I'm not into Berserk as much as many people here, but I'm still blown away. I had read that topic about writing Miura and I didn't pay any attention, because I was expecting by default that no reply would come.

Congratulations to all SK.net team! For a real fan, this is like calling out to God and having him actually respond you. lol!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Drakull on April 06, 2009, 01:55:08 PM
Walter, Can I quote this letter and translate it into French for the french Berserk community ? Of course with quote "from SK.Net" :)

Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: brinco on April 06, 2009, 02:30:09 PM
Thank you to all the people involved.  This is really great.  I agree with Puella that Mr. Shimada was really thoughtful and careful sending the reply (I thought that Walter put the letter in that plastic film).  Do you think they checked the site?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 06, 2009, 02:36:47 PM
Walter, Can I quote this letter and translate it into French for the french Berserk community ? Of course with quote "from SK.Net" :)
Sure, as long as you mention the questions were assembled by the community here, I say the more fans that read this the better.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 06, 2009, 04:49:49 PM
Do you think they checked the site?

There's no way to know. We regularly have visitors from Japan, but we couldn't easily identify them even if we wanted to.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Ramen4ever on April 06, 2009, 09:08:57 PM
Gone for a few days and this is what I miss. This is really great. Again, a thank you to everyone that was involved. I'd celebrate with some spirits but coffee will have to do for now.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 06, 2009, 09:44:32 PM
Gone for a few days and this is what I miss. This is really great. Again, a thank you to everyone that was involved. I'd celebrate with some spirits but coffee will have to do for now.

I thought you were really gone.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: CowTip on April 06, 2009, 09:49:28 PM
It's so rare to hear news about Berserk from the mouth of the man himself... this really is something. Thank you everyone who worked on getting this letter out. 60-70% complete... man, you never get people to answer questions like this. That had to be the best answer of the whole letter.

I'm also glad a lot of people have mentioned sending a follow-through thank you letter. Time was taken to respond to us and from the looks of things, everyone is definately grateful!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2009, 02:40:13 PM
Great news! Grovel's daughter has graciously agreed to provide her cross stitching services for another bookmark, this time as a gift to Miura in our follow-up thank-you letter.

Please thank him and his daughter by PM, but dont flood the thread with them. What I WOULD like from you guys though is your choice on 6-7 emoticons to fill the bookmark up. Here's my choice as an example:

 :guts:  :griffnotevil:  :badbone:  :void:  :zodd:   :idea:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 07, 2009, 02:46:04 PM
Please thank him and his daughter by PM, but dont flood the thread with them. What I WOULD like from you guys though is your choice on 6-7 emoticons to fill the bookmark up.

I say: :guts:  :griffnotevil:  :badbone:  :void:  :zodd:  :puck:  :schnoz:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Griffith on April 07, 2009, 05:12:02 PM
 :puck:
 :SK:
 :zodd:
 :guts:
 :griff:
 :void:

I'm going with the original for now (I'd love to see Azantoo though).
What about two bookmarks, one for good guys and one for bad guys? =)
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2009, 05:19:39 PM
What about two bookmarks, one for good guys and one for bad guys? =)
Ooooooh I like the idea. But I don't want to make our request a burden for Grovel's daughter.

 :guts:       :griffnotevil:
 :casca:       :ganishka:
 :serpico:        :rakshas:
 :schierke:       :daiba:
 :azan:       :zodd:
 :puck:       :beast:
 :badbone:        :void:

The dream team bookmark.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on April 07, 2009, 06:06:29 PM
Here are my picks!

:guts:

:griff:

:SK:

:void:

:zodd:

:???:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grovel on April 07, 2009, 07:21:32 PM
What about two bookmarks, one for good guys and one for bad guys? =)

What sort of time factor are we looking at? She may be happy to do two (can't ask her tonight as she is at her friends house having a sleepover), but obviously two will take at least twice as long to make. The other factor to bear in mind is that by the time she had finished my bookmark, her interest had started to fade a little so Void is not quite as well represented as he should have been! I would like this one to be as good as possible so it may be best to stick with just the one bookmark.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 07, 2009, 07:37:42 PM
What sort of time factor are we looking at? She may be happy to do two (can't ask her tonight as she is at her friends house having a sleepover), but obviously two will take at least twice as long to make. The other factor to bear in mind is that by the time she had finished my bookmark, her interest had started to fade a little so Void is not quite as well represented as he should have been! I would like this one to be as good as possible so it may be best to stick with just the one bookmark.
I completely understand. I'm just thankful she's willing to take on this project at all, and I'm very grateful to her.

Here's my final choice:
 :guts:
 :griffnotevil:
 :badbone:
 :void:
 :zodd:
 :azan:
 :puck:

If anyone outright rejects this selection, please say so.

I'd like to include Schnoz as well, but I'm not sure he'd look very good on a bookmark, since most of him is out-of-frame.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: NightCrawler on April 08, 2009, 10:43:48 AM
Only guys? Casca must fit in there somewhere.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: asic on April 08, 2009, 05:13:58 PM
here's what I got

:guts:

:casca:

:schierke:

:SK:

:void:

:zodd:

:griffnotevil:

about your final choice it would be nice to see Casca there like NightCrawler said
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Knight on April 08, 2009, 06:18:57 PM
Ups. And where is Puck?)) Miura like him.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: BLG on April 08, 2009, 06:57:27 PM
I say :puck: :guts: :void: :zodd: and either :badbone: or :SK: are a must, and I think we ought to have Griffith too, so lets throw in :griff: or :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jaze1618 on April 08, 2009, 07:50:06 PM
Walter I like your list. The casca emoticon IMO is not that good. It's too bad someone like Schierke can't be in there to represent the women but I think the list is good as it is there are a lot of good picks to choose from.

Judeau would kind of be a funny one to have in there but IMO the list is good as is.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on April 08, 2009, 09:18:58 PM
The casca emoticon IMO is not that good.

Blasphemy! :azan:

Seriously, though, why would you even say that?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on April 08, 2009, 09:28:38 PM
Judeau would kind of be a funny one to have in there but IMO the list is good as is.

That emoticon is only funny because of what it represents to us: all the people lamenting his death through the years this site has existed. Outside of that context it makes no sense at all.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on April 09, 2009, 02:23:20 AM
Sorry, this has to get done soon, so I'm putting my foot down. The Casca emoticon is comparatively crude next to the others. Schierke will represent the females. This is the final selection.

 :puck:
 :guts:
 :griffnotevil:
 :schierke:
 :badbone:
 :void:
 :zodd:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grovel on April 09, 2009, 05:58:49 AM
Sorry, this has to get done soon, so I'm putting my foot down. The Casca emoticon is comparatively crude next to the others. Schierke will represent the females. This is the final selection.

I'll start 'cracking the whip' and start my daughter on it today!  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Smith on April 16, 2009, 07:27:15 PM
My jaw did drop when I saw this... This is considered a miracle, he replied!!!

Congratulation to every fan of berserk, all thanks to the members of SK.net that made it happen...

So we all know, Berserk might just end roughly after volume 50... That is an answer I never imagined would be answered!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Proj2501 on May 02, 2009, 01:55:27 PM
I'm not sure if I congratulated everyone associated with this letter. If I didn't, my apologies. It's really an amazing feat.
What is so nuts is that Miura took time to answer these questions at one of the most pivotal times in Berserk history.
That's got to make you all feel good.

Congratulations! Your dedication to all things Berserk enriches this site and it's members.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: bardoftheberserk on May 12, 2009, 06:37:11 AM
First and foremost,

Major props and infinite thanks to Walter, Puella, and Aaz for sending a letter out a letter to :miura: and another infinite thanks to :miura: for replying.

Secondly,

I don't mean to open this can of worms but with miuras comment of Berserk being 60% to 70% complete imply that he does have an ending planned out or is he still trying to make his mind up?  The reason I'm asking is because I've always been under the impression that he has had the ending planned out many years in advance, otherwise why else would an author(:miura:) have so much foreshadowing of events to come(aside from leaving more storyline options available)?  But also given his comments of that he wasn't sure if we would see the idea of evil again makes me wonder if he truly has an ending in mind.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on May 12, 2009, 08:58:49 AM
I don't mean to open this can of worms but with miuras comment of Berserk being 60% to 70% complete imply that he does have an ending planned out or is he still trying to make his mind up?  The reason I'm asking is because I've always been under the impression that he has had the ending planned out many years in advance, otherwise why else would an author(:miura:) have so much foreshadowing of events to come(aside from leaving more storyline options available)?  But also given his comments of that he wasn't sure if we would see the idea of evil again makes me wonder if he truly has an ending in mind.

You shouldn't think of it that way. There's no doubt that Miura has a general plan for how the story will progress and end. But he can't plan every little detail in advance. Those are finalized as the story progresses, during his breaks. A good example is the Golden Age arc. He meant to do a flashback, but it ended up lasting longer than what he had originally intended. It's the same for everything. Maybe he didn't think it'd take Guts this long to reach Elfhelm originally, or maybe he had thought things would go differently along the way at first (see this illustration for example, Azan tagging along with the group and all) (http://skullknight.net/images/dia01nenga.jpg).

So there you have it. Maybe the group's stay in Elfhelm will last longer than Miura expected. Maybe something else will. Maybe he'll decide to include certain flashbacks and to flesh them out, or maybe not. The general direction of the story is set, but some of the technicalities will only be decided years from now.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Oburi on May 12, 2009, 11:48:31 PM
(see this illustration for example, Azan tagging along with the group and all) (http://skullknight.net/images/dia01nenga.jpg).

Why haven't I seen that before?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on May 13, 2009, 12:04:44 AM
Why haven't I seen that before?
You're not ancient like us  :SK:

It's one of the many New Year's cards Miura sends out to fans on his mailing list. Now that he's received my letter and responded, I hope I get something special this January :schnoz:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Uriel on May 13, 2009, 01:10:53 AM
I'm so late for this....

.... but I am moved to tears.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on May 13, 2009, 07:06:34 AM
Why haven't I seen that before?

There are many things you haven't seen.

It's one of the many New Year's cards Miura sends out to fans on his mailing list. Now that he's received my letter and responded, I hope I get something special this January :schnoz:

You already got something very very special! :azan:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Clawed The Bum on May 14, 2009, 08:17:36 PM
Amazing, thanks to everyone involved with this awesomeness.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2009, 08:22:39 PM
Grovel informed me the bookmark is coming along. So we should really start drawing up exactly how we're going to respond to Miura in the follow-up letter. I personally don't think we should be too overbearing this time. I really just want to thank him for spending the time to reply and give him some praise for the recent action in the series -- letting him know we're on board despite the many detractors that cropped up during the extended break.

But even that may be a little too much  :carcus:.

I really just want to say: "Miura, thanks."
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Henry Spencer on May 14, 2009, 08:50:25 PM
I do think a bigger thanks for him actually replying to you is more than welcome, actually. Most authors wouldn't even bother. Miura is special, we have to let him know just how much. :slan: :casca:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Slime_Beherit on May 14, 2009, 08:56:47 PM
Grovel informed me the bookmark is coming along. So we should really start drawing up exactly how we're going to respond to Miura in the follow-up letter. I personally don't think we should be too overbearing this time. I really just want to thank him for spending the time to reply and give him some praise for the recent action in the series -- letting him know we're on board despite the many detractors that cropped up during the extended break.

But even that may be a little too much  :carcus:.

I really just want to say: "Miura, thanks."

I agree with it just being a big "thank you", we were lucky enough to get a response, I think it would be rude to ask more questions(at least this soon), especially when the letter itself says that he hardly responds to letters. Let's not insult this gold nugget he gave us by asking for more
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2009, 09:25:25 PM
Let's not insult this gold nugget he gave us by asking for more
Precisely. It should be brief and to the point and ask nothing in reply.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Henry Spencer on May 15, 2009, 04:38:54 PM
"Um, Mr. Miura, please can I find out what happens to Skull Knight, Ganishka, Zodd, Rakshas and Femto?" :schnoz:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Slan_wings on May 15, 2009, 08:21:44 PM
Maybe you can send miura something with the thank you as well like some fan art done well in oil painting.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on May 15, 2009, 08:25:20 PM
Maybe you can send miura something with the thank you as well like some fan art done well in oil painting.

We have already discussed this, agreed on something and it's being done at the moment.

Grovel informed me the bookmark is coming along.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jaze1618 on May 15, 2009, 08:57:44 PM
In addition to the bookmark, how much would it cost, Assuming vee was a willing participant, to make a decent sized copy of the amazing Zodd on horseback oilpainting that vee did, near the end of his thread in creation station, and send that to Miura?]

Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on May 29, 2009, 11:27:54 PM
Bookmark has arrived!  Thanks to Grovel and his daughter for this masterpiece! This little thing is just awesome  :badbone: She did a great job maintaining the correct colors of the emoticons and of course the pixel-perfect job of recreating them in stitches.

(http://skullknight.net/images/bookmark1.jpg)

Now I just have to draft the response letter and it and this amazing gift will be off to Miura, where he will hopefully use it in the future.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 29, 2009, 11:30:02 PM
Good! I"m pretty sure he will appreciate it. Thanks to Grovel and of course his daughter for the time and effort she put in :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Oburi on May 29, 2009, 11:34:17 PM
Wow thats amazing! Nice job and Thank you Grovel!!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on June 01, 2009, 01:44:11 AM
Here's what I have so far for the reply letter.

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To Miura Kentarou and Shimada Akira,

The members of Skullknight.net and I would like to express our extreme gratitude for the effort spent in answering our questions. Mr. Shimada, your gracious reply was certainly more than we expected, and we were truly humbled by it.

We would like to take this chance to congratulate Miura on his achievement in the series recently. We are simply breathless over the direction Miura has taken Berserk. I've been reading it episodically since 2000 and this is one of the most exciting periods I can recall. Simply outstanding work. You perpetually have us on the edge of our seats!

As a show of our respect and admiration for Miura's work, we have attached a bookmark the daughter of one of our members created for him. It features six of the emoticons we made for the forum here. We hope you find a good use for the bookmark and enjoy the emoticons!

Sincerely,
Frank ("Walter") Smith & the Skullknight.net community

Anything more to add? Anything to take away?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on June 01, 2009, 02:15:09 AM
Looks great, Wally, but this caught my eye:

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We would like to take this chance to congratulate Miura on his achievement in the series recently. We are simply breathless over the direction Miura has taken the series recently. I've been reading Berserk episodically since 2000 and this is one of the most exciting periods I can recall. Simply outstanding work. You perpetually have us on the edge of our seats!

You might want to take one of those out to make it a bit smoother. I'm sure Miura will really enjoy the bookmark. :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on June 01, 2009, 02:16:04 AM
Hehe yeah, I just caught it as well. Just a remnant from a rewrite. Fixed!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Jaze1618 on June 01, 2009, 03:01:01 AM
Thanks guys, for doing so much, I think the letter looks good.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grovel on June 01, 2009, 05:43:30 AM
Letter looks fine to me, thanks for the comments on the bookmark - will pass them on to my daughter  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on June 01, 2009, 08:20:12 AM
Here's what I have so far for the reply letter.

Anything more to add? Anything to take away?

Sounds good to me right now.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: m on June 01, 2009, 06:23:20 PM

It gives me the impression that Mr. Shimada had a lot to do with getting a response for SK.net's letter and yet this new letter only includes a present for the big guy, to me that could be taken as a little rude, maybe. Or maybe I'm just crazy.

Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Oburi on June 01, 2009, 06:25:48 PM
It gives me the impression that Mr. Shimada had a lot to do with getting a response for SK.net's letter and yet this new letter only includes a present for the big guy, to me that could be taken as a little rude, maybe. Or maybe I'm just crazy.



I think Mr. Shimada will understand, thats his job. He doesn't write Berserk, Miura does.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on June 03, 2009, 02:15:11 AM
Sounds good to me right now.
Ok then I consider it done and I just need to request Puella to translate it when she can find the time. Pleeeeeease Puella?  :sad:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: theblackswordman on June 03, 2009, 12:40:13 PM
Wow! First of all, let me congratulate everyone with Kentarō Miura samas reply (I know Im late). Sk.net is indeed the best Berserk forum, and we are indeed honored (and lucky) to get response at all. Great efforts from Pualla and Walter, and Grovels 9 old year daughter who took time to make a bookmark for Mr. Miura, and I would like to thank everyone else I forgot to mention.

Too bad theyre not making another artbook. I really hope Miura San changes his mind, if he ever find out he has the time and capacity to do it.

Its great that Berserk is more than halfway its storyline. No someone might chime in and say that 10-15 years is a long time to Berserk to end, but hey, 10 years with Berserk is hell better than 5 years then nothing- and no more excitement for each episode, right? Right? And we ll look forward to other works from Kentarō Miura after Berserk is complete.

And it is also great that there is a posibility of a second season of Berserk anime, although I it is highly unlikely for reasons most of us know. But we will always welcome a new, remade Berserk anime that actually follows the manga (but ofcourse keep the soundtrack). (Remember Hellsing, and Hellsing Ultimate?).

Miuras response is gold, and like someone already said, the thank you reply shouldnt be pain to read and it shouldnt be too long. The thank you letter looks great as it is. Not too short, not too complicated, and not too long ofcourse. I dont know if other forums ever wrote Miura and got answered, I hope that Miura will know how much we appreciate it, and I hope he likes the thank you reply, and keep it close to his office, studio, or whatever.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on June 03, 2009, 03:24:32 PM
And it is also great that there is a posibility of a second season of Berserk anime, although I it is highly unlikely for reasons most of us know. But we will always welcome a new, remade Berserk anime that actually follows the manga (but ofcourse keep the soundtrack). (Remember Hellsing, and Hellsing Ultimate?).

If they were to make another anime adaptation of Berserk, they wouldn't keep the old soundtrack. Hellsing Ultimate has a different soundtrack than the first Hellsing anime.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: theblackswordman on June 03, 2009, 04:16:47 PM
If they were to make another anime adaptation of Berserk, they wouldn't keep the old soundtrack. Hellsing Ultimate has a different soundtrack than the first Hellsing anime.

That was not my point. I'm absolutely aware that Hellsing Ultimate has different soundtrack. But I think it would be nice to either keep it, or just sort-of-remake it (I know, that would be a sin) and stick to the dark electronic music type. Or simply, if there's no other way, do something new and different. I know it's impossible anyone to be even close to Susumu Hirasawa. Anyway, it's too early to discuss it, and I really shouldn't have brought it up.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on June 24, 2009, 10:28:10 PM
Puella finished the translation in time for our official response letter to be sent out this week. So this [Translated in Japanese by Puella for only a jar of pickles! (there's more where that came from!)]  :

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To Miura Kentarou and Shimada Akira,

The members of Skullknight.net and I would like to express our extreme gratitude for the effort spent in answering our questions. Mr. Shimada, your gracious reply was certainly more than we expected, and we were truly humbled by it.

We would like to take this chance to congratulate Miura on his achievement in the series recently. We are simply breathless over the direction Miura has taken Berserk. I've been reading it episodically since 2000 and this is one of the most exciting periods I can recall. Simply outstanding work. You perpetually have us on the edge of our seats!

As a show of our respect and admiration for Miura's work, we have attached a bookmark the daughter of one of our members created for him. It features six of the emoticons we made for the forum here. We hope you find a good use for the bookmark and enjoy the emoticons!

Sincerely,
Frank ("Walter") Smith & the Skullknight.net community

Will be sent along with the bookmark made by Grovel's adorable daughter Leah. I made it into a sort of mini book for Miura to open, based on the cardboard packaging Grovel used to keep the bookmark safe.

(http://skullknight.net/images/bookmarkshipping.jpg)

Please direct all thanks to Puella, Leah and Grovel for their work in making this second letter happen.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 24, 2009, 10:42:41 PM


That's pretty nice. Thanks to Grovel's daughter for doing that for Sk.net.  :guts:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: slan69 on June 24, 2009, 11:13:57 PM
Wow Grovel your daughter sure is talented and very adorable. :slan: By the way thanks to you all for your hard work on this letter. It is truly amazing that you guys are doing this and we get to see it as well. :casca:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grail on June 24, 2009, 11:25:46 PM
That's going to make for a very cute present, thanks to Leah for continuing to lend the board her talent. :serpico: And congrats again to everyone who was involved with the letter!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Rhombaad on June 24, 2009, 11:49:41 PM
Thanks for your hard work Puella, Leah and Grovel, I'm sure Miura will more than appreciate the bookmark!
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Dar Klink on June 25, 2009, 12:27:10 AM
Oh wow! That bookmark is phenomenal Grovel, tell Leah she's made quite a few fans online because of it.  :guts: Thanks Puella for all the translating you've done for this and thanks Walter for putting this all together. I just hope the first thing Miura thinks when he opens it isn't, "Wow, they let their kids read Berserk?"  :ganishka: Kidding aside, I'm sure Miura will love it, and maybe Walter will get added to his New Year's card list!  :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on June 25, 2009, 12:38:12 AM
Good job to everyone that took part in working on this thank you letter.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Death May Die on June 25, 2009, 05:00:39 AM
Thanks you Puella for the translations, Grovel and Leah for the great bookmark. This is awesome!  :serpico:
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Aazealh on June 25, 2009, 06:48:51 AM
An overall great effort from everyone involved. I think we can rightfully be proud of ourselves.

maybe Walter will get added to his Christmas card list!  :serpico:

He sends cards for the new year, not for Christmas.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Grovel on June 27, 2009, 12:23:09 PM
Thanks for all your kind words on behalf of my daughter Leah.

It means a lot for her (and me!) to have such nice comments. I feel very proud knowing that Miura will receive something made by my little girl.

Also many thanks to Puella and of course Walter.
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Salibu on June 16, 2014, 09:45:49 PM
Was there ever a response to the thank you letter and the bookmark?
Title: Re: Writing Miura
Post by: Walter on June 16, 2014, 09:47:17 PM
Was there ever a response to the thank you letter and the bookmark?

Nope, and I didn't expect there to be one.