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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 14, 2008, 03:40:58 PM »
As much as I love the bastard, I can't honestly see Griffith 'redeemed' or being sympathetic again until.. probably near the end of manga? :/

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 11, 2008, 09:37:52 PM »
at the risk of sounding perverted, it looks like his has a giant wolf penis...

:beast: :carcus:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 11, 2008, 12:50:37 AM »
Hmm, what you're saying here bothers me a bit. I mean the vocabulary you're using (laws that break down). We can't really say that there was an actual law preventing humans and apostles from teaming up, and we've had examples of it happening before (at least apostles leading humans). So while what's happening now is unprecedented (from what we've seen, that is) and may indeed equate to a change in the "human world", I believe it's a bit risky to directly relate it to notions that seem to refer to actual fundamental rules in the world (like the separation of the spiritual and material layers of the world) and not just to human societies. That makes me think your formulation might be confusing if not erroneous. In any case it's a tricky topic.

I agree the vocabulary was a stretch, hence partly why I put it in quotes, but I did want to make that connection to what Sonia said. I meant more an indirect relation to the social norms/conventions that would govern a human-apostle interaction, but I can see where it'd be confusing or erroneous.

Nah, he was just a tyrant and they treated him as such. He held them in place with fear, and he was helped in that by his underlings (who ignored his true nature). I don't think it's comparable to what creampuff_war and I were talking about.

I was relating him to a dystopian Berserk future, since his example contained the ideas of fear and offering up sacrifices. You're right though, they don't treat him as a demigod figure. But with the nature of apostles revealed, that tyrant status could extend to tyrant demigod status for apostles like him. Anyway, that has nothing to do with the apostle-gods living harmoniously with humans idea so I'll drop it there.

I don't think you understand the extent of it. What you've quoted is nothing, not even the tip of the iceberg. He's talked about it many times in the past. Here's a short comic to illustrate:

I didn't know the extent, no. Thank you. But the reason I wanted to quote that particular bit was because it was another interpretation on his loneliness. It was more a suggestion that his isolation was essential and contributed to his perspective as an artist.

On a related note, he's tackled loneliness on different levels in Berserk--Guts in his Black Swordsman years, Griffith and his "loneliness at the top", Serpico and Farnese's loneliness. He himself having a conception of loneliness, I think, is helpful in exploring that topic in his work.

Anyway, the perspective outside of the social heirarchy is neither a good nor bad thing in my opinion, and I believe it's helpful to him as he himself stated in that interview. But in the end, I do worry for him. The "bored and lonely these days" line sounded somehow foreboding when I first read it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:36:10 PM »
Its sad to read that Miura is sad and lonely. I guess popularity and fan-base can't replace for companionship. The feelings probably only heighten in the holiday season.


Hmm, he's talked about loneliness before:

Quote from: DVD Interview
An average working man living in an average world would have a personal problem. He'd be worried about how his kids are doing in school. But I live in isolation, watching the world only on the news on TV so I start to see the bigger picture. I can look at the world from another angle.

I agree, though, it made me wonder when I read that in the original post. Maybe we'll get to see more happy family time in the coming episodes.   \:guts::serpico:/

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 10, 2008, 02:52:57 PM »
The apostles are still means to an end, and we don't know what that end is. With fear and confusion running through the humans and the spectacle of Ganishka and seeing the apostles transform for the first time, the "laws" governing the separation between humans and monsters might've "broken down", but we can't say for sure that any cooperation between them will last afterwards. They just saw an inspiring display by Sonia and are in the generally inspiring presence of Griffith, so the "laws" might be overwhelmed for the time being by the force of their personalities and the general adrenaline rush, but once everything's settled down and an apostle decides to snack/rape a village girl, any sort of camaraderie will be overturned.

As for apostles subjugating humans, that might happen. The Snake Baron's subordinates did treat him like a demigod. Only difference now is they'd be out in the open.

Anyway, Sonia's prophetic words imply a profound change to the structure of the world, so we can't really be sure what'll come out of the chaos of this situation.

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: December 10, 2008, 02:13:57 PM »
The Azan emoticon looks great; very compact, polished and professional. There's a difference from the older ones in how well the characterizing detail is packed into the small space while retaining an "emoticon" look. Carcus is still the best, though.

Also, as a favor to me, try not to abuse the use of these things, like for situations that don't warrant it.
I'd like to emphasize this. Using them in the proper context is what makes those emoticons great. For example, spamming the troll emoticon (which is supposed to imply a trollish comment) just ruins it, and can even confuse other members over your intentions.

I changed my troll emoticon in the 301 thread to something more appropriate.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 301
« on: December 09, 2008, 09:01:53 PM »
Looks like Sonia's got a new mount. Although that fourth panel down makes it seem the other way around. :ganishka:

Character Cove / Re: Second-Favorite Berserk Character (2008 edition!)
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:14:36 PM »
Missing Sonia?

I have a few current favorites:

Serpico - Would probably get my vote. I like the subtle transition he's undergoing from cold to caring (with regards to Guts specifically). I also like the analogy of him being buried under snow (the childhood episodes), and the shutting off of his emotions and forming a cold shell. He's smiling a lot more these days (crow's nest scene) and he seems more free, more in line with the "surrounded by wind" analogy. He has a pleasing design, artwise.

Schierke - To me she is the latest embodiment (paired with Guts) of an underlying theme in Berserk, which is the contrasting juxtaposition of innocent/naive/cute with grim/macabre/mature, and of course the overarching theme of light vs. dark. She is not just an "innocent", though, as Jill was in the Lost Children chapter. Her training and upbringing allows her a uniquely mature and experienced role, and lets her be an "equal" with Guts (confronting him, scolding him, sharing mind and body with him), which goes with Flora's telling her that their fates are tied.

Farnese - I think I'm going too deep with these. She's a complex character with a lot of depth and a lot to offer the group and the story.

Roderick - Didn't like him at first. Really growing on me. He's a charmer. The sea episodes really clinched it, but he'd already shown depth of character (watching out for Isidro) before then.

Isidro - He's a kid. And he's awesomely exemplary of that. The "annoyingness" is part of it?

Irvine - I really dig his apostle form. Unexpected but appropriate; to me that's a hallmark of good storytelling.

Sonia - Also an awesome kid and exemplary of that stage of life. She has a nice parallel with Schierke and the whole "cute within the macabre" theme. She's also talented and "mature" in her own way. And she's hard to predict, which I think makes for a great character.

Anyway, I'll choose Schierke instead of pushing Serpico into the lead.

[Edit] My overall favorite is Griffith, followed by Guts. But they're out of this vote for me.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: 2008 Presidential Election
« on: November 05, 2008, 12:35:06 PM »
Still, many around the world found Obama’s international roots — his father was Kenyan, and he lived four years in Indonesia as a child — compelling and attractive.

In Jakarta, hundreds of students at his former elementary school gathered around a television set to watch as results came in, erupting in cheers when he was declared winner and then pouring into the courtyard where they hugged each other and danced in the rain.

Four years in a third-world country as a child might indicate he's got the credentials not to be another ethnocentrist American president.

Whether or not his policies are successful, and regardless of his politics as a whole, this election has had a profound impact on the state of American politics and enthusiasm for America's position in the world. America is either cheering or bitter tonight, but soon things will settle down and everyone will see exactly what has transpired and what it means for them, individually and as a nation. History is marked by key events that set the world in motion. :griff: Here's to this being one of them.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: 2008 Presidential Election
« on: November 01, 2008, 09:25:05 PM »
In light of the ignorance and bigotry displayed by parts of the McCain camp (and parts of the Obama camp, too) this interview is a bit of a refresher:

Two more well-articulated ladies:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:what the fuck happened?
« on: January 21, 2004, 11:02:20 PM »
Glad to see you back, kimchan. See, things turned out ok in the end. =]

I'm personally glad for the whole SKuLL LoRD episode. And I can't help think about how Berserk it all got. The whole board turned into a wasteland, people losing hope, and suddenly a white hawk coming down and sweeping it all away. Now the masses are happily content and everything's back to normal and things are happily moving along. All this set in motion by the forces driving this board (perhaps to wring out the negativity and accumulated stupidity for a cathartic fresh start) and with Griffith back now as the G that he was, it all seems to be falling into place, in the manga and on the board. =)

But I think a few of us will miss him, as a person, and he will be remembered, and not as some annoying, bad grammared idiot as some people still think of him, but as the awesome sweeping sensation who turned stupidity and violence and retarded Skeletor infused anger into an art form. His legend will truly live on. In all of us. And maybe it will surface again, some day, as all eventual things will.

So Zanza, Smith, all yous better be watching your mouth. SKuLL LoRD is watching joo. ;)

Current Episodes / Re:Episode 233
« on: January 10, 2004, 04:20:05 PM »
others would only burden and hender his abilitys

I wonder if they really will... after all, Serpico's help was overall beneficial in the troll scouring episodes. I think a small band of highly skilled warriors is what Guts needs; a counterpoint to the brutish apostle masses of Griffith's army. He needs manpower for the job, but then again I don't see him commanding a large army against Griffith. I do see him though, with a quick and agile group, one that can strike quickly, precisely, and retreat if need be (much like his original team of raiders in the Hawks :)). His band with the addition of Silatt would be well tailored to that style.

Another thing that gets me is that Griffith commands his armies through sheer force of charisma... and their loyalty to him is as inevitable as if their fate strings were pulled to him by force. With Guts' band on the other hand, the connections are deeper, much more subtle, more complex and not so easily forged. Even now, they're in the process of being developed, the reasons for banding together are still being felt out. These reasons have an underlying theme which is integral to the story as a whole. The reason Farnese joins him is to escape from the sheer absolute of the church and to find some reason of worth for herself. Isidro also wants to prove himself, also a struggler and a rebel against what society or an overlying power would dictate for him. Schierke continually questions whether her destiny is with Guts, questioning what she sees before her: a band of strugglers against destiny itself. And now with Silatt that theme could continue; a man whose peoples were caught up and swept up under destiny's flows, a man who resents bowing to a rule of terror and thereby to one of charisma or an otherwise dominant will, a man who also might be a struggler himself...

I'd like to see the complexities that might be stirred if he were to join with Guts. The already developing connections between the members of his band would have to further establish themselves and become more defined in order to accept a new member into the group--they would have to find some common ground besides a common enemy to oppose. So it'd be a great opportunity for the characters to be developed and thereby the underlying themes that they represent to be grounded even more. So yes... I think Silatt being drawn to Guts, as opposed to Griffith or anyone else, (he never thought much of Griff's prettyboy charisma anyway =p) would be perfectly awesome to look forward to. =]

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:This board is fucked.
« on: January 09, 2004, 08:50:28 AM »
She smacked me down so hard I had to go cry for a few days.



Stupid people, stupid discussions that have nothing to do with Berserk.  That's what everyone thinks the problem is (hell, it *is* the problem).  Most of the people who actually had something to add left a while ago.  

There won't be any scans unless someone else takes over, so there's another problem I guess.  And of course, what few attempts at speculation we have are either incredibly retarded, repeats of stuff dicussed millions of times, or just turns into an argument that has nothing to do with, well, anything.

I'm assuming you haven't been here long enough to notice or something, it has gotten pretty bad.  But, I'm not sure I actually care either way.  ::)

You're still complaining about stupid people!? They ruined your precious forum utopia a long time ago. So something as silly as that is not the issue here. People are all worked up and bothered because of something greater in scope. Greater then stupid people!? What's greater than stupid people? I tell you what. All the pent up negativity, ignorance and malcontent that's been festering since forever is finally being squeezed out into the open. The rules are being broken down. The old order has collapsed and new power struggles are being born (which is pissing off the lackeys I might add since their hard earned reputations, their dependance, their whole way of life upon is spiralling down the hole). And note only the lackeys are getting their panties in a bunch and not the original baddies who don't need that kind of pseudo intellectual forum society bullshit to be the badasses they already are. And then there are the oblivious ones who don't realize diddlysquat about anything and keep going as if nothing has happened at all. Things are stirring now that have lain hidden and waiting for who knows how long. Ooh there's some Berserk for ya! The blind sheep are running around confused while the black sheep are getting excited. Ahahaha. Or maybe I'm just glorifying my current annoyance too much. Ahahahah. Anyway, if the board's been fucked then it's been fucked in a good way.

And Saiya will have his internet up sooner or later so that's not a problem, Miss Rollingmyeyesbecauseimbettarthenyou.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:This board is fucked.
« on: January 06, 2004, 09:43:04 PM »
Wow... first off, SKuLL LoRD, I love you.

But I've been hearing a lot of crapulence... the board has gone to shit and blah blah blah. What's pissing all you pissants off into the toilet bowl? I don't see anything -wrong- with the board. All the functional aspects are still here. Saiya's still posting scans, Olivier's still giving us previews, speculation can still be speculated. So what's the big fuss? All I've seen is people whining and complaining. No one says exactly -what's- gone to shit, they just spew out these cynical sighs of malcontent that have no point and accomplish nothing besides furthering the -illusion- that stuff actually has gone to shit. All this drama and theatrics are nothing but that; drama and theatrics. If you can't see through it then that's your malfunction. For the lesser of you maggots, that means don't take stuff on a message board so seriously. Just sit back relax and enjoy the show if you can't take part in it. So what if there isn't any speculation going on right now? It'll come back when the time is right. There hasn't been much to speculate on anyway; it's all been foreplay and battle sequence. The plot's just beginning to twist and develop. There's the whole Silatt and Rakshas and choosing sides deal coming up. Plenty of juicy speculation there. And it'll happen, maggots, it'll happen. So quit your complaining and watch SKuLL LoRD ban someone or something totally cool like that. It's quality entertainment.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:JOIN THE SKuLL LoRD.nEt ARMY
« on: December 29, 2003, 02:54:16 PM »
This whole conspiracy theory thing is just farfetched bs in my opinion.

Now that you've gone and ruined it you meanie you. =[

And don't call Mr. Femt0 dumb! Unless you considered his biting criticism that one time to be dumb...

Anyway, he lurked after that unsavory episode...
I knew it, you guys just can't stop talking about me. 8)

...back into the shadows, for now...

...and he waited for the opportune moment, and then made the transformation. Aided with a promotion. There was none of this account taking over bullcrap or whatever. Or maybe there was, who knows? Ahahah. Erm. Anyway. What followed was a glorious and grand ascension to powa. Aided by his oh so lacking social skills. Ahaha don't hurt me! :-X

And now, tEh SKuLL LoRD rocks the ballz offa dis heezay fo sho.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:JOIN THE SKuLL LoRD.nEt ARMY
« on: December 28, 2003, 09:59:54 AM »
Omg now who's Radzeke!?!??!

The conspiracy deepens.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:JOIN THE SKuLL LoRD.nEt ARMY
« on: December 27, 2003, 01:04:38 PM »
I had my suspicions back when Skully did the Griff/Guts final battal scene. The drawing style was strikingly similar with Griffith's oekaki final battal. Though SKuLL LoRD's style was much better developed. Ahah. Erm. And yes! The same account for the pictures. Noticed that too! What's up with that!?

But the strongest piece of evidence yet...

This pic done by Griffith himself, taken from a while back:

Griffith that dirty old man! He had his eyes set on Kimchan all along!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:GAYFFIFFITH = GONE CHARLIE!!!
« on: December 20, 2003, 05:36:23 AM »

Filthy lies, my sheeps. Griffith has deserted you.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:make it KRUNK!
« on: December 18, 2003, 07:06:53 PM »
ahhhhhh, i see now. call mangy kid sick, twisted, fucked up, beaten or sexually abused as a kid, mentally deranged, angry, retarded etc; he doesnt mind at all, in fact i think he likes being known like that, even if people like him for it or not.
though that was already clear, but elhinnaw stumbled acrosss something interesting;  

god help anyone that suggests he isnt original, you like to be known as a unique crazy snow flake dont you mangy, which is quiet clearly why you make these subjects of nothing, you long to be one of a kind in your own fucked way, correct?

i personally wouldnt ask you like some others if you were beaten as a child to go this far, though i would ask if you were neglected as a child, or the attention you recieved wasnt extreme enough, then you found attention was pointed to you when you would speak and write on forums the first uninhibited and stupidest thing that comes to your mind.


Brilliant psychoanalysis there, Freud.

So while you 'debate' the more worthwhile topics on this board, stroking your lengthy beards, Mangy's been a sad sad lonely little boy. He's been sooo deprived as a child that he needs you media driven zombies to give him some attention, correct?

Or maybe he couldn't care less what you maggots thought and and.... he's been making fun of you all along!!!1 GASP OMGWTFBBQ  :o

What say you to this, Freud?

Character Cove / Re:Guts
« on: December 12, 2003, 03:33:44 AM »
He wont succeed  ;)

I don't think he ever tried to in the first place. That's one difference between you and him. And I respect that about him.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:Why is everyone so hostile?
« on: December 09, 2003, 08:46:06 PM »
The existence of the scanlord is unverified in Berserk. If he were to be found, his nutz would rival teh SKuLL LoRD's. Guts would feel puny, his nutz being only the size of small acorns. We just can't have that.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:Why is everyone so hostile?
« on: December 05, 2003, 08:53:07 PM »
Hostility is funny shizz. Except when it's blind and misguided. Then it's kinda stupid.

This board follows closely with Berserk I think. The brutal atmosphere, dynamic personalities, ignorant masses. Heh, let me put it into roles just for fun. Don't kill me. *blushes*

Griffith - I think he is god. In fact, he is.
Walter - Also god. Hand that is.
Olivier - Idea, whence everything originates.
rane, Majin, Uriel, puella, Mizar, etc. - The various major apostles. Each one unique.
VHB - Isidro. Fo sho.  :)
pheonix, Franz, Possum Dude, etc. - The lesser apostles. Violent and destructive. Frequently rapes innocent villagers.
noobs - Innocent villagers.
Oh and of course,
teh glorious SKuLL LoRD - teh glorious SKuLL LoRD

To further illustrate how teh SKuLL LoRD (may he live long) fits into Berserk:

This was a private moment he had with our Lady Charlotte moments before that skanky ho Griffith came along. Miura had to cut it out for explicit sexual content.

You can cut the tension with a knife.

Anyway, I don't post here too often and I haven't been around too long but I think this b.b.s. is great the way it is. I love you all. *smooches* Deep down inside, under all the hostility, it's like we're one big happy family. :D


Speculation Nation / Re:Is it just me, or...
« on: November 25, 2003, 09:25:10 PM »
Argh, so why the fuck did you just post explaining your original post/apologizing?!?!  >:(

Argh, and why the fuck do you have to be such pompous asses all the time?

Calm the fuck down, pissants. No need to get a hardon everytime a newbie posts.

Current Episodes / Re:Chapter 230
« on: November 18, 2003, 07:41:28 AM »
Griffith's awesome observation on Kushan dude's identity.

That's pretty awesome!  :D

And Smith,

You're patronizing Griffith:
You have made a very keen observation Griffith  ;) <--with this damned winky too

And you're trying to be as cool as him:
It seem Miura did plan his story way ahead his current progress now...   8) <--aha..

It doesn't work. Notice how I use the unabashed Griffith fanboy smiley to suck up to him. Take some lessons. Make some improvements.

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