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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: Today at 12:53:05 AM »
Such a beautiful episode   :judo:
This is the moment that we've all been waiting for. Almost 22 years and over 260 episodes later, it finally happened - Casca is back!!  :guts: :casca:

And I love how Miura makes it clear that while Casca's sanity (and memories) may have been restored, her pain and psychological trauma are still there. And they are raw as ever. I really like how this episode reminds us there are some things that no amount of magic can make go away and that there will be no easy fixes. Even Danan's formidable magic is no silver bullet for Casca's condition.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:30:52 PM »
This is nothing special, his new year postcards have been themed after the Chinese New Year for at least a decade.

Still, it would be awesome if the Berserker Armor-clad Dog Guts appeared on the cover of volume 40   :beast:  :daiba:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:24:39 PM »
An excellent episode, as always. It really got me stoked and wanting to see what's gonna happen next   :guts:

After re-reading episode 352, there's one thing I realized about the Femto Falcon monster that initially escaped my attention - he doesn't just wants to "protect" the last remaining piece. Its true aim is to destroy the near-complete Casca doll altogether and undo all the hard work and progress that Schierke and Farnese had accomplished so far. Moreover, I wouldn't be surprised if the falcon monster wants to kill the mini-Casca sprite as well, and wipe out what little remains of Casca's sanity.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:50:09 PM »
Yoo guys I have been deep in the grasp of like not doing very many stuff but in the background I've been working on one of the two page spreads forever.  I'm getting close to done so here's a preview. 

Hopefully I'll be back soon with the whole shebang.


That's just beautiful  :judo:
And also, was this particular coloring done digitally or done by hand?

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 07, 2017, 08:41:51 PM »
This article reads not so much as an "exposÚ" on the behind-the-scenes making of the 2016-2017 Berserk anime, but as an attempt to whitewash and exculpate the Berserk Partners, Liden Films, GEMBA and whoever else responsible for making this abortion of an adaptation.

But to say the staff lacked foresight would be unfair. Many voices within GEMBA spoke out as the project was being greenlit, skeptical about their ability to produce such taxing work.

Interesting. If there were dissenters within GEMBA who realized they were biting off way more than they could chew, then why we've never heard their voices when the 2016 anime was first announced?   ::)
But it would be great if a kind soul from within GEMBA/Liden Films was generous enough to reveal the current Berserk anime's budget. That person can use the Wikileaks or even Reddit to leak that information. Because the series' budget is the elephant in the room that May keeps constantly alluding to throughout his article, but carefully dancing around it without mentioning directly. Only a wretchedly low budget could explain why Berserk ended up getting animated by some shoddy moe anime studios like GEMBA/Millipensee. Because the high-caliber anime studios like Madhouse, Sunrise or Production IG do not come cheap. Nor do the services of top tier directors like Shinichiro Watanabe, Hideaki Anno or even Naohito Takahashi for that matter.

It's been argued that Itagaki's history with brightly-colored comedy and silly action series would clash with the dark and gritty world of Berserk, but the real cause of the conflict turned out to be Itagaki's insistence upon a very particular aesthetic that proved too difficult to achieve.

For fuck's sake.... :mozgus:
Really, man? So according to May, Shin Itagaki's ADHD-style directing had absolutely nothing to do with this series being a steaming pile of shit that it is? And that the issue was just the "aesthetic" choices, and everything else about Itagaki was was fine and dandy?

A quick Google search on Itagaki reveals that he is, first and foremost, a moe anime specialist. About 95% of stuff he worked on before Berserk lies in moe/kawaii genre. You have to look no further than "Teekyuu" to see what type of lowest-common-denominator horseshit he's passionately into (seriously - he directed, scripted, edited, storyboarded and even composed the music for that thing) and if you need evidence as to how woefully unfit he's for directing anything even remotely resembling Berserk.

Notice how Itagaki's trademark hyperactive directing style, jumpy scene transitions and herky-jerky pacing are already firmly established in Teekyuu, way before he had the opportunity to perpetrate those self-same "talents" onto Berserk.

3D animation is the only practical way to adapt Berserk to a television series in today's anime production environment.

Let's see if I'm reading this correctly - has the Japanese anime industry so far degraded since the 1990s, that it's become impossible to produce serious, mature anime that doesn't look like shit? Or is he saying that Berserk is unworthy of receiving an anime adaptation with the integrity and the production values afforded to the likes of Attack on Titan or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? And that Berserk deserves to be chucked into the hands of grossly incompetent morons who can't direct worth shit, write worth shit or animate worth shit?
If this is what the "today's anime production environment" has come to, then it's far better off if Berserk anime never got made in the first place. At least not until if the anime industry recovers from its current stagnation and there would be a door open for a faithful and decently animated Berserk series.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:51:32 PM »
Can't believe how much I got shat on in the reddit when this shitstain's first trailer came out and i was like Uh Oh these animators, cant animate and these sound designers can't sound design. Hate to get  satisfaction from such a collective hate from the fanbase now  :griffnotevil: But dammit it brought new fans, which I can't comprehend but it did?

Whatever the amount of new fans the 2016 anime has attracted, it's only a fraction of what could have been had Berserk received a faithful and decently animated adaptation. And furthermore, assuming those new fans became the paying consumers of the Berserk manga, that happened not because of the 2016 anime but in spite of it. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:42:54 PM »
Miura's comment for this episode: "Established! Established! Grunbeld's character has been established. ヽ(┤ ▽ `)/ "

So then....this means the "Berserk: Flame Dragon Knight" light novel is actually canon after all?  :magni:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 03:10:39 AM »
Wow!!! A sensational episode, with the biggest cliffhanger I've seen in years  :ubik:

Farnese: My Serpents of Thorns... can't cope with such big enemies...

Farnese: This is...

Page 17

Mozgus: Immediate Divine retribution!

Page 18

Mozgus: Gooood Preeesssss!!

Schierke: Farnese, that is...
Farnese: I think I also brought him from my dream.

It seems to me that Farnese's and Schierke's journey through Casca's dreams is almost as much about them opening up and expanding the scope of their own minds as it is about curing Casca's mind. In this particular scene, for example, Farnese is forced to think outside the box and improvise on the spot with Mozgus when every other witchcraft technique she and Schierke throw at the phallic-shaped monsters isn't working. I think for Farnese, this journey through Corridor of Dreams will be the kind of steep learning curve that will make her make her a great witch in her own right and allow her to shake off the "apprentice witch" label once and for all. Improvising, creative thinking, loosening up the cogs of her mind and overcoming the mental blocks that are holding her back - these are critical skills that cannot be taught in controlled classroom environments even under the best witches' tutelage (e.g Flora's mansion or the witches' school on Skellig) and Farnese must learn them "on the job." While we don't know how much the experience in the Corridor of Dreams is going to change Farnese, I don't doubt she will come out of this a much more powerful witch than she was ever before.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: June 09, 2017, 02:11:57 PM »
thank you all mates!!

new fast animation experiment for ZoDD:


Bravissimo!!  :ubik:
Now.... can you do Wyald next? Pretty please?   :griffnotevil:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:14:53 PM »
Not only do you lose that tacky border but you get to see more of the cover illustration to boot (hello moon)! If it wasn't for the equally tacky bloodsplatter and pseudo-kanji font of the DH releases it would almost unarguably be the superior version. Just stick a spartan BERSERK label on it for the win, DH.

Besides being very inaccurate and misleading, it seems the cover illustration for volume 38 was also originally made with the old "Jets Comics" cover template in mind, rather than the new "Young Animal Comics" one. Had the volume 38 been released under "Jets Comics" imprint, the moon and the clouds most likely would've appeared underneath the lower half of the old " ベルセルク" logo

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 02, 2017, 01:13:10 PM »
You remembered his 130-man slayer title, but not his name?!

Sometimes a person's reputation precedes him so far, his epithet becomes more known than his personal name  :iva:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 01, 2017, 05:21:04 PM »
We kind of already knew this, given that the previewed next episode is a recap, but Episode 22 (10 of Season 2) has officially been pushed back to June 9.

Was the episode 22's schedule preempted in favor of another program? Or did the delay happen because episode 22's CGI "animation" was so indescribably abominable that it somehow managed to outdo episode 21, prompting GEMBA/Millepensee's desperate attempt at last-minute salvaging of whatever parts of that episode that they can. That's the real mystery  :schierke:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: May 31, 2017, 08:10:46 PM »
Not if you broaden your horizons, or perhaps definitions:

Well, I'll be... :ubik:
Just replace that 130-man slayer big guy to the Guts' right with Rickert or the Tapasa, and we're golden  :guts:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: May 31, 2017, 01:35:36 PM »
I must be the only one that didn't like the cover at first (Guts looks kinda awkward). Now, Volume 37; there's a cover you can set your watch to. It's growing on me though, mainly because of the lighting and verdancy (thanks, Grail! =). At least there isn't smoke coming out of Guts' ears for once.

Agreed. Volume 38 would've been a great opportunity to put Silat on the cover. And he's featured more prominently in there than he was in volume 9, the first (and so far last) time he was on a tankobon cover illustration.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 06:20:21 PM »


Gunnery Sgt. Hartman's reaction, after he finds a copy of the latest Berserk anime episode smuggled inside the barracks disguised as a doughnut

I know. It's crazy how sometime you get a "decent" (and I'm stretching decent here for obvious reasons) and then the next one is all messed up and badly animated. And then they sell us that product for a ridiculous amount of money.

What is truly offensive is the fact that Liden Films/GEMBA/Millepensee continue to spit in our faces and expect us to pretend that it's raining  :mozgus:

One question that I wish Crunchyroll had asked of Michael Gombos is whether or not Dark Horse would release an English-language edition of Berserk's Illustrations File. With all the attention and increased sales that the new anime has been bringing to manga, perhaps it would finally make releasing the Illustrations File in America financially worthwhile?

The trousers are the same, it's just that leather padding was added to provide better protection.

You eagle-eyed attention to detail is spotless as always  :guts:
Either way, with just some slight changes to Guts' armor, that painting in question could have been put to far better use as an alternative new cover art for volume 1 as an incentive to get the long-time fans to upgrade from their old Jets Comics copies to the new Young Animal Comics version. Don't you agree?

That would not be proper. Guts' gear was different during the Black Swordsman arc, this corresponds to the Conviction arc.
You're right. Thanks for noticing Guts' outfit discrepancy. In this case, all that Miura would need to do to that painting is get rid of the additional armor protecting Guts' waist/hips and knees/shins. Plus, change the color of his trousers to black and Guts instantly regains his Black Swordsman-era look.

Other than that, the rest of the scene depicted in that painting (i.e rotting skeletons on the ground, evil spirits floating in the air trying to possess Guts' body) would fit the events that take place in the episode 2 of volume 1 quite well.

Artwork like that deserves to be attached to a better product. Like another fold-out piece for the manga.


I completely agree with you both. Miura's beautiful art being used up on such horseshit of an anime is a colossal waste of talent. It would've been better if, for example, this particular artwork was used on the cover of volume 38 (with the addition of Roderick, Magnifico and maybe Azan)

Or if the artwork for the season 1 Blu-Ray was instead used as a special alternative cover illustration for the Young Animal Comics reprint of the volume 1 of manga

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: May 13, 2017, 04:05:38 PM »
I meant vol 39 will probably be put next year. I already knew that 38 was gonna be out in july from Dark Horse. My bad though for I was not clear in my last message.

And like you said, I also haven't found anything about vol 39 in english. I just wanted to make sure Killakcin was talking about vol 38 and not 39.


Is there any info on the volume 39's page count? The amount of pages could give us a clue for as to how many episodes will be contained within

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: April 28, 2017, 12:36:22 PM »
Now that's a cover. Super early too!

Agreed. Much better (and more accurately reflecting of the tankobon's contents) than the preceding volume's cover, too.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 10, 2017, 05:34:21 PM »
Yes, we should be thankful that the "best manga ever" gets such a shoddy animated treatment, with amateur visuals, sound effects, music, choreography, and fucking direction that breezes past the important bits and emphasizes the wrong parts, all on top of mountain of cut material that all combines into making a story that has none of the gravitas, complexity, atmosphere, or character of the original.

Naruto fans get an accurate, long-running animated series hundreds of episodes in length that goes through every single painstaking detail of the story. As do Dragon Ball fans. Fans of Hellsing and Fullmetal Alchemist got themselves a new anime apiece that set about being more faithful to the source material. But when Berserk keeps getting rushed, badly-made adaptations made by the most incompetent and unprofessional clowns in the industry who have no understanding or respect for it, we're expected to be thankful? Ask yourself, would you enjoy a Berserk anime if it was done entirely with stick figures or looked like this? If you said no, you'll understand perfectly why a lot of us don't enjoy this latest series.

This. Many times over, this, right here.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk and History
« on: March 28, 2017, 01:37:14 PM »

Does anyone know of historical events that played a role in Berserk, or, at least, sounds like something from Berserk?



As a matter of fact, yes; The Turkic and Mongol invasions of Europe are very similar to Kushan Empire's invasion of Midland and other other nations on the Continent. One particularly striking example was the tactic of using captured prisoners-of-war as an advance vanguard to bear the brunt of enemy armies' attacks while simultaneously shielding your own soldiers, thus in turn minimizing your own casualties. In real life, the Bulgars, Cumans, Tatars, Mongols and Ottoman Turks were especially infamous for using this tactic during their invasions of Europe. They would take (usually Slavic) POWs from Eastern European territories that they'd conquered earlier and (prodding them with spears and at a point of swords) they'd force those wretched slave POWs to march ahead of their own soldiers and used them as cannon fodder (arrow fodder?) to conquer even more territory. The famous medieval chronicler Matthew Paris recounts the 13th century Mongol-Tatar conquest of Kievan Rus and their devastation of Poland and Hungary as thus:

They razed cities to the ground, burnt woods, pulled down castles, tore up the farmlands and destroyed the gardens and massacred the citizens; if by chance they did spare any who begged for their lives, they compelled them, as slaves of the lowest order, to fight in front of them against their own kindred.

All of this is similar (if not outright identical) to the brutal tactics used by Ganishka's imperial army in their invasion and subsequent conquest and occupation of Midland as seen in volumes 22 and 23. In the latter volume, you can see Midland's army of resistance fighting and killing what they initially think are Kushan soldiers, only to realize that those men were actually citizens of the Midland and the other Holy See Alliance member-states. It is then revealed that it's a standard Kushanese tactic to use enemy POWs as human shields to minimize the losses of their own men. You can find more information in Timothy May's excellent "The Mongol Art of War" book

Hope that helps!!  :guts:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 85
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:49:19 PM »
Ohhh, Johnny. Only you would want me to go back and re-edit the show to do that  :badbone:

I think it can be done. Fortunately, there is a full one-second pause between the opening line "Hey guys, and welcome back to Skull Kast for episode 86" and the "I feel like we should've hit a 100 by now..." You can use this pause as an advantage. If you cut out that opening line and re-record it as "Hey guys, and welcome back to Skull Kast for episode 85", that one-second pause will allow you to smoothly switch out the incorrect opening line with the corrected one without any noticeable effect on podcast's sound. It's as if that brief pause can serve as a sonic "buffer zone" between the corrected opening line and the rest of the podcast.

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