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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserkian artifacts in museums
« on: August 06, 2018, 04:35:26 PM »
Here's a museum artifact from medieval China, rather than medieval Europe. The Tang Dynasty-era China, to be exact. A glazed ceramic statuette of a (most likely Turkic/Mongolian nomad) warrior from what is now Northwest China, wearing an animal helmet outfit. You kinda can see where Miura got his inspiration for Wyald's (human form) design from. Even right down to the use of the animal hide's front legs as straps, hanging around the neck.

And this one could practically be used as a recruitment poster for the Black Dog Knights   :ganishka:

"Uncle Wyald Wants You"

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:07:28 AM »
Shitty screenwriters make for shitty novelists....who would've guessed?  :schierke:
Also, somebody previously suggested that Miura may have given Makoto Fukami some pointers about Grunbeld's background and early life. But seeing how the Flaming Dragon Knight novel severely deviates from what Berserk is all about, I'm beginning to doubt that. If Miura had any direct input in that novel's story, it wouldn't have come out so terrible. Other than the cover art and those illustrations, I don't think Miura had any involvement in the making of that novel. This whole story reads like Golden Age-lite. Light on brains, light on soul and light on heart. Heavy on violence/rape, but light on everything that actually makes Berserk awesome and unique. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:54:16 PM »
Hey, welcome back!!

Had to come back when I heard the news. I sort of stopped following for a while because I couldn't stand the pace of the manga anymore.

Ah, the good old days of pre-2007 Berserk, back when the manga published at a pace of 2 episodes per month and we were almost always guaranteed 2 new volumes per year  :ganishka:
Unfortunately, our steady yearly fix of Berserk came at a steep personal cost to Miura himself, which you can infer from his personal comments in the Young Animal

Especially read the part about his turning 30 years old and still never having had a girlfriend. Or the fact that he had to cancel his cell phone service because no one ever called him in over 2 years. That's some soul crushing stuff there   :sad:

It just seemed like so little progress was being made each year. I remember first being exposed to the series in 97, or 98 when I was still in highschool. I found bootlegs on some old website I used to grab DBZ episodes off of back in the old dial-up days. Funimation sued the site, so they took down their DBZ stuff and put up 5 different anime series. Berserk was one of them. It was shortly after that I found BSOM. I ended up buying the laserdiscs for the series, and I quickly got caught up on the manga (as best as I could without knowing Japanese). Then the Dreamcast game came out, I don't think the manga had even started the tower of conviction arc when it came out, but all the way back then the game told us that Guts started his quest for ElfHelm. It has been a long long time since then. As Walter said, I'm an old fart now, but it has finally happened. Does this mean that this story arc has come to an end? Does anyone have that alleged future timeline thing that Olivier got off of a Japanese BBS. I think everything that was outlined has now comes to pass, except for the portions that deal with Gaiseric and the creation of God Hand.

Yeah, I remember those bootleg DBZ websites as well. The Funimation had barely covered the Saiyan/Namek sagas at that point, but those sites were already hosting the Cell/Majin Buu episodes. The loading time was so slow, you had to wait 1 hour in order to stream 1 minute's worth of content  :ganishka:
The crazy thing about these online fansubs was that their sound quality was actually better than that of the Japanese language track on the official Funimation DVDs. Even though those fansubs had gone through multiple tape generations and their picture quality was garbage, the sound itself had more clarity to it and was less muffled than on the official DVDs. 

As always I am not liking the artstyle being changed (I had just gotten used to the old one that I didn't like), but maybe Miura intentionally used it to set a sort of fairy-tail-ish tone.

What are the aspects of the current art style that irks you? And by "old one", did you mean the Millennium Falcon-era art style?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:44:23 AM »
Well, of course I'd take a version of Kill 'Em All with the Garage Days Revisited "Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg" covers on them. :carcus: And you didn't include Diamond Head either, but if you're going to have Pantera after they started dressing like Metallica and acting all hard with Phil you should also include some of their truly authentic 80s discography:

From "Ride my rocket!" to "You ain't got the balls, son!" :ganishka:

Anyway, I'm just jealous the same band (well, not quite) that wrote Metal Magic also took Metallica's corner in the 90s while they were doing a bad Corrosion of Conformity impression. Did you know Dave Mustaine almost hired Dimebag to be his guitarist but lost him because Vinnie was part of the deal and he already had Nick Menza under contract? Holy shit!

The only reason why Diamond Head lost out to Motörhead on my list was because Ace of Spades had a better production (especially the guitars and drum sound) than Lightning to the Nations  :sad:

The crazy thing is, even though the '80s Pantera was by and large unsuccessful, Dimegag Darrell had already fully mastered the guitar by the time of their I Am the Night album. By the mid-80s, he was arguably already a better guitarist than any of his contemporaries from the Big 4 of thrash metal. And I don't just mean in terms of guitar playing and knowledge of cool techniques, but also in terms of the tone. He had already worked out what kind of amps, pre-amps, pickups and other gear he needed in order to obtain that thick, screaming guitar sound. I can only wish that the '80s-era Megadeth and Metallica albums had that same crunchy, beefy guitar tones that the Pantera albums from the '80s already had. As much as "Hot and Heavy" sucked musically, that song actual had better production values than, say, "Mechanix" or "Blackened."
If Dimebag joined Megadeth, songs like "Hangar 18" and "Sweating Bullets" would've had way more bluesier guitar solos, played with Dime's distinctly Texan swagger. Not to mention, Mustaine probably would've forced Dimebag to stay slim and trim (did you know that Dime's weight ballooned from the svelte 160 pounds in 1990 to over 270 pounds by 1998?). With all due respect to Nick Menza (RIP), Vinnie Paul was a superior drummer. Dave could've just demoted Nick back to his old drum tech position, and hired Vinnie.

While the 'Pantera's fortunes may have skyrocketed in the '90s, during that same decade, Phil's vocals steadily degraded with each consecutive Pantera album. By Far Beyond Driven, Phil's soaring multi-octave singing voice from the Power Metal and Cowboys from Hell was reduced to a raspy, barely comprehensible croak. Lemmy was like twice Phil's age by that point and he had a better voice than Phil. Hell, even Rex Brown criticized him for letting his voice go like that. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:45:06 AM »
Here's my "if I'm ever trapped on a desert island" list:

Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin (1977)
Judas Priest - Stained Class (1978)
Motörhead - Overkill (1979)
Motörhead  - Ace of Spades (1980)
Mercyful Fate - Melissa (1983)
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath (1984)
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)
The Cult - Sonic Temple (1989)
Pantera - Cowboys from Hell (1990)

Here's the ten albums I listen to in my car all the time anyway:

1982 Metallica - No Life 'Til Leather
1983 Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1984 Metallica - Ride the Lightning
1985 Megadeth - Killing is My Business... And Business is Good
1986 Metallica - Master of Puppets
1986 Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1987 Metallica - Garage Days Re-Revisited
1988 Megadeth - So Far... So Good... So What!
1988 Metallica - And Justice For All...
1990 Megadeth - Rust in Peace

You've probably noticed a pattern here... I love liberal use of the ellipsis. :carcus:

What, no Diamond Head? Without their underground metal classic "Am I Evil?", neither 'deth nor 'tallica would exist today  :femto:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 23, 2018, 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?

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 07, 2017, 08:41:51 PM »
This article reads not so much as an "exposé" 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.

Anime Asylum / 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:

Manga Mausoleum / 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:

Anime Asylum / 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.

Anime Asylum / 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

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