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I've always been dubious about the "makes suffering meaningful", even though it's straight from the mouth of 'god.' If humanity predates the Idea of Evil, then human beings possessed souls before the Idea of Evil's existence. Baked into the DNA of ontological existence was the schema that facilitated the Idea of Evil's creation. There was always metaphysical intentionality a priori to the Idea of Evil's existence. It can only really provide a self-serving simulacrum of "meaningfulness"—whatever that entails. Henri put it pithily that, "all of material reality is a vast granary, and the dark emotions and evil souls that the Idea of Evil manufactures are the wheat/bread." But this isn't 'the way the world is', it's something that the Idea of Evil has cultivated to its benefit.

"Thinking positively" to wish away the Idea of Evil or to denounce one's own meaningfulness is also not the most practical, or even possible way. I don't know, I haven't really thought that much about it. Overcoming the self-aggrandizing anthropocentrism of humanity to believe in something else?—don't see it happening.

I always took the idea of evil and the entire point of view going back to the beginning of berserk as one half of a struggle.  Technically there is an arrangement in place, that bets on the weaker tendency of human beings in certain space.  However we see that Guts also finds strength in such spaces that these assertions are made.

Then you can see that at least in material reality it's not because of meaning in human suffering, it's because it's possible to do something horrible in suffering, but it's also possible to find your dreams.

You can say looking for meaning is what opened the whole can of worms, but it's hard to tell which situation you are trapped in and which situation you chose.

When Guts is in the band of the hawk he finds meaning to where he previously suffered in terms of trust and abandoment, family and friends, he changes his own heuristic based outlook in a concious intellectual way, where he is actively thinking about it.

Then when he hears griffith's speech it challenges that peace, but he once again finds positive meaning and now that he has found his ability to love, he wants to find his ability to have self onus or self control.  Essentially going to live life authentically.

Now by  doing that did he set into motion Griffith's trial of authenticity, which he responded to by doing the very thing that the idea of evil is predicated on.

Or did he find his way out of or through a situation he was "in."  Since the beginning to which someone close to him could not handle.

It makes it seem like in that case the idea of evil is predicated on the "idea." 

But if we see the thread continuing it makes it seem like Guts suffering is the only remedy or antithesis to the implications of the idea of evil.

When he is in such a space where he should cave, he goes against it.  Similarly to how he should have been crushed by griffith's speech but instead individuated from it.  Made meaning from it, not coincendentally hung out with a black smith.  Guts is forged here.  He clearly makes meaning from his suffering.  He clearly revisits the trauma of his child hood.  He fights based off that precipice that is left to him from that threshold.

When he goes against against spirtual inertia his blade becomes stronger, not by his design but because of his resistance to it.  Same with his tolerance for the beserker armor.  All of it involves suffering.   But it's not because he is the anthesis to the causality of the god hand and the idea, even though he is, it's because of his original thesis of how he would live that he got through his experience of trauma.  That is expressed through his fighting.

So in that sense Guts is the opposition in philosophy to the idea of evil, or in the examination for what is true about the world in berserk.  Guts idea is I make myself who i am, and the idea of evil's is I only exist because of you.

Or you could also see that in the Beast in Guts vs his concious decision.

Character Cove / Re: Berserk: An In-Depth Analysis (Part 4)
« on: September 20, 2016, 07:37:27 PM »
I did just realize that Guts post eclipse is essentially playing a father figure.  And thusly we often see him through the eyes of his troupe.  Isidro, Schierke, and to an extent Farnese.  One thing that is interesting if how Guts is constantly thrown into relationships where he is taught the value of companionship only to have that value spurn him, through relationships like Gambino and the band of the hawk.  One thing i like is that since finding Puck he hasn't lost a team mate, and he was able to make the individual philsophical statements in real world action that i feel keeps him safer in terms of where he stands with his own demon, and break the pattern of fearing companinon ship.  Because in reality that is a difficult theme.  That can leave any human scared, and Guts is followed around by literal demons who prey on that fear, as well as a inner  :beast: that can manifest itself.  While being in a spirtual situation that just barely makes sense for him without that fire, that seems to be both a positive and a negative incarnation, existing in both.  He is the struggler, who needs to forego the desire of vengeance to pursue healing, but is required to harness the  :beast: in his journey.  He is split down to categorical paths, and now that we see elfhelm and the flower storm if cascas return to conciousness is through a land of dreams,  how is she going to have to deal with the same contradictory struggle.

Character Cove / Re: Guts and Corkus's relationship/interactions
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:32:34 AM »
Corkus is "worldly".

. I would call him materialistic, but also logical and cynical.

 He doesn't have any skills or a personality trait that really fits in with the group to improve it, he doesn't seem to have any self-fulfilling goals other than just becoming a rich ass ex-mercenary pimp noble gangster. He even led a band of mercenaries before he joined the band of the Hawk, but it all went to hell. So he used to have a dream of his own, but now he's joined Griffith and wants to ride his wave into success.

But really, Corkus is the typical "fuck bitches, get money" kinda guy. He's a fucking gangster. And he gets angry and hateful if anyone gets in his way. He's spent his entire lifetime going through failures, and THIS TIME, he follows a leader he believes in. Anyone get in the way of that dream coming true, he's gonna hate the person. Naturally. And I think Guts understands this, most of the members in the band just want to be able to live well, comfortably and be happy. So I guess that's partly why he's calm and tolerant of the criticism. And I think he understands the emotions, the hate, but he can't help being himself and he too follows his feelings. And naturally, there's gonna be clashes there. Guts probably also understands that Corkus is a "worldly" or materialistic person, therefore he doesn't understand Guts' calling for self-realization.. so he stays calm.. and he doesn't really get angry about it.

The thing about Corkus as a character that makes him easy to hate, is just that emotion, hate. He hates Guts. He really gets angry and doesn't give a fuck. He sees Guts like a nobody, like a tool to be used by Griffith, and treats him like that too. And I guess that insensitivity is what kinda makes alot of people dislike Corkus, even though he's honest. He uses the attention at the ball after the band's success, he tries to get the most he can get for himself out of every situation. And when they rescue Griffith and discover his state, he's the first one to really spread a major negative vibe. So sure, he's serious, realistic and represents some emotions that most people would feel, but most importantly of all, I think Miura made Corkus character in such a way that the reader would feel that Corkus' behavior is natural and commonly found in most people, but it's behavior that we should all avoid in order to become honourable human beings.

I've honestly seen alot of Corkus in myself as I've read Berserk, some feelings that I feel I never let out (which is a good thing), and in some instances I've felt shame when I realized I've done something similar to someone. Corkus comes from a place of a person who is overly materialistic, doesn't understand spiritual self-fulfillment and isn't particularly sensitive to feelings that go beyond money and pussy, except for his loyalty to Griffith, that he only has until he realizes Griffith can no longer provide him with the money and pussy.

So I think we all can learn alot from Corkus. He is dishonourable, but we all have that aspect within us. That aspect that acts all cool and tough with hubris, hates people who are actually geniuses, only prioritizes material things and doesn't understand much beyond that... but is really a weak human being at the core... and when disaster strikes, he rationalizes is all as a dream, and seeks consolation in the arms of a naked woman - which leads to his death. He is dishonourable, right until his last moment. I think it's good to face that aspect of ourselves, and try to kill it. And I think Guts might see some of Corkus in himself aswell, I think everyone does, but he feels sorry for him.. and really, when you see someone who has a weakness that you can relate to, saying "Well I've been exactly where you've been, I know why you think like that" is probably the worst thing you can say to them. The best thing you can do is listen, and sometimes criticism is legit, but sometimes when it's not, the best thing you can do is just to provide them with an example. Sure Guts made some mistakes here and there, but he followed his heart, and his heart extended to desires higher than money and pussy. That is honourable.

all this can be summed up as Corcus is practical.

Spritual self fufillment never takes it's place as the actual cause for the disaters in berserk.  Corcus is more of a veteran, he has seen the wheel.  That wheel is the world.

This time, this season, he's getting his harvest.  Does that sound mean yes.  But mean in the same way of an old farmer, and older co worker.

Corcus tells Guts he is nothing, but it seems to be in a way that is semi tolerable.  In the way that Corcus semi tolerates his existence. 

Because he lives by the reality of don't screw it up, because of this he doesn't seem like someone you can learn from, because he doesn't say there is much greatness to what they do.  But the reality he wanted was for the rest of the band of the hawk as well.

If you look at it practically he is saying to Guts, "you don't have to kill anymore, you don't have to risk, your life, you don't have to be on the bottom."  Because of this he brings up social class, something Guts doesn't abide by much at all.

Judeau is theatrical, magical, and cagey, but he never speaks to guts about what could go wrong, when guts is already experiencing doubt.

Corcus on the other hand has lived by that doubt.  In reality the band of the hawk probably would have gone on fighting battles with the kusharn now that the war with tudor had been won.   But Corcus is focused on retirement basically, so he relates to a real world anxiety we all feel.  saving the little we have, because our repeated viewings of the less optimistic outcomes of practical enterprises in existing in life.

Also he was incredibly good to rickert, and protective of Griffith.   His treatment of Guts is that of the new guy,  so he is a to me an easily dislikable character if you have ever been that new guy, but you also notice he doesn't want Guts to leave either once he is accepted.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: August 02, 2016, 07:27:35 AM »
One would think that the being who laid plans for Griffith's birth, rise, fall, and ascension, manipulating history for a thousand years to pave the way for  him, would have seen such a thing coming.

I think you're a bit confused here. The desire Griffith had as a human to take his own kingdom was born from his desire to rule. It's pretty simple, particularly given the context he provides in the speech you mention (though this happened not after the fight with Zodd, but in Volume 3, during an undisclosed time when they were still young). More than a kingdom, which is a symbol of the power he wants to wield, he wants to become one of the people who set the world in motion.

I just base it on the idea that, this fate was planned for Griffith but he had his own dream despite being fated to hold the egg of the king.

I don't feel that this vision now coincides with his original dream, on a subjective level.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 29, 2016, 01:51:31 PM »
I wonder if Griffith is interested in becoming God as well.

Like he's fated to in some way.  I think that while I am of the mind set of hating Griffith for basically not being able to handle the loss of guts, even though it's hard to judge and if they were better communicators and he hadn't have given that speech where he said he had no friends and the band had no dreams, (although he could have just been talking to the princess in his way, he didn't tend to mince words in his speeches) that might not have happened.  He could have just seen it as Guts going his own way.  Anyway, like i said, even though i am of that mindset i see it as coming down to a point where Griffith has to remember his own original motivations that made him human, even though he is now fempto.

Or he could become the thing that he was fated to be.  Which i believe is unrevealed, but is alluded to in the discussions following Guts and Griffith's first fight with zodd. (the one that the new anime also centers on.)

I feel this synergy in timing in Berserk right now putting a new focus on the theme of, there being no difference between the devil and god.

If Griffith isn't destined to become that, i see him having to struggle to remember his own motivations in some way as well.  In the sense that what comes next for a function of the universe after it is completed.  Five members of the god hand seem to complete it.

Lot more to be revealed.

One of the best parts of the chapter, came around the foreboding sense of nearing a goal and feeling a dire sense of uncertainty, couched in happiness, because of the compainship along the way, and the inherent success juxtaposed with the unknown.  I always compare it to losing a full bar of health in street fighter right before finishing the fight because of the idea of finishing or closing.  Like the closer in a baseball game.  In theory that final step carries some powerful mojo.

I felt the impatience Guts felt, mixed with the toying of the story, or the need for Guts to relax with Isidro, Schierke, Puck, Serpico, Farnese, and casca.  It seems fitting that at this moment he would finally speak of his past.

Speculation Nation / Re: The Idea Of Evil's length of Causality
« on: July 29, 2016, 02:56:35 AM »
On the contrary, these events were deliberately caused by Griffith. The ultimate plan I mentioned in the above post is a possible explanation for it. Here's a simple test for you: has the merger of the worlds negatively impacted Griffith's influence? No, on the contrary. As far as we know, the entirety of mankind is now under his control, in a supernatural city built in his image and protected by his monsters. This situation was made possible because the outside world is infested with astral critters. And again, the other four members of the God Hand have been brought into the world by this event. The incarnation of Femto was a once in a thousand years event, something exceedingly rare. But now they're all here, even though we haven't seen them take action yet.

As for sending apostles to kill Flora, it's just not the same thing at all. Flora was a witch and a powerful one at that. Witches are humans who have learned the way the world works and can use magic as a result. Anybody can become a witch in theory, and if enough people did, they could better face the outside world. Which is why Griffith doesn't want people like this to exist (that and because they can be a threat to him). But trolls, harpies, goblins, dragons and so on? Those serve his purpose. They helped decimate mankind and bring all the survivors under his control. With the way things happened (dangerous creatures appearing all of a sudden and people having no time to adapt), the risk for him is currently minimal.

Falconia is hardly utopian. Why? Because people can't leave it. They're prisoners in more ways than one. They have to live the lives they're told to live and serve as cogs in a giant machine. Individual freedom? What's that? And from what happened to Rickert, we can already tell that dissent isn't going to be widely tolerated. Raban's words to Rickert about the state of the world are all you need to see how this really isn't a paradise. And yes, as far as we know people still end up in the Vortex of Souls when they die. It's got nothing to do with believing in a god, it's just how the world works regardless of one's beliefs. Souls are sorted according to their karma, and negative karma means you end up in the Vortex. Simply said, because we haven't yet seen the other side of the mirror (although we did get a glimpse when Locus took Rickert to the Pandemonium) doesn't mean there isn't one. As readers, we know who Griffith really is and what apostles really are. That in itself should be enough to see through this charade.

Are the apostles compelled to serve Griffith out of him being a divine presence or is it because it's in there wishes.

If this is so are they free from the machinations of causality and merely serving him because he's more powerful, and they don't want to be killed like the emperor.

Or are they really compelled to him as a leader, now that they can easily occupy the physical world, are they still really beholden to griffith out of necessity.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 2
« on: July 29, 2016, 02:41:31 AM »
ok, I have been holding off on actually watching this because I have just not been all that interested in checking this out, but I finally caved. Episode 2 is the first episode that I have seen. At some point I will get around to watching the first one but this one was one I was able see sooner.

let me just say I am very butt hurt that the anime (among other thing) decided to skip over the Black Sword's Man and lost children arc with Jill and Roshine. They are by far my most favorite and enjoyable stories in the series and are the only areas of Berserk manga I have read more than once. So the fact they just skip right over to Farnese, Serpico and the H.I.C.KS was disappointing. That being said, even though I like the BSM and LC storylines the best, I really like this portion of Berserk as well with the H.I.C.Ks. This was a time where Farnese was at a very interesting place emotionally. Farnese was someone I did not like intially just like Casca and she grew on me eventually in the manga.  :farnese: So hearing her animated and speaking in all her posturing glory was...ok. I feel like if they had taken their time with Farnese and the H.I.C.KSs that the dynamics of Farnese's over the top posturing and her   arrogant treatment of those around her could have been better fleshed out. Instead I feel she and the other H.I.C.Ks fall flat. the fact the H.I.C.Ks are a bunch of pampered noble heirs that mostly just look and act the part of a knight is mostly just talked about in exposition by Serpico. I know it is somewhat the same in the manga (since Serpico does bring this up) but you see it shown more in the manga than you do here.

I also really like the interrogation scene between Farnese and Guts in the manga and was dreading how this will come off in this anime.  I was disappointed mostly, they some what hit some of it. Farnese was alright here but some how I feel they toned down her overly full of herself arrogance and stern posturing that she is depicted having in this scene in the manga. Yes, Farnese is trying hard to be authrotive in the manga, but here in the anime it seems like she is trying too hard. I'm not sure if it is the voice acting but I feel she is not as convincing. The whipping scene seemed both exaggerated and toned down. The sexual tension Farnese is feeling is there but nothing else that makes this out burst so nuanced. it's not just that Guts makes her hot that makes this good in the manga.

Guts is actually the biggest offender here. My God, put some fucking emotion in it will you? Guts's voice actor is the same from the trilogy and he still can not put any inflection in his voice. Why did they keep him? I know in this stage of Guts's life he is emotionally dead but it comes out in him being an epic (sometimes subtle) asshole, not a monotoned voiced robot. Boy does Guts asshole it up in Farnese's face during the interrogation scene in the manga. The way he mocks her and pushes her buttons and the shit eating smirks he makes while she questions him was gold. I loved it! Here you would think Guts was being asked what size shoe he wears...the point is, even while Guts was in his dark phase he never came across to me as being totally emotionless like he is here. Then again when he escapes and confronts Farnese in her tent or when he is kidnapping Farnese and threatening to burn her butt. No emotion except generic agression. Guts's personality and general disposition come off very flat here.

And then there is Farnese's deduction work of who Guts really is and his connection to the bad of the hawk. At first I was pleasantly surprised it surely makes Farnese more intelligent and capable than she is shown to be at this stage. But the more I thought about it the more I disliked it. It just felt cheap and now I wonder how this will play out later in the story. What,have her second guess her original deduction so she can look more stupid than she is and also keep  the mystery of Guts's past present like in the manga? Or change the storyline around all together?

Serpico comes off way more creepy and stalker-ish than he should be.

Azan is the only one I feel came off rather well. When I first came across him I thought he was going to be another Adon clone, but he is much more than that and I like that he is the only member besides Serpico who is worth a damn in the H.I.C.Ks.

There is something that happens in this that I wonder if it came off the same in the manga. When Guts is taking off with Farnese on the horse Farnese almost hits the ground. Did she throw herself off or did Guts deliberately dangle her head above the stones on purpose. Thats not how played out in the manga?

Some of the best pieces of this episode were the moments where Guts outright brought up the trauma that farnese witnessed that led to her religious ways when she gave her answer.

I think the rearrangement and flashbacks worked better because it felt highly referential in sequence.  I felt the deja vu to the one hundred men battle looking at it through the perspective the anime set up of this battle.  It's taking me deeper into the questions Guts might be asking about his past.  Questions that are still unanswered in my viewing of Berserk.  This referential backwards viewing also helped with the mention of fire and Guts question to farnese.

This is the second faithful practicioner Guts has seen in this series. And he didn't keep himself as removed from Farnese as it initially appeared, to my then younger eyes at least, in the manga.

Sometimes it gets lost that during this whole time Guts is a person who holds knowledge of the true "spirtual" forces that are fucking with the world.  Or the causality of it.  It seems like when he asked if Farnese saw any difference between God and the devil he was potentially opening up to her as a highly intelligent subject.

I wouldn't have guessed after her treatment of him and how i view farnese that she was someone you could trust to understand what is going on in the less midland intrapolitical reality of berserk, even Puck is shocked that farnese cannot see him.  But Guts chose to broach the subject of letting someone know what the hell is actually happened in the red eclipse.  It echoes back to the conversation he had with Griffith after facing zod, and it's interesting that Farnese is someone that even though not by skill is also someone who has "defeated" Guts.    This is the first encounter i can remember of that made me think Guts perhaps wanted to tell the world of the existence of the supernatural that is haunting him.  Or it could be as it was in the last episode that he often does reference it but is rarely understood as he mentioned he was haunted to the covered wagon driver with puck and the child.  This makes the reality of Guts being a loner by choice juxtaposed by him being alone even when he sees potential in another.  I certainly wouldn't have been brave enough to trust farnese to understand it.

On the other foot his insight brings up the problem of making farnese's insecurities seem right, even though at this point we are unaware of thim and she is close minded.

I also agree the azan is a bad ass in this episode.  A romantic who is in an order filled with people avoiding his code, in a cause that is misguided that generates respect.

the world of berserk usually doesn't treat idealists too kindly but azan seems to subsist by his strength, so it's that he achieves his code by that strength inner and outer.  A code that he does see as his strength.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 341
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:14:37 AM »
Miura's comment for this issue: "I encountered Kotori Yoshio in a coffee shop."

You don't seem to take into account the fact Femto was incarnated into the corporeal world by taking over the boy's corporeal body. The boy was not a purely spiritual being; he had a body of flesh. The evil that had tainted him in the womb just gave him unique powers and placed him firmly in the Interstice.

Yes, Serpico has been somewhat aimless for a while, long before that in fact. His relevance has diminished as Farnese grew stronger and more independent. I'm sure he'll find his own way eventually though, and Elfhelm seems like the perfect place for that.

On a side note, there is no "mermaid arc". To see all episodes, chapters and arcs of the series, you can consult this handy list:

Don't hesitate to direct that person to this thread, most of which has me lengthily arguing against that idea. :SK:

Excuse me, i meant to say i think the boy is Guts and casca's child but my understanding of that baby is he was spirtually transfigured or maimed before birth.  And never got a chance at life(incoming graphic description) and I'm not even clear if casca has him as a still birth or if the panel in which it appears to be that it isn't his fetus persay but he's already been turned into his ethreal ghost like existence.  I do seem to recall him passing on in a sense before he reappears in his more memorable(i guess really for me) form that he would protect Guts in.

I suppose it's true he must have had flesh if he was eaten but i'm not sure what the beherit apostle could "eat" so to speak.

Point being though he is born again into human flesh, through that whole second eclipse and he would be in some sentiment the opposite story of griffith.

Or the other half to the whole.

Griffith was a man, who died to become a god(well god hand), and that being was born again in this world.

The boy(moonlight boy) was more of a spirtual being made into flesh.   In the sense that the existence he came from was one that was on that plane.  Rather than going from this world/to the spirtualto this world again, he came from the spirtual to this world to lead the life he never had the chance to live.

Even if he was technically corporeal(or of the flesh?)  before this rebirth(if it is him) he seems like he represents the reverse or opposite of the way the rest of the way things have gone with everything else concerning "fate"

If you've ever read/seen dragonball/z  you'll know of the story of kami and how he split himself into two halves from his whole, in order to become pure good, or the mystics and the skeksi's in dark crystal.  It seems like a part of the birth that was designed to bring fempto into the corporeal world created the opposite effect for griffith's(i guess a dark kami) and left an innocent half floating around.

he seems like the one force suggesting hope of postive recovery, in the spirtual.  Of course it could all turn out bad, and schierke seems to understand a whole world of postive spirtuality, and we haven't been to elf island which seems to hold the possibility for some healing for casca.   

Also apologies on refering to it as "the mermaid arc"  i wanted to refer to the parts of them fighting the sea god, that focuses on Isidro meeting the girl( can't for the life of me remember her name right now apologies) who ends up becoming a mermaid(not sure if i'm remembering correctly that they even call them mermaids.)  To me he really took a center stage there.   I feel serpico has a lot to give,  with the brilliance of the silat/rakshas fight it has me looking to see more of what can be done with him and what he can do in fights based off those magnificent fight scenes with Guts. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 341
« on: November 03, 2015, 12:26:52 PM »
I have no doubt in my mind that the Moon Light boy is connected to Griffith and not the elf king even if I sort of wish there was no connection Griffith and the Boy and he was indeed an avatar or some how in cahoots with the elf king. I just don't trust the boy. He may have his own personality and not have an evil aura about him but the fact that he is related to Griffith makes me worried. If The Moon Light boy can have enough consciousnesses to influence Griffith to save Casca when Griffith had no intention of doing so, whose to say that can be a two way street? When the moon light boy is out in corporal form is "in control" does that mean Griffith is along for the ride as a passive observer and can see everything the boy experiences? And maybe even more sinister, can Griffith temporally compel the moonlight boy to act against his wishes to his own ends like the demon child did when he made Griffith save Casca in volume 22? That could give Griffith an opportunity to manipulate both Guts, and especially Casca's emotions to his end. 

I really hope not. Griffith made his choices and did the unthinkable, I don't think he should get some kind of redemption even if the boy manages to make him feel regret for what he did (if that were even possible) or for Guts, Casca and company to even toy with the idea of him being redeemed.

I feel like if Griffith was a human born corporeally on earth who became a god hand and therefore a spirtual being and then reborn into the coporeal realm.

Then if the moonlight boy is somehow the other end of that spectrum, is he a true spirtual being who is getting his first shot at the corporeal human life.

It makes me think that when the beherit apostle ate Guts and Casca's child after it gave so much energy fighting during the second eclipse after telling him he was like him and that he never got to live in this world, that somehow the child has made his way into life..

Through unexplained means.

there is still so much to be revealed, and there has been layer upon layer added.   Can't believe we are settled in for a monthly run.   

On an unrelated note, I'm interested for something to happen with Serpico soon, and to see developments Isidro.  I feel he took a big center stage in the mermaid arc, but Serpico has took a more relaxed role which makes sense given that Farnese seems at her most stable in taking care of Casca.

Lots of things coming up, interesting to reflect and wonder what Elf Island holds for Guts, and how long it will be until or if he gets any answers about what he seeks concerning Casca.

Speculation Nation / Re: About Branded Sacrifices...
« on: November 01, 2015, 04:34:22 AM »
I wouldn't call it a heavy theme since it's not prominent, but it's certainly been brought to the table, and not just early in the series. The encounter with Slan in volume 26 comes to mind.

He only ever had a single beherit and he's still carrying it around! We also get a confirmation of why he kept it when he shows it to Flora in volume 24, asking her how he can use it to get to the God Hand. This echoes what he tells Vargas in volume 2, that it is a key to summon the 5 members of the God Hand. A key to his revenge, in short, but as Flora explains, that's just not how it works.

I don't think the armor makes him less human, but it definitely tears him apart in every sense of the word.

Yes Slan's involvement seems to be another instance of temptation.  I had forgotten he gave a specific reason for what he intended to use the beherit for.  Very interesting that he still has it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: October 30, 2015, 04:08:32 AM »
One of the exemplifications of the great fight scenes that exist in berserk.  They play out with all the tension and teasing that come in between them.  As well as having both a dizzying effect and a puzzle like structure, that can keep you guessing while making sense of each turn and twist.   The feud between Rakshas and Silat and to an extent his tribesmen, is interesting.  Not only for their backstory, but for the back and forth nature of the morality i perceive to be involved.   That privilege that rakshas spoke of the fact that him being an outcast or a black sheep of what may have been an unfair society he lived in that Silat came from with a silver spoon is interesting in light of what's happening now.  Not only have the roles been reversed, Silat and his tribe are on death's door and rakshas while having an ambiguous status seems to still be in an upper caste in the new world just by being an apostle and the world leaning more towards them(seemingly.)  But Silat's response to having his pride shattered by Guts way back even before Ganishka and the kushan lost, led to a key role in all of this.  Whereas i perceive that vanity at least has a symbolic role in rakshas strengths and weaknesses.  While he might actually be in imminent danger when his mask is taken off as far as having his weakness exposed, if that is the case then when rakshas face is struck or one crack in his image appears he is off his game in every case.

So while Silat's self concept or his self image and his persona as the privileged prince cracking led to the strength that saw him grow from each loss, Rakshas is still tormented by the past slights against him by Silat, and must retreat every battle for amibigous causal reasons to be sure, after he loses face, in a poetic conflation of the literal and symbolic.

I think this is the one thing that blinds Rakshas to his perfect anticipation and reading of Silat's movements, he doesn't count that his hubris will allow him to respond in this way, but Silat's recognition that Rakshas was more powerful then him, which stems from what he now sees after the personal growth from Guts allowed to him to fight as if this was the case.

Leading to those beautiful and dangerous moments with the foot blades and each almost catching the other, at the exact moment where the other almost had them.  Leading to that panel where each avoided both.

Spectacular moment great fight.

Segueing out of that Rickert is just showing how much he has learned but also reminding us of what a childhood in years of mercenary experience in the band of the hawk can do in terms of strategy.  But his skill for inventing is also on full display.

Speculation Nation / Re: About Branded Sacrifices...
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:55:14 AM »
This ties into a speculative trend that i have that gets fueled by the manga earlier in the series.  I don't know if Guts can use the Beherits, but i always felt a heavy theme that a big temptation for him was the question or the possibility of intending to.  Not that i'm speculating he intended to do it, it's everything he is opposed to, and on top of that being Human and finding meaning in a humanist way with all the pitfalls and frailties seem very important to Guts.  He always seem juxtaposed that way in his fights with Zodd.  For some reason it seemed like when he was carrying around the Beherits for what i believe(uncertain of if this was stated, cannot remember.) was to keep it from finding it's way into another person's hands, that he would get very heavy frodo and the ring vibes.   In the same way he has to grapple with the reality of the armor, slowly tearing him apart and possibly(?) making him less human.

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