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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 03:00:56 PM »
Followed by....

More Berserk next month. Oh, and a pretty huge double-sided poster of the manga/anime.

I'm getting "page does not exist."

Anyway, thank you for this Uriel.  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 08:57:17 AM »
Looks like Guts reveals something about Griffith, I wonder what? Could this be the time he tells them he was an original band of the hawk member?

Well, we won't know for sure until we see the whole thing. He may simply be vaguely talking about his past while thinking of Griffith, without giving away too many details. One way or another I'm hyped, and that's rare for me.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 17, 2016, 06:10:40 PM »
That's actually never happened, once we've been given a date. If the date is unknown, it'll just say "Tsuzuku," which is effectively "to be continued."
Just because it hasn't yet doesn't mean it can't. I like to keep my bases covered, just in case. Maybe it's unnecessary but it's just what I do. I'll refrain from bringing it up in the future unless something does actually change (however unlikely).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 16, 2016, 10:11:39 PM »
Well, the relase date [22 July] of the 345 is written on the last page of the last Episode, so nothing new here  :troll:

Things change. Sometimes things get delayed or pushed ahead.  :schnoz:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 16, 2016, 08:08:01 PM »
Hey guys, keep in mind that the official spellings are Luka and Erika, as confirmed in episode 338.

Thanks for the reminder. Still having trouble from time to time after all those years.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:27:35 PM »
I think she could be friends with Erica and the rest of girls there.

Well, Erika is leaving with Rickert so..

Anyway, it would indeed be interesting to see Jill there in Falconia with Luka and co, after the probable time skip. Maybe one more person talking vaguely about their time with  :guts: will make them all connect the dots. Additionally, upon Guts' arrival it would be nice to have a brief reunion before shit hits the fan as a little proof to Guts (if he even needs it) that he's making a difference for people, giving them years of life when they'd have died years ago without him, but we can't see that far ahead yet.

Anyway, 345 soon according to the last info I got.

EDIT: Corrected names. (how embarrassing!)

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 07:01:35 AM »
Found this on Reddit

You think about yourself as a superior, it definitely shows.You disregard every opinion that is opposing your way of thinking in way that you almost disregard it entirely.

From my own experience viewing this forum for the past three years and my own (admittedly limited) interactions with Aaz, I must reinforce that this is simply not the case. Aaz and I don't necessarily see eye-to-eye on everything, but when we disagree and discuss things he has not disregarded my opinion at all. In fact, when we were talking about the latest anime episode it seemed that he began to see some of what I saw (even though that ultimately did not change his overall opinion), and we ended amicably with a better understanding of each other's views, and dare I say the anime itself. Amazing what happens when you don't take criticism of your ideas personally and then resort to personal attacks.

I know that and I like Griffith for this otherwordly feeling but at the same time it seems lazy. I mean, he is the antagonist of this series and he is reduced now to a character that we have to imagine ourselves. Him being too abstract is a good thing if you get something else in return but we dont get anything really. Thats the whole point, we are meant to be far from him but we dont get anything for that. Also we got some (not much)insight into other God Hand members.

As for Griffith, I can see how one might see him as uninteresting, but only if they don't look at the bigger picture. Miura does indeed make mistakes, but I would hardly say such a mistake is present at the core of the series in the portrayal of our main antagonist. People throughout this thread have given examples of what we've got with Griffith/Femto, yet you still say we've got nothing. What insight have we got into the other God Hand members that in any way comes close to the entire Arc that was essentially backstory for Griffith/Femto (and everyone else but that's not the point here). I wouldn't even call him abstract. What he is is clear as day, even though some details are intentionally left murky for now. If anything, the "little" we've got of Griffith just makes me more excited to see what more (if anything) is going on in his head when it's inevitably revealed.

Well, there are definitely different viewpoints on this character. If you like him as a being who is so godly that we cant understand what the fuck is going on, he is interesting, compelling even. But this is where you have failed, because you said that my viewpoint sucks. I dont think the same about you.

Indeed there are many viewpoints of the character. Most of them however are grounded in the facts. Non sequitur: You like this, so it is interesting/compelling. That does not follow at all, and that's before even touching on the fact that we actually do understand what is going on with Griffith. We've been told multiple times.

Finally I fail to see how "you said my viewpoint sucks therefore I win" even makes sense; You've made it abundantly clear what you think thus far.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 05:43:47 AM »
A bit late on the forum posting, but I've had a bit of a day, so I'll keep it brief.

As I said earlier in the Discord, my opinion is that so far it's the best of the crap we've been given. However, that's not to say I liked it. I appreciate the intentions behind a lot of the choices, but the execution makes it fall flat for the most part. My biggest complaint (that isn't a redundant carry-over from previous episodes such as visuals or sound) is that the time spent on meat talk could've been better used to expand on the stuff we got at the end. A lot of people were bugged by the credits but I had no trouble with it personally, I guess that's just me. Anyway, next week is the last I'll be contributing to any timely discussion of the anime from the perspective of an active viewer. I'd rather save the subscription fee to instead purchase more volumes of the manga.

EDIT: Also, I hastily voted the second best option on the poll after initial viewing before it had time to be truly processed, and would like to express for the record that I'd downgrade to the third option if I could.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2016, 04:19:15 PM »
50th Revolution Day! 47 billion kilometers!

Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: July 08, 2016, 02:49:02 AM »
just imagining what Zodd's dying words would be, peak my interest

I imagine if he died in a straight fight, he'd likely be at peace for having found a worthy opponent. Maybe a few words of congratulation to the one(s) who bested him.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2016 Episode 2 Post-episode Group Chat
« on: July 08, 2016, 12:52:33 AM »
Edited a link to that thread into the original post. Thanks to Walter for getting that set up. I'll leave it up to you guys to decide whether or not this thread should still exist.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 06, 2016, 03:52:13 PM »
Yes, I sent him a tweet as soon as I posted here. It confused me, cause the idea of getting excited for this anime is so farfetched to me
Those people do exist. Some of them on this very forum. Here they're the minority, but they seem quite numerous in Youtube comments. I imagine many of them aren't familiar enough with the manga to really understand what's wrong with this new adaptation, with another large portion lacking the critical thinking skills to recognize things that just don't make sense. The latter is a common issue these days, I find.

Edit: removed extraneous word.

It says 20 people have voted but there are only 18 votes for Guts?   :???:

I smell a  :troll:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2016 Episode 2 Post-episode Group Chat
« on: July 05, 2016, 03:33:29 PM »
One of you guys should try recording it using MP3 Skype Recorder.  It's a program that "listens in" on Skype calls and spits out a file at the end. Not the greatest quality, and the program isn't super reliable (it's why our last attempt failed...) but when it works, it works. If you do use it, be sure to change the default recording quality to 44khz, since it defaults to 11 (wtf).
I've been testing it out and it worked fine until I changed the sample rate to 44khz as you suggested. Since then the files don't have any duration. I'm a total novice with this sort of thing so we might have to settle for a lower quality recording. The default 16khz (maybe we're using different versions?) works and my limited testing hasn't had any issues as far as being able to understand people.

Anime Asylum / Berserk 2016 Episode 2 Post-episode Group Chat
« on: July 05, 2016, 02:00:39 PM »
If anyone is interested, there will be a post-episode group chat hosted on Skype Discord. More info about Discord can be found at
The episode is set to be available Friday at 9:30am CDT, with the chat at approximately 10:00am CDT, with people being free to join in once it starts.

I will be editing this post as relevant details come up.

P.S. This is not the official discussion thread for the episode. There will be an appropriate thread for that when the time comes.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:00:27 PM »
I just realized, unless they try and do some weird time jump in the next episode, Guts and Puck will only have been together for, like, a couple of hours....

Don't forget that we don't even know what Guts' journey is about or who Casca, Rickert, or Godot are or why they are important! Does Guts have the improved gadgets Rickert was supposed to give him when he went after Casca? We don't know because they didn't set anything up. :/

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: July 04, 2016, 09:44:30 AM »
None of it its worth any money. Micro dlc's like costumes are the bane of gaming.

That's a bit harsh. As long as they're cheaply priced (sometimes free!) it really makes no impact. Anyway, looks like these costumes are incentives for purchasing from specific retailers. Is there really anything wrong with that?

As for the bane of gaming, I'd say that'd be "pay to win" style dlc but I digress.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 03, 2016, 08:11:23 PM »
That probably was brought up lots of times but since I am new here, I am gonna ask it

There are indeed threads for discussing such things in Character Cove and Speculation Nation and it's all a quick search away! :)

Since Guts was babysitting her for 20 years now

I'm going to assume you meant 2 years instead of 20.

What do you think would be the best outcome for Casca being sane again?

As far as "best outcome" there are many people with differing answers to this, as it's a subjective question about a topic that is mostly speculation. For what it's worth though, my "best outcome" would be Casca rejoining the group as a competent fighter after dealing with her trauma and adjusting to the new world. The group contains two people perfectly suited to whip her back into fighting shape in Serpico and Azan though Roderick could also be serviceable in this regard as he has shown himself to be at least competent. The group will almost certainly be leaving Skellig with upgrades, and this could easily include new magical weapons, one of which could be used by Casca. I will refrain from going into further detail as this is not really the place I think.

Schierke is keeping Guts sane

Schierke is keeping Guts in control. Even then as Aazealh has already said, Casca is in his thoughts at those times.

That is kinda cheap in my opinion. The child has no relevance so far, he was just a tool for a greater being to come. We will get something more about him (officially we almost know nothing), that is for sure, but for now he isn't that much relevant to think that he needs to be saved. We need to know if he even needs to be saved.

Never underestimate the primal love a mother can have for her child. Especially if she loves the father. Does she need any other reason to want to try to save the child?

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk (2016) Premiere Poll
« on: July 02, 2016, 12:45:10 PM »
I think you're right in that if you look at it as objectively and dispassionately as you can (like you would any random TV show), you'll find there aren't many redeeming qualities in there at all.

Indeed. I have a habit of going against my gut reflex in order to think about things from different perspectives. Even then, the "redeeming qualities" I found generally had their own caveats and ultimately do not justify the effort of looking for them. I guess it's like digging through a cow pie in the hopes of finding a penny you thought the cow might've ate.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk (2016) Premiere Poll
« on: July 02, 2016, 12:06:23 PM »
I voted with the "We've had worse... right?" option because I'm hesitant to dole out praise. It had some redeeming qualities but I feel like it's the opposite/positive form of nitpicking, if there's a word for that. I already gave a good deal of my specific thoughts in the other thread, with the only thing to add being that some people are being a little too hard on it calling it stuff like "literally the worst thing in the world" but that's just me.

the story of the manga become interesting again... It's wonderfull  :griffnotevil:

In the six years Berserk has been in my life, the manga has never ceased to be interesting. You're entitled to your opinions on things but I can't see that line without questioning your imagination. I would love to know what was uninteresting in the manga from your point of view.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 04:53:14 PM »
If you look carefully, you can spot Caucasian Casca in several frames of the opening.

Is it possible that this one isn't Casca? I'm not sure myself.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 03:40:54 PM »
Here are a few of my thoughts on the episode.. (Spoilers just in case)

As a whole, I came out pleasantly surprised due to the rock-bottom expectations I went in with. To be clear I'm not saying it was good, just that it wasn't as horrible as I was prepared for. The animation has glaring issues such as times where Guts' movement seems weightless,  with no dipping as he steps. It is obvious in some shots that these are 2D overlays onto 3D models. On the other hand, some of the shots I found to be acceptable. Ranting any further about the animation we all knew was going to be bad seems like kicking a dead horse so from now on I personally will only point out particularly grievous offenses. The soundtrack was hit-or-miss for me. I'm not sure whether the scores Shiro Sagisu made are all just utterly inappropriate, or whoever decided which tracks to use where was tonally incompetent, but either way the result was lackluster overall. Many tracks are simply modified versions of the movie OST, including Blood and Guts which I think isn't that bad if you stick to the parts without the chanting. The sound effects felt overdone. The opening theme feels out of place but I very much enjoyed the artwork itself. As for the ending, the theme there is also out of place but I actually somewhat like that song on it's own (outside of a Berserk context) and the sequence had a bit of a lightshow-type deal drawing outlines of characters and such which was nice in my opinion. Walter and I talked about it in the group chat afterward and we thought we might have caught a glimpse of the Moon Child in there but it could have just been Casca.

Anyway, with technical stuff out of the way I'm moving on to the story content and these comments will be exclusive of any opinion on the animation or soundtrack. We open with Farnese and co discovering the aftermath of the Eclipse and we hear about the Prophecy as it cuts to Schierke and Flora viewing the same scene. Overall I thought that was not bad, considering we knew this first episode was going to be screwy in terms of being faithful to the manga. Setting Schierke and Flora up gives us a sense of the scope they intend to cover in this series, and with how much is being cut I'm totally fine with things like that happening sooner than they are "supposed" to rather than not at all. Next we get Isidro and Puck introduced in the same scene which takes away from the memorability of either. Isidro as a tagalong with a Merc/Bandit group fits his character somewhat to me, though it would have been better if he'd been causing any sort of mischief in addition. In this scene the guys Isidro's with are torturing Puck (and eventually Isidro) until Guts enters and beats the crap out of them for being in his way. From what I can tell Puck was handled pretty faithfully throughout the episode (aside from hair being a bit too blue). We get a scene of Guts cooking with a pan/skillet that he seems to Deadpool out of nowhere, and Puck pestering him. Other than that I can't say much stuck with me about it. We cut to Isidro looking for Guts and finding his campfire, then to the Mercs/Bandits from before setting up an ambush for Guts and talking about how the forest is haunted and such, nothing noteworthy. Guts meets Colette and joins their wagon after they insist. Things go down as expected, we get the dream sequence from the Incubus and the subsequent ghost attack culminating in Guts trying to save half of Colette's corpse from the living tree monster? The whole deal with the tree was baffling to me so I may need to re-watch it or have someone explain. Guts wins, Puck is mortified, the Ghosts won't shut up even after the impending sunrise forces their retreat and this irritates Guts enough that he fires his cannon into the air in what was either a frustrated venting of rage or a tactical deafening to drown out the voices. Personally I'd go with a bit of both. We end with the confrontation with Farnese and co, which is the biggest problem I have plot-wise. How on Earth are they supposed to capture Guts if he's not even significantly injured? The only fighter among them I'd expect to make it out of a scuffle with Guts alive is Serpico. We know from the preview for the next episode that Guts gets captured, so I'm anxious to see if they can come up with a reason for him to lose that isn't complete BS.

Anyway, those are a good portion of my thoughts. I'm admittedly still processing some of it. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of my opinions, and I look forward to reading the thoughts you all have.

EDIT: Corrected Colette spelling, which was wrong due to tiredness and the fact that I actually have known a Collette.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 01, 2016, 12:47:47 PM »
Am I the only one not seeing Berserk in the day schedule? I'm not good with this website so... help?  :guts:

I can offer no help, only confirm that this is also the case for me.

I was thinking "Maybe" on the Wicker Man, due to the process involved in creating it, but I agree with you about the pumpkins. Your call though, just thought I'd make sure it'd been considered.

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