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Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: Today at 09:28:15 PM »
It happens to every apostle when they die, we just aren't shown the details every time.

That makes sense! Was it just especially powerful when it came for the Count because they were already in a weird astral plane? Because I don't believe Wyald's was sucking up other people.

Manga Mausoleum / What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: Today at 08:18:31 PM »
I'm finishing up a re-read of the manga, and at first I was thinking back on the battle for the Spirit Tree Mansion. Guts and the Skull Knight cut down several apostle, yet we don't get dozens of vortexes claiming the bodies, like it did for Wyald. Thinking harder, I realize it only came for Wyald and the Count's (and when the Skull Knight destroys Qliphoth).
So what made these apostle deaths so much different from say, the Snake Baron, or the female apostle who killed Corkus? Is there anything specific that has to happen for that swirling vortex of souls to emerge?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:29:38 PM »
YES!! This is the best news!! I thought Berserk was on Hiatus again :guts: . Since it's the first time Miura has done 5 episodes in a row in a long time, does that mean that he'll keep releasing a episode each month from now on? :???:

From what I've noticed, it looks like he's been releasing monthly for about 6 consecutive months for the past couple years, from November to April. So I assume this will be similar. But who knows? Maybe he'll keep the train going. Fingers crossed!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:42:47 PM »
Went to see Ready Player One a couple days ago. It's got some nice visuals and some cool references for those of us over 30, but I wasn't blown away. The plot in particular is the movie's weakest point.

Yeah, that's kinda what I expected--it just looked like the Hunger Games with video games and 80s/90s references

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:33:26 AM »
That especially seems odd for Dark Horse to announce something so soon before a release. Like Volume 39, the guidebook, and the light novel are all announced yet months away. Then again, I don't think there was much promotion before the digital releases.

Overall seems unlikely, but maybe a bunch of people will pelt DH with requests because of it :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:59:43 AM »
I (and many others) noticed that the end of 355 doesn't have a specific date for the next episode. I've heard it both ways--that it means a hiatus, that it's happened before and monthly release still happened. So, assuming there will be another chapter next month, when and where would we hear about it?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 04:01:12 PM »
Finally got my copy! Damn, it is so satisfying having such a large copy--where's my large-size omnibus, Dark Horse? Gotta say, not something to read in public though  :farnese: little awkward to just be casually reading through a "girly mag."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 08:36:18 PM »
I don't think she looks like more a child, particularly any more than she does in your avatar for example. She just looks more like her old self, which makes sense for us to think she looks younger because that was a while ago to say the least. And really, she's still a young woman now, so whether we thought Casca looked more mature or not in any given part or panel is highly variable and subjective, just like Guts (who sometimes can look anywhere between the 20-something he's technically supposed to be and a fuckin' 40 year old man =).

That does bring up an interesting question for me: does anyone know how long this quest for Casca's sanity has been going on within the story? If I remember correctly, Guts is like 21 during the Black Swordsman Arc, and I think the latest guidebook says he's 24 now?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:11:32 AM »
What I'm wondering is, will she get angry as the memories come back to her, or just collapse?  She did the latter the first time, and not without good reason, but I'd like to see some of the former too.  She used to kill the hell outta dudes for a living; her reaction to being attacked was to stab people through the face, or she'd never have survived.  All the ceaseless exhaustion and general nightmarishness she suffered after Guts and Griffith both abandoned the the Band had worn her beyond ragged by the time the Eclipse started.  It'd be nice to see some of the soldier in her again now that she's had a nice long rest.

I think it'd be cool for her processing to be similar to post-Eclipse Guts. Having a Casca-style Black Swordsman Arc, where she's feeling murderous and suppressing her feelings. But unlike Guts, she'll have a group to help her lower those walls right from the start. And Guts himself to warn her that running around with a murder-boner isn't the best way to deal with her problems. Well, not all her problems.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:25:57 AM »
Farnese's still never really had a healthy relationship with an equal; she's Schierke's student, she's desperate to prove herself to Guts, she and Serpico...well...that's super weird and complicated.  I can only imagine that it's going to be very hard for her to really understand that Casca doesn't have to need her to accept her. 

I'm reading through for the second time, and that really struck me way harder. It is really interesting to see how submissive Farnese ended up being for the group. Though I do think Casca's going to be dependent on her and Schierke while she confronts her trauma. After that, it'll be interesting to see how their relationship evolves.

I really love this manga.

Me too, fellow Struggler. I've got less than 4 years under my viewership belt, but it's still been magnificent to follow these incredible characters in this breathtaking world.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:31:32 PM »
Haha, you guys are so harsh with the dress! I actually really like it! :iva: And it does feel like a very elfish thing to do, too. Remember on the podcast when I said it could be kind of hellish for Casca if she had to go through the party where the elves would be like "you are going to have fun whether you want to or not"? Same kind of thing. Imposed romance. And yeah I have to agree with you guys, it seems clear Miura intentionally went for the most perfect reunion setting ever only to better subvert it.

My first thought was "holy crap, that's beautiful." Then my mind went "wait, but Casca hates dressing up." Then I realized Casca did lightly protest but Danan comically overruled her. So I gotta say, I love it.

As many people have commented, Guts strikes quite the ominous image in full armor and armaments (obviously played up by Miura as well).  I wouldn't be surprised to see a scene where Guts removes all of this before approaching Casca again.  It could be quite powerful, seeing the Black Swordsman strip away the elements of his darkness, piece by piece.  It would work in a metaphorical sense as well.  Guts needs to make himself literally vulnerable in order to regain the intimacy he once had with Casca.

I would also love to see that image--similar to when he sat on the ship without his gear, after having failed to save Casca falling into the water.

I also really want the scene where Guts goes up to meet Casca again in this vulnerable state, then have Danan whip up something fancy for him too  :ganishka: if only to see his reaction

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: March 21, 2018, 05:46:43 AM »
Thank goodness, I thought he was going to have to walk everywhere. Glad he can ride again, once more, again :schierke:

Why does that make it sound like Guts is rolling out for a night on the town with his drinking buddies?

Coming this Fall: Everyday Life at Berserk University  :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:01:08 AM »
My mind is in ashes. It feels like I'm instinctively called in to listening Guts theme(Bonfire of dreams), while getting a glance to that cathartic panel with Guts and Casca facing each other, then looking just what fucking comes after.

I made that joke with my friend (to hide the pain)
Panel of Casca tearing up: Guts' theme starts
Panel of Casca's eye turning into Eclipse: Guts' theme abruptly cute off.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:53:40 PM »
Not an arc. :puck:
There are 5 arcs in Berserk: Black Swordsman, Golden Age, Conviction, Millennium Falcon, and Fantasia.
And don't get me started about chapters! :iva:
Check out our episode listing to know more.

Sorry, sorry, I meant arc in the general sense--dream sequence xP

Haha, what? Casca's heart is shaped... like a heart. Sure, the Idea of Evil is shaped like a monstrous heart, but that doesn't support the connection you're making here.

Well, double helix swirls around it specifically xD obviously not saying she's become the IoE or anything, but it seemed like a nod.

Oh I think that's completely deliberate. People underestimate how great the Dreamcast game was!

That game is wonderful!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:25:51 PM »
Oh, I forgot about Guardians 2, which I enjoyed, but hasn't stuck with me and isn't groundbreaking or anything. Anyway, I don't know that it'll be that bad, I broke it up and the distribution of fun, not so fun, and very unfun is pretty balanced:

Man, that's harder. I think I'll have rating system of awful, bad, ok, good, great:

Iron Man: great
Incredible Hulk: good
Iron Man 2: bad
Thor: ok
Captain America: great
Avengers: great

Iron Man 3: bad
Thor 2: awful
Winter Soldier: amazing (broke the charts  :isidro:)
Guardians of the Galaxy: good
Age of Ultron: bad
Ant-Man: awful

Civil War: good
Doctor Strange: ok
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: haven't seen
Homecoming: haven't seen
Ragnarok: God's mistake  :rickert:
Black Panther: great

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:09:32 PM »
Moment of (perhaps false) insight: this dream arc seemed to have two big callbacks to earlier content:

1) Casca's heart taking the shape of the Idea of Evil.

2) This may be me reading to much into it, but Casca mentioning how her time as Elaine was like a distant dream reminds me of Casca's moment of lucidity in the Berserk Dreamcast game, where she says she was having a bad dream.

That may not be an intentional callback, but I like that Miura was more or less consistent with Casca's perception of her time as Elaine.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:56:02 PM »
Oh, and I keep seeing people talking about a hiatus... but the end of the episode says "to be continued next time". So no confirmation of a hiatus as far as I can tell. Needless to say, I also wish that just once, on this momentous occasion, people would focus on discussing what actually happens in this episode instead of obsessing over the release schedule.

Not to obsess over the release schedule, but that's interesting  :ganishka: I guess people (myself included) noticed the lack of numbers so assumed the ending was something along the lines of "to be continued this Fall" or something.

But in any case, yes people, live in the moment! We got another episode with artwork and moments that are immediately iconic!

Creation Station / Re: I made some fanart of Casca last year
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:00:18 PM »
Ooooh happier times indeed  :judo: hopefully we can have times like those again soon.

On a more obvious note, wonderful work! I really like the textured look. Looking forward to more :)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:42:03 PM »
Absolutely stunning episode! I love how Miura is able to blend dialogue with nonverbal storytelling, telling the audience so much with so little. It's interesting to see her memories of Guts seemingly blended with good memories, yet his physical appearance brings back all her trauma. Gives it a very powerful feel of tragic love. It's apparent that Casca does still love him (never doubted, but thank Christ), but having such a strong association with him and her trauma makes it much more complicated. The spread of Griffith's broken body threw me for a loop. I'll be interested to see the translation!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:21:12 AM »
It's not that deep. Miura has been using this art style, since pretty much Falconia now. Bigger eyes, smaller nose, wider face. It's much more modern anime-esque, which doesn't surprise me, as todays series that use that style probably have an influence on him. One thing is sure for me though, the general art style looked at it's best late MF arc.

Agreed, there's a pretty strong aesthetic change with each arc. I think the reason it's "more" apparent with Casca is she had her huge irises that kind of offset the big eyes. But now that she has her more lucid, smaller irises, the change is more noticeable. I'll be interested to see how the art shifts in the next arc, assuming Fantasia isn't the last.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:20:42 PM »
I think the last one I liked or was impressed by was Civil War, which sort of felt like the darker, more introspective Avengers sequel AoU failed to be. I haven't seen Panther yet, probably won't see Doctor Strange, and just saw Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend, which was similarly underwhelming given its reputation. I mean, it was fine, but low stakes, casual, and by the numbers Marvel at this point (almost like a sitcom), and probably the third or fourth best Spider-Man movie I've seen (fifth counting Civil War =). Basically, for all the "Marvel homecoming" hype, and the promise the character showed in Civil War, the movie did little to distinguish itself from those that came before it.

I haven't seen Homecoming or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. My current plan is to watch 3 MCU films per week leading up to Infinity War. So those first 2 weeks? Pretty fun. Next 2 weeks? Not so fun. Last 3 weeks? Very unfun  :rickert:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:21:05 PM »
for those who can't buy it on cdjapan, you can always use, Here is a link

Edit: It's back in stock

Thank youuu! Preordered  :ubik: :ubik: :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:31:59 PM »
Her brighter demeanor is definitely a bit surprising for me, but maybe her memories and experience of the Eclipse simply haven't "sunken in" yet. This scene apparently takes place immediately after she wakes up after all.

Yeah, I assumed with the thorny heart, she'd be a bit more...biting? But maybe it's her new coping mechanism. This could be her equivalent of Guts' more abrasive, seemingly-uncaring Black Swordsman period. That's my take on it--based on our one panel

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:45:49 PM »
Ohh the horror! The pre-orders are sold out already!!  :judo: :judo:

Oh no! This would've been my first pre-order  :judo: I suppose it's unsurprising that this'll probably the most-sold issue in a long while.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:35:37 PM »
Glad you said so because that hits it on the nose, it's trying to Guardianify Thor into something more fun. Which I sort of understood going in, but forgot by the end because while it has all the irreverent space hijinks on its surface, it has none of the pathos so therefore misses the mark. This movie didn't know how and wouldn't dare to be as unapologetically sentimental as the Guardian movies are at heart. That's what made all the other stuff work though and why it doesn't go over as well here (it's copying the worst parts of those movies when the jokes are trying too hard). Anyway, I can't feel the emotion of a moment just because Sir Anthony Hopkins tells me too, especially when everything is seemingly just made up and inevitably undone on the spot.

I'm glad someone else feels that way xD for me personally, Ragnarok was a miserable experience. Sure, if you through literally a thousand darts at a board, a couple may bullseye, but a couple may also hit a stray cat and you'll be stuck with its wailing. That was the comedy. The first half is nothing but comedy, and even when the second half starts getting serious, every scene still ends with a joke to take away all tension.

Then again, I've had Marvel fatigue since Age of Ultron. I did really enjoy Black Panther, and Infinity War looks like it may actually have some teeth.

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