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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:44:44 AM »
True, I think you did mentionned that a while back. It'd be neat but I still wish for a Casca-esque cover or something related to her healing.

I'm gonna cheat and steal Walter's answer, but say the volume that contains the next episode with Guts and Casca will have a Casca cover.

Westworld concluded season 2 this past Sunday and it was a hot mess of an episode - pacing, story. Season 1 was generally better for pacing, intrigue and keeping me interested/ invested in the show. Just when you think it should give you some closure, it opens that door for you for only a few characters but also creates more questions for the rest so they can add more and more content to it. I'd rather have a show that's 1 or 2 seasons (or anything definitive) and that's it. In terms of story arcs, I didn't care much for Maeve's or Dolores' post awakening arcs.

I absolutely loved Season 1. The fact that Forde semiii have a hand in Maeve's plan made her arc work a little better, though what a coincidence she just happened to come across the most spineless lab techs ever.
But then season 2 comes around and just throws retcons all over the place. When they went to Shogun World (something that sounded really cool) and it was literally just a carbon copy of Westworld, I almost completely lost interest. The last great thing to me was the Man in Black's flashback stuff.

Whoof. Big question there  :farnese: Well, first off, welcome to the forum! Always glad to see Berserk reaching more and more people!

As for your question, I think Berserk boils down to the essence of camaraderie and the essence of betrayal. I'd also say the main theme is man's struggle to create his own future, or else succumb to destiny. Not a small amount of words, I know, but as I said, big question  :ganishka:

As for me, I was first introduced to Berserk 4 or 5 years ago, so I'm about as far from a veteran as can be on this site. I first watched the '97 anime, which left me hungry for more. So I immediately watched through the film trilogy, which I enjoy more than most. Then I dove into the manga, reading through it all in about a month. It's only now that I'm finishing up my second readthrough that I'm really enjoying the cohesion and world-building of the latest stuff, as I've been more or less starry-eyed towards the Golden Age era.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:33:21 AM »
Farnese = far-neh-zeh. Not far-niece, fair-ness, far-naise or whatever other pronunciations fans have insisted on. So the dub is right, though Serpico's VA stresses the syllables in an way that sounds whiny.

Okay, that's what I figured. It sounded right, but Serpy's VA stresses it so hard, it sounds like far-nay-zay. Which is kinda right, just....awkward

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:57:43 PM »
I recently checked out the Dub. I agree 100%.
Also, Sheerkee? I thought Schierke's is supposed to be pronounced Sheer-kuh.
Although he didn't have many lines, I also want to give props to Locus' voice actor. He sounds closer to what I thought Locus would sound like than the Japanese one.

It's definitely Sheer-kuh  :schierke: I question most of 2016/17's pronunciations. Thanks to Aaz, I know it's Ee-see-dro, not izzy doro. I dislike how they pronounce Casca since it's different from 97 and the films, but I don't know which is technically correct. I also always called Mozgus "maw's gus," but they call him "moe's gus". I've also heard their pronunciation of Farnese is incorrect, but again, I'm not certain about all the names.

But I agree, Locus has a very nice voice! Not sure about Raksas' though. I'll have to hear more of him. Grunbeld though.....ooof. I love Paul St. Peter, but he's a bad fit in my book.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:06:49 AM »
I only watched the backstory episode but apparently the script writer just decided to not even bother  :ganishka:

I was looking for some kind of explanation! But nope, completely ignored  :ganishka:

Also, episode 4 adds another big translation error: when the group finds Farnese the morning after her search for Casca, Isidro claims they fought off apostles?? Wonder how he'll react when he sees apostles at Flora's mansion....for the first time  :isidro:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:55:50 PM »
So I watched the first two episodes of 2017's English dub. As someone unimpressed with how they handled 2016, I think they made some improvements. Puck sounds muuuch much better, not coming off quite as feminine. Farnese is also much less obnoxious--I feel like the actress dropped her habit of going falsetto when she was distressed. I continue to enjoy Isidro's performance, as well as Griffith's (despite being Kevin T. Collins' fan).
Serpico still gives off a bit more energy than I'd like, while Erica is nowhere near energetic enough. There's some stiff deliveries here and there, and stiffer translations, but all in all I haven't ground my teeth nearly as much as I did for 2016.

Edit: also I hate Schierke's voice so far. Doesn't fit her age at all.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:59:00 PM »

In recent reprints, Dark Horse has changed its translation of the Sovereign of the Flower Storm from "Hanafubuku King" to "Flower Storm Monarch." Good on them for correcting that half-translated mess.

Ohhh, just in time for me to have gotten the previous translation  :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:55:28 PM »
Glad to see another Fantasia beast show up--almost like checking off the list introduced in volume 34. Hopefully this means a dragon's up next  :ubik:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:04:01 PM »

Oh dear God. I'm about 300 pages into Fires of Heaven, and that sounds about right. Jesus, Robert Jordan  :rickert:


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:10:36 PM »
I'm switching back and forth between Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. And while Mistborn is an incredibly fun, action-filled fantasy adventure, Wheel of Time is....incredibly dense, and spends way too much time with the guys thinking the girls are bossy bitches, and the girls thinking the guys are stubborn dumbies.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:14:31 AM »
I made time for Infinity War. My simple review: I shouldn't watch Marvel movies. I'm the worst at it.

Just because something is big doesn't mean that it has weight.

Phew boy, your Marvel fatigue sounds even worse than mine. I definitely understand your complaints, although I wouldn't say death has no stakes at all in the film, as I'm pretty sure every one who was directly killed and not snapped away is actually dead. Which already gives it the highest body count of characters who matter than the entirety of the MCU combined.

Of course, with superheroes being the money tree they are and Disney being the movie factory it is, of course we're going to get a healthy dose of resurrections. But I'd wager we'll probably get a trade off by losing all or most of those not snapped away--mainly because RDJ, Ruffalow, and Evans are kinda done with the characters.

As for Thanos, I love this iteration. I won't go overboard with how "amazing" and "deep" his motivation is like everyone else, but I can at least sympathize with him more than the dude who wants to kill half the universe so his female persona of death will want to fuck him. And he's a cut above the rest of the MCU--though admittedly, not a high bar to jump over.

Overall, I think it has a good deal more substance than the MCU's typical drivel.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:04:34 AM »
Er, well, I'd say it's closer to DVD, so to speak. I mean, it's not Schindler's List or anything. =) I'm not even sure it's actually a better film than The Last Jedi, but certainly more fun and delivers to expectations.

I think by dint of that alone, it's better than the Last Jedi. It actually paid off plot threads, instead of going "oh, oh these plot threads? Oh those don't matter."

We don't see behind-the-scenes in the new Falcons' camp from Griffith's eyes, but Mule's. Falconia is shown from Rickert's perspective. Wyndham's exodus is Raban's story. And of course often it's semi-omniscient as well.
I'm curious, have we really had a episode from Griffith's perspective since the Golden Age? It seems most are other people around him or semi-omniscient.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:46:51 PM »
Personally I don't think that the world could really be "flattened" in a way where you'd find one of the beings Schierke summons next to a deer in the woods. There might be more "bridges" or connections though.

Yeah, I also don't think the worlds could merge that completely--although how horrifying would it be to see Griffith go toe-to-toe with the Four Kings  :isidro: Although that may be a little too shonen.

Also, as far as this whole squabble over the reclamation of Midland and Griffith's plans and all that, I think it's just as simple as Griffith has been destined to rule the world since he came into possession of the egg of the king. Or because he was destined, it came into his possession--however you want to view it. At this point, he effectively does rule the world, but we don't know how many other pockets of survivors there are throughout the world. There could even be several places like Elfhelm where Griffith's influence has yet to really take effect.

So I think Griffith's military campaigns are less a reconquista of Midland's territory, and more the final conquest of the rest of the world. And/or Griffith's victory lap since, if these giants are any indication, the battles up ahead are less a battle and more an extermination.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:13:01 PM »
I'm pretty sure Casca's healing will still be on the agenda when we switch back to their side...

Gotta agree there. While I don't think we'll see the moment immediately following her scream (except in a quick flashback), I think at most, when it cuts back to Guts' perspective, some time will have passed and he's nervous about approaching her again.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:12:39 PM »
Out of curiosity, does the 2017 Blu Ray have updates to the GrunGeld fight at all? Are the animations a bit smoother? Does the cannon still clip through his cand when he shoots Grunbeld's shield or does he armor retract?

The fight looks a little smoother--whether they actually slowed and stilled the camera or the blu-ray quality just makes it look better, I'm not sure. I've yet to do a side-by-side comparison. However no, the cannon still magically bursts out of his hand, though I think they shaded it a little more or reframed it so it looks kiiinda better.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:26:38 PM »
Thank you for posting those pages, NCHaskew. It's not clear whether the art in that storyboard is from Miura to me. Doesn't really look like his style at first glance. I wonder if they give details as to who authored it.

I don't think the storyboarding is Miura. I was actually wrong in my earlier post--the first 30 pages of the booklet are the script, which I assume is him. The rest is that rough storyboard.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:59:21 AM »
Miura noooo  :isidro:

Well, actually, I have been curious about giants ever since that gorgeous shot from the beginning of Fantasia--you all know the one. And I gotta say, despite its length, this episode delivers on that intrigue. I absolutely love the design of the giants. There's something that feels very classic fantasy about them, you know?

So after the initial shock, I think this should keep me from going crazy over wondering what will happen with Guts and Casca. Maybe. We'll see. I'm very interested to see where this bit of Griffith's storyline will go. Will it culminate with his coronation? With him subjugating/liberating the rest of the world? The real cruel move would be to build up to a big, sought-after event (such as the coronation/wedding) and then cut to Rickert's storyline. That's what I'd do if I was a mean author with a fanbase as hooked as Berserk's  :ganishka:

Also, I'm very curious to see how the giant king will react to Griffith, assuming he isn't immediately murdered. Because there seems to be some rudimentary intelligence among these monsters--more so than trolls or ogres at least. But they aren't apostles, so they (presumably) aren't under the direct governance of the God Hand. At this point, it could go either way; giant annihilation or assimilation.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:45:43 AM »
Thanks for posting those, man. My shocking conclusion: This series should have been in 2D.

Almost like they got it mostly right 21 years ago  :puck: Oh well, I guess '97 will remain the one-hit wonder of Berserk adaptations. Barring video games.

The 2D that wasn’t lifted straight from the manga still looked like shit

Yeaaah, if it wasn't lifted straight from the manga, it was shitty. If it was lifted straight from the manga, it was just a still image panned across--which at that point, can you still call it animation?  :schierke:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:48:57 PM »
Would you mind sharing the concept art and storyboards (episode 3 and others)? I'm interested in seeing what the original 2D shots looked like before being transformed into 3D.

Sure! The storyboard for Episode 3 is approximately 100 pages, so I won't post all of it (unless you're super curious), but here's a sample of 10. Apologies for the poor quality--I don't have a means of scanning it.

And here's a sample of 10 from the concept art included in box set 2. It looks like pretty much just all the 2D art. Let me know if you want to see any more!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:04:16 AM »
No, the vortex was trying to snatch Guts during the Count's ceremony because of his brand (remember, that's what it truly means to be branded). It had no claim to him back in the Golden Age.

Aaaah right right. I'm so used to the Brand attracting evil, I forgot its worst significance is that he's basically damned to Hell. Thanks for the clarification!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 21, 2018, 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: April 21, 2018, 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!

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