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Speculation Nation / What did Femto have planned for Guts & Casca?
« on: July 02, 2014, 11:35:46 AM »
Let's assume for a moment that Skull Knight hadn't gatecrashed the Eclipse. What do you think Femto had planned for Guts & Casca after the rape-scene? Do you think he was just going to let the Apostles finish them off? Do you think he would've wanted to kill Guts and/or Casca personally and perhaps even prolonged their agony rather than giving them a quick death?

There are, of course, theories that Femto would've raped Guts next, which can't necessarily be ruled out (Griffith/Femto was arguably bisexual and used sex as a means to an end, more than anything). I have my doubts about that, though. I think he knew that raping Casca was a far more traumatic way to torture Guts and exploit both their insecurities that he wouldn't need to resort to that, but who knows?

Speculation Nation / How will Zodd meet his end?
« on: May 09, 2014, 01:10:51 PM »
Presuming that Zodd the Immortal will indeed meet his maker before the story's end, how do you imagine this will go down? Do you think it will be his old arch-nemesis Skull Knight to land the final blow? Will it be Guts who gives Zodd the battle to the death that he's been waiting for? Or could you see Miura subverting our expectations and giving Zodd an entirely different end? Could you see Zodd ever disavowing his loyalty to Griffith and switching allegiances?

Speculation Nation / The voice of the IoE?
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:25:54 AM »
How does the voice of the IoE sound in your head? Do you ascribe it a deep, masculine, and resonant voice or perhaps something a little more androgynous? I'm curious to know what you think.

Character Cove / When Griffith strangled Guts...
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:43:58 PM »
I've been trying to interpret whether Guts really understood Griffith's anger towards him during the scene in the torture chamber. Was it that, coupled with Griffith's crippled state, that brought Guts to tears? Did he shoulder the burden of responsibility in that moment?

Speculation Nation / What is 'Evil' in the Berserk universe?
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:24:36 PM »
We are taught that in BERSERK, 'evil' is not merely a social construct, it is actually a self-governing force of nature. When the Count is handed a lifeline in Volume 3, Conrad (or maybe Ubik?) explains that his soul will be cleft open and infused with 'evil'. How would you define this?

Is the 'evil' they speak of simply the ultimate ego? Humans are inherently selfish creatures, and apart from protecting mates and offspring, most are prepared to step over someone else to get ahead in life. It's survival of the fittest in a dog eat dog world. Fortunately, humanity happens to have the virtues of society to prevent them from being truly selfish to the point of sacrificing or harming others for their own well-being. In the Berserk universe, the Idea of Evil (via the God Hand) manipulate individuals in a state of nadir into becoming completely egoistic. The highest quality of the ego lies in self-preservation. That same self-preservation has to come at the cost of someone, or something, else that is held sacred by the individual, thus becoming an 'enlightened animal' as Nietzsche might put it. It is only when those bonds are broken that this person can join the ranks of demonkind. Obviously, not an exact science, because the Count & Rosine still held old attachments to their former lives, which culminated in the Count giving his own life up in lieu of his daughter's. But for the most part, is the 'evil' spoken of a heightened state of ego? You could even argue that the flesh-hungry apostles like the Snake Baron and Wyald are a literal depiction of this, in the way they gratuitously devour those around them without an ounce of remorse.

Okay, I'm just babbling now. Thoughts are appreciated, as always.

Speculation Nation / Why did Zodd warn Guts?
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:02:00 PM »
What was Zodd's purpose for warning Guts about his fate with Griffith?

Zodd knows that all is bound within the flow of causality and that Guts cannot escape his fate. He even intervenes during Guts' fight with Boscogn to ensure that Griffith's destiny is fulfilled. I've heard some people say that the foretelling was also Zodd's way of shaping fate, as those words influenced Guts into leaving the Hawks. I always thought it was Griffith's conversation with Charlotte that really swung it for Guts, preceded by the murder of Adonis.

Speculation Nation / Does Zodd eat humans?
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:23:35 PM »
To my recollection, Zodd has never been shown to have an appetite for human flesh. He'll leave behind bloodbaths and piles of corpses in his wake but there's no sign that he actually devours his prey. Quite ironic given his full name. Obviously, Miura is deliberately distinguishing Zodd from the more ravenous and hedonistic apostles such as the Eclipse participants, by showing that he predominantly cares about the thrill of battle, and now the ambitions of Griffith.  It's also interesting that Zodd appeared to be (self?)nominated as the gatekeeper of the Vortex. Was that partly because he had no interest in the mindless om nom nom of the Eclipse?

Of course, Zodd is by no means an exception to the rule, as so far the Neo Hawks (Grunbeld, Locus, Irvine) appear to follow suit. However, that is largely circumstantial, and furthermore they are fairly new to the party. There's every chance we'll see their darker sides once we explore Falconia, lest we forget these are the bad-guys.

Speculation Nation / Will Rickert survive Berserk?
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:47:06 PM »
Miura was merciful enough to spare Rickert from the Eclipse and at one stage it looked like he might have gone on to live a fairly normal existence until the world was eventually turned upside down. With the land now swarming with mystical monsters, Rickert & Erica have taken refuge at Falconia and he will no doubt be our man on the ground there. There's every possibility that he'll stumble upon the hidden underbelly of Griffith's utopia and discover all is not what it seems. Will he live to tell the tale? How do you rate his chances of making it to the end?

On a side-note: Why did Griffith try to recruit Rickert at the Hill of Swords? I don't see what use little Rickert would have in Griffith's master plan now that the guy has an army of monsters at his disposal. And I think we can rule out 'for old time's sake'.

Character Cove / What exactly was SK's "plan"?
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:56:33 PM »
You would think after waiting centuries to gatecrash the Eclipse, he would've made the most of his big moment. Instead, he makes one attack on Void, which quite literally backfires on him, and makes a beeline straight for Guts & Casca. Why did he give up the ghost so easily? Always struck me as a little off that he never had a Plan B. To answer my own question, perhaps being surrounded by Apostles, as well as the rest of the God Hand, gave him only a small window of opportunity. However, Void is seemingly his arch-nemesis and there was no knowing when or if SK would ever receive that chance again. 

Character Cove / Balzac and his wife?
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:42:01 AM »
My memory of the Dreamcast game is still sketchy, but was it ever explained WHY Balzac's wife was both catatonic and ageless?


Speculation Nation / What If...? (Guts/Griffith)
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:26:03 PM »
I touched on this topic with Aaz, and now I'd appreciate your opinions.

If we overlook the IoE's machinations...

What would have happened to Griffith if he had escaped the palace grounds after his night with Charlotte? Do you think Griffith would have got his head straight after that or would he continue his reckless behaviour without Guts? It would be interesting to see how he would cope without Guts to perform his dirty work.  

And what of Guts? He left in search of his own purpose, but would he find one? He didn't sound entirely confident when he left, but anything's possible. Perhaps he would opt for a simple life, where he would succeed Godot and settle down with Erica?

Speculation Nation / How did SK know Guts was born from a corpse?
« on: October 03, 2009, 09:08:24 AM »
How exactly did the Skull Knight know that Guts was born from a corpse? Has he really been observing him for all this time?  :SK:

Speculation Nation / Zodd's backstory?
« on: September 21, 2009, 11:18:54 AM »
Apologies if this has been discussed, but I did run a search and there's A LOT of Zodd material.

Now I'm not Zodd's biggest fan. In fact, I don't even buy into his honourable side. Just when things get interesting with Guts he breaks out his Apostle form. Booo! Hiss! However, I am curious about his backstory and what pushed Zodd into casting away his humanity. Do you think Miura will ever shed light on this? And if so, do you imagine Zodd will have a particularly tragic past?  :zodd:

Manga Mausoleum / Female Trolls?
« on: September 15, 2009, 11:10:56 AM »
As we know, the Trolls are rapacious creatures but how come there are no females in their pack and they have to resort to kidnapping human ladies?

Manga Mausoleum / Griffith's "hallucination" (Volume 10)
« on: September 06, 2009, 09:03:23 PM »
During Griffith's purgatory under lock and key, he encounters a body of demons protruding through the wall. What's the actual context of this scene? I know it's another harbinger of the Eclipse, but I don't understand the part where they say "We are those who need your mercy"?

Character Cove / Times Guts has cried?
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:53:58 PM »
Apart from during the Eclipse, can anyone remind me (show me) any other instances where Guts has broken into tears? No particular reason for this, it just popped into my head one night.

Character Cove / Did you feel for any of the Apostles?
« on: June 09, 2009, 09:17:44 PM »
Hey there, I'm new to this here forum!

I was wondering if anyone felt sympathy for the Apostles with tragic backstories, such as the Count, Rosine, Ganishka, or hell even the God Hand's very own Griffith?

I certainly felt for the Count. To be betrayed by his own consort (with his enemies for good measure) is one hell of a tough break. Although I don't condone for a moment the monster he become, at least he carried some vestige of humanity - since he spared his daughter's life.

Also, I think Niko (sp?) from the *DC game had quite a sad tale. It would appear he sacrificed his only companion - his dog - to become the Mandragoran daddy. 

*On a side-note: Did Miura have any creative involvement with the DC game?

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