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Current Episodes / Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 29, 2016, 02:11:42 AM »
Went ahead and did my best translating the summary on the back of the guidebook's cover protector. At the very most it gives a primitive sense of the book's contents. Keep in mind, I'm the furthest thing from a professional translator and I can almost certainly guarantee that there are errors. Nevertheless here's what I got:

First "Berserk" Official Guide book, finally covering the complete story since publication!! Episode 1 to Volume 38. A full introduction to the main characters, the Apostles, and a view of the world. A long interview looking back on a whole record of the story writing of Mr. Kentaro Miura, and a first look at the reference materials used for characters and settings. Also a special glimpse of unreleased content past volume 38, a pre-writing of what's to come! One book "Berserk" readers must have!

The text on the inside of the protector gives a synopsis of Berserk and Gigantomakhia and a quick notation of other popular works published by Hakusensha that Miura has contributed to. I'll try translating a few other things too but as I've already suggested, any and all translations I post should be read skeptically.

Had some extra time on my hands and decided to measure out the given attributes of the main characters. Kinda weird that they decided to list them the way they did. Made me feel like I was reading a guidebook for a video game. At any rate, some of the measurements are extremely close to the measurements of other characters so my order below might not be 100% accurate as some of the diagrams were indeed quite small. On top of that, despite my best efforts, some of the characters seem to have an equal measurement of certain attributes, hence the equals signs.

Muscle Strength (listed highest to lowest):
Guts, Azan, Serpico, Roderick, Casca, Farnese, Isidro=Isma=Magnifico, Schierke, Puck, Ivalera
Endurance (listed highest to lowest):
Guts, Azan, Serpico, Roderick, Casca, Farnese=Isma, Isidro, Schierke=Ivalera=Magnifico, Puck

Agility (listed highest to lowest):
Serpico, Casca, Guts, Puck=Isidro, Isma, Ivalera, Roderick, Azan=Farnese=Schierke, Magnifico

Brainpower (listed highest to lowest):
Schierke, Serpico, Roderick, Guts, Isidro=Magnifico, Azan, Farnese, Isma=Ivalera, Puck, Casca

Mental Stregnth (listed highest to lowest):
Guts=Schierke, Isidro, Farnese=Azan, Serpico, Roderick, Isma=Magnifico, Puck=Ivalera=Casca

Sociability (listed highest to lowest):
Roderick, Isma, Puck=Isidro, Ivalera=Serpico=Azan, Magnifico=Casca, Farnese, Schierke=Guts

I found the order somewhat odd in certain areas; Casca and Serpico scoring higher than Guts under agility for instance. Nevertheless, this is what I came up with.

As many of you might recall, over the years Miura has been influenced by a handful of famous artists from history; one of them being Jheronimus Bosch.

An example that immediately comes to mind for me is the scene depicting Ubik's realm where we can see him and others gathered around a table inside of a semi-hollow "tree man" of sorts, similar to the tree man seen in Bosch's famous painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Anyways, most of you probably already new this as it's no secret and is, in fact, pretty old news (and if you didn't then now you know).
The main point of this post though is because of a cool project that I happened to stumble upon which is essentially an interactive version of The Garden of Earthly Delights painting, accompanied by a highlights tour and audio commentary.

So ya, not necessarily Berserk related but just something I thought was pretty badass. Here's the link:

Speculation Nation / The Significance of the Brand's Location on the Body
« on: January 24, 2016, 08:39:59 PM »
First off, I think I should make it plainly clear that the location of the brand isn't necessarily significant and there is no reason as to why it should be. We have no evidence that it is and therefore, all of the following is pure speculation...

In Volume 10, Episode 53, we're introduced to Gaiseric by Charlotte during the mission to rescue Griffith. We're also given a hint as to what the time period in which Gaeseric lived was like. Charlotte claims that, "In those days [the] continent saw constant warring between small city-states and many different tribes. Apparently it was an age of rival warlords. Continuous warfare ruined the land, and due to food shortages, plague and the like... it's said that fully a third of the population died."
Judeau adds that, "But God finally decided he couldn't condone the Skull King's deeds and sent five angels. By lightning and great earthquakes, the city was erased from the face of the Earth without a trace in the span of a night."

Five pages later, we see the floor of the Tower of Rebirth which shows the brand of sacrifice embedded into the foreheads of ancient corpses. Now, of course this could have just simply been the most effective way to show that these people had been branded prior to death, yet, while definitely a reasonable explanation for the brand location, I doubt that is the case.

In Volume 12, Episode 78, Griffith willingly sacrifices the Band of the Falcon during the Eclipse Ceremony and, as a result, Void unleashes the brand onto the band members. We're shown nine unknown members become branded and then, we see Casca, Corkus, Pippin, Judeau, and Guts become branded. Each of those five receives the brand on a different part of their body. Casca is branded on the chest, Corkus on the forehead, Pippin on the arm, Judeau on the hand, and Guts on the neck. Strangely enough, it appears as though the nine unknown members all receive the brand on the same part of their bodies; somewhere around the chest.

Obviously it has never been confirmed, however, it seems to me, pretty likely that Miura chose to place the brand on those specific and different parts of the main characters' bodies for a reason. Story-wise, I doubt this different placement was somehow intentionally done by Void or Griffith, so, one might assume that there there is some sort of deeper meaning as to why the brand of sacrifice takes to different parts of the body.

Let's focus on Corkus and the ancient corpses at the bottom of the Tower of Rebirth. Both Corkus and the corpses are branded on the forehead. In fact, from what we can tell, every corpse we can clearly see at the bottom of the tower has been branded on the forehead. Why? If we accept the notion that location of the brand is important, then we can infer that these sacrifices were people who had something fundamental in common. I don't want to assume too much, but, if we want to get a little more speculative, perhaps the brand being only on the foreheads of Corkus and the ancient corpses was due to them sharing some sort of common belief or more likely, because they shared a similar way of thinking.

If this is indeed the case, it makes the events of Gaiseric's time all the more mysterious. Perhaps we'll be given further insight on the brand, the Godhand, and the IoE after the gang arrives in Elfhelm and is introduced to a certain elf king. Of course, all of this is highly speculative. Nevertheless, I'm curious as to what your guys' thoughts are on the matter.

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