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After reading it for close to 2 decades, I'm a little too close to the material to objectively pick out major flaws. The problems I have with Berserk aren't bombshells or anything. Just little things that bug me occasionally, and three of these are things that will surely be remediated by the end of the story.

I think the pirate boss overstayed his welcome. He was on his fourth rematch with the group by the end [ Vritannis -> at sea (1) -> as sea god appendages (2) -> on the island at night (3) -> assault on the Sea Horse (4) ]. One less would have been easier to stomach, I think. But it's not as if the story revolved around him. He just became the "voice" of the opposition, and so he had to "survive" until that part of the story was done.

I also think that Miura has neglected three sub-characters over the years, at least in terms of their potential: Azan, Puck and Serpico. It's a result of how he chose to balance Guts' new group dynamic (I say new, but it's been this way for a decade now.)

The issue with Azan and Puck is straightforward: they've been relegated to comic relief. This is somewhat understandable with Puck, because he is as old as the series. Miura probably feels like it's okay for Puck to step out of the spotlight and have other characters take the role he once had as Guts' conscience. But it's been a loooooooooooong time since we got a really genuine moment with Puck (the last memorable one was a panel in Vol 27, fearing what the armor would do to Guts). Schierke has basically supplanted the role Puck once had with Guts, and I absolutely love their relationship. So all I'm asking for is more scenes that give Puck more to do as a character than serve as a foil for Isidro's antics.

Azan has been with the group since Ep 278 ("Setting Sail," 2007) but he's had primarily comedic moments -- no sit down with Farnese and Serpico about what happened after Albion. He's still technically pretending he doesn't recognize any of them, even though they have no troubles recognizing him.

These are both big missed opportunities, and I think it's because there's a lot happening all at once with these characters. I do expect some down time in Elfhelm to bring some of these characters to life, but when was the last time Berserk ever really had down time? (Volume 17?)

Serpico's problem is a bit more complicated... For several years now, he's lacked a clear motivation, which is odd for Miura's characters, since they usually all have very clear-cut motivations. His primary directive in life was protecting Farnese (from herself and from others). But she's grown up quite a bit over the years, and it's resulted in something akin to empty nest syndrome for Serpico (after kids grow up and leave their parents, what are the parents to do?) Combine that with him burying the hatchet with Guts in Vritannis, and Roderick entering the picture, Serpico has been pretty adrift with no obvious inflection point in sight. Now, that alone is not a problem or flaw because structurally, Miura is mid-development for the character. It'd be like complaining about Farnese in vol 23 when she was chafing between her old role and her new one (and people did  :farnese: ). I've got no doubts that there will be something in the future for Serpico that will make sense for his character. It's just that it's taken us a long time to get there, and it's felt to me like he's been in stasis since that duel with Guts.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Miura's 2017 Manga Seminar
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:13:48 PM »
Anime News Network translated a portion of the Natalie.Mu article on the seminar: www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-09-19/berserk-creator-reveals-he-based-band-of-the-hawk-on-high-school-friendship/.121503

Headline is misleading. Miura talked about the basis for the Falcons years ago.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Miura's 2017 Manga Seminar
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:56:39 PM »
Over the weekend, Kentarou Miura gave his first manga seminar at an event for upcoming mangaka hosted by Hakusensha. I've scoured the internet for any photos leaked from the event, and I've come up empty.

However, here's an article (in Japanese) breaking down the event and what he said: http://natalie.mu/comic/news/249149

It's pretty clear that he or the publisher requested no photos be taken, and everyone seemed to have obliged the request. Oh well!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:49:51 PM »
Just got home with Samus Returns. :guts:

Same!

I'd also like to shout out that Switch owners should check out Octopath Traveler's demo. 2 storylines, pick Primrose first. It is solid. The Knight's story almost made me completely stop...

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:05:08 AM »
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Whether there will be a 4th season of Twin Peaks is too early to say, he told the crowd, adding that if the series would continue, fans would have to be extremely patient. Again. “It took me four and a half years to write and film this season.”

http://welcometotwinpeaks.com/news/twin-peaks-season-4-years/

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:51:15 PM »
Well well, look who's back...
 Anyway, as lazy of an out as this seems I can't really think of a better choice.

Hey, The Leftovers is finished, so Damon Lindelof is free, right? How about a "dream team" tag team of Lindelof/Abrams?  :ganishka:

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Character Cove / Re: Griffith vs Serpico
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:29:19 PM »
What if causality dictates that he loses?

If that's a consideration why does this thread even exist? I think the more "what ifs" you strap to this thing, the more it prohibits people from weighing in with a legitimate take.

My personal addition: What if Serpico had diarrhea that day because Isidro happened to pick the wrong kind of berries? BUT Causality wasn't a factor.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 11, 2017, 03:42:30 PM »
Two albums from the show are out today:

Score: https://rhino.lnk.to/TPSMP
Songs (mostly the Roadhouse performances): http://a.co/hmSSq6r

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Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:59:09 PM »
Yoo guys I have been deep in the grasp of like not doing very many stuff but in the background I've been working on one of the two page spreads forever.  I'm getting close to done so here's a preview. 



Hopefully I'll be back soon with the whole shebang.

-Lith

Wow! That is an ambitious recolor. Looks fantastic and can't wait to see the rest!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 08, 2017, 08:18:56 PM »
I wont be satisfied until I can kill Vaati, Majora, Zant, Ghirahim, Ganon, Demise, Aghanim and Bellum in a single sword stroke.

So confused... are those all in the game?

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:44:29 PM »
I forgot to mention: "See you at the curtain call" was one of the coolest goodbye lines ever. Though somewhat downgraded by them being reunited next to an actual curtain.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 07, 2017, 02:28:03 PM »
Any idea why this episode isn't showing up in the standard Apple podcast player? I've been craving some new Berserk content (the hiatus pain is real - I'm not sure how you long-time fans have kept your sanity) and was wondering why there hadn't been a new podcast episode in awhile - and it turns out there is one! This sounds like a great episode and I can't wait to listen when Apple gets its shit together!  :rickert:

Thanks for listening! It's late on iTunes because the way iTunes validates feeds is insanely picky. For example, I had written the month in the "wrong" way: Sept instead of Sep. I changed that a few days ago and the feed validated, so it should get up on iTunes soon. That's the Apple way!

There's a much more reliable way to get the show: By subscribing to the RSS feed that I update when I post each new episode. In iTunes, go to File > Subscribe to Podcast > (and then paste this: http://skullknight.net/podcast/rss.xml). In the Apple Podcast App, hit the + sign, then paste the RSS feed above. That's it! After that, it'll check the feed regularly. I update the feed minutes after I post each new podcast thread.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 06, 2017, 02:12:37 AM »
Not to complicate matters further (well, a little)... but what about the 1988 prototype? It's technically not the first issue of course, which is its own milestone, but for the anniversay of Berserk itself it's still Berserk in its earliest tangeable form practically speaking (think of it like a band demo that leads to the first album =). So, the de facto 30th anniversary is arguably just next year. Any idea what date Miura "released" or presented it?

That would be November 26, 1988: http://berserk.fan.coocan.jp/archive_ah.html#comicomi

I think you might be able to call that "Guts' Debut" or something, but that's not really "Berserk"  :void:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:26:13 AM »
My December 1990 and January 1991 have "2" but March 1991, November 1991, and February 1992 have "3".

That first number could signify the number of years for Animal House (like a "Volume" and a "Number"). That's how newspapers are categorized when they're archived, each year is a volume.  Animal House was started in March 1989, so that'd be year 1. Year 2 is March 1990-Feb 1991, and so on. Also, that thin vertical line next to the 2 in Sareth's post could be a faded 年.

Seems to check out. Here's how the sequence looks, though I had to make up a portion of the actual dates:

2.12.22 (Dec 1990)

2.1.22 (Jan 1991)

3.3.22 (March 1991)

3.11.22 (November 1991)

3.2.22 (Feb 1992)

This would be confirmed if you looked at that stamp on an Animal House from 1989 and it showed a 1.

This is a fun numbers puzzle, but it doesn't actually help us know the actual date for the original release, unless someone has Animal House #1 and can look at that date. Otherwise, I'd just go with what we already knew.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:17:14 PM »
Interesting that AH released to newsstands 2 months before the cover date. Thanks for the pics, Sareth! As these things get older and older, it's less feasible to hold the series to the date that the issues actually arrived on store shelves. Afterall, most newsstands get YA several days early, but the date of its actual release (2nd and 4th Fridays) are the ones people remember.

So in conclusion, I'll be celebrating Berserk's 30th anniversary on Sept 28, 2019. That's 10 years from when they celebrated the 20th, so I think that's the safest bet for the next big anniversary.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 05, 2017, 04:23:01 PM »
when i think of berserk i see an image of a proud warrior, walking tall and forging his own destiny, not a dark horror story about a victim of a cruel world.

I think there's truth in both of those outlooks, but neither are true on their own. Causality is layered on top of everything that humans do. But Guts and a few others are capable of subverting that in a few key instances.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 03:36:46 PM »
:ganishka:

I'm rewatching 17 and 18 this morning and getting all those details again i forgot to write about like Brigg's disembodied head, Evil Coop cage, Andy's picnic basket, superimposed Coop head saying we live in a dream, and we haven't even gone to February 23rd, 1989, where Cooper was tofind Judy.

Indeed, Evil Coop infiltrating the White Lodge only to end up in a "projection" of Twin Peaks, which happened to be the Twin Peaks that we know, led to an "oh shit" moment for me. And of course, Coop's "we live inside a dream" solidified it. ... What was inside the picnic basket?

These episodes have been swimming in my head since last night. Two more things. Evil Coop was searching for Judy, just like Coop was. They both got help from Jefferies. His direction for Coop seemed to be on the money, even though he got there in a roundabout way. Which makes me wonder if Evil Coop did/will end up meeting with Judy as well. Finally, the nature for Cooper's help was quite different. It wasn't coordinates, but a figure-8.

EDIT: Ah, now I get it. Evil Coop was headed for Sarah's home, but the Fireman intercepted it, sending him to Twin Peaks Sheriff's Office (and the trap he had laid there).

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:20:54 PM »
Here's some of "Void's" seminal work: https://youtu.be/hFIbsD3iEUM

Felt so lucky he agreed to be on the show.

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Like how some people were of the mistaken opinion that Casca only ever loved Griffith and never really reciprocated Guts' feelings.

That's a good one! Consider it q1 for a future follow up podcast.

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Or how some have come to believe that Griffth really turned a new leaf after the Incarnation Ceremony.

I don't think we addressed this in exactly the way you phrase it, but we do spend time on Griffith as a false savior.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:25:39 AM »
Shock is a good word for it.

I don't even know where to begin. When you start messing not only with time, but also pocket dimensions, AND David Lynch is at the helm, I'm not exactly sure how anyone is expected to follow along. I'll just lay out where my head is at the moment.

Fairly sure in Ep 18, they were in a pocket-dimension, where the real Laura was being kept. Hidden perhaps after she was snatched from Cooper's hand? And Coop probably wasn't supposed to take Laura back to her home. Chalfont/Tremond is of course, the name of the old woman and her grandson, who also owned the property where Chester Desmond disappeared from. The powerline was also a Black Lodge giveaway. Perhaps the house was a kind of trap, set there in case something like this happened. Then the trap sprung upon Laura's appearance (and the apparent appearance of Sarah/Mother). Just before Laura screams, you can hear Sarah's moaning (from the scene at the end of ep 17).

Or they were in a timeline where Laura was never killed. Makes less sense, but who the fuck knows?

In ep 17, Cooper looses hold of Laura's hand when they're near that big ass tree. The same one that asshole-face "died" next to? What the fuck does that signify?

Oh yeah and Cooper didn't remember "Richard and Linda," and I'm not sure why we were supposed to.

I love/hate how Lynch bothers to bring back Twin Peaks ostensibly to tie up loose ends after the abrupt ending, only to leave us with another one with even MORE loose ends. :ganishka:  :judo:

That ending though, holy shit. Gonna stay with me.


PS: Funny thing I learned by Googling "Odessa Twin Peaks," there's a Hooters-esque sports bar in Odessa, TX named Twin Peaks.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:37:01 PM »

Episode 90: Berserk Mythbusters (1h 46m)

Walter and Aazealh are joined by a special, brainy guest to answer some of the most-asked questions about Berserk. Is there really a difference between fate and causality? Maybe apostles aren't so bad? What's an idolm@ster, anyway? Listen along as we decapitate every misconception in existence.

Timestamps for all questions:
00:02:40 - 1. What's the difference between Fate and Causality in Berserk?
00:07:55 - 2. Why doesn't Guts just use the beherit to get more power and defeat Griffith?
00:11:30 - 3. Did Griffith even have a choice at the Eclipse? Is there "free will" in Berserk?
00:15:13 - 4. Griffith's sacrifice is incomplete because Guts and Casca are still alive.
00:17:05 - 5. If Griffith is the Falcon of Light does that make Guts the Falcon of Darkness?
00:22:15 - 6. Why were they on the boat for so long?
00:27:49 - 7. The Dragonslayer must have gotten a big upgrade from killing the sea god.
00:30:05 - 8. What happened during the Incarnation Ceremony?
00:37:13 - 9. Who is the "moonlight  boy?"
00:44:43 - 10. What is "evil" and "evil" power in Berserk?
00:48:18 - 11. What are the apostles, and how are they made?
00:51:19 - 12. What happened on top of Ganishka anyway, and why did it result in the world changing?
01:01:55 - 13. What is the Beast of Darkness?
01:05:52 - 14. What's the relationship between the Beast and the Berserk's Armor?
01:09:19 - 15. Beherits require blood to use.
01:10:52 - 16. Is the Idea of Evil real? Is it considered canon?
01:13:17 - 17. Casca enjoyed being raped / Casca was already raped by apostles.
01:19:04 - 18. Misconceptions about Kentarou Miura
01:33:20 - 19. Why are astral wounds different from physical wounds?
01:37:20 - 20. Elves only encompass winged beings like Puck and Ivalera.
01:40:25 - 21. The Black Swordsman Arc spoils the Golden Age Arc.

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I always use CD Japan. Shipping isn't too expensive, particularly if you get several items at once.

Here's his listing :

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/person/248305

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I love when I find a cool Hirasawa song I haven't heard before

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgKmC4efiOg

Definitely, you should listen to that whole album — Kyusai no Gihou. It's my favorite of his solo works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_rK4eWKEvI

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Beasts of No Nation
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:50:52 PM »
Yep, I saw this last year. It's a good adaptation, but what it misses is the language of the book, which was part of what made it special. If you liked the movie, you should definitely check the book out.

Opening paragraph: "It is starting like this. I am feeling itch like insect is crawling on my skin, and then my head is just starting to tingle right between my eye, and then I am wanting to sneeze because my nose is itching, and then air is just blowing into my ear and I am hearing so many thing: the clicking of insect, the sound of truck grumbling like one kind of animal, and then the sound of somebody shouting TAKE YOUR POSITION RIGHT NOW! QUICK! QUICK QUICK! MOVE WITH SPEED! MOVE FAST OH! in voice that is just touching my body like knife."

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 28, 2017, 07:32:28 PM »
100%

Does it bother you at all that this could have been the 3rd or 4th episode and gone from there? :ganishka:

It was, in fact, the very first thing that passed through my mind after my elation at Cooper's return subsided.

So if Diane was a tulpa all along, what was the point of her apparent relation to Janey-E? Was that real too, or another fabrication? One would have assumed that (or the ring inscription itself) would have led Gordon and his team to Cooper, but we saw how that search ended up.

I'm not entirely jazzed about the entire season wrapping up next week, even though this episode was firing on all cylinders. It seems to me that it's going to be over too quick, after too long waiting for things to start cranking.

And when Coop's about to wake up, Bushnell hears the tone from the Great Northern, right? "Listen to the sounds." :SK:

Yep, which confirms it to be a lodge manipulation (black or white?), but still sure what the sound in the Great Northern is supposed to represent, unless that's where shit is going to go down in Twin Peaks next ep.

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Were all the Roadhouse scenes, which often appeared to be somehow disconnected to the rest of the show in terms of characters, part of her dream? No, that makes no sense, there were familiar characters sometimes. What the fuck's going on? Best show of all time.

Yeah, it doesn't really add up with the information we have right now. There were certainly "real" scenes that happened at the Roadhouse, since James and Hulk Hands were arrested for that fight. A number of possibilities remain.

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