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Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:21:03 PM »
It's one of the current Unanswered Questions, exactly what is going on with the Boy and/slash Femto.  It's a complete cipher at this point because we haven't been shown any hint of Femto being concerned or distressed over the kid's solo forays.  We haven't even been shown whether he knows, though I can only assume he does.  All we've got so far is him appearing to suss out that he's got some of the kid's feelings (sort of literally inside him/not actually his as such) at the Hill of Swords.  And we know Zodd is interested in keeping tabs on the situation. 

If Casca could be useful as some kind of bargaining chip for Femto to use against the Boy, he already would have nabbed her/kept the option of easily nabbing her (intervening before they left on The Boat).  So Femto either doesn't think having control over Casca is useful to him, or, if she would be useful to him, he hasn't realised it yet.  OR he's just so confident in being able to get her if needed, he hasn't made any moves yet.  (OR he's being really prescient and wants the main crew to accomplish some Tasks before he intervenes.)

I wonder if it's more like, Femto has figured that the Boy cares about Casca and Guts, but figures that trying to get one or both under his thumb would rock the boat rather than reinforce his position. 

I think we've been shown clearly that Femto himself couldn't care less about either of them - on par with how he considers Rickert, they'd be welcome as friends or ignored as enemies proportional to how much of a threat they represented.  Femto isn't really capable anymore of being invested in whether people like him or hate him, beyond how it affects his plans.  So his treatment of Casca and Guts will depend completely on how the Boy would react and what exactly the Boy's status means to him.

One of the interesting questions, to me, is whether Femto can accurately predict the Boy's reactions - does he have an explicit understanding of the Boy, or could he make mistakes in trying to control him?  Does he even want to, or is the Boy the last/only bit of excitement in this new life where he's practically an all powerful god? 

I mean, now that he's got his Incarnation and his Empire and stuff, unless/until some unexpected and powerful opposition shows up, he's turned off Survival Mode and is playing in Build Mode, the challenge is essentially gone - will he get bored with just being able to waltz through all the content?  Is bored a thing he can get anymore?

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: October 25, 2017, 02:26:24 PM »
The trouble with all the edgiest sacrifice ideas in Berserk is that the closest relationships are between people where one or both have already been sacrificed and so are apparently ineligible.  And the runner-up relationships aren't close enough to have the narrative punch to make it interesting storytelling.  I mean, picture Isidro doing it.  My reaction would be 'huh' rather than 'shock!!'  and that's not what Miura wants at all.  We'd have to build up to something with Rickert or even Sonia or Mule to get a sacrifice worth writing. 

My current favorite prospect for sleeper mystery is what is really wrong with Azan.  But since nothing in Elfhelm is freaked out about him it's not likely to be anything that crazy. 

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:15:37 PM »
Thanks!  It took me forever yeah I kept changing my mind about stuff, and I was only working on it while I was playing D&D.  The big looming guys with hats are my faves I think.  My color sense is still really pretty weak, I started out with everything kinda candy color and just kept remixing it until it didn't hurt my eyes, and then tried to get the Team a little more saturated than the rest.  Then overall color washes/adjustments to make it hang together properly. 

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
Thank you Grail!  Cheers Walter. 
Yeah this is done in Photoshop (without any good brushes, which I have to learn to use, lol).

OK!!  Here it is.    GIANT SIZE.


Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:09:48 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.


Dude nice stuff!  Love your line quality.  Good luck.

Yeah, the machinations here are more like laying a trail of syrup that ants will follow it, than digging a canal that water will flow down it.  The ants don't HAVE to follow a trail of syrup, they just probably will.  The water has to obey physics. 

Now, that does assume there's some qualitative difference between the physics of water flowing and the physics of neurons, the question of free will etc, but for storytelling purposes the difference is there.  At the very least the ant's behaviour is by current technology only statistically predictable where the water's behaviour is completely predictable. 

Hah!  heheheheh.   :carcus:

Creation Station / Re: Natts go at manga colorings...
« on: October 03, 2016, 02:01:05 PM »
Nice!  The armor and the tusks pop nicely.  The red looks good on my main monitor but on my phone it's kinda dark and you start to lose the inks.  I like the color choice tho.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:31:01 PM »
Finally got to read this one.  Wow.

The preview sketches:  I'm pretty sure what's on those poles are skins.  The more ghostly images of them are them partly filling with wind or animation so that they're more recognisable.

And it's interesting to see that her psyche has decided that she's symbolically dead.  It looks like the lil tiny her is hiding inside that.  I can't really tell of course but I think you guys are right that the shattered ego is a stylised puppet/doll rather than a sketch that will be finished as a more literal corpse.  If that's the case it could be a layer of her feeling like/deciding (for the protection of her psyche) she was inhabiting her own character, 'faking it' and really being something smaller inside.  So that she could go on, albeit as this only partly 'there' being, because what was broken and is now symbolically dead could be 'fake' and not 'really her'.

Fair enough with the Daka discussion.  You make reasonable points.  Ganishka's hubris sounds right.

As for Schierke's butt:

What would the purpose be, though? To titillate the reader in the midst of a comic scene? It doesn't make sense.

Well, it's not as though comedy + titillation is an unheard of combination, but it's pretty much always silly titillation.  The titty bullet dodge scene from Highschool of the Dead might be fanservice but I don't think it's supposed to actually get anyone hot, despite all the lovingly animated bosom jiggles.  It's supposed to make you laugh.

I might call Schierke's butt fanservice in the sense that I'm sure there are readers out there that went "aah!!  I got to see Schierke's butt!"  but I am definitely of the opinion that it's just supposed to make you laugh at/with the awkwardness of Schierke's situation.  Not least because it's really not a flattering/sexy drawing.  And also because the default non-westernized setting for bathing nudity in Japan is non-sexual.  You wouldn't, for example, mistake the naked girls bathing in Totoro for fanservice. 

It only feels more like that because Schierke herself is embarrassed about landing nekkid on the manliest guy in the room.  Contrast this to all the nudity of Isma, with a very beautiful and graceful body, but she's shown going about her business so it doesn't feel dirty/gratuitous. 

It's Schierke's own feelings you're picking up on here, in short.  I'm sure she would be mortified to hear all of Guts' biggest fans saw her fall buck naked on top of the guy.

Hah!  I'd forgotten about the nipplelessness  :iva:

I should probably walk that back a little, I don't think it's actually sexist, more a style choice, but still does rankle me a smidgen.  And I realise it does sound weird that I'm essentially saying 'well he draws a great variety of body types for naked men and men with clothes on and women with clothes on so why not naked women too!'  Anyway that'd be a discussion for that other thread and I think we already hashed it out pretty well there.  It's not related to Berserk squicking me out, just a tangent to the Daka.

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: September 08, 2016, 01:45:17 PM »
Wow!!!  super pretty!!   :serpico:

Hmm,  I'd forgotten the Daka start as puppies, so the ones we saw being made wouldn't have been for the upcoming battle anyway.

That's true, the Daka were surely a great troop booster for normal warfare and useful up til that point.  Even if Ganishka didn't need them for the capture of Wyndham.  It still seems weird that he was all excited to pit them against the apostle forces in Wyndham just for them to immediately get wiped.  It's just hard to imagine Ganishka didn't have any idea what to expect with the apostle forces.  And I suppose it would be foolish in war not to put out everything you've got even if you don't think it's gonna do much, and it's not like Ganishka isn't supposed to be gross, but it's still pretty gross. 

For that matter the prisoners bound for Daka production would have been a great opportunity to counter the one actual sexist element of Berserk, All Naked Ladies Are Reasonably Hot.  Because I'm really very sure that the hotness level of the women wouldn't be a factor in their suitability for making Daka, and if that's most of the point of Ganishka's army taking conquered women prisoner it would be highly foolish to only take the cute ones.  Even the trolls had a better excuse for only finding/taking sexy looking women; you could make the argument that practically all the girls in the farming village could be built like that or that the trolls only liked the cute ones (similarly you could argue only the cutest girls would be around/take part in the naked stuff in the heretics' orgy).  But Ganishka's army has been rolling over the entire country, so you'd now have to argue that either there are literally no ladies who are fertile but aren't nicely built or that the army puts them all somewhere you can't see them.  Not that we ever really see many of these doomed women, but the ones we do see have a very narrow range of body types.  The 'little sister' during the rescue is the only one I saw on a casual flip through that would look out of place as a pinup.  (I forgot the apostle bag is way back in vol 27!  dang.)

But really, the Daka fights all gross me out just because we know every single Daka represents an exploded probably raped lady, there are absolutely tons of them, and on top of that they all just get mowed down.  They all look kind of messed up and random, and so many of them just look kind of confused and cute.  I don't even feel like we were ever really supposed to feel that threatened by the Daka (we never really got to see them holding their own in battle but rather just showing up, looking scary in a big mob, and then getting facerolled) but rather that they represented how far off the rails Ganishka was.  Silatt was appropriately grossed out, after all.

Making the Daka grossed me out worse than the trolls' nasty reproduction.  Not least because then it turned out that the Daka were next to useless.  I guess the whole thing was really just Ganishka's or the GH's excuse to have the apostle bag made so that Ganishka could break the world with it later.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 10
« on: September 07, 2016, 02:08:36 AM »
Oof.  Wow.  So many scenes that I still vividly remember as holy shit moments the first time I read them, just with no impact at all on screen.  It really feels like the director and/or key storyboard guys do not know what they're doing.  The camera moves are awful so much of the time.  The action scenes are hard to follow and the atmosphere scenes don't give your eye enough time to rest and build up any atmosphere.  Even the attempt to have the candles reflect off Skully looked like if they had done it right it would have been cool.. but they didn't.  The purple goo didn't bother me last episode but they doubled down on it and the rolling evil goo that literally kept me up all night reading through the incarnation ceremony back in the day, it was so fucking scary and spooky, now just is some purple cgi blob with a face on it. 

The music, omfg why.


Isidro is pretty good though. 

Speculation Nation / Re: Elfhelm: the stage for the next great tragedy
« on: September 01, 2016, 12:09:15 PM »
Either way, no. I highly doubt Casca will activate the beherit and become an apostle.

Though it would be quite a twist, it's off the table from the start because all the things that would make suitable Casca-sacrifices have already been sacrificed.  You'd need a lot of post-sane Casca time in the story to even try to build up an idea like her caring enough about Farnese or even (if it were possible) moon baby, before that choice would have any narrative tension.  (Though it'd make a cute Omake for her to end the show by sacrificing Incarnated GrifFemto.)

Buying / Selling / Re: WTB Berserk TCG Stuff
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:04:37 PM »
I'd recommend contacting forum member Tirade.  They have bought up a lot of extras over the years and might have some for sale.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 7
« on: August 17, 2016, 02:39:33 PM »
Wellp this is the first episode where I didn't feel like there were a bunch of scenes that I'd like to try replacing with my own attempt at the animation.  A lot of properly drawn acting closeups where I was glad they decided not to just try to use their puppets.  PAINTED CORPSES instead of video game ones.  Vast improvement.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 09, 2016, 03:40:30 PM »
Man this one stands out for scenes that would have been amazing properly animated but that just got 1/4-assed.  Any number of Luca closeups that should have been hand drawn.  No innovative animation in the orgy scene at all.  The beloved slap is all CGI puppets.  The ought-to-be-evocative burning corpses look like CGI stills from an arcade zombie FPS.  Etc.

There were a few directorial gaffes too like you guys have mentioned with Joachim's Baby Soup Adventure looking like it hadn't even been storyboarded well.

Still, I enjoyed watching it somehow.  And there's a little Hirasawa at the end to raise my mood.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: 2016 Berserk album from Susumu Hirasawa
« on: August 05, 2016, 01:17:29 PM »
It's fun to buy it straight from Teslakite if you can wade through the forms.  I got a big pile of DVDs and CDs a while back and it had a lil thanks note from the guy that packed them up. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New Digital Art Techniques in Berserk
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:51:22 PM »
Aheh yeah no I don't like it either, it kills so much detail.  I meant pretty in the scare quotes kind of way.  "Pretty."

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New Digital Art Techniques in Berserk
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:58:10 PM »
I just wanna quote this out cause it's such a concise demonstration of how different post production filters affect the art.  The darker, grainier version is what we're 'used to' I guess, for scanned Berserk traditional ink art, and the pretty, filtered version is SO pretty that it gives us the impression of being possibly fully digital - and seeing the original art in hand there, I'm gonna assume that the pretty filter is meant to have the look of a photograph of the art. 

this here is a comparison between 2 panels, the panel on the top is guts from digital volume 38 which might i add looks very similar to the print volume 38 and the bottom panel is from the digital YA issue. as you can see, the top panel looks grainy and has texture to it, looks traditional. the bottom panel looks much smoother, the screentones are cleaner, they dont have those random white dots or texture that the top panel has. the lines on guts' hair look smooth and done with a digital brush with pen pressure.

The great thing about that panel is, that we have seen the actual manuscript in the behind the scenes video of the 2016 Berserk anime.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: June 28, 2016, 08:23:02 PM »
Thanks!   :serpico:  And yeah, one of the filters is a bloom. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 27, 2016, 04:02:00 PM »
Impossible? A big guy wearing a strange black armour with a face that's riddled with scars and a sword that's bigger than most men? I think you dont need a glimpse into his inner psyche to recognise that there's something wrong with the guy XD

Haaaa  :guts:  OK that made me smile.  But yeah, these days though he's certainly intimidating just because of the figure he cuts, whenever he's being scary AF he's hidden in the armor anyways.  We don't get bystanders witnessing Guts all holy shit like Jill did back in Lost Children anymore.  I mean, we do still get bystanders going holy shit but the context is a lot different recently.  Nowadays it's more like 'oh no a billion eldritch monsters - oh SHIT, the armor guy is outmonstering them!'

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