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Character Cove / Re: Who is the worst father in Berserk?
« on: February 19, 2007, 11:39:05 PM »
Perhaps because I consider hypocrisy to be such a negative trait, I chose Zepec over the rest.

As CnC pointed out, Gambino never considered himself to be Guts' father. His few acts of kindness toward Guts were probably little more than salving a guilty conscience. He didn't act like a father toward Guts; he was a coach at best, and a slaver at worst. But he was honest about his dislike.

The King had sacrificed untold thousands of lives in a war that might have been diverted by having his daughter marry one of the Tudor emperor's three sons. His attatchment to her mother's visage became twisted over the years into lust for his own child. But in the private moments after sending out the Black Dogs to bring back Griffith's head, he admitted-if only to himself-that he had wronged her. Of course, he still tried to blame everything on Griffith;perhaps because he'd gone insane? A selfish beast of a man, he aknowledges his evil, but finds others at fault for it. Worse than Gambino, certainly.

I cannot say very much about Federico Vandimion, as I have not read all of the episodes he has appeared in. Shame on me. From what I have read, he is a power-hungry overreacher. Fully aware of his own inability to be everything to everyone, he has used those of his children society would most willingly accept as men of power to take positions beneficial not merely to themselves, but more importantly, to him. A woman, even a noblewoman, is little more than drudge and a whore to a majority of the men in Berserk. A bastard child, even one of ability and intellect, is a source of fodder for the rumor mills which grind at the reputations of the wealthy and famous. While never aknowledging her existence, nor admitting him into his family as a son, Federico did not arrange for Farnese and Serpico to meet with some untimely accident and brush their deaths under the proverbial rug. As cold as he is, as cold as every one says he is, this would have been easy. He makes claim to being a father, but I do not recall that he ever claimed to be a great, or even a good father. He is cowardly and grasping, but he is no hypocrite-at least in this account.

Finally, there is Zepec. He whines about his lot in life while in a perpetual drunken stupor. He hurls abuse both verbal and physical against the wife and daughter he claims to have risked so much for, yet is unwilling to the point of violence to go find his daughter when she runs away. Yet, amidst all of his ill-mannered behavior, he maintains that he is a good father and husband. This degree of hypocrisy borders on that of politicians or petroleum magnates. It makes my blood boil to imagine such obvious liars. Thus, Zepec got my vote. To me, it isn't just what you do, it's what you're willing to face up to within yourself.

Character Cove / Re: Supreme King Aolsier: Previous DS owner
« on: February 05, 2007, 05:52:55 AM »
I may be going by a bad translation here, but didn't Zodd tell Guts during their first battle that "no man has evaded my sword this long in fifty years" ? Could he have fought with a young Aolsier? I'll admit, it seems doubtful; Zodd isn't the sort to let any opponent leave the battlefield without a compelling reason. Perhaps Aolsier also carried a Beherit (an ordinary one), and Zodd decided to leave him to his destiny since his fights with apostles weren't satisfying.

Character Cove / Re: A one-eyed swordsman?
« on: January 11, 2007, 03:44:49 AM »
The throwing knives are another story, though. :guts:

Character Cove / Re: A one-eyed swordsman?
« on: January 10, 2007, 04:10:57 AM »
To reiterate what Saiya said, Guts has an uncanny sense of presence. An example of this, post-Eclipse, is in vol. 14. Another notable instance of Guts' sense of presence was in vol. 9 when Skull Knight blindsided him, and Guts commented on it. And that was when he still had both eyes.

Thanks for clearing that up, Aaz. But really, I was just using a bit of irony :schierke:

One of the primary traits of elves is that they can feel people's emotions and read their mind. This has been demonstrated by Puck countless times in the series.

Indeed it has. If I recall correctly Puck also claimed that elves had the power to make people happy, too. Of course, he might have just been referring to his silly antics lightening the mood.
Aside from that, I doubt curing Casca's condition will be as simple as snapping Guts out of the influence of the Berserk's Armor's Od was in volume 27 (which was only possible thanks to Flora's talisman to begin with).

Hence the detailed description of therapy at the beginning of my post.

I liked the points about PTSD and therapy. Since therapy typically involves talking with the person, gaining their trust, and getting them to look at what their problems are, aknowledge that they are problems, and then talk about what some solutions to these problems might be. All that talk is necessary because people can't just look inside of people's heads. Schierke "dived" into Guts' consciousness when the Beast took control of him, to remind him of who he is and what is important to him. She can do this because she is a witch, and has training in walking through the Astral. Now, Hanafubuku Ou is an elf, living on an island with many witches and wizards. Is it terribly presumptuous to assume that he, too, might have some wizardly training?

Speculation Nation / Re: Does it matter if the God Hand is dead?
« on: November 28, 2006, 06:19:52 AM »
Sorry, I always figured that the GodHand's influence in the Physical world was directly related to Idea fulfilling humanity's desire for a reason. Since the human ego cannot exist in the Ideal world, and since Idea cannot project itself even as far as the Astral, it needs proxies. Enter the GodHand. They cannot project themselves directly into the physical world, since they lack true physical forms, however they can manifest themselves through the forms of things within the Physical world, viz. a horde of rats. This limited interaction with the Physical world hampered their ability to carry out Idea's will as well as their own, so they bring those ordained by causality to the Nexus in order to guide them through the processs of rationalization that leads them to sacrifice their most precious thing. In return, they become an apostle, with a monstrous body that doesn't die easily, and are commanded to do as they will. Since they possess an evil nature, they are naturally inclined to do evil acts. This increases the overall misery, anguish, and despair in the human population, encouraging them to believe in Evil as a real force, having the power to negatively affect their destinies. As this satisfies the conditional obligation that Idea's existance necessitates, Idea is left free to pursue its own interests more closely. That, at least, is how I understood it. Where am I mistaken?

Speculation Nation / Re: Does it matter if the God Hand is dead?
« on: November 26, 2006, 08:09:09 PM »
Does it matter if the GodHand dies? Yes and no.

I do agree that the current 'plan' of the GodHand is in no wise good. They are, after all, humans who sacrificed what was most dear to them and became demons. Also, I could be mistaken, but is not their guiding mantra similar to that of the apostles' thelemic creed of 'Do as thou wilt'? Left to their own devices, even after their 'plan' is carried out, is it entirely unlikely that the GodHand will continue finding ways to make humanity's darkest fears and desires a reality? Moreover, people could only call it an Age of Darkness afterwards if it ends. Thus, it is likely that the current GodHand will either die or be thwarted in their plans.

On the other hand(pun intended), Idea could just recirculate the Crimson Beherit and create more GodHand members to carry out the desire of mankind. The deaths of the current five is of limited cosmological importance.

Or she slowly remembers and stays sane like Guts, but that I don't see that happening.
Um, Guts stayed sane? Admittedly, he never "lost it" completely like Casca did, but despite his lucidity he was bat-shit insane: the Beast is both representative of and manifested from that insanity.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will the prophecy realize itself?
« on: October 01, 2006, 01:27:52 AM »
If the Idea of Evil doesn't want humanity to completely disappear, you'd think it'd make it so it doesn't happen from the start instead of creating a process that will destroy everything and then inserting a flaw in that process so that its integrity can be compromised. Sounds like backward logic to me.
Its just giving the people what they want while doing so in a way that doesn't compromise itself. The people want a savior. They also want evil to be transcendent over their destinies. These two ideas are diametrically opposed. In short, the only way to give them what they want and what they want is through backward logic.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will the prophecy realize itself?
« on: September 25, 2006, 01:58:45 AM »
If Slan's description of the Age of Darkness is accurate (viz. "the dead shall overcome the living.") I see no reason that "later, people shall refer to this as the Age of Darkness." By that sentence alone, humanity is doomed. If the dead overcome the living, no one will be alive to call that time anything. Thus, the Age of Darkness has some terminus before the living are completely overcome. This sort of logic makes sense in light of what the Idea of Evil is. It is born of the human shared subconcious. It is dependent on the shared subconcious' continued existance for sustenance. Idea won't kill off its food source if it is intelligent and sentient. Thus, Griffith's vessel being Guts' child may not be such an oversight as we believe.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 279
« on: September 25, 2006, 01:36:41 AM »
Although I don't agree with all of cajunman's post, one bit did stand out: The Pontiff being on his deathbed. To this end, Griffith is not likely to alienate/destroy the Vandimion, since one of Federico's sons is next in line for the position. The ruling of one dead Pontiff, who was never known for doing anything extraordinary until his end, could be undone by a Pontiff who feels his family has been betrayed. Griffith isn't likely to piss them off. Then again, I suppose he doesn't have to go out of his way to win their favor, either.

Video Games / Re: The Duke Nukem Forever List
« on: September 16, 2006, 05:01:09 AM »
I can't wait until they finish this so Uwe Boll can make a movie about it!
Just hope he takes as long to make the movie as it takes to make this game.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Happiest moment in Berserk
« on: September 16, 2006, 04:36:20 AM »
After the battle with Zodd and before the assassination of Julius. Guts feels a little more comfortable being in the Hawks after Griffith explains that he doesn't need a reason to stick his neck out for him. Of course, not everyone is happy right then-but there doesn't seem to be a time when "everybody" is happy in Berserk. Not everyone can be a winner, I guess.

As for the off-topic question of Griff's military genius: he does show a knowledge of tactics outside of the limit of most commoners early in the story. Remember, education was a privelege of the aristocracy. That Griffith, who came from humble beginnings, should be a better general would seem unfathomable to the nobles; he'd had no chance for the formal training they'd received. That sort of battle-borne ingenuity is quite rare. He understood how the enemy fortified its positions and took advantage of it. Of course, without events falling perfectly into place it could have been a disaster. Lucky thing Idea was on his side, no?

News & Not News / Re: Suspects of serial killings
« on: August 28, 2006, 02:38:26 AM »
Two factors are very important for a serial killer to commit multiple murders-mobility and anonymity.

       The first is rather easy in the U.S. Automobiles are widely available at prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few hundred thousand. The Interstate Highway system also helps people move from state to state quickly. Anonymity is also common in a country as large as the U.S., where some states are the size of a nation in Europe.

Of course, without the ability to commit more than one murder, they couldn't be called 'serial' killers, could they?

News & Not News / Re: Killer Raccoons
« on: August 23, 2006, 12:15:53 AM »
Hath these people no shotguns?!? Or are they just incredibly stupid?

If the former, they should buy some; they're fairly cheap, make a hell of a lot more noise than a firecracker, and kill things. If the latter, I can only assume that a higher power has selected these racoons as its chosen servants. Once they have grown fat and strong on the blood of household pets, they shall move on to their true task: cleansing the gene pool of such halfwits.

Speculation Nation / Re: All things that glitter are not gold
« on: August 20, 2006, 12:19:47 AM »
....that and it looks like the nobility isn't the smartest bunch around.
That's been a running theme since 'The Golden Age'.

Besides the obvious problems of limited supply and unsure investors, there is a third problem. Namely, pure silver has very poor tensile strength. Swords or spearheads made from silver would bend, twist, or break off after one or two uses. Silver arrows might be a better option.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Anyone here like Bastard!!
« on: August 08, 2006, 04:42:58 AM »
You've gotta love a guy that rattles on for three pages about why he's the greatest ever-only to get smacked down by his (jailbait) belle du jour.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 277
« on: July 29, 2006, 03:33:32 AM »
Judging from Zodd and the Snail Count, apostles don't recover too well from head wounds.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 277
« on: July 28, 2006, 12:34:42 AM »
Thanks to Saiya and Aazealh. This really made a bad day liveable.

Now that Ganishka's Fog Projection is out of action (at least, for now.) will the story continue with Guts & Co., or switch back to Griffith? Or will we get to see a little more of what's going on back in Wyndham?

Encyclopedia: Q&A / Re: Berserk in color
« on: July 28, 2006, 12:26:52 AM »
How much would a COLOR volume fetch? If enough of the people who buy the tankos only were interested, would YA put up the money for such a project?

Has anyone ever brought up the idea that Guts didn't die at the Eclipse because he sacrificed himself? No, I'm not saying that he chose to be branded, simply that he chose to hack off his arm and chose to look up even at the loss of an eye. Was Skull Knight allowed to crash the gate and save the two people closest to Griffith because of a preordained sacrifice by a sacrifice? Far-fetched? Sure. But hear me out.

       In order for a human to become an apostle or a godhand, they must sacrifice that which is dear to them. What is dearer to a human than their own flesh? Evil speaks in a drear monotone and answers "Nothing". Guts retorts in a spray of his own blood, "Casca; now let me at that bastard!" Evil chuckles to itself and says "You still have some use to me, and you amuse me. You and the woman may leave; your ride just arrived." Of course, there is the obvious reason that Casca would need to survive to give birth to Griffith's future vessel. But would Idea of Evil really just let it go at that, without some toll taken for leaving the Nexus alive?

News & Not News / Re: SKnet World News: determined, dependable
« on: July 17, 2006, 01:50:44 AM »
originally spawned from the decision of two third parties (the USSR and the USA) to divide the country during WWII when the locals were massively opposed to it.

Actually, post-WWII. There was a conflict on Korean soil, with pressure from China playing a part. Since Korea was under Japanese control during WWII, the USSR would have had little say in how it was divvyed up until after Japan surrendered.

News & Not News / Re: UN demands NK to cool it, meanwhile...
« on: July 16, 2006, 05:10:20 PM »
I often wondered, when I was younger, if there were others in the world like myself. I have seen now that there are. They are the leaders of men in nations around the globe. Those who long to see this world end in blood and fire. It is at once gratifying and disenheartening.

     I suppose I'll miss seeing the end of Berserk (along with all of my other favorite manga) when NK decides to blow up Japan. As for the current turmoil between Israel and its neighbors, I really wish that part of the earth was barren of all life. Then perhaps there could be peace in the Middle East.

Of course this post is rather narrowminded and egocentric. I agree that it shows no regard for the feelings and ideas of thousands, even millions of people. I don't care. Humanity hasn't learned enough in its 10,000+ years to settle international disputes without bloodshed because each and every one of us still desires revenge on those who have wronged us. How we deal with those desires-to deny them, to indulge them, or to seek out other desires greater than this petty anger-is the determinant. The determinant in whether or not we wipe out all intelligent life as we know it. Sadly, I doubt anyone reading this has any sort of politcal clout, making this whole rant pointless and moot. Just wanted to let people know how I felt before everything goes *BOOM*, y'know?

Speculation Nation / Re: Apostle Form
« on: July 06, 2006, 11:23:01 PM »
Hey, it's better than mine.

Your Apostle Form:

Fat, Angry Stooge with no penis


Then What the hell's my Human Form?!?!

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