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Character Cove / Re: Love in Berserk (Guts and Casca and others)
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:40:58 AM »
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What a leap in logic. Guts saying he can't just forcibly replace what he's lost, like in the case of his arm, becomes "Guts realized he can never have a relationship with Casca again". Never mind that Guts' love for Casca is weaved throughout the story and is, among other things: the only reason he is going to Elfhelm, the only reason he made new friends along the way, the only reason he manages to regain himself when using the Berserk's armor. Never mind that in the very same episode you mention, Farnese panicked and returned to her corporeal body because she did not want to hear him say what Casca represents to him. Note that Schierke, who's also got a crush on Guts and who heard what he said, thought to herself in the next episode that she was alright with it, and took solace in the unique relationship she already shares with him.

LOL, how exactly is it a leap in logic? It's the ONLY logic to get from that scene :P You said it yourself that only moments before the scene where Casca falls, Farnese goes back to her body because she doesn't want to hear the answer to the question Roderick asked saying, "Is she your woman." Might I add that we NEVER HEARD HIS ANSWER. Also, it was right after the falling scene that Guts contemplates the arm metaphor, saying that things WON'T be back to normal between him and Casca. Remember, this is all part of the theme of Guts' relationship with Casca. Is she his woman, we never get an answer. Seconds later he says things won't be the same anymore. Thus most likely implying they MIGHT (and I emphasize might, because there is no certainty) NOT get back together.

"Never mind that Guts' love for Casca is weaved throughout the story and is, among other things: the only reason he is going to Elfhelm, the only reason he made new friends along the way, the only reason he manages to regain himself when using the Berserk's armor." First of all, Schierke :schierke: would like a word with you because Casca has little (almost nothing) to do with Guts snapping out of the Berserker armor. He thinks about her, and him almost killing her in the armor AFTER he regains his sanity, but he does not regain sanity due to her. Schierke and the moonchild are responsible for that. The moonchild shows images of Casca to remind him what he fights for, then he shows himself in a bright flash of light, prompting him to wake. He does not think of Casca all by himself and snaps out of berserker mode thanks to the power of love. Also, Guts made new friends not because of Casca, but because of the lesson he learned from Godo back at the end of volume 17. The cave scene where in which he realizes that abandoning friends and loved ones is not the way to go. This realization opened him up to him being more accepting of getting new friends. It's not a coincidence that Isidro, his first new friend and companion, shows up right after that cave scene. Once again, it's Miura showing us his great story-telling skills. Putting and resolving a theme, and then utilizing it. Exactly how I think (once again, it's a might, not a certainty) he will use the volume 33 scene.

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I am astonished to have to remind you that Casca is currently mentally ill, and not in control of her faculties. That example of yours is completely irrelevant, and is definitely not comparable to the situation between Guts and Casca. That's not to say that Guts & Casca's relationship will resume as if nothing had happened when she regains herself, or that there won't be any tension or conflict between them. But you're talking about it as if it's already happened and failed, where in fact it hasn't even begun.

You also got to remember Guts tried to rape her during her mentally ill phase (assuming she gets another phase after this one). More tension. Can things get back to a relationship after that? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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Farnese is not a warrior. She's grown incredibly over the years, and I'm sure as I always was that she'll do important things in the future, but she will never be able to fight side by side with Guts like Casca once did. You say that Casca will not be able to help Guts in the future, but what is that based on? Who's to say how her fighting skill could evolve in Elfhelm? Maybe she'll acquire new equipment and new skills, like other characters have in the past?

Besides, for now Schierke is the only one qualified to help Guts with the armor, and it does not look like that's about to change. Farnese is still very much a novice when it comes to magic. Oh, and do I have to remind you once more that it's always the thought of Casca that prompts Guts to return to his senses? And that they have a son together who's playing an increasingly important role in the story?

Now it's my turn to remind you that Farnese is very much capable, showing us that she is already knew how to create a shield around the ship to protect it. She may be a novice, but she learns quick. Might I remind you also that Schierke fused with Guts' armor by accident. Who's to say Farnese wouldn't be able to do it as well? And who cares if she's not a warrior. She's more than proved her worth protecting Casca in moments of incredible danger. Casca on the other hand has warrior skills matching that of probably Serpico's, and even Serpico has no choice a lot of times to just stand on the side lines and just watch Guts wreck shit up. Face it, Casca would not be able to help Guts in berserker mode. However, Schierke and Farnese (eventually) can and would be able to!


The point that needs to be said here is that Guts and Casca's love is real, yet there relationship is not set in stone. I am showing the other side of the argument about how I believe they won't end up together. It is not a misconception, it is a probability that Miura himself has put into the story. All I ask is that you keep an open mind.

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Character Cove / Re: Love in Berserk (Guts and Casca and others)
« on: March 22, 2015, 04:52:18 AM »
Nope, not trolling at all. I brought the evidence forward. You just need to open your eyes and read. Guts and Casca will most likely not be together once or if she gets her memory back. I'm 90% sure of this. Obviously I can't be 100% certain since Miura might go the lame obvious route with having their love "triumph", but that's just bad story-telling and wishful thinking. I do not think Miura would not take back the things he wrote in volume 33. You guys really need to pay attention to the dialogue more. Be more open minded.

As for my rant about Serpico and Casca, that's just MY wishful thinking :P LOL! So yeah, take that part of my comment with a grain of salt.

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Character Cove / Re: Love in Berserk (Guts and Casca and others)
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:02:03 PM »
Ok ok, I hate to be the guy who spoils peoples fun, but the Guts+Casca relationship is most likely definitely NOT going to happen :rickert:. I know that people want love to triumph and that once she gets her memories back, somehow, things will find a way to get back to the way they were. But guess what, Miura already metaphorically in the story talked about the impossibility of things going back to the way they were. Volume 33 people, the beginning of volume 33 involves the cold hard and most likely truth that Guts realized himself. How Casca and him have changed and gone through so much that things simply just don't come back to the way they were. He uses the metaphor of his arm never coming back and the failure of him being unable to catch her when she fell off the boat. Sometimes you just can not mend and bring back the past. For good reason too because Guts is a much better person now than he was before. Before he was a broken and an unresolved mess. His life has become much more clearer since then.

Think of Guts and Casca as a previous love relationship that some of you might have had. You loved and adored the ex-girlfriend, probably still do. But you are unable to get back together because both of you changed so drastically between the years that you no longer feel compatible. You may want to get back together and you do love that person, but the bond is gone. That is the reason why most relationships with people who try to get back together ultimately fail, which exactly what is happening to Guts and Casca. I'm sorry guys, but Guts and Casca is not happening and I think Miura himself thinks that when he wrote that scene in volume 33.

Also, the other thing that confuses me is how some people believe Farnese's relationship with Guts is probably the same as with Casca's and Griffith's. Guts is NOT Griffith. Griffith ignored Casca's love because his goals and ambitions were bigger than any of them...something that Miura showed to be bad during the Eclipse. Griffith lacked the balance in his life to realize that goals are useless if you abandon your friends and family. Guts on the other hand already figured this stuff out. He loves his new family and would never intentionally cause harm to them (unless the berserker armor gets the better of him). The only reason Guts doesn't seem to pay enough attention to Farnese's feelings at the moment is because the nightmare that is the eclipse still haunts him. He is still stuck in the past with the eclipse and Casca. I do believe that once Casca gets her memory back, that will be the closure that Guts needs in order to move on in his life. That is when the Guts + Farnese possibility will become a reality.

As a fun little side note, here are the relationships that I hope happen:
- Guts + Farnese
- Schierke + Isidro (At least I hope so. Their constant bickering at each other clearly shows the tension :slan: )
- Rickert + Erica...eventually
- and.....Serpico + Casca (OHHHHHH YEAH, I said it! LMAO! I obviously have no proof or logical reasoning on this one but I definitely pondered the possibility. Once Casca gets her memory back, she will hopefully be among the gang. So why shouldn't Serpico gets some love!? LOL)

Another plot point I'd like to bring up on the possibility of the Guts + Farnese relationship is the idea that Farnese might eventually become the one that helps Guts control the berserker armor. Some of you had already mentioned the possibility that Farnese with her new ethereal body might become crucial in bringing back Guts from the darkness in later chapters. So just imagine how romantic and awesome it would be to have Farnese on Guts' back during a big battle, helping him. Two lovers fighting side by side in a crucial war. Now THAT'S bad-ass romance :slan: Casca would not be able to help Guts in pivotal dark moments like that and her fighting skills are not even close to that of Guts', so watching his back is technically impossible. Her fighting skills are more fit for someone like...Serpico! Fuck YEAH! Come on Miura, Serpico + Casca, make it happen! (fanboy in me is off the scales)

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Speculation Nation / Re: Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 06, 2015, 07:29:31 PM »
I don't think the Demon Child resembles or acts anything like a psuedo-apostle.

Yeah, but weren't we talking about how the rules tend to change when it comes to pseudo's? Femto is a Godhand, therefore his pseudo would be more complex and probably more powerful. The Demon Child is an infected fetus who turned pseudo when Femto's seed mixed with his development stage. Or at least I think that's how it went? Seems logical and seems in line with how the other pseudo's were created. Their natural being and DNA was changed through infection.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 06, 2015, 06:59:09 PM »
I think that's a misguided assumption. Griffith is a higher being. He's unlike anything else in the series. So he's certainly not beholden to the Beherit-Apostle's way of doing things. He was merely a shell that helped bring Femto to the world.

Well I didn't say Femto's pseudo's would work EXACTLY like the Beherit-Apostles pseudo's, only in a same concept kind of way. But actually I think you guys a forgetting a little fact. Femto already created a pseudo before our eyes. Guts and Casca's baby. He was infected by his seed, yet he still retained his need and will to protect his parents with his powers. Does this mean that the seed of Femto creates pseudo's that retain their freewill? Possible...what you guys think?

Daemon was something Dark Horse made up. The word used by the Count in that scene is more akin to "a part of me." (parturition; delivery; one's child; branch; offshoot; one's other self).

There's no official word for the spawn of Apostles, but we've tended to call them Pseudo Apostles, and eventually, Dark Horse caught on to this as well.

huh interesting. Well then we can almost clearly say that "a part of me" would result in the pseudo dying if the host is killed. If I remember correctly, the Japanese language is very simple and used along with a persons body language in order to distinguish precisely what they are saying. The Count's pseudo looked to be a part of his body and along with the language of "a part of me" I would think it would die off along with him. Same for Rochine's pseudo's, they would die along with their queen...like a Bee hive!...but in bee hives if the queen dies they create an emergency queen to replace the old one...ok never mind, it ain't exactly like a Bee Hive. But WAIT, what if some of Rochine's pseudo's survived and created an emergency Rochine! She could STILL BE ALIVE! :magni:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:10:50 PM »
Since we have people on the forum that actually speak Japanese, I think that would be a pretty one-sided debate. Dark Horse has been wrong numerous times in the past, often to an embarrassing degree.

Yeah I know, that's why I left that open. I definitely ain't Japanese and darkhorse is notorious for its mistranslations  :iva:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:07:59 PM »
I don't think the word "daemon" can be found anywhere in the series. But I tend to agree in terms of their survivability after the host dies.

It was used in the DarkHorse version :P Whether its a good translation or not is definitely something that could be debated.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:55:24 PM »
The properties for the pseudo-apostles seem to be directly related to the apostle they're transformed by. The specifics of their powers vary wildly. As for similarities, it's hard to set rules since they're all quite different. But except for those changed  by the Beherit-apostle, all other pseudo-apostles seem to be bound to the whims of the apostle.

Considering that Griffith was reborn into the world by the Beherit-apostle, I would assume that his pseudo-apostle giving powers (if he has any?) would involve the same concept. Unfortunately, their isn't any way to know if a pseudo-apostle could survive without its master. Guts, in all his awesomeness, tended to kill everything in his path, killing the pseudo's first then the apostle :guts:

If I remember correctly, Zondark had the seed/daemon of the count within him. If I had to guess, I don't think the daemon could survive the death of the Count considering it was a part of him. But that's just one pseudo example. Maybe the others work differently?

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I don't thinck so at all. Overall Miura improved in many aspects. Wether it being his massive improvement in Art or plot constructuring and story telling. Many people who say that have an bad Understanding of the overall story. Miura always added something interesting to other characters wether it being the Beast of Darkness to Guts Character or the demon Child to Femto's. Besides that we got an side cast which got well developed and greatly handled in many ways, such as with Farnese or Schierke.  The world buildung in volume 24, the great battles and plot, and the way everything was symbolized and written was what made the story just become better.

Amen to that!

They probably miss the characters that died.  It's pretty devastating. Some people think that Breaking Bad didn't become good until season 3, and then some also say it wasn't good after season four.

I think that has to do with the epic saga that was contained within that time. When it ended, people didn't see how it could continue.

I've heard some opinions about how the fantastical elements don't fit, that Berserk is based in realism, even though there are fantastical elements throughout this part of the story.

Opinions that make no sense considering the Blackswordsman arc, the introduction arc, showed that Berserk was a full on fantasy.

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Vagabond / Re: Vagabond: Volume 36
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:01:40 PM »
Just finished reading it and it's still an amazing series. The philosophy of Musashi is so incredibly in depth and intelligent that it emulates very well human will and life in general. When a manga is able to make you reflect on your own life, you know something is being done right :) Volume 36 is no exception and it sent shivers down my spine.

The only problem I had with the book is that sometimes Inoue is unable to connect panels properly. Sometimes a panel shift will feel jarring because the scenes don't connect very well. Anyone else have this problem when reading it?

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Arc
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:50:31 PM »
This is literally one of the hardest questions I've ever had to answer :P In the end, I chose the power of "default" by choosing the Conviction arc, just for the simple fact that it has my favorite Berserk moment (volume 17, cave revelation). But yeah, it's almost impossible to choose especially considering that they ALL contain brilliant moments of pure genius. Though, I'm surprised that some chose the Fantasia arc, especially considering that it just started. I mean seriously, you telling me an arc that just started, that is not even close to completion, already trumps all the development and epic moments that came before it? Calm down people, wait a bit. LOL! The Blackswordman Arc is a brilliant introduction, but it isn't enough to stand up to the others. Falcon, Conviction, and Millennium Falcon are all very much equal in quality really.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 335
« on: May 25, 2014, 04:05:04 PM »
He might mean in volume 23, when we see Griffith pulling this stunt the first time.  A father tells his wife and child to "Be well..." before disappearing.  But anyway, I don't think it's an illusion.

Exactly, I was talking about volume 23. The man tells his wife and child, "take care" or "be well..." depending on which translation you read. I'm willing to bet this is all a hoax. I mean, Griffith is still a Godhand. The last time I checked, the Godhand were not able to manipulate the spirits of the dead. Maybe they can manipulate to a certain extent evil spirits, the ones that end up in hell like we see in the first arc with the Count. But even then I'd be skeptical. People who end up in hell seem to be part of a rule or law that not even the Godhand can touch.

Of course right now I'm just playing guessing games through observation. Definitely could be all wrong.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 335
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:35:02 AM »
I don't know how anyone can complain about pacing when this is one of the most epic episodes we've got in a while, even more so when considering how long its been since we last saw Griffith in person. Even with his disguise he's such a fasinating antagonist and an amazing character I can never get enough of him, certainly never find him "boring". The artwork is just brilliant. The way Miura conveys size and scope in his art is masterful. The angles he's using are perfectly effective. I feel as if I'm right there with Rickert feeling dwarfed entering this massive fortress, staring up at how impossibly high it goes. Like it was built by giants.

These last few episodes into Falconia have been amazing start to finish, and the best has yet to come. Shame on anyone who can't see that :azan:

Well said my friend, and yes I did definitely notice...so no shame on me :) lol! Every Berserk episode is simply stunning to watch and read. Literature, philosophy, and politics are my passion and nothing in this generation of literature compares to Berserk. I can't even read what their saying and I'm already in awe :P lmao

As for the pacing issue some people have, I actually agree with Aazealh in that its sad people still think such wrong ideas. Read it in bulks and your complaints will be thrown out the window. Miura does not write these episodes in relation to the time spent in between the releases. He paces his episodes in a way that makes everything go smoothly once you read it all at once...the way it's supposed to be read. The pacing only feels long because people are simply impatient for the next episode to come out. That simple.

Also another thing I want to point out is if this soul controlling technique of Griffith's is actually real? Are those actually the souls of dead loved one's or is he once again manipulating the minds of people by just showing images of the dead? And yes, I'm well aware that they talk, but they don't exactly say anything important or personal.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 46
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:13:30 AM »
It's a cute thought, but I don't think they'd be particularly useful on the battlefield. Unless the plan is to slowly infect the opposing force with STDs.

LOL, good point :ganishka: But if there's going to be a war between Guts and Griffith, they don't exactly have to be fighting. Simple humanitarian aid would be good enough...though STD Nina working with bloodied patients probably isn't that good an idea either

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:06:51 AM »
You're forgetting that the Falconian landing party was a grab bag of people consisting of nearly every country on the continent, so it's pretty futile to start counting on your hands the number of countries represented inside the walls. Probably someone from everywhere. Remember, the army Griffith led to Wyndham consisted of his own forces, which were amassed from their campaign travels, in addition to Holy See Alliance troops gathered at Vritannis.

Yes your right, thanks for reminding me. Though it would still be nice to know of other countries that aren't Midland and the Kushan Empire :P

Everyone? No. Only the chosen.  :femto:

 :magni:

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 46
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:45:38 AM »
Good stuff guys. Especially liked the ending when you guys started talking about the possible political allusions and conflicting ideologies Miura could implement into Berserk. I especially liked the part where you said Guts could be looked at as a sort of "terrorist" from the people of Falconia through vision sequences. Interesting possibility. The visions acting like a sort of "TV" propaganda of the world.

Do you guys think we'll see Nina again sometime in the future? I am glad Luca and the group are back so maybe her and Joachim will turn up somewhere.

That's an interesting possibility as well. The last time we heard of them they left off somewhere together, two cowards working together in order to learn to be brave. Here's a possibility: imagine that instead of them being in Falconia, they end up with Guts and co. fighting against Griffith. Definitely would be a nice way to redeem both those characters :)

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 15, 2014, 01:15:05 AM »
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Kushans aren't Midlanders, no. The occupying force led by Ganishka came from the eastern lands, far beyond Midland's borders.  And only some remaining Kushan forces are living in Falconia, not the entire empire.

Yeah perfect, that's what I thought. And I meant two countries in the sense that we know of two countries in the world of Berserk that have some of there people residing in Falconia, obviously not the entire population/empire of the Kushan is there...well not yet anyways :P Should be interesting to see in what kind of way people on the outside of Falconia try to survive. Falconia can't possibly accommodate everyone? The city would have to be massive. Eventual expansion is a possibility though. So many questions...CAN'T...HOLD...IN...THE...EXCITEMENT! :ubik:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:42:07 PM »
I don't think Griffith is controlling in any way what is happening in the world. However, this was ultimately his goal. You know: an utopia is an utopia because there is already the opposite. Humanity wanted that utopia, so Griffith has given it to them by unleashing the apocalypse on Earth. Ironic, don't you think? Besides, I'm almost sure that this is only the beggining of Griffith's kingdom. Falconia can be seen as the capital of his new world. Of course many people and nations won't like the idea of leaving their homes... But what if paradise knocks your door? :griffnotevil:

Oh yes definitely won't be easy to refuse a paradise looking Falconia. That's all part of the indoctrination Griffith is implementing. He ain't gonna make it easy :P

I can hardly imagine an alliance against Falconia in the sort term. Honestly, the whole concept is almost perfect: an idillic city where the social status has no mean anymore (or that is what it seems for now) and where people can be totally safe against the madness out there. But, what about the apostles? What about not training and teaching people about the world? Sure, people like Guts' party, Elfhelm, even Rickert... people who know Griffith's true nature will oppose to him. But I think we will have to wait long time before we see a Free Will Revolution.

Those who have not seen Griffith's actions of so called "miracles" will not easily be swayed to join Griffith's Falconia city. There is still a chance and possibility of Guts rallying those people. I'm also pretty sure that some others aren't as easily swayed to follow the popular consciousness. Remember the people who survived the second Eclipse because they didn't rely on Mozgus? Something similar might happen here. Refusing to rely on Griffith and fighting for their homes.

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People from all over the country (Midland) as far as we know, not all over the world. Neighboring countries might also come around to some extent, but the entire world population? I think that'd be a bit much, even for Falconia.

Not sure but are the Kushan people part of the country/kingdom of Midland? If not then that's two countries in this world that we know of that are now in Falconia, not just Midland

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Speculation Nation / Re: Falconia vs Elfhelm: Will it happen?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:23:10 PM »
I kind of do not want a confrontation to happen between the two, at least not right away. I would like to see elfhelm arc to concentrate on the emotional issues concerning Guts and his party and the changing dynamics. I want the issue with Casca to be tackled head on and the repercussions  of her "healing" and her issues to take center stage in elfhelm. And then tackle Guts issues with his inner beast and his new relationship with Casca and the dynamics of the Guts new group to be thoroughly explored becfore we get into any issues of a confrontation between Falconia and Elfhelm. I want a major chunk of the elfhelm arc to be devoted to just character focus and exploration. I am going to be annoyed if the Casca Guts Farnese and flower storm King thing gets dragged out further once they are there due to military talk and confrontation.

I myself like this idea a lot as well. Berserk has already so much action that a nice break and character development chapter would be very welcome. Or maybe we might simply have both. A nice long enough break followed by a preemptive invasion. Having read the whole discussion about up till now, I agree with the idea that Elfhelm will not be strong enough to face the might of Falconia. They will need a bigger army to face Griffith, which brings me back to a very recent post I just put up on the episode 334 discussion which says:

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I always wondered if Miura was going to tackle the theme of nations? We know that people from all over the world are coming to join Falconia being that it is the one and only safe haven from monsters. People are being ejected from their homes and lives to go live in the big city. Not everyone is going to like this...or at least I think they won't? What if Griffith is trying to control everyone by simply making everyone immigrate to his massive kingdom. Using the monsters as an excuse. Heck, he might even be controlling some of those monsters to attack villages and cities in order to force them to take refuge in Falconia. Falconia might simply be a very nice place that keeps the population blind and in check. People are happy and do not ask questions.

Guts and his crew might eventually become part of a rebel alliance brought together by a bunch of other nations who do not wish to leave their homes in order to live in some other far off land. A bunch of nations coming together in order to fight back the monsters and Griffith's all encompassing empire.

This to me seems possible because as we all know, Guts and his small gang cannot defeat Griffith as he is now. They will need an alliance of some sort. Elf Island being that first alliance, then moving on to other places in the world and rallying those who wish to fight for their independence, land, and country. Guts has become a leader and role model, and I could imagine him becoming that figurehead that everyone follows...kind of like how Griffith was back in the Golden Age Arc.

Elfhelm will not be strong enough and they will need more men. I doubt monsters will be able to ally with Guts and the King of the Flower Storm to take down Griffith because aren't monsters controlled mostly by the Godhand...or is that only for Apostles? I do think though that the final confrontation will be Griffith's indoctrinated people and apostles VERSUS Guts and co., Skullknight, Elfhelm and other nations/national minorities rallied to the cause.  I can't imagine Guts winning any other way. Also, do you guys think Guts can rally monsters and beasts to fight for his cause? Is it possible?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:34:29 PM »
I always wondered if Miura was going to tackle the theme of nations? We know that people from all over the world are coming to join Falconia being that it is the one and only safe haven from monsters. People are being ejected from their homes and lives to go live in the big city. Not everyone is going to like this...or at least I think they won't? What if Griffith is trying to control everyone by simply making everyone immigrate to his massive kingdom. Using the monsters as an excuse. Heck, he might even be controlling some of those monsters to attack villages and cities in order to force them to take refuge in Falconia. Falconia might simply be a very nice place that keeps the population blind and in check. People are happy and do not ask questions.

Guts and his crew might eventually become part of a rebel alliance brought together by a bunch of other nations who do not wish to leave their homes in order to live in some other far off land. A bunch of nations coming together in order to fight back the monsters and Griffith's all encompassing empire.

This to me seems possible because as we all know, Guts and his small gang cannot defeat Griffith as he is now. They will need an alliance of some sort. Elf Island being that first alliance, then moving on to other places in the world and rallying those who wish to fight for their independence, land, and country. Guts has become a leader and role model, and I could imagine him becoming that figurehead that everyone follows...kind of like how Griffith was back in the Golden Age Arc.

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Speculation Nation / Re: The Theme of Berserk
« on: March 27, 2014, 04:24:24 AM »
Actually Arvin, I'm glad you brought it up because "finding a meaning to life" is or has already been partially answered. People always seem to believe that Berserk's Golden Age arc and the betrayal of Griffith was the ending and beginning to something new. That in my opinion is wrong. The "real" new beginning of Berserk is the 18th volume and ending of the 17th volume. Berserk began with the Black Swordsman arc which showed Guts at his worst. The resolution to that story happened in volume 17 when Guts contemplates to himself about what he has been doing during the past 2 years. How and why he left Casca, the most important person in his life. It is THE turning point in the series.

What does this have to do with "finding your own place in the world" theme. Well it has everything to do with it. The golden age arc was a lot about dreams. How one should use and go through with their dreams. Guts was having trouble finding his place among the world because he didn't know what his dream was. He decided he go out into the world and challenge people using the one thing he was good at and knew how to use, his sword. But that idea was challenged when he realized that leaving his friends and "family" made him uncertain. Judeau even told him to bring Casca with him on his journey. That he should follow or find his dream, but with the people he loves. This is a lesson that he was about to learn...until Griffith did exactly the opposite of that and killed his family only to follow his dream. This made Guts forget all of what I just explained. He left Casca and Rickert, his only family left, all for the sake of revenge. However, the end of volume 17 is that enlightenment "waking up" moment. That moment of contemplation in the cave is him remembering that moral life lesson he so forgot about because of Griffith's intervention and betrayal. "Finding your own place in the world" is following your dream alongside those you love (Rickert learned this when he joined Godot and decided to take care of Erica). Sharing your pains, pleasures, and accomplishments with them. Guts at the end of volume 17 learns this, and Griffith forgot about it.

There is a reason why Isidro first shows up at the beginning of volume 18. He and the rest of the later to be Guts' companions are the start of something new, a new family. Guts having learned this new moral on life is now more accepting of people and their help. He is willing to let them join him if they so wish. He realizes that he needs others help in order to take care of Casca, and in accepting their help he learned to trust them and they became his new family. This "new" Guts who accepts and teaches others was born in volume 17. That cave enlightenment moment is in my opinion the single greatest moment in the entire series.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:23:36 PM »
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Also, the individual releases are called episodes. Chapters are larger portions of the story (Chapter of Lost Children).
ahhhh, Walter, as nitpicky as ever I see :iva: Sure, I'll be careful next ;)

You know, fuck you, you know! Kidding, none taken, I (you) know I'm certainly guilty of this, and of sounding way more nasally than I do in my mind. If they ever animate that far, God forbid, I'm auditioning for the dubbed voice of the Schnoz.
LOL, don't worry Griffith, you weren't THAT bad :P The important thing is we understand you and your arguments. What more can we ask for...you know? :slan:

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Character Cove / Re: Guts' Eye
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:13:11 PM »
Awesome info. Lithrael. Thanks for that dude :)

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 25, 2014, 01:37:51 AM »
Drinking game, take a shot every time the guys say "you know". You'll be plastered 5 minutes in! :ganishka:

LOL, just kidding guys...please don't kill me :serpico:

On a more serious note, good stuff. I've always said that part of the magic of Berserk is the amazing art and facial expressions. This is the first podcast I heard from you guys, so I must ask a question (a stupid one probably). Have you guys discussed/analyzed more of Berserk beyond the Golden Age Arc? I love the Golden Age but I got so sick and tired of people only talking about how great that arc is. All of Berserk is amazing and it all should be analyzed.

Also, to give my opinion on the new upcoming chapter, how about the possibility of not only Rickert arriving at Falconia but also Guts and co. arriving at Skellig in the same chapter. A sort of dual arriving and meaning that signifies the entering of a new moment in Berserk. The entering of the unknown and a new chapter within the series. Arriving to Falconia and Skellig are both monumental moments within Berserk. Arriving to both simultaneously would definitely be a nice way to start Berserk after this long hiatus both metaphorically and literally.

But yeah, good stuff. Will be checking out your later podcasts.

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Character Cove / Re: Guts' Eye
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:32:29 AM »
Every time I read Berserk, I always thought to myself how badass Guts was just for fighting with one eye. His depth perception must be shit, but he just keeps on kicking ass. :guts: I guess it must be all that "pure" warrior instinct. :ganishka:

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