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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:45:40 PM »
Awsome news. Im happy aslong as we get one volume a year  :ubik:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: March 28, 2018, 04:15:21 AM »
I've been very temped to Get the P1 Black Swordsman statue. The only thing that has held me back is the fact that I wasn't happy with Guts face and whatever the thing with the horns is taking up so much space. I wish they could have used a main Apostle instead of the generic looking monster. Overall, the statue has it all, Puck, the Demon Fetus and the Beast of Darkness. Its hard to beat having so many elements in one statue. I wish I could own all of the P1 statues, but my wife would kill me.  :magni:

It was a wise decision to wait because they are launching a 1/6 action series anyways. First diorama will be the battle from the hill of swords. There is also the fact that Oniri creations are working on the scene from Volume 32 where Guts rides Zodd to beat Ganishka

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:21:03 AM »
I still can't get over how genius the use of Guts was in this episode. His portrayal really went beyond my expectations. Not showing his reaction or his emotions as he approaches Casca and focusing on her, while using him as a trigger for her to remember the memories she suppresed was a great move by Miura. I had high expectations for this occasion, but Miura definitely surpassed them.

Im also glad with the route that Miura chose for Casca when it came to her remembering her experiences as Elaine. The way she described her state of mind makes the dream world seem even more special.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:09:23 PM »
Miuras comment

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:10:01 PM »
No, that message in itself isn't the announcement of a break. For reference, we also had the same announcement at the end of episode 338, 340, 341, 344 and 345 (among others) without a hiatus afterwards. Furthermore, the last three times there was a hiatus (episode 343, 347 and 351), the message shown was different, it just said "[Berserk] to be continued".

Very interesting. Thanks for correcting me.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:38:49 PM »
Not to obsess over the release schedule, but that's interesting  :ganishka: I guess people (myself included) noticed the lack of numbers so assumed the ending was something along the lines of "to be continued this Fall" or something.

But in any case, yes people, live in the moment! We got another episode with artwork and moments that are immediately iconic!

I don't want to be that guy, but it says ''to be continued next time'', which is the announcement of a break. We had the same announcement at the end of episode 337

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:46:50 AM »
Fingers crossed that the last page tells the next episode is coming April 27 and not Fall.

Don't want to talk big, but if the series would have gone on hiatus, we would have already seen someone leak it. Happened countless times where people leaked the hiatus announcment instead of panels from the episode itself.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:00:36 AM »
How much of that would you attest to being a style change for the sake of the arc vs him switching over from pen and paper to digital? Thats often the go to explanation I've heard from people as to why Guts and crew are sometimes off model compared to a couple volumes prior but I have no knowledge on the credence of this. It does seem pretty obvious to me that its switched to digital but Im skeptical on that being the main reason why the style has changed, Im guessing you'd agree that the change is voluntary?

I doubt that going digital changed his style completely. Atmosphere and surroundings definitely have an effect, but like i said, the art style has been this way pretty much since Falconia.  The biggest difference that came with going digital is definitely the use of lines. I think the art style is much more of a mood thing. It changes all the time though with Miura, so who knows when we will see a big change again.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:49:12 PM »

Also, I have some thoughts on the art itself:
The Berserk subreddit is full of people complaining about her eyes looking too big. I was honestly taken aback at first too, but upon reflection, it makes perfect sense to have them so large as a way of drawing attention to them. The more angular, almond-like shape the have here (compared to their rounder style from her days as Elaine) serves to demonstrate her lucidity. As westerners, it might look quite exaggerated, but it's totally deliberate. This brings to mind a psychology experiment from 2007 comparing Japanese and American facial expressions. They found that, compared to facial expression in America, facial expressions in Japan rely more on the eyes to convey information and less on the mouth. This might help explain why this stylistic choice is so jarring to some westerners. (NB: I am really not a psychologist.)

It's not that deep. Miura has been using this art style, since pretty much Falconia now. Bigger eyes, smaller nose, wider face. It's much more modern anime-esque, which doesn't surprise me, as todays series that use that style probably have an influence on him. One thing is sure for me though, the general art style looked at it's best late MF arc.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Found an image of another New Year Card
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:02:20 PM »
That looks amazing, seems to be digitally colored too

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:29:25 PM »
The Statue will be a depiction of legendary double page spread from Volume 32 where Guts rides Zodd.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:33:39 PM »
Korean leaks

Absolutely amazing man

Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:34:27 PM »
The statue by F4F is just okay imo. Not a fan of the face.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: February 01, 2018, 02:40:45 PM »
Miura's comment:
The dog rampages as the year of the dog begins. The manga IS in luck!

That's awsome. His comment goes along with this years post card that he had drawn  :daiba:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:55:23 AM »
Miuras comment

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:30:01 PM »
One thing i wonder about is if Miura may begin the dream sequence with Episode 71, where Casca kinda realized that she is pregnant. But at the same time the last fragment is  the main trigger for her current state and it was obviously caused by the rape, so im not sure if it would be the most logical thing to do.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 07:04:54 AM »
It's out. Absolutely amazing episode.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:32:14 AM »
Thats great news. I hope that it won't be like that time when the series came back around the Rickert era, where we got the anime announcment at the end of a 6 episode run. I still can imagine them doing one more season, but i hope they finally gave up on it.

  One the episode itself, i love how the hawk of darkness is towering above them. Seems just unbeatable. Looks like as if the Dragonslayer will make it's appearance soon too

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 20, 2017, 07:31:08 PM »
Miuras comment in japanese

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: December 04, 2017, 05:45:42 PM »
Some better pictures. The femto one is pretty awsome.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:07:46 PM »
My man. What a nice picture

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 28, 2017, 06:06:16 PM »
There is also this absolutely amazing sculpt of Musashi

More here

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 27, 2017, 05:38:37 PM »
My volume came the other day and I really don't see any "wonkiness".  I really think people are making a big deal over nothing.  All the art work in the issues of Young Animal has always looked fine to me.  It is these weird scans that people are seeing that are different.  Going on and on about line thickness and traced panels is asinine.

The volume looks great and the digital painting of all the elves looks fantastic.  He really has mastered a new skill.  Maybe this is part of the reason why releases have slowed down, he wanted to learn how to draw/paint another way.

The style Miura draws some things may have changed over the last few years, but that is nothing new.  Also they may be using different tools to create some of the backgrounds and tones, but this is nothing drastic.  If you want to criticize his work, I think you can comment on the already mentioned cover art.  If you really want to get nit picky there are a few panels where there are some blank faces on characters, and the only reason they stand out is because he usually takes the time to add those tiny details in.

Although the line work looks much better in the volume, it is clearly obvious that Miura has been using much thicker lines for his characters. This could well just come from him drawing on his tablet, but all in all compared to the way he used to draw faces, i don't think it looks great in some of the episodes that we have in this volume. The best example i have would be this panel from episode 347.

Unfortunately we don't know the extent of Miuras digital work. If he has fully transitioned by now, i would love to see him experimenting more with the lines that tablets offer.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:34:16 PM »
Sucks that it's in this context, but those are my favorite illustrations Miura has produced in a long time. So beautiful.

I agree man. I love the raw hatching. It's looks dirty, but in a very good way. The drawn horses look so good

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:53:27 PM »
Pretty sure that the a new season will be announced for winter.

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