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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:16:10 PM »
Thanks for the links RaffoBaffo and Mangetsu!

Nice! Miura's busting out the old HR Giger branded crate of phallus-monsters I see. We haven't seen that aesthetic for a while. Though how could we not have them here?

Fun to see Farnese has also caught onto the rules of the dreamland. Though her dream didn't have a lot of potential 'items' to bring through, so we may only get Mozgus.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 23, 2016, 02:41:55 PM »
Itís pretty interesting that Miura has chosen to link the Eclipse with an eye again, this time with a character with much less literary precedence to. Guts lost an eye. ďThe black sunĒ cruelly becomes his psychological replacement that only replays scenes of horror and loss. And it could be a way to represent the nature of apostles and the God Hand as ďforbidden knowledgeĒ, or a symbol of the new perspective of Griffith and the world that he was forced to witness.

When you apply the imagery to Casca you lose that literal connection that grounds the metaphor, and you can only connect it with the more abstract meaning, which doesnít hold as much water.

Still, there was a reason Miura rendered out the sky in the shape of an eye again. And whatever reason that is will no doubt be explained (very satisfactorily if history repeats) during this adventure.

And while this eye is very different to the jagged lightning scar associated with Guts, that row of blowing flower petals is making it really hard not to see the beast grinning in there. Completely off the wall theory, but maybe the beast has grown into some sort of memetic creature that bleeds into other subconscious. It sort of works with Dananís offhand comment about the connection between dreams and the spirit world. But personally I'm not feeling it. The Beast of Darkness doesnít need this development to be any scarier and the purely psychological nature of it is a really great aspect. Thought it might be worth throwing out at least.

The sequence beginning the dream sequence is pretty confusing. One moment the characters appear regular sized and the next theyíre smaller than Ivarella. Is it some sort of Alice in Wonderland style moment to indicate the dreaming has begun? Because thereís a much more fitting transition for that afterwards. So itís actually happening?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 23, 2016, 12:28:27 AM »
That was some impressive dream logic with Farnese, the way she was washing both the original group and the HICKs, that fact that the armour was Guts clothes and at the same time Guts himself  and of course the wobbly dragon slayer (2016 teaser confirned canon).

Mixing up the style went a long way in establishing the dreamscape. Casca's was excellent but i also like the bounciness of Schierke's too. We already know things a going to get darker the deeper they dive into Casca's dreamscape but I wonder just how bad its going to get. And whether any actual danger is going to befall the other characters. When Schierke experienced the Eclipse through Guts she almost lost herself and i'm sure there'll be a similiar threat here.

Super exciting stuff on the horizon!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 22, 2016, 06:39:57 AM »
Wow this guidebook is looking like the stuff of dreams! Such a deep look into Miura's process and ideation as well as an actual print compilation for all those miscellaneous paintings that have just been floating around the net until now. I wonder if we'll get an english release down the line, though i'm not sure i'll be able to hold off buying until then.

Looks like a sketch from this episode, yes. What a tease!

From what little we have, it's giving me vibes of an abandoned battlefield. Way eerier and quieter than what I was expecting. It's nothing like Guts' explosive eclipse flashbacks, but it captures another perspective of the eclipse that better suits Casca really well.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 21, 2016, 02:58:26 AM »
So Guts is handing over the dream job to Schierke and Farnese? Poor guy can't catch a break. But it looks like we'll be getting a glimpse into each of those character's minds which will be awesome!

Depending on how slow they take this, this would be a great time to show the events that led to Schierke being trained by Flora. In any case, There's potential for a lot of info to be shared around and after this the three girls are definitley going to be very close.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:44:24 PM »
By the third episode this had plummeted through the realms of bad adaption and just became bad story. Was there anything this show got right? The pacing was atrocious, the character's butchered and every single scene was dulled by completely soulless animation.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:34:18 PM »
If I stood there motionless, would the trolls beat Femto down into submission?

I don't know about you guys, but I'm definitely going to spend a few missions doing exactly that.

Well if they're going to let us play Femto himself, Lore-destruction is not a concern and there's really no limits to who they're going to pull out as well now. Those old posts about playing Void aren't that unlikely any more.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:15:58 PM »
This is certainly a lot earlier than I anticipated, and it's a shame we won't get episodes till December like last time. But if Aaz is right about taking the time to work with the anime, I can't fault the logic. It seems to be pulling a decent crowd, and it will pay to have the second season be, you know...good.

Last time the same thing had happened. The new anime had been announced and Berserk went on a break. Not only did it come back alongside the anime, but also a new Volume was released, hence Volume 39 being already confirmed for next year.

So the Hakusensha editor is telling Miura, "take you're break now, so by the time this new show comes around we can publish a constant stream of episodes to keep up with it."? Definitely seems possible. But I would think it would be better to start releasing the episodes now. considering that the new viewers have run out of show material and will likely turn to the original source. Either way, i'm not sure how I feel about Miura being suppressed from releasing work by somebody else.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 17, 2016, 11:03:33 AM »
Interesting interview from GameSpot, also confirms what I think a lot of people were already guessing in that adapting to "the end of the Millennium Falcon Arc" actually means that they are adapting up to the beginning of volume 32. So I'm guessing Guts and Zodd's fight against Ganishka will likely be the final stage/boss fight.

It's a shame they won't be including one of the most spectacular fights, the Neo band of the Falcon vs Ganishka's spawn in the shadow of his reincarnated form. That would be seriously incredible. Especially if you could just play some random peon trying to survive amidst apostles and monsters. Though that's diverging very far from a standard Musou experience. Sea God tentacles would also make a nice, simple horde army for a mission. Regardless, 32 volumes of material is insane and I can hardly complain there's gonna be a shortage of material.

Character Cove / Re: Berserk and Major Arcana
« on: September 16, 2016, 01:13:22 PM »
Hahaha, well we're all in agreement on Godot:hermit then. And you've done all the justifying we need for that segment, thanks :ganishka: I better start making some additions now.

Character Cove / Re: Berserk and Major Arcana
« on: September 16, 2016, 01:01:50 PM »

Another character who fits this aspect (besides the "Innocent" part I guess) is Isidro.

Isidro also has a lot of comparison to The Sun, which is similarly vibrant and optimistic. But the whole "beginning of the journey" theme of The Fool really tipped me in the direction of Puck.

I think Skull Knight is another candidate for this spot and not just because of the title of the card but because he has offered guidance, advice and wisdom to other people (mainly Guts).

I agree, I had skimmed a bit and The Hermit, Justice and Wheel of Fortune were all giving me some Skull Knight vibes, but looking back I might wind up giving this one to him and saving Hermit for Godot. I guess there's pros and cons to this "do it as I go" method  :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 16, 2016, 12:25:47 PM »
The game will have a total of 40 characters. Both playable and non-playable.

Wow, That's an impressive number! Definitely getting a broad range of characters in that pool.

Character Cove / Berserk and Major Arcana
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:15:34 AM »
First of all, this is not a post claiming that Miura used any Major Arcana inspiration in creating his characters. I just though that considering the flexibility and broadness of the cards as well as the large cast of characters, it would be possible to run the cast of Berserk through the Major Arcana, the 22 most recognisable cards in a tarot deck, and create a series. This topic was discussed once before on this site back in 2003, but in the years since, Miura has introduced and expanded on so many characters I thought it might be worth revisiting.

This is actually one half of a task, with the second being potentially creating artworks of these cards. Drawing is a passion of mine, but being a busy university student, I canít promise Iíll be getting onto this as soon as the comparisons get nailed down. Of course if any arty people here (and there are a lot of you) think these would make a fun exercise theyíre welcome to try it out as well.

A few notes before we start!

1:   Itís important to note that tarot cards generally carry a wide range of interpretations. Differences sources will tell you different traits. However there is a key universal theme underlying every source that Iíve tried to extract. If anybody more experienced in Major Arcana notices Iíve misinterpreted a card, please let me know!

2:   Tarot Cards have both an Ďuprightí and a Ďreversedí orientation, each with different interpretations (reversed is typically more negative). Iíve chosen to purely rely on the more default, upright positions for my comparisons.

3:    The structure Iíll be using for this post is listing the number and name of the card, and then including a few keywords that summarise the card. Iíll then describe any justification I have for assigning a character into that specific slot.

4:    Some of these may be empty. Itís not my intention to force any characters into roles I donít think they fit well enough. If you guys have any suggestions on these (or a better replacement for one I did fill), post it! Otherwise, I guess we can sit around and wait for Miura to introduce a more fitting character.

5:    There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana! This is a lot of info to dump in front of everyone in one go. So Iíll limit this OP to the first 5 in the sequence, and we'll work from there.

Right thatís about it, letís get started!

0. The Fool
Innocence, New beginnings, Potential

Our very first introduction to the world of Berserk (besides some hot demon action) is the chance meeting between Guts and Puck. Meeting Puck can very well be described as a new beginning for Guts, as it starts him on the road to redemption by introducing a conscience and voice of reason that had been lacking in his life since the Eclipse. This also ties into the innocence and optimism of Puckís character. Chestnut jokes aside, Iíve chosen to delegate The Fool to him.

1. The Magician
Skill, Logic, Intellect

As well as the keywords I mentioned, the Magician is said to be ďthe bridge between the world of the spirit and the world of humanity." The magician hosts innocence and purity just like The Fool, but this is backed up by worldly experience and knowledge. There is also a link to the four primordial elements and their relationship to the mind, body, heart and soul. I feel that Schierke fits this description well enough.

2. The High Priestess
Intuition, Higher powers, Mystery

The High Priestess is often described as ďThe guardian of the unconsciousĒ, and is used to represent wisdom, serenity, knowledge and understanding. Flora is a strong contender for this card, being a prominent provider of understanding and knowledge to the main characters as well as invoking a great deal of serenity and mystery in her appearance.

3. The Empress
Fertility, Nature, Femininity, Abundance

Originally, I had Danan rolling in my head for the High Priestess, but once I read deeper into this card how could I possibly resist? Deeply associated with the mystical realm of angels and faeries, the empress depicts a connection to Mother Earth and life. This card also shows a deep connection to femininity, and the beauty, creativity, sensuality and fertility that comes with it. I guess weíll need to wait for those new episodes to see how well that all aligns with her too. 

4. The Emperorv2
Authority, Structure, Foundation
(I had this card formerly as Godot. Cyrus Jong and HearTes have proposed a better fit. Thanks for your suggestions guys!)

The Emperor is the male counterpart to the Empress, focused on structural stability and wisdom learned from life experience, a much harsher and more authoritative teacher than the Empress, but with the same compassion hidden beneath. The Skull Knight is one of the most influential mentors in the story, one of the only characters who can aid Guts as a fellow struggler. Opposing the God hand for millennia. He takes what he has learned of his enemies and causality (a rigid structure he holds in high regard), and passes it on to the next generation.

Right, thatís all for now. I canít wait to get started on the rest when Iím next free. Some of these cards fit characters/events to a T (The Devil, The Tower, Justice), while others might prove to be real head scratchers. Hopefully his turns out to be a fun little activity. Let me know if you agree/disagree with what Iíve posted so far and thanks for reading :)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What are you drinking? (general liquid thread)
« on: September 16, 2016, 10:10:50 AM »
Working my way through a Narwhal Imperial Stout. Bought it on a whim when I didn't feel like getting a 6 pack ("surely this one 10 dollar drink has the combined quality of 6 regular drinks!") Regretting it now, it's like drinking a loaf of bread.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 15, 2016, 10:20:29 AM »
Things slowly degrade until one day the "Skull Knight" becomes the "Undead Cavalier".

And they spelled Skull Knight's name wrong.

Well then...

Creation Station / Re: Slan Teaser + I have color/character questions
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:04:20 AM »
Wow that's phenomenal. Great job! That mix of stylised angularity and organic curves is an aesthetic I adore, and constantly try to achieve. You've nailed it here.

I was about to suggest adding some freckles, but then i checked the source and didn't see any. Weird, I could have sworn...EDIT: okay there are a few on her cheeks. Great, not going crazy.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 12, 2016, 06:36:25 AM »
Wow that transition cutscene is 'blink and you miss it'. I would have liked a bit more attention and love put into the metal plates sliding out of armour and locking around Guts face. The beserker growls are also totally different to how I imagined it. But I agree those are some killer animations. They've really captured the feel of the character and it looks like it'll be excellent gameplay, and that's what counts.

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:52:27 AM »
Amazing what a splash of colour can do to a picture. The strength in the distinction between her skin and "clothes" is something you can't pull off in a black and white medium. It's like i'm seeing the character for the first time again. Awesome job!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 08, 2016, 06:46:26 AM »
They did get two small details right, I was surprised to see. He emits fog when he transforms, which promptly disappears, but hey, progress! And his red eye has a light-tracing effect when he moves, which calls to mind the Hill of Swords fight, even though the purpose of that effect in the manga was to show how fast he was moving.

This is also the first time I've seen Zodd with black fur like Miura's more recent artwork as well, which I appreciate.

Overall it is a shame Zodd's been slowed down. But I imagine the developers want to cover the broadest range of attack styles they can. And a big, slow tank character fit Zodd more than anybody else. Personally I would have gone with Grunbeld to fill that niche, but they'd be fools to include him in lieu of the much more recognisable Zodd.

On an unrelated note, i'm enjoying the voice acting so far. I mean, we only get like 2 lines a video. But they're doing a really good job channelling each of the characters.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: September 06, 2016, 02:25:27 AM »
I think the war will be against astral creatures (who else).

It will be interesting to see what else is out in the world then. The most dangerous communities we've seen so far have been trolls, which look to be no match against a group of well armed knights. And larger astral creatures seem to be solitary animals. Dragons could prove to be the most dangerous thing so far, but at that point i'm not sure what any amount of spear-men could do.

I also just realised that Pandemonium serves the dual purpose of satiating apostle's bloodlust and also educating them about the monsters they'll be facing in the new world.

but more immediately, I think one of the first things Griffith would do is have his troops secure a route for survivors to make their way to Falconia on. I think that's basically what we were seeing when Rickert's caravan arrived on the doorstep of Falconia.

We know that troops receive information from Sonia about future attacks. Considering the amount of manpower available, Griffith might have the resources to simply seek out any group of refugees that otherwise wouldn't survive the trip. Some good knights and a handful of apostles catered to whatever Sonia detects shouldn't run into too much trouble.

I think it's going a bit far to say that's the "next stop" given how cloudy the horizon is right  now. Of course, that makes sense scenario-wise, but not story-wise (right now), given that Guts and co. have no idea about that place, or Rickert/Erika living there.

Yeah right now there's no plot point that can satisfactorily tie the two story-lines together. I'm approaching this from purely a meta perspective. But I've always held onto the notion that until Casca's insanity gets resolved, speculating on the party's next move is nigh impossible anyway. The Elfhelm journey has been it's own story, without a lot of overlap to the more universal story of defeating Griffith. And only when its out of the way will we start to see a clear path towards the next goal.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: September 05, 2016, 02:00:30 PM »
Berserk was reccomended under the category great monster designs on an image on 4chan

I remember that picture. It always used to bug me the example they used was the hydra eating the unicorns. You have dozens of totally unique apostles to choose from and you choose the most "generic high fantasy" panel you can get.   :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: September 05, 2016, 01:37:55 PM »
I'm aware that's it's pretty much the only "safe house" in the world right now, but will everyone decide to go there. I mean there must be places that are far from Falconia and the trip there could be very dangerous.

If nothing else, we know the Bakiraka are still holding out in their village. With Rickert and Erika there, there's a good chance that could be the next stop.

A thread with a good deal of potential spoiled by an impatient OP. The karma would have recovered quickly as long as everyone kept the discussion civil without resorting to insults.

Rereading, I always felt that the troll scenes didn't need to be so rape-y. In the context of the storyline it all fits together well enough to not seem fully gratuitous. But i'm sure there was potential to approach it in a less explicit manner. Maybe my feelings towards the scenes have been soured by how often it's brought up by the "violence and rape" side of the fanbase as the pinnicle of the series.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Threezero 1/6 articulated figures
« on: September 05, 2016, 05:43:54 AM »
Brilliant looking figures! Especially the amour work. Between these and the God Hand Figmas its great to see the character models branching out. I'd love a  :SK: and  :void: squaring off on my shelf.

I always felt the Idea of Evil had shades of the Gnostic Demiurge within it. A creator deity responsible for the physical world, but was itself created and therefore separate from the "true" unknowable God. Oftentimes portrayed as antagonistic to the will of the supreme being and the spirit, either out of malice or simple ignorance.

Free Will vs determinism also crops up a lot whenever Skull Knight is around. Him and Void seem to agree on the concept of determinism, in which actions are guaranteed to occur due to the events that precede then, while Guts exists in opposition of it as a testament to free will.

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