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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:59:00 PM »

In recent reprints, Dark Horse has changed its translation of the Sovereign of the Flower Storm from "Hanafubuku King" to "Flower Storm Monarch." Good on them for correcting that half-translated mess.

Ohhh, just in time for me to have gotten the previous translation  :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:55:28 PM »
Glad to see another Fantasia beast show up--almost like checking off the list introduced in volume 34. Hopefully this means a dragon's up next  :ubik:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:04:01 PM »

Oh dear God. I'm about 300 pages into Fires of Heaven, and that sounds about right. Jesus, Robert Jordan  :rickert:


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:10:36 PM »
I'm switching back and forth between Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. And while Mistborn is an incredibly fun, action-filled fantasy adventure, Wheel of Time is....incredibly dense, and spends way too much time with the guys thinking the girls are bossy bitches, and the girls thinking the guys are stubborn dumbies.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:14:31 AM »
I made time for Infinity War. My simple review: I shouldn't watch Marvel movies. I'm the worst at it.

Just because something is big doesn't mean that it has weight.

Phew boy, your Marvel fatigue sounds even worse than mine. I definitely understand your complaints, although I wouldn't say death has no stakes at all in the film, as I'm pretty sure every one who was directly killed and not snapped away is actually dead. Which already gives it the highest body count of characters who matter than the entirety of the MCU combined.

Of course, with superheroes being the money tree they are and Disney being the movie factory it is, of course we're going to get a healthy dose of resurrections. But I'd wager we'll probably get a trade off by losing all or most of those not snapped away--mainly because RDJ, Ruffalow, and Evans are kinda done with the characters.

As for Thanos, I love this iteration. I won't go overboard with how "amazing" and "deep" his motivation is like everyone else, but I can at least sympathize with him more than the dude who wants to kill half the universe so his female persona of death will want to fuck him. And he's a cut above the rest of the MCU--though admittedly, not a high bar to jump over.

Overall, I think it has a good deal more substance than the MCU's typical drivel.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:04:34 AM »
Er, well, I'd say it's closer to DVD, so to speak. I mean, it's not Schindler's List or anything. =) I'm not even sure it's actually a better film than The Last Jedi, but certainly more fun and delivers to expectations.

I think by dint of that alone, it's better than the Last Jedi. It actually paid off plot threads, instead of going "oh, oh these plot threads? Oh those don't matter."

We don't see behind-the-scenes in the new Falcons' camp from Griffith's eyes, but Mule's. Falconia is shown from Rickert's perspective. Wyndham's exodus is Raban's story. And of course often it's semi-omniscient as well.
I'm curious, have we really had a episode from Griffith's perspective since the Golden Age? It seems most are other people around him or semi-omniscient.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:46:51 PM »
Personally I don't think that the world could really be "flattened" in a way where you'd find one of the beings Schierke summons next to a deer in the woods. There might be more "bridges" or connections though.

Yeah, I also don't think the worlds could merge that completely--although how horrifying would it be to see Griffith go toe-to-toe with the Four Kings  :isidro: Although that may be a little too shonen.

Also, as far as this whole squabble over the reclamation of Midland and Griffith's plans and all that, I think it's just as simple as Griffith has been destined to rule the world since he came into possession of the egg of the king. Or because he was destined, it came into his possession--however you want to view it. At this point, he effectively does rule the world, but we don't know how many other pockets of survivors there are throughout the world. There could even be several places like Elfhelm where Griffith's influence has yet to really take effect.

So I think Griffith's military campaigns are less a reconquista of Midland's territory, and more the final conquest of the rest of the world. And/or Griffith's victory lap since, if these giants are any indication, the battles up ahead are less a battle and more an extermination.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:13:01 PM »
I'm pretty sure Casca's healing will still be on the agenda when we switch back to their side...

Gotta agree there. While I don't think we'll see the moment immediately following her scream (except in a quick flashback), I think at most, when it cuts back to Guts' perspective, some time will have passed and he's nervous about approaching her again.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:12:39 PM »
Out of curiosity, does the 2017 Blu Ray have updates to the GrunGeld fight at all? Are the animations a bit smoother? Does the cannon still clip through his cand when he shoots Grunbeld's shield or does he armor retract?

The fight looks a little smoother--whether they actually slowed and stilled the camera or the blu-ray quality just makes it look better, I'm not sure. I've yet to do a side-by-side comparison. However no, the cannon still magically bursts out of his hand, though I think they shaded it a little more or reframed it so it looks kiiinda better.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:26:38 PM »
Thank you for posting those pages, NCHaskew. It's not clear whether the art in that storyboard is from Miura to me. Doesn't really look like his style at first glance. I wonder if they give details as to who authored it.

I don't think the storyboarding is Miura. I was actually wrong in my earlier post--the first 30 pages of the booklet are the script, which I assume is him. The rest is that rough storyboard.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:59:21 AM »
Miura noooo  :isidro:

Well, actually, I have been curious about giants ever since that gorgeous shot from the beginning of Fantasia--you all know the one. And I gotta say, despite its length, this episode delivers on that intrigue. I absolutely love the design of the giants. There's something that feels very classic fantasy about them, you know?

So after the initial shock, I think this should keep me from going crazy over wondering what will happen with Guts and Casca. Maybe. We'll see. I'm very interested to see where this bit of Griffith's storyline will go. Will it culminate with his coronation? With him subjugating/liberating the rest of the world? The real cruel move would be to build up to a big, sought-after event (such as the coronation/wedding) and then cut to Rickert's storyline. That's what I'd do if I was a mean author with a fanbase as hooked as Berserk's  :ganishka:

Also, I'm very curious to see how the giant king will react to Griffith, assuming he isn't immediately murdered. Because there seems to be some rudimentary intelligence among these monsters--more so than trolls or ogres at least. But they aren't apostles, so they (presumably) aren't under the direct governance of the God Hand. At this point, it could go either way; giant annihilation or assimilation.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:45:43 AM »
Thanks for posting those, man. My shocking conclusion: This series should have been in 2D.

Almost like they got it mostly right 21 years ago  :puck: Oh well, I guess '97 will remain the one-hit wonder of Berserk adaptations. Barring video games.

The 2D that wasn’t lifted straight from the manga still looked like shit

Yeaaah, if it wasn't lifted straight from the manga, it was shitty. If it was lifted straight from the manga, it was just a still image panned across--which at that point, can you still call it animation?  :schierke:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:48:57 PM »
Would you mind sharing the concept art and storyboards (episode 3 and others)? I'm interested in seeing what the original 2D shots looked like before being transformed into 3D.

Sure! The storyboard for Episode 3 is approximately 100 pages, so I won't post all of it (unless you're super curious), but here's a sample of 10. Apologies for the poor quality--I don't have a means of scanning it.

And here's a sample of 10 from the concept art included in box set 2. It looks like pretty much just all the 2D art. Let me know if you want to see any more!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:04:16 AM »
No, the vortex was trying to snatch Guts during the Count's ceremony because of his brand (remember, that's what it truly means to be branded). It had no claim to him back in the Golden Age.

Aaaah right right. I'm so used to the Brand attracting evil, I forgot its worst significance is that he's basically damned to Hell. Thanks for the clarification!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:28:15 PM »
It happens to every apostle when they die, we just aren't shown the details every time.

That makes sense! Was it just especially powerful when it came for the Count because they were already in a weird astral plane? Because I don't believe Wyald's was sucking up other people.

Manga Mausoleum / What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:18:31 PM »
I'm finishing up a re-read of the manga, and at first I was thinking back on the battle for the Spirit Tree Mansion. Guts and the Skull Knight cut down several apostle, yet we don't get dozens of vortexes claiming the bodies, like it did for Wyald. Thinking harder, I realize it only came for Wyald and the Count's (and when the Skull Knight destroys Qliphoth).
So what made these apostle deaths so much different from say, the Snake Baron, or the female apostle who killed Corkus? Is there anything specific that has to happen for that swirling vortex of souls to emerge?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:29:38 PM »
YES!! This is the best news!! I thought Berserk was on Hiatus again :guts: . Since it's the first time Miura has done 5 episodes in a row in a long time, does that mean that he'll keep releasing a episode each month from now on? :???:

From what I've noticed, it looks like he's been releasing monthly for about 6 consecutive months for the past couple years, from November to April. So I assume this will be similar. But who knows? Maybe he'll keep the train going. Fingers crossed!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:42:47 PM »
Went to see Ready Player One a couple days ago. It's got some nice visuals and some cool references for those of us over 30, but I wasn't blown away. The plot in particular is the movie's weakest point.

Yeah, that's kinda what I expected--it just looked like the Hunger Games with video games and 80s/90s references

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:33:26 AM »
That especially seems odd for Dark Horse to announce something so soon before a release. Like Volume 39, the guidebook, and the light novel are all announced yet months away. Then again, I don't think there was much promotion before the digital releases.

Overall seems unlikely, but maybe a bunch of people will pelt DH with requests because of it :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:59:43 AM »
I (and many others) noticed that the end of 355 doesn't have a specific date for the next episode. I've heard it both ways--that it means a hiatus, that it's happened before and monthly release still happened. So, assuming there will be another chapter next month, when and where would we hear about it?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 04:01:12 PM »
Finally got my copy! Damn, it is so satisfying having such a large copy--where's my large-size omnibus, Dark Horse? Gotta say, not something to read in public though  :farnese: little awkward to just be casually reading through a "girly mag."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 08:36:18 PM »
I don't think she looks like more a child, particularly any more than she does in your avatar for example. She just looks more like her old self, which makes sense for us to think she looks younger because that was a while ago to say the least. And really, she's still a young woman now, so whether we thought Casca looked more mature or not in any given part or panel is highly variable and subjective, just like Guts (who sometimes can look anywhere between the 20-something he's technically supposed to be and a fuckin' 40 year old man =).

That does bring up an interesting question for me: does anyone know how long this quest for Casca's sanity has been going on within the story? If I remember correctly, Guts is like 21 during the Black Swordsman Arc, and I think the latest guidebook says he's 24 now?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:11:32 AM »
What I'm wondering is, will she get angry as the memories come back to her, or just collapse?  She did the latter the first time, and not without good reason, but I'd like to see some of the former too.  She used to kill the hell outta dudes for a living; her reaction to being attacked was to stab people through the face, or she'd never have survived.  All the ceaseless exhaustion and general nightmarishness she suffered after Guts and Griffith both abandoned the the Band had worn her beyond ragged by the time the Eclipse started.  It'd be nice to see some of the soldier in her again now that she's had a nice long rest.

I think it'd be cool for her processing to be similar to post-Eclipse Guts. Having a Casca-style Black Swordsman Arc, where she's feeling murderous and suppressing her feelings. But unlike Guts, she'll have a group to help her lower those walls right from the start. And Guts himself to warn her that running around with a murder-boner isn't the best way to deal with her problems. Well, not all her problems.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:25:57 AM »
Farnese's still never really had a healthy relationship with an equal; she's Schierke's student, she's desperate to prove herself to Guts, she and Serpico...well...that's super weird and complicated.  I can only imagine that it's going to be very hard for her to really understand that Casca doesn't have to need her to accept her. 

I'm reading through for the second time, and that really struck me way harder. It is really interesting to see how submissive Farnese ended up being for the group. Though I do think Casca's going to be dependent on her and Schierke while she confronts her trauma. After that, it'll be interesting to see how their relationship evolves.

I really love this manga.

Me too, fellow Struggler. I've got less than 4 years under my viewership belt, but it's still been magnificent to follow these incredible characters in this breathtaking world.

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