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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 06:53:40 PM »
Not an arc. :puck:
There are 5 arcs in Berserk: Black Swordsman, Golden Age, Conviction, Millennium Falcon, and Fantasia.
And don't get me started about chapters! :iva:
Check out our episode listing to know more.

Sorry, sorry, I meant arc in the general sense--dream sequence xP

Haha, what? Casca's heart is shaped... like a heart. Sure, the Idea of Evil is shaped like a monstrous heart, but that doesn't support the connection you're making here.

Well, double helix swirls around it specifically xD obviously not saying she's become the IoE or anything, but it seemed like a nod.

Oh I think that's completely deliberate. People underestimate how great the Dreamcast game was!

That game is wonderful!

Oh, I forgot about Guardians 2, which I enjoyed, but hasn't stuck with me and isn't groundbreaking or anything. Anyway, I don't know that it'll be that bad, I broke it up and the distribution of fun, not so fun, and very unfun is pretty balanced:

Man, that's harder. I think I'll have rating system of awful, bad, ok, good, great:

Iron Man: great
Incredible Hulk: good
Iron Man 2: bad
Thor: ok
Captain America: great
Avengers: great

Iron Man 3: bad
Thor 2: awful
Winter Soldier: amazing (broke the charts  :isidro:)
Guardians of the Galaxy: good
Age of Ultron: bad
Ant-Man: awful

Civil War: good
Doctor Strange: ok
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: haven't seen
Homecoming: haven't seen
Ragnarok: God's mistake  :rickert:
Black Panther: great

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 06:09:32 PM »
Moment of (perhaps false) insight: this dream arc seemed to have two big callbacks to earlier content:

1) Casca's heart taking the shape of the Idea of Evil.

2) This may be me reading to much into it, but Casca mentioning how her time as Elaine was like a distant dream reminds me of Casca's moment of lucidity in the Berserk Dreamcast game, where she says she was having a bad dream.

That may not be an intentional callback, but I like that Miura was more or less consistent with Casca's perception of her time as Elaine.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 03:56:02 PM »
Oh, and I keep seeing people talking about a hiatus... but the end of the episode says "to be continued in the next issue". So no confirmation of a hiatus as far as I can tell. Needless to say, I also wish that just once, on this momentous occasion, people would focus on discussing what actually happens in this episode instead of obsessing over the release schedule.

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!

Creation Station / Re: I made some fanart of Casca last year
« on: Today at 02:00:18 PM »
Ooooh happier times indeed  :judo: hopefully we can have times like those again soon.

On a more obvious note, wonderful work! I really like the textured look. Looking forward to more :)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 01:42:03 PM »
Absolutely stunning episode! I love how Miura is able to blend dialogue with nonverbal storytelling, telling the audience so much with so little. It's interesting to see her memories of Guts seemingly blended with good memories, yet his physical appearance brings back all her trauma. Gives it a very powerful feel of tragic love. It's apparent that Casca does still love him (never doubted, but thank Christ), but having such a strong association with him and her trauma makes it much more complicated. The spread of Griffith's broken body threw me for a loop. I'll be interested to see the translation!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 12:21:12 AM »
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.

Agreed, there's a pretty strong aesthetic change with each arc. I think the reason it's "more" apparent with Casca is she had her huge irises that kind of offset the big eyes. But now that she has her more lucid, smaller irises, the change is more noticeable. I'll be interested to see how the art shifts in the next arc, assuming Fantasia isn't the last.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:20:42 PM »
I think the last one I liked or was impressed by was Civil War, which sort of felt like the darker, more introspective Avengers sequel AoU failed to be. I haven't seen Panther yet, probably won't see Doctor Strange, and just saw Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend, which was similarly underwhelming given its reputation. I mean, it was fine, but low stakes, casual, and by the numbers Marvel at this point (almost like a sitcom), and probably the third or fourth best Spider-Man movie I've seen (fifth counting Civil War =). Basically, for all the "Marvel homecoming" hype, and the promise the character showed in Civil War, the movie did little to distinguish itself from those that came before it.

I haven't seen Homecoming or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. My current plan is to watch 3 MCU films per week leading up to Infinity War. So those first 2 weeks? Pretty fun. Next 2 weeks? Not so fun. Last 3 weeks? Very unfun  :rickert:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:21:05 PM »
for those who can't buy it on cdjapan, you can always use, Here is a link

Edit: It's back in stock

Thank youuu! Preordered  :ubik: :ubik: :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:31:59 PM »
Her brighter demeanor is definitely a bit surprising for me, but maybe her memories and experience of the Eclipse simply haven't "sunken in" yet. This scene apparently takes place immediately after she wakes up after all.

Yeah, I assumed with the thorny heart, she'd be a bit more...biting? But maybe it's her new coping mechanism. This could be her equivalent of Guts' more abrasive, seemingly-uncaring Black Swordsman period. That's my take on it--based on our one panel

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:45:49 PM »
Ohh the horror! The pre-orders are sold out already!!  :judo: :judo:

Oh no! This would've been my first pre-order  :judo: I suppose it's unsurprising that this'll probably the most-sold issue in a long while.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:35:37 PM »
Glad you said so because that hits it on the nose, it's trying to Guardianify Thor into something more fun. Which I sort of understood going in, but forgot by the end because while it has all the irreverent space hijinks on its surface, it has none of the pathos so therefore misses the mark. This movie didn't know how and wouldn't dare to be as unapologetically sentimental as the Guardian movies are at heart. That's what made all the other stuff work though and why it doesn't go over as well here (it's copying the worst parts of those movies when the jokes are trying too hard). Anyway, I can't feel the emotion of a moment just because Sir Anthony Hopkins tells me too, especially when everything is seemingly just made up and inevitably undone on the spot.

I'm glad someone else feels that way xD for me personally, Ragnarok was a miserable experience. Sure, if you through literally a thousand darts at a board, a couple may bullseye, but a couple may also hit a stray cat and you'll be stuck with its wailing. That was the comedy. The first half is nothing but comedy, and even when the second half starts getting serious, every scene still ends with a joke to take away all tension.

Then again, I've had Marvel fatigue since Age of Ultron. I did really enjoy Black Panther, and Infinity War looks like it may actually have some teeth.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:48:49 AM »
Ooooh. Yeah, that's another good indicator that just about everyone involved in the project had no clue what they were doing   :puck:

As they make their way towards Puck's home, Griffith's terrifying army makes its own progress by overcoming the other kingdom's army.

Do you think they thought explicitly naming the Kushan Empire would lessen the intrigue, or did they just not bother looking up who Griffith was campaigning against?

Oh well. Give it another 15 years and maybe we'll get a good Berserk adaptation.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: March 16, 2018, 03:20:06 PM »
I just want to see how the English dub gets around fucking up Farnese and Serpico's relationship last time.

Oh, how did they fuck it up? I watched the season one dub once when it came out and drank to forget

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Other good series for Berserk fans?
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:59:55 PM »
Not exactly like Berserk, but pick up Lone Wolf and Cub. The damn ending actually had me choking up like I was watching Old Yeller as a kid. One of the best of everything

Oooh that does sound familiar. And it's a long series! That should keep me intrigued for awhile. I love depressing endings xD thanks for the recommendation!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Other good series for Berserk fans?
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:10:39 AM »
Witcher book series. It's heavier on characters and politics, though. The main plot is often seen from multiple and conflicting POVs.

Oh, one of my friends is a really big fan of that! I'll have to take a look :) thanks for the suggestion.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:15:07 PM »
Your opinion fucking sucks.

That hurt my feelings. Now we're both in the wrong.

Agreed. A common reading of the Wyald sequence is that it undermines the Eclipse by essentially having a "mini-feast." But instead, it's establishing the stakes for the Eclipse, so that when we realize all those figures on the horizon are each apostles, we know we aren't in for a big fight and escape sequence for most of our heroes, but an inescapable death. That's an absolute tonal shift that neither of the anime adaptations succeeds at pulling off.

I definitely see the argument, I just think that Guts' first encounter with Zodd serves a similar purpose. On top of the "mini-feast," I also think his continual rape of every woman he sees also detracts from the Eclipse. His almost-rape of Casca is just... I don't know, it feels less story significant and more shock-value.

The Wyald sequence is great for several reasons.

For one thing, itís the first time Guts manages to defeat an Apostle, which is a significant accomplishment. The sequence contrasts quite a bit with his first encounter with Zodd, where he was shaking in fear and hardly able to do anything against him.

That's a really good point. I suppose I originally thought that Guts plowing through apostles in the Eclipse was enough, but him vs. Wyald is a cool contrast to him vs. Zodd.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:12:14 AM »
Hmmm, like most people, saying a definitive favorite is incredibly difficult. But I do really like the Cthulhu design of the Rotting Root Lord that Schierke summons to seal Qliphoth. Especially since we get the great Nietzsche quote about the abyss.

As for least favorite, I gotta say Wyald. I don't hate anything in Berserk, but I'm close on him. He kind of just felt like a hat on a hat. The '97 anime and film trilogy both cut him and I'd say it really adds to the impact of the Eclipse. In my humble opinion.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Other good series for Berserk fans?
« on: March 11, 2018, 07:36:33 PM »
I've asked this around the web a few times, but I feel like here may have some of the best results. So, anyone know a good manga or anime, or even regular novel, similar to Berserk? Specifically medieval dark fantasy setting, though I'd be interested in anything you'd say is near Berserk's quality

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:49:53 PM »
I know no one's chomping at the bit for more info, but for the sake of stirring the pot :daiba:

As I kind of expected, it doesn't sound egregious, just vastly inferior to the series proper. From what this reveals, I think the one hint of potential Berserk light novels could have is not in backstory for supporting characters, but in the history of the various kingdoms in Berserk. Because I do enjoy world-building even if it's not directly applicable to the story. I'm re-reading through the series now, and when Serpico goes on his long diatribe of the various nations in the Holy See alliance, I was very fascinated. So I'd be down for light novels on stuff like that.

Or one on the history of the Coborlwitz family. "The Chuders."

Maybe you should look it up in a place where people actually know what they're talking about. :schierke:
(I mean here on this forum)

It's Magnifico and Ys.

See, that's what the wiki says--but the Dark Horse translation has it as Magnifico and Iith xD then again, they kinda started the whole Band of the Hawk/Falcon and Beherit/Beherit issues...

It's "Ee-see-dro". Like in Spanish. There is actually no split at all on any of the issues you've mentioned. That is, again, if you ask people who know what they're talking about.

Ok good, that's how I say it! That's another one of the many reasons why I hate the English dub of Berserk 2016--they go Izzy-doro, I would assume because of the Greek "Isidore." But it just feels all wrong  :isidro:

You should really stop using that wiki.  :ganishka:

You're not wrong xD I tried cleaning up some of the pages, but even just fixing the grammar is a monumental task, let alone fact-checking. It saddens me that Berserk doesn't have a nice wiki, but I guess the actual die-hard fans are all here instead.

Yes, some of us had problems with a few of the name spellings (Mozguz / Burkilaka / Gurunberd, to name a few). As always, even spellings from official sources have to be questioned, because there's a language barrier. For what it's worth, the spellings in the character guide section of volumes has been on point for years. Then the guidebook came and raised more questions.

Yeah, this guidebook will be really helpful for that. I'm working on a Berserk project now, and it's really confusing to look up obscure information on the Wiki and find it's different from the DH translation (Magnifico vs. Magnifico, Iith vs. Ys, etc.)
I also wonder if they'll include pronunciation. I know there's a bit of a split over whether Isidro is Ee-See-Dro or Izzy-doro. Hopefully this clears it up a bit.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:35:38 PM »
Well what does the bonus stuff show? I imagine that's the extent of what he contributed. How extensive is it?

See, that's where this proves to be an extremely poor investment, since I can't read Japanese. It's like an 80 page booklet, with at least 25 of it being script, so I'd imagine it's pretty thorough.

Thanks for the list. Glad they fixed a few of the hilariously bad animations, but I'm not sure that series is salvageable. It's just a big fucking mess.

I'd have to agree. Which is sad since I do consider 2017 an improvement over 2016, at least in terms of pacing. I can't help but think that if they had started at 2017's quality and improved from there, and just have the series be Black Swordsman and Lost Children, we'd have the makings of a halfway decent series.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:53:06 PM »
This episode's script was produced by Miura, which is why they included it as a bonus.

Which just astounds me, considering I think it's the worst of 2016. I'm skeptical on him being the full-on writer forthe the episode--I get the feeling he just wrote the Apostle's backstory.

Did they fix any of the animations with the Berserker armor in the Grunbeld fight by chance? Does the cannon still just clip through his hand when he breaks up the shield?

Nothing that stood out--the animation was a little smoother with the blu-ray quality, and I think they made his hand a little more shadowy to make it look LESS like it clipped through his hand.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:25:26 AM »
Not that anyone's shown any interests, but I just finished my watch through of Berserk 2017 on my imported Blu-Rays. Here's some notes for anyone interested.

-Just like the two box sets for 2016, each one comes with beautiful posters by Miura (the main reason to buy these things, to be honest)
-Unlike the 2016 box sets, these ones don't com with any real extras. Box set 1 had the script and storyboard for episode 3 (you know, because THAT's the episode everyone loved--supreme sarcasm). Box set 2 had concept art and storyboards of various scenes in Berserk 2016. But 2017? Nothing but the posters and Blu-Ray. Kinda sad, but oh well.
-Uncensored footage throughout--getting rid of all those shadows, adding in those oh-so-important anime nipples.
-Fixing the egregious, meme-worthy "Guts.png" walk shot where they just shakily moved his picture off-screen. He now clearly has a walking animation.
-Changed the Apostle transformations--instead of the monster model just sort of fading in over the human model, there's now this cool shroud of purple smoke (yes purple--I don't know why it isn't just white or grey for steam) and you can see a silhouetted change into Apostle form. It's not mind-blowing, but it's a definite improvement.

That's about all I noticed about. I hadn't watched Berserk 2017 since it aired, so they may have added an extra 2D shot or two that I missed. Was it worth almost $300? No. But..... Well, now I have those posters.

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