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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:09:45 PM »
I think that this was at least a partially planned battle on the Giants part, they had formed a battle line and had ranged units placed in a strategic defensive position, as well as a pet hydra on stand by. He should have known he was in danger and would have had time to react if he had more intelligence than common pond scum.

Not to say that it would have made a difference honestly. Reaching for a weapon would have just meant dying in another possibly less awesome manner. "Even if they are mighty, none can stand in the way of the Hawk!"

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:14:23 PM »
I like how through out this entire ordeal, the giant king had yet to even stand up from his chair. :ganishka:

There's oblivious, and then there's not realizing you're about to be skewered like a cocktail olive level obliviousness.   :rickert:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:28:17 PM »
Nah, that wouldn't make sense. Like I said in the previous thread, this battle is merely a cool introduction to something else. You should expect there to be at least a few episodes from Griffith's side before switching back.

If that's the case I can imagine Grunbeld squaring off against an actual dragon in the next episode will make for some finger licken' artwork, so I personally hope that is the next Fantasia creature that Griffith encounters.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:17:35 PM »
Epic art work, I don't feel as concerned as others about pacing.

I'll take what I can get, and if doing a half-episode release every now and then helps fill in the gaps then so be it.

Do you think that with the resolution of this battle, that we have a change on PoV for next episode? I know that Miura likes to show a little bit of action regularly so maybe this Griffith battle was a way of getting some of that in before flipping back to a mountain of Guts and Casca dialogue?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New member
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:12:37 PM »
Yes, a proper adaptation would really be awesome. The Golden Age arc was great but most of my favorite parts came after that. Oh well, we can always hope.

I actually think that the next Berserk adaptation should be a stand alone movie of about ~2 hours in length covering the black swordsman arc. It would give fans who have seen the Golden Age animated before something new, while getting new fans hooked because they will want to know why the "hero" of the story is so consumed with rage and vengeance. The arc perfectly sets up the world of Berserk & explains Beherits and how apostles are created etc etc. It just makes so much sense to me.

Another benefit of a studio doing the black swordsman arc, they could really focus on making the fight scenes / facial expressions gorgeous because they wouldn't have to animate a whole bunch of side characters, its mostly Puck and Guts vs the world at that point in the story.

Hypothetically the studio wouldn't need to cut a whole bunch of stuff either, because the arc is completely self contained without a bunch of loose ends needing to be tied up.

Would you agree or disagree with my thoughts, McAngus?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:04:20 PM »
Can someone explain to me what's happening.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

 Seems like somebody hijacked a popular meme within manga reading circles and decided to throw it into a shitty youtube rap video?

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:21:44 PM »
This is going to be a really big stretch, but having read through Berserk a number of times now I feel like some of the old fantasy novels I used to read remind me a lot of certain aspects of Berserk.

For example, I was a huge warcraft geek for the longest time. I read a lot of fantasy novels that followed the series lore, both canon and non-canon.

One series that really has a Berserk-ish kind of feel to it is Richard A Knaak's War of the Ancients trilogy.

Not to spoil to much, but it follows a few major characters from the Warcraft lore back into the past around the time of the great sundering (when Azeroth was literally split in half by a huge explosion). Knaak goes quite a ways away from what would be considered canon in the Warcraft universe, but the way he writes the characters is really what made me love the books.

With the way Illidan is written in this trilogy, his character definitely has some Griffith vibes to it. Obviously they are not the same character at all and Griffith is a much deeper and better written character but there are some similarities in their insatiable thirst for power as well as the love triangle between Illidan, his brother Malfurion and Tyrande.  :griffnotevil: The icing on the cake though is the way a secondary character like Broxigar is written, he's definitely got a hint of Guts written into him at least IMO. He's got that existential / nihilistic vibe before accepting the way things are later in the story and doing some pretty heroic stuff.  :guts:

Again, I'm not trying to say that Richard Knaak's novels are on the same level as Berserk, (Berserk is so, so much better) but there are some similarities in how the characters are written and if you enjoyed any of the Warcraft games I definitely recommend giving them a read!! Even if you are just looking for something fresh and have never played the Warcraft games I think Knaak does a good enough job with world building that you would still enjoy the novels / understand what is going on.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New member
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:47:23 PM »
I was the same way as you, except I saw perhaps 5 minutes total of the 1997 anime before I went and purchased the first 38 volumes within the same week. It's funny, with all the hype that the movies / 2016/2017 anime's got they are still not selling fans on the manga nearly as much as the 90's adaptation. Its been over 20 years and that series is still selling volumes. Imagine if we ever got a proper modern adaptation, Berserk would be incredibly popular if given that kind of exposure IMO.

I loved the Golden Age which the anime covered, but the story after was simply wave after wave of awesomeness. It's like I would finish a volume and be like "OK there is no way this could get any more awesome" and then the next volume I open Guts bursts out of the chest of an apostle xenomorph style wearing the most bad ass set of armor I've seen since god knows when and at that point I was addicted. 

I'm sure you will love it here, the admins are all very helpful and I've learned so much in just a short time being here.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: May 12, 2018, 06:43:00 PM »
The Apostle I thought was coolest, gotta be Rosine. She could fly at super sonic speeds, had a freakin' venomous lance-whip thing attached to her head and could spawn an army of underlings that were pretty powerful in their own right. She posed quite a unique and difficult challenge. I mean unless you're a professional bug exterminator like Guts, that is. Haha.

Locus has gotta be a close second for me. I always loved his little moment with Ganishka. When Locus' eyes crackle with energy as he begins to transform, and says "Don't flatter yourself" I'm not gonna lie it was a pretty hype moment for me. His Apostle form is pretty wicked too, his lance is almost fluid like. It transforms like the T1000's arm from Terminator, taking what ever form Locus's current combat stance favors. It's been used as both a straight up double sided lance to a helicopter-like double edged sword. 

Honorable mentions to Zodd & Grunbeld, they are cool too but I felt like choosing them might be too cliche'.

Which non-apostle creature I like the best, though? Hmmmm. Gotta be Puck. He's a creature, right? :puck: The dude get's a lot of hate nowadays (some of it rightfully so) but he was one of my favorites during the immediate post eclipse portion of the story. It melted my heart when Rickert gave him his due for keeping Guts somewhat sane during his Black Swordsman days. I think there's a possibility he gets some more development soon and steals the hearts of some fans again.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 04, 2018, 11:15:17 PM »
"Finished my manuscripts and watching pacific rim" sounds to me like there might *hopefully* be another episode on the way at the end of May. If one does get released, do you guys think this might be the last one until winter? I highly doubt he keeps this momentum rolling right through summer though I would love if it actually happened.

  Also Pacific Rim huh? I guess the shadow behind the bushes will be a Jaeger or something  :ganishka:

He must have read my stupid "Rickert invents a mech suite to fight apostles" idea and ran with it.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:55:58 PM »
It's a bad translation. This came up recently, and two of our Japanese speaking users went back and forth on it before both concluded that Dark Horse is yet again full of shit.

Holy fuck. That's embarrassingly bad translation. I mean the episodes take on almost a completely different

You can see why newbies get mislead so easy, I'm glad you got me up to speed but damn I just wasted everyone's time with that wall of text haha.

I made a late edit, would like your thoughts on the modified theory if it really makes a difference at all. Probably not.

Back to the ridiculous Sonia speculation, I guess.   :ganishka:

*extremely late edit*

Due to me crawling out from beneath the rock I've been living under and getting a solid translation of that part of the series, I give up on the infighting between the god hand concept (for now  :griffnotevil:).  But I am still truly fascinated by the idea of interaction between Griffith and his demonic counterparts, what ever that entails. Griffith suddenly deciding these certain bad guys don't need to die and they can continue eating humans at their leisure would be quite unsettling for the Falconians, would it not? :ubik:

What I really want to see is the look in Sonia's eyes when she sees her beautiful icon transform into Femto and do something truly unspeakable. Is Sonia really about that life? And if she's not, what is she going to do about it? I can't wait to find out!  :slan:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:06:59 PM »
No, I think you might have missed something about that scene. Those were simply creatures of the Qliphoth, which is of course where dark creatures of similar od gravitate. Slan appeared there because she sensed Guts, and she could manifest those creatures because of her power as a member of the God Hand. That doesn't mean that Slan is the creator of all trolls and ogres or that she has a particular affinity with the Qliphoth other than of course her own evil power.

Hold on let me grab my volume. I'm not trying to correct you here but this is the reasoning behind my thinking:

From Darkhorse volume 26:

Slan: "I've missed you, boy. Its been so long. No...I've sensed you at times. In the the tower...throughout countless nights. I felt all your passions. And as the path unfolded, I knew you'd come to my domain, Qliphoth." /cut to Schierke

So, not only does she refer to Qliphoth as her domain (Darkhorse translation alert), she says she knew Guts would somehow end up there.

Skull knight then shows up, and some more interesting dialogue between Slan and SK:

SK: "Whore princess of the Uterine sea. So you were the only one summoned?

Slan: "Summoned, you say? I came here on my own. I wished to see this boy. You do realize, don't you? This is what the emergence of the 5th means. The worlds are already starting to overlap. I have no idea about the others, they likely melted into their preferred sephira(?), and are floating, formless."

The last bit here by Slan really strikes me as the God hand all taking up residence in their own "environments". Conrad was already shown hanging out with plague-ridden rats as another example. If anything Slan does at least hint that the God hand members are taking the first steps towards transitioning out of the astral plane and into the real world.

Here's a few more interesting quotes from Qliphoth:

Slan says this after Skull Knight decides enough talking and pulls out his sword: "This place may as well be my womb, rage and fury, bastard fetuses of darkness!!"

*Suddenly a billion Orgres and Trolls show up seemingly at Slans command*

Slan, right before Guts gives her the cannon point blank: "This is the uterus of darkness, the vicinity of the netherworld where abominable spirits take ethereal form. It can spew forth any number of these children, like worms."

This one is really interesting to me, as it kind of gives you a hint towards how certain nasty astral creatures are formed. Areas "within the vicinity of the netherworld" Also, to me this signals that again Qliphoth is related to Slan because it is the uterus of darkness and she is the princess of the uterine sea...sticking with the reproductive theme at least and she does refer to them as "children" in a quote above.

Now, Darkhorse may have butchered the translations and I have the totally wrong idea in that case I concede. But I am genuinely curious on your thoughts about these quotes.


Sorry, this is turning into a massive post but I feel like I need to get this all out before it slips my mind.

Upon further reflection and reading Qliphoth episodes again I think you're correct that she hasn't created all of the trolls and ogres and maybe they aren't actually her minions under direct control. But she definitely has a connection to what Qliphoth represents, if that makes sense.

Qliphoth represents rage and fear etc. Those are the kinds of things Slan likes, and according to her own words the other God Hand members melted into their "preferred" sephira, meaning she definitely came to Qliphoth because its her kinda place (and because she wants Guts bad).

I know during one of your guys podcasts (really old, perhaps the first or second one even) you and Aaz speculated on what the God Hand will do when they all reach the real world and someone suggested they all have their own little kingdoms or what ever. Qliphoth perhaps gives us a peek into what Slans "kingdom" might look like as well as the kinds of residents within? So awkwardly transitioning that to present day we could hypothetically be seeing Griffith encroaching on the edges of what might be another bigger, badder Qliphoth.

I guess you can say I'm incredibly stoked for the next episode, whether its Griffith related or not. I need to know what happens next so I can put this kind of bonkers speculation to rest!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:35:46 PM »
Back on the topic of the actual episode (and apologies if someone has already asked this question) but is it possible that the giants have some sort of connection to Slan? I ask this because they seem to have an affinity for the trolls which were definitely the children of Slan. Ogres were also of her creation, perhaps she's also let loose these giants as well? Interesting that at least certain specific astral creatures are actual creations of the God Hand.

I know it would be ground breaking for us to discover that there is in-fighting between the God Hand members but then again we don't know their actual end game so we can't rule it out either. I mean I could see Griffith attempting to transcend the other members of the god hand and establish himself as the true lord of the universe. That would hypothetically involve him taking out the other God Hands astral minions IMO.

That's a lot to digest and I have strong doubts the story moves in that direction but it's interesting to think about at the very least. I'm just stumped as to what we're going to get out of this whole astral conquest by Griffith (other than another, inevitable confrontation with Guts). Like you guys said in the podcast eventually something has to happen because Griffith simply mowing down enemies is going to get pretty dull after awhile.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 03, 2018, 03:12:34 PM »
:daiba: + :rickert: = A fission bomb using magical components  :magni:

Only one issue, they don't have radio technology for a remote detonation...

...Guts goes fully berserk, runs the bomb like a NFL wide receiver right into the heart of Falconia before spiking a touchdown and sacrificing himself 'Bruce Willis Armageddon' style, destroying the world tree while taking Griffith & all the bad guys with him thus saving humanity.

That would make for one heck of a light novel, anyways.  :troll:


Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:47:18 PM »

I also wonder if we'll be seeing Rickert while we're on this side of the pond. I'm curious as to what he's up to as well as taking a peek at the Bakiraka homeland, though there's also a big part of me that wants a 'Rickert the Man' moment after a long gap (Infinite Space reference). We'll have to wait and see!

I am also wondering about Rickert. I wonder how much time will have elapsed before we check in with him again? It would be so cool to see a fully adult Rickert, and what kind of amazing inventions he's come up with since we last checked in. I speculated on a bad ass steam-punk style mechanical suite that would allow him to 1 v 1 apostles but that's perhaps a little over the top... anyone else have any ideas what the boy genius has created next? Maybe infused magic into some of his gadgets with aid from Daiba? So many possibilities!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:59:28 PM »
Seems like a strange way for Femto to be revealed to his army. I think the odds are pretty slim to none honestly. I think this next sequence of episodes will be more about reinforcing Falconia’s belief in Griffith than undermining it. At least on the macro-level. I expect we will definitely be given more glimpses of Femto’s true nature relatively soon, and I also think this would be a good time to begin planting seeds of doubt in the minds of some of his more prominent followers.

Long story short, it just doesn’t feel like the right time for Falconia to learn the truth about Griffith. If they ever do at all (which they probably will). And what if they learned the truth about Griffith yet still chose to follow him? I think that could be an interesting avenue to explore.

There is a lot to unpack in your post but don't you kind of contradict yourself here?  :???:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:38:46 PM »
I doubt it. He usually only interferes during the Temporal Junction Points. And if he were to interfere again at this point in the story, he would pretty much have to fail again by necessity. Which would be a bit redundant at this point, given it wasn’t that long ago that he failed so miserably against Femto before. I think he’s going back to the drawing board for the time being until he can come up with a better plan of action and interfere at the next Temporal Junction Point.

Yeah I highly doubt Skull Knight will dash out of the bushes and strike down Griffith right there, hahaha. But what if the tussle gets serious enough that Griffith has to transform into Femto form in front of all his human subordinates? What if Skull Knight was all like "Curse you Femto, the damned Wings of Darkness!!"  And Sonia & company were all like wait a minute...who?!

And like I said, when was the last time we even saw SK? He's been at the drawing board for awhile and maybe his plan is to create a bit of disillusionment in Griffiths troops, specifically Sonia because of her special powers.

I'm totally off on a tangent here but hopefully I'm making some sort of sense haha.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:38:28 PM »
I mean its been quite awhile since we have had a Skull Knight sighting. And the presence he emits can be quite ominous at the best of times.

Maybe SK's waiting for Griffith to run ahead alone and strike at the leadership like he always does in these battles, before intervening and trying to get a piece of him while out of Femto form and tied up in another battle?

I wonder what Mule and Sonia's reaction would be to SK and Griffith squaring off haha.  :carcus: Sonia might be able to pick up on some of SK's thoughts by being in his presence and maybe get a better idea about who her glorious leader really is... :femto:

Speculation Nation / Re: Detail about the Berserk armor
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:13:21 PM »
The real question here is why are a bunch of the guys wearing top hats when viewed through Guts berserker vision?  :troll:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:44:23 PM »
I think you've got a fundamental misunderstanding of how those trees function. They inhibit the layer-spanning nature of the World Tree. From Ged (ep 345): "They play the role of preventing the branches from extending into "this world" by absorbing the power from the "World Tree".

Yeah I readily admit that I didn't exactly know how those trees work. That's why I was using words like "maybe" . I was just throwing something against the wall there. Thanks for sharing your wisdom though, I will eventually read the entire manga enough times to be able to pull direct quotes with ease haha. I'm only part way through my 3rd re-read and it shows in my posts.  :farnese:

Also, I'll check out those posts of yours Aaz. I'm fascinated by the whole concept of the world tree and the astral layers. Do you guys have  a specific podcast you could recommend where you all just spitball about how the Berserk universe works post astral-blast? I could listen to  that kind of speculation for hours.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:37:25 PM »
That seems pretty unlikely to me. When the Blast of the Astral World happened we saw astral creatures just instantly appear in the world (sometimes alongside a fantastical scenary). That's what the merging of the worlds refers to. Not only do I doubt that whatever's hiding in the bushes is summoning giants from somewhere else, but I don't think giants come from "deeper layers" to begin with.

Touché. Maybe its the parasitical spirit trees that are spawning these astral creatures, like you say a lot of the creatures we saw just "appear" seemed to come from deep within forests in the panels of the manga. That's purely an anecdotal observation on my part, but maybe we're onto something here.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:17:35 PM »

Regarding astral creatures "re-spawning" I'm as stumped as you are.

Is there another force at work that we haven't yet discovered, that are conjuring these creatures from the deeper layers ? Maybe that's the strange shadow that Sonia sensed lurking in the woods behind the Giant King?

I'm very excited to see the next few episodes, no matter the POV.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 02:56:14 AM »
Archer, my theory is that the reason Griffith is still on the warpath is that he and the god hand have to exterminate all astral creatures / spirit trees. As explained previously in the series after the burning of the spirit tree where Schierke lived, such places are "spiritual parasites" that siphon energy off the world tree. Hypothetically if Griffith wipes out enough of these parasites the world tree can further blossom and fully fuse the astral layers, perhaps allowing the other god hand members to manifest themselves further....or something else we don't know yet.

I also have to side with Aaz on the topic of borders mattering etc. If you fully understood the scope of what happened during the astral blast you would understand that the geo-political makeup of the world is of little importance anymore. You're either with the White Hawk, or you're against him.

Side note:

How fucking cool would it be to see Guts lead an army of astral monsters against Griffiths army of God Hand apostles? I know that's a bit cheesy and over the top but man, what a series of two-page spreads that would make.  :ubik:

Who knows, maybe the next time we check in with Rickert he's invented some kind of steam-punk style mechanical suite that's bad ass enough he can square off with Apostles? :ganishka:

Lets focus on the fascinating speculation, not something lame like Griffith trying to legitimize midland or something boring as hell like that. What is this, 1998? The golden age is over. Time to embrace the future, Archer.  :puck:

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:33:43 PM »
I don't see your point. You believe Sonia will join Guts' group, then use the beherit to become an apostle? That sounds preposterous.

I'm terrible at sarcasm it seems.  :sad:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:11:24 PM »
I don't mind a POV change. Anything is better than a hiatus.  :magni:

I agree with the other posters saying this seems like its far away from Falconia.

What this says to me is that its only a matter of time before Griffith lays siege to Elf Helm. All astral creatures must die it seems. Not only that, but one would think that Elf Helm is one of the "spiritual mistletoes" that are talked about in earlier volumes. One theory might be that the God Hand have to eliminate all the mistletoes in order for the world tree to fully blossom & completely fuse the astral layers?

Side note:
Very interesting to see Sonia's facial expressions.  (almost as if she's dragging her feet a bit in her task)  I have been filling the speculation threads with ridiculous Sonia theories lately and the way she's drawn here only adds to my intrigue.

Very short & to the point chapter that communicates a surprising amount.

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