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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:20:23 PM »
Hey all, thanks to those who can participate this year! If you're still on the fence about doing Secret Schnoz, you still have one day to decide! :daiba:

I'm in, too! :schnoz: Love that ice skating Schnoz, Grail!

Thank you JMP! I'm excited that you can join us again this year. And thanks! I actually dislike ice skating personally (it hurts my ankles!) but it makes for a very appropriate winter portrait, doesn't it?

I know. But even if I weren't threatened with a ten ton flamethrower aimed at my goofy-ass face every year, I still would sign up. So could you please put the flamethrower away? I can't have my morning coffee without feeling like I'm about to be turned into an overflamethrowed chicken nugget.  :serpico:

I don't think I need a flamethrower, our state has enough problems with fire these days as it is! :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »
Another band inspired by Berserk that call themselves - Brand of Sacrifice.

They had a new album come out in September called The Interstice with song titles like Casca, Conviction, Eclipse, Millenium (

Well, I appreciate their dedication to subtlety. :griffnotevil:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:12:35 PM »
Thanks for joining us again this year, Branded! Looking forward to your PM!

And Gob, I'd thank you too but your participation isn't an option. :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:11:36 PM »
I don't necessarily think Dark Horse is to blame here; it's whoever originally wrote this trash at Hakusensha. As a result, that section is fundamentally offensive, faithfully translated or not.

I suppose one could question whether Dark Horse should have included it at all, but at that point it'd effectively be censorship, which would be a strange precedent to set when it comes to Berserk. At the end of the day, the guidebook absolutely shouldn't be touting any language like "official" when it clearly is at odds with the tone of the series.

Dang, I must have missed this bit in the original version of the guidebook, my bad! If Dark Horse is just following Hakusensha's lead, then they're not to blame, though your point about the tone brings to mind how Dark Horse has misrepresented the series pretty outrageously in the past. Either way, it's a sad state of affairs when that sort of material is edited together to promote the series. Unfortunately, based on some stuff I've read and watched on the subject, it's just an indication of the type of media saturating the anime industry right now.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
Yikes, thanks for the heads-up on that Walter. I still want to read the interview, but time and time again, Dark Horse manages to put their foot in it. They're clearly trying to appeal to the bottom of the barrel here.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:25:49 AM »

Wow, another year come and gone! If you guys can believe it, Halloween is over, and that means it's SCHNOZ TIME! :schnoz:

This year is the same as always! Be sure to check the first post for rules, and start sending those PMs!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:27:32 PM »
Nice catch, Aaz! Between the visual and narrative similarities, the inspiration is pretty obvious when you think about it. Now, all Berserk needs is one of these... :troll:

Sibir, this is a great illustration, thanks for sharing with us! :ubik: I liked how you varied the linework, and the way you handled the flat side of the DS turned out pretty neat!

Nice work! That's a cool, unique depiction of femto's "helmet." Is he falling apart? Or is the texture of Guts' cloak sort of being superimposed on him? Something else?

I might be wrong, but I think sibir is just showing the shine of his helmet, so maybe closer to your second guess?

Creation Station / Re: Good Instagram ilustrator
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:15:56 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation! These are some lovely illustrations. :griffnotevil:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:53:36 PM »
I sent an email to Dark Horse telling them they should hire me for this project. I'm being kind of a big goofball about it but truthfully I think I'd do a pretty good job! I've been publishing my own comics for years! Of course if I was on the team I would bring our collective hopes and concerns with me.

You didn't tell me we were moving to Oregon! :azan:

Truth be told, I'm also pretty skeptical about the so-called "deluxe" release. We know that Dark Horse takes so many shortcuts with Berserk, this stinks of another easy cash grab to me. Do it like Viz, or don't bother. Peace out.  :badbone:

Hey no name, thanks for sharing! I like the contrast of the pale and bone colors of Griffith and the Jotun with Grunbeld's apostle form! I can see that you worked to apply some of the fiery glow onto Griffith and Zodd. It's a little faint, but I can see what you're going for there! Overall, I really dig it and hope to see more from you.  :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Casca Coloring
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:06:00 AM »
Pretty amazing stuff, and a truly fantastic first effort, seasnipper! I'm not familiar with Sketchclub, but it seems to be doing the job! I think my favorite part is how you play with the lighting on Casca's head and face but still respect the integrity of the linework. Appropriately understated, but the variety of colors (plus the little hint of light hitting the clouds on the left) really stand out to me! :ubik:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:00:45 PM »
If a single volume in Berserk's publication history deserves to have Casca on the cover, it's this one. I think seeing her as she opens her eyes, lucid at last, would be amazing. Having her in her elfin princess dress would also be great.

Very much agreed! And it makes sense from the sales perspective as well. Any casual Berserk fan would see that on the shelf and just have to pick it up! :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:39:07 PM »
Put me in the camp of post-death body painting for the human war banners. I think there's probably a graphic designer giant in the crew with an exceptionally steady hand.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:11:49 PM »
Haha, well, dangit! I will count myself among the folks who were REALLY hoping for more Guts and Casca before switching back to Falconia, but if we were gonna go back, this was a really cool scenario for it. It was almost as if Miura was saying, "Sorry everyone, but here are some badass fight scenes to tide you over in the meantime!"  :guts: I can't even be disappointed. The giants are all so distinct and interesting-looking, and watching them getting destroyed by apostles is a real treat. We even get some time with Mule, Raban and Sonia! I missed that crew.

Not to get too ahead of myself, but it's looking to me like we'll get another several episodes with Griffith and co, which will lead to a possible short "skip" after the disastrous reunion between Guts and Casca. That leads me to wonder, are the events we're watching take place in this episode concurrent with the events in Elfhelm, or is Miura possibly going to pull a little narrative trick with that? I wonder!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: tom's introduction
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:27:30 AM »
Welcome, Tom! I hope that you enjoy your... wait a second...

The forums I would frequent have faded away


Creation Station / Re: A gift for a friend
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:12:17 PM »
Hi Auria, welcome! And WOW, what an introduction! Your friend is a lucky guy, regardless of what he asked for. :daiba:

I hope you'll share more of your artwork with us!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:41:52 PM »
Today is a good day, my friends! 356, here we come! :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Johnstantine's art
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:41:48 AM »
Damn man, you're on fire! It's inspiring to see! I'll give you a follow. :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:40:52 PM »
Well, here we are.

It was truly a joy (and also sort of bizarre) seeing Casca making all these lucid expressions in this episode! I wasn't sure how much that aspect of her interactions with Farnese and Schierke would affect me, but suffice to say it was an emotional experience. I think that having Casca's memories remaining fuzzy is a good choice on Miura's part. It not only makes sense, but allows him to have the best of both worlds in terms of establishing narrative tension, where most of us were thinking further on either end of the spectrum. She still seems to remember many things, but still has a lot about herself to re-discover, including her relationship with her child. Well played! :azan:

The lead-up to the big ending was done so well that, hours after reading it, I'm still shaken. Reading it through the first time, I think I was all over the place: elated to have Casca back, but when Danan swooped in with that dress, I was kind of dismayed and confused on Casca's behalf. Give the poor woman a moment to breathe! Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but it almost felt like Miura was commenting on the whole idea of having Casca back, and how, as readers, we're simultaneously wanting her to be reunited with Guts and "normal" again, when really, she needs time to process what's happened to her. In some ways, maybe we're like Danan, poofing poor Casca into a wedding dress in our minds! :ganishka:

Anyway, that was my quick take on the episode. I'm really enjoying reading everyone's impressions!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:46:54 PM »
Thank you Puella for the speedy translation!

Page 11

Schierke: If she keeps her sanity while having such horrible memories
Schierke: It will bring her an enormous pain that we can't imagine.
Schierke: ...Precisely speaking, she rather broke down because she couldn't endure it.


Page 20

Farnese: You will be surely able to meet him.

Dammit... anybody got that old emoji of Guts sobbing? The Judos just aren't going to cut it. :judo: :judo: :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:01:26 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my first post. I've been reading in silence for years all of your ideas, discussions, and of course the manga.

That being said, I'm speechless about this episode. So awesome.

Damn, what better time for your first post than on the biggest event of the series so far? Welcome! :guts:

It's truly a surreal feeling. I've pictured this episode in my mind so many times, but to say that I've experienced it is hard to believe. Looking back, I think the pacing for this entire dream sequence was very deliberate. The focus on Casca's experiences and recovery was clearly top priority - I'm grateful to Miura for not letting other characters' experiences take precedence. Even Farnese, who was definitely still growing and learning a lot from the ordeal, was focused entirely on her companion's recovery. The thorns around the heart and the double-helix were so sinister, and suggest that there's a lot of work left still to be done, but the brief glimpse at Casca's face at the end filled me with hope. It looks like we'll have our hands full for the remaining string of episodes (and the batch after that as well!  :ganishka: ). But I'm so glad to say this: welcome back, Casca! :casca:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2016 English dub home release January 16, 2018
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:38:39 PM »
I gotta be 100% with you guys, I don't know how you could bear to watch the damn show again, with or without the old voice actors. The only benefit of having those people reprise the voices would be for the possibility of having Griffith singing blooper showtunes in a newly incarnated CGI body. :griffnotevil:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:00:10 PM »
We also discussed some form of the child being involved, and we not be done yet, but it's a pretty great symbol of not only Casca's trauma and tragedy, but joy and hope. Kudos, Miura, I'm blown away again. :ubik:

That's a great point. Just seeing the little guy there was a very bittersweet moment. It makes me wonder how Casca will express these feelings when she returns. All I can say is that I know I'm gonna get choked up!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
My first words: holy cannoli. This episode delivered the goods! It's almost absurd to think now that I was expecting the first episode after the 6-month break to be the reveal of the memory fragment, with all that has happened in the last two episodes. Despite all that, the reveal of the Demon Child was a pretty massive curve ball. Miura knew what people expecting, and indeed had been expecting for years, and I really respect him for not taking the route that fans had already accepted in their minds. Will we still be forced to relive the rape with Farnese/Schierke? Walter, like you, I was dreading this. On one hand, I'm hoping that the memory won't have to be dealt with directly - for example, maybe Femto's presence in the dream can act as a representation of it and how it's taken over her psyche, and it won't be dealt with until after Casca "wakes up," possibly through her feelings of tenderness for her son, and the desire to help him. After that, once Guts comes back into the picture, feelings of the rape could come back around and Schierke and Farnese can come to her aid in the waking world. Not sure if this is right, but thought that just crossed my mind.

EDIT: How could I neglect to mention Flora?! What a moment! I agree that it would have been nicer to have some more time between here and Schierke,
 but just seeing her brought a wee tear to my sappy old eye. :judo:

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