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Jeff Buckley's Grace: A great artist with a phenomenal voice, he died tragically just as his career was starting. A little low-key in comparison to my regular fare but It's great when I'm in the right mood.

Tanzwut's Ihr Woltet Spass: Excellent German techno/industrial with strong folk and classical influences, featuring the same members of Corvus Corax.
 
Hedningarna's 1989-2003 compilation: Norse Folk-techo. Described thussly;
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"Imagine eating black bread tainted with ergot and hallucinating with a bunch of peasants from a Breughel painting while K.C. and the Sunshine Band jam with a squad of Viking berserkers playing bagpipes. All other rave music is hereby declared dilettante fecal matter." - Charles M. Young, Musician

Edit:

Jeff Buckley's Dream Brother and Tribute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xWSG7wax8k&feature=related

Tanzwut's Nein Nein, I Love the punch-line to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKr-V-atRZ0


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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 295
« on: April 27, 2008, 03:55:50 AM »
Oh yeah that's true I forgot that Serpico can do that with his sword and his elemental cloak (not sure if that's how it's called).

Yeah I'd like to see Griffith use his power like in the eclipse. I doubt though that it'll be enough with just that. Considering the size Ganishka has now and since we don't really know yet what he can do in that shape other then crush and tear appart his opponents.

Judging by what we've seen so far: I strongly suspect that Femto/Griffith (And at least Void) have powers that are based on the manipulation of natural forces. Momentum, acceleration, space, gravity, etc. Way back in volume three, Guts took a swing at Femto and was sent flying. Guts' sword never actually touched him, there was no sound of an impact, nor any sign that Griffith had been hit: He simply reflected the force of Guts' swing back at him and possibly multiplied it as well. Similar to how Void reflected the Skull Knights' thrust through a Klein Bottle.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: BET Gets a new Marvel Cartoon
« on: April 22, 2008, 07:15:25 AM »
I don't really know the character other than by name. I'm surprised to learn that there's a TV channel dedicated to "black entertainment" (whatever that's supposed to mean) though, but I guess it makes sense in the context of US culture and history.

Sadly, it's just as bad as you might imagine.

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Character Cove / Re: How do you think Casca feels about Farnese?
« on: April 21, 2008, 10:27:17 PM »
See that's what I mean to  :o since it's not really... Well I mean it's not the world we live in, I can't say her ethnicity for sure so I just refer to her as black- wait XD there's a thread about whether or not Casca's black?

ANYhow! I know I may sound dumb for saying this (but the picture of casca going "oooooooh!" with her hands up forces me to point this out), she almost acts mentally handicapped (or well...to be blunt..retarded) and it makes me wonder if she'll even recall acting this way if she gets her memories back... Because that would be...

Indeed, there are threads where possible ethnicities in Berserk were discussed, never be shy about using the search function.
Well, she's basically regressed into an infantile state of mind, if she remembers anything I imagine it would be remembered in hazy bits-and-pieces. I could definitely see her describing it as a dream: "Like I was always trying to run and call out to you but I couldn't move."

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Character Cove / Re: Least Favorite Berserk Character
« on: April 20, 2008, 07:15:39 PM »
I was just thinking of this yesterday! Like Rickert said, we have Puck to thank for keeping Guts, well, GUTS. Puck has really been one of the biggest factors in allowing Guts to cling to his sanity.

While that's true, I meant my observation in the context of how Puck questions and observes Guts' actions early on, this is Miura's way of saying through Puck: "Yes, there is more to his character than this and all shall be revealed in time."

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Character Cove / Re: Least Favorite Berserk Character
« on: April 20, 2008, 05:06:42 AM »
Ah, I see. The cream of the crop.

He was voted King of SaiGAR 2007: A contest that revolved around selecting an anime character that best embodied the concept of Virtus, the contest was called off this year for the best: Since the guy who created SaiGAR realized that there wasn't anyone who embodied the concept more than Guts... Okay, asinine internet politics were involved too but I'm sticking with that answer myself.

Yeah, the story has been steadily evolving and gaining depth ever since the first volume. However I don't think Guts was at any point merely an "I love hurting people!" guy.

I think my favorite thing about the first three volumes is the well-crafted subtext that Guts is a much deeper character than our initial impressions of him. Even before we first see him cry, it's conveyed so well that he is in fact acting the way he does for complex reasons. We have Puck to thank for pointing us in that direction too.

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Character Cove / Re: Schierke...in love?
« on: April 20, 2008, 04:07:22 AM »
I'd say she's really more embarrassed than surprised (and it's all thanks to Ivalera).

Actually I don't think that comparison is very good. It's true Schierke's first opinion of Guts evolved, and it's true Guts warmed up to his companions and now thinks of them as a family, but I don't think it's meaningful in showing that Schierke loves Guts deeply as opposed to the infatuation teenagers often develop for the coolest person they know of (especially when they've lived a secluded life). Of course things don't have to be simplified like this, it's not either black or white, but I'm going by your postulate here (in fact, I don't think differentiating Schierke and Farnese' feelings would prove easy).

I completely agree and I think that the kind of feelings that Schierke has for Guts are very hard to concretely define. For kids, the first crush on an adult is a very hard thing to define because not only is it so new, it's also heavily muddled up with other impressions, influences and feelings: It's the recognition of potential I guess is what I'm trying to get at, the first crush or infatuation with another person marks the point when we become aware of our capacity to feel romantic love. I just went with the development of Casca and Guts' relationship as a means of comparison to try and illuminate those elements, It's hardly adequate but...

Anyway, to come back to your comparison, I would also make a parallel with Casca's feelings for Griffith when she first joined the Falcons and before Guts came around. If this tells us anything, it's that high respect/idolization can be dissociated from love, especially when the person admired is unattainable. Basically what I'm telling you is that Isidro is totally gonna hit that shit.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! GUTS XSCHIERKE 4EVAR!  :puck:

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Character Cove / Re: How do you think Casca feels about Farnese?
« on: April 19, 2008, 06:18:24 PM »
"Bitch best not be stealin' muh man!"  :???:

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Character Cove / Re: Schierke...in love?
« on: April 19, 2008, 06:15:54 PM »
^ But doesn't that make you wonder if some tragedy will repeat itself since he's now comfortable with almost... well a family?

I suppose someone may die or end up crippled but I can't see Miura killing everyone off again, that was already a focal point for the series so doing it again would be gratuitous instead of a well-considered plot-point.

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Character Cove / Re: Schierke...in love?
« on: April 19, 2008, 06:06:49 PM »
Claiming things is never particularly difficult, but what would that claim be based on in this case?

That they've bonded, working together long enough to start respecting each others abilities: They want each other around and Schierke's own response to having others point out her crush on him shows that she is surprised at her own feelings. The context is different but it's the recognition that they develop for each other and seeing Schierke go from how she regarded him in Enoch Village, to understanding that he has many admirable qualities and her admiration of him.
When Guts first started allowing others to join with them, he was still having a hard time opening up to others and agreed to it primarily because he couldn't take care of Casca on his own. Eventually realizing that he's not alone any more. The dynamics remind me of how he and Casca's relationship developed in regards to The Band of The Hawk. 

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Character Cove / Re: Least Favorite Berserk Character
« on: April 19, 2008, 05:43:19 AM »
Ok ok new girl here so be gentle if I happen to let a noobish comment slip, anyhow now now I've heard Puck being referrred to as the "Jar Jar" of Berserk- XD personally I think he's rather cute but this is a pretty accurate description, though it seems girls (though....I have yet to meet any other berserk fans that are girls aside from one.) are more tolerant of him! So what makes people hate him so much?

Welcome aboard Pistol.

Somehow, for some people, the version of Guts that Miura has created just isn't badass enough for them, to paraphrase:

"OMG! GUTS NEEDS 2 RAPE AND KILL EVERYONE N SACRAFICE THEM ALL 2 TEH BEHELITT ALREADY N RIP GRIFFITH A NEW-1 WITH THE BERSERK ARMOR! ISIDRO SUCKS N NEEDS 2 DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111111"

You'll notice that they also often complain that Berserk has "Gone down-hill": That's because in earlier volumes, they thought that Guts was the one-dimensional killing machine that they want him to be for childish reasons that have thus far merited no detailed consideration save for in regards to attempting to explain why their assumptions and assertions are incorrect. On the positive side, we've gotten some genuinely profitable discussions and examination of character traits out of these arguments (For a recent and impressive example search the forum for "Two Ill-conceived characters").
Anyway, the people who make these sort of complaints care nothing for the character development and illumination of events that supporting characters provide: For example, Puck often serves as an unbiased and expressive observer to events that occur in the series, providing additional emphasis on emotional context and character traits. If you are not aware of this and just hanging on for the moment where Guts does something very bad to Griffith through his pantaloons with The Dragon Slayer: Puck just seems jarring, childishly comic and out of place.
Calling him Berserk's Jar-Jar just shows the caliber of intelligence and observation skills at work here.

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Character Cove / Re: Casca's Crying
« on: April 19, 2008, 04:58:36 AM »
Do you think her parents really loved her? They'd have probably eaten her they were so poor to sell her off to some stingy nobleman.

Aaz has pointed it out before and I have to agree that while her parents selling her off seems cold: It was the best choice in context, I doubt he gave any indication of how avarice-laden his intentions towards her really were. I'm sure they knew that there was a big risk that he would mistreat her but given that she would have had a secure livelihood as a servant: It's fair to argue that that's negotiable in the face of her potentially starving to death.

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Character Cove / Re: Another Skull Knight thread
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:47:57 AM »

Well to be exact he's the father of the former inhabitant of Griffith's body. It's more subtle than just a father-son conflict, which it hasn't been at all so far. Griffith himself doesn't regard Guts and Casca as his parents, nor does Guts regard him as his son.


I can just see Griffith to snapping and shouting at Guts: "You always pushed me away!" during their final confrontation.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Guts' hair
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:00:52 AM »
Well, it's not like it's a huge spoiler or anything, and he claims to have read up to the point Guts gets it. So, it's in Volume 27, after Guts emerges from the Berserk Armor after having given in to the Beast. Whether it was because Schierke had to astrally drag his ass out of the trance, or his strong desire to protect Casca, the event was so wrenching for Guts, it left a permanent mark in his hair.

Maybe it's been brought up before but it's kind of odd that that didn't happen after the eclipse instead. The events of the Eclipse turned Guts into a cynical, traumatized wanderer and he's still recovering from it. I think it's worth pointing out that the White shock of hair must have more to do with an accumulation of traumatic associations being brought up by his encounter with The Beast rather than just that specific incident in it of itself.

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I wonder if it's occurred to any of the anons demonstrating in public how big of an oxymoron it is to appear in public and declare yourself as anonymous . . .

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Walter's Wedding
« on: April 15, 2008, 09:08:51 AM »
Congratulations Walter.

But I thought you Loved me?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 295
« on: April 15, 2008, 08:12:56 AM »
I just watched this again recently so it popped into my head after I sat back to ponder this episode.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzn5L_vkfew

Reading this thread was like scaling a mountain alright, a couple of people mentioned Akira and Tetsuo's mutation at the end. That scene always fascinated me (After I got over seeing it at around 13 or so), I saw it as a profound visual representation of the influence of power on a human being . . . This pulls out all the stops and links concept upon concept in such a labyrinthine tapestry that's every bit as daunting, visceral and beautiful as real-life experience. 

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 294
« on: April 15, 2008, 06:51:57 AM »
It aint over say it aint so.
It will never be over til Teresia the Slug count's daughter makes another appearance and shanks Guts or something. I feel she will have a role some time in the future but not any time soon but until I [can only hope to] see her again, Berserk wil not end.

I thought of that myself, then I immediately thought that if it does end like that that it would Head-Fuck me so much that I'd have to kill something.

Thanks for the episode gang.

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News & Not News / Re: Tumour man has second operation
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:34:07 AM »
Come on everyone, think it with me:

KANEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

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Character Cove / Re: Guts will have an evil twin?
« on: February 22, 2008, 06:00:28 AM »

Anyway, I'd be more surprised if Guts suddenly sprouted a "fun loving, pacifist/optimist" twin.


I think that that's a better idea than you realize, imagine a dialog between Guts and his inner child? We already had the freaky, traumatic, flash-back, choking scene but what about an actual monologue? With how Guts has developed as a character, maybe he's gotten past the urge to throttle the poor little guy to death by now. 

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Who likes metal music??
« on: February 22, 2008, 12:35:34 AM »
Currently, I listen to mostly Corvus Corax, they perform Neo-Medieval Folk-Metal using authentic instruments. I've been listening to them for a couple of years and haven't gotten tired of them yet. They also have a straight electronic, industrial side project called Tanzwut that I've just started getting into.

I also enjoy:
Dark Tranquility
In Flames (early work)
Opeth (It's like Pastoral Metal, no wonder they are so well liked)
October Tide
Katatonia
Therion
Theatre of Tragedy
Tristania

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Super Bowl!
« on: February 21, 2008, 08:34:10 PM »
I'm glad I'm not a football fan. My brother and I got together over the weekend to see our local team compete. We gave each other a high-five when the Pats pulled back into the lead: However, my Mother was a Giants fan because she had seen some story about their new coach who had been teaching them life-lessons or whatever. She was sitting right behind me going: "What if? What if? Anything could happen! He's (Eli) still got that look of determination in his eyes! Anything could happen." While my brother and I insisted that we had it in the bag . . .
If I were a football fan, it would have torn my family apart. I still blame my Mother for the Patriots losing but without that emotional investment behind it, I can handle it . . .

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: 2008 Presidential Election
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:57:53 AM »

Also, Mike Huckabee continues to intrigue me, but now more in the way the new Joker intrigues me in The Dark Knight:


To the Hawk-Mobile!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Stupid things you did as a kid
« on: January 16, 2008, 01:55:32 AM »
This is always a fun topic.

For starters. There is the time when I took a broken cord from an electric appliance, plugged it into the wall and touched the lived ends to a nail, just to see what would happen. There was an extremely loud Poof! I saw a blue-white flash and sparks and a one of the wires soldered itself to the nail. Half the lights in the house went out and my Mom called out "What was that?"

My mom used to ride horses as a kid so she decided that I should share her passion.  I had learned the basics and was free-riding around an indoor arena with a soft sand and dirt floor and in order to not fall off I was clutching my legs fairly tightly, which is the command to go faster, but at the same time I was pulling the reigns because I didn't actually want to go any faster.  The horse decided that enough was enough and bucked powerfully, sending me completely over the front of the horse.  I did a flip in the air and landed on my back in a soft patch of sand.  I wasn't injured, but I was pretty shook up and thats the last time I've ridden a horse outside of a few trail rides at national parks.

When I was 5: I went on a kindergarten field-trip to a local farm. They gave myself and my classmates sugar-cubes to give to the Horses. I put mine in my back-pocket and got my ass nipped at by a Horse as a result: I responded by grabbing a nearby Golf-club and getting ready to take on the Horse, of course, the adults in the area stopped me . . . I have only the vaguest memory of the experience.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: January 12, 2008, 03:14:22 PM »
I think, given the fact he's wearing a fake horse head, the boss music from Zelda 2 would have been more appropriate.

To each his own, still, you have to admit he synchronized events almost perfectly. I laughed so hard through the whole thing, his use of a Gas-mask was a brilliant (and welcome) surprise. Gathering and preparing Wild Mushrooms will never again be so Epic.

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