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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:29:56 PM »
As many people have commented, Guts strikes quite the ominous image in full armor and armaments (obviously played up by Miura as well).  I wouldn't be surprised to see a scene where Guts removes all of this before approaching Casca again.  It could be quite powerful, seeing the Black Swordsman strip away the elements of his darkness, piece by piece.  It would work in a metaphorical sense as well.  Guts needs to make himself literally vulnerable in order to regain the intimacy he once had with Casca.

Indeed, I like that idea! It could even mark a sort of symbolic "end" to his quest for revenge (even though it effectively stopped long ago), a reverse of when he geared up and headed out (leaving Casca behind) in episode 93 and 94.

Video Games / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:21:47 AM »
Been playing the VR version of the game and it's great! Once you get used to it,itreally breathes life back into the game. It's also out of the VR games I own on the PS4, the best one that lives up to the VR gimmick. You are in the game. You're standing eye level with the characters. The characters are truly round, as if you could reach out and grab around them. The depth of field is fantastic. Though VR in general is sensory overload after a few hours. Fatigue will set in. Skyrim doesn't really cause motion sickness, but a lot of other games do.

Keep in mind the PS4 and PSVR's limited capabilities are a big reason why the experience can be subpar (along with poor game design). That's why I stick to the PC for VR games. You should give Moss a try though. It seems really great.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 21, 2018, 09:43:25 AM »
More like a twist of a knife. Yeah, it's the broader implications that make it so terrible; namely the prospect that she'll involuntarily find Guts repulsive by association with all she's endured. Happiness, theirs and ours, deferred indefinitely. I mean, we knew she'd have issues and Guts would be tied to some of it, but making him like the catalyst that triggers her... oof, that'd be rough, like worse than we imagined. We'll see though, maybe this is just everything hitting her at once and while it's going to be bad now it can at least hopefully get better from here instead of being a chronic thing going forward (but like Grail said, what WE want, not necessarily what's good for Casca =). Considering Casca's flashing back to the Eclipse and Griffith, presumably from the wagon, physical contact might not be the best idea right now (if so, I hope Guts can restrain himself). In any case, I'm not going to enjoy Casca's and Guts' pained expressions in the next episode.

You know, personally I remain hopeful. I'm not crestfallen over this. I have never doubted that Guts and Casca will be able to enjoy their love eventually, and I'm not starting now. The way I see it, they are simply on a path towards that goal, and this is just another step along the way. And while we don't know what the next episode has in store for us, I think it has the potential for some touching moments and not just painful ones.

Episode 355 marks my first preorder ever! Yay! I'll keep up with them from this point on!

I have question about the last page. Is that a sound effect in the black bubble? what does it translate to?

It's a scream...

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 21, 2018, 07:07:32 AM »
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:

I wonder how that will work though. She seems to remember almost everything within the span of this episode, down to the bad stuff at the end. I'm curious whether Miura will leave some things fuzzy so they can be addressed later or if we'll just deal with most of it at once (in the following episodes)... It feels like we're going with the latter for now, but that does feel like a lot to handle narratively.

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:
But it was Miura that put that in our minds! Not even Aaz predicted Danan would wiggle her nose and betwitch Casca a magic gown. It was already naturally bizzare as you said, but Miura turned it up a notch with that. In retrospect that should have been a big red flag, but it was so deliberately over-the-top (I was actually concerned it was going to be too twee =), and on top of our own wave of good vibrations seeing Casca like that, and not a hint of negativity where Guts was concerned, it just seemed like it was really happening and crescendoing to that moment as they walked towards one another.

Haha, you guys are so harsh with the dress! I actually really like it! :iva: And it does feel like a very elfish thing to do, too. Remember on the podcast when I said it could be kind of hellish for Casca if she had to go through the party where the elves would be like "you are going to have fun whether you want to or not"? Same kind of thing. Imposed romance. And yeah I have to agree with you guys, it seems clear Miura intentionally went for the most perfect reunion setting ever only to better subvert it.

But I have to reiterate how much I actually like that perfect setting, with the dream dress and below the blossoming cherry tree. For one, because it's appropriately epic for what might be argued is the biggest event in the series so far. I mean I have to agree with Danan here on principle: travel clothes won't do. And I guess that setting alone also satisfied me to some extent. It gave me a taste of the happy reunion I yearned for... and it somehow softened the blow of having her trauma resurface like it did. The other aspect is of course that the idyllic setting makes the somber arrival of the Black Swordsman stick out even more...

Now, what I'm truly curious about, beyond this moment, is what the long term implications will be for Guts & Casca's relationship. Basically why Miura went for this and not one of the many other possibilities he had. Because I'm sure it wasn't just for the twist itself.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:14:12 PM »
Someone (cant remember who) also said that it would be weird if Casca had one big braid just like Rickert. Further research is required. :schnoz:

I guess it's someone who doesn't know the difference between a braid and a ponytail. :iva:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:22:09 PM »
this dream arc

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:06:57 PM »
I hate to call out the grand-master of accuracy, but your actual prediction in SkullKast ep 93, at 1:24:10 was "She's gonna do [...] one big braid".  Technically not accurate (at least not yet!) :iva:

Yeaaaaaahhhhh mayyyyybbbeeee. :iva: But I count it as a partial win! :griffnotevil:
Anyway, I'm not sure this hairdo is the one she'll settle on. It's something Danan whipped up for the moment, but I have a feeling it might be too "girly" for Casca's taste (same as the dress basically).

Also, since we're on page 4 of the thread, I think we can drop the spoiler tags now.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 05:16:03 PM »
Very interesting. Thanks for correcting me.

No problem. Note that there might still be a hiatus anyway. We haven't gotten a release date, which they do usually provide. And like you mentioned that same message has been used when there were breaks before. But the point is the text itself doesn't indicate it. I'm guessing there's more information on an adjacent page in YA... Or it could also mean they're uncertain whether or not an episode will be available. Anyway, until we get a confirmation, it'd be great if we could all just talk about what happens in this issue. =)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:59:16 PM »
I don't want to be that guy, but it says ''to be continued next time'', which is the announcement of a break. We had the same announcement at the end of episode 337

No, that message in itself isn't the announcement of a break. For reference, we also had the same announcement at the end of episode 338, 340, 341, 344 and 345 (among others) without a hiatus afterwards. Furthermore, the last three times there was a hiatus (episode 343, 347 and 351), the message shown was different, it just said "[Berserk] to be continued".

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:51:37 PM »
Someone thought of it, after all 90% of the time Berserk runs by Murphy's law  :void:.

Naaah. I don't know why people always say that. Berserk is hardly just a series of hardships happening to people... There are very dark moments for sure, but there's also plenty of positive stuff and of triumphs for the good guys...

However I also meant that this probably won't divide Guts and Casca's relationship. It's like you mentioned, Guts is the conduit for all of her painful memories (especially with the way he looks now). And the flashback of a ruined Griffith implies that she will have to come to terms with what he has become as well.

What Casca says about her memories is worth dwelling on: she doesn't remember what happened right before and right after she "fell asleep". Meaning that also probably includes the birth of her son (I know we see him under both forms in her "bubbles of memory", but maybe she hasn't connected the dots yet). I think that's what we might get in the next episode, in addition to having to deal with Griffith's sorry state, his betrayal and the whole Eclipse proper. Beyond the immediate crisis, she really has a lot to catch up on regarding the state of the world.

Also, regarding her trauma, I'm very curious as to how Miura will have her (and Guts and the others) confront it. I wonder if it will also be personified eventually, giving her a "beast of darkness" of sorts. If so I wouldn't necessarily expect it to be like Guts, it could be more like self-doubt for example.

Everything is bright, everything is serene, everything is beautiful. Everything, that is, except Guts. We can hardly see his face, we can't see his eyes, and it seems like all the shadows of the tree are gathered around him. There's not supposed to be anything to fear, but he just seems to cast of aura of menace and terror regardless. It's not fair to him at all, but like it or not, he's now a symbol for everything that Casca suffered and lost on that fateful day...

I like that the "Black Swordsman" persona kind of works against Guts here, it feels very fitting thematically.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:19:21 PM »
Tentative episode title: "Under the sunlight shining through the leaves"

Oh, and I keep seeing people talking about a hiatus... but the end of the episode says "to be continued next time". 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.

don't quote me on it but I doubt this will have a lasting impact. Miura didn't waste time designing a Cinderella dress for Casca to have her mind stripped away again.

:ganishka: Well you can quote me on it: Casca didn't just go insane again. That would be ludicrous and I'm surprised you'd even think about it.

It's just that all of her bad memories had been bottled up, and they seemingly reemerged all at once. What's interesting is that Guts is shown as being the catalyst, but it seems that it might still have happened anyway. There's some uncertainty on that part which I'm very curious to get cleared up. As for how it'll be dealt with, well... that remains to be seen. There's many ways it could go, from Guts just holding her to her needing some time alone to process things.

Casca's smile when thinking about Guts is a pretty big moment for readers, too. All that hard work paying off :guts:

Hell yeah, one for the ages.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:24:49 PM »
Quick summary: Casca explains that she feels like she woke up from a long sleep, and the people she had dreamed off are standing right in front of her. While she was insane, she saw Elaine's life from far away, like a dream, but she could not feel nor think anything. The girls ask her if she remembers everything, and she says some things from before and after she fell asleep are vague. She remembers going to rescue Griffith, but nothing after that... (this prompts them to think back to the heart with thorns).

Farnese asks her if she remembers Guts, and that's when we get the beautiful full page of her smiling with tears in her eyes. The girls blush at this, and Ivalera tells Schierke it seems they've woken the "final boss", which prompts Schierke to stuff her in her hat. Danan asks if they're done getting acquainted, and says she'll give Casca a gift after such a long journey, one fitting for meeting the one she's been missing. Casca protests at the dress, saying she's a warrior, but Danan shuts her down, says it's perfect and that she looks like an elfin princess. She tells her she's called Guts telepathically too, and to go meet him.

As she goes to meet him, Casca feels that she remembers more and more with each step. The memories that make her who she is. And she remembers Elaine's life, too. Throughout that time when she couldn't feel nor think, there was a voice that kept saying... There is someone I want to meet...

Referring to ep 350

Guess I was right after all. :casca:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:02:49 PM »
Pretty straightforward, yet terribly effective episode. Love Casca's expressions, love her new dress courtesy of Danan, and love her new hairstyle! (Didn't I tell you guys? Braids!)
She remembers so much stuff too (everything really). Miura really crammed a lot in there.
Seeing how she associates her trauma with Guts is pretty heart-breaking, but I'm more curious about how it's depicted. Seeing the "Eclipse" (and all it represents) surround Guts is a great effect, but I was surprised at the double page of Griffith's broken body. I guess it implies all of the traumatic events she went through are bottled together.

And by the way, I hope you guys realize how misguided it was to have all this "art talk" over a single panel. An art style evolves continuously, with every single panel, and individual panels aren't the best way to get a feel for it. In the end, I love Casca's new look, I think it's perfect. Whereas that edited thing Nightcrawler posted doesn't actually look like her, from any era.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:06:43 PM »
Well, that's definitely interesting and pretty cool that we're getting right to it! Also, I'm amazed how different Casca looks now, it could just be the liveliness of her eyes but it makes her whole face look different.

It's funny, her eyes are the first thing that struck me. I had the same reaction, it makes her face look completely different.

Also, Casca's first words in about two decades(!) and yet the lamest stuff pleases me: We can now semi-officially retroactively refer to Casca's broken phase as the "Elaine Era." Nice and clean. :ganishka:

I'm both surprised and amazed that Miura went for it (having her refer to herself as "Elaine", with a furigana that says "I", which is worth noting). It's kind of strange because these people never knew her by that name, but it also conveys in the most effective way possible that she remembers everything. And I guess it tells us something about how she now perceives the state she was in. What a nice hat tip to Luka's gang, too. I have been dreaming of these two meeting again someday (with Casca being a super badass by then), and that's redoubled now.

Now curious to see the rest of the episode...

All this tantalizing blacked-out text! How much is in this little leak? Is it like a random page from the middle with a bunch of panels of dialogue, or is it more like the episode's splash art or something along those lines? Depending on what all it gives away, I look now, or I may (try to) wait a few days longer.

Come on man, we're not going to start describing every leak! Just check the picture or don't! :daiba:

Speculation Nation / Re: How much do we know about the World of Ideas?
« on: March 16, 2018, 10:33:13 AM »
Hahaha duly noted, and duly edited. That's what I get for speaking about something I don't understand. I had a vague memory that I had heard something to this effect on the podcast but I realize now that I was totally muddled in my memory of it. I must have confused the "source of existence" stuff you mentioned upthread and in the water metaphors discussion with the fact that some other translations of episode 307 say "the idea of 'tree'" in order to get accross the concept of being an archetype. I probably could have avoided this confusion if I had been paying better attention when you pointed out the Greek usage of the word "Idea" in the case of IoE, and how it's different from English. Totally my bad.

No problem, it just shows how important it is to actually have accurate translations we can rely on.

Speculation Nation / Re: How much do we know about the World of Ideas?
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:27:32 AM »
I believe this is the same language used for the Idea of Evil, but I basically know zero Japanese, so please correct me if I got that wrong.

It's a completely different word.

Either way, it seems like a pretty clear reference to the theory of forms, and by association, the World of Ideas.

It is definitely a reference to the Platonic concept of Ideas, however it doesn't tell us anything about the World of Ideas itself.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 93
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:17:11 AM »
I missed the last 15 minutes but does anyone mention whether they think Casca will cut her hair short again or will she keep it long?

Yeah we did talk about it.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:15:47 AM »
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.

Your opinion fucking sucks.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:09:29 PM »
I hope the bazooka shot killed it.

It definitely did not.

Hey, my first thread here! And this is a re-release, isn't it?

Yeah and we all got the email from AOW days ago, old man. :iva: :slan:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:40:10 PM »
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.)

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.

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.

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.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 93
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:05:23 AM »
This is late to your conversation though better than never, but putting those points together highlights the somewhat amazing fact that humble little Rickert, human and not even branded, was able to do something no Kushan arrow, Bakiraka assassin, rogue Apostle or even Guts himself has been capable of thus far: to strike the heretofore untouchable Griffith.

Haha, of course, that's why it was such a great moment. =)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:37:41 PM »
Been playing Into The Breach since yesterday. Pretty neat game from the folks who did FTL.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:33:53 PM »
If it is frowned upon, I'll try to refrain from doing so in the future.

No, I was just puzzled because it seemed unnecessary.

I always saw the way Casca treats Guts after the choking and assault to be a bit more specific and personal than her usual fear of other men.

Yeah, there are regular reminders of her dislike of him after those incidents from volume 23.

Related to this, I'm also having trouble remembering any times she has shown a real fear of men outside of times involving attempted rape or sexual intent besides her initial meeting with Guts after the Eclipse (which could also just be explained by his excited and desperate approach and Casca being more timid shortly after the event), which makes me think it is less a general fear of men and more of sexual situations involving men (I'm uncertain, so please correct me here if I'm mistaken).

It's true, talking about "fear" is too extreme. That being said, she is shown to be more comfortable around women in general. For example, Rickert tells Guts that she only trusts Erika in volume 13. Later, when the group is formed, she immediately takes after Farnese. And when Farnese leaves for a while in Vritannis, it's Schierke who looks after her. It's a consistent pattern.

I think it's a bit debatable whether many of these symptoms can be attributed to the trauma itself or the state of insanity she was in. For example, her phobia of men/sex is something that I don't expect to just disappear after she regains her memories of the Eclipse.

Well yes, I had gathered as much. Fortunately for us that matter will be settled soon.

But as I said in an earlier post, the assault is just one of several things that Casca could likely be upset with him about, including his abandonment of her, disagreements involving their child, and perhaps even taking her to Elfhelm to restore her mental health without her consent

Yeah, I actually said that myself before you did.

This is sort of what I meant when I said there would still be a rift between them after she was healed. Even if the specific reasons as to why they have grown apart aren't the same, there are still quite a bit of issues they will have to work through.

But you said there is already a rift and that it would continue. That's very different. No one's disagreeing that Guts and Casca might have points of contention or even just that their relationship will need to be rebuilt. There's a ton of reasons why that would be the case (that's what I've been saying all along). The problem to me is you were saying the previous issues she had while insane would carry over, as opposed to the new Casca having her own set of issues.

Of course, I just wasn't sure why you were making the distinction in response to my point in particular when I said in the same sentence that he would be conflicted over the idea.

Because the way you worded the sentence I quoted didn't feel true to Guts' character to me. Even though you said he would be conflicted.

Although I would say that it is a bit misleading to say that "what the Beast wants isn't what Guts himself wants." [...] That doesn't mean it represents what Guts most wants, mind you. But that's a bit of a tangent and a whole other can of worms to get into.

There is nothing misleading about what I said. The Beast of Darkness is one facet of Guts and does not represent the whole of his persona. What it advocates for within Guts' mind doesn't represent Guts' true desires. It's only partial, like a pulsion. You essentially say the same thing here in bold, albeit less elegantly, so I guess you agree with me anyway.

Fair enough, but the point of what I was saying was that I expect Guts' struggle between Casca's needs and desires and his own desire for revenge to still be a continued conflict for him going forward.

I know what you're trying to say, but I don't think it's the proper way to frame it.
Guts' dilemma was between protecting Casca or going for revenge because he couldn't do both. He made that choice a long time ago, and now it has borne its fruit.
What comes next are new choices. And fundamentally, they will not be between revenge and "Casca's needs and desires". They will be between Guts' own various desires. This is an important distinction to make.
Needless to say, Casca will have her own choices to make, and as will each member of the group. I expect it to be a rich time for character development.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:22:57 PM »
This ritual in the Corridor of Dreams has just been the beginning of Casca's healing process. It didn't heal away her trauma and it won't automatically settle any issues she might have with Guts.

You're confusing two different things. It's true Casca's trauma wasn't healed by the ritual and that she'll have to deal with it going forward. I was the first to say it. But that doesn't mean she'll show the same symptoms. Otherwise the Corridor of Dreams would have all been for nothing. The reflexive fear she had of men went along with her insanity. Now that it's cured, there's no reason to assume it will remain. And her "issues with Guts" that you are referring to were a subset of that general fear of men. It wasn't specific to him. She was afraid of him like of every other guy, then he managed to gain her trust, then lost it. I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but if they are to have issues to sort through, I would expect them to be of a higher order.

Yeah, it was what you were talking about.  :slan:

Yes... Which makes me wonder why you felt the need to reiterate it.

Not sure why you're drawing a distinction here.

You're not sure why I'm drawing a distinction between the Beast of Darkness and Guts generally? OK... Well there is more to Guts than just the Beast of Darkness. Miura created that character to show Guts' internal struggle. What the Beast wants isn't what Guts himself really wants. It's just a part of him, not the whole. That's why I distinguish the two.

I could even see him making the decision to exploit the child's connection in some way in order to get revenge (whether that be killing him, or using that connection to "control" or "influence" Griffith in some way, but that's too far ahead).

They will necessarily have to exploit that connection to defeat Griffith in any case, as I'm sure you've read me say in the past.

As for Casca, I don't know if her need for protection is necessarily over just yet, seeing as she still has to deal with the trauma of the Eclipse. She may not even want to fight at first and decide to hide away from everything on Skellig.

This is obviously not the same thing as her not being able to take care of herself because of her madness... That time has come to an end.

I do believe that Casca's feelings towards the child will be a bit complicated however (which almost goes without saying).

Sure. Most of my interventions are to point out that things are more complicated and nuanced than people think. Everything we've been talking about here is guaranteed to involve complex emotions and circumstances.

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