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Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:31:05 PM »
It's really hard to say right now if a Season 3 will be made or not. "The Story Continues" could mean to go read the manga for the rest. I sure hope that's the case.


Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:57:22 AM »
If this really is a "fully original story by Makoto Fukami" and it's supposed to be canon...  I don't think I even wanna fucking know about it.   :rickert:

It has already been established that it is an original story by Makoto Fukami. There is no doubt about it. And given that Miura is illustrating it, I find it hard to dismiss the idea that it is canon.

Apparently there's going to be a new Berserk announcement next month on the 16th.

Are you sure about that? This woman just says she got the Berserk promotional newspaper this morning. Then adds she'll have to read it.
Then she greets her followers. Then says there might be good news next month. Then wishes them a good day.

It's not clear that the news she mentioned is Berserk-related (might be about her own affairs). The newspaper page she posted doesn't mention anything about it.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:16:57 AM »
Surely Miura couldn't have overlooked something as significant as that.

And yet it seems he did.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 22, 2017, 07:27:43 PM »
I agree with what you say about the movies, but I get the feeling that you're selling them short. The plot of the movies is undeniably simple and straight forward, but I don't think that's necessarily a negative. I can also see why people would find the scenes repetitive, but I didn't get that impression at all. I think that the movies have a lot going on for them, for example the action sequences, which I found to be top notch. As I've mentioned before, I also really like the world in which John Wick lives. It's a crazy world that in some aspects might not make much sense, but I can't get enough of it.

No, I didn't mean that as a negative. Well I mean sure, a great plot would make it a better movie, but my point was that it's entertaining to see video game action in movie format (454th enemy you encounter, seemingly oblivious to the fact you've just killed 453 others just like him since waking up: "I'll end this right now!", then gets killed in two minutes).

I'm not sure I understood what you meant here. Did you mean that you enjoyed the movie but it was nothing but empty calories, and that in the grand scheme of things this movie was as much empty calories as it gets?

In return I have no idea what you're talking about with "empty calories". I just mean that it's all about the action and visuals and not about the plot. No one cares whether it's the Russian or Italian mob that John Wick's pissed about. That they killed his dog or stole his car or he had some old debt or whatever is such a pure MacGuffin it's borderline satire. So much so that the characters themselves remark on it: it's fucking ridiculous in every way. But who cares, what matters is that John Wick slaughters hundreds of people in cool action sequences.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 04:00:55 PM »
Yea, if you read the whole dreamscape sequence from the beginning it is quite the journey. Surreal, confusing, emotional, informative, and by the way the characters appear at the end of this last episode here, clearly it's been an exhausting experience for them. Also let's not forget that there was a lot that we weren't shown, given how small the broken fragments were. We can assume that they spent a lot of time collecting the pieces. In fact, I like to think that since they aren't exactly bound to the laws of real time, perhaps they've been doing this for what could seem like an eternity, fighting off endless waves after waves of enemies. So even without Miura needlessly showing it to us, we can fill in the blanks and piece the whole incredible journey together which honestly, just imagining it seems draining, physically and emotionally. And of course it goes without saying that the real challenge is just ahead. If you think it's been too easy for them so far, just imagine that everything up until now has been the easy part and just look at how exhausted and disheveled they look at the end there. The real challenge has only just begun.

Indeed. Even just this last episode, taken by itself, is completely frantic. It's a rush to the summit as they basically run through (and away from) scores of enemies and have like three or four close-misses. They look completely disheveled and exhausted, and Schierke readily admitted she was completely out of options before Farnese thought to use her own little dream as a last resort trick.

And now they stand in front of what's been the real challenge all along. Witnessing the memories of Guts in the cave or on the hill as they talked about the Bonfire of Dreams was never going to be a problem, rather it's just a window into Casca's past for them. So the fact they had to undergo a timeless journey to search for every little piece was already a bigger ordeal than people expected. It took great perseverance and was only possible in the first place because Danan helped them get through and then continuously guided them along the way.

To complain that they haven't been hurt is to miss the point (they're only using the dream rules to their advantage, as they should) when it was clearly a test of determination and endurance. Not to mention that it informed us about how incredibly strong Casca's trauma is (and how strongly part of her mind resists the healing process). And now comes the real test, since they will confront the actual trauma, the memory they set out to find in the first place. This is the part where they can and probably will get hurt to some extent, the part that will be likely be emotionally devastating for the readers and characters alike. They will have to get to that last fragment (and again, those brambles don't look friendly to me), to make her whole again, and then to deal with the consequences.

I'm bummed out enough there wasn't enough time to get to Casca before the break, but of course I don't want it rushed either. It's at least a comforting delusion (because a lot of the work is probably already done) that Miura will be taking all this time to get this momentous event just right! :casca:

I don't think it's a coincidence that there's a hiatus now. The next episode (and the ones after it) will be momentous, one of the most important in the entire series. It's not that surprising that Miura would want to take his time with it, though of course it means a long and painful wait for us.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:43:18 AM »
I watched John Wick 2 (or "Chapter 2", whatever) and it struck me, just like the first one, as basically an action video game transposed into a movie. In fact I'd make the case John Wick is the first successful "video game movie", even though it's not actually based on a game. But really, the plot is paper thin and it's about a guy who headshots and/or annihilate in hand-to-hand something like 500 people in the course of two hours, where the nameless bad guys never stop coming and never seem to realize that they're obviously up against an impossible task.

Anyway I enjoyed it. People tend to describe any action flick or blockbuster as a "good, fun, mindless entertainment", but it's rarely the case in my experience. John Wick however really gets as close to mindless as you can get.

I like the effort, but I agree with mangetsu. This will not do anything nor is it needed. It's blatantly obvious now that the manga hiatuses are occurring in order to wait for the next anime season.

:ganishka: You have no idea what you're talking about. The hiatuses predate the new TV series by a decade. And beyond that, I wouldn't hold my breath for a new season of that series if I were you.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 06:07:26 AM »
Pardon me for responding with oh really earlier Aazealh I made that response in haste obviously not my best.

Don't worry about it, although yeah I would generally recommend to listen to what I say. :iva:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:10:14 AM »
I am well aware of that what clenched it for me was not just the general shape and mouth but also the arms.

I understand, but nah. The small arms are just a coincidence. They're not even that similar. These monsters all symbolize a single thing: an unwelcome penis. It makes no sense to relate it to the boy. His birth came after her illness, too. This scene is all about the Eclipse.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 08:43:44 PM »
Oh really.

Yes, really.

Suggesting otherwise is actually pretty stupid. These monsters represent things Casca feels aversion towards (reminder: she does not feel aversion towards her son). They're associated with the trauma of the abuse she suffered at Femto's hands. Oh and also they're obviously shaped like penises.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:54:07 PM »
Did anyone notice that the first phallic monsters they encountered looked like the demon child? They even have the little arms.

I can guarantee you that whatever resemblance you see there is 100% unintentional.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:02:12 PM »
I think we'll definitely get a final confrontation with the way everything has been setup and building, particularly the escalation of the monsters and our heroes' vulnerability in the dreamscape ("If you die in the Matrix..." =). I'm guessing they'll have to recover the memory and reconcile things with Casca while simultaneously fending off the attack (by throwing whatever they've got left at it).

Well the thing is I think the brambles might not just sit there as the group makes its way through, and may prove to be a serious obstacle themselves (i.e. come alive and attack).

as far as the trauma goes I don't think it matters so much as she was violently assaulted and violated by them in facilitation of the rape, and they alone have been sufficient symbol of the horror of that whole experience.

Yeah... It was traumatic enough as it was. Enough that she fainted.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:43:28 PM »
Casca was not raped by the apostles. There isn't actually much ambiguity on the matter. The sequence of events in the Eclipse (with tension building up as an apostle gets ready to do the deed) wouldn't make sense otherwise. And by the way, the monsters in this episode aren't so much representations of the apostles as they are representations of the male genitalia. Which is what Casca is physiologically revulsed by... Because she was raped by Femto.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:13:29 AM »
While we don't know how much the experience in the Corridor of Dreams is going to change Farnese, I don't doubt she will come out of this a much more powerful witch than she was ever before.

I think this experience is more about personal development (for both Farnese and Schierke) than gaining "power". No doubt it will benefit them on several fronts, but the way you approach this feels rather reductive to me. And let's also not forget that there might be negative consequences for them in the end. Like Schierke said, direct exposure to what traumatized Casca would hurt them as well, and even just being wounded in that environment could have repercussions in the real world. So there's still a chance they'll come out of this with a few scars of their own.

I also just realized that if Schierke and Farnese were able to smuggle in the items they found in their respective dreams, among other things...then could it mean Farnese is carrying the Sylph Cloak, Dragon Slayer, and Berserker Armor as well?

These were the actual people in her dream (and not simply their clothes), just represented differently. I don't think it will come into play. Unless there is a final enemy guarding the "egg" in addition to the thorns, I think next episode will focus on them dealing with the painful memory of Casca's rape and then confronting her after the doll becomes whole.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:45:02 AM »
A translation of the Korean text from puella. As usual, there might be inaccuracies.

Title: Forest of corpses and thorny cedars

Page 1

Farnese: Horrible
Schierke: ...A forest of corpses and thorny cedars.
Schierke: If we weren't aware that we're in a dream, we might faint.

Page 2-3

Schierke: The petals are, as expected, leading us to the top of the mountain.
Schierke: Let's go.

Page 4

Schierke: Be careful.
Schierke: As I said before, our bodies might be affected if we're hurt in this dream.
Farnese: Ah...yes.

Farnese: Thank you, Guts.

Farnese: ...Anyway, this is a terrible scene, indeed.
Farnese: What kind of experience on earth brought her to this...

Page 5

Schierke: ...I must say, if an accident that is horrible enough to have caused her to bear this kind of image happens to us, our mind will collapse.

Farnese: If you're scared, you can go back into the coffin...

Farnese: ...If you're in danger, keep your head down.

Page 6-7

Farnese: Eek!
Schierke: They arouse even more physiological aversion.

Page 8

Schierke: Lady of the Underwater Depths

Schierke: Golems! Fight them!

Page 10

Farnese: Ahh

Farnese: Outnumbered... We can't withstand them only with Golems...

Farnese: Teacher, (they are also) at the back...!
Schierke: We're going to be surrounded!

Schierke: To get out of here...!

Schierke: What's this pack...?

Schierke: ...A tree root.

Schierke: ...Oh yeah, this is...

Schierke: Following the pledge, hurry to come out!

Page 11

Schierke: Lord of the Rotting Roots

Lord of the Rotting Roots: Rot.

Page 12

Schierke: Now is the time!
Schierke: Fire Wheel, open a way for us.

Schierke: Now is our chance to go...!

Page 14-15

Schierke: When we get out of this field of organs, we'll reach the foot of that mountain.
Schierke: Let's hang in there...!
Farnese: Yes!

Farnese: Let's keep going just a bit more...
Schierke: The trees are so thick here that the big monsters won't be able to chase us.

Page 16

Farnese: We got caught!
Schierke: We're in trouble...!

Schierke: I don't have anything to cast a spell at hand. Nothing at all.

Schierke: We have no choice but to run as fast as our feet will carry us...!
Farnese: No... no way. We're simply going to get caught...

Farnese: My Serpents of Thorns... can't cope with such big enemies...

Farnese: This is...

Page 17

Mozgus: Immediate Divine retribution!

Page 18

Mozgus: Gooood Preeesssss!!

Schierke: Farnese, that is...
Farnese: I think I also brought him from my dream.

Page 19

Schierke: Come on! Let's climb!

Farnese: The number of branches is increasing...!

Schierke: No! The passage will be blocked! Everybody hurry up!

?: The more we advance, the bigger the hostility of the world becomes.

Page 20-21

? : It seems like the master of the dream refuses for us to open up our eyes...

Farnese: We..we got through the crisis...

Page 22

Farnese: It's...

Schierke: This is the last fragment

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:48:02 PM »
The forest and that final spread is perfect, Farnese and Schierke are disturbed and exhausted and they haven't even seen that final memory, pretty crazy how it's well guarded.

From puella: Schierke says at some point "If we didn't know that it's a dream, we might even faint."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:10:55 PM »
The title is: "Forest of Corpses and Spiky Cedars". The petals have led the girls to the top of the mountain, as they expected. Their last line is "that is the last fragment". Huge cliffhanger, as expected.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:39:11 PM »
So much for "Berserk is too lighthearted, Miura doesn't have it in him anymore," that whiny edge lords always claim.

We could spend all day explaining why stupid people's opinions from other parts of the Internet are incredibly dumb and plain wrong, but frankly that's not a very good use of anyone's time. Hell, it could be its own thread without problem with how much idiocy gets thrown around!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:03:22 PM »
Impressive, Miura's not shying away from the big topic. As ballsy (without pun) as the decision to feature the rape in the Eclipse to begin with. It's also very cool to see Farnese using the Mozgus wash stone from her dream to fight. And the Lord of Rotting Roots! He's right at home in this dump! Speaking of which, the mountain itself doesn't disappoint, it's completely nightmarish.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:51:29 AM »
Definitely brambles that are surrounding something and preventing access to it. Egg-shaped it seems. Very thematically relevant. Excited to see more!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:14:26 AM »
Thanks Sareth!

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 18, 2017, 02:33:08 PM »
I've always wondered how they explain that guy since we never saw him in the movies...

This TV series isn't an official continuation of the movies. They were done by completely separate teams and are unrelated.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:45:24 AM »
I'd just like to say that I'm proud to still have never watched any Berserk related animations after that first Golden Age movie all those years ago.

As you should be. This was and still is the wisest course of action.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 16, 2017, 04:14:57 PM »
"The fairyland to which you travel, and the fairy king who waits there ... Their name is Hanafubuku"

It's not like we're not used to seeing shitty translations of Berserk float around, but this is a new low. It's pathetic. :miura:

"Your hope may not always be her hope."

Jesus, what a shitshow. Thanks for submitting yourself to this so that I don't have to. This adaptation is a personal affront to any real fan of the series.

The Moonlight Boy is completely omitted. Who saves Guts then? Schierke.

Of course, why bother wasting time on such an unimportant character? It would only disrupt the flow of the story!


When Serpico takes out the kushan guys, he actually decapitates them with the feather sword -- not the wind. The actual feather.

:ganishka: At some point I guess it really does become comical. Once the outrage and anger have worn off, after even the sadness and embarrassment are gone, all that's left is laughter than turns to tears.

Hey Ryan,

Nice track, appropriately otherworldly.
Just for the record though, the members of the God Hand aren't apostles, they're way above that. :void:

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