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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 05, 2017, 09:07:52 PM »
My December 1990 and January 1991 have "2" but March 1991, November 1991, and February 1992 have "3".

Well your guess is as good as mine! I don't have the time to try to find out what it refers to right now.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 05, 2017, 06:56:37 PM »
The issues of Animal House that I own have stamps on the top and bottom that seem to have dates 2 months ahead of the cover date, from the 22nd to the 24th. I may be wrong though, I'm not sure what the first number before 11.22 indicates.

This is from the January 1991 issue.

Ah, good call, mine also do and the dates fit.
No idea about that number "2" though. It doesn't seem to change and obviously doesn't refer to the year... Maybe an indication of how many months separate printing from cover date? :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: September 05, 2017, 07:25:18 AM »
Um, cover date isn't the publishing date, though. For a monthly magazine, it wouldn't have been published in the same month as the cover date. The date on a magazine cover is for newsstands to pull unsold issues from their stands.

That's true, although the cover date is what's typically used to refer to these publications in print. I've never seen a site use the date they hit stores as a reference before.

Anyway, I tried to find a source to confirm that August release date. Best I could find is the article for Animal House on the Japanese edition of Wikipedia. Says the first issue was May 1989 and that it was released in March of that year. I guess that's where the info from the US Wikipedia is derived from.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:47:59 PM »
What sort of being is the demon child?  I always imagined the demon child as a spirit that can appear in the corporeal world when near the brands.  It must be true that the child actually possesses a physical aspect since Femto steals it, but where is this body 99% of the time when the child isn't appearing to Guts or Casca to intervene?

He is a human being who has been corrupted by evil power while he was a mere embryo. That resulted in a misshapen body and a birth-through-miscarriage that he survived because of his supernatural abilities. He does have a corporeal body, but the corruption is such that he can't stay materialized during daylight. Like common specters, he has to hide in the shadows. Otherwise he's invisible to the corporeal world, only present in the astral world. Like his parents, he resides in the Interstice between the two worlds, but while they're only "ankle-deep" in the astral world, he's "neck-deep" in it.

Furthermore, was the demon child chosen for the incarnation precisely because it possess a strange hybrid form?

Not as far as we know. The Beherit Apostle chances upon him as he lays dying and swallows him so they can "die together". Of course, we're not privy to the machinations of the Idea of Evil, but considering the side effects this has engendered, it's not unthinkable that this was not how things were supposed to go.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:40:38 PM »
Hope you guys enjoy it! :SK:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: August 26, 2017, 03:16:44 PM »
Pretty sure it's October 1989, with no known date. Source:

Animal House was released on the 25th of each month, so it was October 25, 1989. They at least got that right!

Well... I think its intersesting to see what would have happened in their rematch if Griffith's sabre didn't snap in two in the first second. But I think the reason why Guts undoubtedly won was that while Griffith was utterly livid at that moment, Guts was unnaturally calm; Just like how in their first duel, Griffith was very calm while Guts was very angry.

Guts won because he was a better swordsman at that point.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello All!
« on: August 18, 2017, 07:51:02 PM »
It was a store, yes! Unfortunately I am extremely strapped for cash and probably always will be, so I eventually had to resort to reading the newest volumes online. Please don't defenestrate me, I'm merely a broke dragon/man/thing trying to make ends meet.

I want to believe you'll be able to gather up ten bucks a year to buy a volume.

Creation Station / Re: What are you playing? (musical instrument thread)
« on: August 18, 2017, 07:20:30 AM »
I've never been, but would definitely be interested in those pictures if and when you get to them. Speaking of which, you basically described how I've handled all the pictures I've taken in the last 5 years until I finally just stopped taking them. I literally have like 13 giant DCIM folders I've copied on to my computer and then never looked at again. =)

:ganishka: Yeah, honestly everytime I take pictures like that I tell myself (and usually also tell the people I'm with) that it's useless and I should just soak in the moment. Which I really try to do and all, but it's hard to not snap at least a few... hundreds, I mean... dozens just a few.

I'll get it to it though, it's pretty cool and I literally only took them for ya. :casca:

Creation Station / Re: What are you playing? (musical instrument thread)
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:36:18 AM »
Congrats! It looks pretty sweet!

That reminds me, I visited Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture a while back and they've got this great part about the history of guitars. Have you been there by any chance? I took lots of pictures to show you at the time but then got too lazy to pick the good ones from the bad... and eventually plain forgot.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello All!
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:06:41 AM »
Hi DreadnoughtDT, welcome!

He pointed me in the direction of a place I could find the manga, and the rest is history

I hope that place was a store. Any self-described fan ought to buy the work he's a fan of, as a mark of respect and support for the author.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: All Out War Young Animal Supplement
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:34:16 AM »
Can anyone tell me what this is? Is it like those 100 page pack-ins that was released for the new anime or just about the production of the 1997 anime?

It's a bundle similar to the modern ones we got for the new TV series. Was released in a similar fashion when the first TV series aired. There are three of them, containing around 200 pages each. This one included a poster of volume 15's cover and a few stickers.

Speculation Nation / Re: Berserk Ending Theory
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:33:10 AM »
what if Guts is presented the opportunity to use his Beherit? He tries to kill Griffith in his berserker armour, but fails. Griffith is still more powerful. After all Guts' efforts and sacrifices, Guts' gets a taste of reality and that reality is that a human can't beat a near godlike being with will alone.

And so he becomes Griffith's minion (an apostle) after Griffith's kindred voluntarily give him a modest degree of evil power so he can try and kill them? Is that it? An insignificant amount of power that could never make him the equal of a member of the God Hand, as demonstrated by Ganishka? It doesn't seem like you thought this through.

This is when the Beast of Darkness has a resurgence, in his rage at this world, he forgets all his comrades and even the reason he's fighting Griffith in the first place.

The Beast of Darkness makes him forget why he fights Griffith? You do know why the Beast of Darkness exists, right? :ganishka:

The Beherit activates, and he is presented the opportunity to sacrifice all for the power to kill Griffith.

Someone who has already been sacrificed (Casca) cannot be sacrificed again. That is explained to the Slug Count by Conrad at the end of the Black Swordsman arc.

The Fairy Queen

Sovereign of the Flower Storm.

I feel that Casca won't be cured

Well you're in for a disappointment since the process of healing her mind has already started.

if she is cured Guts will have less motivation to go after Griffith. Why? Because Guts loves Casca and will most likely not want throw her into a situation in which she has to confront Griffith.

That's a really simplistic view of the situation. Their relationship will be more complicated than that, and central to the confrontation with Griffith will be the fate of their son.

I imagine he also won't want to leave her since he just got her back.

They've been together for the past 19 volumes, so almost half of the series.

I also think she won't be cured because it will reflect what happened to Guts' adoptive father

Uh, what? You mean that Casca, terribly drunk and bitter as a result of her missing leg, will assault Guts who, being emotionally distraught and weaker than her, will kill her by accident while defending himself?

his comrades will eventually die.

Is there any reason for this except your desire for them to die? It seems to me that they would be more helpful to him alive than dead.

So blinded to his actions by his anger, he sacrifices them. He becomes powerful enough to kill Femto, because unlike Griffith, Guts' saw his comrades as more than just tools, thus the sacrifice is greater.

That's not how it works. Apostles and members of the God Hand are two different types of beings who undergo different types of ceremonies bound by different types of beherits. The beherit Guts carries couldn't possibly grant someone power equal to that of a member of the God Hand. There is also a specific time interval between each of these ceremonies (216 years). And when someone becomes a member of the God Hand, their corporeal bodies dissolve and they become a purely spiritual being. To regain a corporeal form, Femto had to undergo an even rarer ceremony, a "once in a thousand years" event, to quote the Skull Knight. By the way, we don't know for sure whether the God Hand are still creating apostles the old way, given how the world has changed. We also don't know if a previously branded person could become an apostle (there's only one case of it happening, and it was all at once and is a very specific case).

Oh and last but not least, in order for Guts to receive that kind of power, he would have to have been chosen by the Idea of Evil, which is pretty clearly not the case. Remember that the God Hand and apostles are created to serve the purpose of that higher being. One thing you completely overlook is that beherits aren't magic baubbles you can rub to make a genie come out. They're only activated by people who are meant to activate them. Your entire premise is that Guts can somehow game the system and trick the God Hand into giving him evil power so that he can try to kill them. But that's just not how it works.

He is now more of a force of nature (Note: What I mean is he lacks thought and decision making, being more like of a law of nature) than a being.

Why would that happen? Sacrificial ceremonies don't work like that.

He, or "It", shatters the connection between this world and the next (spirit tree).

How? Bringing more evil power into the world doesn't seem like it'd help with that.

Now permanently residing in the spirit world forever in battle with the God Hand. Neither to destroy each other. Almost like a ying and yang kind of theme.

Receiving evil power and turning into one of them would not make Guts into the yin to their yang. It'd be yang and yang. Of course, it doesn't make sense to begin with for the reasons I listed above. This wouldn't serve the designs of the Idea of Evil, therefore it would not happen. And were it to happen, were Guts to be transformed by evil power, his mindset would certainly change. Honestly, this fails even as a thought experiment.

Maybe instead of sacrifice his friends, he embraces the spirits of the vortex, kind of reuniting with his former comrades.

Hahaha, that's kind of the other way around. The Vortex of Souls would embrace him, i.e. his soul would be absorbed and dissolved into the Vortex. That's what happens everytime he goes near it.

With the Berserker armour paired with countless raging souls, he would be unstoppable (Let me clarify that once Guts did this he would be no more, he would be apart of the vortex like every other soul, the berserker armour is being piloted by the vortex. He's destined to become apart of the vortex anyway due to the sacrifice Griffith made).

What's incredible here is that you're literally just describing what Ganishka did in volume 33. He used the contraption he and Daiba had created, went down into the depths of the astral world, and brought back an enormous amount of power. He lost his mind in the process. Then Femto vanquished him effortlessly. And it was revealed that this was really what had been planned all along. Ganishka's life, his rebellion against the God Hand, it was all meant to lead to that point. Because that's what the Idea of Evil, the one who governs the God Hand, apostles and beherits, wanted.

And there's more. That the Berserk's armor (a magic suit of armor meant to protect a physical body) could contain even just a part of the Vortex of Souls is purely speculation and frankly seems quite unlikely to me. You seem to be vastly overestimating its capabilities. But beyond that, the Vortex of Souls is what powers the Idea of Evil, what gave birth to it. So if the Vortex of Souls had to have a will of its own, a consciousness of sorts, that consciousness would be... The Idea of Evil.

So, again, this just doesn't work. It just goes squarely against the story we've been told so far and the rules of Berserk's world as they've been established. The Vortex of Souls, the Idea of Evil, the God Hand, the apostles, the beherits... they're all on the same side. The side of the bad guys. If Guts uses their power or becomes one of them, he becomes a bad guy. And that's just one obvious reason why it definitely won't happen, but there are others. Like the fact Guts will remain human, as DANGERDOOOOM mentioned. A key theme of Berserk is that Guts is a mere human but that he nevertheless manages, against insurmountable odds, to defeat his monstrous enemies.

Now I know this theory has flaws.

You don't say. But then, why post it? Why not try and find a better theory? You could have searched this forum for previous discussions on the topic, that'd have saved time for all of us.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:54:39 AM »
I am greatly enjoying Hollow Knight. One of the best entries in the genre since the classics.
It's even got a little Berserk (and Dark Souls) reference, which is apparently courtesy of a Kickstarter backer for the game.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:50:37 PM »
haha it's ok, it's your opinion  :guts:

No, it's a fact that the Beast of Darkness isn't a wolf nor a fox. It's also a fact that other companies have said before that Miura greenlit their products.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:40:43 PM »
But I don't think Miura greenlight every shitty Berserk stuff.

I see no reason why this one would be an exception. Besides, other companies have also said that Miura greenlit their product in the past.

BTW Kelvin Loke is not from P1, he just plug for them on FB and is in a deeper connection to them than any of us so I would not wonder too much that he didn't know exaclty what the "beast" is cause he is not too deep into Berserk.

Yeah I figured. I just find the combination of bragging and ignorance funny.

But common it just could be a wolf or maybe a mixture of wolf and fox hahaha.

Nah, not really. It's not a real creature, hence the name.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 07, 2017, 03:42:33 PM »
maybe some of you new already, this was posted month ago on FB from Kelvin Loke:

"More photos of the awesome Berserks Guts which P1 has the privilege to work closely with the creator himself, Kentaro Miura.

Kentaro valuable inputs to make this not just a statue of Guts but a painting in 3D of Kentaro's ever evolving art style.

The impressive base captures the life of Guts as a demon slayer such as the Wolf of Darkness which follows him and the ghosts that hunts him.

Kentaro has given his seal of approval to the final design and look that was showcased in wonderfest.

Ps the paint job on the prototype shown is not final." 

Uh huh, yeah I'm sure what's-his-name is on a first name basis with Miura. I get that you're posting this to back your argument that the statue is an accurate depiction, but I wouldn't make too much of that statement. I'm pretty sure Miura has to greenlight all Berserk merchandise.

By the way, it's called the "Beast of Darkness". It's not a wolf (and it doesn't "follow" Guts either).

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:02:49 AM »
Or maybe they are simply unable to sculpt Guts face correctly ? It's not accurate and doesn't look like his face in the manga.
The same goes for their Zodd head sculpt.

Yeah, basically. Zodd is pretty bad in particular.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:28:05 PM »
I just found a comparison between guts face over the years. And the faces from the fantasia arc are much more near to the P1 Guts face than the other, so the face is accurate but not for the black swordsman arc.

Given the variations between individual panels I'd say this has little value. And by the way, that image contains no faces from the Fantasia arc or from the Black Swordsman arc.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Lord Fancypantaloons at your service!
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:38:30 AM »
Hey there, welcome to our community!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Need help with a tattoo
« on: August 04, 2017, 07:36:15 PM »
I cannot thank you enough Aazealh!!! Once I get the tattoo i will update this post! So happy now.

No problem, enjoy!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Need help with a tattoo
« on: August 03, 2017, 05:47:30 PM »
That's an illustration that was done for the Trading Card Game released by Konami in 2003. It's part of the third extension (BK4). The card's title is "demons of the night". It's taken from the scene at the beginning of volume 17 when specters are starting to form while Guts is a prisoner of the Holy Iron Chain Knights (Puck liberates him in time).

That picture has apparently been reused illegally for some online, unofficial and visibly shitty card game you stumbled on.

Luckily for you, I happened to scan this card in high resolution back in the day to make avatars for the forum. And I still have it. I've sent you the picture by email.

This might be of interest to some:

Hi BiQ-- and thanks for posting the info, however it had already been reported a few days ago. :serpico:
As a result I've merged your thread with the other one.

I went through the trouble of correcting the spelling of the words "beherit" and "Qliphoth" in your post.

Anyway, the Skull Knight did not eat a beherit when Guts faced off against Slan in volume 26. He used his beherit sword technique (covering his sword with the melted beherits he had been swallowing over the years) to destroy the Qliphoth.

So Guts does indeed still carry a beherit, the one he obtained from Vargas in volume 2. The reason he has been carrying it was so he could find a way to summon the God Hand, his goal being to strike them down, obviously. But as Flora explained to him, that's just not how it works. Since then, it's mostly been Puck who has held on to it.

As for the idea that Guts would use the beherit to become an apostle, it's obviously nonsensical. There's a dozen reason why it won't happen (which we have gone over many many times in previous threads on the subject), but you already pointed out what matters: it would be completely contradictory to his character. Honestly, anyone even entertaining that idea is merely broadcasting to the world that they don't understand the story.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 18, 2017, 07:10:57 AM »
Sounds cool! BTW, did you ever try Resident Evil 7 VR? I know you were concerned they just tacked it on so it wouldn't be a worthwhile experience (unless you're bulimic).

Nope, I didn't play it yet precisely because I'm waiting to see if the VR mode comes to PC. Sony bought itself the exclusivity of that mode for PS4 and it was hinted to me at the time that it'd be for a year. If there's no news by March 2018 I'll just do it the normal way. And yeah actually the early reports were pretty critical of the VR implementation, but the actual mode is pretty great according to the reviews. Takes the game from pretty scary to shit-your-pants terrifying apparently.

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