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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 26, 2018, 05:22:45 AM »
I wonder if were going to see any "flow of time" shenanigans. Like is a year going to pass on the island when we switch back to Guts perspective? I feel like thats to be expected, but I hope we switch back at the exact same moment that we left off.

Cyrus already said so, but the "flow of time" thing works the other way around. Besides, from a narrative perspective it'd be pretty extreme to skip so far ahead.

Maybe, but we've seen her communicate telepathically in the past, and she's always maintained that chipper demeanor of hers. The only time we've ever seen Sonia look serious was in episode 299, and that clearly due to her annoyance than anything.

Yeah I'm aware, I just find it strange that Miura wouldn't elaborate if he meant to show her dissatisfaction with Griffith. That single panel isn't much to go on. We'll see how it goes in the next few episodes.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 09:05:09 PM »
What concerns me is the consequence of the transition, if Miura switched to Griffith's POV, then that may mean he's shown all he needs to show when it comes to Casca's healing, which means, at this time, what we've been presented with may be as far as their relationship goes.

I'm pretty sure Casca's healing will still be on the agenda when we switch back to their side...

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:44:58 PM »
I don't think the storyboarding is Miura. I was actually wrong in my earlier post--the first 30 pages of the booklet are the script, which I assume is him. The rest is that rough storyboard.

Ah, I see. Makes sense, thanks.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:05:57 AM »
I hadn't noticed that. This episode rules.

Haha, yeah and one of them's eating a big old chicken leg too. The episode is chock full of amazing visual details like that. Like the giants' armors and weapons, which many have already commented on. From the human skin banners to the falcon-emblem flail or the ship armor, down to the designs of the shields that they've collected. Another interesting detail I've noticed is we see two humans knights wearing Locus' cross on their helmets. Not sure if that's supposed to have a specific meaning or if it's just becoming a common design in Falconia's armies.

I agree with Aazealh. Switching the focus to Griffith creates suspense, and I'm interested to see what has happened after the blast of the astral world.  I just hope that it doesn't take Miura too long.

I don't think it will take 10 episodes, like when we followed Rickert's arrival to and departure from Falconia. Although, that being said, it instantly became one of my all-time favorite parts of the series, so I'm up for more of the same.

Uhm... i wonder if the trolls and those giants have the same instinct as the apostles to submit before the members of the God Hand, just like Ganishka trembled upon seeing Griffith. Are they evil creatures just like the apostles, that is do they have "evil power" within them? That would explain why the giant king seems afraid of facing Griffith.
I remember in the Qliphot while Slan was torturing Guts the trolls didn't dare to approach them but just stood there watching, and later they and the ogres obeyed her command to fight the Skull Knight, so this apply at least for the trolls.
I'm very curious about the giant king's reaction to Griffith, what will Griffith do if the former would bow and submit to him? Even with Griffith's influence it seems hardly possible that those creatures could be tamed to not hurt humans, unlike the apostles which still retain a bit of their old humanity.

This is a more complicated question than it seems. The evil power that the God Hand and apostles use is entirely human in nature as far as we know. That means in theory random astral creatures, even if they're savage and barbaric, shouldn't be compelled to marvel at Griffith like apostles are. However there are a few elements that complicate the situation. The first one is that minor critters like trolls tend to follow a higher power, and members of the God Hand command truly formidable power. As a reminder, in the Qliphoth Slan didn't just order the ogres around, she literally created them at will to occupy the Skull Knight.

A second element is that "astral creatures" is a super vague term. There are tons of very different astral beings, with different alignments and from different levels of existence. And their nature and origins are likely to vary as well. We know that some undead human spirits wander the astral world, for example. They're the specters that harass Guts every night. There are also other malignant spirits, like Incubi, whose nature isn't completely clear.

However we know the concept of karma exists within Berserk. Among other things it is what decides whether souls go to hell (the Vortex) or not. So one of the possibilities I've considered is that maybe there exists a form of reincarnation in the Berserk universe. I mean that in the Buddhist sense, not to be confused with Femto's incarnation in volume 21. Maybe some of the bad souls wander for a while in the astral world and then take new forms, fitting of their past behavior. Like that of a troll. One of Slan's lines in volume 26 kind of hints at that possibility: "Here, near the realm of the dead, is the womb of darkness where loathed souls/spirits form their astral bodies."

I think it's an interesting coincidence.

Yeah, sure.

Anyway, since we're here, can you tell me more about that mod? What is it called? And in the mod, is Guts fighting the giants with the Band of the Falcon? Or are you playing two separate sides? And what happens afterwards? I'm curious.

Mount & Blade Berserk MOD。
When finished the Elf Island,a Lord appear on the map,called“Wem”。
There's only giant in his army。
Wem hostile to Guts and Hawk。

If you're suggesting that episode 356 was inspired by a Mount & Blade Berserk mod, then I'm going to rule that highly unlikely.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:42:11 AM »
Yes, I would be grateful if you don't patronize me with that passive aggressive tone. Thanks.

I'll patronize you if I see fit to do so. Which is the case here. You're not entitled to have your hot takes treated as well thought-out, reasoned essays.

Anyway, what you say is not entirely wrong. However it could've been delivered better then a sudden perspective switch at a key moment for the sake of perspective switch.

I think your opinion is entirely motivated by your anger at not getting what you wanted right away. The truth is that this perspective switch is fine (even if we all wanted to see what happened with Guts & Casca), and there's absolutely no chance it was just done "for the sake of it". Asserting otherwise makes you look immature. I guarantee you that this will be a non-issue once the episodes are collected in a volume.

I was not presented with something that would move my perspective or feel for the story,  I have nothing against switching away from Guts and Co. but for what I saw it was not something that can compare to the long year wait and frankly it gave me strong Deja Vu.

*A few episodes later* "Whoa, what a huge development! Who could have expected that to happen! :isidro:"

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:27:23 AM »
Thank you for posting those pages, NCHaskew. It's not clear whether the art in that storyboard is from Miura to me. Doesn't really look like his style at first glance. I wonder if they give details as to who authored it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:01:16 AM »
Alright, third page of the thread guys, I think we can drop spoiler tags.

However, it's Sonia that's standing out to me. She's always had this look of bubbly, childlike excitement about her, but now she looks very serious for once. It can't just be because she suspects the giant king has something up his bony sleeve. Is something about the encounter with Rickert troubling her, as Squiddot said? Are her unrequited feelings for Griffith starting to seriously frustrate her? Or what? Guess we'll find out soon.

I don't know, I think it might just be because she's using telepathy.

Besides this specific instance I wonder if any of the citizens of Falconia will question Griffith's decision making in the near future, it will be interesting to see if there are any consequences for not agreeing. We probably already saw a glimpse of this with Rickert and the anger from Locus and actual assassination attempt from Rakshas. Additionally, I wonder what would happen later on in the story if an important human character like Charlotte or Sonia find out Griffith's history and impact to the world.

Rickert's case was very special for a variety of reasons, but I do think a kind of "dissident faction" will form in Falconia eventually. I would imagine that Luka and her girls would be part of, or maybe even at the center of it. I think it may be a while before that happens though. Also, the question of Charlotte and/or Sonia facing the true nature of Femto has been laid out a long time ago, and... yeah, still curious to see how that will work out.

I am sorry but this is not how you do a teases or "engage" your reader.
Why I am being taken to Femto's shenanigans? What purpose did it serve? What new or different it showed before the island? Oh, Femto conquering again? Good, same thing he did last time, so no new shit in Falconia same old kicking ass to expand his kingdom. I would never guessed.
It was a boring episode, felt like recycled and strong vibe of deja-vu. This was a cheap move...

:schierke: Yeah, you should be sorry. Because this is actually exactly how you create an engaging narrative storyline. Having two sides you switch from is a very classic literary technique (used to great effect in sci-fi classics like Dune or Hyperion, for example), and switching as a new crisis occurs, but back to something else that's also very big, is how you end up with readers that spend their whole night reading because they were so hooked they couldn't put the book down. I mean, it's an established fact that Miura's a master storyteller, but even putting that aside, this is not some outrageous new thing no one's ever done before. In fact it's been done before in Berserk, too.

And really, I'm used to enduring impatient whiners with no ability to envision how the story might develop beyond the latest episode, but your post makes you seem really clueless here. As I've said yesterday, it's not like fighting these giants is the main point of this sequence of events. That's just the introduction as we return to Griffith's side of the story. It will then move on, in the next episodes, to what the real point might be. Lastly, you must realize that switching away from Guts & Casca was also likely because Miura has constructed the story in a way that calls for not seeing directly the aftermath of what occurred in episode 355. Given that he's been doing this for close to 30 years, I think you can assume that he knows what he's doing.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:39:39 AM »
What exactly does the original Japanese text say? I thought about that myself, but I can only really use Dark Horse as a reference.

People will call it the Age of Darkness. The idea that "it must end first for people to then call it that" is a step too far. If you asked Raban, he'd probably call it that right now.

I have my own ideas for what the Griffith and the other God Hand's agenda is all about, as well as the inevitable conflict between Guts and Falconia (although admittedly none of this is very original)

I mostly agree with your take (or rather, yours mostly agrees with mine from a decade ago :flora:), but I think you understate the fact people don't have a choice. They either live in Falconia or die outside. And the last time we saw someone try to leave, Rakshas was going after them.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:23:48 PM »
It's all fun and games until Sonia joins Guts group.  :ubik:   *adjusts tinfoil hat*

I don't see your point. You believe Sonia will join Guts' group, then use the beherit to become an apostle? That sounds preposterous.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 07:13:32 PM »
Two things from Puella I forgot to mention earlier:

Episode title is "Jötunn (1)", with the kanji meaning "giants" and the furigana indicating the name. It's a Norse mythology reference.

There's not much text in the episode, but Sonia chastizes Mule for not being careful enough, then she speaks to Griffith through telepathy. She tells him where the Giant King is (east of the battlefield), that there's a clear path to him, and more importantly to be careful because she senses a large and ominous shadow that is hidden in the bushes behind the soldiers.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:24:47 PM »
That shouldn't be hard, unless score is kept by seeing how much ammo one can waste in each section and still be fine. =)

Haha, yeah I'm playing in "Hard" I think and it's still pretty damn easy. It's the sort of game you can finish in 5 hours unless you choose to do all the little side things. Still, I'm having a good time with it so far! Just good old adventure stuff, reminds me of better times. =)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:15:33 PM »
My favorite moment here is the King Giant drinking (looks like a cocktail?) from a bell, the kind you'd see atop a church. Then he tosses it down, squishing a troll. This is my kinda guy!  :guts: It's interesting that trolls are scurrying around the feet of the giants. I wonder if they function like parasites, eating the scraps the giants leave in their wake.

Haha yeah he's pretty great. That being said, he's got sweat on his temple and you can see that the "cup" is trembling in his hand before he drops it on the trolls (who are tied like pets), so I don't think he's feeling very confident about facing Griffith at all. But anyways, like I was telling Grail, it's not like the goal of this sequence is the death of the giant king. That fight is just an introduction to more important matters to the plot. :slan:

It didn't look like it in ep 306, seemed like an even mix, but could be. I still wonder about the environment, and if/how that changed as a result of the blast as well. The shift is a little frustrating, but we're still slowly getting the answers to things we pondered almost 10 years ago.

Haha damn, ten years already... Time fucking flies. :flora:

One of the things that interests me is what they'd be doing marching way the heck out of their home territory to get in a fight with Falconia.  Did they really just eat themselves out of all of Scandanavia-analog already?  Or is Falconia Famous Among Monsters?

I think you might have this in reverse. This could be a raiding expedition that Griffith and his troops are conducting a ways away from Falconia. Also, aside from the giants themselves I don't think there's necessarily an overwhelming connection to Norse mythology here, nor that it would imply that these giants actually come from "up North" compared to where Falconia is situated. You can see that they've preyed on Holy See troops for example (one of the shields), so... yeah.

I had been asking myself anyways when we will be getting a switch to Griffith, due to his soon to be coronation and wedding. This episode is definitely the set up for going towards that direction.

Keep in mind that we don't necessarily need to see the coronation or the wedding in real-time as they happen. Could be through a flashback if Miura deems it more appropriate. Like something Raban or Mule would reflect on. Hell, it could have happened already! :iva: I mean, I think we'll probably get to see them live but the point is that these events, while symbolic, aren't necessarily super important to the plot given that Griffith is already a god-king (with Charlotte as his obedient consort) as it is. If anything I hope there'll be more than meets the eye when it happens.

I'm really interested in Falconia and the Astral Beam.

The Astral Beam? What do you mean?

If we do make it as far as his coronation it will be really exciting because that's been his end goal since the beginning as far as i'm aware. The last check on his dream list ticked off. And where do you go from there?

Being king was Griffith's dream when he was human. To him it was the biggest thing a man could possibly be. But that was long ago. Femto is beyond mankind's rules, and therefore his ambition is now on another scale. Guts told the Great Gurus as much in their village. As a result, the coronation is somewhat perfunctory. Ask yourself: what will it change?

Bigger question, Griffith and his apostles are on a crusade against such creatures. But what would go down if they came across Ubik's merry men? Or Conrad's skeleton krew?

I'm not sure that's really possible. There's no doubt the rest of the God Hand "got in" when Femto unleashed the Blast of the Astral World, but I'm not convinced that what we saw then now exists physically in the world. It certainly would be a sight to behold, though.

it would be interesting if they showed us conlict between God hand members. that would reveal a lot about where the story is going.

Well, personally I really don't think the story is going towards a conflict between members of the God Hand...

Not only that, but one would think that Elf Helm is one of the "spiritual mistletoes" that are talked about in earlier volumes. One theory might be that the God Hand have to eliminate all the mistletoes in order for the world tree to fully blossom & completely fuse the astral layers?

I get why you use the "mistletoe" reference, since those giant spiritual trees are parasitic to the World Spiral Tree, but that's a pretty big misnomer.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
I'd bet that Miura is showing us the worst of the Fantasia inhabitants now, those who absolutely couldn't co-exist with humanity, as a way to allow Griffith to justify a purge of them all. In a few eps, we could see them wiping out cute lil' guys with the same fervor.  :sad:

Yeah that's definitely a good possibility. I also wonder if the giants weren't provoked, or aren't embodying a kind of vengeance against mankind for past misdeeds, or a resistance against future ones.
Another possibly, a bit more far-fetched (this is all we've talked about before years ago :void:), but I'm curious to know whether the nature of the Astral Blast (all the evil power Ganishka had amassed in his body) didn't corrupt the "Astral Fauna" in some way, or at least influence the ratio of bellicose creatures versus peaceful ones.

Well.. now we can find out what Griffiths plans are in the new world. Is he going to wipe out these semi intelligent creatures. Or is he going to take it step further in combining the world.

Looks pretty clearly like the first option right now, and I don't think the second one was really ever on the table? Not sure how that would work.

The Falconia crew teamed up with the harpies already, if only for a bit

I don't think so, no. Aren't you just mistaken with that one lady apostle that's kind of owlish?

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!

Yeah, that seems likely. Probably part of the complex narrative plan Miura has set for how to reestablish Guts and Casca's relationship.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:39:34 PM »
Haha, Miura's such a tease. What an episode to choose to switch sides! But then again, what better time to do it than after a huge cliffhanger (classic narrative technique that makes the reader devour the story).

Anyway, great spectacle there, I'll never tire of seeing transformed apostles going toe-to-toe with other mighty foes. Although it feels odd to see Zodd being "just a guy" among the rest of the army. I feel sad for him, though it's the life he's chosen. It's a bit reminiscent of when Guts was fighting as a mercenary.

Moving on, that Falconia's armies would go against astral creatures was expected, but it's interesting that these giants are shown as being the obvious bad guys here. I'm curious to see whether future developments/revelations will cast the situation under a more ambiguous light.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:39:29 AM »
How were you able to figure out the tornado trick without a guide? Schoolyard talk? (I'm assuming you played the game when it originally came out; please correct me if I'm wrong.)

Pretty sure I found it by chance, but you should know it took me what felt like a year to finish the game at the time. Objectively a harrowing experience, but it gave me time to appreciate the game to its full extent. I didn't speak English at the time either, so I didn't know what the NPCs were saying anyway. I think we had some shitty translations in the box, and there may have been some clues there, but can't remember.

Is it bad i actually enjoyed playing zelda 2 more than zelda 1?

Yes. Very bad. :azan:

Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:57:08 PM »
Zelda 1? Or would you count every Zelda made since? =)

Haha, yeah Zelda 1 has inspired enough "variations" let's say, and besides it's timeless, as perfect today as it was then. :badbone:

Well, it's like the tech demo for it, the simultaneously co-developed Zelda 64 is the finished product we're all still playing today in some form or another! :guts:

Aww, come on, I love Zelda 64 but Mario 64's great too! So much good stuff in there, and I really enjoyed replaying it on the NDS when they ported it.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:45:55 PM »
Maybe because I used a guide (which is what I heard was recommended)


A guide! And here I thought you were pursuing a laudable endeavor. But you're cheating! :iva:
(Just kidding, but I enjoy playing the irate old man way too much for my own good, I should probably keep myself in check before I start yelling at kids that they're having too much fun at the park)

P.S. Oh and as for me, I'm playing Rise of the Tomb Raider these days (after letting it rot in my backlog for god knows how long), and I'm handily beating Griffith's score in every level. :badbone:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 08:18:08 PM »
New sub-topic: What's the worst game you think is amazing/significant? :troll:

I guess some works of art are just too good to be appreciated by philistines like you guys. :iva:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 23, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
I finished Simon's Quest last Thursday. It was okay; nothing to write home about. It wasn't nearly as bad as some critics made it out to be, but it wasn't amazing, either.

Pfff, what are you talking about. It's easily one of the best games in the series. A bold, visionary title that, among other things, laid the groundwork for Symphony of the Night.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: What summons the vortex of souls?
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:01:26 PM »
I'm finishing up a re-read of the manga, and at first I was thinking back on the battle for the Spirit Tree Mansion. Guts and the Skull Knight cut down several apostle, yet we don't get dozens of vortexes claiming the bodies, like it did for Wyald. Thinking harder, I realize it only came for Wyald and the Count's (and when the Skull Knight destroys Qliphoth).
So what made these apostle deaths so much different from say, the Snake Baron, or the female apostle who killed Corkus? Is there anything specific that has to happen for that swirling vortex of souls to emerge?

It happens to every apostle when they die, we just aren't shown the details every time.

As a reminder, the Vortex of Souls is where all human souls with negative karma go after death. It's basically "hell". And it's also the source of the evil power that is used by the God Hand and the apostles. When people become apostles, their souls are imbued with evil power. That transformation of their soul, in turn, warps their corporeal body and turns them into monsters. That same evil power is also why their soul is claimed by the Vortex of Souls when they die. And you'll notice that after their soul is taken away, their body reverts back to its human form, since the evil power doesn't impact it anymore.

Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:44:48 PM »
I'm sort of going through a list like Rhombaad's but I dunno if I can justify spending dozens of hours with Charles Martinet at this point in my life.

Mario 64 invented modern 3D platforming. Hugely influential game and still one of the best platformers of all time.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:59:43 AM »
I already concede my theory is bogus in general, but this point by you could technically be argued. Femto somehow knew that Skull Knight was going to show up (Sonia is feeding Femto prophecies perhaps?) If somehow Guts was able to wield the Beherit sword that *might* surprise Femto enough that he wouldn't be able to grasp the astral rip caused by Guts swinging it. Maybe.

Beherits are tied to the Idea of Evil. That's where they come from and that's who their master is. There is no guarantee they can effectively be used against their creator or its agents. It is certainly worth trying, as the Skull Knight did, but so far it hasn't borne results.

I think the only plausible candidate for using the Beherit is Serpico. Casca can't use the Beherit when Guts has already been sacrificed, and Griffith is a God Hand member. I doubt the God Hand would trade one of their own for a commom type of demon.

I really don't think anyone in Guts' group will be using that beherit.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:32:31 PM »
My half-baked (or fully baked, haha) theory is that they somehow figure out a way to imbue Guts's Beherit into the Dragon Slayer, allowing Guts to physically wound the God Hand. It wouldn't shock anyone but it would definitely fit better into the story than some of these various dark sacrifice theories.

Aside from Femto, who has been incarnated, the members of the God Hand did not possess physical bodies the last time we saw them. And even if they did, what Guts would need is to be able to harm them on a spiritual level. Which he already can, to a small extent.

Think about how cool a Femto-Guts battle would be if Guts could cleave open portals and attack Femto from all these various angles

Yeah, because Skull Knight's beherit sword technique worked really well against Femto the last time he tried it. :ganishka:

Biggest hole I can poke in my own theory is that having 2 Beherit swords in the same story would be seen by some as redundant

May I also suggest the fact the Skull Knight has swallowed a non-negligeable number of beherits and melted them in his armor, then has to plunge his sword into it to create that technique. You are suggesting that a single beherit be used to replicate that technique on the Dragon Slayer, a vastly larger sword... By a human who couldn't possibly use the same method.

why not just have Skull Knights Beherit sword end up in Guts hands somehow? Still think it would be cool to see Guts have access to teleportation.

Because this technique involves the Skull Knight himself, as I stated above. Also, Guts being able to teleport during fights isn't really how I'd like his character to develop.

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