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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.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:34:48 PM »
Been going through my backlog this past week.

- Finished Metro 2033, which was Ok but didn't feel too original or particularly memorable. Nevertheless I'll get Last Light next time it's on sale.
- Barrelled through Strider, a nice little action/exploration sidescroller based on the classic Arcade game by Capcom. Was neat but somewhat lacking in charm.
- Currently playing The Mage's Tale by inXile Entertainment, a VR dungeon crawler set in the Bard's Tale universe. Having a blast with it, it's easily one of the best VR games out there.

Does anyone know how long it typically takes for new volumes to be available digitally? I've been looking to purchase the episodes that were released after volume 38, though only the most recent few issues of Young Animal are available to purchase on this website. Considering volume 39 was released a few weeks back in Japan, I'm hoping I'll soon be able to buy this digitally. Also, thank you Aaz for making this guide. It really helped me figure out how to buy the Young Animal issue with episode 351!

They only make the last few issues of the magazines available for purchase at any given time, so basically you have to get them when they're out because once they're gone, they're gone (however you do keep those you've bought indefinitely). For the volumes it's a bit more complicated. Hakusensha is trying to spare its print business despite having a digital store, so the releases are always delayed and there's no guarantees for its availability that I'm aware of. Could be next week, could be in six months.

Personally I buy the physical volumes from It's cheap, fast and reliable.

Hi everyone, new member here!

Hello Sixtopia, welcome to our community!

Something that caught my attention early on was the white dove that Puck rides on when he was looking for Guts at the beginning of the episode "The Brand". The panel at the top of page 98 shows the white silhouette of the bird against a dark landscape.

The landscape isn't actually that dark in the original color picture. The sky is cloudy but there is a bluish light over the scenery.

This scene becomes very common later on when depicting The Hawk of Light in the dreams of the Midlanders when the Kushan waged war against them. I'm wondering what is the significance in displaying this scene with Puck as such? I don't think it's necessarily a connection to The Hawk of Light, but I feel there's no reason in drawing the scene this way unless there is some underlying meaning to it.

Like Cyrus Jong said, the obvious connotation would be that Puck is innocent and pure, hence riding a dove. That being said, it's also the beginning of a motif of Puck riding birds (which rarely goes smoothly).

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 15, 2017, 05:59:43 AM »
Very nice!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:48:00 PM »
Likeness of the face is completely off. :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2017, 12:11:51 PM »
Happy 51st to our dear mangaka, may it be glorious.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 09, 2017, 07:30:41 AM »
The 1997 anime wasn't the only way to properly adapt *Berserk*; it just has the reputation of being the best adaptation so far because the quality was pretty solid all-around, and it remained faithful to the story except for leaving out Skull Knight and ending too abruptly.

Actually there's quite a bit more content the 1997 adaptation left out. And to be honest there's no lack of things to complain about, including its low budget (even for the time). The reason it's the best is because the others are absolutely terrible.

A little disappointed that the music is pretty standard fare.

To me it's the dialogue and voice acting that was the weakest part. Hope they can tighten that up for the rest of the show.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 08, 2017, 08:31:23 AM »
So all the information is from an article in this January 2017 issue of CG World. If I understand correctly it was translated by Frog-kun (Kim Morissey), who passed the information on to Canipa (Collum May).

Thanks for finding this out, and thanks to Kim Morissey for the clarification. It's unfortunate Collum May did not make it clearer that his entire article was sourced from that CG World issue.

I agree with Johnny that the animation and rendering is only one part of the problem. All of the technical difficulties with the 3D could have been avoided if they had ponied up for a decent 2D production staff in the first place, and I reject the notion that it could have only been made in 3D. I think it could have been made decently in 3D if they'd given it to a more capable 3D studio such as Toei or Polygon, but given the state of the art right now it probably couldn't look as good as proper 2D.

Of course, these are just excuses conjured up by someone to try and shift the blame away from themselves. And the obsession with 3D is purely a budget matter.

Anyway, Itagaki's incompetent directing style and the series composition that left out so much material would have shot the show in the foot even if it had been gorgeously animated. I thought the movie trilogy was wonderfully animated whenever it stuck mostly with 2D, but the problems with the story and writing alone were enough to bring it down.

Exactly. As Walter has said in the past, the core problem with these productions is that the people working on them clearly don't understand what Berserk is about. That's why both the movies and the TV series are terrible. They systematically put emphasis on the wrong scenes, wrong lines, wrong moments. The timing is always off, the tone is always improper. It's actually quite stricking to me that supposed professionals could be so inept. In comparison, for all its numerous flaws, at least the '97 TV series understood the work it was adapting, and that's why it remains superior to this day.

Woke up this morning to find the animated Castlevania series is on Netflix.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. It is faithful to the Castlevania lore, is based on what has to be the most interesting game for an adaptation (Dracula's Curse), and has decent enough production value (especially compared to what they did to Berserk...). However I'm surprised they only released 4 episodes out of what I assumed must be a total of 10 or 12.

EDIT: Well Netflix has officially ordered 8 more episodes, which should conclude the series. No release date however. :sad:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:46:03 PM »
This article on the series just came out BTW, outlining the behind the scenes disaterpiece that occurred.

It's unfortunate they provide zero sourcing for all that behind-the-scenes information. Anime News Network should at least attempt to look professional.

That aside, the main problem I have with this article is how the author attempts to paint the situation as a tragic inevitability, with the conclusion basically being that no one should be blamed. On the contrary, every person who worked on that clusterfuck of a project bears the blame for it. That includes the director and producer, but not only. I don't buy the bullshit excuse about 3DSMax not being able to render the models because they were so good, so they had to be turned into shit instead. It's a cheap excuse. It all just reeks of poor planning, poor skills, poor management, poor execution. A squandered budget by a bunch of incompetents who hopefully will never work in the field again.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 05, 2017, 01:22:43 PM »
Oh, and don't get me wrong, I expect the Grunbeld novel to be average at best, but I'm annoyingly a completionist xD I played through Sword of the Berserk to get the full story.

Hah, I have three versions of the DC game: Japanese edition, US edition and UK edition (the one I originally played). Like Oburi said, it was actually a great game when it came out, had top notch production value. As far as I'm concerned it is the best merchandise Berserk has ever got, and I'd much prefer to get a remake of it than another Musou turd.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:39:04 PM »
I apologize if I seemed pissy--I legitimately thought it was an odd thing to hear on the internet.

Yeah I can hear that, however we've always promoted the idea that people should support the author of a work if they're going to call themselves fans of it.

I was unaware that Young Animal did English publications since it looks like it's a local thing.

It doesn't, it's in Japanese. We do our own translations on the side as a way to allow discussion (and also because other translations aren't very accurate). It's not perfect, but it works.

If we never get an English release of this book, I imagine I'll invest in the Japanese release, but it would be nice to actual know the story.

That's understandable. No idea whether it will come out stateside or not, but I'm sure an exhaustive summary will emerge eventually (I personally don't have time for it right now, nor much interest). A member called Gordol already posted some information a few days ago.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 04, 2017, 05:30:22 AM »
That's fair--though a funny thing to hear from someone on a site where people discuss the latest chapters--whereas official release-wise, we're just now getting Volume 38.

We actually buy the issues of Young Animal in which Berserk's episodes are prepublished. We have a step by step guide on how to do it, too. What's not funny though is some random dude coming over and asking us to translate a book for him, and then getting pissy when we don't.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Misconceptions about Berserk
« on: July 02, 2017, 05:07:48 PM »
How would you explain this phenomenon?

Berserk is without a doubt one of the most sophisticated graphic novels ever created. I'm not saying it requires a PhD in Quantum mechanics to understand, but it's aimed at an adult audience. To properly enjoy it, one ought to be relatively mature and thoughtful, to be worldly-wise and at least somewhat knowledgeable in the humanities. Beyond that, it needs to be read thoroughly, attentively and considerately.

But Berserk is also an action manga, and an exceptional one at that. It contains some of the best fights and struggles of the entire medium. That aspect of it, along with its grisly realism, attracts a certain crowd of online readers. These people's consumption of the story takes place through online piracy, and they read the entire manga in a matter of hours. They ingurgitate it indiscriminatingly alongside dozens of other series. The versions they read are badly translated, but they don't care so long as it's free. Besides, they're not here for the dialogue, but because someone online promised them "shock and gore".

That is how I explain this phenomenon. These folks are the complainers, the guys who don't get it and don't want to get it. They don't care about story development or characters or world building. What they want is shock and gore and the kind of things Rob Liefeld thought were cool in the nineties. Oh, and they want them now, right this instant.

Is it unique to this fandom?

No idea.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 30, 2017, 01:09:00 PM »
I guess you mean in his fœtus form, because as the moonlight boy, there is no mention of either Guts or Casca sensing him through the Brands (I verified).

I meant any of the forms he's taken so far. As the Demon Child, as Griffith, and as the Moonlight Boy. In the latter case, the Brand isn't depicted specifically, however Casca is shown sensing him in volume 36. And the only supernatural sensing ability she possesses, like Guts, is through her Brand. The alternative you propose, some obscure "corruption", is unspoken of in the entire story. There has never been a single hint of it.

Also, what make you think Guts don't identify his fœtus form through the brand as well as Casca? I've no problem reading Berserk again, but it's gonna take me a while if I have to read everything again to find the concerned part.

What makes me think that is the manga... Casca is shown systematically sensing her son when he's nearby, while Guts doesn't, or at least not with nearly the same accuracy. Call it motherly instinct or whatever else you want, but they have a connection. And that connection started right when he was born, and crawled up to her breast... to suck on her Brand.

I agree with all that. What I don't agree with is that Casca recognised her son in Griffith through her brand specifically.

The reason she came out to see him in the first place is because she knew —through her Brand— it was her son. Literally everything in the scene makes it clear Casca recognized her son in Griffith. Including the fact Casca does not remember anyone from before her illness, and therefore could not have remembered Griffith himself (and would not have reacted like that if she had).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 30, 2017, 11:39:29 AM »
If that's the case, why Guts don't recognise him? He has been in contact with his son plenty of time before (probably even more than Casca), and he's way more familiar with the brand than Casca. In fact I don't recall at any point Guts noticing any reaction from his brand coming from his son's current form.

Guts never had as keen a sense for him as Casca did. Meanwhile, literally every time the boy appears Casca is shown sensing him through her Brand. That connection was likely established when he was born, and relates to the fact she carried him in her body. That's why I said it was something she did instinctively. You would be wise to re-read the relevant parts of the manga before posting further on the subject.

The pain she feel at this time and the amount/way the blood was dripping from the brand was clearly the same as when Guts faced Griffith in the black swordmans arc, just toned down. I highly doubt she could have recognised her son in that.

Really, you shouldn't be arguing with me if you don't even remember the scene. Casca felt her son's presence from far away, while she was eating with Erika and Puck inside the cabin. She ran to him in the snow, and called out to him as she literally has done in every encounter with him, not caring about danger at all. And when the boy forced Griffith to save her, she reached for him despite the excruciating pain (which, understandably, greatly confused Guts). Then she is shown longing for him after he departs. There is absolutely no doubt she recognized her son in that scene.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 30, 2017, 10:36:23 AM »
Speaking of this, what knowledge will she have about her son once she's back?

That's a good question. We don't know what memories she will have from her insane days. One of my guesses is that she'll only have snippets from here and there. I think she'll need to relearn/rediscover what she instinctively knew about her son.

she was able to identify him as her son even after changing to his current form and she can even feel him when he's nearby. That probably means that when Griffith corrupted the fœtus, Casca was also corrupted to some extent.

Uhhh, no. She just could feel him with her Brand. While it's likely not something the God Hand intended, we've seen that the Brand allows those who carry it to feel the presence of evil and other supernatural beings with surprising accuracy. See for example how Guts could tell Flora was a witch upon seeing her, but also knew she wasn't evil. So Casca, while she was insane, could recognize her son instinctively as a mother through that particular sensation. That's why she could tell it was him even when Griffith showed up in volume 22, or when the Boy in the Moonlight first appeared. She will retain that ability even after she's cured, but might need some time to remember why that particular sensation feels familiar.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 30, 2017, 09:57:15 AM »
Digital YA is out

Thanks for the info! At first I was surprised that volume 39 isn't available yet, but then I remembered it took them years to stock the more recent ones after they launched this online store. I hope they'll make it available faster this time.

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