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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:10:04 PM »
I'd hazard a guess that it could be because all publishers—comics, books, newspapers or otherwise—are facing tough times right now. Perhaps they are thinking: We'll print NEW editions for the fans that are already here, and the new ones can starve.

Which is short-sighted, to say the least.

I can understand cutting costs because things are tough and I know Berserk is not their only series, but how does a comic seller make money if it has no comics to sell. :???:  I hope Dark Horse is doing well.  I would hate for Berserk to get stuck in limbo for English readers.

I've already sent a pretty well worded comment to them through official means which includes the data you've posted here, but I'm going to go a little further. I know a guy who owns a pretty big comics store in my town. I'll see if he can get a distributor on the phone with a reason for the shortage, and if there's any end in sight for it. Though it's unlikely to get any official answer.

I hope you get some kind of answer.  It would be nice to have something to tell people who post here and in other places what to expect. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:23:31 PM »
Thanks for all of this, Bender. It really has become a major issue for new readers of the series, and that's a real shame.

I'll reach out and see if I can get a comment from Dark Horse on the issue.

Exactly.  Their job is already hard enough when it comes to selling manga.  By allowing this to happen they are basically just sending people to scanlations and pirated scans of their own books.  I would be interested in hearing what they have to say. Is there even an excuse for this from a business perspective?  I don't understand how this happens to what Dark Horse says is, "one of our best-selling titles".

I looked on their forums, and there are a few threads complaining about this, but I didn't see an official responce

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:28:55 PM »
First of all allow me to commend you for doing this little research and making this thread, Bender. Great job. Second, I'm pretty sure Dark Horse is responsible. And it is indeed puzzling, worrying and annoying all at once. Hopefully there's a good reason (like a new, improved edition) or, more realistically, they'll reprint them all at once soon.

Thanks.  It is definitely something to be concerned about.  Even more so because Dark Horse and DMP appear not to be.

Berserk Miscellaneous / A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:03:34 PM »
This has happened in the past.  The stock of a single volume would dry up and be a bit challenging to find, and we would see sky rocketing prices that I could not imagine anyone paying.  Months ago, a few volumes started to dry up and become difficult to find.  I was curious to see if the problem had been solved and checked out Amazon.  What I found was that the problem has not been taken care of and has increased.  I know Amazon is not the only place to buy Berserk, and that some other places may currently have what it doesn't, but I would assume it to be generally peoples first stop and that it shows a trend.

Low Stock
Volume 1 - 14 left
Volume 2 - 6 Left
Volume 15 - 14 Left
Volume 17 - 3 Left
Volume 21 - 14 Left
Volume 23 - 19 Left
Volume 24 - 7 Left
Volume 25 - 12 Left
Volume 26 - 11 Left
Volume 27 - 10 Left
Volume 29 - 1 Left

Out Of Stock, Temporarily, Possibly On Re-Order
Volume 4 - Delayed? Months
Volume 5
Volume 29 - Delayed? Weeks
Volume 33

Out Of Stock
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14
Volume 16
Volume 18
Volume 28
Volume 30
Volume 31
Volume 32
Volume 34

As a fan I am glad to see people buying Berserk.  Maybe the movies, as disappointing as they are, have exposed people to the manga causing sales to increase.  At the same time I am annoyed because Berserk obviously could be doing better if there was Berserk to be sold.  Does anyone know who is responsible for printing Berserk and keeping stock up?  Is it Dark Horse, or DMP, or are they both massive failures?  Like I said Amazon is not the only place to buy Berserk, but I checked other sellers(Barnes & Nobles, RightStuff, Etc.) and they share the same problem.

I figure most people here already have all the Dark Horse volumes, or collect another variation, and might not be aware of this.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: April 03, 2013, 06:04:33 AM »
Hmm, I don't know. I liked that it took place between the retrieval of Guts from the Sea God and the scene on the ship. Felt like he was reminiscing as he laid resting. I guess it still works though.

I think it works either way, but the way it is in the volume feels more natural to me though.  It ties up things with the Sea God and then puts a nice bow on top with the three part episode.  Things that occur in 331 are similar to what is shown in the flash back, like Guts being warmed by Farnese, elves healing him, and him thinking that he's hallucinating.  Maybe I am reading to much into these things, but to me it makes sense that they might have attributed to why Guts was reflecting on this time of his life.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:54:57 AM »
I don't think this has been pointed out anywhere yet, but I sat down and went through volume 37, and episode 331 was placed before the Boy Hood Arc(episode 328).  I think the volume flows better this way.

Anybody know if they'll do one with an english version book?

I'm not going to say it could never happen, but no.  It was a special limited promotion put together by Hakusensha.

I don't think so but I haven't opened the entire box as yet.

She doesn't. I thought that might have been the case when I saw her taken apart, but mine arrived this morning.

Creation Station / Re: Exclusive Episode Previews
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:41:18 PM »
Ricardo has a sexy mustache.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:03:09 PM »
My old printer/scanner was really struggling on this one.  But I have not seen it fully scanned or posted yet, so here it is for those that did not buy the YA.

It does look way better in person, for instance the title, ベルセルク, is a mirror like silver.  It does not look very good when it's reflecting the inside of a scanner.

That's interesting how the volume is in the Figma box.  I was not expecting that.

So Schierke comes with multiple expressions?  Does she also come with a hat?

Yeah, CDJapan shipped mine today. I'm hoping it will show up Saturday.  :beast:

I also have one reserved with Otacute.  I am trying to decide if I want to buy it and try to sell it for some extra cash.

Speculation Nation / Re: Why is Guts' hair now white?
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:52:02 PM »
It definetly shows also Guts age,in last few volumes he's really matured in looks too.

Guts has aged, but hes only in his early to mid twenty's.  It's not like hes some old man at this point.

That seems like such a simple explanation though. And if that were the case, Guts would have white hair due to stress from many things other than his first 2 minutes inside the armor. Not to mention it wouldn't turn white in a single patch like that. It means something I'm just curious as to what. Miura wouldn't have gone through the trouble of changing his main character's appearance so suddenly just to show age. Besides, Guts is like 21 at that point.

Its the result of the magic properties of the Berserker armor. Aside from the obvious, the armor alters him somehow and it manifests in a tuft of white hair. It hasn't changed from that (spreading, for example) since his first moment of being taken over by the beast.

Like Walter said, being scared or stressed to the point that your hair goes white is a fairly common thing is story telling.  Also there are medical conditions that cause patches of hair to grey, but I don't think there is any proven link to stress.  Guts has been through a lot, and his hair going white was a way to show how much more that situation and the armor was a strain on his body than other events in the past.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:06:51 AM »
...Oh wait, is that foil?

To me it looks like the same type of metallic/reflective look that the cover of the Illustrations File is.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:22:03 AM »
That alternate cover is awful. It looks like someone just hit "invert colors" in Photoshop or something.

After what was done with volume 34, it's a let down for sure.  :sad:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 37
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:21:25 PM »
Alternative cover.

I was expecting something better.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Guts Figma
« on: March 12, 2013, 06:07:28 PM »
I have put off buying the Griffith figma for so long because he's the moviefied version.  I think I might do the same with this Guts.  The new Guts figma looks better than the Griffith to me, but having three Guts figmas is just to many.   :sad:

I hope they do a Schierke or Casca next.  Maybe a Mellennium Falcon Griffith?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Berserk Blurb Compendium
« on: March 09, 2013, 07:33:14 PM »
Almost every one of these harps on about DARK, GALLOWS HUMOR, TABOO HUMOR, BLACK HUMOR, RULE-BREAKING HUMOR... Can anyone point out an example of this in the series? Nothing comes to mind for me. Humor isn't exactly a large part of this series. Not to say it's not featured, but worth putting on the back of a box? And to cast it in such a light...?

I would say it's pretty inappropriate, volume 13 stands out.

Volume 13
...and remorseless humor...

It's full of laughs.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Berserk Blurb Compendium
« on: March 09, 2013, 06:39:53 PM »
Volume 29
Created by Kentarou Miura, Berserk is a howling manga tsunami, an epic graphic-fiction masterpiece that leaves no stone unturned and no blade unbloodied. A boiling blend of action, horror and humor, Berserk is not for the faint of heart, the weak of knee of the lilied of liver. No Guts, no glory!

I have been rereading through berserk for the last few months and the other day I finished reading Volume 29 and flipped it over and read that for the first time.  I could not help but laugh, but... :schierke:

I have only read a few of these over the years.  Funny to see them all at once.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 09, 2013, 03:52:15 PM »
The bubble was incorrectly pointing towards the guard in the Japanese edition. It's indeed Charlotte who's speaking here.

I figured you if anyone would know.  :SK: Very cool, thanks.  It must have been a strange to read.

I don't read Japanese, but by looking in the back it seems that my volume 10 was printed in '97, not the first run.  I am guessing it was fixed in later editions before Dark Horse got to it. 

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 31
« on: March 09, 2013, 04:35:10 AM »
Thanks for another great episode.  As always, looking forward to the next  :casca:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 09, 2013, 03:39:45 AM »
So I came across something interesting today. 

This seems like a pretty big change for something that Dark Horse claims to be unedited.  Does the guard say something in a way that it does not translate well in english?  I thought it was interesting and didn't find anything about edits like it when I searched.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:41:29 PM »
I don't think that Judo's name was even said in the second movie.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 17, 2013, 05:32:23 PM »
Why would they do that???

They have that stupid need to change things. WHY :mozgus: ?

Improvements.  :slan:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: SPECIAL EDITION
« on: February 10, 2013, 03:23:02 PM »
BINGO! Good work, Bender. Name your prize, what would you like to see? :void:

I can't really think of anything at the moment.

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