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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:53:07 AM »
Correct me if I'm wrong but i think they also cut out pieces of Farnese's childhood that explained why she was such a zealot and Serpico's past with his mother and burning her?
No, Serpico and Farnese's backstory wasn't cut. Berserk doesn't go into full detail with them until the early parts of the Millennium Falcon arc, specifically v22. The anime did include the bit with Farnese attending her first witch-burning as a child, which was covered in the Conviction arc. It just...wasn't done well. Like most everything else in the show. They didn't include any of Farnese's narration for it; they just showed a bunch of weird imagery of her throwing torches onto a fire without any context in a scene that lasted a little over 30 seconds.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 17, 2016, 01:34:08 AM »
a lot of people on reddit are legit excited for the next season...just......why?? :judo:
That's why I need stay away from there for at least a week. I'm afraid I might punch a hole through my monitor.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: September 17, 2016, 01:32:28 AM »
Also looks like we won't get to any "Berserk season 0" that plugs up the plotholes that arose from omitting so much f from the Black Swordsman arc and pretty much everything since the immediate post-Eclipse to Guts fighting the Holy Iron Chain Knights.  While I wouldn't be looking forward to that either, it would at least be more welcome.
They already screwed the pooch on that one. They established their timeline by having Guts meet Puck and the Holy Iron Chain Knights in the same episode. There's no place to fit the missing material into anymore. :judo:

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 17, 2016, 01:02:43 AM »
Metal. Guitar. Riffs. During Griffith's reappearance. Metal fucking guitar riffs. I hated those. I hated those every time I heard them. I hated them since the very beginning. And now that they played them during what was supposed to be the most pivotal moment of the entire arc, the culmination for why everything happened in Albion, and Midland, and Kushan, why so much death and suffering was sown, a moment that was so shocking and emotional for Guts that he actually forgot about his hatred for a moment as he gaped in complete awe with everyone else, my utter disgust for them has sunk so low, that I won't be able to listen to a metal song again without feeling my blood boil for at least a month.

Now that the series has ended, it's come to my attention just how one-dimensional the soundtrack is. There's not one single track devoted to expressing quiet emotion, sadness, or contemplation. There's no equivalent to Earth or Guts' Theme. Everything is always about ACTION! HORROR! TERROR! FEAR! And this is only one of the problems it has. Truth is, this series crossed a threshold. It's no longer a case of me hating it. I'm insulted by it. I'm insulted that people that were supposed to be paid professionals thought this was acceptable to release. I'm insulted that there are viewers who think this is acceptable to watch. I'm insulted that this manga, which is so masterfully crafted in its storytelling, art and characterization, is dragged through the mud so horridly, while completely shitty shonens, moe fanservice and even hentai are given royal treatment. And that people are actually fine with this!

I was planning on saying that the best thing about this series is that it was finally over. But even that won't be happening.

So many of the series' best moments were ruined by utterly amateur visuals. I don't have anything else to say about this thing. I hated it.
And amateur direction, and amateur sound design, and amateur voice acting, and amateur cinematography, and...what wasn't amateur hackwork here?

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Character Cove / Re: Berserk and Major Arcana
« on: September 16, 2016, 01:07:16 PM »
Concerning the Fool, I think young Griffith would be the best fit. While we don't know what Griffith was like as a child, what glimpses we catch of him in all his dreams indicate that he wasn't unlike most kids his age. Fresh-faced, all smiles, and with big dreams. He was a commoner, a nobody with nothing to his name. And yet one day, he left his home and everything he knew behind to reach an insurmountable goal for reasons that only made sense to him. And from nothing, he slowly built himself up until...well, we know where his story has gone.

As for the Emperor, I can see where you're coming from using Godot, but I think he's a more thematic fit for the Hermit. Taken from this site here...

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The Hermit has attained his spiritual pinnacle and is ready to share his knowledge with others. He is also continuing the path he has chosen, committed to his goal of ultimate awareness.

Sounds like a pretty apt description for the old man. He learned the blacksmithing trade from a young age, and ever since then, set about perfecting his craft. Forging better swords, suits of armor, and other assorted items. He doesn't know if hammering iron is truly something he likes, but even when he grew old, even as he took up residence in the outskirts of civilization with only a young orphan he took in, he still remained devoted to it. While outwardly, he may not seem too eager to share his wisdom with a certain freeloader, he still has much guidance to offer Guts that, as you say, always gives direction to our hero.

EDIT: Aaannnd looks like you already beat me to seeing that. :iva:

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 11
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:54:38 PM »
Another week, another soulless episode of everyone's favorite anime. As always, nothing ever feels climatic. Not Guts impaling Mozgus in midair, not Mogus rising in his new form, not Guts' final victory over the zealot, not Gut hugging Casca...nothing. Things just happen, and scare chords, metal guitar riffs, or Hai Yo start blaring in the background. And those specter globs just look hilarious; I could not stop laughing with every extended shot that featured them.

Good on them for finally fixing Casca's skin in the opening. It only took them...what, nearly three months to notice something that everyone else picked up on before the series even aired to catch that?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:43:16 PM »
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Interesting ideas, but I don't really see why Ubik would specifically want to target Guts and Casca. He finds Guts amusing, but hasn't really displayed any singular interest in him like Slan has. If Ubik were to make an appearance on Skellig, I imagine it would would likely be more of a full-scale attack on the island's inhabitants, rather than just mucking with an insignificant sacrifice for funsies.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 10
« on: September 02, 2016, 08:31:47 PM »
What a crock of shit. A recurring problem throughout the show is how much time they devote to the side conversations, reactions, and humorous quips that occur during every fight scene, and this episode brought it to its logical conclusion by completely drowning the actual fight in them. Hey idiots, there's a reason why Miura depicts those in small panels and lets the action take up most of his page space; because that's where your attention is supposed to be drawn. You made the first part of the climatic final battle a chore to watch. Bravo, I can't wait to see the rest! :schierke:

They altered the Beherit Apostle's conversation with Luka, and not for the better. They changed his speech about Nina, which was more personal and even a bit more humanizing, to a more generic spiel about the darkness and weakness in humanity in general, making it seem more like an angsty teenager ranting about how awful the world is rather than someone who's come to that conclusion based on actual observations. Also, cartoony anime expressions are NOT a substitute for making a deformed human, geniuses.

Besides that, the episode had the usual shit pacing, loud and obnoxious music, no proper buildup, and a complete lack of atmosphere. That last point stands out because this section of the manga had some of the eeriest imagery of all. The Beherit Apostle's "shrine," his speech to Luka and backstory, the Brand appearing in the refugee camp, the tower forming into the shape of a hand, the giant creeping masses of specters, Miura drew these to excellent effect to create a growing sense of dread. But here, things just happen, up front and out of the blue without giving you time to digest what's happening.


To be fair, I think that was just a still. But on the other hand, that just makes it worse.

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 27, 2016, 12:15:11 AM »
Not a fan of tea personally, but I have some relatives who most certainly are. I'm sure they will appreciate tea that's been damned eternally to the Vortex of Souls as a fine gift. :ganishka:

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 9
« on: August 26, 2016, 09:44:14 PM »
Ah and I can't remember for sure, but did they actually do a flashback in the past episodes explaining who the demon infant was? I seem to recall that it wasn't the case, but I'm not 100% certain...
Nope, there's still no explanation over what the hell it's supposed to be. I have no idea what they're trying to accomplish by trying to draw it out...assuming they ever intend on explaining just what it is and why it's so fixated on Casca.

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Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:15:56 PM »
You work fast. Very cool!

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:00:43 PM »
Gorgeous episode. Miura definitely had a lot of fun drawing all these European fae creatures and implementing them into his own mythology. It must have been a real interesting change of pace to fill his pages up with more fanciful-looking beings, rather than the usual nightmarish monsters he typically draws. There've always been hints that there was something whimsical buried deep within the otherwise oppressive setting, and to see them come out in full force after so long is amazing. I always felt a bit sad that I didn't start following Berserk on an episodic basis back when the Millennium Falcon arc was in its early stages, just so I could gradually take in the way the Berserk world was beginning to both change and open up, but I'm glad I get to follow along with this. No matter how deep you go, there's always more to delve into.

It does make me wonder what the purpose of this little sub plot was. I can't tell if the whole thing was just a long running joke that will have little consequence, or if this was just Miuras way to get rid of a character he didn't know what to do with (Magnifico). Hopefully there's more in store for him, but he's seemed like a very odd addition to the party for some time. Farnese's relation to him almost guarantees that he wont be left rotting in an elf dungeon though.
I don't think Magnifico's going to suffer any serious consequences. It's just another embarrassment on the pile. There's likely more in store for him, once he gets back into his element (or the closest thing to it, considering what a fop he is), which a seabound ship or an island full of supernatural beings are most definitely not.

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The idea of an live action Berserk could be pretty cool, maybe it could take place in "The Black Swordsman" arc? I'm honestly not sure. The reason why I bring this up is because I found this YouTube Channel called: BERSERK Reunion Project. They have the full 1998 anime on their channel (both dubbed and subbed), but while I was there, I saw a trailer for an live-action Berserk fan film they're making. To be honest, it doesn't look horrible quality wise. Guts just has a bit weird voice. I'll link the video here. What do you guys think about this?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqMijL5tbYk
There's already been a topic on that.

Personally, I'm not impressed by that project, I have no hope for it, and honestly, I don't think a live-action version of Berserk would ever work. The Dragon Slayer would just look silly no matter how you cut it, I cannot think of one actor who could play the part of Guts convincingly, a series of this caliber would either look like crap or be too expensive to do well, and a movie is just too short to capture the scope of the story.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 23, 2016, 07:51:37 PM »
I have my doubts that Danan is the King. Only because of one part in episode 345, either page 4 or 5 (online scans might have different page counts) Danan greets Puck, welcoming him back from his long return off island. Pucks response is pretty much just, "Yep".

If she was the King, I would think Puck's response to her would have a lot more weight and schock to it.

Unless he's unfamiliar of Danan being able to transform.

I dunno, Puck demonstrated being rather blasé on matters concerning the King of the Flower Storm. That or just thick. Either way, if she is the King, I think a casual greeting is the kind of thing Puck would do.

Quote from: Volume 28
Farnese: Casca might be able to...?

Isidro: For real?!

Schierke: Yes. [The King of the Flower Storm] is said in legend to be a great elf king. I think there is little doubt.

Puck: Legend...

Isidro: That king where you're from's amazing!

Ivalera: Why'dya keep quiet?! A show-off like you?!

Puck: ...

Isidro and Ivalera: [whispering] He must notta known...

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:49:07 PM »
One episode, and we're introduced to a whole menagerie of new spiritual critters. Fauns, centaurs, new kinds of elves, and...other things. It's gonna' be crazy!

I wish Pucks Elfhelm conquest arc was more fleshed out, I wasn't expecting him to be taken out by Elf guards before he could confront the Elf King.
Fear not! Puck may not be able to get the throne through conventional means, but he still has Betchi. With a proper sacrifice of enough cheese, he will surely be given a body that will allow him to achieve his dream to rule Elfhelm as king!

I don't see any reason why in a societey where elves and witches co exist peacefully that an elf needs to disguise itself as a human, maybe there's an interesting reason for this.
If I would hazard a guess (emphasis on guess), whatever Danan's position in Elfhelm is (if she's not the King, it's likely a high-ranking one), she wanted to see the island's new guests for herself before meeting them proper. So she posed as a servant for the gurus, which would allow her to observe Guts and company quietly while their attention was diverted away from her. After all, nobody really pays heed to a servant, and it always worth a good laugh when they realize who you were all along :slan:. We'll see on Friday. Or...sooner, depending on when/if leaks show up.

Speaking of which...is it Friday yet? No? Dang.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 8
« on: August 19, 2016, 06:54:38 PM »
I logged in to Crunchyroll. I watched it. The end. I just...didn't feel anything. It wasn't the worst episode ever, but it's still just so drab and lifeless that I couldn't even be bothered to care. Though the fact that I'm so apathetic about an episode that had not one but two notable fights in it says enough about its quality.

Other nitpicks...

  • The scene of the dungeon fell completely flat on its face. The darkness and the terrible composition of all the various depictions of torture was confusing and made it nigh impossible to see what exactly was going on.
  • Why the hell is Farnese beating the shit out of her subordinates with her sheathed sword? Why the hell did the animators focus so much time on her beating them black and blue when the most she did in the manga was just smack them?
  • Due to the colors and shading used when he got tangled up in the ropes, Isidro looked like he was naked. At least it made the scene funnier than before
  • The small torturer decided that two seconds consisting of Nina saying "Elaine" counted as a sign of reluctance on her part to help her friend. The show's pacing prevails again!

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Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: August 13, 2016, 03:54:14 AM »
I was more than impressed by your work with Schierke, but I'm astounded by the level of detail you put into Ivalera, despite how small she is in comparison to the rest of the model. :ubik:

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Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:58:50 AM »
Hello there. First post.

I just wanted to ask who is eligible for sacrifice? Is it exclusive to humans or could other apostles/godhand members fit that criteria as well?


I thought that maybe Guts' new band would be killed off by griffith in the climax of the story, and with guts having no one left to care for yet still having the behleit in his possession. He could have his sacrifice be griffith and the god hand? Because they're the only people that he cares about after the death of his new friends?

Similar to how griffith was talking about guts being his anchor when he was being tortured. Guts' purpose and "anchor" after the proposed death of his new band would be the only thing keeping him going, without that he would have nothing I'd assume. So is a sacrifice only restricted to those you "love" or those you care for; whatever that means.

Maybe the god hand would laugh at the thought that they could be sacrificed, while Void looks on without saying anything, then suddenly raises his hand and fires the brands onto all of them, including himself. Because it's ultimately not up to them who gets sacrificed but to causality/idea of evil.

Although this may seem like an ironic way to win that penultimate fight. I can't help but think that it's thematically inconsistent from what the rest of the series has developed up until this point: negating several moral lessons (abandoning revenge to care for the things you have) - anger and hatred literally causing an evil god to emerge that acts as a catalyst for even more suffering.

It brings up the question of how to deal with the Idea of Evil. Maybe there's a good reason why Miura went back and omitted it? (I know he talked of it being too revealing, but maybe it was TOO overpowered in the context of themes presented).
Yes, I'm sure that the God Hand, who carry out the ceremonies and who place the Brand upon the sacrificed, will be more than happy to brand themselves at Guts' behest. And that the Idea of Evil would have manipulated events in such a way that Its own arbiters would die. That's a pretty silly and anticlimatic way to end things, don't you think?

As DANGERDOOOOM explained, a sacrifice has to be something so vitally important that to lose it is to lose a part of yourself. In pretty much all cases, it's person or persons that was very dear to the apostle-to-be. Griffith and the God Hand are not dear to Guts. They are his enemies, which as the Count learned the hard way, is a no-go.

The only exception we've seen to the typical rules was the Beherit Apostle, but he was a very special case with some very unique aspects to his sacrifice and transformation. He chose to sacrifice himself and the world he knew, but as he explains, while he hated the world, it was still something he clung to, something that still held a powerful connection in his heart. And when you ultimately get down to it, it isn't really different from all the other sacrifices we've seen, which have always been subject to conflicted feelings from the demon-to-be. The Count was betrayed by his wife in the worst way, but he still couldn't find it in himself to kill her because of his love for her. Rosine loved her parents, including her abusive father, but couldn't stand to live in that miserable home where they constantly fought. And Guts stirred up feelings in Griffith that made him forget his dream, which is what made Griffith come to resent him. Guts did not qualify as a sacrifice because he was an "anchor" for Griffith; he was a sacrifice because Griffith was still fond of him, even in his resentment.

Guts sacrificing the God Hand would hardly qualify as a sacrifice. His goal is to kill them, and sacrificing them would accomplish that goal very nicely, so it's not really much of a loss.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 7
« on: August 12, 2016, 06:16:55 PM »
Rushed pacing, lack of atmosphere and buildup, awful animation, blah, blah, blah. Same song and dance.

Least the scene towards the end where Guts cut through the possessed pagans was kinda' neat, particularly how the camera followed the sword. A rare moment where they actually took serious advantage of the animation medium. Too bad the heroic image of Guts and Casca's reunion was botched with their use of the crappy CG model. A shame, considering that's one of my favorite two-page spreads in the manga. And Isidro and Puck were entertaining, though that music during his attack on the pagans was stupid as hell. It sounds like something you sweat up a storm dancing to in the club, not to watch a kid stone people in a fantasy story. But then why should I be surprised? These are people who think Berserk needs to have metal guitar riffs.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:23:11 PM »
"What the flippety-floop is going on here?" is what I would ask if I wasn't familiar with the source material. The rushed pacing and the way everything is cut together makes it nigh impossible to follow along. The pagan orgy was really bad about this. There just didn't seem to be any transition between the moments when Joachim was stripped, had sex with Nina, was brought to the Great Goat, and chased off the cliff. How is anyone supposed to know what, how or why any of that was happening? To say nothing of how it had absolutely no atmosphere, the hallucinations were half-assed, and they screwed up the depiction of the goat in a way that made it seem as though he was a monster. They similarly rushed through the bird-masked torturer's backstory so quickly, I wonder why they included it at all. It was completely mechanical, soulless and failed to humanize him, his cohorts, or Mozgus the way it did in the manga.

They also completely flubbed the Skull Knight's scene badly. We hear nothing about the metaphor about the world being a reflection of the moon on the water's surface, or how Guts is "a fish that breaches the water's surface." These are important for understanding some of the events to come, as well as the cosmology of the Berserk world. Excellent job educating viewers in your "standalone" series. :schierke:

And what was with the goddamn credits? Do you think that just because Monty Python's Flying Circus sometimes threw credits into the middle of the show for lulz, that you can too?

Overall, while this episode wasn't quite the dysentery that the first one was, it was still a nasty case of the runs.

Well im happy they played more of Hai yo in the preview. How often did the baby actually protect :casca: in the manga? I always found those scenes kind of confusing in the manga.
We saw the child keeping the specters at bay in the scene with Casca and Nina and again during the scene with the pagans. And more later on down the line. Presumably, it was the reason she was even able to survive outside the cave near Godot's for so long.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 23, 2016, 06:04:03 AM »
I can understand the concern here. But I'd probably trust Miura on that. I don't think Morda's addition would change much the path of progress Farnese has been and is still undergoing right now (as well as the presence of all witches and apprentices in the island). Like her reaction to Serpico's comments, she seemed to have embraced the place. And as far as Morda joining the party is concerned, I could actually see her introduction contributing further to Farnese's progress. Morda seems to be a quite contrasting character when put together with Schierke, so her presence could add a slightly different but complementing approach to her learning of magic. In addition, it could be just me, but as I was saying earlier, in some senses Morda reminds me abit the Farnese of old. The assertive, overconfident Farnese. I think regaining some of that confidence back could do her good, and maybe looking at Morda and having her presence influence her a bit could have a positive effect on her in that regard. Only this time said confidence would be much better founded and backed by something much more substantial (her magic knowledge) while also tempered by all the character lessons she already went through.

That said, it could be a very tough ordeal for Farnese.  Having to conciliate different approaches and advices could leave her even more confused in her lessons. But if she's able to take the best out of Schierke's methodic and conservative teachings, as well as some of Morda's own unique qualities that can help her grow, I think the result could be quite amazing.

It could also be a wealth of interesting and potentially humorous scenes/interactions. I could envision a scene with Schierke giving Farnese her daily lesson at some corner in the fields, telling her to mentalize things like this and that, only for some figure to suddenly butt in, popping again from some upside down diagonal angle and floating with her broomstick, seemingly out of nowhere and giving both a good scare, while saying "Oh, but you can also try in such and such". :slan: By the end of it, it would leave a very confused Farnese torn between one way or another.  :farnese:

Haha, anyway, all more speculation about how things could go, but the potential is there I believe. I hope Morda does indeed join for the rest of the journey and I can't wait to see more of her personality in the coming episodes. And again, here's hoping Serpico may have finally found his proper mistress.  :serpico:
Oh, I have full confidence that whatever Miura will do concerning Molda's place in the story and Farnese's continuing development (and...everything else for that matter), it will be interesting. It's just...in a lot of these kind of stories involving team dynamics, there's oftentimes at least one character who doesn't seem like they have anything to contribute, and more often than not, it's because the writer fails to actually think of something for them to do. Farnese was a rare instance where not only was this intentionally invoked, but it was explored. Way back in Volume 23, the poor girl couldn't do anything right. She couldn't fight, hunt, cook, wash clothes, and she even botched her job watching over Casca for one night. But realizing how useless she was did show growth in her character, and ever since then, she's been getting progressively better and more useful to the group, with every improvement always eliciting some happiness and even a surge of confidence. But those feelings of insecurity are still there, and they make themselves known whenever Farnese feels she can't quite do enough, such as be the person who can soothe Guts' pain as we saw during the gang's time on the Sea Horse. So I can't help but wonder what awaits her, because the dynamics in Guts' group are about to make a tremendous shift. There could be good things, and there could be bad, and the possibilities are just...heh, I don't even know where to begin.

Don't know if I would say Molda is comparable to the Farnese of old though. Farnese was mentally volatile, always lashing out and abusing her authority to hide her own feelings of inadequacy while using religious zeal to justify it. So far, Molda just comes across as a bratty teenager. She's brash, rebellious, immature and full of herself, but pretty normal all things considered. I do hope Farnese and Molda get along, if they do indeed interact with one another.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:39:57 AM »
I didn't, but it's not without warrant
Touché, but the image they used is honestly ridiculous, anatomically impossible to pull without killing the victim, and impossible to take seriously. And this is not a scene you want to screw up. And my mistake, it wasn't a tentacle, but a giant finger.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:27:09 PM »
I said in the previous topic that this series would still suck even if it was a 100% faithful to the source material, and I stand by that. This episode proved it. It followed the plot of the manga almost word for word, but everything just felt off. It's like the writers and directors know the steps, but they can't feel the rhythm. The conversation with Godot and Guts' scene in the cave are supposed to be emotional and contemplative moments, but the pacing never takes a moment to pause in the action and let the words sink in for both the characters and the audience. This entire section is supposed to be devoted to breaking Guts down and building him up again into a better, stronger person, with his vow to "never lose [Casca] again" and Godot's reforging of the sword meant to be the emotionally climatic moments symbolizing Guts' "rebirth," but once again, the frantic pacing just resulted in a shallow payoff that didn't feel earned.

The voice acting is similarly flat. Guts always sounds like he's reading his lines; there's never any change in his emotional state. And I'm completely with Walter on Godot; his abrasive and brutally honest personality is nowhere to be seen here. Mozgus was similarly unimpressive. When he gets his :mozgus: face going, he just talks a little louder and faster, as if he's slightly irate, and not filled with manic, frothing-at-the-mouth rage and religious fervor.

And once again, the music is bad and it's used badly. Guts realizes that Casca is in danger, so they play those obnoxious guitar riffs. And heroic music starts blaring from out of nowhere from the moment of silent victory as Guts renews himself and vows to find Casca. Both instances were audibly distracting and highly inappropriate.

Also, did anyone notice that in the scenes depicting Casca in the Eclipse, that she has a tentacle jammed in her mouth? Seriously, that was just fucking excessive and unnecessary.

People are mentioning things in the episode that don't make sense or might be lost of those who have not read the manga.  This is going to continue to happen for the rest of this run.  I actually like they way they are handling it - instead of trying to retcon or shove extra footage in, just do the manga and move on whlie letting the chips fall where they may.  If they continue to adapt the series then this particular problem should resolve istelf. 
While it certainly is nice that we saw considerably fewer changes and retcons this time around and that they're just sticking to what was in the manga, the fact that they shoved a number of characters, concepts, events, and ideas in without any real explanation is just going to leave fresh viewers completely lost. Which isn't automatically a bad thing, but it runs contrary to Kurosu's previous claims that the series was standalone. If he honestly believes that, then he's deluded, and if new viewers were never supposed to be a factor in this series, then why were all the goddamn changes in the previous episodes made in the first place? It seems like nobody knows who they're making this show for.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:13:51 AM »
The one with the large nose is throwing me off a bit. Its incredibly caricatured by Berserk standards. That guy would be freakish in real life. But that could be intentional.

As people have discussed this seems to be the moment Guts crew finally get to hear his past and the reasons behind his quest. What a huge moment this is going to be!
Eh, it could all just be a sign of their advanced age. These people are ancient, with more years to their lives than any human could ever hope to achieve through normal means, so some unusual looks are probably to be expected. I'm likely giving it more thought than it really deserves.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:08:40 AM »
Dat Casca face. To think that it could be one of the last times we'll see her acting all goofy. There's something very bittersweet about that. I'm awaiting Casca's return to form with baited breath, but I can't help but feel that I'm going to miss her funny antics. Tragic as her condition is, I do also find her strangely adorable.

Doesn't look like Cucca and company were expecting them to bring in a Beherit. But it does look like Guts might be about to spill the beans to everyone present about a number of things he prefers to be quiet about.

Nice to see the gang being treated to a hot meal. Always enjoyed those rare and (relatively) peaceful moments, though it seems like there might be a bit of tension in the air this time. Can't help but notice that Azan is being left out though. Come on, guy, take off the damn helmet already! :azan:

Finally, I'm impressed by the design of the elders. A lot of artists tend to get lazy when they go about drawing these wizardy kind of old men and make them all clones of each other, but Miura's given each of them a distinctive look. Though is there some reason why they all have those odd black eyes like what Daiba sports, or is that just a stylistic choice?

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