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That was actually kinda terrifying.  I would hate to get that note slid under my door.  :ganishka:

I truly appreciate the vote of confidence, though I had little thought to what I was doing! I certainly did not think victory was assured and only out of stubbornness and the arrogance of never having lost did I go through with it and think I could possibly beat him on the first strike. I was basically gambling my life, and his if I was successful, on a single sword stroke as Guts did against Zodd (or so he told me). Unfortunately, his strength and skill completely rendered mine moot and he not only broke my sword but had the control, strength and presence of mind to stop his before cutting me down. As you can tell from my expression at the time, I was just as surprised he could do that as anyone (as a matter of fact, I had to bathe and change my undergarments before I went to rape the princess). I understand it was ultimately an act of compassion and friendship, but that mercy only made it more humiliating for someone such as myself. Anyway, thank you for keeping the faith my friend, that is still my only loss as far as I am concerned... and as you say, mayhaps there was a defect in my sword after all... :griffnotevil:


Can you continue to role-play all of your posts going forward?  Thanks.


Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:28:44 PM »
Awesome stuff, thanks for taking the time to do this episode.  I've been guilty of a few of these misconceptions and these straight forward answers are going to increase the understanding and appreciation of the story for a lot of people.  It's great to hear these board discussions come to life.  It's clear you guys put a lot of work into this!

As I was listening I remembered something that has bothered me for a long time so let me add my own dumb question to the list!  What sort of being is the demon child?  I always imagined the demon child as a spirit that can appear in the corporeal world when near the brands.  It must be true that the child actually possesses a physical aspect since Femto steals it, but where is this body 99% of the time when the child isn't appearing to Guts or Casca to intervene?  Furthermore, was the demon child chosen for the incarnation precisely because it possess a strange hybrid form?  If the child hadn't appeared at the tower then would Femto have been incarnated into some random peasant?  Seems risky (and it does backfire) to use such an unique creature for incarnation if any ordinary flesh will suffice.


Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 05, 2017, 02:24:44 AM »
It would be great hear you elaborate on the threads running through the story.  Often times you touch on the big themes but pull back to stay on track with the volume.  I'd love it if you took time to explore how events are intersecting or how future payoffs are being setup.  You guys did a bit of work trying to straighten out confusion on the events surrounding the incarnation which was excellent!  I would love to hear you guys take on the wacky theories and do a bit of myth busting as you work through the material.

I'd love to hear you all be freed up to explore whatever aspect of Berserk the conversation leads you to.  You already do all these things to a degree so just more please. 

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 02, 2017, 02:17:03 AM »
Thanks again for taking the time to make these as they are always a pleasure.  This was one of the best I've heard.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:54:23 AM »
It's interesting, when Puck first proposed going to Elfhelm over 15 volumes ago, it was just to find a safe place since Godot's mine was destroyed, it wasn't suggested Casca could actually be cured there until much later, and so became about that. I wonder if Miura always intended it that way but wanted to reveal it in due time, or if, as the story progressed and expanded (say, for example, if he intended Elfhelm to be an earlier stop and stepping stone), he realized that the journey for a safe haven and Casca's recovery should be one and the same.

That's a really great fact that I had completely forgotten.  Not too long ago you guys posted an interview where Miura was talking more of the nuts and bolts of how Berserk gets made.  I had always thought that Miura had this elaborate step-by-step plan for how the story would progress but it seems he is a bit more fluid than I ever would have imagined.  By being so consistent in his excellence he gives himself plenty of wiggle room to work the story into any changes of heart he might encounter.  I honestly don't believe he intended for the distance between trauma and cure to be so lengthy but he discovered how his story needs to unfold.  I feel it shows a lot of courage to take one of your main characters out of the mix for so long because it serves the story rather than the expectations of the fans. 

Seriously, the name of the damn manga is Berserk and given the choice would you rather Guts discover that armor or find a cure for Casca?  I can't help but feel like we are witnessing the event that draws every Berserk fan back into the fold.  I remember all the negativity about the voyage across the sea and the term filler being thrown around with reckless abandon.  I'm not trying to go down a rabbit hole but it is just so crazy that our patience is about to be rewarded handsomely. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:16:02 AM »
I wrote a quick post a few eps ago, when we first saw the island, stating it all felt a bit underwhelming after such a long wait.  What I've seen of 350 has me genuinely excited.  It feels like we are on the threshold and it is just so exciting.  These glimpses into the past are so wonderful and they renew the pain of Casca's tragedy.  Despite the insane amount of worldbuilding and character development over the years, in the back of my head I'm always thinking let's get Casca fixed already!  Miura has done a masterful job of laying the groundwork for the endgame of this saga and we are about to witness the joining of all the threads.  This is going to propel the story forward with so much momentum that I think it will literally usher in a new era of Berserk.  Thank you for the translation and all the great work that goes on at this site.  As always, I appreciate all of you very much!

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 10, 2017, 02:44:42 PM »
Someone asked how much material will be covered in season 2.  At the current pace, probably through 347.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 83
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:02:07 PM »
I was just kidding about adding a question to the quiz.  There was a struggle to remember some names : Pepe, Fouquet and Lucie.  I definitely couldn't remember, but it cracked me up a bit to hear you guys get stumped for a second.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 83
« on: January 19, 2017, 07:14:40 PM »
Enjoyed the podcast as is always the case.  Thanks for making it happen!  The best part is where you guys discovered the new question to add to the Berserk quiz  :ganishka:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: September 09, 2016, 12:42:00 AM »
Great podcast, folks, as always.  It's nice to share this momentus time in Berserk with familiar voices.  Life has been crazy busy and I've been completely off the boards since I finally gave up the ghost on the anime, but finally got around to the podcast and thorougly enjoyed it.  Podcast speaks DIRECTLY to what makes these boards special - your insights and ability to keep the big picture in focus. 

I feel a bit underwhelmed by the episode (Manga, not podcast)only because so much has changed (personally and narratively) since we set out on this adventure.  The stakes are bigger than ever, and as much as I want to see Casca restored, there's more in play than ever before.  A bit of a backhanded compliment but, because Miura has done so much world building, Casca's restoration isn't my end game anymore.  A masterful reveal of the world behind the curtain and yet another notch on Miura's fantasy god author belt.

Thanks for all you do and here's to another 20 volumes!   

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 22, 2016, 08:47:14 PM »
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. 

I was in awe at how closely they followed the manga.  If they keep doing that then I will be at peace with this adaptation even if I'm not really loving it.  It is reminding me of Watchmen in the sense that the beats and visuals are happening but a bit hollow.  I completely understand folks tapping out, especially with free trials expiring, but I think the series as a whole will avoid being the complete travesty many of us expected.   

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Berserk (2016) Anime Impressions - Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 02:14:38 AM »
I think Femto is a pretty big deal for apostles  :guts:

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Berserk (2016) Anime Impressions - Episode 3
« on: July 15, 2016, 08:49:25 PM »
I think the flashbacks and images Puck picked up from Lady Taxidermy all belonged to Brog apostle.  He would have been there to see Femto.

The God Hand is more evil. They have more evil power. I don't think the manga leaves us any doubt about that.
Yeah the point I was trying to make here was completely lost.  Apostles are people imbued with power while the GH are transcended beings - so when an apostle kills someone they are an asshole but when a GH kills someone it is just their nature.  If a dentist from the midwest kills an giraffe it' a big deal but if a lion does the same thing, well, that's just the way things go.  Maybe there isn't any wiggle room here.
Oh boy, that's completely wrong on all fronts. Griffith right now is no different from Femto. It's the same person.
And about Guts, while he did tell him he felt nothing, the child inside him (Guts' son) does feel something, which will be a key element when they eventually face against each other. Just like the boy made Griffith protect Casca from falling rocks, he might stop him from hurting his father.

See here's the thing about this for me...Isn't Griffith in a human body?  Similar to Jesus Christ who was simultaneously completely human and completely divine.  Jesus had the full human existential experience while being a deity.   That's why I refer to Griffith/Femto as separate entities -  because Femto(God) does not possess a human body while Griffith(Jesus) does indeed - essentially two parts of the same being.  I may be reading into this incorrectly, but with Griffith being a prophesized mesiah I thought the parallel couldn't be ignored.

I understand that the boy is influencing his actions at times but I hadn't really figured that into the equation.  My point here is that Griffith has established his Kingdom in more than one sense and I'm sure he cares about protecting that very much and is not totally devoid of all emotion.   

I think you're falling into the trap of thinking of the apostles as purely evil.  They seem to all have their character flaws indulged, nurtured, and as a result become more prominent.  As early as the Slug Count we see some emotions as he is obviously struggling with sacrificing Teresa.  Rosine has a very emotional departure and cares deeply for Jill.  Griffiths new generals all have personalities and even Zodd has been shown to be multidimensional. 

I belive Griffith'so ambitions have reached new heights, making him more dangerous than ever.  Considering he is also a member of the GH and not just a lowly apostle we can assume that he has more freedom than apostles. 

Apostles are created differently from members of the GH, however, and so there may room to debate which faction is more "purely evil."  While Apostles wander the land satisfying their various lusts, Griffith is working on a higher plane with a far grander vision. 

So to cut to the chase, Femto is pure unadulterated evil while this form of Griffith is probably much more susceptible to the human condition making him feel and act more human.  While he apparently holds no more regarding for Guts, I'm sure there are other things he cares deeply for and will die to protect.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2016, 06:13:28 PM »
I've come to reveal myself as Miura.  Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Happy birthday Miura!  Here's to another 50!

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 2
« on: July 10, 2016, 06:03:17 PM »
You just called in an air strike on your face.  Good luck!

Anime Asylum / What does Berserk really mean to you?
« on: July 07, 2016, 05:08:12 AM »
This is the best Berserk website on the nets and screw you if you disagree.  I've been an official member since 2010 and a lurker for far longer, and this site has time and time again opened my eyes to the nuances of Berserk that I overlooked.  My appreciation and enjoyment of Berserk is exponentially larger due to this community.  Having said that, I think it's time for us to address the elephant in the room.

There has been a flurry of new activity on these boards since the anime debuted.  Most of the posts consist of people dog piling on the anime and one upping each other on new ways to say it's the worst thing ever.  Yes, the anime sucks, we all know it, and it's extremely fucking obvious to anyone with eyeballs.  Let me just point something out to everyone losing their grip because the anime is so bad - there are going to be A LOT of people completely new to Berserk that end up landing on this page.  Make them feel welcome!  Show them the light!  Don't make the reaction to the anime so toxic that people will be afraid to confess that they may have actually enjoyed it.  These folks dont' even understand how they have been shortchanged and it's up to us to explain the real Berserk to them.

Forgive me if I leave someone out but I have watched Aazealh, Walter, Griffith, and others be fantastic ambassadors for the series.  These folks have meticulously explained, theorized, and shot down nonsense over the years.  One of my favorite things about this website is the quintessential Aazealh reaction posts where he deftly eviscerates arguments point by point leaving nothing but the facts in his wake (hopefully there's isn't one of those following this post).  That's a guy who loves Berserk and this community - as opposed to the guy who shows up just to shit all over the anime.

If all you have to contribute is vitriol then maybe examine your motivations and place in the Berserk fandom world. is extremely passive about the Patreon page, so much so that despite being a member for years, I only discovered it early this year.  If you havent spent time on these boards in the down times between episodes or have not positively contributed to this community then I encourage you to make a pledge to the Patreon page as a show of solidarity (maybe consider a couple bucks even if you are a contributor  :ubik:). 

Just today I was browsing reddit on a default account and Berserk was on the front page.  It was a post about the monsters of Berserk and there was a huge amount of curiosity about the series as a whole and especially the new anime.  New fans are on the way and we should be able to welcome them into the fold.  If this is your home for Berserk or one of your daily visited sites then consider doing something other than complaining to keep this community alive and kicking. 

We have a dozen more episodes coming our way and if this is our reaction to every episode then it is going to get old really, EXTREMELY, fast.  The horse has already been beaten into subatomic particles.  Just ask yourself how you can help other people appreciate Berserk the way our admins and others have over the years. 

I understand that there are a lot of raw emotions surrounding this new project but I'm just asking for us all to take a deep breath and look at the big picture.  We need to be the place where folks get pointed in the right direction, not ridiculed into exile.  We are at an extremely exciting part of the series.  A portion of the story is now unfolding that some of us have been waiting for over a decade to see revealed.  I don't need a Berserk anime and the real deal is now more exciting than ever.  Don't sour this exciting time by pushing potential Berserk fans away before they have a chance to learn the true depth and sincerity of the series.

I'm getting off my soapbox now.  I hope I haven't overstepped my bounds.  I'm only asking that we, as a community, don't overlook the one truly great aspect of this animation, the inititiaion of new Berserk fans.

Creation Station / Re: Berserk Colorized
« on: July 02, 2016, 06:30:40 PM »
Well, let's not do that then.  Is it because it is illegal to distribute the colorized pages?  Is this true even if you own the volumes and/or digital versions?

Creation Station / Berserk Colorized
« on: July 02, 2016, 05:43:00 PM »
With everyone coming out of the wood work to comment on the anime, let's use this frustration for good.  Might I suggest we blow up the Patreon page so we can hire someone to colorize the series.  It will be better than any anime adaptation we are going to get   :ganishka:  In the meantime, I'm going to get out my crayons and color my volumes so I can use it as a flipbook and make my own anime - problem solved.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 09:44:21 PM »
If they wanted to get to new material, they should have started with the Black Swordsman arc. It could have been done in one movie. Then they could have moved on to other things as they saw fit. So I think you're wrong here, and that's supported by what the director said at the time. Anyway, the team in charge of the animation isn't the same anymore so it's moot.

Yeah but this misses the point of the Black Swordsman arc (which is entirely new material) playing a vital role in establishing core aspects of the story, the world, and the characters. So they'll shoehorn all that (or skip it) as they go... and for what reason?

Unfortunately, it's the journey that matters, not the destination. Berserk is the story of Guts. If they have no faith in that, then they shouldn't take on the project to begin with. There's no excuse here.

For the record, I agree with you 100%.  I am in no way carrying water for this adaptation or trying to excuse it.  I wanted it adapted from page 1 using the manga as a story board, but obviously we are light years away from that sort of thing.  I'm suggesting the episode is a cobbled mess, in large part, because they are rushing to the part of the story they want to tell - something akin to what they did with the movies.  When we get to that point, maybe they will adapt it in a more faithful manner.  There's no going back and damage has been done but maybe this series will get better when it hits its stride.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 03:47:02 PM »
The anime project's initial goal was to animate the entire series, but obviously this hasn't panned out.  These folks attempted to do Golden Age in a single movie for a reason - they wanted to get to new material.  This first episode seems to have been pieced together with the same intention.  It really was a jumbled mess, thanks to the editing, and everything was moving at break neck speed.  The episode shows us that Guts' brand attracks evil spirits, Guts is in constant danger, and he does not bat an eye at taking a life (but not really since he hesitates to kill Colette).  We are reminded of the eclipse, shown some main characters, and get a full demonstration of Guts' arsenal and combat prowess.  The story was butchered to catapault it into the next phase.

My theory - they haven't adapated the story faithfully thus far because they have no confidence in the post eclipse episodes bringing in viewers.  Someone determined incarnation was the way to get the most viewers, so do whatever it takes to get us to that material.  We need a band of heroes facing off against a horde of baddies to make fans.  I hope that once they get to "the starting point" for their adaptation (we aren't there yet, folks) they will slow the hell down and start being faithful.

I don't think this adaptation hurts Berserk and for that much I am grateful.  I am really curious to see how this adaptation goes moving forward.  I think it is entirely possible that we reach a point where the writers believe they have adequately set the table and are ready to present the story accurately.  I could be completely wrong but I'm gonna give this project the benefit of the doubt for a few episodes before I banish it to hell.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 14, 2016, 12:15:07 PM »
Hey man, you might wanna reread that section of the story or your post because, right now, it sounds like you're bummed that you wont see our hero nonchalantly murder children.   :isidro: We are talking Berserk not Star Wars.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 10, 2016, 02:45:15 PM »
So season finale is Femto incarnated.  Season 2 will open with the group reaching Skellig. 

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