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Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 28, 2017, 07:26:26 PM »
Another fairly faithful episode. I noticed a few lines cut, but nothing that really seemed catastrophic. This was an essential episode to the series lore, so I'm glad it stayed mostly intact. The animation was mostly fine as well, other than a few clunky camera moves. The colors are really working well for the series in these last two episodes.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:03:47 PM »
Definitely not.

Well here's hoping they translate it into english then. :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:14:26 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if we still get a Grunbeld backstory in the manga as well, in the same form we often get for characters like Rosine and The Count. Maybe not a full episode dedicated, but maybe a few pages. The novel may just be an expanded version of such a backstory, filled with details and backstory that is unnecessary for a comic medium. I wonder how much more world building will be covered in such a novel.

Would a novel like this that is essentially canon be a part of the Patreon translation project? It certainly seems like a worthy candidate, even if it were just an abridged version. The implications it may have for the world of Berserk and the characters could be interesting.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:57:18 PM »
Great episode. Some very concrete growth for Guts and Serpico nailed down. I also love that the memories are felt by Scheike and Farnese. They will leave this dream feeling like they know the old Casca to some extent.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:09:45 PM »
I actually thought this was one of the better episodes the show has had. Aside from the trolls, the animation was pretty strong, and the story was really faithful. Isidro's comedy worked for me better here than in the manga at times. All this being said, this was a character development episode which actually took it's time. I'm expecting the next couple to get bad again as we get to Enoch village's big fight.

I also fully expect the Apostle's at Flora's village to be copy pasted as well, which will piss me off a lot.They're each supposed to be unique.

Anyway, this one was a pretty decent episode.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:37:47 PM »
Lighten up guys. Are we really saying we can't have fun with the poor choices this poor adaptation made, or else risk the reputation of the series being ruined forever? That's a little hyperbolic, and the quality of the manga stands on it's own feet.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »
And how about that use of Saxophone in the series. What a great choice! It totally fits the fantasy tone!

Just take a look:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:10:33 PM »
This series... Again pretty faithful, if you exclude the random placement of the introduction of the new Band of the Falcon. I guess we can be happy we got those moments, as it will make things less confusing for first time viewers. But still, what the hell? Why do it like this? is it that important to have two Guts centric episodes first. We now have two episodes starting with this scene.

And how about the art? Wow this stuff was sloppy. You'd think guys they give close ups to would get a little more attention. I've watched cartoons with my nephew that are more put together than parts of this.

Things I like:
- Rakshas was great
- The Shet scene existing at all
- It was faithful for the most part, with some abridgments I could live with.
- Guts & Co. have much better models.
- The pace is moving along at a good clip.

Things I hated:
- Is Griffiths hair plastic?
- Is Zodd green?
- Why is the action so boring? I mean really? This is an action series with great drama, but you'd never guess it with this show. It's a step behind the '97 anime as far as action goes. Giant battles that are amazing in the manga reduced to sloppily animated stills of those panels.
- This series has really neutered Zodd. I feel like he's cream of the crop in the manga, but in this he comes off like a random orc werewolf apostle. It pisses me off, be/c the last two adaptations managed to get him basically right.
- Why are scenes so jumbled? Makes no sense.

But I will say that it looks like they are doing the whole manga. Which I'm kinda fine with since no one else has stepped up. I know I got into the series because of the anime. I know most people are that way. If that leads more people to the manga, I'm all for it. But let me make it clear to any first time viewer reading this: This series is incredibly inferior to the quality of the manga. By orders of magnitude.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:21:27 PM »
This. Many times over, this, right here.

Yep this sums it up. I don't know who this series is for. The story is mostly faithful but heavily and randomly abridged. The art is sloppily copied from manga panels and not original. And the fights are so dull that it wouldn't even pull in an adolescent crowd. I'm dreading later scenes with multiple apostles. It's gonna look like beast wars.

Sorry, I'm holding out for the finished version!

Fair enough. We'll be going out to festivals by Fall of 2017, so all contributors to the Kickstarter will get it then in all it's finished glory. After the festival run we'll release it publicly on Vimeo for the public.  Thanks again for all the support.

If anyone would like to see the current edit our kickstarter film and give feedback as e finalize it, please PM me a request and I'll send it your way. We are handing it off to Visual Effects soon, so we need all the feedback we can get to lock the edit.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello, everyone!
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:54:06 PM »
Welcome Loach! Congrats on discovering this amazing series. Get cozy for the long haul. It has one of the best stories and some of the most creative art out there. is a great community and has some of the most diehard Berserk fans you'll see, people that really dig into it. There's an amazing podcast here, and the mods have discussed and analyzed the series for over 15 years. Be liberal with the search feature, and feel free to ask plenty of questions. Also, beware scanlations, as there are many mistranslations out there that lead to confusion. The site has great translations, and Dark Horse is generally accepted to have pretty accurate translations as well.

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 22, 2017, 02:09:29 PM »
So I decided to skim through the dub a bit more and in episode 9 Farnese says to Serpico "You told our father, didn't you?"  :???:
Good work, script writer.

That's beyond a bungle. It's a mistake that's actually true, but just isn't supposed to be revealed until much later. And Farnese still doesn't know. What a bunch of amateurs.

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:36:22 PM »
Apparently there's some scandal with the original english voice actor cast not being asked to come back. Sean Schemmel, the voice actor for Goku, went on a big twitter rant about it after finding out why, though he hasn't disclosed the reason. Perhaps some type of nepotism.  Anyway, it's an interesting tidbit.  Anyone know anything more?

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:32:33 PM »
They really are poised to ruin one of the better one on one fights in the series with lazy animation. Say what you will about the Golden Age films, but they typically did the combat pretty dynamically and kept them visually interesting.

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:25:39 PM »

What does that even mean?!

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:19:21 PM »
It sounds like Ron Howard narrating Arrested Development.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 17, 2017, 03:06:24 PM »
Yeah, Zodd's body looks more than a little funky.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:39:03 PM »
It looks great! I prefer the black and white one. But man you have a lot of work ahead of you.

Doing a portion of the Lost Children would be cool since it's the one area that's never had any related animation.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 16, 2017, 03:17:21 AM »
Thanks for this.

It looks as faithful and awful artistically as the last season. Like a sloppy counterfeit.

And it is very iconic and cool. Almost like stylized eyelids squinting towards prey.

Can't wait for the new episode.  :beast:

I had a random thought that I hadn't seen discussed before. Any ideas on why the Beast of Darkness and by extension the berserker armor has the eyes styled as a zig zag or lightning bolt? Is there some japanese symbolism I'm missing? Is it supposed to just look crazed and chaotic. Just cool?


Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:43:04 PM »
I can't wait! We're about to hit another major milestone in Berserks history, and it's set to be surreal and full of nightmare imagery.  There are so many ways Miura can take this.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:18:29 AM »
This thing looks like a first draft. Ugh. I fully expect this to end after the Grunbeld fight. No way this season gets to Ganishka.

Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:38:24 PM »
I know you qualified this by saying he doesn't do "elaborate" preplanning, but I think you're taking his words at face value a little too much. Miura says that he doesn't plan the specifics out for scenes, instead letting those play out when he draws them. But he does plan out the big story events well in advance, and offers a great example for how those kinds of things connect: He planned for the Berserk Armor (Volume 26) back when the Beast of Darkness first made an appearance (Volume 16). That's in keeping with many other long-alluded to things in the series, like the current shape of the world being teased by the Enoch Village assault.

Miura's an extremely modest guy about his abilities. So you'll never find him saying something like: "I plan everything in advance." Instead he just coyly talks about how he likes to leave it up to the moment. But clearly he does make some pretty concrete planning decisions well in advance, before fleshing out the panel by panel execution when he's at the drawing board.

I think we're mostly in agreement. Miura clearly has ideas of where he wants to take the story, though the way he explains it sounds like he allows the specifics to come to him when he gets there. He allows for flexibility based on how he's grown. Obviously some of this stuff is very planned out like his decision for the eclipse as soon as he created the Band of the Falcons, or his decision to keep Casca around as a survivor to ensure that Guts had a constant reminder of what was done to him and to fuel his vengeance. But he seems to indicate early on here that he didn't quite know about the specifics of the Eclipse in the early volumes, or even about Casca, but he was smart enough to leave things open for future ideas. He's excellent at this; just look at Flora's Tree mansion coming back to be incorporated with the World Spiral Tree a decade later.

The gardener method was an idea I heard from George R.R. Martin once: 'I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.

It makes me wonder if Miura knows how he wants to end the series, or if he allows his characters and the seeds he's planted take him there in an interesting route. That's not a critique at all, I just think it makes for a very original story that's very rarely cliche.

BTW I love his line about how if you want to make a story as good as Star Wars, don't watch Star Wars. Instead watch the things that George Lucas watched to get inspired.

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