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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:58:11 AM »
Very nice. It's interesting to hear his approach on building characters and the role of villains. I also like how he has a symmetry in mind with different relationship dynamics like the Egg Apostle being the lowest and birthing the highest.

This also confirms that the way Miura approaches storytelling is the gardener method. He doesn't do elaborate preplanning, he just goes where his characters take him. What's exceptional about it though is how consistent he is, and how well he'll do call backs to earlier themes and web his world together.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 81
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:44:32 PM »
Thanks. Yeah, it's one of the parts of the series that isn't explicitly explained, and I think can be confusing if you don't really reason it out. On the one hand, you could simply say that Casca's proximity to the evil stuff activated them, and set off a chain reaction that ended with the tower collapsing. But ... well, we're a Berserk podcast, so we have to go a little deeper than that, hehe. I learned a lot just from doing this re-read and talking about it with the group, particularly about the nature of these specific specters.

It's a unique part of the series and the nature of the spectral blobs is really only implied. I feel like they act as stand ins for Apostles in this shadow of an Eclipse that Skull Knight alludes to. I imagine it's also unique to St. Albion's mass graves since we never see the proximity of our two branded characters triggering anything like it again.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 81
« on: November 16, 2016, 03:12:50 PM »
Great episode guys. This arc is the one with the most confusion often with people, so it's great to hear a breakdown.

We've been busy in post production editing the film and prepping for VFX, but we wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at our behind the scenes.

Before we borrow your eyes for the trailer we'd like you to see what each day of shooting looked like and what it took to get this far. Of course we couldn't have done it without the generous support at, "shares on Facebook" and donations. Here's the "behind the scenes" for DAY-1 of the shoot on our facebook page:

And if you are so inclined, we're still taking donations for post visual effects

Thanks again, I'll be posting other BTS in the meantime and a trailer soon.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: October 04, 2016, 03:36:50 AM »
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his armor already, Gambino's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop blows,
But he keeps on forgetting what he planned down,
The whole crowd goes so loud
He grits his teeth, but the legs won't move
He's choking how, everybody's joking now
The mercs run out, time's up, over, blaow!

I don't think I've ever witnessed this side of Aaz. A welcome turn of events I'll say.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 30, 2016, 05:57:49 PM »
Yeah they're eating and drinking with the help of Magnifico and a few brownies. And while we could see it in the previous images, we can see it a little more clearly with Uriel's pics.  Poor Magnifico can't bear the thought of serving people  :magni: And Guts is apart from the group, looking reflective. I expect it'll be like Aaz said, him reflecting about his past with Casca -- how her being back might change things.

I love the idea of her taking the leadership role. We know she's not going to up stage Guts in combat, but she has a level head, strong sense of discipline, tutored under Griffith as far as strategy goes, and was one heck of a fighter. Of course it will be a little bit before it could even be possible to jump into that role. There must be some sense of recovery after being mentally absent for so long. 

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 30, 2016, 03:25:15 PM »
Thanks Uriel, but you really should read previous contributions before posting. These have all been posted (several times) and discussed extensively. :slan:

As a reminder to all members, Young Animal #19 is now available for purchase on No Guidebook though.

I think there is one new image in here that shows the group back at the wizard village drinking tea. Probably not a bad call as the mods said, because it allows them to skip around in the dream, and allows Guts to fill in the rest of the group potentially about the band of the Hawk and the Eclipse.  Frankly I find it impressive that Miura has made it feel natural up to this point that his companions haven't pressed him on Casca and her condition and why dark forces are attracted to him. I would think someone as crass as Isidro and as cautious as Serpico would bring it up since they're on a quest for it and all.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 29, 2016, 05:37:23 PM »
In any case, we'll probably work on translating this interview eventually, when puella has the time for it. But don't go thinking it's anything but a huge, underappreciated effort for the sake of the community.

It's always appreciated. Fans can get reliable content here that they can't anywhere else. I donate to support the continuation of that, and out of respect to previous efforts that were done just out of pure fan dedication.

Personally, I would be perfectly happy with just a broad summary of the main points or anything that might be interesting in there and that would be enough.

I too would also be satisfied with a summary of the content of this, outlining anything that we don't already know about Miura's process, and thoughts about the series and character's progression.  It's always a fascinating insight, and often clears up misconceptions.

After the three years he was with the Falcons. Guts trained for battle every day, while Griffith began focusing his time and efforts elsewhere.

Agreed. As Griffith's army grew and the Falcons gained in reputation, he had to focus more on the larger picture and strategy while Guts was getting front line experience regularly and trained so often that the other Falcons teased him about it. It was a gradual process.  Not to mention that in addition to skill improvements, Guts grew from a teenager into a man, with significant physical strength.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 28, 2016, 04:45:55 PM »
12 pages? Maybe if more people pledge... I mean this stuff isn't trivial.

No one's asking for it right away. But I'd personally rather see stuff like this translated than Miura's random episode comments from the 90s. I feel like there would be more value added to the community from a recent in depth interview during one of the most pivotal moments in the series.

I do understand that it's a completely different amount to translate, but I'm sure it can be broken into chunks. Perhaps other Japanese speaking users like id0tf0wl can assist to lighten the burden for Puella.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:30:35 PM »
Walter mentioned it a while back.

Is this something that will be added to the pile for the patreon project? A recent and extensive interview would be fantastic.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 28, 2016, 03:29:21 AM »
It's "Enjoy & Exciting". It's how it's literally written in the manga in Japanese, using Katakana.

Weird. I guess something is lost in translation then. I get that it's basically a hedonistic motto, but it just sounds like bad english. 'Enjoyment and Excitement' seems like what he was going for, unless Puella has any insight.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:38:27 PM »
Not a fan of his voice at all. I appreciate the Enjoy & Exciting reference though.

Quick question: What is the best translation of Wyald's motto? Everything I've ever read of it sounds like a bad translation.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: September 26, 2016, 01:14:13 PM »
Man, these really aren't very good. Can't even be compared to those Miura did.

Yeah, even the poses are pretty uninspired.

I'm hoping that they at least uncensor it and remove the credits from the end scenes of ep 3 and 12.  Maybe with some luck, they'll go back and polish a little bit and fix some of the awful sound effects early on in the series. Maybe even the music. But that feels like wasted hope.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 23, 2016, 01:54:33 PM »
Fantastic episode!

Wow did Miura move it forward quite naturally. We already had Guts recount his tale earlier offscreen to the Gurus, in which Danan was already there, so there was no need to repeat that. The tie up of Magnifico and Puck was pretty brilliant as well, with her putting their ridiculous plan in perspective. She really didnít seem all that disturbed about someone planning the enslavement of a species though.

And lím so glad we moved right into the corridor of dreams. I was fully expecting a quest that the party would have to go on to earn this from her, much like Flora asked the party to deal with the trolls before the talisman, but this feels much more natural. Itís very cool how the process is tied to the natural world with psychedelic magic mushrooms as opposed to some spell she casts. It makes it a little outside of Dananís control. Sheís guiding it, but not directing it, leaving plenty of room for potential danger.

Farneseís dream has been covered pretty well to this point, but Schierkeís is pretty interesting to me. A lot of insecurity and secrets in here. I love the more childish art style for it as well.  And Cascaís art style is a genius way to show her state of mind.

An interesting thought on how dreams are actually a part of the astral world: If they visit the eclipse and the God Hand in Cascaís dreams, can the God Hand there sense them and interact since itís more than just a memory? Perhaps a nightmarish gateway to Elfhelm. That could be terrifying.

Lastly, and I mean no disrespect here, does anyone think Miuraís art style has taken a pretty dramatic turn as far as character design? Especially with Guts. The backgrounds are just as detailed as ever, but Iím noticing extra big eyes and pupils on our party in almost an anime style, and with Guts Iíve notices a few panels where his face seems just a bitÖ off.  A bit smushed at times. Itís not affecting my overall enjoyment of the story, itís just surprising how different Guts looks lately.   

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 20, 2016, 01:49:25 PM »
This is fucking ridiculous.

Maybe he'll have a 'manipulate causality' move set.  :troll:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 16, 2016, 07:28:09 PM »
Such a let down.

After a few promising and halfway decent episodes, this is the finale? Garbage animation of the ooze burning up, the tower falling, and Zodd looking like a last minute afterthought.

The music was incredibly inappropriate, and felt like a 13 year old choose it to be 'hard core man.' Completely ruined several scenes. And the emphasis on Nina... why cut so many other things and yet stay brutally true to this part of the story. Nina works in the manga, but in a cinamatic medium, she drags the thing down pacing wise. It's super redundant. We get it, she's weak like we'd all be, we don't need half the episode made up of it.

And BTW how is any new viewer, or even a familiar anime viewer going to understand what the hell is happening half the time? Who is this weird looking baby? Why is Zodd missing a horn? Where is the Beherit coming from? How does Guts seemingly survive mortal injuries (elf dust is barely touched on here). These are things are complete mysteries to a non manga reader. Even someone who saw both the old anime and the movies would be in the dark. That's a pretty big fail.

And to top it all off, it looked pretty damn ugly.

Hire a new studio for the next season guys if you insist on another run of this.

The season gets a 'D-' from me overall. Some occasional episodes and moments that resonated with me well, but overshadowed by lazy art and animation, poor pacing and editing, and a tone deaf score. It makes the Golden Age Trilogy look brilliant by comparison, and I had a lot of issues with that as well.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 28, 2016, 06:27:56 PM »

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 9
« on: August 26, 2016, 05:56:12 PM »
One of the better episodes, but I really feel like newcomers are going to be incredibly confused as to why there are blobs everywhere. They've done a real poor job emphasizing how the brand is attracting these spirits and that having both Guts and Casca in such a death filled place is a catalyst. I hope they fix this, otherwise it's just weird.

Another gripe in this is a problem they've had at least a dozen times now. When they have an important piece of visual information to reveal, they pan the camera over it super quick and cut away before it even really registers what you's looking at. In this case it was the Beherit Apostle descending from the domed roof of the cathedral while Mozgus and pals were barring the door. It does this twice in pretty quick succession, it just quick pans past these details and doesn't give them any emphasis. This is sure to lead to some confusion for people that miss that the Apostle stung each of these guys like he did the Goat Heretic. Kind of an important point that Mozgus didn't have wings all along.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 26, 2016, 02:15:28 PM »
Thanks Aaz!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 25, 2016, 03:58:15 PM »
It's an absolute certainty that this new element will be of key importance in the story. But you're mistaken about what Ged explains. He's not saying it helps elves do things, but that elves don't really go along with it, and so it's sparser in Elfhelm. That's just an aside to him explaining how gravity works in the world of Berserk, and what other properties this element has.

Gotcha. Thanks for clarifying

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 25, 2016, 04:47:46 AM »
No offense but I think you're out of your depth here. Elves like Puck (Piskies) use their wings to fly, and they're associated with sylphs (the element of air). The new element will indeed have a role to play, and no doubt an important one, but we have to wait to learn more about it. To tell you the truth, I already have some ideas, but I want to think about them a bit more before posting.

No offense taken. I guess my point was that we already know enough about how Piskies fly so the new explanation of how Fae do things seems redundant or is answering a question know one is asking. Which to me says it will be important down the road, or else why introduce it in so specific a way. Perhaps they'll use it to get over Falconia's walls in several volumes. Maybe a weigh down flying enemies. Who knows? but I'm sure it's more than window dressing.

I don't think so. No matter where in the world you are, there's always a place for a merchant. Magnifico will eventually have a role to play, even if it's a minor one (but then, he's a minor character).

I hope you're right. An oddball character like him could create an interesting curveball down the line. He's not exactly the traditional hero or companion.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:27:24 PM »
I wonder what the purpose of Magnifico is in general aside being comedy relief ( and a poor one on top of that )

Don't get me wrong, I'm not shit talking the manga or doubting Miura. He's always pulled seemingly unconnected elements together in satisfying ways. But we do know he allows himself the flexibility in his story to change elements and have the plot evolve over time. For example during the Black Swordsman, I believe he's stated that he didn't know how all of the Golden Age was going to play out and even what characters would be in it, and look how that turned out  :ubik:

We just haven't really seen much of a role for Magnifico, other than a rich civilian, who's allowed to be the eyes of the average man for us. I'm just wondering if the goofy little plot for taking the Elf Kingdom's throne was a way for Miura to sideline him for a while.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 07:15:41 PM »
And I am just tickled by Puck's antics with Magnifico. God I loved the way he trolled him (and everyone else) with that King business. Poor Magnifico, he's such a butt monkey!

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.

A second thing that springs to mind: Why introduce a new element so late in the game. No one was really asking how elves fly. I feel like this will be coming into play in the near future in a bigger way than to explain how elves float, perhaps as something magic users can manipulate in the near future (beyond brooms).  Or maybe Miura is just having fun world building.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:53:00 PM »
Hmmm, I'm probably reaching here, but I think we have a new candidate for the woman on Skull Knight's horse's armor.

Thanks for the Summary Puella and Aaz.

Big events happening here.

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