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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.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 23, 2016, 07:12:31 PM »
Looks like Miura might be throwing us a Yoda curve ball from Empire Strikes Back. 'Oh sure, I'll take you to Yoda, just have dinner with me first while I see what type of person you are.'  It's not suprising, considering Miura's admiration for Star Wars.

Ged even hinted at this in the first meeting when he cautioned Guts to not be impatient, that it would reflect poorly to the King.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 8
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:42:06 PM »
]Was it just me or was ep. 8´s sound engendering again broken an all levels?
The last few eps. were more pleasant to listen to and the low amount of music throughout this show is just sad... This is someone´s job! .... i am getting the feeling that they are only using remixes or unused movie music. These were my original 2 cents.

Yep, this is my feeling too. I've seen improvements but I've noticed very little original music, and when it happens it's inappropriate as hell most of the time. Episode 4 was best as far as this went in my opinion.  A whole lot of heavy metal remixes of the movie songs, and just weird power metal chords that feel like a fourteen year old chose them.  If the music and sound had been significantly better, I have a feeling I'd have been more tolerant of this, but it's just such a shitty rushed job at what should be the bare minimum that gets me. I mean, c'mon! Delay the release for a couple weeks if you have to, but don't serve us garbage.

At least with the movies, changes seemed polished and intentional. This just feels like people didn't know what they were doing.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series : Episode 8
« on: August 19, 2016, 03:38:27 PM »
One thing stupid was Farnese beating two of the Holy Iron Chain Knight with her sword in it's scabbard for 2min. I didn't get that.

Agreed. The weird things they focus on...

Overall it was a decent episode. Pretty faithful to the manga and the sound effects have all improved. The music was still pretty slapped together and recycled, and the fights looked pretty cheap. And what the hell was going on in that torture chamber? Was there no budget to animate?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New member here!
« on: August 19, 2016, 12:57:42 PM »
Welcome to the community. Take your time, use the search tool for questions as we've had some deep discussions on many questions, and be prepared to back up any speculation or fan theory. Enjoy!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: BERSERK Reunion (2017)
« on: August 18, 2016, 06:13:01 PM »

Post production will take a couple months at least. It will be finished editing first, then we'll move into Color Correction, Visual effects, Sound Design and music composition.

Its release will be a festival release first before it's publicly available online anywhere, as most festival require an exclusive engagement to premiere movies. Some won't even accept a movie if it's not a world premiere. After it does the festival run, it'll be on YouTube and Vimeo. I do think that donors will get a chance at a sneak preview of it though through a private link.

That's a wrap! We just finished principle photography and aside from a few pick ups here and there, we are moving into editing, music and VFX on 'The Replacement.'  It went phenomenally, I really love everything we got. I'll be posting set photos soon as well as a teaser. 

Thanks again Skull Knighters for all your support!  I'll keep you all posted!

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:33:17 PM »
Yeah, good luck with that.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: August 09, 2016, 05:27:18 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised to find old band of the Hawk and new, plus some of Guts's party. I'd be excited if Ganishka, the Count, and Silat were included too as PCs. I'd be incredibly surprised if the God Hand were in this outside of cut scenes.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:10:13 PM »
Would any viewer have any reason to suspect that this is Casca's baby?  Actually lets back up. Would anyone even suspect she ever had a baby based on any of the animations?

It's such an important plot point, and it's completely overlooked. Griffith will be incarnated with the baby, and most viewers will be confused as to why we care that this slug monster was involved. And what the hell is it, and why is it protecting Casca.

Other glaring plot holes:
-where did the beherit that Guts has come from (unless you are counting the old anime as canon in this series)
-How is Guts surviving all these massive injuries (whoops we forgot that Puck is a mobile healing machine)

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:02:12 PM »
Not saying this video has no merit, but I think we posted some pretty good in-depth analyses of why this anime sucks on this very forum...

No doubt, and the analysis has been great here. It was just interesting to see a deeper dive with visual comparisons of the directors previous work. It's so odd that they picked a guy of his background to do this. He's not an amateur (surprisingly), he just does bright little wacky comedy series mostly. It's bizarre.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: August 06, 2016, 03:50:52 AM »
Looks fun. Sounds great that we're getting a black swordsman arc in here. I wonder how many characters we'll have by the end? Dynasty Warriors often had two dozen or so. Silat would be great, as would the new or the old Hawks. Or even the Tudor Generals.

Kinda doubting we'll get Shiva though.  :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 06, 2016, 03:43:24 AM »
This one was really a mixed bag for me. There were some parts that felt like decent adaptations. Most of the Farnese, Serpico and Mozgus stuff felt like a good adaptation. There were some small cuts, like Mozgus's story about the nun, but nothing that felt like a horrible abridgment. The early Nina stuff was also pretty decent. until it got to the orgy...

What the hell happened here? Why is evey one a clone stamp, and an obvious one at that. Why is the music here one guy with a bongo? Is no one at this orgy moaning? Isn't it like 60 people going at it? I get that they would abridge a sex scene but this is ridiculous. And when she gives him the soup, a finger just appears in his mouth. We skip him eating it. And who knows what that shadow is supposed to be falling into the cauldron. And when slan shows up, did anyone else notice how the old man cultist with the bird staff just slides in as a static layer ON A CLIFF into the right side of frame?  What the hell? Not to mention the disjointed pushing of Joachim off a cliff within 3 seconds, despite him being nowhere near a cliff. And then every male cultist is not only a clone, but has no genetalia at all. Why not just use shadows or clever camera framing? Why show a fully lit crotch with nothing there? It's sloppy and distracting.

But we have plenty of time for a crazy camera angle spanking scene that goes on for ages. I really don't know who this thing is for. Perverts? If so why rush past the orgy. Action fans? Then why have all the action take place off screen? The fans? if so it's schizophrenic between being incredibly faithful to garbage.

An my God, the pacing is a mess here. Why does the camera feel like it's operated by a crack head who can't settle on anything? Thee are at least four shots where it quick pans over stuff and cuts away before any human can register what's happening. Farnese in the mess hall, THe bird torturer without his mask. The cultist getting possesed. The entire Orgy sequence. It feels like a shitty editor met a guy who just discovered camera movement.

THe Skull Knight scene wasn't horrible, but it did cut the whole fish in the water of the moon light metaphor, which is pretty iconic. Instead he just tells us, somethings going to happen and maybe your brand can help you. And apparently he's made of chrome now.

I'm trying not to bitch too much because it was 'mostly' faithful. But it was just handled in such a crappy way. I really hate to imagine what the battle between the Goat and Guts is going to look like.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:21:45 PM »
Someone posted a pretty good in depth analysis of what's wrong going wrong with the anime:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: August 01, 2016, 08:18:24 PM »
Good idea! I agree, that'd be pretty cool to see.

This could be especially cool with all the water imagery used in the series. The ship could literally sail through layers. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 5
« on: July 31, 2016, 02:35:01 PM »
This is a perplexing remark coming from someone who identifies as a cinephile. What Studio 4°C did with the movies was terrible because the director "made it his own" in the stupidest way possible, and showed that he neither understood nor respected the original material. He just butchered the story and characters and brought nothing to the table on a cinematographic and directorial level, outside of a couple scenes like the opening castle fight of movie 1. So being faithful to the manga is a must. But the point of having an animated adaptation is for it to be animated. If it's mostly going to be the camera panning over stating shots (check out that wacky camera work when the Bakiraka appear :ganishka:), then we don't need it. That's what people are complaining about here.

If it's those wonky camera pans over still frames like the Bakiraka one you mentioned, then yeah I'm in agreement: they look cheap and desperate to evoke something. Most of those are done so fast the mind can't take in what they're trying to do. The shot of the rebels running down from the cliff in the last episode was a particular offender of this.

But lately they have only been doing this type of bad 'animation' of stills a couple times per episode. The remainder of the episode felt pretty faithful, as well as animated (with the exception of the torture scene). It had it's problems like a tasteless scene with Luca and Jerome, repeated models for the wheel zombies, and the above mentioned bakiraka shot.

It's by no means amazing quality, but it has improved significantly since it started, and in the areas we'd been griping about. The art is much better, the music isn't as awful (bland but not distractingly bad), we have varied sound effects, and they seem to be following the manga faithfully with some minor exceptions (nothing as egregious as omitting the bonfire of dreams). Maybe the early episodes have lowered the bar for me, but I've gone from loathing this to being a bit more optimistic for the end. We'll see though.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 5
« on: July 30, 2016, 04:54:13 PM »
Another pretty solid episode. I still have some issues with some of the production value from time to time, but I'm seeing some major improvement.  Same with the music and sound effects. It all seems more polished, almost as if they were working on the early episodes right up until delivery time, but had a little time cushion to continue to refine these last couple. No more CLANG, less power metal sound track. Less bad CGI. And for the most part a very faithful adaptation, with minor omissions of side characters or a line or two. The type of thing that should be expected from an adaptation. Most of the shots are even direct compositions from the manga. It's a little fast paced, but I'd take that over cutting content.

I don't quite get the criticisms I've been hearing that this anime is 'merely' recreating the manga panel for panel with the same dialogue.  Isn't this a good thing? It feels much stronger, I remember criticisms of the movies prior to this for diverting from the manga by quite a bit in composition and content. So which is it that we want? A faithful adaptation , or a director who makes it his own.

So far I vastly prefer the last two episodes and the second one. The ham fisted attempt to squash the black swordsman into two episodes feels like a massive failure without any emotion or connection to the Golden age. Guts was just going through the motions. This latest stuff actually feels like Berserk.

I really hope that when this comes out on Blu Ray to release an uncensored version, they retool the sound track and effects of the earlier episodes to feel more polished like the latest ones. We'll see though.

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