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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 10, 2009, 09:11:25 AM »
Hahaha, good one! The words alone, and the image they bring to mind, shock Ganishka!
We'll see. :carcus:

One of the reasons I like Berserk is that Miura is a really good writer, not to mention a great artist. This is why I've been translating the manga. For me, the lines are more important than anything else. I totally agree with his depiction on Ganishka. "Fear" is, I believe, the biggest factor that leads humans to evil. The more you are scared, the more evil you become. If we can be perfectly at peace, there would be a lot less cruelty in the world. But fear can never be paid for, like Ganishka says. I really appreciate Miura's deep introspection on human nature.
Then the truly evil one is fearless? That's quite ironic but it seems the members of the God Hand aren't afraid of anything.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 10, 2009, 07:30:50 AM »
I think the distinction lies in that Guts was taught directly and Ganishka learned indirectly. Ganishka took the initiative himself, while Guts was a child doing exactly what he was told to do. I'm not saying Ganishka's any worse or Guts' any more innocent; but, if anything, Ganishka's upbringing and environment put him at a disadvantage when it came to his survival.

Good call, but I also think it could be a kind of direct incentive that young Ganishka was poisoned by his mother. Anyway, it's still shocking to me that he killed his brother like that. If he had killed his mother, I would have sympathized with him more. (he chose the most effective way!)

I hope I'm not the only one who is waiting for the great emperor to counterattack (to give a "good blow", eh Griffith :slan:) after regaining his senses. I feel he's too good a character to end up just being manipulated by the natural born rapist. :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 08, 2009, 10:34:59 AM »
For me, it's more shocking that a 6-year-old boy would kill his baby brother than the fact he got poisoned by his mother, which often happened in royal families in the course of history. :isidro:

Is it something like the recent stories of young kids shooting people? Was Ganishka born to be evil? He just did it to survive. Guts started killing people as a mercenary at a very early age (around 9). He was trained to do it and it was a way to make a living (and so, to survive). Should we see both cases in the same light then?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 23, 2009, 08:40:15 PM »
I think this is thinking wayyyy too deeply about the meaning here.  In 297 Ganishka mentioned that:
Ganishka: That light is what I wanted
Ganishka: It is that light that is myÖ

And next in 298, we have his little "offspring" moaning "higari" over and over again.  And now in this episode we have the many faces saying it as well.  I also highly doubt that the "offspring" will have the intelligence to put two words together (日+狩).  I believe (again, just my opinion) it's just the unique way the monsters are saying the word "hikari".

Actually, it was one of my numerous thoughts. But why would Ganishka speak like that in this episode? It's not just the offsprings this time, so using the excuse that they talk like if they were retarded is dubious to me, especially since Ganishka spoke correctly before. I can't find solid ground for that. And why would he mispronounce the word in that particular way?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:41:22 AM »
Well that's the problem: it doesn't apply. "Light" would make sense, however the fact remains that the word is different, and if you look for ひがり in Google you'll find results on... sea shells. And I'd already asked puella the first time the word appeared, but she doesn't think it'd be written like that if the goal was to make him speak in a garbled manner. So... Personally I have no explanation at the moment.
The word is really tricky to translate. In the previous episode, I thought it might come from "shiohigari", but it doesn't apply to this episode. I personally think "higari" is a combined word: "hi" + "gari". I think "gari" come from "karu", which means "hunt" or "catch". Karu's noun form is "kari" and the sound should change after "hi" so it becomes "gari". The problem is that there are tons of Japanese words corresponding to the hiragana "hi". In this case, we definitely need its kanji to be sure of what it means. Considering the symbolism with Griffith, I'd go for "灯" which means "light", though it's different from "光". It's more of a warm light (it's the word used for the bubbles of light symbolizing the memories in Guts' mind when Schierke enters it to rescue him from the armor in volume 27). Or "hi" could be "fire". But it's all just guesses in the end.

Anyway, I don't think Miura made Ganishka mumble that specific word while he spoke all the other words correctly but in a dragging way after he turned into a giant monster. It just wouldn't be consistent at all. In brief, I guess the word means "light-catching" which could also be a pun with "hikari (光)".

Yes! A Ganishka backstory, I can't wait for this. Beautiful episode, great to have Berserk back again.
From my experience, we shouldn't depend on YA's announcements too much. They're not 100% reliable and have turned out to be completely wrong several times in the past. For example, that event could happen in the next next next issue. But I agree it's exciting news. :serpico:

Site & Forum News / Re: Writing Miura
« on: April 04, 2009, 10:48:58 PM »
The great thing is not only Miura's answers but also Mr. Shimada, who sent the letter to Walter with much care; writing in as plain a Japanese as possible, covering the letter with a plastic film, checking the box indicating "Young Animal" among the small ones on the envelope and even choosing a fast, very reliable and a bit expensive mailing delivery (EMS). Everything impresses me much. I feel like sending a box of wine bottle to the whole staff in the Young Animal department.

Why don't they sell Young Animal in France? Why? Why?  :judo:

Creation Station / Re: Cross stitch bookmark
« on: April 04, 2009, 07:00:14 AM »
Wow!!  :isidro:

I wish I had such a daughter. And she must be gifted with many other things as well.
I was kinda good at knitting at her age but nowadays I can't even sew a button. I really want to have that. Doesn't she want some pocket money? :badbone:

Site & Forum News / Re: Writing Miura
« on: April 03, 2009, 12:58:51 PM »
Translation of the answers, with the questions added for clarity:

Dear Frank Smith,

Thank you for your support of Berserk.

Iím transferring you Miura Kentarou's answers to your questions.

This letter is written in the easiest possible form of Japanese, but Iím worried that it might not be understood well.

I should let you know that all the answers are based on the recent episodes published in Young Animal.

Q1: To the readers, Guts as a character has grown tremendously in the past few years, but how much time has elapsed in the Berserk world since the end of the Golden Age arc in Volume 14? (i.e. Lost Children - Millennium Falcon)

Iíd say itís been 3-4 years, though itís not been clearly decided.

Q2: Regarding the kanji "Taka," do you intend that to be Falcon or Hawk? Was there ever a conscious change in its usage, such as after Griffith's reincarnation, or has it always been "falcon" to you?

ďFalconĒ or ďHawkĒ, both mean [鷹] in Japanese. In some dictionaries, ďFalcon Ē is translated as [隼(はやぶさ)] but thereís almost no difference. I used "Falcon" from the great name of the ďMillennium Falcon" ship in Star Wars.
Q3: Just before the launch of the Millennium Falcon arc, you were quoted as saying now you felt you were truly on the starting line of the series. Is that accurate? If that is the case, how far along are we in the story at this point?

I think we are at about 60-70%. However, I myself donít know anything for sure when it comes to the future.

Q4: It's been years since the last art book release. There may now be enough content for 2-3 additional books. Do you plan to release any more based on your sketches and paintings?

No, I donít.

Q5: What portion of the story was the most difficult in terms of making hard decisions about where to take the direction of the series? Any regrets?

No specific part was especially difficult or regrettable to me.

Q6: You've talked of post-Berserk projects in the past. Do you still expect to do it, or will you be enjoying retirement after having spent so long working on Berserk?

I donít remember when I talked about my future plans after Berserk, but there's no doubt Iíll work on something else once it's over.

Q7: Do you feel a sense of achievement at what you've accomplished over all those years? Was it worth the sacrifices to your life and health it has required?

Yes, I feel a sense of achievement, since my work has been appreciated more and more over time in society.

Besides, I canít think of living any other life.

Q8: Could you describe an average day in your studio? How many hours each day do you work?

I start working at 2:00 PM and I finish at 7:00 AM. Of course, the time I spend eating is included. I work 15-16 hours everyday, without holidays.

Q9: Can we have some more details on why Episode 83 was left out of the collected volume? Do you consider the events in the episode to be canon? Can we expect to see or hear from the Idea of Evil again before the end of the series?

Itís because I wanted Berserk's world to be revealed just that far, not any more than that. The appearance of god in the manga conclusively determines its range. I thought that might limit the freedom of the story development.

I myself donít know if the Idea of Evil will show up again in the manga or not.

Q10: Rumors of a second season, or new animation of Berserk have been persistent since the first animation's conclusion. These have all been proven false, in time. But to be perfectly sure, are there plans for a continuation of the animation?

Itís possible.

Iíve forwaded all his answers to you, though it took a little time.

Itís very rare for Miura to answer this kind of questions. It would be good if you could think of it as his service for foreign fans like you. And also please keep in mind we canít tell you things for sure about future developments that havenít been scripted yet.

Weíll keep doing our best to meet your expectations for Berserk.

Thank you for your devotion to the manga. I wish you happiness and health.
Shimada Akira, editing department, Young Animal

Site & Forum News / Re: Writing Miura
« on: April 03, 2009, 07:29:45 AM »
This is the biggest thing ever since this site was created. :guts: Shouldn't we all have a drink to celebrate it?

Creation Station / Re: Berserk Comical Comic Championship: Round 2
« on: March 29, 2009, 08:21:53 PM »

Site & Forum News / Re: Writing Miura
« on: March 05, 2009, 01:46:13 PM »
I hope Miura will be happy with our letter.

Selfless efforts like these are the backbone of SKnet and what keeps us coming back every day.

The backbone of SkullKnight, who's composed of nothing but bones? How flattering!! :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: The Women of 2009 Calendar
« on: January 01, 2009, 11:54:34 AM »
January 10
First appearance of the Schnoz, ep. 214, Ď03.

It simply shows how great this calendar is. Nice job, Griffith. :slan:

News & Not News / Re: Shoe Thrown at Bush
« on: December 15, 2008, 08:14:07 PM »
Maybe he was secretly trained? When you become an American president, there are special courses you should complete, including "dodging" press conference attacks. :SK:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official SK.NET Cooking Thread
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:25:05 PM »

Great, you seem to love to cook. Your wife must be very happy! I envy her! :void:
By the way, what's the food on the left? Is it beef?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official SK.NET Cooking Thread
« on: November 22, 2008, 11:30:08 PM »
Anyway, here's a traditional French recipe! The wonderful art of making crÍpes.

Hey, you're not the one who made the crÍpes, only the one who ate them! :puck:

Character Cove / Re: Second-Favorite Berserk Character (2008 edition!)
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:16:38 PM »
I voted for Puck, taking in consideration his great impact on Guts and Isidro. Who else? :puck:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 298
« on: October 28, 2008, 01:47:47 PM »
A quick side note to the discussion, but there's a small exhibition of Miura's work taking place in a shop in Akiba to celebrate the release of volume 33. Here are some pictures of it:

Thank you for the information. :SK:
In addition, they say the illustrations will be changed during the exhibition's duration (which started on October 24).

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Things that scared you as a kid
« on: September 28, 2008, 09:20:33 PM »
There are too many things that scared me to name one in particular. If I really really had to chose one, it'd probably be that I was horribly afraid to let my feet out of my blanket while I was sleeping. I felt like a ghost (a girl in white with long black hair) would take my feet if they were not protected under the blanket. Honestly, I think I'm afraid of it even nowadays. :void: Everytime I close the shutters on my windows, I'm still careful not to put my arms outside. :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 297
« on: July 27, 2008, 01:11:17 PM »
I can relate with Miura as far as my personal work experience goes. I'm not that fast with my work because I love to check many things in detail over and over again. Basically I don't want to deliver my work when I'm not satisfied with that. I always think that if my clients give me enough time to complete my work, they'll get more than what they pay for. That's why I understand Miura. When the artist thinks he needs enough time, we shouldn't urge him in any case.

I don't think it's good to expect a person who makes incomparable wine to produce it as fast as any company makes a soda only because many other manufacturers have been doing it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 297
« on: June 13, 2008, 03:30:55 PM »
Yeah, and man this is the second time Ganishka has tried to swat Daiba from his fly ride. Such an ungrateful master. Maybe he'll find another?  :griff:

Poor old man! But he's quite tough, a real die hard. Maybe he'll outlive Ganishka? :daiba:

My only contention with that reading is that Ganishka still seems unaware that he's a giant hell-monster, as far as the dialogue reveals. Im not completely sure he realizes how powerful he truly is. He just seems disoriented.

I think the scene is very complicated. In episode 295, Ganishka said "my arms to destroy/tear off/etc my enemies..." and in 296, "My feet to devastate and crush the enemies". I agree that he is disoriented but I think he can instinctively figure out that his goal is to destroy an enemy, as well as who the enemy is.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 297
« on: June 13, 2008, 12:41:22 PM »
I can't deny I'm sympathizing with Ganishka, like many of the members here.

But I want to toss a different point of view for this episode. What he's saying can be also interpreted as him feeling very lonely because there's nobody as good/strong as him. They all are worthless to him. Griffith is the only one who is worthy. Basically he wants a real opponent he can fight with. Relating this to his lines a few volumes back, he wants to devastate the beauty, brilliancy, etc. of Griffith which gives him enough reason to be his opponent. I also relate this to one of Rakshas' line. He told Griffith that he was very beautiful and that one day he would take his head.

By the way, I wonder what Ganishka in his current form would think of Guts. I hope he wouldn't just be another insect to him. :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 296
« on: May 23, 2008, 09:36:36 PM »
Page 5

Puck: Itís time for you to repay my daily favors.
Ivalera: I have some doubts...
Puck: It's not like the food you've been eating was for free.

Guys, I think it's really worth thinking about. Can a Beherit eat? :isidro:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Walter's Wedding
« on: April 16, 2008, 08:22:47 PM »
whoops... I'm still one edit back:

Sweeeeeeeeeeat. I love to attend a wedding. Thanks, CnC. :void:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Walter's Wedding
« on: April 16, 2008, 05:15:38 PM »
Congratulations! The bride is so pretty! Here's a card for you:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 295
« on: March 23, 2008, 05:56:09 PM »
Thanks for that, puella -- that helped!

Is that Myth from China.. Aaz said something about it to me, but didn't go into as much detail as you just did.

I don't know the exact origin. All I can tell you is that it's an Asian myth, probably derivated from Indian or Chinese mythology, which was adopted by the Japanese.

Actually Puella that sounds highly relevant to Berserk. I mean it sounds like you just described the Godhand and Guts, or possibly Ganishka as that servant.

I know it's reminiscent of Ganishka's situation in regard to the God Hand, it's also why I posted about it (but I don't think it has got anything to do with Guts). What I meant is that nothing proves the two are related, even with those partial similarities. And there are also some aspects in which the stories differ.

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