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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 316
« on: October 26, 2010, 06:15:23 PM »
Did you guys notice how Isma has specific eyebrows? They don't go all the way over her eyes. In real life many people have ones like hers. It can even make some women reluctant to remove their eye makeup. However Isma still looks pretty, with her very round eyes and single eyelids. I'm not sure if it's related to her half-Merrow nature, but I think Miura gave her a strong individuality when he created her. I want the same haircut. :iva:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: September 17, 2010, 04:53:59 PM »
yea, they should just put Puella on payroll to do everything they can't.

Actually I often imagine myself working as an official translator for Berserk. And why not? Translation is my profession. It would be an honor for me. Hell, I'd probably do it even if I were paid a third of my usual rate. It'd be my most enjoyable job to date.

But I know it won't happen. I'm not even a US citizen. I guess they could hire me as a consultant to review the work, but it's an additional cost that I doubt they would be willing to spend.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: September 16, 2010, 05:00:54 PM »
It's true the translation isn't good, but I don't think DH would have an easy time finding a better translator for Berserk, especially considering what they must pay for it (not much). Our great manga requires the highest translating ability: great knowledge about history, religions, folklores, cultures, old Japanese words, gastronomy, dialects, complex combinations of Chinese characters, etc. Actually, it'd be almost impossible for them to find the perfect guy, I'd bet on it.

I've translated very specialized medical texts written by doctors from Japanese to English, and I find it much easier than Berserk. But a lot less interesting. :iva:

Site & Forum News / Re: The forum anniversary
« on: August 03, 2010, 11:51:42 AM »
The site will be 10 years old on October 19 of this year, and the forum will turn 10 next year. We're going to have to plan some event!

Wow, those were 10 great years! I second your idea!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 312
« on: February 23, 2010, 12:39:16 PM »
And regarding the last panel, I think it could be a shot of the girl viewed through Schierke's "astral vision".

I think it might rather be the girl's reaction to Schierke, suddenly becoming aggressive as she notices her power (as a witch).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 311
« on: February 21, 2010, 03:39:48 PM »
About the idol, maybe the sea god doesn't really look like it? Since it's from an old legend, eye-witnesses must have been lacking...

In a previous post I mentioned how I thought he could resemble a merman but I didn't convey what I meant correctly. Technically a merman can only attack people who are at sea and Guts & co are on land right now. What I envisioned was just an amphibious creature covered with scales.

I've also been imagining that Isidro might find something in the cave that has blinded the villagers for a long time, like a spell of some sort. Maybe Guts will not really have to fight and instead Schierke will have to perform a ceremony to remove the powerful and sinister od from the island.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Isidro enter the lair of the Sea God?
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:00:35 PM »
It seems to me that the village was devastated recently. Maybe the being became more active since the astral wind blew? Or it was just a legend but recently appeared in the world.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Isidro enter the lair of the Sea God?
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:41:19 AM »
Many people voted for option 1, myself included. But do you guys really think Isidro is so reckless as to think he can even fight a monster like the sea cucumber? I doubt it. I guess in that regard he will have to assume there's no monster in the cave for some reason.

Also, I personaly think the god is much more powerful than something like the Kundalini, considering what Schierke says (Od wrapping the whole island). I also like the idea that the god could be related to the pirates' transformation. And he might even be the one who transformed the pure, innocent and nutritional sea cucumber into a monster.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Isidro enter the lair of the Sea God?
« on: February 17, 2010, 08:03:16 PM »
Which do you think Isidro will get, the Flippers or the Zora armor? :troll:

Behold the Lord of the Sea!

Well, I kinda agree with you since I'm imagining the Sea God might look like a sort of merman.

Speculation Nation / Will Isidro enter the lair of the Sea God?
« on: February 17, 2010, 03:09:09 PM »
We have less than a week to answer this poll since the next episode will come out soon. Hurry and vote! :troll:

Actually it was a very hard question for me. I can't stop expecting them to end up like Tom Sawyer and Becky. :guts:
So I voted for option 1. My two cents are on "He ventures forth, considering himself a "pro" when it comes to these situations. The girl follows."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 311
« on: February 16, 2010, 12:05:55 PM »

Well, I'm quite surprised that my favorite food could look that creepy! :magni:

Magnifico: Don't tell me you're thinking of putting them on the menu this evening!

Japanese people are heavy consumers of sea cucumbers. They especially like to eat them raw with some vinegar. Miura might have gotten the idea for this new monster while eating some himself! My point is, ahem, you're giving people the wrong idea about this most delicious, nutritional and sadly expensive delicacy, Aaz!! :zodd:

I always feel sorry for the many harmless sea animals that inspire monsters only because they don't have hair and have horrible eyes.

Anyway, it occurred to me that our relentless Isidro might have a small romance with the girl. Why not? Maybe they'll have a thrilling adventure in the cave like Tom Sawyer and Becky, who ended up kissing? :isidro: The boy hasn't had real romantic experience so far despite his very dynamic and enthusiastic nature. Schierke is too boring and serious for him, though they'll probably get along eventually.

As for the idol, it reminds me of a conception from old Asiatic folklore. A powerful being has been worshipped by some villagers for a long time, but when a warrior arrives there, he finally reveals its true identity, that of a simple animal who's blinded them by changing its appearance.

This episode was really interesting, I can't wait for the next! :chomp:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 308
« on: October 11, 2009, 07:51:36 AM »
Too bad the boss and his crew finally got possessed/killed. :judo: I like the boss, especially his conception about his "business". He considers selling kids to be a decent and legal job. :ganishka: A man of conviction, always cussing but charismatic, which makes his men obey him though he's just a vicious villain. I think the reason the ghost ship is going after the Sea Horse may be that the boss' strong will and desire for revenge prevailed over death. He hasn't showed up much but I think he'll be remembered as a character who stood out.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 307
« on: October 03, 2009, 07:03:39 PM »
The next episode is in less than a week. What are you guys expecting? Sea monsters? Skellig in sight? Guts healed?

What I keep wondering about is why they showed his arm in the preview page. :???:

News & Not News / Usui Yoshihito, creator of Crayon Shin-chan, is dead
« on: September 23, 2009, 05:13:46 PM »
It looks like the news hasn't reached many people in the West. Usui Yoshihito, the author of the very popular manga "Crayon Shin-chan" is dead. It was an unbelievable accident. It seems he fell off a cliff while taking pictures. His last photo was even revealed recently.

I love Shin-chan very much. I've been reading the manga since it was serialized in a Korean magazine for women. Not many people know that the manga originally targeted adult women (especially married women). So its topic naturally includes a lot of "sexual" stuff. But the target switched to children as the character became more popular long time ago.

Some articles on the incident:

His two daughters worked with him as his assistants. He'd implied he intended to finish the series soon, as soon as his contract would be over in fact, in an interview in 2007. In Japan and Korea, many people are sad about this great loss. He really was a kind man, dedicated to his fans. Sensei, thank you very much for amusing us for the last 19 years! :sad:


Current Episodes / Re: Episode 307
« on: September 23, 2009, 07:38:02 AM »
Huh, So Rome was built in a day.  :troll:
I wonder if some astral creatures slaved over it in secret for decades to prepare for its instantaneous appearance. :iva: It's a real "fantasia", right from the start.

By the way, I have been thinking about what could possibly lead Guts to stay in Elfhelm for a while.
Maybe the Elf King will tell him:

1) It takes a long time to cure Casca
2) It takes a long time to Guts to heal, including making his arm and eye regrow. :isidro:
3) Guts should learn some special skills to cope with Griffith.

Now, once they have decided to stay there for some time, what will they do?

1) Farnese masters her training to be a witch.
2) For Guts, what should he do? Farming or smithing?
3) Magnifico meets a girl there, which gives him a fair reason to stay? Or he starts business plans with the mischievous elves...
4) Farnese is a good reason for two of the guys to stay there, Roderick and Serpico.
5) Schierke should learn more about the real astral world and such.
6) Every member should listen to and learn from the Elf King to deal with the new world.

if/when she is fully restored, I have no doubts she would be against Griffith for all the evil things he's done.

I think there's also a possibility she will stop Guts from going on his revenge against Griffith, not because of her crazy affection for him but because she wants her lover to remain safe. It's easy to expect her to be shocked when she sees Guts' face. What would be a better choice for her: to join his group to fight against their ex-friend, the evil overlord, risking all their lives and letting Guts losing his mind more and more or to cure Guts by giving him a normal and happy life like Rickert and Erica? It's not simple to make a decision between the two. It might sounds wimpy to you guys, but I'm thinking about that possibility in relation to Casca's reaction when Guts was fighting Wyald. She said "Why should he always fight? Can't he just avoid it (run away)?"

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your plans for the future
« on: July 23, 2009, 09:20:53 AM »
THis thread depresses me... I have no future....
Don't be depressed. Many people live like you. Your plans don't even have to be big. Looking forward to a game or book can work as well.

Anyway, I'd also like to know about more unlikely wishes you may have. An example of mine would be:
1) To see blue butterflies by chance.

There are many ways to see those: they can be found on specific hills in Europe, in South-America or simply in the region of the Amazon where there are tons of beautiful and rare butterflies, including blue ones. But there's none around where I live!
2) To meet Miura by chance.

I often imagine I run into Miura in Paris or in another place in Europe. I think he visits Europe often, which means there could be a chance. But if I noticed him in the street, what would I tell him? I'm thinking about the lines in Japanese these days. :carcus:

Nothing too unrealistic, right?

However, I completely agree that it would make a fascinating, yet painful crossroad for Guts if she retains nothing -- as you say, he would have to choose whether to bring her up to speed or let her be in peace. I tend to think he would bring her into his world and explain it all, because I think he desperately needs a partner in coping with all that's happened in order to tame the Beast, not just an oblivious companion from a different time in his life.

Yeah, it would be another hardship for Guts. However, we can't overlook the fact that it would also be painful for him to see his lover suffer and be full of fury or agony (basically like himself) everyday. That's unless she fully gets over the tragedy, which is almost impossible because it'd mean she would be mentally stronger than Guts. Anyway, personally I don't think Guts will fully get what he wants with Casca in Elfhelm.

I know this kind of topic has been discussed many times before, but I wanted to focus on Guts' choice if it did happen like this. Yeah, it sounds sort of lame if Casca only recovered partial memories. But it would allow her to be sane without holding a strong grudge, unlike Guts. Considering she's the only hope for Guts to rein in the Beast of Darkness, maybe she could cure him well without being either hurt by the past or completely getting over it (the best option, obviously). I think having a memory lapse would be the second best option.

I've been thinking a lot about this matter. Casca might regain herself with the help of the King of the Flower Storm, but what if she doesn't remember anything about the eclipse? I mean she could have just kept all the memories before the occultation.

I also thought maybe she still doesn't want to get back to her original state, considering what SK said: "However, it's not sure you and her will want the same thing." I see it as kind of her choice to have been an imbecile-like girl so far because her inner mind didn't want to cope with the horrible reality. It actually happens to many people who have crazy experiences. They remain speechless or insane or retain no memories. It's a sort of subconscious self-protection mechanism.

I've been wondering about how this could be a partial success for Guts. If she doesn't remember anything about the eclipse, what should Guts do? Should he tell her everything, at the risk of deeply hurting her, in order to rally her against Griffith?

If this thing happens, I think Guts will just leave her like she is. But then, it means he can't keep his journey for revenge and she can't accompany him, which lead him to make a decision to leave her behind AGAIN. Or simply, he can take her with him without telling her anything.

What do you guys think?

Shootin' the Breeze / Your plans for the future
« on: July 20, 2009, 07:32:43 PM »
I've been working on several awfully boring projects these days. To change my mind I felt like asking you guys what are your big plans for the future at the moment.

Personally my concern is to have a house with an in-door swimming pool. Consequently I should build up my career to meet the financial requirements. I'm not interested in journeying too much. I'd rather focus on getting everything I want at home right now. I can understand Michael Jackson in this regard. :badbone: Then, of course, we'll have a display room filled with only Berserk stuff. I also need a room to serve as my office. I'd probably like to have garden parties, inviting people and so on.

Thinking about it I get cheerful, but I should get back to work anyway. :judo:

Character Cove / Re: Puck appreciation thread
« on: July 12, 2009, 09:04:09 AM »
This one is my favorite. When Guts is imprisoned by Holy Iron chain knights and Pucks saves him, but not for free. LOL

That's also my favorite. It's one of the many times Puck saved Guts (who else saves him besides the Skull Knight?) and it's also the only time we can see Guts speak politely in the manga.

But, also when he's serious. Such as when Puck sees Guts transform in vol 27, and begins to fear for Guts' humanity ... it always makes me sad  :judo:

Yeah, I also like when Puck thoroughly reads Guts' mind and sympathizes with him. He even consoles Guts and always tries to drive him to be good and kind.

Character Cove / Puck appreciation thread
« on: July 11, 2009, 09:05:26 AM »
Puck is great, that is a fact. So let's post about it! Either funny or epic moments he's had, anything that you like about him. And since there are enough threads complaining about him, please don't bother posting in here if it isn't to say something nice. :puck:

I'll start with a moment in volume 24 when Isidro recognized Puck as truly acting like a teacher to him. Isidro was just done training with Guts and got into an argument with Puck. He was summarily defeated:

He then revealed his dream of becoming the ultimate swordsman, to Puck's amusement:

Finally, while Guts and Serpico were busy "gathering wood" and Farnese and Casca were being abducted by trolls, we can see Isidro training into the Elf Dimensional Style martial arts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 306
« on: June 23, 2009, 01:16:58 PM »

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 10, 2009, 01:01:25 PM »
Still speculating about a possible last move from Ganishka, I'm thinking that after being almost blinded by Femto, SK's intervention could allow him to see "the darkness" within Femto, realizing it's not true light but true darkness. Waking up from that illusion he'd get angry and perhaps try something against Femto, who would then tell him there'll be no mercy for him.

Meanwhile SK would be busy handling Zodd, who'd be protecting his master. That'd give us two fights: SK vs. Zodd and Ganishka vs. Femto. Plus the mystery guest: Rakshas. =)

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