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Site & Forum News / Re: Favicon Update
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:41:34 PM »
Thanks! I created one at 900px squared and it worked out pretty well. I'll see about uploading it this week.

Edit: Done -- https://realfavicongenerator.net/favicon_checker?protocol=http&site=skullknight.net

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: December 11, 2017, 12:28:35 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWFgvbf_Zu8

Bloodborne II? Probably not. It looks like new Tenchu, or perhaps completely new IP. I already have Nioh Complete Edition on my sight and I don't know if I want two samurai souls-like games. Whatever, it already looks good! ... as a sneak peek, but still xD

Yep, I'm guessing Tenchu. From Soft acquired that at some point in the 2000s, though they weren't associated with the earliest games (which were my favorite). Still, would be neat to see what spin they put on it these days. Particularly if it's something more than "Tenchu Souls."

In other video game announcements, Capcom is releasing this amazing thing:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/vpUXoCqD6GM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/vpUXoCqD6GM</a>

12 arcade-perfect ports in one package: Street Fighter 1-3 (and all variations) + Street Fighter Alpha 1-3. Coming to all modern platforms in May. So much for that garbage Switch port at launch!  :ganishka:

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Digital comes out one week after, unfortunately.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:54:54 PM »
Damn this forum should be on fire at this point. Do we truly realize that Casca's problem is about to reach an answer? Isn't this December going to be the most magical one of the last few years? I've waited years for this. I can feel the faith grow within me once again and the hype is fucking real

Well that's because most of us have already had that conversation back in June or so. I don't expect 352 to be the last episode in the dream world, either. The final memory fragment is that barbed thing we saw on the last page of 351, so they'll have to get past its defenses and then endure Casca's most painful memory. And THEN whatever happens once they've assembled all of the fragments.

The Preview of the Next YA is officially out:

Nice, thanks Raffo.

Someone pointed out a trend for the recent hiatuses. The past 3 have been exactly 26 weeks long. That's the most predictable Berserk has been in years.

Here's the full release list that I maintain on SKnet: http://skullknight.net/images/eps.htm

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For a few years, yeah. I was mod there back in 2015-16. Left after it took too much time to manage. Too much of a headache, too.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:47:41 AM »
Man, kids are hilarious.  The concept of time is completely lost on them.  I busted out my Wii to play with my 4 year old daughter.  It is softmodded with a bajillion games so, of course, she picks Babysitting Mama.  Apparently there is a doll that comes with the game that has a slot for a wiimote.  Obviously, I dont have this doll so we had to hollow out a baby doll and stuff a Wiimote into the thing.  I think we had more fun trying to get the controller into the doll than playing the game.  I don't think she's gonna be much of a gamer but oh well at least I tried.

There's a great Giant Bomb segment on this game: https://youtu.be/XMEg6mfTfF4?t=7m8s

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:31:11 AM »
The new look is giving me too much of a Mighty No. 9 vibe for my liking (I think it's the wonky running animation). But my kid is certainly excited. I showed him the trailer this morning saying it would be out next year, and after school, his first question to me was "is Mega Man 11 out yet?" It's going to be a long year. His other feedback from the trailer: "Oh no, moving platforms again?" (this kid gets it).

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Current Episodes / Episode 352
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:54:09 AM »
https://imgur.com/rNXsRLX

Series resumes Dec 22.

Attached text reads: キャスカの記憶の欠片つなぐ旅いよいよ最後欠片が...?! (roughly translating to finding Casca's final memory piece.)

Source: 2ch, which also indicates a color page (or color cover) will be included.


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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:51:25 AM »
Capcom picks up the reins with Mega Man 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aSC5A726f0

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: November 24, 2017, 01:30:52 PM »
The DH volumes are 50% off right now ($7.79) at RightStuff: https://www.rightstufanime.com/search?keywords=Beserk

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »
Hmmmm... "until it's done?" Does it need an update or DLC, or are you referring to something specific in your own playthrough?

I only meant that I haven't been compelled to see the game through to completion. I had the same hang-up with SMG2. Fun, but just didn't push me until the end. I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with the game or anything, I just kind of got my fill for the time being.

Still loving the Switch. I recently finished Steamworld Dig 2, which was great. I wish they had Steamworld Heist on there though...


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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:12:16 AM »
BTW Switch Owners, how is Super Mario Odyssey treating you after spending some real time with it? Do I need to pay $350 for it or am I still good making do with my Wii U and waiting a decade like with these other Marios? =)

I haven't played it in about a week, if that says anything. Game's great! I am just not enticed to keep returning to it until it's done.

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BTW,  have you already played SMW2: Yoshi's Island? It's a very different and worthy entry to the canon in its own right.

No argument here, but FYI Yoshi's Island was only dubbed Super Mario World 2 by Nintendo of America's marketing department.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 22, 2017, 02:02:01 AM »
Hey Dirtiest, welcome! I Hope you don't mind me merging your post into this existing thread.

Hello skullknight forum! I've been reading Berserk and lurking on this forum since 2014 and love the podcast so I thought it was about time to post!

Aw, thanks for joining us in these quiet times between releases :farnese:

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While I was rereading Volume 27, Flora said something that I thought was possibly relevant to where the story of Berserk left off.  As Flora presents herself as a wall of flame to protect Guts and company she says to Schierke, "My existential form will merely change. We can meet again in your dreams."

Not to preclude what you're about to say, but I think most would take Flora at her word in this regard -- that she would be able to visit Schierke in her dreams (not Casca's). Even though that hasn't happened yet, I don't doubt that it will at some point.

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I think that Flora might make some kind of appearance to help Schierke and Farnese, either as a wall of flame like she appeared as to defend against Grunbeld or maybe just as emotional or moral support for Schierke so that she can persevere.

I think it would make sense within the context of the other summons, a manifestation of those beings could be present in the dream sequence, ferried along into Casca's dream world by these other two dreamers. But I don't think it would make sense for Flora -- the real Flora -- to make an appearance here and now. After all, the Sovereign's involvement with the corridor has been relegated to flower petals guiding the way. That's likely by design, so as to not add a foreign entity to this deeply personal journey. I just don't see Flora stepping on the Sovereign's toes here.

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Instead, the Sovereign of the Flower Storm might just intervene

Possible, but I feel like it'd be a little like cheating if they couldn't resolve this circumstance themselves, and rely on a higher power to solve the problem. 

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or Schierke and Farnese will persevere on their own and think of some clever way fight against the resistance of Casca's own mind.

Always bet on Schierke   :guts:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:43:44 AM »
I've been playing Ni-Oh on PC (Aaz graciously got it for my birthday :badbone: ). No getting around it it's a Souls game set in 1500s era Japan, and it's really fucking good. It gets bonus points for feeling like a Vagabond-meets-Souls game, what with primary weapon options being dual katanas and the kusarigama. Definitely worth picking up for those inclined to both series.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:13:30 PM »
Plus, Dark Horse slapped a sticker on the front of mine that I'm still too scared to scrape off! :magni:

Admittedly, if there were ever going to be a parental advisory for the content in one of the volumes, that'd be the one...!  :schnoz:

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Manga Mausoleum / Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:07:10 PM »
I recently conducted a poll on the Berserk subreddit (larger sample size: 370 votes) to gauge current popular opinions on the series' covers, but the results were ... not surprising at all :ganishka:

Here's the top 5, and you can see the full results here: https://strawpoll.com/p3sbedwk

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2.
1.

My pick, Vol 17, didn't even make the top 20  :judo:

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:28:56 PM »
Are the translations consistent with physical releases, even up to the latest volume?

It's just the digital versions of the regular DH print editions, so there are not going to be any differences.

As far as I know the digital versions require an internet connection so that is definitely a bummer.

You can download them and then access them without a connection. I can confirm I did this in an underground parking garage without any service.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:58:13 PM »
http://photos1.blogger.com/img/75/4233/640/miura.jpg

Thanks for posting! Miura does indeed look quite fit. All that swimming paying off, I'll wager.

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This is what he wrote on his blog on 2005, it is implied that the photo could be older.

The metadata on the image is: 2003-01-31 18:46:22. In Berserk terms, that means that Miura was probably already drawing Guts' encounter with Slan in the Qliphoth.  :guts: :slan:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:41:45 PM »
Haha, sorry! I liked it. It was an interesting departure from the other 8- and 16-bit Zelda games. The final dungeon sucked, but not as much as the approach to Death in Castlevania (my litmus test for all platform games). It was the final two bosses that were a killer for me. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was down to no lives left and very little health when I encountered Dark Link, so I had to use the corner trick to beat him (I can feel the scowls of hardcore gamers everywhere turning toward me). I still think The Legend of Zelda is my favorite of the two, but I enjoyed them both.

I've never beaten Z2. That final dungeon defeated me as a child, and again as an adult when I tried replaying it on 3DS. It's just monstrous...

As for using "cheap tricks," dude, it's you against an endless army in there! Anything that can tip things in your favor sounds legitimate to me.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:43:41 PM »
I finished Zelda II: The Adventure of Link yesterday and ...

Well don't just coast over that! What did you think of Zelda 2? How about that final dungeon?  :magni:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:08:12 PM »
Super Mario Galaxy - I've actually owned this one for a while, but never had the inclination to dive in for some reason

My god... You're in for a treat. The sensation of long-jumping off a platform in that game, then being pulled back down by the gravity, it's such a good fucking design. Definitely my favorite Mario since 64, and so far, nothing in Odyssey has toppled the fun I had with Galaxy.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:34:49 PM »
I've seen such ideas as well, but don't think you'll get much argument here on the matter.

I think theories that postulate Guts being "special" to explain his strength, survival abilities, etc. are completely missing the point of the series Guts achieved these monumental feats despite being "merely" a human, facing opponents who have given everything that mattered to them to become inhuman. Making Guts "special" through lineage would dilute all that he has suffered through to become who he is.

And that's merely my thematic explanation for why Guts is not "special." What about the matter of evidence for such a theory? It simply does not exist. Guts' origins are touched on exactly once in the series, and the focus of that scene is not a matter of his parentage, it was his incredible tenacity, even in birth. Beyond that point, parentage for Guts comes in adoptive forms, and his bloodline relatives are never mentioned. If Miura wanted readers to be curious about those things, he has had nearly 30 years of opportunities to drop hints and allude to possibilities beyond the obvious. Yet, there is simply nothing there.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:18:10 PM »
Thanks, good to see a lot of the old faces haven't slacked as much as I have.I definitely do, Although I caught up with the current chapter, I now need to reread yet to refresh the story in my head, since its had a long time to fade since my last reread.  I told my Wife how long its been since I read it, and she commented, "So this series that you've talked about the last 6 years I've known you, and you haven't even kept up to date since before I knew you."

"That's just how much you mean to me, honey"  :casca:

That was exciting.  One part of that I was unsure of was if SK inadvertently aided in Femto setting off the "Bomb" to merge worlds, or if SK was just unsuccessful in stopping it.

He was just there to slice Femto. Then his attack was manipulated and used to rupture Ganishka. He seemed rather surprised.

Awesome, It's nice to hear that as of 2009, He was thinking of Berserk as 60-70% complete.  To me that means that we may be approaching the final arc within the next 10 years.
I remember this one. 

That's true, but that's what I've said twice within the past 20 years, so we'll see :badbone:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
Wow, after 10 years of not reading a new berserk, I have now caught back up.  Although I was hopeful they would be further by now, I am still quite happy they have gotten further in the story than I had expected.  I was still expecting them to be on Roderick's Boat making a few more stops along the way. 

Interesting, a 10-year hiatus?! SO LAZY! You've got some catching up to do :void:

Highlights over that span include:

The community's reaction to the big Femto/SK scene, which was pretty crazy to see at the time.

That time in 2009 when Miura answered our interview questions.

Puella's translation of the Berserk Illustrations File interview

The Berserk movie trilogy and all the discussion around it

The god-awful 2016 animation

And of course all of our podcasts

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Hardcover editions of Berserk?
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:40:49 AM »
My Akira hardcovers also shipped yesterday. The whole package is a thing of beauty. And as I admired it, it was hard not to think of how much Berserk deserves the same treatment.

Beyond the books and packaging themselves, there's the artbook that comes with it, containing pretty much everything you could want from such a book. It collects all the official colored work, all the original promotional art Otomo created for things like the anime, laserdiscs, etc., all the "front art" colorings from the collected books, along with drafts, variations, and his explanations for design ideas on each of them. Imagine such a thing for Berserk, with Miura's commentary...  :daiba:

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