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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 49
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:24:46 AM »

Episode 49 (06/14/2014): Beginning of the Endless Night

The regular crew sans Griffith continues the re-read expedition with an extra-long discussion of Volume 9: Skull Knight's introduction, sweaty seduction, royal rape, torture, sex against trees and more.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 48
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:02:08 PM »

Episode 48 (06/02/2014): Divine Right of Kingship

We brave Skype terrors to bring you a solid review of Episode 335, touching on Falconia's defenses, the God Hand's plan for it, Sonia's newfound role and Griffith's stubborn wardrobe. We actually talked so much about the new episode that we ran out of time for the re-read, so stay tuned next time for Volume 9.

PS: If it sounds rough in parts, it's a result of editing out portions where Skype crapped out on us.

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For a long time now, I've tried to champion the legal, digital distribution of Berserk. I think that could be a real game changer.

Well, I was surprised to learn that it already exists:

Right now, you can download the latest Young Animal (ヤングアニマル) through Hakusensha's website for about 300 yen, which equates to $3—far better than the $15 I've been paying since Gigantomakhia.

Why this is awesome: You legitimize your episodic Berserk consumption. For $3. Also, unlike just taking scans for free, your $3 investment will get you all the other stuff the magazine offers, including those elusive Miura comments which no one seems to care about except for us. And because it's not sourced on the toilet-paper quality material the magazine is traditionally printed on, it's the highest image quality we'll see until it's printed in the collected volume.

The site is clunky and confusing as hell, since all pages and the purchase details are in Japanese, but I managed it, and I don't have much proficiency with the language at all. The key is just to have a Google Translate tab open as you browse, and when you run into some text you don't recognize, just copy and paste it in there. Step by step, you'll get there.

I can help walk anyone through the process if they're having trouble.  Here are the basic steps. Keep in mind the vast majority of these steps are for a _first time_ setup. After that, you'll just download each issue as you like.

1) Attempt to purchase the Young Animal. It will prompt you for a login.
2) Create a login using an email, nickname, password and secret question. The secret question answer has to be in hiragana, which can be tricky. For that, you can just browse for a bit and grab some plain text. Paste that in there, and keep it safe somewhere on your hard drive.
3) Select the credit card option and input your credit card info.
4) After validating the purchase (I got an email from my bank saying they detected a foreign transaction at this point), you'll be prompted to download their reader, which I believe is called Book in box. After you've downloaded the client, unzip it and run the .msi file in the folder (if you're on Windows, not sure what the process is for Mac). That will install the program, which you can access through Program Files.
5) Within the app, you'll be prompted to login using the above details you've just created.
6) After about 10-20 seconds, it will automatically begin downloading your latest purchase. It took some time on my connection, about 5-10 minutes. After that you just double click the issue, and can begin reading. Keep in mind that in traditional Japanese fashion, it opens at the "end" and you will scroll to the left for each subsequent page.

The kicker is... Hakusensha waits a full week before putting the latest issue online, thereby kneecapping any competitive edge they might be fostering in the battle against piracy. But it's still the biggest leap forward we've had.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 47
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:59:37 PM »

Episode 47 (05/04/2014): Moment of Glory

We dive in with thoughts on the coming episode, and what's in the big-ass orb in Falconia. And for our review of Volume 8, we finish up at Doldrey, swoon over Guts and Casca becoming closer, and examine the Falcons' final moments of happiness before the dark settles in. Also, Griff and I discuss our initial impressions of Dark Souls II on the back end.

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Site & Forum News / Working on a Mobile Theme
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:54:01 AM »
After a lot of thought and frustration with our theme on mobile devices, I'm working on transitioning to a mobile theme. It won't affect you if you're on a laptop or desktop. Nothing is changing in that regard. However, if  you are on a mobile device, it will automatically switch.

If you don't like this view, you can always switch back with a button at the very bottom of the forum index, or by simply clicking this link.

I'm working on simplifying the amount of data it displays so that reading threads and forum indexes is easier on the eyes. Right now there's just too much info on it. But in the end, I think this will be a big improvement.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 46
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:51:59 AM »

Episode 46 (04/13/2014): Inside Falconia

After a year-long break, Berserk is back. We waste no time, eagerly reviewing each page of the new episode, which involves discussion of Falconia's economy, the basis for the city's (re)emergence, and what Rickert might do when confronted with Griffith.

No volume re-read this time, though. It's 100% 334 talk. Stay tuned next episode for Volume 8, and then, 335.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / What Would You Ask Miura?
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:04:37 PM »
A few days ago, we passed the 5th anniversary of Miura's reply to our 10-question letter . (See Puella's translation of his answers)

At the time, we pooled our thoughts on what we would ask him. I don't think many of us expected to get a real reply from him, but the questions were worded in a way that would increase the odds of that possibility: They weren't offensive, demanding or critical of him. His reply was gracious, and as he said, a kind of thank-you for the international fan support for his series. Of course, over the years I've thought of some things I would have liked to add to that list, and wished I had tossed out some of the other questions (how old is Guts, and the Hawk/Falcon thing), But it was tough to come up with a set of questions that hadn't been asked before (that we know of), and could provide revealing answers.

Now that some time has passed, in keeping with the atmosphere of the last set of questions, what would you ask Miura today?

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 45
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:57:27 PM »

Episode 45 (03/30/2014): Bonfire of Dreams

Griffith's past, the Hundred-Man fight, Bonfire of Dreams and the Siege of Dolrey. Yep, it's almost two and a half hours of Volume 7 dissection.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:31:32 PM »

Episode 44 (03/15/2014): GIGANTOEPILOGUE

*1 day early edition!*
We bring Gigantomakhia to a close with discussion of the bonus episode, and talk about the possibilities in the upcoming episode of Berserk, due out next month. In our re-read, we've reached Volume 6, which includes our analysis of Griffith's "I Have a Dream" sequence.

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Current Episodes / Berserk Resumes April 11
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:56:05 AM »
The long-awaited return of Berserk will happen in Young Animal #8, due out April 11.

First reported by forum member LOicos:

Resume in Young Animal #08 (11/04).
From Young Animal #06 (14/03).

And was subsequently reported by ANN, which included a confirmation image:
Look like info is out :

The last episode of Berserk to be released was 333 in December 2012. Miura then took his longest break in the series history--1 year, 3 months--during which he published the 6-issue miniseries Gigantomakhia, which ended in February. An additional bonus episode is due out on March 14.

This is a historic occasion for Berserk fans.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 43
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:01:18 AM »

Episode 43 (03/02/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [6]

Now celebrating 3 years of podcasting, the crew kicks off the show with a review of the "final" issue of Gigantomakhia; reflecting on the impact of the series and where it could go from here. In our Berserk re-read, we've reached Volume 5, and we spend a lot of time dissecting Guts and Casca's roles in the Falcons and, of course, Zodd's memorable entrance to the series.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 42
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:09:32 AM »

Episode 42 (01/26/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [5]

The penultimate issue of Gigantomakhia is reviewed, and we also reach Volume 4 in our re-read project, and thus the Golden Age. And by that I don't mean that things are all downhill from here... Guts origins, his relationship with Gambino, the Donovan scene, his first meeting with The Falcons, and how these things shaped Guts drive the entire discussion.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 41
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:40:43 PM »

Episode 41 (01/12/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [4]

Goura appears! We're exuberant over the climax in Gigantomakhia. We also dissect Berserk Volume 3—one of the most important in the series. The nature of apostles, the Vortex, the God Hand, and many other key elements of Berserk are fully explored. Don't miss it.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 40
« on: December 30, 2013, 01:10:50 AM »

Episode 40 (12/29/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA [3]

The group dives deep into Volume 2 as Walter rediscovers parts of the story he'd forgotten about. The latest developments in Gigantomakhia are also discussed as the miniseries nears its climax in Issue 3. Over in Video Game chat: Steam Sales, Game of the Year?, Final Fantasy 8 (what?), Zelda Spirit Tracks (what?); and in movies: The Hobbit and The Thing prequel.

I had to bail out around the 3/4 mark of the Berserk chat, but Griff and Aaz carried it through to the end. Hope you guys enjoy it! Pictured is my son, who is eating my Volume 2, which was left out while I was re-reading it for the show. He's showing Guts how teeth should be used.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 39
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:38:06 AM »

Episode 39 (12/15/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA [2]

We review the second issue of Gigantomakhia, digging a little deeper into Prome and Delos' journey. Rest assured that in the distant future, there will be still be suplexes and upskirts. We also dive into our first re-read: Volume 1 and come away with some unexpected observations. We end the show by discussing our favorite books and what everyone's been playing. Also, member questions!

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Podcast / What Should the SkullKast Cover?
« on: December 03, 2013, 04:02:17 AM »
We're fast approaching our third year recording the SkullKast :isidro:. And despite Berserk only having 8 episodes since we started back in Feb. 2011, we've managed to record 38 hour-plus shows.

We took a break from regular recording honestly because Berserk just hasn't been on my brain very much recently, due to the hiatus. Without that, it's hard for me to think of creative topics. That will change when the series is back in 2014. So right now, I'm afforded the chance to think of where we should go from here.

I've reviewed the download numbers to see which episodes were the most popular, and was surprised that it wasn't uniform. I realized that the way I listen to podcasts is probably different from most people. For example, if I like a show, I tend to listen to all the episodes in a row, like a TV show. But podcasts aren't necessarily like that. Judging from the numbers, people tend to download topics that interest them and skip ones that don't. Character shows have proven popular in general, but not all of them.

There's also the question of format. As most listeners know by this point, my two big obsessions are Berserk and video games. That's why the SkullKast regularly spends half its time talking about games. But it doesn't have to be that way.

So, I'm asking you, fellow listeners: What would you like to hear more (or less) of in the future? Our basic outline so far has been laser-focused episodes on specific topics, Berserk Episode Reviews and character-centric episodes. What worked for you, and what didn't? Should I break off the video game chat into a separate podcast so it doesn't clog the show up?

Please let me know your honest feedback! I'm a writer by trade, so I'm used to criticism.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 38
« on: December 01, 2013, 11:31:51 PM »

Episode 38 (12/01/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA [1]

We discuss the details of Gigantomakhia's debut issue and the Sci-fi world Miura's cooked up in his spare time. Then it's on to our impressions on Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and finally a whole bunch of rambling at the end—holy shit you guys.

In the last segment, I reference that I'm sending the guys some images from Google. Here they are:

And here's the embarrassing 1990s-era Nintendo marketing video I refer to :

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Gigantomakhia is Kentarou Miura's new 6-part miniseries, set in a world 100 million years in the future.

The title is a Greek phrase meaning Battle of Giants. It refers to the mythical war between the gods of Olympus and rebelling giants. For a much more rich exploration of Gigantomachia across the ages, check here.

According to an ad in the Nov. 8 issue of Young Animal, Gigantomakhia will run for 6 issues, likely ending in February 2014, with Berserk set to resume afterward.

The first episode will be 44 pages, with one color page.

We'll know a lot more about the series once we get closer to its release, so stay tuned here!

Confirmation came this morning from 2ch that Gigantomakhia will begin its 6-issue run in the Nov. 22 issue of Young Animal, which makes the release schedule the following:

Issue 1: Nov. 22
Issue 2: Dec. 13
Issue 3: Dec. 27
Issue 4: Jan. 10
Issue 5: Jan. 24
Issue 6: Feb. 14  <3

With Berserk to resume afterward, possibly the Feb. 28 issue.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 37
« on: November 03, 2013, 10:21:17 PM »

Episode 37 (11/03/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA

We're back! We return from a break with news of Miura's new side project: GIGANTOMAKHIA. What is it, what are our expectations and what does this mean for Berserk?

Also discussed: New Zelda, Star Trek nerds, Furries, and Superman.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Better Call Saul
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:38:30 AM »
Gilligan spills on a details on his Better Call Saul spinoff:

they plan to craft Saul based on a similar template to their acclaimed meth-drama, and they're even hoping to land a couple cameo appearances from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Hoo boy... Back to the well so soon?

Manga Mausoleum / Page Not Included in Volume 21 Recovered, Translated
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:24:38 PM »
Sometimes, Miura chooses to change things between the serialized release in Young Animal and when it gets collected in the volume. It's rare, but it has been known to happen a few times over the years. The most popular example of this is the removal of Episode 83, of course. But there have been a few others that aren't well known.

For over a decade, I've known about the missing first page of episode 167 that Miura chose not to include in the full volume 21. I owned the original Young Animal from 2000 when it was first released, however over the years I lost the magazine and my only scan of the scene was overlayed with a translation from Cronus when that seemed prudent (it wasn't...), so I could never verify the text.

After much curiosity over the years, I finally broke down and went through a broker in Japan to purchase the magazine, shipped it over here so I could scan it and ask for help in translating it.

Without further ado, here it is (click to enlarge):

And Puella was gracious enough to translate it for all of us, so please thank her:

Guts: I can’t identify it.

Something tremendous, shrouding everything...
Maybe it’s causality or whatever

I won’t be entrapped by such a causeless trick!!

I won’t be hedged (by that)

I’ll cut you down!!!

A missing scene where Guts addresses Causality directly?!  :mozgus: But in all seriousness, as you can see it's not exactly the most important text, and I can honestly see why Miura chose to remove it. But it's nice to look back and see the original intent.

Video Games / Keiji Inafune's Mighty No. 9 [KICKSTARTER]
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:16:06 AM »

Keiji Inafune has announced his next project, a Mega Man inspired side scrolling action game called Mighty No. 9. Watch the video to learn a little more. Basically, sincec Inafune left Capcom, he can't make another Mega Man game, so he did the  next best thing. Make one anyway, just using original intellectual property.

I backed it already at the $20 level. Hey, I'm up for more Mega Man.

Vagabond / US Slam Dunk Nearing Completion
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:59:22 PM »
Viz will release volume 29 of Slam Dunk in the US tomorrow, which means the series is just two more issues away from being released completely. The final volume is expected to be released by December.

I haven't yet checked out what Viz has done for Slam Dunk. I was waiting to see if they'd actually finish it out, but turns out they are!

For those who don't know, Slam Dunk is still one of my favorite series, and it's what got me into Inoue. Highly recommended.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Miura Painted Cover of New Guin Saga Book
« on: July 13, 2013, 03:56:00 AM »

(click to enlarge)
Amazon Link:
Official Publisher Link w/info:

Miura did the cover illustration for a June publication of a Guin Saga tribute book. As fans will know, Guin Saga was a long-running fantasy novel series by Kaoru Kurimoto that was a big inspiration for Miura in creating Berserk. Kurimoto passed away in 2009 at age 56 of pancreatic cancer, having completed 130 volumes in her series.

From what I can gather of its description, this tribute book, the eighth in a series, gathers short stories from different writers to continue her story.

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