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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:25:42 AM »
So this isn't real?

I seem to recall that there was conflicting information regarding the reprints a while back.

Yeah, I saw that too... I was going to go by a comic shop and confirm that it's in Preview magazine tomorrow. Still, Dark Horse's official account says that it's "not legit news," so perhaps that magazine blurb was simply written in error? Stranger things have certainly happened  :void:

This is also a rather strange way to announce new editions. Check out that section of the magazine. It's where publications can promote themselves and what they generally offer, not an announcements page. If there were big new editions coming this month, one would think there would be a real press announcement for it at this point. 

I've reached out for further clarification, but at this point I'm disinclined to believe it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:18:15 AM »
The digital edition just went live on Hakusensha-E  for about $3:

It looks gooooooood  :beast:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:01:10 PM »

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:22:22 PM »
That's true, there is only 3 episodes left to make a volume. I tought it was 4 left!

I only expect 8 in Vol 40, so there should be 3 left:

. 351: Forest of Corpses and Thorny Cedars
. 352: Main Culprit
. 353: Final Fragment
. 354: Awakening
. 355: Yo Casca's Back
. 356: TBD
. 357: TBD
. 358: TBD

Do you think future volumes will stay at 8 episodes per volume for a while or it'll come back to 9 episodes like the last few (except 38 wich I tnk had only 8ep in it)?

Other way around -- Vol 39 was the first to only include 8 eps (which was weird, because they could have feasibly bound 351 in the volume). Anyway, I dunno. I think it's more important that he releases 1 volume per year, whether it's 8-9 eps is pretty small potatoes.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:27:39 PM »
Rumor has it that DH will unveil an omnibus edition for Berserk in April. No announced details yet. As soon as something official comes up, I (or someone else) will post it here.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:19:31 PM »
My guess is that it's gonna pick up again in sept to december to have 4 more episodes. Than have vol 40 out in march or june 2019. That's my guess. We'll see with time anyway.

Yeah, I think it'll be back sometime in 2018. Miura still has time to release the remaining 3 episodes required to publish Vol 40 before December, making the third year in a row he's had a volume.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:51:52 AM »
Bender is correct, we'll know for sure by the 13th, in the preview for what would be the next monthly release of Berserk. However...

I actually dug deep on this after all the chatter about whether or not there'd be a hiatus. Conclusion: Probably. But the publisher (Hakusensha) has been very inconsistent with their messaging around this stuff. And what gave me pause initially about 355 is that for the past several years they've been really good about messaging the return dates. You'll see what I mean below in a second.

Long story short, if an episode ends with just 次回に つづく (continues next time) + no date, it does generally mean that a hiatus will follow.

See for yourselves -- here's the wording for every episode going back to 330, 6 years ago:

I also went even further back to verify this trend, and 318 had the same wording before a break, as did 297, 279 etc. It seems to me that 次回に つづく is language they use when the publisher really doesn't know anything. Otherwise they'll put ベルセルク つづく + a date.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:02:12 AM »
Was it Demon's Souls, a game even most Dark Souls fans didn't play? :guts:

That's Sony's fault  :femto:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:53:51 PM »
Then the Dreamcast game came out, I don't think the manga had even started the tower of conviction arc when it came out

The conviction arc had started, but Vol 18 (which takes place in Albion around the Tower of Retribution) and the DC game in Japan came out around the same time. So for those of us following the volume releases at the time, they were probably synonymous.

but all the way back then the game told us that Guts started his quest for ElfHelm.

We knew they were headed to Puck's homeland, but I don't think we knew the name Elfhelm until vol 22. The other big reveal in the game was that Griffith was back and he was working with Zodd to find more apostles, raising a new army. Pretty big news given that at the time, we were still 3 volumes before the actual moment of incarnation.

Does this mean that this story arc has come to an end?

Not sure what you mean, we're still just starting out the Fantasia Arc (began in vol 35), and the Elf Island Chapter.

Does anyone have that alleged future timeline thing that Olivier got off of a Japanese BBS. I think everything that was outlined has now comes to pass, except for the portions that deal with Gaiseric and the creation of God Hand.

If we're remembering the same one, it wasn't so prophetic. It still comes across as BS to me. Here it is:

BTW, did Miura remove another episode? every year or so, I would check out whatever the latest episode was, just to see if they had made it to Elfhelm yet, and I distinctly remember reading an ep where Isma goes off on her own to find that the Merrows had been massacred.

Nope. I'm afraid you're imagining that scenario. There's an episode that reveals the merrows and the sea god were at war with each other long ago, and that they had sealed him away on the island. Maybe that's it...?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:24:42 PM »
In addition to Cronus, Saiya, Rane et al I also saw iconically named "Werealmad" lurking as well, but alas my private urging to post went unanswered. Now I think we just need Skully, Olivier, and CnC to complete classic BSOM bingo. I mean,  what do we need to make that happen, Guts' death or some shit!? Ok, being pushy probably doesn't help. :griffnotevil:

A podcast with all those old farts would be interesting.  :badbone:

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:55:37 AM »
I agree, it sounds cliche for a series like Berserk and it's not what I or I hope Miura would choose.

Then why are you here arguing the merits of this ill-advised scenario?

I think it's likely because Griffith eliminates the possibility of Guts exploiting his weakness.

He doesn't seem too concerned about that at the moment.

If assuming Griffith can't harm Casca directly, his only option to protect his secret is to capture her

That seems rather limiting, given that we're talking about a being with near-godlike powers.

It also gives Guts an incentive to leave the safety of Elfhelm and go after Griffith. Now he is entirely morally justified in pursuing him.

Sure but there are so many other reasons Miura can cook up to suffice that without resorting to a cliche "save the princess" plot. While I think it might be interesting for Casca to in some way come face-to-face with Griffith and/or the child (or for her to see one of them turn into the other) and see that scene play out, a kidnapping scenario where Casca is kept like a bird in a cage for Guts to rescue sounds extraordinarily cheesy and off-brand to me.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:46:57 AM »
Wow. A phenomenal episode and moment in this story.

Indeed, good to see you again dude :guts:

Any ideas on who/what the 'faint voice' could be that she references?

The "there's someone I want to see" line came from Elaine a few episodes ago, so it would make sense that Casca is sensing an echo of Elaine's wish.

We've gone back and forth across that time about whether it's Guts or her child that she wants to see. I think Casca, who hasn't yet grappled with being a mother, may think that it's Guts, but I'm still guessing it's the child given Elaine's connection with him.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 11:12:47 PM »
Seems like only around half a year since the beginning of Conviction. Conviction goes from autumn to winter and Milennium Falcon is winter to spring.

Even with a scrupulous inventory of perceived season changes throughout that period, I think that's a really short amount of time for everything that occurs in Conviction, Millennium Falcon and now Fantasia..

There's also the boy to consider. I don't think Miura arbitrarily chose the age of that child, and he's definitely not 2.5 years old. More like 3-4, I'd wager.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:19:54 PM »
That does bring up an interesting question for me: does anyone know how long this quest for Casca's sanity has been going on within the story? If I remember correctly, Guts is like 21 during the Black Swordsman Arc, and I think the latest guidebook says he's 24 now?

He was officially 21 by the time we see him in Lost Children. There hasn't been an official count of the years since then, aside from what Miura wrote in his answer to our 2009 interview (3-4 years since golden age), which would make Guts 23-24.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:15:34 PM »
This was a great episode, loved the energy and excitement! really funny too  :ganishka:

Thanks! Yeah there were quite a few laughs this time around. To be honest I was cracking up last night while getting the show ready, because of Aaz's comedic timing when discussing the "braids" (~11:10). That did not get edited, it was perfect as is  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:47:27 PM »
That image hits right in the feels. I had to take a break before continuing from there...

Thanks! Yeah, it's the emotional core of the episode for sure. I don't have the skill to color it, but I'm sure there are others who can do it justice.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:31:08 AM »

Podcast / SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:16:22 AM »

Episode 94: Casca's Back (Ep. 355) (1h 27m)

The big moment has finally arrived! We gush and chat about Casca's first words upon returning, her BRAIDS,  the future of the series and more.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:28:40 PM »
Right, it's really about her and how she's going to feel post-Eclipse, like what Guts went through in his own way. So, despite being the catalyst, or just the last piece, I don't think poor Guts will end up at the center of this either, merely a big part of it, but hopefully due to his importance to her.

It's too soon to say, but I think the way Guts was used in this episode as the trigger for her darkest memories could end up just being a role in this scene alone, not as a burdening reminder of those times. This episode was about her coming to terms with her past, and the worst parts all flooded back at once upon seeing Guts. Now those memories are back. But that could really be it.

It'd be nice to see some of the soldier in her again now that she's had a nice long rest.

*Casca is sprinting through the forest of Elfhelm.*
*A brownie sweeping the floor gets in her way.*
*He doesn't last long.*

we never see her going on an insane charge like Guts did.

I dunno, she charged Guts blindly and ended up stabbing him in Vol 9. Did that count?

Having a Casca-style Black Swordsman Arc, where she's feeling murderous and suppressing her feelings. But unlike Guts, she'll have a group to help her lower those walls right from the start.

Right and Casca is a completely different person from Guts. Already, trauma affected them differently. I don't see any reason they'd be faced with the exact same stumbling blocks when coping with it.

Confirmed plot armour, we can all relax.  :iva:

Uhhh, were there serious discussions about Casca dying after all the labor and time involved in bringing her back...?

Edit: Someone on the Berserk reddit theorizes that the way Guts is depicted here is simply showing how Casca remembers him until they're up close (i.e. Golden Age Guts from a distance, Fantasia Arc Guts up close whose scarred body reminds her of the eclipse and Griffith's mangled body, makes sense) but that still doesn't explain the cover to me.

That idea is really misguided, too. Guts is wearing the Berserk Armor, has the Dragon Slayer. So much for seeing past Guts! It's a convoluted notion someone cooked up while trying to figure out why they can't quite see Guts' white streak (it's in shadow, like half of his head). And by page 2 of 356, that guy's going to feel pretty stupid. ("oh the hair was white all along? yeah well who cares"). Miura doesn't pull twists like that. If he wanted to go that route, it would have been Guts in Golden Age gear to accentuate what's happening. Otherwise this bizarre effect would be lost in confusion.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:38:19 PM »
perhaps most glaringly, there's no post-Incarnation Griffith either. He naturally seems to be central to this blind spot, and thus why we see an overwhelming closeup of his destroyed body, and perhaps everything that became of him and her, as the revelation precipitating her scream.

You raise a good point here -- her experiences as Elaine were in her own words something she didn't "feel" or "think" through. It would be like watching it on TV, unable to react at the moment. We saw how Elaine reacted upon seeing Griffith, and because we have privileged information, we know that reaction on the Hill of Swords was the result of her sensing her child. But how would the real Casca have felt about that moment? Given its absence here it would make sense for the memory of that exchange to be tucked away as well. It would likely be a continuation of her trauma from the Eclipse, given how tainted her image of Griffith must be at this point.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:23:38 PM »
Miuras comment

Thanks! Pretty sure he's  cheering that Casca is finally speaking after 22 years.  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:19:45 PM »
Wow. Dunno what to say, so I will just asked something slightly out of topic: Iím in Japan right now (lucky!) and was curious to know if I will be able to find this Young Animal tomorrow in any convenience store? Because it says the release is tomorrow, even though itís the 18th of April release  :???: Canít wait to read those pages again!

Almost. You're looking for the latest YA edition, (the one with this cover) with a release date of 3/23. It's confusing, but the magazine is dated April 13, because that's just how they market it. Consider that these things live on store shelves for a few weeks. So it's like a new car, where it's always dated in the future so as not to appear stale.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:07:11 AM »
it almost felt like Miura was commenting on the whole idea of having Casca back, and how, as readers, we're simultaneously wanting her to be reunited with Guts and "normal" again, when really, she needs time to process what's happened to her. In some ways, maybe we're like Danan, poofing poor Casca into a wedding dress in our minds! :ganishka:

She's an elf after all  :iva: I found her antics pretty funny, myself. She's rushing to the romantic conclusion, when clearly there's still a mountain to climb before we get there.

Anyway, seeing this picture of Griffith did bring to my mind this panel of Casca, from right after she sees him in that state. Looking at it, I think it's hard to dispute that this specific shot of him is an appropriate "beginning" for her trauma.

Interesting. That also lines up with where Casca says her memory from that time starts to taper off ó the Tower of Rebirth.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:22:20 PM »
Everything is bright, everything is serene, everything is beautiful. Everything, that is, except Guts. We can hardly see his face, we can't see his eyes, and it seems like all the shadows of the tree are gathered around him. There's not supposed to be anything to fear, but he just seems to cast of aura of menace and terror regardless. It's not fair to him at all, but like it or not, he's now a symbol for everything that Casca suffered and lost on that fateful day...

I agree! But it's not dissimilar from last episode, where Miura obscured Casca's eyes from the reader until the big reveal. Guts laying his eyes on Casca will be a big moment, but we aren't being treated to that yet (not really).

Got a bone to pick with the main man here, though. Guts. Why in the name of all that is holy did you bring the Berserk Armour, the Dragonslayer, and all your weapons to meet Casca. YOU DIDN'T NEED THOSE. Even aside from the memories, that stuff makes you highly unhuggable.

Because you don't travel across the world to restore the woman you love, and then when you're told that she's back, take time to change clothes and unequip things. You run to her. :casca: :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:07:17 PM »
This is one of the coolest episodes in the series. Every page gave me goosebumps. And what a killer ending, wow!

Like Aaz wrote in the summary, Casca awoke with all of her memories, but it seems she accessed the most recent ones first, while some were buried deeper than others. And so she was still in the process of parsing those memories (loved every little bubble) as she was walking toward Guts. And seeing him instantly tapped the darkest part of her memories. He's a living reminder of that time, tied inexorably to both her most happy and most terrifying memories. Miura is awesome.

Really appreciate the extra detail he added to the Griffith scene in his cell -- wow -- really heightens the atmosphere of those pages.

I think Casca's outfit looks great (braids!) and Danan insisting she knows better than Casca about what she should wear is pretty good stuff, maybe she needs an emoticon =)

Casca's smile when thinking about Guts is a pretty big moment for readers, too. All that hard work paying off :guts:

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