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Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:26:27 PM »
Well, I think there are more parameters than that (like age or setting), but generally-speaking I'm just not comfortable with establishing "degrees of rape" where one could be said to be "nothing" in comparison to another one. I think both cases were pretty horrible in their own right.

Yeah it's pretty distasteful, and bad point of view on my part.
I should know better than to throw around degrees of trauma like there is some sort of sliding scale :azan:.

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: May 08, 2014, 08:41:37 PM »
I wouldn't say that.
I felt that way because Casca was raped by one of the most important people in her life. But I overlooked that Guts was sold out by Gambino. So now that I think about it, it really is comparable.

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: May 08, 2014, 07:22:04 PM »
While it'd make for a funny gag comic, I can't realistically see the group finally reaching Elfhelm only to have Skull Knight and King of the Flower Storm waiting to say "PHYCH!".

Ultimately of course it is up to Miura to decide where his story goes, but for him to have Casca be cured only to return to her previous state/ not be cured at all throws out so many interesting plot developments.

Casca no doubt suffered through an unimaginably traumatic event. There isn't a real world counterpart to her condition, but it resembles a mix of rape trauma syndrome/Severe PTSD, and a dissociative fugue. These are all conditions that can be alleviated through proper treatment. Real survivors of rape may carry the aftermath of their abuse for the rest of their life, but this doesn't mean that they will never be unable go on living.
My point is that Casca needs to face what happened at the eclipse, her miscarrage, and all the other rape attempts and cope with them. While Guts rape is nothing in comparison to what Casca went though, he was able to to (mostly) recover from it. Why wouldn't Casca be able to do the same? It's easy to forget right now, but she is a strong character.

This is complete speculation on my part ( as in I don't have anything to support it ), but she could have been pushed into her current state and be trapped there. The King of the Flower Storm's "cure" may be only pulling her out of this, allowing her to deal with the trauma on her own. I have no doubt she'll continue to have PTSD similar to Guts, but at least she'll be sane.

What has kept me reading thorough Berserk despite all the instances of sexual assault is how Miura realistically depicts them. I can't think of other mangaka that address that rape is extremely traumatic and survivors experience lasting psychological distress. I'm wary of holding the pessimistic opinion that Casca will never be sane again based on how Miura has previously dealt with the issue.

I went with Puck because he knows the most about what Cacsa and Guts have gone through, and he has shown to be very understanding and easy to get along with.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:49:18 AM »
I watched 12 Years a Slave for the first time last night and I don't think anything could have prepared me for it. It doesn't hold back on showing the brutality of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/Maafa, and is by far the most accurate representation I've seen on screen.

All of the performances were just fantastic, Chiwetel, Fassbender, and Lupita stand out among the large cast. Lupita's oscar was well deserved, it's hard to believe that this was her first on screen role.

I'm not at all squeamish when it comes to theatrical violence yet the whipping scene made me sick to my stomach and sent cold shovers down my spine. How the hell were the special effects for that accomplished anyway!? You could see the flesh and fat being torn from the bone like it was actually happening. I've never seen a movie show a whipping from that angle, it was truly shocking.

Obviously it was not as easy film to sit through.


I got the itch recently and have been rewatching Star Trek TNG. I just finished the Best of Both Worlds part 1 & 2 last night.

The season premier or Louie was hilarious, and the final season of Mad Men has not disappointed me yet.
As far as anime goes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball Kai have been the only two I've bothered paying attention to at the moment. Stardust Crusaders has been nothing short of fabulous. I wish the Berserk adaptations were as faithful and true to the spirit of manga as the JJBA anime adaptation. Not to mention the JJBA anime has good examples of cell-shaded 3d animation.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 47
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:58:47 PM »
A few times I've enjoyed following along page by page, other times I've had the volume nearby to quickly refer to when I can't remember specifics.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 47
« on: May 05, 2014, 08:10:14 PM »
"And on this page, Guts says 'Here I go,' and sticks it in.  :beast:
That's what I'm talking about. :carcus:

I am loving these re-reads! You guys help me notice so many details I had never picked up before. I feel like I am in an awesome book club.

I don't own any digital copes, so I can't recommend them.

As far as physical copies go, has all the volumes for 50% right now. So if budget is an issue now is the time to pick them up!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How did you find out about Berserk?
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:48:37 PM »
You Oregonians are tough. :magni: What did you watch when you were in elementary school, Legend of the Overfiend or something? Your mom seems like a rad lady.

Is anyone else in your family still a Berserk fan? Get your mom in here!  :iva:
:ganishka: Never watched that one, but I did watch stuff like Genocyber, Ninja Scroll, Demon City Akira, and Fist of the North Star. My older brothers were into that kind of anime so I'd watch it with them.

Unfortunately I am the sole Berserk fan. Although my mom has recently flipped through the volumes and marveled at the detail. She doesn't remember the story, but figures it must be good if I still like it so much.

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: May 01, 2014, 10:32:51 PM »
She called herself a bitch outright, thought of herself as one, and admitted to acting like one. This isn't a social ethics class, and I'm not here to entertain your feminist sensibilities, so cut it out.
She called herself that in an inaccurate scanslation.

He looks at the boy, then looks at the knife in his hand. Put two and two together. Holy shit, he's thinking about throwing the knife at the boy so he can practice his circus tricks.
He wanted to kill him so much he prevented the child from falling on the throwing knives shortly after..

She called herself a bitch, and she has yet to redeem her bitchy quality, and no it's not a sexist slur. And again, I'm not here to entertain your misguided feminist sensibilities, so cut it out, or I'll just stop replying to anything you have to say from here on out.
It's a pejorative word used towards women, and you are using it to insult the female characters.  I'm fine with you not replying to me since my "feminist sensibilities" and polite requests have been enough to annoy you. But I'll reiterate that this interpretation of her character is based off a shoddy translation.

This thread is going way off topic. So how about we go back to the event of Casca being cured. Do you think that The King of the Flower Storm has some very powerful dust that can treat the mind or might more than elf dust be involved? Like maybe some of the wizards that populate are will come together to help. Just throwing out some points to discuss.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Your favorite Berserk panel / artwork
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:43:17 PM »
So many panels in Berserk inspire and awe me. I often just go through the volumes to scrutinize the art.

The shots of Falconia in episode 334 are indeed spectacular. What a comeback!

While I love the above panel for its craziness, my favorite panels are those involving post-Berserker armor Guts. I love this one for example:
I love this one as well. His expression is beautiful.
When I first saw this page I was amazed. It reminds me of classical paintings from the 18th and 19th century Europe.

From the Berserk Saga Project Thread:
2:00:26 HOLY SHIT, PEOPLE! The producer just whipped out a production print of a page from the upcoming episode.  (IMAGE) (IMAGE) (IMAGE). Also. These things are HUGE.
My reaction was the same as Walter's. Not only is the detail on this spread fantastic, that it's drawn at that size is sublime to say the least.

I apologize in advance for the quality of these images, I took them with my phone.
So many panels from the battle with the sea god are notable. This one stands out to me.
This spread has great atmosphere.
There are so many emotions in this one spread. It's also a powerful example of how important Casca is to Guts.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How did you find out about Berserk?
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:36:13 PM »
OKAY. Long story ahead!

I first found out about Berserk from watching the anime back around 2000-2001. My family was really into watching anime and buying fan subs at the time, and the series was recommended to us by a friend. I was only 10-11 at the time  :schnoz: but I was allowed to watch it with my mom's discretion. At that time, after watching countless series, we had never seen anything like it and fell in love. I remember my mom, my two older brothers, and I thinking the 100 man fight was ridiculously awesome. As the final minutes of the show wrapped up, we were shocked. Despite being so young, I wasn't too traumatized by the events of the Eclipse ceremony, but I was certainly upset that the characters I had grown to love were destroyed.

 Luckily, the friend who suggested the series to us let us know that the story didn't end there.  She introduced us to the Dreamcast game and explained the currents events of the manga. 14 years ago volumes of manga in general were difficult to come by, and Berserk hadn't even been released in English, so I was left with only a vague idea of what happened after the Golden age (and I wasn't even aware of the Black Swordsman arc).

Years later I became a teenage weeaboo and my tastes were questionable, but Berserk still had a special place in my heart. I was able to read the first few volumes that Dark Horse had released, but again was left in the dark about the events after the Golden age arc.

Then around 4 years ago came across scanslations :magni: and read through them in a single weekend. Be still my heart, I fell in love again!

Now I am working on obtaining all the Dark Horse releases(It's taking me a while since I buy from local bookstores) Japanese volumes, art books, and anything Berserk. I own a few figures, both games, war cry, and attempt to support Miura anyway I can. I show my love through fan art and cosplaying. After years of consideration, I plan on getting a brand tattoo sometime this year.

Berserk has been with me for more than half my life and I don't ever see it leaving.

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:01:12 PM »
Saying your heart belongs to someone, and showing that your heart belongs to someone are two very different things, and the love between them cannot be shown in their present state. This is what I mean by insight. If you're diving into Casca's mind, you're diving into her experiences with Guts, what made them close and what broke her in the first place. It also lends them greater insight into why Guts may or may not make the decision to leave and go after Griffith, and the same with Casca.
His love for her has certainly been shown, and he has said that he will never abandon Casca again. As Aaz said, when Casca recovers it is up to her and her alone how their relationship will evolve.

I'm assuming here, because the last time Casca had a chance to make character progress, she admitted that she was being a stupid indecisive bitch.
May you please not resort to using sexist insults to describe female characters? She wasn't being indecisive anyway, her overwhelming feelings of guilt and duty led her to make the painful, self-sacrificing decision to stay with Griffith and the Hawks.

When Guts first watched the kid inside the cabin at the beach, he considered killing the fucker

Where did you get this idea?

Do you think those trusting feelings won't carry over when she's brought back? That all that trust will simply vanish. Casca isn't the type to make a decision on her own without talking about it with a third person.
We don't know anything about how those feelings will carry over. Casca might trust Farnese afterwards, but that doesn't mean she will feel comfortable asking for advice. Casca becoming sane is going to change the dynamics of their relationship completely.

Plus, Judo knew far more about Griffith, Guts, and Casca than Farnese ever will.

Farnese may not be a fucking therapist with a Ph.D, she's no Dr. Phil either, but she's far from being an inexperienced twat when it comes to overcoming mental trauma and learning how to deal with it.

Again, may you please refrain from using sexist slurs? It's unnecessary.
Farnese as she is now doesn't come off as someone who can offer useful advice. She has not been one to react objectively, her behavior when she yelled at Casca while giving her a bath in in episode 331 are two examples.  She has been motivated entirely by her feelings.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:58:30 AM »
I was waiting for the waves to knock him over  :ganishka:

Slayer-Angel of Death(Radio Disney Version)

Walt wants Jazz

Picard & Riker being cooler than everything

i replaced every sound in morrowind with the tim allen grunt

Speculation Nation / Re: Do you think Casca will be cured soon?
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:54:25 PM »
I have faith that she will be cured in Elfhelm. How this will happen and how she will be afterwards? We will know when we see it.
For Miura to make the quest to Elfhelm a wild goose chase is farfetched. It's bad story-telling and that's not what Berserk is.

I never thought about Guts going into Casca's mind to rescue her. That would be pretty cool to see if something like that does happen.

Agreed. It's an interesting idea for Guts to be involved in Casca's healing process in such an intimate way. He is the only other person who knows about her experience, so I can't imagine him not being involved somehow. It would also be like him healing along with her. ( My desire for any sort of romance between them is spilling out )

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:28:54 PM »
This is amazing.

...Looks like all the good little children won't be receiving their eggs this year  :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:20:01 PM »
Please can someone draw this :ubik:
I'm on it.

EDIT: Skull Knight prefers box wine.  :badbone:

Anime Asylum / Re: Speculation about Movie IV
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:46:04 PM »
I might have missed something since I'm not following movie news too closely, but I don't think anything's been announced in regard to future movies. In fact the next step in the "Berserk Film Project" might not even be a movie (could be OVAs for example).
Ah, you are correct. I remembered the article I read about future plans wrong.

I'd love to see a series of OVAs instead of movies or a TV series. A TV series has been made already, and while in comparison to the movies was a decent adaptation, it suffered from censorship. OVAs tend to be more accurate to the source material so if done right it would be ideal for Berserk. If done wrong it could end up like the Gyo OVA, which completely butchered the original story.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:10:20 PM »
What a beautiful return! Miura's drawings seem to be getting more and more detailed as the series progresses. I was blown away by the cityscapes.

Griffith is finally living his dream! I am really anxious to see how he rules over his kingdom. As many have said: right now Falconia seems too perfect. Maybe Rickert will find out about the inner workings once he meets Griffith.

Also bad news for anyone in the PDX area: the Beaverton Kinokuniya does not carry Young Animal.

Anime Asylum / Re: Speculation about Movie IV
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:42:25 PM »
I bet the entire conviction arc will be crammed into the next movie. Only 3 more movies have been announced, correct? So...that's like one arc per film.

The movie might begin with a 5 minute dream/flashback of the beginning of volume 14, ending with Guts waking up to the Bandits about to kill Jill. Her and Rosine's story will be hardly touched upon (and who cares about Peekaf?), and the fight between Guts and Rosine will be there solely to show some violence early on.

After that boring moth girl fight is over with, we'll skip to Guts seeing Casca burned at the stake in another shaky cam dream brought on by the demon child (rendered in the highest quality 3D animation). Guts will run around a bit with Puck (who has been in the background up to this point), meet Isidro , Serpico and Farnese. Farnese will be infatuated for no reason, because her past encounter with Guts will have been omitted. Luca will be as important to the plot as Jill was.

Suddenly Casca getting burnt by Mozgus! Mozgus will scream a lot. Here comes Skull Knight! A bunch of CG fighting! Guts hugs Casca. The rebirth ceremony will happen for some reason, but hey Griffith is back!   More fighting...etc. The movie will end with Farnese saying she will follow Guts as she watches him riding into the sunset with Casca.

That's my 'I have no faith in these movies' prediction.

One thing I would enjoy about a Lost Children movie would be the demi-fans of the other movies wondering why their awesome medieval battle series is suddenly Guts Vs Mothgirl.

Now that I think of it I wonder what fans of the manga at the time thought of the direction everything took after the Eclipse.  And for that matter what fans who started with the Dark Horse trx thought when they got up to vol 14 or so.

I wonder whether 4C will begin to work in the demon baby?  I mean if they continue to adapt the series, they can't leave him out forever...

Does anyone know whether/how problematic Rochine/Rosine/etc's nekkidness is as far as censorship?  Obviously some naked girls have been in the movies already but I don't know if her situation is different or not.

Lost Children is one of my favorite arcs, though, I can't deny I'd love to see any of it animated.

Given that the manga began with The Black Swordsman Arc I think readers were given enough heads up of what to expect later. Fans of the movies? Well, that might be a problem for them. :ganishka:

I also hope the Demon Child is at least acknowledged, otherwise there are going to be a lot of plot holes.

As for Rosine's nakedness, I don't see it as much of a problem since it is not meant to be titillating. However I am not familiar with Japan's obscenity laws when it comes to underage nudity.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Dark Horse volume sale!
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:07:45 AM »
Thanks for the heads up! I'm still working on buying all the volumes so this is a big help!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: April 06, 2014, 11:13:18 PM »
In journalism, swag is a real word. How's it being used these days...?
Like this and this.
It's not the same as the "swag" you get at conventions like E3 or PAX.

Speculation Nation / Re: The voice of the IoE?
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:30:28 PM »
Have any of you ever experienced aural hypnagogic hallucinations, or heard voices while you are drifting off into sleep? I imagine IoE sounding like that. The voice would not be physical, but rather one you feel inside your head. Since IoE is a creation of humanity, I also imagine the voice sounding like many humans speaking at once.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: April 06, 2014, 10:11:35 PM »
'Swag' Detest it.
UGH I forgot about that abhorrent word. It and YOLO seem to go hand-in-hand.

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