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Maybe I'm just being naive or something, but I didn't take that scene where Schierke got spun around in her towel by Casca and ended up naked leaning on a sleeping Guts as being all that sexualized. I mean I know it's playing on the fact that she has a crush on Guts and that situation would be very embarrassing for a young girl, especially one who's a bit on the reserved side, like Schierke is, but it all just struck me as more silly/goofy. I thought seeing her bare behind was kinda funny. Also, I think showing her bare bottom gives the reader more of a sense of how embarrassed/exposed Schierke feels in that moment. Other events within that scene are pretty comedic, so that's how I took it.

I feel that the violence in Berserk is appropriate for the circumstances. While it has been disturbing at times, it needed to be for those parts of the story. As for the rape in the troll den, it made the situation just that much more horrifying and made me respect Farnese even more for having the courage to hold her ground and protect Casca, not cave under the sheer terror of it all. You go girl! :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: September 03, 2016, 07:23:26 PM »
They must show Isidro the true power of the Elf Dimensional school of swordsmanship.

Thanks for the podcast. It was some good listening! :guts: I especially liked the discussion about Barytes, very interesting. I enjoyed your talk about Puck and Magnifico's hilarious usurpation-gone-wrone, too.  :puck: :magni:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:36:51 PM »
That's cool! Thanks for the heads up!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:26:03 PM »
Oh, lovely!  :ubik: Thanks, Grail!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:23:57 PM »
Wow, I adore this episode!  :ubik: Thanks for the summary, puella and Aazealh!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 12:21:23 AM »
When Danan was first introduced I wondered if she was an elf.
Good call, Skeleton! I was wondering if Danan was more than what she initially let on because it seemed a little odd how she interrupted Cucca when Cucca was about to introduce her. I thought she might be trying to hide her identity for some reason by posing as a servant, but I never guessed she might be an elf, let alone possibly the Queen! Very much looking forward to seeing the full episode!  :ubik:

Edit: I just realized right as Puck was about to say to Guts "Don't be impatient, it's ok. Because the King (Queen?) of Elves is..." At that moment Danan brings in the cake and Puck gets distracted.  :ganishka: Now I really think she is the Queen!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:56:30 PM »
I really liked Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series years ago. The last one I read came out over 10 years ago. I didn't realize he had another book for the series in 2014 called Clariel and now a new one will be released this year in October called Goldenhand. I'm really excited to catch back up with this series! :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:44:06 PM »
Saw Kubo and the Two Strings and really enjoyed it. Great movie with a lot of heart and beautifully animated! :ubik:

Cool! Looking forward to seeing it.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 18, 2016, 09:25:11 PM »
Gonna try Locus, Princess Charlotte, Guts, and Slug Count next!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:53:26 PM »
Schierke looks great and I like the pose you chose to do!  :ubik:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:45:43 PM »
I didn't watch this episode and I'm not at all sorry. I don't feel I missed anything. After my free trial ran out I bailed. So, that will be one less "bad" or "hated it" review for this and future polls!  :ganishka:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 01, 2016, 10:39:14 PM »
I really like the new 4 I ordered! :ubik: All very good in their own ways.

Zodd: a robust, bracing tea; great to enjoy with something sweet, like cake or a cookie

Skull Knight: strawberry provides a hint of sweetness, while the rose gives it a lovely aroma and flavor

Vargas: a mild, soothing blend; nice with honey and good before bed time or when you need to relax

Rickert: strong, hearty base with sweet and fruity flavors, very tasty

Here's a pic of what these look like:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: July 27, 2016, 05:00:41 PM »
Someone purchased the BIG 5oz tin of Casca. Whoever did that, I hope you enjoy it! 5oz is a lot of tea, imo!
You know, the Casca blend really became my go-to of the first 3 I ordered. I don't think whoever ordered it will be disappointed!  :slan:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:57:00 PM »
Did you catch Grail's reference to you about the whole gardening thing?
I did!  :serpico:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:55:55 PM »
I finally had the time and energy yesterday to get to do a thorough look through of this newest episode along with the much appreciated summary provided by puella and Aazealh. And what an episode! I enjoyed it a lot. So much new information and I just love all the little interactions we get to see between characters in this. Puck is hilarious! It looks like he shoved a whole biscuit into his face in some scenes because even the back of his head is bulging out. How fat and rolly he gets cracked me up! :puck:

Really enjoyed the podcast as always! Thanks guys and gal for doing it. :ubik: I think the 4 of you have a good dynamic going between you. It was fun listening. Your gruel analogy about the anime made me laugh, Walter. It's just so true. :judo:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:00:17 AM »
I've really been enjoying this tea! :guts: I still haven't run out of what I ordered last month and I've been drinking it pretty often. Those sample size tins seem to last longer than I thought they would. Just ordered some more. This time I'm gonna try the Zodd, Rickert, Vargas, and Skull Knight blends.

Speculation Nation / Re: Skull Knight and Roses
« on: July 20, 2016, 01:26:15 PM »
Thanks, y'all!  :SK:

I like your interpretation, Aazealh!

Speculation Nation / Skull Knight and Roses
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:40:51 PM »
Skull Knight is one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in Berserk. I'm very interested to find out more about him and his past. Skull Knight has a rose and thorns design on his shield as well as thorns present on his sword and armor. So why did Miura choose to use the rose in this character's design? Well, I don't know since I can't ask him.  :slan: What follows is some mythology, beliefs, and symbolism that are associated with the rose that I thought could possibly relate to Skull Knight, but it's all just me speculating since I can't know the source of Miura's inspiration.

There is a lot of mythology from many cultures concerning the rose. Some of the myths I ran into have to do with the rose as a symbol of immortal love that transcends death, such as the Greek myth about Aphrodite and her slain lover, Adonis, where the red rose grows from a pool of his spilled blood. A myth I found very interesting was about the Roman goddess of spring and flowers, Flora, and an origin story of the rose. It's said that Flora found a nymph that she was particulary fond of lying dead in her garden and in her grief she beseeched the other gods to help her transform her dead friend into the first rose. Each god imparts a different gift to the rose; Apollo gives life; Bacchus gives nectar; Vertumnus, perfume; Pomona, fruit; and Flora, a crown of petals. It's been brought up before by other members on the forum that a possibility for Skull Knight's current state could be that he died or was close to death and the witch Flora may have intervened to transform him into the being he is now. It would make sense that Flora may have sought the help of the King of the Flower storm and/or other powerful astral entities to do this. I think it would be kind of neat if different entitites had bestowed Skull Knight with some of his various abilities or equipment or had combined their power to aid in creating his current form.

In a source I found that talked about the rose as a symbol in alchemy it had this to say about the meaning of the rose: “In spiritual alchemy, the single red rose represents the mystic center of a person, his or her heart of hearts – one’s true nature. It also represents the process of purification to reveal one’s essence or the inner “pearl beyond price.” Sufi spiritual alchemist Rumi described this idea when he wrote: "In the driest whitest stretch of pain's infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose." ...the red rose represents a special kind of love in which one “melts away” into the beauty of another, and the old identity is surrendered for that of the beloved or a higher identity within oneself. In this sense, the rose is a symbol of complete surrender and permanent transmutation.” These thoughts are interesting to me in relation to Skull Knight because of the aspect of transformation and transcendence mentioned. Whatever happened to make Skull Knight what he is now probably involved a pretty drastic transformation. I wonder how and to what extent it may have affected his personality and perceptions. Another source also mentions the rose's symbolism associated with transformation : “It is a symbol of transmutation - that of taking food from the earth and transmuting it into the beautiful fragrant rose. In ancient Rome, roses were grown in the funerary gardens to symbolize resurrection.”

Another source mentioned how the rose's form has been interpreted symbolically. “Morphologically linked to the circle, since ancient times the rose has been linked to themes of birth and rebirth, and the speed of its withering has made it a symbol of death and the fragility of existence.” This made me think of how Skull Knight must have died to his old form, to be “reborn” so to speak as his new form. Also, it seems like Berserk overall has a theme about how fragile and yet tenacious human life can be. Skull Knight has been responsible for saving many of the current main characters, such as Guts, Casca, Rickert, and Luka, when they were at some of their most vulnerable points and would have died had he not intervened.

The interpretation of the rose in Tarot is : “the rose is considered a symbol of balance. Here the beauty of the rose expresses promise, new beginnings, hope. This beauty is contrasted with its thorns which represents defense, physicality, loss, thoughtlessness. The rose is seen in the major arcana (the first 22 cards of the Tarot deck) as: Magician, Strength, Death and Fool cards. All of these cards hold strong meanings of balance and equilibrium.” I wonder if the use of the rose in Skull Knight's design could have something to do with his character helping to bring balance to the world of Berserk since he is a force that opposes the God Hand and apostles, who seem to very much have the upper hand right now.

The rose's thorns have represented suffering and sacrifice as well as the sins of the fall from paradise. Maybe the use of the thorns with Skull Knight's character could have something to do with Gaiseric's fall from power or the suffering and sacrifice he had to endure to become what he is now. They could have to do with some kind of price he had to pay to become what he is and gain the power he has. I've wondered if maybe Skull Knight was in some way a reverse apostle for lack of a better term; willing to sacrifice himself for what he held most dear rather than sacrifice what he held most dear for himself.

Another thing I came across that I thought was interesting was the rose's use as a sign for secrecy or confidences to be kept, “the rose is also symbolic carrier of secrets or tacit understanding. The term “sub rosa” means under the rose and comes from the practice of Romans hanging roses above meeting tables. Here it was understood that anything said at this table, beneath the hanging roses, was forbidden to be repeated elsewhere.” Mainly I just thought this was cool. The only reason this made me think of Skull Knight is that he has been such a mysterious character so far and hasn't revealed much about himself yet.

Here are references I used:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2016, 01:17:14 PM »
A happy birthday and many more to Mr. Miura, one of the most talented artists/authors whose work I've had the pleasure of reading!  :guts:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:56:37 PM »
Overall, it was the crap-fest I was afraid it would be. Man, that whole tree debacle was particularly sad. Too damp for firewood is right! :schierke:  I don't understand why Berserk can't get a good anime adaptation. :mozgus:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 38 Release
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:23:52 PM »
I love the poster of the elves! The one of Erika and Rickert is nice, too. I just learned that June 24th is Fairy Day. Kinda neat to get to see this painting of my favorite elves today.  :puck:  :iva:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:55:22 PM »
I added three more blends:

I now have 20 :D

Sweet! :guts: I definitely want to try some more of these in the future.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:24:09 AM »
I got my tea and have sampled all 3 now. I liked all of them and it's hard to say which was my favorite. They're each so different. The Conrad blend has an unusual fragrance that reminded me of some good smelling tobacco.  :serpico: They're all rich in flavor and aroma. They make an excellent cup of tea!  :ubik: The tins are cute, too. Thanks for coming up with these, XionHorsey!

Here's a pic of what they look like:

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