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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 5
« on: July 31, 2016, 01:05:48 PM »
This is by far the best episode of the series, some bad zooming in shots, awful music placement choices, but at least the story hasn't been butchered, I wish they would have kept in one of my favorite jokes.  :puck: . I wonder though, why the hell did they bother including Isidro in the tavern scene if they were going to include his original introduction? It doesn't make any sense. I'm also let down that some of my favorite fight scenes are reduced to stills from the pages a better looking manga, I watch anime for moving images, especially 3d animation.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 26, 2016, 08:37:52 AM »
If Falconia, and thus its residents, are merely a stepping stone for him transcending the God Hand, then why would they make valid sacrifices...? Particulary if you regard him as a sociopath (he's not -- he's a demigod who shed his emotions), it wouldn't work by the rules of what makes a sacrifice.

Also Griffith is a God Hand, he's the most powerful being in the world, what would he have to gain by transforming again?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 08:12:49 PM »
Or the layers were one and have since been separated.

Chaos isn't a word used to describe a state of balance. It's clear that different planes are not meant to be merged

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 07:56:47 PM »
Falconia is just a stepping stone? Jesus, Griffith is the most powerful being on Earth with his own kingdom and demon army. How much further can he go? Is there even a world left worth conquering?

The road of dragons is a badass name for the route to the Abyss, I wonder then if there are alternate routes to the abyss that don't involve behirits?

He revived a giant ancient city at the foot of the world tree.
So Falconia is confirmed to originally be Gaserics city, this was bound to be true, but it's good to have that confirmation.

So the ancient chaos when the real world and the astral world are mixed together is going to come back

It seems the merging of the worlds has happened before, Gaeserics conquest wasn't as cut and dried as it looked, he may have followed a similar route to Griffith, with Void as his accomplice in world domination  :void:

As a God Hand member, he has to fulfill the desires of mankind and the IOE, his ambition to rule a kingdom still remains. In all probability he has become the idealized version of himself, his ambition untainted by puny friendship  :guts: or maybe not, how he feels personally about his living Falcons hasn't been revealed yet, we haven't seen an unsettled Griffith, but we do know about the God Hand.

Its inaccurate to say demons lose their emotions, they certainly become more desensitized to evil, and live without repercussions due to their immense power, the God Hand are no exception, but their scope is far broader because of their nature as semi omniscient,immortal, incorporeal beings, they gaze at humanity from a larger perspective,  they have concepts of beauty and reverence that are morbid to ordinary humans, because they are concerned about the larger picture, not individual mortal humans. If anyone is familiar with Watchmen, a good comparison is Dr Manhattan, a being who experiences time from a non linear perspective and can dissect and perceive existence to the smallest form of matter, how can anyone retain their humanity after that? How can Griffith remain a relatable human when he perceives everything in the physical world, and acts out his predestined path like he's following a script?

Going back to Griffith, he certainly feels a kinship with mankind, but the platonic relationships are either gone or suppressed. As the Falcon of Light/ Femto his priority is the fulfillment of his human dream to rule a kingdom, which by causality is also mankind's desire, so it all works out for him.

I really hope that Miura will show him more as an independent person and not just a being driven by a grand scheme without his own personality.

I agree, Griffiths informal personality has been kept ambiguous for a very long time, I was hoping something about Griffiths nature would be revealed during Slapgate, but alas all we got was  :rickert: .

I know that and I like Griffith for this otherwordly feeling but at the same time it seems lazy. I mean, he is the antagonist of this series and he is reduced now to a character that we have to imagine ourselves. Him being too abstract is a good thing if you get something else in return but we dont get anything really. Thats the whole point, we are meant to be far from him but we dont get anything for that. Also we got some (not much)insight into other God Hand members.

He's not just the antagonist of the series, he's the second most important character. His rise, fall and resurrection are crucial parts of the Berserk universe, so is his current development. We don't have to imagine anything, we know what he wants.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:28:16 PM »
This is one sucked more than the last one, if they had to insert apostle filler in this episode why pick the swine apostle? Why not the Boy from the PS2 game, or the Count? Or a new apostle design? Having a slow lumbering blob of shit with the agility to climb support beams looks stupid. The editing and timing is atrocious, the quick duel between Guts and Serpico looked as if they were following a script, in the manga it's clear they are trying to catch eachother off guard, here it appears choreographed . The most baffling decision I think was adding the revelations arc at the end, they really should have waited until the week after, it felt far, far too rushed. "Heresarebelationpeoplehad,here's midland here's Charlotteheres thekinghesdeadisthedecrrpitkingcanon?whocareslookkushaninvasionkbye!"

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 2
« on: July 08, 2016, 03:47:03 PM »
"We passed the corpses of a man and a girl, and a number of skeletons that look like they've been dead for a thousand years THAT WAS YOU WASN'T IT?!"

What a confusing way of introducing Pucks telepathy ability, anyone who isn't familiar with Beserk will be left wondering why Puck is able to see flashbacks. And Farnese knows about the Band of the Falcon? What's the point of interrogating him if they already know who he is? it takes the spiritual grandeur out of what they're doing if they know exactly who the black swordsman is. I enjoyed the animation in the Golden Age flashbacks, though the way they're included in the episode is unnecessary and intrusive. That being said I'm looking forward next episode and the long grueling duel with Swine Apostle, quite possibly the most dangerous apostle Guts has ever fought.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:52:59 PM »
Is it established that he has a big power spike around that time?

Yeah, during his fight with Wyald various Hawks comment on how unimaginably strong he had become. Still, the strongest man in the Tudor kingdom is a mighty reputation, and pre Eclipse Silat didn't win against a lot of powerful opponents, he beat an exhausted Casca and one large brute, Guts describes Boscogn has an opponent stronger than 100 men, and the second strongest human opponent he'd faced, but I didn't get the same impression from his fight with Silat, he seemed entirely in control.

:schnoz: would beat both of them!

But would he be able to beat them if they had an army of 100 Kundalini and 10 God Hands?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: July 06, 2016, 12:32:16 PM »
I doubt there will be a Elfhelm war demon siege, if Griffith were going to attack Skellig he would have done it already, he has as much of a chance now than as he did before Falconia, in fact he's in a worse position to do so now since he has less apostles, with some being occupied providing safe passage for refugees. There might be a reason why he can't attack them directly, they might have some kind of anti demon barrier erected or apostles might be unable to fight toe to toe with mages. Or it could be that Griffith is unaware of their existence. Also a similar event has played out already, Flora provides safe refuge, apostles arrive and burn down the place, it would be repetitive to do the same thing again.

So if Void was the first scholar/sorcerer who experimented with souls, particulary evil ones, perhaps he's the one who came up with the sacrifical brand and beherits themselves. Maybe beherits are made from dead human souls as well, particulary ones filled with dark emotions?

The behirits come from the Idea of Evil, they form as droplets in the deep astral world and become stones in the physical world, the IOE uses the vortex of souls to transform Griffith into Femto, the Eclipse ceremony world was composed of souls, apostles are forged out of souls, and behirits that ascend from the vortex itself are likely created the same way.

If Void was the first God Hand member, who's the angel? Maybe IOE had a way to establish contact with via an illusion, or through a vision.

The angel was likely him, from an outsiders perspective, the Wiseman is tortured, and a spooky brain man appears. But it is the wise man transforming into Void, an angel "Made" by the idea to descend.

Berserk Anime / Re: Berserk (2016) Premiere Poll
« on: July 04, 2016, 10:06:29 PM »
Is that a quote from the anime's director during pre-production?

It's so dense.

Berserk Anime / Re: Berserk (2016) Premiere Poll
« on: July 02, 2016, 11:50:41 AM »
I'll take any Berserk, I know the story makes no damn sense, the animation is awful, the editing is awful, the sound design is awful, the soundtrack is used inappropriately, but any Berserk is better than no Berserk.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:30:19 PM »
If you look carefully, you can spot Caucasian Casca in several frames of the opening.

And they made her a Brunette, i don't know why the hell they make these stupid choices.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 03:09:36 PM »
Why is Isidro serving drinks?

Why would Isidro let thugs overpower him when he's outwitted similar thugs in his debut episode?

Why is Guts picking a fight with thugs if they cut out the Snake Baron?

Why are the mercenary thugs hanging around a tree if they cut out Jill and the Lost Children chapter?

Why is the disemboweling of a child accompanied with a metal soundtrack?

Why did they show the eclipse again?

Where did Guts get the behirit from?

Why is Guts cooking food at night?

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Join our 2016 TV Series launch party
« on: June 30, 2016, 10:30:55 PM »

Skype name: vertigo6131

I'll make it if I can manage to watch it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 23, 2016, 10:29:33 PM »
Like I said on the previous page: "What is implied is that what happened to Flora was part of a wider phenomenon. It already happened. How it did is not yet clear. But it certainly could explain a looooot of things, like how the Wingstones were formed (crystallized magic stolen from elsewhere?), why astral beasts may be attacking humans and/for Falconia, how the land around Falconia is so bountiful, and how the World Spiral Tree was created." Whether other forests like the one Flora lived in were inhabited is unknown, and how or when they were destroyed is unknown as well.

I always Chalked it up to the magic inside Ganishkas second incarnation. But it's strongly hinted that Falconia is an adapted version of Gaeserics city. Who knows what else was stolen. It was the war demons objective to kill Flora, not to burn down the forest, however one strange thing they did mention explicitly was that they wanted to cut Floras head off and bring it back with them, maybe Griffith is harvesting Witches bodies.

Agreed. One thing I was telling Gobolatula the other day is that I'm not sure many people realize what a historic time in Berserk this is. Not that every episode isn't awesome, but we're really at a pivotal moment in the series, more so than the Eclipse was. What is happening right now will set the story on a trajectory towards its ending. Those who thought volume 24 was an incredible expansion of what we know of the Berserk world should probably hold on to their seats because volume 39 will not fuck around.

It's really exciting, we've only seen glimpses of Fantasia, to get a broad perspective on what's happening will be very interesting. Fingers crossed they talk about the God Hand, they're the biggest loose thread in the series, hopefully we'll get some clues about their end game and where they are. I'd be surprised if they didn't expand on pre God Hand history.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:13:54 PM »
I can't wait for the details on Griffiths attack on magical forests, does this mean that the siege of Flora's mansion wasn't just an isolated attack against one witch, but part of a larger campaign to destroy other Magus colonies? Does this mean Griffith commands other apostles across the world and not just his war demon army?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 22, 2016, 10:57:14 AM »
I beg to differ, you forgot that it's Littlefinger we're talking about here. Not only did Sansa not receive a word from him that he's coming, but also there's the trust thing that even if he said he's coming it would be dangerous for her to give her word to Jon based on Littlefinger's.
Not to mention there's no scenario in which Ramsay lets Rickon willingly stay alive, Rickon is the rightful heir of winterfell and poses a greater threat to Ramsay than Jon himself.

Now I'm not a sadist myself, but if I had a rule in how to kill that freak I wouldn't even kill him so fast like that. To me physical pain is NOTHING compared to mental pain.

I guess, but Jon was on the offensive, he could have picked any time to attack Ramsay, and if he knew about the Vale army, he could have waited for them to join Jons forces. Having Rickon as a hostage legitiamises his claim to the north, he could have easily have turned Rickon into an obedient slave like Theon.

I hate Ramsay too, but GRRM always wrote in contrary to readers expectations, and characters that did deserve retribution, like Jamie and Theon ended up being humiliated in ways that readers didn't expect or thought they deserved. Giving Ramsay a gruesome death by the hands of his captive feels like fan service to me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 20, 2016, 10:38:44 PM »

That episode was a logical mess, Sansa waits until the last moment to show up with a larger army to change the tide of battle, (a rare occurrence in fantasy battles) instead of telling Jon about the Vale army beforehand, they could have used their numerical advantage to barter for Rickons life instead of letting hundreds of people including the King in the North die.

Seeing Sansa turn into a sadist was disturbing, maybe this is a darker chapter in Sansa's arc and she will become more ruthless like Arya from now on, or more likely they are satisfying fans raging revenge boners for Ramsay. revenge killing, especially Ramsay's brutal and ironic death is meant to be disgusting, not gratifying.

If it's a Berserk version of Hyrule Warriors, that's all I'll need, fighting armies of trolls and apostles as my favourite characters. But I am sick of these game trailers that don't show actual gameplay, though if the graphics are anything to go by it looks far better than the upcoming anime.

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 10, 2016, 11:44:29 AM »
A couple new pieces of info just landed.

First: new preview video: ...ugh.

Also... this:


There were more cast announcements too. Godot, Silat, the Tapasa (only one voice is credited), Luca, Erika, Nina and Jerome are confirmed.

Guts sure is struggling against those Iron Chain Knights despite all those injuries he doesn't have. C'MON GUTS SWING THAT SWORD.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 343
« on: June 09, 2016, 05:32:12 PM »
Serie will resume june 24 and will be monthly. Cover & lead color for chapter #344.

Can't wait, I'm glad they didn't promise a summer release and publish the episode August 31st or something. Hopefully this monthly schedule will last for as long as possible.

Here's the official word:

This issue will be coming with a 100 Pages of Berserk annex of some sort it looks like. Will definitely try and snag this in 2 weeks!

Edit - hmm upon closer examination the 1st episode is also coming out with this issue. It seems these two episodes might be connected somehow? I dunno exactly how though... maybe Guts' and Puck's meeting?

Hope it's good, I'd sell my right arm for a World of Ice and Fire style guide of the Berserk universe.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 38 Release
« on: May 25, 2016, 07:32:01 PM »
The one on the right is a revamped cover of volume 1. They had announced it a while back when the cover preview appeared in YA. Wasn't it mentioned in the thread? I thought it was. Maybe I forgot to.
Anyway, I'm not a big fan. I think I actually like the original cover better... The parallelism idea in itself remains cool though.

Will they be doing new covers for every volume?

Speculation Nation / Re: The Count's Daughter
« on: May 04, 2016, 08:09:17 PM »
I would have said no before,however characters that I assumed had died, suddenly turned up again, like Luka and her crew. I don't know how she would fit back into the story other than some angry noble with a vendetta against Guts.

Character Cove / Re: My piece on Griffith
« on: April 23, 2016, 08:52:36 PM »
One thing Berserk does staggeringly well it the actions of the characters speak volumes about the true personalities of those characters, rather than how the characters describe and perceive themselves, it certainly threw me off the first time I read the series. Guts seemed like a brutal psychopath interested only in vengeance without any care for those who suffer around him, but he is burdened by unbearable guilt, he feels horrible for what happened to Griffith, to the Hawks, how he left Theresa and Jill, for what happened to the girl and her father who were killed by specters. He despises Vargas because he's a reminder of his own weakness, like him he's broken in body and spirit, he's lost everything and is fighting a seemingly unwinnable war against the demons who ruined his life.

Griffith sees himself as an absolute unshakable indomitable force who's sole purpose is to pursue his dream of ruling a Kingdom, his environment and the people that surrounded him reinforced this self image so much so that companionship was of little value compared to his dream. Unlike Guts who had to bare the brunt of his fragility and fight in spite of it, Griffith never had to deal with rejection and loneliness because he could never bring himself to admit that Guts was of equal or more value to his dream. Griffith is fundamentally weak, I think all of the apostles are in some way, because they faced an unbearable fate and chose the cowards way out, ironic since they see themselves as above human. Whether Griffith has shed that "weakness" for good is yet to be seen.

Hi DasBouf!  :serpico:
I'm not sure this is what you're saying, but I don't think getting close to Guts broke Griffith's determination. After he formed a bond with Guts Griffith still wanted and actively pursued his dream, he just got to do it with Guts at his side. See that discussion I linked earlier, in it Aazealh brings up that Griffith didn't lose sight of his dream until it was out of his reach, after he was imprisoned and all jacked up.

I disagree, Griffith was ruined the moment Guts broke his sword, everything that happened afterwards was a result of that catalyzing moment where Griffiths sense of self broke down. Having sex with Charlotte was an attempt to reinforce what he wanted to take priority, his dream. But it failed, resulting in Griffith lamenting in his post sex stews about Guts. It's true, Griffiths friendship with Guts wasn't in conflict with his dream when he recruited him, or throughout his Midland campaign, but that all changed when Guts decided to leave and Griffith was forced to acknowledge the effect Guts had on him.

I think Griffith cared about Guts in a very selfish way. This stood out to me most in the battle they had when Guts was leaving and Griffith coldly thinks about how it's a possibility that he might seriously injure or kill Guts in the fight, but then decides he doesn't care if that happens because what matters most to him is keeping possession of Guts, not Guts himself. It's a pretty sad situation.

Guts was an indispensable asset to Griffith but I don't think Griffith saw Guts merely as a possession, that internal conflict I think was a demonstration of Griffiths mental faculties breaking down, notice that Griffith does not and cannot rationalize why he doesn't want Guts to leave, he doesn't say for example "I wont lose my strongest soldier", he just repeats "YOU CAN'T, YOU CAN'T, I WONT LET YOU". Griffith is losing it at this point, he's throwing an internal tantrum because he can't admit to himself that he cares for Guts as a friend, in short he's in complete denial. I don't think disregarding the fact that he might die is an act of callousness, it's an act of desperation.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 08:05:39 PM »

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