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Anime Asylum / Re: Very Bad Berserk Summary
« on: October 02, 2017, 08:10:04 PM »
Oof. I wonder how much of the anime whoever wrote that watched to come up with that description.

Character Cove / Re: The Beast & Dog/Wolf Themes in Berserk
« on: September 30, 2017, 06:36:05 AM »
Sorry, what "dog/wolf themes" ?

I found a lot of dog/wolf connections in volume 4 after looking for a specific moment:
  • Gambino plays with his dog and tells Guts to bring it some meat, and then he kicks it. This parallels the way he raised Guts, cycling between care and abuse.
  • The mercenaries make fun of his actions, which triggers his attempt to kill Guts. They even call him "big bad Gambino," referencing the "big bad wolf".
  • During the fight, Gambino says Guts "followed [him] around like some lonely puppy."
  • After escaping the camp, Guts fights off a pack of wolves.
  • The knight who pays Guts for killing Bazuso tells him to "go and die like a dog on some battlefield then" after Guts rejects his offer to become a squire.
  • In Guts' dream sequence after fighting Griffith, Shisu is combined with Gambino's dog, symbolically making Guts a dog's (adoptive) child. (A literal son of a bitch, maybe?)
  • At the end of the volume, the enemy guard says, "Not even any forest wolves on a night like this..." The Band of the Hawk appear from the woods immediately after.

Then, of course, there's the classic "You're just a mad dog!" line in the next volume.

Obviously, a lot of these could easily just be quirks of the DH translations and might not be present in the original Japanese. I'm not convinced Miura intentionally put all of these in for the sake of the theme, either.

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