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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:27:32 PM »
Nice catch, Aaz! Between the visual and narrative similarities, the inspiration is pretty obvious when you think about it. Now, all Berserk needs is one of these... :troll:

Sibir, this is a great illustration, thanks for sharing with us! :ubik: I liked how you varied the linework, and the way you handled the flat side of the DS turned out pretty neat!

Nice work! That's a cool, unique depiction of femto's "helmet." Is he falling apart? Or is the texture of Guts' cloak sort of being superimposed on him? Something else?

I might be wrong, but I think sibir is just showing the shine of his helmet, so maybe closer to your second guess?

Creation Station / Re: Good Instagram ilustrator
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:15:56 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation! These are some lovely illustrations. :griffnotevil:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:53:36 PM »
I sent an email to Dark Horse telling them they should hire me for this project. I'm being kind of a big goofball about it but truthfully I think I'd do a pretty good job! I've been publishing my own comics for years! Of course if I was on the team I would bring our collective hopes and concerns with me.

You didn't tell me we were moving to Oregon! :azan:

Truth be told, I'm also pretty skeptical about the so-called "deluxe" release. We know that Dark Horse takes so many shortcuts with Berserk, this stinks of another easy cash grab to me. Do it like Viz, or don't bother. Peace out.  :badbone:

Hey no name, thanks for sharing! I like the contrast of the pale and bone colors of Griffith and the Jotun with Grunbeld's apostle form! I can see that you worked to apply some of the fiery glow onto Griffith and Zodd. It's a little faint, but I can see what you're going for there! Overall, I really dig it and hope to see more from you.  :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Casca Coloring
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:06:00 AM »
Pretty amazing stuff, and a truly fantastic first effort, seasnipper! I'm not familiar with Sketchclub, but it seems to be doing the job! I think my favorite part is how you play with the lighting on Casca's head and face but still respect the integrity of the linework. Appropriately understated, but the variety of colors (plus the little hint of light hitting the clouds on the left) really stand out to me! :ubik:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:00:45 PM »
If a single volume in Berserk's publication history deserves to have Casca on the cover, it's this one. I think seeing her as she opens her eyes, lucid at last, would be amazing. Having her in her elfin princess dress would also be great.

Very much agreed! And it makes sense from the sales perspective as well. Any casual Berserk fan would see that on the shelf and just have to pick it up! :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:39:07 PM »
Put me in the camp of post-death body painting for the human war banners. I think there's probably a graphic designer giant in the crew with an exceptionally steady hand.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:11:49 PM »
Haha, well, dangit! I will count myself among the folks who were REALLY hoping for more Guts and Casca before switching back to Falconia, but if we were gonna go back, this was a really cool scenario for it. It was almost as if Miura was saying, "Sorry everyone, but here are some badass fight scenes to tide you over in the meantime!"  :guts: I can't even be disappointed. The giants are all so distinct and interesting-looking, and watching them getting destroyed by apostles is a real treat. We even get some time with Mule, Raban and Sonia! I missed that crew.

Not to get too ahead of myself, but it's looking to me like we'll get another several episodes with Griffith and co, which will lead to a possible short "skip" after the disastrous reunion between Guts and Casca. That leads me to wonder, are the events we're watching take place in this episode concurrent with the events in Elfhelm, or is Miura possibly going to pull a little narrative trick with that? I wonder!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: tom's introduction
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:27:30 AM »
Welcome, Tom! I hope that you enjoy your... wait a second...

The forums I would frequent have faded away


Creation Station / Re: A gift for a friend
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:12:17 PM »
Hi Auria, welcome! And WOW, what an introduction! Your friend is a lucky guy, regardless of what he asked for. :daiba:

I hope you'll share more of your artwork with us!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:41:52 PM »
Today is a good day, my friends! 356, here we come! :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Johnstantine's art
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:41:48 AM »
Damn man, you're on fire! It's inspiring to see! I'll give you a follow. :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:40:52 PM »
Well, here we are.

It was truly a joy (and also sort of bizarre) seeing Casca making all these lucid expressions in this episode! I wasn't sure how much that aspect of her interactions with Farnese and Schierke would affect me, but suffice to say it was an emotional experience. I think that having Casca's memories remaining fuzzy is a good choice on Miura's part. It not only makes sense, but allows him to have the best of both worlds in terms of establishing narrative tension, where most of us were thinking further on either end of the spectrum. She still seems to remember many things, but still has a lot about herself to re-discover, including her relationship with her child. Well played! :azan:

The lead-up to the big ending was done so well that, hours after reading it, I'm still shaken. Reading it through the first time, I think I was all over the place: elated to have Casca back, but when Danan swooped in with that dress, I was kind of dismayed and confused on Casca's behalf. Give the poor woman a moment to breathe! Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but 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:

Anyway, that was my quick take on the episode. I'm really enjoying reading everyone's impressions!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:46:54 PM »
Thank you Puella for the speedy translation!

Page 11

Schierke: If she keeps her sanity while having such horrible memories
Schierke: It will bring her an enormous pain that we can't imagine.
Schierke: ...Precisely speaking, she rather broke down because she couldn't endure it.


Page 20

Farnese: You will be surely able to meet him.

Dammit... anybody got that old emoji of Guts sobbing? The Judos just aren't going to cut it. :judo: :judo: :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:01:26 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my first post. I've been reading in silence for years all of your ideas, discussions, and of course the manga.

That being said, I'm speechless about this episode. So awesome.

Damn, what better time for your first post than on the biggest event of the series so far? Welcome! :guts:

It's truly a surreal feeling. I've pictured this episode in my mind so many times, but to say that I've experienced it is hard to believe. Looking back, I think the pacing for this entire dream sequence was very deliberate. The focus on Casca's experiences and recovery was clearly top priority - I'm grateful to Miura for not letting other characters' experiences take precedence. Even Farnese, who was definitely still growing and learning a lot from the ordeal, was focused entirely on her companion's recovery. The thorns around the heart and the double-helix were so sinister, and suggest that there's a lot of work left still to be done, but the brief glimpse at Casca's face at the end filled me with hope. It looks like we'll have our hands full for the remaining string of episodes (and the batch after that as well!  :ganishka: ). But I'm so glad to say this: welcome back, Casca! :casca:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2016 English dub home release January 16, 2018
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:38:39 PM »
I gotta be 100% with you guys, I don't know how you could bear to watch the damn show again, with or without the old voice actors. The only benefit of having those people reprise the voices would be for the possibility of having Griffith singing blooper showtunes in a newly incarnated CGI body. :griffnotevil:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:00:10 PM »
We also discussed some form of the child being involved, and we not be done yet, but it's a pretty great symbol of not only Casca's trauma and tragedy, but joy and hope. Kudos, Miura, I'm blown away again. :ubik:

That's a great point. Just seeing the little guy there was a very bittersweet moment. It makes me wonder how Casca will express these feelings when she returns. All I can say is that I know I'm gonna get choked up!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
My first words: holy cannoli. This episode delivered the goods! It's almost absurd to think now that I was expecting the first episode after the 6-month break to be the reveal of the memory fragment, with all that has happened in the last two episodes. Despite all that, the reveal of the Demon Child was a pretty massive curve ball. Miura knew what people expecting, and indeed had been expecting for years, and I really respect him for not taking the route that fans had already accepted in their minds. Will we still be forced to relive the rape with Farnese/Schierke? Walter, like you, I was dreading this. On one hand, I'm hoping that the memory won't have to be dealt with directly - for example, maybe Femto's presence in the dream can act as a representation of it and how it's taken over her psyche, and it won't be dealt with until after Casca "wakes up," possibly through her feelings of tenderness for her son, and the desire to help him. After that, once Guts comes back into the picture, feelings of the rape could come back around and Schierke and Farnese can come to her aid in the waking world. Not sure if this is right, but thought that just crossed my mind.

EDIT: How could I neglect to mention Flora?! What a moment! I agree that it would have been nicer to have some more time between here and Schierke,
 but just seeing her brought a wee tear to my sappy old eye. :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:35:07 PM »
Glad you and your wife are enjoying the gift, Rhombaad! Sorry again for the wait. Bad form for one of the hosts of this thing to end up with a late delivery, but problems do come up.  :judo: :farnese:

Regardless, I hope that everyone had a great time giving and receiving this year. November 2018 will be here before we know it, I hope we'll have another great turnout! :badbone:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:10:44 PM »
Damn Branded, sorry to hear you were in a car accident, but I'm glad that you're okay. That mug looks awesome! Glad you received the postcard, as well. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:04:45 PM »
Merry Christmas (and Schnozmas!) to everyone! I just opened my present from Dar Klink, which arrived right before the 25th, hooray!


Thank you, buddy, for the thoughtful and beautifully-crafted gift! The details are amazing, and Schnoz's nose has the most stately curve! I'm keeping this guy out on display all year round, hopefully to shock and confuse any guests that come by. :slan:

I hope everyone is enjoying their gifts this year as well! If you haven't received anything from your Schnoz yet, please let me know.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:57:03 AM »
Dang, guys! I went to the see this with a few friends today, and the party was split about the experience. I see that Twitter is very much the same case, but I'm getting the feeling that the opinions in this thread are leaning more towards the negative. :slan:

I'm going to go ahead and say that I liked this movie more than the Force Awakens. I liked that it was too damn long, and that it made Luke sad and bitter, and that Yoda is a wrinkly little puppet again. I loved that Snoke got offed so unexpectedly and unceremoniously, and that Rey is not the daughter, granddaugher or niece of anybody notable. I did even enjoy the casino plot, Rose, the goofy comedy, the storyline juggling, and the damn porgs.

I think what pleased me the very most about this movie is that it's begun deconstructing and steering away from the ever-looming Skywalker legacy. Back before TFA was announced, one thing that turned me off about the extended universe was its obsessive need to legitimize itself by connecting back to Anakin or Luke, in some sort of space-faring variation of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Now that the Skywalkers are dying off (Griff, as you pointed out, the lone inheritor of the Skywalker bloodline is the bad guy now), the Reys, the Finns, the Roses are the new heroes of Star Wars. I thought that the sentiment was put beautifully by Kylo Ren as he said to Rey, "You're nothing - but not to me." To me, I feel like Johnson is saying: the Skywalkers have played their part, but Star Wars cannot be the story of the Skywalkers alone. Star Wars is a story about nobodies saving the galaxy, and to have TLJ double down on that idea was deeply satisfying to me.

I do understand that a lot of people are responding to this movie as life-long Star Wars fans. I came into the franchise later in life, and I'm not partial to picking out little niggling details, nor am I disappointed by it not "feeling(?)" like a Star Wars film so I think that may have played a part in my enjoyment of it. It's hard to explain. It just felt good coming out of this movie.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:39:02 PM »
Thanks guys for letting us know that you sent out your presents! My present, along with the special postcard, are out for delivery now as well! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:57:19 PM »
Thanks for the updates, JMP and XionHorsey! How awesome that you've already received gifts, and December isn't even here yet. :ganishka: Clearly, certain Schnozzes are on top of their game this year!

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