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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Is there a black and white print of this image?
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:42:03 PM »
Hey there - this was an image from the old '97 anime. As far as I've seen, no black-and-white productions of it have ever been officially released. However, if you're looking for it in black and white for a personal art project, you can always pop it into an image editing program and edit it to suit your needs. If you're looking for something from the manga specifically, there are panels that look like it, but I don't believe this particular image was copied from a manga spread.

Anyway, good luck with your project! :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Realistic Guts: The Black Swordsman
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:54:02 PM »
Wonderful work, Yummy! I think you really built on the original without taking anything away from it. I like how you worked in some spots of yellow and pink, it definitely helps it feel more fleshed out. :guts:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:20:54 PM »

Damn dude, you're on a roll! I'm seeing a theme here. What's next, more hand gestures? Molda flipping the bird? :daiba:

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:52:08 PM »
Thanks  :zodd: I definitely don't remember that one! It's funny that our thoughts on it flipped since then too. We all liked the idea of Zodd having been an old human whose body couldn't keep up with his will to fight.

I think that, given the way he speaks in Japanese, the "old man Zodd" theory isn't outlandish at all! The only thing that makes it less appealing to me is that Wyald's been there and done that, old news, right? Making Zodd a child originally gives him an extra dimension as a character, to me, and if his background were explored in that direction, it might suggest that his 300 years of life have made him feel like an old man, despite his original form. It kind of places him in contrast to an apostle to Rochine, who seemed preoccupied with childhood and child-like things, though she didn't remain an apostle long enough for us to see how that might affect her psychologically after hundreds of years.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:40:41 PM »
Great podcast, guys! :ubik: A refreshing break from our Berserk dry spell. I really enjoyed your analysis of so many of Zodd's appearances - kind of like the Skull Knight, Zodd's scenes are seldom enough that it can be useful to break down his interactions with some of the series' key players and glean Miura's possible intentions. Zodd is on that very short list of characters who has been present at so many of these world-altering events, but very much in the role of a supporter and observer. I hope that he'll take a more active role as the series nears its end. :zodd:

This podcast actually made a good accompaniment to one of my favorite SkullKast conversations (though I forget the particular episode it took place in), where you guys speculated about what Zodd might have been like as a human, and why he became an apostle. I think the one suggesting that he would have been a child was my favorite. Although, now that I think about it, it might not add anything to the story to reveal Zodd's origins (no novels, please! :magni: ). I can imagine Miura wanting him to remain pure in our minds as the Zodd we know and love, Terminator to the very end. Still, fun to ponder on it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:22:10 PM »
Happy 2019 to all! I hope everyone meets their ambitions for the new year. I'm personally hoping to draw more! :void:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:54:06 PM »
 :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
Fits like a glove! Great work Wally.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 25, 2018, 06:33:19 PM »
I hope all the Christmas revelers are enjoying time with friends and family today! I opened my gift from Rhombaad, and it was the Dragon Quest Illustrations book that I'd been wanting! I can't wait to take a trip down memory lane with all those illustrations! Thanks friend!

If anyone hasn't received their Schnoz gift yet, please let me know - otherwise, I hope everyone enjoys their gifts this year. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:42:27 PM »
JMP's righteous brand wrapping strikes again! And it looks like you got some neat goodies Xion! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »
I just got home and got this from the mailman. Thanks Grail! Pins will surely be taken to work and conventions. I was thinking of just recycling the bag you sent me the gifts in, for next year. It stays in good shape and seems like a baton to pass to the next secret schnoz.

Hey man, glad you're enjoying the gifts! I gotta admit that I was coveting those pins, they seemed like high quality! And yes, by all means, please feel free to use the bag I gave you for the next Secret Schnoz. In fact, I had the same thought as you! Since JMP worked to create the lovely bag, it should be passed along to fellow Berserk fans who will be sure to appreciate it every year. :guts:

Speaking of presents, I received my gift from Rhombaad for this year! In the spirit of Christmas, Iíll be waiting to reveal my gift until the 25th! Thank you Rhomby, I canít wait to see what you picked out. :serpico:

Creation Station / Re: Blackout Poetry
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:59:31 PM »
Hi Sticky, welcome! I could be wrong, but I don't think I've seen Berserk blackout poetry around these parts before! It looks like it would be tough to find the right page to choose to use for one of these things, how did you go about doing that?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:49:40 PM »
I'll be headed home this evening for 3 weeks and my book companions will be Perfume and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

How cool! I read One Hundred Years of Solitude many years ago. Little did I know at the time that I probably should have read an article or two on Latin American history first. As a result, I took the entire book as a literal sort of fairy tale. It was fun, but perhaps not what the author intended! :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:26:02 PM »
That's a neat custom Switch skin Crimson! I agree that aside from portability, there's not much that grabs my attention about this system. The only thing I was thinking about getting was Pokemon, and that doesn't feel worth buying a new console for.

Nothing else interests me. And with the inclusion of their blatant ripoff online service, Pokemon is now officially dead to me as a series and all I look forward to now is the next Fire Emblem game.

Wait, what ripoff is this? :sad: You mean the connection to the mobile game?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Finally onboard
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:56:57 PM »
Welcome, Crimson!

But more of an inspiration that Guts continues to be. I hope to be an active member here, make new friends, and talk, talk, talk about Berserk until we're all blue in the face!

Excellent, sounds like you're in the right place! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New Member Intro!
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:05:26 PM »
Hi Yummy, welcome to the community! :guts:

Your enthusiasm for the series definitely came through in your post! I'm looking forward to checking out your collection in the other thread. Your Youtube channel looks pretty neat as well, do you plan to make more videos in the future?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:24:23 PM »
Well, I didn't say I got it yet, but it'll be easy once I do.  I was referring the person I got. I don't think anyone sent me anything yet.

Ohh gotcha Xion, thanks for the correction. Sounds like you're on top of it!

I bought gift today, one of you should receive it no later than friday.

Thanks for the update Branded, and thanks for the heads-up to the thread!

I've just ordered the gifts for my Schnoz, and will be hopefully packaging them up and sending them out by the end of this week. :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:55:14 PM »
Got mine! Second preference is a no brainer. :)

Damn dude, that's got to be a record or something! :ganishka: Anyway, I hope you enjoy your gift, and kudos to your super-speedy Secret Schnoz!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 16, 2018, 06:02:49 PM »
Hey guys, watch out for messages from Incantation and I in the next few days! Time to get started on sending out presents. :slan:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:20:23 PM »
Hey all, thanks to those who can participate this year! If you're still on the fence about doing Secret Schnoz, you still have one day to decide! :daiba:

I'm in, too! :schnoz: Love that ice skating Schnoz, Grail!

Thank you JMP! I'm excited that you can join us again this year. And thanks! I actually dislike ice skating personally (it hurts my ankles!) but it makes for a very appropriate winter portrait, doesn't it?

I know. But even if I weren't threatened with a ten ton flamethrower aimed at my goofy-ass face every year, I still would sign up. So could you please put the flamethrower away? I can't have my morning coffee without feeling like I'm about to be turned into an overflamethrowed chicken nugget.  :serpico:

I don't think I need a flamethrower, our state has enough problems with fire these days as it is! :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »
Another band inspired by Berserk that call themselves - Brand of Sacrifice.

They had a new album come out in September called The Interstice with song titles like Casca, Conviction, Eclipse, Millenium (

Well, I appreciate their dedication to subtlety. :griffnotevil:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:12:35 PM »
Thanks for joining us again this year, Branded! Looking forward to your PM!

And Gob, I'd thank you too but your participation isn't an option. :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:11:36 PM »
I don't necessarily think Dark Horse is to blame here; it's whoever originally wrote this trash at Hakusensha. As a result, that section is fundamentally offensive, faithfully translated or not.

I suppose one could question whether Dark Horse should have included it at all, but at that point it'd effectively be censorship, which would be a strange precedent to set when it comes to Berserk. At the end of the day, the guidebook absolutely shouldn't be touting any language like "official" when it clearly is at odds with the tone of the series.

Dang, I must have missed this bit in the original version of the guidebook, my bad! If Dark Horse is just following Hakusensha's lead, then they're not to blame, though your point about the tone brings to mind how Dark Horse has misrepresented the series pretty outrageously in the past. Either way, it's a sad state of affairs when that sort of material is edited together to promote the series. Unfortunately, based on some stuff I've read and watched on the subject, it's just an indication of the type of media saturating the anime industry right now.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
Yikes, thanks for the heads-up on that Walter. I still want to read the interview, but time and time again, Dark Horse manages to put their foot in it. They're clearly trying to appeal to the bottom of the barrel here.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:25:49 AM »

Wow, another year come and gone! If you guys can believe it, Halloween is over, and that means it's SCHNOZ TIME! :schnoz:

This year is the same as always! Be sure to check the first post for rules, and start sending those PMs!

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:

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