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Berserk Merchandise / Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« Last post by IncantatioN on February 23, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
They announced through their Facebook/Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/oniricreations/photos/a.1196312743783278.1073741828.1174349939312892/1626466317434583/?type=3&theater]

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Guts et sa mythique dragonslayer arrivent à grands pas dans votre collection... Voici un aperçu de notre prochaine statue Berserk. À l'échelle 1/6, ce projet marque le début d'une gamme de statues basée sur la licence. Nous vous l'avions déjà précisé mais nous mettons absolument tout notre savoir-faire dans cette pièce. Tous les détails, aussi infimes soient-ils, seront poussés au maximum. Qu'il s'agisse de métal, tissu, peau... ou autre? L'attente semble longue mais nous vous assurons que vous aurez rarement vu une statue 1/6 aussi ambitieuse.
Et nous avons extrêmement hâte de vous la dévoiler!

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Archer1215 on February 23, 2018, 04:25:15 PM »
I'm excited to see her talk to Guts again for the first time.  I suppose I'm just excited about the phase of the story we are now entering, where we don't know the next goals of the characters yet.  I suppose I'm just excited about all of it. :ubik:

Next episode is going to be heavy. Guts and Casca reunion accompanied by the latter's realization that the Eclipse wasn't just a bad dream. I don't think I've ever been this excited for a new Berserk episode.

As for what their next goals are, I've been thinking back to the scene on the boat after the Sea God section where Guts looks out the window and begins to inwardly declare what he will do after his current journey is over.


This could easily be taken as Guts deciding to go after revenge again (and I've seen a lot of people come to this conclusion). But I've also been wondering if this isn't him resigning himself to staying on Elfhelm with Casca for her sake. Since he comes to this decision after thinking to himself that Casca became insane because she couldn't cope with the trauma. Maybe he is deciding here that he doesn't repeat his previous mistake and leave her behind for revenge while she is in such a critical state. And the look in his eyes is one of frustration because he knows this means keeping himself away from what he wants.Of course things obviously wouldn't go that way or at least continue that way forever for the sake of the narrative. Just a thought.

Although whatever happens, I'm pretty sure it will be something to continue keeping Guts away from revenge.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Headless Death on February 23, 2018, 03:20:15 PM »
What a fantastic Episode.  Thank you Aaz and Puella for the translation.  I caught back up with the series just in time to get to see the event I've been waiting for since I started reading the series back in 2004.  With the pace these last couple episodes have had, I get the feeling that Miura is getting a refreshed excitement of getting to do something that he has been thinking about how to do for 20 years.  And hopefully that means that this writing high may mean a period with fewer or at least shorter hiatuses. 
As far as the depection of the rape and the events of the eclipse from Casca's view, I feel like it was handled well.  To not emphasis on the details of the eclipse, and to focus on the emotional effect of the characters fit for this portion, because I get the feeling that now that Casca is awake, she will now be having flashes back to details of the eclipse during other parts of the story.  Much like how when the horse "Mounts" Farnese, Guts has his flash back to the Eclipse that reignites his anger/rage.  Casca may, for an example, see Farnese Pinned down to the floor, and get a flashback of Guts being pinned down reigniting her feelings of helplessness/despair of being able to do anything about it and may succumb to these feelings or fight them.
I'm excited to see her talk to Guts again for the first time.  I suppose I'm just excited about the phase of the story we are now entering, where we don't know the next goals of the characters yet.  I suppose I'm just excited about all of it. :ubik:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Griffith on February 23, 2018, 01:50:01 PM »
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, seeing so many people rejoice at this episode, but I gotta tell you my thoughts, and if it gets a conversation going, that's a good thing, right?

Right.



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I'd like you to recall the recurring scene in the first Black Swordsman ark, where Puck taps into Guts's mind the first several times. It visibly hurts Puck, or maybe just makes him uncomfortable, but re-read upon re-read I thought to myself: if someone connects to eclipse survivor's mind, it got to be like this but on steroids. The counter-argument I thought of was: well, by the time Puck and Guts meet, Puck is new to Guts's life, all the terrible things he experiences and experienced (that's actually the plot! =) ). But by the time we get to the corridor of dreams, both Farnese and Schierke been through a lot already.

Another pretty big factor is that Puck is an Elf and experiences and empathizes differently and deeply. We can debate how similarly Schierke and Farnese are being exposed to these memories and feelings in the state they're in and how strongly they should react in any case, but this definitely bolsters that Puck's experiences are unique. Another variable is it was Guts' memories/emotions too, and on top of the memory he was already consciously burdened by the trauma and anger that awaits Casca if that makes you feel better, Debbie Downer. =)

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Another thing I noticed is, on the last page, when Casca opens her eyes, we see glowy things around, which are spores, and we're back to the "bed of magic mushrooms", to the real world already, this episode! I realize this may be obvious and it's just me not realizing this immediately, but what I'm trying to get at is - this feels rushed.
I liked the pacing of all of the last episodes, basically since group's arrival to elfhelm, because I thought we were rushing to a specific event (events of this episode!). But now this was dealt with so quickly... what's the rush?

Was it? I mean, it has been 20 years. :griffnotevil:

And despite this technically being THE EPISODE we see Casca restored, it's not like this event was all contained in this single episode unto itself rather than the last half dozen, a half volume, in addition to their physical journey and preparation for this on top of, again, 20 years. There was a possibility the dream corridor wouldn't even exist at all anymore once their mission was complete, so that confirmation in Casca's mind transitioning to the waking world was actually a nice touch. What else would you have done? Have Schierke and Casca talk about what just happened more, to talk with some mental representation of Casca? They've already been there and the former is what the real world is for. Also, making that last page of Casca the last of this episode or the first of the next makes no difference in the long run, but it provides a tremendously rewarding throughline and payoff of the completion of the ritual and its immediate real world consequences within the episode itself, and our experience as up-to-date readers, without stepping on the milestones to come such as her addressing the group, and Guts most of all.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by jackson_hurley on February 23, 2018, 01:35:23 PM »

Haha, I'm surprised that not everyone noticed it immediately. I mean, regardless of the spores, she's wearing her robes and all. And if you look at the penultimate page, they're clearly being "called back" to the waking world by Danan.

I've noticed it on the first read but I didn't think it was necessary to mention it since it was (for me at least) pretty clear that it was the spores from the mushrooms. Plus like you said, the robe....

But to come back to Esper's post, i did not feel the last episode to be that rushed. I was very satisfied with the pacing of the events and I would not be surprised if indeed Schierke and Farnèse are in fact somehow affected by that trip Inside Casca's mind. Like it or not, they sure saw some fucked up scenery there and even though they knew they were just in a dream, it can mess you up.

I've never had anything that traumatising in my life and some of my nightmares mess me up so I can't even imagined how this nightmare can affect Schierke and Farnèse at some level.

One thing for sure ; they deserve a well rest! After all, the others are partying while waiting. It's their turn to relax.

March... where are you?!?!?!
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Archer1215 on February 23, 2018, 01:25:16 PM »
I liked the pacing of all of the last episodes, basically since group's arrival to elfhelm, because I thought we were rushing to a specific event (events of this episode!). But now this was dealt with so quickly... what's the rush?

I get what you mean. I actually remember being very surprised when the initial leaks were released that Casca was waking up already. I expected at least another episode after this one before the Corridor of Dreams plot was resolved. I had anticipated there being some sort of moment for Casca to become aware of what was happening and be forced to confront her trauma and make the final decision to wake up herself.

Although the more I think about it the more I prefer things this way. Now we can have that moment of realization and those reactions alongside her interactions with Guts and the rest of the party. I like the idea of Casca being “forced” out of her insanity to actually process and deal with her trauma without giving her a say in the matter. It will no doubt add to the drama in the coming episodes.

As for the Eclipse, I thought it was handled very well. Farnese and Schierke had already been dealing with the Eclipse for the past few episodes in order to get to the last memory fragment, fighting the penis monsters, representations of the Apostles, and the “King of the Monsters” representation of Femto. They were also visibly cracking from the fear and stress, but still managed to continue fighting on. I thought that was very powerful.

As for the actual memory fragment itself, I liked the way the Eclipse was presented. The panorama of all the terrible things Casca saw during the Eclipse ending with an emphasized finale of the moment that ultimately caused her descent into insanity. I was surprised it didn’t linger, but I don’t think it was necessary. We’ve already seen these events ourselves after all, and though Farnese and Schierke did seem a bit less perturbed by the actual experience than I thought they would be, I think the scene accomplished its task. That being to offer Farnese and Schierke a real look at what broke Casca so they can help her recover in the real world.

As for what I anticipate in the future, I do agree with Aaz that an explanation for how and why Casca understands and associates the Demon Child with the Eclipse would be necessary. And I do think we will have that as well. More than anything, I’m curious how Casca is going to remember her post-Eclipse memories now that she has regained her sanity. Will they be more instinctual or subconscious? Will she slowly remember them over time or through her dreams? Or will she remember everything as if she were always lucid? There are a lot of directions this can go.

At least I can say that I think this was the best episode in a long time and that I haven’t anticipated a new episode this much for as long as I’ve been a fan of Berserk.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Aazealh on February 23, 2018, 11:18:24 AM »
The various emotions and drama to come may not be quite as intense as what we just witnessed but it's going to be bubbly.

Oh I wouldn't be so sure, man. I think we're in for some very strong emotional moments going forward.

I think how the rape was handled in this episode was just about spot on. We've already experienced it when it happened, we've reflected on it with Guts and his right eye's last sight, and now I think the way we see it from Casca's perspective fits in well with how we've been experiencing her memories in the dream so far- where nothing has been overly dwelled on.

I agree, though I also stand by my first impression (that I would have liked that bottom panel to at least be a full page). One thing that also bears reminding is that the previous three episodes, which make up half of the sequence inside Casca's nightmare, have shown us Farnese and Schierke ascending a hill of horrors that is literally filled to the brim with penis monsters. It's all very explicit. And it culminated with them facing the king of the monsters, a dark falcon whose design is also deliberately penis-like. So I'm guessing Miura might have felt that he had hammered it in enough already.

As with the other memories we, again, get right to the point as all the terrors and violence swirl in a horrifying, disorienting vortex with only the rape scene piercing through all that confusion, emphasizing it's importance before the gorgeous two-page spread of Casca shattering into pieces of a broken doll- highlighting both the critical moment as well as finally revealing the knowledge Schierke and Farnese were chasing all this time.

Seeing her break at the midsection is another subtle cue that I appreciated.
On that note, nobody's talking about the Demon Child being the symbol for that last fragment anymore, but I'm still looking forward to how Miura will address the connection between the rape and the boy (and his corruption) in Casca's mind.

I really hope Guts gets what he wants though :sad:.

What happens next is anyone's guess, but you probably shouldn't expect a quick and simple conclusion. Guts and Casca's situation/relationship is complex in many ways. I have no doubt they will find each other again eventually, but the keyword here is "eventually". This episode showed Farnese and Schierke basically bringing Casca back without addressing her trauma at all, which means it will have to be dealt with going forward. On top of that, Casca now lives in a completely different world with different rules, she's in a strange place surrounded by strangers, and not only is Guts a pretty different person from who he was the last time she saw him, she herself is very different. And that's without even getting into the biggest deal of all: their son.

Now, when we go to this new episode, yes, Farnese & Schierke look surprised, hand to the mouth motion, but then immediatly go to "look! a heart!". Not even a finger-to-the-bridge-of-a-nose, give-me-a-minute, this-was-too-much, just boom, boom, boom, scene into the next one, clear mind to speak of curses and repercussions.

It's true, we don't see them dealing with the aftershock. I would have appreciated a page or a few panels showing them to be more affected by the event. However, Schierke warns Farnese to steel herself before they initiate the memory, and that might have mitigated the effect. We also do get that fantastic shot of Farnese's eyes as the memory rushes inside her, and her comments there, even more than the picture, are very telling. That brings me to what I think is an important detail: much like Casca's trauma has yet to be addressed, it's possible that Farnese and Schierke will feel the toll of what they experienced beyond the Corridor of Dreams. I wouldn't be surprised if they were haunted by what they've seen.

Another thing I noticed is, on the last page, when Casca opens her eyes, we see glowy things around, which are spores, and we're back to the "bed of magic mushrooms", to the real world already, this episode! I realize this may be obvious

Haha, I'm surprised that not everyone noticed it immediately. I mean, regardless of the spores, she's wearing her robes and all. And if you look at the penultimate page, they're clearly being "called back" to the waking world by Danan.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Esper on February 23, 2018, 09:53:56 AM »
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, seeing so many people rejoice at this episode, but I gotta tell you my thoughts, and if it gets a conversation going, that's a good thing, right?

It's about the portrayal of Farnese's & Schierke's reaction to the trauma, not the actual way trauma was shown, I'm happy with that.

I'd like you to recall the recurring scene in the first Black Swordsman ark, where Puck taps into Guts's mind the first several times. It visibly hurts Puck, or maybe just makes him uncomfortable, but re-read upon re-read I thought to myself: if someone connects to eclipse survivor's mind, it got to be like this but on steroids. The counter-argument I thought of was: well, by the time Puck and Guts meet, Puck is new to Guts's life, all the terrible things he experiences and experienced (that's actually the plot! =) ). But by the time we get to the corridor of dreams, both Farnese and Schierke been through a lot already.

Still, to me [v1p52-53, v2p95-98] was(is) the series' establishment of how painful can the memory be when one character mentally connects with another. Now, when we go to this new episode, yes, Farnese & Schierke look surprised, hand to the mouth motion, but then immediatly go to "look! a heart!". Not even a finger-to-the-bridge-of-a-nose, give-me-a-minute, this-was-too-much, just boom, boom, boom, scene into the next one, clear mind to speak of curses and repercussions.

Another thing I noticed is, on the last page, when Casca opens her eyes, we see glowy things around, which are spores, and we're back to the "bed of magic mushrooms", to the real world already, this episode! I realize this may be obvious and it's just me not realizing this immediately, but what I'm trying to get at is - this feels rushed.
I liked the pacing of all of the last episodes, basically since group's arrival to elfhelm, because I thought we were rushing to a specific event (events of this episode!). But now this was dealt with so quickly... what's the rush?
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by Menosgade on February 23, 2018, 09:51:28 AM »
This left me wordless. I teared all the way through this episode. Thanks, Puella.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« Last post by BiQ-- on February 23, 2018, 09:47:12 AM »
WHOA. It's done?? We have lucid Casca in the story again!!  Thank you for the translation, Puella & Aaz!

...but, what should we expect her to remember now, about the eclipse and everything afterwards? From Schierke's words I'm getting the vibes "not much", and I can fully understand why. But how will it even begin to get processed then? Will Guts get to tell her about it, and would it resurface her own memories, causing her problems or would it stay in some kind of "third-person" view then? Because if it stays in some kind of locked in state, it would surely cause all kinds of painful things for her emotionally. (Not that having those memories wouldn't be immensely painful in their own, but then she would actually have better chance to point the source of her pain.)
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