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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Oburi on July 22, 2016, 05:30:57 AM »

The gurus go on: "Now almost all forests of spiritual trees around the world have been burned to ashes. Because of that, the world tree got more power. So the ancient chaos when the real world and the astral world are mixed together is going to come back." Ged says that now, he wants to ask a question to the man in black, who has a deep relation to him: "Who the hell is the Falcon of Light? Can you tell me what he wants to do by twisting the world like that? What desire led him to be reborn as a Guardian Angel of Desire?"


So this confirms that the burning down of Flora's tree wasn't an isolated incident. Griffith probably sent out many groups of Apostles to many locations around the world to burn down spiritual trees. I guess Flora was singled out in particular (possibly because of the armor or the connection to Skullknight) because both Zodd and Grunbeld showed up.

I love the Guardian Angel of Desire line. Brings me back to the early episodes.

Of course, thanks to Aaz and Puella!
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Truder on July 22, 2016, 03:34:17 AM »
thanks! :guts:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Kaladin on July 22, 2016, 03:19:25 AM »
Nice! anybody know how I can purchase individual issues online? I really want that poster. I cant find a store nearby that sells it, and I cant figure out how to do it from the Young Animal website.

I believe it's This Issue

someone correct me if im wrong, i was planning on buying the digital issue but i want that big ass poster.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Arvin on July 22, 2016, 02:59:15 AM »
As usual thanks for the summary guys.

Maybe not a very welcoming type of remark lately, but I can't help but get some strong norse mythology vibes from this episode.

It seems like the World Tree was always a thing and that the spiritual trees were just keeping it contained and the astral world at bay. Witches like Flora were guardians, who also harnassed the strange properties of it into magic, like some type of nature magic based Scientists. Pretty cool actually, and it explains why magic users are so rare; they apparently can only be found near these trees, because the trees influence their power and knowledge of magic.

Your comment as well as the description of the guardian witches and magic users carrying research in the forests of spirit tree (that seem to have a parasitic relationship with the World Tree branches) reminded me a bit of Odin's episode to seek the knowledge and powers of the magical runes at the branches of Yggdrasil. The resemblance is more on an aesthetic-conceptual level (the purposes and of course the ordeal of the tale being quite different), but I find it interesting enough to be worth mentioning.

Also regarding that point, I was re-reading some parts of Volume 24 in the last few days after reading episode 344, and with the assumption (now confirmed) that Flora was one such guardian of one of those forests of spiritual trees, it striked me how she felt responsible for the ongoing events at that point (appearance of trolls into the corporeal world): case in point, even before addressing Guts party, she made sure to prioritise Morgan's story. She couldn't fix the issue by herself, so she had to delegate the task to Schierke as her student and even making a bargain with Guts (in exchange for the talismans) for them to help her. Given her illustrated role in this episode, I found that very consistent and interesting to put in perspective.

The other element in this episode that gave me a Norse mythos vibe, even though I might be reaching a bit more with this one, is the naming used to addresss this sort of phenomenom: "road of dragons" going by the summary. Surely it's looking more metaphorical than anything right now, but given some of the story connections being made with the World Tree and the vortex and/or abyss, and having in mind the parallel with Yggdrasil, the World Tree of nordic mythology, I can't help but remind of the dragon-serpent that lives gnawing at the bottom of its roots, Nidhogg. I'm sure this isn't particularly new either, but as it's a new (and very curious) term from this episode and given the vibes I was getting, I found it too interesting to leave unmentioned.

Relating to these new described phenomenoms in this episode, "road of dragons" and "road of elves", I'm reminded of another episode I happened to have covered in my selective re-read: episode 177 - "The Rent World" going by DH's edition. We see a situation that seems much similar, if not the phenomenom itself being illustrated when the kids notice how the forest they were so familiar with started to look or feel different/strange as of late. Although the scene didn't involve a night of moonlight (there seemed to still have broad daylight in the scene, covered by large dark clouds), I assume the corresponding trigger to its occurrence was Griffith/Femto's appearance and how that also affected the world, as he actually happened to just pass/fly by the kids in the forest at the back of Zodd. Actually that there was broad daylight to be seen probably reinforces the point of how much his coming to the corporeal world affected the balance. Later in that scene, we see what seems to be an elf folk in the tree opening, much like it's illustrated in this episode.

As for other impressions, I think it's nice and interesting to see what seems to be (or at least so far portrayed as) a young adult in Danan at the place, it's something I saw people thought about in the previous episode thread since all we saw were mostly kids in the island so far. And I love the way Morda has been just laying there in the sidelines, relaxed and just listening to all this important discussion with her face half covered by her hat. Looks pretty badass and reminds me a bit of the demeanor of young Guts in a way (mercenary/Band of the Falcon Guts, just feels like something he would do).

Well, right now I just can't wait to get a good read of a reliable translation for this episode. Reading these nice bits concerning the world building and letting them sink in, have my take on it and see how else they expand what else we know.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Truder on July 22, 2016, 02:49:32 AM »
Oh, and a pretty huge double-sided poster of the manga/anime.

Nice! anybody know how I can purchase individual issues online? I really want that poster. I cant find a store nearby that sells it, and I cant figure out how to do it from the Young Animal website.
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Berserk Merchandise / Re: God Hand (Femto, Void, Conrad, Ubik and Slan) Figma
« Last post by Hitoshura on July 22, 2016, 02:49:14 AM »
Pre-orders for both versions of Femto are now up online. :femto:
Regular
https://t.co/Z0HLx33p3P
http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-021614
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10401015








Birth of the Hawk of Darkness version
https://t.co/wbQbs7nrlz
http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-021613
http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10404267





And here's a new image of the God Hand set.


Awesome, I can't wait to have them  :guts: thanks for the the heads up.
No problem. :daiba:
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Berserk Merchandise / Re: God Hand (Femto, Void, Conrad, Ubik and Slan) Figma
« Last post by Mogen on July 22, 2016, 02:42:31 AM »
http://figsoku.net/blog-entry-31867.html

Both the regular and Hawk of Darkness birth ver. Femto figma finally have a release date. They'll be released on February 2017 and you'll be able to pre-order them tomorrow. Still no release date or price for the rest of the God Hand members.

Awesome, I can't wait to have them  :guts: thanks for the the heads up.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« Last post by Walter on July 22, 2016, 02:28:49 AM »
We got several big answers in this episode, understood thanks to Puella and Aazealh's work. My reply is super late, but it's honestly the first chance I've had to collect my thoughts on this massive episode and the implications of it. I'll just be highlighting some of the bigger developments and offering my thoughts on them.

One of the largest pieces of news was the explanation of the connection between the spiritual trees and the world spiral tree, hinted at in the previous episode. The trees were siphoning power from the world tree. But with them removed, it shines brilliantly throughout all worlds. But it goes deeper than that:

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"And by protecting the land, they prevent the balance of the real world and astral world from tipping. They think it's their duty. They tell her that her teacher was also one of those magicians. "

This explains a lot that might not be immediately obvious. First, this was Flora's role on the continent, apart from her brethren. Whether she had another reason for leaving the island is unknown, but watching over the tree was her duty. Second, this establishes that the spiritual trees' usage as a defense against the world tree's power had to be nurtured and cared for actively, implying that THAT is the process of "sealing" mentioned by Ged in the last episode, negating my theory that such trees and thus seals, had existed since the beginning of time. Leading us to another revelation:

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

This is huge. It confirms that the ancient world WAS like the current world: A mixture of the astral and physical worlds. You may have heard Aaz and I debate this over the years. We were always on the fence about this. Well, now we know! But, were such seals erected over the last 1,000 years, or prior to that? Unknown. But given the scope of the change in the world being described, this could be our first nugget of Berserk history that predates the crumbling of Gaiseric's empire.

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"The small one is called "the road of elves" and it's connected to shallow ponds in the astral world. Sometimes that causes a child to get lost in the forest."

Reminds me of so-called "Fairy Roads/Paths" in British and Irish folklore. Paths in countrysides that connected the human and fairy realms.

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"He revived a giant ancient city at the foot of the world tree. While the world is becoming chaotic, ironically only the base of the giant tree stands out like a typhoon's eye. It has become a land that repel evil spirits, thanks to the gentle spiritual power that land is full of. So now it has indeed become a normal country where humans can live peaceful lives".

This shouldn't surprise anyone, but it does confirm in detail what we had assessed several years ago about the power of the world spiral tree, and how it was manipulated to benefit Griffith's aims.

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Ged reflects: "To take a country, or more precisely to establish his own country. The whole world himself... It's helpless. Though he doesn't care about the means to reach his goal." Guts says that it's a bit different, it's the other way around. "To Griffith, the goal is about the means. And then says that "he hasn't changed at all. To acquire his country is just a passing point. He's the Falcon who flies as far as he can go, towards the highest possible goal. This is the Falcon, Griffith."

Surprise! Griffith isn't going to settle for a country! Most of us have known that Griffith's ambitions were always larger, and that the pursuit of his kingdom was the tallest order he could dream of as a man. But it's very nice to see Guts saying it in such a dramatic fashion. And of course, we get the (not so) dramatic reveal to his companions about his significant former friend. This scene also sets up Guts' value to the Gurus, and really to all the inhabitants of the island: His special connection with Griffith, who has become the de facto leader of the evil order that's literally tearing the world apart.   

Will this discussion spill over into 346, where Guts expounds a bit more to his companions about the state of Casca, Griffith, himself, and his journey? Here's hoping. The timing makes sense now more than it ever has.
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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« Last post by Hitoshura on July 22, 2016, 01:06:08 AM »
The story and character section got updated on the official Japanese site. You'll see a few better screenshots that were featured in the latest issue of Famitsu. Theses two images below are new and aren't in the latest issue.




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Berserk Merchandise / Re: God Hand (Femto, Void, Conrad, Ubik and Slan) Figma
« Last post by Hitoshura on July 22, 2016, 12:57:22 AM »
http://figsoku.net/blog-entry-31867.html

Both the regular and Hawk of Darkness birth ver. Femto figma finally have a release date. They'll be released on February 2017 and you'll be able to pre-order them tomorrow. Still no release date or price for the rest of the God Hand members.

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