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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Proj2501 on August 26, 2015, 03:13:00 PM »
This episode really managed to surprise. What the f#@% is Rakshas? Why did he take his leave like that? So many questions. 

Years ago, I never thought we'd see Rickert having his own unique encounters and adventures. Goofily smiling Tapasa are something I NEVER expected to see. Love it utterly though. The pair waiting patiently in the stable and the curious horses. So effing great.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Ken on August 26, 2015, 03:01:58 PM »
Such a great episode, and its so nice to see the date for the next episode!!!! :ubik:

so many interesting things happened, the panel with Silat and that mountain like formation in the background looks interesting, probably somewhere back in the homeland...just nice to see different places in the world!

The way Silat and the Tapasa fought, they work so well together as a team

last month i thought Rakshas was gonna dodge that pillar but he infact DID get hit, it didn't do much to him though  :ganishka:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Walter on August 26, 2015, 02:54:22 PM »
I like the panel where the now faceless Rakshas is looking down on his broken mask the best. It feels very tragic, especially seeing him floating away with a lowered head. Without a mask, it seems like he thinks of himself as nothing more than a shapeless being.

This is really smart. After the reveal, I wondered myself why he bothers with the mask, but it's so obvious. It's a form of identity in his otherwise faceless/shapeless void.

That being said, I think he retreated because he's a rather contrary sort of guy, constantly toying with the Tapasa. It's always seemed more like a game to him than something serious. UNTIL NOW  :femto:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by rage-al on August 26, 2015, 02:49:58 PM »
What an exciting and beautiful episode!

I like the panel where the now faceless Rakshas is looking down on his broken mask the best. It feels very tragic, especially seeing him floating away with a lowered head. Without a mask, it seems like he thinks of himself as nothing more than a shapeless being. He still can get away but his fighting spirit is lost.

I'm still hoping that Rakshas, as crazy as he is, pulls a Vader down the road and intervenes in the good fight.  Yea, not likely, but he's obviously holding back and I'm super excited to hear more about his past.
I am also VERY curious about his backstory. Was it his wish to loose his own identity to become a better assassin? What do you think he sacrifced to become an apostle?


The Tapasa trying to play nice got a big laugh out of me, that crying cat as well.  :ubik:

Everyone's expression in these panels is priceless  :serpico:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Walter on August 26, 2015, 02:30:19 PM »
We talked about this in the last podcast, but with that scene between Silat/Rickert/Luca, we could be seeing the founding seeds of a future revolutionary force. But already, it's being threatened by Rakshas hovering over the town, presumably spying on their activities.

Well, massive in the sense that as soon as it was revealed it was a sort of "We'll definitely be revisiting this again" moment. Compared to something like the automated water hose, which is also speculated to have some future implications. You're right about there being no opportunities for it and Miura's done all he can to keep it in the picture, like having the kids try and spy on it. But I would be very surprised if it doesn't become relevant in the immediate future.

Of all things to dwell on in this episode thread, it sure is weird that we're talking about Garuda. I don't think its introduction earlier necessitates its immediate involvement in the story. However, I can envision a scenario where Rickert, Silat and the Tapasa get cornered on their escape from Falconia, and Daiba rescues them with Garuda. That could immediately elucidate them on Daiba's new role. Otherwise, his former association with Ganishka would surely be a problem for Silat.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Salem on August 26, 2015, 02:29:30 PM »
I agree, it looks like the Falconia storyline has a clear ending in sight now, along with a great jumpoff point to take us back to a certain seabound squad. I'm really interested in what Silat is saying in the panel featuring the rocky mountain path. Could that be a way out of the city? And Rakshas looming over the city near the end there is pretty unsettling. Hopefully he'll keep his beef with the Bakiraka and Rickert away from Luca and Erica. There's also still Garuda chilling in the barn which strikes me as a massive "Chekhov's gun" that we've yet to see in action. The 25th can't come soon enough!

I'm still hoping that Rakshas, as crazy as he is, pulls a Vader down the road and intervenes in the good fight.  Yea, not likely, but he's obviously holding back and I'm super excited to hear more about his past.

Looks like the lonely islands "on a boat" since volume 32 is gonna end very soon with this pace.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Squiddot on August 26, 2015, 02:14:25 PM »
I have no doubts that we'll see Garuda flying around again, but it's not like there's been an opportunity for that in the recent episodes, so I think ascribing it as a "massive Chekhov's Gun" is a bit much...  :daiba:

Well, massive in the sense that as soon as it was revealed it was a sort of "We'll definitely be revisiting this again" moment. Compared to something like the automated water hose, which is also speculated to have some future implications. You're right about there being no opportunities for it and Miura's done all he can to keep it in the picture, like having the kids try and spy on it. But I would be very surprised if it doesn't become relevant in the immediate future.

I think I actually like this design much more than I would have if Rakshas had turned out to be a more concrete and monster-like form.

When i first saw him I immediately thought of a kid's attempt at a clay human, or a statue that had been withered down to near nothing. Definitely the eeriest thing I've seen in Berserk for a very long time.
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by jackson_hurley on August 26, 2015, 01:59:20 PM »
I'm assuming that the cliff shot is possibly where the bakiraka are hanging out? (There seems to be a temple or a structure on top of that pike, or I'm seeing things too much)

It's also impressive to see the tapasa coordinating their effort as easy as nothing. Very very cool episode and very very very interesting characters!
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by JMP on August 26, 2015, 01:56:06 PM »
Wow! The clash between the Bakiraka and Rakshas is great. Silat apparently did the best possible thing he could have done in that situation by breaking Rakshas' mask. The panel after Silat stabbed the mask and it cracks is cool, it looks all wall-eyed in that moment and just gave me a very creepy feeling.  :rakshas:

Anyway, I love what Miura did for Rakshas' design. It feels like he went back to the basics of fear: what is unknown and foreign. Since the mask is so iconic and cool, having something behind it, whatever it was, might be have disappointing. But to have nothing (or almost, a faint trace of a face) be there? That's absolutely brilliant.
Great points and I agree! I think I actually like this design much more than I would have if Rakshas had turned out to be a more concrete and monster-like form.

I love the way Rakshas reacts to his mask being broken. He doesn't feel like playing any more and goes drifting off dejectedly.

The Tapasa trying to play nice got a big laugh out of me, that crying cat as well.  :ubik:
Same here, I love the Tapasa's smiles when they meet Erika! They're trying to be friendly, but they just end up looking even freakier than usual! Cracked me up! :ganishka: Erika and the cat's expressions are great, too!

Very cool episode and I don't even know what was said yet! Looking forward to that!  :guts:
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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« Last post by Walter on August 26, 2015, 01:53:20 PM »
Such a bizarre reveal, if it can even be called that. Behind the mask is yet another kind of mask..!  :rakshas:

The Tapasa trying to play nice got a big laugh out of me, that crying cat as well.  :ubik:

I'm really interested in what Silat is saying in the panel featuring the rocky mountain path. Could that be a way out of the city?

There will be a summary with partial translation soon.

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There's also still Garuda chilling in the barn which strikes me as a massive "Chekhov's gun" that we've yet to see in action. The 25th can't come soon enough!

I have no doubts that we'll see Garuda flying around again, but it's not like there's been an opportunity for that in the recent episodes, so I think ascribing it as a "massive Chekhov's Gun" is a bit much...  :daiba:

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