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Messages - NCHaskew

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Feels weird to try looking for flaws in Berserk, but one that's bothered me (and like everyone else's it's a minor quibble, and one that will surely dissipate by the end) is the lack of Griffith/Godhand POV. After Falconia gets founded, it kinda feels like things just cool down. The Godhand are now physically present, but we haven't really seen what they're up to.

More recent episodes are already proving me wrong, with the Apostle wrecking brigade doing what they do best against the Giants and Hydra, and Griffith securing quick-travel, but we still don't really know what the end game of our villains is. Specifics-wise at least. Then again, unlike other manga/anime, it's not like we're just going to finish these baddies and move on to a new group. The Godhand have been set up as the final villains from the start, and to reveal their plans, even this late in the game, would give away too much too soon. It's just good storytelling, but dammit, I'm impatient sometimes  :puck:

Sorry for rambling there, but it was hard to properly express my not-complaint.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: December 01, 2018, 07:02:54 AM »
I never even gave "season 2" a chance. I was so disappointed to hear this series was essentially a continuation of the very mediocre Golden Age films by 4C.

But if I do ever watch it, ironically it'll be dubbed, even though that's like a cardinal sin when you like anime (or has been for me for awhile). If only because I don't much care for the new casting of the characters in Japanese, Guts in particular.

Kanna from the original series embodied Guts, this new guy, while he mostly *sounds* alright, he can't scream for jack. He can't do the rage needed to bring Guts to life and it sucks to listen to. A lot.


Overall though, I'm very disappointed in the lack of quality of what Berserk adaptations have been getting. And I don't even think it's the CG.

Games on the Nintendo 3DS like Fire Emblem have amazing and stunning 3D animation, so I'm not against it for that. I'm against it because it's horrendously low quality animation that is a direct insult to the artwork of the original. From an indifferent studio and unqualified director.

I have the inverse problem--as a fan of the English dub of the 97 series and film trilogy, I can't get behind 2016/17's dub  :ganishka: Marc Diraison did a great job of making Guts simultaneously badass and vulnerable--Kaiji Tang is very one-note, stereotypical tough guy anime voice. Not to mention a lot of the translations and deliveries are so stiff, it almost feels like it was dubbed before the 97 series.

That said, if you do give season 2 a chance, it's.....minutely better than season 1? The pacing's a bit better, the CG models are improved, and they don't cut quuuuuuuite as much as season 1 did. It's still a lukewarm adaptation at best, and the final episode just ends it with no pomp and circumstance. But oh well, give it another 19-20 years. Madhouse can't keep turning down Berserk forever!

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: November 23, 2018, 12:28:52 AM »
I remember noticing that it was the wrong leg when that episode came out. But then forgot and never checked for the correction

I'm new to reading the episodes as they come out in Young Animal--is that a common thing, edits being made between magazine release and volume release? Or is this an inordinate amount?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk PS2 Soundtrack Composers?
« on: October 21, 2018, 03:43:04 PM »
I bought the official MP3s back when they were available (2004 or so, I think), and here's what they show:



Thanks for reminding me of the existence of "Cold Snow"  :ganishka:

Thanks, Walter! Spiritual Woods was a favorite of mine, personally

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk PS2 Soundtrack Composers?
« on: October 18, 2018, 05:14:30 AM »
I was trying to look up composers for the individual tracks of the Berserk PS2 game, and the only ones I could see specified were Sign and Sign-2, of course composed by Hirasawa. I know the rest of the album was composed by Shinya Chikamori, Hiroshi Watanabe, Yasushi Hasegawa, and Tomoyo Nishimoto. Should I assume they all composed each track together, or does anyone have a more detailed list for the score?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 07, 2018, 11:55:12 PM »
I'm reading through the whole guidebook now, which is just surreal. One thing I'm curious about: they spelled it as "Tudor" instead of their translation of "Chuder." I'm curious if they're correcting that error, or if they just didn't coordinate the translation with previous releases. But if they ARE correcting it, how could they still call him "Knight of Skeleton"?  :SK:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 11, 2018, 07:11:19 PM »
I gotta say, Venom is fulfilling the role that's had a void for some time: a big budget film that's so bad, it's good. Nowadays, you either have a movie that goes bugnuts like that, but has no budget, or a big budget movie that's just bland. Venom is clearly meant to be a blockbuster, but is so full of cheesy, over the top acting, that it's just gonna be a fun trip. I hope to see it opening night.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:38:03 PM »
He's all benevolent now, but just wait until Episode 358: Get Off My Lawn!

Summary: Griffith expels a group of troublesome children from the Castle Falconia courtyard because their incessant racket won't allow him to concentrate on meeting his literal world shaping deadlines! A political firestorm erupts and loyalties are shaken when the children's bones are later discovered in Zodd's doggy dish.

This summer, Clint Eastwood IS....Griffith Torino

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Audio Manga Casting Call
« on: August 25, 2018, 10:25:33 PM »

The Prototype is officially cast! Now on to the series proper!

To anyone interested, auditions for Episode 1: The Black Swordsman (technically Episode A/first unnumbered episode  :ganishka:) can be found here  :ubik:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:13:16 PM »
Hmmm...according to Puck in v17, these Stonehenge-like structures served as shrines of sorts to the Elves (according to Dark Horse's translation, anyway), and Guts even used it to take refuge from the spectres and incubi.

I actually completely forgot about that scene! Nice catch. It'd be cool if there's a little call back to it if when Guts & Co. use it.

As always, I enjoyed watching Raban and Mule get to freak out over the crazy stuff that Griffith does. I'll be very curious where this search for relics takes them. Though if they've crossed all the other mythical creatures from Fantasia's opening off the list, and they now have a means of riding in the sky......dragon battle, anyway? Please?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: August 18, 2018, 03:05:29 PM »
Release date is shown as Sept 19 now, which constitutes the fourth delay.

Maybe they want to roughly evenly space out their releases? We'll get this sometime hopefully before the end of the year, the Grunbeld novel a few months after, then Volume 40 a few months after that? I don't know. Would be nice if DH actually treated Berserk like their best-selling series.

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Manga Mausoleum / Poor Dark Horse Translation?
« on: August 17, 2018, 06:14:46 PM »
I know how completely unlikely it is that Dark Horse messed up their translation, but I was reading through Volume 39, and I came across something that's just baffling. This is a panel from Episode 347.



There at the bottom, where Puck says "He's trying to speak as properly as he can at this point"...I assume that's supposed to be a footnote that just got thrown in as dialogue?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk: The Audio Manga Casting Call
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:28:17 AM »
Hey all! I'm in the very early stages of making a manga dub for Berserk. For the sake of a kind of test run, I'm going to start with the Prototype Chapter, which will hopefully provide enough insight into the process to do the Black Swordsman Arc and beyond to a decent degree.  :puck:

I've been working behind the scenes on this for over a year, and I'm finally ready to start casting for the voice-over work. If anyone would be interested in giving it a shot, I would love to hear your auditions!

You can check out the casting call page here or here.

Edit: right, I should also plug stuff. I feel like an old man for how foreign social networking feels, but if you'd be interested in following the Facebook page and/or Twitter, that's available as well  :ganishka:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Berserk Blurb Compendium
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:08:35 AM »
Volume 39's decidedly more subdued:

From creator Kentaro Miura comes Berserk, a sprawling adult fantasy epic of horror, humor, and fierce imagination and the inspiration for the wildly popular anime.

Hope they're talking about '97  :schierke:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 24, 2018, 09:58:05 PM »
Volume can preorder on Amazon

Wow! I legitimately was unsure if there'd be enough chapters. I just got my DH copy of 39 and, whoo boy, I was struck by how thin it was  :isidro:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 14, 2018, 03:44:44 AM »
True, I think you did mentionned that a while back. It'd be neat but I still wish for a Casca-esque cover or something related to her healing.

I'm gonna cheat and steal Walter's answer, but say the volume that contains the next episode with Guts and Casca will have a Casca cover.

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Westworld concluded season 2 this past Sunday and it was a hot mess of an episode - pacing, story. Season 1 was generally better for pacing, intrigue and keeping me interested/ invested in the show. Just when you think it should give you some closure, it opens that door for you for only a few characters but also creates more questions for the rest so they can add more and more content to it. I'd rather have a show that's 1 or 2 seasons (or anything definitive) and that's it. In terms of story arcs, I didn't care much for Maeve's or Dolores' post awakening arcs.

I absolutely loved Season 1. The fact that Forde semiii have a hand in Maeve's plan made her arc work a little better, though what a coincidence she just happened to come across the most spineless lab techs ever.
But then season 2 comes around and just throws retcons all over the place. When they went to Shogun World (something that sounded really cool) and it was literally just a carbon copy of Westworld, I almost completely lost interest. The last great thing to me was the Man in Black's flashback stuff.

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Whoof. Big question there  :farnese: Well, first off, welcome to the forum! Always glad to see Berserk reaching more and more people!

As for your question, I think Berserk boils down to the essence of camaraderie and the essence of betrayal. I'd also say the main theme is man's struggle to create his own future, or else succumb to destiny. Not a small amount of words, I know, but as I said, big question  :ganishka:

As for me, I was first introduced to Berserk 4 or 5 years ago, so I'm about as far from a veteran as can be on this site. I first watched the '97 anime, which left me hungry for more. So I immediately watched through the film trilogy, which I enjoy more than most. Then I dove into the manga, reading through it all in about a month. It's only now that I'm finishing up my second readthrough that I'm really enjoying the cohesion and world-building of the latest stuff, as I've been more or less starry-eyed towards the Golden Age era.

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 03, 2018, 02:33:21 AM »
Farnese = far-neh-zeh. Not far-niece, fair-ness, far-naise or whatever other pronunciations fans have insisted on. So the dub is right, though Serpico's VA stresses the syllables in an way that sounds whiny.

Okay, that's what I figured. It sounded right, but Serpy's VA stresses it so hard, it sounds like far-nay-zay. Which is kinda right, just....awkward

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:57:43 PM »
I recently checked out the Dub. I agree 100%.
Also, Sheerkee? I thought Schierke's is supposed to be pronounced Sheer-kuh.
Although he didn't have many lines, I also want to give props to Locus' voice actor. He sounds closer to what I thought Locus would sound like than the Japanese one.

It's definitely Sheer-kuh  :schierke: I question most of 2016/17's pronunciations. Thanks to Aaz, I know it's Ee-see-dro, not izzy doro. I dislike how they pronounce Casca since it's different from 97 and the films, but I don't know which is technically correct. I also always called Mozgus "maw's gus," but they call him "moe's gus". I've also heard their pronunciation of Farnese is incorrect, but again, I'm not certain about all the names.

But I agree, Locus has a very nice voice! Not sure about Raksas' though. I'll have to hear more of him. Grunbeld though.....ooof. I love Paul St. Peter, but he's a bad fit in my book.

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: July 01, 2018, 05:06:49 AM »
I only watched the backstory episode but apparently the script writer just decided to not even bother  :ganishka:

I was looking for some kind of explanation! But nope, completely ignored  :ganishka:

Also, episode 4 adds another big translation error: when the group finds Farnese the morning after her search for Casca, Isidro claims they fought off apostles?? Wonder how he'll react when he sees apostles at Flora's mansion....for the first time  :isidro:

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: June 30, 2018, 11:55:50 PM »
So I watched the first two episodes of 2017's English dub. As someone unimpressed with how they handled 2016, I think they made some improvements. Puck sounds muuuch much better, not coming off quite as feminine. Farnese is also much less obnoxious--I feel like the actress dropped her habit of going falsetto when she was distressed. I continue to enjoy Isidro's performance, as well as Griffith's (despite being Kevin T. Collins' fan).
Serpico still gives off a bit more energy than I'd like, while Erica is nowhere near energetic enough. There's some stiff deliveries here and there, and stiffer translations, but all in all I haven't ground my teeth nearly as much as I did for 2016.

Edit: also I hate Schierke's voice so far. Doesn't fit her age at all.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:59:00 PM »
https://i.redd.it/vi8mryp2js211.jpg

In recent reprints, Dark Horse has changed its translation of the Sovereign of the Flower Storm from "Hanafubuku King" to "Flower Storm Monarch." Good on them for correcting that half-translated mess.

Ohhh, just in time for me to have gotten the previous translation  :judo:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:55:28 PM »
Glad to see another Fantasia beast show up--almost like checking off the list introduced in volume 34. Hopefully this means a dragon's up next  :ubik:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:04:01 PM »
https://www.tor.com/2017/03/24/how-many-times-does-braid-tugging-and-skirt-smoothing-happen-in-the-wheel-of-time/

Oh dear God. I'm about 300 pages into Fires of Heaven, and that sounds about right. Jesus, Robert Jordan  :rickert:

RIP

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