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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 21, 2018, 03:32:18 PM »
Considering that a number of Griff's crew could at least fly, and potentially transport others quickly that way, I think it holds the biggest potential for Guts' side since before they'd have to take volumes traveling by ship and even then finding a way through the wilderness of Fantasia to somehow bypass Falconia's layers of defenses... now they could potentially just appear in Griffith's tree trunk throne room! :guts: Granted, that's just potential, whereas Griffith now already has license to show up anywhere, anytime now.

Definitely. This opens up quite a few possibilities for the direction of the story. Means of travel and travel time could potentially no longer be a barrier for future plot developments. As far as Guts' side of things is concerned, at one point I considered the possibility of the group sailing the Seahorse across the branches of the World Spiral Tree as their next means of travel post-Skellig. Would be an interesting spectacle at the very least, and would allow Roderick to bring the Seahorse with him.

There isn't any real basis for that happening, but I think it would be pretty cool.  :griffnotevil:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 21, 2018, 03:15:03 PM »
Fast travel unlocked. :griffnotevil:

Indeed. This actually opens up so many possibilities where travel may have been a barrier. The biggest one perhaps being how Griffith and the Falcons could have reached Skellig. Whereas before it may have seemed a bit impractical for them to march and sail all the way to the island in a world that is already overwrought with violent astral creatures, now they could reasonably go there whenever they wanted, without much effort and with minimal travel time.

Of course, that's putting the cart before the horse as we don't really have a clearly defined motivation for such an attack. But it is an interesting possibility.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:31:44 PM »
As expected, it looks like we will be getting the aftermath to the battle against the Jotunn with the Falcons making their return to Falconia.

1. Wicked spread of Griffith Zodd, and Grunbeld after their defeat of the Jotunn. They almost look like a superhero team. :serpico:

2. Looks like Griffith will perform another one of his rituals for the soldiers who fell during the battle.

3. The Falcons appear to be traveling back to Falconia via the branches of the World Spiral Tree. Not unlike the Moonlight Boy did the last time we saw him. Could this be another hint that Griffith and the Boy are one and the same? Either way, this is the most interesting thing about the new episode so far. It opens up the possibility of the Falcons using the branches to reach Skellig, and could also potentially provide a new means of travel for Guts and the party other than another ride on the Seahorse.  :slan:

4. Griffith appearing to congratulate Sonia on her assistance during the battle. I love their interactions and the genuine fondness Griffith seems to impart on her.

5. And we're back to Falconia. If we don't learn the context behind this recent battle in this episode, we surely will soon. And Griffith and Charlotte's wedding may be looming close. From there, the coronation. And from there? Who can say?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:24:49 PM »
What are you guys going to do for the podcast this month? Will you do another volume re-read since this month’s release is so short, and simply cover the second half of 356 in that?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:17:54 PM »
I think this is the most active we’ve seen Griffith in combat since his incarnation. Riding down the length of Grunbeld’s neck, leaping from his horse, and stabbing the Giant King in the eye has to be one of the coolest stunts he has ever pulled off. I’m also glad that Zodd, Grunbeld, and Irvine got to have their moments against the hydra. It’s cool to see the Band of the Falcon working together like this. Hopefully there are more engagements like this in the future. (Where art thou, Locus and Rakshas?)

Speculation Nation / Re: Another Skull Night/Void theory..
« on: May 06, 2018, 01:45:22 PM »
Welcome to the forums Lord Prochto.

The Idea of Evil is born tho, through the Cult that Gaiseric made, 1080 years ago.
216 years+, the Eclipse happens, sacrificing the Cult people, and putting a brand on it's original enemy (SK) and ascends Gaiseric the tortured as Void.

Void could only have become a member of the God Hand around 864 years prior to Griffith’s ascension, so that doesn’t really work. Gaiseric was said to have appeared out of nowhere to begin his conquest “about a thousand years ago.” So it doesn’t really make any sense for Void to be Gaiseric.

but there are similarities with Void as well, he too has the skull shaped head

Everyone has a skull-shaped head. :badbone:

“there had to be something before the IoE, and it's kind of logical for it to be a IoG"

Two questions for you: Why does there have to have been a god before the Idea of Evil, and why is it logical for that god to be an “Idea of Good”?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 01, 2018, 08:45:48 PM »
I speculated on a bad ass steam-punk style mechanical suite that would allow him to 1 v 1 apostles but that's perhaps a little over the top...

Just a bit lol.

I actually don’t know if we’ll see Rickert until after the timeskip. I would like for Rickert to have his own journey with his own party of companions (Erika, Silat, Daiba, etc.) going forward, parallel to Griffith/Falconia and Guts/Casca. Either we see him immediately after or during this next sequence of episodes, or it will be after Guts and the party leave Skellig, when a timeskip has already taken place. I think it could work either way.

Maybe we switch back to Rickert just long enough to establish the setting of the Bakiraka village where he will have a safe place to live for a few years, or maybe we follow his journey through Fantasia to get to the villlage, with him serving as another set of eyes for the state of the world after the blast. But I could also see Rickert’s story being put on ice for a while until the events in Elfhelm are wrapped up.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 95
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:02:42 PM »
Nice work guys!

I like that Zodd was fighting on the front lines with the rest of the Apostles. I think the point of it is that he isn't acting like a "warrior," but just another one of Griffith's War Demons. If you look back, he hasn't really been doing his "own thing" since he showed up at the Tower of Conviction to bow to Griffith. He still wants to fight Skull Knight and Guts, but he has always been executing Griffith's orders since he first joined him. Based on the prophecy given to him by Sonia, I think the major conflict of his story is meant to be that of "beast vs warrior," and it will be interesting to see how Miura explores that conflict in the future.

As for Irvine's supposed absence, couldn't he have just been leading the company of archers which saved Mule? That was what I assumed anyway. We don't see Locus either, but he could possibly be leading a division of cavalry that will show up in the next episode (although I do like the idea of him being Griffith's right-hand man taking care of things in Falconia in his absence). And as for Rakshas, maybe he was given a temporary prison sentence for either his failure to kill Rickert (if he was ordered to do so) or his making a scene in the middle of the city. I don't imagine he would be let off easily for his reckless actions that could nearly have destroyed the trust Falconia now has in the Apostles.

The purpose of this switch from Guts and Casca to Griffith and the Band of the Falcon will likely be to set up the next major step of Griffith's plans, and I think we will get a glimpse of that within the next episode or so after we learn the true context of this battle/campaign. Afterwards, I expect Griffith's coronation will be the perfect time for a declaration to his new subjects in which he lays out the full scope of what he intends to do next (and I do think we will be getting the wedding and coronation).

If I could head into heavily speculative territory, then I would say that maybe this will be a declaration of war against astral creatures with the purpose of rebuilding human civilization. And if I'm feeling extra speculative, maybe this could eventually tie into Guts and Casca's story on Skellig as the island has to prepare for the looming threat of Falconia. Maybe even culminating in a battle between the Band of the Falcon and Elfhelm? I know this has been speculated before, but with this change in location combined with the way time flows on Skellig, I can see the possibility of it becoming more likely. It would be interesting to see Guts and the party assisting Casca in dealing with her trauma all the while knowing that the source of that trauma is on its way to Skellig and preparing for the coming battle. It would be an interesting conclusion to the Elf Island Chapter.

While we're on the subject of speculation, this sequence of episodes would probably be the best time for us to be granted some elaboration on what the deal is with the other God Hand after the Blast of the Astral World. Can they manifest themselves completely now, or do they still exist as a "large body of thought," only now capable of more directly interacting with the world? If the cherry tree on Skellig is indeed one of the last Spirit Trees in the world(if not the last), then it has to do something once it is burned down. And since it is protected by an entire island of magic users and the Elf Sovereign herself, you would think that this tree is a bit more special than the others (if it is a Spirit Tree of course).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:54:19 PM »
Yeah I highly doubt Skull Knight will dash out of the bushes and strike down Griffith right there, hahaha. But what if the tussle gets serious enough that Griffith has to transform into Femto form in front of all his human subordinates? What if Skull Knight was all like "Curse you Femto, the damned Wings of Darkness!!"  And Sonia & company were all like wait a minute...who?!

Seems like a strange way for Femto to be revealed to his army. I think the odds are pretty slim to none honestly. I think this next sequence of episodes will be more about reinforcing Falconia’s belief in Griffith than undermining it. At least on the macro-level. I expect we will definitely be given more glimpses of Femto’s true nature relatively soon, and I also think this would be a good time to begin planting seeds of doubt in the minds of some of his more prominent followers.

Particularly Laban, who I predict will be given quite a bit of focus in the coming episodes as his suspicions of Griffith and Falconia grow stronger (and are perhaps even confirmed). Maybe if he digs too deep it could even spell the end of poor Laban’s story as he is paid a visit and silenced for the potentially damning information that he carries.  :rakshas:

If we get to experience Griffith’s wedding ceremony, then I expect we will delve into Griffith and Charlotte’s relationship more privately as well. Maybe she begins to have suspicions of her own on her wedding night. Or maybe the fact that she only really knew him superficially and never knew of his dark side as a human means she will continue to be oblivious to his true nature. But I would put my money on some interesting developments between the two after their wedding.  :slan:

Long story short, it just doesn’t feel like the right time for Falconia to learn the truth about Griffith. If they ever do at all (which they probably will). And what if they learned the truth about Griffith yet still chose to follow him? I think that could be an interesting avenue to explore.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:31:58 PM »
I mean its been quite awhile since we have had a Skull Knight sighting. And the presence he emits can be quite ominous at the best of times.

Maybe SK's waiting for Griffith to run ahead alone and strike at the leadership like he always does in these battles, before intervening and trying to get a piece of him while out of Femto form and tied up in another battle?

I doubt it. He usually only interferes during the Temporal Junction Points. And if he were to interfere again at this point in the story, he would pretty much have to fail again by necessity. Which would be a bit redundant at this point, given it wasn’t that long ago that he failed so miserably against Femto before. I think he’s going back to the drawing board for the time being until he can come up with a better plan of action and interfere at the next Temporal Junction Point (whatever event that may be).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:11:10 AM »
Lets focus on the fascinating speculation, not something lame like Griffith trying to legitimize midland or something boring as hell like that. What is this, 1998? The golden age is over. Time to embrace the future, Archer.  :puck:

Like I said, it goes beyond restoring Midland to its former glory. The God Hand want to influence humanity, and I believe that giving them a greater purpose in reclaiming the world and a greater enemy in Fantasia ties into that. As far as the God Hand wanting to destroy more of the Spirit Trees and wipe out astral beings and magic users that aren’t affiliated with their faction, then I could definitely see both of those things being bigger steps in their plan or secondary objectives. But to me, it seems as though their ultimate goal involves shaping and controlling the future of the human race. Rebuilding human civilization in their own image to suit their own ends doesn’t sound like much of a stretch to me.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:28:30 PM »
I find your argumentation quite puzzling. It sounds ludicrous to me to say Griffith "is trying to do things traditionally" or that he "didn't just take the throne". Like, what? People are living in a giant futuristic city littered with Falcon imagery and Griffith rules over it like a god-king. He commands monsters. People come to watch him bring souls back from the dead at funerals. I think he's got plenty of legitimacy. Let me quote a line from Locus in episode 335, about the divine right of kingship: "the throne is given by the holy hand of God. So a random person is not allowed to covet it." That's what's going on here. The idea that marrying Charlotte is a big deal to solidify Griffith's position is simply laughable. It feels more an item on his checklist of things to have.

Yeah, and that's the point. He could have taken the throne whenever he wanted to and very few would complain. But he is still doing things legitimately. He is marrying Charlotte for her claim. He is having a coronation ceremony. The reason he is even bringing back these souls from the dead to have a final visit with their loved ones is for PR. That's what all of this is. It's PR. He doesn't want to simply take the throne and be done with it. He wants to keep putting on a show and keep the public in acclaim of him. Part of that is being a borderline religious figure associated with the Holy See. Part of that is being a physical god who leads an army of demons and can perform miracles. Part of that is being the Hero of Midland who had saved the country from both Chuder and the Kushan Empire. And a part of that is becoming king through legitimate means rather than simply taking the power for himself. That's why he is even still marrying Charlotte in the first place. Taking back the territory of Midland that had been lost to Fantasia before becoming king? In this scenario, that would be PR as well, and from there a springboard for whatever his next move is.

Falconia is not just populated by former Midland inhabitants, it has Kushans and likely people from other countries as well. It's mankind's last bastion. You see Griffith as a man who merely wants to rule an old country while he's a supernatural entity who has brought forth a new world and created his own place to rule in the process. And his goals as a member of the God Hand most-certainly extend beyond just "being king" of some place.

He obviously has loftier ambitions than ruling Midland. Which is another part of what I'm saying that you don't seem to understand. I'm not suggesting that the God Hand's motivation is to retake Midland. Their goal clearly involves influencing what's left of humanity in some way. The reclamation of Midland and other foreign nations from the creatures of Fantasia is a part of that. It gives the people of Falconia a unifying purpose and enemy through which they can be manipulated. And any peoples rescued and nations reclaimed would be assimilated into Griffith's kingdom (or empire at this point). So it would be better to say that he wouldn't be restoring Midland to its former glory, but assuming kingship of Midland as the start of something brand new. And by the end, maybe he has what is left of humanity under his wing and all those who had refused to bend to him destroyed. The endgame is all of humanity under the God Hand's influence, and the creation of a new world order with themselves in control of everything.

That's right, the God Hand is all about giving people hope that better days are ahead! And these super powerful archdemons wouldn't want people to view them as illegitimate for not having enough agrarian land... (I am being sarcastic)

Well, like I said, the idea is to feed off of this "hope" (it would be better to call it a "sense of purpose" actually, maybe it was a poor choice of words on my part) to influence them. As in they would view the reclamation of Midland territory as motivation to do the same for the rest of the world. And of course, all of the territory they "free" from Fantasia would be assimilated into Griffith's "kingdom." So it isn't like they would want more "agrarian land" for the purpose of having land. They would want more humans to influence and territory to influence them from.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:18:33 PM »
That scenario seems quite unlikely to me for a variety of reasons. I don't think Griffith intends to "retake" Midland or anything else. Midland doesn't exist anymore. I would also say that Falconia itself is enough of a kingdom as it is, and that Griffith isn't waiting on having a certain amount of square kilometers under his rule before he's OK with getting a crown. Similarly, I don't think Griffith's (or the God Hand's, or the Idea of Evil's) plans are merely to conquer a certain amount of land.

I'd say it would be more about acquiring legitimacy than fulfilling some big part in the God Hand's plan. That's why he is still marrying Charlotte for her claim and didn't just take the throne as soon as Falconia appeared and there was no place else for his subjects to go. He is still trying to do things traditionally and legitimately because the appeal of the public is a big part of what the God Hand are planning.

On that note, I would contest you on the idea that the kingdom of Midland doesn't exist anymore. Sure, it may not exist as it was before, and may have been swallowed up by Fantasia along with most of human civilization. But the idea of Midland still exists. That was why Griffith went out of his way to save so many Midland nobles and citizens in the first place. Rescuing Charlotte, saving the Midland nobles in Vrittanis, sending that dream to the children in Wyndham to save them from Ganishka's second transformation... all of this was to gain legitimacy as the savior of Midland. Charlotte herself even claims that the Band of the Falcon is now the official army of Midland, which led the charge during the war against the Kushan. That's also why he is still marrying Charlotte, for her claim to the throne of Midland, to foster a sense of legitimacy to his rule. He isn't becoming King of Falconia, he is becoming King of Midland.

On the topic of Falconia being the extent of his new kingdom, I highly doubt that. Gaiseric's lost city of Midland wasn't the extent of his empire, it was his glorious, capital city. I feel that's the same thing Falconia is meant to be. It is the heart and pride of Griffith's kingdom, but it isn't meant to be the extent of it.

As for why Griffith or the God Hand would care about conquering a certain amount of land, it would probably be for the same principle as marrying Charlotte. To give his rule a sense of legitimacy by actually having all or most of Midland under his wing, as well as to give hope to the people of Falconia that the situation of the world could be fought against and triumphed over, which the God Hand could make use of to further influence them for their future plans.

Of course, this is just one idea of why this battle is taking place. It could be something as simple as a scouting expedition. But I think the fact that this battle is even taking place at all is enough to suggest that Griffith's goals lie beyond Falconia. Maybe retaking Midland is only another step, and from there Griffith could begin conquering other countries that are suffering from Fantasia's effects, bringing even more humans under his influence.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:53:36 PM »
Does anyone have any thoughts about what the context of this battle is? They most likely aren't defending Falconia from these giants, as the Wing Stones should be able to keep these monsters at bay. It could be a scouting expedition, but the battle seems much too organized and planned out for this to be a simple run-in with these creatures. My own thoughts were that this could perhaps be part of a larger campaign to retake Midland territory from the monsters of Fantasia. That way, Griffith could actually have his kingdom before his coronation.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:47:15 PM »
Ps: I'm pretty sure griffith has something not that nice in mind somehow. He is a demon after all and was explicitely shown that they are after all, evil.  :femto:

Of course. He has already done quite a few evil things, and he will more than likely do many more in the future. I just don't think his plans necessarily end with any dire consequences for the people of Falconia (aside from perhaps a trip to the Vortex for unwittingly serving evil, but we aren't sure how that works yet). For example, I don't think he is going to become a tyrant and rule oppressively, nor do I think his people are going to end up as Apostle chow. I believe things are going to be a lot more complicated than that, and that the minority of humans who end up surviving the dangers of Fantasia may even end up benefiting from his actions in the long run.

I just don't think that because the God Hand are "Evil with a capital E" that their plan necessarily has to end with everyone in Falconia dying and/or suffering. That doesn't sound very interesting to me, and if that was indeed their endgame, then Griffith would have no reason to continue playing the savior. To me it seems (like you said) that their aims are more to influence them for some purpose. Maybe creating a world where what's left of humanity prospers yet the forces of evil control everything sounds contradictory, but I think it could be an interesting avenue to explore. Especially when you factor in everything that will have been destroyed and sacrificed for them to get to that point.

What if humanity learns the truth about Griffith and that all of these evils that are tormenting them were the doing of his faction, yet still cling to him because they see him as their only hope? Him being a religious figure associated with the Holy See, what if they take these evils as being tests from God that he helped them overcome, or that they were chosen specifically by their God to receive these benefits? There are so many interesting possibilities to explore with Falconia and Griffith's kingship.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:46:26 PM »
And I ask that because that's kinda the plan, to get a shitload of people in the only "safe" city.

I'm not convinced that is the plan if I'm being honest, although it is definitely an important step. I don't believe Femto merged the worlds together simply for the purpose of herding people together into the only safe city in the world and bringing the other God Hand to the Physical World. And from the latest episode, we know that his interests do still lie beyond Falconia for some reason. I wouldn't be surprised if he plans to retake Midland territory before ascending to the throne, and beyond that, who knows? Maybe he will extend his influence to other nations as well. After all, why settle for a city state when you can have a Millennium Empire? Falconia seems more like the launching pad for a greater plan than the actual endgame.

And like I said, I really do believe the Rickert situation was a special case, although I doubt anyone is in a hurry to leave the safety Falconia offers. If there was a faction trying to leave the city? Well, thinking on it a bit more, I don't think they would be allowed to leave, but it would probably be dressed up in a way that makes it seem like it is being done for their own safety. I doubt Griffith wants chaos behind his walls, and he would probably try to find a non-violent way to resolve the issue. Besides, that's a pretty big hypothetical. It really isn't the wisest option to leave the city right now, and I don't think there has been any indication that Griffith has any malicious intentions for his future subjects. I don't think that's the direction the story is heading in with regards to Falconia.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 25, 2018, 12:56:56 PM »
Rickert is kinda a special case though since he knows stuff people don't about Griffith. What I Wonder though is : can a human leave Falconia on his own without being persued? Now I know they would probably not last long outside the protection of Falconia, which comes back to your point that they don't really have a choice. But would they be allowed to leave?

I don’t see why they wouldn’t be allowed to leave. Why should Griffith care about the odd person or few people that want to leave the city? I think it’s just a case of people being free to go as they please but Falconia being the only truly safe place to be. And why would anyone want to leave Falconia in the first place? There is enough food for everyone, the standard of living is better than it was before the Blast, and all of the people seem to have a shared, unifying purpose.

Rickert was definitely a special case. Whether an attempt was made on his life because he assaulted and denied Griffith or because Rakshas decided to attack him of his own volition. I don’t think Griffith or Locus are ordering hits on anyone that voices their dissent (not that there would be that many).

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:18:09 AM »
That shouldn't be attributed to Void.

Oops. It should be Slan. My mistake.

That's not actually what the line implies. You're extrapolating too much from how Dark Horse chose to localize the line. Here's what it implies: Dark times are ahead.

What exactly does the original Japanese text say? I thought about that myself, but I can only really use Dark Horse as a reference.

I really don't understand your take here. I guess sure, she could remain on the same linear path that she's been on since her introduction through the duration of the series. But that sounds terribly boring given all the other avenues there are to explore.

Yes, Sonia is infatuated with Griffith, and she has a unique place near the center of the union between humans and apostles. But both of those contexts provides a pathway for rebellion, because of everyone in Griffith's camp, she's in the greatest position to learn just enough to push her over the edge of accepting the facade that Griffith has cast over humanity. Add to that, the connection she made with Schierke, and her understanding that witches aren't all evil beings worthy of being purged, and the continued urgings from Miura that she and Mule are characters readers can sympathize with, none of these things to me add up to someone who will ultimately remain a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of Griffith.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a fan of static characters, and I definitely think there are a lot interesting avenues to explore with Sonia's character. Especially as you said with her friendship with Schierke and the potential of her being distraught if (when) Griffith ever makes a move to kill more magic users. I think there is a lot of potential for conflict with Sonia, as well as with Mule, Charlotte, and Laban.

My main issue is with the idea that these characters have to turn heel on Griffith in the end in order to be complex or sympathetic characters (I know you aren't saying that, but I get the impression this is what a lot of people feel). I think it would be a much more interesting way for these characters to develop if they have these conflicts and reservations about Griffith while still continuing to be devoted to his cause, because they still genuinely believe in it. It just makes for more dramatic and engaging storytelling IMO.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 25, 2018, 12:19:12 AM »
I don't think we exactly know what the God Hands end game is though we can assume from what we know it doesn't involve the human race living happily ever and all the demons finding day jobs.  :ganishka:

Well, we do know that the whatever their plan is, we do know that the prophesied Age of Darkness isn't something that will last forever.

"I suppose that's what people will call it afterwards. The Age of Darkness." -- Void Slan, Episode 88

This line implies that not only will the Age of Darkness come and go, but that humans will will still be around by the time it ends. I think that's where we are now with the birth of Fantasia.

I have my own ideas for what the Griffith and the other God Hand's agenda is all about, as well as the inevitable conflict between Guts and Falconia (although admittedly none of this is very original):

The idea behind the creation of Falconia and Fantasia is that they are a fulfillment of mankind’s collective desire. Griffith is called “the desired one” when he is incarnated into the Physical World. He is preying off of the evils created by himself and the other God Hand in order to save people’s lives, offer them salvation, and unite them under his wing so he can steer the course of humanity's destiny. He is creating a new world where the established order is overthrown and replaced with that of the God Hand.

He is saving people, improving their standard of living, and fostering in them a dependence on his power. A power which they don’t understand at all, yet still choose to put all of their hope and faith in. They have everything they need right in front of them to be skeptical of Griffith and his actions. They know he has supernatural powers, that he commands an army of evil demons (he literally tells them to “unleash evil” during the final battle with Ganishka), that everything has worked out flawlessly for him in his war against Ganishka, and that a mysterious Utopian capital city conveniently appeared out of nowhere just he defeated Ganishka and the world became infested with evil monsters. They choose to either ignore all of this or neglect any skepticism they might have because Griffith gives them safety, prosperity, and hope that they would never find on their own. They are blind sheep because they choose to ignore what’s right in front of them and willingly serve evil because it’s convenient for them.

And this is what will make the situation with Guts opposing Griffith more complicated. Because while Femto himself and his actions are evil, there are going to be a lot of people who benefit from those actions in the long run. Griffith will have a lot of good people fighting for his cause to the bitter end, refusing to acknowledge that they are serving evil in doing so. And Guts will be the "villain" for Falconia because he is coming to destroy this safety and prosperity.

I like Sonia as a character, just as I like Mule and Charlotte. But I just don't think this is the type of story where these people wake up, face reality, and relinquish the evil in their hearts. Particularly Sonia, who appears to have a deeper connection with Griffith than anyone else in his ranks. And honestly, I just don't think that would be a very interesting turn of events. The contrary just makes for a far more engaging conflict in my opinion.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:48:24 AM »

If you had just discovered Berserk last week and you had only read up until volume 5 or 6, would you say the same about Casca?

I think Sonia is an incredibly interesting character and a total wild card. Its quite the stretch to say she will ever "join" Guts group (which is why I added the tinfoil hat gimmick to my sarcastic comment) but to say she will be unrelentingly loyal to Griffith forever would be assuming too much. At least in my humble opinion. There's more to her story than being part of Griffiths harem, and that I'm certain of.

 Jealousy is a fickle thing.  :griffnotevil:

I don't think she necessarily has to become disillusioned with Griffith in order for her story to become more "interesting" (I agree that Sonia can be a bit of an underappreciated character at times). Her relationship with Schierke will be something interesting to explore in the future. They became friends in Vrittanis and connected due to their shared abnormality, and Sonia confirms that they are destined to meet again in the future. How will their relationship evolve when they find themselves on opposite sides of the battlefield, supporting radically opposing ideals?

Sonia's own relationship with Griffith is also something I would like to have explored a bit more in the future. During Sonia's story that she tells to Schierke in Episode 246, she describes herself as a kite who was the only one who "could fly in the same sky and feel the same wind as the Falcon." Even Griffith himself seems to show a bit of fondness towards her and values her abilities. Their special relationship is not dissimilar to Guts' own relationship with Schierke. I wouldn't be surprised if she knew more about Griffith's true agenda than anyone else in Falconia (even the Apostles).

I don't want to make any broad assumptions, but I think it would be much more interesting if there were a lot of good characters who fought for Griffith's side until the bitter end. Not just Sonia, but Mule, Owen, Foss, and Charlotte, as well as the countless unnamed soldiers and civilians residing behind Falconia's walls. I feel it would be more poetic this way, as well as lead to a more complicated situation when Guts and his allies inevitably turn up at Falconia's walls to oppose Griffith.

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:55:06 PM »
It's all fun and games until Sonia joins Guts group.  :ubik:   *adjusts tinfoil hat*

I know you’re joking, but I don’t think Sonia will ever leave Griffith’s side.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 10:54:41 PM »
No, I agree with you. I've said so many times before: I believe Casca's restoration will fundamentally alter the group dynamics, and everyone will be affected to some extent. Farnese most of all, of course, but not only. I think it's also time Serpico gets out of his funk, for example.

I had the same thought. There is plenty of room for Serpico to grow as a character with his emancipation from Farnese’s service as her protector. Casca has been in a similar position when she had devoted her life to being Griffith’s sword. Even though there situations were quite a bit different from one another, I think it would be really cool if Casca were to have a talk with Serpico about he value of finding something for one’s self rather than devoting one’s life to another ultimately played a part in kickstarting his next character arc (along with Farnese herself releasing him from her service of course). There is a lot of potential for a really cool relationship between Casca and Serpico.

I also really want there to be some sort of relationship between Casca and Isidro. Isidro is my favorite character in the series, and his development in Vrittanis was the peak of his character IMO. I loved how his childish view of the path of a swordsman was challenged by interactions with Mule, and his bearing witness to the duel between Guts and Serpico. His idealization of the life of a mercenary/swordsman will no doubt be challenged in the future, and I could definitely see Casca playing a part in helping him grow and deal with these things as he encounters them. Sort of like a big sister, or another role model alongside Guts.

I for one would like it to be Casca in that dress. After so long, she deserves it.

What if it’s a parallel cover to Volume 20? Only this time with a brighter aesthetic and Casca wearing her dress. Instead of holding the winged baby, she would be holding her heart covered in thorns. And instead of her eyes being closed, they are slightly open as if she were awakening from a sleep.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 12:44:01 PM »
Korean scans, pretty early?

Edit: last pages... oh F***ING HELL MY HEART -- NO! --- I guess her reaction is understandable. But it still hurts. I was admittedly starting to think " can't be this easy, can it?" - and sure enough, it wasn't.

So, was I right when I said that the memories of the Eclipse simply hadn’t “sunken in” yet with the first image?  :guts: I love how this was set up as this beautiful, fairy tale reunion between Guts and Casca before he apparently triggers her trauma from the Eclipse. Next episode will no doubt be a painful one. The art was also gorgeous  in this episode, I mean wow. Casca looked so beautiful in her dress.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:01:08 PM »
Her demeanor is a real surprise for me, particularly given the thorned heart we saw. Anyway, this seemingly accelerates things for the group. The anticipated period where she learned about and came to terms with what happened during the past 3+ years won't be happening. We seem to already be there. So once again Miura manages to surprise me even though all the cards were on the table for us to read.  :ubik:

It doesn't surprise me too terribly because I had always anticipated her retaining her memories in some form or another. But seeing her acknowledge those events is still really exciting to me. I can't believe this is really happening! Her brighter demeanor is definitely a bit surprising for me, but maybe her memories and experience of the Eclipse simply haven't "sunken in" yet. This scene apparently takes place immediately after she wakes up after all.

I know it's so early to be talking about things like this considering we don't have the full episode, but if she remembers being Elaine, she most definitely remembers Guts' actions from volume 23. I've been worried about that for so long.

She should remember a lot of things. Including Guts' abandonment of her, everything to do with her child, and the part she played in the Incarnation Ceremony. But the sexual assault is actually something I've wanted wanted to be followed through on since the Corridor of Dreams section of the story began. I definitely expect it to come up in conversation between the two of them at some point, but I'm not entirely certain how significant of an impact it will have on their relationship. After all, they have quite a bit more to talk about than that single incident. But again, I do expect it to be brought up at some point.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:48:58 PM »
Welp. The text says it all! She retained her memories.

You have no idea how happy this makes me. Well, no. You probably do.

Did anyone else have a miniature freak out when they read the translation for the text? Because I sure did.  :guts:

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