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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:42:27 PM »
JMP's righteous brand wrapping strikes again! And it looks like you got some neat goodies Xion! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »
I just got home and got this from the mailman. Thanks Grail! Pins will surely be taken to work and conventions. I was thinking of just recycling the bag you sent me the gifts in, for next year. It stays in good shape and seems like a baton to pass to the next secret schnoz.

Hey man, glad you're enjoying the gifts! I gotta admit that I was coveting those pins, they seemed like high quality! And yes, by all means, please feel free to use the bag I gave you for the next Secret Schnoz. In fact, I had the same thought as you! Since JMP worked to create the lovely bag, it should be passed along to fellow Berserk fans who will be sure to appreciate it every year. :guts:

Speaking of presents, I received my gift from Rhombaad for this year! In the spirit of Christmas, Iíll be waiting to reveal my gift until the 25th! Thank you Rhomby, I canít wait to see what you picked out. :serpico:

Creation Station / Re: Blackout Poetry
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:59:31 PM »
Hi Sticky, welcome! I could be wrong, but I don't think I've seen Berserk blackout poetry around these parts before! It looks like it would be tough to find the right page to choose to use for one of these things, how did you go about doing that?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:49:40 PM »
I'll be headed home this evening for 3 weeks and my book companions will be Perfume and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

How cool! I read One Hundred Years of Solitude many years ago. Little did I know at the time that I probably should have read an article or two on Latin American history first. As a result, I took the entire book as a literal sort of fairy tale. It was fun, but perhaps not what the author intended! :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:26:02 PM »
That's a neat custom Switch skin Crimson! I agree that aside from portability, there's not much that grabs my attention about this system. The only thing I was thinking about getting was Pokemon, and that doesn't feel worth buying a new console for.

Nothing else interests me. And with the inclusion of their blatant ripoff online service, Pokemon is now officially dead to me as a series and all I look forward to now is the next Fire Emblem game.

Wait, what ripoff is this? :sad: You mean the connection to the mobile game?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Finally onboard
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:56:57 PM »
Welcome, Crimson!

But more of an inspiration that Guts continues to be. I hope to be an active member here, make new friends, and talk, talk, talk about Berserk until we're all blue in the face!

Excellent, sounds like you're in the right place! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New Member Intro!
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:05:26 PM »
Hi Yummy, welcome to the community! :guts:

Your enthusiasm for the series definitely came through in your post! I'm looking forward to checking out your collection in the other thread. Your Youtube channel looks pretty neat as well, do you plan to make more videos in the future?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:24:23 PM »
Well, I didn't say I got it yet, but it'll be easy once I do.  I was referring the person I got. I don't think anyone sent me anything yet.

Ohh gotcha Xion, thanks for the correction. Sounds like you're on top of it!

I bought gift today, one of you should receive it no later than friday.

Thanks for the update Branded, and thanks for the heads-up to the thread!

I've just ordered the gifts for my Schnoz, and will be hopefully packaging them up and sending them out by the end of this week. :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:55:14 PM »
Got mine! Second preference is a no brainer. :)

Damn dude, that's got to be a record or something! :ganishka: Anyway, I hope you enjoy your gift, and kudos to your super-speedy Secret Schnoz!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 16, 2018, 06:02:49 PM »
Hey guys, watch out for messages from Incantation and I in the next few days! Time to get started on sending out presents. :slan:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:20:23 PM »
Hey all, thanks to those who can participate this year! If you're still on the fence about doing Secret Schnoz, you still have one day to decide! :daiba:

I'm in, too! :schnoz: Love that ice skating Schnoz, Grail!

Thank you JMP! I'm excited that you can join us again this year. And thanks! I actually dislike ice skating personally (it hurts my ankles!) but it makes for a very appropriate winter portrait, doesn't it?

I know. But even if I weren't threatened with a ten ton flamethrower aimed at my goofy-ass face every year, I still would sign up. So could you please put the flamethrower away? I can't have my morning coffee without feeling like I'm about to be turned into an overflamethrowed chicken nugget.  :serpico:

I don't think I need a flamethrower, our state has enough problems with fire these days as it is! :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »
Another band inspired by Berserk that call themselves - Brand of Sacrifice.

They had a new album come out in September called The Interstice with song titles like Casca, Conviction, Eclipse, Millenium (

Well, I appreciate their dedication to subtlety. :griffnotevil:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:12:35 PM »
Thanks for joining us again this year, Branded! Looking forward to your PM!

And Gob, I'd thank you too but your participation isn't an option. :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:11:36 PM »
I don't necessarily think Dark Horse is to blame here; it's whoever originally wrote this trash at Hakusensha. As a result, that section is fundamentally offensive, faithfully translated or not.

I suppose one could question whether Dark Horse should have included it at all, but at that point it'd effectively be censorship, which would be a strange precedent to set when it comes to Berserk. At the end of the day, the guidebook absolutely shouldn't be touting any language like "official" when it clearly is at odds with the tone of the series.

Dang, I must have missed this bit in the original version of the guidebook, my bad! If Dark Horse is just following Hakusensha's lead, then they're not to blame, though your point about the tone brings to mind how Dark Horse has misrepresented the series pretty outrageously in the past. Either way, it's a sad state of affairs when that sort of material is edited together to promote the series. Unfortunately, based on some stuff I've read and watched on the subject, it's just an indication of the type of media saturating the anime industry right now.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:39:04 PM »
Yikes, thanks for the heads-up on that Walter. I still want to read the interview, but time and time again, Dark Horse manages to put their foot in it. They're clearly trying to appeal to the bottom of the barrel here.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2018, 05:25:49 AM »

Wow, another year come and gone! If you guys can believe it, Halloween is over, and that means it's SCHNOZ TIME! :schnoz:

This year is the same as always! Be sure to check the first post for rules, and start sending those PMs!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:27:32 PM »
Nice catch, Aaz! Between the visual and narrative similarities, the inspiration is pretty obvious when you think about it. Now, all Berserk needs is one of these... :troll:

Sibir, this is a great illustration, thanks for sharing with us! :ubik: I liked how you varied the linework, and the way you handled the flat side of the DS turned out pretty neat!

Nice work! That's a cool, unique depiction of femto's "helmet." Is he falling apart? Or is the texture of Guts' cloak sort of being superimposed on him? Something else?

I might be wrong, but I think sibir is just showing the shine of his helmet, so maybe closer to your second guess?

Creation Station / Re: Good Instagram ilustrator
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:15:56 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation! These are some lovely illustrations. :griffnotevil:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:53:36 PM »
I sent an email to Dark Horse telling them they should hire me for this project. I'm being kind of a big goofball about it but truthfully I think I'd do a pretty good job! I've been publishing my own comics for years! Of course if I was on the team I would bring our collective hopes and concerns with me.

You didn't tell me we were moving to Oregon! :azan:

Truth be told, I'm also pretty skeptical about the so-called "deluxe" release. We know that Dark Horse takes so many shortcuts with Berserk, this stinks of another easy cash grab to me. Do it like Viz, or don't bother. Peace out.  :badbone:

Hey no name, thanks for sharing! I like the contrast of the pale and bone colors of Griffith and the Jotun with Grunbeld's apostle form! I can see that you worked to apply some of the fiery glow onto Griffith and Zodd. It's a little faint, but I can see what you're going for there! Overall, I really dig it and hope to see more from you.  :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Casca Coloring
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:06:00 AM »
Pretty amazing stuff, and a truly fantastic first effort, seasnipper! I'm not familiar with Sketchclub, but it seems to be doing the job! I think my favorite part is how you play with the lighting on Casca's head and face but still respect the integrity of the linework. Appropriately understated, but the variety of colors (plus the little hint of light hitting the clouds on the left) really stand out to me! :ubik:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:00:45 PM »
If a single volume in Berserk's publication history deserves to have Casca on the cover, it's this one. I think seeing her as she opens her eyes, lucid at last, would be amazing. Having her in her elfin princess dress would also be great.

Very much agreed! And it makes sense from the sales perspective as well. Any casual Berserk fan would see that on the shelf and just have to pick it up! :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 04:39:07 PM »
Put me in the camp of post-death body painting for the human war banners. I think there's probably a graphic designer giant in the crew with an exceptionally steady hand.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:11:49 PM »
Haha, well, dangit! I will count myself among the folks who were REALLY hoping for more Guts and Casca before switching back to Falconia, but if we were gonna go back, this was a really cool scenario for it. It was almost as if Miura was saying, "Sorry everyone, but here are some badass fight scenes to tide you over in the meantime!"  :guts: I can't even be disappointed. The giants are all so distinct and interesting-looking, and watching them getting destroyed by apostles is a real treat. We even get some time with Mule, Raban and Sonia! I missed that crew.

Not to get too ahead of myself, but it's looking to me like we'll get another several episodes with Griffith and co, which will lead to a possible short "skip" after the disastrous reunion between Guts and Casca. That leads me to wonder, are the events we're watching take place in this episode concurrent with the events in Elfhelm, or is Miura possibly going to pull a little narrative trick with that? I wonder!

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