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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:46:54 PM »
Thank you Puella for the speedy translation!

Page 11

Schierke: If she keeps her sanity while having such horrible memories
Schierke: It will bring her an enormous pain that we can't imagine.
Schierke: ...Precisely speaking, she rather broke down because she couldn't endure it.


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Farnese: You will be surely able to meet him.

Dammit... anybody got that old emoji of Guts sobbing? The Judos just aren't going to cut it. :judo: :judo: :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:01:26 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my first post. I've been reading in silence for years all of your ideas, discussions, and of course the manga.

That being said, I'm speechless about this episode. So awesome.

Damn, what better time for your first post than on the biggest event of the series so far? Welcome! :guts:

It's truly a surreal feeling. I've pictured this episode in my mind so many times, but to say that I've experienced it is hard to believe. Looking back, I think the pacing for this entire dream sequence was very deliberate. The focus on Casca's experiences and recovery was clearly top priority - I'm grateful to Miura for not letting other characters' experiences take precedence. Even Farnese, who was definitely still growing and learning a lot from the ordeal, was focused entirely on her companion's recovery. The thorns around the heart and the double-helix were so sinister, and suggest that there's a lot of work left still to be done, but the brief glimpse at Casca's face at the end filled me with hope. It looks like we'll have our hands full for the remaining string of episodes (and the batch after that as well!  :ganishka: ). But I'm so glad to say this: welcome back, Casca! :casca:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2016 English dub home release January 16, 2018
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:38:39 PM »
I gotta be 100% with you guys, I don't know how you could bear to watch the damn show again, with or without the old voice actors. The only benefit of having those people reprise the voices would be for the possibility of having Griffith singing blooper showtunes in a newly incarnated CGI body. :griffnotevil:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:00:10 PM »
We also discussed some form of the child being involved, and we not be done yet, but it's a pretty great symbol of not only Casca's trauma and tragedy, but joy and hope. Kudos, Miura, I'm blown away again. :ubik:

That's a great point. Just seeing the little guy there was a very bittersweet moment. It makes me wonder how Casca will express these feelings when she returns. All I can say is that I know I'm gonna get choked up!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 24, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
My first words: holy cannoli. This episode delivered the goods! It's almost absurd to think now that I was expecting the first episode after the 6-month break to be the reveal of the memory fragment, with all that has happened in the last two episodes. Despite all that, the reveal of the Demon Child was a pretty massive curve ball. Miura knew what people expecting, and indeed had been expecting for years, and I really respect him for not taking the route that fans had already accepted in their minds. Will we still be forced to relive the rape with Farnese/Schierke? Walter, like you, I was dreading this. On one hand, I'm hoping that the memory won't have to be dealt with directly - for example, maybe Femto's presence in the dream can act as a representation of it and how it's taken over her psyche, and it won't be dealt with until after Casca "wakes up," possibly through her feelings of tenderness for her son, and the desire to help him. After that, once Guts comes back into the picture, feelings of the rape could come back around and Schierke and Farnese can come to her aid in the waking world. Not sure if this is right, but thought that just crossed my mind.

EDIT: How could I neglect to mention Flora?! What a moment! I agree that it would have been nicer to have some more time between here and Schierke,
 but just seeing her brought a wee tear to my sappy old eye. :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:35:07 PM »
Glad you and your wife are enjoying the gift, Rhombaad! Sorry again for the wait. Bad form for one of the hosts of this thing to end up with a late delivery, but problems do come up.  :judo: :farnese:

Regardless, I hope that everyone had a great time giving and receiving this year. November 2018 will be here before we know it, I hope we'll have another great turnout! :badbone:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 26, 2017, 07:10:44 PM »
Damn Branded, sorry to hear you were in a car accident, but I'm glad that you're okay. That mug looks awesome! Glad you received the postcard, as well. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 25, 2017, 06:04:45 PM »
Merry Christmas (and Schnozmas!) to everyone! I just opened my present from Dar Klink, which arrived right before the 25th, hooray!


Thank you, buddy, for the thoughtful and beautifully-crafted gift! The details are amazing, and Schnoz's nose has the most stately curve! I'm keeping this guy out on display all year round, hopefully to shock and confuse any guests that come by. :slan:

I hope everyone is enjoying their gifts this year as well! If you haven't received anything from your Schnoz yet, please let me know.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:57:03 AM »
Dang, guys! I went to the see this with a few friends today, and the party was split about the experience. I see that Twitter is very much the same case, but I'm getting the feeling that the opinions in this thread are leaning more towards the negative. :slan:

I'm going to go ahead and say that I liked this movie more than the Force Awakens. I liked that it was too damn long, and that it made Luke sad and bitter, and that Yoda is a wrinkly little puppet again. I loved that Snoke got offed so unexpectedly and unceremoniously, and that Rey is not the daughter, granddaugher or niece of anybody notable. I did even enjoy the casino plot, Rose, the goofy comedy, the storyline juggling, and the damn porgs.

I think what pleased me the very most about this movie is that it's begun deconstructing and steering away from the ever-looming Skywalker legacy. Back before TFA was announced, one thing that turned me off about the extended universe was its obsessive need to legitimize itself by connecting back to Anakin or Luke, in some sort of space-faring variation of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Now that the Skywalkers are dying off (Griff, as you pointed out, the lone inheritor of the Skywalker bloodline is the bad guy now), the Reys, the Finns, the Roses are the new heroes of Star Wars. I thought that the sentiment was put beautifully by Kylo Ren as he said to Rey, "You're nothing - but not to me." To me, I feel like Johnson is saying: the Skywalkers have played their part, but Star Wars cannot be the story of the Skywalkers alone. Star Wars is a story about nobodies saving the galaxy, and to have TLJ double down on that idea was deeply satisfying to me.

I do understand that a lot of people are responding to this movie as life-long Star Wars fans. I came into the franchise later in life, and I'm not partial to picking out little niggling details, nor am I disappointed by it not "feeling(?)" like a Star Wars film so I think that may have played a part in my enjoyment of it. It's hard to explain. It just felt good coming out of this movie.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:39:02 PM »
Thanks guys for letting us know that you sent out your presents! My present, along with the special postcard, are out for delivery now as well! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:57:19 PM »
Thanks for the updates, JMP and XionHorsey! How awesome that you've already received gifts, and December isn't even here yet. :ganishka: Clearly, certain Schnozzes are on top of their game this year!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:27:32 AM »
Hey guys, excited for the gift-giving goodness this year, as always. :guts: As a special bonus, I created a 5th anniversary postcard to share with everyone, regardless of whether they're participating in Secret Schnoz or not (Please PM me your address if you'd like one). See a sneak preview of the card here:

Of course, those who already sent their addresses to Incantation and I will receive a postcard automatically. The cards have been sent out to print, so look out for your cards in December sometime! :ubik:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:24:13 PM »
Cool stuff, thanks for sharing, Walter! A worthy top 5 (even if my personal fave, Volume 18, didn't make the top 10! :sad: ).

I'm glad that Volume 39 is getting some love! I have to say that I'm surprised that 13 got such a high spot. While it's a pretty iconic cover, it doesn't exactly bring up good memories. Plus, Dark Horse slapped a sticker on the front of mine that I'm still too scared to scrape off! :magni:

I wonder what a poll like this would look like for Japanese-speaking fans. It's always interesting to see what stands out to different cultures.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:34:24 PM »
Sorry that you won't be able to join us this year Johnstantine! Hope you have a lovely holiday, regardless.  :griffnotevil:

Just a quick note to everyone who's still thinking about participating - you still have 3 days to PM Incantation and myself. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 06, 2017, 04:15:16 AM »
A pleasure as always, Rhomby! Thanks to those of you who have sent in PMs with your addresses and gift preferences for this year. I'll be sending out a reminder in a few days.

And I should also mention that this year's banner is up. Sorry for the delay, I have been under the weather (another staple of the season). :judo: Anyways, enjoy! The banner is on display on the front page, and the banners from previous years have been freed from the curse of Photobucket. Hurray!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:40:02 PM »
Good to have you back in the game, Branded! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2017, 05:09:18 PM »
Guess what, guys! It's that time of year again! Secret Schnoz 2017 is about to get underway, so as usual, please PM Incancation and/or myself with the following info if you'd like to participate in's very own Secret Santa game:

1. The address you'd like to have your gift mailed to.
2. If you want to leave the option open for a potential digital gift, or are not comfortable giving out a physical address, provide a Steam ID or email.
3. Please provide 3 gift preferences. These preferences can be anything from t-shirts to Berserk-themed merch, to games and movies!

Don't forget to refer to the first post of this thread with rules and other important info.

Since this year is a big one for us, Incantation and I have a special extra gift planned for all of our friends! This year we'll be mailing out a free 5th anniversary Secret Schnoz postcards to anyone and everyone who requests them. You don't have to participate in Secret Schnoz to receive a postcard, so please feel free to PM me here or elsewhere with your preferred address, and I will send it in the next couple of months.

Excited for another year of gift-giving and fun with you guys! Please stay tuned for an updated Schnoz banner, in the meantime. :slan:

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:26:09 AM »
My color sense is still really pretty weak, I started out with everything kinda candy color and just kept remixing it until it didn't hurt my eyes, and then tried to get the Team a little more saturated than the rest.  Then overall color washes/adjustments to make it hang together properly.

 :ganishka: It's good to know that our methods of coloring aren't so different!

Thanks!  It took me forever yeah I kept changing my mind about stuff, and I was only working on it while I was playing D&D.  The big looming guys with hats are my faves I think.

One of many things I do love about this color is how you can better make out all of the creatures drawn for this single spread. It's a little overwhelming (in a good way) in black and white, but seeing it all in color is just great. I have the feeling that a lot of people, including myself, might be changing their wallpapers!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:04:27 PM »
A tad late to the party, but just finished the last morsel of listening here at work. Great work on this podcast, guys! You can bet that next time I see someone going on about Guts using the beherit, they'll be getting a link to this thread. :guts:

As a sidenote, I'm really relieved that none of the burning questions included discrepancies about the names of Guts or Casca. Those used to be so much more prevalent, sad to say.

And Aaz, you cracked me up with "take that, Tolkien!" You sure showed him, bud. :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:47:23 PM »
Great work Lith, as usual! The rich green color of the forest floor has just the right amount of yellow, and Serpico's cloak stands out nicely as a result, and yet without clashing. Impressive!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 01:16:46 AM »
So... The Return is over.

I think I'm still in shock, but my main thought at the moment is that I like how Lynch and Frost took the one indisputable"fact" of the show, Laura's death, and turned it on its head. I'm still trying to unpack everything that's happened, including the mind-boggling last half hour of episode 18, because there's no doubt that there are a few easily-missed details that may help explain what we just witnessed. Richard Horne turned out to be a red herring, and Audrey and Coop never had their reunion! I'm really sad about that. I also wish that Coop would have gotten some more time with the rest of the old cast.

What do folks think about a potential fourth season at this point? I feel like it could go either way. There was no doubt from the beginning that Lynch and Frost had no intention of answering every lingering question from the original run, but I feel like a lot of new characters and ideas were introduced without much of an idea of what they were intended to communicate. What was the deal with the drug addicted lady saying "119?" What about Bob's "Mother"? Who was the friend of the Fireman who held Laura's orb and gave it a good luck kiss? And what in the hell ever happened to Billy?! :ganishka:

Ultimately, I enjoyed the ride, but I'm still raring for more. Time to pre-order my copy of the Final Dossier. :casca:

EDIT: Forgot to add that this episode gave me some classic Lynch/Lost Highway vibes. The theme of somebody not being who they think they are, or their identity changing, is a theme you see in a lot of Lynch's work. The inconclusive nature of the last moments of the episode definitely carried that feeling, as well.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Forum nostalgia
« on: August 07, 2017, 04:02:58 PM »
Nice thread idea Mr. Fancypants! :slan: Sometimes it's fun to remember the good ole days, and I have many pleasant recollections regarding this forum. Here are my answers to your questions:

1) How did you get to this forum?
I think I had just been searching around for a Berserk forum after starting the manga waaay back in 2005. Lurked around for a while and eventually joined up. Twelve years later, here we are.

2) Do you have some funny/interesting anecdotes?
  • Following my participation in the Ladies of calendar (which is a fun story in itself), the user Handsome Rakshas PMed me, asking me to send him the Rakshas mask I'd made. I tried to explain to him that the mask was nothing fancy, and just made out of printer paper, but he really seemed adamant about getting one. He did this at least twice, but he never sent me his address. :ganishka:
  • Back in the days of the Flash chat, Walter or Aaz or Griffith would sometimes let loose the chat bot Mecha Xech. It was apparently a reference to a much-hated troll user named Xechnao, but I didn't know that at the time. We would have so much fun trying to run circles around Mecha Xech, who would try to keep up with our conversations with it. When it got confused, it would fall back on its favorite phrase, "Enough about that, let's talk about my dress!" - a saying that I still use to this day.
3) Do you miss another user that is not in the forum anymore?
There are times that I've gone back to old threads and wondered what happened to certain people. There are people who I never had a chance to talk to like theSkyTraveller, or folks that I wish were still around, like CnC, Handsome Rakshas, Serpico, SaiyajinnoOuji... Sarah of Borg, where are you? :judo: :judo: :judo:

4) Do you miss something in particular of the old days regarding forum stuff? (Idk how to express it...Maybe you miss a chatbox or an old forum style)
As glitchy and unpredictable as it was, the old Flash chat was where it was AT back in 2006. The summer of 2006 was really where I think I truly fell in love with the forum and the people here. Discord is nice too, but I haven't been hanging out in there for a while. I guess I should give it another try!

And of course, anyone who knows me from back in the day knows that I was all about the old oekaki. That was a sort of chatroom in itself, and at one point I think I was spending 4-5 hours a week just on Berserk oekakis. Again, it was based on Flash and had its share of glitches, but it was a special place and holds many a fond memory for me. Shoutout to Lith for saving all my old doodlies!

In general, the forum used to feel like a much smaller place. Now, the forum has grown with Berserk's notoriety, and while that isn't a bad thing, it's harder to get to know people unless they post enough to really stand out.

5) Did you make friendships here that go beyond the forum?
You betcha. :badbone: I married one!

I mean, if someday when Berserk ends and this forum closes or you just leave, would you keep in touch with someone you met here?
I would try to stick around here as long as I possibly could. You guys can't get rid of me! That said, I think we'd all somehow end up hanging around in the Berserk subreddit if truly were no more.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Lord Fancypantaloons at your service!
« on: August 05, 2017, 04:55:04 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Mr. Fancypants! I like the cut of your jib. Hope you stick around!

I found the 1997 anime and it kicked my pantaloons.

+1 Karma for giving me my first laugh of the weekend! :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:22:20 PM »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the movie, Delta! I don't think I'll ever end up seeing it (barring its inevitable SyFy airing :void: ), but it's sad to hear that it's about what everyone here expected.

I still think making The Gunslinger would have been a better choice. It's short enough, you could pretty much just use the book as the screenplay, and it would make for a fantastic movie, imo, with the option to continue the series if it did well.

I would agree, and it seems like the same pitfall that Berserk has fallen into with regards to adaptations. The most easily digestable, adaptation-friendly part of the series keeps getting left behind! :judo:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:55:22 PM »
Sorry guys for the poor quality of my audio at the beginning. :judo: I had messed up my microphone settings, but it got fixed by the time of the actual reread portion. As always, lots of fun talkin' Berserk!

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