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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 04:11:47 PM »
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.

Hmm, I don't think so since she refers to Elaine as an other, so she knows who she is, implying all that comes with it. It would be strange if the Eclipse memories were still locked away given all they just went through. But I dunno, maybe?

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.

So you're putting your foot down and saying her and Guts might have a few things to talk about, huh?  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 03:42:10 PM »
Also, Casca's first words in about two decades(!) and yet the lamest stuff pleases me: We can now semi-officially retroactively refer to Casca's broken phase as the "Elaine Era." Nice and clean. :ganishka:

Yeah, it's funny because I haven't thought about her as "Elaine" since the Conviction Arc, and even then it was always just a placeholder. But it's true that Luka did bestow that identity to her, and it's convenient to refer to.

BTW, I didn't wait.  :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 03:23:45 PM »
My God, she really remembers everything. She remembers being "Elaine."

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:

I'm glad I've "only" spoiled this part of it (even though it's the critical piece!) because what I'm really holding out for is her scene with Guts.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 02:44:11 PM »
Welp. The text says it all! She retained her memories.

Rough translation:

"Good to meet you, Farnese, Schierke, Ivalera. It seems Elaine was well taken care of."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: Today at 02:30:00 AM »
Come getcha preorders, y’all.

Thanks! Snagged it. Definitely one of those issues where "just" the official digital edition won't be enough. Honestly haven't been this excited for an individual episode since ... well, I guess 303 after we got teased about SK/Femto — 9 years ago.

Is anyone else going to try to stay spoiler free until the whole thing is out? (join me you fools :ganishka: )

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:03:43 AM »
Switching back to Falconia or Rickert right now would be a really bad move.
If Miura decides to switch I'm sure he'd know how to handle it well
I just don’t see any way he could do a location switch right now and make it work.

Seriously guys, calm down.  :schierke: We're at 6 posts now over an advertisement that means absolutely nothing other than Berserk is coming back next week. That image of Griff is from the cover of Vol 33. Those images aren't chosen by people intending to preview the contents of the next episode. Go back and look at the previous ones. They just use what they have on hand.

I could see the story cutting back to Falconia in a few episodes after Casca’s initial reactions and interactions with Guts and the rest of the party upon waking up. Then we could cut back to Falconia to witness Griffith’s wedding to Charlotte and coronation followed perhaps by a declaration to his new subjects about what his future plans are. That would be the perfect way to end Griffith’s story before a timskip IMO.

Some time should already have passed. They've only been on Skellig for a day, but that could be weeks, or months in the outside world. I agree that seeing the coronation next makes the most sense, but it could also water down the effect of a dramatic passage of time if Miura chooses to lift the veil a bit early. Furthermore, there has to be something more than the coronation and a declaration from Griffith. It wouldn't be Miura's style to switch perspectives just for that formality, I don't think.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 English dub releases June 12, 2018
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:45:56 AM »
Do you think they thought explicitly naming the Kushan Empire would lessen the intrigue, or did they just not bother looking up who Griffith was campaigning against?

Without a doubt, whoever wrote that simply didn't bother checking  :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:10:44 PM »
The preview of the next YA issue has a griffith image, I'm curious as to why they chose griffith instead of the usual guts, could we be switching plots next episode or is it just YA gibberish

You probably shouldn't read too much into that. The publisher chooses those seemingly at random. And the text mentions Guts and Casca.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:38:57 PM »
DH's Volume 39 has a July 24 release date (~1 year after the Japanese release):

I'll be interested in what they choose for the Sovereign, the Corridor of Dreams, and how they handle things like Road of Dragons, Road of Elves.

looks like the release date has been moved to June 5th in Canada and May 23rd in the US

Amazon says June 8 now. You can preorder it for about $10:

Site & Forum News / Welcome to the BERSERK.ZONE
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:10:50 PM »
:badbone: Visit BERSERK.ZONE and all of your dreams will come true.  :SK:
                                                                                                  Anything is possible on BERSERK.ZONE :chomp:
                                                                                                                      Grasp your broken sword and face the terrors within the BERSERK.ZONE :chomp:

                                                                                                                            :daiba:  BERSERK.ZONE :chomp:


Speculation Nation / Re: Casca & The Idea of Evil
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:38:43 PM »
This might be nothing at all but when i see thorns around her heart it just reminds me of skull knights ..thorns around a rose.

Yep, we talked about it on the latest podcast (ep 93). I don't have it all sketched out yet, but I do think there's something there. Instead of a heart, it's a rose. But aside from the rose/thorns looking more like an icon than the heart, the overall design of them looks very similar. Perhaps it's meant to represent his soul.

It might not be prudent to dive too deeply into the details here, but the theory I tend to gravitate to for SK is that his body "died," possibly resulting from continued use of the Berserk's Armor, and his soul was somehow transferred and bound to the armor that he resides in. Not to be diminutive, but in a sense, he may be like an empowered form of a specter that refuses to move on. Anyway, during that soul transference process, which may have been similar to the Corridor of Dreams, perhaps his soul retained thorns around it, just like Casca's heart, representing the trauma from 1,000 years ago that he can't escape, even in "death" (Don't ask me why he'd proudly wear such a thing into battle though). :badbone:

If it went down as prescribed, it likely occurred in Elfhelm, which could explain his connection to Flora (unless they met prior to that, and she led him there as he was dying), the Elf-like aura Puck senses in vol 18, and SK's knowledge of the Sovereign's power to restore someone's mind.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 12, 2018, 02:53:06 PM »
I would also argue that the Wyald sequence doesn’t detract from the Eclipse, it reinforces the gravity of the situation. Only recently one Apostle gave them so much trouble, and now they are surrounded by dozens of them (if not more than a hundred). It makes their situation seem all the more bleak and hopeless.

Agreed. A common reading of the Wyald sequence is that it undermines the Eclipse by essentially having a "mini-feast." But instead, it's establishing the stakes for the Eclipse, so that when we realize all those figures on the horizon are each apostles, we know we aren't in for a big fight and escape sequence for most of our heroes, but an inescapable death. That's an absolute tonal shift that neither of the anime adaptations succeeds at pulling off.

Wyald's encounter with Zodd also provided a pretty important nuance to Zodd's motivations, established the apostle credo "do as you will," and served as the first time Guts sees the Vortex of Souls — all of which are appropriate stage-setting elements for what's to come.

It's also the final hurrah for the Falcons — the last time we get to see them fighting as a group, and each member has their moment to shine.

I'm working on a Berserk project now, and it's really confusing to look up obscure information on the Wiki and find it's different from the DH translation (Magnifico vs. Magnifico, Iith vs. Ys, etc.)

You should really stop using that wiki.  :ganishka:

Hey I can search the SITE to see if it's been posted yet, but I can't search your EMAIL.  :void:

Hey, my first thread here! And this is a re-release, isn't it?

This product is originated from the Berserk Comics Vol.32 Episode #277. Facing against an overwhelming enemy Ganishka, Guts joined himself with the other enemy ZODD, and they burst into sky together. It is extremely difficult to reflect circumstance of the scene to statue itself such as lightning sky. But we have finally succeeded to represent force of the original scene by painting lightning directly on molding. From clouds being dyed with purple and orange, Guts and Zodd rush to enemy despite the lightning burns their body. The most impressive point of the item is lightning on Zodd's wings. Our artist painted the patterns one by one with his hand in detail.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:15:57 PM »
To quote  the late great Sir Terry Pratchett, "anything that happens stays happened". This, to me, is the biggest reason to discredit theories about Casca "going back", be it to Griffith or Guts, or to being the commander of the Hawks. Her character is going to move forward, not back. It's much more exciting that way, too. After all this time, she deserves the chance to grow, rather than to regress.

I don't think anyone expects Casca will be 1:1 who she was back in the Falcons. That's just nonsense —  not worth engaging with. However, this is not going to be an entirely new character, either. I do think her qualities from that time will eventually emerge. Just as the Guts we know now is an evolution of who he was in the Falcons, this IS still Casca, and we do know that character, and she will certainly have her share of nuances and personality changes as a result of the Eclipse.

I think there is a strong case for Griffith kidnapping Casca in the future.

I'm curious what you think makes that a strong case. I can't say I've ever considered the idea, but it doesn't seem to me any more or less likely than other scenarios, and it sounds like a cliché setup for the final confrontation (not to mention disempowering Casca from an active role). That is to say, it doesn't sound like Miura.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:12:35 PM »
I should mention that thanks to Walter turning me on to The Weeknd back when he was releasing the Trilogy albums free I totally scored cool points with my student employees when I could identify his music back in the day before he blew up, "You know the Weeknd, David!?" That's right kids, sometimes I hear stuff that turns out to be cool, now back to very specific yet hugely played out 80's thrash metal for me.

This is kind of how I feel too  :troll: I do try to listen to new stuff pretty regularly, but rarely does it actually resonate with me. House of Balloons did though. Shoutout to you though for turning me on to metal and associated music. While I couldn't follow you to Megadeth, I did find a ton of great albums through you, and rediscovered my love of early Metallica (Master of Puppets is my favorite still, easily).

And Unnnnforrrrrgiveeeeen Toooooooo is from Reload, smart aleck! Now you're Undforgiven Three... which is sadly real and doesn't even feature the made up word "unforgiven!"

Oh I know, I just couldn't resist. And FUCK there's a trilogy of these?!?

What did you and Walter think of Kiss Land? Its often forgotten about since its not as good as Trilogy and wasn't as poppy and commercially successful as Beauty Behind The Madness or Starboy but I think its pretty underrated all considering.

I still feel embarassment-by-proxy when I hear the name Kissland. While I don't begrudge the Weeknd's transition from underground artist to pop artist (I'd rather these guys try to climb and evolve rather than settle), I can't say that anything he's done since his Trilogy work has really moved the needle for me. I think I've found about 1-2 tracks I like between his last 3 albums. The other day I heard one of his tracks from Madness playing throughout the goddamned grocery store. Now THAT was a sobering moment (now he's a real motherfuckin' Starboy) :ganishka:

Can't go wrong with any Beatles album but I've always been a Magical Mystery Tour kinda guy, good pick though, has some of George's best Beatles material.

Now here's a slice of music history from which I've always felt robbed. I wasn't raised on Beatles music. My parents listened to garbage ( no, this was well before Shirley Manson) when they listened to anything at all, so music wasn't a big part of my life until I was old enough to buy my own CDs. The '90s were a dark age for music, but inevitably the one I gravitate to because that's when I really discovered it. As a teen, of course, I only wanted to listen to what was new and "cool." And this was pre-Internet, so I didn't have anyone to guide me along to the good shit, or the influential shit. I just had whatever was on the radio and album covers vying for my $15. If you want a Berserk parallel, my experience with music growing up wasn't unlike the beherit-apostle's experience with humanity :void:  As a result, all my taste in music during my formative years was essentially cultivated by myself, and so my tastes now are pretty messy. Or "eclectic" if you want to use a nice word for it.

To bring it around again, I was probably 16 or so when I started to try the Beatles. And well... for whatever reason it just never resonated with me. Little from the 60s-70s era did. This is probably a result of the foundation of shit that I'd already built for my house of music. And I can't help but feel if I'd had a proper music education and exposure growing up, I'd have different ("better") tastes in music.

I'm always hesitant to pick between Nevermind or In Utero, I ultimately went for In Utero but in all honesty Nevermind is just as good if not better, I think Nevermind flows a lot better than In Utero and probably has more well written songs but the songs that I do like on In Utero, I love way more than anything on Nevermind.

As someone who grew up along with alternative music, of course I love Nirvana. I encourage anyone else who does to read Heavier than Heaven, a stellar Cobain biography. But while I like the atmosphere and the place their sound occupies on the music history timeline, listening to those albums through has become a chore as I've gotten older.  :farnese:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:33:43 AM »
WOW! Has the black album fallen out of favor? Well NOW YOURE UNNNFORGIVVVENNN 222222222222222-

Vagabond / Re: Official Slam Dunk thread
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:28:46 PM »
I've been in the process of re-reading Slam Dunk volumes in backwards order for the past few months :ganishka:

This started because while I own the full series in Japanese (I have text translations, like for Berserk), I only ever owned the last 3 volumes of the English editions from Viz. So I've been filling in the gaps by buying 2-3 volumes each month, counting backwards from 31. The plan is to get them all through the course of 2 years or so.

It's still fantastic. I first read Slam Dunk probably 20 years ago at this point, but even now, reading those last 2-3 volumes, I'll still get chills looking at the pages. Even in some of the moments in vols 20-30, I've regularly laughed out loud, and in one instance that I don't think I've ever experienced while reading a comic — laughed from pure joy. It's a pretty special series for me.

But by doing a very close reading this time, I've also realized that Inoue didn't seem to be going for a masterwork here. It's more of a workman's sports manga: Big when it counts, small when it doesn't. While he fucking nails scenes in critical moments for the story, many of the smaller scenes or character building moments between the big games clearly didn't get the same special attention, both in terms of writing and visuals, so they feel like afterthoughts. Comedy regularly drives such scenes, not drama (which is fine!), but the comedy is unevenly weighed toward rapid-fire one-off jokes instead of a 2-3 page buildup to a great punchline.

If I had to guess, I'd say these little quirks are a result of the pace of serialization (1 per week) in Shonen Jump magazine. He knew he had a deadline, and he knew he had a big vision for where he wanted to take the series, and sort of just shortcutted around the details. Part of me respects that he stuck to that pace and still delivered one of the best manga of all time, and another part of me wonders what would have happened if he took his time on it (don't remind me about Vagabond's current state) and really carved out space to make those small moments shine.

If anyone is interested, you can get Slam Dunk from RightStuf for about $7.50 per volume here:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:12:05 PM »
I was going to give Mass Effect: Andromeda a try since I love the trilogy and the price was right, but couldn't even get it to boot up! I made the refund deadline this time and feel more like I dodged a bullet than missed out.

Crash or no, that was never going to end well.  :ganishka: I didn't play it, but I heard a lot of utterly hilarious anecdotal things about it through coverage. Even without the launch bugs, the story is just a fucking mess. Combat is apparently good, but if you can't get invested in the story, then the gravitas of missions is utterly deflated.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:55:42 PM »
Been playing Into The Breach since yesterday. Pretty neat game from the folks who did FTL.

Same! Beat it over the weekend, and I plan to play through it again with a few of the different unlockable squads.

It's a very well-designed tactics game, and it looks and sounds fantastic. Even with the FTL pedigree aside, don't skip out on this if you liked games like Front Mission and FF Tactics. There's a lot to love here, even if it's a pretty brief experience overall.

My one big regret is that I wish the whole experience felt more robust. It's not really a campaign like the aforementioned games. Instead it has replayability built into its core.

While it's certainly a much different kind of game from FTL, I find myself naturally comparing the two, and how much more HUGE and WILD FTL felt by comparison. Even surviving to the end of the campaign was an accomplishment. Whereas once you master the basic fundamentals in Breach, I've found that even if you can't punch your way to victory, you can always exploit the enemy positions and basically buy yourself time until the end of the round. I dunno, I just wasn't nearly as challenged as I was in FTL. And all the futuristic mech flavor of the game did was make me wish for a new Front Mission game.  :daiba:

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:46:52 PM »
I'm pretty sure branded people can't use Beherits,

This has come up a few times, so here's my previous response:

I don't think the series has ruled out a sacrifice using a Beherit. It's just unlikely to happen in the story, and wouldn't make a terrible amount of sense. For years I thought it strictly wasn't possible, because of Conrad's words in Vol 3. But then I noticed something about when God Hand talk are talking about Beherits and "being ordained by causality."

I think what Conrad said had less to do with Guts being a sacrifice, and more to do with his relationship with the Beherit. Conrad said Guts wasn't "ordained" to be among them as an apostle during the Count's ceremony. But shortly afterwards, Guts ends up with a Beherit, which he's carried around ever since. Now, let's recall Ubik's words to Griffith in Volume 12: "From the moment you took possession of that crimson Beherit, you had the qualities to become a demon ... No, perhaps I should say that because you had those qualities, it fell into your hands."

Though these two dialogues are separated by almost 10 volumes worth of material, the thrust of this argument is reinforced by the repeated urgings from Slan (Vol 3, 26) and the specters (Vol 16), for Guts to use it. That could all be merely dramatic tension or a true threat. But if he ever took the offer, it would be a dead-end in terms of the story.

Let's apply that potential outcome to the two most obvious scenarios:

Guts takes the deal, however unlikely that sounds. This effectively ends the series. Guts is no longer a human, and the God Hand have influence over him, just like what happened when Ganishka faced Griffith in Vritannis. Thus, the conflict at the heart of the series would come to a swift and unsatisfying end.

Casca takes the deal. There'd be no saving her from that. Whether he can bring himself to kill her or not, Guts would be demoralized, and his consistent savior to relinquish the Beast's hold on him would be gone.

So... yeah, it's not something I like spending too much time debating. I'm a pragmatic guy, and hypotheticals aren't really my thing. Instead, as we've said here for years, I can't help but think that Miura has bigger plans for it than merely another apostle ceremony.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:42:30 PM »
Ordered only by how they came to mind:

Sigur Ros - ()
Shadow of the Colossus Soundtrack
Berserk OST (1997)
The Cure - Disintegration
Weezer - Pinkerton
Radiohead - OK Computer
Susumu Hirasawa - 救済の技法 / Kyūsai no Gihō
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Weeknd - Trilogy
FTL Soundtrack
Danger - 09/17/2007 or 16

I'd probably formulate a different list depending on when I'm being asked, and I'm probably leaving a few out by accident, but these are 10 albums that have generally stuck with me through the years.

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