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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 65
« on: July 29, 2015, 02:44:11 AM »

Episode 65: Assassin at Dusk (Ep 338) (1h 14m)

A little late, but no worse for wear, we return to dive straight into the action with 338's arrival on our doorstep.

Rakshas, Tapasa, Rickert's decision, the future of Falconia, Ninja Turtles, Ewoks and Gaiseric?! It's alllllll here, folks!

Credit for the episode's photo belongs to Lithrael!

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 64
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:01:53 AM »

Episode 64: The Return of Berserk [News] (47 min)

Berserk is back! And ... monthly? We discuss what this means for the future and how our community reacted to the big news. Stick around until the end where we all try to summarize Berserk in under 1 min (or 7 seconds).

Guest starring: Gobolatula and Grail!

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I recently finished replaying Final Fantasy Tactics on iPhone (a mobile port of the 2007 PSP remake of the 1997 PS1 game). It's one of my favorite games, but I'd forgotten just how much it borrows from Berserk. It's not a big secret or anything. I've seen people comment on the similarities from time to time over the years, but it's something I wanted to document here for those who have never played the game.

Perhaps there are more, but three specific elements of the game bear striking resemblances with elements of Berserk:

  • The Zodiac Stones
  • Ramza and Delita's relationship
  • The reed flute

The Zodiac Stones are quasi-sentient magical stones (ring any bells yet?), each associated with a Zodiac sign, that transform their human bearers into powerful demons. Furthermore, they are activated after resonating with the owner's "ire and despair." There's more going on here than meets the eye, but it's beyond the scope of this post.

Both the stone's function and the demonic form the humans are transformed into is similar to the Beherit and apostles.

The game's fundamental character relationship is between Ramza, a noble of the Beoulve family, and Delita, a commoner taken into that family's keeping. In many ways, they share parallels between Guts and Griffith. For one, the framing of the game's story is set far in the future, and Ramza's role in history has been forgotten, while Delita is known as a legendary ruler. But there is more.

Delita starts as a commoner, but feels powerless in the kingdom where nobility reigns. He desires true power, first in order to protect his sister, but ultimately to control his own destiny. To do this, he schemes, riding along the waves of the times, allying himself behind the scenes with the political and religious powers at the time, using any means necessary to rise in rank.

Running parallel to Delita's ambitious rise to power, Ramza takes the heroic path, saving the kingdom knowing full well that he and his band won't be remembered as heroes, but heretics. Ramza and Delita eventually have a falling out, but while they remain distant allies, Ramza eventually learns how ruthless his old friend has become.

Finally, the most direct, obvious reference is a recurring one. Ramza's father taught his son and Delita how to make music from a reed -- exactly like Griffith's scene with Charlotte in Vol 6 (ep 9 of the anime). I don't really feel a need to elaborate more on this one. Here are two clips to see for yourself:

Notable is that FF: Tactics in Japan came out months before the Berserk anime was released, meaning the development team sourced these similarities from the manga, before Berserk went "mainstream." They must have been some real fans.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 63
« on: May 18, 2015, 12:29:31 AM »

Episode 63: Binding Chain I [Vol 16-2] (1 hr 52 min)

We immerse ourselves in the Beast of Darkness' introduction, an enigmatic moment from the Skull Knight, Miura's tackling of formalized religion, and end with a healthy dose of Mad Max.

Forum member Kruge has a guest spot early in the show to discuss his Void Bust/Cosplay.

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Kentarou Miura (Berserk) published the Giganto Maxia mini-series in Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine in 2013-2014. The series is set in a world 100 million years in the future. Dark Horse will release the one-volume series in February 2016.

Is that really how we should be spelling it...?

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 62
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:36:40 PM »

Episode 62: Lost Children IV [Vol 16-1] (1 hr 42 min)

Joined by our SKnet Patron guest m, we wrap up the Lost Children Chapter in Vol 16 and discover what Guts is capable of when he's at his physical and mental limits. We also dive in to the beginnings of Farnese's character development, and tie a bow on Jill and Rochine's contributions to the series.

Please excuse the radio sound quality! We'll return to normal next time. Promise!

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Anime Asylum / Hirasawa Susumu Interview about His Role in Movies
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:12:44 PM »
When I first came across this interview, I thought I'd read it before, but nope! Some neat stuff to be found about the man's thoughts on Berserk and Miura:

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 61
« on: April 20, 2015, 02:11:45 AM »

Episode 61: Lost Children III [Vol 15-2] (1 hr 23 min)

Misty Valley, Guts versus insect horde, Rochine's final pitch to Jill, and Puck's best comedic moment?

Also, movie trailer talk at the end: Star Wars, DC Avengers, Terminator: Overkill.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk Climbing the Charts on Amazon
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:01:39 PM »
As of this post, the Dark Horse edition of Berserk Vol. 1 is in the Top 5 selling manga on Amazon (vols 2-3 are in the top 20), and in the top 5,000 books sold. (found via Reddit)

This surge in popularity could be due to the recent release of the Berserk: Golden Age I movie on Netflix streaming.

Let's start from the top, shall we?


OK, so we're assuming Skull Knight was once Gaiseric, but what REALLY happened to his empire?

Branded, sacrificed, but by whom? There are only 3 theories that go from here, each are respectable, but one, i tend to lean towards more often than not.

1> Gaiseric sacrificed his own empire to become more powerful, perhaps he wasnt satisfied with only half the world. And so from that path, Gaiseric became a god hand, perhaps even the leader. But many years later, perhaps Gaiseric realized that his choice was folly, and disbanded from God Hand...but how does one simply LEAVE a group as god-like as the God Hand? Think of the current issues, with the rebirth of griffith through the eclipse that happens every 1000 years. Perhaps what Griffith/Femto's position is now, is  something not unlike where Gaiseric was, 1000 years ago... And then there is the matter of Void. ah yes, Void, the true X factor in all this. What is it that Void did that made Skull Knight seek such vengeance? Is he only after Void because he is the leader of God Hand, and SK intends to 'nip it in the bud' so to speak? Methinks no, i think its more personal than that.... On to Theory 2

for clarity issues:

normal eclipse (red Beherit)= 216 yrs

"transformation" eclipse   = 1000 yrs

2> The second theory of how Gaiseric became Skull Knight is a bit more simple. This theory relies on the possibility that it was Void who sacrificed the empire. I have heard rumors that Void was once i high magistrate to Gaiseric, or something of an advisor. Such a betrayal would surely spawn such a hatred. If this is the case, then Gaiseric was branded, not unlike Guts. But along what point did he don the armor? Is it merely the armor that seperated Skull Knight from Guts?  I think not, i think that Skull Knight is something else, some other factor that hasnt been played yet.

3> The third theory is the most recently discovered one. This one was brought on by a recent converstation with a member of this forum.

-1000 years ago, Gaiseric incarnates himself.( which is assuming that Gaiseric was at one time, a God Hand ) Now that he is of the flesh, he is so powerful that he succeeds in putting all wars to an end and becomes King of a united territory, Midland. He's now known as "Gaiseric the Conqueror".

134 years later,

-866 A Wiseman imprisoned by Gaiseric uses the Crimson Beherit and becomes a God Hand. The four Other God Hands appear and he sacrifices Midland, Gaiseric's town. Gaiseric tries to fight back, and that makes him look like a fifth angel. He kills the God Hands, expect for Void, the new one.


I personally think the mystery of the SK/Void conflict is one of the most intriguing plots of Berserk. I am a total Skull Knight fan. And when the day comes that we finally learn the origins of that thorned rose that enblazons his shield, and we finally learn what happened on that day 1000 years ago, i just might shed a few tears of joy.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 60
« on: March 30, 2015, 12:58:13 AM »

Episode 60: Lost Children II [Vol 15-1] (1 hr 32 min)

Our trek into the Misty Valley continues as we learn more about the history of Jill's village, and her childhood friend Rochine. Guts' vomit battle, Rochine's unique design, and a fascinating storytelling technique from Miura highlight this episode.

Stick around 'til the end, when special Patreon guest Maxwell quizzes the admins on the future of Berserk.

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Speculation Nation / Flora's Reputation Among Elfhelm Magic Users
« on: March 09, 2015, 03:27:16 PM »
What will others think of Schierke and her mentor when the group arrives in Elfhelm?

We know from one of Puck's comments in Vol 24 that magicians live together with elves in Elfhelm. This line is particularly revealing because just a few volumes prior to that, we never even knew of the existence of magic users.  This establishes Elfhelm as the hub of the magical world. Yet Flora chose to live in isolation on a continent of humans, spending centuries helping them before ultimately retiring in seclusion to her manor.

This curiosity, coupled with the fact that she twice berates herself for extending her life beyond its natural scope, makes me wonder if there was something of a falling out between Flora and magic society in Elfhelm sometime in the past that made her choose to go "off the reservation." Perhaps it was rather that she refused to recede from human society, along with the other magical elements that were pushed to the fringes by the spread of the Holy See's doctrine.

Because of that, I wonder if Flora's name carries a stigma, or at the least is regarded as something of an outcast among magic users in Elfhelm. And if Schierke will be held accountable to some extent. Of course, the tables could just as easily turn and Schierke will be greatly respected as Flora's only successor. But that wouldn't be quite as dramatic  :beast:

Given that Flora and Schierke are our only exposure to magic users, the ones we find at Elfhelm could end up being a much different group. What do you guys expect from them?

Speculation Nation / Willing Pseudo-Apostles in Falconia?
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:32:20 PM »
We've seen a range of pseudo-apostle transformations in the past, from Zondark's almost rape-like endowment of evil by the Count to the Beherit-Apostle's subtle appendage (missed even by some readers!), and perhaps most monstrous of all, Rochine forcing this state upon children. In each case, the individuals are empowered with inhuman strength and abilities, and put under some form of control or authority by the apostle -- the full extent of which has never been explored.

With the exception of Mozgus, these endowments have been portrayed as unwilling attacks by apostles. But after apostles "unleashed their evil" on the front lines outside Wyndham, and humans came to accept these monsters as comrades, I think Miura created an opening for a shift in the nature of this exchange of power.

We know that both humans and apostles are engaged in keeping the magical creatures outside Falconia's walls in check. So, I can envision a scenario where apostles offer humans the chance to become "empowered" in an effort to create more effective enforcers for patrol. Given the current state of apostle-human relations, this seems to me to be plausible to me. It could even become an institutionalized effort within the city. Falconia needs YOU! Swallow this appendage TODAY!

Furthermore, I keep wondering if Miura will take the apostle-human relations bit to its natural next evolution... apostle-human love  :daiba:

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 59
« on: March 02, 2015, 01:44:43 AM »

Episode 59: Lost Children [Vol. 14-2] (1hr 57 min)

Swoon as Guts reprises his role as the Black Swordsman in one of Berserk fans' favorite sections of the series. We're of course kicking off the Conviction Arc and Lost Children Chapter by reviewing what makes this section special, both for the series and for fans. Guest starring forum member and SKnet Patreon donor IncantatioN. Join us for outtakes where IncantatioN quizzes us on the volume, and we talk about what we've been playing lately.

Love the show? Want to help make SKnet even better? Consider chipping in a few bucks per month to our Patreon donation page, which we're using to fund new translations for the series. Check out all the information in our official thread.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 58
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:41:05 AM »

Episode 58: Post-Eclipse [Vol. 14-1] (1hr 47 min)

We wrap up the Golden Age by diving in to the aftermath of the Eclipse, as Guts reels from the changes to his world. Topics include: Casca's condition, the Interstice, the nature of spectres (ghouls!), the demon child, the Dragon Slayer and the Black Swordsman's gear. Guest starring forum member Rupert Sinclair!

PS: Pardon the audio hiccups in the first minute of the show. Rupert's track returns to normal very shortly after we begin.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 57
« on: January 19, 2015, 03:29:19 AM »

Episode 57: Eclipse III [Vol. 13] (2hr 30 min)

By the end of this episode, the dreaded Eclipse is behind us. In a lot of ways, this was our biggest challenge. Researching and then partaking in a close reading of such a grueling event did a number on me. As always, there's a lot to cover. SK and Zodd's relationship; the final moments of Judo, Carcus, Pippin and Gaston; the Idea of Evil and the creation of Beherits; the limits of Guts' abilities; Casca's rape; Femto; SK's escape... and the rest we'll leave on the table for our next session.

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Creation Station / Calling 3D Modelers + 3D Printers (Berserk Ornament)
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:06:49 PM »
Earlier this month, my wife asked if I had any Berserk-themed ornaments for our tree. I answered no, because all I could think of is a Beherit, and mine has long since been lost (moved on to someone more worthy, obviously). But then I got to thinking... What else would be possible?

I came up with an idea. And while it's way too late to accomplish for THIS year's holiday, for NEXT year, I'd like to commission a 3D modeler to create a Schnoz w/ Santa Hat model to be printed with a 3D printer.

Are there any 3D modelers and/or 3D printer owners out there who would like to contribute to this idea? If there's enough interest in such a thing in our community, I think a commission for the time and labor would be totally possible.


Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 56
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:54:56 AM »

Episode 56: Eclipse II [Vol. 12] (1hr 37 min)

We continue our exploration of the Eclipse, and conclude Volume 12's re-read. In this episode: apostle designs, the nature of the God Hand's power, Griffith's conversion -- it's the biggest moment in the series yet, and possibly our finest hour in the entire re-read project.

 :void: :ubik: :slan: :femto:
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Berserk Miscellaneous / Rightstuf's Berserk catalog is ~50% off
« on: December 08, 2014, 02:28:41 PM »

Volumes are $7.79 a piece. Get em while they're still available!

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 55
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:17:14 AM »

Episode 55: Eclipse I [Vol. 12] (1hr 36 min)

We've reached the climax of the Golden Age arc with our re-read of Volume 12, which includes the coda for the Falcons, and the beginning of the Eclipse. What do solar eclipses mean in paganism? What were Griffith's final words before the Eclipse? And who has the most boss entrance among the God Hand members?
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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 54
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:31:34 AM »

Episode 54 (11/2/14): Mortal Combat [Vol. 11] (1hr 58 min)

Continuing our re-read with Volume 11, covering Guts' fight with Wyald. We explore the possibilities of Wyald's life as a human, what's revealed about how apostles choose to use their evil powers, the continuing evolution of Griffith before the Eclipse, and the future for Guts and Casca.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 53
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:01:05 AM »

Episode 53 (10/12/14): A Way Through [Donations; 337; Vol. 10] (1hr 20 min)

Fresh from launching a donations page to fund new Berserk translations, Aaz and Walter discuss the future of Skullknight.NET. Wally catches up on 337 and the group finishes off Volume 10's re-read. Rickert = Griffith, Wyald = Military Secret Weapon, Griffith = Most Effective Mime Ever? And oh so much more...

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Site & Forum News / Like SKnet? Donate to Help Us Become Even Greater
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:01:18 AM » has been fostering Berserk conversations online since 2000. One of the cornerstones of our community, and the reason we have been able to keep it to such a high standard, is that we have access to very reliable, 100% accurate translations.

Many have contributed to our Berserk translations over the years, but the one who's done the most is undoubtedly Puella. And not just translations of entire episodes, but titles, summaries, comments from Miura, both questions and answers in our 2009 interview with Miura and all those last-minute demands from Aazealh and Walter. Few are the things she does not participate in behind the scenes.

However, after more than 10 years and as many volumes, health problems and an increased workload make it difficult for her to hold the same pace, the same dedication she once did. Especially since as a professional translator, working on Berserk is essentially more work after she clocks out of work. Beyond that, there is also a feeling that maybe not many people really care. Some have expressed their gratitude, but they've never been given the chance to show more than that.

So we've decided to ask our community to assist in giving a little bit back to someone who's helped us tremendously over the past decade. It’s a way to show true appreciation for all her work, and to show that we care. The money we raise here will help ensure that we continue to have the best translations around for Berserk.

Why Should You Donate?

This fundraiser is for fans of all things SKnet. If you’ve enjoyed our forum and support what we stand for, we encourage you to donate. If you want to read a new Miura interview, we encourage you to donate. If you want to be able to read Miura’s earliest works, never before translated, we encourage you to donate. Finally, if you care about Puella and all that she’s done for the site, we encourage you to donate.

Translations are the rallying point for this cause. But it's also a chance to be showered with SKnet forum perks. So to sweeten the deal, we’re using this opportunity to roll out forum rewards that some members have asked for over the years, along with a few ideas we came up with in the process. I've never wanted to run a site with a paywall. That's why these rewards are structured as perks that add to the experience of browsing the forum, and don't limit features that are already there.

Everyone will benefit from the projects being funded. They won’t be placed in a “members only” area. By contributing and helping these projects come to life, particularly the yet-to-be-translated Miura interview, you will be helping every Berserk fan understand the series, and the creator, better.

These donations will recur monthly. You can cancel at any time. We chose Patreon as our funding service because translating Berserk episodes is an ongoing task. If you'd prefer to give a single donation, we have set up a PayPal account for this express purpose. Please note that one-time donations won't benefit from the pledge tiers below.

$1.00 or more per month
Hey, money's tight. Not everyone can spare the big bucks. We understand, and as a small reward for your humble contribution, all donators will be mentioned by their chosen name on the SkullKast podcast.

$3.00 or more per month
Our second-level contributors unlock a golden Beherit icon to replace the green Beherits on their profile, signifying their premium member status. You will also unlock access to the SkullKast podcast 1 day early for all future episodes
(+ all previous rewards)

$5.00 or more per month
Third-tier contributors unlock the previous rewards, plus a custom title to be added to their profile, reminding everyone that they're special. You will also have access to a fully functioning mobile version of the Skullknight.NET forum, currently in beta.
(+ all previous rewards)

$7.00 or more per month
For all fourth-tier contributors, in addition to the the previous rewards, Aazealh will send you a custom voice message of your choosing (keep it clean, folks!) to be heard by all your callers, or just by yourself alone in your bed at night. Marvel as he berates your friends, family members and business associates with his commanding French accent! Voice messages available in three languages (English, French, Korean).
(+ all previous rewards)

$8.00 or more per month (Limited to 10)
Limited Edition Grail Art Tier! This limited quantity tier is all about basking in some Grail art love. SKnet's own Berserk fanartist extraordinaire Grail will create one of the following for donators: a custom avatar drawing of their choice ; a larger colored drawing, perfect for a Desktop or phone background, or an animated signature like on Grail's profile.
(+ all previous rewards)

$10.00 or more per month
Top-tier contributors can, in addition to everything else (except Grail's tier), join the SkullKast crew as a guest on an upcoming episode. They'll also have access to a special new emoticon made by Walter for contributors of this project.
(+ all previous rewards, except the Limited Edition Grail Art Tier)

We hope everyone who's benefited from SKnet in the past will join in and help us reach our ambitious milestone dreams without making inhuman sacrifices. We will all benefit from these projects, and I'm very excited about where we could go from here. During the brainstorm sessions for this donation drive, we came up with some awesome concepts that we'd like to explore more once these translations are completed.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the thread!

Oh yeah, and if you missed the button at the top, here's the URL:

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 52
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:04:40 AM »

Episode 52 (09/29/14): Bridge of Separation [Berserk Ep. 337] (1hr 1 min)

Forging ahead without Walter to lead the way, Aaz and Griff reconvene to discuss Slapfest 2014, better known as Berserk Episode 337: The Slappening. What chaos ensues? Listen to find out.

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Site & Forum News / Karma Unleashed: Give Props or Disapproval for Posts
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:09:42 PM »

Ever want to give a member props for a post, but don't have much to add to the thread? We've received that kind of feedback from members for years, and now we have a feature on the forum that allows you to put these feelings into a vote: The Karma system. Karma essentially serves as the score for a member's popularity. The name also works because of its meaning in Berserk. :flora:

How it works: Anyone can give another member an UP vote or a DOWN vote by clicking on the corresponding text beneath their avatar. This will add or subtract from that member's total karma points. Think of it as a way of congratulating someone for a great post, or a worthwhile submission, without undertaking the effort of formulating a post to do so.

Please let us know what you think of it!

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