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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!

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 51
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:44:41 AM »

Episode 51 (09/14/2014): Sparks [Vol. 10 Re-read] (1h 40min)

The gang reconvenes to discuss Volume 10, which covers Guts' convictions, Griffith's descent to madness, the history of the Tower of Rebirth, leading to Walter's long-awaited Gaiseric gush fest, and finally Aazealh's introduction of the Judo Boyfriend Fallacy.

Technical note, if you subscribe to the RSS feed (see link below), you may notice some funkiness with the episode names. I refreshed the titles of the last few to denote which volume re-read we do in each episode. Easier to browse them all that way. It's an improvement, but iTunes always vomits whenever I retroactively change the feed data on older episodes. Sorry for any confusion this causes.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 50
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:31:56 PM »

Episode 50 (08/17/2014): Pandemonium (1h 52min)

The gang is back for a momentous occasion: OUR 50TH EPISODE, where we dissect Episode 336: Pandemonium. We touch on Falconia's dark side, Locus' agenda, Rickert's allegiance, Daiba's drugged-out eyes, and Apostle Epcot. We also have a new feature: audio listener questions. Tama and Oburi were kind enough to submit two of these, and we had a lot of fun trying to answer them.

After the Berserk chat, it's on to Batman: TAS, Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and some shitty book about the '90s console wars.

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Manga Mausoleum / Berserk Volume Covers Flipped in Half
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:31:09 AM »
Just wanted to see what they'd look like. Some are cool. Some are just bizarre. Either way, doing this stupid technique did make me appreciate portions of the covers my eyes might normally gloss over.

I think 34 is my favorite.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 49
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:24:46 AM »

Episode 49 (06/14/2014): Beginning of the Endless Night

The regular crew sans Griffith continues the re-read expedition with an extra-long discussion of Volume 9: Skull Knight's introduction, sweaty seduction, royal rape, torture, sex against trees and more.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 48
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:02:08 PM »

Episode 48 (06/02/2014): Divine Right of Kingship

We brave Skype terrors to bring you a solid review of Episode 335, touching on Falconia's defenses, the God Hand's plan for it, Sonia's newfound role and Griffith's stubborn wardrobe. We actually talked so much about the new episode that we ran out of time for the re-read, so stay tuned next time for Volume 9.

PS: If it sounds rough in parts, it's a result of editing out portions where Skype crapped out on us.

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For a long time now, I've tried to champion the legal, digital distribution of Berserk. I think that could be a real game changer.

Well, I was surprised to learn that it already exists:

Right now, you can download the latest Young Animal (ヤングアニマル) through Hakusensha's website for about 300 yen, which equates to $3—far better than the $15 I've been paying since Gigantomakhia.

Why this is awesome: You legitimize your episodic Berserk consumption. For $3. Also, unlike just taking scans for free, your $3 investment will get you all the other stuff the magazine offers, including those elusive Miura comments which no one seems to care about except for us. And because it's not sourced on the toilet-paper quality material the magazine is traditionally printed on, it's the highest image quality we'll see until it's printed in the collected volume.

The site is clunky and confusing as hell, since all pages and the purchase details are in Japanese, but I managed it, and I don't have much proficiency with the language at all. The key is just to have a Google Translate tab open as you browse, and when you run into some text you don't recognize, just copy and paste it in there. Step by step, you'll get there.

I can help walk anyone through the process if they're having trouble.  Here are the basic steps. Keep in mind the vast majority of these steps are for a _first time_ setup. After that, you'll just download each issue as you like.

1) Attempt to purchase the Young Animal. It will prompt you for a login.
2) Create a login using an email, nickname, password and secret question. The secret question answer has to be in hiragana, which can be tricky. For that, you can just browse for a bit and grab some plain text. Paste that in there, and keep it safe somewhere on your hard drive.
3) Select the credit card option and input your credit card info.
4) After validating the purchase (I got an email from my bank saying they detected a foreign transaction at this point), you'll be prompted to download their reader, which I believe is called Book in box. After you've downloaded the client, unzip it and run the .msi file in the folder (if you're on Windows, not sure what the process is for Mac). That will install the program, which you can access through Program Files.
5) Within the app, you'll be prompted to login using the above details you've just created.
6) After about 10-20 seconds, it will automatically begin downloading your latest purchase. It took some time on my connection, about 5-10 minutes. After that you just double click the issue, and can begin reading. Keep in mind that in traditional Japanese fashion, it opens at the "end" and you will scroll to the left for each subsequent page.

The kicker is... Hakusensha waits a full week before putting the latest issue online, thereby kneecapping any competitive edge they might be fostering in the battle against piracy. But it's still the biggest leap forward we've had.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 47
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:59:37 PM »

Episode 47 (05/04/2014): Moment of Glory

We dive in with thoughts on the coming episode, and what's in the big-ass orb in Falconia. And for our review of Volume 8, we finish up at Doldrey, swoon over Guts and Casca becoming closer, and examine the Falcons' final moments of happiness before the dark settles in. Also, Griff and I discuss our initial impressions of Dark Souls II on the back end.

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Site & Forum News / Working on a Mobile Theme
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:54:01 AM »
After a lot of thought and frustration with our theme on mobile devices, I'm working on transitioning to a mobile theme. It won't affect you if you're on a laptop or desktop. Nothing is changing in that regard. However, if  you are on a mobile device, it will automatically switch.

If you don't like this view, you can always switch back with a button at the very bottom of the forum index, or by simply clicking this link.

I'm working on simplifying the amount of data it displays so that reading threads and forum indexes is easier on the eyes. Right now there's just too much info on it. But in the end, I think this will be a big improvement.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 46
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:51:59 AM »

Episode 46 (04/13/2014): Inside Falconia

After a year-long break, Berserk is back. We waste no time, eagerly reviewing each page of the new episode, which involves discussion of Falconia's economy, the basis for the city's (re)emergence, and what Rickert might do when confronted with Griffith.

No volume re-read this time, though. It's 100% 334 talk. Stay tuned next episode for Volume 8, and then, 335.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / What Would You Ask Miura?
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:04:37 PM »
A few days ago, we passed the 5th anniversary of Miura's reply to our 10-question letter . (See Puella's translation of his answers)

At the time, we pooled our thoughts on what we would ask him. I don't think many of us expected to get a real reply from him, but the questions were worded in a way that would increase the odds of that possibility: They weren't offensive, demanding or critical of him. His reply was gracious, and as he said, a kind of thank-you for the international fan support for his series. Of course, over the years I've thought of some things I would have liked to add to that list, and wished I had tossed out some of the other questions (how old is Guts, and the Hawk/Falcon thing), But it was tough to come up with a set of questions that hadn't been asked before (that we know of), and could provide revealing answers.

Now that some time has passed, in keeping with the atmosphere of the last set of questions, what would you ask Miura today?

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 45
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:57:27 PM »

Episode 45 (03/30/2014): Bonfire of Dreams

Griffith's past, the Hundred-Man fight, Bonfire of Dreams and the Siege of Dolrey. Yep, it's almost two and a half hours of Volume 7 dissection.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:31:32 PM »

Episode 44 (03/15/2014): GIGANTOEPILOGUE

*1 day early edition!*
We bring Gigantomakhia to a close with discussion of the bonus episode, and talk about the possibilities in the upcoming episode of Berserk, due out next month. In our re-read, we've reached Volume 6, which includes our analysis of Griffith's "I Have a Dream" sequence.

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Current Episodes / Berserk Resumes April 11
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:56:05 AM »
The long-awaited return of Berserk will happen in Young Animal #8, due out April 11.

First reported by forum member LOicos:

Resume in Young Animal #08 (11/04).
From Young Animal #06 (14/03).

And was subsequently reported by ANN, which included a confirmation image:
Look like info is out :

The last episode of Berserk to be released was 333 in December 2012. Miura then took his longest break in the series history--1 year, 3 months--during which he published the 6-issue miniseries Gigantomakhia, which ended in February. An additional bonus episode is due out on March 14.

This is a historic occasion for Berserk fans.

Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 43
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:01:18 AM »

Episode 43 (03/02/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [6]

Now celebrating 3 years of podcasting, the crew kicks off the show with a review of the "final" issue of Gigantomakhia; reflecting on the impact of the series and where it could go from here. In our Berserk re-read, we've reached Volume 5, and we spend a lot of time dissecting Guts and Casca's roles in the Falcons and, of course, Zodd's memorable entrance to the series.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 42
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:09:32 AM »

Episode 42 (01/26/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [5]

The penultimate issue of Gigantomakhia is reviewed, and we also reach Volume 4 in our re-read project, and thus the Golden Age. And by that I don't mean that things are all downhill from here... Guts origins, his relationship with Gambino, the Donovan scene, his first meeting with The Falcons, and how these things shaped Guts drive the entire discussion.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 41
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:40:43 PM »

Episode 41 (01/12/2014): GIGANTOMAKHIA [4]

Goura appears! We're exuberant over the climax in Gigantomakhia. We also dissect Berserk Volume 3—one of the most important in the series. The nature of apostles, the Vortex, the God Hand, and many other key elements of Berserk are fully explored. Don't miss it.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 40
« on: December 30, 2013, 01:10:50 AM »

Episode 40 (12/29/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA [3]

The group dives deep into Volume 2 as Walter rediscovers parts of the story he'd forgotten about. The latest developments in Gigantomakhia are also discussed as the miniseries nears its climax in Issue 3. Over in Video Game chat: Steam Sales, Game of the Year?, Final Fantasy 8 (what?), Zelda Spirit Tracks (what?); and in movies: The Hobbit and The Thing prequel.

I had to bail out around the 3/4 mark of the Berserk chat, but Griff and Aaz carried it through to the end. Hope you guys enjoy it! Pictured is my son, who is eating my Volume 2, which was left out while I was re-reading it for the show. He's showing Guts how teeth should be used.

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Podcast / Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 39
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:38:06 AM »

Episode 39 (12/15/2013): GIGANTOMAKHIA [2]

We review the second issue of Gigantomakhia, digging a little deeper into Prome and Delos' journey. Rest assured that in the distant future, there will be still be suplexes and upskirts. We also dive into our first re-read: Volume 1 and come away with some unexpected observations. We end the show by discussing our favorite books and what everyone's been playing. Also, member questions!

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