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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:51:08 AM »
No #358 in Young Animal will be out 28/09.

Somewhat confusingly worded, but to clarify, you're saying there will be no Ep 358 in the next YA, correct?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:04:09 AM »
there will be one (or more?) project around this outing. More information will be provided in the 19th issue of the Young Animal (Hakusensha), which will also be released on September 28.

Well that's exciting! Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed for a new artbook  :ubik: ...  ( :judo: )

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:38:46 AM »
  If one wanted to make another earnest Predator movie they'd probably need to start over with a similar concept that isn't carrying so much franchise baggage.

This is exactly what needs to happen. This will not happen.  :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:41:22 AM »

Also, The Rock does every other action movie that comes out and they couldn't get him or another more Predator-sized dude in this one? Oh well.

His agent would say: "Do you want to live in Arnie's shadow, picking up his scraps, or leave a mark that's all your own...? Now that you're listening to reason, thumb through that Jumanji 2 script before Friday."

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:06:47 PM »
Confession time: I've still never completed Super Metroid! I've made at least three earnest attempts to play it through in my adult life alone and always put it down for some reason, getting stuck somewhere and/or losing interest. I think I've gotten pretty far too based on how much of the map and powers I've unlocked, but I can't be sure. I got through Metroid Fusion just fine, which is superficially similar, but it's like 6 hours long and is broken down into mission sections more suited to its portable nature. I remember you didn't like it for that reason, Walter, particularly the hand-holdy way the A.I. would direct you rather than you just letting you explore on your own. I wonder if it'll just click next time, because usually when I get stuck or just drop a game for a while I can pick it back up with some distance and perspective and instantly bypass whatever stymied me. It happened with Hollow Knight recently, and just the other day with Thimbleweed Park. Anyway, I have Super Metroid on my Wii U and have been charging the gamepad next to the bed with the intention of playing it at night, finally to completion, but still haven't gotten around to starting it again yet (part of the problem is my previous attempts were all on different platforms I've since abandoned, so I can't just resume my last save either, I keep starting over =). But, as Rhombaad says, it's on the list. :ganishka:

PS: This YouTube channel is rad.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 06:11:56 PM »
Super Metroid is one of my Top 3 favorite games of all time, and I really didn't enjoy Samus Returns. I got about 4-6 hours in, but the monotony and repetition of it just killed my interest. I did enjoy what I played of AM2R, but it seemed to lack the craft and pacing that I was looking for at the time (felt like a fan-made game, which it is).

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 05:31:05 PM »
You guys comment here about the fact that alot of the people that die under Griffith will end up in the vortex of souls, I thought ALL of those who are close to Apostles end up there?

I don't remember us mincing words about it, and I'm pretty sure I used the words: "Straight to hell."  :badbone:

In any case, we don't know for sure all the specifics of the afterlife, because it's come up a total of two times, and even among those two scenes, there are conflicting perspectives. Griffith said in vol 23 that the souls move on to "a place where they become one." In the very next volume, Flora talks about souls being segregated each according to their own karma (implying an alternative to the Vortex). Now, it could be that what Griffith said was contextual, and what Flora said was universal. Because of Griffith's involvement, perhaps those particular souls have no choice but to be tied to the Vortex.

As for what the God Hand said in volume 3, yeah, they very generally say that those "caught up in the affairs" of the God Hand/apostles are destined for the Vortex. But where does one draw the line in a broad statement like that? I've written about it in the past, and my conclusion is that it has to do with what Flora calls hellfire (or karmic fire). Guts and Vargas are perfect examples. Because of his brand, Guts was always going to end up in the vortex. But with Vargas, even without a brand, his life was ruined by his encounter with an apostle, and he became obsessed, warped. Hence, hellfire. I liken it to the wrecking ball effect of what happens when humans cross paths with apostles: they either die horribly or have traumatic encounters that scar their lives forever, thus whatever their life's trajectory was, it becomes warped in the direction of a haunted, terrible experience.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 04:35:23 PM »
I never got the feeling that Laban was skeptical of Griffith. His statement at the state of the world when talking to Rickert wasn't aimed at Griffith in particular, and saying that he's still scared of the war demons doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't trust them.

We weren't saying Raban is skeptical of Griffith in particular. He has no reason to be (yet). But he comes across about as skeptical as one could be regarding humanity's current predicament, given his position and obvious loyalty toward Griffith. 

He and Owen have been the level-headed voice of reason since they were first introduced. So it seems obvious to me that of those who Miura has given a spotlight, Raban is one capable of protesting when the time comes. Instead of someone like Foss, who would swallow whole-hog the notion of a glorious new probably-not-totally-human overlord, Raban talks wistfully about the old days, and with an apparent sense of gloom that Falconia is humanity's last bastion. And in this episode, he's the one who brings Mule back to reality on a) the safety net of souls b) human-apostle relations.

I can't imagine all of these reservations are adding up to a character who dies for Griffith's cause in the end. Instead, it's like Miura is preemptively distancing the character from this way of life.

What makes the idea of Griffith attacking Elfhlelm interesting to me is that it could end up making a large chunk of Griffith's followers disillusioned with him. What are his soldiers going to think when they're ordered to kill a bunch of harmless magical creatures who are just minding their own business? Griffith could just only take the demon army with him, but if news of his actions leaks anyway it could be disastrous for his reputation. I remember you once suggested that a dissident faction will form in Falconia at some point. This could be what starts it. Some may even try to abandon Falconia (that might not be the best idea, given the state of the world.)

The problem with this notion is that it'd be something Griffith should see coming a mile away. He's not someone who is going to be blind about how far to push his people. There'd be no reason to involve humans if he had any fear of consequence like that. Rather than simply making a bad leadership decision, I think any kind of seed for insurrection is going to have to come from the inside out, from a trusted source. Otherwise, why wouldn't he see it coming?

Maybe Laban will be one of them. And if he does, then I wonder what Owen would think. These two tend to agree on everything, so it would be interesting if a wedge were to be driven between them.

Yeah I think we had that exact discussion just last episode actually.

What you said about Sonia was Interesting, that she may start having doubts about Griffith after reading Guts and/or Casca's mind and seeing the eclipse, or if Griffith attacks Elfhelm. I thought she would stand with Griffith until the end, but now I'm not so sure.

Like I said on the show, I can't imagine Sonia remaining unmoved from her loyalty from the beginning of her character until the end of the story. That'd just be a boring character. She's completely invested in Griffith, to the point of it being an obvious character flaw. So where do you go with that? Force her to face the truth, because it would hurt her more than most. The fact that Miura has tied so many functions in Griffith's empire to her only solidifies this possibility in my mind. It's a foundation that's set up to fail. There are stakes for someone like her turning her back on Griffith eventually, and not nearly as many for other characters. That's just good drama.

I also think we'll see pseudo-apostles in Griffith's army at some point. ...But who would turn them? Locus? Rakshas? Maybe even Griffith himself?

It doesn't have to be a particular one, many apostles have that capability.

Podcast / SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:43:19 AM »

Episode 97: Stonehenge (357 Review) (1h1m)

Aazealh and Walter take you to a magic place, where the dew drops cry and the cats meow.  Stonehenge! Dolmens! Sonia takes on an even more important role in the story, so what does that mean for her character arc as we move forward? And how will this new traveling technique affect future developments?

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:04:51 AM »
I really dig the frame with its strong imagery of duality.

That frame is actually something that has been added to all volumes (retroactively) starting with Volume 38. Here's our discussion of it back in 2016:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 24, 2018, 01:39:33 PM »
Wow, such a striking design! This is the best cover design Miura's done in years. 

I'm very pleased that he went for a stylized cover, and it's in keeping with the atmosphere of that dream world. Too bad about Casca, but good eyes on pointing out the sprite, B. I wouldn't have noticed at this low resolution.  Miura really has grown quite a bit with the digital medium since vol 38, when it became evident. This art appears to be a good marriage between his traditional line work and the enhancements that digital can offer.

Now bring on the posters  :daiba:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:25:24 AM »
As usual, it's hard to glean much from a few pages, but some of the soldiers appear surprised by this mode of transport. Which begs the question of how they got there initially. I suppose it's possible a ground-based campaign was already underway when Griffith arrived with the apostles (via the branches) and routed the giants.

For Griffith himself to be able to use this kind of transport shouldn't be surprising to us (after all, if the boy can do it, why not him?), but to find a way to allow his comrades to do it as well -- that's pretty surprising! The ending leaves it up in the air where we go from here. More Falconia would make just as much sense as ending this perspective (even though that'd be QUITE brief at just 2 eps).

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:32:13 PM »

Dark Souls Trilogy collection coming 5 months after a half-assed remaster. Good work, Namco.

It's useless, they've gone Hollow.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:12:00 PM »
I'm taking a (possibly permanent) break from Phantasy Star III. I'm just bored with it. ... I'm comfortable with moving on to Phantasy Star IV, the gem of the series.

THANK GOD.  :ubik: I was really worried about you headed down the PS3 path, and potentially missing out on PS4, which is still pretty great (I played through it on Virtual Console on Wii a few years ago).

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:03:44 PM »
Release date is shown as Sept 19 now, which constitutes the fourth delay.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Poor Dark Horse Translation?
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:55:16 PM »
Is he not just referring to the other fella? (whose name just escapes me) :farnese:

No, doesn't appear so.

Vagabond / Re: Takehiko Inoue x Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) Interview
« on: August 15, 2018, 02:41:33 PM »
Wow, that's cool, if only we got an interview like this but with our boy Miura.

 I wanna know what he thinks about the future of Berserk nowadays.

He's given two lengthy interviews in the past 2 years: The 2016 Guidebook and the one with Hakusensha's new president ( Part 1 | Part 2)

Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:17:06 PM »
I'm a bit sad nobody mentionned Ubik. Where's the love for the little one. :sad: :ubik:

Maybe not in this thread, but I've written quite a bit about the little guy:

Video Games / Re: Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:33:08 AM »
This is pretty tough. The release years all bleed together after this much time. As a result, I leaned on "Best Of" curated lists, so the picks are probably missing a bunch of smaller games that I loved too.
 2007: Mass Effect / Mario Galaxy
 2008: Spelunky
 2009: Infinite Space / Picross 3D (fucking solid year for DS) / Borderlands
 2010: Mass Effect 2 / VVVVVV
 2011: Dark Souls
 2012: Crimson Shroud? Fuck yeah!
 2013: Gone Home
 2014: Shovel Knight
 2015: Nuclear Throne
 2016: DOOM
 2017: Zelda: Breath of the Wild
 2018: Dead Cells  :slan:

Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:11:59 PM »
You're asking this on a forum 100% dedicated to Berserk?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:15:33 PM »
So.. you are telling me that.. because Volume 40 comes out on September 27th, there is a (Slight) possibility that we might get episode 358 (or 357 part 2) on September 21st? (Which is Friday iirc). I mean it would be less that a week before the Volume comes out so i doubt it.. damn.

No, one has nothing to do with the other. I'm simply saying that it's possible we'll get another episode next month, even if it won't be included with Volume 40. Both would be released the same day, Sept 28 (the fourth Friday of the month). However, it's unlikely for vol 40 to include anything that came out that day, just like vol 39 didn't include Ep 351 even though they were both out on the same day (June 23, 2017).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:17:56 PM »
Hmm i see, i hope that after the August Episode, there will be no hiatus for a bit, we have gotten 5 episodes this year (till now) and maybe if he continues after the next episode we can get like 10 episodes this year! (which sounds kinda impossible, but also a bit possible at the same time

Unlikely. If a glut of releases were coming, Hakusensha (Berserk's publisher) would have no reason to push Vol 40 out with a measly 7 episodes inside it. That's 1 less than vol 39, and 4 less than Berserk during its prime release years. Still, the new volume's release doesn't preclude 358 (or god forbid 357(2) ) from hitting in September.

Ohh yeah sorry, i get them confused sometimes :ganishka: The "Arcs" are the "Golden Age" "Conviction", "Fantasia" etc right? Then episodes are what are called "chapters" in other mangas, sooo... how are the sea god and such called? Chapters right?
There is no sea god chapter or arc. That's a portion of the Elf Island Chapter, which is within the Fantasia Arc. You can see the full list of everything here:

From the encyclopedia:
An episode refers to the ~20 pg sequences published semi-monthly in Young Animal. A Volume contains 10-11 episodes. A Chapter can contain from less than one to several volumes ( ex: "Chapter of Lost Children," "Chapter of the Binding Chain," "Chapter of the Birth Festival"). Finally, an Arc encompasses several chapters, and marks a definite period, or story arc in the manga.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 06:25:46 PM »
Also what i got from this small "interview" is that Miura is trying to end the series (which is also shown now, cause of the smaller hiatuses and the HUGE events like Casca getting her memories back)

I don't think you should make any conclusions from that little chat. You could just as easily call that "story progress," not an intention to end the series. Also, it may feel different because the breaks are scattered differently through the year (concentrated instead of spaced out), but so far we're still getting about the same annual release pace as we've had since 2014: 4-6 eps per year.

i mean in 2012 the story was still in the Sea God arc...

That wasn't an arc.  :femto:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 05:33:05 PM »
For some reason, I just have a gut feeling that a member of the God Hand is going to show up during this switch to Griffith's POV.

You're probably remembering the chatter a few months back in 356(1), when people were grasping at straws for what the "hidden danger" was (it ended up being the hydra, of course).

But I do have to agree that seeing a member of the God Hand would be interesting. Now please correct me if I'm wrong, but I have this vague feeling that Miura said in an interview that we might see them soon. (he never explicitely said more about that and like I said I don't remember from where exactly I heard that, so if I'm mistaken I'll jsut remove that part of my post)

He said back in 2012 that maybe we'd see what they were up to "soon." It was far from definitive though. He was playing along with the interviewer's obviously frothing anticipation.  It certainly made for a memorable moment for us, but that was 6 years ago...

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:38:33 PM »
So guys, quick question: how much of the main story and events do you think Miura is leaving to his imagination nowadays compared to, for example, ten years ago? Now that the story is so advanced in time, one would think that he's now at a big pivotal point in which not much is susceptible to change and all must be the way it's intended in his mind, plot-wise. But we're talking about Miura, so every detail could easily have come from inspiration, instead of his own previous planification of the plot throughout the years. How much would you guys say it is?

As you probably know, Miura is very modest when it comes to his planning. He has said a few times that he doesn't plan things in specifics very far in advance. From a 2000 interview: (not translated by SKnet members)"When you’re working hard on something, sometimes you just hit upon the right thing and it all starts falling into place. I myself am someone not very good at planning, but when you stop and think about the manga you’ve already made, I think you’ll find that there was some sort of reason behind it"

That being said, as you mention, Miura's no longer at the point where he can continue writing blank checks for the story. He's already well underway with delivering on promises made early in the series (Falconia being one of the biggest, Casca's restoration being another). So sure, I would guess that he gives himself a wide berth in HOW to achieve such things, but the bullet points of the story beats are probably known pretty far in advance.

Me too! Can't wait to see where Grif and the gang will go next. (I think it's safe to assume that it'll still be a Griffith pov right?).

Oh I'm getting excited early!

I'm trying to guess what could happen next but nothing comes to mind. I guess I'll be blown away as usual when the episode will out.

I expect the conclusion to the Jötunn battle, with context around the nature of this campaign, perhaps setting the stage for a more substantial conflict with astral creatures.

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