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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:23:38 PM »
Miuras comment

Thanks! Pretty sure he's  cheering that Casca is finally speaking after 22 years.  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:19:45 PM »
Wow. Dunno what to say, so I will just asked something slightly out of topic: I’m in Japan right now (lucky!) and was curious to know if I will be able to find this Young Animal tomorrow in any convenience store? Because it says the release is tomorrow, even though it’s the 18th of April release  :???: Can’t wait to read those pages again!

Almost. You're looking for the latest YA edition, (the one with this cover) with a release date of 3/23. It's confusing, but the magazine is dated April 13, because that's just how they market it. Consider that these things live on store shelves for a few weeks. So it's like a new car, where it's always dated in the future so as not to appear stale.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 22, 2018, 01:07:11 AM »
it almost felt like Miura was commenting on the whole idea of having Casca back, and how, as readers, we're simultaneously wanting her to be reunited with Guts and "normal" again, when really, she needs time to process what's happened to her. In some ways, maybe we're like Danan, poofing poor Casca into a wedding dress in our minds! :ganishka:

She's an elf after all  :iva: I found her antics pretty funny, myself. She's rushing to the romantic conclusion, when clearly there's still a mountain to climb before we get there.

Anyway, seeing this picture of Griffith did bring to my mind this panel of Casca, from right after she sees him in that state. Looking at it, I think it's hard to dispute that this specific shot of him is an appropriate "beginning" for her trauma.

Interesting. That also lines up with where Casca says her memory from that time starts to taper off — the Tower of Rebirth.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 04:22:20 PM »
Everything is bright, everything is serene, everything is beautiful. Everything, that is, except Guts. We can hardly see his face, we can't see his eyes, and it seems like all the shadows of the tree are gathered around him. There's not supposed to be anything to fear, but he just seems to cast of aura of menace and terror regardless. It's not fair to him at all, but like it or not, he's now a symbol for everything that Casca suffered and lost on that fateful day...

I agree! But it's not dissimilar from last episode, where Miura obscured Casca's eyes from the reader until the big reveal. Guts laying his eyes on Casca will be a big moment, but we aren't being treated to that yet (not really).

Got a bone to pick with the main man here, though. Guts. Why in the name of all that is holy did you bring the Berserk Armour, the Dragonslayer, and all your weapons to meet Casca. YOU DIDN'T NEED THOSE. Even aside from the memories, that stuff makes you highly unhuggable.

Because you don't travel across the world to restore the woman you love, and then when you're told that she's back, take time to change clothes and unequip things. You run to her. :casca: :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:07:17 PM »
This is one of the coolest episodes in the series. Every page gave me goosebumps. And what a killer ending, wow!

Like Aaz wrote in the summary, Casca awoke with all of her memories, but it seems she accessed the most recent ones first, while some were buried deeper than others. And so she was still in the process of parsing those memories (loved every little bubble) as she was walking toward Guts. And seeing him instantly tapped the darkest part of her memories. He's a living reminder of that time, tied inexorably to both her most happy and most terrifying memories. Miura is awesome.

Really appreciate the extra detail he added to the Griffith scene in his cell -- wow -- really heightens the atmosphere of those pages.

I think Casca's outfit looks great (braids!) and Danan insisting she knows better than Casca about what she should wear is pretty good stuff, maybe she needs an emoticon =)

Casca's smile when thinking about Guts is a pretty big moment for readers, too. All that hard work paying off :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 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: March 19, 2018, 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: March 19, 2018, 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: March 19, 2018, 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: March 19, 2018, 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.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:36:49 PM »
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 »
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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.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:16:54 PM »
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-

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