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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 06:12:28 PM »
Schierke: If she keeps her sanity while having memories of such a horrible experience
Schierke: It will bring her an enormous pain that we can't imagine.
Schierke: ...Precisely speaking, she rather broke down because she couldn't endure it.

Skull Knight: What you wish for may not be what she wishes for.
Schierke: ...I guess this is what he implied.

Thanks so much, Puella. Wow, I wasn't even thinking of this being addressed in this episode! The source of the trauma has been verbalized, we have an indication of Casca's condition upon waking, and we have a possible answer to SK's warning, all on one page. I wish we had a bit more on it, since it's such a huge part of Casca's internal conflict. But this is probably just opening the door to the conflict to come.

I've read through the ep 4 times now, and I can't get over how evocative and powerful the imagery of the heart is. The scene of the Eclipse being sucked into it, covered in thorns, and then thrust back into her chest, as the group hopes for the best upon waking up. Good luck, folks!  :sad:

Which makes Farnese's speech to the sprite, and by extension to Casca herself, that much more powerful. She may not have suffered to the extent that Casca has, but she understands how it feels to be so afraid that all you can do is cower and hide. And more than that, she also knows that's not the right course of action. Sooner or later, you have to come out of hiding and confront that which you fear.

More than that, it's setting up Farnese to be Casca's confidant, guide, and probably the bridge to rejoin her with Guts.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:22:09 PM »
Man, what an episode. The best visuals Miura has accomplished in years. Savor this moment, folks.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 11:38:58 AM »

A few pages, very massive spoilers.

Yeah I recommend people wait until the full thing. This gives away the last page without much context.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hola
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:29:42 PM »
I'd definitely be interested in the Discord.

Yep, it's still kicking out there somewhere!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:44:06 PM »
And hey, a bit off topic, but here's one PS4 exclusive I don't need to worry about playing!

Oh god the music!  :ganishka: I never had any expectation this was going to be a competent remake.

Creation Station / Re: Forum Sigs and stuff.
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:23:46 PM »
You and Griffith (user here) could probably have some things to discuss :ganishka:

I've probably made a dozen or so unique Void avatars over the years (not including the emoticons, of course). But I've always favored avatars and sigs that don't draw too much attention to themselves. But I'm also the guy who has them turned off so I can browse semi-safely at work.

Definitely worth checking out for Miura fans. I plan to roll it into one of our re-reads for the podcast once we hit November (5th anniversary of its release).

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hola
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:39:56 PM »
Welcome! We've been around since 2001. Prior to that, a handful of us were at Black Sun Over Midland, the first US Berserk forum. You can also check out our podcast, which we started back in 2012:

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:49:35 PM »
Could it also mean that she may not want the revenge that Guts wants. I honestly always perceived it like that.

Well, I wasn't stating it in absolute terms, just noting that the line had context, which could inform us about SK's cryptic prophecy.

Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:38:29 PM »
I was just wonderring about what Skullnight  once said to Guts, about what wanted may not be what Casca wants. So what do you guy's think. Will she return to Griffith's side once her memory is restored? Will the fact that Griffith's body is her son's sway her mind? Discuss!

Femto raped Casca and turned her son into an inhuman. What mental gymnastics are you pulling in your head for her to want to "return to Griffith?"

When Skull Knight mentions the dilemma (what you want may not be what she wants), it was brought up within the context of restoring her mind, which could imply that she does not want to be restored.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:03:59 PM »
Not that anyone's shown any interests, but I just finished my watch through of Berserk 2017 on my imported Blu-Rays. Here's some notes for anyone interested.

Thanks for the list. Glad they fixed a few of the hilariously bad animations, but I'm not sure that series is salvageable. It's just a big fucking mess.

Speculation Nation / Re: How much do we know about the World of Ideas?
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:59:01 PM »
As cool as that would be.  :sad: I think he could definitely do it, but it would certainly be a tall order. At the same time, I can't imagine how difficult it would be to capture a change on the world of that scale. We don't even know what sort of effect that would have.

It wouldn't make a lot of sense. The implications of the Astral loosed on the Physical always made sense: Enoch was the perfect example. But the implications of a world of formless concepts merging with corporeal space...? Uh, it'd be hard to represent, that's for sure. I think the odds on that one are nil, honestly.

So do you personally want Miura to elaborate upon the World of Ideas?

You may as well ask: Do I think Miura will lay out how the Berserk world was created. And I really don't expect (or really need) that. At least, not where we are now with the series.

Speculation Nation / Re: How much do we know about the World of Ideas?
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:26:49 PM »
How much do we know about the World of Ideas?

Virtually nothing :idea:

I think the World of Ideas was introduced as an avenue for Miura to establish a creation story for the world of Berserk, if he ever wanted to pursue that. Of course, he could also never address it again, and have its description as the origin of existence be all that we get.

I have heard some speculate that the God Hand would want to further transform the world by "merging" the World of Ideas with Fantasia. Maybe this would be the "perfect world" that the Egg Apostle desired to create by birthing Griffith's new vessel. Do you have any thoughts on that?

The Egg talks pretty clearly about how the incarnation of Femto will be the bridge between the old world and the new. And we already know what that new world is. Creating Fantasia was already the series' biggest spectacle. I don't see Miura doing that all over again, particularly for something where the stakes are unclear and unexplored.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:32:57 PM »
This is easier to pull off, and I'm not saying easy as a slight, because it's also easy to screw up or misunderstand exactly what made something fun, so pulling it off as well as ALBW and Doom 16 is admirable, but it's much harder to create a successor that's equally fun and engaging that's also a unique and transcendent reinvention of the form in and of itself, from scratch. Practically impossible as you say because what could make it transcendent could also make it unrecognizable from its predecessors, "We don't want to make it too different from what people want/expect." So, many times it's too different or not enough, thus why the ALBW method is more effective since you're basically swinging into that familiarity the best you can while making it feel freshly modern.

You should check out this documentary about the making of Doom 2016. They talk about some of these challenges:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:40:57 PM »
I'd be down for that. But if they had went that route, fanboys would be crying over the lack of a Han Solo movie  :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:48:11 PM »
Tell us more? I thought it was a nice return to form in a modern interpretation, at least as far as the gameplay went (the whole manually initiating big combat sequences was weird). It was definitely a "fun" vibe, which the original Doom had, though one didn't exactly imagine that's what it was all about or trying to convey as best it could in 1993 (Aliens with demons). Maybe that's why the 2016 version was ultimately fleeting; I played it, beat it, deleted it, and didn't think much more of it. Would you have preferred something with an atmosphere more like Doom 3 with the Doom 2016 engine or at least more speed?

I think they successfully made Doom relevant again, which is a huge feat. It's just not the successor I was hoping for. And honestly, I don't even know how to explain what I want. I suppose I wanted something crazy, like a direct evolution of what Doom 1-2 were, not a full-scale reboot. Something that was faster, more enemies on screen, more care into enemy placement, weapon spawns, etc. Imagine '90s Doom + Super Meat Boy, with levels that could be played (and replayed) quickly and mastered over time. What we got with Doom 2016 was a bit too cinematic and linear for me, the forced melee stuff fell flat, and the whole experience didn't really hold my attention longer than it took to beat it.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:29:38 PM »
Have you played the most recent version of Doom? If so, what did you think?

The modern one? Yeah, it was fun. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a Doom follow-up, but I had weird expectations for what it should actually be.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 01:46:32 PM »
Nope, the original version from 1993. I played the crap out of Doom 64 when I was a teenager, but I never played the original. It was awesome!

Oh cool. Yeah, I actually play through Doom once every few years. It's pretty fantastic. The thought and care in level design and enemy placement still makes for a great game. Play through it in zDoom (enhanced graphics and mouseaim) and it's even better than the original.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 08, 2018, 02:35:33 AM »
I finished DOOM over the weekend and started playing Super Metroid today.

The modern Doom? What'd you think?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:39:13 PM »
I half-expected a dubstep remix of this to be playing through the trailer:

I really wonder if they can generate excitement for this one... For a spinoff, Han Solo seems like such a known quantity, versus fresh territory like Rogue One.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 92
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
Thanks again for the podcast.

Thanks for listening. They're fun to produce.

The act cements Griffith's betrayal and is the final nail in the coffin but the damage was already inflicted. I think it possible it was the cold certainty of betrayal rather than the sexual act that broke her mind.

I don't think there's any need to disconnect the two. The act was a brutal betrayal.

I don't think the violation had any connection to the child at the time but only in hindsight does Casca recognize what Griffith has stolen from her.  Combining these ideas allows Miura to get at the root of what broke her mind while alluding to the rape without having to replay those events.

I get what you're saying, and the child's appearance seems like a curveball at first, but I just can't rationalize how Miura would pivot away from the rape at this point. The event would be painfully informative to Schierke and Farnese about the terror and trauma it inflicted on Guts and Casca. Do you remember when Schierke was in Guts' mind (vol 27)? She got glimpses of those events, but no context. I feel like if Miura were ever to address that section, it's now or never.

Casca's mind is broken but there's enough evidence to suggest that she incorporates new information where her child is concerned.  She’s fixated on her child.  This can explain why the child is a core part of her restoration while the representations of more current events can also be present in the periphery of her mind.

I don't necessarily think everything hinges on the child. If the next memory is all about her child, I feel like that would be a weak solution. But in terms of Casca's ability to incorporate new information, no argument with me. This image we're seeing of the child now never even existed. She's formulated that memory from external experiences. Like we said on the podcast, it's a matter of how Miura portrays that huge span of time that seems like a challenge to me.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 92
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:57:13 PM »
But I don't think the entire purpose of that scene was for Guts to realize that he couldn't travel alone and protect Casca from himself. I think the point of that scene was to Guts have the closest brush with his dark side that he's ever had and to realize just how dangerous he could be to the people close to him if he loses control.

I don't think what we're saying is in disagreement. The above is what I meant by the "desperate situation" when it was just he and Casca, and as for the danger he presents, that's how he could "lose everything."

My idea was that the party becoming aware of Casca's assault would serve as a segue into them learning about Guts' struggle with the Beast of Darkness.

Segue has to be the key phrasing because I don't think Casca's dream world is the time to be broaching the Beast conflict within Guts.

I also highly doubt his struggle with the Beast of Darkness is over just yet (in fact, his last internal "dialogue" with it suggests he knows those dark feelings will rear their head again in the future).

Yes, but it also gave a pretty specific framing for when it would come back. The Beast hinted that it will resurge after his friends are killed, not that it will kill his friends.

Quote from:
The Beast of Darkness: But since they are with you, the more they are related to me, the more these idiots get to expose themselves to the jaws of death.
The Beast of Darkness: And they will be crushed, torn and ripped apart soon
The Beast of Darkness: ...Just like that time (the Occultation)
The Beast of Darkness: Cherish them
The Beast of Darkness: Only to lose more
The Beast of Darkness: At that time, nobody will be able to stop me/you
The Beast of Darkness: I will swallow you entirely

The foreshadowing surrounding the Beast is very ominous, and I am almost certain it will be something Guts and the party have to deal with in the future. Which is why I thought them learning about the assault and confronting Guts about it would be a good way to advance that subplot

Again, I'm not sure I follow you here. What do you mean by confronting Guts about it? Is this going to be like an Intervention episode?

Going back to the scene itself, I think it is also significant that not even Puck--who has seen Guts do terrible things before--was present for Casca's assault. He was even conveniently given a different reason for Casca's distrust of Guts when he was possessed by spirits and strangled her so he wouldn't suspect any other reason (not to imply that was the only purpose of that scene).

That's a good point. Miura manufactured a reason for Puck not to grapple with that scene, which could be a clue that it will be dealt with eventually. Or — it's just a scene meant to be between Guts and Casca.

I really liked the climbing. Thematically, a small human conquering a huge mountain also worked well with the game.

I do wish there were 1 or 2 more mechanics to master so that you could get "better" at it over time — something like active reloading right as the stamina meter is about to be depleted could have been interesting. But I liked looking at a big ass cliff in your way, judging whether you can climb it or not, climbing, just baaaarely getting over it (before you realized you could just eat 5 meals to get over a big one  :guts: ) and then getting a nice vantage point on where you were and where you're going.  The fact that the music worked right along with it was a nice touch too.

Having a hookshot would immediately trivialize that aspect of the game. Now, end-game material? Sure why not, if the hardware supports it. But I would want the mechanic to be more than a time-saver, and something that actually added to the fun of traversing the game.

You bring up a good point about the items needing to be open-ended in terms of their function. That's what all of the abilities in BotW were about: abstract functions that the game encourages you to use creatively throughout your encounters. Going back to an arsenal of items with discrete functions for discrete challenges — even if they're fun for the 5 minutes they were designed for — would be pretty backward facing, I think.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 92
« on: January 29, 2018, 03:24:44 PM »
Thanks man, whew, speedy listener!

But at the same time I feel that those post-Eclipse memories that the rest of Guts' Band haven't seen (particularly those to do with Casca's child and Guts' sexual assault) are things that the rest of the party needs  to become aware of at some point, and this would be a really good time for that.

I don't think it's necessary for the group to see Guts in that moment of weakness, for which he's already paid community service for (Enoch troll cleanup duty counts, right?). In all seriousness, I don’t think Miura wrote that scene to color Guts as a sexual abuser, but to demonstrate how desperate the situation was when it was just him and Casca on the journey, and how close Guts came to losing everything. It was a terrible moment on his otherwise stoic journey. Guts knows that, and it's why he agreed to have companions.

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