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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: April 04, 2018, 12:59:10 PM »
The digital volumes are marked down to $5 right now on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Berserk-Vol-1/comics-series/1401

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I know it wouldn't matter which side he fought for on a given battle, but maybe someone could tell the sides because of armor design or something like that, but now I know that there were no names for the countries until vol 5, that's good to know.

Thanks Walter.

Nah, the 100 years war was fought not only with the two countries main armies, but mercenaries who engaged in proxy warfare on behalf of whoever paid them. So it's not a matter of identifying uniforms, I don't think.

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The countries weren't named until vol 5, so there is absolutely no way to know, nor would it matter which he fought for on a given battle, because the next sortie may have been for another.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:27:29 PM »
It could be a deliberate thing to try and set up some sort of visual mood whiplash, in which case I love it, but if not, then I hate it.
I worry that it's more than a deliberate style change. Outlines are looking way thicker, and I'm seeing less line weight. Tones look kinda worse to me as well (that could be shitty scan quality though). Those are common symptoms of switching from traditional to digital. I hope it's just my imagination.

Well it's commonly known that Miura switched to digital art back in 2016. It may have been slightly earlier, but it was most evident in 2016's episodes and volume insert posters. We had a thread about it back then: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=15089.0 And a few months later, in the Berserk Guidebook, there was an image of his workstation, which now has a tablet. It's come up a few other times too, when people point out reused or altered panel art.

Beyond the workflow enhancements that moving to digital afford, I do think that the style change coinciding with their arrival at Elfhelm is by design. We talked about the possibility of a big art change months before it was shown on the pages, because it made sense to shift the style to match a more fantastical location. There's also the consideration of YA moving to digital distribution. It's possible he had pressure internally to adopt a digital format to ease the production. Finally, it seems clear that Miura had to adopt some changes to keep the Berserk release schedule more consistent (and say what you will, but it has been more consistent since he switched over). His adherence to pen and paper drawings for 25+ years is truly admirable, but if the limitations of reality require him being more economical in how he puts his dream to paper, I'm cool with it. But I imagine that for someone who doesn't follow it episodically, the shift was probably more of a noticeable thing.

Back to the episode so this isn't a total derailing - I'm hopeful that it's just misdirection on Miura's part, but the 2 pages seen just as Casca calls out to Guts give me the impression that they may separate after this for a good while. The first page with Guts in front of the eclipse/festival is ominously done - Guts is masked in shadow in front of what broke her, and the edges of the drawing are very Femto-esque to me with a flowing wing-like look.

Eh, I don't see a connection there. If Miura wanted to achieve a recognizable comparison with Femto, he wouldn't have made Guts' cape billow like that. Instead, he could have made it look more distinctly wing-like. He could also have featured Femto in this episode  :guts: But as it is, it just looks like Guts' cape is framing the shot of the Eclipse, which conveys what's happening in Casca's head he's the harbinger of those memories.

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The next page - Griffith, completely asunder. It seems to me as though the framing is around his chest wounds - will Casca be reminded of Guts attacking her breast as he lost control? This could also just be the memory from a first-person perspective, and just for drama, but I think Miura is smarter than that.

Similarly, this seems like a very loose connection. The focus on Griffith's chest is likely incidental because Miura didn't want to show off the crotch or the eyes (he's been hiding those in dream-like depictions recently, likely to depersonalize the memory). What's left? Center mass. But going down that train of thought, there's not a connection between Griffith's tortured body, and whatever happened between Guts and Casca in that moment in Vol 23. It's the kind of thing that readers would really have to twist their brain to accommodate a connection for, which, aside from the aforementioned circumstantial nature of what's being depicted, is why I don't really see it happening here.

The pages are meant to show off in horrific detail a horrific moment in her past that she chose to bury. I imagine that it's supposed to be painful to look at and shocking, but I really don't see any symbolism or anything happening here.

And to add to the avalanche, she already had previously said that the Falcons' situation (at the time) was his fault, as Griffith was no good without him.

I don't believe we'll be getting back the Casca from Vol 9, so I'm disinclined to think she'll still think that way about Guts.

I wonder where the tipping point is for her in all of this - Griffith saved her life, and betrayed her - but so did Guts. I obviously hope it goes toward Guts, but SK's words to him put this in reasonable doubt in my mind.

No matter how you stretch it, the sins of Guts and Femto can't be compared. And I also don't think that's what these last two 2-page spreads are meant to represent.

What Guts did was wrong not just biting her breast, but holding her down and kissing her against her will. That's fucked up! And that's on Guts, and it'll have to be reconciled. But unlike with Femto, there are so many mitigations to that particular scenario (like his exhausted and tortured state of mind in that moment; like crossing the world to rescue her; keeping her safe from endless nights; enduring hardship after hardship to ensure her safety, etc. , etc.). Guts realized his mistake immediately and took drastic actions (accepting companions) to ensure it didn't happen again. On the other hand, Femto had her friends gruesomely killed, raped her in front of her lover, drove her insane, corrupted her child, condemned her soul to the Vortex, and left her to die while his new friends cooed and laughed.

I mean... I realize that in the pages of the manga there might not be a court-ordered attorney to stand up for Guts in the circumstance that Casca starts trying to compare the two, but it would be completely unjust for Guts' actions to be tossed in with Femto's, given all other considerations.

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Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: April 01, 2018, 10:09:24 PM »
Great episode as usual! One question though: is it so that the re-read project is dead? Walter seemed to say as much at the end of this episode (when he said that the podcast would be back in a few months), and I for one think it would be a real shame if that were the case.

I wouldn't call it dead. More like, really, really, catatonically sleepy. If you prod it with a stick, it'll roll over but remain with its eyes closed.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:25:42 AM »
So this isn't real? http://la6689.tumblr.com/post/172384308316/berserk-omnibus-is-coming-darkhorses-omnibi-are#tumblr_notes

I seem to recall that there was conflicting information regarding the reprints a while back.

Yeah, I saw that too... I was going to go by a comic shop and confirm that it's in Preview magazine tomorrow. Still, Dark Horse's official account says that it's "not legit news," so perhaps that magazine blurb was simply written in error? Stranger things have certainly happened  :void:

This is also a rather strange way to announce new editions. Check out that section of the magazine. It's where publications can promote themselves and what they generally offer, not an announcements page. If there were big new editions coming this month, one would think there would be a real press announcement for it at this point. 

I've reached out for further clarification, but at this point I'm disinclined to believe it.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:18:15 AM »
The digital edition just went live on Hakusensha-E  for about $3: https://www.hakusensha-e.net/younganimal

It looks gooooooood  :beast:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:01:10 PM »

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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:22:22 PM »
That's true, there is only 3 episodes left to make a volume. I tought it was 4 left!

I only expect 8 in Vol 40, so there should be 3 left:

. 351: Forest of Corpses and Thorny Cedars
. 352: Main Culprit
. 353: Final Fragment
. 354: Awakening
. 355: Yo Casca's Back
. 356: TBD
. 357: TBD
. 358: TBD

Do you think future volumes will stay at 8 episodes per volume for a while or it'll come back to 9 episodes like the last few (except 38 wich I tnk had only 8ep in it)?

Other way around -- Vol 39 was the first to only include 8 eps (which was weird, because they could have feasibly bound 351 in the volume). Anyway, I dunno. I think it's more important that he releases 1 volume per year, whether it's 8-9 eps is pretty small potatoes.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: March 29, 2018, 04:27:39 PM »
Rumor has it that DH will unveil an omnibus edition for Berserk in April. No announced details yet. As soon as something official comes up, I (or someone else) will post it here.

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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:19:31 PM »
My guess is that it's gonna pick up again in sept to december to have 4 more episodes. Than have vol 40 out in march or june 2019. That's my guess. We'll see with time anyway.

Yeah, I think it'll be back sometime in 2018. Miura still has time to release the remaining 3 episodes required to publish Vol 40 before December, making the third year in a row he's had a volume.

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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:51:52 AM »
Bender is correct, we'll know for sure by the 13th, in the preview for what would be the next monthly release of Berserk. However...

I actually dug deep on this after all the chatter about whether or not there'd be a hiatus. Conclusion: Probably. But the publisher (Hakusensha) has been very inconsistent with their messaging around this stuff. And what gave me pause initially about 355 is that for the past several years they've been really good about messaging the return dates. You'll see what I mean below in a second.

Long story short, if an episode ends with just 次回に つづく (continues next time) + no date, it does generally mean that a hiatus will follow.

See for yourselves -- here's the wording for every episode going back to 330, 6 years ago: https://pastebin.com/jGgZHgJ6

I also went even further back to verify this trend, and 318 had the same wording before a break, as did 297, 279 etc. It seems to me that 次回に つづく is language they use when the publisher really doesn't know anything. Otherwise they'll put ベルセルク つづく + a date.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:02:12 AM »
Was it Demon's Souls, a game even most Dark Souls fans didn't play? :guts:

That's Sony's fault  :femto:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:53:51 PM »
Then the Dreamcast game came out, I don't think the manga had even started the tower of conviction arc when it came out

The conviction arc had started, but Vol 18 (which takes place in Albion around the Tower of Retribution) and the DC game in Japan came out around the same time. So for those of us following the volume releases at the time, they were probably synonymous.

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but all the way back then the game told us that Guts started his quest for ElfHelm.

We knew they were headed to Puck's homeland, but I don't think we knew the name Elfhelm until vol 22. The other big reveal in the game was that Griffith was back and he was working with Zodd to find more apostles, raising a new army. Pretty big news given that at the time, we were still 3 volumes before the actual moment of incarnation.

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Does this mean that this story arc has come to an end?

Not sure what you mean, we're still just starting out the Fantasia Arc (began in vol 35), and the Elf Island Chapter.

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Does anyone have that alleged future timeline thing that Olivier got off of a Japanese BBS. I think everything that was outlined has now comes to pass, except for the portions that deal with Gaiseric and the creation of God Hand.

If we're remembering the same one, it wasn't so prophetic. It still comes across as BS to me. Here it is: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=67.msg1452#msg1452

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BTW, did Miura remove another episode? every year or so, I would check out whatever the latest episode was, just to see if they had made it to Elfhelm yet, and I distinctly remember reading an ep where Isma goes off on her own to find that the Merrows had been massacred.

Nope. I'm afraid you're imagining that scenario. There's an episode that reveals the merrows and the sea god were at war with each other long ago, and that they had sealed him away on the island. Maybe that's it...?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:24:42 PM »
In addition to Cronus, Saiya, Rane et al I also saw iconically named "Werealmad" lurking as well, but alas my private urging to post went unanswered. Now I think we just need Skully, Olivier, and CnC to complete classic BSOM bingo. I mean,  what do we need to make that happen, Guts' death or some shit!? Ok, being pushy probably doesn't help. :griffnotevil:

A podcast with all those old farts would be interesting.  :badbone:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:55:37 AM »
I agree, it sounds cliche for a series like Berserk and it's not what I or I hope Miura would choose.

Then why are you here arguing the merits of this ill-advised scenario?

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I think it's likely because Griffith eliminates the possibility of Guts exploiting his weakness.

He doesn't seem too concerned about that at the moment.

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If assuming Griffith can't harm Casca directly, his only option to protect his secret is to capture her

That seems rather limiting, given that we're talking about a being with near-godlike powers.

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It also gives Guts an incentive to leave the safety of Elfhelm and go after Griffith. Now he is entirely morally justified in pursuing him.

Sure but there are so many other reasons Miura can cook up to suffice that without resorting to a cliche "save the princess" plot. While I think it might be interesting for Casca to in some way come face-to-face with Griffith and/or the child (or for her to see one of them turn into the other) and see that scene play out, a kidnapping scenario where Casca is kept like a bird in a cage for Guts to rescue sounds extraordinarily cheesy and off-brand to me.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:46:57 AM »
Wow. A phenomenal episode and moment in this story.

Indeed, good to see you again dude :guts:

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Any ideas on who/what the 'faint voice' could be that she references?

The "there's someone I want to see" line came from Elaine a few episodes ago, so it would make sense that Casca is sensing an echo of Elaine's wish.

We've gone back and forth across that time about whether it's Guts or her child that she wants to see. I think Casca, who hasn't yet grappled with being a mother, may think that it's Guts, but I'm still guessing it's the child given Elaine's connection with him.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 11:12:47 PM »
Seems like only around half a year since the beginning of Conviction. Conviction goes from autumn to winter and Milennium Falcon is winter to spring.

Even with a scrupulous inventory of perceived season changes throughout that period, I think that's a really short amount of time for everything that occurs in Conviction, Millennium Falcon and now Fantasia..

There's also the boy to consider. I don't think Miura arbitrarily chose the age of that child, and he's definitely not 2.5 years old. More like 3-4, I'd wager.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:19:54 PM »
That does bring up an interesting question for me: does anyone know how long this quest for Casca's sanity has been going on within the story? If I remember correctly, Guts is like 21 during the Black Swordsman Arc, and I think the latest guidebook says he's 24 now?

He was officially 21 by the time we see him in Lost Children. There hasn't been an official count of the years since then, aside from what Miura wrote in his answer to our 2009 interview (3-4 years since golden age), which would make Guts 23-24.

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Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:15:34 PM »
This was a great episode, loved the energy and excitement! really funny too  :ganishka:

Thanks! Yeah there were quite a few laughs this time around. To be honest I was cracking up last night while getting the show ready, because of Aaz's comedic timing when discussing the "braids" (~11:10). That did not get edited, it was perfect as is  :ubik:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 01:47:27 PM »
That image hits right in the feels. I had to take a break before continuing from there...

Thanks! Yeah, it's the emotional core of the episode for sure. I don't have the skill to color it, but I'm sure there are others who can do it justice.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:31:08 AM »

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Podcast / SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: March 26, 2018, 04:16:22 AM »

Episode 94: Casca's Back (Ep. 355) (1h 27m)

The big moment has finally arrived! We gush and chat about Casca's first words upon returning, her BRAIDS,  the future of the series and more.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 24, 2018, 06:28:40 PM »
Right, it's really about her and how she's going to feel post-Eclipse, like what Guts went through in his own way. So, despite being the catalyst, or just the last piece, I don't think poor Guts will end up at the center of this either, merely a big part of it, but hopefully due to his importance to her.

It's too soon to say, but I think the way Guts was used in this episode as the trigger for her darkest memories could end up just being a role in this scene alone, not as a burdening reminder of those times. This episode was about her coming to terms with her past, and the worst parts all flooded back at once upon seeing Guts. Now those memories are back. But that could really be it.

It'd be nice to see some of the soldier in her again now that she's had a nice long rest.

*Casca is sprinting through the forest of Elfhelm.*
*A brownie sweeping the floor gets in her way.*
*He doesn't last long.*

we never see her going on an insane charge like Guts did.

I dunno, she charged Guts blindly and ended up stabbing him in Vol 9. Did that count?

Having a Casca-style Black Swordsman Arc, where she's feeling murderous and suppressing her feelings. But unlike Guts, she'll have a group to help her lower those walls right from the start.

Right and Casca is a completely different person from Guts. Already, trauma affected them differently. I don't see any reason they'd be faced with the exact same stumbling blocks when coping with it.

Confirmed plot armour, we can all relax.  :iva:

Uhhh, were there serious discussions about Casca dying after all the labor and time involved in bringing her back...?

Edit: Someone on the Berserk reddit theorizes that the way Guts is depicted here is simply showing how Casca remembers him until they're up close (i.e. Golden Age Guts from a distance, Fantasia Arc Guts up close whose scarred body reminds her of the eclipse and Griffith's mangled body, makes sense) but that still doesn't explain the cover to me.

That idea is really misguided, too. Guts is wearing the Berserk Armor, has the Dragon Slayer. So much for seeing past Guts! It's a convoluted notion someone cooked up while trying to figure out why they can't quite see Guts' white streak (it's in shadow, like half of his head). And by page 2 of 356, that guy's going to feel pretty stupid. ("oh the hair was white all along? yeah well who cares"). Miura doesn't pull twists like that. If he wanted to go that route, it would have been Guts in Golden Age gear to accentuate what's happening. Otherwise this bizarre effect would be lost in confusion.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 23, 2018, 06:38:19 PM »
perhaps most glaringly, there's no post-Incarnation Griffith either. He naturally seems to be central to this blind spot, and thus why we see an overwhelming closeup of his destroyed body, and perhaps everything that became of him and her, as the revelation precipitating her scream.

You raise a good point here -- her experiences as Elaine were in her own words something she didn't "feel" or "think" through. It would be like watching it on TV, unable to react at the moment. We saw how Elaine reacted upon seeing Griffith, and because we have privileged information, we know that reaction on the Hill of Swords was the result of her sensing her child. But how would the real Casca have felt about that moment? Given its absence here it would make sense for the memory of that exchange to be tucked away as well. It would likely be a continuation of her trauma from the Eclipse, given how tainted her image of Griffith must be at this point.

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