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Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 6
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:45:43 PM »
I didn't watch this episode and I'm not at all sorry. I don't feel I missed anything. After my free trial ran out I bailed. So, that will be one less "bad" or "hated it" review for this and future polls!  :ganishka:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 01, 2016, 10:39:14 PM »
I really like the new 4 I ordered! :ubik: All very good in their own ways.

Zodd: a robust, bracing tea; great to enjoy with something sweet, like cake or a cookie

Skull Knight: strawberry provides a hint of sweetness, while the rose gives it a lovely aroma and flavor

Vargas: a mild, soothing blend; nice with honey and good before bed time or when you need to relax

Rickert: strong, hearty base with sweet and fruity flavors, very tasty

Here's a pic of what these look like:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: July 27, 2016, 05:00:41 PM »
Someone purchased the BIG 5oz tin of Casca. Whoever did that, I hope you enjoy it! 5oz is a lot of tea, imo!
You know, the Casca blend really became my go-to of the first 3 I ordered. I don't think whoever ordered it will be disappointed!  :slan:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:57:00 PM »
Did you catch Grail's reference to you about the whole gardening thing?
I did!  :serpico:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:55:55 PM »
I finally had the time and energy yesterday to get to do a thorough look through of this newest episode along with the much appreciated summary provided by puella and Aazealh. And what an episode! I enjoyed it a lot. So much new information and I just love all the little interactions we get to see between characters in this. Puck is hilarious! It looks like he shoved a whole biscuit into his face in some scenes because even the back of his head is bulging out. How fat and rolly he gets cracked me up! :puck:

Really enjoyed the podcast as always! Thanks guys and gal for doing it. :ubik: I think the 4 of you have a good dynamic going between you. It was fun listening. Your gruel analogy about the anime made me laugh, Walter. It's just so true. :judo:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:00:17 AM »
I've really been enjoying this tea! :guts: I still haven't run out of what I ordered last month and I've been drinking it pretty often. Those sample size tins seem to last longer than I thought they would. Just ordered some more. This time I'm gonna try the Zodd, Rickert, Vargas, and Skull Knight blends.

Speculation Nation / Re: Skull Knight and Roses
« on: July 20, 2016, 01:26:15 PM »
Thanks, y'all!  :SK:

I like your interpretation, Aazealh!

Speculation Nation / Skull Knight and Roses
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:40:51 PM »
Skull Knight is one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in Berserk. I'm very interested to find out more about him and his past. Skull Knight has a rose and thorns design on his shield as well as thorns present on his sword and armor. So why did Miura choose to use the rose in this character's design? Well, I don't know since I can't ask him.  :slan: What follows is some mythology, beliefs, and symbolism that are associated with the rose that I thought could possibly relate to Skull Knight, but it's all just me speculating since I can't know the source of Miura's inspiration.

There is a lot of mythology from many cultures concerning the rose. Some of the myths I ran into have to do with the rose as a symbol of immortal love that transcends death, such as the Greek myth about Aphrodite and her slain lover, Adonis, where the red rose grows from a pool of his spilled blood. A myth I found very interesting was about the Roman goddess of spring and flowers, Flora, and an origin story of the rose. It's said that Flora found a nymph that she was particulary fond of lying dead in her garden and in her grief she beseeched the other gods to help her transform her dead friend into the first rose. Each god imparts a different gift to the rose; Apollo gives life; Bacchus gives nectar; Vertumnus, perfume; Pomona, fruit; and Flora, a crown of petals. It's been brought up before by other members on the forum that a possibility for Skull Knight's current state could be that he died or was close to death and the witch Flora may have intervened to transform him into the being he is now. It would make sense that Flora may have sought the help of the King of the Flower storm and/or other powerful astral entities to do this. I think it would be kind of neat if different entitites had bestowed Skull Knight with some of his various abilities or equipment or had combined their power to aid in creating his current form.

In a source I found that talked about the rose as a symbol in alchemy it had this to say about the meaning of the rose: “In spiritual alchemy, the single red rose represents the mystic center of a person, his or her heart of hearts – one’s true nature. It also represents the process of purification to reveal one’s essence or the inner “pearl beyond price.” Sufi spiritual alchemist Rumi described this idea when he wrote: "In the driest whitest stretch of pain's infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose." ...the red rose represents a special kind of love in which one “melts away” into the beauty of another, and the old identity is surrendered for that of the beloved or a higher identity within oneself. In this sense, the rose is a symbol of complete surrender and permanent transmutation.” These thoughts are interesting to me in relation to Skull Knight because of the aspect of transformation and transcendence mentioned. Whatever happened to make Skull Knight what he is now probably involved a pretty drastic transformation. I wonder how and to what extent it may have affected his personality and perceptions. Another source also mentions the rose's symbolism associated with transformation : “It is a symbol of transmutation - that of taking food from the earth and transmuting it into the beautiful fragrant rose. In ancient Rome, roses were grown in the funerary gardens to symbolize resurrection.”

Another source mentioned how the rose's form has been interpreted symbolically. “Morphologically linked to the circle, since ancient times the rose has been linked to themes of birth and rebirth, and the speed of its withering has made it a symbol of death and the fragility of existence.” This made me think of how Skull Knight must have died to his old form, to be “reborn” so to speak as his new form. Also, it seems like Berserk overall has a theme about how fragile and yet tenacious human life can be. Skull Knight has been responsible for saving many of the current main characters, such as Guts, Casca, Rickert, and Luka, when they were at some of their most vulnerable points and would have died had he not intervened.

The interpretation of the rose in Tarot is : “the rose is considered a symbol of balance. Here the beauty of the rose expresses promise, new beginnings, hope. This beauty is contrasted with its thorns which represents defense, physicality, loss, thoughtlessness. The rose is seen in the major arcana (the first 22 cards of the Tarot deck) as: Magician, Strength, Death and Fool cards. All of these cards hold strong meanings of balance and equilibrium.” I wonder if the use of the rose in Skull Knight's design could have something to do with his character helping to bring balance to the world of Berserk since he is a force that opposes the God Hand and apostles, who seem to very much have the upper hand right now.

The rose's thorns have represented suffering and sacrifice as well as the sins of the fall from paradise. Maybe the use of the thorns with Skull Knight's character could have something to do with Gaiseric's fall from power or the suffering and sacrifice he had to endure to become what he is now. They could have to do with some kind of price he had to pay to become what he is and gain the power he has. I've wondered if maybe Skull Knight was in some way a reverse apostle for lack of a better term; willing to sacrifice himself for what he held most dear rather than sacrifice what he held most dear for himself.

Another thing I came across that I thought was interesting was the rose's use as a sign for secrecy or confidences to be kept, “the rose is also symbolic carrier of secrets or tacit understanding. The term “sub rosa” means under the rose and comes from the practice of Romans hanging roses above meeting tables. Here it was understood that anything said at this table, beneath the hanging roses, was forbidden to be repeated elsewhere.” Mainly I just thought this was cool. The only reason this made me think of Skull Knight is that he has been such a mysterious character so far and hasn't revealed much about himself yet.

Here are references I used:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2016, 01:17:14 PM »
A happy birthday and many more to Mr. Miura, one of the most talented artists/authors whose work I've had the pleasure of reading!  :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:56:37 PM »
Overall, it was the crap-fest I was afraid it would be. Man, that whole tree debacle was particularly sad. Too damp for firewood is right! :schierke:  I don't understand why Berserk can't get a good anime adaptation. :mozgus:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 38 Release
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:23:52 PM »
I love the poster of the elves! The one of Erika and Rickert is nice, too. I just learned that June 24th is Fairy Day. Kinda neat to get to see this painting of my favorite elves today.  :puck:  :iva:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: June 24, 2016, 08:55:22 PM »
I added three more blends:

I now have 20 :D

Sweet! :guts: I definitely want to try some more of these in the future.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:24:09 AM »
I got my tea and have sampled all 3 now. I liked all of them and it's hard to say which was my favorite. They're each so different. The Conrad blend has an unusual fragrance that reminded me of some good smelling tobacco.  :serpico: They're all rich in flavor and aroma. They make an excellent cup of tea!  :ubik: The tins are cute, too. Thanks for coming up with these, XionHorsey!

Here's a pic of what they look like:

Congratulations!!!  :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:10:04 AM »
Thank you for that great summary, puella and Aazealh! Very informative and cleared some things up for me that I had misinterpreted. :???:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:21:31 PM »
When Schierke mentions Flora to the elder magi he and his goat seem surprised and then he looks pleased. That seems to bode well for Schierke as Flora's apprentice.  :serpico: I'm excited to learn more about what's going on.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 02:07:19 PM »
This is great! Loving it! Got the biggest smile on my face right now.  :guts: I like the elder magi and his goat a lot. His intro with the rain is neat. The little scenes where it looks like the young witches are learning their various arts are cool. So funny where it looks like Isidro perhaps decides to go harass the local ladies and gets a beat down.  :ganishka: Love the witch city. It's all just gorgeous!  :ubik:

This sounds like an interesting concept. I chipped in what I could. I hope it works out and you're able to make it. Good luck!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: June 18, 2016, 12:43:45 AM »
I love Berserk and I love tea, so I think this is pretty fucking cool!  :guts: It was fun looking at the different blends you created. I couldn't get them all, but I decided to try the Casca, Judeau, and Conrad ones because those sounded good to me. Do you have a favorite? I plan on giving more a try in the future.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 343
« on: June 18, 2016, 12:39:46 AM »
I am so excited for this! :ubik: So glad the manga will be back and very much looking forward to seeing what will happen next!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SK Net Pets
« on: April 23, 2016, 02:23:09 PM »
So, now he is Rickert! I wanted a good name for someone younger and smaller, but he seems to be a pure-bred male black lab, so I needed a name for him to grow with. I think Rickert is perfect because we are slowly seeing the character become a man as the story progresses.
What a cool idea for naming him. :guts:

My dog, Huckleberry, got skunked this week. Holy shit, what a stench!!! :schnoz: That was nothing short of chemical warfare! I had never experienced skunk up close before and I never want to again. It was enough to make me gag and my eyes water.  :judo: I washed him down with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap recommended on the internet and that worked thank goodness!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: 1/6 Guts resin kit
« on: April 23, 2016, 02:09:11 PM »
Sweet!!!  :ubik: Can't afford, but it looks great!

Creation Station / Re: Mogen's sculptures and repaints
« on: April 23, 2016, 02:04:21 PM »
I like them!  :ubik: Rosine looks sassy and the snake baron is pretty cool. Nice collection of them all together.

Character Cove / Re: My piece on Griffith
« on: April 23, 2016, 01:56:47 PM »
Since I'm new to the site and don't use forums often, I don't really know how to quote your points one by one like you did for mine, I'll just respond like this lol
Yeah, I had never belonged to a forum till I joined this one. If you'd like to quote stuff in the future: After you hit "reply" scroll down to the post you want to quote from and hit "insert quote" that's in the right hand corner of the post. The quoted post will appear in your reply window. Then you can delete whatever text you don't need from that and put your reply under it. If you want to quote more than once from the same post I found it was easiest to copy and paste the script that's above and below the quote for any separate lines you want to respond to. That's how I've been doing it, anyway. Hope this made sense.
If you just experiment around with stuff you'll get the hang of it in no time I'm sure! :slan: The nice thing is when you're working on your response you can click the "preview" button that's at the bottom of your reply section (in between "post" and "spell check" and then you can view what your post will look like before actually posting it on the forum. That way you can mess with stuff and see how it looks.

I haven't figured out the Guts/Griffith relationship by any means. It is complicated.  :???: I'm reading through the Golden Age for the second time now, so maybe that will help me make more sense of it.

Anyway, happy posting!  :guts:

Character Cove / Re: My piece on Griffith
« on: April 22, 2016, 01:26:42 AM »
Hi DasBouf!  :serpico:

Griffith is a complex character for sure, very ruthless in his ambition. That gets him what he wants most of the time, but when he sleeps with the princess it's his downfall. Aazealh and I had a discussion about Griffith if you care to check it out. I kinda got schooled, but hey, the points he made were good ones that I ended up agreeing with and I thought they were very interesting. Sorry I didn't say so sooner, Aazealh.

His determination for his dream defines his character, but what makes his character dynamic, is the fact that someone was able to break that determination and get truly close to him (Not 100% broken, but as he says, Guts made him forget his dream)
I'm not sure this is what you're saying, but I don't think getting close to Guts broke Griffith's determination. After he formed a bond with Guts Griffith still wanted and actively pursued his dream, he just got to do it with Guts at his side. See that discussion I linked earlier, in it Aazealh brings up that Griffith didn't lose sight of his dream until it was out of his reach, after he was imprisoned and all jacked up.

When I saw how crushed Griffith was at Guts departure, I had to reevaluate the way I saw the character entirely. When I first read the manga, I had this mindset of Griffith's care for Guts as being genuine their relationship, and it's inevitable downfall felt considerably more tragic.
I think Griffith cared about Guts in a very selfish way. This stood out to me most in the battle they had when Guts was leaving and Griffith coldly thinks about how it's a possibility that he might seriously injure or kill Guts in the fight, but then decides he doesn't care if that happens because what matters most to him is keeping possession of Guts, not Guts himself. It's a pretty sad situation. Here Guts is fighting for his freedom from Griffith (at Griffith's insistence) because he wants to go find his own dream and prove he's an equal and worthy of Griffith's definition of a friend and in my opinion Griffith is not even deserving of that much regard from Guts.

I believe in personal responsibility, and I believe it's okay to put faith in a person, but if that person lets you down, you must take at least part of the blame for misplacing your trust.
Guts never let Griffith down, though. He never betrayed Griffith's trust. He even stayed on in the Band of the Falcon after he had already made the decision to leave so he could help to make sure Griffith won the war and got rid of his dangerous opponents in the court. Guts didn't leave until Griffith was in a position where Guts thought he would be OK without him. Griffith's trust in Guts was well founded. He was wrong to think of Guts as a possession and then to implode and do something rash when he was beaten and Guts left.

In all seriousness, what Griffith did is completely unforgivable in my eyes. Especially the rape of Casca. That was done completely out of spite for Guts leaving. I don't hate Griffith supporters or anything, but I've yet to hear one good defense of that horrific action, and I doubt I ever will. I mean sleeping with someones girlfriend is messed up on it's own, doing so forcefully is completely indefensible.
I agree and that's just from the perspective of his betrayal to Guts in this act. It was a terrible thing he did to Guts to rape Casca, but what about Casca herself? Griffith was the person she idolized and looked up to the most. He gave her a sword to defend herself from a rapist when she was a girl and she decided to become a warrior because of that encounter. The very person who had helped empower her became the person who victimized her.  It's even more horrifying because the rape isn't even about Casca, she's just being used as a tool to hurt Guts.

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