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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Halloween Costume 2015
« on: October 14, 2015, 07:31:01 PM »
That is so cute!  :guts: What a great job your wife did on the Schierke costume and Rakshas is cool, too!  :rakshas:

Very cool, Grail!  :guts: So much fun stuff to look at in this picture. I like Zodd in his apostle form costume and Guts there looking over his lines. :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: Salem's Berserk AMVs
« on: October 12, 2015, 07:56:54 PM »
I think you captured the bitter-sweetness of Guts and Casca's relationship, of Guts remembering the person she was and the heartbreaking situation they're currently in with Casca being physically there, yet gone. I also liked how the end seemed to highlight how Guts hasn't given up on her. Your choice of music really fit. Well done, thanks for sharing!  :ubik:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: October 06, 2015, 12:52:39 AM »

The Kingkiller Chronicle series, by Patrick Rothfuss, is going to become a TV series, with a movie and video game deal in the package.

I like the books -- don't love them. They're more interesting to me than any other current fantasy novels. But the prospect of turning any book I like into a movie fills me with dread. Yet the author (of course, the man who stands to benefit from the venture being a success) sounds optimistic, and gave them a hard sell (of course he would!). So.. I dunno, maybe?

That's interesting news. I share the sentiment about film adaptations of books I've enjoyed, though. I thought The Name of the Wind was one of the best books I'd read in a long time, but I didn't feel the same way about The Wise Man's Fear. It's been some years since I read them, but as I recall I just didn't think the second one had the same quality I liked so much in the first. It was like some inspiration had gone out of it. It wasn't bad, but I just didn't think it was as good as the first one. I tried reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things, but had trouble getting into it, so didn't get very far in it at all. I want to go back and give it another try, though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 06, 2015, 12:42:23 AM »
(forced elf/dwarf romance, yuck)
Holy......the more I hear the happier I am I skipped the last two!  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: October 06, 2015, 12:37:13 AM »
But what I truly dread is the slow build up to its release, because the merchandising machine behind this franchise is unlike anything I have ever seen. Seriously, have you been to a Barnes & Nobles or a Target lately? Disney has gone one stop short of choking you as you walk in the store, demanding that you be excited for these movies.  YOU NEED THE KYLO REN MASK! Who's Kylo Re- IT DOESN'T FUCKING MATTER, IT'S STAR WARS SO IT'S FUCKING AWESOME, YA GOT THAT?!

It's exhausting...

Oh yeah, you don't need to even name specific places, because it's literally everywhere. I was even able to buy a brand new Episode VII cup at the 99 cents only store. :ganishka:

Yup, you can't escape it! Brought this to mind:

I am going to watch the entire run of whedons buffy the vampire slayer with my wife.  Boom!
Man, that's a blast from the past! I really liked that show. It was on when I was in high school. My mom actually liked it, too, which surprised me a bit. She would always watch it with me.  :ganishka:

Creation Station / Re: Rage's Berserk artwork
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:54:38 PM »
How cute! You know, this style reminds me of the movie Coraline, which I rewatched recently.
Ha! It kinda does now that you mention it. I was just think of that movie today, oddly enough.

Creation Station / Re: ixupi's Sculptures
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:50:45 PM »
I think it looks pretty cool!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Doodles
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:44:44 PM »
The second attempt is a big improvement over the first. Like Walter said you couldn't have had better timing with this either!  :serpico:

Creation Station / Re: Mogen's sculptures and repaints
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:39:40 PM »
I think it was a pretty smart idea to use that action figure as a base, the scale on it seems like it fits well. It looks good!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Rage's Berserk artwork
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:36:40 PM »
Very cool! I like it!  :serpico:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:30:14 PM »
The Hobbit is one of my all-time favorite books. I saw the first movie and was so grossed out with it that I didn't even bother with the rest. :iva: I wasn't a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies either, so it shouldn't have been a surprise and I guess it wasn't really, but I was still disappointed. Come here Peter Jackson!  :rickert:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: September 24, 2015, 01:32:16 AM »
Wow, what an episode! I liked the way the lighting looks when the flares go off around Rakshas, very theatrical.  :guts: And even though I didn't initially like the thought of a different one, the new mask is pretty darn cool. Thanks, Aazealh and puella for providing the summary!  :serpico:

Speculation Nation / Re: Charlotte, Griffith, and the snowdrop
« on: September 18, 2015, 04:51:01 PM »
First of all, great thread. I kept meaning to respond accordingly, but never found the time. Really cool all the research you put into the origin of that flower. It's certainly not something I would have ever thought to look up.

I think this can be easily resolved by pointing to your later response here:

Perhaps it's folly to try and rate these things, but because Griffith didn't realize how important Guts was to him until after his defeat, I don't think his dream could be second to Guts.
Thanks, I appreciate that!  :serpico:

What I was trying to get at by bringing all those things up about Griffith's feelings for Guts is that even though he doesn't consciously acknowledge them until after the fact, I believe they were there before Guts left, too.

P.S. I was in no way trying to defend Griffith's choice to sacrifice, just wanted to make that clear.

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: September 18, 2015, 02:57:45 PM »
Haha don't tempt me !! But that wouldn't take too long to make.. Why not, in the next few days  :ganishka:
Hey, if it's something you'd like to do and you have time, I'd love to see it!  :ganishka:

Yes, you're right. Probably too much predatory and too much sinister. I will correct that.
I didn't mean that as a bad thing. He is an apostle after all, and a member of the godhand at that. I thought the look was a appropriate.

And your Guts bust looks amazing!  :guts:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Guess the Vol 38 cover game
« on: September 18, 2015, 02:49:08 PM »
Falconia as the background. Griffith, Locus, and Rakshas as large headshots, and in front Rickert, Silat, and the Tapasa in the ruins.  :ubik:

Speculation Nation / Re: Charlotte, Griffith, and the snowdrop
« on: September 18, 2015, 02:46:01 PM »
The dream isn't second to Guts at that point.

I don't understand why you would think that. Guts leaving seems to be all Griffith is really able to think of at this point, despite his best efforts to ehem...distract himself.

Sleeping with Charlotte was a way to reassert himself, to boldly get back on track after that bad episode. And it would have worked, had he not been captured.

Griffith was trying to escape his feelings about Guts leaving by going to see Charlotte, but he didn't succeed. All the while they're doing the deed, Guts leaving keeps popping into his head. Then afterward when Charlotte has fallen asleep he's clearly still tormented. He just can't forget about it or blow it off as easily as I think he may have believed he could. I don't think he even began to understand how much Guts really meant to him until he left.

Griffith is distraught because he had come to rely too much on Guts, not just during battles or to dirtily further his political goals, but also as a kind of mental crutch against his insecurities (Casca tells Guts about this in volume 9). Guts was an ace he knew he could always pull out of his sleeve in case of trouble. Losing that made him doubt. And then of course there's the way it happened, the fact he was utterly vanquished in front of all his lieutenants and what that did to his ego.

I agree that all the things you mentioned here are part of the picture, but I think there's more to Griffith's attachment to Guts than just this. Guts didn't fit Griffith's self proclaimed qualifications of a friend and Griffith may not have wanted Guts to be as important to him as he was or even consciously have admitted it to himself at first, but it's still there. Guts sparks an emotional reaction in Griffith that isn't purely rational and I don't think even he himself understands it. When Griffith is in the dungeon after having endured a long period of time there being tortured, he says that the thought of Guts is the one thing that seems clear to him. Griffith thinks “Only him. Like lightning on a dark night, he rises up within me, blazing. And again and again like a tidal wave, an infinite number of feelings surge upon me. Malice, friendship, jealousy, futility, regret, tenderness, sorrow, pain, many recurring, yearning feelings. That giant swirl of violent emotions in which none are definite but all are implied. That alone is the bond which keeps my conciousness from vanishing amidst the numbness.” This bond he felt with Guts is a very powerful and confusing thing for Griffith. It's intense, hot and cold, but nothing lukewarm about it. During the eclipse, when Guts calls his name Griffith thinks to himself, remembering their earlier days when they were together on the battlefield, “Among thousands of comrades and tens of thousands of're the only one. You're the only one...who made me forget my dream.” That statement is huge. He realizes that his bond with Guts actually meant more to him than his seemingly all important dream. When Casca was angry at Guts for leaving and she was yelling at him while they're fighting she says “You made Griffith weak!! He's no...Griffith' good without you!!!” I think Griffith realizes this, too, during the eclipse and he doesn't want it to be that way. He doesn't want to feel the way he does about Guts because he sees it as a weakness, which led him astray from his goal and caused his downfall. He wants to be rid of all his pain and weakness, to be free of it and able to pursue his dream again, so he chooses to sacrifice.

Creation Station / Re: The Legendary Mercenary
« on: September 16, 2015, 06:17:33 PM »
That's great! :ganishka: You're a talented artist/doodler, Rezin!

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: September 16, 2015, 06:14:40 PM »
The Tapasa looks great! Now can you make one that's smiling? Just joking.  :slan: Also I think you managed to make Griffith look quite predatory and sinister. Wonderful job!  :ubik:

Speculation Nation / Re: Charlotte, Griffith, and the snowdrop
« on: September 16, 2015, 06:08:10 PM »
Only thing that comes to my head while reading snowdrop scenes - Griffith jumping out of the window to pick a flower, then climbing up on the tree, then leaving again, with nothing but a "YOLO" on his mind, and guards watching him with WTF from behind the hedge.
Picturing that gave me a chuckle.

Another possiblity that I somehow neglected to think of before was the purpose of the snowdrop as a message Griffith is sending to Charlotte. Upon finding the snowdrop and the other half of the lodestone charm pair that she had given Griffith, Charlotte at first looks like she's pondering it. Of course this may just be her wondering what it was that she found beside her, but perhaps she sees some meaning in it, like “hope that Griffith will return”, just as the lodestone has been returned to its other half with the snowdrop standing for “hope” or “hope that we will be together again”. Something like that, anyway. Seems like at least a possibilty that Charlotte did see such a meaning judging by her expressions and how pleased she looks by it.

I hope I haven't given the impression that I think these events are all romantic and nice or something. I mean, perhaps it could be seen that way to some degree, if there was any reason to believe that Griffith harbored feelings for Charlotte beyond that of “stepping stone to my dream”, which I believe is all he sees her as. I think Griffith, being the manipulative and opportunistic person he is, took advantage of how sheltered and naďve Charlotte is and also took advantage of her feelings for him. After she impetuously throws herself at him, telling him about how she has felt and that she wished he had come to see her sooner, showing her vulnerability and affection for him, he sees his chance. He gets that weird focused look and goes into operation “bed the princess” mode. In his desperation after losing Guts, he seeks to draw closer to the second most valued thing to him, his dream of becoming king and of course Charlotte is the key to that. She is no more to him than another means to an end and he's just playing on her heart strings in an attempt to get what he wants.

Creation Station / Re: The Legendary Mercenary
« on: September 12, 2015, 02:37:02 AM »
Facial hair for everyone!
:ganishka: Awesomeness!!!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Got a new phone case!
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:43:17 PM »
Pretty sweet!  :serpico:

Character Cove / Re: Ubik and the Garden of Earthly Delights
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:41:37 PM »
Interesting, Arvin!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: The Legendary Mercenary
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:37:56 PM »

...or in his case eye singular.

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