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Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:03:20 PM »
Good God tekkman that would be the shittiest thing ever if casca still wanted to help Griffith achieve his selfish dream and wanted to validate the Hawks deaths by helping him out. What do you think that the brutal savage way he murdered the Hawks will have no bearing on Casca? That she thought so little of them as people she would try to salvage their miserable death by the very man that betrayed by trying to help said man with his dreams. If you honestly think this than you are grossly misjudging casca as a character. Casca cared for the Hawks very deeply, she may not have consciously thought of them this way but she cared for them like surrogate family. I would honestly be very shocked if casca was not vengeful toward     Griffith for what he did to them for his own benefit after all they did to stand by him. And also...Griffith fucking raped her? Casca needs to hate Griffith for everything he has done to her. It certainly wouldn't be boring if she did.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Will Casca return to Griffith?
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:19:58 AM »
I truly hope that casca won't resent Guts in any way. He has been through too much as it is.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:48:36 AM »
I'm blown away! I am literally speechless right now, I was squirming in my seat like a little kid going through this. I honestly have not been this excited about something in a very long time. I was so excited that I had to go back and look over the episode two or three more times because in my excitement I was missing details.

 My goodness that last panel with the close up of Casca's face with that lucid expression on it...I've missed sane Casca's character design for her face, how she always had such a decided expression on her face, I just saw it. It's almost weird seeing her look like that with her long hair, it almost seems misplaced on Casca with long hair because I have grown so accustomed to her vapid wide eyed childish facial expressions with that physical feature.

I'm not sure how I feel about the rape thing, I honestly thought it was going to be longer but I guess not getting into too many graphic details on it is for the best. I like that schirke had the intutition to realize that something additional needed to be done before throwing the last memory fragment into the doll like the others and the tie in to what skull Knight said linked to this. And what a nice character moment for Farnese to give that last speech to the sprite and showing empathy for Casca's trauma. It was a great moment of understanding on her part because back on the boat Farnese lost her patients with Casca and lashed out at her a bit due her frustration of how Casca was acting. But now Farnese has seen first hand why she became infantile and sympathized with her, I feel it all came full circle in this moment and honestly it was beautiful. I hope that to those who have hated on Casca for going insane can finally appreciate the magnitude that the eclipse and her rape had on her and that it wasn't some any person regardless of how tough they are could just "get over it"without outside help.

But best of all in the end it was Casca's choice to come back to her self and it wasn't forced on her. I was kind of worried that how this would play out.






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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Coolest moment in ALL of Berserk ?
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:43:43 PM »
I will always enjoy the moment Griffith confronts The Queen of midland and the nobles from the base of the tower while it burns as he tells her off and gloats. It is one of Griffith's most calculating and coldest moments that he just gave zero fucks about her status as the most powerful woman in the kingdom being the Queen and engineered her demise regardless of that. When he takes down his hair and and looks up at the tower I was amazed.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 04:58:12 PM »
I am glad that Guts had his little heart to heart with the men in his group. It was sobering to see Guts think about Skull Knights warning about Casca. I was sort of like "yeah...yeah, there is that to deal with possibly." Which makes me wonder about the demonic looking figures in Casca's dream. Does Casca have control over them? Dannan said that Casca makes the rules in her own dream. I assumed they were just symbolic/literal manifestations of the attack she and the falcons endured during the eclipse and the multiple attacks Guts and her expereinced before Guts allowed the group to join him. But could the winded creatures attacking the group also represent Caca's feelings of not wanting to be restored? I think Aaz speculated that the Guts dog might also represent that part of Casca that wants to still fight for her former self. That would indicate some serious mixed feelings on Casca's part about what is going inside her head. I just find it interesting that Miura had Guts think of Skull Knights warning to remind us the reader of it, it kind of puts what we have seen so far into a new percpective. Another thing I was wondering, is there any chance do you think that Farnese and Schierke could be shown Casca's former feelings for Griffith?


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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 85
« on: April 12, 2017, 01:01:06 AM »
Great podcast you guys!  :casca:  :ubik: That small little tangent you guys went on about how Guts might react if he were allowed to be present with Farnese and Schierke had me going. How he would kill the Guts dog,(this is funny beyond all measure for some reason) and him ripping the coffin open and shaking the Casca doll "Ge-Get-GET BACK!" I could almost see Miura pulling off some pretty dark humor in a scenario like that. Like I think it was Griff or Walter that mentioned that she would evaporate into dust, but I think it would be funny if her head just fell off and rolled away and Guts freaks and goes chasing after it. LMAO! I was on my commute to class listening to the podcast and I laughed out loud at that part. Like I can honestly see Guts and Guts dog having a knee-jerk reaction to each other and going at it. Farnese and Schierke would be like:  :farnese:  :schierke: Also it would be interesting to see how Guts would take it if he saw that Casca's inner perception of him is that of a dog.  :rickert:

In all seriousness though an interesting point was brought up that i have always wondered, that is there a possibility that some aspect of her "self" would be just gone or damaged. Like that of her warrior spirit. I think that this is something to be considered because Guts fell in love with the warrior that Casca was. And Casca gives all credit for who she was able to become to Griffith. It is a strange thing to consider that the aspect of Casca's old persona her warrior side was created by Griffith--or at least I think that is how Casca is going to feel about it. Maybe that aspect of herself just won't be able to be put back into her. I think it could create some very interesting character drama for both Guts and Casca that even with her healed and lucid she is not the tough warrior woman she once was, and if that would affect how he feels. I've always thought it was a given that Casca would return as the Amazon she used to be but Miura has subverted my exceptions in so many awe-inspiring ways, do you think it would be a possibility that he might have Casca evolve into something other than a warrior post healing? Personally I want warrior Casca back (even though it would take time) but if Miura had something else in mind for her I would be intrigued on where he could take her. Or maybe Casca reclaiming her warrior spirit independent of Griffith would be her character arc that she would have to do on her own and not something Farnese and Schierke can just back into her. I persoanlly found Casca kinda down on her self in Gold Age arc (she didn't give herself enough credit for her accomplishments).

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When I read the manga I pretty much hear a variation of my own imagined voice for Guts and Casca mixed with the voices they had from original 97 anime in Japanese...expect that they are speaking English instead of Japanese (the sound and rhythm of their voices mostly), though for Guts he has a bit more of guttural/gravel quality to his voice, especially post eclipse.

Casca I was really taken with her voice in the original 97 anime in the Japanese tract, to me it was perfect  it just really captured what I felt she should sound like. But I imagine her voice to but slightly less bitchy and shrill (when pissed off) sounding and poised/dignified when she is speaking normally, even when she is in full commander mode in my head I hear her as down to earth and feminine but also firm and authoritative. I liked the English dub voice for her OK, but when she was trying to sound tough or commanding she came off...I don't know what the word for it is, but too abrasive...I guess...also I always hear them speak with an American accent. When Casca is making her intelligible sounds in her current state  I deliberately tone it down in my head so it's less infantile sounding. Hearing her articulate the deranged baby sounds she makes in the the last movie and the the new anime made me cringe so hard.

It is funny for Schierke I imagine her having a very soft calm voice that has a squeak to it occasionally, kind of like Sweetie Bell on MLP:farnese:

As far as hearing different accents in my head for other characters, the only ones I get a different accent for while reading their lines is Azan and Farnese. Azan is the one I imagine for some reason as having a sort of thick Scottish brogue for some reason. And Farnese I can't help but hear her with a refined almost posh sounding British accent.

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Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:13:58 PM »
holy crap that is sick!  :isidro:  :guts: What you have going on here is very good. Maybe one day I will learn animation techniques. I personally  think you should go with 2d animation using both manual and digital drawing/coloring.

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Speculation Nation / Re: What do you think will happen after Elfhelm?
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:11:26 PM »
  I'm really anxious as to what will happen with Casca. I can't help but believe that this whole trip to Elfhelm is going to work out for Casca, but I don't think it's going to go how Guts wants it to go down. Do you think she'll stay in Elfhelm? Do you think she'll join Guts on a seemingly impossible mission?

I'm more concerned about how Casca and Guts will get along post healing. It really depends on how much Casca can process what has transpired since she lost it. I can only imagine that things are going to progress at more rapid pace than maybe Casca can reasonably handle.

"So yeah--that Griffith guy you admired so much totally fucked us all over, Griffith betrayed the Falcons and used their blood sacrifice to restore his body even though we tried extra hard to save him--also he is now going to take over the world! Remember how he sicced a bunch demonic rape happy cannibalistic creatures on us? Well he's doing that on a global scale now.  We need to go together to kill Griffith who is now a literal monster! And there is a bit of a time factor here because this island we are on right now time passes more slowly than on the outside world and if we stick around any longer we will be severed from the outside world and we will miss our chance to stop Griffith. Oh these people? These are my new friends/family they have kept me sane-ish since you lost your mind. We gotta leave pretty soon if we  are going to kill Griffith, so chop chop let's get a move on."

I'm obviously being very tongue-in-cheek here as in Guts would never say anything like that or throw her to the wolves so to speak, but I do believe all the things I mentioned will be very overwhelming for Casca and Guts may not get the immediate response he is looking from Casca which could also frustrate him, and I can even see him misinterpreting her reactions. The sensitive time factor I think will be the thing that will put strain on things running smoothly between them. Casca may want some time to adjust or think/reflect before she moves forward (not refusing, but hey I need time to process this, hang on a second) and I can see Guts  wondering "what is there too think about he killed everyone--now we kill him." And getting frustrated, maybe even Guts beast will come out a bit.

I don't see Casca utterly refusing to deal with Griffith, what he did was depraved and I like to think she would not let his betrayal of her comrades pass without some kind of retaliation--not to mention what he did to her. But I do think Casca will be in a state of some kind of shock on fully processing the gavity of it, and I'm sorry I don't think it's going to be quick processing. I also don't see her choosing to stay on the island (especially if she knows she'll be severed permanently from Guts and the rest of the world by possibly centuries) but I don't see wanting to leave the island the next day after she is restored unless she is forced to. But...at the same time that warning we got about the nature of the flow of skelling/Elfhelm in relation to the rest of the world and how anyone who stays on there too long is basically lost, just held too much foreboding for it not to be something to worry about.  :???:

Several things need to fall into place for things to go well for Guts, but the top two in regard to Casca is her agreement  to leave the island and confront Femto. He needs Casca to not be resentful or angry at him and for some civility (or some of her earlier love and affection) to exist between.

I've heard all kinds of crap of Slan possibly being selfish enough to say screw the Godhand the Idea of Evil pulls me to follow my own ends in lust for Guts...

I have never heard this speculated before personally. But I say that I think Slan is in no danger of screwing over the God Hand especially not for any lust she may feel for Guts. Slan in the best position she can be in where she is right now along side the Godhand, she won't mess with that I'm sure of it.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Elfhelm: the stage for the next great tragedy
« on: January 08, 2017, 03:26:02 AM »
The Awful Truth I don't think anything can be said to change your mind that Casca is destined to betray Guts since you seem to be very biased against her. I do believe she will not be turned into an apostle though. If anything that stupid is ever done to her I will drop the manga quick. But I honestly don't think Miura is planning to have Casca turn into an apostle and stab Guts in the back. My biggest hope is that when Casca  comes back that she will will be vindicated and fans like you will stop speculating that she will turn traitor.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: January 07, 2017, 11:52:32 PM »
I look forward to seeing Sing even though it has been out for a while. It just looks really cute.

I'm also looking forward to to seeing Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast. It is one of my favorite animated disney movies and I am curious to see what they do in a live action interpretation of it.

i'm especially looking forward to see Wonder Woman. I can't wait for this one.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Elfhelm: the stage for the next great tragedy
« on: January 02, 2017, 06:22:21 AM »
The awful truth I think you are barking up the wrong tree on this. I don't know where to start. You keep mentioning guts did a lot of bad things to casca but he has done a lot of good things for her as well. Do you think none of that will have any bearing on casca? My hope is that casca will be able to objectively evaluate the things that occurred to her after she gets her mind back. And Farnese is not a bitch, she won't call casca an ungrateful bitch regardless on whether or not she has feelings for guts and idolises him. Farnese has supported casca this whole time why would that stop?

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Character Cove / Re: Guts and Silat
« on: November 16, 2016, 01:51:40 AM »
I really appreciated how Miura managed Silat's character development. From Rakshas' words we can understand that before his encounter with Guts he was overconfident and very spoiled, being the son of the Barkilaka's leader. But now he seems a lot more mature and cool headed than before, and as a Barkilaka he's suspicious and wary enough to see through Griffith's facade, i think he and the tapasa will play an important role in the last section of the story.

I think that is what is most interesting to me while watching Silat evolve through the story. In his most recent appearance with Rickert he said referred to Guts as some one who humbled him, and that he was almost grateful for that because his encounter with him made him pull his head out of his ass and mature and focus on becoming better. I think it is a neat character insight that Silat saw this flaw in himself and instead of becoming a revenge obsessed dude fighting to avenge his honor he self aware enough to get his act together instead. Seriously if after Berserk is over Miura ever considers doing a spin-off manga series based around Silat and the Barkilaka, I would definitely read it.


I love it when Guts gets on his nerves too;
Much like Semi-Apostle Mozgus or Adon calling their attacks in a "goofy" way, "typical shonen" style; Silat with his "It's not even my final form" weapons switching upgrades and gloating instead of attacking, also look like he is from another manga, but IMHO it works perfectly.

Guts getting on Silat's nerves was candy and I love how Miura pokes fun at typical shonen tropes like you said. That really get annoying after awhile.

 
Guts definitely acknowledged Silat's skill ( calling him very fast ) or at least hinted at it, its just that Guts has grown up in a totally different warrior culture where use of legs ( in an otherwise sword vs sword

Maybe Guts was being a tad racist here. LOL  :magni:


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Character Cove / Guts and Silat
« on: November 06, 2016, 04:08:20 PM »
I was going through my books looking for specific scenes with Silat because I just find Silat to be a delight to enjoy (seriously who doesn't find this exotic character awesome), and I came across his first meeting with Guts and all their interactions in the Golden Age. And oh my God! I forgotten how much I enjoyed Guts and Silat's scenes! What I find it interesting about how these two interact is how Guts treats Silat. Silat is no one to sneeze at. He is dignified and poised and looks like a walking blade. Yet Guts treats him worse than he even treated Adon. Some how I find that absolutely hilarious! ADon was an ass clown. A walking joke, and I'm not saying Guts gave Adon ANY respect. But I would argue he treated Silat as more of a waste of his time than Adon. He makes fun of him and treats him like he is court jester or something. The fact that Silat is exotic is something Guts comments on. I loved how where any one else would be shitting themselves looking at Silat perform his flashy moves, Guts just seems perplexed and very unimpressed, and I think he likens him to a court jester or something. His reaction to Silat's fighting style is a "what the hell..." reaction. And then he just humiliates him.

My favorite thing Guts does to Silat is when he throws these flying discs at him (I forgot the name of these) Judo is all like "watch out!" and Guts just catches them. I love that silly grin Guts has on his face when he fllngs them away, Like it's just a game. I think that is probably one of my favorite non serious Guts moments. It's an aspect of his personalty I feel does not get much attention and definitely no one has ever bothered to translate to the visual media. No he is just a brooding Batman clone in these. No lighter side to him.

Silat has changed since meeting Guts and I like how his humiliating encounter with him has had such an impact on him. Silat is awseome and Guts has not left his mind. I sometimes wonder if Guts ever gives Silat a second thought even though he has seen him from a far from time to time in the story. 

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Character Cove / Re: POLL: Vote for Your 2 Favorite Characters
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:59:58 PM »
I know this seems pretty traditional, but by far Guts and Casca are my two most favorite characters in this series. Even with all the other array of characters that have been introduced throughout the story, I still find Guts and Casca as my two most favorite characters in the series. They stand on their own story wise individually and as a set. Too me I feel they are the most interesting down to earth and relateable characters  in the Berserk world There is just something very primal about these two that I love.

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I always wondered how Guts might have fared in his little rematch with Griffith had he not been still wounded by their first encounter. But seeing how Griffith owned him in the blink of an eye, maybe him more hale may not have made a difference in that situation...God, even all that has happened I miss Guts and Griffith's old friendship...

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: October 14, 2016, 08:05:52 PM »
You know normally I would be a bit sad that we are going on Hiatus but for some reason I am slightly relieved we are. I don't know if Miura has control of when the episodes are put out but i feel that this break came in just the right time (for me personally) and was well timed. I don't know how to explain this but you know when you have been anticipating something for a long time and you have this buildup of excitement/tension/expectation inside you that you think you might burst if you don't take a breather for a moment to fully appreciate it? 'That's how I feel right now. I think I was getting close to sensory over load by finally arriving at an event that has  been in the works for what seems like forever.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:45:26 PM »
I don't think these pictures show it to be an actual place. The girls are just laying down on some pads while the ritual takes place, but it's Danan who makes it all happen. Maybe that specific place in the tree is a key component to the ritual, but if so it hasn't been revealed yet.

I am curious to know why Farnese and Schierke are being involved, does this mean The Sovereign of the Flower Storm would not be able to do the corridor of dreams with out the help of a witch, or is their inclusion some how unique for Casca's special circumstances? I am super excited to find out the reasons behind this development.  :ubik:

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Guts felt like the natural choice given their history together, but in a way it's more interesting to have other people do it. They will be exposed to Casca's inner mind, see new things about her and Guts' past (which may eventually help Farnese to move on), and it could lay the foundation for them forging a stronger bond afterwards...

I wonder if while in Casca's mind they will bear witness to Casca's original devotion and feelings for Griffith and how they will react to this. Griffith used to be a big part of Casca's life and I'm sure that it will be touched on inside her head. Will this cause an averse reaction/tension or will it be the beginning of deeper understanding. Maybe Miura has a specific plot thread in mind for having Farnese and Schierke being the ones to go fetch Casca. Casca has never had close relationship with other females, I would love if Miura addressed this. I also wonder if they will witness her rape during the eclipse and come to an understanding of what drove Casca insane and what a terrible pain it was for her to be violated in front of the man she loved by a person she felt basically "made" her. Maybe that is why Farnese will be involved because she could show her that there is life after having what you believe in shattered. I also wonder if this will be where Farnese will get a intimate firsthand understanding of Casca's love for Guts, and that she does cherish him deeply. I strongly believe that if Farnese believes that Guts's devotion to Casca is returned that she will make peace with her own feelings on the matter, which I feel is partly due to Farnese believing that Casca is a lost cause and has no feelings toward Guts...in that vein, I wonder if Guts assaulting Casca will be shown so that Farnese will understand why Casca has been cold toward him.


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Another way to look at it is that Guts might be too close to Casca's trauma for him to be involved. He already has trouble with his own feelings. Having more neutral third parties take care of it could be for the best in that regard. Not to mention that given the nature of Casca's trauma (and her current adverse reaction to men in general), sending females inside her mind seems like the more sensitive approach. Lastly, from a storytelling perspective, Guts not getting to see Casca's inner mind first hand is probably more compelling for future developments.

What will they find there? How will they interpret it? How will they get her to "come back"? How will she feel towards Guts afterwards? It's all going to be huge.

The thing about this that I'm a little disappointed about Guts not being involved is that I envisioned Guts and Casca coming together in a beautiful celebration of their love and share the intimacy of her healing together...but who knows maybe her healing will be multi-stepped and Guts will play a different role in her restoration when she gains her faculties and she and him can actually talk to each other. Either way I am so excited that this is finally going down. And the group has been on the island for what, like a day so far?


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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:50:48 PM »
more episodes in the early part of 2017 is not a long wait at all. In fact that is much shorter than I expected. What ever time Miura needs to keep wowing us.  :guts: :serpico:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 21, 2016, 04:16:15 AM »
wow, this is amazing! Miura is just hitting the ground running. i did not think that it would happen so fast. I'm a tad sad this won't be between Casca and Guts, at least from what is shown here. But it is interesting that the two people with feelings for guts is going to help Casca. I was not keen on this idea at first but maybe this could be a great way for all of them to become closer, like sisters. Casca has never had a female friend and I think she would adore Schierke and Farnese!  :casca:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Elfhelm: the stage for the next great tragedy
« on: September 17, 2016, 05:13:55 AM »
I'm a little disturbed by how some think Casca will be the cause of the next tragedy on elf helm though some kind of betrayal like using the beherit to sacrifice someone. Hasn't it been touched on a sacrifice can't be sacrificed twice? Or try to sacrifice some one else? Also I really would be upset if Casca post healing would have such a weak character as to even resort to using the beherit. The thing ruined her life and she witnessed everyone she cared about killed because of the Godhand. I don't think she would resort to using one herself.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 17, 2016, 05:03:47 AM »
The anime did include the bit with Farnese attending her first witch-burning as a child, which was covered in the Conviction arc. It just...wasn't done well. Like most everything else in the show. They didn't include any of Farnese's narration for it; they just showed a bunch of weird imagery of her throwing torches onto a fire without any context in a scene that lasted a little over 30 seconds.

thats what I meant,it was shown at the end of one of the episodes but was not executed coherently. I do accept that my memory of when things happened is getting blurred, but that scene with Farnese and the witch burning was so cropped, I don't see how anyone would know whats going on without prior knowledge. Which the one of the major issues with this anime.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Friend wants to know where to read the berserk manga
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:52:47 AM »
I was one of those misguided folks who began with internet scanlations since I scoured my area and saw that it was very elusive to get a hold of. Then I got lucky and found a way of buying volumes online. Actually I think this very site has a link to buy the berserk volumes legit for a reasonable price. You really owe  your self to get the proper translations with a series like Berserk. When I got a hold the volumes and re-read the areas I had read online, I was amazed at how much different it was. It was like night and day. Characters made better sense or came off more sympathetically.

The online scans are notorious for giving off wrong impressions of situations  and the motivations of a characters in any given exchange, really confusing the hell out of subtext. One dead ringer give away of someone who did not bother to buy the manga and instead read the wildly inaccurate online translations is when someone goes off half cocked saying that Farnese called Casca a "cunning bitch" in the infamous bath scene on the boat. For some reason I have seen this mistranslations and confusion of what was said pop up more than a lot of other mistranslated confusion. That was not what Farnese said to Casca at all, she does not even come close to insulting Casca like that. It's a real betrayal of Farnese's character and her feelings toward her current situation.

So yeah, bottom line you and your friend would be better off just buying the official volumes. There are cheap options out there.

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Character Cove / Re: Guts and Corkus's relationship/interactions
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:26:57 AM »
I was always amazed by Corkus and Guts. I would almost say that Guts rather liked Corkus. I think that deep down Guts valued Corkus's opinions and maybe even agreed with them a little. Corks was so hostile with Guts I was shocked he never got punched in the face, but guts just listened to him. One bit that stood out to me was when Corkus went off on Guts and basically called him a dumb jock when Guts was complaining about guarding the nobles fox hunt. I think this scene is the closest I have ever seen Guts get even remotely irked at Corkus tearing into him. But I also took it that he was mostly irked by being told he did not appreciate the honor he was being given rather than holding it against Corkus. Guts got more riled over Casca's criticism of him which surprised me because their criticism seemed similar a lot of the time.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:13:02 AM »
you know in the end I think Luka was the only thing that I really liked about this new anime series adaption. She is a wonderful character and I feel her character portrayal was handled well and I liked her voice. Her actress actually bothered to act out her her lines. I feel like she was the hidden gem in this whole mess, but I think that stems from Miura writing Luka is a rather straightforward way in the manga that I feel she was mostly spared from being woefully mishandled. Could her character been handled better? Yeah, I think so, but from what we got from her I actually enjoyed. Actually, I enjoyed Isidro and Puck the most besides Luka as far as their banter and comedic asides were concerned.

Everything else I merely tolerated or outright hated. So much lost opportunity I wanted to weep, or kick someone in the face. The best stuff in this arc were either skipped over or emptied of any depth. I hated the way Farnese, Guts, Casca, Serpico, Skull Knight, Zodd and Mozgus, and his torturers were portrayed. Especially their voice acting. i don't think I have ever come across an anime were I thought the voice acting was lame or hollow. Japanese voice actors are usually phenomenal in their performances. I'm usually deeply impressed and pulled in to their emotional performances. Most of them are top notch and even when I feel that they do not sound like how I think they should have sounded in the manga in my head, most of them can deliver! I have actually wondered if i am just being overly harsh on them because of my bias, but really no, I have genuinely not cared for the vocal performances of Serpico, Farnese, Casca, and especially Guts.

They messed up the biggest emotional pay off of the tension for guts in this whole arc. The moment he finally embraces Casca and she tentatively grips him back. Casca does not let men grab her like that  in her state, and she was agitated by getting manhandled by an angry mob and nearly burned and then seeing things that reminded her of the eclipse, that it was an important emotional moment she allowed Guts to do that. It was supposed to be the pay off  for Guts after being so close to her several times and having her ripped away from him by all the crazy events going on around them. That was so powerful in the manga that I got goose bumps when it happened. This part fell flat.

Correct me if I'm wrong but i think they also cut out pieces of Farnese's childhood that explained why she was such a zealot and Serpico's past with his mother and burning her?


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