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Speculation Nation / Tidbits about the Gaeseric era.
« on: December 12, 2016, 08:52:36 PM »
Some interesting speculation about the first sacrifice and Gaeserics era in general

According to legend, Void was in Albion, or what is now Albion during the first Eclipse when he summoned "God", despite the fact that his victims in the capital city were many miles away, this is unusual since in all other instances, sacrifices and behirit wielders were always near one another when the beherit activates, if a gate were made to accommodate Void and his victims it must have been enormous, nation sized even, and what exactly did he summon if the is the first God Hand? did the IOE itself manifest?.

The sacrifice victims don't show any signs of death by apostles, most of them look like they died from the earthquakes, or falling debris, unlike other victims, the brands are not engraved on random parts of the body, all of them appear on the victims foreheads, could this mean the brands were administered differently then the other four times.

Was Gaeseric himself branded?, I know I might get flack for asking that, but it seems unlikely anyone but Guts could endure the physical stresses of being pursued endlessly by zombies, though the official history states Gaeseric died, it's likely that he did survive, since his body was destroyed by the armour approximately 700 years later. However Flora describes him as a fellow sufferer? does she mean that literally, or that both of them have had their lives destroyed by the God hand?

The flashback images from 1000 years ago show no examples of astral life, it is described as a warring age before Gaeseric enters the stage of history, but no astral monsters, despite Gedfring alluding to an ancient chaos, was the astral world originally intertwined with the physical world? and is this fact something that was omitted from known history?

Four or Five angels, I honestly don't know what to make of this one, if it were four original God Hand members it could fix the 250 year continuity error in Berserk, since the God Hand cycle lasts for 850 years and not 1000, (Void is born on year 0 not 250). It might be the Four kings of the world, as others have suggested, or it might be the antithesis of the god hand, a God Hand from heaven and not Hell, though that sounds ridiculous.

Dark Magic: I know this isn't what I thought up, but since the idea has been thrown around in the podcasts I'll mention it here, the idea that a darker form of blood magic existed in ancient times as well, the wicker man was described as forbidden magic, and the witches of Elfhelm don't look the type to entrap dead souls inside burning effigies. Void, seems the only character in Berserk that uses sacrificial blood magic (I know Daiba uses similar magic, but he is just trying to imitate an already existing and more advanced form of dark magic by creating his man made Beherit) , his appearance implies it too, his black robe is fitting for a dark wizard, and he is referred to as a Sage by Mozgus, since in known history has a Holy See bias, and Void in this legend is characterized as the hero that summoned God to punish the hedonistic Gaeseric, it's obvious that if he were a dark warlock history would ommit that fact.

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It's true that according to the lost *episode, (Sorry Walter don't ban me) , the IOE does not predate humanity, it was bought into existence by man. I believe in a theory that the IOE was created during the events that birthed the first God Hand 1000 years ago, since as far as we know, there was no interference from the IOE before then, apostles for example did not exist before the God Hand cycle, the evidence being that all of the corpses of the first eclipse don't show any signs of being torn apart, they were clearly not eaten alive like Femto's victims.

IOEs purpose is to give meaning to suffering, I think the way to defeat it is to rob it of its purpose, if mankind was no longer concerned with giving meaning to their suffering, then the IOE can no longer justify its existence. The question is though how to achieve it, though it is not a lofty goal considering the dramatic changes occurring on a world wide scale in Berserk.

Also the vortex of souls, is described as a place where evil souls dwell, but it is also described as a place that contains humanities dark emotions, so in a way a facet of every humans darker side probably exists there already. Bear in mind the astral world is also described as a place created by collective will, and where dead souls exist.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 31, 2016, 11:03:10 PM »
Some of the bosses models look amazing, but Ganiskha looks really bad, he looks like he's come out of a ps2 game.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: October 31, 2016, 10:57:37 PM »
I don't think there is one, if an entity that could be described as God exists, man has not discovered him, nor does man know its will. I side with the fedora tippers on this one.  :troll: Apparently this emoticon is a troll, I always thought it was a dinosaur.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 16, 2016, 02:29:32 PM »
Void: Bending time and space
Ubik: Peer through time and space
Conrad: Reshape the earth* (probably not the best word. It refers to him raising the altar, and growing from the faces at the Eclipse.)
Slan: Use wings as both offense and defense (fucking seriously, that's all they could come up with?)
Femto: They use four kanji that reference grabbing something from a distance, akin to telekinesis ... which isn't completely accurate for how his power works

Kek, I always assumed that they all have the same powers, we only ever see the tip of the iceberg in terms of their full capabilities anyway, but they're writing about the powers we have seen each of the God Hand them use as if they're the signature ability of each character.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 15, 2016, 08:06:58 PM »
Looks as bad as the Fist of the North Star games, all of the action and intensity of the boss fights dumbed down to two Charactera spamming attacks at each other until own dies.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 12, 2016, 06:56:52 PM »
They're really reaching trying to make canon scantily clad Casca costumes, just bite the bullet and make Slan or Rosine playable if they care about nudity so much. I like the Schierke golem costume , but they're outright teasing us with that beast horse :badbone:. They will probably make Skull Knight a DLC character.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 01, 2016, 04:43:27 PM »
Well Serpico survived twice against Guts you know...  :ganishka:
Yeah, but he cheated.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 01, 2016, 01:55:04 PM »
Fucking hell this is abysmal. Schierke has the same mental strength as Guts? so if need be, Schierke could cut her arm off? And Serpico is more agile than Silat, the man who can catch arrows in mid flight and survived a fight with Guts is more agile than Serpico.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 29, 2016, 11:44:53 AM »
Femto gameplay trailer. :femto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y20uEqWaOnA

I think this is the first character that is weaker than their manga version.  :femto: he doesn't look too healthy when he's flying either.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:36:22 PM »
Not the voice that springs to mind when I read his speech bubbles. I would have picked something more like the Uruk hai from LOTR.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:12:20 PM »
Thank you Kaladin as well as Bludfyr.

Very interesting as previously said, yet also still very mysterious. It's pretty obviously a horse dragging the coffin around, and the imagery makes it clear the coffin bearing the Band of the Falcon's crest contains Casca's broken ego, or at least a portion of it. Very curious what the ghostly robed figures are/represent as well. Is it the rags on poles that morph into these? Man, that suspense... Also very intrigued by that child-like figure. It's not the boy, it's yet another representation of Casca, and I think it's one that's hiding itself. It's "the thing in the Abyss of Casca", as the text says.

Interesting, I wondered too wether it was a dog or a horse, the way the animals legs are spread out in the left hand image with its mouth open, and its long chest made me lean towards dog. The inner Casca, makes me wonder about what Danan said about the rules of Cascas dream realm, and what method will be used to put Casca together again so to speak.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 26, 2016, 10:17:18 AM »
Is that last image a preview of something we are going to see in the Corridor of Dreams?!  Looks like it could be our first glimpse into Casca's mind.   :isidro:

There are some other pages too I'd like to describe for anyone interested. I don't know if anyone has posted these yet.

There are some other panels, two depict a gaunt and exhausted dog dragging by a chain around its neck a coffin encrusted with the Falcon symbol, another panel depicts the dog being attacked by four cloaked beings with what looks like spears. Another panel of the inside of the coffin shows what I assume is Casca with pieces of her missing, kind of like Griffiths appearance in the IOE chapter, with the brand in the middle of her chest, with cracks seeping out of it, the texture kind of implies it's meant to be a doll, I'm not too sure. Two other panels show what could either be Casca in her current form or the moonlight boy. And there is a full page of Guts' crew at the banquet messing around, with a downtrodden Magnicio cleaning up. The last panel shows Guts watching in the distance with a stern look on his face. 

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 22, 2016, 11:05:05 PM »
This in my opinion  is one of the funniest episodes in a while, lots of hilarious moments like the meta stuff like Guts' memorable speech from conviction being used in Farneses dream; Danan evicerating Magnifico's nonsensical plans and scaring off Puck with the responsibility of ruling a kingdom, and revealing the worst punishment in Elfhelm to be community service.

Also  Casca's dreamscape taking the form of kids drawings made one of the strangest pages in Berserk, I don't think Miura has ever messed with the art like that before, I'd like it if he went down this route of messing around with his established art style again though.

Regarding the ominous last page, it's obvious what it represents, but I wonder if the rift in the clouds is meant to convey the Beast of Darkness?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:18:42 AM »
Thanks for the translations Azealh, I didn't expect the corridor of dreams to be an actual place, instersting designs for those new rooms. I would have really liked to have seen Guts regain Cascas mind himself since they both have a shared trauma, but if Schierke and Farnese do enter Cascas nightmares, or her old memories, this may be a good way for them to learn who Casca is and what drove her mad, especially since this question came up before; And they both have the hots for Guts.

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Speculation Nation / Re: Elfhelm: the stage for the next great tragedy
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:47:15 PM »
I don't believe there are any large tradgic twists due for Elfhelm, the Eclipse sometimes paints the themes of the series in the wrong light, Berserk isn't constant tragedy and suffering (just a lot of it  :guts:).

I don't believe Casca will use the Beirut for two reasons
1) Guts is Griffiths sacrifice, and sacrifices cannot be branded twice, since you can only sacrifice what is most important to you, and the only two candidates that fit the bill for Casca are off limits, Casca has nothing to sacrifice.

2) Cascas mind was restored in a game written by Miura, in that she doesn't react with hatred or insanity towards Guts, I know it's reaching to use a forgotten game from the nineties as evidence for what will happen now, Miura is the type to foreshadow things long in advance, so I think this is an indication that Casca will not lose her mind upon regaining her sanity.

I can imagine the God Hand invading Elfhelm, and I honestly don't think Griffith is suited to the task, however I'm not sure how the God Hand will accomplish this, as far as we know they are still relegated to only appearing in habitats of immense darkness, how they will manage to manifest in happy Elf land is anyone's guess.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 08, 2016, 07:51:29 AM »
I was expecting something more impressive than a poof of smoke as a transformation effect. Though I'm surprised they actually included Zodds wings in his fighting style, like when he fought the Ganishka spawn, and I prefer Zodds black fur to the dark brown fur he's sometimes portrayed with.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: September 04, 2016, 07:26:28 AM »
Berserk was reccomended under the category great monster designs on an image on 4chan, so I checked it out, it was a piss poor Hawks translation (sorry), and I was deterred by Guts being a total bastard during the Black swordsman arc. However the Berserk 3 trailer sparked my interest again, after that my opinion of and interest in Berserk kept growing. Took me 3 years to complete my volume collections, especially since inn my country Berserk volumes are like unicorns, finding them is a miracle.

Also fuck the Hawks translations, they're the worst trap for new readers.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 30, 2016, 08:45:29 AM »
That's not accurate. The wing stones repel the magical creatures. That's what allows people to farm the land around the city without incident. Now that his kingdom is established, it's certainly about time Griffith expanded his direct control...

We now know Griffith was after more than just Flora. He was destroying spiritual trees in preparation for the Blast of the Astral World. So presumably he needed to accomplish that before defeating Ganishka.

That's true, however he and his army still need to travel from Midland territory, across the sea to Elfhelm, through hordes of trolls, dragons, banshees, ogres, hydras etc. Its not ideal to exhaust your army before you've even reached your intended target. If he wanted Elfhelm destroyed, he should have done it by now.

That's true, and the big cherry blossom tree is the bonanza of spirit trees. Like Walter was saying maybe a God Hand will attack the island instead.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 29, 2016, 06:37:42 PM »

1. How long until everything in Skellig goes to shit? I'm sure many of us have hypothesized that Griffith and his considerable forces could soon make Skellig a priority (if they hadn't already). 5 chapters? 10? Personally, I'm digging this tonal shift from what we have come to recognize as a very dark series; this is some very important world-building Miura is doing at the moment and I feel like some of our fanbase (not you guys, mostly Reddit) are not appreciating these serene moments and how much exposition we are getting. It's blowing my mind, yo

2. What is the worst case scenario for Casca right now? Best case if she's healed obviously, embraces Guts in a tender moment (I'd cry so hard), and takes her revenge on Griffith. But Miura has a good knack for throwing us curveballs in the plot. How do you all think this shakes out? Will the Sovereign of the Flower Storm ask Guts for something? Will Casca resist the restoration of her mind? I can't wait for next month's release!

1.The opportune time to invade Elfhelm has probably passed now that Griffith and his demon army are under siege from monsters, and I think it would be repetitive to have the same thing happen twice. Elfhelm is too far from Griffiths reach. If Griffith considered one dying witch a priority over Ganishka, I dread to think the damage several guru mages and an Elf Queen revered by SK himself would do to apostles.

The Reddit/4chan audience have short attention spans, not all of them, but a lot of them don't think of the overall story, they flick through individual episodes that don't have a lot of action at the moment, and just assume Berserk is getting boring.  :schierke:

2. Worst Case scenario, Casca rejects being cured, or commits suicide, not that I believe it will happen. And if the game is anything to go by it certainly won't. I doubt Casca will want to take her revenge against Griffith, I think it's similar to how Rickert feels towards him, she can't hate him. Bear in mind she was in love with Griffith too, not as much as Guts (obviously). I'd like to see how Farnese will react to her when she regains her mind, will Casca become freinds with her former carer?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:38:46 PM »
Thank you kindly, Aazealh and Puella for providing information yet again!

As much as I wish for her to regain her sanity, I also think it will not be straightforward for her. I'm afraid that her psyche will force itself into amnesia at least. About the brands... Somehow I don't think there is anyone, or any force in the whole world of Berserk able to "remove" the brand completely. Not even the leader of Elfhelm. The brand goes all the way to the soul, condemning its victim into interstice. Well, maybe it's too hasty to say it's impossible, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least if that was the case. They will just have to redo the talismans from time to time.


I'm not expecting Elf queen to snap her fingers and bring Cascas sanity back, it will likely be a difficult process that involves Casca willing herself back into consciousness. Without any protection from the brand Casca and Guts have nowhere safe to live apart from Elfhelm. And even then they are condemned to the vortex of souls, hardly a happy ending.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:19:07 AM »
Can someone explain to a complete layman how the Flower Storm King translation got so muddled up?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:10:16 PM »
I wish Pucks Elfhelm conquest arc was more fleshed out, I wasn't expecting him to be taken out by Elf guards before he could confront the Elf King.

I don't see any reason why in a societey where elves and witches co exist peacefully that an elf needs to disguise itself as a human, maybe there's an interesting reason for this.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: August 23, 2016, 11:04:54 AM »
It seems Wyald will be playable; that Grunbeld, Adon and Boscogne will appear as enemies.

http://gematsu.com/2016/08/koei-tecmo-berserk-adds-wyald

EDIT: Damn looks like I'm late  :judo:

I really like Wyald, but how come he's a playable character but Grunbeld and Boscogn aren't?

Also celebration music http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xm5DPlNCmtk

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We at least know she isn't going to do anything hysterical like kill herself or try to kill Guts.

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