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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 28, 2017, 04:49:12 PM »

For example I'm surprised no one is talking about what the monsters in this episode suggest: that Casca is probably not going to want to immediately resume any kind of romantic relationship when she's restored. Not that it wasn't obvious to begin with, but I think this episode cemented it. People have been fantasizing about the Skull Knight's warning to Guts for years, but really, that simple fact would more than fit the bill.

I don't think there's much evidence for that, Casca in her current state is hostile towards men, but there's no reason why Casca would still be like that when her mind is restored, plus it seems like overkill for her to still carry the weight of her trauma with her after she recovered from that very same trauma. Not that I'm expecting her to be all sunshine and rainbows after being insane for four years

But before getting to that they need to resolve the trauma and as I've mentioned before I feel like they aren't much closer to doing it than they were 4 episodes ago. They do know a good deal about Casca's past now, of course, which is essential to helping her out.

I would have least thought, by this time they would have known who Griffith was and what he meant to Casca (they haven't even any memories of him in his tortured state yet,) it's going to get even more confusing when they see him in his God Hand form.


And of course aside from all that there's the matter of Farnese and Schierke's own well-being. It's been made clear they're facing actual danger and I frankly have no idea how they'll get through the memory of the rape. Would Danan be able to shield them from the worst of it? Schierke's so young, and Farnese's mental resilience isn't the strongest... I can't imagine they wouldn't be traumatised if they were to experience it normally. Would Farnese shield Schierke from it and bear the trauma alone? It would be exceptionally brave of her, but also quite risky. As they have been warned, as as we've seen before, being hurt in there could have consequences on their real bodies... There's no telling what form that would take though. A scar? A discolored eye? I wonder.

They have witnessed violent rape before in Qliphoth. so it won't be an alien experience for them, then again this time they're not only witnessing it, they'll be experiencing Casca's emotions too, all of that trauma will be imprinted on them.

I am interseted in what she will think of Griffith after this though, I'm not one of the conspiritards who thinks Casca is going to flock to Griffith's side, but I don't think she has the capacity to hate him with the same intensity as Guts, he was after all the second most important man in her life, and she may be a vital to convincing Guts to forgive Griffith, if that ever happens.

Which brings me to another tangent, this all puts Griffith in a very vulnerable position, if Guts discovers from Casca that the moonlight boy is indeed his son and sharing a body with Griffith, then Griffith has just handed his greatest enemy knowledge about his only weak spot.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 26, 2017, 03:53:42 PM »
Not really spoiling much here, but but the first four of the God Hand members are mentioned by name when Grunbelds beherit summons them. DUN DUN DUUUN

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:19:31 AM »
I just hope that this whole event of curing Casca won't be limited to going through her memories. So far it's kinda uneventful and it's pretty generic for what it is. Think about it - healing Casca should be way more complex than just a sequence of memories we all know. Sure we learn some stuff (somewhat) but I don't think this is what people were really hyped for. Hopefully the last fragment is going to mean the whole new challenge for Schierke and Farnese. Something that makes this journey unforgettable.

Hopefully the final fragment will be a more difficult challenge, after all it is the event that drove Casca mad, and it is something she will have to come to terms with, since they're out of talismans, I'm hoping the sprite Casca will play a role in overcoming the eclipse.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:52:15 PM »
These are the illustrations from the novel.

Credits go to Ryu Osaka

Love his chariot, I'd hate to be chased by that sight  :magni:. as implied by Mule, Grunbeld's beherit seems to have been activated by his mortal wounds on the battlefield, although I didn't expect Grunbeld's sacrifice to be a female friend. In the last image Grunbeld, also seems to be wreaking vengeance against his comrade after sacrificing the girl, and the female knight in the other three pictures appears to be dead or unconscious, makes me wonder what enmity has torn these characters apart. I do hope Miura doesn't gloss over any of this when Grunbeld's past is revealed in the manga.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:23:58 PM »
I know that in recent times Miura hasn't done any significant changes to episodes in the volume release but i was hoping he might touch up episode 347. That episode looks worse than any other episode from the last few years, very unpolished.

I agree, the facial expressions in that episode are hideous.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 10:47:02 AM »
Overall I feel a little let down by the corridor of dreams sequence, the art and the drama is stunning as usual, however we are at the last memory peice and neither Farnese nor Schierke seem to have had much difficulty getting this far, every time they face a horde of monsters they summon their dream artifacts to kill them, neither them nor the dog have sustained any injuries or setbacks so far.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 03:32:11 PM »
Holy shit, Farnese and Schierke are fighting cock monsters. So much for "Berserk is too lighthearted, Miura doesn't have it in him anymore," that whiny edge lords always claim.

"Oh my god the latest volumes are set in a quasi utopia and an Elfen paradise isolated from the rest of the world, where's the rape and gore?1!, also Isn't the story getting slow?, all we've had so far is the reveal of Elfhelm, the Flowerstorm ruler, Casca's curing and revelation of what the Spiral Tree really is"

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 27, 2017, 11:07:13 PM »
Not conciously, yet despite their protests they care for some reason. *shrug*

I'm actually getting worried it'll be over too soon now that we know Miura isn't bluffing with this Casca thing. Guts has berserk armor, Griffith has his kingdom, Casca's getting her mind back... there's not a lot left on the major to-do list but to tie it all up the loose ends and put those three (or more depending on how you count Griff =) in the same room together.

Like you said , there are still a ton of plot threads yet to be resolved.

-The God Hands goal, or their wherabouts
-The role "God" plays in the Berserk universe
- Griffith's coronation and overall goal
- :SK: origin and the God Hand's history
- Guts' beherit
- The moonlight boy
- Rickert/Daiba/Bakiraka shenanigans
- The role the time disparity will play in the overall story
- Guts and the beast of darkness
- the individual arcs of each supporting character
- Theresa's final battle with Guts

Miura has plenty on his plate to keep him slaving for a few more decades.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
 :zodd: *throws apostle corpse 50 yards away


Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 25, 2017, 06:56:07 PM »
Casca's healing is taking shorter than expected, people who hark on the series at the moment complain about the plot being too slow, but in a volume's worth of content we've already gone from Elfhelm, to the Flower Storm Queen to Casca's healing.  However I wouldn't mind delving into Casca's memories further, the sheer variety of nightmare creatures and otherworldly environments on display leaves we wanting more.

I was expecting the inevitable sex scene to be extremely awkward for Farnese and Schierke to watch, and I laughed my ass off when Farnese cover Schierke's eyes, and of course they've been companionzoned by this revelation :farnese: :schierke:. It warmed my heart when the Casca sprite said she wanted to meet "that person  :beast:" again. As I already said the memories of Griffith's downfall are sure to make an appearance at the hellish peak, but I wonder what kind of creatures Schierke and Farnese will have to face to obtain these memories, and how they expect to fight these powerful creatures if their most powerful talismans ( giant golem, flame wheel, potentially swamp Cthulu) don't work on them.

The worst memory of them all is sure to take a toll on both Farnese and Schierke, It'll be a grueling task re living the trauma Casca experienced at the eclipse, and the task at hand has been relatively easy so far, it will be intersting how the stakes will be raised in the next episode. It would be an apt time for a God Hand member to appear, since we know they can enter dreams and cast impressions onto different world planes, however this is just wishful thinking on my part.

I'm not a fan of Miura's current art style, however the  Golden Age scenes taken from different angles are stunning, I especially love ball scene, and the ominous silhouette of Guts outside.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:51:56 AM »
If Femto steps out of the Dream, I am so done!   :rakshas:
Wouldn't be the first time he's entered people's dreams. And he has a vested interest in keeping Casca insane.

One thing that's  Interesting, we haven't seen any memories of Griffiths downfall yet, i hope their meeting at the tower cell, crippled Griffihs attempted rape of Casca and the heartfelt speech she gives to Guts afterwards will be shown when they reach the peak.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:04:23 PM »
Same as before: you're just guessing. The book is being published by Young Animal Comics.

I know, which is why I used the words "I think" and "my opinion".

Sword of Berserk was very good at the time and its story has aged well, especially recently, and I think any awkwardness at that time was due to the localization and it taking place in a future context (and what's the "SG arc?" If it's the Sea God that's not an arc, but a relatively small part of the current one). Anyway, I don't get being glad to get anything, good or bad. I'd rather wait for something good or not waste the opportunity (like what's happened with the second rate anime). I'm pretty sure we'd all be thrilled if Miura was writing a novel, Berserk or not, but what do I care if this guy writes a Berserk fanfic?

I'm not rooting for it to be bad, but I'm not losing any sleep over Griffith's henchman's backstory pre sacrifice not being as good as it was in my imagination, it's fluff and it doesn't affect the main story. I don't think anything will be as bad as the anime, that cannot be enjoyed even on a superficial level.

I'll have to disagree with that. Back when it was released (1999) it had some very nice graphics, and its soundtrack was pretty damn good as well. Its story is also both solid as a standalone product while remaining 100% faithful to the manga. So much so that it actually hinted at plot developments years before they took place. It's not without faults if you take it in a vacuum, especially with regards to the gameplay, but as a Berserk game it's the best we've had and most likely the best we'll ever get.

Apart from the :???: spoilers, I've got nothing against the story, I agree with a lot of your points, it's the execution that I didn't like.

There's no "SG arc", like Griff said. And I somehow doubt I'd find the reasoning behind that opinion very convincing, but whatever.

The Sea God story then, I'm used to calling it an arc. My complaints are the same as most of those who don't like the side story.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: May 06, 2017, 07:18:18 PM »
Are you saying that if they were going to do Zodd, they'd have started with him because he's a more popular character? That's not very convincing. They probably don't have every step of this novel plan scripted out. The decision to do Grunbeld first may have been opportunistic. Perhaps Fukami had an idea about Grunbeld's past, because he was the one in charge of the anime script, and he decided to embark on this novel project. Even at this early stage, I think there's a very real possibility of novels for many other characters, including Zodd.

Maybe, but I have a more cynical idea of what transpired, some publishing company that likes money probably approached Miura about spin off novels,  :zodd: or  :badbone: may have been suggested because of their popularity, Miura refuses because he doesn't want major spoilers revealed, and they had to settle with a Grunbeld spin off.

Let's use a time machine and go back 2 weeks. I find your house and kick down your door and tell you: MARTY!!!!!! Instead of being revealed in the pages of the manga, Grunbeld's backstory would come to light in a novel NOT written by Kentarou Miura, used as a marketing arm to promote the series in the wake of the new anime?

Sounds crazy, right? Who would think that's okay? Well, it's happening, and now there's precedent.

For a jobber henchman sure, but for someone like Zodd, a popular character that has been shrouded in mystery since the beginning, it's harder to believe Miura would reveal his back story.

We already have small clues hinting to why the elite war demons became apostles, but we don't know anything about Zodd's life before he became an apostle, or how far his relationship with  :badbone:  goes. I guess my point is Miura has more to lose by spoiling Zodd's past. 

So you won't mind if it's just plain mediocre? Hard for me to understand that attitude.

Sword of Beserk was mediocre, but I still enjoy it, I find the SG arc mediocre, but I still like it, I'd prefer if the novel was great, but I'll be glad to get anything.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: May 02, 2017, 03:05:22 PM »
I'm looking forward to its 2020 translation. So long as the author doesn't make any canon destroying mistakes I don't mind.

And the fear I expressed early on in this thread is still very tangible: that this isn't a one shot, that it's only the beginning. What's next? The Skull Knight? Zodd? Written by whatever third rate guy is willing to give it a shot? I am not happy about this.

The fact that they're starting with Grunbeld and not Zodd I think implies that they're not going to novelize Zodd's origin story, it's likely to just be the elite war demons, Locus, Grunbeld, Rakshas and Irvine.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: April 28, 2017, 03:44:22 PM »
I really like it when Miura does plot relevant covers, I wish he'd do them more often.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 02:53:47 PM »
Interesting that Miura reminds us again of Skull Knights warning. I'd guess that the more painful the memory, the more intensely Cascas mind fights against Schierke and Farnese in the form of powerful winds and winged monsters, and the peak holds the final and most painful memory of all.  :femto:

I'm also impressed at Miuras ability to plant details that become important later, I wouldn't have guessed that the talismans used in Schierke's toon like dream would be used in Cascas dream.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:48:19 PM »
This wouldn't be the first time Miura dropped massive spoilers into spin off media, but with Miura as co writer, I'm confident the novel will at least be interesting. I would love if they wrote a fictional history compendium for Berserk, like A World of Ice and Fire, but it's never going to happen.

Speculation Nation / Re: The God Hand's Main Flaw
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:19:44 PM »
I think you're correct, the IOE has mastery over the fate of the physical world, and Griffith being a God Hand is in tune to the flow of fate, he's a puppet that can see the strings, which allows him to glide seamlessley through his existence without being harmed, however like you mentioned astral beings are a threat, Femto was forced to reveal his true form to Skull Knight in order to defend himself. The IOE controls the fate of the entire human race, but even it cannot break the laws of nature, it has to draw power from the deeper layers of reality in order to alter what is physically possible, its a gamble for the God Hand that until now has completely favored them, however that streak of luck is bound to end eventually.

It does raise some interesting questions, like does the Skull Knight still have the weapon? and if he does what purpose will it serve now?

How does one kill the God Hand anyway? if they exist in a layer of reality that is considered the afterlife, then surely they cannot be killed? it's certain that the other God Hand members who still inhabit this layer of reality cannot be harmed at the moment.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 07, 2017, 03:04:17 PM »
A few thoughts

-That horrific image of Griffiths maniacal grin wasn't off putting at all, I don't remember Neo Griffith ever pulling a ridiculous joker grin, but that's because that hack Miura wastes his time with things like subtlety and ambiguity
-I was under the impression that the mysterious laughter in the forest was an obscure sound that could be mistaken for rustling branches, but I guess the trees literally erupt with laughter
-I'm glad they didn't pause on the well known Zodd transformation scene for too long, because we're treated to an even better still of him from the front, where he looks like a toy
-It turns out the God Hand don't cause brands to bleed profusely, it just causes blood to spurt out once like a burst ketchup packet, at least the agonizing pain only last for a second

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 24, 2017, 03:53:54 PM »
It's safe to assume as other have pointed out that Casca appreciates what Guts is going through to protect her, more cynical theories about Casca rejecting Guts after being cured, have thankfully been proven false. Regarding the hellish peak, I doubt it will be the God Hand altar, since it looks bugger all like a hand.

I wonder if the rape will come up, and if it does, how the event will be portrayed, and how Griffith will be portrayed. It will be very interesting to know just how Casca views Griffith at this point, since we've had little to no clues up until this point,  in every traumatic flashback Casca has had of the eclipse, none of them portray Femto, only the apostles that stripped her naked.
I also wonder if the wind that nearly blew Casca away, is a prelude to a larger threat, like some kind of enemy will attempt to destroy the Casca doll, or remove the Mini Casca from her coffin.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:25:08 PM »
I actually took that as a bit of a burden on her as well, him dragging her, or this idea, shell or corpse around everywhere in a casca-et (sorry =).

Yeah, it harks back to the Golden Age, where she felt guilty over Guts enduring constant injury for her.

Congratulations? We knew it was a dog as soon as Aazealh pointed out the text saying "dog" in the preview scan half a year ago.

Welp, I'll take my 6 months out of the loop trophy and show myself out.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 348
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:22:14 PM »
Called it, it was a dog.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 12, 2017, 02:57:18 PM »
I was apprehensive when they stated it was going to be open world, since MGS5 botched the concept completely, but it really works with Zelda, I’ve always wanted a Hyrule that felt as vast as I imagined it to be when I was younger. I was hoping for a more interesting story, given the post apocalyptic mystery box template they were teasing, unfortunately the story plays out exactly how you’d expect it to, Ganon wins, Link gets wounded and goes into hibernation, Zelda entraps Ganon, I was hoping for more twists, something shocking.

 The only interesting revelation was that the story takes place in the far future of the LOZ timeline and that Ganon has been driven insane by the perpetual reincarnation cycle and has reverted to a primal form.
As great as the games selection of overworld mini bosses and enemies are, I’m disappointed they didn’t include Poes, Darknuts, or my personal favourite ;  Re deads. However the way they have fleshed out these enemies is amazing, the Lizalfos camouflage themselves while they’re dormant, the stalfos will reform themselves even if their original head has been destroyed, Guardians will attempt to maintain an ideal distance from you, so they’re outside of your range but close enough to shoot you accurately.

The dungeon bosses are decent, but I wish they more more distinct, I would have preferred the bosses be designed like various fantasy monsters like they’ve always done, however if they has to stick to the cyborg phantom Ganon motif, they could have given the forms more unique designs, however they’re all humanoid in shape, my favourite is the Thunderblight, for the bizzare way it moves, it was the only challenging boss of the Ganon blights.

The combat is a little jarring, but what really makes it frustrating is that the control layout is different from ususal 3d Zelda games, and they don’t give you the option of changing the controls, so my muscle memory is at constant war with the part of my brain trying to figure out these new controls.

I’m really surprised by how difficult this game is, it’s almost as hard as Majoras Mask, they went from the overbearing coddling of Skyward Sword to “Here is a club that will break in 3 hits, go anywhere you want, have fun getting your ass kicked by bog standard nuisance enemies, and if you so much as think of rushing straight to the final stage prepare to get vaporised by a bivouac of steampunk tank robots.”.

Speculation Nation / Re: What do you think will happen after Elfhelm?
« on: February 26, 2017, 04:22:48 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?  :???: 

If Casca doesn’t regain her minds and normalise her relationship with Guts I’d be really surprised. The plot cant really move forward without her, Guts’ entire motivation for his journey was to keep Casca safe and restore her mind. Whether or not they will leave is another story, they still both have the brand, and the talismans that have protected them thus far have a limited lifespan, also there is no civilised world to go back to, at the moment there is no good reason for Guts or Casca to leave Elfhelm.


  For Guts to defeat the Godhand there is going to need to be some serious stuff to go down in his favor. I've heard theories of how Rickhert will be a badass with the time change, 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 started thinking and the only thing that really makes sense to me is how we've seen how powerful the Moonlight Child is, but after Elfhelm he will not be a child anymore. Do you guys think his powers will develop exponentially by then? What if the tragic rape that Griffith performed is ironically the seed that creates his own demise.

Maybe, but he is very powerful already, he’s strong enough that neither Griffith nor his apostles can control him. It could be the reason Griffith has largely ignored Guts is that the child would intervene if he tried to hurt him or Casca. Perhaps he will kidnap Casca to ensure the moonlight boy and Guts don’t interfere with his plans, if Casca were to tell Guts the truth about the Boy’s identity that would put Griffith in a very vulnerable position.

Also, what if Griffith turns against Femto as well? He seems to still have a sense of duty to protect Casca. Rakshas wants to kill Griffith as well. How is this all going to tie together!!?? Please share yr thoughts
   :guts: :rickert: :schierke: :slan: :rakshas:

Femto is Griffith, they’re two sides of the same coin the Falcon of light and darkness, but they’re not split personalities. It will be interesting to discover why Rakshas has a fixation on Griffiths beauty and why he wants to kill Griffith. he was also present when Skull Knight caused the howl of the astral world, maybe he was thinking "Well fuck, how am I meant to break free from Griffiths dominance when Ganiskha didn't stand a chance?!" Maybe he curses the God Hand for turning him into an ugly monster, who knows.  :rakshas:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:10:41 PM »
I can't wait to sell my kidneys for it.

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