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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:55:26 PM »
Something that's kind of obvious but I haven't mentioned so far: Casca might have felt the corruption of her son through her Brand. Imagine how awful that would be... That could have happened during the rape or at some point afterwards e.g. while unconscious, before she first woke up in the cave).

Wow, really? No offense but that's a strange way to approach it... I mean like you say you've since realized, this whole venture isn't about that at all, it's about Casca, her trauma and trying to bring her back. And the secondary aspect, which is not to be overlooked, is giving Farnese and Schierke a window into who Casca really was, her relationship with Guts and Griffith, and what broke her. That will allow them to relate to her and become her friends after she's back. It also further puts an end to Farnese's little crush on Guts (which I think will effectively end at some point not long after Casca wakes up), which is another step in her personal development.

Yeah, haha. To defend myself a bit, I think my thought process at the time wasn't too divorced from logic. Farnese and Schierke (the two people who are arguably the closets to Guts and admire him the most) were going on a journey into Casca's subconscious to help her deal with her trauma. The event in question was something of a turning point for Guts' character where here realized that he couldn't defend Casca alone from both the spirits the chased them and himself, so he decided to begin traveling with companions again. But that moment itself is kind of special in that literally no one else has any knowledge of it. Not even Puck, who has seen Guts do all sorts of bad things when they were traveling together alone. And in my head, I never really saw the moment of Farnese and Schierke learning of this fact as the primary conflict of the dream sequence, but as a sideshow which they would put in the back of their minds until they could confront Guts about it in person. I thought it would be a great way for Guts to finally be forced to tell everyone about the Beast of Darkness and lead to something where everyone wants to help him deal with that.

But after thinking about it a bit, I think it would be more fitting if only Casca herself was the one to talk with Guts about it. It still brings about the same result, but frees up this dream sequence to continue focusing on Casca, her trauma, and her healing process. I agree that there really isn't any reason to focus on all this stuff at once when there is plenty of time for them to talk about it later.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 92
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:18:44 PM »
Thanks man, whew, speedy listener!

I don't think it's necessary for the group to see Guts in that moment of weakness, for which he's already paid community service for (Enoch troll cleanup duty counts, right?). In all seriousness, I donít think Miura wrote that scene to color Guts as a sexual abuser, but to demonstrate how desperate the situation was when it was just him and Casca on the journey, and how close Guts came to losing everything. It was a terrible moment on his otherwise stoic journey. Guts knows that, and it's why he agreed to have companions.

Oh yeah, of course not. My intention wasn't to imply that Guts must face any sort of punishment for his actions, or even that the party will come to hate him for performing them. But I don't think the entire purpose of that scene was for Guts to realize that he couldn't travel alone and protect Casca from himself. I think the point of that scene was to Guts have the closest brush with his dark side that he's ever had and to realize just how dangerous he could be to the people close to him if he loses control. Sure, his decision to begin traveling with companions again was a direct result of this realization, but the most important thing about this scene is to establish the real, tangible danger of the Beast of Darkness.

My idea was that the party becoming aware of Casca's assault would serve as a segue into them learning about Guts' struggle with the Beast of Darkness. They know Guts has been through a traumatic experience (though only Schierke and Puck know the specifics), but they don't know about his struggle with the Beast. While I think Guts has definitely become possessed of a much healthier mindset since he began traveling with his new companions, I also highly doubt his struggle with the Beast of Darkness is over just yet (in fact, his last internal "dialogue" with it suggests he knows those dark feelings will rear their head again in the future). The foreshadowing surrounding the Beast is very ominous, and I am almost certain it will be something Guts and the party have to deal with in the future. Which is why I thought them learning about the assault and confronting Guts about it would be a good way to advance that subplot (although Casca alone being the one to do so would also be acceptable).

Going back to the scene itself, I think it is also significant that not even Puck--who has seen Guts do terrible things before--was present for Casca's assault. He was even conveniently given a different reason for Casca's distrust of Guts when he was possessed by spirits and strangled her so he wouldn't suspect any other reason (not to imply that was the only purpose of that scene). Guts' assault was an intimate moment between himself and Casca. It's a dark secret that no one else knows about. So while I will relent that Farnese and Schiekre don't necessarily have to learn about it, I do believe that Casca at least has to confront Guts about it, for better or worse. Again, not that I expect her to hate him for it. But a bit of anger, betrayal, and concern for his well-being would be about what I expect.

Sorry for hijacking this thread, I know this is offtopic. You can delete this if you want to, I just wanted to offer my own perspective on this subject.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:36:08 PM »
Now another possibility that occurred to me is that maybe she lost her mind precisely because she couldn't love her son, knowing what he was. Much like Guts himself struggled to accept him (euphemism of the year). Maybe she could love him only because she was broken, and maybe in a way that's the purpose her broken mind served. Maybe that's why it happened. That would also (conveniently) provide an easy way for her to return, if the girls can communicate to her that things have changed or something.

Just food for thought.

Now that is an interesting thought. Especially since we all pretty much assume that Casca will be the one who will want something to be done about her child. I think it would be fantastic if Casca's feelings towards her child were just as complicated as Guts' were, but in her own way.

As for your other points, I understand and agree with what you're saying to a point. I do think that rushing through all of these things at once would be a bit problematic and lessen the narrative weight they should have on their own. I think I'm just letting my own opinions and view of the story color what I expect to actually happen. When I first learned that Farnese and Schierke (two people who love and admire Guts) would be going on a dream quest into Casca's subconscious, then it just seemed obvious to me they would be seeing these things. "Of course they're going to see Guts' assault. why wouldn't they?" It was the perfect scenario, the perfect two characters to see it happen firsthand so it could color their perception of Guts. To me it just makes sense to show it now.

But as I've thought about it over the past year or so, I've come to realize this sequence isn't really about that. It isn't about Farnese and Schierke gaining some form of knowledge that makes them rethink the sort of person Guts is. Nor is the point of this sequence really to drop a big bombshell about the Demon Child. This sequence is about Casca, her trauma, and her coping with that trauma. This is her healing process and anything that gets revealed should be focused on howshe feels about those things.

All that being said, I do still think we could have these reveals during this sequence without detracting from their individual impact. It all depends on the execution and the pacing. If this sequence lasts a few more episodes to properly explore Casca's feelings on these topics, then yeah I could see them working. But as for cramming all of this stuff into a single episode or two, no, I don't believe that will happen, nor do I think it would give any of these moments the impact they each deserve.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 92
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:56:33 PM »
Hey guys! Great episode this month! In fact I was just saying on the r/berserk Discord server that if I wasn't already excited for next month's episode, the SkullKast has definitely fired up my interest. I genuinely cannot wait to see what the nature of that final memory fragment is!

My own predictions at the beginning of this journey in Casca's  mind last year were that we would be seeing Casca's post-Eclipse memories at some point as well, but with the last two episode I was beginning to think this journey wouldn't be dealing with them. With the reveal of the Demon Baby though, I agree that there may be something special about this final memory fragment. I had also fallen in with everyone else by assuming that Casca was already aware of everything that was happening in spite of her insanity, but after this episode of the SkullKast I'm beginning to second guess myself. If that is the case, then how will Casca's perception of Guts change, if at all? Of course, as you said, it's important that the focus remains on Casca. This is her moment after all, not Guts'. But at the same time I feel that those post-Eclipse memories that the rest of Guts' Band haven't seen (particularly those to do with Casca's child and Guts' sexual assault) are things that the rest of the party needs  to become aware of at some point, and this would be a really good time for that.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:29:26 AM »
Not to nitpick, but the child as we see him here is "only" the symbol that will trigger the memories. I would be very surprised if the actual scenes contained within were only focused on him, without featuring what led to his creation: Casca's rape by Femto. I'm repeating myself but the rape is the event that actually broke her mind and that informs everything that's been going on in this dream.

Do you believe we could be getting any post-Eclipse memories with this last fragment? There are some things that I believe would be a waste for Farnese and Schierke to not become privy to, most notably Guts' sexual assault on Casca before he began traveling with the party (something that not even Puck has knowledge of). I also believe things such as the Demon Child's birth, it's rescue of Casca that began the Incarnation Ceremony, and her reaching out to Griffith when she sensed her child had merged with his new body would also be worth showing. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 91
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:21:24 AM »
I don't think we're going to dedicate an episode of the podcast to barytes for now, but we talked about it on episode 78 of the podcast, if that helps.
I also have a half-written post about it from... *checks* a year and a half ago that I need to finish. :farnese:

Thanks! I actually did listen to that part of the episode already, and I loved the thoughts you guys shared about it. I would definitely be interested in discussing that barytes topic whenever you manage to finish that post of yours.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 91
« on: January 28, 2018, 06:30:08 PM »
Hey Walter. I don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I was wondering if I could suggest you guys to do an episode about barytes, and theorizing what their relevance in the future of the story could be. They're a pretty interesting concept that came as something of a curveball to me when they were first introduced, and I'd love to hear some more of your predictions concerning them.

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