That's just a screenshot from the digital edition of Young Animal, to which we all have access, but the resolution is too low to read it properly. As a matter of fact, that's by far my main complaint with these digital issues of Young Animal: it's hard and sometimes even impossible to read small fonts. Like for the old witch's name, we literally can't make out if the last part of her name is "ba" (volvaba) or "pa" (volvapa). There's also a couple of speech bubbles from Schierke and Molda that are practically unreadable. I've ordered a physical copy, so we'll eventually be able to check it out, but I wish Hakusensha upped their game...
Grail already pointed out the possibility of more inaccurate historical accounts interfering here, be it due to human incompetence or even an intentional altering of the truth. It's not an ideal explanation method because it usually raises more questions than it answers, but what if for example, the historical picture painted by the Holy See about the wise man (presumably after whom the temple was named) and his actual name before he became a kind of religious personality were different? What if his real identity, that of Vid is only known to the oldest characters in the story. It would be less strange for Gedflynn and the Skull Knight to be on good terms if we assume things didn't go exactly as Mozgus described in his story.As for elements that cast doubt on the Vido/Void idea, there's a bunch. Was the temple of Saint Albion named after Void's human name? Maybe, although the tower already existed, so what was it called before? Is it safe to assume Gaiseric incarcerated an innocent man and had him tortured? Not really. But would it make sense for him to be amicable to someone bearing the likeness of his mortal enemy? And would Gedflynn not know or be at peace with all these details?
Besides Theresia which you've already mentioned, what about Rickert? He wasn't a relative to Griffith, but still, he managed to dodge both the Eclipse and the truth about what actually happened back there for quite some time. If Ged had indeed been in a similar situation he must've become aware of it long ago, but the point is, such circumstances aren't entirely out of the realm of possibility, even for members of the God Hand. It could turn out that Gedflynn gets to play a much more important role than his introduction to the story would have you believe, but I don't wanna get ahead of myself.Beyond that, does it make sense for a member of the God Hand, presumably the original member, to have a surviving son? It would be a pretty big departure from how they've been presented so far, and potentially a big weakness too (like Theresia was for the Count).
I had always thought St. Albion and Void were the same person
I wanted to clarify this, because I had forgotten where the idea of Void = Albion originated from. It's actually something we ginned up during our review of Volume 17 on SkullKast 71, when St. Albion is first mentioned by Rickert. Our conversation at 1h4m goes like this:Was the temple of Saint Albion named after Void's human name? Maybe, although the tower already existed, so what was it called before?
Originally yes, although in Berserk it's just introduced as a name without a specific connotation. That said there's no doubt Miura chose that name because he found it fitting.Hanarr means "skilled one"
I amended my post to add a bit about the name itself, but you were probably already replying so you didn't see it. What's sure is that the Holy See's version of events as briefly related by Mozgus is unlikely to be an objective, accurate account. Same goes for the tale of Gaiseric's fall from volume 10. In both cases the truth was likely embellished/distorted over time.what if for example, the historical picture painted by the Holy See about the sage (presumably after whom the temple was named) and his actual name before he became a kind of religious personality were different?
Good point, although I think leaving a son behind would have more weight to it than Rickert's survival.Besides Theresia which you've already mentioned, what about Rickert? He wasn't a relative to Griffith, but still, he managed to dodge both the Eclipse and the truth about what actually happened back there for quite some time. If Ged were indeed in a similar situation he must've become aware of it long ago, but the point is, such circumstances aren't entirely out of the realm of possibility, even for members of the God Hand.
Yeah, I didn't check. We seem to be on the same page, and I also like your suggestion that Vid might not necessarily be the one who became Void but instead someone related to them in some way at the time; it had also crossed my mind but I didn't wanna dump too many ideas into one post. Speaking of relations...I amended my post to add a bit about the name itself, but you were probably already replying so you didn't see it.
I mainly wanted to establish that it's something plausible in my previous post, so I didn't get into what consequences it could have. It's true leaving a son behind has more importance, but maybe that's where the story is heading. Gedflynn could be a weakness few people know about, and because of his mild nature he's been overlooked by the God Hand and not considered a threat in the grand scheme. They aren't really afraid of anyone, not Guts, not the Skull Knight who are actively opposing them, but the straw that broke the camel's back might come from an unexpected place; and I say the God Hand, but in reality it's probably just Void who would know about him, which gives even more room for possibility.Good point, although I think leaving a son behind would have more weight to it than Rickert's survival.
Why does everyone seem so eager to see it happen right then and there. Wouldn't it be cooler for something like this to happen under more...dramatic conditions? C'mon guys.Sounds like this could lead into a sparring between SK and Berserker Guts.
Interesting theory, but wouldn't "Weed" or "Wido" be the more correct translation? Usually English V's are represented as B's in kana, as in Boido/Void.The name Vido/Vid (ヴィド) is reminescent of Void (ボイド). It's not the same name, but it doesn't feel like a total coincidence either. I'm guessing it might be that Vid was his human name, and when he was reborn he renamed himself Void.
No, "ヴィ" is "vi". Traditionally, there was no way to distinguish between B and V in Japanese, but in recent years new katakana were created to be able to handle it.Interesting theory, but wouldn't "Weed" or "Wido" be the more correct translation? Usually English V's are represented as B's in kana, as in Boido/Void.
Hey, it's a compliment, and I like the way she holds her satchel too, always been a technique I've admired.Oh, that's unfair, I think her face is pretty distinctive.
Well, not a refutation of your point as it pertains to the boy now, but, technically they met when Skully recommended Guts euthanize him at birth. Pro ChoiceThere's no indication SK has encountered the boy, or knows he exists.
Maybe that's what he was going there to tell Guts before they were interrupted, "Told you so."If this were the case he wouldn't have gone to meet Guts.
Creatures such as the ones we saw down there are almost exclusively depicted as evil in traditional fantasy and folklore, but in Berserk they seem to also fit the role of misfits who simply prefer a more secluded way of life, rather than purely harmful or malicious beings; so yeah, ultimately this is just the same kind of nuance Berserk has always had.Some people have commented on the contrast the gorge provides to the elfin paradise up top, but I don't think it's all that stark. I like how Molda puts it, that some people will always prefer dimness to sunlight.
I also like where this is going, Molda is growing on me and her character is undoubtedly meant to stand out, which makes me wonder if she won't be joining the group, apropos to the discussion about breaking up the group into teams. I'm sure it's been brought up before, given her clear interest in the outside world, but I saw no mention of this possibility in the respective thread.it was great to see Molda and Schierke's relationship develop like that, especially the fact they get along so well despite being radically different. Volvaba's comment also gives her some depth; she's not just the cool kid but also a bit of a loner. I would still love to see them have a little magic showdown, but it's great that Schierke got to befriend a peer and I can't wait to see how that relationship grows. I also really dig Molda's character in general, be it the design of personality, I think Miura nailed it.
One has to wonder how urgent his arrival really was, considering all he did was give Guts a warning, a warning that can wait, apparently. If anything this is just a confirmation something serious is gonna happen on the island, which we had already guessed.... I doubt Skully went there to intercept the boy/Griffith and got side-tracked talking shop about their armors.
That possibility has been brought up before, yeah. However the idea of the group splitting up is already quite speculative, so I didn't want to add even more speculation, especially since the point is to reduce the size of each group.I also like where this is going, Molda is growing on me and her character is undoubtedly meant to stand out, which makes me wonder if she won't be joining the group, apropos to the discussion about breaking up the group into teams. I'm sure it's been brought up before, given her clear interest in the outside world, but I saw no mention of this possibility in the respective thread.
This is the biggest point of the episode, at least for me, if Guts manages to harness the full power of the armor without going fully Berserk, this would be a fantastic boost for his abilities and bring him one step closer to reaching the God Hand's level of power.One thing i wonder about Guts' future with the armor is if this will lead to him possibly learning to use the armor consciously without the help of Schierke.
From Schierkes perspective, their shared experience was something she valued a lot, so I wonder how her reaction would be to Guts taking such a big step forward.
I wonder if SK is obliquely referring to an impending Junction of Time (DH calls this "temporal junction points"). Particularly in light of the other end of that sentence (stay alert), it seems like SK is clued into danger nearby or in due time. Easy guess is Griffith/Boy's arrival, but maybe it's not so incidental as that. Too bad they were interrupted by Ged.The Skull Knight tells him to stay alert, because "causality hasn’t yet been concentrated". Guts gets worried and asks him what he means, but they're interrupted by Gedflynn.
That would be nice, but it's not like Guts was ever going to reach "the God Hand's level of power." Whatever results from Hanarr's guidance, I think there will always be a "cost" associated with using the armor, and that Guts will have to contend with the Beast. That cost, skirting danger with every use, it's what makes the armor cool, to me. Also, any guidance that provides Guts more control over when the armor activates would be great, but it wouldn't address the other problem of the armor -- using it dulls his senses, makes him weaker. Maybe that can't be remediated...This is the biggest point of the episode, at least for me, if Guts manages to harness the full power of the armor without going fully Berserk, this would be a fantastic boost for his abilities and bring him one step closer to reaching the God Hand's level of power.
Nah, it's Ged who brings up visiting Hanarr, not SK. Anyway, I guess I'm not too familiar with that theory. What's it based on...? SK appearing in front of Guts last episode?Another point of note is whether Skull Knight actually brought Guts to the blacksmith because he knew Hanarr would have the skill to allow Guts to fully operate the armor which would give further evidence to a theory that Skull Knight wants himself and/or Guts to go on a mission together.