Third Editions - Berserk book

Just saw this on my Berserk related feed.

According to google translate "Here is the First Print edition of #Berserk. In the Ink of Darkness, an analysis book by @ whatisalt236 with a cover illustration by @sinpiggyhead. Edition excluded 3rd with dust jacket & ex-libris. Book available in July. Preview @japanexpo_en!"





The author apparently has also done a video talking about the series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HGVV25bH04

I haven't watched the video as yet.
 

Walter

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So, what is it exactly? I know Third Editions is a publisher of essays and such, but is this guy really going to fill 200 pages with Berserk speculations?

I like the font treatment on the first one, but weird decision to break up a 5 letter word across 2 lines just to fit in the skull. Logo on the second one is just the 2016 anime logo, so that's unfortunate.
 

Aazealh

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So, what is it exactly? I know Third Editions is a publisher of essays and such, but is this guy really going to fill 200 pages with Berserk speculations?
They say it's an analysis (text only, doesn't contain artwork). There's a bunch of similar books in Japanese, and like those, I expect this one to be of little value.
I've just watched the video linked above and it's well-produced but very superficial as far as the "analysis" goes. It's more like a lengthy overview of Berserk and a few of its main elements.

The guy gets a number of things wrong as well in his video, like saying apostles are "from another dimension", or that a place called "The Nexus" is "the central part of the Astral World, where both the God Hand and the Four Elemental Kings dwell" (he uses your old, incorrect diagram of the three worlds for reference). He also asserts things about the God Hand that are pure speculation on his part, like that Void "is the only one who can apply the Brand, and therefore also the only one able to remove it", or that Conrad "possesses the power to transmute physical reality", while Slan's powers are "incarnation, teleportation and manipulation of fate".

He adds that Void's name comes from the novel "Destination: Void" and Conrad's from "This Immortal", which is mere speculation and was never confirmed. In the same vein, he says Conrad's design was inspired by that H.R. Giger's picture of a wall of babies, which is not at all a sure thing (and is in fact unlikely). What else... He says that Femto rapes Casca, who "Guts loves subconsciously". He also says the Holy Iron Chain Knights are led by Mozgus, then adds that Mozgus is actually an apostle. There's more but you get the idea.

The vibe I get from it is that he read the manga over a short period of time, checked some information on the Internet and then made that video. Hopefully more effort will have been put into research for the book.
 
They say it's an analysis (text only, doesn't contain artwork). There's a bunch of similar books in Japanese, and like those, I expect this one to be of little value.
I've just watched the video linked above and it's well-produced but very superficial as far as the "analysis" goes. It's more like a lengthy overview of Berserk and a few of its main elements.

The guy gets a number of things wrong as well in his video, like saying apostles are "from another dimension", or that a place called "The Nexus" is "the central part of the Astral World, where both the God Hand and the Four Elemental Kings dwell" (he uses your old, incorrect diagram of the three worlds for reference). He also asserts things about the God Hand that are pure speculation on his part, like that Void "is the only one who can apply the Brand, and therefore also the only one able to remove it", or that Conrad "possesses the power to transmute physical reality", while Slan's powers are "incarnation, teleportation and manipulation of fate".

He adds that Void's name comes from the novel "Destination: Void" and Conrad's from "This Immortal", which is mere speculation and was never confirmed. In the same vein, he says Conrad's design was inspired by that H.R. Giger's picture of a wall of babies, which is not at all a sure thing (and is in fact unlikely). What else... He says that Femto rapes Casca, who "Guts loves subconsciously". He also says the Holy Iron Chain Knights are led by Mozgus, then adds that Mozgus is actually an apostle. There's more but you get the idea.

The vibe I get from it is that he read the manga over a short period of time, checked some information on the Internet and then made that video. Hopefully more effort will have been put into research for the book.
I was curious about this book since it has been announced.
I didn't took the time to check his video but after reading what you said... I know I won't buy it.
 
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