This is fucking awesome and incredibly well written and explained. You should do some Berserk video essays! Quality content!
Thank you so much. I would potentially like to do video essays about Berserk: The Golden Age Arc and Berserk (2016), but I haven't really got the technical know-how at this stage.
These are incredible, man. I'll confess to not having read every word yet, but I tell at a glance the amount of effort you invested.
Great work analyzing the equipment in such detail, providing grounded answers on some of the practical solutions Miura engineered for Guts to lug around all of his equipment, along with providing real-world parallels for the likely basis for Miura's ideas.
Thanks Walter, it means the world to me coming from you! I was actually thinking of asking you if you ever saw someone do this before, since the fandom goes back way further than me. I hope I'm treading some new ground here.
外围体育投注I tried to figure out Guts's crossbow too but gave up. I wonder if Todd could make a functional version?
Power generation doesn't bother me though, a real person would need an absurd gear ratio preventing it from being rapid fire but I this would be unnecessary with Guts' strength.
I also figured that Guts's super strength would allow him to turn an unrealistically heavy crank for more rapid draw, but even if we assume that the design is just missing some bare, necessary components of a crossbow.
I figure that Guts's strength is wasted on a crank because he doesn't need a spanning device to give him high mechanical advantage at the expense of more revolutions, he needs a machine that will improve his loading rate, consistency, and accuracy while using brute strength to make it cycle as fast as possible. Tod's version of Jörg Sprave's "Instant Legolas" would be an ideal combination of speed and power; I was going to say that a longbow is too large and cumbersome for his vagrant lifestyle, but he's already carrying the Dragon Slayer. It seems unnecessary to have a main projectile weapon that sacrifices performance for the sake of compactness, when the ease with which he carries and uses his melee weapon shows he obviously doesn't need to worry about that. If the I.L. could be designed with a hinge so that the tiller could fold up parallel with the prod for carry on his back, and unfold just as rapidly for use, then it would be perfect.
Here's another thought: Guts is so strong that the most powerful arrow he could shoot from a longbow might even be overkill against human enemies, so it would be just as well if he could shoot two 150 lb arrows with the same powerstroke and in the same amount of time that he'd need for one 300 lb one. I'm talking about some bizzare version of the Instant Legolas where he would push and pull a plunger over a distance of 33 inches or whatever his normal longbow draw length would be, and that power would be transmitted by rollers, pulleys, gears, or whatever to two crossbow prods that fire in staggered order, so that while one of them's drawing the other's shooting. It would work like Chinese box bellows, where air is being blown into the furnace on both the push stroke and the pull stroke, so in theory he could not just double, but quadruple外围体育投注 his rate of fire. It would be absolutely bananas.
Hello everybody, I'm back with another installment of Berserk costume analysis, this time incorporating hand cannons, the cho-ko-nu, and other historical goodies.
Hello again, this is your humble servant serving up another helping of Berserk外围体育投注 costume analysis. I ended up having to do Guts's armor from the Snake Baron fight as a whole post by itself, so stay tuned for more Black Swordsman armors next time in 2.2!
Hi Everybody, this is my long-delayed photo essay about the evolution of Guts's armors and costume throughout the manga. Part 1 is about the armors he wore as a mercenary. I will later release Part 2 about the armors he's worn as the Black Swordsman.
Just to let everyone know, I've made a correction. I stated that the Bazuso armor was first shown in volume 4, but it actually appeared in volume 3, "Guardians of Desire (6)" when Guts had a brief flashback. That means it's actually the first of the Mercenary Armors to be shown to us.
Fantastic job, very detailed and accurate information. I hope you do the same thing for some of the other characters at some point.
[I'll crosspost this to r/Shadiversity外围体育投注 those guys might like this too.
外围体育投注Thank you very much, and good idea. Let me tell you, I have enough material to keep going for years. This is just the first one I've managed to get out of development hell.
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Hi Everybody, I'm the OP from r/berserk and BloodyPommelStudio graciously suggested crossposting my photo essay here. Shad has talked about Guts before, but iirc he didn't talk about multiple armors that Guts has worn. I've got a lot of historical comparisons in here. Part 1 is about the armors Guts wore as a mercenary. I will later release Part 2 about the armors he's worn as the Black Swordsman.
外围体育投注Unlike the 2016 anime, which I would not recommend to anyone unless they are amused by animation trainwrecks, the Golden Age movies do have reasons you might want to watch them. It's a mixed bag, and it depends a lot on your expectations going in.
First, don't under any circumstances watch these movies until you've read up to volume 14 of the manga. The movies are just plain worse than the manga in terms of story and charcter development, and even the 1997 anime was far better in that way. There are just too many deleted scenes and mishandled moments of dialogue for things like friendships, romance, psychology, philosophy, etc. to come through. The movies are a bad substitute for reading the manga.
Second, be prepared for some uneven animation quality. The 2D animation is actually really good, and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The problem is that much of the battle scenes are rendered in cel-shaded 3D with kind of low-poly models, and they reduced the framerate to match the 2D animation, so it looks kind of choppy. The animation does get progressively better from one movie to the next, though: the Eclipse is animated in mind-blowing quality.
What I like about the movies are the 2D animation, the orchestral music, the attention to details of the world like props and scenery, and despite the uneven quality there are a few scenes that I think came out perfect and beautiful. They also got rid of some plot holes that were in both the manga and the 1997 anime.
外围体育投注In my opinion, it's one of those things where the highs are really high and the lows are really low. Read the manga first, then try the movies and see if you like them.
外围体育投注Thank you for the advice, I just recently got to volume 15 so I'm safe, I have since peeked at movie 3 to see how certain "events" looked animated and wasn't very impressed though like you said the non cell shaded borderlands style stuff was good
外围体育投注My favorite scenes in the movies are Griffith asking Guts to join the Band of the Hawk, the encounter with Zodd, Griffith showing Guts the crimson behelit, the assassination of Julius and Adonis, Griffith's speech about dreams, the Victory Ball, Guts's departure from the Band of the Hawk, Guts and Casca's first time, the Eclipse, and the last scene. Those all have some great animation and music, and if the rest of the movies were that good they would have been masterpieces. As it is, you have to cherry pick the good parts.
This is a subject I've been thinking about a lot, actually. I had hardly re-read the manga at all in the past two years, and during that break I became something of a pro bodybuilding fan. I'm looking at his physique with totally different eyes than I used to, and in many ways it looks very different from what I was expecting to see just based on how I remembered him.
外围体育投注First of all, Guts' Golden Age physique is actually not that freakish in terms of sheer muscularity, which is a surprise to me because I used to think of him as being larger-than-life. You can most clearly see his musculature in the end of volume 9 and the beginning of volume 10, when he 's completely naked. I'm not even sure if his main "show" muscles are as big in proportion to his stature as a 1980 Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he probably wouldn't even qualify for the Classic Physique division in Mr. Olympia today. He looks more like a Men's Physique competitor, an Olympic gymnast (if you ignore his height), a fitness model, or a particularly muscular Hollywood actor. One thing to consider is that Golden Age Guts is very tall, with long limbs and torso, and it's difficult for a guy that tall and elongated to fill out his frame. That's why you rarely see pro bodybuilders who are taller than 6 feet. Having said that, he's got complete muscle development everywhere, and his conditioning is insane. In terms of his near-total lack of body fat and the ability to show off every little groove and separation between the muscles--like, you can clearly see his [serratus anterior] () muscles interlocking with his external obliques even when he's standing relaxed--he reminds me of Jeff Cavaliere or even Helmut Strebl. And just aesthetically speaking, Guts has a beautiful body. It would certainly be considered heroic by ancient Greek standards, and Miura deserves a lot of praise for drawing him with so much anatomical detail.
Is it realistically achievable? That's a bit more complicated. While he isn't bulgingly, freakishly huge, his musculature is very dense and there's no fat or water-weight that we need to mentally subtract when we're evaluating him: what we see is what we get. Now I'm going to say some things that may be completely inaccurate because I have no expertise in physiology--I sure as hell don't have personal experience because I only started training semi-seriously in the past two months or so--but here's my two cents. First, I suspect that 99% of people wouldn't be able to get as massive and ripped as Guts without exogenous testosterone or anabolic steroids being involved. You might just need to have one-in-a-million mutant DNA in order to go that far completely natty. Guts obviously doesn't have access to any steroids--these guys' scientists don't even know what testosterone is外围体育投注 yet--but Berserk also seems to take place in a reality where there's a higher-than-normal prevelence of genetic mutants, so maybe it's not so surprising.
外围体育投注You'll also rarely find a guy who can keep that much muscle mass year-round while simultaneously having shredded-out-of-his-mind conditioning. Most competitive bodybuilders only present the paper-thin-skin, see-every-detail look when they're on stage, peaking after a prep phase where they've been cutting calories, doing cardio workouts, restricting their water intake, and even taking diuretics right before a show to purge as much water as they can (which is really dangerous, some guys like Andreas Munzer have died from it). For Guts to look as shredded as he does all the time would be pretty unlikely, but then you've got some guys like Strebl who are just mutants, so idunno. Guts is in pretty primitive conditions, without modern gym equipment, so presumably he'd be restricted to bodyweight exercises, Indian clubs, stuff like that. He'd definitely need a hell of a lot more variety of exercise than just swinging a giant sword around in order to get every muscle group from head to toe developed like that.
Honestly I find the most unrealistic thing about Guts' physique to be his diet. It's hard to imagine that he's getting a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients as he's wandering from place to place, and his relative indifference to food doesn't make sense for a guy who'd need a huge number of calories to sustain that big a body.
I suspect that 99% of people wouldn't be able to get as massive and ripped as Guts without exogenous testosterone or anabolic steroids being involved.
99% of men his height couldn't get that massive and ripped WITH steroids involved, people like Strebl at are the genetic elite as well as training hard and taking drugs and I'd say Guts is a lot bigger than him even in the Golden Age.
I wouldn't be surprised if you're right about that, given what little I know and the possibility that you could know a lot外围体育投注 more about this than I do. It continues to astonish me just from watching videos of various people's progression how much of an effect genetics has on natural potential, and how on top of that, there are some guys like Kevin Lavrone who just blow up in response to steroids in a way that almost nobody else would.
As for how comparatively big Guts really is, one problem is that Miura's art style in the Golden Age shows sharp cuts but none of the texture, vascularity, or striations. The impression is that he's just carved out of stone, which is hard to compare to real people made of flesh and blood. He also doesn't have any roundness or fullness to his muscle bellies, which is part of the reason he doesn't really look like a bodybuilder to me. On the other hand I may be underestimating how the density and sheer volume of muscle on his frame might outweigh smaller but more filled-out men. I would pay to see a properly scaled Guts in a callout line next to real life bodybuilders, because without something like that I find it hard to make any definite statements.