The PodHand
Episode 05 - Anime 01 - 97 + 16 Ep 01

Episode 05 - Anime 01 - 97 + 16 Ep 01

November 8, 2021

The PodHand compares the two television anime adaptations of Berserk which cover the Black Swordsman and The Brand chapters of the manga. We explore the creative sensibilities and legacy of the 1997 anime. Then we dunk on the dumpster fire that is 2016.

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Episode 04 - Fist of the North Star

Episode 04 - Fist of the North Star

October 5, 2021

This week The PodHand gets a bit tipsy discussing one of Berserk's major influences: Fist of the North Star! In this episode we talk: The Wuxia genre, Bruce Lee movies, braggarts who shout out their attack names, the nature of destiny, forbidden Hokuto Shinken techniques, Gekiga viscerality, women in Fist of the North Star, and Kenshiro getting a sweet pair of shades.

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Episode 03 - Manga Reread 02 - The Brand

Episode 03 - Manga Reread 02 - The Brand

September 22, 2021

We reconvene to analyze the second episode of the Berserk manga, The Brand! We discuss the nature of elves and fairies, 80s movie phantasms, Midland’s religion, incubus lore, Berserk as metal, the skeleton war, the grim prospect of a live-action adaptation, and Miura’s creative process as a ‘gardener’.

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Episode 02 - Manga Reread 01 - The Black Swordsman

Episode 02 - Manga Reread 01 - The Black Swordsman

September 22, 2021

The Podhand returns to begin our in-depth analysis of the Berserk manga, beginning with the first episode, The Black Swordsman! We discuss Guts’ awkward one night stand, the physicality of The Dragonslayer, Miura’s psycho-sexual imagery, more Draculas, post-apocalyptic social Darwinism, and horse murder!

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Episode 01 - The Prototype
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