5 episodes

Media and culture podcast focusing on Kentaro Miura‘s Berserk, dark fantasy, horror and all things grimdark. Hosted by JR, Mattie and Kay.

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Media and culture podcast focusing on Kentaro Miura‘s Berserk, dark fantasy, horror and all things grimdark. Hosted by JR, Mattie and Kay.

    Episode 05 - Anime 01 - 97 + 16 Ep 01

    Episode 05 - Anime 01 - 97 + 16 Ep 01

    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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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 04 - Fist of the North Star

    Episode 04 - Fist of the North Star

    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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    • 57 min
    Episode 03 - Manga Reread 02 - The Brand

    Episode 03 - Manga Reread 02 - The Brand

    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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    • 47 min
    Episode 02 - Manga Reread 01 - The Black Swordsman

    Episode 02 - Manga Reread 01 - The Black Swordsman

    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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    • 58 min
    Episode 01 - The Prototype

    Episode 01 - The Prototype

    The PodHand Episode 01 - The Prototype
    Content Warning: Swearing, mentions of violence and sexual assault

    00:00: Preamble. Kay's statements on Kentaro Miura's passing and the possible future of Berserk.

    04:30: Interstitial music: Guts Theme, Susumu Hirasawa

    04:50: Host introductions. Who we are, how we came to Berserk and what it means to us, and our relationships to dark fantasy and horror. Discussion of The PodHand's discussion goals and Berserk's canonical place in genre literature and media. Discussion includes: Game of Thrones, Ladyhawke, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Star Wars, Flesh + Blood, Rutger Hauer, JRR Tolkien, A Song of Ice & Fire, China Mieville

    16:45: Interstitial music: Ladyhawke Theme, Andrew Powell

    17:00: New to Berserk? Interested in getting deeper but don't know where to start? We offer some recommendations. Discussion includes: Susumu Hirasawa.

    21:00: Interstitial music: Forces 1.5, Susumu Hirasawa

    21:15 Introduction to Berserk's "The Prototype" chapter. A comics portfolio piece by Kentaro Miura dating to his college days in 1988, this 48-page self-contained short story introduces many characters and concepts that form the basis of Berserk. The Prototype would be later published in English by Dark Horse Comics as an addendum to Berserk Vol. 14 in 2006.

    24:00 Interstitial music: Taurus Demon, Motoi Sakuraba

    24:15 Discussion of "The Prototype". Discussion includes: Alistair Rennie, BleakWarrior, Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard, Akira Kurosawa, Yojimbo, Toshiro Mifune, Fist of the North Star, Violence Jack, Pen-Pen, Lupin III, Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague, Friederich Nietzsche, Joe Abercrombie, Mortal Kombat, Highlander, JRR Tolkien, The Odyssey, CS Lewis, Kane, Red Sonya, Jirel of Joiry, Michael Moorcock, George RR Martin, Game of Thrones, Thieves' World, The Black Company, The Epic of Gilgamesh, DevilMan, Castlevania, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Vlad Tepesh, Elizabeth Bathory, Gilles de Rais, Norse Eddas, King Arthur, Hideo Gosha, "zankoku chambara" (cruel swords) jidaigeki, spaghetti westerns, The Man With No Name, Sergio Leone, The Magnificent Seven, Albrecht Durer, Heironymous Bosch, George Lucas, Warhammer 40,000, The Rose of Versailles, Go Nagai

    1:22:45 Kentaro Miura's interview with Tetsuo Hara regarding manga workload, burnout and aging.

    1:25:00 Kentaro Miura interviewed about Star Wars and its radical effect on Japanese genre media. Discussion includes: Shotaro Ishinomori, Message from Space, Vic Morrow, Kamen Rider, Godzilla, Ultra, Jupiter, Eiji Tsuburaya.

    1:29:00 Discussion of fan harassment of Young Animal and Kentaro Miura's assistants on social media. Don't do that! Discussion includes: John Podhoretz.

    1:31:30 Outro

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Infinite Rewind ,

I Wish More Folks Did it This Way

I started Berserk mere weeks before Miura passed. While I was immediately engrossed with the narrative and saw plenty of its influence in other media/art I dig, I saw potential for branching off into other art which I’ve yet to experience. This podcast not only delivers confirmation on that potential, but delivered the most respectful, encouraging version of “you don’t even know the half of it yet” that I wish more shows focused on experiencing one specific piece or series achieved.

I was not ready for this, nor do I wish it be anything else. This show is amazing!

whothewu ,

A literary informed look at Berserk

Great analysis of Berserk that delves deep in its themes as well as its many influences both within the world of manga as well as outside of it in film and classic works of literature.

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