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

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