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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 259
« on: July 21, 2005, 09:21:17 AM »
Hmm, is silver known to be effective against astral beings? I thought the Tiger's fur was on fire there, or was that smoke the effect of the silver?

By the way, Miura is not taking a mini-break this time, the next issue of YA will be coming out in three weeks on August the 12th (second Friday of the month).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 259
« on: July 21, 2005, 12:58:47 AM »
Episode 259 is out. :beast:

Brief synopsis:
Demon Tiger trashes the party and starts feasting on the nobles. Farnese grabs a nearby candlestand and tries to burn the motherfucker. :badbone: Tiger is pissed and attacks Farnese, but Serpico comes to the rescue and takes her to safety. On the final page we see Guts and the rest arrive at the scene too.

Next episode August 12: Guts vs Tiger?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 259
« on: July 14, 2005, 06:56:25 PM »
Well, there are different ways of interpreting the word, I just put up "magic" this morning because the familiars are created from sorcery by Ganishka's priests. I think I'd go with "Demon Tiger" or "Evil Tiger" myself rather than sinister or suspicious though, now those sound weird to me. :guts: It's open to suggestions anyway, not set in stone or anything...

That's true of course, but I thought maybe a different word could be used this time instead of always using standard vocabulary with words like 'Evil' and 'Demon' again. :puck:
But 妖 here gives definitely the feeling of something dark, sinister or evil. And perhaps Miura also chose 妖 here to hint at the fact that we're talking about something under the control of a magical spell. "Bewitched Tiger" would maybe be a possible attempt to catch that meaning in English? But whatever, just 'Demon Tiger' is fine too if you don't want to think too much about it all. :serpico:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 259
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:29:46 PM »
Nice early preview. :badbone:

But I think I would translate the title rather as 'Menacing/Threatening/Sinister/Suspicious Tiger' or something. 'Magic Tiger' sounds a bit weird imho.

I actually have a question to those who might know something about it; I have a software for learning Japanese called "Rosetta stone" or something which is meant to be a fairly professional standard of teaching software but have also heard bad things about it. Anyone know if it's any good to learn from?

No, it sucks imho. Definitely not worth its money (and luckily I didn't have to pay anything for it). The only thing this program does is throw a Japanese sentence (spoken and/or plain text) at you and you simply have to choose the correct accompanying picture with that sentence. That is all this wonderful program is. If you don't know how particles, verb/adjective inflections or compound verbs work well that's too bad, because the program won't explain anything to you. It assumes you will automatically start to understand these things as you go, which you won't. Well, at least I didn't. It did help me increase my vocabulary a bit though, but that's it.

Anyway, if you already have a firm grip on the basics of the language you might give this one a try, but I wouldn't pay a dime for it.

Character Cove / Re: Favorite Berserk character
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:21:32 PM »
The Beast. 8)

My avatar disturbing? Are you sure it isn't your own mind that's disturbing? ;)

As for the difficulty of learning a language, like Aazealh said it's subjective and it also depends on what your mother tongue is and how similar it is to the one you're learning. There's no such thing as the most difficult language on earth. A friend of mine is studying Finnish and he doesn't think it's that hard. He's even going to study there next year.

Also, I am thinking about buying (in addition to Japanese for Busy People) a book called "Remembering the Kanji" by Heisig.  Has anyone had any experience with it?

I've worked with that book for a while, but dropped it after learning about 200-300 keywords for kanji with it. I do think it's a pretty good method but it just didn't suit my personal style of learning. I really didn't have the motivation or patience to go and remember like 2000 English keywords for the kanji without even knowing how they're pronounced or how they're being used in context. His mnemonics are pretty easy to remember though; I still have over 100 Heisig stories stuck into my head. ;D

And I'm personally not really a fan of the 'Japanese for Busy People' series, although they're of course very popular. You should especially avoid the romaji version, since they will later only cause you more problems once you have to make the switch to kana/kanji. Better get used to kana right away; they're not that hard to learn anyway.

But about the actual contents of 'Japanese for Busy People', I believe it's more aimed at business people who need to learn Japanese, so you learn a lot of Japanese used in the business world but less of the real spoken Japanese you hear on the streets.
Personally I would recommend the Nakama or the Genki series, which are often being used in university programs. Japanese for Everyone is also a pretty good and not expensive textbook, which I've been using a lot myself. Objectively speaking not as good as the Nakama or Genki series, but it's better designed for self-study, it's cheap and also teaches you normal, natural Japanese (+500 kanji).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 258
« on: June 23, 2005, 09:31:05 PM »
By the way, who else loved Sonja's expression in the final panel of page 10? I thought that really spoke volumes about her rebellious character and stance towards the relationship between Griffith and Charlotte. ;D

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 258
« on: June 23, 2005, 07:06:37 PM »
Irvine: For several days you run through nature and keep chasing prey.
Irvine: You hide alone deep into the forest.
Irvine: Night after night, until you lose any sense of time, and then...
Sonja: and then?
Irvine: ....before you know it, you have become an animal (beast) yourself.

(Thanks to Mizar for the translation)

Sounds a lot like Guts and his Black Swordsman phase, if you change "days" to "years."

Yeah, I personally was thinking of the line "He who fights with monsters might take care, lest he thereby become a monster."
After all, Miura loves Nietzsche. ;)

By the way, I have patched the above translation up a bit to make it flow a bit better:

Irvine: For days you continue to hunt your prey running through the wilderness. You hide alone deep in the forest.
Irvine: Night after night, until you lose any sense of time, and then...
Sonja: and then?
Irvine: ....before you know it, you have become an animal (beast) yourself.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 258
« on: June 22, 2005, 07:31:46 PM »
thats probably cause theres text in it...

Yeah, right.

Special Bonus question: from which volume is this image? You receive extra points if you give the correct page number as well. :D

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 257
« on: June 20, 2005, 12:03:11 AM »
I doubt Sonja will even mention the presence of Schierke (and the others) to Griffith. She seems to like Schierke quite a bit and I don't think she wants to put her in any more danger by making her into a potential target. But who knows?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 257
« on: June 17, 2005, 06:00:28 AM »
Okay, now to try and get this thread back on track, I hope everyone realized I was actually joking with the new title. ^_^; It was just my own guess, based on the fact that princess Charlotte is the latest addition to the new band of the hawks and her place there has yet to be defined.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 257
« on: June 16, 2005, 08:43:21 PM »
Sonya returns to the neohawks with news.

Someone here has been reading the YA preview? ;)

Anyway, the new title will be "A dream of a Princess" (姫の夢).

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Top anime
« on: June 11, 2005, 03:54:57 PM »
I think I've listed my favorites before in another old thread, but since a lot of things have changed since then I might as well post my new list here:

1. Koi Kaze (not for everyone, romantic slice-of-life drama with a serious incest theme)
2. TEXHNOLYZE (not many people have seen this one but it's an absolutely awesome cyberpunk series!)
3. Serial Experiments Lain (also cyberpunk)
4. NGE
5. Kino no Tabi
6. Gunslinger Girl
7. Saikano

Gungrave was also pretty good, but most of Brandon's gunfights just looked ridiculous and I couldn't help but feel bored sometimes while watching this. There are a few striking similarities with Berserk though, especially the relationship between Harry and Brandon felt very similar to the one between Griffith and Guts.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Encounter with Japanese Tourist
« on: June 09, 2005, 10:25:32 PM »
Well, technically it shouldn't really matter whether you write it in katakana or kanji, but I agree that writing the title of Berserk in kanji does seem a bit weird.

Anyway, just joking around a little, you can take the winning point of this argument home if you want. ;)

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Encounter with Japanese Tourist
« on: June 09, 2005, 09:33:20 PM »
That's a nice story, sadly I haven't met a real Japanese Berserk fan myself yet or even someone who has seen or read it. Although plenty of them can be found on Japanese forums on the net of course. :)

Hehe, that's a cool anecdote conan, however Berserk is written in Katakana, not Kanji. Just nitpicking. ;D

What about 狂戦士?

Sorry, just counter-nitpicking. :P

Video Games / Re: What's your favorite video games?
« on: June 07, 2005, 11:25:33 PM »
Best game I've ever played is Planescape:Torment; a dark fantasy RPG set in the world of Planescape, which you could call the 'astral realm' of the DnD universe the Forgotten Realms. It has an amazing story, very charming characters, an excellent atmosphere and it has the best writing I have ever seen in a video game. 8)

The story is about a man covered with scars all over his body who suddenly wakes up inside a mortuary without any knowledge of who and where he is. Not even his name is known so throughout the game he is referred to as the "Nameless One". Of course you as the player will have to help him find out who he is and how he ended up in this weird place full of bizarre things like walls that can give birth and women with tails and wings. A talking floating skull (Morte) is with you in the mortuary as well who calls you 'chief' and informs you that some text has been tattooed on your back (yeah there is some striking resemblance with the movie Memento here, but PS:T came out first so it can't be a rip-off). Anyway, this will be your first clue to uncover your own past and thus the journey starts.

I really can't think of any other game which engrossed and intrigued me as much as this game. Sadly they don't make games like this anymore. :'(

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:Why do we pay attention to Troll-Boy?
« on: March 01, 2004, 09:23:35 AM »
Yes, I just never bothered to register until October, 2003.

You're lying, man, and you know it. You weren't around when paradise lost was here. Neither was I, btw.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:The Passion of Christ
« on: February 27, 2004, 10:59:05 AM »
For Saint Elmo phenomenon I believe is not that important on being on top of a hill. Important thing that you have an elevated object that can act as discharger in middle of a storm.
Being on top of a hill is more an issue about lightnings. Correct me if I am wrong.

I'm not exactly sure about the details myself, but Saint Elmo's fire has been observed around ship and radio masts, airplanes and other objects of high altitude. It has also been observed around heads of humans and animals.

I think the top of a hill also counts as an object of high altitude, so I guess it could still be Saint Elmo's fire, although it might also be some other electrical phenomenon. An actual lightning strike as we know it seems unlikely to me, since the person in question wasn't really hurt.

By the way, according to the statistics every single year approximately 100 people are killed and 400-500 are injured in the US because of lightning strikes.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:The Passion of Christ
« on: February 26, 2004, 03:00:22 PM »
I certainly wouldnt expect that.

Why not? Have you ever heard of Saint Elmo's fire? It looks like lightning but it usually doesn't hurt the person. I think that's what actually happened here, and it's not such a rare phenomenon, especially when you're standing on the top of a hill with an umbrella in the middle of a thunderstorm. ::)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:The Passion of Christ
« on: February 26, 2004, 12:21:35 PM »
I found it interesting to hear that the main actor Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning twice during the filming of the movie.

Well, what would you expect when you're standing on top of a hill holding an umbrella...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:*coughs* allow me to clear my throat.
« on: February 25, 2004, 09:22:26 PM »
I was aking if you are qualified to name that point pseudo-scientific. Which means that I was asking if you are able to prove that the point respects no scientific truth.

Your words: "Yeah, sorry but what I said it's not my opinion but medical fact, at least for now. Influenece to psychology in regards of human relationships due to scents of each sex. Mechanisms of psychology development while growing up from infantile age to maturity."

It might be because of your broken English, but this really sounded like random pseudo-scientific babble to me. It's vague, doesn't make much sense and doesn't even seem to relate to what you were saying before. That's why I was using the term pseudo-scientific; it sounds interesting at first glance, but you don't seem to be making any valid point at all here. It's a medical fact that children need a female parent? Due to scents of each sex and mechanisms of psychology development?

Anyway, let's get back to the focus of this discussion. To summarize here, you were saying that gay couples and singles shouldn't be allowed to adopt children because you are of the opinion that a child has a higher chance to grow up healthy by having both a male and female parent. You try to back this up by saying that according to current medical research the female scent is important for a baby's development. Well, let me show you my two main objections with this argument here.

The first one is that I think you fail to realize that there's just so much more to psychological development than this. Its entire role (if any) in the entire process is completely insignificant if you compare it to the importance of other factors, like the amount of love and support a child receives from its parents, or how well the parents are able to guide their child on the road to adulthood. Also the rest of the (social) environment of the child plays a large role as well, of course. So, within this context I have just described I find the actual influence of the presence or absence of a female parent to be completely insignificant. There are in my opinion simply much more important factors to consider when you look at the psychological development of child --> adult as a whole.

My second objection is that it's just not necessary and even entirely impossible to create an ideal situation for a child to grow up in. Only having both a male and female parent is far from ideal; to make it ideal you should also need to look at the personal relationship between the parents, their sense of responsibility, personality, habits (smoking, alcohol, drugs), intelligence, income, social status, etc.. You can't control all these variables, so it's an illusion to think that you're creating a better situation for the child by giving only heterosexual couples the right to adopt children.

Ok, I hope to have explained my personal view on this well and thoroughly enough now, without sounding too arrogant this time. ;)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:*coughs* allow me to clear my throat.
« on: February 25, 2004, 12:58:21 AM »
Anyway are you qualified to name the point pseudo-scientific (if you have even understood it)?
About studies, any well-known textbook of human psychology-fysiology with info on that matter will do. Unfortunatelly, I don't have the time to make a schedule for you to study. Make your way yourself or go and ask a psychiatrist and a psychologist.

I am currently in the process of getting a university's master degree in Psychology, fyi, so yes, I think I'm qualified to use the term pseudo-scientific. :) There is simply no such study which clearly shows that children need a female parent to be able to grow up as a psychological healthy human being. Chemical reactions, scents, my ass. The psychological development of a human being isn't as simple as you make it seem here, it depends on so many factors that we can't make any solid statements about the influence of the presence or absence of a female parent within this whole complex process.

Anyways, you want to deny gay couples (and single parents) the possibility to have and raise children just because you think they'll have a lower chance to grow up in good psychological health? Yes? Well, that's interesting, by the way, did you know that children who grow up in wealthy families generally do better than children from less wealthy families? So don't you think that because of this we should only allow fairly rich couples the right to have children? Oh yeah, and every couple should of course also first pass a bunch of psychological and physical tests before they are allowed to have children. I mean, here lies obviously a grave potential risk to the development of the future child as well. ::)

I could go on but I think my point has been made already.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re:*coughs* allow me to clear my throat.
« on: February 24, 2004, 11:21:57 PM »
Yeah, sorry but what I said it's not my opinion but medical fact, at least for now.

This is a contradiction. I'll just leave it at that, since the rest of what you wrote was just pseudo-scientific nonsense. Show me some studies, please.

I guess a lot, but we are comparing percentages.

So where are the numbers?

Do you know how many gays you have in Holland in respect of the population?

About 10%, I think. About as much as in the rest of the world, I guess.

Anyway, yes Holland or more precisely Amsterdam (imho   :)) has made a tourist attraction out of silly issues such as this.

Whatever the "tourists" wants to see. Gay marriage is not a big deal for us, but hey, if we can make some more money because tourists are curious about it, well.... why not? ;D

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