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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: Today at 02:27:26 AM »


See you in another 12 years!  :puck:  I guess I can revisit the Hawk of the Millennium Arc and onward (I'm about sick of the Golden Age Arc), and contribute more here.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: Today at 12:10:16 AM »
On average, what's the time between the Japanese release and a translated, Dark Horse release in English?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 25, 2018, 11:45:12 PM »
I wouldn't say I was a dick. I just used expressions and replied to things that in hindsight are cringy or sounded off about shit that I literally could not give two fucks about now.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:58:31 PM »
Franz is probably talking about SPCs.

Sounds familiar. Definitely wasn't MIDI, haha.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:48:23 PM »
Soundtracks I'd revisit (need to buy most of them):

Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy IV
Mario Kart 64
Super Mario World
ESPN Extreme Games/1Xtreme (great metal/rock jams)

I hesitate to throw in Final Fantasy VII, only because I wasn't a giant fan of the game but the soundtrack is very nostalgic. There's some great interpretations of the above Mario games I don't delve too deep into covers etc, because...nerds...but there's some impressive stuff out there.

Back in the late 90's/early 2000's I used to have tracks ripped from the games (emulation days) that were literally had no end time. I forgot the format, but you needed a plugin for Winamp in order to listen to them, but they were fantastic because they were free, basically 0kb, and the authentic source.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 20, 2018, 08:28:26 PM »
Welcome back Franz! Good to see old members of the forum coming back, so I can get to know them through their comments!

As long as you don't look at my old comments, yeesh. (#douche) And thanks!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 14, 2018, 11:30:42 PM »
Yeah, LOST was in particular what I was referencing. Once they set the number of seasons they really got back on track. Same disease has spread to The Venture Brothers.

For reference, I maintain a release schedule for the past 20 years. It's simple, and not pretty, but it's easy to digest the whole history of the series' breaks at a glance:

Aha, that's where I saw it! Yeah, that barren 2013 is quite scary.

Lots of Xeno stuff
You've nailed it - the story is what kept me coming back after the fighting style hooked me in. Replayed the hell out of that game (and dove in head-first with the merch, what a pain in the ass importing), especially once PSX emulation made the game run quickly, smoothly, and beautifully. Amazing what a decent video card did for the game textures.

But yeah, with a hugely in-depth history, a manga would definitely have worked. For that same reason is why Xenosaga blew. They stretched the very first chapter into 3 games and diverged from the things you loved in Xenogears. I'm relatively sure I did finish Episode 2, but the standard monster battles lasted fucking forever that it was a huge chore.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:02:02 PM »

I should have clarified As long as there's some general end in sight, or rough outline planned, I'm okay with breaks. I typically dislike it when authors, showrunners, etc just mindlessly wander and cash in on the hype. A general plotline shows that you've taken consideration in making your stories count. I have the same worries with The Walking Dead graphic novels too. I'm glad to hear that Miura's possibly got it set up for conclusion. When I wiki'd the past release schedule it looked rather grim, never mind the note about how one of his big inspirations ran 100+ volumes.

I thought I'd check out the SK podcast as I struggled w/my account info the other day, but tapped out about 3/4 through for fear of any big spoilers. Glad to see you and SK are going strong.

BTW: What did you think of how Xenosaga ended up, and did you ever jump into Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

Well, I'll put it this way: I struggled through Episode 2, never purchased Episode 3. Years later, I'm almost finally through selling my complete Xenogears (which I still love) and Xenosaga merchandise collection. What a waste of money in hindsight! Never even blinked at Xenoblade, though Intangir from I believe played through those which he generally liked. I'd be happy to drone on in a PM, haha.

Shootin' the Breeze / Returning old member
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:04:19 AM »
Hung around from 2003-2006 reading the scans from Skullknight and Band of the Hawk (RIP?), eventually started buying the Dark Horse releases to support Berserk stateside and to have physical copies. Somewhere along volume 27 I tapped out, either because Dark Horse hadn't released further, or I just grew out of it.

I always remained a fan of the series and checked in over the years to see if it was (hopefully) finished so that I could buy up and close out. I gotta say...still pretty bummed it's ongoing only because it's hard for me to stay vested for decades especially when an author has a leisurely pace. Within the past few months I saw Berserk on Netflix, took a peek, and got excited with the show opening featuring characters from the Conviction Arc. Naturally I was disappointed at the outcome. I've only seen clips of the 2016 anime and understand why it's considered shitty, but I'm still curious to see how the manga is interpreted.

So now my interest has been reignited and I return, rapidly approaching volume 39 and likely to lurk here.  :carcus:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: what is this from?
« on: August 20, 2006, 02:35:21 AM »
Send it to hell!! :O

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 18, 2006, 01:58:14 PM »
Works for me, considering I only BUY the stuff once a year at AX and catch up at 5 volumes at once.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Part of the PC family
« on: May 21, 2006, 03:23:04 PM »
$3000 is a GIANT budget for building your own pc! PCs are much cheaper than macs. For $750 I built:

pentium 4 3.0ghz
80gb hard drive
2gb ram (2 1gb sticks)
dvd burner
geforce 6600gt
heatsink fan
green halogen light
new tower

For the record I am using the soundcard of my old system, as well as its old 40g HD too.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Yo ho, a pirates sequel for me
« on: May 11, 2006, 05:30:19 AM »
We're working on the DVD menus for this right now. Bound to be a popular title anyway.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Carnivale
« on: April 15, 2006, 11:51:03 PM »
Well, according to, Deadwood season 2 is set for release this May. With that, there likely would be Carnivale season 2, but I don't even think they're going to put that on DVD. :(  Give me a break, if shows like Arrested Development can get cancelled yet seen through on DVD, why not just release the 2nd season? NOW I gotta try to BT it all which'll take a few weeks if I'm lucky.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Carnivale
« on: April 08, 2006, 05:13:42 AM »
I bought Carnivale after watching one single episode, but was sold on the series before watching that just because of the DVD packaging.

I too am disgusted that it got cancelled. Does their best at doing what they can, however I doubt HBO or any station will attempt to revive. What I'm worried about is whether or not the 2nd season will make it to DVD. I have a feeling it won't. :( I think the series is MUCH better than Deadwood.

They even have a CarniCon in Woodland Hills, CA (10min from me) but is pretty pricey. Clancy Brown (Brother Justin...and voice of Mr. Krabs on spongebob :D )is a very large supporter of the fanbase. That's very kind/generous of him. Love that guy.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: PC Gaming
« on: February 03, 2006, 03:16:04 PM »
Oh. Yeah. Enemy Territory: Quake Wars will soon be added to the list. ;P

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: PC Gaming
« on: February 01, 2006, 05:50:26 AM »
Quake 2, Quake 3, Quake 4. :)

...and occasionally a MOHAA game, if I want some SP action.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD
« on: January 31, 2006, 02:34:47 AM »
i'm going solely w/what i learned back some 5 months ago, so it might be outdated :I

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD
« on: January 30, 2006, 03:41:05 PM »
Sony and Microsoft are both backing Bluray with their latest gaming systems, so I think Bluray will prove long lasting. In addition, my studio is working w/Bluray features (I specifically have designed a generic template that'll be used as a default design for dvds...assuming Bluray doesn't die), so for that fact alone I'm very supportive of it. :}

Creation Station / Re: Berserk flash movie
« on: September 12, 2005, 03:41:54 AM »
Actually, I could just listen/watch the "Matt DAMON!" part over and over. Gj. Way to earn yer keep.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Cheap, Exquisite Meals
« on: August 27, 2005, 01:58:01 AM »
I love salmon...yet, I also love burgers. The two sound like a match made in heaven, but for some reason salmon burgers sounds like a disappointment.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Dragon Slayer replica on ebay!
« on: July 31, 2005, 04:00:29 AM »

I don't think I need to even comment on that...

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Dragon Slayer replica on ebay!
« on: July 30, 2005, 08:06:04 PM »
Big sword, big ego, little penis.

Site & Forum News / Re: Chat Room - Now Open
« on: July 30, 2005, 08:00:30 PM »
Pretty nifty. Empty, but nice. :} (OSX Wallpaper?)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: The New Picture Thread
« on: July 20, 2005, 03:55:00 AM »
Walt, that picture gets me so hot. :O

From Anime Expo, feeding the ducks some pie.
...I hate camera phones...

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