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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Resumes April 11
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:25:03 AM »
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Calling for a major character to arbitrarily die without precedent sounds a little morbid to me. And the way you've worded this makes it sound like the God Hand are actively hunting Guts down just to torture him, which just isn't the case. Guts was in Slan's realm when she manifested.

I may be wrong Walter, but I just have a feeling we will see some fairly epic battles involving Guts and his crew.  Given the sense of realism the series has tried to create, sooner or later there are bound to be casualties.  Unless people think that Guts is going to go it alone and take revenge on Griffith (or just give up on that altogether, and we've seen the last of The Beast).  So I guess on some level it is morbid, but so was a lot of early Berserk (the Eclipse in particular).  My hunch is that the internal dilemma of protecting the people he cares about and seeking revenge is going to play out in rather dramatic fashion, and Guts has had a tendency of trying to rationalize what he should do and what he wants (as in the Black Swordsman arc).  I wonder if he won't rationalize that he can protect the people he cares about, while taking them with him on his journey to seek out Griffith.  I'm also not too clear on what the God Hand's ability to effect the world is now, but I have to believe that even they are very interested in the abilities of those in Skellig.  So it seems to me that Guts is setting himself up to find that thing he thought he had lost (again), in this new band and Casca, only to possibly throw it all away (again).  I think it all hinges on Casca when/if she regains herself.  Maybe Guts won't make the same mistake, we shall see said the blind man.

EDIT:  *Just picking up on the "without precedent" part, I think the precedent I was trying to reference (albeit not as well as I wanted) was the original Band of the Hawk.  Guts could once again find that thing he lost, but will he lose it again just as he lost Judo, Pippin, etc?  So I'm seeing a parallell here that you don't agree with or don't expect to play out, I think.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Resumes April 11
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:57:21 AM »
I'm going to make a few surprise predictions/things I hope to see in 2014, in keeping with Walter's itemized questions.
1.  Finally, we see Skellig, but the peace doesn't last long because Falconia's forces are on the way.
2.  With the help of the Elf King, Casca regains herself, Farnese and Casca both have to confront their new roles and relationship with Guts.
3.  Rickert at first is ambivalent about what to do in regard to Griffith, until he realizes staying in Falconia means pitting himself against Guts & co.
4.  I'm not predicting a new group member, but very possibly the demise of a group member.  Sooner or later we're going to get a darker arc, and I don't think the God Hand (well, at least Slan  :slan: ) are going to let Guts' suffering end anytime soon. 
5.  Isidro will continue being the most underrated character who people aren't mentioning enough!  I also hope/predict his relationship with Guts, and the parallel with Guts' relationship to Gambino, is explored more in depth.

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I hope this thread isn't out of line, but when I logged in and saw my account stats, it just hit me.  Pretty crazy to think an entire decade of my life has passed by, and SK.net has been here the entire way.  I posted on the old BSOM board, but haven't been very active here.  I definitely want to change that, start contributing more and not just leech translations.  Still, it's pretty crazy to think that this site has outlived Nintendo Power, GamePro, the Anime Web Turnpike and so many other stalwarts of gaming and anime.  So I just wanted to say kudos to the staff, and here's to another 10 years.  And Olivier Hague, please come home.   :judo:

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:53:26 PM »
Status update: My order has shipped, according to RightStuf. We should know the quality of the reprints soon. Anybody else get a notice?
I also received one, so fingers crossed anyway.  I'll update when I get them, I ordered 1-10.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: October 30, 2013, 05:02:08 PM »
Progress update, RightStuf doesn't have the items in stock.

From an email I just got:
For reference I ordered vols 1-5.

Anyone else experience this?

Same here, I ordered 1-10, and was planning to buy them all in 10 vol. chunks as money allowed.  I'm holding out hope I'll still get them, anyway.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iBNYldUDMo

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“Are you going to make a sequel to Army of Darkness?”

“The last one was twenty-two years ago,” replied Campbell. “I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I use to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here.”

When the fan told him a lot of people would want to see it, Campbell said, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”

Then Campbell got more serious, and he added, “Alright sir, the answer is yes.”

Then on Twitter - https://twitter.com/fedalvar
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  “@thielebenjamin: Hey @fedalvar will you be directing the Army Of Darkness 2 movie?” Sam Raimi will!

No clue on when shooting would begin or a possible release date, but this is still great news.

There is more complete analysis on comicbook.com - http://comicbook.com/blog/2013/10/18/bruce-campbell-confirms-he-will-do-army-of-darkness-sequel/

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Speculation Nation / Re: Will We Ever See Jill Again?
« on: October 05, 2013, 04:14:07 PM »
I really hope that a lot of our favorite side characters have migrated to Falconia. I love Jill too. It would be so amazing to see her again.

I'm still hoping to see Theresia.
I think you're right that Falconia is the most likely place, I was just looking at it from the perspective of how they could encounter Guts again.  One thing I really would like to get a better sense of when the series resumes is whether anyone else is still holding their own outside of Falconia, or if the only humans will be Guts & Co. at Skellig and those who survive with Griffith's protection.  I can't imagine Jill's village could hold out since even a raiding party was able to soundly overrun them, and who knows where Theresia is.  Seeing as how Luca and the other girls went with Jerome, I'd imagine they're at Falconia already (if they're alive anyway).

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Speculation Nation / Re: Will We Ever See Jill Again?
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:57:13 AM »
. Does anybody think we might hear from her again eventually? I realize the odds are slim, but who knows.

I've thought about this a lot, and I think that if we see her again (or Luca or Jerome for that matter) it would probably be at the end of the series.  I could imagine Miura trying to tie up all of the loose ends, as he takes Berserk very seriously and develops the storyline far in advance.  Depending on how you think the series might progress, the human population may become so small that they have no choice but to be gathered together and encounter Guts again.  Or, whatever Guts final confrontation with Griffith becomes, it could be on such a large, earth shattering scale that Miura feels it's worth it to show us their reactions. 

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http://blindsquirrelprops.com/army-of-darkness-mechanical-hand/
The prop designer who built Ash's replacement hand in Army of Darkness just posted a detailed guide on how he did it.  I'm guessing anyone who would want to cosplay as a post-Eclipse Guts would find this useful, too.   :guts:

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: September 24, 2013, 06:43:21 PM »
One thing I find interesting about those numbers, YA without Berserk actually has less circulation than a lot of American indie comics.  I know Japan is a smaller population, but by that logic I wonder if something closer to the American comic model might work for established mangakas like Miura?  Things have more or less stabilized for the independent books in the U.S. even in light of piracy and the move to digital, I'd be curious to know if Japanese readers would be willing to buy individual series printed that way.  Plus, I'd imagine the production costs would be similar, since most American indie comics are black and white as well, so it could work.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:32:11 AM »
Well, The Hawks already bit the dust and the other scanlaters who replaced them don't have enough posters to warrant me yelling at them (I already checked).   :ganishka:  I bought the original Dark Horse run, and I think I'm going to go ahead and order these again since some of my copies are worse for wear now and I want to support the series (and make sure I never pay $100 for a volume if I need a replacement).


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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:27:15 PM »
I have to say, I really, really hope people buy these and support them.  I don't post very often, but I remember maybe 6 or 7 years ago when people were boycotting Dark Horse over the sound effects and other minor issues and while those concerns are valid, this really is make or break for Berserk in the U.S. right now.  Between the economy, piracy, and the transition in consumer tastes, publishers of comics and manga are really hurting, and Dark Horse and others have cancelled a lot of series in mid-run.  I doubt Berserk is in danger of that outright, but smaller future print runs could drive up prices all over again if we don't show them demand is out there.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: A lack of Berserk - Dark Horse & DMP
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:22:10 AM »
This is great news, but the question I have is whether these are coming out sequentially or all 34 at once? 
EDIT:  Nevermind, I checked each out of print volume and they all list that date.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: August 04, 2013, 07:13:09 AM »
Given the Berserk/Evil Dead 2 similarities, I thought people might be interested to know that the Evil Dead 2 remake is now official.  Fede Alvarez is writing the script, but it's not a definite he's directing again this time, yet.  http://collider.com/evil-dead-2-sequel-fede-alvarez-interview/

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:47:14 PM »
Thanks for that info, Bender, but I'm just stuck between a rock and a hard place here.  I actually have a near complete YA run, because I bought all of the Berserk 90's back issues from a friend who used to own a comic book store, and I've had a Sasuga Books subscription since the early 2000's, so I hate to stop now.  But the hassle of ordering and prices of CD Japan are just really a big hurdle, and I live in Cincinnati so there are no Japanese bookstores anywhere close to me.  Sasuga Books was great because you could just buy a one year subscription at a reasonable price and forget about it, so I may go the CD Japan route if the series resumes regular publication again.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:28:07 PM »
This is the stupidest shit I've seen in the thread so far. Congratulations!  :ubik:
Hey, early onset Alzheimer's is at an all time high. :troll:

On an unrelated note, I'm guessing by the lack of a response so far that no one knows of a way to sign up for a monthly YA subscription anymore?  RIP, Sasuga Books. :judo:

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How are we supposed to determine such a thing...?
Maybe Miura decided to sell out and generate some major videogame/action figure sales over the break, and the new episode will feature Round 1 of the Berserk Tenkaichi Budokai in the city square of Falconia? :troll:

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk e-manga?
« on: June 28, 2013, 06:15:37 PM »
I have no idea how their contract with Dark Horse is set up, but it would be great if this leads to the out of print volumes being made available in English online, so new fans have a way to be introduced to the series without being gouged on eBay or Amazon Marketplace.

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Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:47:03 PM »
No information known. If anyone has been importing these issues of Young Animal, first of all wow, and second of all, perhaps he's been leaving comments along with the other authors there, and there could be some information there.

That being said, I peruse the Japanese boards every day and have seen no relevant information.
 :schierke:
Not to get too off topic, but do you know of a good way to do that now, Walter? I had a Sasuga Books subscription, but since they went belly up I've just been buying the collected volumes.  I'm pretty bummed out about it, but at least the other manga I had a YKO subscription for (Trigun and Hellsing) had ended.

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Site & Forum News / Re: New Look to SKnet
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:26:09 PM »
I haven't posted in awhile, but I thought I'd say I do enjoy the new layout, though it makes me feel a bit nostalgic considering how long the old one was here. :judo:

EDIT:  Also, is the Flash Chat gone, or am I just not seeing it?

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Video Games / Re: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
« on: November 15, 2007, 02:47:22 PM »
I can't say for sure as I haven't finished it yet, but a large hunk of it does take place in the RE3 setting, actually.  I did read the IGN review and they seem to agree with me, and apparently there is no RE 2 or 4 stuff at all, which is kind of disappointing.  I would still recommend it, though.

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Video Games / Re: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
« on: November 15, 2007, 03:13:34 AM »
I have played this game for about 3 hours instead of writing a paper, and I must say that it's a lot of fun as long as you don't mind it being RE3 oriented. Also, the controls are kind of sluggish and the zombies seem to move at somewhere in the neighborhood of RE3 speed, but it's some great RE fanservice if nothing else.  It convinced me to quit playing Crisis Core for awhile anyway, and that's definitely something.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Immigrating.
« on: August 12, 2007, 09:12:08 PM »
Heh, Bob, you're definitely right that states rights were the cause for most Confederates.  My ancestors just wanted to keep their slaves, though, and were afraid of having to keep them on as sharecroppers, or at least that is how our oral family history has always told it. They didn't even respect the right of Ohio to ban slavery, after all, and were hoping that the southeastern counties would secede into West Virginia and Kentucky.

Still though, my cousins who have Confederate flags in their garages and whatnot just drive me nuts, but what can you do?

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Immigrating.
« on: August 12, 2007, 06:52:39 PM »
Not to completely jump in here, but I'm from the Appalachian part of Ohio, and most people in the southeastern quarter of the state consider themselves southerners (I'm talking Chillicothe, Portsmouth, and all of the river towns for my follow Ohioans).  There are several barns along I-71, which connects Cincinnati to Cleveland, that have confederate flags on them and are nationally prominent for being centers of KKK activity as well.  In fact, several counties in southern Ohio held slaves in defiance of the constitution until the Civil War, it's just that historians haven't really dealt with this in any great detail.  I actually have quite a few ancestors on my mother's side who fought for the Confederacy despite being from Ohio, and some of my ancestors owned slaves in southern Ohio.

Honestly, about half of them use the Confederate flag because their families have considered themselves "southern" for generations, and some are just blatantly racist.  I'd say it's about 50/50.  I'm not surprised that you "haven't seen it", it's not like people overtly advertise it in this day and age, it's the kind of thing that's kept in private by those who still hold those beliefs.  For instance, most of the farmers where i live kept confederate flags in their barns, but would never dare to fly them outside.  Frankly, I find the racist aspect disgusting, but I do understand why those who have ancestors who died fighting for the Confederacy feel some connection.  Personally I don't, and think the flag should be frowned upon, mainly because I realize how wrong my ancestors were for holding slaves and fighting for their right to do so.

So yeah, you crazy coastal people don't really know what goes on in private in the border states, and Bob is right on the money.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Immigrating.
« on: August 12, 2007, 01:00:34 PM »
I have to say, if you don't like the American "zeitgeist", you'd best like the more left leaning European socialist politics, because things really aren't that different in Europe aside from that strain.  Before Aaz attacks me, yes, I concede France is the exception in some ways, being a very secular and socialist leaning country when compared to England and Germany (I actually was shocked to find that I was one of two practicing Catholics on a tour of Notre Dame that numbered about 50!  I mean, you people kicked out the Hugenots). 

But frankly, you can take the rail across the continent and find very little variation aside from language these days, what with globalization.  I think the Europe that is portrayed in American media is really the Europe of the 80's or early 90's, but the EU has really changed things.  Capitalism is a bitch, I'm afraid.  In my experience, anti-american sentiment within the EU is generated more by the residents of European countries detesting their embrace of many elements of our culture and economy than reflecting their outright differences when compared to us (again, France being an exception).  It's really reactionary in regard to changes that have already set in, as opposed to fighting ones that are yet to come, I'm afraid.

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