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Speculation Nation / Re: What is the future role of Elfhelm
« on: August 31, 2005, 04:56:01 AM »
I'm looking forward to the crew finally reaching Elfhelm. It could be, as egg of the king pointed out, a permanent "safe house" for Guts and co. to return to every once in a while. Or maybe even a beautiful looking Rivendell-esque place, just for comparison's sake. What I'm really hoping for, and this may be a long shot, is some further information on Skull Knight. Despite the ever so popular belief of SK being an elf( :carcus:), King Hanafubuku may have a few words to say about him.

And speaking of Flora, is Griffith aware of Elfhelm and King Hanafubuku? If the king has the power to heal Casca, he probably has some other tricks up his sleeve. Hanafubuku might pose a serious threat to Griffith. I certainly hope Miura doesn't throw us a curve ball by having Elfhelm already destroyed, or as Guts reaches the place, a smiling Griffith and his new Band of the Hawk is shown among flaming ruins. 
:griff: "Hey there, Guts ol' pal.

Then again, the prospect of another confrontation between the two is rather appealing.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: August 31, 2005, 03:57:49 AM »
I don't like "Laban" much either, and I actually posted once about a possible origin for his name (it's really just a guess though).

Still, there's no confirmed official spelling, and so it could be "Laban" as well as "Raban", for all we know. Just a matter of personal preference from the translator.

Thanks for the answer. I was afraid they made an error with the translation. "Laban" isn't horribly bad, but I'm probably going to stick with "Raban." It just sounds much better, IMO.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: August 30, 2005, 01:11:53 AM »
i just re-read number 8 and it reminds me of how great an issue it is. on that note they have the date for issue 9 still set for 10/12/05.

Nice. One day before my birthday. :serpico: I hope they put the preview up soon. It's usually taken from the first couple of pages, and we all know what happens at the beginning of volume 9. :SK: All the fans who are reading Berserk for the first time are in for a great volume.

just in case you don't have issue 8 yet i have to say its high quality and absolutely amazing. great book.

Were there any cut off words or such? I haven't bought the volume yet, but 7 was free of problems except for them labeling Casca, chapter 3 as Casca, chapter 1 in my copy. Funny how they do this when it's written in Japanese right above. Oh well, it's nothing to get bothered by anyway.

I want some akira sized berserk books. I'd have no qualms at all about spending more on them then.

I wish! I think it would be the least they could do in compensation for some horrible errors.

I was wondering if anyone here could give me an answer for something. This is a translation question, but since it pertains to Dark Horse, I figured I'd ask in this thread. Raban's name was changed to "Laban" in Dark Horse's version of volume 7; is this accurate? They've always done a great job with the names before, but "Laban" sounds kind of weird to me. 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Banned of the Hawks... again. =)
« on: August 30, 2005, 12:44:49 AM »
Hey, Griffith. I was just informed by Nomad that your ban was finally lifted. Your ban was uncalled for in the first place and as you probably know, I voiced my opinion on thehawks board and in a lengthy PM to Judea. He likes you, but I was kind of worried he wouldn't see the PM since he doesn't come on or post too often.

If all else failed, I guess I could have sent a message to either G-a-t-s-u or Gurifisu. :guts:

Site & Forum News / Re: New TCG based avatars (picture heavy)
« on: May 21, 2005, 01:38:06 AM »
Holy crap! These are amazing! I wouldn't even know which one to pick from if I were to change my avatar. I'd probably pick the Guts and Serpico one.

Thank you!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What is your favorite band/artist?
« on: May 21, 2005, 01:32:13 AM »
Dream Theater
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Black Light Syndrome/Bozzio Levin Stevens

Basically just progressive stuff. I mostly listen to Dream Theater.

I'll throw in some Metallica and Tool...every now and then.

Best one in my opinion was when the stormtrooper hit his head while walking into the control room where Threepio and Artoo were hiding.

Heh. Definitely one of my favorites. I always wondered how they missed that. I'll have to buy the DVD so I can hear the loud thud.

I managed to see the movie Thursday morning thanks to my friend ordering tickets online. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see anyone dressed up(I was expecting to see Darth Vader or at least Chewbacca), although there were some random kids hitting each other with lightsabers.
Episode III was really great. I was impressed. The final duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin is probably the main reason why I'm going to try to go back and see it again.
John Williams created a great song for the battle and he even mixed in Duel of the Fates at one part.

I was disappointed with two things:

1. The Obi-Wan vs. Grievous duel was too short. Grievous was a maniac in the cartoon but he wasn't anything special in the movie. I guess I just expected more from him. They could have made it longer and a lot better.

2. Anakin pledging himself to Sidious was awkward and too hasty. Right after the part with Mace Windu(don't want to spoil anything), Anakin just automatically turned and joined with Sidious. There was no restraint or anything. It was too quick.

Creation Station / Re: 255 ART and more...(NEW EVILGUTS!)
« on: May 14, 2005, 10:43:10 PM »
Really great job on all the art. Your last piece would make a great wallpaper if it were a lot bigger.

Creation Station / Re: guts B&W drawing
« on: May 14, 2005, 10:40:00 PM »
The detail is phenomenal. You should definitely post more.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: May 14, 2005, 10:30:13 PM »
Hey KuroiKenshin, welcome to!

Honestly, the original manga covers are amazing and the US ones look like they are photocopies of some Faxed color picture.
The original covers are amazing looking, plus, you can remove them.
In the beginning, DH wasn't doing such a great job with the covers. They were a bit faded but the covers look a lot better now, IMO.

Is the translation worth getting it for?
I think so. DH seems to be doing a fine job with the translation and the names are correct thus far.
No Casca. Casca, instead.  :)

Because I really don't mind having the Japanese manga's and the Fan Scanslations.
You can just read along with the text translations found here.

All in all, my real question is: Is the Dark Horse version of Berserk worth spending the ?13.95? on? I mean, the Imports are only averaged at $6.50 a pop. Having that and a scanslation is far superior in my eyes. But to each his own! And for everyone who does love the DH version, I'm not ragging on you, I'm just asking your opinions. Thanks for your time guys!
It's honestly up to you. Even though DH is inferior to the original, it still supports Miura, like C said.
Then again, you really can't go wrong with buying the 28 volumes that are out now and reading along with the text translations.   
I didn't help, did I? Just buy both.  ;D

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How do you introduce berserk
« on: May 14, 2005, 05:05:47 AM »
I'm introducing the series to one of my friends soon enough. I'll probably just tell him the basics like the manga is still running in Japan, and let him form his own opinions of the series. First, I'll show him the anime. If he likes it and wants to find out more I'm going to force him to buy it(he's rich anyway) and tell him to use the translations here.

I won't mention scans at all.  ;D

Creation Station / Re: Gif-a-mania!!!!!
« on: May 14, 2005, 04:52:17 AM »
Haha! Great job, C.

Even Guts needs to take a break from his slaughtering and find a nice fast food restaurant.  ;D

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: May 14, 2005, 04:45:05 AM »
PS: Ah yeah, just to add to the fun, the volumes are cheaper in Korea than in Japan (same thing for the PS2 game), so each volume is approximately $3 or so.
$3 a volume?! Again, lucky them.  ;D
I was pleasantly surprised by the prices of the Japanese volumes. $7.49 at yesasia, for each volume. A great deal in contrast to DH's overpriced editions.

Oh, boo hoo hoo!  My job is sooo hard! Feh.  Dark Horse isn't even doing the translating; Digital Manga is.  Dark Horse's only job is to print and release the volumes, and here the editor is complaining about it.  He talks about how little time they have to check out the proofs...well, I realize everyone has a schedule, but considering printing is the most important job they have to do, I think they should put a little more time and effort into it.  I know printing can be tough when it comes to matching color and value.  Hell, I've had some work print like crap, occassionally.  You never get the same thing printed the same way twice.  But it seems like DH has had so many problems with the trim, and that just seems weird to me.  I don't have any other domestic release manga with that problem, not even other DH releases. I just wish they could get it right for Berserk.  It's a shame.
It's almost like he's trying to say printing is equivalent in difficulty to rocket science.  ::)
You're right about other manga not having the same problem. I purchase Trigun Maximum(also, DH) and there are no trims whatsoever. It really is a shame. They need to take better care with Berserk.

I've never noticed bad trim on the Japanese volumes either, Mormegil.  But he's just shifting the blame anyway, look what he said about Miura:
"I haven't seen Berserk serialized, and I don't know if there are some slight differences in trim proportions from those volumes to the smaller collected editions or if it's just a matter of Miura not paying enough attention to trim when he's creating his pages."
Way to show respect for the creator, man. 
Exactly. His statement is rude and disrespectful but like Aazealh said, the average reader wouldn't know any better and assume it's true. Chris Warner is just throwing excuses around.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: May 13, 2005, 12:06:39 AM »
when Berserk was released in Korea, volumes came out almost every week at first, and the quality was nearly perfect compared to the original. Of course, Korea is very close to Japan, but still, it makes you wonder.
Wow! I really can't believe that. It took Korea about 2-3 months to release volumes 1-7 while DH took a nice snail pace of about 2 years with printing problems included.
I am beginning to wonder.

Here's an anecdote, please don't cry
Haha. Too late.  :'(

Another fun fact: years before Berserk was officially published in Korea, it was available in "pirated" illegal volumes (made from the Young Animal episodes). And I don't mean scanlations or anything, but real printed and bound volumes. Of course, that stopped when official releasing started, but these guys had a volume 13 with the Lost Episode in it
Lucky them. It would be nice of DH to include the Lost Episode in volume 13, but they would probably need Miura's consent.
Anyway, thanks for these very cool facts.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: How are you guys playing Berserk? (PS2)
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:30:00 PM »
Besides a Japanese PS2, I think the best way is to just use the swap magic disks with a fliptop.
After getting one of those nice little "slimline" PS2's for Christmas, I was worried the disks wouldn't work. Luckily, the new 3.3 version of Swap Magic is compatible and it also fixes the CD loader problem. I just needed to buy a fliptop and I was in business.

One swap with the DVD boot disk is all it takes.

Video Games / Re: What's your favorite video games?
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:16:21 PM »
they probably will at the E3.
That's exactly what I'm hoping for. Maybe I'll buy a PSP, after all.

i think i could still beat him. i haven't given it a try in quite some time
I tried it a couple of days ago. Even though I was still able to reach him, he knocked me down in one punch. That damn Tyson...

Video Games / Re: What's your favorite video games?
« on: May 12, 2005, 04:49:05 AM »
Is that the one with Vincent? I heard that there was going to be an FF7 spinoff with Vincent as the main character and for the PS2. Is that it?
The one you're thinking of is "Dirge of Cerberus."
They really don't have too much info. on Crisis Core. favorite games.

Mike Tyson's Punch Out( I can't beat Tyson anymore)
Legend Of Zelda
The original Final Fantasy
Super Mario Brothers 3
Double Dragon

Sega Genesis
Maximum Carnage
Any Sonic game
Comix Zone

Star Fox64
Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Soul Calibur
Power Stone

FF 7-9
Dino Crisis

Super Smash Brothers Melee
Zelda: Windwaker
Resident Evil
Eternal Darkness
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Berserk(This is the only reason why I bought a PS2)
Lord of the Rings: The 3rd Age

Zelda: A link to the past(Originally on SNES. It's my favorite Zelda game)

DirectDK, I spent about an hour browsing through your website today. It's absolutely incredible, from the overall look of the website, detailed and very informative FAQ, your entire collection, to the option of listening to the songs while you browse(what a nice treat!), makes for an impressive site.
I really didn't even know some of those items existed, such as the Beherit Music Box and those really cool Kubrick sets.

You must have been very proud when Art of War sent you that e-mail. Personally, I think you can give their site a run for their money.  ;D
Without a doubt my favorite statues are the God Hand. I can't believe how much it went for! I like how you photoshopp'd Ubik's pole out.

Really great job man. Keep up the good work.  :)

I must get Yoda Puck, the Beherit Music Box, Berserk Armor Guts, and the God Hand!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Top anime
« on: May 11, 2005, 09:08:06 PM »
I'll list my Top Ten.

3.Cowboy Bebop
4.Gundam SEED( Many Gundam veterans would disagree with this choice. I've only seen Wing, G-Gundam , a few episodes of Original Mobile Suit, Seed, and I'm in the process of watching Seed Destiny)
5.Hajime no Ippo( Never thought I would like a boxing anime but hey, it works)
6.Full Metal Alchemist
8.Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
10.Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi( From Gainax who also did FLCL and Evangelion. Wacky show, never fails to make me laugh, and much better than FLCL, IMO.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:51:02 PM »
Thanks for the welcome!

I can understand their reasoning behind wanting Berserk to last a long, long time but at the rate it's going now, I'll be an old man by the time they're finished here in the States. :-\
Heh. I do agree with you.
I'm sure we'll still continue to read Berserk, even in our old age. I just hope it's appropriate reading material for the Nursing Homes.  ;D

Yeah, I think some member talked about that already, or maybe posted a link. The guy's point is debatable but understandable, as you said.
Yeah, it's honestly the only thing I agree with him about. He gave excuses for all the printing problems throughout the volumes. (We all remember Volume 5)
I'm not sure if this has been posted before but this is what he had to say on the situation:

The trim on berserk has always been a difficult issue. The occasional bad trim on artwork is often out of our hands, due to the files we receive, which have very little margin for trim. When combined with the limitations of printing presses and binderies and the number of bleed images (images that go right to the edge of the page) in the books, bad trims are inevitable. Printing is an inexact science, since paper moves very quickly through presses and the printed area isn't always exactly where it should be on individual sheets or groups of sheets. If the image is offset by even an eighth of an inch, you can get a bad trim. Then you have the binding and trimming process itrself, and that too can cause pages to shift. You can look at a set of pages laid out in a graphics program, and you'll see every page number and bottom panel line lining up straight as an arrow throughout the book--but when you then examine the printed book, you'll see quite a bit of variance, more on some presses and formats than on others. There's nothing we can do about that varaince.

Actually, if you look at the original volumes, you also see quite a few bad trims. I haven't seen Berserk serialized, and I don't know if there are some slight differences in trim proportions from those volumes to the smaller collected editions or if it's just a matter of Miura not paying enough attention to trim when he's creating his pages. As a guy who's drawn and edited a lot of comics pages, I can say that it's easy to make those kind of mistakes, especially when you produce such a large volume of pages.

One of the other logistical problems is that we have very little time to look over proofs from the printer before the books are printed. Usually, we have to turn those around same day, and those proofs have to cycle though several different departments. Again, it's just one of those things. We try to go back and fix all the stuff that slips through before we go back for new printings, but that's little consolation to those who've already bought the book. If you notice an error in one of the books, feel free to email me and let me know ( If we can, we'll fix the problem on the next printing.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't noticed any trims on the original volumes, or anything nearly as noticeable in DH's copies. I just feel they should treat Berserk with more respect and pay better attention to the printing.
A change to bi-monthly would make up for the errors. :P

The crappy story. ;D
Oh, you've read it before, Aazealh? It really doesn't sound too impressive; nonetheless, I'll still probably pick it up.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:08:58 AM »
Hey guys. I'm new here.  :)

I can't believe they pushed the release date back again! It won't be at Borders for a while. For some reason, it takes about 3-4 weeks for me.
Does anyone happen to know the reason for volume 7's delay? Chris Warner posts every now and then on the Dark Horse forums, so I asked him in one of the threads, but he ignored me.  ;D

The bi-monthly release would be a great thing, but Warner gave some valid and good reasons why he feels it shouldn't happen...yet.
Some of his reasons were:
If Berserk were to change to a bi-monthly or even a monthly release, we would catch up to Japan in a short amount of time, and their release schedule would be thrown off considering Kentarou Miura puts out two volumes a year.
Also, DH wants Berserk to last a long, long time. I don't blame them. Berserk is doing remarkably well, as it should be.

DarthVenom, be sure to tell us how Volume 7 is, and I really hope there aren't too many cut off words this time. My copy of 6 had a lot.

Although this is a totally unrelated topic,"Japan" has been licensed.
Same deal as King Of Wolves; Miura did the art and Buronson created the story.

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