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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:49:24 PM »
I've been checking CDJapan every once in a while the last few days to see if it was out yet. I checked yesterday and still nothing. I meant to look again this morning before I left the house, but forgot. It popped into my mind while I was driving and bugged me so much I pulled off the road to check on my phone. :ganishka: I guess my anticipation for this next episode is pretty high. Anyway, I placed my pre-order and got back on the road again! :SK:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 05, 2018, 03:07:00 PM »
I watched Victoria and Abdul the other day with my mom. It was one of her Christmas presents. :serpico: Strange tale of the friendship between a very elderly Queen Victoria and a man named Abdul. It was based on true events that weren't uncovered until 2010 (I think they said). The acting was very good, but something felt like it was missing or not done as well as it could have been. Can't quite put my finger on it. I felt so bad for Abdul's fellow traveler who ended up getting roped in and being made Abdul's servant and then dying in a country he hated. I guess those were such different times it's hard to judge looking back at a story like that from a modern perspective. It all seems so weird. :ganishka: Anyway, I'd give it a 3 out of 5.

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Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 91
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:44:26 PM »

Need to bust out my crock pot and make some soon. :serpico:

Great podcast! :ubik: Thought provoking and fun as usual. Thanks y'all!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year SK.net!
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:25:34 PM »
Happy New Year! :guts: I really enjoy this community of folks and I wish you all peace, joy, and prosperity in the coming year.

found this cool postcard on twitter, drawn by Miura to a fan
Awesome, thanks for sharing!

Hehe, episode 352's timing was fortuitous. It's perfect for the Year of the Dog!
Yeah, I was thinking about that, too. :serpico: Pretty cool.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:08:16 PM »
Wow, what scenery! :isidro: Looks like an amazing trip! I enjoyed seeing the pics.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:55:31 PM »
Thank you JMP, thank you!! Loved everything and the veil of elf dust from Puck's secret stash.
You're very welcome! Happy Holidays! :guts: It cracked me up because you had "some of Puck's elf dust you have stashed in your room" on your suggestion list and I just so happened to have this little bottle tucked away in a dresser drawer (had it for years). It was too funny a coincidence not to send it. :ganishka: The red tassle thing is a good luck charm for the New Year, which is the year of the dog. :serpico: So Happy New Year in advance!

I have not seen Mystery Men, so that's an added bonus.
Well, it is crazy and quirky and may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it!

I thought this was pretty cool and before opening the box I was thinking of what I could use it for. Plate with food would've been my go to use ...
:ganishka:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:41:10 PM »
I was thinking something more along the lines of little Casca transforms into larger short haired super Casca to take down the big bird, but that would be stupid.
I don't think that's stupid. It's all just guessing, anyway. :carcus: However Miura handles this situation I'm sure it will be satisfying! :guts:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 19, 2017, 06:49:13 PM »
I'm still holding out hope little sprite Casca will have something to do, all around, good stuff.
I think it would be cool if the sprite, perhaps seeing her friends in serious danger, gained the courage to try and retrieve the last fragment herself. Something like that would symbolize to me that Casca had a true desire to come back now.  :ubik: I'm so excited!!! :guts: This is awesome! Thank you for the summary, Puella and Aazealh!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:54:00 PM »
Thank you very much for the awesome postcard, Grail! It is so cool and gave me a good laugh! :ubik:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:29:14 PM »
After seeing it a second time I did like it more. I feel better about it. Not great, but better. I think my least favorite part was the casino escapade with the giant space donkeys. That felt unnecessary. I did like how they handled the bond between Kylo and Rey. That was interesting. I also liked the part where Snoke is killed and the subsequent battle, even though I didn't really feel it made complete sense that Rey could hold her own against those supposedly highly trained guards with as little training as she's had in....anything really. She must be some kind of a force/fighting genius I guess.  :???: I didn't like what they did with Luke for the most part. As others have mentioned I didn't feel like him seriously considering killing Ben rang true for his character and also then going into seclusion with no attempt to right things that had gone wrong and completely abandoning his only living relatives and close friends didn't feel like something he would do either. His end was strange to me, but I was ok with it. I guess projecting yourself takes a big tole on a Jedi! When Kylo was talking to Rey earlier in the film he mentioned that it couldn't be Rey connecting them because the effort would kill her, well I guess it killed Luke. Another thing others mentioned as well that I had a problem with was why Holdo didn't just tell Poe about her plan. Also I was not a fan of the Leia flying through space thing. I am ok with Rey coming from "nobody". Although I have my doubts about whether that's true or not. There's still a lot of stuff I felt was not handled well in this movie, but at least I no longer have the strong desire to drop kick a porg. :ganishka:

Towards the end I got the feeling that they were trying to get Poe and Rey together, but it would seem forced considering it was their first time meeting each other.  But I also felt that the Finn and Rose thing felt forced too.  So far that leaves the Finn/Poe bromance as the one that felt as natural as the Luke/Han one from the original.  At this point it just doesn't look to be getting any sort of naturally developing love story like Han/Leia, or attempted to be natural like Padme/Anakin, and instead will likely get one slapped together at the end.
Finn and Rose felt forced to me also. It seems like they are setting that up as a thing for sure, at least Rose obviously likes him. I like Rey and Finn together myself and they seem to really care a lot about each other, although it may be a platonic thing? But I feel like it could be more. The most romantic tension in this movie seemed to be between Kylo and Rey, but then that went nowhere since neither were willing to switch sides.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 16, 2017, 09:45:21 PM »
Yeah, it's like they're admitting you can't really come home again, just create inspiring allusions to that effect.
That's for sure. For me so far, this new set of films just can't even touch the original trilogy for connection with and believability of characters, the sense of spontaneity and naturalness in the humor, interactions, and plot, and just plain good story telling. For all the money they're throwing at this it just hasn't got the heart and soul those first films possessed. I felt like The Force Awakens set it up with some good potential, but The Last Jedi just didn't do it for me. I really wanted to love it, but a lot of it felt fakey, forced, and therefore flat. There was a lot of junk thrown in there, but little of satisfying substance. I hope Abrams can salvage something decent out of the 3rd installment. I think the acting talent and capacity is there if they would just write a story that would use it effectively. Cut out the junk food overload and get to the meat and taters! :ganishka:

This needs to be Episode 9 so the new trilogy can end on a high note.
Now that's funny! :ganishka:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:49:29 AM »
I felt like I watched about 3 movies in one. And not in a good way. There was WAY too much shit going on for my liking. Sometimes less is more and this felt like it was just too cluttered. That being said, there were definitely moments I enjoyed along with some eye-rollers. I think I need to watch it again to see Adam Driver with his shirt off…..er I mean view things afresh after I let everything that happened sink in a bit. Not that I can even remember everything that happened. :ganishka: I was a bit tired today, so that may have affected my experience also. I'll give it a second try!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:26:28 PM »
Schnoz gift en route! :schnoz:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:24:21 PM »

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:30:17 PM »
You're welcome. :) Glad you liked it!
Thanks, XionHorsey! :guts: It's already out of the box and waiting for the new year to begin!

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:01:10 PM »
Got my Secret Schnoz gift today! :ubik:



Thank you so much!!! :guts: I'm super happy to get this, a whole year of Star Wars goodness! :ubik:

Not sure who my Schnozer was. There was a nice gift message, but it didn't say who it was from. Anyway, thank you again, whoever you may be and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

As a special bonus, I created a 5th anniversary postcard to share with everyone
Ooo, that sneak peek has me curious to see the whole picture! :rakshas:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:24:34 AM »
Dark Horse Berserk Volume 39 is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

Scheduled for release on July 24th, 2018.
Thanks for the heads up! Pre-ordered! :guts:

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:18:06 AM »
I've always been fairly amused that they put the sticker over Casca's naked body, but left the bloody stump of Guts' left arm out in plain view.
Reminds me of a situation when I was buying a video game for a younger relative. I wanted to get his parent's approval, so I checked with his dad. He was fine with some violent stuff as long as there weren't any scantily clad chicks to be seen. :ganishka: It seems to be a strange thing in US culture anyway, not sure if it's elsewhere, too.

I really like the newest volume cover for 39! :ubik:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 07, 2017, 10:07:59 PM »
I finished reading Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson. It was entertaining and it kept me reading even though I didn't have much time/energy, which I think says a lot for it. The characters were pretty good. It felt like they could have been fleshed out more, but it was sufficient to get me to give a fuck about what happened to them. This book provides some interesting insights into the First Order, including things I'm sure you've been dying to know, like General Hux's taste in interior décor and loungewear. Well, look no further, my friends. :carcus: Phasma's backstory is explored. Her decision to bring the shields down on the Starkiller base when threatened with her life makes more sense to me now, which I had hoped. While I can't say it's great, I enjoyed reading this book and I dig that chromium armor! :ubik:

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Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:59:11 PM »
Bonus: Grunbeld - Why's he on here at all besides a superficial resemblance resulting in lazy theory? Well, because he's a cautionary example, the "do as I say, not as I do" lecturer with nothing more to offer. A lame wannabe stepdad Guts should mouth off to and rebel against, and he did! You suck, Grundad! :guts:
:ganishka:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:55:38 PM »
I'm in, too! :guts: Very cute new Schnoz banner, Grail! I always enjoy seeing your new one each year. :ubik:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 27, 2017, 07:02:12 PM »
I finally had the time/energy to really sit down and give this episode the attention it so richly deserves. Thanks so much for providing the translation, puella and Aazealh! I really like how Miura is handling Casca’s restoration, bringing her and her history back to the forefront in a very vivid and cool way. I love that we’re able to know more specifically how Casca was feeling in some of those past moments, too.

I think that Farnese experiencing Casca’s memories like this is a great way to bring her to acceptance with Guts and Casca’s relationship. She witnesses their history together unfold and even feels Casca’s emotions. It was encouraging to me when at the end of the episode Farnese seems willing for the restored Casca and Guts to be together again. I really think she has a lot of love for Casca going into this and even more now that she knows her so much better. I truly think she wants what’s best for Casca, even though that means Farnese has to give up her own romantic ambitions about Guts. Don’t worry, Farnese! Roderick will be there for you! :ganishka: It warms my heart to see how far Farnese has come; from such a broken and abusive person who would burn a pet to death for perceived lack of sufficient affection towards her, to this.

I like the Guts dog a lot! I like his reactions to things, like the moment on the page before the last one where Schierke is encouraging them to be strong moving forward and he seems to be saying “Yes” with determination along with Farnese. It’s interesting how the Casca sprite fights the dog for a bit this time before running away near the beginning of the episode. I wonder if this could mean that while she is still afraid of it, she is at least a little less afraid/intimidated by it. Seems like it might be a good thing. And then of course her speaking and saying she wants to meet Guts was huge! I loved this episode.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 25, 2017, 02:08:17 PM »
So far I'm enjoying the Clone Wars series. I'm almost through season 1.

Here's an article about the upcoming movie with some nice pics: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/star-wars-the-last-jedi-cover-portfolio

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:25:54 AM »
I still can't recommend Clone Wars enough. It's amazing.
I second Johnstantine.  The Clone Wars had the unenviable task of trying to polish the PT turd, and I think it did a great job of it.  There were some episodes I loved, some I liked, and some I didn't like.  But overall I enjoyed and recommend it.
Hmm, I’m going to give it a shot! I’d like to see this part of the story fleshed out more.

I liked the new trailer overall. Very stoked for the upcoming movie! :ubik:

So, who has preordered their copy of the Phasma novel?  :ganishka: One thing that bugged me about the last movie was how easily it seemed like she gave up when she was captured and told to take down the shields. I mean, she was supposed to be this hardcore leader. Seems like that type would rather die than divulge something like that and yet she did it in a heartbeat. I would like to know more about her, though. I’ll probably read it, if only for the steamy scenes (Fifty Shades of Chromium).

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Site & Forum News / Re: Server caching issues
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:14:24 AM »
Glad you’re back! :guts: I never experienced anything except super slow response time. Things are definitely moving fast now! Sorry all that hassle made for a rough weekend.

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