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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What brand of pet food do you use?
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:56:46 PM »
Well that's a brand we don't have here, it has a cool name. We have Purina though. What about the prices? Is Taste of the Wild an expensive one? Is it more expensive than Purina? I kinda want to know the differences in prices of pet food in your part of the world.

As Puella indicated, it's a bit more expensive than just standard Purina. I think we were spending about $30 on Purina, but $50 on a comparatively sized bag of Taste of the Wild. ToW is grain-free and comes highly recommended so we felt alright spending the extra cash.

Wish him happy birthday for me when the day comes, Delta Phi.

I certainly will! :serpico:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What brand of pet food do you use?
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:46:07 AM »
My dog has been eating Taste of the Wild for almost his entire life (he'll be 8 in a few days!). I think he ate Purina when he was a puppy, but we switched to Taste of the Wild shortly after we transitioned to adult dog food. We've tried different recipes within the same brand, but he always seems to enjoy the waterfowl the most, which is pretty unsurprising considering he's a yellow lab.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:19:51 PM »
Saw Glass, and, unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed, but I also should admit that I really didn't know what to expect. As I walked into the theatre, I even told myself, "My expectations are so low, surely I'll enjoy this, even if it's bad." Not a great mindset, obviously, but even that couldn't salvage my experience. The whole movie just felt very muddy, like Shyamalan was just trying to cobble something together, which ultimately lead to an incohesive, contrived, and overall lackluster end to a trilogy nobody really asked for (or realized they were getting).

Extremely minor spoilers (maybe?)

James McAvoy's performance remains, arguably, the greatest thing to come out of the franchise. Changing personalities on a dime with near flawless execution was fun to watch (even if the whole vilification of DID patients is overdone, and proliferates a negative stereotype). Bruce Willis was basically asleep for the entire film. I don't remember the last time he gave a compelling performance, honestly. I think the guy just needs a paycheck every so often, and he's been riding off the laurels he acquired 20 years ago for some time now. And Samuel L. Jackson is quite literally asleep for half the film, which is really strange considering his character is the namesake of the movie. I thought the script did Elijah Price the greatest disservice. I was really hoping for a celebration of this great mastermind that Unbreakable and Glass make him out to be, but what we got was pretty impotent. Sarah Paulson remains insufferable throughout the entire film. She plays shades of the same character in everything I've seen her in, and I really can't stand what she brings to the table.

The music was distracting, and didn't feel appropriate for most of the film (not unlike a certain adaptation of Berserk we all love). The moments that I did enjoy were just cues taken from flashbacks to Unbreakable, which was distracting in it's own way.

I'll just forget about this movie and pretend Unbreakable and Split aren't connected.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: 2019 new year card
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:06:03 PM »
"Farewell Heisei." It's significant to Miura of course because Berserk's whole life has been the Heisei era (1989-2019).

Wow, I've never looked into Japanese eras before. I've only been tangentially aware of the Edo, Meiji, and Showa, and that was by name recognition only. And now I've only just discovered that Japan still has an emperor! I always just assume that was done away with at the end of WWII when Japan adopted its constitution. The more you know!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 19, 2018, 05:50:55 PM »
Also, the cover, I hope that's just a placeholder because it seems a real missed opportunity given the great art of the series.

I know some omnibuses will include pages at the front or back of the book that show all the artwork for the covers that are contained therein. Hopefully something like that will happen here if this is the case.

Beyond just translation corrections, and sfx shenanigans, I wonder if we could be so bold as to hope for even better scanned pages. Dark Horse's editions are so much muddier than the source material. I never knew just how bad it was until I finally bought JP editions. It was as if I was finally looking at the art in focus; like putting glasses on for the first time.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:33:56 PM »
Really enjoyed this one, as usual. In particular, Sonia's projection to the Jotunn that their commander was slain, and the Stonehenge portal. And for whatever reason, I always like seeing Mule's reactions to everything Griffith does. This gives me more reason (almost certainty at this point) to believe that we'll see Guts and Co. travel through the World Spiral Tree's branches to get back to Midland in a snap. I had been putting all my money on the beherit being the key to access it though, but this episode shows there are multiple methods of accessing the branches so I'm not so sure anymore.

Video Games / Re: Your Top Games of the Last Decade
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:17:48 AM »
Dark Souls
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Mass Effect 3
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

I took a look at the top games I played every year, then I put them in descending order of how much enjoyment and time I got out of the game. I cut the list off at 10, but there's definitely a whole bunch of great games I had to cut.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:50:25 AM »
Nice! I'll be travelling though, so I won't have a reliable way to read it until the week after :judo:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Overview of Berserk's episodic releases
« on: May 28, 2018, 06:10:30 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, Aaz! It's extremely convenient.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:23:56 PM »
Ah, I see he brought back a Griffith classic. Stabbing people in the eye with his sword.

Said the same thing. "Ah yes, classic Griffith!" It put a smile on my face.

I enjoyed what little we got, but it is a bit concerning just how short this episode is. I would feel better if this was just the second half of Jotunn (1), but with the swift demise of the leader it seems pretty reasonable that this is Jotunn (2) after all. Here's to hoping there's a few missing pages that will come out with the JP release!

I guess as long as Miura is telling the story he wants to tell, the length of the episodes won't really matter. Besides, once compiled into a volume the ending of one episode and the beginning of another is often imperceptible once you're engrossed. I just hope we don't start getting skinny volumes  :troll:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:01:45 PM »
So Griffith's conquest continues. I wonder how much of this is out of necessary precautions and how much of it is simply for show. I imagine it's a bit of both, but mostly the latter. I'm totally digging these giant designs.

I'd bet that Miura is showing us the worst of the Fantasia inhabitants now, those who absolutely couldn't co-exist with humanity, as a way to allow Griffith to justify a purge of them all. In a few eps, we could see them wiping out cute lil' guys with the same fervor.

A lot of these humans are already predisposed to viewing witchcraft as heretical. With the Pontiff behind him, Griffith is probably only a short step away from lumping even the most pure creatures (such as those on Skellig) into the same bag as the rest.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:27:40 PM »
Loved so much about this episode. This whole run has just been fantastic, and like so many others I was drawn in by the false sense of security. Everything unfolding was just too easy. Having Guts (or perhaps more specifically, Guts as he is now) be Casca's Eclipse trigger is quite compelling. I absolutely love that she remembers so much of her time as "Elaine". I've been hoping this would be the case for years, and it cuts out any necessity for on/off screen catchups for a lot of what has transpired (not that there's anything intrinsically bad about that), and surely her and Farnese can start off the bat with a strong bond, which is something I've been hoping for as well. And now maybe Casca can show Farnese a thing or two about wielding a sword properly, fully realizing Farnese's potential as a spellblade  :daiba: :iva:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:25:14 PM »
Absolutely amazing and executed superbly (as if there was any doubt :slan:). This was everything I could have possibly hoped for.

I just can't believe it, after all these years, we're finally here. We're in a restored Casca era (with still so much healing left to be done, I'm sure). If someone were to start reading Berserk today, we could definitively tell them when/where in the story Casca's malady comes to an end, and that's just incredible to me.

Also, thank you to whoever spoiler tagged my post! I can't believe it slipped my mind!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:25:10 PM »
I've been relatively absent over the last month so there were a lot of unexpected things that happened in this episode: Dragon-Slayer-tail, Femto's eye, Flora and Danan, the Demon Child...all of it gave me chills (and maybe just a subtle sting in my eyes :slan:)

Thanks for the summary Aaz and Puella! I'm really enjoying this dream sequence progression, even if internally I just keep screaming to see a restored Casca. The journey has certainly been entertaining, and each episode keeps me at the edge of my seat!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 09:21:43 PM »
I've not come out of a Star Wars movie feeling so conflicted, even after Attack of the Clones. :troll: I don't want to rely on the old cliche and say that this didn't "feel" like a Star Wars movie, but I certainly walked out not feeling right about it. At the end of the night, the only thing that TLJ did was remind me how much I'd like to rewatch the original trilogy, which is honestly not something any of the other movies have done.

I think one of my biggest issues with the movie is the direction Johnson took with Luke and Kylo's back story. Are we really expected to believe that Luke, the guy that goes walking solo into the jaws of the enemy just so that he might have a chance at appealing to and turning the most evil villain in the galaxy to the light (and was successful), would actually draw his saber on his own adolescent nephew? I know Luke says it was a fleeting moment that he decided against, but the guy has the lightsaber on guys. This whole scenario just felt wrong.

I realize Starkiller Base nuked all of the major Republic planets in the last film, but did I miss something? Wasn't the Republic restored? Wasn't the First Order a growing fringe group? How did the Resistance dwindle so rapidly to a few thousand (and now only a couple hundred). I thought this was a galaxy, not a solar system! Am I just misremembering what TFA established (it has been 2 years since I saw it)?

I'm also highly disappointed with Phasma (again) and the Knights of Ren (or lack thereof). These were things that were hyped before TFA and now have been seemingly completely neutered. I have to believe that Phasma is still alive and she'll finally have her redeeming moment in IX. Otherwise she really is the Boba Fett of this trilogy. That fight and her send off where absolutely pathetic. And where the hell are the Knights of Ren? Who are they? Why doesn't Kylo keep in contact with them? Were they all force sensitive? Did Snoke organize them? Why where they even created if Kylo Ren is just going to be a megalomaniac? Maybe we'll finally find out in "The Knights of Ren: A Star Wars Story" coming 2024!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:45:06 PM »
Makoto Fukami's writing and Dark Horse's translating, what's not to love.

My immediate thoughts as well. :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:47:06 PM »
Who has played The Legend of the Dragoon? Is it as good as everyone says it is? All the reviews are mediocre, but reviews are trash a lot of the time.

It's a really great game, but I'm a bit biased towards it. It, along with Final Fantasy IX, were not only my first two Playstation games, but were my first JRPGs, so they both hold a very special place in my heart (Now, if only we could get LoD on PS4!)

I liked a lot about the game. I thought the story was interesting, the music great, and the combat was really fun. In particular, the addition system, I thought, was something more RPGs needed, but alas, LoD remains the only game that I'm aware of that ever did anything like it. It seems additions are one of those things that you either love it or hate it. I never understood why people disliked it, but I'm also the guy that could perform all of Albert's additions without breaking a sweat :daub:

On that note, I've been playing FFIX again for probably the 100th time. It was surprise released on PS4 a couple weeks ago, and it's still as much fun as I remember. The character models have all been cleaned up and upgraded, which is nice since you can actually see everyone's faces now. Too bad Square couldn't shell out some more and get all the pre-rendered backgrounds in HD as well for a proper remaster. Oh well.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:22:45 PM »
Oh shit! I cannot wait to listen to this one! Usually I dive right into the podcast when I see one come up, but it looks like it'll have to wait until after my shift tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 23, 2017, 07:48:57 PM »
so, does anyone think Bran is the Night King?

That's the big theory du jour that's been going around a while.

I think it would finally give Bran a purpose. Ever since he became the Three-eyed Raven, he's just been kind of coasting along, and I don't really see any trajectory for him in the battles to come (other than his ability to warg) at the moment. Speaking of that, it was always my long-standing belief that Jon would learn to ride one of Dany's dragons, and Bran would warg into the other for the big battle ahead. After all, the Three-eyed Raven once told Bran that he would never walk again, but instead, he would learn to fly. Perhaps Bran will still be able to warg into the zombo-dragon. Or maybe that only confirms that as the Night King, Bran will ride the newly undead beast? OR, disappointingly, maybe it just refers to Brans ability to warg into spy ravens, which we've already seen.

You used special glasses?

I did not. None were available, and haven't been for a couple weeks (My area was a pretty prime spot for tourists after all), and all the hardware stores were out of acceptable welding lenses. I was in the heart of the path of totality though. It was cloudy all right before the actual total eclipse. I would sneak very quick, indirect glances every so often while the sun was being covered, but once the moon moved into place it became very dark, and the corona was the only visible part of the sun. That's when I looked at it, first with sunglasses, then unprotected for a good 2-2.5 minutes or so.

Long story short, I live very close to the path of totality, so I traveled an hour south into the mountains, climbed one, and watched the eclipse while listening to Hirasawa's "Murder", and it was absolutely sublime.  :femto:

Creation Station / Re: What are you playing? (musical instrument thread)
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:45:32 AM »

This is my ca. 1860 Viennese 15 inch viola. It's a little small, closer to the size of a violin, because I am a pretty small guy. I originally learned and played violin for about 12 years before I switched to viola in 2008. Tried learning on a more traditional sized instrument, and found it very difficult for the size of my hand. My professor at the time ran into this instrument randomly and immediately sent it my way. The thing is gorgeous, both visually and aurally, enough so that I fully committed to playing viola after that point. Unfortunately, my skills have waned over the last several years since I've had to put my playing aside to support myself financially.

I also own and play: violin (acoustic and electric), electric bass, trumpet, trombone, accordion, and piano. But those instruments (except my acoustic violin and accordion) are in "storage" at my parents' house since I don't have room in my apartment. I'll try to update when/if I ever see these instruments again!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:16:45 PM »
The jumping around is pretty terrible. Especially after how much emphasis was put on travel distances/time in previous seasons (Arya's, Daenerys', and Catelyn's transits come to mind in particular).

Basically, this episode was motion without action and did a great disservice to everything it was in such a rush to try and set in motion.

Watching Daenerys look fondly at Jon elicited a grimace out of me. It's just not working, again, especially when you compare it to other relationships that genuinely felt nice to watch develop in previous seasons, such as Robb/Talisa, Tyrion/Shae, and even Jon/Ygritte. If we're going to set up this union of ice and fire, it needs to be believable, and so far it's not. With only 8 episodes left in the entire series, I'm not so sure it'll be satisfying. Though, maybe we can dispense with the romance once everyone finds out Dany is actually Jon's aunt :carcus:

I'm getting anxious to see if we are gonna have a Cercei resolution by the end of this season... I'm getting a bit tired of her character that's going pretty much.. nowhere.

Agreed. I used to like watching Cersei, but now she's just kind of a low point of every episode. Maybe that's just a result of her finally being on the throne and not needing a bunch of subterfuge to get the things she wants, or maybe it's just her total "fuck it" attitude about everything. I'm not sure.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:35:30 AM »
Saw The Dark Tower at the apt 19:19 showing. I didn't hate it. But I also walked in with incredibly low expectations. I wish I could do this more often with movies, because it made this experience far better than it should have been for someone who loves the series (especially the first three books). Every once in awhile, you'll get a little glimmer of what this movie could have been, and it hurts when an apparent opportunity is missed. I thought it was generally a competent movie. It's pretty conventional though, and lacks pretty much all of the weird alternate dimension charm that makes the series fun. Nothing amazing, nothing completely terrible, imo. It's just fine, I guess.

I still think making The Gunslinger would have been a better choice. It's short enough, you could pretty much just use the book as the screenplay, and it would make for a fantastic movie, imo, with the option to continue the series if it did well.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:03:35 PM »
Quote from: ANA interview with Netflix Castlevania producer, Adi Shankar
I used the classic Berserk as an example of what to do and the CGI reboot as an example of what not to do.


Informative interview about the Castlevania series on Netflix. Just goes to show what someone with good influences and a love for the series can do with an adaptation if given the chance.

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