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Berserk Miscellaneous / Traditional and non-traditional mythology
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:05:10 PM »
I recently started reading a number of books on Viking era mythology. In my quest to search for better descriptions of the creatures, artifacts, and places surrounding these myths, I ended up learning about the origins of some of these myths, and learning that there really is no end to it all.

For instance, In a book by Thomas Keightley (The world Guide to Gnomes, fairies, Elves, and Other Little People), I learned that fairies and elves date back not to Scandinavia or even Europe as I had always thought, but pre-historic Mesopotamia, and creatures in whom the author feels the word "fairy" is rooted from can be found in both Zoroastrianism and Vedic religions.

I was hoping that some people here had books they could recommend on mythology, general or specific, especially those that attempt to reveal the origins of not only words associated with ancient myths, but concepts surrounding them (for instance, when did the idea of pointed ears get attributed to elves?). It doesn't have to be limited to conventional mythology, Indo-Persian, East Asian, African, they are all welcome.

I figure this would be a pretty good thread to discuss Miura's interpretation of mythological concepts as well. So far we've had dozens of discussions of mythology scattered throughout other threads, but if people feel, they could treat this thread as a place to centralize said discussions. I only ask that people cite sources, especially literary ones.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Japanese Onomatopoeia
« on: February 03, 2006, 04:14:32 PM »
This has been on my mind for several years, but just now as I was re-reading volume 29 and Casca ate Farnese's apple did the totality of it all hit me.

The Japanese really have this shit down to a science. I don't think I've ever come across an English text or that has so effectively conveyed the actual sounds of every day activities in such a convincing manner using written text alone. It's remarkable. I'm sure this is helped by the fact that written Japanese is completely phonetic with very few exceptions, but it still astounds me to this day.

Wikipedia has a bibliography of texts dealing with the subject http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sound_symbolism

In any case, I thought it warrented acknowledgement.


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Shootin' the Breeze / GANTZ
« on: February 26, 2004, 12:54:33 AM »
Has there been any new info on the Gantz movie comming out? besides the offical trailer it's been pretty quiet.

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The sequel to Ghost in the shell? Stand alone complex renewed my interest in it, and I'll never be able to translate it to myself on my own. Especially the footnotes.

BTW, yes, I know Darkhorse is releasing it, but I'm not touching that. The flipped panels disorient me, and their translations with the first GITS was pretty bad.

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Speculation Nation / 228 Speculation
« on: September 06, 2003, 02:12:11 PM »
woah, when was the laste time they had a special preview for Berserk? Way back when it used to have it's own site?

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Character Cove / About Grunbeld's name
« on: July 02, 2003, 06:10:04 PM »
I know that "grunbeld" has become the accepted spelling around here, but I really wonder. How did you guys come to the conclusion that it was Grunbeld, and more importantly does it really fit the character?

That that guy looks like someone I'd name Grahm. Maybe "Grahmbeld" or "Grahm Beltd" (wouldn't that be like the Germanic equivilant of "Graham Bell", inventor of the telephone? Maybe he wants to dial Guts up some pain). Sounds more dragonish.

I know the katakana spelling is "gu-ran-be-ru-do", and this would imply that the first part of his name would be either pronounced Gran, or Grun, but sometimes I see katakana spellings abreviated with "n" when a syllable has to end with an "m" (It makes it shorter and perhaps more accurate than "Gu-ra-mu-be-ru-do").

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Like yahoo Japan auction.

They don't allow you to bid overseas, I was hoping someone knew of a service that would allow you. Specificly if you've used such a service.

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Inside of flora's house, just after the golem incident. Puck is wearing a space helmet.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Berserk: The Movie?
« on: March 05, 2003, 07:27:49 PM »

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Anyway, hirasawa's last two solo ablums (I don't listen to his P-model stuff) weren't very good.

Solar Ray, his "recycling album", was aptly named. It sounded as if I had taken a sampler CD containing some of his better songs, crumpled it up (you know, as if I were going to toss it into a recylcing bin), and then placed it into my CD player. Hearing the techno dance remix of forces was bad enough, but many of the other songs were completetly identical to their older counterparts, but with bizarre screeching/wailing/electronic noises dubbed over them. The first time I heard it I thought someone had meticulously crafted the first cybernetic cat, and then proceeded to put it in a blender.

The next album I think he did was Millienium Actress (sennen jyou)? I have no clue what it translates to honestly. Anyway, this one wasn't bad, but it was all bgm type stuff - no lyrics, very mild and ambient, And it sounded like mostly remixes of some of his older stuff. I think it was the soundtrack to an anime or something.

Anyway, he released a new album just recently "Blue Limbo". He's offering one full track on his website (ride the blue limbo), which isn't that great, but also one sample track (hoshi-shiru-mp3 version). The full version of the latter you have to "buy" on his site.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm just not willing to pay for an mp3. So I figured I'd crack open edonkey, the only p2p thingy I really have used in the last couple years, and do a search. I came up with nothing. Actually, I only found 14 matches for him total. Most were just differently named versions of forces.

I remember back when napster was around, literally all his stuff was on it. I got pretty much all of his solo stuff. They even had the mp3 version of Philosapher's propeller (I wasn't able to get all of those before napster went dead though). So, What happened all those people sharing his stuff? Are there any Japanese P2p proggies?

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I wanna extract the cinimatics from FFX. I don't feel like finishing the game, but I wanna watch the rest of the movies. Anyway, I think there is some sort of protection scheme or something, because only 4mb of the 4GB actually on the disc  show up in windows. Of these files, none are PSS (video files). I don't believe any of the audio files appear either.

I figured someone who knows a lot about PS2 ripping might know how to get at the movies. Thanks.

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Manga Mausoleum / Volume 24 cover
« on: December 18, 2002, 03:04:31 PM »
Might be old news to some:


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There's a book I want to get, but I don't think it's been released in America, "Anatomie artistique de l'homme" by Arnould Moreaux.

I don't know french or anything, but it's an anatomy book, so I can wing it. Anyone know of an online shop I can order it/special order it from? Doesn't matter where the store is located, as long as the site is in English, and they ship to the US.


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Shootin' the Breeze / Um..... where did animaxis go?
« on: October 31, 2002, 01:14:43 PM »
Maybe this is just me, but is http://www.animaxis.com/ like..... totally gone?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Mandragora anyone?
« on: September 30, 2001, 02:39:05 PM »
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Oldest Aphrodisiac
The mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) has been popular since antiquity as an aphrodisiac. A member of the potato family, the plant is adorned with a large dark-brown root, small red fruit, and contains the alkaloids atropine and scopolomine, which, alas, do not possess any lovemaking attributes. In mild doses mandrake can induce drowsiness, but in larger doses it can be a deadly poison. The supposed connection to horniness is believe to stem from the similarity between its root and the human genitalia, though presumably the relation is more lucent after sampling the plant.

Still, there is startling biblical evidence that the stuff actually worked, to wit: "...And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night." (Genesis 30:16). In other words, the real value of this weed is not in its medicinal qualities, but as a bribe to your prospective bedmate!


So, a mandragora (mandrake) is a plant that looks like a penis with leaves? Okay Miura...........

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Help finding some of Hirasawa's CDs.
« on: May 06, 2002, 12:27:33 PM »
I already have most of his solo stuff as mp3s, but I wanted to actualy own some of this stuff for a change.

Right now I have the Berserk soundtrack, and the game soundtrack. The Berserk Forces Single, virtual rabbit, aurora, sim city, siren, technique of relief and solar ray.

But so far, I haven't been able to find a single place that sells Ghost in science, water in time and space, philosapher's propeller, or just about any of his singles, or his P-model stuff.

Can anyone help me find em? I may just special order them through cdjapan.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Um, couple of questions......
« on: February 12, 2002, 11:06:49 PM »
Um, okay. So I saw the English language version of VHD:Bloodlust, and I can say, it looked promising. Now then, the day I saw it, I went to purchase the Japanese DVD, only to find that it was listed as having an English language track.

"WTF", I said to myself. This is the Japanese edition, why is it it only has an English language track?

I decided to wait for the American release, after all, the subtitles would be useful. However, amazon.com, and animenation.com both list it as having only an English language track. No Japanese. Am I missing something? Where can I find an edition with a japanese language track?

Another thing, does anyone know the release date for part 2 of the Rurouni Kenshin Seisouhen?

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Shootin' the Breeze / Hellsing
« on: February 22, 2002, 11:08:50 AM »
Anyone watch this series? I've seen the first 9 eps, and even though it's far from amazing, I'm really enjoying it.

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http://www.animeondvd.com/

scroll down to where it says "Anime Central: Media Blasters Info (06:28 AM EST)"

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Don updated with more information last night regarding Media Blasters:

"I was not able to attend Media Blaster's panel, but I spoke to someone from Anime News Network (who is an incredible Bust-a-Move (Bubble-Bobble, not dancing) player )). Berserk 2 is in pre-production!! I went to Media Blaster's booth later in the day to ask John Sirabella about this, and he confirmed it. HOWEVER, he stressed that all this meant was that the creative team in Japan was looking into creating more. It's not definite, yet. If this does happen, you would assume that Media Blasters would get first crack at it, though. The ANN guy told me that at the panel, it was mentioned that this new season might not air on Japanese television, due to all of the glorious violence.


I'm hoping on it being bullshit. Even if it's a direct to video release, chances are it'll still be butchered to hell.

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