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Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: June 10, 2016, 10:08:18 AM »
Edit -- Review:

So, Omega Force opened a new teaser site a few days ago, which hinted that the next Musou game would be the "Baddest/Evilest in Musou history." People have been scratching their heads.

The site updated recently, to include this:

Kind of Berserk-esque if you don't mind my saying. There is nothing confirming it at this point. However, if you Inspect Elements on the page, it has 'anime' in the code. They've done plenty of franchise crossovers before... why not for the upcoming Berserk anime?

Anyway. This might be quite unlikely. Just 'wishful thinking' I suppose. Watch this space.

Vagabond / Musashi "Pilgrimage" in Japan
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:43:00 AM »
So, life in Japan has been quite peachy so far. But it's time to get serious.

For the Obon holiday, my wife and I are going an eight day trip to Kyūshū where we intend to go see the sights and sounds of the Island. While in Kyūshū, I plan on fulfilling a long-standing hope of mine: to visit Ganryūjima and Kumamoto to pay homage to Musashi. The flights, ryokans and hotels have been booked. Now it's just a matter of doing this thing. Thought I might share with you all and ask if there's anything the community would be interested in seeing.

Here's the rough plan:
  • Ganryūjima
  • Reigan Cave
  • Kumamoto Castle
  • Musashi's meditation stone
  • Musashizuka Park (a statue and grave sight for Musashi are here)
This should cover most of the Musashi sights. Thankfully, I live somewhat close to his birthplace, but that's another trip for another time.


Anime Asylum / Viz Media Licenses Berserk Film Trilogy
« on: April 07, 2012, 07:40:22 PM »
My wife just posted this article - thought some of you might be interested:

First film will be released "this fall" apparently.

Vagabond / Eiichirou Oda (One Piece) talks with Inoue-sensei
« on: August 19, 2010, 06:03:08 PM »

Two of my three favourite mangaka sit down to talk about how awesome they are.

Only three of the six parts are translated right now, but please take the time to read all of it. Oda himself is a master of his craft and One Piece is worthy of the praise Inoue gives it. Really insightful to hear how each artist goes about his work. Enjoy!

Edit -- Oh, and here's Oda on One Piece of Vagabond

Vagabond / Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai...
« on: May 26, 2009, 06:54:23 PM »
Production I.G Presents...

Award-winning anime creator and director Mamoru Oshii (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers) developed and wrote the film. As the website states, the film deals with "the fact and fiction about the Niten Ichi-ryū of Musashi Miyamoto, the seeker of the way of the invincible sword." Miyamoto is a legendary swordsmen who pioneered the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū style of two-sword fighting and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a book that has been compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War for its insight on tactics and strategy.

Mizuho Nishikubo, an animation director for Oshii's Ghost in the Shell films, Patlabor 2: The Movie, The Sky Crawlers, and the anime sequence in Kill Bill: Volume 1, is in charge of the actual direction of the film. Samurai Champloo and Kill Bill: Volume 1 animation director Kazuto Nakazawa, designed the characters, while Kazuchika Kise (Blood+, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Ghost in the Shell films) is supervising the animation process.

While I have known about this movie for some time (as I expect many of you havel) there has yet to be a thread dedicated to it.

Mamoru Oshii is one of the greats in my eyes, and while his philosophy doesn't necessary translate well in a few of his films, I'm hoping Musashi will be one of the good ones. Musashi himself is a good vessel for philosophy, but it won't be a mine-field of thought -- there will be action too. Nishikubo has impressed me in the past with his cinematographic eye and from the trailers it already looks to be a visual treat.

I have my reservations though, like the translation: "Last Samurai" =\ I hope you'll look forward to it with me, at least!

Impressions and news to follow in this thread from now on =)

Vagabond / Vagabond: Volume 29
« on: December 05, 2008, 11:54:10 AM »
Hooray! Volume 29 cover looks like a Samurai Centerfold (for the ladies)

Looking forward to seeing some additional pages![/hope]

Video Games / EA: When did they become so... good?
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:47:24 AM »
I think this might have something to do with it...

Tiger Woods 08 "glitch":

And here is EA's commercial for 09:

Not only that, but Electronic Arts has just announced that it is teaming with Suda 51 (No More Heroes) and Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) to create a brand new game in partnership with Suda's Grasshopper Manufacture development house. The unnamed title will be produced by Mikami and directed by Suda, who describes it as a mysterious, unique horror action game for PS3, 360, Wii, and PC... are they finally putting their resources to good use or is it a viral ruse to get the gaming community back on their side?

Berserk's Miura Draws Virtual Gackt for Voice Software

Quote from:
The software maker Internet has announced on Friday that its Gackpoid vocal music synthesizer, which features the voice of musician and occasional anime voice actor Gackt, will ship in Japan at the end of July. Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura has drawn the package illustration of "Kamui Gakupo" in the image of Gackt himself. As with the earlier virtual idol Miku Hatsune, Gackpoid uses Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid engine and voice samples from Gackt to create entirely new songs when ordinary computer users type lyrics and musical notes. The official website for the software has posted two demo songs of the software.

Gackt performed theme songs for Texhnolyze and two of his childhood favorite franchises, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Fist of the North Star. He also voiced the character Seiji in the New Fist of the North Star videos.


Edit - Sorry about the image host, should be fixed.

Vagabond / Vagabond: Volume 28
« on: May 23, 2008, 08:55:09 PM »
Not sure where else to put this, but feh, who cares. Onto the cover art:

Comes out the tomorrow in Japan. If there are any new pages, I'll be sure to post them. I really like the colours and the post of this one... suits to mood of the chapters within it, I think. I'll get a higher-resolution up as soon as I can. In the mean time, enjoy oogling.

Current Episodes / Episode 296
« on: May 20, 2008, 10:41:19 AM »

Awesome Preview Image... CONFIRMED!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Criterion to go Blu...
« on: May 14, 2008, 07:17:41 PM »
Colour me excited...

Though I'm very, very happy with all my DVD's from Criterion, I can't help but get a little giddy at the idea of Kurosawa movies being done over into full glory. The Yojimbo/Sanjuro enhanced versions already look good enough, but my imagination can still get away from me. I know only a few of the members here have a Blu-ray player, but a know a couple of CC's fans will be happy about this for their possibly future purchases.

Site & Forum News / Just noticed...
« on: March 26, 2008, 04:17:49 PM »
The new icon next to the URL and in my tab.

I'm finding it hard to see, but I can only assume it's the rose emblem we're used to. Anyway, nice to see something new :P

Edit - I now feel like a SKnet stalker..

Encyclopedia: Q&A / Change in the volume layout
« on: March 23, 2008, 04:37:51 AM »
Picked up volume 32..

Did everyone else have the grey-scale pictures instead of the usual black-page with the white BERSERK logo at the end of episodes.. I really like them! Hopefully they'll stick around.. mostly because the printing costs of mostly black must be painful =P

Vagabond / How do you listen to Vagabond?
« on: March 05, 2008, 12:10:29 PM »
Let's see if we can get some general chatter going!

Basically, what music, if any, do you listen to whilst flicking through the pages of Inoue's masterpiece. For Berserk, any Susumu music is usually preferred, but especially the anime soundtrack. It's easy to place the two together. But Vagabond lacks an anime, so it's left up to me to put something to it.

Speaking for myself, it depends on the mood of the arc or section I'm reading. Usually I will try to find classical Japanese instrumental music, but it's sort of hard to find by itself. I've turned to other anime soundtrack in the past that are based on a similar time period. I'd highly recommend the Shigurui soundtrack if you can find it (not saying anything about the manga/anime, though). Aside from those mentioned, I like to play progressive rock/metal. Nothing too heavy (unless the scene demands it), but it has to lack vocals for the most part.

I know that some people will prefer to read it in silence, or that they believe no music would really fit -- and that's fine. But there have been times where a certain track will enhance my reading experience by such an amount that I have to go back and listen to the song whenever I reach that part of the manga again.

A "fan-soundtrack" is something that should be avoided... those sort of things are nothing short of bile deposits.

Speaking of which, I'm done throwing up ideas onto this post.

Vagabond / Viz bears the torch for awesome....
« on: February 03, 2008, 03:40:03 PM »
Get ready for news that'll make your wallets cry:

Viz will begin printing more of Inoue's manga, and there is a Brucey Bonus for us Vagabond fans too:

Real, July 15th. Slam Dunk, September 2nd.

Both of which make me incredible happy, but the real winner here is....

SEPTEMBER 16th!!!!

This is old news and I've been meaning to post it for ages, but just didn't get around to it! Sorry guys!

Colour me VERY excited!! As you can probably tell by the size difference of the images...

Site & Forum News / And the 2007 Award goes to...
« on: December 31, 2007, 04:09:11 AM »
Seriously now...

... yota821 deserves something. See it done, Mod Hand.

Vagabond / Musashi & Kojiro on PS3.. wait, what?
« on: December 31, 2007, 02:45:37 AM »
Colour me surprised too.

That isn't the best/worst of it though, looks like they'll be a part of the PS3 exclusive "Yakuza 3". Don't believe me? Then look at this cool trailer with possibly the worst music you'll ever hear. I've never played the Yakuza games, but I've only heard bad things about them. However this one has some promise, so long as the soundtrack isn't entirely comprised of Rapanese-esque music. From what I can tell from my very, very limited Japanese, you play as a chap out to kill Musashi, and various other members tag along. Seriously, I have no fucking clue what is going on, but it looks nice at least, even though the gameplay reminds me of Genji and other terrible slashers with terrible AI and terrible camera angles.

Minor edit: I see a beach, but I don't see a bokken. Instant loss of interest.

Vagabond / Vagabond: Volume 27... new pages (spoilers)
« on: December 20, 2007, 02:42:45 PM »
Can be used later for the Viz release....

So stop me if you guys have already seen this, but I just got the Japanese version and thought I'd mention that it features a couple more pages after Akemi chucks herself into the water. It shows Musashi looking in good health and contemplating in the snow, whilst envisioning Otsu. It then cuts to Kojiro who is swinging his bloody stick around (while Hon'ami and his wife (name?!) watch on expressionless), pausing only to right a name in the snow: " 武蔵 " which is, as I'm sure most of you know, Musashi. After Kojiro looks up to the winter sky in seemingly deep though it promptly cuts back to Musashi, who turns his head around sharply as if sensing something (Kojiro, perhaps?).

It's not a lot, I'll grant you, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Video Games / Duke Nukem Forever...
« on: December 19, 2007, 01:15:00 AM »
Trailer tomorrow apparently.

Does anyone here even care? I remember it being awesome when I was very young for the same reason full grown men play GTA.

Vagabond / Our boy @ Kinokuniya NYC + New Project...
« on: November 25, 2007, 05:51:09 PM »

Ganryū mural at Kinokuniya!

Sorry about the large header image, but I feel it's worthy of the space. Anyway, a couple of tidbits for those who frequent this humble corner of AnimeNewNetwork was present at the Kinokuniya grand opening that I hinted at not too long ago. Aside from the excellent photographs of the Musashi, Kojiro and possible Otsu murals he did around the store, they snagged a decent interview. And, though not being part of the interview but his speech, this amazed me... I feel touched:

In a speech, Inoue commented that he was grateful to do the mural project, which was completed despite tight manga deadlines. He explained that after he finished working the mural each day he would return to his hotel room and continue working on manga, and that his editor had flown into New York from Tokyo for only a day to pick up the finished pages. Inoue concluded by treating the press to a glimpse of the work in progress, as he applied the finishing touches to the mural right then and there.

Legendary chap, eh? No worst case scenario this time.

Also, a website under the name 11.29 VagaReal went up recently. ANN reports that a "new project that combines his Vagabond samurai manga and REAL basketball manga. The project's details will be announced on November 29, but the website is already streaming a making-of 'trailer' that shows Inoue and his assistants working in their studio."

Musashi playing Basketball again a bunch of wheelchair bound kids? I have to see that :ganishka:

News & Not News / Sorry, but I had to laugh...
« on: October 19, 2007, 02:27:01 AM »

Berserk Merchandise / Griffith horse riding sculpture for sale...
« on: July 19, 2007, 01:26:05 PM »

This hurts.

For sale, "Griffith (Hawk Soldiers) Horse Riding Sculpture and Judeau Bust". It has only ever been taken out of the box once, and has remained in mint condition ever since I received it. This is the re-release statue that was only sold in 300 units, and the serial number for my particular version is #177. More info can be found right here (with pictures). Here are a few images I took back in 2006 when I took it out of the box. Please excuse terrible camera quality:

My wife and I are moving out, and our car is in desperate need of repair, and with Griffith waiting for a display case that'll never come, I decided we should part ways. I really would not like to do this, but there really is no choice. These things happen. If nobody here wants first dibs at this, it'll go to eBay for sale, most likely for a slightly higher price.

If anybody is interested, please send me a personal message.

Thanks for your time, guys.

This was hard to place, but I feel Merchandi$e was suitable.

It's difficult to pick Guts out in there, but if you look hard enough...

I really wish I could translate this, but alas, I cannot. If you couldn't tell, Guts is in the position we usually see with the advertisements in Young Animal, with BERSERK written in kana. I don't know if olive green or whatever this is works with a white logo, but perhaps the undesiphered test gives news of different colours? Still pretty fecking awesome, if you ask me. I'd buy one =)

Current Episodes / Episode 287
« on: July 06, 2007, 03:49:55 PM »

Maybe she is looking at something after all.

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