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Video Games / Blazblue: Calamity Trigger
« on: April 26, 2009, 09:39:57 PM »
It's a new fighter for PS3 and the 360 from Arc System Works (The guys behind the Guilty Gear series).  It's scheduled to come out June 29th.

This game has me hyped, as it looks really fun.  Also, reports from the arcades have given it pretty glowing reviews.

Here's a vid and a trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeOslskkKrY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GYgUYN7YiE

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Shootin' the Breeze / Putin loves the bling
« on: June 29, 2005, 03:31:47 PM »

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Speculation Nation / Berserk narration and horrible things
« on: August 12, 2004, 12:38:41 AM »
I was just thinking on the rather graphic nature of Miura's depictions of horrifying occurences in the Berserk world, and specifically how they've been occuring far more frequently in the Post-Eclipse world, and arguably post-Incarnation ceremony.  Now duh, it's logical since Godhand has been gaining more influence through it's completion, and the existence of one on the Material plane, but the actual acts themselves are depicted more often post-Eclipse.

In the Golden Age, the truly horrifying events were limited only to those affecting the two central figures of Guts and Griffith for the most part.  What stands out are Guts's rape and Griffith's totured form.  Sure Wyald has his moments of gruesome glory, but that can be seen as the heralding of the storm of the Eclipse, which was the most gruesome event depicted at that point in the manga.  But it's not that horrible events weren't occuring during the Golden Age, just that they were hidden from view by the bright shining mask of the Golden Age, I suppose the King's lust for his daughter would be a good example of this.

But during that era, it can be assumed that Ganeshka, the Snake Baron, the Count, and others of their ilk were active in their various activities, as well as the Berserk everyman like Zepec.  But we were not made aware of these things, because this is Guts's tale, and he wasn't aware either.  When Guts's reality of the Hawks and a warrior's life were ripped away at the Eclipse, he, and the reader, became aware of the great festering evil beneath the bright surface.  Thus the day-to-day activities in Berserk took a darker turn, and more gore and such was depicted, as Guts began actively seeking it out to find the subjects of his vengeance, he saw more of their actions, and his existence was far more down and dirty than it had been as a merc.

Now that Griffith is back and the planes are merging, more grusome things such as trolls can be seen, but the overall tone seems to be brightening, since Guts's own life has brightened through the gaining of comrades.  But the darkness is still there, as all the functional adults have done some disturbing acts, but there's also a growing hope that Hawk of Darkness can be stopped, with the introduction of the Elemental Kings and the magical weaponry.  And on the other side, the everyday lives of people has become horrifying in Midland, yet they have their own hope in Griffith, humans and apostles alike flock to him.  And even though he is the Hawk of Darkness, Griffith has shown compassion outside of possible use as a tool when he saved Casca.

So what does the future hold for the grim trappings of Berserk?

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Speculation Nation / Why Flora gave Guts the Berserk's Armor
« on: July 10, 2004, 01:51:30 AM »
Besides the point that it was necessary for the crew to survive the upcoming battle, I think their was one more reason behind it.  After pondering what will happen to the Guts/Beast dynamic if Casca becomes sane again, I figured that Flora knew Guts would seek the Elf King, and bring this event to pass.  The armor itself is forcing a confrontation between Guts and the Beast.  One that Guts has to win or die trying (though not dead-dead, if Skulley is any indication).

Simply put, Flora wants Guts to be cured of his Beast problem.  Since it seems Skulley died after losing himself in the Berserk's Armor, it would seem that stopped him from berserking, since he always seems collected.  My guess is that Flora wants Guts to rise up as the counter to Griffith.  In order for Guts to be followed, he has to be able to avoid flipping out and killing everyone around him, and still have a human body.

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Speculation Nation / Guts: eventually helpless?
« on: June 10, 2004, 01:55:57 AM »
To preface:  I believe Miura once stated that Guts was going to experience similar feelings that Griffith did at the Eclipse.  Can some one confirm this?

With this in mind, I believe Guts will reach a point of such physical degeneration from the use of the Armor of the Berserk that he will be helpless in a fight, as opposed to his usual habit of being the main man.  Guts will experience the idea that he is letting everyone down, and being a burden upon them.  I believe that a major factor in Griffith's decision were similar feelings.

Griffith had always been the leader and inspiration for the Hawks, and when he was crippled he felt like he was dissappointing everyone.  These feelings became especially prevalent after he overheard Guts and Casca.  Griffith felt he had to accept Idea's offer if he could ever face any member of the Hawks again, which is why I think he was smiling as the hand closed over him.

So, I wonder what Guts will do when the same situation arises in his group.  It would seem inevitable that he would embrace the Beast to rise and fight again, much like what has been speculatted to have happened with Skull Knight.  But there are circumstances involve that cloud the future.  The x-factors involved are Guts's love for Casca, his experience on the other side of the coin, their destination to meet the Elf king, and the child.  These factors could be what causes the spiral instead of the circle.

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Speculation Nation / The protection of Casca(or: She's fucked)
« on: November 02, 2003, 02:34:31 AM »
Just trying to stir the pot a little.

As has been demonstrated in the manga chapters dealing with the troll caves, Farnese now draws strength from the reliance Casca has on her.  This leads to the conclusion that she is much stronger than before, and I've seen some conclude that her psycho-Farnese days are behind her.

I would just like to call that conclusion into question, by comparing her new role with Guts's experiences in safeguarding Casca.

Now, I for one thought Guts seemed much stronger mentally once he was reunited with Casca, and he seemed able to control the Beast while she was around.  But we all know how that turned out, when the constant strain of having to babysit her caused him to finally snap and attack her, and even attampt to rape her.

Now Farnese isn't shown to have an aspect like the Beast inside her, but she has had more than her fair share of really fucked up actions in the past, so it would not be surprising if she's just trying to supress her little miss sadist act, and possibly approaching an eventual breakdown.

One of the main factors in this theory is the obvious attraction and devotion to Guts (which reminds me a lot of how Casca was with Griffith).  So for now, this leads her to dutifully protect Casca, but I would say that this is fostering feelings of jealousy in her, which might lead to an attempt to get rid of the opposition.  Which would become more likely if she ever got wind of the Beast's intentions concerning Casca.

Now, there are several factors that would help prevent this.  First off, unlike Guts, she's not bearing the burden all alone, since they're traveling in a group.  ANd when times get really trying (such as when that apostle was about to attack in 229) she can rely on Guts to save them.

However, if Schierke hadn't snapped Guts out of Beast mode, he would have just left them to die while he fought on.  And no one else is powerful enough to carve their way to their side if the situation is dire enough for Guts to entrust the Beast.

Thus if Guts chooses to entrust the Beast, Casca will likely die, since facing an apostle is certain death for Farnese, and one couldn't blame her for abandoning Casca, especially if Guts abandoned them.

So my conclusion is that Casca's safety hinges on Guts not succumbing to the Beast, not a situation I'd like to be in.

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Well?

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Speculation Nation / Guts as a "real" monster
« on: March 31, 2003, 09:15:45 PM »
When the spirits take the form of the Beast in Volume 16, they taunt Guts by saying if he continues on his path then he'll turn into a monster in human flesh, or that he might become a real monster like his friend.

This naturally points towards the Beherit, but I have a little speculation of my own here. During the usual occultation, the Apostle or Godhand to be forsakes their humanity, and is given a new form, which seems to be a reflection of their soul. They get great power right then, their spirit manifesting in the physical realm.

Now let's look at Guts. He already walks between the astral and material plain, and his force of spirit (an astral concept) affects the material realm. If he forsook his humanity altogether, would he turn into an actual monster without a ceremony?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / I have to know, is it really true?
« on: March 08, 2003, 01:25:26 AM »
I have heard that the Berserk manga has been liscensed for U.S. release. :o

Can some one verify?PLEASE?


http://www.animenewsservice.com/

alternately http://animeondvd.com/

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Character Cove / Who has the best ass
« on: December 13, 2002, 06:57:24 AM »
Here's our competitors:

Guts

Griffith

Casca

Skulley

Zodd


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Site & Forum News / Just wanted to say...
« on: November 04, 2002, 11:56:26 PM »
I like the new look.

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