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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:50:37 PM »
Not a huge deal but it's also a bummer that they didn't include the actual volume covers before the starting episode of each volume. This is done in almost all comic and manga compilation volumes, a nice illustration of the single release with no text. Since they're not doing it now, I'm not sure they'll do it in the future. It would've been really nice to see some of the later volume covers of the series uncropped and clean of any text.

Those are placed in the back of this volume, no text anywhere on them, art only. But you're right that they're not interspersed where they should appear in sequence.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:46:49 PM »
The "MyBestRemix" reedition in Japan included a bunch of color pages (but not all of them) from the early volumes.

Sure, but I mean the standard Japanese volumes from Hakusensha. I'm sure there are a variety of other editions, but the ones that Dark Horse licensed most closely resemble the standard editions.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:51:57 PM »
I have a question, is there a good reason why Dark Horse didn't include Miura's original color pages in the Deluxe Editions?

It seems they're re-using the assets they have on hand, not re-licensing additional editions from Hakusensha. After all, the standard Japanese volumes don't have the color pages either. Only a few international editions brought those over, along with of course the original episode publication. So I wasn't surprised to see them absent here.

Also the pages are not gloss (similar to photocopy type paper) which we see in other manga 'Deluxe Edition' releases.  Considering the high retail price, i'm a little bewildered.

Non-glossy paper isn't really the status quo for deluxe manga editions. I actually can't think of one that does it (I'm sure they exist, but I don't own one nor have seen one). Anyway, it doesn't mean it isn't good stock, or a good print. You can still get good looking prints out of uncoated paper.

That being said, it's tough to tell from a YouTube video but ... the biggest issue I'm seeing in that video is the image banding on several of the shaded areas, which was always a big problem with the early Dark Horse volumes. It's a technical problem they solved in future volumes, but never retroactively fixed in the older volumes. It's also present in a few pages of the Japanese volumes as well, but not in nearly as many places as Dark Horse's scans, so it's clearly a compounded issue. I'm guessing they scanned it poorly on the first pass at the assets, and left it that way for ... reasons. See a few examples below.

Now, I understand that Dark Horse may be limited to their existing scanned assets for licensing reasons (you licensed this edition, this is what you get -- one pass at it), but if they're going to just upscale these scans with known issues, I find that problematic for a premium edition. Of course, re-scanning everything would also necessitate them laying out all the translated speech bubbles on the fresh scans, but well guys, it says "Deluxe" right on the box, so that's not really my problem.

So what we're left with here is, it's a bigger, leatherbound edition of the same volumes you already have. +SFX.

There's also this problem on the Miura page. The Dreamcast game came out in 1999 (2000 in US).

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:33:15 PM »
I like the look of Link's Awakening. This Mii Plaza joke has me remembering when Wind Waker came out and people thought it was too cartoony/for kids. This looks like a whole world made out of miniatures. I think that's a pretty cool idea, for everything to look very solid and hand-crafted.

Check out how the lighting shows off the texture on each tile.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:24:52 PM »
First look at the inside of the deluxe editions:

Paper quality looks improved. It looks genuinely stitched (not glued), which is great. And sound effects were added, but the translation appears to be the same. Haven't had a chance to do a 1:1 comparison myself (at work).

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:02:42 PM »
Nintendo is remaking Zelda: Link's Awakening for Switch. Due out later this year:

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:51:42 PM »
PS4 owners: A bunch of Ubi games on sale digitally on Sony's store:

Including: AC Origins for $25, Odyssey for $35, and Ezio Collection for $15 (Griff!)

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:10:47 PM »
Thanks for the podcast.  I think we all needed this...

Of course, love doing them.

Creation Station / Re: Photorealistic Guts: The Black Swordsman
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:58:31 PM »
Looks fantastic. The minimal presentation with the logo also really works in its favor.   :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: February 05, 2019, 02:07:03 PM »
He makes them in batches :???: makes sense better to release them one after another.

5-6 releases dropped randomly throughout a calendar year makes much less business sense than 5-6 sequential monthly releases. Hence batches.

Take a look at the past decade on the release chart and it should make sense how it went from pure chaos to a semblance of order.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:21:28 PM »
No episode on february 22 in the Young Animal.

Well, I shouldn't be surprised, but somehow I am. Thanks for the early update. Now we're truly in uncharted territory.  :shrug:

Well, I think the next chapter is going to be something huge probably very important plot-wise maybe and it might be that Miura wants to take his time to perfect this chapter. It might be a Godhand appearance, or Casca and Guts, Griffith furthering his plans on controlling the hearts and minds of the people, or maybe it might be a chapter full of beautiful awe-inspiring sights once again showing Miura excellent skills as an artist. Whatever it is it will be well worth the wait as per usual that I can guarantee.

There's no way that a 6 month break is the result of Miura not knowing how to execute on a single episode. He releases them in batches, so he's probably spending the time working on his next batch of episodes -- simple as that.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 09:56:04 PM »
Can someone even use a pet as a sacrifice? I thought that only humans worked as sacrifices.

Nico from the DC game used his dog. But no, I'm also not sold on Zodd sacrificing a lion. :stop:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:28:20 PM »
Damn dude, you're on a roll!

Whoops! I said so in the other thread but forgot to mention here, this one was made entirely by Griff.

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:47:06 PM »

(by Griffith!)

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:43:38 PM »
This podcast actually made a good accompaniment to one of my favorite SkullKast conversations (though I forget the particular episode it took place in), where you guys speculated about what Zodd might have been like as a human, and why he became an apostle. I think the one suggesting that he would have been a child was my favorite. Although, now that I think about it, it might not add anything to the story to reveal Zodd's origins (no novels, please! :magni: ).

Thanks  :zodd: I definitely don't remember that one! It's funny that our thoughts on it flipped since then too. We all liked the idea of Zodd having been an old human whose body couldn't keep up with his will to fight.

Podcast / SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:22:56 AM »

Episode 98: Nosferatu Zodd (1h35m)

I know. It's been seven years and somehow we've never done a podcast on this guy? I couldn't believe it either. The star of our latest character study is everyone's favorite furry loner, Nosferatu Zod Zoddo Zodd! From his allegiance to Griffith, to his eternal bosom buddy the Skull Knight and his spiky-haired counterpart Guts -- Aaz, Griff and Wally comb through the past, present and future of this iconic character. It's also a good time to unveil our new emoticon, made by Griff. (Zodd saying STOP)  :stop:

+RE2 fans should stick around until 1h14m, because for the first time in years, all three of us are playing the same game.

As I mention in the show, this is our first comprehensive Zodd podcast, however obviously the character has been covered in quite some detail already during our re-read project. If you want to check two of the big ones, listen to Ep 43 (Volume 5's re-read) and 71 (Vol 17 part 2).

Use a podcast app? Try this:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: What are the best ways to support Berserk?
« on: February 01, 2019, 02:48:47 PM »
Here's a curveball answer -- give the volumes a glowing review on Amazon.

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: January 31, 2019, 07:08:30 PM »
Was waiting for things to get official before posting about this statue. Such a great scene and the sculpt is gorgeous. It's been a while since I bought a statue for Berserk or Vagabond but I couldn't let this pass (goddaaaaaamnit DK!!). A fellow Berserk collector on this board is helping the studio translating things/ feedback across to them. I helped a little with input on the paint job by sharing a cover of a Morning magazine from an episode around that time (to get the colors of his clothing/ skin tone) and suggested that his clothes shouldn't look fresh/ new.

That is a HELL of a statue, wow. They nailed the resemblance to Musashi too. Cool that you were able to help!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 31, 2019, 02:55:24 AM »
When trying to determine the best entry point for The Witcher series I concluded the best course of action was just to not to play any of them. Conundrum solved! :guts:

It's one of those series where I feel like I've given it an honest shake and it just never did anything for me. Same with Dragon Quest. I've played like, 6 games in that franchise and it's just not for me. Oh well!

Manga Mausoleum / Flashback: Charlotte/Zodd from Vol 11 to Vol 27
« on: January 30, 2019, 11:12:05 PM »
Not sure how I missed this, but caught this in a re-read of Vol 11 today: Charlotte remembering what Griffith said about how he'd return to her one day, and then flash forward to the day that he returns. Everyone's favorite furry was in the sky for both scenes.  :zodd:

Volume 11

Volume 27

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 27, 2019, 08:03:28 PM »
but then neither was Leon under the circumstances ("gotta ask my boss, duh").

Genuinely not sure how this line was NOT meant to elicit a laugh, under the circumstances  :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 27, 2019, 03:01:05 PM »
Really having a blast with RE2. I'm only just leaving the jail now, so there's still a lot to chew through. Got my first taste of Mr. X and it did not disappoint.

I had played through the game once back in 2000 I think, so this remake has been a fresh experience for me. Super impressed by the visuals, keeps me on my toes, and it just seems to have a great pacing. This is of course where the story in the series starts to go off the deep end (or at least, begins peering over the cliff into where it'll end up soon enough), but I appreciate the balance between the traditional "horror" story and the megacorp-conspiracy stuff, and how it iterates those "bigger" story elements as you progress.

It's a neat game, but it's more of a straight remake than Resident Evil (2002) was IMHO.

If that's what this represents, then I think I'm okay with that. Between the REmake and the original RE, it always felt like that game required more creative updates, given the state it started in ("Alone in the Dark" but Capcom).

Still, I want Capcom to capitalize on this momentum with another new experience, not another remake.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 25, 2019, 07:40:26 PM »
I saw some reviews complaining about them not bringing back the original cast and thought, with perhaps the exception of Alyson Court, "Really...?"

There was some drama over the voice actors because the cast Capcom went with were selected during the voice actor strike last year, effectively barring the original members from joining. Reviewers calling that out is their way of saying they don't abide by Capcom skirting the lines. Business ethics aside, I really like what I've heard from the (2.5, lol) people I encountered in the demo.

Cool, you doing PC or PS4?

PS4. I can run it on my PC, but I have a decent sound system and a big screen for the PS4, so it made the decision easy. Now I just have to wait for nightfall to kick things off  :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:29:19 PM »
And man, some of the dialogue still has that classic RE charm, like Leon's understated reactions to truly, shockingly horrifying things (*blood smeared all over the floor* "Something's not right here." Uh... DUH! And my personal favorite, "Hang in there!"

Yeah I was really impressed by the understated voice work that was going on even in the non-conematic scenes. Leon's interstitial "Whew..." catching his breath after seeing something horrifying. A nice, small touch.

I plan to pick up the game tonight!

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