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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:37:27 PM »
Hmmmm... "until it's done?" Does it need an update or DLC, or are you referring to something specific in your own playthrough?

I only meant that I haven't been compelled to see the game through to completion. I had the same hang-up with SMG2. Fun, but just didn't push me until the end. I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with the game or anything, I just kind of got my fill for the time being.

Still loving the Switch. I recently finished Steamworld Dig 2, which was great. I wish they had Steamworld Heist on there though...

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:12:16 AM »
BTW Switch Owners, how is Super Mario Odyssey treating you after spending some real time with it? Do I need to pay $350 for it or am I still good making do with my Wii U and waiting a decade like with these other Marios? =)

I haven't played it in about a week, if that says anything. Game's great! I am just not enticed to keep returning to it until it's done.

BTW,  have you already played SMW2: Yoshi's Island? It's a very different and worthy entry to the canon in its own right.

No argument here, but FYI Yoshi's Island was only dubbed Super Mario World 2 by Nintendo of America's marketing department.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 22, 2017, 02:02:01 AM »
Hey Dirtiest, welcome! I Hope you don't mind me merging your post into this existing thread.

Hello skullknight forum! I've been reading Berserk and lurking on this forum since 2014 and love the podcast so I thought it was about time to post!

Aw, thanks for joining us in these quiet times between releases :farnese:

While I was rereading Volume 27, Flora said something that I thought was possibly relevant to where the story of Berserk left off.  As Flora presents herself as a wall of flame to protect Guts and company she says to Schierke, "My existential form will merely change. We can meet again in your dreams."

Not to preclude what you're about to say, but I think most would take Flora at her word in this regard -- that she would be able to visit Schierke in her dreams (not Casca's). Even though that hasn't happened yet, I don't doubt that it will at some point.

I think that Flora might make some kind of appearance to help Schierke and Farnese, either as a wall of flame like she appeared as to defend against Grunbeld or maybe just as emotional or moral support for Schierke so that she can persevere.

I think it would make sense within the context of the other summons, a manifestation of those beings could be present in the dream sequence, ferried along into Casca's dream world by these other two dreamers. But I don't think it would make sense for Flora -- the real Flora -- to make an appearance here and now. After all, the Sovereign's involvement with the corridor has been relegated to flower petals guiding the way. That's likely by design, so as to not add a foreign entity to this deeply personal journey. I just don't see Flora stepping on the Sovereign's toes here.

Instead, the Sovereign of the Flower Storm might just intervene

Possible, but I feel like it'd be a little like cheating if they couldn't resolve this circumstance themselves, and rely on a higher power to solve the problem. 

or Schierke and Farnese will persevere on their own and think of some clever way fight against the resistance of Casca's own mind.

Always bet on Schierke   :guts:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:43:44 AM »
I've been playing Ni-Oh on PC (Aaz graciously got it for my birthday :badbone: ). No getting around it — it's a Souls game set in 1500s era Japan, and it's really fucking good. It gets bonus points for feeling like a Vagabond-meets-Souls game, what with primary weapon options being dual katanas and the kusarigama. Definitely worth picking up for those inclined to both series.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:13:30 PM »
Plus, Dark Horse slapped a sticker on the front of mine that I'm still too scared to scrape off! :magni:

Admittedly, if there were ever going to be a parental advisory for the content in one of the volumes, that'd be the one...!  :schnoz:

Manga Mausoleum / Favorite Volume Cover (Poll Results)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:07:10 PM »
I recently conducted a poll on the Berserk subreddit (larger sample size: 370 votes) to gauge current popular opinions on the series' covers, but the results were ... not surprising at all :ganishka:

Here's the top 5, and you can see the full results here:


My pick, Vol 17, didn't even make the top 20  :judo:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:28:56 PM »
Are the translations consistent with physical releases, even up to the latest volume?

It's just the digital versions of the regular DH print editions, so there are not going to be any differences.

As far as I know the digital versions require an internet connection so that is definitely a bummer.

You can download them and then access them without a connection. I can confirm I did this in an underground parking garage without any service.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:58:13 PM »

Thanks for posting! Miura does indeed look quite fit. All that swimming paying off, I'll wager.

This is what he wrote on his blog on 2005, it is implied that the photo could be older.

The metadata on the image is: 2003-01-31 18:46:22. In Berserk terms, that means that Miura was probably already drawing Guts' encounter with Slan in the Qliphoth.  :guts: :slan:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:41:45 PM »
Haha, sorry! I liked it. It was an interesting departure from the other 8- and 16-bit Zelda games. The final dungeon sucked, but not as much as the approach to Death in Castlevania (my litmus test for all platform games). It was the final two bosses that were a killer for me. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was down to no lives left and very little health when I encountered Dark Link, so I had to use the corner trick to beat him (I can feel the scowls of hardcore gamers everywhere turning toward me). I still think The Legend of Zelda is my favorite of the two, but I enjoyed them both.

I've never beaten Z2. That final dungeon defeated me as a child, and again as an adult when I tried replaying it on 3DS. It's just monstrous...

As for using "cheap tricks," dude, it's you against an endless army in there! Anything that can tip things in your favor sounds legitimate to me.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:43:41 PM »
I finished Zelda II: The Adventure of Link yesterday and ...

Well don't just coast over that! What did you think of Zelda 2? How about that final dungeon?  :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 07, 2017, 07:08:12 PM »
Super Mario Galaxy - I've actually owned this one for a while, but never had the inclination to dive in for some reason

My god... You're in for a treat. The sensation of long-jumping off a platform in that game, then being pulled back down by the gravity, it's such a good fucking design. Definitely my favorite Mario since 64, and so far, nothing in Odyssey has toppled the fun I had with Galaxy.

Speculation Nation / Re: Guts's Lineage
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:34:49 PM »
I've seen such ideas as well, but don't think you'll get much argument here on the matter.

I think theories that postulate Guts being "special" to explain his strength, survival abilities, etc. are completely missing the point of the series — Guts achieved these monumental feats despite being "merely" a human, facing opponents who have given everything that mattered to them to become inhuman. Making Guts "special" through lineage would dilute all that he has suffered through to become who he is.

And that's merely my thematic explanation for why Guts is not "special." What about the matter of evidence for such a theory? It simply does not exist. Guts' origins are touched on exactly once in the series, and the focus of that scene is not a matter of his parentage, it was his incredible tenacity, even in birth. Beyond that point, parentage for Guts comes in adoptive forms, and his bloodline relatives are never mentioned. If Miura wanted readers to be curious about those things, he has had nearly 30 years of opportunities to drop hints and allude to possibilities beyond the obvious. Yet, there is simply nothing there.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:18:10 PM »
Thanks, good to see a lot of the old faces haven't slacked as much as I have.I definitely do, Although I caught up with the current chapter, I now need to reread yet to refresh the story in my head, since its had a long time to fade since my last reread.  I told my Wife how long its been since I read it, and she commented, "So this series that you've talked about the last 6 years I've known you, and you haven't even kept up to date since before I knew you."

"That's just how much you mean to me, honey"  :casca:

That was exciting.  One part of that I was unsure of was if SK inadvertently aided in Femto setting off the "Bomb" to merge worlds, or if SK was just unsuccessful in stopping it.

He was just there to slice Femto. Then his attack was manipulated and used to rupture Ganishka. He seemed rather surprised.

Awesome, It's nice to hear that as of 2009, He was thinking of Berserk as 60-70% complete.  To me that means that we may be approaching the final arc within the next 10 years.
I remember this one. 

That's true, but that's what I've said twice within the past 20 years, so we'll see :badbone:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
Wow, after 10 years of not reading a new berserk, I have now caught back up.  Although I was hopeful they would be further by now, I am still quite happy they have gotten further in the story than I had expected.  I was still expecting them to be on Roderick's Boat making a few more stops along the way. 

Interesting, a 10-year hiatus?! SO LAZY! You've got some catching up to do :void:

Highlights over that span include:

• The community's reaction to the big Femto/SK scene, which was pretty crazy to see at the time.

• That time in 2009 when Miura answered our interview questions.

• Puella's translation of the Berserk Illustrations File interview

• The Berserk movie trilogy and all the discussion around it

• The god-awful 2016 animation

• And of course all of our podcasts

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Hardcover editions of Berserk?
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:40:49 AM »
My Akira hardcovers also shipped yesterday. The whole package is a thing of beauty. And as I admired it, it was hard not to think of how much Berserk deserves the same treatment.

Beyond the books and packaging themselves, there's the artbook that comes with it, containing pretty much everything you could want from such a book. It collects all the official colored work, all the original promotional art Otomo created for things like the anime, laserdiscs, etc., all the "front art" colorings from the collected books, along with drafts, variations, and his explanations for design ideas on each of them. Imagine such a thing for Berserk, with Miura's commentary...  :daiba:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:08:39 PM »
Mario Odyssey arrived a few minutes before I left for a weekend trip :ganishka: So I played about 3h of it last night. I'm enjoying it, but what has been the most exciting for me is watching my 4-year-old son enjoy it — whether he's playing or just watching me. He has had zero exposure with 3D mario games, so this is a pretty special experience for him. Needless to say, he really loves it.


It's just about what you'd expect from this kind of game. But it's not the huge leap for the brand that Zelda: BotW was, or that Mario Galaxy was. It's just a fun (often funny) 3D Mario platformer in a big world, structured more like Mario 64 than recent games.

Speaking of Mario 64, I do love how you aren't forced to end a level after getting a moon (stars for this game). In fact, you'll probably find 6-8 moons while en route to the main quest's moon. It really encourages you to explore the worlds, and not just gun it for the direction you know you're supposed to be headed in.  In M64, you could explore, but often weren't rewarded, because the levels were very goal-oriented, and a star only existed in 1-2 places in a level at a time.

The hat-control stuff is neat, but it's really just a gimmick so far — not a huge part of the game. You use it to solve a handful of puzzles per level. Most of the time, you'll be doing standard 3D Mario platforming, perhaps with 2-5 seconds of enemy possession interspersed in the course of a minute. By comparison, the gravity in Mario Galaxy was an all-encompassing feature that influenced how the levels were designed and what you could do within those worlds.

As far as level design goes, it feels like it has a lot in common with Mario 3D Land, writ large, with full multi-path zones to explore, instead of a streamlined experience. This means there's a lot to discover, but also sometimes you will be sort of aimlessly wandering the borders of the world, looking for secrets, not sure exactly where the next moon will be. The level design also changes slightly depending on different world events. Not sure how consistent that will be for all worlds, but it's definitely a big factor for one world.

I'm of course excited to play more, but I can't say that I'm on fire to jump back in.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:32:16 PM »
That's great. It seemed progressively more likely that DH would localize this, given the recent attention they've given Berserk's success. No release date projected here, which is to be expected. I'd guess a year or so, based on their previous history.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:44:26 PM »
On the other hand, I don't even think a film series is the best choice for something like this for the reasons you laid out, and a TV series is obviously no longer the death sentence by low expectations it once was, but rather often finer drama than anything at the movies these days (like I said, as good as 2049 was, it can't help but feel shallow compared to, say, Westworld). Calling HBO? Netflix? Amazon (which we heard wants it's own GoT)? You guys have any billions left to bring Dune to life, even as a write off? It'll be better received now than the Confederate fanfic written by male Hollywood power players, I promise! =)

Part of me wants it to be a film for esoteric nerd reasons, but a series would more easily fit the mold. That being said, I can count on one hand the number of serialized dramas that have left an impression on me, particularly recently. I feel like these studios have become pros at pushing out lots of content, creating a container with a substantial pitch, pilot and conclusion, and then just filling the rest of the glass with piss. Netflix is in particularly guilty of this, stringing out their series' structure with filler, dragging B-plots on for 5 episodes and then resolving them suddenly in minutes. Ugh... Hey speaking of which guys, Stranger Things 2 is out!

Oh yeah, that mini-golden age was so incestuous! I heard Walter Hill talk about it a bit on the WTF pod, I don't know if you heard it (I know you've been a listener in the past) but it's worth it for that alone.

Nope! I'll look for that one. I have a road trip this weekend.

 I check in on the show every 6 months or so. Sometimes that show is amazing. But it's absolutely contingent on the guest being solid and receptive to Maron's conversational style. Much of the time, it's just boring to me, or feels like they're running down the clock as much as they can. I have the same problem with WTF as I do with the Jimmy Pardo podcast -- both can  be phenomenal, but it's too much inside baseball. Whether it's comedy or Hollywood, the way they talk about those industries lifts the curtain in a way that's just really off-putting to me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:45:48 AM »
As long as he doesn't have the same reverence for David Lynch's version that he clearly does for Blade Runner. :ganishka:

I don't think there should be any concerns for that. Lynch's Dune has never been regarded as the authoritative take on the book, so it wouldn't make much sense for Villeneuve to attempt to mimick it.

Instead, I imagine (hope?) that Villeneuve will attempt to offer his interpretation of the novel. This both excites me and makes me uncomfortable. The novel is epic science fiction, and has long deserved a more dignified seat at the table among sci-fi films — if anything, just to get more people to read the damned book and realize how awesome it is. The problem is, I don't think Dune is something you can comfortably squeeze into a feature-length film. Even ignoring the vast amount of set up time necessary to digest the arrangement of houses, economy, technology, history that makes the scale of the opening act carry weight, there's a lot of character development, passages of time, that don't lend themselves to a single breezy sit-down experience, even at 2h 44 min. And if the solution is to trim those aforementioned parts, then like Studio4C cutting out the inconvenient Bonfire of Dreams sequence, I'd rather the attempt just not be made. But I'm getting ahead of myself  :void:

What if Ridley Scott had done Dune back in his prime and we ended up with an impeccable sci-fi trilogy of Alien, Dune, and Blade Runner...

It's funny that you bring that up, because a significant chunk of the creative energies behind Jodorowsky's ill-fated Dune were eventually what gave birth to Alien.

I acknowledge this will make me sound like an old man, but is Rick & Morty from the same mind as House of Cosbys?

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:23:26 PM »
Hmm, so ah... I guess I'll ask: What about Vagabond?

Speculation Nation / Re: So i have this theory
« on: October 25, 2017, 05:29:26 PM »
The trouble with all the edgiest sacrifice ideas in Berserk is that the closest relationships are between people where one or both have already been sacrificed and so are apparently ineligible.

Indeed, for a variety of reasons I don't expect the beherit to be used in a traditional manner. It's been around for too long to end up creating "yet another" apostle for Guts to kill. I think it will be used in an alternate way, possibly involving Puck.

And the runner-up relationships aren't close enough to have the narrative punch to make it interesting storytelling.  I mean, picture Isidro doing it.  My reaction would be 'huh' rather than 'shock!!'  and that's not what Miura wants at all.  We'd have to build up to something with Rickert or even Sonia or Mule to get a sacrifice worth writing. 

Well I'd add Serpico to that list, with a caveat. His future is certainly up in the air right now. But I'm not sure him sacrificing Farnese (and Guts immediately destroying him) would make much sense, or lead to a more interesting story scenario.

My current favorite prospect for sleeper mystery is what is really wrong with Azan.  But since nothing in Elfhelm is freaked out about him it's not likely to be anything that crazy.

If anything were wrong with him in that regard, it'd have to have been something that could slip past Schierke all this time as well. I think we pretty much know Azan's situation, it just hasn't been explicitly laid out in the story yet.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: October 23, 2017, 06:30:42 PM »
Soon will be reading this!

It's the 6 big Akira volumes, hardcover, with a new translation. It also comes with an artbook featuring all the official colored art. It's up on Amazon for $135 if anyone else is interested.

I can only dream that one day Berserk will get a similar treatment... How many vols would it take though? Maybe it should just be sold as a bookshelf  :magni:

With his monstrous blade, Dragonslayer, he and a band of unlikely allies will face danger unlike any they’ve ever experienced before. The answers he seeks lie shrouded in the night.

What are those answers, exactly...?

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Video Biography of Miura (Chinese)
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:30:36 PM »
What an enigma is Mr. Miura. I can't think of anyone who has lived a more private life.

Come on, that's a bit of an overstatement. Aside from choosing not to openly engage in social media (we know he's a member of NicoNico Douga) and refrains from picture taking, Miura's not that mysterious. Hell, he recently was a key speaker at a seminar! He shares what he's interested in 6-12 times out of the year, and a half-dozen times in his life has been the subject of in-depth interviews widely distributed by magazines. There are far more popular and notorious recluses — Bill Watterson and J.D. Salinger come to mind.  And I don't know a TON about other mangaka, but I would bet that there are others who choose to lead more private lives. Miura might stick out because Berserk has been going a long time, but I don't think he's that special in this regard.

And while I think a lot of us might feel starved of content surrounding his personal life, I've been thinking about that recently, and what it might be like if he was super active on say Twitter or Facebook. Perhaps our high opinions on him might change, if ever so slightly. Perhaps we'd get more than we bargained for? I'll quote Trent Reznor (if for no other reason than he was on Twin Peaks recently).

That's an interesting thought, but Miura probably isn't going to be the guy making asinine complaints on Twitter. 

I've considered what might be different if Miura were more open about things like the hiatuses, and I don't think more information would change anything. At the end of the day, he's going to release it when it makes sense for his schedule, which he dictates.  If he wrote explicitly about his health, mental or otherwise, preventing him from releasing Berserk like he did in his 20s, people would still complain about the rate of release, because they're simply rabid for more, regardless of the reasoning.

I'm in the camp I believe most of you are in, where we'd probably go right on respecting and loving Kentaro Miura just as much if not more than we always have if he decided to share work in progress art and cat pictures. But I can't help imagine a world, somewhere between's CS:GO and Hearthstone channels, where a master of his craft makes music-accompanied progress on a work at a never-before-broadcasted pace, and may or may not stream iDOLM@STER in between panels.

Not sure I can follow you on that last part. Miura's pretty old school. I don't think he'd set up a 24/7 live cam of his work habits.

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