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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 09, 2018, 02:17:24 PM »
Excellent news, thanks Heiji.

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: August 06, 2018, 02:44:13 PM »
Bloody version repaint - apparently exclusive for China only and in limited numbers. A lot of people who pre-ordered the original version are upset (rightfully so) and it would've made more sense for Prime 1 to present the option of both versions when they offered the pre-order.


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:44:08 PM »


Mission Impossible 6 or Fallout was an improvement on movie 5. It was a good dose of fun with fast paced action and I think the supporting cast pulled through. It's what you expect from a MI movie, and it has to center around Ethan Hunt which can get tiring, like some of the usual tropes of the masks or everything that comes down to the last second. All of that considered, it's still a solid release. I'd rank the movies in this order - 1, 3, 4, 6, 5, 2.

Speaking of 3, best JJ Abrams movie he directed?



Eighth Grade was pretty good and happened to watch it by chance, not knowing anything about it because I had an afternoon to kill and it was either this movie or Equalizer II which I just couldn't ... Denzel playing himself in every movie is just not happening! Anyway, this coming of age film focuses on the last 4 days of eighth grade for the main character. She's someone who makes cheesy/ corny self help/ make up tips sort of videos on YouTube that garner 1 or 2 likes because her Dad is the only one watching it and being supportive, not popular in school, shy and all that. There are moments when I feel my age when they talk about kids hopping on SnapChat at an early age. It's not one of those feel good movies, so I appreciated it from the perspective of keeping it real.



Sorry To Bother You had a few problems but man, if a movie can get in a The Last Dragon reference it has to be awesome! This was honestly really good with all of it's social commentary and weird moments. It's full of cheese, wit, great acting, humor and it's tongue-in-cheek metaphors. It also made a lot of people uncomfortable in the theater, some walked out before the end. Check it out guys!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: Episode IX
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:28:58 PM »
December 2019 will come by real quick.

Carrie Fisher & Andy Serkis as General Leia.
Can totally see that happening.

Honestly not interested in this at all after the previous two movies (not even talking about the spin-offs, I doubt I'll ever watch Solo).
Both Rogue One and Solo, I felt were better than movies VII and VIII. I wasn't thrilled to see Solo because there was just a lot of SW at the time but in retrospect, it was fun. Nothing great but decent-to-good I guess if that can be considered to be a metric. I'm glad they've put a halt to other spin-offs - Fett/ Kenobi - because Solo did averagely at the box office.

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Japanese Tankobans worth the buy?
« on: July 22, 2018, 12:26:17 AM »
Kinokuniya's a really good place for grabbing manga, more than the Barnes & Nobles at Union Square (3/ 4 floors of a building) and Midtown Comics. Kinokuniya has 3 levels, the lower level is great for stationary items, the main floor for books and upstairs is where the manga is. How long are you going to be visiting New York for? If you're around and have some time, I can come by say hi!

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So you're saying it's a Netflix show then?  :ganishka:

Yeeep. It drags on and on ... I felt like I was watching it for a whole month.

Big fan of Matt Berry, so I'm rewatching Toast Of London and switching on and off from Regular Show.  I needed a bit of a break from serious and (boring) stuff.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: July 14, 2018, 12:56:54 PM »
New Gunship album cover



Isn't the first time they feature Berserk ... and on the new album they reference it in their new song with the brand on the guitar and a quick shot of Guts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ruvzfXQoE&frags=pl%2Cwn) along with other series like Street Fighter, Mad Max, Blade, Predator.

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I'm in the middle of a documentary series on Netflix called The Staircase that's a bit similar to Making A Murderer. It's fascinating to watch this trial and all the roadblocks the defense has to address when they're relying on science to prove their case, while the opposition relies on a missing murder weapon and the sexuality of the accused. Plus the environment of where the trial takes place and what the jury would ultimate fixate on in their decision. On episode 7 and towards the end of the trial. I've tried hard not to Google the outcome because the documentary doesn't move quickly. It feels long and there are moments I feel as if the story doesn't progress as much (in terms of new evidence or developments).

I discussed the show with a few friends, who recommended I watch Evil Genius next.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:45:23 PM »
Ocean's 8 was all fluff and no thrill/ excitement. The heist seems way too easy in execution and there's not much planning around it or not much is shown anyway. There's not a lot of conflict or some of those last minute (unexpected problems that leave you hanging sort of) situations to keep the audience second guessing how they'd pull it off. It's flat, humorless with a bloated cast. The first or first two Oceans heist films were sort of engaging to some extent, this one though ... far from that.

I always question those loudly proclaiming how bored and unscared they were, suspecting they were actually the most uncomfortable with the proceedings. Anyway, agree with you on ghosts vs. monsters, monsters FTW because they're where you find them, and have a better balance of supernatural and natural elements.

You just described a co-worker of mine who refuses to watch any horror and her go-to quote is "I'm a grown up, so I don't watch scary films." or whatever the hell that's supposed to even mean! Horror to her is about jump scares but I've discussed with her about psychological horror or intelligent/ grounded stories with horror elements attached to them, with no inch of "Okay, let me try this or that" from her. Phew.

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Westworld concluded season 2 this past Sunday and it was a hot mess of an episode - pacing, story. Season 1 was generally better for pacing, intrigue and keeping me interested/ invested in the show. Just when you think it should give you some closure, it opens that door for you for only a few characters but also creates more questions for the rest so they can add more and more content to it. I'd rather have a show that's 1 or 2 seasons (or anything definitive) and that's it. In terms of story arcs, I didn't care much for Maeve's or Dolores' post awakening arcs.

Almost caught up with S2 of The Handmaid's Tale which I believe ends this week.

Need to get on S3 of The Expanse soon.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:43:58 PM »
Agree with Nighty above and that trailer for the remake got a lot of ppfftt or "why does it need a remake reaction" with the group I went with and I ended up being the only fellow who actually liked it.

I loved The Witch and Hereditary I thought was unsettling and bloody damn good. I'm not much of an anxious person but the mood, music raised my anxiety a couple of times through the film. The 2nd act of the film is where it's a bit of a slow-burn but not by much and I like slow-burn anyway, so I didn't mind it at all. Some scenes drag a little longer so characters can breathe a bit and their emotions can be wholly fleshed out. The music was brooding, suffocating and the end was ... lets say they hit the nail on everything thematically.

Some people find ghosts scary, others find monsters scary (that's me!), so having watched the film, I've been reading comments that either say it's great or it's a snooze fest. Bottom line, watch it and see/ experience it for yourselves to make that opinion. I'm up for a rewatch before it leaves theaters.

Also hit up The Incredibles 2 this week. Funny in a lot of parts and while it's a predictable plot, it's not that bad of a ride. Upgrade from the first film, diving into familiar family dynamics or egos or the pride of Mr. Incredible and his relationship with Elastigirl. I'd say decent movie, for sure. The short film before the movie - BAO - got mixed reactions where emotional scenes got laughs from people in the audience. It wasn't perfect but I liked it.

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I'm pretty curious to hit up

- The Terror because of the cast and well ... the trailer sells that desolate landscape or atmosphere pretty well - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l328p5sSEmc
- Corporate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_H8xcqy4Vc

Lost In Space was ... a complete waste of my time. Had I known it was garbage, I wouldn't have checked it out. You could watch the first 2 episodes, jump right to the last episode and you wouldn't miss a thing. And, it's still not going to redeem the bad story telling or character shifts that happen in the first season. Production wise - great. The writing however, sloppy as hell and while I can understand the purpose of corny stuff here n there, the show simplifies AI a lot and the way the story shifts just doesn't make sense. Maybe this was written for kids as a 'family show'. Speaking of, it was momentous every week to sit on the dining table and watch The X-Files week after week ... moments of awe, terror and cool weird sci fi that sometimes didn't make sense at all (haha!). But this's also when the internet wasn't big and I didn't have access to shows/ world events/ information as freely as kids would have today. I can't imagine anyone in their teens being excited about this new Lost In Space.

Has anyone checked out Altered Carbon yet? That's another one I was meaning to check out.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: The New Picture Thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 02:07:45 PM »
I've been away for a little longer than I should've because of work first and then I decided to move mid April but a move without the help of movers this time. I thought I'd save money in the long run if I made a couple of trips in an Uber XL or Lyft XL (load the back with boxes and everything) but I didn't imagine it taking a long 5 weeks to get it done. I could only do it over weekends, so all my weekends of May and late April were dedicated to the move. What made it a challenge was that my apartment was on the 6th floor, with no elevator. By the time I'd go up and down with heavy boxes (just enough to fit in an SUV), I'd be dead!

Last night, I chucked my bed (mattress, box and frame) and did a final sweep. This's me with my last piece of item that didn't go into storage. It rode a cab while staying on my lap ^_^ and I must say, Skully's quite popular with the ladies. While waiting for a cab outside, he got a couple of smiles and "Ouuuu's" here n there.


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Vagabond / Re: Official Slam Dunk thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 01:57:22 PM »
Oh man ... these covers look really good. What do you think Walter?

I wonder if they mentioned a re-release in English with the new covers. If it's for the Japanese version only, I don't own the Japanese volumes as yet and maybe picking these up will set them apart from the English ones (?). But it's also more space on a book shelf!! Grrrrrr.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:02:39 PM »
While I'm at it, I also recently saw Annihilation, which is a better-than-average sci-fi movie starring Natalie Portman. Recommended for fans of the genre.

I watched it twice in the theater, the second time was a week apart. I'm always skeptical about calling movies good because of their lasting power and watching it just a week apart, I wasn't bored and actually enjoyed it all the more. Definitely good! Thematically it's like Ex Machina in the way it ended and I appreciated the slowburn beginning leading up to it's darker moments, suspense and the third make-or-break act. Of the 2 sets of friends I went with, some of them either thought the third act was too weird or could've been part of a totally different movie or weren't convinced with the outcome of it but not in a "What do you think happened at the end of Inception?" kind of way. Questions about purpose, motives were discussed instead. So all in all, this was a sure keeper.

Fantastic movie. I don't own physical copies of many movies, but I do have a copy of that one on DVD, and that says a lot about my opinion of it.

Lovely soundtrack and worth keeping on DVD/ BR. The end is visually striking and suffocating at times.

I watched Han Solo last night. There was something basic I wasn't down with - Han. Outside of that character, everyone else and the story was all the action adventure that could be in a Star Wars film. The old formula done well. Great visuals here and there. I was surprised to see a certain someone to appear towards the end of the film. The actor playing Lando (forget his name but he's everywhere ... the Atlanta chap) nailed Lando. Speaking of Marvel fatigue, I felt like I'd just watched another Star Wars movie only to find myself watching this a few months apart. That awe of rushing to see it wasn't there for me personally and I would've gladly waited for it on DVD/ BR if my friends hadn't got me a ticket.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:49:27 PM »
Hereditary comes out next week, here's a trailer for it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wWKNij_1M

Looks promising and I'm going to have to check it out cos it's made by the folks who did The Witch - a movie I liked through and through.

There were 2 fun movies I hit up that were on Netflix - The Ritual and Creep 2. The Ritual was a bit of a slow burn horror in the woods film following a group of good, old friends. Of course, there's a bit of a disagreement among the group members but that's just surface level of what's going on in the background. The outcome isn't exceptional or surprising but it didn't feel like a waste of time because of some of the visuals and atmospheric moments. Definitely check it out if you can. Creepy 2 was a step up from Creepy ... it's all about jumpscares like the first movie and this takes it up a notch in the weird area. What scared me with the first one was not knowing what the character was capable of or what he'd do or how far he'd go. Knowing all of that and going into the sequel I was afraid it might not click but the movie still managed to connect thematically and up the ante a bit.

Also hit up The Endless in April which was a lot of fun - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DTbx7c7ez8

The protagonist's are two brothers who go back to a UFO death cult when they receive a video from the cult. They'd left the cult about 10 years ago and the younger brother really wants to go back and check it out - for closure. They go back to find some old friends and things get weird as time passes on. If you're interested, there's an easter egg if you're familiar with the writer/ director's other movies ; )

EDIT - got tickets for Hereditary for next Tuesday, should be fun.

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Video Games / Atari VCS
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:03:34 PM »
I took the plunge and pre-ordered the Atari VCS console. I got the regular black version by itself and a set of remote controls because it was the cheapest option in the campaign.

They have 2 consoles offered - the black regular version called Onyx (comes with a 30ish% discount if bought by itself) and the Collector's version (front wooden like look for the panel).

It's currently available through an Indiegogo page - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atari-vcs-game-stream-connect-like-never-before-computers-pc/x/18832119#/

I haven't kept in touch with the gaming market or insights and I'm curious to know why Atari would go through an Indiegogo for such a release ... which kinda seems to me as something that would be popular and would garner enough orders or pre-orders on its own.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:51:38 PM »
I was in DC this past weekend and on my way back, I was bored and downloaded a couple of games on my phone. I'm not big on gaming on the phone because I never had a good or powerful phone, always running out of battery. Couple of months ago I picked up a refurbished iPhone 7s and it's been holding up pretty well (so far atleast!). Two hours in I got stuck and started getting dizzy in the backseat. Frustrated, I looked for other popular free games and picked up WeavetheLine ... loving that one!

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:39:53 PM »
Thanks for the link Sareth, order placed. Last week I finally got my package for episode 354.

I'm with you Walter on staying spoiler-free ^_^. I'm gonna wait for Aaz's post with the summary and dive into reading the episode.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:41:41 PM »
Oouff, the Shining is one of my favorite films and easily in my top 5 most replayed films but I dunno if I'd be able to handle the soundtrack while isolated on an island, I very well may go crazy. :ganishka: On its own merits though, it is a wonderful soundtrack.

Definitely, it's one of those that sounds great with or without the film playing in your head.

I was never a Megadeth fan when I first dove into metal primarily because of (and as silly as it sounds) this group of guys who loved them and I hated their guts. So if they liked Megadeth or Tool or Iron Maiden or whatever else, I just wasn't gonna listen to it. And years went by and I still haven't listened to a Megadeth records from beginning to end. I guess if there was one definitive Megadeth album, which one would it be? I'll need to do some reading on this topic in my downtime to catch up with the discussion ^_^.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:29:16 PM »
Walter's list surprised me and equally fun was seeing yours, Griffith.

You've probably noticed a pattern here... I love liberal use of the ellipsis. :carcus:
WOW! Has the black album fallen out of favor? Well NOW YOURE UNNNFORGIVVVENNN 222222222222222-

:ganishka:

My favorite Pantera would be Far Beyond Driven but when I first heard of Pantera and managed to trade cassettes to finally get a complete set (with the exception of Reinventing), I'd gravitate to Vulgar Display Of Power because of the powerhouse Mouth For War and A New Level which is think is their best one-two punch opening songs across all albums.

This's one hard list to make because it's albums from anywhere ... EP's, full lengths, soundtracks, splits. Sigh, lets try this ... first draft in no order

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Raison d'etre - The Empty Hollow Unfolds
2001: A Space Odyssey movie soundtrack
The Shining movie soundtrack
AKIRA soundtrack - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Incantation - Diabolical Conquest
My Dying Bride - As The Flower Withers
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Immolation - Failures for Gods
Evoken - Antithesis of Light

Choosing was oouuufff ... rough.

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Berserk Merchandise / Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
They announced through their Facebook/Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/oniricreations/photos/a.1196312743783278.1073741828.1174349939312892/1626466317434583/?type=3&theater]

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Guts et sa mythique dragonslayer arrivent à grands pas dans votre collection... Voici un aperçu de notre prochaine statue Berserk. À l'échelle 1/6, ce projet marque le début d'une gamme de statues basée sur la licence. Nous vous l'avions déjà précisé mais nous mettons absolument tout notre savoir-faire dans cette pièce. Tous les détails, aussi infimes soient-ils, seront poussés au maximum. Qu'il s'agisse de métal, tissu, peau... ou autre? L'attente semble longue mais nous vous assurons que vous aurez rarement vu une statue 1/6 aussi ambitieuse.
Et nous avons extrêmement hâte de vous la dévoiler!


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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »
HUmm weird indeed. But they do warn us (well at least in my e-mail) that it can take up from 2 to 6 weeks to get here and in extreme cases up to 3 months. I received ep352 a week or so after pre-ordering ep353. (I hope for you that it did not get lost in the mail. I know I would be pissed about that, and tbh I was starting to be a bit scared when it got to 6 weeks of waiting.)

Where do you live?

New York. I used to hit up the local Kinokuniya before but I've been tied up with work and I traveled a bit in the last quarter of 2017 resulting in not being able to order a copy from em. I've been checking YJA to see if I can buy it but it's a bit of a hassle. So I'd rather buy from CDJapan and spend a little more for the convenience.

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