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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:23:51 PM »
Perfume was such a good read. I've been generally following the fragrance community for the last 6/7 years and had this book in my bucket list to check out. Fascinating premise and it takes a dark/ disturbing turn as all obsessions can lead to.

I'm going to look into e-readers because I want to try to read a book a month without having to worry about shelf space. Any recommendations? I joined a bud's book club and they begin next month, they haven't picked a book as yet.

How cool! I read One Hundred Years of Solitude many years ago. Little did I know at the time that I probably should have read an article or two on Latin American history first. As a result, I took the entire book as a literal sort of fairy tale. It was fun, but perhaps not what the author intended! :ganishka:

Nice! I just began reading it. My plan of reading two books in December failed because I was running around between weddings, work, social stuff, family ... the usual when I visit home.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:37:04 PM »
Started to play Gris because a friend of mine linked me to the soundtrack, which's excellent.

While I was visiting my family, I clocked in about 10/12 hours of Hollow Knight. What a game! It was challenging and by the end I got a bit overwhelmed by the map and getting beat by bosses. It's fun trying different routes to get to a spot or exploring the area. Playing the game didn't help get over my jet lag.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: January 07, 2019, 05:31:25 PM »
New Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer.

I'm really looking forward to this. It'll be nice to see some kaiju fights.

Hell yeah, can't wait! That last Godzilla movie was kinda fun ... on the big screen. I've watched it afterwards on my computer or TV and it's just not the same feeling. Seeing the guy, on IMAX ... oouufff. Even if he's out of shape :schierke:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:38:46 PM »
Speaking of Carpenter ... not sure if you approve/ disapprove, Griffith?

Watched Bird Box while I was traveling because everyone around me at the time were talking about it. When I finished watching it, I thought maybe most people recommending it on my social media feed had maaaaaybe not watched A Quiet Place (similar thematically but a waaaaay better film) or they weren't picking the weak script/ story apart or they were just watching it for Sandra Bullock. Everything considered, this was a waste of my time.

It's weird that I get curious about what people are dialing into on a long flight ... is it a TV show, what kind of movie are they watching and do I generally see the same thing on most people's screens? From what I noticed during my bathroom or walking breaks was that folks gravitated towards Crazy Rich Asians, Jumanji and Life of the Party (I had to look this up). Stats aside, I was glad I had my laptop to keep me company and re-watched Satoshi Kon's films. When I was done, in came Sicario 2 and it was interesting. It wasn't as thrilling as the first one and you get a sense that the writing took a bit of a hit but was it engaging enough? Definitely. It still looks and feels like the first movie, although with less dread because Johann's soundtrack was awesome. There are key things that happen in the movie that get to be pointless in the last act and the absolute end was not what I expected, so that gets a bit of a thumbs up from me. The underlying narrative is pretty relevant to today with the border/border crossing issue. Overall, pretty decent. It didn't need to exist but it's there.

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:55:58 PM »
Looks neat.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: January 03, 2019, 04:00:00 PM »
Hey everyone! I was out of the country and just returned this week. Came in to work to find a present from my secret Schnoz!!

This year I got Mr. Skull Knight himself aka Gobs :farnese:! Dude, this thing is heavy + high in height. I gobbled 2 chocolates already. NOT SHARING cos screw everyone else. Love the card (and the :ganishka: doodles) and thanks so much for sharing something you dig.

Another year and another successful secret Schnoz exchange complete - all thanks to everyone who participated. So, thank you everyone and special thanks to Grail, as always. Happy New Year everyone!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 05, 2018, 04:24:20 PM »
I'll be headed home this evening for 3 weeks and my book companions will be Perfume and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:55:47 PM »
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, shipped mine out this evening. Hope it arrives safely~

Never having heard VNV Nation, I just put on the first video that showed up on YouTube called When Is The Future. Catchy track, the music reminds me euro stuff of the 80's/ 90's. Their discography's semi extensive - any favorites, Xion?

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: November 13, 2018, 02:12:38 PM »
Another band inspired by Berserk that call themselves - Brand of Sacrifice.

They had a new album come out in September called The Interstice with song titles like Casca, Conviction, Eclipse, Millenium (

Their merch for sale that kinda looks like Berserk fan-art ... there's also a Skull Knight shirt and Eclipse shirt.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:46:46 PM »
Unbelievable, this is appalling. I hadn't had a chance to open my copy yet. Unfuckingbelievable. I don't even know what to do with my copy anymore ...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2018, 08:16:58 PM »
I've never been ice skating (or skiing) before. Seeing the resident Schnoz have so much fun with it makes me wanna finally give it a shot this year.

Count me in!

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:32:27 PM »
Love everything about the sculpt and scale, this is just awesome. I wish they didn't give an option for an interchangeable Guts-pout face and just stuck with face that's reflective of the manga panel ... I remember seeing photos of it (not part of these pre-order photos) cos this makes him and the scene look silly.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:37:45 PM »

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:32:38 PM »
Brilliant Aaz, the link is a safe bet *thumbs up*

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:11:01 PM »

Bate-Man does it again...
High hopes.

By the way, a trailer for the Pet Semetary remake came out and ... it looks pretty decent to actually surprisingly good (so far) ... am I being too optimistic? I don't like the idea of remakes but then came along Blade Runner (which I liked a lot) and more recent - upcoming Suspiria and this ... they look promising -

I doubt it'll top the original film because (i) nostalgia; and (ii) creepy as hell atmosphere that's sort of iconic in its own way. But ...

Speculation Nation / Re: Death
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:05:06 PM »
^ :ganishka:

Ditto, voted.

Also I know that I know dude, I don't think you know that you should please try edit your posts vs double/ triple posting in succession in the same topic :carcus:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:04:01 PM »
I love The Fog! Carpenter's synonymous with The Thing and Escape From New York and it stops there, considering a general viewing (casual) audience. So whenever it comes up, I get excited. The colors, imagery is just awesome. It's cool you're going on a Carpenterian journey with her. What's next after Escape From New York? Just essentials or all 18-20ish films? Looking at the list of movies he's directed, I haven't watched The Ward and Body Bags.

By the way, I think Mandy's right up your alley. It's got that 80's (horror/ slasher) movies vibe to it.

Vagabond / Re: Shin drawn by inoue.
« on: October 02, 2018, 07:57:34 PM »
Thanks for posting! Yeah, this was part of the Social Kingdom campaign from 2012.

More info here -

The Kingdom historical manga is now the Guinness World Record Holder for the "Manga Written by the Most People." Guinness recognized the world record on December 12. The "Social Kingdom" campaign had launched in May, tasking 1,000 fans and celebrities to redraw the 26th volume of Yasuhisa Hara's manga.

A total of 1,087 people participated in the campaign, including manga creators Eiichiro Oda (One Piece), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Hirohiko Araki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), Takehiko Inoue (Vagabond) and Hiroshi Motomiya (Salaryman Kintaro). Voice actors Masakazu Morita, Jun Fukuyama, and Rikiya Koyama, voice actresses Yōko Hikasa and Rie Kugimiya, and singer Etsuko Yakushimaru also participated. Each participant redrew one of the approximately 1,000 panels from the volume.

The entire redrawn volume is available to read for free on the campaign's official website.

The official certificate for the record will be on display at the Kingdom booth during the Jump Festa event in Chiba's Makuhari Messe event hall from December 22-23.

The manga's story begins with Xin and Hyō, two boys without families in the Warring States Period when China has been embroiled in war for five centuries. Despite living like slaves, the boys strive to realize their dream of becoming warlords.

Hara's manga has been running in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine since 2006, and the 28th compiled book shipped in Japan on November 19. The anime adaptation premiered in Japan in June, and Funimation is simulcasting the series in North America as it airs.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:59:56 PM »
Volume 1, Pg 4
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Volume 1, Pg 24
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Dark Horse's digital quality really isn't that bad, except for the obvious banding issues that happen when there's a detailed pattern or screen effect. Even still, the Japanese digital editions weren't great in the first few volumes, either. Volume 1 in particular looks quite washed out. I don't  know why, but they improved over time (as did Dark Horse's coincidentally). Maybe they were still figuring out the best method for scanning the originals, and never bothered to do another pass once they optimized? Either way, my money is still on the Japanese print being the best, most consistent visual quality, except for the very limited color pages, in which case the Japanese digital pages obviously win, as they're just fucking pristine. Alright there goes my evening, somebody buy me a drink.

I would've said "Sure thing, next time you're in the city lets meet again at Puck Fair" but sadly, that place shut down in 2016 :judo:, +1 karma for now *clink*! Thanks for breaking it down so well, with various formats in mind. I'd forgotten about DH's digital version because I don't own the series in digital format (yet).


Amazon pre-order link is now live, available for $49.99 -

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 02, 2018, 02:25:34 PM »

Mandy was awesome and I say this as someone who absolutely LOVED Beyond The Black Rainbow. This's a much focused movie compared to Rainbow and yet, it's slow burn (compared to typical films). Panos is a genius and without spoiling much, the story here is basic - revenge. Set in the 80's, Red and Mandy live in the woods and trouble finds it's way when the head of a religious cult spots Mandy. She's special, he says and kidnaps her with the help of a demon biker gang. The cult leader tries to seduce her in an LSD induced dream sequence with his music. When it doesn't work, his cult kills her. Red, played by Cage goes after them. The film takes that basic concept of revenge and does so much more with it and it's not just the visuals, it's the sounds to go with it. Like Rainbow, Panos colors the screen with distinct color palettes to depict moods and Johannsson's soundtrack hits a perfect 10. I've sat on it for a week now and I find myself replaying some scenes and remembering. Mandy is definitely a cinematic experience. That being said, Nicolas Cage plays a version of himself you see in other films which is perfect (over the top) but it sucked that in moments of rage or sadness, people in the theater laughed/ chucked at his acting because it's him and they can't see him beyond his memes. I wish I had the whole place to myself! But whatever. Watching it again, soon. So far, one of my favorite films of the year.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:29:08 PM »
Regarding a retranslation, or at the very least a re-edit ("Fuck you to you!"), There's a recent precedent. DH has gone back and revised their name for the Sovereign from the half-translated "King Hanafubuku" to "Flower Storm Monarch." So if they're going to do that, why not dig deeper and fix (some of) the older stuff too?

It's so basic a thing that I wish they did this already. Heck, if they dangled a carrot of fixed translations like "Hey, buy all volumes again with these new cover designs and spines and by the way, translations are now fixed.", I'd buy them in a heartbeat. I'd be less willing to pay for a second set of new covers if nothing was improved.

That being said, the paper size and hard cover option sounds good. Will it be worth it? Sigh, I don't know to be honest. Part of me wants to buy it blindly. It's a bit of a conundrum because I buy YA (physical) issues with the episode, then the manga in Japanese (physical) and then the DH translation. I was and still am really really close to picking up the digital set when episodes are released but I'm hesitant because of the expense. At the same time, it's digital and the biggest merit is the quality vs what's printed in YA's paper stock and it doesn't take up space (!). How do you guys deal with deciding? Do you still support the episode the same way you used to? Every single time an episode drops (since the digital releases were available) gets me thinking the same question - is it time to switch or stick to my old ways; and how much is enough (?) ... how many versions. And now this version is announced!

By the way, fun little read from a couple of years ago ^_^ -

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:17:33 PM »
PM has been sent, please check. Thank you!
Responded mate.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:34:55 PM »

Creation Station / Re: Making an all-steel Raider sword this time...
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:10:30 PM »
Good work dude!

Creation Station / Re: Full scale all steel thick dragonslayer build
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:06:19 PM »
Oh boy ... that looks heavy :o! Looks amazing man, can't wait to see the final product.

The DS I helped work on and commission was made out of fiber glass and other materials, which makes it not so sharp at all (or not for cutting for sure) but it's heavy from just the size of how much material is on it. I can't imagine how heavy yours will turn out ... 20-30 pounds or more even?

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