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Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 03, 2016, 02:49:53 AM »
Many anime adaptations of manga are in varying degrees unfaithful to their original source. But there are some that are very close to the manga source.  Mushishi immediately comes to mind as one extremely faithful anime adaptation that is panel-by-panel accurate. And it wasn't just because that particular manga series had the luck of finding a good animation studio, and knowledgeable producers and directors who "got" the story. But it was also because the author of Mushishi, Yuki Urushibara, refused to compromise her manga's integrity, even if it meant losing out on some quick short term profits by not allowing some mediocre anime company do a standard shoddy 13 episode anime series that would only cover some parts of first few tankobon. Going back to Berserk Project, if there was anything on part of Miura that is to blame, I believe it boils down to this - his personality. Miura's humble, affable personality might have been one of the crucial yet overlooked  factors that allowed this abortion of a movie trilogy and 2016 anime series to even come to life in the first place. At a time when firm assertiveness and even harshness was needed, Miura's amiable nature is probably what kept him from putting his foot down and forcing the animation studios to do right by his manga. He could have gave them an ultimatum - either do his story accurately or don't do it at all. When this Berserk Project was still in its infancy, that would have been the right time to intervene and prevent the anime studios from fucking it up. Those anime executives saw that Miura was a genial mild-mannered man, sensed his weakness, and they took advantage of him. They just rolled over him, free to do with Berserk anime however they pleased. There are some mangaka out there that are willing to play hardball and have hands-on involvement in order to ensure that their manga get a decent anime adaptation.  There are even a few, such as Osamu Tezuka and Katsuhiro Otomo, who've went the whole nine yards and wrote screenplays and directed the anime adaptations of their own manga. Unfortunately, this isn't the case here with Miura   :sad:

You spoke loudly what I've been thinking quietly. Miura is clearly exploited in all this, despite the fact that he'll be making a few more "quick bucks" in the process. And you made me want to watch Mushishi. I saw like 2-3 episodes back in the days and found it really interesting. Thank you!

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:35:34 PM »
The most positive thing I can say about the episode is the *CLANG sound effects of the DS.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:21:16 PM »
You guys know they have promotional coupons for a free month, right?

Nope didn't know. But I tried to get the default 14 days trial and had an error message saying I already had one in the past, which is not the case. Hell, the credit card I used just arrived here 2 days ago so its impossible and it was obviously a bug. Anyways, I found a way to get around that "mandatory" trial by finding a direct link to suscribe for premium on reddit. And the price is so low that I didn't really care  :ganishka:

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 30, 2016, 08:57:47 PM »
In my opinion, the visuals aren't bad at all considering this is a series and not movies. Like all the others, I am a bit puzzled as to why they left out Lost Children. Especialy considering that its a fan favorite segment. But hey, I guess we'll see what this is all about soon enough. I paid my premium on Crunchyroll yesterday  :serpico:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Silent Observer with a slight worry...
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:26:37 PM »
It might sound funny, but I wouldn't mind if the manga stopped somewhere near the end (intentionaly or not). Having an uncomplete story would leave people speculating forever on it, giving it even more power and mystery. I don't say this because I'm afraid that the end won't be satisfying (we all know it will be), but just because I think that whatever happens, I'll perfectly deal with it. Unless it ends like now, because too many things would be left unexplained at this point.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 30, 2015, 04:59:49 AM »
It sure looks a little stiff, but overall I think its way better than the previous style. It has a really gritty feel, I like that.

As for the music, I always thought that it was a bit ridiculous to associate Berserk with heavy metal, but for this trailer the industrial sound fits strangely well. I'm glad we were shown images from this scene. It seems like they might merge the Black Swordsman arc with the Lost Children arc.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:05:24 AM »
We shouldn't start making assumptions after seeing a single picture. Its clearly a test image and doesn't reveal anything. Sure, Guts will have a 3D model for the fancier scenes, that's pretty much a given. But I'd realy be surprised if it was all CG. In fact, the only stuff that I'm sure this movie will nail are the visuals. If it wants to sell, it has to look good, no matter how crappy the movie will be.

And yeah, this KURO seems to be an animation studio, according to a sketchy Google translation. Its kind of a reflief.... I guess? I tried to search a bit on the net for more info on KURO but didn't really find any. Maybe its a new studio? Or maybe not a studio at all. Let's wait and see!

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 23, 2015, 09:55:50 AM »
Puck has to make it in. Omitting him would be a gaping hole they couldn't recover from.

As to how they'll meet, the opening scene could be done like how the 1997 anime opened, only instead of Colette being transposed in place of Puck, they'd show the actual scene as intended.

I wouldn't be surprised that since the Lost Children arc deals a lot with "elves" *hum*, they just tack on a Puck and Guts meeting somewhere inside the story. It would have the level of suckage expected from these adaptations.

Podcast / Re: The FloraCast: Women's Berserk discussion
« on: June 23, 2014, 08:10:50 PM »
This is a tremendous podcast! Very enjoyable, especially for a first time.. so kudos to you girls!  :ubik: I know some of these subjects were brought up in the forums before, but I'd like to hear your opinion about them in future podcasts ;

- What do you think about the fact that most naked women in the manga have beautiful and sexy bodies?

- What do you think of the depiction of nude underage girls (as often nowadays as in older material)?

- Why do you think that men in the manga don't have nipples? I know its an artistic choice, but do you have an opinion on that?  :serpico:

Now I understand that Japan has a very particular culture and that some of these things are just more common there. I also understand that its a seinen manga, so the girls are often very beautiful in this medium (and in A LOT of other mediums). But since Miura puts so much effort into realistically depicting the world that he created, it seems strange to me that he sometimes adheres to such conventions (which is perfectly fine since Berserk is HIS creation, afterall). Of course Berserk is no exception, and it doesn't go too far with its sexuality. For example, I remember seeing stuff in Gantz that was just too much and I'm glad that I never had that impression about Berserk.

Thank you again for this podcast !!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 49
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:09:39 PM »
The other trick is to make it entertaining, which I've honestly focused less on recently. But people seem to enjoy them still, so maybe it's not really a concern.

I think you don't need to go out of your way to make things more "entertaining". People are here to listen to you guys talk about Berserk and I'm sure that's good enough for most of us. If you were in our shoes, I'm certain you'd really be glad to have people that have such a huge understanding and respect for the series talk about it in depth four hours and hours. I've listened to most of these twice, so I guess its entertaining enough for me anyways  :serpico:

Is there something special planned for the 50th podcast? I could try to make an alternative music theme or something if you want.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 49
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:51:50 AM »
This was one packed podcast  :isidro: You guys go into so much detail, its seriously fucking great. A great part of why Berserk is so incredible to me is Miura's attention to details, so talking about these volumes almost page by page brings conversations and ideas to the table that don't necessarily always come out in the forums. This exhaustive approach is definitely the way to go, as far as I'm concerned. Despite Griffith's absence, you guys managed to make things really interesting and entertaining, so good job! Almost 50  :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 48
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:56:34 PM »
I listened to this yesterday and it was very interesting ^L^ I too wonder what these weird holes are, especially because some emphasis was put on them on the panel. Even though it does seem like an "ominous" shot, I tend to wonder if its intended that way. Maybe its just that its darker because of the lack of light beneath the arches. But what are they for? Aaz's burning oil theory makes sense, but i have trouble accepting it for some reason. I guess we'll see sooner or later!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 335
« on: May 26, 2014, 09:43:36 PM »
Miura's Comment: Its been a while for Berserk, drawing scenes of spectacle takes time.

Looks like we're in for one hell of a ride. Behold, for great things shall be revealed to us!  :magni:

To be a Berserk fan is a such an immeasurably splendid thing.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 335
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:47:37 AM »
Wow, thank you so much for this LOicos... this is plain awesome! Just look at what Miura has done with the wings  :isidro: I wonder what the holes in the arches are?
And looks like Griffith is still putting on quite a spectacular show, straight from the coffins this time. It seems that we won't see his conversation with Rickert in this episode though.

Concerning, I never paid a single cent for shipping. All Berserk volumes are "Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping." That means that if you buy for more than 25$ worth of stuff, you simply don't pay any shipping fees. Pretty cool uh?  :guts:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: May 14, 2014, 04:00:41 AM »
The dwarf is so awesome.. just look at his face! The beard and mustache are just perfect. We definitely need one for Berserk too! Let's hope that elves and dwarves coexist in Elfhelm.  :iva:

I will definitely give these a try when all movies are completed. The sheer amount of effort that you put into this convinced me. This is a very respectable project and, on top of that, its apparently drawing new members into the forum. Keep it up man, I'm looking forward to watch the whole thing!  :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 46
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:18:39 AM »
I'm not criticizing the pacing or anything.  It just feels like things are being rushed a bit.  Or maybe it's just that things aren't being expanded upon as much as I'd like.

I wonder if sometimes Miura feels like accelerating the pace of the story when the episodes are released at longer intervals. You know, to keep the interest of more casual readers, or even to fuel his own? I don't think so though.

By the way, very interesting episode and podcast. Thanks a lot guys!

Character Cove / Re: Pippin's badassery!
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:46:11 PM »
Also I have a question, was Pippin supposed to be black? I have seen some fans speculate that he was because of his coloring and his face features?

I always thought that he looked like a native American, kind of like the guy in One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest. You know the silent, huge sturdy guy  :iva: Pippin's got the "mohawk" hairstyle and facial features that some native Americans have where I live.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Is hot food addictive?
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:24:18 PM »
I too love spicy stuff. People laugh at me when they see my french toasts in the morning. No peanut butter, no jelly, no honey. Real men eat toasts with butter, pepper and crushed red chili pepper flakes. Also, if you like cream cheese, try a toast with cream cheese and cover it with fresh pepper. The pepper won't be overwhelming because of the cheese's consistency. And oh, don't forget to put tabasco in your soup, you'll love it (although if the soup is too hot you'll look like this while eating it ;  :mozgus: ).

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 45
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:08:53 AM »
Very nice and in depth analysis of the volume. I actually listen to these re-reads with my headphones before I fall asleep... like a bedtime Berserk analysis  :iva:

I don't wanna sound too redundant, but fuck it; thanks a lot guys! Seriously. Clearly a lot of time and effort goes into this.

Next : episode 334  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Pimping random people's awesome fanart
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:29:40 PM »
Thought this fit right in on  :serpico:

I gotta say that the skull is amazing..! Cool art.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:24:02 PM »
With regards to the video game discussion, what a bummer about Bravely Default! The game looked great and I was actually planning on grabbing a copy (recently got a 3DS XL so I'm grabbing up a bunch of things), but now I might use that money to buy an Xbox controller so that I can finally get around to finishing Dark Souls. I had no idea that those controllers were so expensive! :judo:

I recently started playing Dark Souls because of all the praise it got here on the forums (and podcasts). HOLY SHIT. What a game! I can't remember the last time I had so much fun in a video game.  At first, I started a thief (I always play thieves in rpgs) but then, I found out that the melee combat in this game is absolutely awesome, so I started a two-handed great sword warrior.. a little like Guts. Swinging the upgraded Zweihandler brings me such a feeling of incredible satisfaction. I decided not to use shields or ranged weapons at all in my play through. So far I'm doing really fine. In fact, its almost too easy. I killed the hellkite dragon and the hydra recently and it was fucking epic. I owe it all to you guys I guess  :serpico:

The controller isn't that expensive if you order it on the net. Oh, and do yourself a favor and install DSFix and the helix mod for the smaller HUD. The port becomes a lot more playable, and it looks gorgeous.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 44
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:19:53 PM »
Once again, this is just fantastic! :ubik:  You guys had a lot to talk about on this one (things just flow so well in these re-reads). 44th podcast already........amazing! Thank you for the quality content and for doing so much for this legendary series  :guts:

As Aazealh said ; "There will never be too much Berserk."

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 42
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:06:38 PM »
Guts' childhood is one of my favorite part of the series and its awesome to hear you guys talk about it. Please keep up the re-read... its great!  :ubik:

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