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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Video Biography of Miura (Chinese)
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:20:49 AM »
What an enigma is Mr. Miura. I can't think of anyone who has lived a more private life. 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).

"Demystification is a real problem," he said. "There've been people whose music I can't like anymore because I've seen them bitching on Twitter about a waiter."

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.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:48:40 PM »
Aw man, I hope it'll be a light novel like the Fate Stay Night one, and every day/cycle change I can look forward, as Guts, to the meal segments eating with all me pals! I'll love the sound files of utensils lightly rapping on dishes to a pensive violin track, a fire crackling in the background, while Farnese talks about her day of magic training, ever critical of herself. Ho ho, I see her 2D artwork has switched to a blushing palette. She's so modest. But I see Serpico is anxious to hear everyone's opinion on the soup! It's true, he did work quite hard on it while I was training on trees this afternoon. You've come a long way, my friend, and I can trust you in a pinch, but I've still got to keep my eye on you! And Casca, what dinner isn't complete without a horrific cat hiss at me or you choking on your food. You know, it's times like these I remember the greatness of our epic romance, what it was, what it has become, and what it can--oh my! The rice from this new rice cooker is so GOOD!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: I'm late, and it's yours.
« on: January 03, 2016, 12:33:34 AM »
Happy birthday, Aaz~!

I got you a stripper.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 70
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:52:58 AM »
I tried something new for the intro and outro music this time: I made them into backing music for the opening 4 minutes and the closing 2 minutes, so it plays at low volume underneath what we're saying. Both are tracks from the Dreamcast game's soundtrack, though they aren't by Hirasawa Susumu.

What did everyone think of this? Liked it / Didn't like it / Didn't notice?

I liked it. It was pleasant. I think you're onto something, definitely. Perhaps play around with the appearance and length of the intros and outros a bit more, but overall a step in the right direction toward I think a better podcast. In episode 70 I particularly enjoyed the outro. It came in just in time to get me in a mindset that I had better be lining up my next form of audio entertainment. It's a weird thing to praise it for maybe, but perhaps this is one of the intentions of an outro for such things as podcasts and other radio shows. I was able to plot ahead for a stopping point at work to turn on some music I believe by the time the podcast actually ended. In episode 71 it was a bit different, with music coming in over (or under rather) Aaz's talking. This time it took me out a little bit, but like I said keep playing around with it. The quality of the show has risen by leaps and bounds from its beginnings, with all the imaginative humor, speculation, and technical analysis ever present and intact throughout the journey.  :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 66
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:57:47 AM »
Speaking of Zelda, Aaz... You know I've been thinking about where Rakshas might have actually gotten his mask from.

Oh no, I hope the previous owner won't be too upset that he broke it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:58:28 AM »
I'm hoping that Rickert slaps Rakshas... :rickert: :rakshas:

If you can slap Griffith, you can do anything! C'mere Zodd!  :rickert:  :zodd:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 57
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:51:30 PM »
Always a fun listen. Griff was missed this episode!

But you guys were great. You sounded like a couple of kids going crazy in a candy store with all the apostles to point out and discuss. I got a kick out of it, and appreciate the analysis as always. Eagerly awaiting vol. 16's reread in the distant future!  :ubik:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: What Would You Ask Miura?
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:31:00 PM »
This is going to sound way selfish but its actually something I've been thinking about for years.  I would ask him if he could draw a wedding ring for me.  I ask this because its due to Berserk that I met my girlfriend.  I was cosplaying Guts when she noticed me and she is the perfect Casca, you can check out the cosplay thread.  I know its very unlikely that he would entertain such a question but I've even thought of visiting Japan and Young Animal to see if my message could get passed on.

This is the most adorable thing I've read in a long time. You guys met each other as Guts and Casca. How romantic. :farnese:

Over the years I've seen many many very original proposals, and personally, I think it is a dying art(?). No one wows or surprises their significant others anymore with their proposals! I jest, of course. Some still do (I remember a guy filling a theater for example, and he had his girlfriend believe they were just going to see a movie, but it was actually a video of her family giving him their blessing and telling her how proud they were of her here's the video), but some don't, and that's fine.  :slan:

But this is a very original idea, and very rooted in how you met your girlfriend. Assuming you're serious (and it seems like you are), I think it's very sweet, and if Miura ever heard your request, I don't think he'd refuse or respectfully decline. I don't see any impossibilities transferring a ring drawing (on a table or a woman's finger for scale as I imagine him drawing it, maybe even noticeably in the Berserk world!  :guts:) over to a jeweler (they're all about unique and microscopic detail anyway, right?). Again, it is a very sweet idea, so thank you for sharing it. I imagined it very clearly, and it warmed my heart a little bit. I agree, it seems very unlikely, but I will wish you luck anyway. Don't wait forever, though!  :magni:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Rightstuf's Berserk catalog is ~50% off
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:59:41 PM »
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Merry Christmas to me!

Thanks for bringing it to our awareness!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 54
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:00:23 PM »
Whew! I'm officially all caught up now!

Over the past few weeks I've been enjoying the podcast at work, listening to a couple of them a day during my 12 hour shifts, and it's been a delightful journey going through all the character analyses, hypotheticals, re-reads (which DEFINITELY need to continue), and video game discussions. I have heard some great conversation throughout my listen, and laughed plenty of times! All of your Bane impressions from the Dark Knight Rises episode as an example had me chuckling aloud and earning strange looks from my co-workers that day, and Gobs rendition of Kiss From a Rose will always stand out in my mind as one of those legendary improvised moments of comedy, returning with less and less welcome each time he resumed the song (which of course only made it more hilarious and legendary). I also laughed incredibly hard at the Berserk movie II(?) discussion, also with Gobs and Grail. When it was brought up that maybe they got a sex expert to help them with the Guts/Casca sex scene like they did a swordsman for all the fighting scenes, I absolutely lost it; Aaz adding that it was the anime director, and his own sex experience. Hahaha.

Guests on the Skullkast have all been wonderful, and I definitely think you should continue having them on the show. I also don't think there needs to be any particularly special conditions (although that certainly can't hurt the program) for the guests to be on, because I look at it like each time a guest IS on, that's one more member of our community we're getting a deeper look into and getting their interpretation from, and it helps us all get to know the people we interact with every day on these boards that much better. There's also that great adventurous unknown aspect where you might not be entirely sure how it is going to go down, the four or so of your personalities mingling! But I think this is a very enticing angle to explore. Never predictable, just how a good podcast should be! :serpico:
I loved the first episode of the Floracast as well, providing us a very fresh look at Berserk through a different and largely unexplored lens! It hadn't occurred to me to consider Casca's position in a number of situations like Grail proposed, the most compelling of all being her not celebrating with the rest of her comrades after a victory. That blew my mind. I hadn't even thought so far ahead that the potential for something compromising to happen between her and her soldiers--just because she was a woman and because alcohol was involved--was very real, and that might be one reason why she wasn't celebrating. It was also very cool to put a voice to Lithrael, same as IncantatioN, Johnstantine, DirectDK, Nomad, and Rhombaad who were all very cool dudes. If I missed anyone, I'm sorry!

Speaking of IncantatioN, you sound like such a nice guy! Like way, way nicer than I already assumed you were (which was pretty damn nice in its own right!). But it was so cool hearing you talk and give your opinion on the series and moments in it. No doubt, you are an invaluable member of the SK.Net community.

All the guests have been so incredibly respectful, kind, and insightful into just what kind of community/family we have here at, and I'm proud to consider myself a part of it (in all my hidden status glory).

Lastly, I have a few comments after having gone through the complete podcast recently and it being very fresh in my memory as a result. The quality of the program has only improved with each subsequent episode. It shows that at least you, Walter, great showrunner, have learned over these few years (or have gotten more comfortable) on how to run a show. All of you, Walter, Griff, and Aaz, being Zelda fans I'm sure can appreciate the analogy when I say you do make up the sacred golden relic known as the Triforce for us here on the site: the Triforce of Knowledge, the Triforce of Comedy, and the Triforce of Balance. (Sorry I couldn't think up a better one for you, Walter  :???:)

Walter you bring exceptional moderation to the show (even if it sometimes paints you the villain for discouraging rambling and tangents - we know how enjoyable those are). I have noticed this as I moved through episodes that you seem to always bring a decently to well-prepared agenda to most of the shows, and your efforts to keep it on-subject and interesting for listeners is always apparent. You ask questions, proposing new or different ideas that lend themselves to thought-provoking discussion, and you shepherd the often times difficult to herd Griffith and Aazealh. :serpico: Your vocabulary (actually, ALL of your vocabularies) never cease to impress me, and I try to remember and add some of the big words you often use to my own collection! Your gems in the comedic department also shine through quite regularly.
My ONLY criticisms are that you seem to be bothered pointing out the obvious from scenes during the re-reads. You seem to assume that your company and even your listeners already know (or should know anyway, and I'm sure most of them do) what to take away from a particular scene. I understand this, and even if it should be obvious to most fans, I will still suggest that you go through the motions anyway. Here's why: not all listeners might understand a particular scene, sure, even if it is one perhaps they should; but another reason is it being similar to a radio sportscast, for me at least. At work or in the car listening to the show, I won't have the volume in-front of me or accessible to me, so having the scene painted out before me best it can helps with imagining it and going right along with you guys during your look backs; and lastly, these might be the last or only times you will all be able to record sessions together studying the volumes so officially, so why not be as thorough as possible, you know. I know you can't go through every page, but I think it is okay to say why Guts is feeling a certain way or doing this goofy thing, or why a scene plays out a certain way or commenting on a less-important scene, because it helps (at least me) further illustrate the world of Berserk in my mind, and it may also validate some listeners' interpretations of those scenes as well. But overall, I adore the re-reads! They are my favorite thing I have taken away from the podcast. :)

Griffith, like Aaz, you bring your wealth of Berserk knowledge to the table and supply the awesome comedy to the podcast! Not to say that either Aaz or Walter are boring in the least, but I definitely look forward to your often times bizarre proposals in the Berserk and gaming worlds before I load up one of the podcasts. You and Aaz also make a powerful and distinct team when Walter has to go off or has left you to your own management of the show (this has happened once or twice, hasn't it?), complementing one another very naturally. On a Zelda note, Ocarina of Time is also my favorite Zelda (you did say Ocarina was your favorite?), which I am sure might not be very surprising. It is a lot of people's favorite Zelda. But I remark on it because I am currently playing it on my phone at work, and about to tackle the notorious Water Temple after having beaten the Forest and Fire Temple--NOT only on a touchscreen, but only during my breaks as well--so hearing your Zelda discussions has always been of particular interest to me, and hearing everyone's list of favorites and quick reviews of later titles in the series in case I might be looking to purchase one. All of your opinions on Skyward Sword and Windwaker in particular helped me from a consumer standpoint because they had been games I was interested in buying, but I wouldn't want to make the plunge if they weren't exceptional like a Zelda game "should" be. I took it as though they were good but not a must play. Do keep up the comedy and absurdities, Griff, they are very welcome, and I am sure Walter will do his job well and interrupt you when it is time to move on.

I have saved the best for last with Aazealh! What can I say to the man, who despite my absurd and offensive skype name (and ludicrous proposal that we might see Skull Knight turn heel at some point), has kept me on his friend's list and remained so kind and helpful to me on the forums over the years? Nothing but good things, of course. Aazealh has shown to be the kind of person to be helpful at every turn when someone is there earnestly asking for assistance, be it tattoo advice or a question from the manga or ordering something Berserk-related from Japan or what have you,to dispelling inaccuracies very dutifully when related to Berserk, and that is one of the more important things I've taken away from this forum. When something false about Berserk gets posted as fact, it is important to call it out if it is not, or else it may as well be true since it was left alone and never contested. Aaz, you have been good about this even on the podcast, starting out "Actually... the reason Miura drew that," and then correcting the information, not just for your friends but for the benefit of the listeners. It helps us as we go out and may talk to others about Berserk and promote the most accurate information possible! It's beyond amazing how you know all you know about Berserk, ranging from your memory of exactly how certain scenes were portrayed on almost every page to even Berserk knowledge outside of the pages from statements from Miura himself. It really is as Walter said, that you are as close to anyone he knows having a photographic memory.  :serpico: Your contributions to the comedy of the Skullkast aren't without mention, either!

All in all, friends, keep it up. You probably have plans to continue recording, but perhaps you did not or were at the very least getting burnt out on the re-reads, so I would like to ping in and try and reinvigorate your interest in continuing with them. Even if it is the most plainly told story elements from Miura that you expect every Berserk fan to have picked up on, I say again, don't feel it isn't worth talking about, because it is still a part of this story that we all love, and you three are three Berserk fans that I, and many others, adore just hearing talk about it. :)

Can't wait for the next episode! See you on the boards.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your plans for the future
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:41:51 AM »
I will continue to vie for most time spent hidden online. I forgot why I selected hidden when I made my account, and I haven't bothered yet looking for the setting to change it back.  :iva:

This series was amazing... in the beginning. The action was awesome, the characters were awesome, and the tension has been nail-bitingly good at points. After a point, however, and because I don't want to spoil anything and because I can't remember very well, we'll say when Thorfinn (?) gets his new look, the series lost its fangs for me. I understand what they were going for, and some people probably like that, but it turned me off to the series. I'm not necessarily welcoming an argument with this statement, either. I regard the entire first half of this series very highly, and it's worth the read even if you end up quitting later on like I did. :)

These bug people all look the same. :ganishka:

That's one-hundred million year-old racism for ya.  :ganishka:

Hahaha, is that a sharpshooter he puts him in?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:35:32 AM »
Total satisfaction.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:19:39 PM »
Loved the episode. What pacing! Like last year, it's still the fastest hour on television and Next Sunday can't get here quick enough.  :ganishka:

As for next time, well... first I have to sit through a half fucking hour of AMC's so trying to be hard-edged show about cops that commit crimes in their spare time or whatever... fucking eh, after they nickel and dimed the show on the fifth season, do this lame ass "Talking Bad" shit with a new show in the middle, and now this... ugh. Way to give it the shaft and then exploit the hell out of it.

I absolutely cannot stand Chris Hardwick. He sticks out worse in a room full of people who I just want to hear converse with each other more than that sore thumb of a moderator who they always got to inject himself into the middle of my DC Animated Universe special feature interviews (his name eludes me right now). But I watched Hardwick moderate the Comic-con Breaking Bad panel with all his little teenage quips and jokes--and this just after he assured the crowd he wasn't going to be hosting Talking Bad in the same way as Talking Dead-- that put a bad taste on everything anyone said for the next five minutes or until he did it again. That partnered up with Bryan Cranston's talking through a rubber mask for the entire duration of the panel, it was practically unwatchable (but I sat through the whole thing anyway). The Conan O'Brien interview however was fantastic. It was nice though seeing a fan bring up all the Skylar hatred to Anna Gunn, and I thought she defended herself very well if a little textbooky "the writers know exactly what they're doing/some characters are supposed to outshine others". She seemed prepared (or briefed) for the question and fully aware of her character's reputation with the viewer-base.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 21, 2013, 05:07:41 PM »
Pacific Rim was exactly what I'd hoped it'd be, fun. If you go in expecting Schlinder's List you'll be let disappointed. If you appreciate kaiju films (which I adore) and want to see enjoyable bouts between giants, you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself.

Fantastic! My friend is a huge fan of giant monster movies and I'm thankful to him for my exposure to them (and for Berserk, as well). We recently went through the Gamera movies and those were a blast for example (especially the first one).

Here's Gamera sneaking his way into Dragon Ball!

But my friend loved Pacific Rim, and I can't wait to see it myself.

I'm not sure if it's been posted here before, but the artist of one (or some) of the Metal Gear games drew this for the movie.

Lol at this Pan's Labyrinth talk. I saw it once on a plane to Chile and enjoyed it. Haven't seen it since. Ordered it 2 days ago on Amazon on Blu-ray for $6. Really looking forward to watching it again and see how I feel about it now.

Pan's Labyrinth: I saw it a year or two ago because I had to see what I'd think of it after hearing so many vague opinions about it that never really said anything about the movie itself. Just a bunch of mehs and indifferent reviews, and after I saw it, I was able to understand where they were coming from. For me it was the kind of movie that keeps your interest the first time and you also never have the urge to watch again.  :serpico:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:57:34 PM »
How could this studio flop this project so badly? I mean, they been working on this thing since 2009 right? Didn't they take their time? This is like the fast food drive through version of Berserk. It cheap, not all that tasty as the advertisement dictates, a little bit unrecognizable at times when eating watching it, and bad for you.

Fast food drive through version, indeed.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent [Review]
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:44:14 AM »  :magni:

"The movie was fucking phenomenal! ive read the manga but god damn that hd quality and the music was incredible. easily one of the greatest series of all time."

 :isidro: :sad: :judo:

Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Hiatus for 19+ Weeks—A New Record
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:10:14 PM »
In a way, I owe a lot to the release schedule of Berserk. I've applied the same temperance to this enormous Breaking Bad gap (a year or a little over I think, picking back up in August?). So the patience Berserk has taught me has been invaluable.

Creation Station / Re: Exclusive Episode Previews
« on: April 02, 2013, 06:25:54 AM »
Absolutely hilarious. Great job, you guys!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 28
« on: January 14, 2013, 10:42:15 PM »
Now I wonder if shell cut her hair again. I think she will.

I actually have been thinking about this recently. I kind of prefer her with the short hair, because that is what I'm used to, but I wouldn't mind her keeping her long hair, in-fact I think it might look very good once she regains her sanity and is able to take care of it properly and for combat purposes put it up in a ponytail maybe? I can see her keeping it for a number of reasons like it being an image of herself that does not bring up bad memories or resemble how she was during the eclipse (after it, though, perhaps), and maybe symbolize that she has changed since then. I may be alone but I would like to see her kick butt with a less-masculine hairstyle for a change.  :casca:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What other anime/manga do you enjoy/watch?
« on: December 11, 2012, 07:46:45 AM »
Bleach was one I used to follow on and off and still check up on every once in awhile just to see how ridiculous it's gotten like I think many do.

You think right.

I really need to read Vinland Saga, have heard good things.

Then I need to add my suggestion onto theirs. Maybe it will be enough to push you over that edge to actually start reading. I promise you, the story is so good that once you start you will be unable to stop. Everything you read with Askeladd you are going to love. He is an amazing character, one of my favorites.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 05, 2012, 02:45:06 PM »
They're pulling a Venture Bros with this whole year-long gap in the season. Oh well, it's worth the wait.

It's funny you mention Venture Bros. because I have been thinking that Hank usually wears very Brock-like shirts.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Tattoo
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:16:33 AM »
Found this flipping through google, not looking for anything Berserk-related at all. Interesting choice.

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