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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 04, 2012, 12:05:19 AM »
Just finished watching the 10 minute. Extremely disappointed, as most folks here, that Guts' childhood has been amputated from the film. But hey, at least they did try and compensate for this blunder by giving us instead a little history lesson, about how medieval siege battles were fought. For which, many thanks, Studio 4°C!!  :guts:  :schierke:  

The guy says Miura had refused offers to make movie versions of Berserk from "tens of other firms" before finally accepting the guy's offer, and only after being shown a costly pilot (about 4 years ago).

This part piques my interest. I wonder what exactly did Studio 4°C had to offer that the other animation companies didn't? Certainly, a commitment to an accurate and faithful adaptation that respects the integrity of Miura's story was not one of those things. So I'm leaning towards the question of money. Though I wish the producer would tell more about that animated pilot film which sealed the deal. Aside from the fact that this is where those early shots of Puck and some other characters that surfaced few years ago originated from, nothing else is known or can be said with certainty about it.

And they keep saying the movies were planned with the global market in mind right from the beginning, so I guess that's good news for us.

I have mixed feelings about this. The making and releasing of the films with the worldwide audiences in mind,  it also possibly leaves open the door for censorship, in an effort to make them "appealing" to such audiences,. Which means that particularly unsavory characters like Wyald and their scenes might get cut.  

Still, apparently budget was a problem.

The techniques they use to combine 3DCG and 2D are interesting as well. In theory it could all look perfect once finalized. I'm afraid they might not have had the budget to touch up as many of the 3D parts as what would have been needed though.

Well, then I was right all along, when I mentioned few months ago the Berserk movie's shoddy CGI visuals having to do with its shoestring budget. But hey, even though they can't seem to have enough money to hire more (and better experienced) animators, at least Studio 4°C can still afford that medieval swordfighting "expert" guy as a consultant  :void:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: January 16, 2012, 06:13:25 PM »
Also, in that video, Guts looks older, less boyish than he should be during that particular time??

The similar can be said of some other characters, especially Charlotte and Griffith. In numerous shots they look quite a lot older than they were in the manga during the Golden Age arc, and more like their Milenium Falcon-era selves. 

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: January 13, 2012, 11:45:59 PM »
Franchising opportunities. This, my friends, is more depressing than if Miura announced a five year break. This is the lowest point in the history of Berserk. Guts and Griffith munching on snacks. For cash. On the fields of Naboo.

Well, as anyone can expect, all anime adaptations of any popular manga are in the end really just cross-promotional ventures. And the new Berserk anime, just as it was with the '97 TV series, it is no exception. We just never expected it turning out to be so utterly crass and contemptuously self-cannibalizing like this  :sad: 

But what makes this even more depressing, is the fact that Miura is actually dedicating his time for this miserable excuse for an "adaptation". He'll be drawing all kinds of promo arts and sketches, which in turn will be eating into the time that he would have otherwise spent working on future Berserk episodes    :femto: 

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: January 07, 2012, 08:41:40 PM »
I got one of my Russian speaking friends to translate some of the stuff in there. According to her live journal, Lana Sator has made her trip to that liquid rocket-fuel factory not once, but no less than 5 different times. She also includes a brief history of the factory itself, which has been continuously in operation since 1929. Not surprising, since USSR was one of the earliest countries that was seriously interested in jet aviation and space travel, and to invest in them. The third pic is a scan of a warning sign that was placed on a protective fence, that warns that as the area contains various dangerous chemicals and is sanitarily unsafe, any land developments in nearby areas surrounding the factory must absolutely obtain a special permission from the Russian government itself. Also, as usual, any and all the tresspassers will be severely punished by the law. A warning that Lana probably should have heeded. Considering how infuriated Russian government is at her and given the defiant "fuck you" nature of her activities, they probably have some kind of connection to the recent Russian  anti-government protests and, considering the factory's proximity to the Khimki forest, to the popular protest movement to save that said forest as well.  

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:56:13 PM »
We don't really know to what extent he is involved beyond the fact he actually is involved.

Yeah, while Miura's role in the new anime is still unclear, the various "creative" changes and deviations from the original manga might provide us a clue that his involvement is probably not exactly a closely engaged one. Whether it's the oft-repeating little inaccuracies (the wrong uniforms, clothing, weapons and logos and erroneous character designs), to the more blatant and cavalier changes to the story that radically alter our perception of it (Guts' traumatic childhood getting excised altogether), it all seems to point to Miura having handed the reigns over to Studio 4°C and letting them adapt his manga however they see fit.  

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 17, 2011, 05:01:49 PM »
Yeah, and it sounds pretty terrible so far. 7 minutes in...  :femto:

Hahaha!! Well, since they are doing those voices while at ease and at their own leisure, with no director breathing on the back of their heads and barking out orders at them to put more authenticity, feeling and emotion into their acting and otherwise lit a fire under their asses, it's no wonder why those voice actors sound so miserably (and hilariously) inadequate. What else did you expect, dude?  :ganishka:
Hopefully, that Toshiyuki Kubooka guy did put his seiyuu to serious work during the actual voice recording sessions for the film, and none of the characters in the film will be coming out sounding like this rubbish on the radio.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 17, 2011, 04:37:51 PM »
What is this radio thing? I'm confused.

It's an Internet radio promo campaign. I think they will be having the voice actors reading the lines from the script, "in-character", to give the fans a taste of how the characters they'll be playing in the film will sound like.    

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 08, 2011, 11:42:46 PM »
Gotta say though ... we get to see Bazuso's voice actor, but still no word on Gambino. This doesn't bode well.  :azan:

Yeah, it now looks increasingly like that the movie is gonna skip over Guts' childhood altogether, and is instead  gonna open with the scene from page 86 in volume 4  :sad:
Though I'm still holding hope that this isn't gonna be the case. Besides Gambino there's also whole slew of other characters that help drive the plot in the Golden Age arc such as Foss, Shisu and Adonis, who haven't been announced either.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 08, 2011, 09:52:07 PM »
The guy looks like he fits the part pretty well  :ganishka: But it's probably spelled Bazuso -- could be a phonetic pun on "Buzz Saw."

Yeah, with his gruff and bombastic looks, he should naturally have a voice of similar quality to go along with it  :serpico:  
Though I wish they had posted an audio or video clip of him reading from that script in-character.

As for the name itself, I always assumed it to be of pseudo-Latin or Italian sort, like "Vazus", "Basusso" or "Vazuso." I've never thought of a buzz-saw pun, not the least because neither his axe weapon or even his armor have anything circular or serrated about them  :ganishka:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 08, 2011, 09:28:28 PM »
Although we've already known from the trailers that he's gonna be appearing in the movie, Vazuso and his seiyuu have just been announced as the most recent addition to the cast yet.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: December 06, 2011, 11:54:49 PM »
Oh man, Shatner never disappoints. Here's the classic SNL "Get a life!" skit that enraged Trekkies.

Hahaha, I love that. There is nothing like the obsessed, socially awkward fanboys being rudely snapped out of their fantasy dream world and forced back onto planet Earth... and by the very man whom they deify and worship, no less  :ganishka:
What else can top that?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 325
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:26:56 PM »
This is sad news to hear, especially so soon after a great Thanksgiving party  :sad:
Since 2006, the publication of Berserk episodes has gotten slower and slower with each passing year now. With just 7 episodes this year, this means that the releases have now trickled down to just about a third of what they were 10 years ago. As Walter had also said, with some luck, the next year will see improvements. I myself sincerely hope that these record-high number of breaks are due to Miura working on the art and storyline plot.
....And not because of that upcoming movie  :mozgus:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:59:51 PM »
According to the film's website, the limited "premium edition" tickets, which the fans can use to claim that God Hand poster, will be going on sale in Japan tomorrow. Also, as they've already previously mentioned it before, the tickets for the second film, "The Battle for Doldrey" will go on sale on March 12 of next year.

It's interesting to note how majority of the more recent updates have been all about the merchandising and promos, and not at all about the movie itself. Not exactly a good sign, is it?  :schierke:

Anime Asylum / Re: Band of the Hawk Membership Contest
« on: November 27, 2011, 06:21:29 PM »
Why would they bother to remove them? It wouldn't make much sense to go out of their way to take it OUT of the DVD/BluRay instead of leaving the credits in unmolested.

I meant to say that it seems like the addition of the Twitter followers' names to the film credits will be done to the Japanese theatrical print only. On the other hand, the film's original master tapes (from which all the work prints for the DVDs and foreign markets are going to be derived from) will remain unaltered, w/no fan names included in the credits.

Anime Asylum / Re: Band of the Hawk Membership Contest
« on: November 27, 2011, 03:55:37 AM »
I'm going to continue my run of cynical snark on the subject by pointing out it's also not too late to intentionally fall out of the running in case you don't want to be associated with this perversion of our beloved series. :carcus:

I can't help but wonder, does this inclusion of Twitter followers' names in credits applies only to the theatrical version of the film?  Somehow I got a feeling that all those fan names are gonna be removed from the credits, once this movie is released on DVD. 

Anime Asylum / Re: Artwork from the coming movie
« on: November 25, 2011, 05:04:10 PM »
Where's that Griffith night shot from? When he's with Charlotte?
That's my guess.

Yet the outfit that Griffith is wearing in that shot hardly looks anything like the one he wears in the episode where he deflowers Charlotte. Not to mention the heavily forested w/no buildings nearby background, which does not particularly fit the surroundings of the royal palace in the Wyndham city. I think this looks more like some filler scene.
But then again, this is Studio 4°C we're talking here  :serpico:
And with the accuracy to the original manga source material not being their strongest suit, I might be wrong and this may well indeed be the scene with Griffith coming over to see Charlotte.  

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 25, 2011, 05:45:19 AM »
DAMMIT THEY'RE NOT COLORED IN!! I WANT DARK BLUE FEMTO TO BE VERIFIED!!! Otherwise, that's an awesome picture. I wonder what all that says.

I think they're saying that the tickets for the second Berserk film will be available in the March of next year, before that film itself is out in theaters in June. And the third and final installment in the Golden Age trilogy will be out later on in 2012, as we've already been told. Also, for the fans who have bought the so-called "limited edition premium" tickets for all three of the Golden Age movies, they can receive that God Hand poster as bonus, with proofs of purchase of those tickets. Basically, as we can all see, this is Studio 4°C's marketing strategy to get the Berserk fans to go watch each of all three Golden Age films when they are released in the theaters. The offer does not include those plastic Beherits, sadly.

Of course, since the folks at Studio 4°C know how successfully appealing to the longtime dedicated fan base can go a long way when it comes to determining whether their anime adaptation is gonna be a box office hit or a bomb, creating such an appeal based on a)faithfulness to the original manga and b)animation quality would have served much better for the movies' success in the long run than the posters, toys or other knick knacks  :schierke:   

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 23, 2011, 11:44:20 PM »
I don't think Precious Thing is a better ending point than Departure for the Front, which has some more processing of the events in the preceding episodes, while also providing a cameo of things to come. But sure, I could see it swinging either way at this point.

Yeah, either of those episodes can work fine as a conclusion for the first movie. But in my opinion, "Precious Thing" would serve better as ending. Because seeing Guts, while still shaken and exhausted by the assassination job, making that mildly stunned facial expression after overhearing Griffith's candid speech to Charlotte about friendship/having a meaning in life, and then abruptly turning around and walking off after noticing Griffith's crooked smirk that he makes upon hearing the news of Julius' and Adonis' deaths, it all shows the hints of personal dissatisfaction and unease Guts is starting to feel about being Griffith's crutch. This, in turn serves as an appropriate prelude to his quitting of the Hawks in the next movie.
On the other hand, the brief but prominent display of the Midland's royal flag accompanied by a short narration about its symbolism at the start of "Departure for the Front" alongside with the shots of Midland armies with their nation's magnificent architecture in the background, this would function really well as an opening scene for the second movie.        

But Golden Age (1), really? You sound so optimistic!

The portrayal of Guts' childhood in the manga is quite concise and straightforward to begin with, standing at no more than ~130 pages when put together. So I don't think that it'd really take up too much screen time in the movie, if adapted. That's why I was being hopeful in my previous post about further updates on the list of characters on the film's website. Keep in mind that just over a month ago, there were only initially 3 characters listed, as opposed to the 11 that we have now. So if Gambino becomes a latest addition to the cast of characters, this would be a reliable indicator of Guts' childhood being preserved in the upcoming movie (since Gambino is so heavily tied to it), even if that part of the story hasn't been depicted in a trailer.  

The general ending point isn't really in question as far as I'm concerned. Now, how it begins, and what will be cut from how the Golden Age begins in the manga is the real question...

If the Studio 4°C chooses to cut out Guts' childhood scenes, then the only other logical starting point for the movie would be the battle sequence from the episode "Golden Age (3)", right where the caption reads "4 years later" on page 86.  

Given the new information about runtime, I'm starting to wonder where movie 2 will end... A natural breaking point would be after the duel, but I can't imagine them cramming volumes 9-14 in one movie. Another way to do it would be end movie 2 as the Hawks escape with Griffith.

As each Berserk film's ending is gonna have to set the stage for the next installment, after re-reading through the Golden Age arc episodes I think the second film can end either with;
a) Griffith passionately kissing Charlotte, as seen at the last page of the episode "Knight of the Skeleton" and the first page of the "Start of the Everlasting Night"  
b) Griffith crouched up with a pained expression on his face in a fetal position and clawing his shoulder with his fingernails, after having fornicated with Charlotte  

Both of these scenes equally underscore the painful shock and despair Griffith experienced in the immediate aftermath of losing Guts, while simultaneously paving the way for his and the Hawks' ultimate downfall.  

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 22, 2011, 06:11:03 AM »
Since practically all the scenes depicted in the movie trailer can be fairly accurately placed as having been derived from volumes 4 through 6, it should have been expected that Golden Age I isn't gonna be covering the battle of Doldrey. But I am quite concerned about the lack of any indication in the news about whether or not the scenes depicting Guts' childhood will be kept in the movie. So I'm hoping that for more updates on the cast of characters' page soon, on the Berserk film site.

The official site just posted their own news release, basically backing up with ANN posted: The only additional tidbit to be gleaned, as far as I could see, was that movie 3 doesn't have a specific release date. Just "2012."
Which would place the end of the first film near the fallout of Julius' assassination. The Hawks leaving for battle toward the end of volume 6 seems a logical ending point, as the introduction of Adon in the subsequent battle directly coincides with the next chain of events, leading to the Doldrey, which is in movie 2.

Yes, after looking through the tankobon volumes that span the Golden Age arc and trying to guess more precisely on which episodes is the movie gonna be based upon, and also assuming that it'll also include Guts' childhood, I am more willing to believe that the movie is going to be covering from the episodes "Golden Age (1)" through the "Precious Thing."


BTW, the record was estimated to sell between 12-15 thousand copies in its first week. By comparison Metallica's last album sold half a million copies in its first three days.

Yep, the royalty checks from those 15K copies of Lulu sold should probably be enough for Reed to finally buy himself a brand-new Porsche car that he always wanted, to replace that old clunker Honda moped of his :P

I think the leak and subsequent streaming of the album (I wouldn't have done that) really hurt its sales because I bet a lot of that half million might have bought it out of loyalty/curiosity if they didn't already know what the rest of it sounded like.

Well, taking into account the level of utmost delusional self-aggrandizement which Metallica has had displayed before, during and after Lulu's release, it all indicates they simply weren't expecting the fans NOT seeing this piece of sonic atrocity for an exquisite musical masterpiece that it actually is.... in their insanely out of touch, deluded minds.    


Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:58:48 AM »
A brand new update from the Berserk film site;

In addition to a new promo poster, which depicts a Crimson Beherit in a God Hand summoning mode, with "corrected" facial features and all, they've also made an announcement about a pair of what appears to be Guts and Griffith bobbleheads that will be going on sale to help promote the movie.  

Congratulations, DK!! Hope all these years of hard work will pay off handsomely, and your album goes at least platinum++ in Japan and makes you stinking rich   :ubik:

PS Try to guess which one is me. :casca:

You're Derek, the male half of the group, right?  :troll:

PS: Just out of curiosity, if your Japanese label does get you to tour Japan in the very near future to promote your new album, you will use this opportunity to go see the upcoming Berserk movie, right?  :azan:


Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: November 09, 2011, 03:24:11 PM »
This is barely news but this was posted on Clara_de_Porras twitter:

Picture of Adonis, not sure what it says, but the top cover looks a lot like the script to Golden Age I.  :schnoz:

Right off the top of my head, I can tell that he's saying something like "Pleased to meet you!!" in the second speech bubble. Unfortunately my very limited Japanese skills won't allow me to recognize the rest of the words  :sad:

And my browser translated something like "a new character ???" right before the link to the image, that's sorta disturbing...

Yeah, and which "new character" would that be? Kenny McCormick, who is holding Guts' storyboard sketch to the green cardboard? Or that little Neko Majin chilling, safely tucked beneath Guts' cape?  :ganishka:
Very disturbing, if either of these two is actually going to be introduced as the new character in the movie  :magni:

But no, it seems more likely to me that Clara is just letting the fans know that Adonis is the latest character on whom the 4°C animation production team has finished working on, meaning that his animation and/or seiyuu voice recording for the movie has been completed. If that is indeed the case, we can expect to see Adonis' character profile put up on the Berserk film website very soon. And hopefully, perhaps they'll follow it up with Gambino, Skull Knight and kid Guts, along with a slew of other characters who are yet to appear in either the trailers, promo shots or posters   :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 06, 2011, 02:31:56 PM »
Question for all of you book worms, what would you say is the number of books you read in a year?

From the cover to cover? It was twelve books, 3 years ago. This included "The Collected Stories" anthology of Alexander Pushkin, Antonio Gramsci's "Selected Writings", "Professor Dowell's Head" by Alexander Beliaev, "The Mongol Art of War" by Timothy May, "Anglo-Norman Warfare" by Matthew Strickland, "On War" by Clausewitz, Jeffrey Lockwood's "Six-legged Soldiers", Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" and Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year."      
Unfortunately I've only had read four books so far this year, from the beginning to end. And one of them included "A Self-Instruction Music Theory Course" by Sandy Feldstein  :farnese:

Anime Asylum / Re: Content Censorship in the Berserk Saga Project
« on: November 04, 2011, 05:57:23 PM »
As far as I'm aware of, a theatrical film in Japan can contain as much amount of blood, violence, disturbing imagery and nudity as the director and producers please, just as long as there's no visible pubic hair or detailed depiction of human genitalia  :ganishka:
Those two things are a big no-no there, and are actually forbidden from being shown in any form of entertainment media by the Japanese federal law. So I don't believe that censorship will be a significant issue to Studio 4°C.

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