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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356
« on: May 01, 2018, 04:32:07 AM »
Like many, I was a little bummed by the shift in focus- I really wanted to see the immediate aftermath of Casca's scream. When we eventually come back to Guts' I'm sure it'll be after that moment, but hopefully we'll still get to see it in a small flashback or similar. I'm not too worried though, there will be a lot of time for that sort of drama going forward.

This episode was a treat visually, with lots of creative ideas and designs. I'm not sure what fantastical thing is lying in wait behind the leader, but it would have to have quite the hefty magical punch to actually give Griffith pause. Is this an actual challenge for Griffith? To inform us more about the world? Character development for Mule? I'm excited to see where this goes and in the meantime we at least have an interesting spectacle.

I also wonder if we'll be seeing Rickert while we're on this side of the pond. I'm curious as to what he's up to as well as taking a peek at the Bakiraka homeland, though there's also a big part of me that wants a 'Rickert the Man' moment after a long gap (Infinite Space reference). We'll have to wait and see!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:06:54 PM »
Man, the moment you see Guts you know it's going to be bad news. I loved that contrast with the bright, fairy-tale environment with the heavily shadowed realism. You instantly get that ominous feeling and it perfectly encapsulates the darkness that Guts has wrapped himself in since he began his quest for revenge. This development certainly isn't going to help the poor guy...        :beast:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:15:09 PM »
And heres to another watershed moment! The upcoming character interactions and subsequent development have me chomping at the bit. I won't even speculate on how the next handful of episodes will play out, really I'm happy to just hop on and enjoy the ride. The various emotions and drama to come may not be quite as intense as what we just witnessed but it's going to be bubbly.

Hopefully I don't need to encase the rest of this in black, but spoiler warning to anyone reading further!

Jumping right into the debate at hand... I think how the rape was handled in this episode was just about spot on. We've already experienced it when it happened, we've reflected on it with Guts and his right eye's last sight, and now I think the way we see it from Casca's perspective fits in well with how we've been experiencing her memories in the dream so far- where nothing has been overly dwelled on. Making it far enough to even trigger the memory was a traumatic battle in itself and then you have Schierke's warnings as the memory opens with a stark picture of the eclipse. As with the other memories we, again, get right to the point as all the terrors and violence swirl in a horrifying, disorienting vortex with only the rape scene piercing through all that confusion, emphasizing it's importance before the gorgeous two-page spread of Casca shattering into pieces of a broken doll- highlighting both the critical moment as well as finally revealing the knowledge Schierke and Farnese were chasing all this time. I also don't think Miura necessarily needed to show more as in my opinion he already made us do the work for him...  we've been remembering/debating that harrowing scene for literally months, even casual readers were worried about how it would be broached. Having it be the only clear moment in a sea of other horrors told me enough. It's also important to remember that while she may be sane now, her trauma is far from cured. We'll just have to see how that's dealt with in the future.

It's been such a long time, but man, it's good to have her back.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 18, 2016, 07:18:12 PM »
Thanks a lot for the replies! And of course, thanks a ton to your dad for the taking the time, it was a very interesting peek into the inner workings of some of our favorite games!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:17:42 PM »
But I'd like to explore the genre much deeper, so any fighting game aficionados out there with some recommendations?

Arc System Works make a lot of well-received fighting games; Guilty Gear being the highlight. Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- just came out on steam a couple hours ago and I would highly recommend it, although the game does take a bit of effort to learn as there are a bunch of different systems. The payoff is high though. Otherwise Blazblue is more or less a more casual version of GG.

I definitely agree with IncantatioN that the KoF series is great, select titles excluded. I'm also really dubious of the new one, though I haven't played it to confirm. If you end up liking KoF and feel like learning a game nobody plays, I hear Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm is good. Oh! And Skullgirls is also a highly regarded fighter! I've been meaning to try to go back and learn it myself, as I missed it when it's ship sailed. My understanding is that it still has a dedicated community though

And finally, I would like to know just who made the decision to force players to collect every. single. god. damn. tribal in Jet Force Gemini before you go face the boss of the game. What a freakin' nightmare. Was there any talk about making a sequel (completely devoid of tribals)?

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 12
« on: September 16, 2016, 07:24:58 PM »
Watching this series has consistently wounded me time after time, but somehow I survived...  until the dagger to the heart that was confirmation of another fucking season of this trash. Did this actually do well? How?!

Anyway, my brusque review of this episode: Blood and guts... and guts and blood... and blood and guts...

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 8
« on: August 20, 2016, 11:09:43 PM »
I can't help but feel like there's a lot of stockholm syndrome going on around here.

I just finished watching the Amazon pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Hopefully it gets picked up because it was a lot of fun and I felt like there is a lot of potential there. It was full of zany ideas, humor, and nice small touches.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 8
« on: August 19, 2016, 09:25:16 PM »
When it comes to a Berserk anime, I have found that faith means death!!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 27, 2016, 12:06:15 AM »
That brief discussion of the possibilities of Guts'/Puck's beherit got my gears turning a bit as well.  I had always kind of assumed that it would fall to it's rightful owner at... an inconvenient time. While that might be true, the notion that it's more or less just a key to the road of dragons might mean that it could be used to somehow "lock the door," stated simply. I also wonder if it couldn't be used in reverse, should Guts find himself in a hopeless situation deep in the astral world or perhaps even the abyss, if it then might be possible to open the road back to the mortal world. Still, however it's used it will surely have to come at some great cost as has been demonstrated repeatedly and warned of by every magic user we've met so far. Even if Puck were able to influence it, I imagine it would only be to make something like the above ideas possible but still not ideal in any sense. I have a hard time believing that something created by the Idea could suddenly be turned good and used against it with reckless abandon.

It's certainly interesting to think about! And I agree with everyone in the cast that the beherit, however it ends up making it's mark in the story, is going to be a really big deal and will have been foreshadowed since the very first arc with the black swordsman.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 03, 2016, 12:18:46 PM »
I only just recently saw (most) of the movies and I can't believe that they have already been one-upped in terms of shittiness. I was mulling over posting my thoughts about them, but it's been a few years since they were released and they're so entirely forgettable I didn't see much point.

This, however...  This. This is so in your face terrible it will be branded in my memory, and I'll likely have to struggle with it for the rest of my life.

My quicktake: Ugly, repugnant 3-D models they didn't even bother to swap out on close ups; some of the jankiest animations I've ever seen, both animation and 3-D model-wise; a hyperactive sweeping camera that never stays fucking still (maybe to try to hide their terrible animation?); panning shots with parkinson's (Flora's mansion in particular); music and sound design so bad it beggars belief; and the list just goes on!

I think a lot of this stems from the fact that they don't know how to build atmosphere or proper pacing, so they try to mask it with hyperactive cuts and wobbles. Even when the characters are staying still the background is spinning around like a top; it's painful on the eyes and hard to process (not there's any substance to actually take in). All of this really makes that 'Pause of Skeleton' scene stand out even more in the worst kind of light.

Man, I was expecting a punch to the gut but instead I got CLAAAANG'd in the back of the head. I honestly can't believe how bad this was. To be fair though, I think there was one brief shot of like, rain on a puddle that I thought actually looked pretty good... so there's that.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk (2016) Premiere Poll
« on: July 03, 2016, 10:52:40 AM »
My thoughts are summed up by *stock frying pan* CLAAAANG

Oh, Tonio...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Close encounters with a celebrity
« on: June 26, 2015, 11:22:27 AM »
I met Jack Gleeson at a beer garden in Edinburgh a few years ago. He was kind enough to chat for a bit and pose for a picture. Really cool guy.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:00:29 PM »
All I know is that TV Unsullied are about as sullied as they come. (potential spoilers?) I mean seriously, they've been getting their asses handed to them left and right all season by a bunch of two-bit assassins, who for some reason always prefer open combat, wielding kitchen cutlery and fire pokers. And I'm supposed to believe they are the elite of the elite.

And about that last scene from this weeks episode: When Dany got on her dragon and peaced out, and the camera panned across all her advisors she left behind I could only imagine them thinking, "You did NOT just leave us here!" But I'm sure being stranded in the middle of an arena full of assassins who should be rabid at the chance to kill the Khaleesi's best men will just let them go.

Probably weird and random things to latch onto, but I really don't have too much to say about this season other than that I agree with Grif on episode 8 being far and away the best so far.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: April 19, 2015, 01:28:47 PM »
I didn't care at all about the new Terminator movie outside of that one fan-made paradox trailer, and I don't want to say that I want to see it now but...  Holy hell, that real trailer is just so in-your-face dumb and throwing every garabage twist at you at once, and unlike most trailers they know the twists aren't the point and revealing this stuff doesn't hurt their movie because its just so absurd. Now that I've seen it, remembering that some people were angry that it "gave too much away" really makes me chuckle. I uh... might actually have to see this. Over-the-top B-Movie with a budget, with none of that 'I want to prove I can actually act' crap Arnold has been doing since his comeback.

Guys at Man at Arms made one of Guts' earlier swords and it turned out pretty well. Just try to ignore that they call it the Dragonslayer...

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:09:26 PM »
Payday 2? Who plays it? Is it worth it? I want me some good co-op.

It is a game that definitely has it's fair share of flaws... but that said, I do have 133 hours logged so it's definitely doing something right. My only real warning if you're looking to get into it would be that it takes a fair amount of grinding to become a viable partner in crime, and the meat of the game is sandwiched by more grinding if you decide to go infamous. You start out with shitty weapons and no skills, and expect to get kicked from games a lot for simply not knowing all the ins and outs of a heist.

If you have at least two other friends you can easily avoid a lot of the early pitfalls, and once you unlock guns and mods and start climbing the skill trees random online does get better.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Grail and I Got Married!
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:12:18 PM »
Gobs took my face in his hands, looked deep into my eyes and said NOW, YOU BELONG TO ME.

Many congratulations to you both!  :ubik:

Man, the years really fly by... but this is a sign that they're only getting better!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:32:03 PM »
So we can continue keeping an accurate tally- I too exclaimed Holy Shit! Just, wow.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:32:15 PM »
Yeah, you can feel the thrill simply through their reactions. To use it yourself must be really something and I can't wait

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: World Cup 2014 Brazil
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:25:01 PM »
Controversial is one way to put it. The disallowed croatia goal was controversial, the penalty was just atrocious. Brazil also got away with a number of important fouls. I wouldn't say Brazil played better, but they had a couple lucky breaks like Neymar's scuffed shot rolling in by some miracle, and then the rest was handed to them by the ref.

The scoreline in the spain v holland game was pretty astonishing as well. I've never seen spain lose like that, but they were comprehensively broken down on the break. My friend and I disagree about the first goal where in my opinion it was too soft and no a penalty, but what a goal by van persie to tie the game. I think Spain will bounce back despite the rough start though.

Pretty entertaining start the tournament and much like politics of the World Cup itself, full of controversy already.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:09:46 PM »
Too bad every season its the same shit with Dany because I haven't cared about her since season 2 and I hate her bloodless victories. At first I was happy with her progress this season, because it looked like we could finally move on, but if this is all they're going to do with her they might as well have dragged things out more. Use your ships!

The extra kick in the teeth is Jorah actually plotting against King's Landing the moment the jig is up about his past. Like some kind of cruel joke on the part of the show writers.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 03, 2014, 11:18:56 AM »
I don't want to phase in and out of spoiler tags, so I'll just block the whole thing.

I had my suspicions and as soon as Sand exchanged smiles with Oberyn I knew he was doomed, but I was wholly unprepared for how blunt and astoundingly gruesome his death was, especially to a character so elegant and suave. Several of my friends said that it went too far even if they had read the books. As the credits rolled I felt sick as well, but now and even then I think it was handled perfectly. It's weird, by a simple visceral standpoint it's no more bloody or shocking than a lot of what takes place on the show and it hardly holds a candle to slasher and gore porn movies where I've still felt nothing. But they managed to get the emotional power and character investment so exact that I'm left nearly speechless.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:47:11 AM »
Even though I live in Denmark now, Ames IA was my hometown growing up so I followed that story pretty closely, which that article you linked in particular doesn't do.

While it's easy to say that killing the driver was ridiculous, and the article plays it like the cops here are satan incarnate, I think they were reasonably justified in their actions considering the number of lives that were put at risk. It's amazing to me that the dad who reported his truck stolen later toned it down to "borrowed." Cops don't go out looking for "borrowed" vehicles. I can't even fathom the son's reaction to police trying to pull him over, and if you watch the dashcam you can see just how dangerous it was. I was absolutely shocked when he ran that red light, as not only is that an extremely busy intersection, you can see Maple Willow Larch on the right which together are the biggest dorm buildings on campus, further on the right is the rec center, and on the left are more dorms and also central campus (where the chase finishes). Students jaywalk on this road all the time, often in groups, and going slow as a driver is a necessity- that no one was hurt is miraculous. The article also mentions that the cops in pursuit ignored orders to back off, which is also false; they slowed down and gave distance but this kid they were chasing was unbelievable reckless and started the whole thing by ramming a cop car and blowing an intersection. As mentioned before, lives were at risk, both motorist and pedestrian. I think it's a little silly to ignore public safety just because they know who this guy is. And finally, it wasn't just an issue of the kid not turning off the truck so they shot him, he was still trying to get away and his final act was ramming the cop car again while the officer was on foot behind it, which you can see in that video. At that point it wasn't just public safety, it became self defense.

Anyway. I don't defend Ames police often as they have certainly made their mistakes (Being the SOLE cause of the VEISHEA riots a number of years ago is one of them), but I hate sensationalist and biased reporting even more so I thought I'd give my take on this.

Edit: a better report:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:59:13 AM »
I'm getting a little weary of all these end of the world spectacle movies...

I mean, not that the trailer looks especially awful or anything, but what the hell is it even trying to be? In the beginning of the trailer I thought it was going into heavy-handed religious messages about the excess of the roman empire, perhaps like the soon to be end of the world spectacle Noah, but then it just turns into a Gladiator knockoff  ....where everyone dies at the end? (well, even more so) I guess the third act is supposed to be like end of the world spectacle 2012, but what exactly is the point of all of this? The trailer makes it seem like it takes itself more seriously than just a popcorn movie, so I guess I just don't get it.

Almost forgot to add the reason I posted this at all! I think it belongs in this thread, rather than ???

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