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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How did you get into Berserk?
« on: September 06, 2011, 10:50:17 PM »
It was seriously the best time for collectibles, too. A lot of awesome (and cheap) stuff released by Movic at the time.

My girlfriend worked at Iwamoto Gas Station and while she showered after her shift in the employee locker room, I'd sit in the lounge and read all the seinen manga collections and guy magazines that were piled up all over the place. There must have been some Young Animals in there somewhere, right under my nose.

I would have stocked up on collectibles for sure.



Manga Mausoleum / Re: The lost episode and the Idea of Evil
« on: September 02, 2011, 08:56:33 PM »
These translations are generally more reliable than Dark Horse when it comes down to details like this.

I agree, when it comes to passages where "deep thoughts" or philosophical or metaphysical concepts are described, Dark Horse tends to struggle with the translations.

Now, I can't translate all the kanji on that page by myself, because it's relatively advanced stuff. But from what I can gather, the Idea of Evil calls it the spray of 念. The key part here is 念, but that translates to a number of different notions -  wish; sense; idea; thought; feeling; desire, etc. If someone with more translation experience wants to step up to the plate here, I'd be grateful.

I could ask my wife. She's Chinese but she also speaks Japanese, but she'd have to see the characters around the 念 to take a shot at it. I sadly only have the Dark Horse volumes at the moment.

Griffith's crystallized tear splashed into the Abyss of the world and created a spray of Beherit-shaped things that were then sent into the world above. I've always though of this as the birth of Beherits. But it could always be something less direct than that.

Ahh, ok. Got it. I think my confusion stemmed from the fact that I thought the concentric circles represented the swirling vortex, with the Idea of Evil at its center. Now that you mention it's actually the ripples from Griffith's teardrop, it makes more sense - with the tear forming the Beherits. Don't ask me how I got the idea of Beherits rising like balloons out of the vortex.... 

As for its means of control, the Idea of Evil has much more subtle and powerful means for shaping the hearts of men than Beherits.  It has a foothold on the dark side of the human subconscious mind, for one. "The darkness that dwells in every human heart." But it also mentions "merging blood with blood" to create the appropriate lineage for Griffith.

I see, that explains the reference to "the god created of man." If mankind is the source of the Idea, by itself needing an external reason or cause of suffering, which in turn results in the Idea manipulating human events leading to its own's almost like a big loop...the "flow of causality" Void is referring to. Good stuff.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: The lost episode and the Idea of Evil
« on: September 02, 2011, 07:14:53 PM »
Question - as Griffith morphs into Femto during the eclipse, he visits the abyss and senses the presence of the Idea of Evil. He notices Beherits floating upwards, and they are referred to as "splashes of ideas."

Is the correct intepretation of this that, as the Idea of Evil weaves its web of causality, the Beherits float up and out to the actual world as the mechanisms to carry it out? Not sure about Dark Horse's translation in this area, but the wording is a bit abstract.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How did you get into Berserk?
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:21:42 PM »
I lived in Japan from 1997-1999 and the entire time I was there I had no clue Berserk even existed. Had I known I would have totally gone in for some awesome collectibles!  :sad:

Shortly after I moved back to the states I got a job at and I was assigned the task to review "Sword of the Berserk" for Dreamcast.

I wanted to provide readers of the review with some background as to what the game was about, so I researched the manga online. Back in 2000 there wasn't a lot of info out there, but I found a really slapdash Berserk homepage with a decent enough summary that helped me out.

I remember one of the things that stuck with me was the creepiness of Void, so I pretty much decided to check out the manga when I heard it was going to be released here in the states.

(Thank you Chris Warner, may I have another!) - That line never gets old..... :ganishka:

I would like to know this as well. Surely they wouldn't keep printing it with thinner stock?

Dark Horse probably doesn't want to pay resetting fees to make the book match the rest of the volumes, which makes OCD folks like me crazy.


Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: August 27, 2011, 08:38:20 PM »
FYI...went to Borders today and Berserk is 50% off!

$6.95 a volume.

I bagged four, but it was the last of the slim pickings.

Go now if you haven't already!

However starting with volume 30 it seems Dark Horse is using a thinner type of paper to print their volumes now.

I know Dark Horse considered this a failed experiment, and went back to the original paper after all the complaints.

Did they ever reprint Volume 30 so you can buy it with the thicker paper? I check the stores here and there but Volume 30 always looks pretty thin. Just curious.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Battle with Wyald
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:21:37 PM »
Yeah...a home purchase, a layoff and getting accustomed to a new job got between me and Berserk for a little while.

Before getting new volumes I decided to start over to keep things fresh in my mind and perhaps pick up on things I hadn't noticed before. I'm up to volume 12 on the re-read at the moment but I own up to volume 18 and I plan on getting more in affordable chunks as I forge ahead.

At least the downtime let Miura-san get out some additional tankoubon so I have more to read before having to wait episode by episode like the long-time fans.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Battle with Wyald
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:33:06 PM »
I'm assuming Wyald's slash wounds to his forearm, corner of mouth, palm and gut area (below his giant mouth) sealed up pretty quickly, as Miura doesn't show them in subsequent panels. It just made me wonder what the fine line was for killing an apostle - just how much damage needs to be done.

I've taken the series a bit slow (I've only read up to the beginning of book 14, so I don't know if this theory holds true for later apostle killings), but it seems that dealing significant damage to the head usually does it. The snake baron lost half of his, the count got decapitated, the female apostle got a cannon ball through the mouth, Wyald gets a dagger through his eye/brain.

Of course, getting severed in two by the dragonslayer or a Zodd backbreaker helps too, I guess... :ganishka:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Battle with Wyald
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:51:22 AM »
Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks. While we're on this topic, to what extent can apostles regenerate?

Manga Mausoleum / Battle with Wyald
« on: August 23, 2011, 08:28:01 PM »
I'm currently re-reading volume 11, and toward the end of the battle with Wyald, Guts slices through Wyald's hand and thinks, "I get it!"

Just what does he "get" exactly? Miura shows two panels of Wyald's sliced palm, which seems to trigger something in Guts' mind. Can someone explain just what happens here and what it is that Guts figures out?

It looked to me as if Wyald's palm was fusing back together and regenerating, and that Guts determines that he's going to have to go for the head in order to win the fight. Is this a correct interpretation?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 25, 2011, 10:42:22 PM »
No doubt they don't want to release deluxe editions too prematurely. They'll wait until the series ends and demand for the orignal volumes declines in order to refresh their Berserk revenue stream.  :void:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 25, 2011, 05:19:37 PM »
At my local Borders, all books are "UP TO 40%" off. So, essentially, they are only giving 20% off Berserk's cover price at the moment.

At this price, it's a wash when you consider you can get a deep discount off Amazon with no sales tax.

As much as it sucks, I'm probably better off waiting another two weeks and seeing how much deeper the discounts go before picking up any volumes I'm missing. I'll take whatever ones I don't have that are in good condition and fill in the gaps using Amazon.

I've noticed that people have been unwrapping the Berserk volumes in the store and getting them all grubby - which makes getting good collector quality books a bit difficult at retail.

Speculation Nation / Re: What if Guts dies...
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:46:24 PM »
I personally don't see Miura killing off Guts, since the epic struggle to overcome overwhelming odds is the heart of the story. Plus, if he were to do it, I think a lot of people just wouldn't buy it, no matter how well-done.

My reason for saying this is that death doesn't really become pop-culture heroes, especially ones with long shelf lives. If James Bond were to die in a film, you'd never believe it, no matter how tastefulluy it played out. Bond's only cheated death thousands of times and outsmarted tons of villains. To think that one might finally come out of nowhere and beat him doesn't seem possible. When Captain Kirk got bumped off, people were like, "Seriously? It came down to THAT?"

From volume 1, Guts absorbs all the blows - even ones that would kill most men outright, and he gets right back up. I don't see anyone ultimately beating him, especially when he's pissed off.

When he left the band of the Hawk, Guts wanted to find his own dream and achieve his own goal so as to stand with Griffith on equal footing. Whether he liked it or not, an ultimate goal was assigned to him - though I'm sure he would have preferred another one. I have a feeling that, in the end, Guts will triumph and ultimately surpass Griff.

That's what keeps me reading, anyway!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: TRON: Legacy
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:51:05 PM »
The plot is pretty lame and does not make sense when you think about it for one minute (and they talk about it for a lot more than one minute). This movie's plot is worse than Tron's plot, but in Tron we kinda forgive it because it's not filled with melodrama and a shitload of pointless dialogue.

I liked how Kevin Flynn is supposed to be this computer genius, yet he devises an entry/exit system into and out of the grid that boggles the mind.

You can get into the grid from the basement of Flynn's arcade, yet to get back to the real world you have to embark upon an epic journey to a distant portal that's rapidly closing. Oh, and don't be late, or you'll be stuck in the grid for the rest of your natural life.  :ganishka:

If this was indeed his brilliant system, why didn't he keep a jet glider handy at all times instead of his crusty old lightcycle so he could just get there in a heartbeat?

I realize this serves the plot, but still...the screenwriters need to take a course in not being so transparent.

Man, when I lived in Japan from 1997-1999, it was just the opposite. A dollar got you 136 yen at one point.

For fewer dollars, there was much "enjoy and exciting" to be had. Don't you forget it!


Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:13:08 PM »
With SC2 they almost HAD to bring back the same old, same old.

But I wish they would have shown some creative muscle and introduced at least one new race like they did in Warcraft.

You take 10+ years to do a sequel and you couldn't think up one new race and a collection of units in that time?

Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: July 15, 2011, 05:42:44 PM »
While we're on the subject of voice acting, if Blizzard brings back Paul Eiding to do voices in Diablo 3, I'm going to puke.

It's not that I think Paul's not talented...I just think he's used ad nauseum in the video game industry. (he's the guy who voiced Colonel Campbell in all the Metal Gear Solid games, and he's been used in just about every game ever since).

Taking stock of the five character classes on the official website, it appears that all of the D2 classes are back with new coats of paint.

The barbarian has become the brawler, the monk is the assassin, the demon hunter is the amazon, the shaman is the necromancer and the wizard is the sorceress. Now all Blizzard has to do is release an expansion pack with a druid and paladin clone and we'll be all set.

Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: July 11, 2011, 07:25:05 PM »
Blizzard is one of the worst offenders of this. They make good games. But, whoever writes dialogue for their games exhibits a really dangerous sense of self-importance and infallibility. It's some really hokey, cliche trash. Unfortunately, their success in the gameplay department ends up invalidating any writing criticism that might get thrown their way.

Just read any of the "plots" in World of Warcraft or the dialogue in Warcraft 3 for a choice sampling.

I couldn't agree more. Their games play extremely well, but the quality of the dialogue is questionable at best.

None of Blizzard's characters, worlds, or plots (and the associated lore that goes with them) do anything for me...possibly because they're all highly derivative of more original sci-fi and fantasty stories that are far superior.


Video Games / Re: PS3 and XBOX 360
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:36:39 PM »
I agree with you. There's just nothing that compels me to play it anymore, except for Final Fantasy Tactics. Even that game requires a lot of dedication just to get into it.

Video Games / Re: PS3 and XBOX 360
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:19:20 PM »
Sorry should've been more clear, Uncharted 1. I've been out of the gaming loop for a hot minute.

From what I remember, there was a clear difference in quality between the demo released for Uncharted 1 and the final game. If all you played was the demo, I would encourage you to rent the actual game and check it out.

One of the first games I got for PS3 was Warhawk, which came with a preview of Uncharted 1 on the disc. It is interesting to note that the graphics used in the preview trailer were lacking many levels of detail on the character models and backgrounds compared to the final release. It was like night and day!


Berserk Merchandise / Selling used copies of Dark Horse Volumes 16 + 17
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:11:07 PM »
If anyone is interested in some used copies of DH Berserk volumes 16 and 17, let me know.

I only want $12 for both, given the wear and tear. Bindings are not creased, but covers have slight nicks and scuffs. Pages are in excellent condition with no tears, creases or stains.

They are great reading copies. However, if you absolutely need your Berserk volumes to be pristine, look elsewhere.

Shoot me a private message if you're interested.

If you're in Southern California I can meet you.

If not, I would be happy to ship USPS.

Video Games / Re: PS3 and XBOX 360
« on: November 03, 2009, 09:55:15 PM »
allright Aaz, sorry for the delay but just finished Uncharted 2 and here's my review  :P

If I can describe the game with one word, brilliant would be the best one.  Now take away the fact that I'm a PS3 fanboy and all.  This game made that which no other game has ever done... Having my wife next to me watching!  

Yeah, my wife was glued to the first Uncharted! This game was even better. The first game was great, but compared to the second game, it seemed like a trial run.

This one had me ready to book a flight to Nepal and Tibet the minute I put down the controller. Simply breathtaking vistas and scope.

I truly felt I was a part of a rip-roaring action movie. This is a title people will be talking about for a long, long time on "best of" lists.

The plot was competent, and much better than the goings-on in the first game. Clearly a lot of it was shamelessly lifted from "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but in all the whole game is a masterpiece.

Video Games / Re: PS3 and XBOX 360
« on: October 07, 2009, 11:19:36 PM »
I hope that's not the main reason people bought the game. :schierke: Besides, it's true that games don't look better on the PS3 than on the Xbox 360. I think it's time to get over Sony's marketing and face the reality: the PS3 isn't a super powerhouse that dwarfs everything else on the market. That doesn't mean it can't have good games. Which brings me back to Uncharted and how tempting it is to get a PS3 for it.

I was referring to the climate at the time regarding the PS3. There were no great reasons to own one due to the comprable graphics and higher price tag (compared to 360).

For most PS3 owners with buyer's remorse at the time it was a high point. Though the 360 and PS3 are on equal footing graphically, it honestly was incredible at the time and got people debating.

Video Games / Re: PS3 and XBOX 360
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:49:43 PM »
I got the first Uncharted the day it came out and I was totally blown away. I'd never seen a game look that good before and I think a lot of PS3 owners were happy to get it since they got a lot of flack from the Microsoft camp about the games not looking any better than the 360.

What's amazing to me is that Uncharted 2 looks even better, I never thought it would be possible.

Terrific voice acting as well. The only thing I didn't like about the game, and it's a nitpick, was that the plot had more holes than swiss cheese. But hey, it's a videogame.

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