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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: October 31, 2016, 06:45:49 PM »
There's a fair amount of overlap between agnosticism/atheism. Atheism can mean lack of belief in god, or belief that there are no gods. Agnosticism can mean belief that we just don't know, or belief that it's literally impossible to know.

I mean the first definition is agreeable in both cases, but the idea that we can't even know (no matter how much our science improves) sounds absurd, and claiming that we can definitely rule out the possibility of any sort of god overly arrogant.

So are you an atheist until proven otherwise, or agnostic because there's no proof? I agree with the "Agnostics are just atheists without balls" quote in some cases, where a person feels like the idea of god is pretty unlikely and unnecessary - just call yourself an atheist like everyone else. But there are people who are truly ambivalent about the existence of god, perhaps even leaning towards the idea that there might be some kind of creative force behind the universe. In that case, I think agnostic is more appropriate.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 27, 2016, 08:00:05 PM »
Agreed, that's Guts. :guts: It's a very haunting metaphor of the current journey.

We also get to see Puck and Magnifico doing their community service, so the next episode won't be all gloomy. I want to say, I've been really impressed by how naturally Miura's managed to blend the serious and silly bits together in the last couple of episodes.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: September 15, 2016, 10:48:37 AM »
Not "Knight of Skeleton"? Blasphemy!

Creation Station / Re: Guts Fanart
« on: September 02, 2016, 04:30:28 PM »
You're not bad at all. I really like how grumpy Guts's face turned out.  :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 9
« on: September 02, 2016, 04:10:41 PM »

That slime is so bad. It reminded me of the Skyrim mod that changes dragons into Thomas the Tank Engine. Maybe that's not a fair comparison; Thomas is actually kind of terrifying. :troll:

Overall, it's subpar but watchable, like all the episodes of late. I wonder if Miura actually told them to stick closer to the manga, since the anime's been pretty good in that regard after that episode he was involved with.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:01:38 PM »
The one thing I really want to say is I hated the quick-draw scene. That was the moment in the manga where I first decided Serpico was going to be a guy to watch out for. The intensity just wasn't there. And maybe that's how it's supposed to be and my experience was unique. It just didn't feel right to me. And having the credits rolling over the scene was horrible and dismissive. I hope the duel on the cliff side is better executed.
That was a really weird decision. It wasn't even the end of the episode. :ganishka: I didn't mind the way they depicted Serpico, though - it wasn't as intense, but his personality was close to how he was introduced in the manga, seemingly jovial and carefree.

All in all, I enjoyed parts of this episode. More than the first two, anyway. After it first went off the rails (They're heading for a mansion? Are they completely changing Farnese's backstory now...?) , I tried my best to stop thinking about the manga. On its own, the boar dog apostle's backstory is actually really cool. It's too bad the action is constantly getting dragged down by the awful animation, inappropriate sound effects, and the way the fight plays out is just... weird.

But regardless, onto the important matters: Let me be the first to fully endorse Farnese's nipple-free boobs! It's only fair, as Miura's never drawn mannipples in the manga.  :troll:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:23:44 PM »
Oh my god, they want to rush through the manga so hard they turned Isidro into a bar wench.

What's wrong with these people?

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 21, 2015, 11:51:11 AM »
Cool, can't wait for the teaser. After waiting so long since the original anime, and only being able to remark tell me why about the movie trilogy, it's great to see Berserk resume in animated format. It can only get better!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:26:43 PM »
My next playthrough will definitely be on the hardest difficulties. I had a lot of fun playing New Vegas on very hard with survival mode on, so hopefully this will be similar.

Oddly enough considering the name, 'Survival' doesn't have any of the survival aspects from New Vegas - It just makes stimpacks and radaway take effect slower. Arguably, the higher difficulties also make the game easier, as a lot more "legendary" enemies will spawn that all drop the stronger "legendary" items.

Such incongruities aside, the difficulty in this game feels more exciting than in the last few Bethesda games. It's not a difficult game by any means, even on Survival, but there are difficult moments. At level 50, I've encountered two 'Legendary Major Gutsies' by now, and they completely ventilated me each time.  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 342
« on: November 24, 2015, 08:24:05 PM »

I still have a feeling that they'll be in Elfhelm for a while. If that's true there should be a major time-skip on the continent. Not so sure if I like this.]
While I wouldn't bet on a huge time skip, I do like it.  :guts: 20 years later... Griffith Jr is a thing now.

But wait, what is this? Is Rickert building a nuclear bomb?!

Look, that tendons Griffith got cut off, was - taking in concern way he was able to crawl and visible scars - tendons of muscles of hands and Achilles tendons in legs. He wasn't able to move his wrists and fingers, nor grab anything (muscles of hand destroyed), and he wasn't able to stand unsupported on his own legs (Achilles tendon cut off). I didn't see scars on his body nor effects on way he was moving his limbs suggesting that also more proximal tendons were destroyed. Griffith clearly had abilities of bending and straightening his elbows and knees, so I have basis to claim that his muscles there were just atrophic, not destroyed, and that they could be rebuild.

Let's say this is an accurate diagnosis. How on earth could Griffith ever have "bounced back" from that?! Very slowly crawled up and taken a few ambling steps with the aid of crutches, more like. =)

Swordfighting requires a lot more than than being able to stand up and hold a sword - you couldn't even use a spoon well without the ability to manipulate it with your fingers. Not to mention that Griffith's face was ruined, and his tongue was cut out. You don't bounce back from having no tongue. Even with the best imaginable recovery, Griffith would have still been a pitiable cripple.

Who knows what might have been done with magic, though? If not restoring lost limbs, maybe some other... solution. But of course no one really knew about magic back then, and searching for a cure for Griffith would have been a whole different manga. :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:42:47 PM »
Wow, Fallout! I'm pretty excited about the new and improved features. Customizing weapons, building settlements (at long last, you can arrange your own furniture! ;P) flying and what have you. I also like what they seem to be doing with the power armor, where it's not just the strongest armor in the game, but more of a one-man-tank sort of thing.

The game looks like another great sandbox, where you'll blow countless hours just playing house and combing the wilderness. I'm really glad Bethesda is still happy to revel in this aspect of the game, rather than shifting focus to try to create a more story-centric experience, a la Bioware for example.

With that said, I sure wouldn't mind if the world building and general writing were better. Fallout 3's environment made no sense, people were presumably sustaining themselves on canned food and cigaretters from groceries 200 years after the apocalypse, not to mention that one cave full of kids fending off super mutants. *shudder* Unfortunately, Fallout 4 doesn't seem more promising than Fallout 3 in that regard - it still looks like it's 2 years after the apocalypse, not 200.

Podcast / Re: Podcast Q&A
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:52:52 PM »
There's another long break in Berserk. Do you think Miura's up to something, like last time when he released Gigantomakhia?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 04, 2015, 04:41:37 AM »
Dragon Age: Inquisition. I was really on the fence on whether to get this, as I liked Dragon Age: Origins, but only played the demo of Dragon Age 2 and thought it was dogshit. Fan reception on review sites seemed mixed, too, accentuating my fear that it would be another game I just couldn't appreciate at all. (DA2 got decent critic reviews as well, after all.)

But the game is good. There's too much MMO-style fiddling (crafting, fetch quests... I'm jumping up and down hills picking elfroot and iron, and it's so far beneath me it hurts), but it's well-written (some characters are even more amusing than in previous Bioware games, I've found myself giggling out loud on multiple occasions), and you can tell they understood the complaints regarding DA2 and addressed them.

About fan scores, I'm not sure what's going on on Metacritic, for example, averaging a 5.8 for the game instead of an 8 or 9. That score's not a difference in preference, that's a blatant lie. ME3 got the same treatment (5.2).

Dude, 12?

Sure, for the hard lower limit I mean. I doubt they would be able to grasp the depth of the manga, but they're old enough that the imagery and subject matter shouldn't be too disturbing for them. I might feel a bit too queasy knowing they'd read the rape stuff, I dunno.

Personally, I remember checking out with some friends at 11-12, and I don't have any bad memories about that. On the contrary, I thought it was pretty cool! :schnoz: (Although I wouldn't let my kid check out something like that at 12, it's often outta your hands; some other kid at school will always have a badass couple-of-years-older brother who exposes them to all the horrible things.  :ganishka:)

Interesting question. 12+, maybe? I don't think a kid should even show too much interest in it until they've at least reached puberty. (Not unless you personally fuel the interest. E.g. "Daddy's gonna go into his super secret basement now to read his super awesome manga... NO PEEKING!")

Also, a big difference between introducing someone to the manga, and allowing someone to look at it. I mean, if my daughter is 14 and she wants to check it out because it's on the bookshelf, sure, why not? If they like it, cool. If they find it boring and stupid, I don't mind. I wouldn't actively tell them to check it out until they were older (17? that really does depend on the individual) and I genuinely thought it's the kind of thing they might enjoy.

Speculation Nation / Re: Does Berserk follow the Fibonacci sequence?
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:16:24 AM »
I think you did a fine job of shooting down your theory by yourself. =) Just by looking at all the events/lack of events you mentioned, it's already 4 misses versus 3 hits by volume 10; what kind of a pattern or coincidence is that? You're performing the folly of selective bias.

I guess so. I mean, if someone's suffering from hypothermia and it's their life on the line, it's the prudent thing to do.

On the other hand, it could be one of those subconscious things. Like if a pretty woman drops her grocerious, there's a good likelihood you'll spring to help her, whereas if it's a guy, it's very unlikely that you will. Males and females naturally act differently with each other. Guts wouldn't have thought something along the lines of "It's a chick, so I guess it's okay to strip her... He He He. Wouldn't do this to a guy!"

Speculation Nation / Re: No Revenge on the King of Midland
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:01:03 AM »
He never really had a grudge against the king, though. He resented Guts for everything that happened. Furthermore, the king was in a pretty pitiful state entirely by himself... What kind of elaborate revenge would Femto have taken?

Speculation Nation / Re: Rakshas
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:28:58 AM »
I wasn't trying to say "Rakshas is probably a chick" so much as "It wouldn't be surprising [to me] if Rakshas was female". His character is very gender-neutral, rather than masculine like someone such as Zodd, or Grunbeld, or Locus. (Even if we ever only saw Zodd in his apostle form, I don't think there would be any reason to think he could be female. :zodd:)

Speculation Nation / Re: Rakshas
« on: August 03, 2014, 02:27:53 PM »
Definitely. Unless there's something in the original Japanese manga that definitely asserts a gender to him/her, I'd say it's quite likely Rakshas might be female, even; the whole protect Griffith / cut his head off speech sounds much more like something a crazy psychotic woman might say, as opposed to Zodd's "looking for the ultimate strong one" rationale behind following Griffith, for examble - übermasculine stuff. There are also no other women among the Falcons' generals, so it would make sense from that point of view.

PS. I'm certain I've seen some compromising pictures of Rakshas... On this very forum.....!!

Buying / Selling / Re: Sellers Warning
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:29:48 AM »
The man says an arrow is broken and it is not inside the box, and no damage on the package...That is impossible, either he broke it or customs did

Isn't the second scenario a lot more likely than the first? Why would a buyer break a statue and then claim it was like that to begin with? Is there any logical reason whatsoever to do that? (Such as in order to receive a refund... I haven't used eBay, so I don't know what their policies are.)

What I do know, though, is that when moving things by shipping/mail, things arrive broken ALL THE TIME. It sucks very much for both the seller and the buyer, and the company responsible for man-handling the transport just shrugs its metaphorical shoulders.

Speculation Nation / Re: Who will be the next Guts?
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:19:42 AM »
The moonlight boy.

"Hello. My name is Moonlight Boy. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 335
« on: May 20, 2014, 05:52:24 PM »
Niiiice. Is this a wedding?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:34:34 PM »
You mean the archs in the distance on the stairs that go up to the inner wall, also counting the outer wall gate and the one we see in the middle? I think it's a stretch, since that picture is just an overhead shot, and there's most likely at least one other "gate" beyond that inner wall anyway (since there's a second inner wall). Plus you like said it doesn't fit the description of the gates of New Jerusalem anyway.
Fair enough. I still think it works on a symbolic level, but this numerology stuff is secondary, in any case; something I went looking for after noticing that Falconia is similar to what happens in the Book of Revelation.

Yeah only that's not really how it works. The old city was destroyed, then a new one was built. Then the new one, having become old, was destroyed and the original one was restored, but changed. That's quite a bit more complicated than just "Old city > New city". Furthermore, given that the city's architecture is very clearly of Greco-Roman influence, I'm not sure a comparison to Jerusalem is appropriate.
That's pretty much like Jerusalem- it's trashed and rebuilt multiple times during the timeline of the bible. I initially didn't consider that the connection to Jerusalem would go beyond the fact of Falconia being a great otherworldly city that suddenly appears, but actually, it not might be too far-fetched. Jerusalem would have been under Roman control during Jesus' time, and later again under Christians during the middle ages. This also happens to be the most important religious site in the city:

Also, quotes from Wikipedia:
Quote from: Wikipedia
The Foundation Stone (Hebrew: אבן השתייה, translit. Even haShetiya) or Rock (Arabic: صخرة translit. Sakhrah, Hebrew: סלע translit.: Sela) is the name of the rock at the heart of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. It is also known as the Pierced Stone because it has a small hole on the southeastern corner that enters a cavern beneath the rock, known as the Well of Souls.
The Well of Souls (Arabic: Bir el- Arweh, Bir el- Arwah or Bir al- Arwah‎) — sometimes translated Pit of Souls, Cave of Spirits, or Well of Spirits — is a partly natural/partly man-made cave located inside the Foundation Stone under the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem. The name derives from a medieval Islamic legend that at this place the spirits of the dead can be heard awaiting Judgment Day at which time the Ka'aba in Mecca will come here and God's throne will be established on the Stone.

Hardly anything that exactly matches, but c'mon. Can you say the huge sphere in Berserk might very well not be inspired by the Dome of the Rock? It's the same deal with the other things I mentioned- tantalizing similarities, but it's also easy to see that they're not 1-on-1 matches. Still, in my opinion, it goes way beyond only being stuff that's vaguely similar to Berserk.

I'd recommend anyone to just read the Book of Revelation. It's short, only taking 20 or so minutes to read, and it's interesting. This is about the coming of New Jerusalem, for example:

A New Heaven and a New Earth

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

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