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Dar Klink:

I've read all of Gunsmith Cats, original and Burst.  It's just a fun series and I really enjoy it on that level. 

As for a Riding Bean anime, I think I would have been on board ten or fifteen years ago.  I just don't trust the animation studios of today to actually put the money into it to do it right.  Now, if they wanted to go retro and do it 80s style like they did the original Riding Bean anime, or even the Gunsmith Cats OAVs of the 90s (I believe), I'd be cool with that.  But even then, I fear that modern anime storytelling sensibilities might be too overbearing and I'm just not into most of the modern stuff because of that.  As we've seen from the SAGA Project, even when it comes to a no brainer like simply adapting the source, the sensibilities of the production team distort the original work far too often.  This would be fine with me if the deviations were good supplements to the source, but all too often they're just missteps. 

That is just my .02 on the subject:)
I completely agree on that sadly. I wish today's anime industry could better emulate the style of that era. The 80s and early 90s were perfect for making a series out of Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean but we only got short OVAs. Maybe a movie could have the budget necessary to replicate that high detailed style of early OVAs? In any case I don't actually expect to see that ever made  :judo:
Anyway, I agree on Vinland Saga, it's one of the manga I'd recommend alongside Berserk and Vagabond.

Kawajiri is fucking great. He did Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Ninja Scroll, Wicked City, Cyber City Oedo 808, and a bunch of those other classic ultraviolent anime movies from that era. His still seems like just pure gore-porn at first glance but they have amazing animation, art, coloring, and directing.

Oshii is phenomenal too. If you enjoyed Ghost in the Shell you really need to watch the Patlabor movies, especially 2. It has some of the most well directed and atmospheric scenes I've seen in anime and some amazing mecha-gore. You really need to watch Jin-Roh Oburi, it's one of my favorites.

What I'm getting into now is Leiji Matsumoto and Osamu Dezaki's stuff. I've watched the 1979 Harlock series and loved it, watched Oniisama E and it became one of my favorites, and I'm watching Rose of Versailles and GE999 right now. I love seeing how their styles influenced later stuff. You can see so much of Dezaki in today's directors, especially Ikuhara who is my favorite current anime director along with Yuasa. Speaking of which, going through some old Miura comments I found through the Japanese wiki, he mentioned watching Oniisama E as it was coming out, which was a nice surprise.

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Recently finished Gunsmith Cats Redfield and I loved it. Just pure fun, eyecandy, gun porn, car porn, and BEAN BANDIT. I wish there was a full anime series of it, I just wanna see more of Bean Bandit animated. You've read Gunsmith Cats Burst right?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0YvHBxv-3Y

Clips that those screenshots came from.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:15:40 PM »
Looks like a fun time guys! Glad you got to hang out with more SKers.

I was at Fanime again this weekend. Had a pretty fun time. The highlights as far as Berserk goes was probably the Griffith/Guts cosplay duo I saw that were both pretty good, a Griffith in the Artist Alley who went through the trouble of getting all her armor gear back on for a picture, a Guts cosplayer at the JoJo meetup that I had a good discussion with, and a guy from Cel-Depot.com that I chatted with for quite a while about Berserk, Hunter x Hunter, and Vagabond. He actually knew of this site and he knows DirectDK. Other than that it was a pretty good time just hanging with friends. Missed Gobs and Grail this year but I'm glad they got to meet up with some other folks.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Any tips for meeting anime fans?
« on: May 16, 2014, 03:13:16 AM »
I don't think it's too silly of a question, it's always nice to meet people with the same interests and can be frustrating if nobody IRL shares them. Most of my real life friends that like anime/manga are people I knew from high school and haven't "moved on" from those interests. I actually still watch a few shows and movies with them from time to time.

Anime/manga liking friends that I met after high school are mostly online, we've become close enough to meet in real life, including some good pals from this very forum, but that was mostly at conventions or during weekends off from school/work people have had.

You could look into maybe some card/comic shops in your area that have game nights, usually they have some anime or manga fans or at least people into Sci-Fi, fantasy, and other nerdy shit. Getting into tabletop or trading card games could be fun and net you some good friends that share that obsession/interest.

If you have the means, time, and desire to do it, you could take some cheap community college courses and maybe find some people on the campus that are into that sort of stuff. You're especially likely to meet those types in a Japanese language class... although it's a gamble on whether or not they're socially well-adjusted. :troll:

Overall though your best bet is conventions and offline meetings of communities like here or other anime related forums.

Always be ready for sperglords, weirdos, and just plain embarrassing people though. Not from Skullknight of course! We're all too cool for that here. :badbone:

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For fans of Twin Peaks, the Blu Ray set is out for pre-order - http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/15/twin-peaks-blu-ray-box-set/



HOLY SHIIEEEET. Deleted scenes of FWWM directed and edited by Lynch into a feature length? All the picture restored/rescanned? That's something I'm getting 100$ for sure.

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Creation Station / Re: Berserk Cosplay
« on: May 13, 2014, 06:54:01 PM »

BTW if anyone is going to Fanime she will be there in Casca for a day. I believe she is going to do a walk on at the masquerade so keep an eye out! (pun intended)
I'll be there! I'll definitely look out for her. I love seeing Berserk cosplay and she's pretty damn good. What day will she be there?

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I got the itch recently and have been rewatching Star Trek TNG. I just finished the Best of Both Worlds part 1 & 2 last night.

The season premier or Louie was hilarious, and the final season of Mad Men has not disappointed me yet.
As far as anime goes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Dragonball Kai have been the only two I've bothered paying attention to at the moment. Stardust Crusaders has been nothing short of fabulous. I wish the Berserk adaptations were as faithful and true to the spirit of manga as the JJBA anime adaptation. Not to mention the JJBA anime has good examples of cell-shaded 3d animation.

Been loving Stardust Crusaders, never thought JoJo would get another adaption, but here it is. First and second season were obviously on a small budget but they made good use of it. Stardust seems to have a better budget and it hasn't had too many wonky or bad looking moments so far. It really would be nice to see Berserk done with that much care/attention to detail even if it didn't have a great budget.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:04:47 PM »
Gaiseric.  :badbone:

Damn, I'm sure I would have remembered seeing that. I'm sure a lot of people summon for that fight, but still, would have been a funny coincidence. My current character is named Schiele after the painter. CLOSE ENOUGH TO SCHIERKE THOUGH! My first Demon's Souls character was named Farnese and had her and Owen's haircut though. :troll:

I played 200+ hours on PS3 and now I'm quite far into my first character on PC... I'd even say I like Dark Souls 1 more, but this game has more replayability I guess. Going with a faith build using powerstanced lightning estocs. Mostly been PVPing in the Bell Covenant to get chunks.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: April 26, 2014, 11:38:15 PM »
Pursuer was most fun I've had so far in the game.

Hah! Beat Pursuer on that first-time encounter in another guy's game while rolling with a 3-man team. Having a blast with online play. So much more solid than DS1.

9 hours in, level 35 btw.

What's your character's name in-game? I actually summoned two people for that the other day... it was with a smaller white soapstone. I think after the fight we ran off to that ballista room so the two could finish off killing stuff for their time limit.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:58:16 PM »
Then I have it. But... how do I use it? Like I said, I couldn't find it in my inventory. Is it an item/Equipment?

Push "triangle" near a bonfire and it'll switch to "light torch" or push X near an already lit scone. It won't show you the torch as items in your inventory but as a timer with how much time you have left in one of the screens. Also, if you didn't know yet, you can hold triangle to 2-hand your left-hand weapon now or if you have two of the same or similar weapons in each hand it'll "powerstance" them for dual wielding. Well, actually this video might be good to watch, it doesn't spoil any bosses/story, just talks about new gameplay mechanics that the game doesn't exactly explain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5AijCTdcLI

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:04:12 AM »
Well, I was doing pretty well until I ended  up dying a lot in the Forest of Fallen Giants, after I made it past the first bonfire... So often actually that the first few enemies in that zone just disappeared. Not a big fan of that addition. I'm guessing there are ways to bring them back? I should probably get some sleep... Would probably make me feel better.

So far, I'm enjoying exploring the new areas, and the game looks beautiful. Excited to see more. But at this moment, I'm really not a fan of the way everything feels and handles. Still getting used to how differently the game controls. Overall everything feels more sluggish. These changes definitely reset everyone's skill level back to zero, because I feel just about as clumsy as I did when I first started playing Dark Souls, instead of someone who's invested more than 200 hours in it.

Some advice, level up adaptability or attunement for the agility stat. You actually need it. It'll make the game feel less sluggish.

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Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:21:57 AM »
http://store.steampowered.com/app/35450/

Can't get cheaper than Red Orchestra for FREE

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Does anyone like David Lynch's work? I've been watching Twin Peaks and its so bizarre but addicting! I love the unsettling style he uses, especially in the movie Lost Highway. I don't find many traditional horror movies scary, but some of his stuff makes me jump or uneasy.  :magni: especially this part in that movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZowK0NAvig

Well, I'd say what's already been said but its already been said. Personally, this scene scared/unsettled me a lot more than that one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMMX8dkbXEU
Hell, I'm almost having trouble watching it right now knowing it's coming. That, Laura Palmer's eyes while in the room at the end of Twin Peaks the hobo from Mulholland Drive, and the superimposed face in Inland Empire all had a similar effect on me. They were "jump scares" but came at such insanely tense moments that they worked as much more than that. I think if I saw the Inland Empire part out of context I'd just think it looked stupid, but that whole movie was such a creepy build-up that it was intense as hell.

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I've been watching a good deal of anime along with some Western live action. The ones that stick out the most are the anime Ping Pong and the HBO show Silicon Valley. Ping Pong is based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto about a group of youths playing table tennis. The character development and symbolism is the highlight and the animation is by Masaaki Yuasa, who directed a lot of my favorite anime, Tatami Galaxy, Mind Game, Kaiba, Kemonozume, and the recent Kick Heart. His animation style and Matsumoto's art style fit really well together, it's being simulcasted by Funimation, you might wanna give it a try even if you're not into sports anime/table tennis.

Silicon Valley is by Mike Judge and is about the whole "Start-up" culture of recent years. People rushing to develop apps and become the next big billion dollar company or make money selling it to bigger companies. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, the characters are "nerdy" and make references without it being cringeworthy like in The Big Bang Theory. The story is about a pretty awkward low-level programmer who happens to write a compression algorithm for a mostly useless application that catches the interest of a few big names. So far the writing is really good and the characters are enjoyable, I hope it keeps up the quality.

As for Mike Judge, I really enjoyed King of the Hill, Office Space, and, of course, Beavis and Butthead as a kid, I didn't really enjoy Idiocracy that much.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:06:55 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-qylk_uscg
I can only hope that some day Berserk gets a full series OVA so that a Singaporean English dub can be made with The Beast of Darkness having a surfer voice.

"YO DUDE, YOU DON'T NEED THOSE LOSERS, JUST KILL THEM!" :beast:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Is hot food addictive?
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:30:53 AM »
What's the name of the sauce?  If I haven't had it before I'd love to hunt it down and try it out!

Salsa Habanera from Castillo Salsas. I really need to find a place in the States to buy it.

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Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:25:11 PM »
Calling all Windwaker fans: http://www.tomopop.com/nendoroid-link-is-ready-for-a-pre-order-adventure-34149.phtml
AAAH I really wish I could get this. I usually don't like the nendoroid line of figures but it fits WW Link so perfectly.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Is hot food addictive?
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:30:45 PM »
I'm on the same page here guys. I have around 5 hot sauces in my cupboard and put them on almost everything. I really love this sauce a friend brought me from Mexico and I'm almost out, time to get them to visit again. :griffnotevil:

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: April 12, 2014, 02:19:23 AM »
After kinda burning myself out on Dark Souls II, I'm really looking forward to the English localization of Drakengard 3.  Anyone else?

I haven't been looking into it a lot, but I really do want to give it a try. With all their flaws the first two were really interesting. I loved the whole sacrifice system in the world and how it affected each character. I still need to finish Nier though.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 334
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:09:51 AM »
So happy to see Luca again and I also hope we get to see Jerome again too. He was a badass.

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Video Games / Re: Guts Black Swordsman build - Dark Souls 2
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:41:48 AM »
I feel like the Great Sword looks a lot more like the Dragon Slayer than the Crypt Sword does.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:49:21 PM »
Thank you for mentioning 'feels', I don't know why but it really annoys me. I don't follow that many Internet trends but when did saying feels become popular? Is this a new thing?

It's kinda funny because "feels" started out as basically 'That feel when" thing from 4chan with a kinda blank-faced guy that just looks like he's contemplating reality or something. It was usually used in a way where you'd be overly depressed over something and usually used from the perspective of a typical ultra-virgin/betamale/whatever. Mostly used jokingly. Somehow over time it became a sort of spastic way of screaming about the latest Dr. Who or Sherlock plot twist by tumblr.

Also, I just fucking hate tumblr. I hate the way the word "fandom" is used these days. Mostly by people who probably think fanworks and "expressing your feels" means more than the actual original work that the "fandom" is for. So I guess that encompasses pretty much all the words you posted there Gummy.

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Creation Station / Re: My Schierke cosplay
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:08:20 PM »
I've been wanting to forever, I've heard nothing but great things. The only California con I have been to was ALA 2011 and I had a blast!

Oh cool, I've went to ALA in 2010. There was actually a really good Guts/Casca duo there, especially the Casca. Fanime last year had a Serpico cosplayer as well as two Griffiths and I think a Guts. The Serpico cosplayer was good and she was fun to talk to. It'd be amazing to see a full group of the current Guts party.

Sadly Fanime has gone downhill in some ways over the past few years, the lines have gotten extremely long, the organization is a mess, the guests/events are announced really really late, and the con hall has been under construction for the past few years. Despite those problems I've been able to have a great time there. If you ever brought Schierke there I guarantee quite a few people will recognize you. Grail, Gobalatula, and I usually meet up there every year to hang out, and a lot of my other friends that go to the con are huge Berserk fans.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:40:16 PM »
I think the major challenge there is the more the "reader" can change the story, the less the story matters and therefore it's no longer "story driven." Some would even say it's mutually exclusive (I'm kind of leaning that way). I mean, how story driven is your game if the story is that dispensable or interchangeable. There are plenty of games where you can sort of do as you please and there's multiple paths and conclusions but most of these would no longer be called "story driven", and the ones that would you'd probably categorize among those only changing details (Mass Effect). Fallout and Chrono Trigger come to mind as games that come down just on or to either side of that line, but they're still limited as far as this idea goes. To truly do this, one would basically have to write multiple separate and in depth story trees that go in completely different directions, perhaps with their own separate themes and individual characters (like if your main characters could live or die =), yet are treated with equal import, as if they're all the one true narrative. In that case, I feel like the story, themes, and the entire game would be consumed by and become about this concept (the "what ifs" of life) and, again, could be in danger of becoming some weird life simulator/experiment with no narrative rather than being story driven. Anyway, aside from the feasibility of all that, most games, or any medium for that matter, unfortunately can't even craft one great story.

Well, there are Japanese Visual Novels that attempt that, and I don't mean just the porn ones. I wouldn't be the one to ask for recommendations as far as those go though.

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