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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:13:51 AM »
The one with the large nose is throwing me off a bit. Its incredibly caricatured by Berserk standards. That guy would be freakish in real life. But that could be intentional.

As people have discussed this seems to be the moment Guts crew finally get to hear his past and the reasons behind his quest. What a huge moment this is going to be!
Eh, it could all just be a sign of their advanced age. These people are ancient, with more years to their lives than any human could ever hope to achieve through normal means, so some unusual looks are probably to be expected. I'm likely giving it more thought than it really deserves.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:08:40 AM »
Dat Casca face. To think that it could be one of the last times we'll see her acting all goofy. There's something very bittersweet about that. I'm awaiting Casca's return to form with baited breath, but I can't help but feel that I'm going to miss her funny antics. Tragic as her condition is, I do also find her strangely adorable.

Doesn't look like Cucca and company were expecting them to bring in a Beherit. But it does look like Guts might be about to spill the beans to everyone present about a number of things he prefers to be quiet about.

Nice to see the gang being treated to a hot meal. Always enjoyed those rare and (relatively) peaceful moments, though it seems like there might be a bit of tension in the air this time. Can't help but notice that Azan is being left out though. Come on, guy, take off the damn helmet already! :azan:

Finally, I'm impressed by the design of the elders. A lot of artists tend to get lazy when they go about drawing these wizardy kind of old men and make them all clones of each other, but Miura's given each of them a distinctive look. Though is there some reason why they all have those odd black eyes like what Daiba sports, or is that just a stylistic choice?

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 2
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:45:21 PM »
There is something that happens in this that I wonder if it came off the same in the manga. When Guts is taking off with Farnese on the horse Farnese almost hits the ground. Did she throw herself off or did Guts deliberately dangle her head above the stones on purpose. Thats not how played out in the manga?
Considering Puck's horrified reactions directed at Guts, as well as the look of surprise on Farnese's face when she started to fall in this scene, it's pretty clear Guts deliberately dangled her off the horse in the manga. So the anime didn't really change anything on this front.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 07:36:46 PM »
Honestly, this anime seems to me as if it's a fan-made project rather than an adaptation. I had a few points to make, but some of you guys have already beaten me to it.

I haven't put too much thought into the episode (not worth it), but could someone explain to me why they didn't simply adapt the actual scene from the manga instead of this whole haunted house business?
I think the idea was to introduce the concept of apostles and Beherits to anyone in the audience who was unfamiliar with Berserk. And since they chose to skip the Snake Baron, the Count, and Rosine so they move right along to the Birth Ceremony chapter, they decided that inserting an Apostle fight into the middle of Binding Chains was the most efficient compromise. Emphasis on "I think," because they did a really poor job of it what with how sloppily the apostle's backstory came out.

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Berserk (2016) Anime Impressions - Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 03:03:00 AM »
Shame that you won't be doing any more impressions. They were entertaining while they lasted (more entertaining than the actual show, that's for damn sure), but I understand. Venting gets old after a while and frustration just isn't worth the price (or eight bucks a month), and it's far more productive to focus on more positive things, like the manga, after all.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 16, 2016, 01:22:03 AM »
My opinion stands but i just saw the 4,8 IGN review. I have NO time in my life for their awfully anime coverage (their anime podcast is the one i am not subscribed too) but you know that you are in deep trouble of the "yay anime" fan-girl, who previously liked the show, is starting to doubt it. This is shocking, as the only thing i ask of the anime by now is to advertise the manga :schnoz: .
Methinks that the stellar score they gave the first episode was driven entirely by excitement and anticipation. Now that it's died down and the hype glasses are off, even IGN has to see the show for what it truly is.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 15, 2016, 10:18:38 PM »
What a shitty interview. Time to rip it up.

"Reo Kurosu: There is a lot to cover because Berserk such a long series. To adapt it to animation we had to have a concept, so we decided to focus on Gutsís travels. Fitting it into a limited amount of episodes with that concept, we had to make choices about compressing, omitting, and even expanding parts of the story. Some of the material in the series will also be original, such as episode 3 which is completely original, written by Miura-sensei."
Which would have been better accomplished if you started with the Black Swordsman arc. Or the Lost Children chapter. Or...if you picked up where the movies left off and segued into either of those. Because the Birth Ceremony chapter that you (or whatever hack was in charge) are so insistent about animating is most definitely not about "Guts' travels." Also, episode 3 is out now and we can see plain as day that it is not completely original. You just threw in an unnecessary apostle fight and backstory into the middle of the Binding Chains chapter. Reo Kurosu, you're officially full of shit now.

"RK: It will all be within the context of the original series. As far as new content, there will be new action scenes. There are certain things you can do in animation that you canít do in manga. Although Iím not sure if thatís specifically what Miura-sensei had in mind."
None of which you actually accomplished in this episode. Or any of the others so far. Because it takes more than moving picture to make a good animated story.

RK: We see Berserk as a standalone series but weíre not going to be neglectful of past events. The manga was originally published in 1989 so itís a classic now. There are a lot of new fans who may not be familiar with the original manga, so we want to be able to introduce them to the story while covering new ground.

We decided to include some imagery in the opening cinematic and plan to bring some of that backstory out with flashbacks like what we included in episode 2. As we follow Gutsís travels, heíll think back about the past events.
It remains to be seen how standalone this will really be, but your company's efforts to bring those unfamiliar with the manga, or Berserk in general, up to speed leaves a lot to be desired. The manga itself already provided the perfect means to introduce people to Berserk via the Black Swordsman arc, and then your people decided they knew better than Miura.

RK: For this series weíre trying to do something new. The director is a 2D animator so what goes on in his mind and what he puts on storyboard is all in 2D. From there itís all about choosing which tool to use between full CG animation, traditional 2D, or a hybrid of the two. The director and the 2D and 3D studios will meet and discuss what to use when depending upon what weíre trying to accomplish with each scene.
Ah, a repeat of what you already said in the Q&A panel. Here's the result of your studio's attempt to "do something new": the 3D animation looks like shit. Either get a director who understands 3D animation, since that's what most of this series is animated with, or let your current director focus on his area of expertise. That is, of course, assuming the guy you have wasn't the only director your company was able to afford.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 3
« on: July 15, 2016, 07:39:08 PM »
Well, that was better than the previous episode. But "better" does not mean good.

The "completely original story" supposedly penned by Miura did nothing for me. So the pig apostle liked the lady because she was nice to him and...what? What brought him to the level of despair needed for the Beherit to activate? What prompted him to sacrifice her? Was it because she showed fear of him? What made her fearful of him? When the fuck was she ever nice to him? Was she even the sacrifice? You can't just show a handful of images without context and expect the audience to understand what you're trying to get across. If Miura really wrote this, then he either has no idea how to write for television, he didn't give a damn about it, or the animators and/or director implemented it poorly. Considering how the most faithful bits of the anime still fare poorly, I'm inclined to believe it's the third.

I don't even know why they decided to make this particular apostle such a badass. This guy was like, the lowest of the low of apostles. Guts killed him absolutely no problem when he got his hands on the Dragon Slayer, so it's a bit eye-rolling to see him give our hero so much trouble. They really could have, should have used a more impressive beast.

Things got better after he died, if only because we got to see more direct material from the manga translated faithfully. But it was still botched. These guys have no idea how to create atmosphere or generate suspense. And because they don't know how to do any of that, nothing they do feels particularly climatic. Without emphasizing Farnese's growing terror or Guts' growing rage as he battles things that should not exist, the scene with the horse lacks the dramatic impact it had in the manga. Likewise, for the section building up to the Kushan invasion. Those pages in the manga were absolutely masterful in how they built tension, with Midland shown to be declining due to plague, the king dying cold and alone in his bed, the bells sounding off his passing to the ears of Owen, Anna, and Charlotte, the people unsure about what will happen...and one lone child noticing how the mountains are moving. It was all worked together to slowly build up to something, making the sudden appearance of the Kushan army with their war elephants in tow unexpectedly terrifying. But here...the rushed pacing, frantic cutting, and the music that suddenly starts blaring before we even see the war elephant just doesn't feel meaningful.

Frankly, even if this was 100% faithful to the source material, even if it made no cuts, this adaptation would still suck. These people know nothing about telling a story.

Other things to observe...

  • "This is a real, preserved human being!" Thank you for your keen insight, Captain Obvious.
  • Farnese has no nipples, but we see she has pubic hair. Nice going with the censorship, geniuses.
  • Guts took a really deep bite on the leg from the apostle, but walks off as if nothing happens by the end. Healing from an injury like that with elf dust is a bit hard to swallow...and they haven't even introduced the healing properties of elf dust yet!
  • What the fuck was with the credits? The music was audibly distracting when played over dialogue, the scrolling text gets in the way of the scene that's playing out, and there was still five more minutes to go! Seriously, what was the point of this?

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:34:23 AM »
Even the attempts to promote the series are on a shoestring budget. Public speaking is clearly another field Kurosu has no experience with. I mean, seriously, someone asks him why they decided to start at the Black Swordsman arc instead of the Fantasia arc, and he talks about how the series is a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation. I mean, it's a moronic question and all, but that answer had nothing to do with it! I can understand trying to evade a question. I can understand trying to look like you know more than you really do. I can understand misinterpreting what people are asking you (as he did when he was asked about the Idea of Evil). But to go off on a completely unrelated subject just boggles my mind.

It was very awkward panel when it wasn't being annoying. Seems like everywhere we go, all anyone will ever say about Berserk is fucking boats and Idolmaster. :schierke:

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 13, 2016, 07:04:04 PM »
I don't know who to be more annoyed by. The producer, who's clearly an amateur who knows little to nothing about Berserk (let alone sound design, film editing, etc.), or the interviewer who either doesn't know what good animation is, or is lying through her teeth about enjoying the CG. I guess I'll go with the producer; at least caring isn't supposed to be in Victoria's job description.

Hearing it directly from Kurosu, I'm personally finding the whole notion of Miura working with the project "from top to bottom" doubtful. Just sounds like typical marketing speak, and he doesn't come across as very honest to me. I can't wait to see episode three now; the guy says it's "a whole new story that no one's ever seen before." But from the preview, it honestly looks more like they're just condensing more material from the manga. If that turns out to be the case, rather than something "completely original," then it'll prove that most everything he says is bullshit.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:05:53 PM »
From a financial standpoint only, aren't we somewhat obligated to grit our teeth and support this?  Don't shoot me down, just here me out a little.  Berserk is a niche property, and from the little I know (yes, little) about marketing, if we continue to shoot down every crappy release, won't we be more likely to get more, yet spaced out crap?

I'm honestly wondering should one of these adaptations, bad as they may be, if one were to find financial success, could this in turn grant us someone's attention who wants to invest in a bigger, better translation of the story?
Do we financially support a car company that makes shoddy vehicles that break down and/or explode in the hopes that they'll make better cars in the future? No, we don't. We let them go out of business like the incompetents they are. Just as we shouldn't have to support shitty anime studios that churn shoddily-made shows we don't enjoy. You can only blame the budget Berserk was given for so much, but the truth of the matter is that with all the cuts and changes they made for pretty much no reason, it's abundantly clear that the people behind this series don't understand, care or respect what Berserk is. Or don't have the talent to bring it to life. Supporting crap like this is just going to encourage more studios to lower their quality standards.

Besides, I don't think there's going to ever be another Berserk anime once this abomination is done, and there's actually no way it's going to feel like a complete product either, no matter how far in the timeline it gets. It's a miracle the series even got another shot at all.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: July 02, 2016, 04:28:02 AM »
I knew it was going to be crap going in and I was still disappointed. I honestly found it insulting.

Well at least it can't be worse XD.
To be honest we already knew they were going to ruin the first episodes lets see if the arc they have planned to show is at least decent.
Hey, don't jinx it. Hmmm, on second thought, jinx away. A (large) part of me would like to see this get cancelled. One, to send a message to every studio exec out there that this level of quality and disrespect is not acceptable, for Berserk or any series. And two, to prove to every apologist that the removals, changes, and cut corners that were made were never justifiable, no matter how much they defended them because of...reasons similar to a psychological phenomenon named after a certain city in Sweden.

Here are some reviews "cough"

The New Berserk Anime Already Outshines The 90s Original
* Not even close to outshining the original as the original is a shining beacon to those who're escaping the shadow of this current project

Berserk Episode 1 - "The Branded Swordsman" Review - IGN
What are people seeing in this? Is there something I (and I suppose nearly everyone else here) am missing? Is pacing no longer an important quality to storytelling? Is telling a coherent story that makes sense at all a thing of the past? I don't know how anyone who's unfamiliar with the source material could understand what in Frith's name is fucking going on in this episode due to how haphazardly it was cut together.

Then again, that hack at Kotaku clearly doesn't know what she's talking about. The second she calls Berserk a shonen should be your cue to hit the "back" button.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 38 Release
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:44:11 AM »
It's always interesting to see an artist try new things, even if the results are not always straight-up improvements of previous work. Not a fan of the cover personally, but that's in large part due to not really enjoying another piece of Guts striking a pose, and I have mixed feelings about the image with Rickert and Erika, but I do love the way Puck and Ivalera look.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:23:49 AM »
No, not necessarily. Schierke has been performing on the field of battle, searching deep for astral entities where there are none, and still coming back with a source of power. By Molda's own admission, she's trapped on the island, and I can't imagine she has much comparable experience.
Now, now, I don't think we should dismiss Molda entirely. I mean, sure Schierke has more worldly experience, has been in more terrifying situations, has had to use her magic to fight and kill, has been teaching another the ways of magic, and so on. But Molda's awesome power has our favorite witch beat in one particular area.

She can defy even the unstoppable force of gravity to keep her hat on!

Can Schierke keep her hat on? No! It takes only a slight breeze, a pesky elf, or an insolent monkey for her headware to start rolling away.

Anyway, if Molda is to join the crew, I wonder what effect that would have on Farnese, if any? I've always thought that her training to be a witch was so that she would continue to have a purpose in the team dynamic (and narrative) once Casca no longer required her babying, and learning magic has indeed been helping the girl feel better about herself. But would the presence of another witch (or two, or three) wreck her confidence again since she would possibly feel even more redundant than ever before? Farnese already has enough mixed feelings wherever Guts and Casca are concerned.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:57:43 PM »
Very charming. Whole thing reminded me of something Studio Ghibli would make. Loved the look of the tree houses and all the snippets of witches just going on about their daily lives. And we got to see a couple of rarely-seen expressions from Guts. I wonder what was said to make him smile?

Ahhh, July is going to be a very long month this year.

Podcast / Re: Skullkast - Berserk News Update (June 13, 2016)
« on: June 14, 2016, 04:50:43 AM »
Good summary. And I applaud your ability to keep calm in light of some of the...less than delightful pieces of news that we've received thus far. Especially in traffic.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou game...?
« on: June 13, 2016, 02:57:56 AM »
Yeah, I'm not really getting hyped either. Not only was the trailer absolutely disgusting, but I really have no faith in this product. Anime tie-in games are no different than movie tie-ins; rushed pieces of crap purely made for the sake of advertisement.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:10:16 PM »
Summer Sale at Over 500 games at up to 50% off. Oh, and Torchlight is free until June 20th.

And there's a new Humble Bundle. Has Aquaria, Broken Sword, Frozen Synapse, Fractal, Organ Trail, and Stealth Bastard.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:13:30 PM »
Not only that, but just about everything at is at least 50% off until January 3.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:52:56 PM »
Humble Bundle has a package containing assorted THQ games. Darksiders, Red Faction: Armageddon, Company of Heroes, and Saints Row The Third for anyone that's interested. Kind of sad, though, considering THQ's financial troubles.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:08:47 AM »
Unless you want to summon some help everywhere you go, you'll be spending more time in your undead form.

Been playing the DLC content for the first time and it's been kicking my ass. I swear that every boss in it resists Magic damage. Just my luck to try my hand with an Intelligence-based character who uses the Moonlight Greatsword.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:42:33 PM »
Sounds like it was Maneater Mildred, a black phantom NPC invader. She only drops a few bits of Humanity and a pretty unremarkable Butcher Knife weapon.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:40:49 PM »
60% sale on Square-Enix titles at A lot of awesome stuff like Hitman, Deus Ex, and the Thief trilogy.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:17:40 AM »
I can understand your disappointment with the way the story was handled, but I personally liked it. I'm a sucker for this kind of minimalist storytelling, especially in games. The mystery makes everything all the more fascinating and trying to make sense of it from what little you can gather is fun to me. I dunno. :slan:

Anyway, concerning Lost Izalith and the Demon Ruins...after the First Flame began to die out the first time, the Witch of Izalith attempted to use her Lord Soul to recreate a Flame of her own. It...didn't work as intended. The flame it created consumed her, transformed her into the Bed of Chaos, which birthed all the demons you say there. Most of her daughters were also caught in it, which drove them either insane or twisted their bodies (as is the case with Quelaag and her sister). Quelana is the only daughter who managed to escape it unscathed, and she's since been residing in Blightown hoping to one day put her family out of their misery.

As for the ending you got, well the following is just my personal interpretation, but yeah, in a way you could say you repeated the cycle. The Flame has been reignited and the Age of Fire will last perhaps another thousand years, with you burning alive for that entire time. It's unknown if the process can actually be repeated, though, and it's up in the air if this is really a good thing. The Lord Souls are all spent and the only god left to rule Lordran is Gwyndolin.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 31, 2012, 05:36:22 AM »
Wow, that's some enormous praise. I'm curious if any of you guys have played the first one, Demon's Souls, and if you can compare Dark Souls to that one? I've played Demon's for many hours on my PS3, and I'm wondering if there's anything that this game does better.
They both play very similarly, have the exact same combat mechanics, similar penalties for death, and hell, even have the same character development system. If you've played Demon's, then you'll be perfectly at home with Dark. The biggest difference between them is largely in how the worlds are assembled. Demon's takes place in five separate levels that are accessed from a central hub, while Dark takes place in a larger and (mostly) seamless world. It can seem a little confusing at first, as it's not always clear where exactly you're supposed to go, a sizable chunk of the game is completely optional, and it's easier than ever to go someplace where you could get in over your head. But depending on who you are, that could add to the charm. It certainly does for me. Dark Souls is a hell of a lot bigger than Demon's Souls, and in my opinion, has better level design, enemies, and boss encounters overall.

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