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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: April 07, 2016, 03:19:53 AM »
One of the nice things about the movies is that they've made me lower my expectations to basically zero.  :iva: If this new series does ANYTHING right, I'll be happy. That being said, I agree with Walter that we really have no idea what it's going to even cover plot-wise. The promotional material is just too scarce and ambiguous.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 29, 2015, 11:35:39 PM »
I'm sorry but I just had to link this reaction video edited with JonTron:

Only thing to make me smile regarding the trailer all day   :ganishka:

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:58:30 PM »
There's one second in the video, around the 0:33 mark, where you see Guts' face in a hand drawn style. It looks good, and for one fleeting moment, my soul feels alive... Aaaaaaand it's gone.

I don't know, guys. I understand the argument that reusable CG models make production much cheaper, but with how gorgeous modern anime is becoming, I feel like this shit is inexcusable. I would rather watch the original 90's anime series than another CG Berserk.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: July 10, 2014, 11:06:42 PM »
Been forever since I posted anything, but just thought I'd chime in to say that while I enjoy the books more, this season was by far the strongest to date. There were a couple things cut that I was disappointed about, but they're probably just saving them for next year. We already know by now that the seasons aren't supposed to be a word for word timeline of the books, but when all is said and done the show is meant to be true to the spirit of the series. That's enough for me, and despite a couple missteps here and there, we are honestly lucky to be getting the adaptation in the state it's in. So many things like this are screwed up beyond repair, and HBO is producing a real treat, and they know it. Every year it gets more funding because they respect the strength of the story and its popularity.

It baffles me when I hear someone say they thought Season 4 was mediocre because "not a lot happened". Uh, what? Griffith is absolutely right that this is the first season where everything has felt like a cohesive, suspenseful political drama. I found the episodes to be paced really well this year; it's just a shame the source material is never this exciting outside of this segment of the books. Half of me dreads a drop in interest starting with Season 5 - the other half of me is excited to see what the next two books might look like when actually chopped up by an editor. They could realistically make next season better than the books it draws from.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:53:06 PM »
Wow, 10.3 million viewers? You could fill one of Walt's barrels with those ratings.  :badbone:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:00:01 PM »
I've seen a lot of people say that Walt clearly meant to kill Jesse, or at least confront him about being a partner. And as much as that makes sense logically, I want to believe that by the time he got there he already suspected the "partnership" was a forced one. It just feels off to me that he spends the whole episode tying loose ends and making peace with his family, that he would drive to Jack's camp without the intention of making peace with arguably the one person he actually treated like family the whole show.

When he yelled at Jack with accusations of Jesse partnering up with him, I took it was an act, a desperate move to delay the gun currently being pointed at his head. Walt was a different man, one who owned up to his failings throughout all of "Felina". That's just how I want it to be though - I understand why others would disagree.

Also I don't think he planned anything in his final moments in that lab. I think he just wanted to die surrounded by what he loved, his true accomplishment in life.  :badbone:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:52:56 PM »
I've never seen a single episode of The Wire or The Sopranos, but I put them on my "To Do" list long ago for after Breaking Bad finished. Now I think I'm going to wait a couple months before I invest myself in something again, but my girlfriend and I are adamant about watching The Wire based off of everything we've heard.

I'll let you know what I think when I get there, as someone who's watching it post-BrBa.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:44:23 PM »
I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. I was.....alive.

Thank you Vince. I can't help but ponder that this is how I'm going to feel when Berserk ends. Like there's no moving on to something better; the best has ended. Man, what a ride.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:17:37 PM »
This asshole doesn't even deserve to be put in the news forum:

Does Forbes have a satire column? Because this is so ridiculous it's hard to take it as someone's real opinion. The guy quotes Ayn Rand, for pete's sake. All I have to do to dismiss anyone's opinion these days is Ctrl + F "objectivism".  :schierke:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Dexter: Miamiís finest
« on: September 24, 2013, 10:07:40 PM »
Worst Dexter season ever, worst Dexter episode ever. Should have ended after season 5.

Should have ended after Season 4, in my humble opinion. It provided the perfect full-circle display of "This is what happens when you try to live a normal life: tragedy." Every season since then has just been reiterating the same message in weaker forms, and that's before you add in all the crappy writing and plotholes.

Maybe I will just edit the series in my head so that it ends with that scene in the bathroom. Post-Trinity Killer material is more like bad Dexter fanfiction.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 24, 2013, 06:05:38 PM »
I thought this was gold. Poking fun at some of the ridiculous over-analysis the internet does:  :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 23, 2013, 02:22:18 AM »
Honestly very surprised they gave them the Emmy. I was expecting a "Lord of the Rings" style send-off next year, where they basically award the show for its entire existence.   :guts:

But I am okay with this! Season 5a was fantastic, especially after a repeat viewing.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 23, 2013, 01:49:50 AM »
As much as I know deep down that Walt is a terrible person whom I can no longer root for... God Damn, did it feel good to see his resolve rekindled after Gretchen and Elliot dismissed him on TV. Of course they had to distance themselves for their own protection, but it's somewhat reassuring to Walt as a character that his ego has not forgotten Grey Matter. I don't doubt that everything Walt did was for his family - but it was only a secondary goal. First and foremost, it has ALWAYS been about him. Hopefully no one can dispute that now.

Also my heart broke a little when he asked if the vacuum guy would keep him company in exchange for more cash. Now that we're at the series conclusion, I think I just have to admit that this show isn't about how a good person can become bad. It's about how complex human beings are, and you can love them one moment and hate them the other. I don't believe in a "Walt vs Heisenberg" dual personality crap that a lot of the internet subscribes to. I think he's just Walter White, a terribly complicated person. Even in the penultimate episode, when he feels despair, I feel some of it for him.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 16, 2013, 10:05:31 PM »
I would listen to that so fucking hard.  :guts: You gotta convince Aaz to finally watch it.

I just know that 10 years from now, he's finally going to watch it all and come back with "Eh, it was all right."  :iva:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:22:24 AM »
Can we go ahead and give Bryan Cranston the Emmy? This episode might be his best acting yet.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 09, 2013, 02:03:46 AM »
Honestly the only thing that surprised me was that it ended on a cliffhanger with all of the character's fates in question. The entire last 20 minutes played out exactly as if a death or two were going to happen, right down to Hank's phone call to Marie. Very puzzling to me that we have to wait until next week. I was certain Hank would kick it right there, but now I don't know. The pacing's thrown off haha.

But DAMN what an episode. The acting during Walt's car drive to the desert blew me away.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:16:28 AM »
It wasn't a confession but great call.

Looks like I was partially right and....partially right.  :iva: As the episode title definitely fucking referred to something more important than the cliffhanger we were left with last week. Holy shit, I feel like I should have considered the possibility of Walt trying to frame Hank. Kind of a "accuse the other person of lying before they can do the same to you" game strategy, but for some reason I never really thought about it goign down like this. I'm really glad Hank's medical bills are being brought forth as a problem. Him and Marie watching that tape was some of the most uncomfortable and rage-inducing 5 minutes of television I've watched. My girlfriend actually whispered "Walt needs to die. Now."

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:11:25 AM »
So episode S5E11 is named "Confessions", implying more than one truth will come out. Anyone else thinking Jesse will find out what really happened with the ricin? Earlier this year I would have said something like that, if important at all, wouldn't be revealed until the last few episodes. But with the rapid pace of the first two episodes, I'm not sure anymore.

This show is confronting my expectations, and it feels so good again.  :guts:

Video Games / Re: FF 14
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:03:05 PM »
It is nothing like the first incarnation of the game, and I couldn't be happier about that. But they didn't just play it safe and give longtime FFXI fans more of the same either. My biggest obstacle from enjoying either of Square-Enix's MMOs were their clunky interfaces and insistence on being different for the sake of being different. I've been playing closed beta of ARR for a couple months now, and it seems to strike the right balance between unique and a "tried and true" MMO experience. But most importantly, it's just fun to play. I'm also pleased by the maturity of the community so far, mostly guided by the FFXIV subreddit.

I'm really surprised at how much of a good faith effort they're putting into winning fans over after the disaster that was the original FFXIV. I've been reading the blogs and interviews with the producer Naoki Yoshida, and he's exactly the breath of fresh air Square has needed. The guy seems very down to earth, but most importantly, an MMO player himself. I think the game's in good hands - I preordered a few weeks ago.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Attack On Titan
« on: May 18, 2013, 08:02:51 PM »
It's quite good but very overrated. People started calling it a "classic" and "one of the best anime ever made" since the first episode.

Yeah, like I said above, people were going crazy way too early, and there's no way it could have lived up to that hype. But most anime fans haven't read Berserk, and even among those who have, there is a sizable number of people who don't quite "get" it.  :schierke:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Attack On Titan
« on: May 18, 2013, 03:39:11 PM »

Wondering if anyone else here has been watching this show. The manga started in Japan a few years ago, but the anime adaptation just began last month, and it's quickly grabbing everyone's attention.

I don't watch anime often these days, but this is one of two recent series that have actually gotten me excited (The other one being Puella Magi Madoka Magica.) It takes place in a world where humanity has walled itself off into an enormous colony in order to protect itself from gigantic creatures called Titans. For thousands of years they've been safe, but of course we are introduced to the story just as something goes wrong, and the enormously unprepared populace is reminded of what their ancestors were hiding from.

The Titans themselves are very reminiscent of the off-putting, not-quite-human appearance of apostles in Berserk; specifically the crowd that gathers before the Eclipse. There is also another great scene that had me grinning in one of the later episodes, reminding me of a certain blond-haired character. I'll leave it at that.   :guts:

This series was really overhyped by a lot of my friends, so I was skeptical going in until I was finished with the 2nd episode. But really the "pilot" should be considered an hour long episode that was divided into two parts. I was hooked by the time the credits rolled, and I'm really interested to see where this story is going. On a final note, I haven't enjoyed an ending theme to an anime in a long time until this one came along. So catchy!

Anyone else here watching it, or a fan of the manga? Episode 7 should be airing in Japan later today.

Video Games / Re: E3 2013
« on: April 27, 2013, 12:00:29 AM »
My predictions? A focus on "gimmicks" and social media integration, as well as a way to curtail used game sales. I don't believe the xbox rumors will all prove to be true, but I wouldn't be surprised to see our fears manifest in some form with the new console.

E3 just isn't what it used to be - in its current form it is essentially an enormous tradeshow for investors. Mark my words, we're going to be seeing a lot of selling points that internet-savvy gamers are either indifferent about, or outright annoyed with. This is all about the industry trying to convince itself that it can bring about another surge in growth. Whether it ends up being true....

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:54:25 PM »
I don't consider that good news, when July 14th was the previously announced date. We'll have waited roughly a year to see the second half of the final season.
What a joke. I know once it starts, I won't care anymore, but at least for right now, I want a damn 2-hour premiere or finale to make up for the stupid wait.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:25:39 PM »
I'd read from a couple early reviewers that Catelyn's monologue was a "character assassination." Once again, I find myself at odds with book purists, while loving the books myself.
I though the speech was moving, and conveyed exactly what I'd expect as a viewer: That Cat hated Jon's existence passionately, yet felt regret as the fate of her family became more and more dire. Has she been changed a bit from the books? Absolutely. But frankly Book Cat is so boring and detestable, I'm glad. This is an improvement.

Loving the Reeds and Thoros. I wonder if non-readers will change their opinion on Theon as the story moves forward...I definitely did.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:31:01 PM »
Slow first episode, but expected. I'm glad they didn't take time to catch up on EVERY character - we would have really gotten nowhere, like in Season 2's premiere. I much preferred the extra breathing room we got this time.
Anyway the real fun starts next Sunday: Jaime + Brienne, Arya, and more Dany I hope. Her storyline kicks ass this season. Mmmm those Unsullied.

My pick for best scene of the episode by far was: Tywin and Tyrion. I think Charles Dance might be the best casting decision of the series; his contempt was dripping from every word. I cringed.

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