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Vagabond / Re: Official Slam Dunk thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 01:57:22 PM »
Oh man ... these covers look really good. What do you think Walter?

I wonder if they mentioned a re-release in English with the new covers. If it's for the Japanese version only, I don't own the Japanese volumes as yet and maybe picking these up will set them apart from the English ones (?). But it's also more space on a book shelf!! Grrrrrr.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:02:39 PM »
While I'm at it, I also recently saw Annihilation, which is a better-than-average sci-fi movie starring Natalie Portman. Recommended for fans of the genre.

I watched it twice in the theater, the second time was a week apart. I'm always skeptical about calling movies good because of their lasting power and watching it just a week apart, I wasn't bored and actually enjoyed it all the more. Definitely good! Thematically it's like Ex Machina in the way it ended and I appreciated the slowburn beginning leading up to it's darker moments, suspense and the third make-or-break act. Of the 2 sets of friends I went with, some of them either thought the third act was too weird or could've been part of a totally different movie or weren't convinced with the outcome of it but not in a "What do you think happened at the end of Inception?" kind of way. Questions about purpose, motives were discussed instead. So all in all, this was a sure keeper.

Fantastic movie. I don't own physical copies of many movies, but I do have a copy of that one on DVD, and that says a lot about my opinion of it.

Lovely soundtrack and worth keeping on DVD/ BR. The end is visually striking and suffocating at times.

I watched Han Solo last night. There was something basic I wasn't down with - Han. Outside of that character, everyone else and the story was all the action adventure that could be in a Star Wars film. The old formula done well. Great visuals here and there. I was surprised to see a certain someone to appear towards the end of the film. The actor playing Lando (forget his name but he's everywhere ... the Atlanta chap) nailed Lando. Speaking of Marvel fatigue, I felt like I'd just watched another Star Wars movie only to find myself watching this a few months apart. That awe of rushing to see it wasn't there for me personally and I would've gladly waited for it on DVD/ BR if my friends hadn't got me a ticket.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:49:27 PM »
Hereditary comes out next week, here's a trailer for it -

Looks promising and I'm going to have to check it out cos it's made by the folks who did The Witch - a movie I liked through and through.

There were 2 fun movies I hit up that were on Netflix - The Ritual and Creep 2. The Ritual was a bit of a slow burn horror in the woods film following a group of good, old friends. Of course, there's a bit of a disagreement among the group members but that's just surface level of what's going on in the background. The outcome isn't exceptional or surprising but it didn't feel like a waste of time because of some of the visuals and atmospheric moments. Definitely check it out if you can. Creepy 2 was a step up from Creepy ... it's all about jumpscares like the first movie and this takes it up a notch in the weird area. What scared me with the first one was not knowing what the character was capable of or what he'd do or how far he'd go. Knowing all of that and going into the sequel I was afraid it might not click but the movie still managed to connect thematically and up the ante a bit.

Also hit up The Endless in April which was a lot of fun -

The protagonist's are two brothers who go back to a UFO death cult when they receive a video from the cult. They'd left the cult about 10 years ago and the younger brother really wants to go back and check it out - for closure. They go back to find some old friends and things get weird as time passes on. If you're interested, there's an easter egg if you're familiar with the writer/ director's other movies ; )

EDIT - got tickets for Hereditary for next Tuesday, should be fun.

Video Games / Atari VCS
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:03:34 PM »
I took the plunge and pre-ordered the Atari VCS console. I got the regular black version by itself and a set of remote controls because it was the cheapest option in the campaign.

They have 2 consoles offered - the black regular version called Onyx (comes with a 30ish% discount if bought by itself) and the Collector's version (front wooden like look for the panel).

It's currently available through an Indiegogo page -

I haven't kept in touch with the gaming market or insights and I'm curious to know why Atari would go through an Indiegogo for such a release ... which kinda seems to me as something that would be popular and would garner enough orders or pre-orders on its own.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:51:38 PM »
I was in DC this past weekend and on my way back, I was bored and downloaded a couple of games on my phone. I'm not big on gaming on the phone because I never had a good or powerful phone, always running out of battery. Couple of months ago I picked up a refurbished iPhone 7s and it's been holding up pretty well (so far atleast!). Two hours in I got stuck and started getting dizzy in the backseat. Frustrated, I looked for other popular free games and picked up WeavetheLine ... loving that one!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:39:53 PM »
Thanks for the link Sareth, order placed. Last week I finally got my package for episode 354.

I'm with you Walter on staying spoiler-free ^_^. I'm gonna wait for Aaz's post with the summary and dive into reading the episode.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:41:41 PM »
Oouff, the Shining is one of my favorite films and easily in my top 5 most replayed films but I dunno if I'd be able to handle the soundtrack while isolated on an island, I very well may go crazy. :ganishka: On its own merits though, it is a wonderful soundtrack.

Definitely, it's one of those that sounds great with or without the film playing in your head.

I was never a Megadeth fan when I first dove into metal primarily because of (and as silly as it sounds) this group of guys who loved them and I hated their guts. So if they liked Megadeth or Tool or Iron Maiden or whatever else, I just wasn't gonna listen to it. And years went by and I still haven't listened to a Megadeth records from beginning to end. I guess if there was one definitive Megadeth album, which one would it be? I'll need to do some reading on this topic in my downtime to catch up with the discussion ^_^.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:29:16 PM »
Walter's list surprised me and equally fun was seeing yours, Griffith.

You've probably noticed a pattern here... I love liberal use of the ellipsis. :carcus:
WOW! Has the black album fallen out of favor? Well NOW YOURE UNNNFORGIVVVENNN 222222222222222-


My favorite Pantera would be Far Beyond Driven but when I first heard of Pantera and managed to trade cassettes to finally get a complete set (with the exception of Reinventing), I'd gravitate to Vulgar Display Of Power because of the powerhouse Mouth For War and A New Level which is think is their best one-two punch opening songs across all albums.

This's one hard list to make because it's albums from anywhere ... EP's, full lengths, soundtracks, splits. Sigh, lets try this ... first draft in no order

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Raison d'etre - The Empty Hollow Unfolds
2001: A Space Odyssey movie soundtrack
The Shining movie soundtrack
AKIRA soundtrack - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Incantation - Diabolical Conquest
My Dying Bride - As The Flower Withers
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Immolation - Failures for Gods
Evoken - Antithesis of Light

Choosing was oouuufff ... rough.

Berserk Merchandise / Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
They announced through their Facebook/Twitter -]

Guts et sa mythique dragonslayer arrivent à grands pas dans votre collection... Voici un aperçu de notre prochaine statue Berserk. À l'échelle 1/6, ce projet marque le début d'une gamme de statues basée sur la licence. Nous vous l'avions déjà précisé mais nous mettons absolument tout notre savoir-faire dans cette pièce. Tous les détails, aussi infimes soient-ils, seront poussés au maximum. Qu'il s'agisse de métal, tissu, peau... ou autre? L'attente semble longue mais nous vous assurons que vous aurez rarement vu une statue 1/6 aussi ambitieuse.
Et nous avons extrêmement hâte de vous la dévoiler!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »
HUmm weird indeed. But they do warn us (well at least in my e-mail) that it can take up from 2 to 6 weeks to get here and in extreme cases up to 3 months. I received ep352 a week or so after pre-ordering ep353. (I hope for you that it did not get lost in the mail. I know I would be pissed about that, and tbh I was starting to be a bit scared when it got to 6 weeks of waiting.)

Where do you live?

New York. I used to hit up the local Kinokuniya before but I've been tied up with work and I traveled a bit in the last quarter of 2017 resulting in not being able to order a copy from em. I've been checking YJA to see if I can buy it but it's a bit of a hassle. So I'd rather buy from CDJapan and spend a little more for the convenience.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:55:16 PM »
I'm going to Black Panther tonight. Zero expectations.

On that note, I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok, and after hearing for months it's this great, super fun flick among the best Marvel has ever done... it was alright. It didn't take itself seriously at all, but that kind of undermined all the cool stuff in it, because visually it's a treat that doesn't seem to have boundaries for better and for worse, so it's basically an animated comedy with no emotional core (other than the obligatory crescendo moments it doesn't even buy into). Here's hoping Panther takes itself at least seriously enough to have a little internal gravity.

I thought the new Thor was OK too, nothing special to talk about outside of the fact that some fight scenes were done well. They made it a lot more colorful than previous Thor movies, sort of akin to the Guardians treatment. Most jokes/ supposedly funny situations felt flat.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:51:41 PM »
Thanks for the link, Sareth.

Thx! Preorder done.  :guts: (still waiting for the January issue  :ganishka: )

It's pretty weird I didn't get the issue carrying episode 352 yet but I received the one with 353.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hola
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:12:25 PM »
Welcome aboard nightmare, feel free to use all of the community's extensive resources - you've come to the right place. Enjoy your time on the board!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:15:15 PM »
Just started Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:55:23 PM »
Just got my issue today, man it's glorious. It'll take a while to fully appreciate it, now onto listening to the pod on it ^_~

Thanks for the summary puella and Aaz!

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:26:22 PM »
I may have watched the first or the first two episodes of the second season and didn't get to finishing it. It's a weird predicament I find myself in where I love Berserk but I didn't watch or consume something Berserk related that was out there for me to consume, if that makes sense. The first season was a frustrating, disappointing watch.

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:30:59 PM »
Skull Knight On Horse II was sold yesterday to a person outside the forum, not sure if he's a member but he has friends on the forum. The day he was informed the statue was available, he picked it up. Quick to deal with. I've updated the topic to reflect the same.

This statue was initially put On Hold by SK member Kuiyingleung who has 1 post on the forum. This was on 12/21. After follow ups, he emailed me on Jan 02 saying - "Hi morning and happy new year, sorry for the late reply, I will send you the funds today..." indicating he would pay on Jan 02. Since neither payment nor any communication was received from his end, I sent him a reminder on Jan 04 to let me know if he was interested or give me an update on payment by end of day Jan 05. I also indicated to him that I would let the SK community know of our communication. There has been no response since his email to me on Jan 02.

The intent of being transparent with the forum to caution you if you are communicating/ dealing with Kuiyingleung. Currently he has one post, where he has expressed his interest in purchasing SK On Horse (Back-lighting).

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:14:55 PM »
Their two player games were really fun with this bunch or friends, decent selection for crowds I'd think ... but nobody was prepared for controllers to be dropped or thrown cos of game rage ... my friend wouldn't budge with Contra III and an hour later, he finally got to the first stage's boss and died at the same time as beating the boss. He was not pleased, not one bit. It was funny to watch.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Board games?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:31:14 PM »
Having played Pandemic twice now, it's a decent game with enough action and it's a bit different because it's the game against you or the players. So there's a bit of co-conspiring to try to beat the game. I find it a little boring because there's less of what you ideally want to do if everything is a group decision (ya know?).

Haven't played Monopoly since I was a teen and recently played + enjoyed it a lot. A friend was given the Stranger Things themed game and whatever you do, I recommend buying property at Steve's Pool. Every goddamn round a bunch of us would somehow land on that slot. Another hot target is buying any property that comes after Jail because anyone headed to Jail would hit those up again.

Scythe was a lot of fun to play because of it's depth. It's a bit of a slow burn in the beginning because you have to set the base for all your actions later on. Earning 'popularity' is key and the more you have, the more influence you have in the game. I like the strategic side of the game. Getting the rules right the first time was a bit of a task. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:16:52 PM »
On New Years Eve we played a few games on a friend's SNES Classic - Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Mario Kart (gave me motion sickness cos I wasn't used to seeing pixels move that fast), Super Ghouls and Ghosts and Contra III.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:46:40 PM »
Cool postcard illustration, thanks for sharing Kaladin.

Happy new year everyone!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:44:13 PM »
You're very welcome! Happy Holidays! :guts: It cracked me up because you had "some of Puck's elf dust you have stashed in your room" on your suggestion list and I just so happened to have this little bottle tucked away in a dresser drawer (had it for years). It was too funny a coincidence not to send it. :ganishka: The red tassle thing is a good luck charm for the New Year, which is the year of the dog. :serpico: So Happy New Year in advance!

It took me a good 3 or 4 seconds for it to register... I had that gift preference since year 1 and forgot about it :ganishka:. Lovely surprise JMP! And thanks for everything, really. Happy New Year in advance to you too.

I want to thank Incantation from the bottom of my heart. In the Mood for Love has been a movie that I've been wanting to see for a long, long time. Riki-Oh is an absolute masterpiece and I love the hell out of it.

I want to also thank you for the awesome snacks. These all look tasty and I look forward to munching on these while I enjoy the movies.

You're an awesome guy. Thank you thank you thank you. And double-thank you for the kind message you wrote. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and have an amazing Schnoz Day!

:farnese: ... phew, I'm glad it's been on your list for a while and now you can enjoy it ^_^. DOUBLE PHEW! Enjoy the snacks! They're some of my favorites from home. Sorry your package arrived in the final week.

Klinky, that's one helluva sculpt :isidro:

Glad to hear you're doing okay Branded.

Thank You everyone who participated this year for sending your presents on time and for keeping the tradition alive for yet another year. Massive thank you to Grail for all the help and the amazing postcard.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:04:18 AM »
Work has been crazy this year because we were and still are perpetually short staffed and so, this is a late update to something that happened end of September. And it was a bumpy ride in the beginning.

My first issue was getting a Schengen visa which was massively delayed because it required a ticket (bought in January) and a complete travel itinerary. One of the members of the group was assigned that task and it finally got done end of July. It took 6 months for whatever reason but I scrambled to the Italian Consulate's website to bag an interview and grabbed the earliest date - 09/10/2017 - I was still fine because I was going to travel in the 3rd week of September. When the day drew near I realized the date was in EU format aka dd/mm/yyyy and they'd given me a date after my entire trip was to be done! So I got some help with booking hotels and tickets to create a different itinerary that I then took to the Spanish consulate and got the visa a mere week before I was supposed to travel. Things were suddenly looking good till we landed in Milan.

My advice is the less time you spend in Milan, the better. Enjoy :)

Nighty, you were right - Milan was a bit of a bore. One of the things that struck me as we taxied it from the airport to our AirBnb was how stylish everyone on the street looked. Men on bicycles in suits, on their way to work or lunch in the afternoon and women (old or young didn't matter) on motorcycles or bicycles in chic attire. Our apartment was a 25 minute walk from the Duomo, so that's the first thing we visited on Day 1.

Massive and long. The square across from it was filled with people - locals and tourists and reminded me of how crowded it is in Times Square. We walked a fair bit to get to a restaurant for dinner and ended the night that way. Both lunch and dinner were a bit of a let down. I was determined to have as much pasta or pizza I could.

Our next day, we took the train to Lake Como which was the best thing we did on our stay in Milan. The train ride was under an hour and it gave you access to a small town you could explore. There were other towns a 15/ 20 min walk away and you could get to it by a scenic path overlooking this not only massive but gorgeous lake.

Thinking about it for this post makes me want to go back. Every such town has access to boats and ferries that take you to certain towns. We took the ferry to a town called Bellagio and spent the rest of the day there, watched the sun go down and took the ferry back so we could hop on the train back to Milan. I wish we could've stayed someplace close to the lake and could've spent more time visiting small towns like Bellagio. Bellagio was extremely touristy, filled with local shops, narrow lanes and steep stairs/ paths, shops you could tell had been there for years.

The next day we tried to get inside the Duomo but there was a big queue for tickets and another queue with people waiting outside it to get access. Instead we hit up a McDonalds because heck, I needed to try and compare their breakfast sandwich with what we got here. What surprised me was their McCafe/ dessert selection - was this real?! It puts a US franchise to shame. We also took the subway which was a good experience and wish we'd used it more to travel within Milan. Cleaner, wider and peppier than a NY subway for sure.

We scrambled and almost didn't make the train to our next city - Florence. Travel tip - while in Milan, do not wait for cabs or use cab apps - use the public transport like trams or the subway instead or you're not going to make it in time wherever you're off to. We ran with our bags, up the stairs and what not, I thought it was funny.

I really liked Florence especially because, for the first time on the trip, we had food we were wow'd by and while Milan reminded me too much of New York city (big city life), Florence breathed history.

Sounds like a lot of fun, man! I hope you have a lovely trip! I don't know much about Milan, but for your time in Florence, I hope you have time to check out the Uffizi Gallery. It really is worth any time you can spend there.

Thanks for the tip cos I did make it to the gallery and it's huuuuuuuuge. Honestly it would take more than a day to filly appreciate it. Unfortunately there wasn't a lot of time because we were in a big group and there were things everyone wanted to do, so time management wasn't the most optimal. Another thing about traveling - try not to travel in bigger groups unless everyone is OK with doing their own thing. Being my first trip and not having cellular service, I stuck with the group I was with and we did everything mostly together.

Our AirBnb was a 20 min walk from the train station and about 40ish mins away from the center of the city. There's a leather market that's pretty decent and behind it, a food court with excellent food. It had such a cool industrial vibe to it. The main city is such a contrast - you see an old building, cathedral and across from it you see expensive shopping stores like Hugo Boss and so forth. Street were packed. We hit the Ufizi gallery, climbed up the tower that had 400+ steps to the top (boy were the steps and passages narrow, steep and bloody claustrophobic ... screw the view at the top *joking*). My pals were excited for the painting of Venus, while I was keen on checking out the more gruesome art.

2 days in Florence and we took the train to our last stop - Cinque Terre but we lived someplace else, I forgot what it was called. Cinque Terre was going to be a 10 min cab ride to a 30 min train ride away. Cabs were hard to get, so hard that you couldn't call them in advance, it had to be when you needed it and if there's a shortage, you leave a voice message and wait for them to call you back. Our AirBnb was the most impressive though because we somehow got to be at a 400 year old cottage that had a gorgeous view of the port/ ocean. Of course we weren't going to be home all day to enjoy the view, such a shame really.

The beds though ... lets just say we could really tell the house was 400 years old. Our first day we had there was half a day, so we walked around, grabbed some food and called it a night. We planned to spend all of the next day at Cinque Terre and again, that place needed more than just a day, maybe two at the very least. The local train takes you through the place and every train stop is a small town you can explore. We explored 2 towns and part of the group explored a 3rd town. Our final stop on the train was to a town by the beach and it was clear, beautiful water. Some were prepared with their swim suits and I had no idea anyone even planned on getting in the water. So tempted I was that I got in in just my boxer briefs. And I'm glad I did cos I spent the next hour and a half in the water - floating around and swimming. It was one of those surreal times you're in the water and you see lush green hills/ mountains in front of you with cute, colored homes/ cottages. At about 4, three of us decided to hike up to the next town. It was supposed to be a 2 hour hike and we'd meet the rest of the group who wanted to spend more time in the water at 6. We got a little off track and ended up going on a strenuous 3 hour one way, no path hike in dying light to a church that overlooked the ocean.

The next day we wouldn't have made our train if it wasn't delayed by 15 mins. Our last day was all travel. Cinque Terre -> Milan -> New York. I dove into work the next day and had two weeks of busy, stressful days till my next trip - a 3 week visit back home.

Have fun on your trip, Incantation! I won't ask you to do it, but if you run into any fashion models in Milan I won't complain if you give them my number.  :carcus:

I didn't quite run into fashion models per say but I will say that the crowd were generally extremely good looking in Milan and Florence. For next time, we shall plan it in a way I won't need to give them you number because you'll be there ^_~

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:20:47 AM »
Sicario 2 trailer -

Ready Player One trailer played before Star Wars and it looked like it was a movie on visual crack -

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