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Are you excited for the return of the eclipse and the god hand?

If it means having a chance encounter with  :SK:, sure I'll be there.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:43:42 PM »
That is EXACTLY why I watched it ASAP. Even basic one sentence plot synopses being casually tossed around out there threatened spoilers, and I saw the exact same thumbnails you're talking about online yesterday. Sorry man, that's, I mean, it may not be what it seems... or is it!? :isidro: :carcus:

Actually, I had what I thought was a major spoiler going in, which precipitated my viewing, and was playing the same game with my expectations, "It might be wrong, IDK!" and it actually turned out to be untrue. So, you never know.
Haha yeah! The part that I got spoiled on was the very last scene of the episode, which turned out to be an accurate spoiler.

A few co-workers loved the episode, calling it the best of the season so far. When episode 4 came out, they had a similar reaction. I'm noticing a trend where anything action related gets a favorable nod among my co-workers. I actually like the parts where people are scheming or in weird predicaments which are too many to list. I've been wanting to re-watch the first 4 or 5 seasons for that exact reason but going through Danny's scenes again is whats been holding me back :puck:

I liked last nights episode, flaws and all because things are moving and I think that's the tone of this season. Everything's moving so fast and I've surrendered to the notion that it just isn't possible with the time characters have. Like in this episode, first how did Gendry even know his way back and he got there in amazing time. The raven sped real quick to Danny who got back in no time too. If that's the case, it seems like those white walkers have been marching or futzing around in circles all this time. How did Jon get out and not freeze or where did those big chains come from? I did like Tormund's dialog and the conversation Tyrion had with Danny.

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:17:35 PM »
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:14:59 PM »
I'm not going to have the time to watch it before Sunday night, going away for a bit this weekend starting tonight. Dangit. I did get spoiled about a certain blue~y thing when the episode leaked because at the time, when I woke up, I casually logged into news and an article came up with the spoiling thumbnail (gif) of it happening. DANGIT.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello All!
« on: August 18, 2017, 05:10:42 PM »
Welcome to the forums and hope you have a good time on here. Some of us do have non-Berserk avatars, like Aaz.

Feel free to check out the SkullKast's (podcasts) where the Admins chat about Berserk episodes upon their release, breaking it down. The SkullKast's are also currently in the middle of a re-read of the series which is a definitive breakdown of Berserk, rich in information. Feel free to look up certain topics using the Search function if you're in the need for information on characters, situations or theories that members may have had in the past/ present.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 14, 2017, 03:20:12 PM »
I agree with the issues of how time flowed in this episode (even Jorah finding his way so fast) or the last few episodes. It feels like everyone's riding some dragon at this point. This episode - weakest this season.

Episode high points - Randyll Tarly's the man, standing ground on what he believed in. Tyrion-Varys conversation. Jaime's conflict in picking sides and taking shit from Cersei (again).

Low points - Everything Sam related this season, could be due to poor writing - like how he grabs random scrolls in the dark (whatever's in reach) with the hope to find some information out of all those books or scrolls, etc. or his confident approach with Jorah before. I like Davos but I'd have liked to see more dialog from the Tyrion-Jaime encounter compared to more screen time given to 2 foot soldier's chatting up a Davos who's got jokes. Little things like that, disappointed. Also, that's a pretty dumb idea to go beyond the wall with 6-8 people to go find a white walker, risking a fight with an army of them. Didn't make a lot of sense.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:28:32 PM »
I'm mildly enjoying this season with it's flaws here and there, more evident because of the writing. The pacing feels a bit weird but I won't lie - seeing some characters interact or finally meet after extensive periods is cool to watch. This last episode though ... spoilers ahead - I couldn't get to terms with how quickly Dany + Dothrakhi army got to Highgarden that quick. Drogon's a bit of an idiot to let that second spear injure him after he had a warning shot. I had a similar problem with accepting that successful surgery Sam performed on Jorah, who's suddenly cured ... how did he not die from all that swish squish kabish? The final moments of episode 2 made the episode worth watching.

Also, Go Euron.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:38:49 PM »
Good input from the members who posted above, props to you all you mates.

Thanks for asking Walter and for giving us a chance to be participants (of the process) even as listeners.

To me, the re-read podcasts function as Admins (and the occasional bonus participants) laying the smackdown in a one time only, special analysis of the series, where there’s an in depth view of past episodes and volumes. I'd be lying if I said there were moments where I didn't think of a certain implication the way I thought it played out or a scene's significance or the expression when someone said something or an instance foreshadowed, etc. till the podcasts shed light on it. There were moments, I as a reader, knew of beforehand or from reading the forums over the years when a member would ask a question and it’s clarified by Walter, Aaz, Griff but with the page by page analysis there's also talk of certain misconceptions of a particular moment that are addressed and squashed which I love. The re-read analysis is such a good source for anyone if they have the time to listen to it versus doing a forum search and going through topics. It's rich in information on a different level, with a personal touch. The analysis on the first 3 volumes were some of the best in the series of re-reads because not a lot of people or new fans discuss it, they’d have questions of more recent scenarios or theories.

Then again, I realize in the real world it's hard to make the time to create the content and we all have lives outside the forum. It would be selfish of me to say “I want this or that” when I'm the guy simply clicking on the podcast button and consuming it - whether it's on the go or while I cook (when I often listen to older favorite pods), etc. To create this level of content takes massive effort. So as a fan of the series, the quality of the content that's being given to us and of the members in the podcast, I'm just glad to hear you guys talk Berserk, movies. I’ll leave the way you discuss it up to you and trust me when I say, I’ll be more than happy with the direction the Admins choose moving forward *thumbs up*.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:45:30 PM »
Don't burn me at the stake to this, but it's thanks to the 2016+ adaptations...

Well, I never actually watched them, but I was motivated to read the manga due to all the comments about how Berserk "deserves a better adaptation" and whatnot. So I thought, why not try it? So I did. Now I'm here, wishing I had waited for it to be over so I wouldn't have to suffer the long waits with the rest of ye...

I think that this is really one of the few things good about the 2016-2017 adaptations. Regardless of their quality, they do give exposure to the series and also provide a way for the fans of the manga to express their love for it to more people, by contributing to episode discussions and making memes or whatever. Obviously Berserk should get an adaptation worthy of its name, but at least the current adaptations DO increase the chances of more people learning about the series. Though, if they were actually good they would probably attract even more people to the series...

No shame in admitting it, the silver lining is that you're here now and you can differentiate + appreciate the story depicted in the manga. This sort of situation was briefly discussed in the introduction of most recent SkullKast (

Be sure to support Berserk by purchasing the manga and enjoy the ride dude. 

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:01:16 PM »
Thanks for the podcast guys, enjoyed this one a lot.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:54:09 PM »
:ganishka: ... that last act saved the episode from being one cheesy mess (sorry Jorah).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:01:14 PM »
Trailer for The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) with Fassbender, JK Simmons, Chloe Sevigny (stopped watching around the 1 min mark cos I was afraid there'd be massive spoilers like most trailers today) -

Trailer for The Shape Of Water, directed by Del Torro with Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins (trailer gives away too much) -

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:57:54 PM »
Yeah m, it's pretty tricky. I wasn't sure myself whether I should buy it or not. I'd be buying it for the art in the cover (of young Grunbeld) and the illustrations within. Can't translate the written text, so there's no incentive when it comes to reading it and if isn't written by Miura then I'm not really interested in the text. Walter raised valid points in his discussion on the previous page. As of now, I'm on the bend whether to own it or not.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:41:35 PM »
Looks good! I like how the brand sits at the bottom of the frame.

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:36:59 PM »
Lalla's work on this commission was amazing and he's done a second variant to Kai's head sculpt (I think I have pictures of this). That head sculpt by Kai Studio was hard to find back in the day, I tried to get it when I first saw it but couldn't. Kai also did two variants of Kojiro and a young Musashi. I'll post picture sets of these soon.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 27, 2017, 03:22:54 PM »

It was a week or two weeks ago that I watched a trailer for a movie called Flatliners coming out this year, decent concept I thought ... trailer here - I'd shared it with a friend and she mentioned this looked like a remake or the sequel of the original from the 90's. I hadn't seen or heard of it and finally watched it. To be honest, for that time ... this looked, felt pretty decent. Predictable but not in an unpleasant way. The movie's about a Med student wanting to know 'what's there beyond death ... is there anything people see/ experience or is there nothing'. He enlists three friends to help him with his experiment, which is basically to flatline for a certain amount of time and then be brought back to life.

The look of the film and the cast (typical of the 90's where half of them can't act - case in point Billy Baldwin) were sort of refreshing to watch for a change versus star-studded casts of todays movies. Dark but not as dark as it's contemporary Darkman or Jacob's Ladder. Big year for Kevin Bacon (with this, Tremors) and Julia Roberts (this and Pretty Woman). Have to admit that I prefer The Lost Boys over this one for the Joel Schumacher-Sutherland partnership.


Last weekend I had the choice to either watch Despicable Me 3 or Baby Driver and I was in the mood for both.

Baby Driver was 10 or 15 minutes too long but it bloody ruled. It's about a genius driver who has one last job and when he thinks it's all over, fresh start and all, he gets pulled back in and it goes from there. The film's amazing on every technical level - acting (main lead is a perfect fit), cinematography, action scenes, editing + music (bonkers). The entire movie is like a mix-tape with awesome wit and synchronicity between actions, gestures and the music. It's all about matching the rhythm with every scene. Definitely checking this out again when it releases on blu ray and can't recommend it enough, it's up there with the best action movie to come out this year. Watch it guys. Had to look up who worked on this other than Edgar Write and the stunt director is a chap who also worked on John Wick, Drive and the Bourne movies.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 26, 2017, 03:06:34 PM »
Skeleton and Griffith :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:59:27 PM »

The Big Sick was a charming, funny and heartfelt Rom-com inspired by the real life experiences of Kumail and his girlfriend at the time. Especially enjoyed the small details in the whole 'arranged marriage' scenario and how well or true it's depiction is and the family pressures/ expectations that come from it. Recommended and I'll watch it again in a couple of months on a boring afternoon.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 88
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:28:45 PM »
Loved the flow of the podcast and the fun everyone had with the talk of the Grunbeld novel. Missed Griffith on this one but Gobs was a good bonus, well done Gobs (!) and good job everyone.

Especially liked the part where the discussion was about the design of the forests and that of the creatures. I think what Aaz said about the bold choice struck a chord with me and brought me back to visuals from the Eclipse and so forth and how, like he said, if Guts were given a chance to go into her mind, he would've seen something incredibly similar/ the same visuals. So in that sense, there's no disconnect between something Miura wrote many years ago to what's portrayed in the episodes today - it highlights the depth and brilliance of his story and his art.

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:58:08 PM »
Serpico (non bloody version) was sold to Amigokw on 06/16, shipped on 06/20 and delivered on 06/22. I've updated the topic to reflect the same.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:49:32 PM »
Thanks Raffo~ngetsu (combo attack!) for those previews.

Also, those monster designs... forget "phallic" resemblance, those are some straight up anthropomorphized penises with penis arms (I'm surprised they don't have penis fingers=)! Not to mention the Golem choking them out. Miura's not beating around the bush. :carcus:

Freakish looking indeed.

Can't wait to read the entire episode to get a fuller sense of the forest and it's design, with all those sharp pointy things protruding from the ground making it hard to walk or move during battle.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:41:12 PM »
Thanks a ton Sareth, can't wait to read this new episode.

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:50:27 PM »
Using this space to post updates for anything new in the kits/ statues/ figures.

Just found out about three 1/6 Action Figures by Wolf King/ Vivid Doll for Musashi, Kojiro and the one I'm most excited about - Baiken! I especially love this clothing and likeness. They're priced between $93-100 (USD) and they're 12 inches tall, which makes them totally worth it. Wish I found out sooner because Musashi and Kojiro are out of stock in some places I checked. Pictures below -




Some shots of them together

Bit of an update ...

Last night I watched the first 3 of The Handmaiden's Tale. Thought it was decent with it's slow moving plot. What I like is the music but after a point, the main brooding theme gets overused a bit much. I think I'll follow through watching all of this first season.

I think the season ended last week, I'm playing catch-up and am two episodes short of it. My impression of the show hasn't changed - it's decent and the ideas are dark but I also feel like the plot moves slow and there's that small bit that's lacking to make it an overall good show. It's decent, don't get me wrong and I love most of the acting (Elizabeth Moss, Strahovski who has this constant look of sadness + resentment, Joseph Fiennes who's a bit understated and regal~esque) and soundtrack, it's just the pace at which is plot moves episodically.

Anyone watching American Gods? It's been 2 weeks since my laptop died and another 2 for my new one to arrive. So I'll binge on howmuchever of the show is out by then. My friend who recommended and lent me his book a few years ago (which I then read) said it was top notch. So I'm pretty stoked about it.

Finally caught up on this one and it's good! The first 2 episodes I found a bit jarring from the perspective of viewers who hadn't read the book and knew what was happening. But it's atmospheric thanks to Bryan Fuller. If you were a fan of Hannibal (the TV series), I recommend checking this out.


Season 4 of Silicon Valley finished this past weekend and it didn't disappoint. The show continues to evolve characters with every season and I think the acting went up a notch in this outing. A solid and consistent 8 or 9/10 is what I'd give it thus far.

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