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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:20:16 PM »
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 was ok.  I'm a big fan of this movie tv series Marvel has built the last 10 years, but this one especially is feeling like those late episodes with more filler than even I want before the finale. 

There's a good movie in there, but Gunn writing this solo, too much feels like he tried too hard. Did you like Groot, Rockets quips, the one liners?   Cause this has them doubled up in a way that felt too reminiscent to AOU.  I would say GOTG2 is slightly better than that.  Kurt Russels Ego was great.  The emotions were more feely than the first, but even then over half of the movie gave me that "get on with it" numbing bore.

I watched it last night and thought it was a solid 6 with it's failings being it was now too self aware of what worked in the first film. I liked the first film more. Speaking of positives, Yondu, Ego, Judge Dredd and Mantis were characters I enjoyed more than the others. It was also weird how the jokes through the movie didn't resonate or fell flat on me with the exception of a few instances and didn't help how Groot was now met with a bunch of 'awwww's every single time the character was on screen. Movie going experience aside, I enjoyed the bad guy but spoiler ahead - the way Starlord uses those powers in the end with no effort or training against someone who's part of the planet and is doing this for a million years was honestly rubbish and unconvincing. I've gotten past the silliness of the dance-off in the first movie but this was nonsensical. BUT, hey, it's what it is and the movie worked for a lot of audience members or pals I went to watch it with. I also wonder how this pushes the story of the infinity stone or any galaxy guarding or whatever else forward. We get a bit of the guarding part in the beginning of the film.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:04:47 PM »
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].

157 million copies as of January 2017 per an article I'd read earlier this year ^_^.

The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.

You'll hear a second reference on that show's Aloha version/ season, giving nod to another character from Slam Dunk :slan:. It took me by surprise as well when it happened in a "Whoa, COOL!" way.

Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

You articulated what I've been feeling so well. Anyone new I meet who talks anime or manga with me don't really know of Vagabond, even if they've been watching anime or reading for the last 7-8 years ... or in the last decade to play it safe. Sometimes they look at my phone sticker or wallpaper and ask where I got it from, you know. It's unfortunate and it almost makes me want to wish I was carrying a volume or two on me so I could put to paper what I was describing to them. It's also a little disheartening to see some of his art in the last 2 volumes drop (while other details are still great like backgrounds or the plot which I know is slow and has been met with criticism but I still enjoy the melancholy and the struggle of Musashi at this point in the story), and can't help but compare it with how Miura's art is not on still on point but gets better or might I add, pushes the envelope with every volume. I'd love for Inoue to get back to focusing on REAL or Vagabond on a daily so ideas/ art/ everything else comes back to him seamlessly without much of a struggle or writer's block.


You're talking about Terrace House on Netflix, aren't you :farnese: and yeah I thought that was a cool, funny little reference, too. Slam Dunk is mentioned a few times on that show, including by a model who apparently reads it in her spare time.

Goddamnit Walter, you beat me to it and I was keeping it a bit of a secret for his sake. But we're all in on it!! :farnese:

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:04:28 PM »
Maybe we should organize Musashi and Kojiro Basketball clubs in Japan and solicit Inoue to draw illustrations of what the mascots of these two teams dueling might look like to promote the big game! :carcus:

:ganishka: aye aye! He was briefly in the US for a Lakers game couple of months ago ^_^. Ohhh yeah, he was also the brand ambassador to the Gaudi exhibition and took trips to visit Gaudi's works a few years ago before releasing the Pepita art book and two companion, smaller sized books.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:24:24 PM »

Blade Runner 2049 trailer. Looks awesome. Roger Deakins cinematography looks amazing.

Here for the trailer. Just watched it and if anything, I'll go see it for the visuals.

Watched the first
Saul, Silicon Valley and Fargo came back, but The Leftovers last season is trumping all in both drama and comedy. Hard to believe how one of the few shows/movies to deal with grief well (most media do it so badly), has also become one of the funniest, just the intro to the latest ep, had me cackling like a mad man.

Been meaning to check out The Leftovers. Will have to now that you recommend it.

First episode of Silicon Valley's new season was decent with it's usual for every victory, there's a downer kinda theme. Didn't know Fargo started!

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.


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.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:21:46 PM »
I was also surprised that they didn't cut this part of the story too short, since there wasn't a lot of action. I'm shocked to say it, but had the episode been traditionally animated, it would have kind of been fun to watch...! :magni: God, I feel dirty just saying it.

Oooooo ... glad to know.

I'd been on the fence whether to watch it weekly or not ... but I decided to marathon the season once it was completed. I subscribed to CrunchyRoll around the time the season began and streamed the first 3 episodes weekly in the background, without watching it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: April 26, 2017, 08:30:51 PM »
It's Alien Day today and they released a Prologue to Alien: Covenant which I actually didn't mind watching -

I like the throwback to the original soundtrack in the trailer and Shaw's face has this uncanny resemblance to Ripley's. They've been giving out a lot of information the past few weeks and I see it on my feed but I haven't seen it. From here on, I'll go straight to see it on the big screen.

Guessing there'll be some chat about it, shall we make another thread for it? Or merge it with Prometheus and call it 'Prometheus, Covenant chat'.

Finally a movie for Invincible announced. It's my all-time favorite American comic, so I'm really looking forward to what they cook up.

Outside of myself and Incantation, I'm not sure anyone else reads the series here. It's written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and it's arguably one of the best superhero comics ever. I recommend it to anyone.

Aaah nice! Didn't know they were coming out with one. This should be interesting.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:55:14 PM »
That exchange between Guts and Serpico was ... immense. I've gone back to reading it again and again and it's hard not to get emotional by it. Something tells me Roderick isn't going to get to die the way he wants to if or when it happens.

As always, thank you very much Puella and Aaz! I can't wait to land the entire episode in the mail and read the translation when it comes out in due time. Also waiting on the last episode to arrive in the mail.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:02:56 PM »
Greetings boys and ghouls! I've got a new group of horror movie reviews to share with you so grab your crotches because I'm going to scare your balls off.
:ganishka: That's awesome!

The Conjuring 2 was pretty bad.

I'm currently watching Annabelle so I guess I shouldn't review it yet, but so far so suck.

I also watched The Midnight Meat Train which I actually really liked.

Yesterday I watched Lights Out which I thought was good and creepy as fuck.

It Follows. It's incredible.
Agree with everything you said above.

Skeleton, I recommend you check out The Void (saw this last weekend and was meaning to write about it), Raw, The Wailing (stick till the end), The Eyes Of My Mother, and if you're a Kiyoshi Kurosawa fan - Creepy (to me, it marks his return to form and I finally got to watch it earlier this year ... more of a Thriller though). IT Follows came out last year ... so I'd also recommend Green Room if you haven't seen it yet.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:11:21 PM »
For die-hard fans such as myself, anything less than the movie proper is a teaser.
Ahahaha, cool beans! I think this'll be the last video I watch before actually watching the film cos I don't want to get spoiled.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:36:11 PM »
Neat poster.

Watched it on mute cos I'm at work but it looks decent. There's some drama, action, explosions, running, BB, sabers. When it finished, I though to myself "Ok, I'm gonna have to watch the first one again before diving into this one ..." but the next moment, I figured I didn't have to. Episode VII didn't click with me to the extent that I feel the need to watch it a third time. I watched it again this past December after a year of it's release and it felt flat.

The video is over 2 mins long, why call it a teaser?!

Hi Sweval, nice write up.

Brett is an engineering technician and is the first crew member to encounter and be killed by the full grown Xenomorph. Brett is rather stupid and easily one of the least likeable of the crew.
Brett whipped up some cattle prods and nets to capture the alien, I wouldn't think that would classify him as 'rather stupid'.

Lambert is the umm, actually Iím not sure what Lambertís job is aboard the ship, she might be the communications officer of the helmsman someone feel free to correct me.
She's actually the ships navigator.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
^ that's gorgeous.

Below is a recent drawing by Inoue for the Kumamoto International Manga Festival.

Buying / Selling / Re: Berserk Konami Miura Autograph Cards for Sale
« on: March 16, 2017, 04:07:19 AM »
Holy shit dude, that's INSANE. Good luck with the sale. If you're a prospect buyer and you're reading this, Tirade is extremely recommended to transact with.

By the way, I think you and I went on a bid war for one of these cards back in March of 2014 ;o

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: March 09, 2017, 03:19:27 PM »
I have sent you messages but none seem to be appearing in my Sent box. have you gotten any? I am not used to Forum formats... Sorry!

No problem brokenknight. I received one message from you and just replied to it, along with some info on how you can save your sent messages and view them.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: March 08, 2017, 05:13:00 AM »
The Void, cult theme/group meets The Thing -

Raw -

XX, an all female horror anthology -

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: March 07, 2017, 07:22:54 PM »
Hello, I'm new to the forum and was pointed in its direction by the owner of Are you still selling items? I want to continue to add to my growing berserk collection!

I sure am. PM sent.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 07, 2017, 07:16:04 PM »
Fantastic news. I might not be able to get to the episode right when it comes out but I'll hover and check out the podcast that'll drop that weekend :ubik:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:14:14 PM »
I saw Get Out last week and it was good fun. The audience was totally into the movie and it ruined it for me a little because I don't like clapping and all that jazz. There was this guy who laughed a little too late after a scene/ joke and held it long where a bunch of other members of the audience laughed at it. Things like that take away from a tense moment. Outside of that, the film itself has a witty script - leading to some really good and uncomfortable conversations and it's funny in parts with a good, slow build up. It felt more like a Thriller with a handful of jump scares. I'd avoid watching the trailer if you haven't checked it out already because looking back at it, it definitely spoils some cool moments. There's a lot of information in either the dialog or what's around the house that ties into the story. Peele was meticulous about that kind of stuff and parts of the soundtrack reminded me of The Shining. I'd give it a solid 8 on 10.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:03:01 PM »
I watched it twice now and it feels a bit forced. Anyway, I'm glad it's a prologue and it won't make it to the film, phew. Good riddance. Fassy looks a bit older but it's a good separation in the 'look' department of Walter (the character not out own Walter!) compared to David. So I'm curious to see how they handle that.

James Franco? Really? I've been keeping myself in the dark about everything related to this movie in hopes that it'll help IF I decide to go see it (freeze framing every inch of those Prometheus trailers ultimately made the sting that much worse upon finally seeing the finished product). Seeing James Franco here is a big turnoff. I genuinely despise this guy now, at this point. Maybe if he stuck to his own realm of comedies or movies that better suited his style he wouldn't piss me off as much, but does he have to be in EVERYTHING. The guy dips his feather in any project he has a slightest interest in and it's the audience that suffers because he's TOO well known to play anybody other than James Franco in any movie he's in.

I can appreciate an actor trying to branch out and show more range by taking on different projects other than what people know them for. But there's a right way to do it. Robert DeNiro used his tough guy mobster persona to make several genuinely funny comedies ( before he slid completely into the realm of bullshit feel good family pictures). Jim Carrey made some decent movies that allowed him to do both comedy and drama. James Franco, on the other hand, seemingly has the power to pick and choose whatever project he wants, without any method or science behind it. It's like he has contempt for the audience. It doesn't matter if he's even right for the part, if it's something HE wants to do, he does it. Ultimately, it's the movie that'll suffer, all for the appeasement of his bloated ego.

IMO  :azan:

Hahaha oh boy, I hear ya. I know a lot of people who don't like Franco for various reasons. Him, Shia, Tom Cruise and a few others fall in that 'can't stand' category for some folk. Speaking of Franco only, I actually don't mind the guy and if him being in everything is one of the main reasons for your opinion, I think it's fair ... but it also makes you think - what's wrong with trying to get some range or showing it off? Are you saying an actor must pigeon-hole himself to one or two specific genres or kinds of movies? It's almost as if you're faulting him for trying. I'm not saying Franco is an amazing actor but the notion you have that he should stick to just comedies or goofy movies and not touch something serious piqued my curiosity. On the other hand of my discussion ...


Berserk Merchandise / Re: Displaying Berserk Art & Merchandise
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:54:52 PM »
Guys :puck: we need more :ganishka: :beast:

Awww man, thatís one of the most amazing displays Iíve seen and especially because of the thought that went into the display, placement and overall arrangement of pieces. It flows SO well, hats off to you sir! I especially love how you showcased Gyakko, pretty creative! 

Quick cell phone shot of the set up in my new house.  Don't have everything out.  Was starting to feel junky. 

Incredible Maiku. All little Pucks together look damn cute! Moving to a new place must have been hella stressful with boxing everything and then having to unbox everything. When I moved a couple of months ago, I was asking DK how to pack some statues cos I didnít have enough picture~reference for em! Man, it was such a stressful time, I donít even want to think about it *escapes*. I still havenít figured out or am too scared to remove the cape from Guts 1/6 and at the time of the move, I held its Styrofoam box on my lap and rode with the movers in their fan, just to make sure =_=í

Well, I ended up taking some pictures today for the AOW Winter Journey photo contest.  I had to move a display case and some statues out of my room this weekend because my heat unit needs fixing and technicians are coming tomorrow to install a new one.  So I figure, might as well take some photos!  It's been a while anyways.  Most of these you've already seen on my site, but always nice to see them in a different light.

My god, that display is fanfaaaaakingtastic~!! 5 breathtaking kits, 5 AOW statues and 3 helmets, such a treat. I love the fact that it gives the viewer a reference for scale for some of the bigger newer AOW statues mixed with the old, because weíre seeing them side by side. The height Tentacle Ship gets because of that sword is ridiculous, such a display-nightmare. What's incredible is that this display/ spread is only off the things you had to move to replace the heater ... there's so much more for us fans to see :isidro:. And, poor SK hahaha!

To anyone entering the contest, good luck mates!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:35:19 PM »
My first film was some version of Tarzan but I was two years old at the time and obviously don't remember! My folks swore not to take us to the movies till we were older. I was eleven when they took me for Last Action Hero cos I loved Arnold.

So a bunch of movies in the last few months -


Finding Dory - charming and I'd recommend checking it out for the pair of whales who were awesome.

X-Men Apocalypse - I still remember that cheesy moment Metallica's music was on screen but overall, it was not very good at all. Appreciated Fassbender's emotion in that forest scene.


The Secret Life Of Pets - not too bad, this was a light date movie and I'd just watched Louie CK's standup the evening before.

Ghostbusters - hey I thought it was decent coming from a place with zero expectations and it didn't help I have a huge crush on Kate.


The new Bourne movie - eeehh, plot felt pretty weak, predictable and the movie was just loud.


Queen of Katwe - definitely recommend watching one, it's a story of a girl in the slums of Katwe (Uganda) who learns to play chess and tries to go competitive so she can afford a better living for herself and her family. Good performances overall.


Godzilla Resurgence or Shin Godzilla - this was a lotta fun but it depends on how you'd take the Evangelion influence because the music, camera angles, plot direction and a few ideas/ things are very reminiscent of the first Evangelion movie from the reboot series of films. So that could either be a good thing or a bad thing where it didn't feel like Godzilla ... buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut the destruction in the movie is just oooouufff, I loved it.


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - I thought it was charming in places you saw Randy Daytona on screen but that's about it. I thought it was okay at best, one time watch.

Moonlight - now this was a movie I was so glad I watched. Highly recommend it to all. The less you know, the better. It didn't blow me away but it was satisfying.

Moana - I liked some of the music on here where it made me want to check out those 2 songs I liked a week later and the story was touching. Recommended for a casual watch.

Arrival - I had a lot of things to talk about fresh from watching it but I never got around posting about it. The soundtrack felt familiar and in the midst of the film I realized I'd heard it (!), LIVE, a month before at a cathedral where Johann Johannsson performed and I'd gone to watch it. It all came back to me in a good way. I didn't mind the movie or the plot (felt a little 'eehhh' in the end) but I enjoyed the ride. The brooding cinematography and camera zooming in or out at the beginning made me a little uneasy but it's part of the experience. I'd go back to this in a few months cos I liked it.


I took up MoviePass which's a subscription for theaters, you pay $49.99 and you can potentially watch 1 movie per day. The catch - you have to book it through the app and you have to wait 24 hours before the next movie you book. So that creates a bit of a hurdle if you book a show today at 8 PM and then want to catch another show tomorrow at 7 PM. But yeah, tickets are about $15 a pop, so after the 3rd movie, everything you watch is free.

Edge of Seventeen - didn't know anything about it going in and it was not bad, not bad at all. Woody's character was the most fun. I'd recommend checking it out.

La La Land - great soundtrack, great cinematography, Emma was really good, Ryan was Ryan (woody) but I appreciated his dance and piano skills. All in all, this was a fun ride. The first song threw me off. And I thought of the SK.Net~ers living in California being stuck in traffic as I watched it.

Manchester By The Sea - takes the cake, I loved every second and maybe I just love depressing movies.

Star Wars: Rogue One - I appreciate the direction the plot took in the end which wasn't a kosher ending but overall, did I have to have seen it knowing how it was going to end? Would I be missing out if I didn't watch it? I think I wouldn't. It's fine that it's there but it's a couple of decades too late. Like Force Awakens, I'll re-watch this a year from now.

Sing - Nick Kroll's character Gunter was the best, I thought the movie was just OK.

Nocturnal Animals - stylish but it tried to be a little too intelligent or reaching at times. The end was fine and you see it coming. Cool performances by Michael Shannon (woot woot) and Jake.

Loving - watched this the day after Nocturnal and chuckled inside when Michael Shannon popped up on screen. Marton Csokas as the sheriff was damn cool.

Jackie - not bad, not amazing.

Hidden Figures - the crowd loved it a lot more than I did. I thought it was OK.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Time for Presents!
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:57:06 PM »
Here's a video of me trying out the hot sauce that JMP got me!

I don't know how you did it Gobs, I watched that back to back. The potatoes helped!?

I got my Schnoz package yesterday after a bit of going back and forth with the fellas at USPS but it's here! Mr. Flibble, thanks so much for the lovely doodle in the card (so much glitter I got some on me right now and it's all over my keyboard too ... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa~~~~~) and the 14 x 11 print of Skull Knight <3! I love it, thanks thanks and thanks!

Was this a painting you drew? How long did it take?!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:05:54 PM »
Blade Runner sequel news -

The good - Harrison Ford will reprise his role. Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) in talks to direct it.

The bad - there's a sequel.

I guess if Denis is confirmed it'll make it all the more interesting.

I don't even think that's necessary, and Ford's been over the hill for YEARS.

Nevertheless, news of a sequel is just plain bad, to me. Blade Runner stood alone just fine. The PC adventure game was a nice follow-up that was consistent with the movie without stepping on its toes (and also didnt have to involve Ford).

Official teaser for Blade Runner 2049 is out -

Denis, the cinematography in the teaser are a plus. Honestly I still feel the same way even after watching this ... can't feel excited about it but it's one of those films I'll have to watch when it releases. Opening weekend or not, isn't important. Last weekend I watched La La Land and it just confirmed my thought on Ryan as being such a wooden actor, he's definitely over-rated albeit the love for him within the industry and who knows if this might be perfect for him ... his expressionless face might just be one of those things that triggers the argument over whether he's a replicant or not.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: commission work for 1/6 Guts head sculpt
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:46:54 PM »
Good stuff berserkberserk! I like how we can see the progress of a smoother version of the face and then the potential final version of it. Thanks for sharing your process with us. Quick observation - the ears in the possible final version are too pointy.

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