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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 04, 2016, 02:10:47 AM »
I played through Final Fantasy XIII this year and I enjoyed it.  I don't think it deserves all all the hate it gets.  The story and characters were far less cringy than I expected and the battle system was actually really fun to me.  It had been a really long time since I played through a JRPG so coming straight off of XII it might be differen experiencet for you.

Shootin' the Breeze / Live Chat
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:46:01 AM »
I would love a way to live chat with you folks.  I am a dinosaur so I don't know the best way to go about this these days but maybe we could have our own IRC channel or something?  I really enjoy the podcast and everytime I listen I think about how cool it would be to have a live Q&A at the end.  The forum format seems really formal sometimes so it would be great to just catch everyone around sometime.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 01, 2016, 05:36:29 AM »
I've been playing a bunch of PC Engine CD games lately and having a blast.  I picked up a Turbo Duo a few months ago.  I played through Ys Books 1 + 2 recently and I just loved it.  It is an action RPG that has been released on a slew of platforms so it is pretty easy to get your hands on I imagine but the gameplay is ironically very refreshing.  The game was made in a different era and its simplicity is a breath of fresh air.  I'm a bit of a completionist so having a very simply straight forward linear RPG experience that requires only a handful of hours was a pure joy.  It is also extremely charming to play a game that does the absolute best it can while being hamstringed by the technical limitations of its day.

Video Games / Re: XCOM
« on: April 28, 2016, 03:02:22 AM »
Same exact experience for me!  Loved the gameplay and base building of the remake.  I have all the titles on Steam and just can't get into any of them besides the remake.  I have such a gigantic backlog of games, so little time to play, and with so many different titles vying for my attention that if a game doesn't grab me within a few hours im off to the next title.  I actually finished the story mode several times on different settings because I found it so addictive.

I spent sooo much time playing Enemy Unknown that I avoided the sequel as it has itterated on everything and is eve better (dangerously addictive).

Best part about building a new PC - by the time you've saved the money and built the machine, all the games you want to play will be $10! 

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 05:09:09 PM »
The first season is an excellent adaptation of Game of Thrones.  That's what hooked everyone and generated megatons of new fans.  Think of the book sales that have been generated as a result of the quality of the first few seasons.  Same exact thing could be said about The Walking Dead.   There are many people dismissive of animated works but Berserk can easily transcend the medium.   If a faithful Berserk adaptation is brought to life it will rock the world of animation and generate tons of new fans and hopefully lead to the saga being adapted to its conclusion. 

That's why I don't like these movies, they are a black mark on the series. 

Edit:  I appreciate you trying to find the silver lining.  Not knocking that.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:52:24 PM »
I have seen the Redux links around for a long time but never took the time to sit down and check it out.  The trailer is great, I'll definitely be watching soon. 

Almost all of my posts are about the animations.  I might seem overly critical, but Berserk deserves a full and faithful adaption.

I don't need the nuance of the manga in an adaptation. I already have the manga.

I understand that sentiment but this is a work that deserves a larger audicence than a niche manga reading sector of the world.  I just want this masterwork to be seen and appreciated by as many folks as possible and it doesn't do anyone any favors to have the adapations miss the mark.  Think of all the Song of Ice and Fire fans HBO has created.  I'm willing to bet 75% of their audience have not/would not ever read the series.  People will love Berserk if they have a chance to see it and I think that is a win for everybody. 

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 12:07:47 PM »
Just read your own thread again -

Do you think the movies adequately convey the relationship between Guts and Griffith? 

These movies are nearly universally reviled on this forum because they do more harm than good.  There's a long list of botched scenes and concepts that misrepresent the series to new viewers.  A great many of us had been waiting 10+ years for a worthy animated adaption of the entire series and Studio 4c gave us this.  Would have been better off leaving it alone and waiting for someone who understands the nuances of the series to take the lead.

Having said that,  the best thing about the movies is how they have seemingly forced Miura's hand and he now has a more control of the adaptation going forward.  Well done 4c! 

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 06:22:10 AM »
It ends with Skully saving the day and taking guts to the cave with Rickert and Erica. Casca is insane and Guts runs off in hysterics when he remembers what happened. He runs until night fall and is attacked by ghosts, and Skully tells him what his new life is going to be. Guts fights all night until dawn, and then we see him leave the cottage with the Dragons Slayer as the Black Swordsman.  Godo is never seen.

Thank you so much of filling me in!  After watching the first movie I decided ignorance is bliss haha. 

Sounds like they botched it a bit BUT the silver lining is that seems like a great outline for strategic flashbacks.  I recently read volume 17 (I think) where Farnese is about to be assaulted by the demon horse.  Guts has PTSD about the eclipse and Puck feels it, comments on it, and we are shown imagery from the eclipse.  That, for example, is a perfect time to break away and show Guts getting the Dragon Slayer or to explain how Casca was able to keep safe without Guts' protection.  As I just said, I'm willing to call all the material covered by the 97 anime and movies a wash and move forward as long as they get it right going forward. 

I know hardly anyone can be bothered to spare a kind word for the movie trilogy team, but you have to admit it is hard to pick up a story now when (forgive me) the "meat" has been shown but we are missing both "buns" (I'm sorry).  You know the folks producing this show want to get to the action and are not going to like opening their hip new show with backstory and exposition.  Remember, we were told the movies were the beginning of the adaption of the entire saga but they made foolish short sighted errors in choosing to focus on the exact same material the 97 anime covered while neglecting to fill the holes necessary to finish the saga.  I think Miura could write his way out of this problem with a wave of his hand but the question is will they follow his lead. 

On another note, I have been spewing posts all over this thread for the past couple of days and I hope it isn't wearing on anyone.  I'm just really excited about being able to show Berserk to people (like my wife) without asking them to read a comic book backwards  :ganishka: 

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 05:03:43 AM »
I never saw the third movie.   Did they show Skully saving the day?  Did they show the aftermath?  I don't mind them merging black swordsman and conviction if they will stay faithful going forward but how are they gonna fill the viewers in on Casca, Godo, the dragon slayer, on and on.  There is a massively important part of the story that is going to be hard to squeeze into this amalgamation. 

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 26, 2016, 05:44:00 PM »
Hmm, my impression of that trailer is a bit mixed. It looks very low-budget -- perhaps the least visually ambitious Berserk adaptation so far? The sketchy effect on the textures looks like something I've seen in video game cutscenes.

It is supposed to be hatching.  The effect only appears in the shadows.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 26, 2016, 01:21:34 PM »
I really like the bright colors and palette.  Miura has some beautiful things for the artists to bring to life and I'm glad it's not all grimdark.  I think Puck looks great too. 

What's up with the low frame rate effect  on the animation?  It has to be a stylistic choice.  The last shot of Guts walking towards the camera makes the effect obvious.  Is this a popular fad in anime at the moment?

In any case, if they give us a faithful adaption then Im not going to complain about the visuals....too much.

They are teasing material 17 volumes apart.  Good luck figuring out how this thing gets put together.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 26, 2016, 02:57:02 AM »

To me, him having that role is a clear indication that he felt he needed to actively make sure the guys wouldn't butcher his work, and I think that decision is a direct result of what happened with the movies. That also likely is a big factor in the current hiatus.

I remember the hiatus before the movies debuted.  There was a lot of speculation that Miura was taking the break to work on the films.  I think you were telling everyone back then not to get our hopes up as it was most likely a regular break.  To  hear you say you think he's working on this actually has me more excited about the project than anything else we've seen or heard.

Think about where we are in the story.  We are on goddamn Skellig!  As badly as we want to see what happens to Casca, I'm sure Miura is even more excited to finally be able to tell us!  If it's true that he is allocating time away from the publications to facilitate work on the series then he must have faith in it...or he just fed up with the incompetence.  Hope I'm not extrapolating into absurdity but seems to me this next year might be the best year for fans in the history of Berserk. 

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 25, 2016, 02:41:58 PM »
...does anyone else think Guts's face looks weird in that picture? It looks like some random swordsman is wearing a rubber Guts mask. I think it may be his mouth/lips and the way the shadows lay that's throwing me off.

His face looks weird to me too.  He looks ashen and or kinda wrinkly.  I'm sure he is supposed to be in full on rage mode so not weird to see his face change a bit but it does look off.   

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:41:53 PM »
Is it possible Miura has put his foot down and decided to take the reigns of this production or is this wishful thinking?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: March 23, 2016, 02:14:20 PM »
I was keep my expectations low but still a bummer to hear this movie is a mess.  I think Snyder is great at visuals but that's about it.  It sounds like the movie, despite the source material and the eye candy, is boring.

 I've seen people reviewing the film calling it DCs Aevengers but I don't think that's a fair comparison.  Need to wait for Suicide Squd to throw down that gauntlet.  My hype meter is somewhere around -4 for SS but here's to hoping to be pleasantly surprised l.

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:42:10 AM »
If we, on an English speaking board, are lamenting how terribly the story has been adapted then what must be happening on Japanese boards?  Surely there must be plenty of diehard Berserk sites and forums by/for the Japanese audience.  Our mods here could do better continuity checks off the tops of their heads than the entirety of Studio 4C apparently. 

That image definitely looks like 4C and I'll be saddened when its confirmed they are heading up this project.  I just don't understand it.  If there is this much backlash in the English speaking community then surely it must be 100x worst in the Japanese community.  Why haven't they just reached out to the Japanese equivalent of Aaz, Griff, Walter, etc. for consultation/QA and do this thing right?  They must be getting boatloads of mail from fans begging for them to do this right.  Isn't there some Otaku around that would give his right arm while working pro bono to be a consultant?

At this point, they have to make up so much ground to the fans (and hey how about Miura) they should be on their hands and knees begging for another chance.  The teaser should remove all doubt from our minds and whip us into a goddamn frenzy.  Instead it took all of 10 seconds for people to realize the image is wrong.  If they want to skip the Black Swordsman opening, FINE!!! BUT don't try to retcon the stuff that has been omitted, make an OVA down the line that fills in the gaps.  This is legendary source material!  If they would just adapt the damn story boards given to them on a silver platter then they might actually create something worth watching and, MOST IMPORTANTLY for the studio, actually make $$$$$$$$$$.

Video Games / Heroes of the Storm
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:38:29 AM »

Wow, thanks for taking the time to do that. Any experience with buying digital Japanese episodes (of any series) which are later released in English?  Do you have access to the English version or is it a double purchase scenario?  Love that we can buy current eps.  Would also love to be able to leverage our purchases into showing there is a demand for it.  If anyone has any bright ideas on that front then please let me know.

If someone has this opinion then chances are they were introduced to the series by way of the anime series.  My first introduction to Berserk was in 2003 when I bought it on a whim.  I loved it and started showing it to my friends.  I shared  it with my roommates and they were loving it but after the eclipse episodes they wanted to kill me. "What the hell? Why show me this? Everyone just dies?  this just came out of nowhere!!"  There really was not enough foreshadowing for the eclipse in the series.  At the time I thought the eclipse was great and I was impressed with the author for having the courage to swing the series into this weird supernatural direction.

The reality, as we all know, is that the manga didn't suddenly jump the shark but rather was preparing the reader for the eclipse From the start.  The anime watcher did not get this same experience and viewers are completely shocked and sometimes annoyed with the ending.  Chances are we were all shocked by the eclipse but it's a lot easier to accept it when you have Puck, SK, and Wyald in the story. While many people enjoyed the story of the Golden Age arc, they were disturbed by its ending and all this "magic bullshit".

I had to know The rest of the story  so I jumped into reading the manga and was so surprised by how BRUTAL the Black Swordsman arc was and I was also having a really hard time accepting Puck as anything other than annoying and "kiddy".  I'll be honest, for a few days I was really underwhelmed by the manga.  It didn't have the same flavor as the anime and I was getting annoyed that the tone wasn't the same.  It was like this Miura guy was screwing up my new favorite show!  As I continued reading I began to have a whole new appreciation for the series and that resulted in my love for it today.  My point is that the anime misrepresents the Golden Age  in both tone and scope and I think that results in people being put off by anything post Golden Age. 

The complaint being voiced by anyone who considers themselves a fan is ridiculous.  If you can enjoy the epic flashback that the author has meticulously crafted then how about putting a little faith into the actual meat of the story.  It all comes down to people wanting to see more of the sameand not really understanding Berserk at all.  Anyway, just wanted to share my experience as a reformed hater of all things not Golden Age. 

Video Games / Dark Souls III
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:22:12 AM »
Here's a link to some info about the next installment.  The combat is being somewhat overhauled and its stated in the article that the greatsword combat is directly inspired by Guts.  Many people have talked about Berserk's influence on the series but this is pretty great to hear.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:48:49 PM »
This is what I was trying to describe
Skip to 3:30

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:24:22 AM »
I was reading another thread where they hypothesized a few reasons for that light saber.  The first idea is that it is meant to be a guard but the emitter is inside and not in any danger of being damaged by an opposing saber.  The protrusions on the sides of the saber are acting as protection for the wielder so as to not accidentally slice his hand in half.  The other idea was perhaps this is an ancient, custom,  or amateur job and the saber requires venting because it is over powered and the creator improvised this solution.

I'm a big fan of redlettermedia, especially their reviews of the prequels.  Not everyone's cup of tea but I highly recommend them as they take the films to task in a straight up film analysis while being very entertaining.  I also enjoyed The People Vs. George Lucas.  I am anticipating the film just because I think it has to be better than the prequels and i can watch Star Wars again without getting angry!

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: May 11, 2014, 03:27:14 PM »
You hit the nail on the head.  The narrative is not half as smart as it believes itself to be and bites off way more than it can chew.  For example, there's the obvious dealings with race and genetic superiority, nothing new to Bioshock as it is a main theme for the first game.  In the original Bioshock your enemies were often splicers who had modified themselves to such an extent that they had gone mad via isolation, greed, addiction, and paranoia.  The only way to "level up" in the game is to modify yourself and become ever more like the poor bastards you are mowing down.  The player knows they have to make progress, but there's a bit of anxiety about where the story is going.  You begin to realize that perhaps you aren't so different from the crazies lining up to kill you.  That's a bit of passive story telling that made the game special.  In Infinite, the player is presented with situations such as, "Press B if racist, Press A if not." 

   The game tries to deal with the unionization of labor, the whitewashing of history, the idea of free will, nationalism, and several other lofty themes.  The problem is that the game is just a run of the mill corridor shooter.  You run into a new area, kill all the baddies, take their chocolates, rinse and repeat.  Your enemies never pick up the super human powers that are freely scattered around the world.  So the game wants you to contemplate these heavy themes, which are incredibly over-simplified (the laughable and insulting part), while you mass murder regular, human guards.  But its ok to kill them because they are probably racist, sexist, homophobic, nationalist assholes. 

   The relationship between Booker and Elizabeth is a great mechanic to move the story forward.  Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s presence is enough to break the immersion.  She is invincible and ignored by enemies, never in any real danger that the game doesn’t force on you, and she constantly throws you items to help you out during fights.  This game will make you feel like a bullet sponge.  While her help is appreciated, it does make you feel silly to be taking cover while she’s running about as though she’s on a scavenger hunt.

   I've always enjoyed multiplayer FPS but the the single player campaigns usually bore me to tears.  Bioshock was really interesting for me and had me hooked.  Going into Infinite I was expecting something special but it was a dumbed down experience, seemingly written by a Freshman philosophy major. It’s just a harmless little game and I mean it no harm.  I'm not mad at it.  I just had to reply because I found it to be so underwhelming and undeserving of all its accolades.  Infinite wants you to believe it has something important to say but this is simply not the case.  This game's narrative literally broke my immersion more times than I can count and that's why I say its a bad game.  I can forgive mechanics and an underwhelming story but this game seemed like it was actively working against my enjoyment of it.  Too harsh?  Maybe, but I don't want any more games like this one.

Video Games / Re: Digitally Distributed PC games ON SALE Thread
« on: May 10, 2014, 11:24:15 PM »
I'm a chronic lurker but I really love this community.   Aaz, Walter, and others have given me so much insight concerning the minute details of Berserk that I've missed.   Aaz, you've got an incredible mind.   Having said that, I had to login just to say that I'm shocked you had fun with infinite. I honestly felt like the game was mocking me and actively insulting my intelligence.  I was extremely disappointed in infinite.   No judgements here just genuine surprise!

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