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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
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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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