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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 07:51:31 PM »
The praise I'll give it is where it didn't cheap out completely. I was honestly expecting three apostle clones to repeat ad naseum, but they did take the effort to design and build almost all of them (through background ones look pretty unintimidating). So good on them for staying true to apsotles each being mostly unique.

That said, the apostle transformations sucked really bad. They looked super cheap, and if it was a matter of budget, just have them emit steam to hide it like they do with Zodd or Wyald. That can't cost too much.

The fight with Grunbeld out of armor was mostly faithful, but it somehow lacks urgency and stakes. The intro to the armor was mostly well done.  Zodd still looks like a really cheap model (Why!? He's a primary character!). The series feels both cheap, and weighted down by being a nearly 1:1 adaptation to the manga. It really is faithful to a fault.

Hate on the Golden age films all you want, but the creative license in their scenes made them feel cinematic while this just feels clunky. This doesn't feel like a show or a series. It feels like a paint by numbers exercise by someone cashing a check.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:57:09 PM »
Why the fuck are they gonna waste an episode on recap filler? If the next episode needs more time, just take a page out of Miura's book and delay until it's done right. An audience doesn't need context switch right at a pivotal moment just so the anime team can get their shit together. These bozos...

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:31:37 AM »
This series has no more story for more than two more seasons at the pace it's at. And that's pushing it.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:28:50 AM »
I'm kind of loving the pacing right now. I feel like between the last couple episodes we're getting the right amount of exposition and time to relish moments, but we don't linger too long on things as it goes. No need for a big fight with the Wheel flame, or Golem, we all get it. We don't need an elaborate memory for everything that holds her together, just the highlight reel along with an interesting journey. It really is interesting that the two who go to rescue Guts love also have a crush on him.

Very interesting and distinct creatures. I almost expected the bat-cape creatures to be consistant throughout. This is much more fun. I agree with Aazealh, the climax will take a couple episodes. It should, to deal with the trauma that has led up to this point. I can't think of another series that has such a main character out of the action for so long. Miura has really earned this as a serious matter that doesn't get a hand waived cure. I wouldn't be surprised if we don't have some more significant difficulty involved. Honestly in some ways it's been interesting but fairly strait forward so far. It has me expecting something more than merely a revisit to the Eclipse. I like the idea that the memory is what breaks her, and has to be discarded. It could really set up some differing motives. Shame or guilt for having deified Griffith and therefore being responsible for her men's demise could be interesting as well, but much less likely.

The interesting thing is that we've never truly spelled out how and when her mind broke. Could it have been something beyond the betrayal and rape? She was a strong woman, and I don't buy that she just collapsed at the experience and retreated internally. It's strait forward, but not realistic if it's just the experience. It would have been messed up beyond words and I totally understand life changing mental trauma, but Casca's condition is kinda beyond that. She's a walking potato. I'm thinking it's specifically tied to her being branded when Femto raped her. Something akin to a curse that they have to lift. I don't know maybe I'm speculating too much, it just feels like the reveal will be more than something we've seen before.

Anyhow, we're closing a major chapter in Berserk lore once this all happens. The series will have a more specific direction once we know the result of all of this and what SK's prophesy was all about. I really hope Miura continues beyond the Anime season's run.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:52:20 PM »
They're going to catch up with the Manga next season. They're racing towards a red light. At best they can go back and animate the Black Swordsman and Lost Children. Then what? Animate the Grunbeld novel?

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:09:36 PM »
Another pretty faithful episode that relies very heavily on the manga panels. Isidro and Schierke are coming our really well. The art is better, but the style things are presented are still very often awkward. I do have to say that I'm seeing improvements overall.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 86
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:12:18 PM »
Great show guys! It's always an interesting analysis.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 28, 2017, 07:26:26 PM »
Another fairly faithful episode. I noticed a few lines cut, but nothing that really seemed catastrophic. This was an essential episode to the series lore, so I'm glad it stayed mostly intact. The animation was mostly fine as well, other than a few clunky camera moves. The colors are really working well for the series in these last two episodes.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:03:47 PM »
Definitely not.

Well here's hoping they translate it into english then. :sad:

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:14:26 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if we still get a Grunbeld backstory in the manga as well, in the same form we often get for characters like Rosine and The Count. Maybe not a full episode dedicated, but maybe a few pages. The novel may just be an expanded version of such a backstory, filled with details and backstory that is unnecessary for a comic medium. I wonder how much more world building will be covered in such a novel.

Would a novel like this that is essentially canon be a part of the Patreon translation project? It certainly seems like a worthy candidate, even if it were just an abridged version. The implications it may have for the world of Berserk and the characters could be interesting.


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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:57:18 PM »
Great episode. Some very concrete growth for Guts and Serpico nailed down. I also love that the memories are felt by Scheike and Farnese. They will leave this dream feeling like they know the old Casca to some extent.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:09:45 PM »
I actually thought this was one of the better episodes the show has had. Aside from the trolls, the animation was pretty strong, and the story was really faithful. Isidro's comedy worked for me better here than in the manga at times. All this being said, this was a character development episode which actually took it's time. I'm expecting the next couple to get bad again as we get to Enoch village's big fight.

I also fully expect the Apostle's at Flora's village to be copy pasted as well, which will piss me off a lot.They're each supposed to be unique.

Anyway, this one was a pretty decent episode.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:37:47 PM »
Lighten up guys. Are we really saying we can't have fun with the poor choices this poor adaptation made, or else risk the reputation of the series being ruined forever? That's a little hyperbolic, and the quality of the manga stands on it's own feet.


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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »
And how about that use of Saxophone in the series. What a great choice! It totally fits the fantasy tone!

Just take a look:
https://vimeo.com/212423274

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:10:33 PM »
This series... Again pretty faithful, if you exclude the random placement of the introduction of the new Band of the Falcon. I guess we can be happy we got those moments, as it will make things less confusing for first time viewers. But still, what the hell? Why do it like this? is it that important to have two Guts centric episodes first. We now have two episodes starting with this scene.

And how about the art? Wow this stuff was sloppy. You'd think guys they give close ups to would get a little more attention. I've watched cartoons with my nephew that are more put together than parts of this.

Things I like:
- Rakshas was great
- The Shet scene existing at all
- It was faithful for the most part, with some abridgments I could live with.
- Guts & Co. have much better models.
- The pace is moving along at a good clip.

Things I hated:
- Is Griffiths hair plastic?
- Is Zodd green?
- Why is the action so boring? I mean really? This is an action series with great drama, but you'd never guess it with this show. It's a step behind the '97 anime as far as action goes. Giant battles that are amazing in the manga reduced to sloppily animated stills of those panels.
- This series has really neutered Zodd. I feel like he's cream of the crop in the manga, but in this he comes off like a random orc werewolf apostle. It pisses me off, be/c the last two adaptations managed to get him basically right.
- Why are scenes so jumbled? Makes no sense.

But I will say that it looks like they are doing the whole manga. Which I'm kinda fine with since no one else has stepped up. I know I got into the series because of the anime. I know most people are that way. If that leads more people to the manga, I'm all for it. But let me make it clear to any first time viewer reading this: This series is incredibly inferior to the quality of the manga. By orders of magnitude.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:21:27 PM »
This. Many times over, this, right here.

Yep this sums it up. I don't know who this series is for. The story is mostly faithful but heavily and randomly abridged. The art is sloppily copied from manga panels and not original. And the fights are so dull that it wouldn't even pull in an adolescent crowd. I'm dreading later scenes with multiple apostles. It's gonna look like beast wars.

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Sorry, I'm holding out for the finished version!

Fair enough. We'll be going out to festivals by Fall of 2017, so all contributors to the Kickstarter will get it then in all it's finished glory. After the festival run we'll release it publicly on Vimeo for the public.  Thanks again for all the support.

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If anyone would like to see the current edit our kickstarter film and give feedback as e finalize it, please PM me a request and I'll send it your way. We are handing it off to Visual Effects soon, so we need all the feedback we can get to lock the edit.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello, everyone!
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:54:06 PM »
Welcome Loach! Congrats on discovering this amazing series. Get cozy for the long haul. It has one of the best stories and some of the most creative art out there.

SK.net is a great community and has some of the most diehard Berserk fans you'll see, people that really dig into it. There's an amazing podcast here, and the mods have discussed and analyzed the series for over 15 years. Be liberal with the search feature, and feel free to ask plenty of questions. Also, beware scanlations, as there are many mistranslations out there that lead to confusion. The site has great translations, and Dark Horse is generally accepted to have pretty accurate translations as well.

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 22, 2017, 02:09:29 PM »
So I decided to skim through the dub a bit more and in episode 9 Farnese says to Serpico "You told our father, didn't you?"  :???:
Good work, script writer.

That's beyond a bungle. It's a mistake that's actually true, but just isn't supposed to be revealed until much later. And Farnese still doesn't know. What a bunch of amateurs.

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:36:22 PM »
Apparently there's some scandal with the original english voice actor cast not being asked to come back. Sean Schemmel, the voice actor for Goku, went on a big twitter rant about it after finding out why, though he hasn't disclosed the reason. Perhaps some type of nepotism.  Anyway, it's an interesting tidbit.  Anyone know anything more?

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:32:33 PM »
They really are poised to ruin one of the better one on one fights in the series with lazy animation. Say what you will about the Golden Age films, but they typically did the combat pretty dynamically and kept them visually interesting.

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:25:39 PM »
THAT NEWS IS OLD.

What does that even mean?!

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:19:21 PM »
It sounds like Ron Howard narrating Arrested Development.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 17, 2017, 03:06:24 PM »
Yeah, Zodd's body looks more than a little funky.

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