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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:13:30 PM »
Yeah I saw the trailer a few days ago and was really impressed by Bate-man. I saw it first without sound (Twitter feed) and wondered who the fuck this Costanza-looking guy was. Then I heard the voice and knew -- no way!  :isidro:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:30:40 PM »
BUT, what if I sweeten the pot with every N64, Gamecube, and Wii game you don't want to play!? :carcus:

That'd be quite generous for the company that's re-selling 4-year-old WiiU games for $50  :ganishka: (you know, I actually bought Tropical Freeze for my son, who really didn't like it -- and neither did I -- so we returned it).

Again, I like the service model idea. I just don't think they'll ever be able to cook up an enticing enough package for me or ... really anyone who cared enough about those old games to seek out the NES/SNES Classics.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 03, 2018, 03:24:21 PM »
I don't think it's going to last between me and CrossCode then.

Well I would say that because they're sidequests, you don't have to engage with them ... but there's a suggested level cap on the dungeons that gate story progression. So it's either grind quests or enemies. I did both for about 2h and ended up a little bored before I was allowed to progress the story.

Now that I'm through the second dungeon, gotta say the puzzle design of those areas is pretty great. Reminded me of Zelda 3 and Lufia 2 puzzles.

Yeah, but what if they gave you their NES/SNES Library for $5 a month?

I genuinely don't care about it. Because I already have the games I actually care about in my back pocket, and I don't even play them that often.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:40:27 PM »
My guidebook shipped yesterday. I gave it a cursory look through. A lot of work went into it, just from a design perspective, but it's also very visually confusing. Their charts and character relations maps are mostly nonsensical, bordering on useless. Great to have the interview translated, though I haven't read the whole thing yet.

Also wanted to note that they do indeed fix the typos and problem with that preview page they tossed out on Twitter over the summer (which had Farnese's description on Guts' page). Yay.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: 7 year manga reader, new member here
« on: October 02, 2018, 06:24:01 PM »
Hey welcome to the forum! Glad to have you on board.

If you're looking to hear from more female readers, a few of them host a podcast together: The FloraCast

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Berserk Blurb Compendium
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:08:51 PM »
Updated the OP with vol 39 and the Deluxe edition blurbs.  :void:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:34:21 AM »
It's so basic a thing that I wish they did this already. Heck, if they dangled a carrot of fixed translations like "Hey, buy all volumes again with these new cover designs and spines and by the way, translations are now fixed.", I'd buy them in a heartbeat. I'd be less willing to pay for a second set of new covers if nothing was improved.

This was my hope when I re-bought volumes 1-3 after a dramatic re-printing of the series was announced 5 years ago. No changes, not even to the terrible initial quality of their page scans.

Still, if ever they were going to re-do things like these, a "deluxe" edition would be the time. I haven't done an extensive comparison between the official digital scans from Dark Horse and the print editions, but I really wonder if they're improved.

Scratch that, I did it:

Volume 1, Pg 4
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Volume 1, Pg 24
Japanese (Digital)
Japanese (Print)
English (Digital)
English (Print)

Dark Horse's digital quality really isn't that bad, except for the obvious banding issues that happen when there's a detailed pattern or screen effect. Even still, the Japanese digital editions weren't great in the first few volumes, either. Volume 1 in particular looks quite washed out. I don't  know why, but they improved over time (as did Dark Horse's coincidentally). Maybe they were still figuring out the best method for scanning the originals, and never bothered to do another pass once they optimized? Either way, my money is still on the Japanese print being the best, most consistent visual quality, except for the very limited color pages, in which case the Japanese digital pages obviously win, as they're just fucking pristine. Alright there goes my evening, somebody buy me a drink.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:43:38 PM »
I'm trying the demo on your recommendation and it's indeed very much like Seiken Densetsu, and aesthetically and sonically reminds me of Chrono Trigger as well. Not bad company!

Small update, I'm about 5h in, still having fun but the part I'm in is a bit of a grind. Once they unleash you from the tutorial section, it funnels your progress through sidequests which are structured around typical MMO-style quests, most of which are pretty boring. There's still the main story of course, but the sidequests take up an inordinate amount of your time. Looking forward to more, but whew, there are a LOT of throwaway quests in the early part of the game.

It's also worth noting that I played the game through this weekend with my cat in the same room. The cat who had to get radiation treatment this week and be isolated in a room (my office) so the rest of us don't get irradiated. So yeah, future back-of-box quote: "I braved an irradiated wasteland just to squeeze in a few more hours of CrossCode. And so far, I only feel slightly mutated." -SKnet's Walter

Well, I've explored a few options, one is a New SNES 3DS XL from amazon for $150 + Mario Kart, which is a hell of a deal

Get that. I really appreciated the bigger screen of the XL. And having some more power would be nice (though not a game changer). That being said, I get far more use out of my Switch than my 3dS (which is pretty much my son's console at this point). So that's up to you. Nintendo is clearly leaning away from the 3DS, now that it's about 8 years old.

BTW folks, how much would you pay a month for access to Nintendo's classic game library (whatever that is to you, from NES-Wii)? As in, what would you need included and then what price would be too high? :carcus: Nintendo must really be weighing that cash cow versus selling the same shit ala carte every time since it's hard to pretend at this point these guys are so quaint and out of touch they can't figure out the equivalent of email accounts when they've otherwise been innovators in the marketplace for decades, "How can you be so obtuse; is it intentional?"

The Switch Online thing is worthless to me. I don't play online games on that thing, and while I like their service model pricing ($20/year for all those games is a better price than $6-8 per title) I already have an NES Classic AND an SNES Classic  (sitting side by side in a cabinet  :zodd: ) to deflect inevitable future offers. The only thing it has going for it is the portability of those games, which is nice, but not enticing enough to me, given the above considerations. I mostly play docked anyway.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 29, 2018, 05:03:49 PM »
I have a mostly free weekend for the first time in a while, so I picked up something on the recommendation of a friend: CrossCode. It's an action-RPG in the vein of Secret of Mana, but with a huge MMO-like world. It's pretty solid so far (2h in). It definitely hits the right notes for the genre. Even things like the ground tilesets and layers of the textures are very SNES. I haven't played a game that feels as much like Seiken Densetsu 3 (sequel to SoM), probably ever? Anyway, check out the trailer:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:22:45 PM »
He's called the Black Singer in Japan

Ahh that explains it. Thanks!

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 03:24:38 PM »
the digital volumen is out.

Thanks! I flipped through the preview and noticed a confirmation of our name spelling for Danan.  :ubik:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:07:35 AM »
Honestly, foreign sales of the novel aren't likely to impact any decision Hakusensha makes about extending this property. Now as for people who imported it...  :rickert:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:13:32 AM »
I know it's just a dumb video, and I actually kind of like it too, weird as it is, especially the print images surprisingly (maybe cause they remind me of our bad Photoshops =),

It's funny that you mention that, because I look at this thing and just feel it's like one of our many April Fool's Day pranks. Elaborate, but ultimately just a flash-in-the-pan gag. Again, I think the reason this one feels off is because they hyped its release.

It'd just be nice to get some genuinely kickass, or just up to par, Berserk stuff once again instead of this fucking around (it's not funny when everything not produced directly by Miura is bad). I sure miss the nostalgic days of the merely underwhelming '97 anime, respectably authentic Dreamcast game, and actually awesome artbooks (even the postcard one =). Now we just have to basically be numb to this shit and that's really too bad.

I think the last decent product they licensed with Berserk's name on it was the PS2 game, and even that wasn't great. I'd chalk it up to the people handling the property at Hakusensha not caring or not having a good eye for quality. I've become accustomed to just settling for pointing to the manga as the only thing that really matters. As we often say, Roseanne was good enough to stand on its own, she didn't need an animated series.

BTW, back to the video, what's the big idea behind it? Like who is that guy? Is he some old Japanese action star or manly actor? Is this like if they'd cast Arnold in the part or something? Or is it just the guy is old and it's stupid and... that's the joke? :???:

It's Shigeru Matsuzaki, a famous singer. I guess the intent is : Berserk is old and so is he, haha.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:08:37 AM »
I mean, it's just an ad. The only difference between this dumb thing and every other low budget video they've made to promote Berserk is that we were given expectations for it (PROJECT!) Instead of it just dropping, and us derisively laughing and moving on.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:51:33 AM »
In context of Hakusensha putting out something (anything, apparently) small-scale to promote vol 40's release, I'm okay with it, I even laughed a little. In the same way I'm okay with those goddamned pachinko machines for being hilariously bad, there's something endearingly cheesy about this.

After all, what if that video ended with: Coming to Netflix 2019  :ganishka:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:36:25 AM »
Live pv (with real actor) its project. Will be out tomorrow on Berserk official site.

Normally I'd say thanks for the info. But all this does is make me worry.  :magni:

Because it's a PV, maybe that's all it amounts to -- a live action commercial promoting the vol 40 release.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:24:48 PM »
I think it's way too early to say this isn't a worthwhile endeavor. If they print something that fixes the old errors (faded print, typos) and has nice, glossy paper, upsized to a big edition, that's worth the money for me.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:22:50 PM »
On topic, is anyone springing for this?
the original artwork by Miura being the only unassailable part.

I buy everything that has Miura's name on it, and the artwork still gives me a small window into his intent with the story. So I appreciate it for that, if nothing else.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:24:14 AM »
I wouldn't say I was a dick. I just used expressions and replied to things that in hindsight are cringy or sounded off about shit that I literally could not give two fucks about now.

It's hard for me to look back at older threads, for sure. But I can still remember the excitement of those times, so I can't say I REGRET any of my particular stances. Usually I just chuckle  :void: and sometimes I surprise myself for being clear-thinking even when I was just a kid. So it's not all bad.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:20:10 AM »
Some new info is available on Dark Horse's site:

But it indicates that it won't have a re-translation, because the translator is listed as Jason DeAngelis, the original translator of Volume 1-3, who they haven't used ever since.

Also, it has a firm date ( :ganishka: ) of Feb 27.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:12:33 AM »
On average, what's the time between the Japanese release and a translated, Dark Horse release in English?

Around one year, normally.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 25, 2018, 02:34:48 AM »
Countertheory: You are too old, but bad voice acting isn't the problem; on the contrary, no matter how well localized, and perhaps even because of it, the translation/dub is going to be an issue to us because most of those games are YA stories now, if they ever weren't, and no longer to our taste. It didn't always seem that way, and maybe it wasn't in simpler times when you basically had middle aged programmers writing their own games and the translations were literal at best (which imbued them with a kind of stilted, almost proverbial seriousness). Now, between exponentially improved sound, graphics and production values, it's impossible to escape the fact these games are largely about and for teenagers, which also wasn't so bad when WE were teenagers. =)

It's a given that I'm too old to fully engage with most of those stories, but a well written adolescent story would still interest me. And hindrances like bad localization and voice acting can be insurmountable hurdles when it's already an uphill climb.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:32:05 PM »
I value anything Miura has to say, and I know he goes into some good shit there too, but those are not awesome topics. :griffnotevil: Makes me wish you, Aaz, puella and the community could do another correspondence with him. Now THAT was awesome. :casca:

Well I just picked the two that I know people tend to ask about a lot. But it's 16 pages so there's a LOT.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:42:20 PM »
I could get over the voice acting for the most part, but even aside from that the game is quite lengthy, especially if you want to get all the dialogue from each village and NPC populated area. I can see how people might have dropped it at some point for one of these reasons.

This is mostly on me. Grandia is a great game, but the localization bothered me. I think I'm just too old for JRPGs these days, even though they were very influential for me growing up. Small quirks like lazy/bad voice acting will ruin the experience. Length certainly doesn't bother me, since Xenogears is one of my favorite RPGs.

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