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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:55:41 PM »
My summer reading project is all the Frank Herbert Dune books. Of course, I've read the first book several times and love it. But the second book, Dune Messiah, has repeatedly pushed me away from continuing with the series every time I try (it is a rough read, especially following on the heels of the greatness of Dune). This time though, I won't give up. I've read such good things about the later books, particularly God Emperor of Dune, that I feel like it's overdue for me to give the full series my attention. I feel like a real hypocrite, because I've proselytized Dune on so many occasions, calling it my favorite scifi novel, and yet I've never "finished" the story.  :ganishka: So currently, I'm near the end of Dune Messiah. Eagerly awaiting the conclusion so I can move on   :daiba:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:18:30 PM »
I don't know what fans are supposed to feel about this stuff. Is it basically an unofficial co-marketing thing?

"Like Berserk? We do too! Now buy our music... "

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:05:45 PM »
But the real guessing game is this one :

What's the cover gonna be? (I just hope we won't get the classic Guts vs monster or something of the likes)

I think I said so before, but I'd put my money on Dream-Dog-Guts firing the cannon from its mouth. But I'd much prefer something about Casca. Perhaps revisiting Vol 20's cover, like Miura did between Vol 1-27.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:31:32 PM »
Where did you get this info? Could you please share your source?

Questioning the source is always valid. And while I can't point you to wherever Heiji got his info, there are always leaks on stuff like this from Young Animal, usually on Japanese forums like 2ch and social media. Also, Heiji has accurately provided those to us consistently for a long time now, just check his post history.

Hi, I do not know what to think if a volume comes out with only 6 chapters  :???:

Well, it hasn't happened yet, and we're still 2 potential releases away from Sept 28.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 12, 2018, 01:16:44 PM »
I also don't see why the release date can't just be in November if September is too tight.

Or perhaps in 2019 once there are enough episodes. That'd be prudent, and in keeping with the past. But, I think that in 2016, Miura and Hakusensha came to an agreement to start publishing a volume a year, for better or worse. And this year it seems like we'll get the short end of that promise, unless there really are plans to publish 2 more eps ahead of Sept 28, which seems unlikely at this point.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:37:08 AM »
40th volume will be out september 28.

Thanks! That either bodes well for episodic releases the next two months (Aug-Sept), or this will be the shortest volume ever.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:15:45 AM »
I finished Phantasy Star II yesterday morning. It was very impressive for being an RPG from 1989, although the battle mechanics weren't my favorite. The story was decent for the time, and I enjoyed the "twist" at the end. I'm looking forward to playing the rest of the series at some point.

My god man, I can't believe you are braving through something like PS2 in this day and age, and NOT for nostalgia reasons. This little trip you're on has become pretty profound. Honestly, you should write up your overall experiences of this trip back in time through one of gaming's glory days, not specifically each game, but the overall feel of these games. What have we lost that these games have, or conversely, what have we gained that these games lacked? I think that'd be a pretty good read.  :daiba:

Currently watching the Expanse and I'm mostly enjoying it. The 1st season drew me in and the first 3/4 of season 2 kept me in, but the last parts of season 2 just had awful pacing. Season 3 has started out well enough so far and hopefully it stays like that.

Season 2 completely sunk my interest in that show, I'm sorry to say. It's a shame, because it started out promising. The first half of the first season is some of the best scifi I've seen on TV recently. Then the "SciFy" nature of things caught up to it in Season 2. Whew, what a stinker!  :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 07, 2018, 06:18:38 PM »
Hollow Knight for Switch (finally) came out around E3, so I've been playing that about 1h a night, sometimes with my kid watching. It's a pretty well designed game that takes some of the lessons of Metroid and the Souls series and stirs them together with a dallop of Tim Burton. It's also supposedly pretty long (20-40h?) so I'm happy about that.

It feels long and there are moments I feel as if the story doesn't progress as much (in terms of new evidence or developments).

So you're saying it's a Netflix show then?  :ganishka:

Try to simplify Berserk's themes and qualities as simply as you can describe. What is the core philosophy behind Berserk?

I see the question as less of an elevator pitch to the uninitiated, and more a request to condense what Berserk "means" as much as possible. It's a tall order though, because there are MANY themes, all of them intertwined to facilitate a dramatic, fascinating story. And I think Miura is primarily concerned with telling a great story, with the philosophical lessons from it taking a secondary footing.

But to answer your question, I think Berserk is an analysis of the human condition. The essential qualities of human beings are writ large in apostles, making them monstrous, which isn't unlike a fantasy version of how power corrupts a person. With the God Hand, we see humans as distanced from humanity as possible, empowered to perform terrifying acts. And in a character like Guts, we see the range of possibilities in humans -- the good and the bad. It's also a very optimistic series, to me. Because as overpowering as the odds always have been against Guts, he still struggles, he still overcomes. He's the man who will rise up, holding a broken sword.

P.S describe a bit about yourself. When did you become a Berserk fan? How has your view of the manga changed over time as you built a better understanding?

Berserk is pretty much the only series I follow these days, and I started reading it in summer 1999. I've followed it episodically since July 2000 (ep 165 was my first Young Animal), when I launched this site. Before that, I watched many different series, but once I realized the depths of Berserk, nothing else held a candle to it, and most comics just fall flat for me. As for my view of the manga, my respect for it has only gotten greater over time. There's no one else out there doing the kind of work that Miura is.

Season 2 of Netflix’s Castlevania has been announced for October 26

Hmm, I thought they were going to release the "other half" of Season 1 first, since that was such a short stint (4 eps), but it seems that the next batch is just "Season 2." Oh well, I'll definitely watch it when it's out.

Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: July 03, 2018, 01:14:39 PM »
Also, just a warning for fellow viewers: The video gets kind of spoilery at the end. Tread carefully.

Spoilers for Sekiro or another From game..?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your plans for the future
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:49:06 PM »
Considering enlisting in the Air Force since I've been out of school for a year and haven't received a single response to applications I've done for jobs relevant to my major.

Wow a year, that's brutal!   :sad: Have you considered expanding your search radius to include anywhere in the US you'd be willing to move to? Even a 1 year resume building and network building exercise would probably be fruitful.

All fields are different, but I had to move states to get even the rough equivalent of my ideal job straight out of college. Even though the pay sucked, it was a great experience and set me on my way the rest of my career.


On two separate Twitter accounts he photoshopped a "Brand of Sacrifice" death symbol from the Japanese dark fantasy manga series on his targets' faces.

One account under the user name @EricHartleyFrnd used a photo of Eric Hartley with the horrifying symbol, while another Twitter handle under the name of Judge Charles Moylan also bore the death mark.

According to the Berserk Encyclopedia, the symbol marks out the "sacrificed" who is then "ritualistically murdered".

This pathetic shit is easily the worst portrayal of Berserk in its long history. I shudder to think of how badly misconstrued millions of people are about Berserk now.  And this shooting happened in a place I'm very familiar with, just a few miles from me, and I knew two of the victims. So adding Berserk to the mix, this is all extremely surreal and disgusting to me.

Speculation Nation / Re: Casca's Role in the Future
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:42:59 AM »
you guyss, thanks for replying
i dont have anyone IRL to talk this with. I cant force them read~

You should check out our podcast. 100+ hours of Berserk chat  :badbone:

Speculation Nation / Re: Casca's Role in the Future
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:25:43 AM »
And it would give me incredible chills if they managed to pull out the original Hawks and include them in battle or even just an apparition of them. Its cheesy but hey... lets dream. :casca:

Sorry, but they were absorbed into the Vortex of Souls, and their individual egos vanished shortly afterwards. But maybe it's possible we'll see a version of them if the Vortex comes to claim Griffith one day (like Vargas did for the Count).

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 15, 2018, 11:34:42 PM »
At least there's two clear reference to Kurosawa at the beginning of the demo :

2 - Sanjuro : the one shot kill (which is a well timed charge attack) when Jin face the Mongols

I didn't know that that's directly attributable.

For those looking for more RE2, here's some in-game footage:

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:33:36 AM »
Bleac, I'd prefer not to make this thread about new and upcoming games into a thread litigating the merits of Geralt. So check your PMs where I've sent you a lengthy reply.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:01:58 PM »
I'm surprised to see you guys couldn't get into the Witcher. I'm curious if you actually tried playing any of the games and it wouldn't stick, or if the theme simply couldn't stir your interest enough.

I played about 15-20h of Witcher 1 and about 5 of Witcher 2. The games seemed very preoccupied with demonstrating to me that they are set in a MATURE, DARK world, which, you know, manifests in the form of bearded, swearing fat men, and a sex-for-trading cards sidequest. I found the whole thing quite boring.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:11:02 PM »
As someone who has followed the industry very closely for years, yet only owns a Switch, this was yet again an E3 where 90% of the show was mostly just spectacle for me.

Things that I am excited about in order of excitement, even if it's just by proxy:

-Cyberpunk — Despite unsuccessfully developing any interest in any of the Witcher games, I'm very interested in this one, and it had an incredible trailer.

-Sekiro — Finally, From Soft seems to be peeking their heads out of the coffin of Souls games where they've been hibernating for about a decade

-Doom Eternal — Spiritual sequel to Doom 2: hell on earth? Sign me up. Too bad they already played the Super Shotgun card though...

-Rage 2 — Listen, I'll be the first guy to say that Rage was a disappointment. I dropped $60 on that game in a year where I was a part-time freelancer, so I have JUST A FEW FEELINGS about that experience. But the wilder take on the world in the footage they showed off looked promising to me. And with Avalanche at the helm it's sure to at least be a fun ride.

-Spelunky 2 — Not at the show, but should have been. No release date, but 2019 seems safe. Spelunky is infinitely replayable, and I have a lot of love for it. It's a game I still play once every few weeks. Just last night I ranked 34th worldwide in the daily challenge :daiba: I'm not sure what Derek Yu can add for a sequel, but he seems confident, so I'm excited.

-Nioh 2 — Bottom of the list for a reason. I'm excited! But ... it's a very quick turnaround. Nioh was just last year, right? And it's honestly hard to get too excited for this since I still haven't finished the first one (that first boss obliterated my confidence in my abilities).

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:13:34 PM »
Sekiro looks damn good. Would it make more sense to merge this with the Ni-Oh thread though?  :troll:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:39:57 PM »

In recent reprints, Dark Horse has changed its translation of the Sovereign of the Flower Storm from "Hanafubuku King" to "Flower Storm Monarch." Good on them for correcting that half-translated mess.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 356 part II
« on: June 07, 2018, 05:13:03 PM »
The preview for the 22.6 issue is out:
I might have missed it, but I don't see Berserk there.

Yep, just saw that myself. Too bad.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:37:11 PM »
Bloodborne II alledgedly to be announced at E3... I gotta get a PS4 and play the first one still! :judo:

Get ready for From Soft's Hell Factory Simulator VI!  :ganishka:

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