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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Silent Hill 2??
« on: October 14, 2001, 06:31:26 PM »
Buy Silent Hill 2 for damned fine plot and atmosphere, buy Devil May Cry for just good ol gameplay

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Silent Hill 2??
« on: October 12, 2001, 07:32:38 PM »
I just beat it as well, around 10 minutes ago. By far, the best console game Ive played since Xenogears (odd comparison, I know...)

I got the "Leave" ending. I was totally satisfied, and Im glad to know that its the "best" ending. I was worried for a sec after I beat it. Now I want to know what the "dog" ending is!

Yes, I found the game to be incredibly too easy. I only killed 4 enemies with bullets, and something like 190 with melee (stomping). With 8 stars Im able to turn off the "noise" effect which makes the game look ABSURDLY more clear (and yet, more dreamy...) Im playing through it now on Hard difficulty (both game,and riddle)

Now I just have the get the soundtrack. Some of the music in this game is downright incredible!

PS: Biggest dissapointment in game: Unlike the first SH, there is no situation in which you must beat demon dogs which are leaping in mid-air, with a lead pipe. Sigh...I loved doing that in the first game! It took mad timing...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Silent Hill 2??
« on: October 10, 2001, 09:36:56 PM »
Interesting that people are talking about the game here :) Its all Ive been doing for the past 2 days. Im a huge fan of the first game, and so naturally I was peeing my pants waiting for this game.

Im lovin every minute of it...well...maybe not the first 5 minutes. Too slow of a start in my opinion. The original throws you into one of the coolest scenes in the very beginning. SH2 makes you wander around virtually aimlessly for over 10 minutes. ..But Im just griping.

Once you get the flashlight...everything begins to get creepier. Shadows are cast on EVERYTHING, and at times makes the game seem very close to photo-realism. Of cource, as a prerequisite you MUST play this game alone and in the dark. I made the terrible mistake of playing it today during the afternoon around friends and it just completely ruins the atmosphere of the game, and makes it "unfun".

I give it the "best game of 2001" Award. Hands down.

Scare Factor? Well...The first game has the title of "only thing that has every honestly frightened me" in any form of media. And the second...well...I dunno. Its not nearly as intense in my opinion. Ive died once. And...well, I just think its waaay too easy. Maybe I need to increase difficulty, cuz these demons arent cuttin it...too slow. Dont get me wrong, the atmosphere, created by the sound effects, music and just sheer graphical detail create this definite FREAKY mood, but as far as jump out of your chair scares? There are a few, but this game, in my opinion relies on its depiction of the world of Silent Hill: "FUCKED UP"

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New Kenshin OAV
« on: September 30, 2001, 12:23:19 PM »

I don't know if the story really matured as much as you say. If you ever read the "Starting Note" or whatever in the volumes, it seems that at first he was going to kill Kaoru for good, but as soon as some of his audience started crying about it, he immediately turned it into a "Oh, that wasn't Kaoru! It was a manequin! Yeah, that's it." He proclaims himself to be a big fan of Jim Lee... I guess he's a fan of Marvel's storytelling methods, as well. "Uh oh, people don't like the new Spider Man.... it's a CLONE!" "Uh oh, people don't like the furry new Wolverine.... it's a CLONE!" ad nauseam, ad infinitum. He turned an otherwise tragic storyline into a happy happy, joy joy, fan-serving piece of shit.

...Yeah and I guess the whole scene with Gen working on a "secret project" in the downstairs of Enishi's home was just a completely unrelated event. It was alluded that it would be SOMETHING really strange and mysterious, at the time no one figured it would be a mannequin.

Besides, Enishi couldnt kill Kaoru because then he would become the very thing that he had spent his life hating. Contradictory.

Sounds to me like youre taking some sort of hatred of american comics out on Watsuki...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New Kenshin OAV
« on: September 29, 2001, 05:41:08 PM »


Well over all the filler crap was just that - CRAP. All in all there were 1 or 2 good funny episodes, and I didn't HaTe the whole amakusa shougo thing like most other people... it was enjoyable for what it was.

I hope this new OAV is good...

Whatever, the anime was crap but Jinchuu (manga beyond the Kyoto Arc) was amazing.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 18, 2001, 10:50:27 PM »
Volume 17, as Farnese reports to the Vatican. Isnt there a word that Charlotte is in hiding? Or does it simply say shes missing?

I could have sworn they said hiding...oh well. Im sure shes alive still.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 18, 2001, 03:56:33 PM »
...I dont think so. I think its just the fact that the world is beginning to change arond Griffiths hand. Anything thats not supposed to happen, wont. Griffith cant be touched because the world wills it to be this way through the Beherit-Apostles wish.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 18, 2001, 02:58:37 PM »
Well, right now Midlands kinda just in 'shit'. No one person is ruling. Princess Charlotte is in hiding from the Kushan forces.

Q: Who has she appointed?
A: No one.

Q: Why should Griffith make a big army?
A: To fight the Kushans.

Q: How can he rule Midland?
A: Charlote's poon-tang.   ;)

Just my thoughts.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 11, 2001, 08:16:24 AM »
"Demons, Gods they are all the same to me." - Griffith

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 10, 2001, 06:40:56 PM »


So Griffith turned into Femto when he scraficed the Hawks during the first eclipse.  Then later on when that one capitol tuns into the hand and the god hand look alikes come (why look alikes?  Were those the actual godhand at the first eclipse?)

Volume 18, Skully tells Guts that an eclipse that happens once every 1000 yeras will occur. This eclipse is "special" because it allows one of heavenly spheres (a god...) to become flesh once more. It will also mirror events from the last eclipse.

The God hand in the recent eclipse were just shadows of the previous eclipse. And yes, the God Hand at the original eclipse were the "real" god hand.


The Beherit Apostle absorbes the demented Casca/Guts baby and then somehow meshes with Femto to create a reborn Griffith?

Youre taking it too physicall =). The beherit apostle just saw Casca and Guts child, and decided to let it "die" with him, "together". Perhaps it felt sorry for it. So what ended up happening is that the Beherit's dream cam true. It gave birth to the thing that would change the world, Griffith Reborn. The physical body of the new Griffith was created from the Demon Child. There was no "merning" with Femto. Femto isnt even a physical being (hence the "born into flesh ceremony")


Also was the rebirth of Griffith what The Hawk (thats the same person as Femto/Griffith right?) was foretelling Zodd when he chopped off his horn?  Is Griffith now the mortal who can challenge him?

Assumedly, Griffith is that "ultimate Strong One" that Zodd referred to. However, there is a little theory about that... Zodd's motives with the USO are unknown at this point.


Also since Femto was reborn as Griffith does that mean there are only 4 members of the God Hand again?  Does Griffith still have the Crimson Beherit?  If not does that mean its floating around again so somenoe else could find it and become the next 5th member of the God Hand?

....I....guess. A crimson beherit eclipse ceremony only takes place every 216 years though...


Timeline in the FAQ gets really confusing towords the end (more summaries would be AWEOSME!

Well...its not meant for people that havent read the manga. Its just to get a basic idea of what happens where, and when.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 10, 2001, 07:54:15 AM »
It does count as a defeat, but I suppose it was a pretty damned near impossible thign to defend in in the first place. However, the Hawks held it for as long as realistically possible.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Help a newbie catch up
« on: October 09, 2001, 01:59:17 PM »


You're not missing anything, It's probably a misinterpretation on the anime series you've watched.  Griffith was considered as a savior, maybe, but not a King for sure.  You know, there are those "fan translations/subtexts" out there that are done quite improfessionally.

Well...its what they said in the Japanese script too. Its just a BIG ASS ERROR. Lets leave it at that.


This is mentioned in the manga.  It gets all complicated, no use explaining unless you read the manga yourself.

Well, you are correct that it gets complicated but its never really explained why Godo takes Guts under his wing. Actually Godo is much more elaborated in the anime (at least during Guts time of post-hawks) than in the manga. The manga's scenes with Godo (in vol 10) are nearly all flashbacks, and make for some very confusing continuity.


Godo's "daughter" (she's adopted) CANNOT have much of a relationship with Rickert.  Apparently, she's supposed to be a VERY young child.  Rickert is more like her big brother, no matter how hard you try to force a relationship upon them, it'd at least be a decade before she can bear children!

Im not so sure about that....Guts mentions something about this to RIckert in chapter 184, and Rickert more or less doesnt deny that he ahs feelings for her. Id say if Rickert is around 15, then Erica is about 12. Thats not TOO absurd.


nope.  not at all.

Im not really sure where you get off saying its "not at all" connected with the main plot...but, its fairly clear that the events in the game will fall into place in the near future of the manga.


Personally, I think it's quite impossible to guess the plot of Berserk from pictures.  The most interesting thing other than the occasional brutal combats are the philosophies and the developments of characters behind the blood and gore.

I built an entire website on Berserk, and I cant read a lick of Japanese.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Strange..
« on: October 17, 2001, 08:02:34 PM »
it was a 'speculation', and belonged in the 'speculations' section, not 'shootin the breeze'.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Berserk series (US version)
« on: October 19, 2001, 05:27:58 AM »
Yeah, we've seen it already, it was on the last Kenshin DVD. Icefall has a video of it on his site actually  :-/

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Have anyone read any other Miura manga
« on: October 19, 2001, 07:59:51 AM »


Jesus, please stop comparing berserk to hellraiser...     :P

But...its an intentional likeness. Miura has confirmed it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Mood
« on: October 21, 2001, 02:26:54 PM »


I wouldn't say Berserk realy could change anyones life for the better...

Why couldnt it? It did several things for my life. Ive been extremely inspired by Griffith and Guts.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Mood
« on: October 12, 2001, 07:34:18 PM »


I am already familiar with the Berserk story line and all that, but I just wanna know what the overall mood of the manga is before I buy it.  Is it depressing?  If it is, is too depressing at times to enjoy?  I just want to know what I'm gettin' myself into before I buy the mana.

Mood? Eh...Id say the mood "dark", but many of the underlying themes are "survival" and "dreams", things not necessarily associated at all with depression.

No...In summation, Berserk is far from a depressing story. Quite the opposite really.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: lllllllllllllllllllllllllll
« on: October 22, 2001, 09:00:40 PM »
why did you make this post?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What is your favourite moment in the Anime?
« on: October 22, 2001, 09:30:22 AM »
Oh, one more scene that I really cant believe I forgot about. As Guts runs away from Godo's cave in volume 13, his bandages ripped from his body by the thorns and his own actions. He thinks of the Hawks and how they will never come back, and he thinks of the times that they had together his only family.

The panels that Miura chose to portray Corkas, Pippin, and Judeau are simply...tear-jerking.

This scene is by far the most emotional for me.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What is your favourite moment in the Anime?
« on: October 21, 2001, 10:10:51 AM »
Griffiths sacrifice is also my favorite moment in the manga and the anime. Every second of that scene just sends goosebumps down my body.

Coming a close second is watching the entire Skully scene in volume 13, as he drops down from the sun and attempts to kill Void. Surely one of the most surreal and progressive scenes in the manga.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Isn't it interesting?
« on: October 27, 2001, 11:13:50 AM »


Going back for just a sec....
In the Visual and Story File for the DC game there is a painting on the cover sleeve insert. It's of a man in a black turleneck with pillars of stone in the backdrop. Does anyone know who the painting is of...?  ???


Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Isn't it interesting?
« on: October 26, 2001, 10:40:42 AM »
I personally, definitely want it all to come to a climactic conclusion. Im sure Miura could go on for years by introducing a new apostle for Guts to fight per manga...but that would just be plain B A D.

Thankfully, Miura has strayed from that path that far too many manga/anime writers exemplify and he more or less has stuck to the main plot of Berserk throughout the entire series. Each event leading to another, giving depth to the characters, while constantly having us learn more about the Berserk universe. For me, Berserk is nearly an ideal series in terms of character depth and sheer ammount of plot twists. Its the 'thing' ive been searching for for years.

And it MUST end. Soon.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Isn't it interesting?
« on: October 25, 2001, 10:51:36 AM »


Age won't stop a good manga writer. My current fave is will be 54 come decemeber and she's still writing long series.

But...dont you want Berserk to end?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Isn't it interesting?
« on: October 23, 2001, 10:19:14 PM »


Um...yes I know he has eyes. I was pointing out that we only see them a few times i.e. very serious moments. From the only picture I've seen of Miura (the one with the Dragonslayer) I didn't notice many similarities to Pippin. Btw, where did you read that?

Olivier told me its from an interview.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Isn't it interesting?
« on: October 23, 2001, 09:15:55 PM »


Don't forget Pippin either. He was unselfish and loyal to the end but you have to wonder if he had a dream of his own? Like Judeau, it seems all his personal matters were forfeited for the betterment  of the  Hawks. I also thought it was interesting that when he fends off the apostles for Casca it is a rare moment when you see his eyes (Icefall pointed that out and it is true in the manga also).

Well, Pippin was modeled after Miura, physically. (seriously) so of COURCE he has eyes  :)

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