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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 17, 2015, 08:00:47 PM »
My initial impression, I have mentioned a few spoilers, but not the jaw droppers.

I really liked the movie, it surpassed my expectations. The creativity involved in the creature and machine designs is astounding, you could tell there was a lot of passion involved in making the movie, I especially liked the psuedo Jawa on the Nihei looking cyborg mount that tries to steal BB8. The main characters are compelling and they play off each other very well, especially Poe Dameron, who unfortunately doesn't get a lot of attention in the third act. The humour worked well, BB8 thumbing up with a lighter was hilarious  :puck:. The First Order is a great threat, the brutality of the combat has definitely increased since Return Of The Jedi, and it's not as over the top as Revenge of the Sith. I didn't think I would like Kylo Ren, to me he seemed like a safe Darth Vader re skin, but he turned out to be an unnerving character, his abrasive untempered aggression is a good contrast to Vader's intimidating but stoic demeanor, and his past makes him very pitiful. I didn't mind the nostalgia nods, they were firmly in the background where they belonged and they didn't rub them in the audiences face.

What I didn't really like was Starkiller Base, since the plot revolved around looking for Luke, shoehorning it in felt underdeveloped and unnecessary. It's a far more advanced and powerful weapon than the Death Star, taking out planets vast distances away without having to travel to its target. However since Four and Six spent more time developing the threat, it didn't feel as interesting. I'm also a little confused about the political landscape of the galaxy, since the Rebels defeated the Empire, the dichotomy should be reversed, The First Order should be the guerrillas and the Rebellion/Republic should be the dominant force, but the Rebels for some reason only have a small group of X wings despite being in power for 30 years. Where is the Republic army? why aren't they helping? And perhaps someone who has already seen it could clarify, was it Courscant that was destroyed by Starkiller Base?

Even though I liked Snoke, I don't think there was a need to make him CGI, since his character was humanoid anyway, they could have given Serkis actual make up and the effect would be the better, it doesn't help that his character is never in the same shot as Hux and Kylo, and having him appear three times was overkill for the mysterious big bad of the new trilogy, I'd prefer if they didn't even show what he looked like for now. It's very good, I'd say on par with ROTJ, I'd recommend 2D since apart from a very patient blaster laser you don't get a lot out of the 3D.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 342
« on: November 28, 2015, 11:34:32 AM »
Is that so? The only human settlement we've seen so far (Falconia) is quite safe, and I'm not sure there's anyone else left (besides the Bakiraka). I would expect the opposite actually, for Falconia to make an impact on the rest of the world.

I don't mean that civilization learns to fight off monsters, more like a post apocalyptic world where humans are forced to live in hiding from them, or something like that.

Why would they? They're on the same side and everything so far indicates that they have complementary goals.

So far, but that might change, we still don't know what the God Hand want.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 342
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:54:15 PM »
Having time run faster on Skellig really opens up a lot of interesting speculation, such as whether or not the Skull Kight used the island as a base, or how the world and specifically Falconia will look after the inevitable time skip. The aftermath of Fantasia is still reverberating through human civilsation as they get used to constant monster and brownie attacks, it will be interesting to see what the world will look like after the initial shock dies down. Or if certain demons will turn against Griffith, I'm not pointing fingers..  :slan:  :ubik:  :void:

And the islands inhabitants have presumably observed a lot of human history, their perspective on the God Hand's influence on the world will be interesting too.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Canon God Hand Colours?
« on: November 09, 2015, 03:59:03 PM »
I was wondering if Miura has ever painted the God Hand, or if it was ever made clear what colour they are. I know in the anime Ubik is blue, Conrad is red, Slan is aqua and Void is brown, however the anime has also screwed up the colours of other characters so it's not a guarantee of accuracy.

And the Art of War God Hand figures have pale olive skin.

Has it ever been clearly defined what colours they are?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite Quote?
« on: November 04, 2015, 12:16:06 PM »
I have a sneaking suspicion that this thread will feature a lot of miss quoted dialog.

"We have such sights to show you" -  Void

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 341
« on: October 29, 2015, 09:25:09 PM »
If the Moon Child is Griffith, Griffith and the apostles are taking a tremendous risk by keeping him unsupervised with Guts. There's not only the risk the child might be killed by pirates/monsters/sea gods but also that Guts may find out the identity of the child and exploit Griffith's weakness.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 341
« on: October 20, 2015, 11:12:08 PM »
My only gripe with this episode is the way Rakshas got out, one moment he's immobilized by rats and snakes, the next he's snake free and in pursuit like nothing happened. It would have helped to have a scene where he shook the snakes off or something. However it is exciting to see an apostle with a smorgasbord of different forms, makes me wonder if the apostle mains have any abilities we haven't seen yet.  :zodd:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: October 17, 2015, 12:22:35 AM »
It's interesting to see that Silat was humbled by his fight with Guts, it may explain why he acted as a one man army in the Golden Age Arc, but travels with his Tapasa and scouts in every appearance afterwards, which makes the inclusion of the scouts in the third movie utterly pointless and unnecessary.

I like how the anime and manga are so different, it's double the enjoyment for me. I don't see the simplicity of the anime as being a bad thing in the same way as i feel the complexity of the manga fits the medium better.
It's naive to say that the anime doesn't transmit dread just because you don't see what Griffith will become (you can even argue that it's non-existant in the manga for the same reason). What it adds to that is a feeling of hopefulness related to the Band that is all the more destroyed when the eclipse happens. In the manga the eclipse needs to be that long and that extreme, just prolonged, excruciating suffering. It's a way of Miura saying, you knew that it was coming, but not like this. But in the anime it's all about the disbelief and the shock, 40min and it's over, have fun thinking about it for the next couple of days.

The anime is never going to be popular among devoted purists, but they both have a place in the world of Berserk. Maybe if the anime was closer to the source material it wouldn't leave as much of an impact to make most of us go out and get the manga. I believe that in 25eps they did a pretty good job.

I like the anime too, and I can't speak for its ability to draw in manga fans because I picked up the manga first. there is definitely a lot of effort put in to be loyal to the source matireal, and it's great to see iconic scenes animated, and accompanied by Hirasawas music. However when people say things like "I think the writers just gave up and went full evangelion in the last two episodes" I can see why they came to that conclusion.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: September 26, 2015, 07:50:45 PM »
Lest you forget, Griffith might very well be currently unavailable due to the full moon. :slan:

Didn't Griffith fly under a full moon when he rescued Charlotte?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:45:12 AM »
The way i'm seeing it is that his "body" has dived down at the last minute leaving the mask and his usual silhouette standing yet empty, and he's resurfaced behind Silat with the cloak draped over him.

This whole fight has got me convinced the whole cloak is part of his body though. It's so elastic and he has so much control over it.

If he has any vital organs, like a brain he probably moved them away from his head before he got hit. Assuming he isn't just a living cloak.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 339
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:34:16 AM »
Full Episode is out

He gets crushed and walks it off, he gets stabbed in the head and switches to a dummy body at the last second. How is anybody meant to kill Rakshas? He seems to have an answer for everything.

I think most of the people who say that have an incorrect view of what Berserk is, because they come off of the anime they think Berserk was strictly historical until the last two episodes where the writers gave up and started making stuff up about God Hands and demons (people actually believe this). They don't realize the Golden Age Arc is a flashback to provide context for Berserk's Fantasy/horror setting and the motivations for Guts' quest of vengeance. Without the first 3 volumes it can seem like the fantasy elements like the God Hand, Apostles and Elves come out of nowhere rather than being foreshadowed.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 338
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:05:28 PM »
Damn, I never thought Griffith would have Rickert capped, but the again he can't have "A loose tongue spreading petty rumors."


I am interested in seeing the Rakshas vs Tapasa fight that might occur, the Tapasa, they're in desperate need of a strong opponent so that they can show off.

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