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Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: August 23, 2018, 07:01:49 AM »
Some more Sekiro: SDT gameplay from the recent Gamescom demo event:

Here's Marcus (ENB) with some commentary in addition to the footage.
Also Vaati with just 21 minutes of silent gameplay.

I recommend watching both if you have the time because it really shows the multitude of angles this game can be approached from.

Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:25:05 PM »

Let me chip in with some Conrad love as well. *sigh* When will Miura finally do this story justice?  :puck:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: July 30, 2018, 11:06:19 AM »
They look great! I especially like the textures on the coffin and the sword. That being said, Gecco's reproduction of the Dragonslayer still looks the best and most accurate out there in my opinion.

Speculation Nation / Re: I wanna hear some meta theory discussion
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:06:38 PM »
Just so you know, there are many hundreds of lines in Berserk that contain nuances only native speakers can understand.

Yeah, that goes without saying, for pretty much any form of literature. The mother language will always hold an edge even on the most accurate translation. This case is just especially peculiar to me, that's why I mentioned it.

Two of Dark Horse's editors have had accounts on our forum, and I personally saw one of them, Samantha Robertson, looking at our translations through the logs around that time. They could even have been comforted in their decision by the fact the scanlations of the time (from "") translated it the same way... but that's because they were stealing our translations to begin with.

If your suspicion is true, then that's extremely unprofessional on their part. I can't say I hate Dark Horse, but Berserk could definitely use another publisher for the English speakers. Btw Aazealh, do you own the French volumes? If so, how are they in comparison?

Speculation Nation / Re: I wanna hear some meta theory discussion
« on: July 27, 2018, 02:30:57 PM »
To be honest, I'm having a difficult time trying to understand the intention behind putting a Japanese particle after nothing. Is it trying  to convey  a sort  of  emphatic  silence, or suspense? Maybe it's a nuance only native speakers can figure out.

Even so, to get from this all the way to literally "God" is pretty ridiculous.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: July 27, 2018, 07:16:22 AM »
I was rewatching Trigun recently, and I think shots like this add to the pile of reasons for why Madhouse would be right on the money for the production of a Berserk anime, that is, if Berserk were more realistically adaptable and Madhouse actually wanted to do it.

Speculation Nation / Re: I wanna hear some meta theory discussion
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:31:42 AM »
The Idea of Evil is canon. It visually appears in episode 82 and is referenced later on in the series, notably in episodes 201 and 202. What Miura might not do is make it play an active role or flesh it out in detail, for example explaining how it was created, what its deep motivations are or how it uses its powers. But its existence is not in doubt and never was.

Hm, interesting, I've been believing that it's not considered an official thing in the fandom right now, since it's only vaguely referenced and Miura himself stated that he might never come back to it in the end. Even its "name" might be subject to change, so with something this shaky I thought it fair to conclude that it's not exactly relevant beyond the "Lost Episode" and fan speculation.

My bad, good to know it's a thing though. Depending on where you go on the Internet people will say it's not canon (anymore), but this is where the high level discussions are at, so I trust you guys know best. Thanks for clarifying.

Speculation Nation / Re: I wanna hear some meta theory discussion
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:52:58 PM »
Idea of Evil and the God Hand
Idea of Evil, the master of the God Hand.

I don't wanna seem like that irritating guy who screams "NOT CANON" everywhere, but I'm curious as to why you chose to acknowledge the Idea of Evil as a currently existing element in Berserk, despite Miura putting it aside, possibly not to approach it again.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Favorite two-page spreads
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:45:57 PM »
I've always liked this one

Not one of the most detailed or breathtaking Miura has done, but it gives me a feeling of old school badassery (I especially like the decapitated dog head hanging on to Guts' prosthetic)

Gonna bite the bullet and try to give an answer to this extremely tricky question.

I would say Berserk is most importantly about humanity, and all the complexities of being human, but that's just partially what Berserk is. I don't believe there exists a single word or syntagm that can be used to wholly describe it, otherwise it wouldn't be as good as it is to my mind.

As for me, I was first introduced to Berserk 4 or 5 years ago, so I'm about as far from a veteran as can be on this site. I first watched the '97 anime, which left me hungry for more. So I immediately watched through the film trilogy, which I enjoy more than most. Then I dove into the manga, reading through it all in about a month. It's only now that I'm finishing up my second readthrough that I'm really enjoying the cohesion and world-building of the latest stuff, as I've been more or less starry-eyed towards the Golden Age era.

Wow, this is word by word exactly what my description would look like. I was actually surprised when I first read it because it felt like a page of a journal or something. Good to see someone else liked the Studio 4C films. :ubik:

Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:50:32 PM »
Let's continue our discussion in this thread. Here's a Story breakdown by Vaatividya.

Good to see a dedicated thread, also good starter post, but I feel like you should've included both the story and gameplay breakdown from Vaati, for those of us more on the technical side.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Other good series for Berserk fans?
« on: July 03, 2018, 03:19:34 PM »
I'm late for Vinland Saga, Lone Wolf, and Blade of the Immortal, so:

Shigurui is also a good one. Very decent anime adaptation as well.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Other good series for Berserk fans?
« on: July 03, 2018, 10:30:22 AM »
Claymore is a pretty good medieval dark fantasy story. The design elements orbit more towards the Witcher, but it has some that will remind you of Berserk if you decide to give it a go. I recommend the manga, because the anime has a pretty bad ending and is shorter.

If you're gonna read Kozure Ookami (Lone Wolf & Cub) and/or Vagabond and end up liking the period drama genre with badass samurai, I highly recommend Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal. It's probably my favourite manga from this genre.

The two are both finished stories, and quite lengthy, especially Blade of the Immortal, if you're looking for a complete experience.

Speculation Nation / Re: Casca's Role in the Future
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:02:06 AM »
This is embarassing. I've never done a podcast before and (fortheloveofmycats) I couldn't figure out how. I actually dont know what is was before coming here. Im trying though.  Is it because I'm just using my phone, do you need a lappie for that? Pretty sure android's good enough, right? Skullnet is my first ever online community ive ever joined. Please excuse my noobness.

Don't worry, you don't need to have had any prior podcast experience to listen to this one. You should be able to play it on android devices as well, it's just a simple .mp3 format, easy to download and listen to on the fly.

I've also just recently created an account and started joining discussions, but I had been visiting for a pretty long time and listened to more than half of their podcasts before that. People in here are pretty cool, enjoy your stay.

Speculation Nation / Re: Casca's Role in the Future
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:45:22 PM »'s not like things are much better or she's had a chance to practice since then.

She must be pretty rusty after not practicing for such a long time. I wonder if she still remembers how to be a soldier.
You also have to wonder what her motivation would be to pick up the sword again, because we haven't got to see what her thoughts for the future are yet. :???:
I would like for her to get back in on the action though.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:25:02 PM »
Death Stranding trailer from E3 is nothing less than amazing, but I wonder how gameplay will look beside walking. Kojima said that fighting in this game isn't priority. It is intriguing indeed and somewhat good, because there are already too many action games based on combat.

The trailer successfully grabbed my interest, but what I really wanna know more than what is up with Death Stranding is why Kojima hasn't dropped video games and picked up cinematography yet. I know, not the first one to suggest this, jokingly or not, but this new game coming from him really had me wanting this to be a film rather than a game. I don't know if he plans to revolutionize gameplay or what, but if it's gonna end up being more of a cinematic experience type of game (never liked those), then it might as well be a damn film.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:16:10 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.

You're right, I got a bit carried away, sorry. I'll keep it relevant to E3 games over here.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:22:00 PM »
I played something like 5 hours of The Witcher 1. At some point there was a bunch of side quests to do and the main quest required to gather some stuff as well and I don't know, I just wasn't that interested. Haven't tried the sequels. Not dead set against it, just got enough games to play as it is and little time to do it.

Yeah, as I mentioned in my lengthy reply to Walter, the first Witcher is not the best place to start, but if you're the kind of person who likes to try out new things from the very beginning then it can't be helped. I recommend the Witcher 2 when you find the time. It's a much better introduction to the series, and really cheap (2.99 on Steam right now and usually low price on GOG as well).

Thing is, if the whole premise of the Witcher universe doesn't interest you from what you've seen so far, chances you'll find the games captivating aren't high. Personally I remember watching the cinematic from the beginning of the first game on Youtube (when Geralt fights the Striga) and getting really intrigued about the whole idea of playing as a trained monster slayer for hire in a dark fantasy setting. The political schemes and the lack of black and white morality elements were decent, but not the driving factor for me. If none of these sound like something you'd enjoy, then it's a shame.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:02:05 AM »
Is Fortnite any really that good, or is it just addictive and the "it" game in the mainstream right now? I'm always suspicious when everyone, including non-gamers, is playing something and it's available on your phone, etc.

I suspect because it's free to play and casual friendly, those are the main reasons that I see why tablet kids and IRL streamers (those are the first non-gamers that would come to mind) play it all day, not necessarily because it's so good. In any case, the kind of community it attracted due to its popularity is enough to make me want to stay away from it.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:03:40 PM »
The games seem very preoccupied with convincing 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.

I think that the whole "dark world of the Witcher" is pretty much the same thing as people saying how hard and unforgiving Dark Souls is, to the point that it becomes a flimsy marketing gimmick, and works to the detriment of the game more than anything. I would say the "genetically mutated monster slayer for a trade" is rather what prompted me to check out the games eventually, more than the premise of a mature, edgy world.

The first Witcher is pretty bland in terms of immersion, and often corny because of the poor animations and character models saying things that are in complete discord to the way they are portrayed. It's still a fun CRPG to go through, but I wouldn't play it more than once, so I understand why you dropped it, not a good place to start.

The Witcher 2 improved in pretty much every way from the original imo. The story telling especially got more captivating for me. It didn't strike me as trying too hard to seem dark and mature, or at least not to the extent of becoming obtrusive and annoying about it. The theme about the world being depraved and rooted in the reality of the time seemed to be placed in a self aware, and sometimes even self-mocking manner. It never felt like it tried to come out as tragic or serious, but rather tried to portray its variant of an ugly, immoral, egregious dark ages world (which at a very basic level manifests through sex, violence, foul talk and ignorance) combined with fantasy, making for a decent "dark fantasy" game world. For what it tried to be I think it did a good job, but I might be just personally more inclined towards those kinds of things.

Witcher 3 is yet again improved from 2, but if by now you're not impressed, it probably won't change your mind.

I would say that overall the tasteful moments in these series far outnumber the cheesy ones, especially as you go further into the games and while I wouldn't read the books, because there are probably better things to read in the time that would take, I think the story is enjoyable enough, and also distinctively Polish (which adds to the charm a little bit).

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:40:55 PM »
I don't own a PS4, but I can gleefully say that all the games announced at this year's E3 that I'd like to play will also release on Steam.

Most interested in Sekiro:SDT, without question, because I'm a hardened Souls fan and as a consequence a FromSoftware fan. Even if I hadn't particularly liked the whole samurai thematic, I would've still owed it to myself to play it, but as it turns out, I actually really like it. Not a big enthusiast of historical Japanese military of the feudal period itself, but I like when that is given creative liberty. Many people had been joking around saying it's just Nioh 2 until Nioh 2 was actually announced :serpico:, but that never really bothered me. I expect it to be its own thing, even if the general idea is not completely original.

Also, I'm glad this wasn't a sequel to Bloodborne. Seems to me like they're at their best when creating new things, but there's a prevalent phobia of change out there on the Internet. People seem to like stuff that already works and they're already comfortable with. . .nod to Griffith.
Overall, from the trailer it looked like they tried to swerve from the Souls formula and add new dimensions to this title. I have high hopes for it.

Cyberpunk 2077 - 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. For me it was the latter, but once I finally bought and played the Witcher 2 on a 1 euro sale, I became addicted. Right now I stand at over 500 hours in Witcher 3. It's probably my second favorite game series after Dark Souls.
That being said I can only stand in line for the new massive thing CDPR have been working on for so long. These guys have got a knack for making qualitative games.

Nioh 2 - Funny enough I never got around to playing the first one, but I will use this as an occasion to get into the franchise. I expect it to be fitting because of my afore mentioned liking of fictive samurai settings.

Lastly, Babylonís Fall seemed interesting. Platinum games have a respectable catalogue, but I haven't played any of their games yet. The fact that there's close to no information about the type of game it's going to be is also why this is at the bottom of the list. I hope it's gonna be less like Bayonetta and more along the lines of Nier: Automata, in other words, more of an RPG than a hack and slash. I liked the aesthetic so I'll keep an eye on it.

Good idea on starting this topic. It was fun to actually think about what I liked most at E3 and why exactly and put it all together in a post,

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:01:43 PM »
Currently For Honor is free to download for a week (permanent copy) on Uplay (Ubisoft's client).

I had played both beta and alpha tests at the time this game was coming out, and I really liked it, but it suffered some harsh criticism (most of it well deserved) a couple months after launch: connection issues, unbalanced classes, broken gear system etc. Players were leaving so I decided not to buy the game.

Surprisingly, as of right now it's doing pretty well. They finally added dedicated servers, solved some balance problems and have been actively adding content to the game. Most high level players still left, because the competitive potential is lacking. Once you get really good at it, the combat options narrow down a lot.

Despite all that, if you just wanna have some fun hacking and slashing, it's one of the better melee combat games out there. Since the base version is free right now, I decided to get back into it and play some casual matches. It has good activity and it's visibly more polished than when I originally played it.

Here's my attempt at recreating the Band of the Falcon emblem ingame. My Uplay username is "tompsyche", feel free to add me if you want to play.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:50:52 PM »
But in this trailer, the character is revived on the spot and is shown striking the big fat guy from behind as he walks away.
...which is what Griffith was remarking on and is what prompted that comment of mine.

I must've misunderstood you. Yeah, the revival on the spot, having to do with the shadow or something along those lines makes sense and represents the title pretty accurately. In that case yeah, it's not quite like Dark Souls or Bloodborne, and more towards Blade of the Immortal.

Very very happy about Sekiro. Also very reminiscent of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo and 2004 Sega PS2 adaptation

Wow, I had no idea there was a video game made after Dororo, but I guess I should've expected it. There's a plethora of samurai chronicles and stories they could've taken inspiration from when creating the game. Let's hope they did a good job at it.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 11, 2018, 09:52:41 AM »
I don't know, Blade of the Immortal is more like ingenious ways of having ingenious warriors butcher each other using ingenious weapons.

The idea that you face an enemy, get wiped out, but you rise again and this time you know its tricks... and can prevail.

This concept is already present in pretty much all the Souls games and also Bloodborne, so I wouldn't say that's really where Blade of the Immortal comes in, although the protagonist from Sekiro kinda resembles Manji. I like the primitive prosthetic augmentation/technology idea; I would say that and the setting are rather where the Blade of the Immortal vibes come from. In any case, I'm really looking forward to some feudal Japan action with a dark, grotesque FromSoftware touch to it.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:01:15 PM »
that's a very strange clipping error that I've never seen, allowing them to get to Sen's Fortress early.

The original version of the game was full of those and many still remain. You can pretty much just fly through walls and map sections if you know what you're doing.

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