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News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:10:26 PM »
rock and roll "is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people's hearts and minds."

I laughed at that.

Music didn't plant the seeds of rebellion.  The parents did.

Return to Innocence - Enigma

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 07, 2009, 08:46:21 PM »
Hahaha, are you a God Hand member? They seemed to think it was worthy. And that's all that really counts, unless you want to write a Letter to the Editor for the God Hand Gazzette expressing your opinion of unworthiness. I'm not sure Void would run the letter though...  :void:

And anyway, "what we know about Ganishka" is mostly from his time as an apostle. Obviously he doesn't show sympathy for the lives of others after he's sacrificed his humanity.
I think the actual power of his feelings for his son are betrayed by his fear. Not only that, if he was so fearful of his son and wife, why not kill them off secretly? He had that option. Why let a successor live when Ganishka more than anyone knows the danger and the violence of succession.

Also, this may be pushing it a bit, but it's how I read it. As a child, Ganishka's relationships with his brother and mother were strained because of the bloodshed. Because of that, I'm sure there were a lot of repressed feelings of guilt and anguish that would have manifested in his relationship with his son. He kept him at a distance, but probably had great hopes as well because of his loss of innocence as a child. We'll never know though... because that chapter of the story is now over.

Good call.  My opinion has been swayed.

I read it once and didn't even think about making the comparison.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 07, 2009, 08:06:28 PM »
Honestly, I don't find Ganishka's sacrifice to be worthy.  From what we know about Ganishka, he has little to no sympathy for the lives of others.  For Miura to have him sacrifice a son he barely saw or cared little for seems like a scapegoat to me.  He didn't see his son for years and never spoke to him so I highly doubt there was enough love or connection for it to be a genuine sacrifice.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: MICHAEL BAY'S transformers 2
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:31:41 PM »
I still get teary-eyed at the end of The Rock :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:28:23 PM »
Geeze Walter get with the times.  :troll:

Anyways, I hit a Dune wall. I love Dune, but I can't find the urge to pick up the next book. Maybe it's school work. So In the mean time I'm reading Child of God by Cormick McCarthy, when ever I get time to go to the book store to finish it.

That's a good book.  You should check out Blood Meridian afterwards.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:26:09 PM »
(link removed -Walter)

Nice episode.  Quick and to the point.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 04, 2009, 10:32:25 PM »
im strangely aroused right now

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 01, 2009, 07:31:17 PM »
Much obliged, Griffith and Aazealh!
I imagine the next episode will make me climax in my pants no less than 599 times.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 01, 2009, 07:23:05 PM »
Could someone please repost the pic?  Imageshack is blocked here at work and, man, I would love to see this.

Reading these lyrics makes me wonder why I listen to Metallica.

Also, Dragonforce is a better band to assosciate Berserk with.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: General Miura art questions
« on: April 27, 2009, 05:26:50 PM »
I imagine the dimensions used are 11x17.  And then, for double-page spreads, they probably just combine two 11x17 artboards and go from there. 

That's the standard for American comics and I've also seen some manga artists use that format as well.  There's really no telling unless you had an inside source or found a random employee who actually cared enough about your question to take the time to check.

So, yeah, I would go with the industry standard of 11x17 artboard.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 25, 2009, 02:38:20 PM »
Makes me think it'd be funny if we saw Grunbeld imbedded in the ground under Ganishka's foot, not dead but half-buried. :void:

I would pay a million dollars to see Grunbeld in the ground saying, "A little help, please?" as he was trying to get out XD

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 24, 2009, 04:00:38 PM »
DT had an ending. It even had 2 endings, really.

As far as I'm concerned, the series ended with Wizard and Glass.  The last three books were just too, well, off(imho).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 08:29:00 PM »
What can I say, I'm a very special boy. :badbone:


See, at least it HAD an ending though.

It's not like the end of the Dark Tower series where I was disgusted and actually threw all of the books away. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 08:06:22 PM »
Ah man, the Ender series is my favorite book series. Speaker For the Dead is where the real Sci-Fi concepts and crazy shit begins. Also, Ender's Shadow is another book that takes place within the same time period but through the eyes of one of the other Battle School students, and I actually like that one better than Ender's Game. But seriously, even if you don't like Ender's Game, read Speaker For the Dead and the sequels after that, they're much more adult oriented and have heavier themes.

Speaker was a great read.  The concepts of the mothers, fathertrees and third-lifes were awesome.  Also, the characters were great.

Ender's Shadow was a damn fine read.  Bean is such an awesome character.  I refer to him as Ender-2.

Actually, the entire Shadow series is really good.  Shadow of the Giant was AWESOME.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:55:35 PM »
Well keep in mind the novel was originally a short story that the author later expanded. In the end the plot is pretty simple to understand though, and I'm certain you'll see the end coming a mile away just like I did when I first read it, but it is indeed a good intro to Sci-Fi.

I actually didn't see the end coming.  Like, at all.  I was completely surprised.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:39:46 PM »
Ender's Game was supposed to be the second book in the series, but ended up being the first.  "Speaker for the Dead" was supposed to be the main book, but things changed so it ended up being second.

Keep reading and all will be revealed.  It's an awesome book, dude.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: April 23, 2009, 06:37:50 PM »
Just finished reading "Ender's Game" for the second time.  Loved the book and loved the characters.

Currently reading: Catcher in the Rye

As mentioned before: Preacher and Sandman.  Haven't read Walking Dead, but have been meaning to.

As for others, I would strongly recommend:

Garth Ennis' run on Punisher MAX.  It spans 10 volumes and even has a few spinoff series, one shots and backstories that compliment the series itself.  Just to elaborate, though, Ennis has written a shit-ton of Punisher stories.  Like, a lot.  He wrote a lot for the Marvel Knights Punisher(which spans like 35 issues in total, I think) and then a lot of one-shots(Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe).  All of them are great, but the Punisher MAX series really stands out because Ennis doesn't have to censor himself as much as he would with non-adult imprints.

The Boys, also by Garth Ennis, has been a great read.  I haven't been reading it much lately, though, because it's been rather slow-paced and extremely exposition-heavy.  In the beginning, it had a lot of action and some great quips, but, as the story has progressed over the past few years, the action and violence(for the most part) has taken a backseat and the characters are pressing the story forward more and more.

A nice little miniseries to check out is Sliver Surfer: Requiem, by J. Michael Straczynski.  It's quite possibly my favorite thing to read.  Ever.  It's extremely heavy-handed and very heart-warming.  If you've ever read any of "The End" comics and hated them, then just forget about them because this one will really pull your tears.  The synopsis is that the Silver Surfer is dying and he's remembering his life and trying to do as much as possible for everyone he loves before he dies.  It's a very VERY good farewell.  But, keep in mind, it isn't cannon and is simply an "End" story that has no value on the current situation in the Marvel universe.

Also, I would highly recommend "Midnight Nation", also by J. Michael Straczynski.  It's about a man who is caught between life and death because the "Reapers" stole a certain part of his soul.  He begins his year-long quest to walk across country to confront the demon who sent his reapers after him in the first place.  It's a great story that spans about 12 issues, I believe.  Well worth the read!

Swamp Thing was mentioned earlier in the thread, I think?  Yeah, it was.  I have the first three volumes of Alan Moore's run and, I gotta say, I didn't expect the Swamp Thing to be so interesting.  It's hard to find a good writer for the series.  The character, seriously, has had about four or five series to himself(one spanning 10 issues and another spanning close to 175).  The character is hard to lock down and even more difficult to get good stories out of due to his speech pattern and, well, boringness?  How he made it past the planning stages is beyond me.  But, Alan Moore did a great job with the character because he reinvented him: Instead of an actual monster, he's an actual elemental, which is a giant step away from the original origin.  I thought it was really interesting how Moore pulled it off, but he did it.  Mark Millar upped the antie with a 25-part storyline where Swamp Thing basically becomes the god of all elements.  The series was cancelled after that, though.

Infinity Guantlet is a badass story and I would HIGHLY recommend reading it.  It's about Thanos acquiring the Infinity Guantlet and becoming God of the universe.  Half the people in the universe get killed and, man, it's just an all-out war between Thanos, Marvel characters and even eternals.  Great read.  FANTASTIC read.

Watchmen has been mentioned already, so no need to elaborate on that.

If you like Spiderman, I would recommend J. Michael Straczynski's run on the series.  Well, not the ENTIRE run, but up to a point: Books of Ezekiel.  Anything after that is just plain shit(Sins Past, Skin Deep, New Avengers, Civil War, Back in Black).  Also, please do NOT read One More Day.  That story is complete shit and is the ultimate cop-out way to revert a character.  So, stop at Book of Ezekiel.  Seriously.  Brand New day has been shit from beginning to right now.

I would also recommend the current Thor series.  It's not classic "Thou art" Thor, but, instead, is more Shakespearean and much more dramatic than its previous installment.  It's been pretty heavily delayed, so it's only had about thirteen issues released since 2007.  But, honestly, it's a damn fine read and I would highly recommend it above anything else.

Check out the latest Captain America series.  Ed Brubaker has done an AWESOME job with the series and it's even received media attention with the death of Captain America.  It's about 50 issues in, so, if you start now, you'd really enjoy it for a good while.

Planet Hulk was awesome.  It was written by Greg Pak.  It's about the Hulk, having been exiled from Earth, stranded on a new planet where his powers are drained and he becomes a slave to an empire.  It's a really good read and lasts about 12 issues and is actually the prelude to World War Hulk--which, in itself, is also an awesome read.

Moving on to less mainstream titles, I would recommend the following:

DMZ, Promethea, Top 10, Leage of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Strong, Hitman, Dicks, The Pro, Chronicles of Wormwood, 303, Crimson, Incognito, Criminal, Cable and Deadpool(hilarious), Desolation Jones, Jonah Hex, Planetary, Midnighter, The Authority, No Hero, Black Summer, Crossed and Transmetropolitan.

I've got a pretty wide frame of reference with comics, so if you need any information about a random series then just let me know.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: MICHAEL BAY'S transformers 2
« on: April 23, 2009, 05:35:40 PM »
I'm excited for this movie, but I just hope they handle the characters a bit better.

In the first movie, Prime was raped beyond belief.  He's made out to be some self-righteous asshole and doesn't display any leadership qualities whatsoever.  I WILL SACRIFICE MYSELF COME ON IM HERE SAM PUT THE CUBE IN ME!  It was like he was wishing to die.  That's not the Prime I fell in love with, so it doesn't bother me.

Ratchet, Ironhide, Bumblebee(why they even attempted to call him this is beyond me) and Jazz were all handled horribly.  Jazz wasn't one to question orders or to even ask for orders.  Jazz would go out and get the fucking job done.  I was surprised when Prime wouldn't let them go after Bumblebee when he was taken.  They could have easily rescued him without harming the humans.  They did shit like that ALL the time in the cartoon AND comics.

If it weren't for the action and the fact that I love the transforming sound, then I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much...or at all.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 22, 2009, 05:15:47 PM »
I imagine that when this volume is collected it will probably be one of the best volumes released so far.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 302
« on: April 21, 2009, 01:53:25 PM »
I don't understand how some people can have such an angry demeanor towards a series they proclaim to love :judo:

Speculation Nation / Berserk's conclusion
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:25:32 PM »
Ok, I did a search for threads like this and came across a few that were either stagnant or riddled with chaotic conversation, so I took the liberty to create a new one for a fresh start.

Anyway, given the recent progression of Berserk's story, I think it would be cool to get an update on everyone's theories for the conclusion of the series itself.

Here's mine:

After the defeat of Ganishka, I imagine there will be a massive time jump to where Guts and crew are--finally--making it to Elfhelm.  All the while, Griffith is establishing Falconia and bringing Midland into a new "golden age" or "age of prosperity". 

As far as the details go with Guts and Co, I really can't pinpoint any specifics on the characters themselves.  I imagine when(if) Casca returns to her old self, she'll leave for a while and then eventually come back because she knows she can trust Guts.  The problem with that, though, is that Guts is such a tragic character so it's sort of hard to see her coming back at all(imho).  As for everyone else, I would guess that, well, they progress to what they're supposed to be.  Hopefully Roderick joins the crew.  I like him. 

Now, for my prediction of the end:  Griffith now has his kingdom and his followers; the people of Falconia are now living in sort of a "false" reality because, behind the glamour and beauty of Griffith still lies Femto.  Guts and Co return to Falconia at their maximum strength(skill, whatever, etc) and the unavoidable war ensues.  Given that Guts is the one who really cares about everyone, I imagine that, with the death of Griffith, reality would set in and the world would go back to what it was before Griffith created his kingdom.  It wouldn't be false, but the true reality that everyone is doomed to see before them anyways.  I can see that happening to Guts because of his tragic nature(does the right thing, but at such a cost).  So, really, the dude can end up being hated by everyone but, really, in the end he did the right thing.

Furthermore, if, like Walter said in another thread, the apostles DO divide into factions, I doubt the humans would be safe from either side.  Those who would be loyal to Griffith would most likely kill humans if it meant killing another apostle at the same time.  I see it as a double-edged sword: loyalty without the restrictions.  At that point, though, after Griffith having attained his kingdom, I doubt the understanding between apostles and humans wouldn't matter.  Maybe they even have underground meetings where the apostles feast on humans behind candle light?  Who knows.

Speculation Nation / Re: What will Falconia be like?
« on: April 20, 2009, 07:09:20 PM »
It's really hard to say.  Given that the story is 60-70% done, finding the space to have a schism between apostles would be sort of difficult given the broader distance we have right now between Guts and Griffith.  If anything, there will be a time jump so the story of Guts and company at sea doesn't stagnate.

As for what Falconia would look like, I imagine it would be sort of a new "Golden Age" of man and monster uniting under one banner.  The city would be white and pure like the hawk of the light is intended to be.  Or it could be gold, maybe.

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