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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 19, 2017, 03:36:32 PM »
Lmao, true true.  I just didn't have my inner critic back then.  That Feldman sound alike is truly cringe worthy.

Bloodborne, Nioh, uncharted 4 also great.  Let's not forget lords of the fallen.  :ganishka:  Zelda is one I want to dive into.  Even if Ninetendo doesn't offer a few exclusives any time soon I could just get a switch for my daughter.... :slan:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:23:30 PM »
Horizon zero dawn completely surprised me.  I'm only six hours in and can be confident in saying this might be the best open world game I've come across.  Keep in mind robots aren't really my bag.  For the few exclusives Sony has this one is going to the top.  Also replaying Code Veronica on dreamcast.  Not aging gracefully and my oh my has dialogue evolved.  :isidro:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:57:50 PM »
What's weird is a few people I work with thought it was too emotional and touchy-feely.  Eh, that wasn't my issue or even issues with this one.  I feel like I'm in the minority for the masses too.  Groot must be too cute or some bullshit.  I'm pretty much completely on the same page you are incantation. This is one of those movies I couldn't even allow my fandom to overcome the shortcomings. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:10:38 PM »
Apart from the :???: spoilers, I've got nothing against the story, I agree with a lot of your points, it's the execution that I didn't like.

I'm gonna assume you played this sometime in the last few years.  I played it the year it came out and thought it was quite amazing, minus the save system.  I wouldn't dive into Berserk until years later.  Assuming you did play it now vs then, that's not a very fair statement considering we're talking the Sega Dreamcast and when many played it early 2000.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:49:39 PM »
Did you even read All Star Superman?

We literally just got one. Don't expect to see it until later this year.

I own All Star Superman.  In fact that's one of the only graphic novels I really didn't enjoy.  Idk, just really don't see the fuss behind it.  Red Son, Earth One, even Death Of over that any day.  Supes really isn't my cup of tea, so there is that.  I'd love to upload a pic of all my graphic novels, but I truly suck at getting that done on here vs the easy way on social media.

Ah c'mon, that was a "teaser."   :ganishka:   Thought there was another convention soon. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:56:51 PM »
Personally, Watchmen is more of the zenith of deconstructionism in comics in general, not so much super hero comics. I'd say that the zenith of super hero comics in a classical sense is All Star Superman.

I can not get behind or understand the raving amazement for All Star Superman.  Of all the critically acclaimed stories, that one has me scratching my head.  I'd take watchmen over that any day of the week.  Even TDKR is better written, though the art is atrocious.   I'd put Kindom Come as the king as far as D.C. Is concerned.

There any news on the next trailer for TLJ?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 06, 2017, 11:22:40 AM »
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 was ok.  I'm a big fan of this movie tv series Marvel has built the last 10 years, but this one especially is feeling like those late episodes with more filler than even I want before the finale. 

There's a good movie in there, but Gunn writing this solo, too much feels like he tried too hard. Did you like Groot, Rockets quips, the one liners?   Cause this has them doubled up in a way that felt too reminiscent to AOU.  I would say GOTG2 is slightly better than that.  Kurt Russels Ego was great.  The emotions were more feely than the first, but even then over half of the movie gave me that "get on with it" numbing bore.

One thing to note is this takes place soon after the first, and on top of that there is a four year break in the timeline between this movie and the final (I hope) Avengers part1/2.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Smug Wendy's
« on: May 03, 2017, 08:45:46 PM »
Wendy's came in with the smug and savage comments. 

I was referring more to how everyone started making fanart.

Hmmmm.   Not what I gathered.  :farnese:

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: May 03, 2017, 08:18:46 PM » The souls just keep on coming. Digging the different vibe from this trailer.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 03, 2017, 04:19:25 PM »
I didn't have time to watch the trailer again after work, but wouldn't it would be awesome if Roland had a horn hanging on his belt in this version? :slan: :slan:

Anyways, I'm not going to say that I'm going to miss whatever it is they cut out of most of the series, but book 1 was pretty enjoyable and I would be a little bummed if they "mainstreamed" it into a movie for young teens, which is the impression I got from the trailer. That said, I haven't seen any additional info about the movie's content, so I could be completely off.

But yeah, pumped for Idris Elba. The man's a powerhouse. Looking forward to what he brings to the role. Though, was it just me or did I picture his pistols being bigger in the books?

The first picture of the film released had the horn intact and said "previously."   

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:09:22 PM »
Beat me to it.  I agree with all you have said and want to add that I can also do without Potter references. From what I read so far the movie will be a continuation of the books.  If successful a few movies of the same story told in a similar fashion that wraps up in a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion.  Perhaps cutting out all of the fat into a leaner and more focused tale.

Site & Forum News / Re: Server caching issues
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:59:26 PM »
Yeesh.  Sounds like you guys had a combination of customer service nightmares.  Thanks for the hard work getting things back together.   :azan:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 12:50:26 PM »
Thanks for putting this outline up, Aazealh.  Guts speaking about his journey and actually voicing how he feels now vs. then was a big moment for me in this episode.  Finally resonating what we've watched come together with his character.  Both humbling and powerful. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:46:14 PM »
 :ganishka:  I truly love your rebuttals and I'm only saying this in response to the constant doom in gloom.  Many are obsessing to the point that this very well may turn into (at least the adaptation side) a "Lost" kind of letdown when all is said and done.  What we view Berserk as may not be as serious as the one putting it on paper, hence the lack of hesitation to hand over a character I find fantastic to someone who would be more likely to helm another gangnam style music video.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 25, 2017, 11:19:47 AM »
We do have a right to be disappointed, but what will this do exactly to recycle the concern?  We have no voice or say in what he does.  Referring to someone by their first name rub you wrong?  Cultural differences, respect, what is it?  No different than a last name to me, especially with my first name. Reading my previous posts regarding this, if Fukami is in charge more so than Miura, the quality will not be there.  At least it's not attached to the manga.  It's very possible the idea was pitched and our beloved author didn't have any plans to tell the story and just let it go. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:00:24 AM »
Wow, that is quite a list! Boscone...? I mean, don't get me wrong -- big Boscone fan here. But I can tell you his story. He was a very accomplished warrior who rose in rank to become the general of the Tudor forces. Were you waiting for more, all these years? 

In all seriousness, your list is a tad on the chubbier end, don't you think? I've already addressed most of these, but I like to think that Miura respects his readers enough to piece out some of the bits themselves. So, I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you, but I'm not sure there's much left to reveal about some of these, including Silat and Flora, who is admittedly missing a tiny chunk of her life, but it's likely to be revealed as a tie-in with Skull Knight's past. "Everyone on Elfhelm of significance" is an off-the-deep-end request that no one but you is expecting. And "other apostles" like... who exactly? Volkov? I'm good.

All of these? Probably never will happen, no.  And fair warning, I picked up the domain

I agree, explaining all of those in several "episodes and or chapters" as you prescribe is rather  unrealistic. However, that's an exaggeration of the precedent for flashbacks in Berserk. You're complaining about something that doesn't even exist.

I don't care whatsoever should these back stories come to fruition.  Simply stating there is plenty open for us to conclude.  However, would a few short stories OVERSEEN by Miura be amazing?  A ton of characters listed be something I would want?  Absolutely.  If it's the man in charge of the current anime and truly canon, maybe I'd just guess my own back story.  If I'm the only one that exaggerates the opposite extreme, we'll see the middle, eh?  :)  On top of that, I think one episode would suffice the entire God hand. Chapter would be reaching, yes. We would eat it up though.   

You devil you.  Picking up that domain.  We both know that one is over and done with.  Let me know when it's finished.  :beast:  I have little doubt I'll indulge and be swept off my feet.

Ok, I just clicked that first link and admit I chuckled.  :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:42:46 AM »
Nearly all of the band of the hawk, Rakshas and what, all of the new falcons?  Flora, The God Hand, possibly a robust and thorough explanation of the IOE should he go that direction, other apostles, Silat, Boscone, everyone on elfhelm of significance.  Plenty more.  It's not as if that will never happen in the manga.  Acting as if it will or even could is unrealistic and obsessive to a degree which will leave many bummed out.  It shouldn't, it simply won't happen should the story really be where it is. So in what regard is that not ludicrous?   It's only a big deal to the community because of who is part of the novel, or in a nightmare scenario, who will ruin the character for publicity if Miura thinks it's not as big of a deal as we do?  Look at the track record of non manga material and assure me this isn't the direction we're headed.

Walter, I don't really have anything to argue with in regards to your response.  You run the site.  Anything else would be surprising.  Idk what info wars is.  The simple point is what we westerners surmise as a whole has no bearing in any way with how this turns out.  If I'm the only one to say why all the OH NOOO, that's fine.

BTW, I will always argue with you since no one wants to.  I do however appreciate the thorough dedication you and a few others attribute across the board. The time and fortitude alone command respect and the constant 0 bullshit is on another level.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 25, 2017, 12:56:07 AM »
How? Why? Berserk has never shied away from character backstories. If anything, flashbacks are a very common element used to add depth to the world. We've seen the backstories for the Count, Guts, Casca, Jill, Rosine, Farnese, Serpico, the bird torturer, the Beherit Apostle, and Ganishka, and all of those flowed nicely into the narrative IMO. I don't see why more would automatically disrupt the story. If Miura is willing to go into detail on the pasts for one-shot or even outright incidental characters, then I think those that have a bigger and longer-lasting presence in the story, like Griffith's lieutenants or the God Hand, can get the same.

And too many times, other writers just muck things up because they don't have the talent, imagination, or intelligence of the original creator, resulting in works that don't match in quality, tone or theme. And that's assuming they don't violate the canon or continuity in any way. It's why a lot of company-owned franchises, like what you'll find in comic books and video games, tend to become messes. Too many cooks spoil the broth. Besides, you don't need another writer involved to keep you from falling into an echo chamber; you just need some people who can look objectively at your drafts and tell you what does and doesn't work.

And while this may not always be the case, do you really think this Makoto Fukami guy is going to add some quality material to the Berserk mythos, when he's been involved with a project that can't even get Miura's existing story right?

As far as Fukami goes, hell no.  If he is given free reign over this it'll be a laughable mess.  The point I'm making and going off of the 60% of the story being done, (from Miuras own mouth) the audacity as fans for all of or even most of the characters to get back stories at this point, it's a ludicrous thought.  No one wants to point this out and just follow in order as a yes man.  That's fine, fit in, I get it.  For myself, I find this approach silly.  Miura will do what he wants.  He isn't oblivious to the anime in 2016/2017.  If he really has no problem with that man taking his characters where he wants, who are we as readers to say?  At the end of the day it's Kentaros baby, whether or not the fans think it up to snuff in some regards, is in all actuality, irrelevant.  Should the story take a turn or get handed to imbeciles, a few will feel their  time was wasted.  I'll hold my reserves till then and hope for the best. 

Grunbeld is my favorite apostle.  I know Zodd takes the cake for most, but I'm curious of his personal fall into being such a beast of an apostle.  Perhaps his story is beyond a short few pages that would be worthy of a short novel.  I would personally relish an opportunity to read it. Regardless, when this "novel" is out, I hope to check it out.   

If the God hand do not in any way get a sizable or reasonable fleshed out episode or chapter for themselves, that is where I will draw a line in the sand and feel truly let down.  Kentaro could pull off a few pages for each, but I do hope for more.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:02:18 PM »
If the novel is indeed a canonical in depth from Miura, perhaps the logic for not including it in the manga is that the story/information being conveyed just doesn't have a place that would naturally fit in with the narrative flow?

This is my line of thought.  Look at all of the characters throughout the years and how many have backstories vs how many we want?  There is no conceivable way for the manga to throw all or even half without disrupting the story.  This may very well be as simple as giving an option to know about more apostles.  I don't want the current falcons bogged down to one or two pages a character.    As long as the story is good and Miura at the helm, obviously it'll all be ok.  Too many times the expectations vs. the approach from the actual author become unhinged in an echo chamber, sometimes more passionate than reality and disappointment is blown out of proportion. 

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:46:44 PM »
The lady of deep water Spirit from Enoch battlefield , invocation pose and museum pose standing before battle

Here is my concept art for Project 1

This is one of my favorite panels and I'm truly astonished with the concept art.  You will be getting my money someday.  Truly amazing. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:17:39 PM »
That poster is breathtaking.  Being truly honest, and I know this is a teaser, but my hype fizzled out on the last line a little.  Maybe just the way it was put together.  Still very excited.  Something like the Jedi ending for good is bound to happen and I hope the script delivers.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 10, 2017, 11:53:30 PM »
I'm a huge Silent Hill fan and found Downpour to be the best in the western series tbh. It's definitely not without flaws but I feel like they did a pretty damn good job with what they had to work with.

The development was a shitshow though. I've actually been craving to replay that game and was going to soon. Supposed to be stormy tonight and tomorrow, so might be a good time for it hah.
I've heard that about downpour and just never got around to playing it.  Excited for even a little bit of that lightning in a bottle.  Haha, I was also waiting to play until some storms came by.  Lightning storm and light rain is when I started.  That environment is crucial.

Yeah, from a practical playing standpoint it had everything you would want in an ultimate Dark Souls farewell DLC from challenging areas to a variety of popular/memorable boss styles. But the presentation, especially the lore, was caught in no man's land between trying to touch on, and outright teasing, satisfying series-wrapping conclusions and remembering the end of DS3 is still supposed to be the ending and this is technically a side thing, so trying to do something original in that vein and in the end not really really doing either.

Well said.   Oh lord, that Guts reference in wiki.  Yes...exactly like Guts, especially the newly acquired elemental sword in the anime.  :ganishka:  I played and finished the first dlc quick and never dabbled in the pvp that one threw together.  I hardly remembered slave knight. Shame on me.  I will say this, that first drop through the chapel had my stomach in knots.  Thought I was going into oblivion.  I'll be happy if they let it rest and just make games of a similar vein or style.  I was very happy with Nioh in regards to branching that style.  Started demons souls again and was having fun. Put 180 hrs into my first character. Eesh.  I'm afraid to play dark souls again as the inevitable hd remaster could be in the works.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:17:29 PM »
I finished Nioh.  A very fun game. Of all the souls type games, this truly felt by itself.  That ninja gaiden vibe was strong.  I rushed through Berserk and the band of the hawk.  Terrible.  Finished The Ringed City.  Going from Nioh to souls was a kick to the face in terms of style.  Nioh encourages constant offense.   Could be me wanting more, but the last dlc of the entire series was a little underwhelming in the fact of what could be fleshed out a little more wasn't. 

Currently playing Silent Hill Downpour.  Love the series, but not the western games.  Just don't seem to get it. When the wife is done with Horizon: Zero Dawn I'll pick that up.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 10, 2017, 04:02:14 PM »
The pacing is way too fast, which numbs the crucial moments.

This is the worst part of the adaption which I feel is overlooked more so than not.  As stated, they are squeezing so much into a few episodes.  The moments that need and deserve time are left bare and emotionless.  Any dramatic weight to each respective panel is pushed through like a flip book.  Like showing a friend your favorite parts of a story they've never read, why am I suppose to give a shit?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: April 10, 2017, 02:15:46 PM »

Among other things Cate is playing Hela and very likely will be "death" of the MCU.  Which means it's romance time for Thanos and his ambitions.  This film will tie up significantly with Avengers 3. 

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