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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.

Anime Asylum / 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. 

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 06:45:24 PM »
English dub preview.

Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: March 16, 2017, 06:07:39 PM »
Wow.  If this is something you're passionate about I hope you continue.  Both styles are so different, but the second would be my preference in style, though I like the look of color when animated.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What hobbies do you have?
« on: March 09, 2017, 04:13:33 PM »
1.  Building/crafts.   Over the past few years I've taken a liking to being creative.  I built a multi level legacy of kain reptile cage with themes to boot. A starlight panel with fiber optic lighting for ambiance.  A platform with led lighting on the steps for our theater/arcade room.  Built my first computer in 2012, an arcade mame machine, etc.

2.  Trying out new things.  Guitar, fixing cars, landscaping and more.  Plan on finishing one of our storage areas for a fifth bedroom and if I get my way, a sixth that is a craft room now.

3.  Games.   Usually though steam or PlayStation.

4.  Love finding new music and enjoy a vast variety of it

5.  Working out.  I bike quite a bit to my job, which is 18 miles round trip a day.  Weight lifting the most in fall and winter.

6. Video editing and photoshop. 

7.  Reading.  Books, comics, manga.  Though truthfully I have to be in the right mood to actually read books in the same ways people might need the right frame of mind to work out.

8.  Collecting figures of various mediums.  Whether that's Berserk or a bust of Doctor Strange.

9.  Work.  I list this because my job allows a lot of overtime and if I'm bored enough the friends I have there and money makes it worthwhile.  I love my job.

10.  Taking my beasts out to parks and for a jog.

11.  Movies.  I love going to the cinema on a quite weekday when it's almost a private showing.

12.  Getting out for some drinks.  So long as I'm not driving.  :griffnotevil:

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: March 07, 2017, 01:53:38 PM »
Yup.  I'm hesitant, but that Guts looks worse in my opinion.  Is that his arm or leg?  That straight line down the middle quite honestly makes me think my lack of artistic ability could give them a fight.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 04, 2017, 01:11:41 PM »
I put Deadpool more in the Rob Liefeld universe than X-Men.   :void:

Ouch, though to be fair the wise cracking deadpool of today was not that eccentric as Robs creation intended. 

Logan was a pretty damn good movie.  It truly does have a western feel and although I have a few "Cmon, really?" moments, the movie is pretty sound.  I've never been a fan of the X movies all that much. I like that series almost as much as Berserk and in this case it's about as good as it will get.

Also, earmuffs.  They really went overboard with the F word.  Like they were making up for what he would have said off and on the entire series. There is more blood and guts  :guts: in this film than even I expected the R rating to bring.

Lastly, the villain you don't see in the previews.  When I was growing up that was a thing, they just don't come out and say the name.  Wolverine issue 38 after you see the movie for reference.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:55:04 PM »
I've been waiting a long time to see the Berserk's Armor in action outside of a video game... but seriously, is it that bad? I know I've been assured it is, and I still haven't gotten past the opening of the first episode, but beyond that, we're just being hypercritical fans and it's really not that unwatchable, right?? I want to watch Berserk anime but not have it hurt. :sad:

I'd put forth an argument that the new games version of the conviction arc is equally, if not more awful. Though as it stands there is little point in picking your better poison.  It's sad that the only things outside manga I've experienced since becoming a fan have been very uninspiring. Now ten years. 

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:05:32 PM »
Indeed. Few people realize how well the first Zelda game was designed. To this day, popular "retro" games like Hyper Light Drifter do not even come close to it.

Just a few years ago I finished the original LoZ for the first time.   I've played many of them and never felt compelled to finish, but that game is the masterpiece of its time.  For me it's that game coming I'm sure will score well that I know I won't play. Not sure why I can't get into the series, but hopefully the switch gives a few more reasons to invest.  This is the first Zelda game to peak my interest.   

Speculation Nation / Re: What do you think will happen after Elfhelm?
« on: February 24, 2017, 06:08:35 PM »
Excellent response, Vixen.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: February 22, 2017, 06:43:14 PM »
Nailed it. I really can't understand how this series has a following. The idea you're in God mode and the enemies don't know you're there.   :ganishka:  totally on point.  I'd really appreciate quality in our Berserk mediums.  We're definitely not given quantity. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:48:27 PM »
I've played the prologue and 5 missions.  I hate to be the negative nancy, but if this wasn't Berserk there is no way on earth I'd touch this game.  I knew going in the formula looked generic, but wow.  There is no strategy at all.  On hard.  Button mash as a ton of ai stands around.  This is to video games as the 2016 anime was to Berserk imo.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:03:44 PM »
Damn.  This is the first statue I feel I need to purchase.  Love how much is going on.  What would you estimate the size to be?   I do agree the head seems small, but hopefully not as much as the pictures make it out to be. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:22:29 PM »
Ha!  But but killzone is a sony exclusive!   :ganishka:  Uncharted 4 is about all I would rave about outside of Last of Us.  I use to have have a 360, bought one at launch.  5 breakdowns later and I'll stick to steam.  (And my Xbox that's modded to the teeth) My first Xbox 360 memory is a smoke filled bedroom that stunk of burnt electronics for a week.

Bloodborne is fun, but I do find it dumbed down, even in the build sense.  It's worth a play, yet I just can't appreciate it enough.  That whole first big exclusive tends to go to people's heads each generation. I'm looking at you Gears Of War 1.

I find the entire Souls concept perfect for my style of gaming.  Will take awhile for me to get sick of it, much like Diablo 1/2, Baldurs gate dark alliance, champs of norrath did years ago. God I miss couch co op.

On a side note I find Berserk being single player across the board a huge bummer.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: February 12, 2017, 01:31:55 PM »
Started watching the Path.  Got a few episodes in and I'm losing interest.   This is the same problem I have with the leftovers, besides who made it. I can never get that time back from Lost. I feel like this is going nowhere and if it does, who cares?   By the time I get there, the whole thing will be so drug out that my suspension of disbelief is now focused on the formula of the show.  Cliffhanger, unanswered questions, followed by two more questions, repeat.  I may just not be cut out for tv anymore. I have my favorites, but if a new drama feels bogged down by formula over the story it's telling, I'm out.  Most times where it's heading is not where it ends up. 

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 12, 2017, 03:06:16 AM »
I can't say for sure if Nioh will stack up to Dark Souls level design in the end. I'm not far enough in to confidently say.  I can tell you I read the level design was repetitive, but right now I'm seeing variety.  If you're familiar with the demo there's that, a cliffside that turns into a large cavern, a dusty landscape with underground stoney forgotten treasure trove, a swampy temple area filled with rain that ultimately leads to an abandoned lower temple,  a hillside of fescue, and now a mine.  Will that rival the variety present in DS?  Prob not, but I'm not seeing an issue either.  Certainly more variety than bloodborne in that respect.  Of all the souls games, bloodborne is only superior to lords of the fallen imo. I just wasn't digging it's simplicity compared to the others.  Sort of how I view GTA 4 vs San Andreas and 5.  There seemed little innovation vs mechanics. 

Literally feels like a ninja gaiden souls mix with a ton of customization.  I mean, let's say you have a helmet that's really well suited to your favored attributes, but it looks ridiculous. You can take said helm and change it to look like another in your inventory.  On top of that you can upgrade everything, redue the specials for said armor or upgrade in the traditional sense.  I'm not too keen on the blacksmithing yet as the loot that drops is reminiscent of borderlands.  I'm afraid I'll just find something better in 15 minutes.

Granted this is my experience alone and someone will lend their two cents and probably leave me wondering why I didn't explain it better, however from a few series I've enjoyed through the years, this feels both old and new.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:27:08 PM »
Nioh is amazing.  Team ninja has finally found its footing with this gem.  I'm to the second map and this feels like the next positive step to this souls formula.  From the combat, to the MASS amount of customization,(minus character creation)  I'm really digging everything.  The game really does feel like it's own and not a clone.  Haven't had this much fun since Ninja Gaiden on Xbox...right out of high school.  Speaking of NG, when TN released black, some of the environmental effects changed.  In Nioh you revisit levels in sub quests and the same treatment is done.  I do not feel like I'm strolling down the same path.  The levels are decent sized, but by the end of each feel very inclusive and well thought out.  I highly recommend.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official Weightloss/gain Thread!
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:05:40 AM »
Clanging swordsman, keep it up.  :)  Working out is great for the body and the soul.  You'll accomplish all you want in due time.

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