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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:25:14 PM »
Absolutely amazing and executed superbly (as if there was any doubt :slan:). This was everything I could have possibly hoped for.

I just can't believe it, after all these years, we're finally here. We're in a restored Casca era (with still so much healing left to be done, I'm sure). If someone were to start reading Berserk today, we could definitively tell them when/where in the story Casca's malady comes to an end, and that's just incredible to me.

Also, thank you to whoever spoiler tagged my post! I can't believe it slipped my mind!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 25, 2018, 06:25:10 PM »
I've been relatively absent over the last month so there were a lot of unexpected things that happened in this episode: Dragon-Slayer-tail, Femto's eye, Flora and Danan, the Demon Child...all of it gave me chills (and maybe just a subtle sting in my eyes :slan:)

Thanks for the summary Aaz and Puella! I'm really enjoying this dream sequence progression, even if internally I just keep screaming to see a restored Casca. The journey has certainly been entertaining, and each episode keeps me at the edge of my seat!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 18, 2017, 09:21:43 PM »
I've not come out of a Star Wars movie feeling so conflicted, even after Attack of the Clones. :troll: I don't want to rely on the old cliche and say that this didn't "feel" like a Star Wars movie, but I certainly walked out not feeling right about it. At the end of the night, the only thing that TLJ did was remind me how much I'd like to rewatch the original trilogy, which is honestly not something any of the other movies have done.

I think one of my biggest issues with the movie is the direction Johnson took with Luke and Kylo's back story. Are we really expected to believe that Luke, the guy that goes walking solo into the jaws of the enemy just so that he might have a chance at appealing to and turning the most evil villain in the galaxy to the light (and was successful), would actually draw his saber on his own adolescent nephew? I know Luke says it was a fleeting moment that he decided against, but the guy has the lightsaber on guys. This whole scenario just felt wrong.

I realize Starkiller Base nuked all of the major Republic planets in the last film, but did I miss something? Wasn't the Republic restored? Wasn't the First Order a growing fringe group? How did the Resistance dwindle so rapidly to a few thousand (and now only a couple hundred). I thought this was a galaxy, not a solar system! Am I just misremembering what TFA established (it has been 2 years since I saw it)?

I'm also highly disappointed with Phasma (again) and the Knights of Ren (or lack thereof). These were things that were hyped before TFA and now have been seemingly completely neutered. I have to believe that Phasma is still alive and she'll finally have her redeeming moment in IX. Otherwise she really is the Boba Fett of this trilogy. That fight and her send off where absolutely pathetic. And where the hell are the Knights of Ren? Who are they? Why doesn't Kylo keep in contact with them? Were they all force sensitive? Did Snoke organize them? Why where they even created if Kylo Ren is just going to be a megalomaniac? Maybe we'll finally find out in "The Knights of Ren: A Star Wars Story" coming 2024!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:45:06 PM »
Makoto Fukami's writing and Dark Horse's translating, what's not to love.

My immediate thoughts as well. :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:47:06 PM »
Who has played The Legend of the Dragoon? Is it as good as everyone says it is? All the reviews are mediocre, but reviews are trash a lot of the time.

It's a really great game, but I'm a bit biased towards it. It, along with Final Fantasy IX, were not only my first two Playstation games, but were my first JRPGs, so they both hold a very special place in my heart (Now, if only we could get LoD on PS4!)

I liked a lot about the game. I thought the story was interesting, the music great, and the combat was really fun. In particular, the addition system, I thought, was something more RPGs needed, but alas, LoD remains the only game that I'm aware of that ever did anything like it. It seems additions are one of those things that you either love it or hate it. I never understood why people disliked it, but I'm also the guy that could perform all of Albert's additions without breaking a sweat :daub:

On that note, I've been playing FFIX again for probably the 100th time. It was surprise released on PS4 a couple weeks ago, and it's still as much fun as I remember. The character models have all been cleaned up and upgraded, which is nice since you can actually see everyone's faces now. Too bad Square couldn't shell out some more and get all the pre-rendered backgrounds in HD as well for a proper remaster. Oh well.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 04, 2017, 07:22:45 PM »
Oh shit! I cannot wait to listen to this one! Usually I dive right into the podcast when I see one come up, but it looks like it'll have to wait until after my shift tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 23, 2017, 07:48:57 PM »
so, does anyone think Bran is the Night King?

That's the big theory du jour that's been going around a while.

I think it would finally give Bran a purpose. Ever since he became the Three-eyed Raven, he's just been kind of coasting along, and I don't really see any trajectory for him in the battles to come (other than his ability to warg) at the moment. Speaking of that, it was always my long-standing belief that Jon would learn to ride one of Dany's dragons, and Bran would warg into the other for the big battle ahead. After all, the Three-eyed Raven once told Bran that he would never walk again, but instead, he would learn to fly. Perhaps Bran will still be able to warg into the zombo-dragon. Or maybe that only confirms that as the Night King, Bran will ride the newly undead beast? OR, disappointingly, maybe it just refers to Brans ability to warg into spy ravens, which we've already seen.

You used special glasses?

I did not. None were available, and haven't been for a couple weeks (My area was a pretty prime spot for tourists after all), and all the hardware stores were out of acceptable welding lenses. I was in the heart of the path of totality though. It was cloudy all right before the actual total eclipse. I would sneak very quick, indirect glances every so often while the sun was being covered, but once the moon moved into place it became very dark, and the corona was the only visible part of the sun. That's when I looked at it, first with sunglasses, then unprotected for a good 2-2.5 minutes or so.

Long story short, I live very close to the path of totality, so I traveled an hour south into the mountains, climbed one, and watched the eclipse while listening to Hirasawa's "Murder", and it was absolutely sublime.  :femto:

Creation Station / Re: What are you playing? (musical instrument thread)
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:45:32 AM »

This is my ca. 1860 Viennese 15 inch viola. It's a little small, closer to the size of a violin, because I am a pretty small guy. I originally learned and played violin for about 12 years before I switched to viola in 2008. Tried learning on a more traditional sized instrument, and found it very difficult for the size of my hand. My professor at the time ran into this instrument randomly and immediately sent it my way. The thing is gorgeous, both visually and aurally, enough so that I fully committed to playing viola after that point. Unfortunately, my skills have waned over the last several years since I've had to put my playing aside to support myself financially.

I also own and play: violin (acoustic and electric), electric bass, trumpet, trombone, accordion, and piano. But those instruments (except my acoustic violin and accordion) are in "storage" at my parents' house since I don't have room in my apartment. I'll try to update when/if I ever see these instruments again!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:16:45 PM »
The jumping around is pretty terrible. Especially after how much emphasis was put on travel distances/time in previous seasons (Arya's, Daenerys', and Catelyn's transits come to mind in particular).

Basically, this episode was motion without action and did a great disservice to everything it was in such a rush to try and set in motion.

Watching Daenerys look fondly at Jon elicited a grimace out of me. It's just not working, again, especially when you compare it to other relationships that genuinely felt nice to watch develop in previous seasons, such as Robb/Talisa, Tyrion/Shae, and even Jon/Ygritte. If we're going to set up this union of ice and fire, it needs to be believable, and so far it's not. With only 8 episodes left in the entire series, I'm not so sure it'll be satisfying. Though, maybe we can dispense with the romance once everyone finds out Dany is actually Jon's aunt :carcus:

I'm getting anxious to see if we are gonna have a Cercei resolution by the end of this season... I'm getting a bit tired of her character that's going pretty much.. nowhere.

Agreed. I used to like watching Cersei, but now she's just kind of a low point of every episode. Maybe that's just a result of her finally being on the throne and not needing a bunch of subterfuge to get the things she wants, or maybe it's just her total "fuck it" attitude about everything. I'm not sure.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:35:30 AM »
Saw The Dark Tower at the apt 19:19 showing. I didn't hate it. But I also walked in with incredibly low expectations. I wish I could do this more often with movies, because it made this experience far better than it should have been for someone who loves the series (especially the first three books). Every once in awhile, you'll get a little glimmer of what this movie could have been, and it hurts when an apparent opportunity is missed. I thought it was generally a competent movie. It's pretty conventional though, and lacks pretty much all of the weird alternate dimension charm that makes the series fun. Nothing amazing, nothing completely terrible, imo. It's just fine, I guess.

I still think making The Gunslinger would have been a better choice. It's short enough, you could pretty much just use the book as the screenplay, and it would make for a fantastic movie, imo, with the option to continue the series if it did well.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:03:35 PM »
Quote from: ANA interview with Netflix Castlevania producer, Adi Shankar
I used the classic Berserk as an example of what to do and the CGI reboot as an example of what not to do.


Informative interview about the Castlevania series on Netflix. Just goes to show what someone with good influences and a love for the series can do with an adaptation if given the chance.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:04:02 PM »
A very happy birthday, indeed. Hope he had a good day.

I'm very happy with how it turned out. It is faithful to the Castlevania lore, is based on what has to be the most interesting game for an adaptation (Dracula's Curse), and has decent enough production value (especially compared to what they did to Berserk...). However I'm surprised they only released 4 episodes out of what I assumed must be a total of 10 or 12.

Agreed. I thought it was a nice pilot since that's essentially what it felt like. The series was only just getting on it's feet when it ended. I assume Netflix didn't want to make full commitment. The only animated series I've watched in the last two years is Berserk 2016, so it was extraordinarily refreshing to watch a well executed 2d series. The fight scenes were pretty nice. I just hope that the series maintains the quality we've gotten.

A little disappointed that the music is pretty standard fare.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:48:23 PM »
Rightstuf is having a 30th birthday sale on their site right now. Dark Horse volumes are getting bundled in 3-4 volume sets for really cheap. And individual volumes are selling at $7.79. I'm pretty sure I've never seen new editions go for under $8 before, so now is a great time for anyone still missing any volumes, or for those that want to start their collection.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 88
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:05:33 AM »
I thought this was a particularly entertaining episode, everyone! Thanks for an enjoyable hour!

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:03:44 AM »
Marathoned the second half of the season last night, and I was thoroughly unimpressed with anything it offered (what a surprise). I'll leave it short since my feelings align with most everyone else's sentiments. The only positive comment I can say is that some of the animations were improved from last season, but largely everything was the same or worse. I was particularly bothered by the assault on Flora's mansion. I can only hope this shit is finally done and buried.

Bruh...Count me in.  Strangely, this Castlevania animation looks a little better than a certain series most recent adaption.  :troll:

Animation looks good. I'm down. Seems like Dracula's Curse will be the setting. I wonder what elements they'll incorporate into the show. I'd really like to hear a few of the original tracks slipped into the music, especially "The Beginning".

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:42:01 PM »
This is indeed happening much more rapidly that I anticipated. I'm loving the montage though. Seeing everything through Casca's eyes, literally, is really neat. I can't help but feel that through all these experiences, Farnese is going to gain such an intimate knowledge of Casca's and Guts' love for each other that putting her feelings aside won't be a matter of question. But maybe that's too clean and idealized.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:32:37 PM »
Uhhh, I'm all for saying Scott has lost his touch, but to be fair he already made the most compelling entry in the franchise before it was a lousy franchise. I think it's ill advised for him to do these new ones, but it's just as much a mistake to start letting it color your judgement of his stellar work from almost 40 years ago (basically a different person in a different time). I'm all for separating the person from the artist and the artist from the art, but also credit when and where due.

That's fair to say. I was hasty in my remark about the original Alien, coming off a state of abject disappointment.

In other news, here are some scenes that probably should have been in Alien: Covenant, but aren't for some reason. Instead they were relegated to YouTube promotional material. I only just learned about them today. I think they would enhance a first time viewer's experience of the film, which begs the question as to why a whopping 8 minutes couldn't be squeezed into the final cut. But what do I know, I'm not a film maker.

Prologue: Last Supper (No spoilers)

Prologue: The Crossing (Maybe light spoilers? But not really)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:58:39 PM »
Saw Alien: Covenant, and the more I ruminate on it, the more I dislike it. There's not one thing I cared for in the entire movie other than the spaceship and the panoramas. It basically took all the stupid shit from Prometheus and smashed it into a halfassed version of Alien to create a movie that's easily the weakest entry in the franchise, imo (full discloser, I've only seen parts of Resurrection, and that was probably 15 years ago). I walked out of the theatre feeling utterly unfulfilled in every way possible. I'm starting to think Scott's success with the first Alien was a fluke, because the more of these movies he makes, the more it shows he doesn't know how to make a compelling entry.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 08:49:13 PM »
Well here's hoping they translate it into english then. :sad:

Dark Horse did/does publish Vampire Hunter D, so there's a chance they might pick this up, but considering their history with Berserk, translating an entire novel might 1) take forever, and 2) never actually happen.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:45:04 PM »
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

I never got around to playing Dark Arisen, but I absolutely loved the original Dragon's Dogma. I thought the world development and finale sequence of that game was incredible. Just wish it had been as popular here as it was/is in Japan.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:39:36 PM »
It's gonna look like beast wars.

To bad this adaptation wasn't released in 1996.

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