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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How's everyone doing today?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:29:12 PM »
I'm sick right now, my throat is so soar it feels like I'm swallowing a cactus everytime I gulp.  :judo: Incredibly painful. 

Other than that I've been recently promoted at work and transferred to a new building which is a much smaller and slower operation. Because of this, I'm basically running things here and have more responsibilities. I'm absolutely loving it not only because of the obvious perks that come with more power at a job and having people underneath me, but because it's not nearly as busy here I have far more down time which means more office time, which means not being on my feet all day busting my ass.  Now that I'm older I can definatley  appreciate being able to sit and work and my own speed in an office (and browse more Skullknight  :guts:). 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hi! I'm new!
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:18:49 PM »
Hi to everybody here!
Anyway, I'm 34 and I  have a Huge hype for the new Berserk tv anime that will start in July!   :guts:

Hello and welcome! I too have a massive raging hype for the new tv show. Hopefully it's well done.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:14:43 PM »

Another edit: I don't love these movies. I enjoy them, but on their own they're 3 star movies, and as adaptations 2 star movies.

Out of how many stars? 100?

I've only seen the first movie, and it didn't really leave a lasting impression, but I thought the opening siege was good. Mainly because it was the only thing they really expanded upon in a good way. I was really enjoying that opening battle sequence because it looked like they were going to add more of what they could to what they were adapting. But as soon as the dialog started and the characters started talking, with the Bazuso scene, it all went out the window because I could tell that the characters weren't the same characters from the manga. But yea everything up until then was good.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:46:15 PM »
Well, last night's episode was already better than most of last season's, so that's a good start (they managed to reconnect to every plot thread I cared for and ignore or tie up those I didn't). It was nice to see what surely seemed like more dreadful times with the Boltons ("Now I'm REALLY gonna torture you!") denied by Brienne for now, and for Theon Greyjoy to show a bit more of his old self by putting those sword skills to use (this guy was professionally trained since childhood, no reason he should be a cowering ninny with a sword in his hands). Speaking of rebirths, the make or break element for me though is how long they drag out Jon Snow's Stark's inevitable resurrection. I put the over/under at 3 episodes, at which point I start getting very impatient.

Yea I though the opening episode was miles better than 90% of the episodes last season. From a technical standpoint also. Better pacing, unique composition, cinematography, lighting, music etc. The whole episode had a weight to it, perfectly paced. All doom and gloom. With a few exceptions from some standout moments, last season was overall pretty bland and uninspired. I tried re-watching it before the new season started and it was really difficult to get through some of those storylines again. It's such a drag. Hopefully it just turns out to be that slump season overall.

As to you're prediction with Jon, I'm going to say it'll be even longer than that. Over half the season even. I have a gut feeling that they're going to do exactly that and drag that resurrection for as long as humanly possible for maximum payoff. They managed to go a whole season without Bran, so I wouldn't be surprised if we went most of this season without Jon (being alive at least). Plus with rumors going around about lengthy flashbacks possibly in the form of Bran's visions, I think they might pad out some episodes to put more time into Jon being lifeless. Other than that though, I think this season will be a redemption from the last. It kind of HAS to be. They clearly meandered last year and were just killing time (and characters(pointless Ser Barristan death scene)) to get to the good stuff, and considering the end is pretty much in sight at this point (the writers said that despite HBO asking for more seasons, they'd ballpark it at about a season and a half remaining, I'm guessing Soprano's style final season part 1 and 2) all that's left is the good stuff.

BTW, I thought the scene with the Sand Snakes was really surprising. I wasn't expecting them to take over through so quickly with such ruthlessness. The whole storyline with them last season bored me to tears and yet they are already quite exciting this time by starting with such a bang.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: April 24, 2016, 10:28:33 PM »
Went to a Bernie Sanders rally in my home state. It was really great. Lot's of cool people and some great speeches, including one from the man himself who spoke for nearly 2 hours. I also got a slight sunburn on my face, the first of the year  :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 13, 2016, 01:30:45 PM »
Where did you see them if I may ask? I was in Oregon, it was a magical experience.

My home state, Rhode Island.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 10, 2016, 09:54:04 PM »

About me outside of Berserk, I like music a lot. My favorite Band is Have a Nice Life, my favorite musician is Bob Dylan, and my favorite Album is Deathconsciousness by Have A Nice Life. I saw Neutral Milk Hotel Live this past summer and even got my record signed.

I also saw Neutral Milk Hotel last summer. It was pretty great. The summer before that I saw Jeff perform solo live as well. Never really thought that would happen.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: New cover design + volume 38 cover
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:37:58 AM »

Wow. Just Wow. That is absolute rubbish. Who's coming up with this shit? Who's making these decisions? I'd almost expect this type of cover from Dark Horse. Really blows my mind. It's not like it's a case of just the die-hard fans being overly critical either. The new cover design is pure comical trash and it's insulting to Berserk as a series and the fact that it's going to retroactively damage past covers is like salt on the wound. Miura must not have control over stuff like this because I can't imagine he'd be happy about it.

Yet again Berserk is treated with embarrassing and disrespectful decisions that come from people who you would think haven't even read the series or have very little to no understanding about it. At the end of the day I really just feel bad for Miura.  So much of the merchandise and general byproducts of his lifelong work are terrible and misrepresent the series. From this new design, to the last anime trilogy, to "GROOVY". 

Sorry, had to rant a bit. :azan:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:00:27 PM »
YES! They should have just used this for a movie. Kyle Katarn was a good Expanded Universe character. The Duke Nukem of Star Wars.

Dark Forces was so fucking awesome.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 06:51:50 PM »
The "many bothans died getting us this information" line is actually in reference to the second Death Star's plans in Jedi. These are the plans Leia gave to R2 in New Hope.

I remember playing Dark Forces back in the day and thinking it was awesome how that game's storyline tied into the movie (I can't remember if it had to do with the first Death Star or the second) and it fit nicely. Now they're trying to get me excited about a whole movie event that's basically the same idea.  It just feels like video game territory.

Now that i think about it, I'd rather play a new Dark Forces Rogue One than go watch it in a theater. :serpico:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 74
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:38:04 PM »

However, on the topic of videos... this year we're all in agreement that we'd like to do a video podcast reviewing the Berserk Dreamcast game's cinematic sequences. That's about as far as we've gotten in the discussion: the desire to do one  :guts:

Nice  :guts:

Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: March 30, 2016, 03:19:06 PM »
If humanity wants a world over run with fuckoff monsters as you put it, humanity gets a world with fuckoff monsters. Thatís how IOE works, what humanity as a collective wants is horrifying, that is why the Abyss and the God Hand are so dangerous, they are obeying a collective will that is self-destructive, again I have to ask, where does the deception come in?
 humanityís reason for suffering now comes as cool ass monsters rather than the mundane and pointless suffering humanity is used to. But if you understand that why do you believe that the IOE doesnít do what human will commands it to do?

Dude, you're really having a tough time understanding the concept of the God Hand and IOE. You seem to think that IOE and the God Hand are obeying humanties collective will. Or that they are following what humanity commands them to do. That is totally backwords.

Once upon a time, humans desired reasons for all the negative things in life. Pain, sadness, suffering, their own sensless deaths. This is where the Idea of Evil was created. However, it has become so powerful that it is now its own entity. It is not a slave to humans consciousness or anything like that. In fact, it is now controlling the destinies of mankind, to serve it's own purpose, which we as readers do not yet know to what extent.

Comparing the IOE to a genie in a bottle is just retarded. It has purposefully and specifically designed things so that the God Hand and the Apostles would come to serve it, obediently, while also doing own their own bidding and following their own path. This is where the deception comes in and it's a display of how powerful IOE is. Not only that, but since the "merger" (the overlapping of the Astral world and Corporeal world) humans must now rely on the God Hand and the Apostles to keep them safe from the dangers of the Astral world. Again, they are being deceived. Needing the truly evil beings of the world as their protectors. 

Humans are not desiring the monsters or all the pain and destruction they bring. All that is a result of the will and control that the Idea of EVIL has woven for it's own desire.  And rest assured that it is not to "create an ideal world demanded by humanity".  Do you understand this?

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:50:42 AM »
Yea that episode probably will be animated the only problem is, like Aaz pointed out, it'll be some strange timeline where they mash different parts of the story into one. I have a feeling they're going to use parts of the first two episodes like meeting Puck, the skeletons in the woods, and weeve that directly into the Conviction Arc. Skipping the Snake Baron and The Count, which really sucks because the whole Count story line is practically begging to be adapted. It's the perfect introduction for a Black Swordsman era anime. It's got a little bit of everything and it culminates with our first meeting with the God Hand.

Who knows, maybe they will do that but I doubt it. I'll be very pleasanlty surprised if that's the case.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:27:17 PM »
It's been a while since I've read it but I remember Battle Royale being a great read. And of course I wouldn't be doing my job around here if I didn't mention Eden:It's an Endless World. Great sci-fi manga.

Creation Station / Re: Fanarts of mine
« on: March 13, 2016, 12:38:26 AM »
Definitely not too girly. Besides, has a great group of female members. Small, but great. Really enjoy your art. Would love to see more.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 02, 2016, 05:05:46 PM »
I'm going to say Locus for me is a favorite Apostle. I remember when I first saw his Apostle form ... just wow. It blew me away because at the time we hadn't seen anything quite like that and it made me reevaluate what some other powerful Apostle forms could be. It's so unique and creative and terrifying actually that it stands out among all the other Apostles, even though they are all insanely unique. I remember when I first read that episode he reminded me of the T-1000 from T2. He almost looks like something that doesn't belong in Berserk. He's got a sci-fi vibe going on. I absolutely love it. I'm still trying to imagine a practical scenario where Locus could be defeated. You just know that fight is going to be a bitch!

As for creatures, I liked when we started seeing all the familiars during the Ganishka plot because you never knew what was coming next and Miura masterfully kept upping the ante with what he threw at us. Just when you though you'd seen it all, another creature would turn up and start wrecking shit and Guts would then have to kill that. However, I would have to say that my favorite creature right now would be the Garuda(s). Again, when Garuda first showed up I just had to geek out at how this random pterodactyl came out of nowhere and started flying around  :ubik:. It added to the complete chaos and madness of the situation. And seeing it's continued role in the story has made it even more fun and interesting.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What's up,
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:31:14 AM »
I also read some other manga/watch other anime but not too much (Vagabond, Kaiji, and Eden: It's an Endless World! to name a few)

Finally another fan of Eden. One of my favorites.  It's an incredible manga. Welcome to the site Acumen.

Creation Station / Re: Moth's Berserk art
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:28:37 AM »
Pretty cool dude. I like it. Welcome to!

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:51:32 AM »
So I've been playing this sporadically over the last few months trying to finish off a few of the things that I never got around to doing and I'm proud to say that after many, MANY attempts I finally killed those two giant tiger pets in the Frigid Outskirts in the final DLC area. Man that was a tough one. I'm not online anymore either but I did summon some npc help. Of course typical Dark Souls fashion the whole journey there and the subsequent battle took me many tries but on the try that I actually beat it, it was really easy and I don't think I took any damage at all.

Now if I can just beat the Darklurker boss I'd have done everything just about.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:41:31 AM »
DAT GRASS ! This is great, dude. Really enhances the scene. Gives a good impression of the sheer scope and magnitude that arriving to this point on the Skellig has. Also it really makes you appreciate the diversity and size that Guts' group has grown to. I mean we see them all the time and we know them all so well but these group shots, especially highlighted by the colors and textures here are just so flat out cool and wonderful. They really are a great group of colorful and well drawn characters. I can always stop and appreciate that.

If I had never heard of Berserk and had no knowledge of it's existence and I saw just this shot, I'd immediately be interested and want to know more. That's pretty much Miura's genius, where every page, every panel evokes that.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: 1/4 GUTS bust W.I.P. painting!!!!!
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:20:29 AM »
THis is awesome man! Good job.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: February 03, 2016, 03:23:04 AM »
I actually love The Edge, at least when I first saw it in the late 90's. I really wish they had used Burt the Bear in The Revenant instead of just using CGI bear because, although it was probably the best CGI bear done in film yet, it still stuck out to me as being totally fake and I was really disappointed that given the ultra realistic approach to every other aspect of the film, the infamous bear attack was computer generated.

As for Academy recognition, since these days the best Bear roles are now being lost to CGI, what hope can we have that they'll ever have their day?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:20:11 PM »
Good call on The Thing and The Shining, I'd def put those on. Hmmm Alive, Ravenous (remember loving it back in the day for its soundtrack), Fargo, Cliffhanger (to lighten the mood among such serious movies).

Ravenous! yes indeed. What a strange one that was.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:50:50 PM »
Because of the snow storm last week I snowed in for a few day (it actually wasn't that bad) but I was well prepared to stay in my pj's, drink some hot coco (with vanilla ice cream, as is tradition in this house) and watch movies nonstop. As mentioned in the "weekend" thread, power did not go out, so I was good to go.

Going through my massive blu-ray and dvd collection I started to realize there's some truly awesome movies that perfectly compliment the weather outside. Here's my own recommendation.

1. Jeremiah Johnson - This is a no brainer. It's old but stands well the test of time. Highly recommend it to anyone that has not experienced this classic.

2. The Thing - Another no brainer.

3. The Great Silence - Arguably Sergio Carubucci's (the other Sergio) greatest Italian Western set in the snow with a silent protagonist and a bleak ending. 

4. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell - I recently dug up my collection of LWaC movies (six in total) and I distinctly remember the final film having an epic snow setting. The ending to this movie has got to be one of the biggest and most insane final battles to ever put to film, along the lines of The Wild Bunch. Itto takes on entire army on a the slopes of mountain.

Those are the ones I watched over the weekend. Other movies that instantly come to mind when I think of snow are Doctor Zhivago and Fargo. I also recently saw The Revenant and Hateful Eight at the theater too. Those would both be worthy additions.

News & Not News / Alan Rickman Dead at 69
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:23:10 PM »
Also cancer. What a shame. Great actor. So many memorable roles. I just watched Die Hard over the Holidays weekend too.

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