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Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:31:45 PM »
Incredible, praise be to Grail

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:24:41 PM »
Amazing episode! I'm actually so happy that after years and years of buildup Miura still managed to throw us a curve ball by introducing the Queen! And in the way he did, creatively subverting our expectations of finding an old elf king sitting on his throne waiting for Guts.   I don't want to get too hung up on the new element since we don't really know anything, but I wonder just what kind of importance it will eventually be shown to have.  I was already toying with the idea that Miura would introduce something new and truly mystical, a sort of force-like mystery power that would explain everything in the magical world (Jedi Guts fantasy).  Of course I don't seriously expect that to happen, but I do think that we are going to have some major world building bombshells dropped on us in the near future that may change the way we view certain aspects of the story. New elements and the like, Miura could really go all out with this  :guts:

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Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: August 09, 2016, 03:15:30 AM »
This looks great man!

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Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:09:01 AM »
So I'm scrolling Skullknight watching South Park on Comedy Central tonight at 3:00 in the morning after a long night at work and suddenly during a commercial break I'm seeing clips of this new Berserk anime. Caught me off guard a little. I didn't think Crunchyroll would be doing cable television commercials for Berserk. It was a good 15-20 seconds too, all devoted to Berserk with "Crunchyroll" at the end.

I guess it's not a big deal, and as terrible as this anime is suppose to be, I must say just the idea of seeing a Berserk commercial on my television during a mega popular show like South Park while I'm scrolling sk.net is a little surreal. It's kind of settling in with me that we have entered a new generation with Berserk.  There's kids that are the age I was when I first discovered Berserk out there and they could be discovering this series right now this way.  Hopefully that path will lead them to be proper fans and support the manga. For us this anime might be shit, but for some kids out there who are interested in fantasy and dying to sink their teeth into a new series, they could see a commercial like that and with an open mind they could discover this amazing series that we all know and love.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: August 07, 2016, 06:18:15 PM »
What is this horse shit.

Damn dude I thought you died. Best thing about these shitty animes is the chance it brings back some lost members.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 07, 2016, 12:57:16 AM »
I wasn't kidding when I compared Snyder's Watchmen to the first Berserk movie because they both have the same problem. Even though the Ultimate Cut of Watchmen is better than the theatrical and the Black Freighter animated comic being integrated into the movie was pretty cool, the movie still can't hold up next to the source material. Even with a shot for shot, panel for panel copy of the book what's missing is everything between the lines, the meaning behind the scenes and the characters themselves. It doesn't matter how close it comes to looking like the comic because in the end the movie doesn't capture the essence of what's happening in the scenes and the characters don't feel like how they are suppose to, even though they may look and sound like they should.

When Watchmen first came out I actually saw it in the theater and I really liked it. I'm not a big comic book guy, I didn't grow up loving super heroes (except for Burton's Batman, obviously any 90's kid grew up with that) and I had never read the book. So for me, I thought it was cool because I was already sick of super hero movies back in 2009, so this was something different and I became a fan. Then the Ultimate Cut came out and I really enjoyed it even more. A 3 hour anti-superhero movie with great animated segments woven in and a sweet soundtrack and it came in a beautiful box set (I will defend the packaging for this box set still, which rivals even the Lord of The Rings Extended Box Sets. It's better than most classic movie sets that deserve this level of care and craft such as Once Upon a Time in America, Apocalypse Now, or even Star Wars).

However, I also watched the motion comic that came with it and that was equally as impressive and made me realize just how much I was missing. So just like with the 90's Berserk anime series, this prompted me to go out and buy the graphic novel. I've since read it several times over and now I can't help but be frustrated with the movie on so many levels, even some very simple and easy tweaks that they could have made to at the very least, get a little bit closer to the spirit of the book. But it's clear they were completely unable to do that. One easy example of this, without bringing up the big ending debate, is the final scene between Jon and Adrian in the book which is such a critical and important scene, it's the final scene for both these characters in the story and it wraps up a lot everything that just happened and it's missing in the movie. It would have only taken a few minutes but instead they needed something more dramatic so they have some of Jons final lines directed at Laurie and then have them share one final kiss before he leaves. DAWW. And of course because they missed out on the great "Nothing ever ends" line they had to finagle it by having Laurie say it to Dan with an awkward "I know what Jon WOULD HAVE said. He WOULD HAVE said ..." , yea, had they not fucked around with those scenes earlier. The whole movie is like this, literally every scene. I understand when adapting a movie sacrifices and changes must be made but if you're going to compromise to that degree and still call it a faithful adaptation, you really can't get mad when people call bullshit.  And just like Berserk, if you really love the comic I don't see how you can honestly get behind all these adaptations and not see through the visual aesthetic and realize that they're not really all that faithful and they don't really hold a candle to the source. I understand everyone is different and of course people can enjoy whatever they want. We have some respected members here even that enjoy these recent Berserk animes. That's totally fine, but they aren't faithful. Guts from the manga is not the same Guts from those movies and Adrian Veidt in Watchmen is not the same character in the movie.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:10:24 PM »

Dave Gibbons 100% endorsed the Watchmen film. You know, the "other guy". He ainīt a fan of the further recent WB Watchmen projects, i am mixed on them, but Zodd bless the Watchmen Toaster.
Alan though is currently busy refusing credit on the Marvelman reprints, his Watchmen before Watchmen, and worshiping a snake god. What a trooper... The film is nearly identical to the comic, to a degree that it endangered Zackīs career. Ebert even wrote an interesting 4/4 review for the (flawed) TC, look it up.


Snyder's Watchmen movie was to the comic what those Berserk Golden Age trilogy movies were to the manga.   

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:11:50 PM »


Quote from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693

Update: Nevermind:

 :isidro:

These guys are never going to produce a good movie again, let alone a successful multilayered franchise. That's truly mindblowing to me, like a perfect textbook example of the tail wagging the dog and movie executive creative malfeasance.

Makes sense, from what I've seen and understand basically all the movies listed above play like one giant movie long trailer anyway.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:47:58 PM »
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I think a lot of it comes down to being able fast travel from the outset, like you literally fast travel just to arrive at the first area; you don't really walk around and explore, but just go to different zones, like levels. Completely different experience from DS1, and I think it hurts even more on the design than user end because they don't really unify and connect the world because of it (they didn't have to). I still really enjoy playing the game though, it's the most refined and looks gorgeous and checks off all the boxes for capping off the series, but yeah, if this is it I'd really like to see them do something different.

I thought about that too and I agree. While I do appreciate the more straightforward "level" type of design in most modern games now, mostly because of how overdone the open world sandbox design is these days, I still feel that for Dark Souls, they perfected it the first time around. When I first played DS, it was tough to pinpoint what could or should stay and what could or should be changed or lost for future installments because there were so many wonderful things about it. Now, I think it's clear that out of all the other great things, the level design and the way the world connected and forced you to travel and explore was probably at the top of the list as to why that game is still the best. That aspect is just as important to Dark Souls as the combat, or the lore, or the great boss fights. It's in the very DNA of why that game blew everyone away originally and sadly that's the one thing the other games really weren't able to capture. 

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 25, 2016, 05:40:05 PM »
Between this and the cat, I should probably just stop trying to call out "firsts" for things in Berserk at this point  :void:

Not to keep beating the proverbial dead horse but when you mentioned the cat thing I thought specifically about the black cat in Solitary Island because it was an image I singled out for my Berserk picture game many years ago and I always really liked that shot. I should try to bring that game back actually, it's fun and we have a lot of new members since then  :casca:

Also Grail mentioned the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon from the 70's and I agree that when I first saw the Guru's I instinctively got vibes from that show. Nothing too specific but the art style from those old cartoons mixed with the classic fantasy caricatures of old wizards with pointy hats and great beards is nostalgic to me. I watched those a lot when I was a kid.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:48:59 AM »
I was hoping this would be up before my late night drive home from work. Sweet.

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Berserk Anime / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 23, 2016, 01:08:25 AM »
Do I get a prize for being the earliest to quit on the series, barring any tru fanz that never watched and never will? I honestly only got like 5 minutes in before tapping out.

I should get a prize for being that true fan, but I think the complete ignorance of the show is a reward by itself.  :ganishka:  I was never planning on watching from the beginning, but after reading all these threads I'm even more relieved that I never got even the slightest touch of hopeful expectations with this Frankenstein train wreck of a production.  I've completely given up on any type of adaptation of Berserk in any form a long time ago. Pretty much since the 97 anime. Once I discovered the manga it was obvious there was no way (and no need) for any other alternative form of media to try to adapt Berserk and have it be half as cool. Unless it's something uniquely separated like the Dreamcast game, all this shit just gets in the way. I mean, WE HAVE THE MANGA! It's amazing how many people really care about it being animated. Those IGN reviews made me sick. Listening to some of these Youtube reviews, even without having seen the show, just listening to them talk about why Berserk is great feels like a personal insult.  Berserk is unadaptable. People should accept that. And don't start with the "But Watchmen was unadaptable and look what Zack "the Next Kubrick" Snyder did"!  In a perfect world, a shot for shot remake of the manga with perfect casting and music and big budget etc, maybe it could work. But since that's not going to happen, and the manga is flawless, there's nothing to be done.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:30:57 AM »

The gurus go on: "Now almost all forests of spiritual trees around the world have been burned to ashes. Because of that, the world tree got more power. So the ancient chaos when the real world and the astral world are mixed together is going to come back." Ged says that now, he wants to ask a question to the man in black, who has a deep relation to him: "Who the hell is the Falcon of Light? Can you tell me what he wants to do by twisting the world like that? What desire led him to be reborn as a Guardian Angel of Desire?"


So this confirms that the burning down of Flora's tree wasn't an isolated incident. Griffith probably sent out many groups of Apostles to many locations around the world to burn down spiritual trees. I guess Flora was singled out in particular (possibly because of the armor or the connection to Skullknight) because both Zodd and Grunbeld showed up.

I love the Guardian Angel of Desire line. Brings me back to the early episodes.

Of course, thanks to Aaz and Puella!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:33:05 PM »
How'd you feel about Nameless King?

Honestly the prospect of running and dodging a flying enemy who can spout flame made me stop playing and it's been rough finding time to get back into the game.

Other than that, I believe I have everything done on my first playthrough other than the last boss. I messed up most of the NPC quests so I'll have to do almost all of them in NG+ or a new character, but I honestly expect that on my first play of a Souls game.


Same! Other than the final boss (and messing up 80% of the NPC quests) the only thing left is the Nameless King but I really wanted to do my first play through solo,but that fight is impossible. I put the game down after like 60 hours straight and can't seem to find the energy to pick it back up and finish the damn thing.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:24:18 PM »
This... looks... amazing. For as long as I've been following Berserk, sadly I wasn't a current reader when Guts first met up with Flora, so this is going to be great. The amount of information we are about to get...

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I know that and I like Griffith for this otherwordly feeling but at the same time it seems lazy.

That damn Miura is just so lazy! He's been pumping out this series for over 25 years, writing the same characters, developing them, making them grow, while also consistently retaining the highest standard in his illustrations and making sure his artwork is incredibly detailed far above and beyond average.

But when it comes to writing one of the most important characters ... he just phones it in. Ain't nobody got time for that. LAZY!

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Well, I am not glad that you see Miura as someone who doesn't do mistakes, at least I am getting that vibe.
Anyway try to see it at different angles, it's not like everything the author of Berserk has done is perfect.

Your failure to see Griffith/Femto as an interesting character isn't Miura's mistake. It's not really a popular opinion here (especially on forum dedicated to Berserk, CRAZY RIGHT), but that doesn't mean everyone else is wrong and not being critical enough. We all love this series here, and believe me, if you read through past threads over the years there's plenty of members that have been critical about different things, including the admins. Just look at the anime thread that's active right now. Obviously, if something is wrong or if it sucks, nobody is afraid to call it out. But what you're talking, the MAIN antagonist of the series being boring, well yea ok it's your opinion and I'm sorry you feel that way, but you're not going to convince anyone else here, because it's not an opinion held by anyone else here. You think Griffith was more interesting when he was human and he had to work to obtain his Kingdom. Great, got it. Femto is a slightly different character that us readers don't get to experience the same way as we did when Griffith was human. Honestly, how would that work anyway? Femto is a member of the God Hand, don't you think it would be silly if we got insight into is thoughts and such like we did for Griffith in the Golden Age? He is suppose to be detached, out of reach, beyond our understanding. Should we get Void's inner monologue too when he saw Skullknight? That's way more boring and typical of a villain. It's just not how the story is. I'm sorry that's boring to you but I have to agree, I'm glad you're not in charge here.


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Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:15:47 PM »
That idolmaster moment. Welp, we've reached rock bottom, people.  Ker-Plunk.

It's actually strange when you think about how the manga is at such a high and pivotal point that we've been waiting over a decade to witness ... while at the same time some of the absolute worst and most embarrassing byproducts of a successful manga are being shoved in our faces.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 09, 2016, 01:32:22 AM »
Well, I quickly jumped ship on DS2 for 3 once my birthday came around and it with it, and so far haven't gone back (gorgeous btw, and feels a lot more like DS1 both in gameplay and art/lore). I've only reached the Undead Settlement but so far I've found it satisfactory in terms of difficulty (but then I haven't played the DS2 dlc yet). Though, I'm finding my trusty Claymore (+1 and enhanced with fire from my starting gift =) seems a bit slow for the action this time around, and the timing is much less forgiving in terms of hitting them before they hit you and cancel out your attack altogether (maybe I need to go with a speedier straight sword this time around). As cursedone said I've had more trouble with the tougher regular enemies than bosses so far. It does feel like there's more room for error with the relatively unaggressive groups, but the more specialized enemies the Knights are a bigger pain in the ass than ever. Oh yeah, and souls yielded and leveling is way more stingy than even DS1, let alone the level-fest that was 2, but while still separating endurance and equip load (and armor doesn't seem too impactful thus far, but I started as a Knight so maybe my starting gear is already good enough). Anyway, I'm erroring on the side of caution with my points and when in doubt pumping them into life.

I started as the Knight as well and I found that the starting armor is really good, I wore it for a third of the way through basically. As for leveling, I wouldn't dump too much into life. You're definitely going to need to get your equipment load really high as you progress. It kills me to look at how many points I put into that (almost at 40!), meanwhile, my vitality is around 15. I also didn't find leveling to be a problem though, I mean, by the end of the game I was at 90, and I didn't really grind all that much. I would say less than 10 levels in my first playthrough were obtained specifically from farming souls to get a stat up.

btw, do go back and play the DLC for DS2. It's really fun. Best part of that game for sure. I suppose it's meant to be played with another player (at least some parts are) but I'm proud to say that I beat all three dlc areas on my own, since I was on my xbox and didn't want to pay for live (except for the Frigid Wasteland, I did summon NPCs for that part because fuck that place and that boss)

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 76
« on: July 07, 2016, 02:00:02 PM »
I'm sure it's been discussed before but I wonder exactly how useful the Beherits are now in the new world. Are they still being used and functioning as they were before? Are new apostles still needed? If not, what function do they have now? Is it just a paperweight?

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Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 07, 2016, 01:47:28 PM »
Anyways, I asked him how much Miura was involved with the production of the anime. His response, "He was involved from top to bottom. He checked every script and went to every voice recordings for it."

I wonder if he's playing up Miura's involvement. Every voice recording? Really?

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:21:42 AM »
Dark Souls (NG+), Dark Souls II: SotFS and as soon as I wrap it up I'm starting Dark Souls III.

I did that, and I'm just about finishing up DS3 now. I found that coming off the DLC areas in DS2, which rev up the difficulty in that game, and then going into DS3 actually sort of hindered me from finding the first 2/3rds of the game challenging.  It felt way too easy. Luckily it does start getting far more challenging towards the end.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:34:15 PM »
I truly think Zack is Kubrikīs true heir and not the also great Nolan. I was nearly in tears by the end of the flawed TC of BvS back in March. Only Return of the King, Forrest Gump and Schindler's List accomplished that so far.

You've GOT to be joking.  :ganishka:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 25, 2016, 03:08:11 AM »
Agreed. One thing I was telling Gobolatula the other day is that I'm not sure many people realize what a historic time in Berserk this is. Not that every episode isn't awesome, but we're really at a pivotal moment in the series, more so than the Eclipse was. What is happening right now will set the story on a trajectory towards its ending. Those who thought volume 24 was an incredible expansion of what we know of the Berserk world should probably hold on to their seats because volume 39 will not fuck around.

I was thinking about this too. It's been almost 10 years since I started reading the current episodic releases of Berserk.  By that time, the group had left Flora, Schierke had joined the group, and Ganishka was in the middle of waging his war on Midland. Since I've been reading on an episodic level I've yet to experience a moment when Guts and his group could truly relax in relative safety and absorb a wealth of new information about the world in general.  I can only imagine how crazy this must be for people who have been reading even further back. At least to to the beginning of the Millennium Falcon Arc, episode 183, when Puck first exclaimed that they should travel to the one place where Casca may find help. His home. That volume came out 12/24/01. I was 13 years old at that time. It's crazy to think about.

It's almost a religious experience. This is finally it. We have finally arrived. The characters are finally on the threshold and us readers are closer than ever to getting so many answers, and even better, possibly experiencing the return of Casca. You know how people must feel when a new Star Wars movie comes out?  like those mega fans that can't even comprehend that they're living in a moment when a NEW Star Wars movie is being released. For me, being able to read a new Berserk episode with a restored Casca is that moment. Everything that I know and love about a classic character like her is all from the past. Since I started following Berserk, I've only known Casca as she is now. 10 years of following this series and I can't believe that could change. I'd almost forgot that it was going to happen someday.

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