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Creation Station / What are you playing? (musical instrument thread)
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:08:57 AM »
My new (old) baby, a 1985 Gibson Explorer in Ferrari Red:







I've wanted another Gibson since my friend took back his SG after I borrowed it for years (I sort of assumed it was mine at that point =) and I finally got the one I've always wanted. It plays like a fuckin' dream too; no matter how loose or out of control you feel, like you're about to fuck up, it just seems to come out right! I'm thinking of calling her Christine. :zodd:

Or Robin1, Magnum, or just "the Ferrari." :carcus:

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There's so many TV shows out there and more on the way all the time it's surprising we've gone so long without this (I think we've been stretching the definition of "watching" or "movies" threads =). I'll dispense with the "looking forward to" and "dread" formats since we can just say what looks good or not. First up, a completely perfunctory and ceremonial posting of the Game of Thrones season 7 teaser you've all already seen to christen the thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxWfvtnHtS0

Ok, they're really going to wrap it up in another season and a half and then we can be done with it. Next.


The Orville, a Star Trek parody from Seth MacFarlane and all that entails:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy9sKeCE8V0

Has potential given the inspiration's unlimited wealth of material to send up, but could also get old very fast if they stick to the same jokes.


Finally, holy shit it's Twin Peaks and only a week away:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsdRG0mJj-w


I'd also post something for Curb season 9 but no trailer yet. Oh, well there's Larry's cameo in the Last Week Tonight trailer:

https://youtu.be/ekoETowzmAo?t=52

I specifically remember Larry saying he was leaning towards not coming back because he'd look too old and weird now, and I think he was right but it works anyway. =)

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: January 23, 2017, 06:38:16 PM »


Rian Johnson is already showing off superior writing skills with his Episode VIII title. Simple, elegant, and to the point (and at least *A* point), if a bit generic. My main critique is that if this wasn't already an old EU title, it sounds like it would have been (edit: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_Last_Jedi yep, and so recent too, my favorite part is it was only called that because the other generic, Jedi-centric title the author wanted was already used lol).

The red logo with the title is a nice RotJ callback too, plus the obvious message that THERE WILL BE BLOOD (or cauterized wounds)! As everyone will note the title can be singular and/or plural as needed. I don't like it as a sign for Luke's odds of making it out of the movie as anything but a force ghost though. But, sadly, perhaps Carrie Fisher's death helps his chances if they need to transfer unfinished family business to him. On that subject, at some point I'd like for them to arrange a warrior's death for her in a major space battle or something, dying for the cause, and a viking funeral, rather than some of the nonsense ideas I've heard like recasting (get real) or cgi (gross).

In cases like this I feel sticking closer to the truth, she died tragically, is better than trying some unconvincing cinematic gymnastics to keep the dead alive. Let it work for the story and honor her accordingly rather than try swiming against such a powerful current.

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Video Games / Nintendo Switch
« on: October 20, 2016, 02:44:44 PM »
http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/first-look-at-nintendos-new-home-gaming-system

Nintendo's new system is Switch, which, as promised, is an admittedly clever, if not brilliantly designed, portable home console combo. But is too clever by half (a controller) at the expense of the fundamentals modern day console gamers take for granted? On the other hand, will every casual player (and there's way more now) that bought a Wii and plays on a phone or tablet be able to resist this super gaming tablet that you can also plug into your TV? Will Nintendo satisfy both somehow and rule the world? We'll see!

I fear it's sacrificing the power to be a viable third party host again, at least for traditional game publishers, for the sake of it's design conceit, which may or may not be that important or appealing to people that want to play on the go versus in the comfort of home. It could be stuck in no-man's land; too complicated to cart around compared to a 3DS, phone or tablet (and likely in addition to having the latter two anyway), but not beefy enough for dedicated home use compared to the alternatives. But, there's a lot of shit in flux in this industry so maybe Nintendo is getting ahead of the game and has more tricks up their sleeve (there was talk of "NX" running on phones and tablets; maybe Nintendo plans to become Steam and this is just one box =).

Anyway, still, my stance for a while has been I'd prefer if they just made a PS4 that also plays Nintendo exclusives for the win. :ganishka:

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News & Not News / Paris Attack
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:33:06 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/13/world/paris-shooting/index.html

So, this is scary: reportedly dozens dead and potentially more held hostage as explosions and gunfire hit Paris.

For ongoing updates:
https://twitter.com/AFP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Shootin' the Breeze / Translation request...
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:50:28 AM »
Can anyone tell me specifically what all this says?



Thanks!

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Berserk Merchandise / Selling my AoW statues ("Hawks" Guts, BS, and SK)
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:41:32 PM »
I finally gathered up some of my old AoW staues over the holidays and plan to sell them via eBay, or if anyone here is interested let me know. I have "Hawks" era Guts and Skull Knight in their original AoW boxes, and a Black Swordsman in a varient box (perhaps repackaged for American distribution). All regular editions. Anyway, there aren't tons of them on eBay so I'm posting this mainly to gage interest and a price point if I go the fixed price/best offer route. Let me know what you think, collectors.

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News & Not News / 12 Dead in Likely Terror Attack In Paris
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:28:18 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/07/europe/france-satire-magazine-gunfire/index.html

At least 12 dead, seemingly in retaliation for mocking Islam (most famously for running the Dutch Muhammed cartoon), gunmen still on the loose. I think the French people are going to do more than mocking after this, yet I hope somehow things don't escalate further. Hard to imagine though with the killers still out there.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / The Interview
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:12:03 AM »
So who's going to see this one on Christmas day, huh!?

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Creation Station / Art Talk
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:38:38 PM »
Why don't we have a thread to talk shop about the world of art or just art in general? Whether it's the latest big thing or something happening right in your backyard, feel free to discuss anything relating to the art world here, including whatever ideas or projects you're working on. I'm looking forward to learning a lot.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Berserk: SPECIAL EDITION
« on: February 07, 2013, 10:14:58 PM »


Now that's more like how I'm used to seeing Guts dressed around Apostles!


         Imagine what if an unsatisfied Kentarou Miura went the way of George Lucas and someday started altering Berserk episodes years after the fact? Well, it might look something like the above, for starters. Of course, that's not all he might change, there's probably plenty of things he's come to see differently about the series or limitations he had to produce certain segments under (notably the early volumes when he had multiple commitments). In pursuit of an impossible perfection he might even go nuts and start redrawing the whole thing from the beginning! Probably not, but what sorts of things, big or small, specific or general, do you think Miura might go back and change if he were so inclined? You don't have to draw or edit anything, that's why I put this in a discussion section; it's food for thought. So just see what you can think of or better yet share something that's always stuck out in your mind and maybe one of our resident artists will bring it to fruition! One disclaimer though, while this is obviously a somewhat irreverent subject and all in good humor, nontheless try to remain respectful to Miura's work. Awkwardly cautious and mealy-mouthed nominations are welcome; we'll get the idea. :griffnotevil:


That said, here's a fix even Aaz can't shoot down (:daiba:):



First non-admin to call it out wins an edit of their choice. :carcus:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Movies to ???
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:42:39 AM »
Let's try an experiment: I've been wanting to make this thread for a while for those movies and trailers that you... just don't know how to feel about. :???: The rules are basically that there's no rules, and the stakes are low since you neither have to endorse or denounce any upcoming films you post, just throw it out there.

A humble beginning with an indie movie that, as the thread implies, I'm not looking forward to, dreading, don't care about, nor will likely ever see...  Quentin Dupieux's Wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiHc72YHZBM

I don't know if I would enjoy two hours of this forced weirdness, nor do I approve of the trailer trying to emphasize it's weird movie cred by referencing practically every famous weird film/maker, but for two minutes... sure, why not? In no small part because it features Eastbound & Down's own Steve Little, who is a fearless comedic actor (get naked, fuck a prostitute, and shave all the hair on your head fearless). Anyway, if I happened to see it, I'd guess that I'd get a kick out of it, or be annoyed, but in either case quickly forget about it. So... don't feel the need to check it out, but if you do, tell me what you think, or don't, because...


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / SKNET Radio - Post random songs
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:35:49 PM »
Post 'em because you love 'em, hate'em, or you just don't know!


In the latter category, this Oingo Boingo "classic" came on my radio the other day and really made me think... WTF?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_tVZFZ5PR4

I think most people have already heard or heard of this song, know the movie or TV show, but just listening to it as a song now you realize... it's crazy. There's a lot going on here, it's frenetic, wacky, eclectic, and just plain weird both in instrumentation (though not so much for the 80's) and lyrical content, yet it manages to sound cohesive and... catchy, with a couple of different hooks that'll get stuck in your head for the right reasons. Oingo Boingo man, what else would you expect from a band fronted by Danny Elfman?

Well, probably not this. :ganishka:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Blade Runner 2: Electric Sheep Boogaloo
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:49:36 PM »
Ridley Scott is partying like it's 1979!

http://io9.com/5832216/ridley-scott-to-direct-and-write-the-new-blade-runner-movie

The url says it all, but if you're not convinced here some additional sources:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ridley-scott-direct-new-blade-224937
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44193291/ns/today-entertainment/#.Tk2IYahuqSo

If you're still not convinced... well, neither am I, especially that this is a good idea. Let's see if it ever actually gets off the ground, let alone crashes.

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Berserk Anime / Hill of Swords AMV
« on: August 08, 2011, 07:39:07 AM »


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WWH_DjrmqfQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WWH_DjrmqfQ</a>

Nomad posted an original musical score for Berserk entitled "Hill of Swords," and I made a video for it. The track is also featured during the credits of BERSERK: RECUT. Enjoy, and if you haven't already show your appreciation for Nomad's wonderful tribute to Berserk in the original thread. Thanks once again, Nomad!

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/technology/social-media-history-becomes-a-new-job-hurdle.html

Quote
Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to also pass a social media background check.

A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

You know the old joke about how our Internet activity will render us all unfit to run for office? Well, that day has arrived! :troll:

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Berserk Anime / Berserk Film Trailer (Black Swordsman Remix)
« on: July 20, 2011, 11:10:46 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/H29jS2mAvtY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/H29jS2mAvtY</a>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H29jS2mAvtY

Maybe I just can't let go, but don't you think this would have been pretty damn exciting with new animation? :guts:


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Berserk Anime / Berserk Anime/Manga Comparison
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:07:58 AM »
Here are some side by side comparisons of the new anime to their corresponding parts from the '97 anime and the manga. Feel free to comment and add your own. Also, this is just for starters, compare them in any way you like or can think of; we're not limited to visuals here, and oftentimes the implications of the visuals are far greater than themselves or the superficial.





















































Thanks to Walter for the original Skull Knight composite.

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Speculation Nation / What if Guts dies...
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:11:14 PM »
What if Guts dies in the armor before the series is over? Except it's not over. Would it matter if Guts died in the armor? I mean, I know it would matter, but would he be finished? Would it be the end, Vortex City? Otherwise, what would the implications be for his humanity? Would he simply be like a human spirit living beyond his time, or something more... sinister? More or less than human. As Flora once said to Skull Knight, "I want to believe that the heart of a man still remains within you." What would it mean for Guts, and what would you think of such a turn?

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Site & Forum News / [April Fools] Goodbye cruel website...
« on: April 01, 2011, 04:10:01 PM »
I thought today was the perfect day to announce that I'm leaving SK.net... FOREVER!!!! Seriously, I can't take it anymore, the correcting, the opinions, the snarky comments, the good-natured ribbing, the trolling, and most of all... the elitism... I'm just too good for it... You're all a bunch of mean cyber bullies and I hope you end up on the cover of Newsweek... I can't live inside Walter's dream any longer, to be his true friend and gain his respect, I need to turn up the drama and leave in a huff... I mean, I don't even like Berserk, I just wanted you guys to be my friend... that's why I chose the name Griffith because everyone in the anime liked him... and that's where you guys really let me and ultimately yourselves down... you just don't kiss and polish my ass enough... make me feel special... I mean, I'M A GREAT GUY! What's your problem? What more do I have to do for your unconditional love and affection?... In short, basically, to sum up.... I just don't feel loved enough, it's not really anything I can put my finger on... but you blew it... You took me for granted SK.net, and now you're going to lose me... That's right, I'm taking my ball and going home... and I'm not afraid to say it myself, but SK.net will never be the same without me... Yep, you won't have Griff to kick around anymore... No, don't try to stop me, really, don't embarrass yourself and turn this into some overblown spectacle... I know you probably want me to wrest myself away by my sword, but can't we just smile and say goodbye?... I don't want this to be some kind of big deal... really, don't give me a touching outpouring of attention and tell me "plz don't go! :sad:," that's not what I desperately crave, that's not why I'm doing this post and possibly reposting it on the other boards... I just didn't want you guys to worry when you never heard from me again... alright, I'm going now... really... good bye guys... don't feel sorry for me... it's not my loss, it's yours. I love you all, but... I choose me. :casca:

-Griffith, signing off :griffnotevil:

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Vagabond / Smile
« on: March 12, 2011, 06:43:22 AM »
What do you do when you burn out on your heavy samurai epic? You draw smiles, lots of them, on twitter:

http://twitpic.com/photos/inouetake


Judging from the recent hash tags (#tsunami, #prayforjapan) the latest flurry, 20 and counting in 6 hours, is obviously inspired by the earthquake and its aftermath. Though, the whole concept can't help but remind me of old man Yagyu's last advice to Musashi...



 "Smile more."

Inoue certainly believes it.:ganishka:





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News & Not News / Japanese 9.0 earthquake thread
« on: March 11, 2011, 07:24:24 AM »
Massive 8.9 quake, tsunamis hit Japan

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/11/japan.quake/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

My first thought, besides "wow" of course, was, "I hope Miura's okay." :schierke:

Seems that was as silly in more ways than one though, as they're not talking about deaths yet; so far so good then when they're discussing it in terms of homes without power rather than homes and people destroyed. Helps when you have a modern infrastructure so you don't get flattened like when these quakes hit developing countries.

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Creation Station / MOVED: Casca Sculpture
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:03:53 AM »

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Berserk Anime / BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断)
« on: September 29, 2010, 01:23:59 AM »

The BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) Project

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) is a fan project with the goal of editing the Kenpū Denki Berserk (剣風伝奇ベルセルク) anime to more faithfully represent the manga and Miura's vision. The result is hopefully a more faithful and streamlined anime adaptation of Berserk using the manga as script and storyboard. Feel free to compare it to the original anime as well as the manga. As a matter of fact, for the best experience it's recommended that you read the manga along with it. All feedback is welcome.

Releases (updated weekly): Part 01, Part 02, Part 03, Part 04, Part 05, Part 06, Part 07, Part 08, Part 09, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24 (New!)

Next Release: TBA



BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断)
RELEASES:


PART I:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 1
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zlsbpYogrY

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7zlsbpYogrY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7zlsbpYogrY</a>



PART II:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 2
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zlsbpYogrY

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tCc76kkdJQk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tCc76kkdJQk</a>



PART III:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 3
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmsv6kFxUh4

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/wmsv6kFxUh4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/wmsv6kFxUh4</a>



PART IV:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 4
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzzu7C_5GAE

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Mzzu7C_5GAE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Mzzu7C_5GAE</a>



PART V:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 5
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od3hh4zIS4M

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Od3hh4zIS4M" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Od3hh4zIS4M</a>



PART VI:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 6
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO8eDOUVy48

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mO8eDOUVy48" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/mO8eDOUVy48</a>



PART VII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 7
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RnO7m7M77M

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6RnO7m7M77M" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6RnO7m7M77M</a>



PART VIII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 8
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrWwJ5xB4P8

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/FrWwJ5xB4P8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/FrWwJ5xB4P8</a>



PART IX:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 9
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_ClrdtNdg0

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/k_ClrdtNdg0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/k_ClrdtNdg0</a>



PART X:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 10
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkcRHENJxeo

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VkcRHENJxeo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/VkcRHENJxeo</a>



PART XI:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 11
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o682iijhrCk

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/o682iijhrCk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/o682iijhrCk</a>



PART XII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 12
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs1qoXofuoA

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Rs1qoXofuoA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Rs1qoXofuoA</a>



PART XIII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 13
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-BRCdwjXXQ

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/k-BRCdwjXXQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/k-BRCdwjXXQ</a>



PART XIV:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 14
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhpGmHqFu0

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/SHhpGmHqFu0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/SHhpGmHqFu0</a>



PART XV:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 15
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2o9dCkQI_s

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/h2o9dCkQI_s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/h2o9dCkQI_s</a>



PART XVI:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 16
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31IGJULl91k

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/31IGJULl91k" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/31IGJULl91k</a>



PART XVII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 17
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZSON0RJAd0

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/lZSON0RJAd0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/lZSON0RJAd0</a>



PART XVIII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 18
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQlfYJ4FbBI

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/dQlfYJ4FbBI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/dQlfYJ4FbBI</a>



PART XIX:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 19
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMFxR8r-f5A

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/IMFxR8r-f5A" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/IMFxR8r-f5A</a>



PART XX:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 20
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyWJUC3H5U

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tFyWJUC3H5U" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tFyWJUC3H5U</a>



PART XXI:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 21
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w_TNUtPKmw

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_w_TNUtPKmw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/_w_TNUtPKmw</a>



PART XXII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 22
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBEA09QUmQE

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/JBEA09QUmQE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/JBEA09QUmQE</a>



PART XXIII:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 23
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqgtZqCxv0s

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/DqgtZqCxv0s" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/DqgtZqCxv0s</a>



PART XXIV:

BERSERK: RECUT (ベルセルク:再切断) 24
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dny-uGXPxVM

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/dny-uGXPxVM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/dny-uGXPxVM</a>

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Speculation Nation / Was Rakshas there to follow Skull Knight?
« on: September 15, 2010, 07:57:17 AM »
One of the questions during the final showdown with Ganishka was what Rakshas was doing there. It still hasn't been answered, but this is one idea. It's not a new idea, but it deserves further exploration. The hypothesis of this thread is that during their brief encounter on top of Ganishka, Rakshas, as per Griffith's plan, jumped from Zodd onto Skull Knight, whom he stayed with thereafter. Griffith/Femto said he knew Skully was coming, was expecting him in fact, and even used him in his plans already. The most likely and knowable motive behind this move, beyond tracking Skull Knight's movements, would be to pinpoint the location of Skellig and Elfhelm itself, which all encompass the largest known threats to Griffith's rule.

So, lets establish the plausibility of Rakshas being able to make such a move and blend in with Skully undetected, as well as iron out some other wrinkles. First, examine Rakshas' appearance, abilities, and freedom of movement below:












Now, let's recreate the scene on top of Ganishka, focusing on Zodd, Rakshas, and Skull Knight:








While there's certainly no conclusive evidence of Rakshas making his way onto Skully (you have no idea how long I stared at these images zoomed to the max looking for a "Zodd on the rocky knoll"-type smoking gun shot of Rakshas =), it's quite easy to imagine him making the transition. Hell, with it mind, it's hard not to imagine it in those pictures. You could literally be looking at Rakshas in all three of those images but not be able to discern him from Skull Knight's cape. That coincidence both adds to the plausibility of him hiding on Skully while making it impossible to confirm or deny without a positive ID. Of course, I'm not saying Miura actually drew him in those shots, he didn't, but he didn't have to in order to maintain the plausibility of Rakshas having jumped on and hid there later (the point is he's supposed to be hiding after all). Rakshas remaining undetected is another matter, and where this idea becomes most theoretical. Rakshas would need to be able to hide his presence, albeit a specialty of his, from Skull Knight for the duration. A prohibitive notion, only our combined ignorance of the extent of Rakshas' and Skull Knight's abilities makes this inconclusive as well. On that note, since we've established there's little conclusive evidence, let's examine the circumstantial evidence next.

Back to the original question, after Rakshas was revealed to be on Zodd's wing, we naturally tried to guess what role he would play in the events to follow; what was he doing there? Well, unless you guessed "nothing we'll see," you were wrong. After his initial reveal, Rakshas wasn't just seemingly inconsequential, he was conspicuously absent; no further involvement, no reaction shots, not even another token appearance under Zodd's wing. Rakshas' complete silence in all this is pretty damn loud when you think about it. For instance, it's been established that he and Zodd are Griffith's personal bodyguards, so he could have been there merely in that capacity, except he sure did a piss poor job of it. When Skully attacked, Zodd reacted immediately and lunged at him, conveniently getting Rakshas extremely close, yet Rakshas didn't attack, or appear at all. If he was there as a bodyguard, shouldn't he have attacked Skully then as well, or at least had a reaction to the situation?

Speaking of reactions, considering that Griffith turned into Femto, Skull Knight attacked him, Zodd attacked Skull Knight, Ganishka died, the world was remade, and Falconia appeared as from nowhere, that's a lot to ignore. Every character of significance there, and even Guts' party at sea, had a reaction at some point:









Except Rakshas.

Why didn't we see Rakshas' reaction to any of this? He was at the epicenter of it, so why didn't we see his eyes lighting up along with Femto, Zodd, and Skull Knight? Why wasn't he included among the other Apostle lieutenants and everyone else when Falconia appeared? Well, if he was still hiding under Zodd's wing at the time, I guess we wouldn't see his reaction with the other... wait a minute, was he still on Zodd's wing at the time?



Enhance:



Back, and to the left.

Do you see Rakshas there? I don't. There's some dark splotches or shadows, but they still look consistent with the texture of the rest of Zodd's wings. Now, again, this is inconclusive at best, I even checked Zodd's wings in episode 302, as he's flying toward Ganishka, and you can't see Rakshas there either. Still, that was before his presence was established, this was after. At the very least, it means his whereabouts after the encounter with Skull Knight on top of Ganishka are inconclusive at best as well. Taken altogether, it doesn't just seem like coincidence, but design.

As a matter of fact, going back to the original question about Rakshas' purpose there, about the only thing you can say for sure that he was doing there was hiding. Now that might sound obtuse, but don't overlook it or think of it as passive happenstance and a non-action, because it certainly didn't go down that way. Extremes were taken for him to remain hidden, literally, and figuratively from the audience, like there was purpose behind it. So, if he was actively hidden, there was really only one person there for him to hide from, and at least one good reason I can think of...


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