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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:08:28 PM »
Season 2: Bad but essential, just as I'd feared. I may have to go it alone. :ganishka:

I'll let you know what I think of season 1 once we wrap it up. It's not as weird as I'd expected yet, probably because TV has had plenty of room to grow just as weird in the meantime, though definitely offbeat as hell and I'm enjoying all the 80's faces I'm recognizing. It's a bit of a weird experience that it's nostalgic for me when I haven't seen it before.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:27:11 PM »
After a rough start (we somehow saw episodes 2 & 3 before the feature length pilot; talk about surreal storytelling =) we're almost done with season 1 of Twin Peaks, but I've heard bad things about season 2 and Lynch's lack of involvement (here, no less), and the movie isn't highly regarded as well, which leads to my question... I'm impatient to join everyone on season 3, but is season 2 and/or the film necessary to understand and enjoy it or are they largely ignored? I'm assuming it's the former but figured I'd ask in case season 2 is considered irrelevant or something and I can save the 22 hours.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:46:47 PM »
- Currently playing The Mage's Tale by inXile Entertainment, a VR dungeon crawler set in the Bard's Tale universe. Having a blast with it, it's easily one of the best VR games out there.

Sounds cool! BTW, did you ever try Resident Evil 7 VR? I know you were concerned they just tacked it on so it wouldn't be a worthwhile experience (unless you're bulimic).

Zelda, BotW DLC 1. My "hero's path" was pretty comprehensive. There weren't too many spots on the map that I completely overlooked, but I'm combing through them now. Boy, that desert section sure is ... barren. As much as this game utterly devoured my life when I was initially playing it, my mind hasn't returned to it ever since I put it down, which is very strange. I'm hoping the extra quests in the DLC will spur me to rediscover my love for the game. We'll see!

For what it's worth I spent 120 hours in that game the first month it was out... and less than two hours total since. I don't know why that is exactly. I think my interest plummetted when I started focusing exclusively on completing shrines. I could do a few at a time, but I'd still quickly get bored and lose interest, wheras if I was just fucking around on the surface with horses and shit the fun never stops. I think the problem is that the world is very stimulating in the moment and therefore hard to put down (like going to bed at 6am hard to put down), but once you complete the story and get to the bottom of it, there isn't anything much deeper there, something intellectually stimulating, to draw you back to revisit and make you get caught up in it again.

Nier: Automata. I just finished my first playthrough (Ending A of like, 26). Really not impressed. I've heard I have to experience at least two more endings before I GET IT. So uh, I guess I'll do that? Seems like a very poorly constructed game, to me.

I'm glad to hear that, not that you had a bad time of it, but because everything I see of that game leaves me cold despite the rave reviews.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:26:49 PM »
Well to me they were easy to spot. Arya killing all the Freys, the Hound with his fire revelation, the not so nicely written Euron's speach to Cersei, Jorah Mormont's hand in oldtown. I'm still enjoying it but it shows a lot that they don't have original material to base themselves on.

That's all pretty normal story stuff though, i.e. payoffs, setups, exposition. I'm not seeing anything superflourous or at the story's expense, and save for the opening it was all pretty dry and strightrfoward. I do understand if you found it all a bit underwhelming though, the show still suffers from perfunctory "paint by numbers" scenes to advance the plot, "I propose an evil alliance for us evil characters!" Oh boy. I thought the worst thing by far was pop muppet Ed Sheeran making a cameo though. That's like fan anti-service or something. I am not served by this!

I get what you mean by placing everybody but still felt not that good vs the first 4 and half seasons. Of course i've found this episode way better then the opening one for season 6.

I guess I wasn't expecting much from the opening episode or comparing it to the others. I think people get so excited thinking of all the best scenes and forgetting this show is largely a frustrating exercise in disposable content, waiting and incremental progress before a big shocking death/payoff. If they'd somehow put the first scene at the end it would have felt far more satisfying, and would have been worth it to get rid of Ed, though I did like the contrast that scene in the forest had against the current life of a certain large, entertainingly cynical, and currently very cold swordsman.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:56:58 PM »
Full Throttle Remastered - Picked it up for $5 on sale and got about halfway through playing one evening. Fond memories, but I'm trying to play less of my old favorites and more new titles or ones I never got around to.

Resident Evil 7 - Pretty cool, albeit small-scale, reinvention of the series that doesn't stray too far from its roots. Reminds me of Gone Home but with people and monsters in the house. It's no RE4, but along with it and RE2 this is definitely one of the few anyone should try whether they're fans of the franchise or not.

Super Mario 3D World - Never finished it, so I played a few worlds with my visiting sis in law and should wrap it up sooner or later.

Thimbleweed Park - Very authentic old school adventure game experience I was enjoying until the authentic experience of getting stuck.

Doom 2016 - Still fun as Hell!

Hollow Knight - Very stylish, fun, challenging and addictive game. Looking forward to more.

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD - Got it as a gift and so am playing it for the umpteenth time. For as frustratingly drawn out and derivative as it can be, I've also found it eminently playable. Fortunately, it's also been long enough since I played BotW that I'm not trying to climb everything and being disappointed.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:24:03 PM »
I didn't see any new red flags, besides the notable cold open it was a pretty typical introductory episode setting everyone in their places for the season. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the normal pace (granted, I don't have high expectations after the past two seasons), especially after the the talk coming in and that intro, because rushing to the finish won't make for a satisfying end. Otherwise I'm not sure what about it is fan servicey beyond stuff we've been waiting 6 seasons for may actually happen this season... or the next. =) Satisfying payoffs in and of themselves aren't fan service though, and it's not like this episode was abundant with them anyway.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:01:27 PM »
Cool, the Danan one is indeed gorgeous. It also sends home the point that Rochine's imitation of a "queen of elves," like her "elves," wasn't bad. Good thing not close enough to trigger flashbacks for Guts; the posters combined would equal a tragedy. =)

Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:46:23 PM »
There is also this absolutely amazing sculpt of Musashi

More here

Whoa, that's about as close to a photo-realistic version of Inoue's Musashi that one could do. Unlike previous statues the ways it varies from the character model in the manga seem like the difference between being drawn and being... there. Very cool. I think my favorite statue is still that old Kojiro though, and the Ito Ittosai kit is also pretty cool.

:ganishka: but also :judo:

Yeah, for us Berserk fans fretting about the Grunbeld novel, at least it's too much Berserk-branded content, and we can otherwise rest easy knowing we won't have to resort to finishing the story in this format:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 28, 2017, 09:47:10 PM »
Just wait until this happens:

"Established! Established! Skull Knight's character has been established. ♪ ヽ( ▽ `)/ "


The most riveting part of the book ordeal might be watching Aaz walk this tight rope while occasionally shaking his fists in rage. For his sake, I hope the book isn't too demeaning to the source material. Maybe Miura really did hand over story points the guy had to follow like the new Star Wars EU books. Berserk is just getting too big for us purist types.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:41:04 PM »
Yeah, it's the other way around; I wouldn't want manga material outsourced to third party books, but its not like Miura was going to bog down the manga with novels worth of character biographies anyway (at least not these chatacters =). The best case for something like this is that it's superfluous, supplemental, and we weren't going to get it in the manga anyway, or at least not in such detail. The scary thing about Grunbeld is he's a "live" character and we didn't know if/when/how we would get his backstory or how this affects that. Did Miura already have something in mind? Did he give the author bullet points to follow and final approval because he would be employing those facts at the appropriate point in the manga? Are these then "spoilers," or conversely, are we expected to know it? Would Miura have done more or less on it in the manga if not for the book? How else could the existence of the book influence the manga? It just raises a lot of questions. A book on Wyald: The Enjoyment & Excitement Knight on the other hand, would be more easily embraced for a number of reasons. =)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 28, 2017, 05:53:13 PM »
I don't think there's much evidence for that, Casca in her current state is hostile towards men, but there's no reason why Casca would still be like that when her mind is restored, plus it seems like overkill for her to still carry the weight of her trauma with her after she recovered from that very same trauma. Not that I'm expecting her to be all sunshine and rainbows after being insane for four years

There's degrees to these things though, and her aversion to men and insanity aren't necessarily one in the same thing, but two separate reactions to the same incident. After all, she did come around to trusting Guts and men in general again even though her state of mind didn't change, so just because her sanity is cured doesn't mean the trauma is all gone too. Look at Guts for an example of a rape survivor in the series; he wouldn't let ANYONE even make casual physical contact with him for years, and he when he tried to be intimate with Casca he suffered a violent, psychotic break. I think the broken pieces are a good metaphor that Casca's restoration is going to be like something that was noticeably broken and put back together, not like new.

I am interseted in what she will think of Griffith after this though, I'm not one of the conspiritards who thinks Casca is going to flock to Griffith's side, but I don't think she has the capacity to hate him with the same intensity as Guts, he was after all the second most important man in her life, and she may be a vital to convincing Guts to forgive Griffith, if that ever happens.

Which brings me to another tangent, this all puts Griffith in a very vulnerable position, if Guts discovers from Casca that the moonlight boy is indeed his son and sharing a body with Griffith, then Griffith has just handed his greatest enemy knowledge about his only weak spot.

Those are two double-edged swords, it's all the more reason for Casca to hate Griffith, because he violated and hijacked her son's body, and all the more reason for Guts and Casca to be wary of killing him because of how it could affect their son. If it were, or there otherwise was a way, to free the boy on the other hand...

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:43:53 PM »
really, this remains a side-story from a third party, so whatever discrepancies it might contain should be viewed with skepticism in my opinion.

Now you're talkin'. :guts:

It's the Berserk EU, folks! Let's deal with it... by putting it over there somewhere. No, not there. In that corner. Behind those boxes. But if we have to acknowledge it, however it fits in the bigger picture, I do hope it's at least good. I didn't imagine that Grunbeld had made his name so prominently after his transformation, but I suppose it makes sense. I figured like others he was already famous for his heroics, and perhaps that's still the case, and allegedly fell in battle (at least that's what I recall from Mule's encounter with him). Kinda lame if you couldn't even make your name pre-Apostle, Grunny. :daiba:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 27, 2017, 10:08:35 PM »
Same thing I said in the novel thread weeks ago. Novel: Makoto Fukami | Original: Miura Kentarou
Hypothetically it's possible be that Miura provided an outline or something, but nothing explicitly indicates it.

I hope so, but yeah... That comment seems so open-ended to me too, like I could see every one of Griffith's lieutenants being "established" this way as we'd feared, or worse...

"Established! Established! Locus' character has been established. ♪ ヽ( ▽ `)/ "


"Established! Established! Irvine's character has been established. ♪ ヽ( ▽ `)/ "


"Established! Established! Zodd's character has been established. ♪ ヽ( ▽ `)/ "


"Established! Established! Skull Knight's character has been established. ♪ ヽ( ▽ `)/ "


When was it not supposed to be canon? It was a done deal as soon as we knew Miura was providing illustrations for it.

It's just a part of the Berserk EU, so we can continue to debate it's relevance. =) Excuse me...

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:41:51 PM »
Miura's comment for this episode: "Established! Established! Grunbeld's character has been established. ヽ( ▽ `)/ "

Lol, I'm completely biased so I like to read this completely neutral endorsement negatively, like, "It's over, they've ruined him!" :miura:"

Update: Oh no, music notes and smiley faces!? :azan:

So, not even a story credit for Miura on the book beyond "based on" status?  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 27, 2017, 07:29:45 AM »
Curve ball: Sneakers.

Dan Aykroyd: SOLD!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2017, 11:44:16 PM »
Here's a devil's bargain: if you watch all 5 Pirate movies I'll give you 5 upvotes. :carcus: It'll only cost you half a day of your life; experience true oblivion! :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2017, 09:51:48 PM »
It does seem like he's losing it, but he looks surprisingly spry for an 80 year old. My initial reaction was that at least his brother had the decency to throw himself off a bridge, but i didn't want to sound too grim. :ganishka:
I don't know, man. That's about the shittiest thing I've read in regards to Scott's career.

Yeah, that's pretty rough. :zodd: It does beg the question though if the Scott brothers might have mitigated each other's flaws, since Tony never lacked for a sense of the moment like some of Ridley's flatter efforts. They might have balanced each other as a directing team. On the other hand, speaking of which...

I completed my odyssey into lunacy and saw Pirates 5: Dead Careers Tell No Tales, done by the prominent Danish directing duo of Don't Know & Don't Care, and surprise... it wasn't very good! And the directing was a notably bad part; the action often wasn't communicated clearly or effectively, which is something I rarely see these days. Literally just handing a book from one person to another was cut confusingly (maybe it's the editor's fault) but in addition to the confusing cuts I also practically couldn't see anything during one night battle. Whatever the case, that's not good!

The plot is basically a retread of past stuff that unfortunately veers back toward the inanity that plagued parts two and especially three, and could barely be bothered to add anything new, let alone add it well. Bardem is given little to work with and does about as much with it. It's not even adequetely explained why he's a ghost instead of just... dead. Other than this series always has cursed/monster pirates of some sort, so that's why they're here (and they couldn't even think of a new take: it's basically a more ghostly version of the undead pirates from the first one).

The most interesting development is the choice to change Jack Sparrow from mercurial anti-hero who tricks his allies and adversaries into underestimating him while figuring out all the angles, or at least always landing on his feet, to actual loser and "worst pirate ever seen." He spends the entire movie as a bumbling, drunken, cowardly failure and does nothing to change by the end! I'd call this a bold choice, but it was probably just a writing oversight not to give him an redemptive arc or forget that he was always redeemable before, "This guy just sorta sucks, right?" Either that or it's a brilliant meta commentary on the character and actor; maybe the producers are tired of Depp's shit and subconciously want to poison the well and set themselves free of the Pirates' curse! In any case, mission accomplished. There's other plot stuff that happens but it's trite shit barely worth mentioning. I guess it also acts a a soft reboot, like everything these days, and resets things to post-Black Pearl status, but who cares to continue from there or anywhere with this franchise? Nobody.

Anyway, just because I'm at this place already, a listing of the Pirates movies (hint, there's still only one good one):

1. Curse of the Black Pearl - Surprisingly good fun and bolstered by an Oscar-nominated(!?) turn by Depp as Jack Sparrow. That is, before Depp actually became Sparrow and before they both became loser self-parodies.

2. On Stranger Tides - Stealing from a book to make a decent story is a very Piratey thing to do, and it's a relative success. Short, to the point, and ok. If someone held a flintlock pistol to your chest and forced you to watch a Disney Pirates movie or die, this is probably the last pick before you start considering the bullet.

3. Dead Man's Chest - Bloated and has little of the original's charm, but that little already counts at this point (at least you'll remember the first one)! Also has some cool monsters (Davey Jones) and stuff. Terrible compared to the first, not bad compared to what follows.

4. Dead Men Tell No Tales - Pretty bad, but normal bad, albeit with some direct-to-Disney-DVD vibes, but mercifully the shortest of the bunch and perverse fun to imagine Depp and company being forced to do these for lack of money and better alternatives (except poor Geoffrey Rush :sad:).

5. At World's End - Indeed, sitting through it feels like the end of the world. This settled the series' reputation as a loser. At almost three hours long, take the bullet.

BTW, now is a good time to recommend to me a movie, because the next one I see will seem like a fucking masterpiece (I'm reconsidering the Aliens already =)! Sometimes it's good to check and possibly re-calibrate your standards by seeing what bad truly is, and even these turds feature action, effects and visuals I couldn't have even imagined on film as a kid, so there you go, we're just SPOILED, mateys! :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 26, 2017, 08:40:11 PM »
It's been pretty clear since the beginning of the post-Eclipse era that Casca will have issues being intimate or even trusting men ever again, to put it mildly considering the extent of her condition, Guts included and for specific reason. BUT, if Guts is patient, and I think it could be a struggle and potential growth for him, I also think he's the one uniquely qualified to understand and relate to this with his own experience surviving sexual assault and betrayal by a trusted mentor to boot. Casca was the one to really help Guts face and cure those demons for himself, the only one he confided in at all and not even voluntarily at first, but now can be his time to understand her situation and reciprocate with her as only he can. We'll see, but this could be damn fine stuff as well as harrowing.

Guts/dog going down for the count (what would that mean...?)

I too don't want any easy answers for them getting through this, but I don't expect them either, and actually think the possible demise of Guts-Dog would be a good thing for Casca; symbolizing that she doesn't need such a protector anymore, she can do it herself.

Berserk Anime / Re: Would you give studio 4C another chance?
« on: June 26, 2017, 08:05:58 PM »
Hey, spoil tag that shit from now on, we don't need Studio 4C spoiling Twin Peaks too.

Berserk Anime / Re: Would you give studio 4C another chance?
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:39:17 PM »
I'm interested to see how they respond!

Just kidding, before the raging rape abortion fire that is the new series they were the bastardization du jour, so no. If I had to choose between the two it would be them, but that's not a high recommendation. I'd like to see it done right or not at all, and unfortunately the best we've got is still the old '97 anime.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 26, 2017, 04:20:01 PM »
You answer your own ponderment though, specifically, "What the hell are they talking about?" Even playing devil's advocate and noting that entering people's minds or dreams isn't new, the way it's being employed here is quite specific and appropriate, plus above and beyond the call of duty for what the audience needs to know to simply bring Casca back (it also doesn't need to be the best case ever since Berserk isn't primarily about that, just appropriate for this situation). We're basically getting an extra deep dive or look behind the curtain, which is nice since we've been without Casca so long (also a nice refresher/point of focus for new readers), and no doubt getting an important point of reference for her future development. We won't know for a while how it'll all work in the big picture, and that's the point, but it's been cool and is very promising to say the least.

Though, some guy registers an account and basically trolls "I could do better", and we should be curious if he's right? That's a lot of unearned benefit of the doubt, and when he comes up empty or wanting I doubt we'll get a mea culpa. Instead it'll be the endlessly evolving semantics of a bad faith argument where the words and their meanings change but their pointlessness remains the same (Farmers should offer internet insurance for this).

Ironically, I also don't think we'd be hearing these grumblings if the trial was just Guts killin' d00dz as opposed to a psychological quest concerning the physiological welfare of the series' three lead women. "Where's the killin' monstarz to makes this good and feel earned!? They're just like thinking and talking and facing Casca's worst traumas and shit?! Nobody's even lost a bloody limb! Lame!!" Nobody complains there's not enough random or excessive character development. =)

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 25, 2017, 06:31:32 PM »
Frankly, I thought it would be a higher stakes variation of the trolls quest and then the Elf King would basically wave a magic wand or clap his wings and the deed would be done. What I'm saying is this much better than the generic version. =)

Care to expand on this?  I'm interested.

I'm not, we haven't even gotten to the moment of truth yet and already we're entertaining some loudmouth nobody vaguely naysaying the whole thing, and before it's even half done for all we know. Somebody comes out of the woodwork to poo poo every such moment, including people whose knowledge and opinion of the series I actually respect, and I haven't seen one that's held up yet. I'd much rather get Miura's complete idea of a good restoration of Casca before hearing what random internet youtube commenter #1257437897 thinks based on their vast knowledge of "work of art."

As always:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 24, 2017, 10:46:21 PM »
I posted that because it was basically the confirmation to what you've said, i thought you'd like it.

I do, though it is a bit strange since I didn't necessarily want to be, or to that degree. I mean, that Scott quote about Lucas reads like an Onion parody.

It's too bad they won't be able to sustain the legacy of the original. But then again, which franchise does?

Too bad it's never "time to die" with dignity intact:

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