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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 327
« on: February 11, 2012, 02:16:04 AM »
Now what did Guts say in Episode 15 about swimming in armor? :guts:

I was a bit curious about what an apostle-like creature such as the Sea God would do when it died.  Would its soul (assuming it had one) get sucked up into the Vortex of Souls or would it simply die?  Looks like the latter.  And need there be more than the latter pages of this episode to solidify Roderick as not only a dashing rogue, but a handsome one to boot  :isidro:

Yes, the Moonlight Child's seeming telepathic guidance of Guts here adds much to his mystery.  Whether he has a spiritual or any other such bond with Griffith beyond being the result of Femto's taint at birth isn't much clearer here

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 11, 2012, 01:10:11 AM »
Good news about the Black Swordsman Arc in the interview.  I know there is no guarantee that it will get made, but at least it has erased doubt that they would have jumped to the Retribution Arc by going in manga order had they been able to adapt more.

I doubt (or am in denial) that the Boscone fight will be altered for him to keep his giant sword.  Seeing him have it after its suppose to have gotten broken has me thinking Guts just "gets" another because the makers feel the public won't watch a Berserk movie unless Guts is always wielding a giant sword :carcus:.  Perhaps another reason why Guts' childhood was glossed over? :troll:

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:51:17 PM »
Not to be down on the movie, but I hope there is minimal 3D models used in the Elcipse.  Otherwise, it may be even more laughable in motion than the worst adapted scenes in the TV anime.  Crossing my fingers that 3D is relied upon less in coming features.

Possibly in order to make the film's CG look closer to the limited animation style of Japanese anime, the frame rate of the 3D animation is often lowered significantly, which many times only has the effect of making the characters look stilted and unnatural. Other times, character movement may look mechanical or clearly motion-captured, which along with the sometimes-uneven modeling can result in action scenes that look like Playstation 2 in-game cinematics or tech demonstrations. While the previously-mentioned positives to this style manage to salvage the film's action sequences to some effect, these problems result in it being incredibly difficult for viewers to make vital emotional connections to characters so long as we see them primarily depicted in this way.

I definitely got the same vibe from the previews, though I wouldn't even compare what we have here to Playstation 2 game cinematics.  The Berserk PS2 game had more impressive use of CGI than what is used in what looks to be offered in this movie.  A good comparison would be to compare 3D Zodd's appearance and animation in this movie to the PS2 game.

Other than the mishandling of the 3D however, I'm happy to see these films being made and look forward to seeing it.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 1
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:33:58 AM »
Haha, hearing your voices broke the illusion of how you all sounded in my head  :rakshas:

Don't think Griffith had much to worry about.  Podcasts are at their best when they are laid back and raw.  Same with the swearing.  The organization seems good, so no problem there.

Loved those "what-if" discussions on other studios that could have created an adaptation or why Miura decided on 4C to create an adaptation.  Some worthwile in-depth discussion

I feel the same way about how I slammed the producer. I got caught up in the moment. It was a weird phenomena, like mob mentality. Yeah, fuck that guy!  :ganishka:

Was surprised on how long you talked about the producer.  I normally expect producers to steal the spotlight, at least when the film might make good on its returns, given how they are the ones financing "their" films.  I didn't mind the criticism though--someone has to point out the bull in those kind of PR statements.
Then again, in my case, you're preaching to the choir in regards to apprehensions on whether the film will deliver the goods.

Great job overall in launching the podcast, it's off to a good start.

Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk Saga Project News
« on: February 04, 2012, 06:01:08 PM »
Okay, I've lurked for a while in regards to this new adaptation, but now that it's been released and we've got to hear some of the buzz, I must say I'm cautiously optimistic about the future of this theatrical adaptation.

First, to get some lingering negative feelings about these adaptations out of the way--I am very disappointed that Guts' childhood is reduced to a very truncated patchwork of a flashback sequence.  A lot of human drama involving Guts' upbringing and childhood is simply lost with only scattered crumbs remaining in the feature.  :sad:

The lack of the Black Swordsman arc is also a bitter pill to swallow, especially with no concrete assurance it will be eventually animated.  Ideally, this adaptation can partially save face by having a "chronological" debut of this after film 3 ends before the beginning of the Retribution arc, and make it a mostly (if not completely) self-contained story that can be viewed at home before the Golden Age arc.  Not a truly satisfactory compromise, but the adaptation needs the Black Swordsman arc if it ever hopes to be a true adaptation of Berserk.  The introduction of Puck alone should demand it, because it would be really weak if they concoct some B.S. alternate scene of Guts meeting Puck and otherwise bypass the Black Swordsman arc.

Lastly, the 3D modeling is very cheap looking for a 2012 theatrical feature.  They're a few notches better than the early Nasonex Bee commercials, I guess, but even the cel-shading of these models seems second rate.  I'm hoping the hand-drawn animation and other artistic touches help give the series a more professional appearance, but they've seriously got to do a more polished job on the 3D in future features.

Other than this, though, this adaptation seems promising.  There seems to be relatively minimal censorship in terms of violence--which bodes well for much of the content that will likely comprise film 3.  However, I expect some toning down of the sexual content like the scenes of Guts makin' whoopee with Casca or Griffith having a little hey-hey with Charlotte (not to mention the King of Midland's boudoir antics).  The drama seems like it's coming off rather well and, outside of the near disposal of Guts childhood, the film seems to be following the Golden Age arc rather closely.

I look forward to seeing these, though understandably, not with the highest of expectations.

Anime Asylum / Re: Content Censorship in the Berserk Saga Project
« on: February 04, 2012, 06:41:41 AM »
I can assure you that its pretty graphic. I don't want to ruin anything but there is enough blood to go around. especially when Zodd does his thing the first time he and Guts meet.

Is there much detail in gore (flying organs and such) or is it just blood?

Encyclopedia: Q&A / Re: Guts' Kill Roster: How many has he REALLY killed?
« on: January 28, 2012, 06:57:45 AM »
Episode 326:  1 "Sea God" :guts:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: Media Blasters Remastering Berserk
« on: November 01, 2008, 02:52:41 AM »
Has there been any news on how this remastering looks?  A lot of TV property "remasterings" I've seen never went through any proper restorative process and were just sent through an automatic filter, leading to some unpleasant DVNR and other digital artifacts.  It's also disapponting that the Special Features are look exactly the same.

The mention that the stereo tracks will be restored is a bit promising, though

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 298
« on: October 24, 2008, 09:25:56 PM »
Very nice to see Berserk again after all these months.  This was definitely worth the wait, even if it seems to be largely just wheting the reader's apetite for the upcoming battle of the century between :griff: and  :ganishka:.

I can't help but to wonder what is going to happen to the hundreds of thousands of Kushans that are being caught in the middle of this.  Are they going to continue to defend Ganishka despite being crushed and eaten by his apostle-spawn?  Is Griffith going to take the remnants under his wing?  Or are they destined to be fodder in the middle of a bloody conflict between monsters?  :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Berserk and Spawn comparisons
« on: October 22, 2008, 03:18:41 PM »
In all fairness, Guts also kills people that try to kill him.

I haven't really read Spawn but here's a few questions that should help with this so called "comparison"
Does the comic book Spawn have anything even remotely resembling causality? Is there an entity like the Idea of Evil? Is the Spawn universe divided into certain .. layers? Like the interstice or the vortex or even the abyss? Does Spawn struggle with his inner demons? Does Spawn have a child that just so happens to share it's existence with his main enemy? Is there "magic" in the Spawn universe? Is the concept of sacrificing someone close to you to become something other then human used repeatedly in Spawn?

Now that I think about.. people have made comparisons with less, the usual comparison? Does Spawn have a very large sword that kinda looks like the DS?  :ganishka:

As far as I can recall, Spawn has a more typical Heaven/Hell layering of its universe.

Video Games / Re: Mother 3 fan translation
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:59:24 AM »
but I'm feeling a weird conflict, like should I wait a little longer for them to update and fix whatever inevitable bugs slipped through? =)

Well, I've made it up to what seems to be the last chapter of the game, and I haven't had so much as a spelling error.  I've got to hand it to this team.  This was very professionally handled.  Even the translation itself doesn't seems like it should be without the usual tampering to throw in more colorful dialog.

Video Games / Re: Mother 3 fan translation
« on: October 07, 2008, 08:42:14 PM »
Indeed, this is very good news.  I've enjoyed the original immensely and this one looks to be in the same spirit.

Not releasing this .... have been among Nintendo's greatest failings.

Perhaps the low sales of the SNES game still haunts Nintendo to this very day  :zodd:

I'm not sure anyone on this site has followed the progress of this freeware project over the years, but I felt that it deserved mention counsidering how well they tackled the King's Quest games and Quest for Glory is one of my favorite Sierra adventure game series.  Anyone who either enjoyed the old Sierra games or have been merely curious may want to check it out at

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:03:30 PM »

News & Not News / Re: N. Korea and S. Korea sign declaration of peace
« on: October 07, 2007, 08:32:38 PM »
Very unexpected.  It will be very interesting to see how this works out in the end.  I don't really see unification coming anytime soon, but hopefully this will work out in the end.

I'm not really sure what to make out of Magnifico, really.  At first he seemed more like an ambitious noble marrying off Farnese to Roderick to win favor with Vandimion.  But now that Roderick is doing all he can to help Guts and his group get to Skellig Island and it seems like Magnifico is just along for the ride.  He seems a bit overwhelmed with the situation, but seems to do his part to help as well.

I don't really think Magnifico is completely trustworthy, though it wouldn't surprise me to see him have a key moment in which he helps the crew out.  Just to see him die at this point would seem like a complete waste.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 289
« on: September 14, 2007, 06:33:30 AM »
I really enjoyed that ship battle.  Seamanship worthy of Admiral Nelson.  And I love that captain gnawing on his crewmembers.

But what of course really has my attention is the beast breaking free of its confinment inside Guts.  I'm really split here.  One side of me wants to see Guts go on a murderous rampage, but the other doesn't want to see his close allies get hurt (especially Casca).

I'm wondering if the beast is going to consume Guts in the next episode, or if it is something that is only gradually gaining control before it completely manifests Guts later on.

My guess is that she didn't want to miss her favorite television program.

Hmm this tragic event might warant an honorable mention, but no Award.
The mother took her 2 daughters with her and any stupid decision that causes the death of others is not eligible for a Darwin.

Also, I beleive she has to have no living offspring to qualify.

Character Cove / Re: The Carcus Chronicles
« on: September 07, 2007, 05:34:55 AM »
Ah yes, Carcus :carcus:.  Of all the Hawks who died during the eclipse, his is the one that affected me the most.  I simply couldn't believe one of my most beloved characters in the series was gone, and the moment he was slain at the hands of a buxom apostle I knew the Hawks were finished.   I eventually got used to his absence after gradually accepting his fate.

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