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Buying / Selling / Re: Berserk Lithographic Art Work
« Last post by Tirade on April 15, 2017, 04:23:39 PM »
The three artwork lithograph is still available  :guts:

The 3 way lithograph is still available. If you are interested, make me an offer. Needs a good home.
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Griffith on April 15, 2017, 02:33:37 PM »
The Force Awakens really killed all excitement I had for the new trilogy. :sad:

Whether it's fair or not, I've seen a lot of this sentiment in reaction to the trailer, and it didn't seem nearly so prevalent a year ago, even among TFA's detractors. I don't really know what people are complaining about though, because the overall gist seems to be, "where's the original greatness to match the classics!?" I too was also looking for Empire Part II when I watched TFA and came away extremely disappointed that it indeed wasn't as good as Empire had no business being. But in hindsight I appreciated the way it revived the franchise by honoring the the past while paving the way for a future and making Star Wars relevant again. I think the biggest single complaint was that while continuing the old story and beginning a new one it also contained a, at least spiritual, remake of the original Star Wars with elements of Empire, Jedi and the EU mixed within (it even paid off Han Solo as RoTJ should have), which isn't such an ignoble effort in my book (George tried to give us something really different! =). Anybody looking for something original should probably stop looking to Star Wars for it, but I do hope this one doesn't get too wrapped up in the meaning of the Farce (and did they mention the "balance" of it :magni:). Anyway, the honeymoon with the fans seems to be over; this one better really be as good as Empire! :ganishka:
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by Rhombaad on April 15, 2017, 02:09:30 PM »
I enjoyed it a lot. I thought Aslan did a great job of simplifying a lot of complicated material and research into a coherent narrative.
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Sareth on April 15, 2017, 11:06:17 AM »
Watched the teaser and felt nothing. The Force Awakens really killed all excitement I had for the new trilogy. :sad:
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by Skeleton on April 15, 2017, 01:47:12 AM »
Finished reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and started reading No god but God, both by Reza Aslan.

What did you think of Zealot? I enjoyed No god But God.
Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« Last post by Killakcin on April 14, 2017, 11:01:14 PM »
I actually think this episode was pretty good. Aside from the ugly character models (Grunbeld's face was janky af), this episode looked a bit better than usual. They seemed to use a lot more hand drawn stills that looked decent, and I think they did a good job capturing Puck and Isidro's characters with the exaggerated facial expressions. The ridiculous panning and snap shots were thankfully kept to a minimum as well.

The pacing this episode may have been the best for the entire series so far. Scenes were given room to breath, and events were given enough time for the audience to absorb and react to them. They didn't seem to barrel through character introductions and key moments - e.g. the arrows missing Griffith, or the spirits of the dead at the end of the episode - like they have done in many of the previous episodes.

For this series, I think improvements in direction and pacing are far more important than improved animation. We already know what the art style of this series is, and we already know that it looks like shit compared to the source material. No amount of improvements in the animation is going to close that gap because of the style they chose to work with. However, we can and should expect them to improve the presentation of the story. There is no reason for them to be unable to adapt Berserk's story in a compelling manner, that long time fans and newcomers can enjoy.
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« Last post by Sancho on April 14, 2017, 10:32:42 PM »
I'm re-reading Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. A Sci-Fi classic set in the future and in another planet where the first colonialists, come from Earth, used technology to elevate themselves to the status of deities, other than having immense destruction powers they can also transfer their mind to other bodies when their own becomes old, they can even create whatever body they want, achieving thus immortality.

The planet, which is habitable for humans, thousands of years after their arrive, is inhabitated by their descendants, who however have been kept completely oblivious of the truth and their origins, as well as not possessing any form of primitive technology, and praising their "gods" as if they were real and genuine deities. Each of the First took the title of a deity from Hinduism (like Bhrama, Vishnu, Shiva....) and they live their life of indulgence and vices in their city on "Heaven". The main character is one of the First, who at a certain point in the past rebeled to them and abandoned his place in order to battle the "gods" and spread the knowledge of their technology to everyone on the planet.

I like it particularly because, as the author said, it can be read both as a Sci-Fi or as a Fantasy novel. The First colonialists have created a world which emulates the features of the Hinduism religion, like reincarnation, the difference is that they can actually make it happens thanks to their technology! People of the lower classes, who believes the gods are real gods, are reincarnated in high status people if they worshipped and paid enough tributes to the gods. The more they pay, the more their "karma" increase.

Overall i think this jewel of Sci-Fi should be read only if you possess a basic knowledge of Hinduism, you can enjoy it even if you know nothing of it, but you're not really going to appreciate it fully as you would if you could get all the analogies between the technological Sci-Fi characteristics and the deities as well as the metaphysical concepts of hinduism.
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Skeleton on April 14, 2017, 10:20:41 PM »
The trailer's a bit underwhelming, but I think that's just because I'm so hyped up for this movie.  Other than that, so far so good.
Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« Last post by ApostleBob on April 14, 2017, 10:10:33 PM »
This series... Again pretty faithful, if you exclude the random placement of the introduction of the new Band of the Falcon. I guess we can be happy we got those moments, as it will make things less confusing for first time viewers. But still, what the hell? Why do it like this? is it that important to have two Guts centric episodes first. We now have two episodes starting with this scene.

And how about the art? Wow this stuff was sloppy. You'd think guys they give close ups to would get a little more attention. I've watched cartoons with my nephew that are more put together than parts of this.

Things I like:
- Rakshas was great
- The Shet scene existing at all
- It was faithful for the most part, with some abridgments I could live with.
- Guts & Co. have much better models.
- The pace is moving along at a good clip.

Things I hated:
- Is Griffiths hair plastic?
- Is Zodd green?
- Why is the action so boring? I mean really? This is an action series with great drama, but you'd never guess it with this show. It's a step behind the '97 anime as far as action goes. Giant battles that are amazing in the manga reduced to sloppily animated stills of those panels.
- This series has really neutered Zodd. I feel like he's cream of the crop in the manga, but in this he comes off like a random orc werewolf apostle. It pisses me off, be/c the last two adaptations managed to get him basically right.
- Why are scenes so jumbled? Makes no sense.

But I will say that it looks like they are doing the whole manga. Which I'm kinda fine with since no one else has stepped up. I know I got into the series because of the anime. I know most people are that way. If that leads more people to the manga, I'm all for it. But let me make it clear to any first time viewer reading this: This series is incredibly inferior to the quality of the manga. By orders of magnitude.
Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Johnstantine on April 14, 2017, 09:41:47 PM »
It was fine, a bit restrained like the final release trailer for the last one which is ok by me, but I wish the first words I heard Luke Skywalker speak in over 30 years wasn't generic fodder for a teaser trailer. In retrospect another reason to give him a proper reintroduction in the last movie after playing his appearance so close to the vest, "Thank God we saved him for this... trailer?"

Anyway, he seems to be in a real dark place, but maybe changes his tune early since he's likely training Rey, Kylo looks cooler and I'm intrigued by the mask, and I wonder how involved Finn is going to be in his condition, unless this is mostly material from the first act.

Probably going end of Dark Empire on us, which I'm okay with.

I've seen enough, so I'll be avoiding future trailers. Same with the new Thor.
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