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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:05:59 PM »
Hopefully this means we won't be having to endure any more half-assed Predator movies pretending this is some blockbuster tentpole franchise when it was actually a singularly good 80's action movie (with the biggest action star and arguably the best action director of the era on board!).

Yeah... Let's hope they stop sullying that name now.
Also, needless to say but Shane Black really screwed the pooch on that one.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 05:29:18 PM »
Kidding aside, I get angry at the game, mostly when I'm attempting some awful wall jumping section to get somewhere I'm not even sure I'm supposed to go yet and so then I'm waking up my wife literally getting into a fight with the Wii U gamepad. :ganishka:

Haha, I know what you mean, that can be tricky.

I do think it'd be an interesting debate between Super Metroid, SotN and some of their modern offspring. I think the problem with a lot of the modern entries is they're too beholden to Super Metroid and therefore don't go far enough afield. Even SotN mixes it up a bit more than most of these with the key items and light RPG elements.

Yeah, it's maybe my biggest gripe with the "Metroidvania" term. It's not like side-scrolling action/exploration games didn't exist before Super Metroid (or even Metroid itself for that matter). And it's not like SotN follows a strict template laid by Super Metroid either. It shamelessly copied its map system, but the game's other elements were already a genre before that. For example, despite its bad reputation, Simon's Quest actually did introduce a lot of things SotN builds upon (and even had a day/night cycle... revolutionary! :iva:).

Worse: a lot of games that are called "Metroidvania", like Dead Cells most recently, actually bear little similarity to either Metroid or SotN. It's just a dumbass aberration of a word. :femto:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 17, 2018, 04:24:51 PM »
Super Metroid - I kind of hate this game lol! :ganishka:

It's true what they say: the biggest betrayals come from those closest to you!

Speculation Nation / Re: What would happen if a Godhand member where to die
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:39:41 AM »
I was always wondering what would happen if  a God hand member  where to die (if that is even possible).

We have no reason to think they can't die.

My theory is that they would just revert to their former self's

That's not possible. When apostles "revert", their corrupted soul is taken by the Vortex of Souls and their physical body is left as what it was before they sacrificed. But members of the God Hand go through a different process: their corporeal body is consumed and they become a purely spiritual being. So if they were to join the Vortex, there'd be next to nothing left of them. Femto's case is different because he was incarnated. I would imagine that if he were extracted from that body of flesh, it would turn into the form of the Moonlight Boy we're familiar with.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:33:19 AM »
Aha, that's where I saw it! Yeah, that barren 2013 is quite scary.

Miura was writing Gigantomakhia during that time.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:19:45 AM »
Fingers crossed for a new artbook  :ubik: ...  ( :judo: )

I don't dare to hope... :sad:
Mostly I pray it's not something horrible (I may have light novel PTSD). :magni:

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: September 02, 2018, 10:06:55 AM »
I wonder if that will become a part of Falconias society at one point.
If you're terminally ill, just become part of the demon soldiers and keep fighting for the good cause.

That's something we've speculated on in the past, and that we mention in this podcast.

do you guys think there are still new Apostles born after the merging if the worlds?

Probably not, but things might change.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 08:08:38 AM »

I give them an E for exuberance and bringing back Shane "Jeez, you gotta big pussy!" Black to direct, but The Predator looks like it's going to make Predators look like the original Predator.

I don't know what Hollywood's problem is, but Predator 2 looks like a fucking masterpiece compared to this garbage. I think whoever's in charge fundamentally misunderstands the original movie's appeal.

Also, The Rock does every other action movie that comes out and they couldn't get him or another more Predator-sized dude in this one? Oh well.


Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 30, 2018, 05:04:29 AM »
I wonder, Aazealh, did you learn the word "dolmen" the same way I did? Cuz I learned from reading Asterix  :serpico:

I've known it for many years so to be honest I just don't remember. That being said it's indeed quite possible I learned it from Asterix.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 29, 2018, 04:10:00 PM »
"Yeah man, I love Gurtz the Dark Sword Man, and Griffen the White Dove, that's my man right there. I hope he gets his dream of owning his own home. King Skeleton, he's the greatest! What a villain, evil as hell."

Unfortunately that sounds like most of the fan base to me. :iva:

I bet there's lots of classic games people here missed or that just passed them by (except Aaz, he's probably played them all, Wally no just because he'll quit a game and uninstall the second he's not feeling it, even if he's 95% of the way through, which drives me nuts though I also admire it =).

Haha nah, there's tons of stuff I also never played, either because it was not released in Europe, because I was busy with other things at the time or because it didn't show up on my radar at the time.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 29, 2018, 06:41:18 AM »
Miura's comment, courtesy of Puella:

Looking down at the sunrise from my studio at dawn, lines of troops coming from Comic Market! ...This is it, the title of this episode! ( ☆∀☆)

** In Japanese, both 'sunrise' and 'dawn' are the same word that is used for the episode title.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:11:11 PM »
Confession time: I've still never completed Super Metroid!


Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 08:02:50 PM »
In any case, we don't know for sure all the specifics of the afterlife, because it's come up a total of two times, and even among those two scenes, there are conflicting perspectives. Griffith said in vol 23 that the souls move on to "a place where they become one." In the very next volume, Flora talks about souls being segregated each according to their own karma (implying an alternative to the Vortex). Now, it could be that what Griffith said was contextual, and what Flora said was universal.

I don't think there's a conflict. The Vortex of Souls is part of a great ocean of souls. Souls are divided according to their karma and end up in different parts of the ocean of souls, but they're still in it either way. That ocean forms mankind's collective consciousness, of which the vortex is the darker side. So I think both statements work fine with each other.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 26, 2018, 10:48:21 AM »
do you still have the same opinion about it?

Yes. It wasn't an improvement.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 25, 2018, 03:17:05 PM »
I know this is all for a specifically calculated world domination, but it's fun to think that Griffith/Femto is the perfect obsessed instrument for it that will never stop, one that will conquer and remake the world and then conquer it again no matter how many castles he wins, because there actually is no castle or dream except to continue chasing it.

Haha, yeah... And what I find interesting is that Guts said as much when the great gurus asked him about it in episode 345. He understands that Griffith's ambition was to be king only because it was the highest thing he could think of when he was human, but that it's essentially limitless. There'll always be something more. Meanwhile, ironically, a lot of readers seem to be focused on the idea that Griffith absolutely needs a crown and a marriage certificate in order to validate his achievements.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 24, 2018, 03:47:33 PM »
Looks great, I love it. Making it all grey is a genius move. Honestly I'd hang on my wall.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 24, 2018, 05:41:04 AM »
I wonder if Griffith is using Sonia to track down astral creatures by navigating through the world spiral tree and if so what are the chances of her finding Skellig (Although there might be some additional safe guards to hide Elfhelm).

Yes, I also find the idea of Sonia showing up in Elfhelm to be quite interesting.

I thought it was interesting that sonia was used to broadcast the death of leader of the giants to the battlefield, I wonder if the giants could see the projection. If that's the case it's very demoralizing action for the giants, especially since they were all killed afterwards.

Well yes, the whole point of sending out that image of the dead giant leader was to demoralize his troops. It no doubt helped reduce casualties on Falconia's side.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 23, 2018, 06:30:40 PM »
I agree, there are many examples of "astral gates" dotted around the world of Berserk, Godo's mine, the misty valley, the foundations of the church in Enoch.

I don't think Godot's mine or the other things you mention can be used to travel like what we saw in this episode.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:52:45 PM »
This gives me more reason (almost certainty at this point) to believe that we'll see Guts and Co. travel through the World Spiral Tree's branches to get back to Midland in a snap. I had been putting all my money on the beherit being the key to access it though, but this episode shows there are multiple methods of accessing the branches so I'm not so sure anymore.

Not everyone can initiate that sort of travel, but between Danan and the great gurus I'm not too worried about that. In fact I even don't think it's necessarily beyond Schierke's abilities.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 04:16:34 PM »
It's a pretty cool idea, maybe the fight itself happened just for The Band of the Falcon to "Unlock" this path that happened to be in the Giant's territory.

I don't think it's an either/or situation. According to Puella, in this episode says Griffith that they will need to find all kinds of relics over the world to help them with their military action. Meaning that the conquest is the objective and the relics are tools to fulfill it.

Something else I find interesting is the importance of Sonia's help in all of this. Griffith goes out of his way to point it out, and I guess it could be taken as him just "being nice" to her, but I don't think so. I think she really is extremely valuable, probably more than people have given her credit for in the past. That got me to think back to her chance encounter with Schierke in Vritannis and what role that might play in the future.

Hmmm...according to Puck in v17, these Stonehenge-like structures served as shrines of sorts to the Elves (according to Dark Horse's translation, anyway), and Guts even used it to take refuge from the spectres and incubi. So to see Griffith, a God Hand, appropriate it for his own purposes is...kind of unnerving me.

These are shrines for astral creatures, yes. Probably not unlike the shrine the Lady of the Water Depths used to have before Enoch's folks built a Holy See temple on top of it. And yeah, I agree that Griffith making use of these is pretty chilling, but then again, that's what the God Hand does, isn't it?

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:56:42 AM »
Very inventive of Miura to use a Stonehenge-like structure for this kind of ethereal travel. I like it!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 21, 2018, 09:04:06 PM »
But air travel is the fastest! And we know at least one Apostle can reach supersonic... oh yeah. It is funny that the Apostles flapping their wings and shit might actually be significantly slower than a trip by ship, and maybe they consume so much energy they'd get tired and crash after like three hours. Plus Griff already had to spend hours just standing on Zodd's hand making no conversation and vice versa; how awkward. Apostles, the worst way to fly. =)

Haha yeah it just seems goofy to me when put in practice. Worst trip ever. :void:

That's why I kind of like the idea of bypassing a crisis or attack altogether and Guts' party independently just deciding to use the branches to go back themselves via the precedent provided by Griffith here, rather than it being foreshadowing of his own nefarious use.

Yeah, I mean I do think Miura has some crisis planned, but I honestly wouldn't mind at all if it wasn't the case. Just the group regrouping (boy I'm on fire today) and choosing to go confront Griffith for both personal and altruistic reasons, because they must and only they can attempt it. A properly epic "final mission" set up. :badbone:

If there is an immediate goal here though it could be we'll see Griffith get some intel that sets him in motion and makes for quite a direct segue. I don't know, your guess is as good as probably better than mine. My selfish desire is we just go right back to Guts/Casca for a while with this planted in the back of our minds, but I'd "settle" for some really deep, creepy God Hand action like Griffith contacting Void via his secret chamber at the base of the tree, "The promised time has come." :void:

Both are quite plausible options, although I favor your second hypothesis. I think we're on the verge of some pretty big stuff (on both sides), and I'd like to get a glimpse of what the big bad guys are up to.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:05:50 PM »
The Falcons

Sorry for being pedantic, but there is only one Falcon. The Band of the Falcon is named that way because it is being led by the White Falcon, now also known as the prophecized Falcon of Light.

appear to be traveling back to Falconia via the branches of the World Spiral Tree. Not unlike the Moonlight Boy did the last time we saw him. Could this be another hint that Griffith and the Boy are one and the same?

Not necessarily, unless we're told only Griffith can initiate this kind of travel. We don't really need more "hints" at this point anyway. Just a final reveal. =)

could also potentially provide a new means of travel for Guts and the party other than another ride on the Seahorse.

I don't think this fundamentally changes the possibilities for story progression. Honestly it was always a given that we weren't going to see a lengthy return trip to the mainland. Either time would pass off screen as they traveled by sea, or they would take advantage of the Skull Knight's beherit sword technique to get back instantly. Traveling using the World Spiral Tree is a third possibility, and although it was actually introduced a while back with the Moonlight Boy, I concur that this episode increases its likeliness.

Man, we're taking that Elfhelm invasion for granted! It is an irresistibly juicy idea that makes sense, has precedent, and would also setup Guts and co's departure nicely, even their own use of the branches to "follow" Griffith back to the mainland, if not to Falconia. Still, we're getting ahead of ourselves

Getting ahead of yourself indeed. :iva:

I've never subscribed to the idea that apostles could just fly to Elfhelm, seems like an impossibly long journey even by air. That being said, we've known from the beginning (i.e. 15 years ago) that Guts would not remain in Elfhelm forever. So it's always been a matter of when, how and why he would leave. And as they arrived on Skellig, the island's anomalous temporality made it clear the clock was ticking (terrible pun intended). Even so, as far as I can remember we've always expected that an outside force would provide an additional impetus. In that regard an apostle attack is indeed a nice juicy possibility, although I would argue it'd feel like a repeat of what happened at Flora's. So I guess I'm actually hoping for something different, despite the fact I trust Miura would keep it fresh and absolutely badass even if it was "just" Grunbeld vs Guts round 2 (I sure want to see Grunbeld get what he deserves, whenever that'll be). Regardless of what will actually occur and provoke a crisis, what I would like is for Guts and friends to overcome it and then still decide to leave with a deliberate objective in mind, as opposed to being forced to escape in the nick of time.

P.S. The episode title is "Triumphant return at dawn".
Note: Miura uses a specific word for "dawn" that implies the moon is still visible in the sky.

Creation Station / Re: Kelpie Coloring
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:09:00 PM »
I like it. Makes the scene look pretty gritty, almost like it takes place underground.

Speculation Nation / Re: Am I the only one who...
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:54:23 AM »
just wants to know the origins of Slan, Void, SK and Zodd and be done with the manga?


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