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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New on this forum
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:39:36 PM »
Thanks Mr. Aazealh!
(that was one hell of a quiz right there :o)

Haha, you should keep going at it until you win! :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:04:31 PM »
A faithful adaptation requires ignoring everything that has come before but that must seem insane to investors.

Oh, no actually I don't think so. It's how it's usually done: once an adaptation is over, if another one comes along by a different team it's typically a completely separate project. Otherwise it's the same adaptation that's continuing (which won't happen here).

There just needs to be one guy that really wants to see it happen and has the means and talent to see it done properly. Not unlike what Peter Jackson did with the Lord of the Rings, to be honest. The fantasy genre stayed dead for 15 years in Hollywood until the big studios saw the light. My guess/hope is that it'll be the same here. Eventually someone will manage to get the budget and talent necessary to do a proper adaptation, but there's no telling when it'll be.

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 13, 2019, 03:54:26 PM »
I'm with you but I wanted to also note that Castlevania Season 2 must have been developed as a rushed afterthought, as evidenced by how the story is structured (the two main plots never actually converge, as if one of them were fabricated in a separate writer's room to pad the length of the already-brief season). So even with Netflix's support, shortcuts are going to be taken to get low-priority cartoons anime out the door and ready for consumption. In fact I was quite surprised to hear the positive reception of S2 in particular, given how thin and poorly planned the story was.

These kinds of writing shortcuts also happen on most Netflix original series that I've watched, as if they're written using a similar "best practices for constant consumption" playbook. [...] So given all of that, the prospect of Netflix funding a Berserk adaptation doesn't really bode well for me. If anything it would probably be "fine," but by no means a guaranteed hit.

Yeah, that's true, and I agree. I didn't mean to say that having Netflix make a Berserk adaptation would be a best-case scenario. They're a great distribution platform, but their production formula (that you summed up well) just wouldn't work here because it's inherently compromised.

The problem with Berserk is that to get an adaptation worthy of the manga, we'd need a company willing to put down serious money without a guarantee they'd make it all back. It's not a story for all ages and it doesn't really fit the usual market categories that TV shows live and die by. It's "just" an amazing story with superb art and great characters, but nowadays it seems that's not enough to warrant a big investment.

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:27:06 AM »
He's mainly a producer, and he's only recently dabbled in animation. Having him at the helm isn't enough to guarantee a good Berserk animated series. Good animation is done by teams of people who all need to be capable and somewhat talented and also have enough financial support.

Yeah the point is he's not a miracle man. The Castlevania series was "fine" thanks to Netflix's financial support. Now they're launching a bunch of other series, like "Gods & Heroes", that will likely be of the same level. But to properly adapt Berserk you'd probably need 10 times their budget.

I didn't think the Netflix Castlevania anime was all that great to be honest.  The animation was ok, but the writing, especially the dialog, was really weak and unnatural. It turned me off throughout.

Exactly. And it was mostly the writing in my opinion, the voice talent was fine. Even the plot, direction and action scenes were underwhelming as far as I'm concerned.

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 12, 2019, 04:42:25 PM »
I want this to happen, because having seen what Shankar has done to works like Castlevania why not give Berserk over to this man.

You must be joking. Let's be brutally real here: the Netflix Castlevania series is passable for what it is, but as a high profile manga adaptation it would be considered poor quality. No offense to Adi Shankar (it's cool that he thinks highly of Berserk) but he's hardly the most qualified for the job.

I'll leave the art critique to the pros but I really like your choice of colors here, makes it look like a kind of surreal dawn.

One little thing though: when seen at full size you can see a line from a select tool near the bottom of the image. There's another vertical one but it's fainter. Not sure how that happened.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Been lurking lately and I'm now a newb!
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:29:55 PM »
I wish it was a bit more active but that's honestly understandable giving how slow episodes are released

Haha, yeah and some of us have been talking about Berserk for so long that there's not much left to say.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Been lurking lately and I'm now a newb!
« on: March 08, 2019, 06:29:22 PM »
Hi Ana and welcome! Hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Linking to your art and cosplay is no problem, and in fact we have a dedicated section for these kinds of endeavor if you feel like showcasing them.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New on this forum
« on: March 06, 2019, 06:40:48 PM »
Hi Fernando, welcome to our community! Hope you'll have a good time and find everything you're looking for.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 05, 2019, 04:12:16 PM »
Yeah the reason I asked is because I think for these types of games, going for the harder modes makes it so you need to be a little more technical/strategic with how you approach enemies. It might not fix it for you though, but I did find it challenging at times during my own playthrough.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 05, 2019, 08:00:08 AM »
Feels more like the game wants me to experience watching Kratos overcome awesome challenges than have me work too hard to do it myself. The other most memorable moment was also a largely passive set piece. I don't know what that means good or bad, but it's the impression I'm left with; more roller coaster ride than high performance vehicle. Still, eye opening to the game's potential to awe and ultimately fun if a little high on empty calories at this point. It's growing on me.

What difficulty setting are you playing in? The higher ones make the game a non-trivial challenge in my experience.

Wait, so this is a brand new Miura interview? :???:

Yeah. This shouldn't surprise you, Miura has given many interviews over the years.

Speculation Nation / Re: What would Mozgus have thought of Griffith?
« on: March 02, 2019, 02:21:51 PM »
I don't think he'd be so quick to fall in line with Griffith.  First, because it would be more narratively interesting for him to be another actor that wouldn't side with Guts exactly, but would take a stand against Griffith.

More narratively interesting? I mean there's a reason this is a purely hypothetical scenario, and that's because it's not narratively interesting to begin with.
Basically, it doesn't matter what Mozgus would have thought. He was a cog in a complex machine during the Conviction arc, but beyond that his existence was inconsequential.
Putting that aside, Walter got it right. Mozgus was a zealot and he would have no doubt lapped up what Griffith is offering. There isn't any ground to argue that he would have taken a stand against Griffith (not that he would have been able to anyway).

More importantly though, Mozgus is completely, utterly devoted to God and not even a king is above God, so if he were to offer any loyalty to Griffith, it would only be because politics expects it of him and the current Pontiff endorses him.  This would last until Mozgus discovers that Griffith has his own personal army of monster men and his own witch, then the inquisitor in him would come out.  It certainly doesn't help that if Mozgus had survived, he'd have witnessed Griffith's rebirth and with it, him flying off on the back of a black-winged demon.

I can imagine him re-emerging at Vritannis, following the Pontiff until the final battle with Ganishka, questioning everything that happens at that point and eventually leaving with Rickert.

Of course, all this assumes that Griffith doesn't spare any time to try and bring him into the fold, which might work, or might be futile against Mozgus' indomitable will.

Mozgus was a small man and a hypocrite whose life revolved around hurting powerless people. You seem to wildly overestimate pretty much everything about him: his integrity, courage, intelligence, strength of will, etc. The idea that he could have teamed up with Rickert, the Bakiraka and Daiba is absurd.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: From lurker to newbie...
« on: February 27, 2019, 06:34:53 AM »
Hey there, welcome!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 23, 2019, 11:52:10 AM »
Been playing Tetris 99 on and off on the 7 days free Nintendo online trial. I'm not one for competitive play but I like knowing I can hold my own against the Japanese players. :void:

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:06:30 AM »
Starting with the 5th issue, which will be published this Friday, of the Young Animal, the digital edition will be released on the same day as the paper edition. Until now, the digital edition was released two weeks after the paper edition.

Awesome! This decreases the need to rely on scans provided by third parties for fans eager to follow the series' prepublication outside Japan.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:11:11 AM »
Speaking of color pages, I was browsing my stuff and snapped these pictures to show you guys what we're missing on.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:08:41 PM »
I can't imagine that would've caused such a huge financial dent for them. I'm more inclined to believe that getting a hold of the original colored pages was more trouble than they were willing to put up with;

I'm willing to bet you're wrong. Same reason the covers are put together at the end of the volume and not inserted where they'd be relevant: more complicated (and therefore expensive) to do. And I'm not saying it would have cost millions, just that they weren't willing to do it.

and there's also a third possibility which is that they didn't even think or care about it in the first place.

Yeah sure, that goes along with it.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:43:15 PM »
I think the style's fine. Fits the game's top down view.

By the way, check out this Japanese TV commercial for the game that aired in 1993:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:18:54 PM »
It seems they're re-using the assets they have on hand, not re-licensing additional editions from Hakusensha. After all, the Japanese volumes don't have the color pages either. Only a few international editions brought those over, along with of course the original episode publication.

The "MyBestRemix" reedition in Japan included a bunch of color pages (but not all of them) from the early volumes.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:15:26 AM »
I have a question, is there a good reason why Dark Horse didn't include Miura's original color pages in the Deluxe Editions?  Seems like an obvious missed opportunity.

I see two possibilities: the first is they didn't have access to them, the second is that they went for the cheaper option. My guess is #2.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:15:40 PM »
It pales next to Link's Awakening, but the sequel to Hollow Knight looks neat.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Is there a black and white print of this image?
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:42:46 PM »
This is an illustration made for the first Berserk TV series, released in 1997. It's not from the manga and was not drawn by Miura, but by the series' lead artist. There's no black and white version of it.

Creation Station / Re: Photorealistic Guts: The Black Swordsman
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:37:28 PM »
I wouldn't call it photorealistic but it looks great. Good job!

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:31:57 PM »
There is a TCG illustration of Serpico kind of uncharacteristically giving a thumbs up which I really like but I'm not sure how well it would transfer to emoticon format.

Haha, he's not giving a thumbs up actually. This card (BK1 51) is based on a panel from episode 197 (first episode of volume 24), and Serpico's thumb is up because he just threw an acorn at Guts and is telling him it'd be nice if he died.

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