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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:55:07 PM »
Funny that you should bring up an attempt at listening to American Gods bulleit, I just did the same recently, with similar results. I'm not a Gaiman fan, so I don't know if it's just too "him" for me, but I felt like the mythological references I encountered in the first few chapters were too heavy-handed and lacked depth. :shrug:

Wow! I dig this colored page as well! :serpico: The subtle highlights and the richness of the darker colors are really effective. I'm also a sucker for all things Black Sworsman Arc, so this delights me to no end!

Very beautiful work, Vampira! I really appreciate your attention to detail and the beautiful shades of purple and violet. It looks very dreamy and ethereal, yet upon close inspection it's easy to see how carefully you colored each element. Great work! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: From lurker to newbie...
« on: February 27, 2019, 07:26:41 PM »
I know of Alcest and have listened to some of their songs on YouTube, but can't say I have diverted in that direction yet haha. I know their discography is all over the place in terms of styles; do you have any recommendations on where to start?

I have really enjoyed Souvenirs d'un autre monde, but that's about the only album of theirs I've listened to, personally. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: From lurker to newbie...
« on: February 27, 2019, 03:46:43 AM »
Welcome to the board, Sunbather! Hope you enjoy hanging out!

Have you been watching the JoJo Part 5 anime? I didn't read the manga so I'm just following along now, and it's pretty wild. :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:53:33 PM »
I think you guys both touch on why season 3 ultimately felt like such a let-down. It was really a strong start, but ended in a fizzle of lost opportunities. While I'm not sure if I like the idea of the wife being the killer Username, your idea shows more creative thinking than the final resolution. I feel like they could have done way more with the one-eyed man, as they teased him as such a sinister, shadowy figure.

Walter, I see what you're saying about the Alzheimer's. My interpretation was that with the writers wanted to focus on the hopelessness of the condition, and explains why Hays' memories of his wife in '90 and '80 were so much clearer, and his more recent recollections are so few. However, I do agree that they could have done more with it than the Memento stuff, and it seemed to slow the narrative down at times when it could have enhanced it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:46:41 PM »
Gob and I recently got into True Detective and caught up on all 3 seasons over the past couple months, culminating in the S3 finale last night! :isidro:

Username, I agree with most of your comments. I think that I had built up the mystery behind the pink rooms and Julie's disappearance as being similar to the plot of Season 1, with the secret pedophilia ring and sordid goings-on running through the small town and being much bigger than what Hayes and West could ever hope to handle on their own. I honestly feel disappointed that the explanation behind everything was basically a single rich woman who had gone a bit bonkers. While I agree that this was a big improvement over the convoluted ball of yarn that was season 2, I felt like 3 built us up with a plot that ultimately felt too small for what we've come to expect from the series. Summoning Marty and Cohle feels like a cheap move, considering that the conflict of this season didn't end with nearly half of the excitement as our guys' Louisiana misadventures.

I can say, however, that the journey to the final episode was a great one. I really felt like I was rooting for Hayes, and his struggles with losing his memory as an old man were heartbreaking to watch. I also really enjoyed seeing how he and his wife could talk out their problems over the course of their marriage - it felt like a very natural relationship, and without some of the forced dramatics of previous seasons. Hayes was a compelling character overall, for sure. My mind keeps going back to him going off into the wilderness to track down Will and Julie at the very beginning of the season. His scene of horrible discovery in that cave was, to me, what True Detective was all about, and I really hoped that they had continued down a different path from that point.

Ultimately, I would say that season 3 was okay, but not great. I'll certainly keep my expectations in check for when the next season inevitably comes around. It seems to me like the creator is trying different things for fear of just repeating season 1, but can't seem to make the necessary tweaks that result in the same satisfying storytelling.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Is there a black and white print of this image?
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:42:03 PM »
Hey there - this was an image from the old '97 anime. As far as I've seen, no black-and-white productions of it have ever been officially released. However, if you're looking for it in black and white for a personal art project, you can always pop it into an image editing program and edit it to suit your needs. If you're looking for something from the manga specifically, there are panels that look like it, but I don't believe this particular image was copied from a manga spread.

Anyway, good luck with your project! :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Realistic Guts: The Black Swordsman
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:54:02 PM »
Wonderful work, Yummy! I think you really built on the original without taking anything away from it. I like how you worked in some spots of yellow and pink, it definitely helps it feel more fleshed out. :guts:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:20:54 PM »

Damn dude, you're on a roll! I'm seeing a theme here. What's next, more hand gestures? Molda flipping the bird? :daiba:

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:52:08 PM »
Thanks  :zodd: I definitely don't remember that one! It's funny that our thoughts on it flipped since then too. We all liked the idea of Zodd having been an old human whose body couldn't keep up with his will to fight.

I think that, given the way he speaks in Japanese, the "old man Zodd" theory isn't outlandish at all! The only thing that makes it less appealing to me is that Wyald's been there and done that, old news, right? Making Zodd a child originally gives him an extra dimension as a character, to me, and if his background were explored in that direction, it might suggest that his 300 years of life have made him feel like an old man, despite his original form. It kind of places him in contrast to an apostle to Rochine, who seemed preoccupied with childhood and child-like things, though she didn't remain an apostle long enough for us to see how that might affect her psychologically after hundreds of years.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 98 - Nosferatu Zodd
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:40:41 PM »
Great podcast, guys! :ubik: A refreshing break from our Berserk dry spell. I really enjoyed your analysis of so many of Zodd's appearances - kind of like the Skull Knight, Zodd's scenes are seldom enough that it can be useful to break down his interactions with some of the series' key players and glean Miura's possible intentions. Zodd is on that very short list of characters who has been present at so many of these world-altering events, but very much in the role of a supporter and observer. I hope that he'll take a more active role as the series nears its end. :zodd:

This podcast actually made a good accompaniment to one of my favorite SkullKast conversations (though I forget the particular episode it took place in), where you guys speculated about what Zodd might have been like as a human, and why he became an apostle. I think the one suggesting that he would have been a child was my favorite. Although, now that I think about it, it might not add anything to the story to reveal Zodd's origins (no novels, please! :magni: ). I can imagine Miura wanting him to remain pure in our minds as the Zodd we know and love, Terminator to the very end. Still, fun to ponder on it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:22:10 PM »
Happy 2019 to all! I hope everyone meets their ambitions for the new year. I'm personally hoping to draw more! :void:

Site & Forum News / Re: BERSERK emoticons!
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:54:06 PM »
 :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:
Fits like a glove! Great work Wally.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 25, 2018, 06:33:19 PM »
I hope all the Christmas revelers are enjoying time with friends and family today! I opened my gift from Rhombaad, and it was the Dragon Quest Illustrations book that I'd been wanting! I can't wait to take a trip down memory lane with all those illustrations! Thanks friend!

If anyone hasn't received their Schnoz gift yet, please let me know - otherwise, I hope everyone enjoys their gifts this year. :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:42:27 PM »
JMP's righteous brand wrapping strikes again! And it looks like you got some neat goodies Xion! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: December 11, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »
I just got home and got this from the mailman. Thanks Grail! Pins will surely be taken to work and conventions. I was thinking of just recycling the bag you sent me the gifts in, for next year. It stays in good shape and seems like a baton to pass to the next secret schnoz.

Hey man, glad you're enjoying the gifts! I gotta admit that I was coveting those pins, they seemed like high quality! And yes, by all means, please feel free to use the bag I gave you for the next Secret Schnoz. In fact, I had the same thought as you! Since JMP worked to create the lovely bag, it should be passed along to fellow Berserk fans who will be sure to appreciate it every year. :guts:

Speaking of presents, I received my gift from Rhombaad for this year! In the spirit of Christmas, Iíll be waiting to reveal my gift until the 25th! Thank you Rhomby, I canít wait to see what you picked out. :serpico:

Creation Station / Re: Blackout Poetry
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:59:31 PM »
Hi Sticky, welcome! I could be wrong, but I don't think I've seen Berserk blackout poetry around these parts before! It looks like it would be tough to find the right page to choose to use for one of these things, how did you go about doing that?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:49:40 PM »
I'll be headed home this evening for 3 weeks and my book companions will be Perfume and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

How cool! I read One Hundred Years of Solitude many years ago. Little did I know at the time that I probably should have read an article or two on Latin American history first. As a result, I took the entire book as a literal sort of fairy tale. It was fun, but perhaps not what the author intended! :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:26:02 PM »
That's a neat custom Switch skin Crimson! I agree that aside from portability, there's not much that grabs my attention about this system. The only thing I was thinking about getting was Pokemon, and that doesn't feel worth buying a new console for.

Nothing else interests me. And with the inclusion of their blatant ripoff online service, Pokemon is now officially dead to me as a series and all I look forward to now is the next Fire Emblem game.

Wait, what ripoff is this? :sad: You mean the connection to the mobile game?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Finally onboard
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:56:57 PM »
Welcome, Crimson!

But more of an inspiration that Guts continues to be. I hope to be an active member here, make new friends, and talk, talk, talk about Berserk until we're all blue in the face!

Excellent, sounds like you're in the right place! :guts:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New Member Intro!
« on: November 26, 2018, 08:05:26 PM »
Hi Yummy, welcome to the community! :guts:

Your enthusiasm for the series definitely came through in your post! I'm looking forward to checking out your collection in the other thread. Your Youtube channel looks pretty neat as well, do you plan to make more videos in the future?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:24:23 PM »
Well, I didn't say I got it yet, but it'll be easy once I do.  I was referring the person I got. I don't think anyone sent me anything yet.

Ohh gotcha Xion, thanks for the correction. Sounds like you're on top of it!

I bought gift today, one of you should receive it no later than friday.

Thanks for the update Branded, and thanks for the heads-up to the thread!

I've just ordered the gifts for my Schnoz, and will be hopefully packaging them up and sending them out by the end of this week. :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 19, 2018, 03:55:14 PM »
Got mine! Second preference is a no brainer. :)

Damn dude, that's got to be a record or something! :ganishka: Anyway, I hope you enjoy your gift, and kudos to your super-speedy Secret Schnoz!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« on: November 16, 2018, 06:02:49 PM »
Hey guys, watch out for messages from Incantation and I in the next few days! Time to get started on sending out presents. :slan:

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