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News & Not News / Giant Squid filmed alive
« on: December 23, 2006, 12:46:15 PM »

Quote from: CNN
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday. The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.

"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future." Giant squid, formally called Architeuthis, are the world's largest invertebrates. Because they live in the depths of the ocean, they have long been wrapped in mystery and embellished in the folklore of sea monsters, appearing in ancient Greek myths or attacking the submarine in Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

The captured squid was caught using a smaller type of squid as bait, and was pulled into a research vessel "after putting up quite a fight," Kubodera said. "It took two people to pull it in, and they lost it once, which might have caused the injuries that killed it," he said. The squid, a female, was not fully grown and was relatively small by giant squid standards. The longest one on record is 60 feet, he said.

Goddamn sea monster. And from what they're saying there might be a lot more of these than we previously thought. They've got a video in the article too, check it out. Now who's with me for having a buffed up version attack Guts' boat? :guts:

Berserk Merchandise / AOW - Xmas 2006 Edition (ZIPPO & White Watch)
« on: December 06, 2006, 10:39:26 AM »
Quote from: AOW
We are pleased to inform you that 2 of our items:

Berserk Watch: White Model & ZIPPO “Eclipse” will be reopened for order as special Xmas 2006 Edition.

Date of order reopening:

Berserk Watch: White Model-11:00 am, 8 December (Japanese time)

ZIPPO “Eclipse”-11:00 am, 15 December (Japanese time)


Nothing new, just previous items available again. Neither of them was very successful in the first place as far as I know (even though both were manufactured on a client by client basis), so I'm not sure what to think of this. Looks like they're basically trying to sell more of them using Christmas as a pretext.

Berserk Merchandise / AOW - Beherit cellphone straps
« on: November 28, 2006, 07:01:28 AM »
Received this e-mail today:

The key item of Berserk, Beherit is developed by ART OF WAR into the form of cellular phone strap.

It was a great draw for customers in Japan because of its high quality and that one can keep the Beherit with him wherever all the time.

Maybe the Beherit will be a talisman for you just as it is for Griffith!

Open for order at 11:00 a.m. 01 December (Japanese time)
BERSERK Cellular phone strap "Imperial Ball"
BERSERK Cellular phone strap "Eclipse"

On another note, they've announced that the released of the new SK on Horse would be delayed on their website.

NEWS: "Knight of Skeleton Horse Riding Sculpture"
"Knight of Skeleton Horse Riding Sculpture" will be delayed opening from December to next year. The new open date will be guidance on our homepage.

Video Games / out of business due to multiple Sony lawsuits
« on: October 24, 2006, 03:34:21 PM »


Hong Kong, October 24th of 2006 -, the popular gaming retailer from Hong Kong, has today announced that it is forced to close down due to multiple legal actions brought against it by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful.

As of today, will not be in the position to accept any new orders and will cancel and refund all existing orders that have already been placed. Furthermore, Lik-Sang is working closely with banks and PayPal to refund any store credits held by the company, and the customer support department is taking care of any open transactions such as pending RMAs or repairs and shipping related matters. The staff of Lik-Sang will make sure that nobody will get hurt in the crossfire of this ordeal.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment directly on the lawsuit against Lik-Sang, but recently went on to tell that "ultimately, we're trying to protect consumers from being sold hardware that does not conform to strict EU or UK consumer safety standards, due to voltage supply differences et cetera; is not - in PS3's case - backwards compatible with either PS1 or PS2 software; will not play European Blu-Ray movies or DVDs; and will not be covered by warranty".

Lik Sang strongly disagrees with Sony's opinion that their customers need this kind of protection and pointed out that PSP consoles shipped from Lik-Sang contained genuine Sony 100V-240V AC Adapters that carry CE and other safety marks and are compatible world wide. All PSP consoles were in conformity with all EU and UK consumer safety regulations.

Sony's so nice, they're doing this to protect the poor European customers against products that aren't adapted to their regions. :schierke: They had already managed to get Play-Asia to stop selling import Sony products (most notably PSP) to Europeans, but it's more serious for Lik-Sang it seems. Of course this is all done with the PS3 in mind, so that Europeans cannot import it before its official release in their countries.

What to say... These guys are dipshits. I'm not sure whether they're purposedly trying to get everybody to hate them or not, but if so it's a success.

News & Not News / North Korea's first nuclear test
« on: October 09, 2006, 09:39:37 AM »

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN)  -- North Korea claimed it conducted a successful underground nuclear test Monday, according to the country's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

China, a close ally of North Korea, denounced the claimed test as "brazen" and South Korea said it would respond "sternly." The United States said a test would constitute a "provocative act."

South Korea's president said Pyongyang's claimed test "broke the trust of the international community."

President Roh Moo-hyun said it brought "a severe situation that threatens stability on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia."

South Korea would "react sternly and calmly" with "appropriate measures" in close cooperation with the international community, he told journalists after a summit with new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe told the same news conference his country would work "to make ways to implement action for a tough resolution."

Haha, I didn't think they could do it. I wonder how it'll develop on a diplomatic level, since now it's clear nobody's going to take military action against them. Here's to hoping their regime will evolve into something more humane somewhere down the line, and maybe even progress toward an eventual reunification.

PS: They'd better not bomb Miura though.

Shootin' the Breeze / [FRENCH] French speaking thread
« on: September 15, 2006, 04:25:43 AM »
We have quite a bit of international members here, and some of them are reduced to lurking due to their lack of skill with the English language. Taking into account the number of members involved and how I was often asked about this, I've decided to give some of these persons a chance to ask a few questions or request explanations about Berserk in their own language in a specific thread. That way they can get a few notions cleared out, and discuss to some extent their favorite manga within the context. It's just an experience that's limited to one thread and it's going to be pretty strictly moderated so things stay on the topic of Berserk most of the time. It's not meant to segregate members or create a subcommunity, nor to change the fact that is a strictly English-based website. It's just to provide a place where people less at ease with English can for once stop lurking and participate a bit.

The reason it's a French-speaking thread and not Spanish or anything else is obviously because I speak French so I can take care of it myself. People are welcome with some reserve to create threads for other languages if they want to, but it's limited to one thread per language and it'll need to have a regular member supervising it. If you have questions about it just PM me.

Of course, non-French speaking members are kindly asked not to troll the thread, whether they're babelfishing what they say or not. The only exception to the rule is if people have an honest, serious question regarding a word or sentence in French, or want to try to practice their skill with it with native speakers. Useless posts will be mercilessly deleted. Oh and I know the thread title sucks, but I was pretty uninspired when I came up with it.

Bon alors voilà, suite à pas mal de demandes et le sentiment que ça comblerait un certain manque, j'ai décidé de créer ce thread spécifiquement pour les membres francophones du site (amis québecois, suisses, belges et autres je vous salue) afin qu'ils puissent discuter ou poser des questions sur des sujets complexes en relation avec Berserk. Ca s'adresse avant tout à ceux qui ne sont pas très doués en anglais mais qui souhaiteraient quand même parler de ce genre de choses dans le cadre de Ca ne veut pas dire qu'il ne faut pas poster en anglais non plus, mais bon comme ça vous pouvez discuter plus à l'aise de choses élaborées. Je tiens bien à préciser que le français n'est autorisé que dans ce thread et que si vous postez en français ailleurs sur le site ça sera automatiquement effacé. Le but de cette démarche n'est pas non plus de remplacer un véritable forum francophone, il s'agit vraiment simplement d'un petit coin pour nos membres.

Enfin, restez autant que possible dans le cadre du forum, c'est à dire Berserk. C'est Ok d'être un peu hors sujet mais vraiment juste un peu quoi. Sinon, certaines personnes qui ne parlent pas la langue peuvent avoir des questions sur le français donc s'ils posent des questions soyez sympas avec eux. Pour finir, en postant ici veuillez faire un effort sur l'orthographe, si vous n'avez "pas le temps" d'écrire correctement alors n'écrivez pas tout cours. Merci.

C'est tout, à vous de parler de ce que vous voulez maintenant. Vous pouvez me poser des questions ou parler d'autre chose, c'est comme vous voulez.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Death of a President
« on: September 13, 2006, 03:43:05 AM »

TORONTO, Ontario (Reuters) -- After you kill off President George W. Bush in a fictional film, what do you do? How about make a deal.

Gabriel Range, the British producer/director/creator of "Death of a President," the fictional documentary that sight unseen became one of the most talked-about movies of the Toronto Film Festival, has sold U.S. distribution rights to Newmarket Films, which handled Mel Gibson's equally provocative movie "The Passion of the Christ."

Newmarket, which reportedly paid $1 million for the film, is expected to give "President" a wide release within the next few months. It will air on Britain's Channel 4 next month.

Range's film opened on Sunday night to a sell-out festival crowd, which sat respectfully through it and applauded briefly at the end. Those who remained after the screening peppered the filmmaker with questions on how he achieved his special effects.

The film is shot as if it were a conventional television documentary, even though the events are fictional.

Anyone looking forward to this movie? I know a lot of people in the Middle East that do. :carcus:

Berserk Merchandise / AOW Release - ZIPPO
« on: September 08, 2006, 02:38:08 AM »
AOW's planning to release a ZIPPO, themed after beherits. They'll take orders starting September 15, 2006. Price is set at 9,000円 without tax (~$77). It'll be covered in leather (with red and black colors) and from the pictures I've seen it's pretty ugly IMHO, not at all on par with the classy ones Movic released years ago: Movic 01 - Movic 02. Here's the picture:

The measurements are: 5.6 cm (height), 4 cm (width), 1.3 cm (depth), and 62.5 g (weight). Pre-orders will start on September 15 at 11:00 AM, and will end on October 07 at 6:00 PM.

Ah well, it's still better than the cheap unofficial ones... Or is it? :SK:

I'll update the post with official pictures once AOW will put some online. Just look at what it's not in the meantime. :void:

EDIT: Picture and some more info added.

Current Episodes / Episode 279
« on: September 07, 2006, 05:50:05 AM »

Berserk Merchandise / AOW - Young Animal exclusive T-shirts
« on: August 16, 2006, 03:59:18 AM »
The Berserk T-shirts that will be available through YA #17 have a page up on AOW's website (Japanese version only, and you can't order from there so don't ask).

They will cost 2,200円 ($19) each, and only come in size M. They're 100% cotton, and manufactured by "anvil." People will be able to order them from August 25 to September 25, 2006. Some additional information: weight: ~225g, length: ~72cm, width: ~53cm.

The shirts will come in 2 versions: a white "Armored Berserk" version, and a black Zodd one. The Armor one has a small Dragon Slayer on the back, the Zodd one has a crescent moon.


More pictures here.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / R.I.P. David Gemmell
« on: August 09, 2006, 07:47:10 PM »

Wow, I didn't know... He died at just 57 years old too, that's pretty young for a writer. I considered him to be one of the few good living authors of fantasy.

Current Episodes / Episode 278
« on: August 07, 2006, 02:57:49 AM »


So, looks like it's Zodd sparing Guts (and the group I guess) again, let's hope he wasn't too pissed by the trash-talking in the last episode. :void: And that smoke on him could be from the previous attack/landing, but also from Serpico... Most probably wishful thinking though, Guts has the same on him. So now what, maybe the group will get on Roderick's ship riding the apostles in the background (on Zodd's order since Guts helped with Ganishka)? :troll:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Die Hard 4
« on: August 04, 2006, 02:46:35 AM »
Bruce Willis just won't die — again.

The 51-year-old actor has signed on to a fourth Die Hard movie, 20th Century Fox said Wednesday, returning him to the wisecracking tough-guy character that made him an action star 18 years ago.

The film, titled Live Free or Die Hard, features his John McClane police officer attempting to stop a techno-terrorist from shutting down the nation's computer systems on the Fourth of July. The story takes place around Washington, D.C., and will be directed by Underworld: Evolution filmmaker Len Wiseman.

I have a bad feeling about this.

"Our villain is high tech, but the way McClane deals with him is low-tech," Wiseman says. "A fistfight still solves a lot of problems." Wiseman says the fourth outing "will be a more epic movie. It's on a much grander scale. The threat is nationwide."

Site & Forum News / New subcategories in Shootin' the Breeze
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:41:24 PM »
Hey all,

We've decided to give this a try to see if it would dynamize the Shootin' the Breeze section. Basically these are specialized child boards that exist within Shootin' the Breeze but are dedicated to one subject. Doing this should allow people to be more at ease when posting specific threads concerning these subjects.

For now there will be 3 of those sub-sections: Video Games, Movies & Books, and Random News.

Threads that fall under these categories should be posted in the according sub-section from now on, and of course all the others can go in the main Shootin' the Breeze section like they did before. On that note, people shouldn't hesitate to post threads in there as long as they deem them worthy of interest, it's encouraged.

It's some kind of an experiment for now, so feedback is welcome.

Please weigh your vote carefully. This poll isn't meant for discussion but only to show the opinions of this site's users.

Current Episodes / Episode 277
« on: July 24, 2006, 09:32:26 AM »

Video Games / Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
« on: July 22, 2006, 09:14:05 AM »
This is the new Castlevania game that's coming out for the NDS around November 15, 2006.


Handsome Rakshas and I are pretty pumped about it so I've decided to post a thread to cut down on PM traffic. :void:

The game's story takes place during World War II, in 1944, and has a vampire called Brauner along with his twin daughters planning to summon Dracula's castle to resurrect him. You get to play as two characters, Jonathan Morris (son of John Morris from Castlevania: Bloodlines) and Charlotte Orlean (a sorceress descendant of the Belnades bloodline). These two will have to help each other in real time and can both be controlled by the player alternatively as well as attack together in combos, etc.

Here are two videos showcasing the gameplay, the E3 2006 trailer and a more recent and longer video featuring additional gameplay.

Video Games / The Sony POOS
« on: July 01, 2006, 03:21:57 PM »
That's how they're calling the PS3's controllers. "The P∞S."

Can't wait for Microsoft's move now. The Wii, the Poos, what's left? :troll:

Current Episodes / Episode 276
« on: June 21, 2006, 05:37:29 PM »

Here's a summary of the episode: We see the flying apostles attacking Ganishka, passing above the group and getting fried as if they were meaningless. They all get killed seemingly effortlessly by a huge lightning attack that hits everything, the burning head of one of them falling right next to the group. Some thunder barely misses Serpico so Guts tells him to get away (sensing that the situation's turning bad), Serpico is hesitating but eventually does. After that Guts thinks to himself that he'll end up as a piece of charred meat if he sticks around too long. Then Zodd arrives. He lands on a roof near the group (and Farnese recognises him from Albion, like Casca apparently) and watches Ganishka...

And suddenly propulses himself at high speed towards him! Ganishka casts lightning at him and hits him directly, but Zodd takes the hit without slowing down and flies right through him! That's inefficient however and the fog figure instantly reforms itself, with Daiba commenting. That doesn't stop Zodd though (although it visibly hurts him) and he attacks again while taking Ganishka's lightning, finally rushing him together with a bunch of other apostles. Ganishka then morphs into a huge cloud with the apostles inside and electrocutes them once again, killing them all (save for Zodd obviously) and sending a burning Zodd flying and crashing on Guts (and into the sea).

Next episode will be released on July 28.

Video Games / The Duke Nukem Forever List
« on: June 20, 2006, 08:51:34 PM »
Most people familiar with video games know of this infamous game that's been supposed to come out for a decade. This is a list of some of the major events that happened while Duke Nukem Forever has been in development:

You might be surprised even when knowing how long it's been. And remember, it's not "Duke Nukem Forever, coming soon!" but "Duke Nukem, Forever coming soon!"

Berserk Merchandise / Berserk Wrist Watch - White Model
« on: June 20, 2006, 06:47:17 AM »
It's available for preorders.

I'm not sure what AOW's thinking with this one though. They conveniently say the Black Model suits Guts and the White one Griffith, but it's actually the exact same watch with a white background. Nothing else changed, they kept the Brand logo and all. Hell, they even left the summary saying it embodies the spirit of Guts in their English description.

A bold move knowing that the Black Model still hasn't sold out. It's also 65,000円 and also limited to 200 units.

Here's a link to the first about the first one for those interested.

Current Episodes / Episode 275
« on: June 08, 2006, 06:23:58 AM »

Current Episodes / Episode 274
« on: May 25, 2006, 03:59:08 PM »

Well, looks like we might once again not be getting any preview for this episode, so I'm at least posting the title.

This is also a pun that means "horrible/terrible/fearsome emperor" (in reference to a Russian Tsar: Ivan IV Vasilyevich), so can anybody say Ganishka? He's the one and only Emperor of Terror after all. I don't think I'll ever get tired of Miura's brilliant wit.

Shootin' the Breeze / E3 2006
« on: May 08, 2006, 10:52:54 PM »
Well, you guys feel free to talk about whatever you want regarding this year's E3.

For example the new Metal Gear for PSP that won't be a card game like the Ac!d series but an action game following the timeline of MGS3 with Big Boss forming Fox Hound, or Square Enix' announcements for several FXIII games on PS3: Final Fantasy XIII & Final Fantasy Versus XIII (from the team behind Kingdom Hearts 2), plus a Final Fantasy Agito XIII for cellphones. Or the fact there will also be a DQ launch title for Nintendo Wii, titled Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors, as well as the promised FF: Crystal Chronicles for NDS and Wii.

And still about the Wii, Times Magazine had a recent article about a "revolutionary" Wario Ware Wii, and confirmed that Zelda: Twilight Princess will be compatible with the Wii controller, allowing you to fish (totally unexpected...) but also to wield your sword and shoot with the bow. And they have a tennis game planned which will be played with the controller too.

Video Games / New Super Mario Bros
« on: May 08, 2006, 06:31:26 PM »
IGN's review is out and it looks like the game is a new classic indeed.

With the NDS Lite being released on June 11 in the USA for $129.99, nothing's holding this back from becoming the most popular platformer for 2006. :badbone:

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