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I'm not complaining, I just found it odd that it required a signature. Waiting a day to reread something I've read a dozen times is no biggie.

My deluxe edition was supposed to arrive today, but UPS apparently required "an adult's signature for it," and I wasn't around. I'm guessing this is because it's EXTREME ADULT CONTENT NO KIDS ALLOWED THIS ISN'T FOR YOUR GRANNY UNLESS YOUR GRANNY RIDES A HARLEY THE SPICE MUST FLOW!!!!!!!!

Video Games / Re: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
« on: March 23, 2019, 12:52:10 PM »
That all sounds good to me. The videos I've seen make it look like a Souls game with a lot more maneuverability, and more importantly, where the objective isn't to just nip the heels of every big enemy, but instead be forced to actively engage them. That's an improvement after 3 straight games of rolling between buff dudes' ankles.

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 21, 2019, 06:58:43 PM »
Miura has been notorious for working on other projects during his manga writing.

Notorious...? Give me a break. Spanning 20 years he's undertaken 6 projects of varying time commitments:

1) Supervised the script for the '97 anime (1996)

2) was executive producer on the Dreamcast game (1999)

3) contributed original art for the TCG series (2003-5)

4) wrote a scenario for the PS2 game (2004)

5) created and published Gigantomakhia in 2013-14 (his one solace from Berserk in 20 years)

6) scripted one episode for the 2016 series.

Well a year and a half later and I finally got around to getting the CD. :shrug:

Nice!  :ubik: Good stuff, yeah?

Here's what's been running through my head this week:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:43:36 PM »
Hopefully, the delay is because Miura's working on a bombshell, whether in Falconia or Elfhelm. I'm expecting the next batch to be especially good. Hopefully we see the Godhand, Skully, or Casca and Guts. The Bakiraka village would be pretty amazing too.

I don't think there's any correlation between the hiatuses and the individual revelations in the episodes.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Sign Orchestrated
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:40:05 PM »

It's certainly a variation, not the "full" song, but it's really uh, something different!  :ubik:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: March 19, 2019, 12:31:42 PM »
I tried to listen to the American Gods audio book but couldn't get into it. Maybe I didn't give it long enough.

I wasn't a big fan of it, even back when I was a huge fan of Gaiman (he autographed mine, and even that couldn't rescue the book). It's a big sprawling mess.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:59:07 AM »
I picked up Gaiman's Sandman omnibus and I'm about half way through the series.

I pretty much grew up reading that stuff. Gaiman showed me the escape route from superhero comics as a wee teenager, and pretty much built the bridge that led to me falling in love with Berserk, after I started seeking out comic stories that were bigger than Marvel and Image's foil-embossed garbage. If you haven't checked it out yet, try Neverwhere. It's my favorite thing he's done. He also helped with the English localization script for Mononoke Hime, and a little bit of that shines through to American Gods, I've always thought.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: March 18, 2019, 12:50:45 PM »
Up till now I've always been penniless, but I recently came into some money and am very exited to finally be able to legitimately support this AMAZING series and start a physical collection of volumes! You can get the current 3 tomes bundled for ~$120 on amazon rn.

Anyone have an idea of the cut someone like Miura would personally be getting from these, like somewhere between 15 and 35%?

No one in the public would have access to contractual information like that. But given the draconic way in which big Japanese publishers tend to operate, I'd be very surprised if Miura gets royalties on each purchase. Berserk as a property is owned either in large part or in full by Hakusensha. So they'd be the true benefactors of any revenue. And I doubt it's on a per-sale basis. Instead, Dark Horse pays Hakusensha for a license agreement in which they can publish Berserk to a US audience. Some portion of the overall gross revenue likely goes to Hakusensha as part of the licensing agreement, and presumably a portion of that finds its way to Miura, but no one could tell you the specifics.

BTW: sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but $120 isn't a tremendous deal for the deluxe editions. I got Vol 1 for $24 on sale, and it's likely vols 2-3 will also go deep discount at some point before their release, so that'd be about $72 total.

Anime Asylum / Re: Castlevania showrunner wants to animate Berserk
« on: March 13, 2019, 02:26:41 PM »
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'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. For example, it's become a staple to provide a solid 1-2 episode intro, 5-6 episodes of stretched out, often unrelated character pieces, and then wrap it all up in a finale that spends its final third on firm hooks into the next season.

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.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:46:54 AM »
it's unrealistic to me to use the very best they could have ever hoped to do as a baseline rather than the presumed pinnacle, and crazy to think they should top it (season 2 is what you get when you try).
Maybe I'm actually more cynical here because, no matter who the creator or auteur, I always assume they're going to fuck it up because doing great work is hard enough, and doing it consistently is unrealistic.

Yeah I think this must be where we differ. Because as great as Season 1 was, I never thought it was necessarily "the peak" to where the show could go. And even with the odds against it, I gave S3 a fair shake, even fairly late in the game, hoping it would come together. Nope.

It actually bugged me that they were somewhat vague about his condition because it struck me as a licence to do whatever without having to adhere to any rules.

Indeed. Because of that ambiguity at the doctor's, even right up to The Big Boss Conversation, I was expecting some kind of supernatural nonsense: "He sprayed me with toxic African gas and now my memories are fading away!" (Okay I did this to myself, didn't I?)

I can't forgive them for cheating us out of the season of them actually getting together.

Yep, that moment in Bones was one of the biggest cop-outs I've ever seen on television. It was pretty funny. That's where my wife  stopped watching, and thus where I did too  :ganishka:. What was it, ~6 seasons of teasing, and then when the moment finally presents itself, the writers were too limp-dicked to go all the way with it. It's a clear-cut example of a show failing to roll with substantial character relationship changes, because they'd upset the delicate syndicated balance. The absolute worst. The opposite of this syndrome is in large part what makes Breaking Bad and The Wire great. Shows willing to make sweeping changes to serve the story, not conserve set design costs.

For me it actually went up a peg upon rewatching. There was just too much series/pop culture baggage for viewers by the end, but upon review it was really good throughout and kicked sand on The Wire or Breaking Bad or whatever. Just check out season 1 again sometime, thematically it's like a novel.

I should give it another straight-through go around, because I watched much of the early seasons of that show as it was airing, still a teenager. And I'll tell you, "event television" was not really much of a thing back then for me. Particularly when your only access to HBO is your girlfriend's dad's house  :badbone: As a result, I grew to love all the characters, but when they try to slide straight into actual drama I got lost really quickly. "Okay so Tony's the DiMeo crime family boss, right? And the Lupertazzi boss just phoned Tony to do ... what exactly? To who? What happened to pussy?"

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: March 11, 2019, 04:52:11 PM »
As you say below, it wasn't like the be all, end all, but a really cool show, yet we talk about it like nothing can touch it while simultaneously giving it backhanded compliments.

It's not that nothing can touch it. It's that seasons 2-3 don't even come close. And given that this is all material from the same writer, I think it's fair and natural to compare the shows against each other in terms of their relative quality.

Is the problem the show isn't pretentious enough, or too pretentious, or doesn't live up to it's pretensions (a favorite complaint of mine)?

It's the latter. Its attempts to seem bigger than it is ring hollow.

I think the goofy time stuff is a fine trope for this season, particularly given Wayne's condition and what it's modestly saying about their lives ultimately. The revelation that this was more about them and their personal lives all along was a fair twist with that gimmick.

Well, it felt to me like they were packaging it as something more grandiose, but eventually settled on just Alzheimer's.

Then why are we even talking about it all these years later or care if Nic Pizzalotto is good writer or not? By that standard this was merely a "neat show" too (and much less investment than most neat shows; Better Call Saul is apparently like 4 seasons into being neat). Hell, junk food Bones was a "neat show." :ganishka:

Hey Bones is a neat show, too! But it's also not trying to be something it's not.

Give me a couple transcendent show examples; is first season of The Sopranos okay or could they have tried harder? :iva:

I am like the worst person to be asking this of. There are only about 2-3 shows that I truly love, and the rest just fill time. As for Sopranos, I would probably take it down a peg at this point in my life.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:50:58 PM »
I think the problem I have with that reasoning is that the show does not present itself as "standard procedural fare," which you're rating as its strength. It deflated on the expectations it created for itself. We get all dressed up for HBO Prom, and then our date takes us to Waffle House and bones us in the alley. Then has the audacity to ponder the malleability of time. It doesn't truly ever let go of those pretenses, either. You're giving a pass to moments like that schlocky circular shot of time-traveling Wayne and Roland headed to meet Mr. June. (It's all coming together!!! TIME IS A FLAT CIRCLE!) They're constantly reaching for something bigger in this show, and there's just nothing there to grab onto.

Also, I don't regard Season 1 as "transcendent."  The esteem I hold it in equates to "hey that was a neat show."

if anything it helped stabilize the show after the truly embarrassing season 2 debacle

I think most people seem to like it, based on reviews I've read. It just did absolutely nothing for me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:39:37 PM »
Counterpoint: Is it really better to copy, redo and double down on everything about season 1, particularly the conversational sizzle or philosophical window dressing?

I thought it was actually a weak spot that they were trying to emulate Season 1. It felt like the season's structure was mapped out in a board room ("include these bullet points and we're good to go! add a lawn guy in there too -- for our really sharp viewers!" :troll: ) And yet when I reflect on Season 1, I certainly am not thinking about the case. It's all character moments. So what I was looking for here wasn't necessarily a repeat, but a return to quality writing, quality characters that stuck with you after the show was over. Wayne and Roland each had their great moments, but that momentum seemed to die between scenes instead of being bigger than the show itself (like I felt with Marty and Cole). Any nostalgia over Season 1 is merely "Remember when it was good?" Because this wasn't that.

Not to seem like I'm trying to defend it or anything like that, but I'm curious as to why you didn't like Galveston. Sure, the story and characters weren't all that complex in hindsight and things were sometimes played for cheap excitement, but it set the atmosphere just right and had great prose. It took a rather overused and cliche premise and brought it to its highest potential in a way.

Well I will say that I read it straight through in one bath, and that's a first for me. So something propelled me to finishing it. That's a good quality, I suppose, given all the books I've never finished (this one took me three tries in the past though).

But fundamentally, I found it incredibly boring. I mean, unless a noir where the characters hang out at a Texas beach hotel for half the book sounds like good material to you, in which case, dive in. Everything about it screamed "my first novel," so that bugged me. It's fine to be a rookie, I've never written a book myself, but I don't personally like being subjected to all of the writer's amateur decisions along the way. It was meandering. The main character was stock standard (He's actually like proto-Rust, and I like Rust! This guy is just more boring and without the actual trauma to justify the ascetic lifestyle. So he's like a half-finished claypot tough guy. The John Wayne movies? Come onnnnn. I see what you're doing, Nic.) He's almost arbitrarily painted on top of with character traits that gave the writer something to talk about. It just didn't strike me as something memorable. Certainly not something to greenlight a whole franchise. But that's why I don't work at HBO.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: New on this forum
« on: March 06, 2019, 05:21:55 PM »
Welcome! You've joined us at a very boring time though, unfortunately  :sad:

(i found Berserk Mythbusters to be a really good article for people who have finished reading the manga and want to clear out questions they might have),

Thanks! Such a resource was long overdue, honestly. But in any case I'm glad it's been useful. If you haven't checked it out yet, there's also the podcast.

-I play the guitar (actually, i've named my guitar "Schierke" since it is 3/4 the size of a normal guitar and it sounds and feels magical)

Alright this just made my week, this is so cool. Could you share a pic of it? You should give it green strings or something to match her green hair.  :schierke:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 04, 2019, 04:39:34 PM »
God Dad of War, but only barely. This is the platonic ideal of "game time" where I play a little bit or do a modest section every day or so, but have no passion or compulsion to play, and little joy doing so (but it's healthier than playing RE2 all night =). Maybe I'm playing it too much like a Souls game, but it's not hard so I haven't had need to dive into the different combat elements either and there's an awful lot of menu in that vein. Even if you get roughed up you can pretty much kite everything to death with your axe and arrows as a last resort. Anyway, I'm not out on it yet, but I sure wish it would take things to the next level because so far it strikes me as slow and repetitive as hell and I've fought a variation of the same boss three times already so the thought of continuing like this for however many hours I have ahead of me sounds interminable.

This game is still on my to-do list, but as I understand it, it takes about 3h to open up. Or are you past that already?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:45:18 AM »
Perhaps its because that's where more of the important lore terminology gets introduced

Yeah, could very well be. But it begs the question if they're going to bother with retranslating bits, why not go all in for their premium edition?

Also I wonder if "behe-l-it" not being corrected for its spelling is because its like "knight of skeleton" or "band of the hawk" where it is mandated from Hakusensha and/or is "grandfathered in" from the anime/other media localization?

Well, I don't think behe-l-it is outright wrong. It's just less likely that Miura intended to make up a word (behe-l-it) rather than incorporate a word that does exist (behe-r-it) and has an association with demons. In any case, it's on less sure footing for being wrong than something like knight of skeleton.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: March 04, 2019, 12:47:24 AM »
Wow thanks for the deep dive. I certainly didn't intend you to do all that work! Those are all good changes. Strange that they all coalesced in Volume 3.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:57:51 PM »
I won't have my copy until later this month so would you mind doing a few page by page checks to see if it is substantially changed? Didn't look like it to me, at all.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 26, 2019, 07:47:51 PM »
I got NieR Automata today. It crashed my PS4 within a few minutes  :rickert:

"This cannot continue."  :ganishka:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: February 26, 2019, 06:00:25 PM »
The translation has been updated

This is likely a reference to the added SFX translations. I can do a more in-depth comparison once I have it in my hands, but from the YT video we saw, it's the exact same translation with the new addition of SFX. It's possible they'll also make retroactive changes like Hawk to Falcon or Hanafubuku King to Flower Storm Monarch, but we won't know until we hit those volumes.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: February 26, 2019, 03:28:57 PM »
I don't necessarily need it to be Rust and Marty all over again (but hey, I wouldn't thumb my nose at it) I just want a Moneyed Noir show that only HBO seems capable of delivering. And I feel like Pizzolatto has already played all of his cards at this point, particularly after I read his book (Galveston, which was lame).

Berserk Merchandise / Re: New Berserk 1997 OST Vinyl!
« on: February 25, 2019, 07:27:53 PM »
Yeah, caught word of this on Twitter. Seems neat! Would like to have that on my wall, provided the cover art is decent and representative of Berserk. Key detail in the copy for those balking at the $199 pricetag ( :magni: ) for the subscription:

Each title will be available separately in standard editions once the subscription registration period closes at the end of March.

Much better  :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Detective
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:44:03 PM »
I'm just sitting there wondering what was that whole scene about when Hayes said: "what's that smell you got on you"

Translation: He wanted to have intercourse with her.  :void:

That's not to say I want s1 all over again but it is never a bad idea to use the concepts that made true detective so good in the first place like an artist the painting might be different but the painter's style stays the same for the most part.

I've got the monumental solution to HBO's True Detective problem: Drop Nic Pizzolatto. Anthology noir can be cool. It isn't cool with this guy at the helm.

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