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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 19, 2018, 03:36:26 PM »
Deluxe Editions coming February 2019

That's excellent news. Prior to this, Dark Horse said they weren't interested in a deluxe edition.

10x7 is great, but I really wonder about the page quality, which is one of the worst offenders of DH's adaptation of the series. Also, the cover, I hope that's just a placeholder because it seems a real missed opportunity given the great art of the series.

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: September 19, 2018, 11:35:01 AM »

Looking forward to JUMPING FLASH. :schnoz:

Sure I'm on board for that. Smart game picks already. I wonder what the rest of the lineup will look like.

Speculation Nation / Re: What would happen if a Godhand member where to die
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:49:17 PM »
So is the IOE close to the vortex of souls or is it on  a way deeper level in the astral world? Cause I always thought it was apart of the IOE in some way.

Vortex of Souls
Idea of Evil

They are closely related, but different things. The Idea of Evil is a being that dwells in the abyss, at the bottom of the astral world. It is shown manipulating the Vortex of Souls in Ep 83. The Vortex is the dark side of an ocean of souls of tormented humans. The text for the scene in question is here:

Speculation Nation / Re: What would happen if a Godhand member where to die
« on: September 15, 2018, 06:22:05 PM »
My theory is that they would just revert to their former self's and become one with the Ioe just like the apostles

Aaz did a good job with the full reply, but I wanted to note that The Idea of Evil is not synonymous with the Vortex of Souls.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:45:35 PM »
I should have clarified ó As long as there's some general end in sight, or rough outline planned, I'm okay with breaks. I typically dislike it when authors, showrunners, etc just mindlessly wander and cash in on the hype. A general plotline shows that you've taken consideration in making your stories count. I have the same worries with The Walking Dead graphic novels too. I'm glad to hear that Miura's possibly got it set up for conclusion.

We're of the same mind. Once a show diverts its natural trajectory because it suddenly experiences a season 2-3 ratings bump (LOST), it's all downhill from there. I've never gotten the sense Berserk did that though. Walking Dead, I was way into the comics until around 100 or so. Don't give 2 shits about the show (I don't like their version of Rick). I just lost interest when it became pretty clear to me that the writer seemed attached at the hip to the show, and the writing for the comic seems to have suffered since then.

When I wiki'd the past release schedule it looked rather grim,

For reference, I maintain a release schedule for the past 20 years. It's simple, and not pretty, but it's easy to digest the whole history of the series' breaks at a glance:

never mind the note about how one of his big inspirations ran 100+ volumes.

I tend to think Berserk's Guin Saga inspiration comes from its fantasy stylings (it's a western-fantasy written by an easterner), not necessarily the series' sheer length. Also, Guin Saga is first and foremost a novel, not a manga, so there's not a good 1:1 between it and Berserk in regards to length.

I thought I'd check out the SK podcast as I struggled w/my account info the other day, but tapped out about 3/4 through for fear of any big spoilers. Glad to see you and SK are going strong.

Thanks! Yeah we dont hold back on spoilers, so you may as well catch up and then plow through.

Well, I'll put it this way: I struggled through Episode 2, never purchased Episode 3. Years later, I'm almost finally through selling my complete Xenogears (which I still love) and Xenosaga merchandise collection. What a waste of money in hindsight! Never even blinked at Xenoblade, though Intangir from I believe played through those which he generally liked. I'd be happy to drone on in a PM, haha.

HA! You think you can escape a public conversation about Xenogears on my forum?!  :ganishka: Xenogears is still my favorite story in a game. There are things that game does that few if any have ever attempted (a story spanning thousands of years, and for central characters, centuries). I was excited about Xenosaga's release, but by the time I had a chance to play it, I really didn't enjoy it. I dropped out halfway through 2, and based on that experience skipped everything until Xenosaga Chronicles 2, after I read some good things. That game is alright. It has more in common with Monster Hunter than Xenogears ... but it's alright! 

Forgive an old man dwelling on the past, (run along, young'uns!) ... but to this day, I maintain that Xenogears should have been a manga or an anime, because the story is what carries the game. It'd have reached a more appropriate audience, had staying power (it's tough to convince people to play a 100h+ PS1 game these days), and the gameplay always held that game back rather than lifted it up. I would bet that Takahashi made it a game because that was the professional medium he worked within, so that's where his story ideas would naturally be realized.  Also, Square was riding a wave back then post FF7 and seemed to greenlight everything, whether it made sense or not   :ubik:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse/ Berserk Manga Sale
« on: September 14, 2018, 02:22:02 AM »
All volumes on sale at Comixology for $5 each:

Sale ends 9/17

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:36:58 AM »
That avatar, I'll never forget.  :ubik:

The breaks definitely aren't for everyone, but I've long since made my peace with them. The only somewhat annoying element to me as a fan is the "not knowing" factor. I understand that breaks need to happen for Miura to create the series as the pace he prefers, but I'd prefer a more predictable schedule, even if it's comparably slim (9 releases a year / 1 volume a year). Maybe we'll get there soon enough.

I've only seen clips of the 2016 anime and understand why it's considered shitty, but I'm still curious to see how the manga is interpreted.

If you mean how the manga is perceived, I think those of us who remain are pretty psyched about where the series is and will shortly be headed. The past 3 years have included Miura delivering some of the longest running promises. And as we pass those milestones, the future is ripe with possibilities. He's likely setting the stage for the foundation of the series conclusion. So yeah, it's a pretty exciting time to be a Berserk fan, I think.

BTW: What did you think of how Xenosaga ended up, and did you ever jump into Xenoblade Chronicles 2?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:21:12 PM »
UPDATE: Looks like we're switching gears to some better bad press, "Hey, did you hear Arnold turned down a part in the movie!?"

But... you wrote the movie, Shane, so if you knew that why not offer him a bigger part, like as an expert at the Predator lab or something? He'd have a lot in common with the Holbrook character and could play sage to the new group hunting the Predator, as has become common in these projects (it's called a formula, like bringing in the bigger, badder Predator =). Did you really need more Sterling K. Brown punchlines or *gulp* Olivia Munn? Maybe he originally offered Arnold the part of the sex offender; it all could have gone so differently! :ganishka:

So weird! This is exactly what I said when I was trying to make a B-movie in today's market. In reality, my producer spit in my face after I relayed Arnold's asking price to be involved in my terrible movie.

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] OR [EXCHANGE] Berserk Konami TCG
« on: September 13, 2018, 05:17:59 PM »
Hey Walter,

Right now, i have no idea about it. (shame on me)
I'll take some time tonight to check which cards I can sell/exchange (800 to 900 cards... that's some work  :puck:)

Maybe I should post them step by step, maybe not.

Which cards are you interested in, master of the void ?

PM incoming  :ubik:

Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] OR [EXCHANGE] Berserk Konami TCG
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:48:51 PM »
Wow! Quite a collection! How do you want us to itemize the ones that we want to buy? Link + description?  There are about 8 that I'd like, but not 100% on if they all are dupes or not.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:40:21 PM »
A Concept Artist at Playground Games has posted this:

+ A few more: /

For conversation, the gist of the above: A studio called Playground Games is staffing up, grabbing some people from recognizable game studios (BioWare, Rocksteady Games, Ninja Theory, and Guerrilla Games) for a new, "open-world action RPG" that's so far an untitled project. Yesterday, a Playground artist dropped a few of these concept art images into his portfolio, along with the comment: "For 'The Berserk Project' Iím working on with fellow artist Sean Ray". So I looked up Sean Ray on Twitter, and ended up finding his page, showing a bunch of more artwork along with this: "Berserk Fan art work done for a talk given at Industry workshop "what if Guillermo Del Toro was making a Netflix series done with a budget of Game Of Thrones. Work done by me and Conar Cross! more to come ...."

That seems to sink it, to me. This sounds like a one-and-done collaboration project between artists who both clearly love Berserk and share some coincidental connection to Playground games. I will also add that I think it would be somewhat strange to staff up from such recognizable studios just for a licensed game. With few exceptions, licensed games are rarely given to the big boys. Usually studios would rather invest in an original property they can own, control, and milk for all its worth rather than one with a series of draconian strings attached.

On this occasion, there will be one (or more?) project around this outing. More information will be provided in the 19th issue of the Young Animal (Hakusensha), which will also be released on September 28.

Maybe we'll learn more then. That announcement could also sink this possibility completely  :ganishka:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:51:08 AM »
No #358 in Young Animal will be out 28/09.

Somewhat confusingly worded, but to clarify, you're saying there will be no Ep 358 in the next YA, correct?

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:04:09 AM »
there will be one (or more?) project around this outing. More information will be provided in the 19th issue of the Young Animal (Hakusensha), which will also be released on September 28.

Well that's exciting! Thanks for the update. Fingers crossed for a new artbook  :ubik: ...  ( :judo: )

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:38:46 AM »
  If one wanted to make another earnest Predator movie they'd probably need to start over with a similar concept that isn't carrying so much franchise baggage.

This is exactly what needs to happen. This will not happen.  :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 02, 2018, 03:41:22 AM »

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.

His agent would say: "Do you want to live in Arnie's shadow, picking up his scraps, or leave a mark that's all your own...? Now that you're listening to reason, thumb through that Jumanji 2 script before Friday."

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:06:47 PM »
Confession time: I've still never completed Super Metroid! I've made at least three earnest attempts to play it through in my adult life alone and always put it down for some reason, getting stuck somewhere and/or losing interest. I think I've gotten pretty far too based on how much of the map and powers I've unlocked, but I can't be sure. I got through Metroid Fusion just fine, which is superficially similar, but it's like 6 hours long and is broken down into mission sections more suited to its portable nature. I remember you didn't like it for that reason, Walter, particularly the hand-holdy way the A.I. would direct you rather than you just letting you explore on your own. I wonder if it'll just click next time, because usually when I get stuck or just drop a game for a while I can pick it back up with some distance and perspective and instantly bypass whatever stymied me. It happened with Hollow Knight recently, and just the other day with Thimbleweed Park. Anyway, I have Super Metroid on my Wii U and have been charging the gamepad next to the bed with the intention of playing it at night, finally to completion, but still haven't gotten around to starting it again yet (part of the problem is my previous attempts were all on different platforms I've since abandoned, so I can't just resume my last save either, I keep starting over =). But, as Rhombaad says, it's on the list. :ganishka:

PS: This YouTube channel is rad.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2018, 06:11:56 PM »
Super Metroid is one of my Top 3 favorite games of all time, and I really didn't enjoy Samus Returns. I got about 4-6 hours in, but the monotony and repetition of it just killed my interest. I did enjoy what I played of AM2R, but it seemed to lack the craft and pacing that I was looking for at the time (felt like a fan-made game, which it is).

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 05:31:05 PM »
You guys comment here about the fact that alot of the people that die under Griffith will end up in the vortex of souls, I thought ALL of those who are close to Apostles end up there?

I don't remember us mincing words about it, and I'm pretty sure I used the words: "Straight to hell."  :badbone:

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. Because of Griffith's involvement, perhaps those particular souls have no choice but to be tied to the Vortex.

As for what the God Hand said in volume 3, yeah, they very generally say that those "caught up in the affairs" of the God Hand/apostles are destined for the Vortex. But where does one draw the line in a broad statement like that? I've written about it in the past, and my conclusion is that it has to do with what Flora calls hellfire (or karmic fire). Guts and Vargas are perfect examples. Because of his brand, Guts was always going to end up in the vortex. But with Vargas, even without a brand, his life was ruined by his encounter with an apostle, and he became obsessed, warped. Hence, hellfire. I liken it to the wrecking ball effect of what happens when humans cross paths with apostles: they either die horribly or have traumatic encounters that scar their lives forever, thus whatever their life's trajectory was, it becomes warped in the direction of a haunted, terrible experience.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 04:35:23 PM »
I never got the feeling that Laban was skeptical of Griffith. His statement at the state of the world when talking to Rickert wasn't aimed at Griffith in particular, and saying that he's still scared of the war demons doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't trust them.

We weren't saying Raban is skeptical of Griffith in particular. He has no reason to be (yet). But he comes across about as skeptical as one could be regarding humanity's current predicament, given his position and obvious loyalty toward Griffith. 

He and Owen have been the level-headed voice of reason since they were first introduced. So it seems obvious to me that of those who Miura has given a spotlight, Raban is one capable of protesting when the time comes. Instead of someone like Foss, who would swallow whole-hog the notion of a glorious new probably-not-totally-human overlord, Raban talks wistfully about the old days, and with an apparent sense of gloom that Falconia is humanity's last bastion. And in this episode, he's the one who brings Mule back to reality on a) the safety net of souls b) human-apostle relations.

I can't imagine all of these reservations are adding up to a character who dies for Griffith's cause in the end. Instead, it's like Miura is preemptively distancing the character from this way of life.

What makes the idea of Griffith attacking Elfhlelm interesting to me is that it could end up making a large chunk of Griffith's followers disillusioned with him. What are his soldiers going to think when they're ordered to kill a bunch of harmless magical creatures who are just minding their own business? Griffith could just only take the demon army with him, but if news of his actions leaks anyway it could be disastrous for his reputation. I remember you once suggested that a dissident faction will form in Falconia at some point. This could be what starts it. Some may even try to abandon Falconia (that might not be the best idea, given the state of the world.)

The problem with this notion is that it'd be something Griffith should see coming a mile away. He's not someone who is going to be blind about how far to push his people. There'd be no reason to involve humans if he had any fear of consequence like that. Rather than simply making a bad leadership decision, I think any kind of seed for insurrection is going to have to come from the inside out, from a trusted source. Otherwise, why wouldn't he see it coming?

Maybe Laban will be one of them. And if he does, then I wonder what Owen would think. These two tend to agree on everything, so it would be interesting if a wedge were to be driven between them.

Yeah I think we had that exact discussion just last episode actually.

What you said about Sonia was Interesting, that she may start having doubts about Griffith after reading Guts and/or Casca's mind and seeing the eclipse, or if Griffith attacks Elfhelm. I thought she would stand with Griffith until the end, but now I'm not so sure.

Like I said on the show, I can't imagine Sonia remaining unmoved from her loyalty from the beginning of her character until the end of the story. That'd just be a boring character. She's completely invested in Griffith, to the point of it being an obvious character flaw. So where do you go with that? Force her to face the truth, because it would hurt her more than most. The fact that Miura has tied so many functions in Griffith's empire to her only solidifies this possibility in my mind. It's a foundation that's set up to fail. There are stakes for someone like her turning her back on Griffith eventually, and not nearly as many for other characters. That's just good drama.

I also think we'll see pseudo-apostles in Griffith's army at some point. ...But who would turn them? Locus? Rakshas? Maybe even Griffith himself?

It doesn't have to be a particular one, many apostles have that capability.

Podcast / SkullKast: Episode 97
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:43:19 AM »

Episode 97: Stonehenge (357 Review) (1h1m)

Aazealh and Walter take you to a magic place, where the dew drops cry and the cats meow.  Stonehenge! Dolmens! Sonia takes on an even more important role in the story, so what does that mean for her character arc as we move forward? And how will this new traveling technique affect future developments?

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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 26, 2018, 12:04:51 AM »
I really dig the frame with its strong imagery of duality.

That frame is actually something that has been added to all volumes (retroactively) starting with Volume 38. Here's our discussion of it back in 2016:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: August 24, 2018, 01:39:33 PM »
Wow, such a striking design! This is the best cover design Miura's done in years. 

I'm very pleased that he went for a stylized cover, and it's in keeping with the atmosphere of that dream world. Too bad about Casca, but good eyes on pointing out the sprite, B. I wouldn't have noticed at this low resolution.  Miura really has grown quite a bit with the digital medium since vol 38, when it became evident. This art appears to be a good marriage between his traditional line work and the enhancements that digital can offer.

Now bring on the posters  :daiba:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 357
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:25:24 AM »
As usual, it's hard to glean much from a few pages, but some of the soldiers appear surprised by this mode of transport. Which begs the question of how they got there initially. I suppose it's possible a ground-based campaign was already underway when Griffith arrived with the apostles (via the branches) and routed the giants.

For Griffith himself to be able to use this kind of transport shouldn't be surprising to us (after all, if the boy can do it, why not him?), but to find a way to allow his comrades to do it as well -- that's pretty surprising! The ending leaves it up in the air where we go from here. More Falconia would make just as much sense as ending this perspective (even though that'd be QUITE brief at just 2 eps).

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:32:13 PM »

Dark Souls Trilogy collection coming 5 months after a half-assed remaster. Good work, Namco.

It's useless, they've gone Hollow.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:12:00 PM »
I'm taking a (possibly permanent) break from Phantasy Star III. I'm just bored with it. ... I'm comfortable with moving on to Phantasy Star IV, the gem of the series.

THANK GOD.  :ubik: I was really worried about you headed down the PS3 path, and potentially missing out on PS4, which is still pretty great (I played through it on Virtual Console on Wii a few years ago).

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