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One I saw recently that I enjoyed was Mononoke. It's about a mysterious character called the Medicine Seller and his adventures in dealing with demonic creatures. It's humorous at times and can also be creepy. I love the art style, looks like it's made of a collage of brightly colored papers with different textures and designs.

Lots of crazy characters and interesting, if a bit perplexing, story lines. It seems to leave some room for the viewer to interpret what they think things meant and I kind of liked that.
Apparently it started from a short story that appeared in a series called Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales. The story in that was called Bake Neko. It must have been popular enough that it spawned it's own series which is Mononoke.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: April 15, 2016, 12:04:11 AM »
This happens a lot here in Greece. There are a lot of goverment buildings that havent got anyone working there. In case you need something, there is someone telling you that said person is on an errand and that he should be back in around half an hour. That person, then calls the other fella who then starts to get to work. I encountered many problems when i tried to get my work permit. The person incharge was on "holiday" for quite a while and all the other people didnt know what the hell they were doing.
That is crazy and sounds very frustrating!  :mozgus:
This just seems so impossible, tiny crafts the size of postage stamps traveling such an enormous distance. It would be pretty amazing.  :isidro:

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Coming to America Episode
« on: April 14, 2016, 11:50:36 PM »
Hmm, paying someone to harass Miura about a new art book...I'd chip in on that!  :ganishka:

Glad you enjoyed your first trip to the U.S. of A. and got to eat lots of burgers, Aazealh! :guts:

Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: April 02, 2016, 10:56:41 PM »
I hope you don't mind if I drag it out a bit more.  :slan: This is some pretty heavy stuff! It's been interesting and a little frustrating to think about.  :ganishka: I do believe that the IOE has a purpose of its own and that it's not in the best interests of humanity. Here are a few thoughts I had about what you were saying, Wenliinvictus.

That isn’t correct, it isn’t its own entity, the IOE is a gestalt entity that obeys human will
Just because the IOE might be a gestalt entity doesn't mean that it necessarily obeys human will. The definition of gestalt is “something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts”. I think that's the case with the IOE. I think it has become more than or different from the human desire for reasons that first birthed it.

when asked what it wants by Griffith, IOE replies “Do as I command lord Femto, my young apprentice” oh wait. No, what it actually says is “Do as thou wilt, my desire is your desire” He gives Femto the agency to carry out his task, he entrusts Griffith/Femto with saving humanity.
That quote itself expresses that the IOE has desire. Just because it says it's desire is the same as Femto's doesn't mean it has no desire of it's own, it could just mean that their desires are the same.

That’s because it does not have its own purpose, there is no evidence to suggest it has its own purpose. If it did why would it bother with the tedious and long task of building a quintet of demons over the span of a thousand years? Why is it dependent on behilits, sacrificial ceremonies and the God Hand to carry out its will?
All the things you mentioned, the God Hand, the beherits, the ceremonies, imply to me that the IOE DOES have it's own purpose. I just don't think a nebulous subconscious conglomeration of human will could have planned and engineered all that. I think these things suggest that it would have to have a will of it's own.

Why is it referred to as the “Desired god”, why is Griffith referred to as the “Desired”, why is Fantasia referred to as the “Desired world” somebody is desiring these things, it's undeniable.
Then I think the God Hand are also referred to as the “Guardians of Desire”. Personally, I wonder if the use of the word desire in these cases doesn't have something to do with Buddhist beliefs about desire. Here's a short excerpt about it: “In Buddhism, desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of which are wants that can never be satisfied. As a result, desiring them can only bring suffering.” Maybe "desire" is referring to these things in context of them relating to the roots of suffering. I could be totally off base here. It was just a thought I had.

links to things I quoted:

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 29, 2016, 12:51:04 AM »
Honestly, I'm not too enthused. Berserk only deserves the best treatment, damn it, and this does not look like that to me so far.  Right now I'm looking forward way more to the next episode of the manga coming out than to this. I'll try to keep an open mind, though, and who knows? Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. (fingers crossed)

Speculation Nation / Re: God helps those who help themselves
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:07:04 PM »
Hi aiguille!  :serpico:

It doesn't seem to me that Berserk is anti-religious either. I think it's more anti-blindly following any belief. I think the scene in volume 24 with Schierke and Flora is a good example of that. Even though Schierke is one of the more enlightened and knowledgeable characters in the series she is still susceptible to inability to see a truth that does not fit in with what she knows. Schierke expresses to Flora that she thinks it's impossible for Guts to defy powerful beings like the godhand. She seems to think he's crazy for even trying. Flora has to point out to her that despite the odds against him Guts is still alive. He has managed to defy the godhand already and is standing right in front of her as proof. Lots of plots in Berserk seem to revolve around characters breaking free or being shaken loose from their falsely held beliefs and ways of viewing the world and themselves to see things with fresh eyes. I really enjoy getting to see that growth happen with characters throughout the series.

I do think that Berserk has a theme of "God helping those who help themselves". To me that saying means not just sitting around waiting for something to happen or for someone else to save you, but doing as much as you are able to help yourself, then the rest (what you have no control over) is up to God or fate but at least you did what you could. Berserk is rife with the message of not giving up in the face of adversity and of actively striving, as it's main protagonist, Guts, the "struggler" demonstrates all the time. I think the incident when Schierke and friends defend the church in volume 25 is one good example of that in Berserk. At first the village priest views the troll invasion as a test from God that the village must endure. He and the rest of the villagers are understandably afraid and it seems they can't even conceive of humans being capable of fighting and winning against the vicious monsters. Also, the priest believes that the village should not accept help from those he sees as sinners and heretics. Schierke and company, though, end up showing them that they can be saved with a combination of defending themselves and help from spiritual beings who are entreated to aid them.

I enjoyed reading you and Lithrael's thoughts!  :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Fanarts of mine
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:02:34 AM »
That's some cool stuff, Patovs!  :ubik: I enjoyed it! Dat hair is great! The comic about Guts and Griffith fighting is really cute and so is the selfie one.

Creation Station / Re: Mogen's sculptures and repaints
« on: March 25, 2016, 12:56:08 AM »
That beherit apostle is just too cool! I really like it!  :guts: Looks like Wyald is coming along well, too. Looks like quite a bit of work has gone into sculpting the upper part of his body.

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: March 25, 2016, 12:49:56 AM »
That Zodd  looks amazing and I love the pose of Guts also! Awesome job!  :ubik:

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: March 25, 2016, 12:42:17 AM »
I love the Skellig color you did, Lithrael!  :ubik: Your attention to detail is great, lighting, shading and all. One of the things I appreciate about your coloring is that you seem to keep color choices for clothes, accessories and such true to what I've seen in the color illustrations that Miura has done of the characters. I think that's really neat!  :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: January 17, 2016, 05:21:20 AM »
Just saw it last weekend and again this past week. I'm not sure if spoiler tags are even necessary at this point since I'm probably one of the last people to see it, but I'll do it anyway just in case.

I thought the characters were engaging, especially Finn, who I found the most relatable. As far as why Finn revolted my question is why haven't more storm troopers done the same already? They seem to be living in such a restrictive system where people are being treated like they're machines. No way that's sustainable. Even though the First Order's been brain washing them from a young age, some are bound to rebell. I think it would be cool if in the next movies Finn's rebellion and escape has inspired at least a few other storm troopers, fermenting aid of the fall of the First Order from within.

I thought the acting was very good and I liked the casting choices. Daisy Ridley came off as a bit wooden to me at times, but maybe that was supposed to be grit or awkwardness or a mix of both, a result of Rey's character having to tough it out on her own for such a long time. I think Ridley resembles Natalie Portman as Padme, which I thought was neat since Rey is most likely her granddaughter. I couldn't disagree more with the opinion that the actor who played Kylo Ren is unattractive. I think Adam Driver is pretty cute and don't even get me started on that gorgeous hair which resists all crushing by the helmet.  :ganishka: General Hux looks like a particularly obnoxious micro-manager I once had the misfortune to work with, which is how Hux's character comes off to me anyway. It made Hux extra irritating to me. :mozgus:

There were some good funny moments. I think my favorite was after Rey escaped from Kylo Ren and he sees that she's gone and goes into a temper tantrum. The two storm troopers are walking down the hall toward where he's throwing his fit and rampaging with his light saber and they just turn back around and head the other way, like “Oh hell no!”. :magni: I like it when a movie doesn't try to take itself too seriously.

I know the idea is that Rey's naturally strong ability with the force allows her to utilize it's power better as a newbie than would be normal, but it seemed a bit much at times. It didn't bother me overly, though, and I'm sure the subsequent movie will feature her training with Luke to hone her talents into something that will be really badass.

Anyway, I thought it was an enjoyable movie and overall I really liked it! :guts: I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen in the next installment.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 71
« on: January 08, 2016, 02:44:46 AM »
Great podcast, guys! I really enjoyed it. Thanks! :ubik:

I liked how Aazealh made the comparison between Guts and Farnese and how they both were in denial of the truth. They both became monsters of sorts in an attempt to escape their pain and fear. Both of them had to be confronted in order to begin to move beyond that. I hadn't thought about these two having that in common before. With Guts, Puck started the process when he would call Guts out on how he was acting during their travels together. That got Guts to begin thinking about what he was doing and then Godot just drives it on home when he and Guts have their talk. For Farnese Guts is the one who is the catalyst for her change by forcing her to see the truth of her own weakness and hypocrisy.

I also liked how Griffith highlighted Guts' thoughts when he sees what Rickert's done on the hill of swords. Rickert always looked up to Guts in the past, but here Guts is admiring Rickert. I love that Guts and Rickert are so different, but both possess such strong wills and that they can appreciate each other for their different skills and strengths. :guts: :rickert:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 04, 2016, 06:21:36 PM »
I'm thinking of starting The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Got the first book. Anyone read that?
Yeah, I read them all except for the last two, which are on my list of stuff I want to read. It's a good series. The first one as I recall, was a bit rough around the edges compared to the rest. It's still a fun read, though, for sure, but the books keep getting better as you go. At least that was my opinion. You won't want to put them down once the story gets going as the author keeps the action pretty intense. I would usually feel a bit exhausted by the end of one. :ganishka: Enjoy!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: I'm late, and it's yours.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:13:13 PM »
Happy birthday to you, Aazealh! I hope you had a great one! :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Rage's Berserk artwork
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:06:33 PM »
That Zodd looks great! :zodd:

Creation Station / Re: Mogen's sculptures and repaints
« on: January 01, 2016, 09:00:28 PM »
Very cool, Mogen! I like the egg apostle in particular.

Creation Station / Re: Exclusive Episode Previews
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:42:09 PM »
This is hilarious! Great job to all involved and thanks for the laugh!  :ganishka:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:35:30 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone! :badbone: Looking forward to hanging with you here at for more Berserky goodness this year! :guts:

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:50:13 AM »
...... :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:37:21 AM »
That is a badass pic of Void, Jackolyn!!!  :ubik: Did you use charcoal?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:42:27 PM »
Wow! Well, thanks very much, y'all. I remembered making stamps in art class when I was in high school, so that gave me the confidence to give it a go. It's really not too difficult, especially when you're working on a fairly simple design. The linoleum is cool because you can draw a picture in pencil on paper and then put it over the linoleum and rub and it'll transfer. Then it's just a matter of carving out around the design. It was a fun project!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 27, 2015, 06:13:48 PM »
How'd you make it?
I made a stamp by carving a piece of linoleum. I had to do it twice because the first time I got a little overzealous with my carving tool and cut off one of the little pointed prongy things on the top of the brand as well as messing up the border. But I just couldn't give up on the Berserk wrapping paper! :puck: The second time I took it slower and was more patient and things went much better. (Go figure, right?)

I also had another present come from my Schnoz yesterday. It hadn't made it into the original box, so he mailed it to me separately.

It's an adorable Japanese cloth print of cats. I hung it up on my wall and it looks really cute!  :guts: You were much too generous to me, IncantatioN! Thank you so much once again!!!

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