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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SK Net Pets
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:01:13 PM »
I am thinking of getting a Dog soon, so it was a nice experience to go through this thread.
What kind of dog are you thinking of getting? I never had a dog growing up, just cats, and I didn't think I was a dog person until I got my first one and realized how much I like them. I had a German Shepherd/Lab mix named Susie who passed away, and now my current dog, Huckleberry, who is a Border Collie/Corgi mix. Susie was really sweet and mellow for the most part. She just needed to be walked a couple times a day and she was happy. Huckleberry is another story. He has so much energy. Luckily I have a decent sized back yard, so I can take him out there for frisbee. He loves that and can run some of his excess energy off that way.

Sophie the cat. She is a year old and her cute looks are deceiving :beast:

Any other black cat lovers?
She is cute! I love cats in general. My best friend has a black cat and he is a major trouble maker. :ganishka:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: 2016 Berserk album from Susumu Hirasawa
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:20:42 PM »
Wow, this is a great album! :ubik: Glad I ordered it. Hmm, hard to say what my favorite song was. Probably Indra 2016.

Current Episodes / Re: Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 29, 2016, 08:12:48 PM »
Even though it doesn't sound like some of the info is reliable, which is a shame, I still deem this little book well worth the purchase. I love the illustration for the cover as well as the other color pics in the front of the book. I was happy to see that one was a favorite of mine of Schierke reading her spell book! :guts: The pages showing Miura's workspace were of course really interesting and I like the pages towards the back with the character sketches, too.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 80
« on: September 29, 2016, 07:53:30 PM »
Great podcast, guys! I enjoyed listening. Your insights always enhance my appreciation of the material, so thank you. :ubik:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 27, 2016, 04:45:04 PM »
I think the emaciated creature might be a dog also. In the first pics of it chained to the coffin it looks horse-like, but in the pic on the bottom left when the flying figures are attacking and it shows the creature from behind it looks like a dog to me. It looks like it has a dog's tail and it's stance is more dog-like, like it's protecting the coffin. I wonder if the animal is supposed to represent Guts. It looks like it might either have a lame left front leg or be missing part of it. Anyway, VERY interesting stuff! :ubik:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:29:37 PM »
Don't know how he does this, but it's pretty cool.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:20:27 PM »
It also reminds me of my experience as a forum administrator. :iva:
Well, you certainly have my respect for that! :puck: Can't be an easy job.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:49:47 PM »
I'm loving Danan more and more. Her character design is great and I like her personality a lot. So I guess the housework helper thing wasn't just a ruse for her to observe Guts and co., which was what I thought at first. From what she tells Puck she regularly goes to the witch village and helps out with cooking and cleaning as well as cleaning up around her own palace. I don't think the witch outfit she was wearing was just a disguise she used for that particular occasion either. I think she probably wears that whenever she's in the witch village in order to blend in better and be more nondiscript. Kuka or the other kids didn't seem surprised to see her there like that.

I'm impressed with how Danan is being portrayed as a leader. She seems to be a caring steward of her own domain as well as working to foster good relations with the witches. She seems secure in her power, with no need to be pretentious. I like how she just wants them to call her Danan and not her formal title. I also like how she is considerate of Guts' anxiousness and doesn't make him wait to get the help he's been seeking for so long. I felt really bad for Guts when Danan said he couldn't go with them for the ritual, but I loved how Schierke stepped up and reassured him that it would be ok.

Another thing I liked about Danan was how she talks with Puck and Magnifico, pointing out the problems with their plans, which I thought was pretty funny. Instead of just punishing them she also reasons with them. It's like how a good leader should act. Even though Magnifico's intentions were evil they never posed a real threat to Danan or Elfhelm and he gets treated like a naughty kid right along with Puck. I think a little manual labor might be just the thing for him! :magni:

I like the little mushroom dudes and I thought it was funny when Casca picked one up and it seemed freaked out.

This episode was really great! :ubik: Quite a cliff-hanger with what is going to happen in Casca's mind. Pretty epic for sure! I'm very much looking forward to seeing what's to come.

Creation Station / Re: GummySkull's colors and fanart
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:59:34 PM »
Very cool! :guts: Great job!

I've actually done a lot of colors and art since my last post in this thread, but I keep forgetting to post them...  :farnese:
I'd love to see them. :casca:

Creation Station / Re: Slan Teaser + I have color/character questions
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:49:07 PM »
I like your portrait of Luka! :ubik: What you've done on the Danan pic looks great, too! While I like both, I prefer the pink one. I particularly like the hair.

My hopes for the future of Guts and Casca's relationship. :slan:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 79
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:54:49 PM »
Thanks for the podcast! Y'all had me laughing out loud a few times. I didn't make it all the way through the anime. I think I stopped around episode 5. I just wasn't enjoying it. That last episode I watched I got through it and felt absolutely nothing and that's not right for Berserk! :rickert: I think Aazealh summed it up well with the word "soulless". To see a work I think so much of get such a disappointing treatment was really lame and when I think of what a good Berserk anime could be like I feel bummed that it hasn't happened. :sad: It could be so awesome. But, like others have expressed, we have the manga and that's more than enough for me.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:12:22 PM »
WOW! That's a nice bag and a cute cat!
Thanks! :serpico:

I got 5 more teas to try during the sale last month. Here they are:

Brand of Sacrifice: Tasty, with a sweet cherry/citrus flavor.

Theresia: Really good, has a full-bodied, creamy floral taste.

Vortex of Souls: Citrusy aroma and flavor, tastes like fruit punch, pretty good stuff!

Bazuso: This was a strange one. The best I can do is to say it somehow tastes like leather in a good way. Strong, masculine, and has an earthy, bold flavor. Tastes better than it smells. Overall it's a bit much. I can't decide if I like it or not!  :???:

The White Falcon: Very nice, relaxing minty aroma. Hard to describe the flavor, but it's really good. Definitely would have taken Charlotte up on a refill! :ganishka:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:29:42 PM »
Here's my review for 4 of the last teas I ordered:

Princess Charlotte: A lemon-ish aroma, very delicate flavor, a little on the bland side for me.
Locus: Hearty, yet mellow in a way with a sweetish flavor, very tasty.
Guts: A robust tea, somewhat reminiscent of the Zodd blend, but with cinnamon. It's good.
The Slug Count: Unusual, but good. Hard to describe, but I can taste caramel and fruity flavors, fairly mellow sweet flavor.

Here's some pics of these:

I found a bag that was great for storing my tins in. :serpico: It's cat approved.

Maybe I'm just being naive or something, but I didn't take that scene where Schierke got spun around in her towel by Casca and ended up naked leaning on a sleeping Guts as being all that sexualized. I mean I know it's playing on the fact that she has a crush on Guts and that situation would be very embarrassing for a young girl, especially one who's a bit on the reserved side, like Schierke is, but it all just struck me as more silly/goofy. I thought seeing her bare behind was kinda funny. Also, I think showing her bare bottom gives the reader more of a sense of how embarrassed/exposed Schierke feels in that moment. Other events within that scene are pretty comedic, so that's how I took it.

I feel that the violence in Berserk is appropriate for the circumstances. While it has been disturbing at times, it needed to be for those parts of the story. As for the rape in the troll den, it made the situation just that much more horrifying and made me respect Farnese even more for having the courage to hold her ground and protect Casca, not cave under the sheer terror of it all. You go girl! :ubik:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: September 03, 2016, 07:23:26 PM »
They must show Isidro the true power of the Elf Dimensional school of swordsmanship.

Thanks for the podcast. It was some good listening! :guts: I especially liked the discussion about Barytes, very interesting. I enjoyed your talk about Puck and Magnifico's hilarious usurpation-gone-wrone, too.  :puck: :magni:

Berserk Merchandise / Re: I made some Berserk tea blends
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:36:51 PM »
That's cool! Thanks for the heads up!  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:26:03 PM »
Oh, lovely!  :ubik: Thanks, Grail!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:23:57 PM »
Wow, I adore this episode!  :ubik: Thanks for the summary, puella and Aazealh!

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 12:21:23 AM »
When Danan was first introduced I wondered if she was an elf.
Good call, Skeleton! I was wondering if Danan was more than what she initially let on because it seemed a little odd how she interrupted Cucca when Cucca was about to introduce her. I thought she might be trying to hide her identity for some reason by posing as a servant, but I never guessed she might be an elf, let alone possibly the Queen! Very much looking forward to seeing the full episode!  :ubik:

Edit: I just realized right as Puck was about to say to Guts "Don't be impatient, it's ok. Because the King (Queen?) of Elves is..." At that moment Danan brings in the cake and Puck gets distracted.  :ganishka: Now I really think she is the Queen!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:56:30 PM »
I really liked Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series years ago. The last one I read came out over 10 years ago. I didn't realize he had another book for the series in 2014 called Clariel and now a new one will be released this year in October called Goldenhand. I'm really excited to catch back up with this series! :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:44:06 PM »
Saw Kubo and the Two Strings and really enjoyed it. Great movie with a lot of heart and beautifully animated! :ubik:

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