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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:00:25 AM »
I think I'm buying it out of curiosity more than anything. I still find it fascinating that there's an official book in print related to the Berserk universe and it's not written by Miura and it's actually been translated and released by Dark Horse. I HAVE to read this thing. I have almost no expectations. I've never read a novel tie-in to a manga before. I only assume it'll probably suck because everything does but I've got to see how exactly this fails.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:53:20 AM »
It looks more and more like there's going to be virtually no reason to buy this edition except for collecting purposes. I'm relatively new to this community, so I ask you guys, has there ever been a case when Dark Horse listened to the community, particularly the people over here regarding changes to the official releases? I know Aazealh mentioned once that 2 DH editors had accounts on the site, and you seem to be pretty familiar with their procedures. Is there any chance a petition or a collective letter or something of the sort, asking for at least a few of these crucial changes to be made would manage to persuade them? I know, pretty naive and wishful question, but since they're showing such lack of professionalism, might as well consider the possibility.

To their credit they did upgrade the release schedule from a three month wait to a two month wait between volumes after pretty much every human buying them from Dark Horse complained about it. As Griff pointed out though the problem is all the weird decisions and bad choices made early on and throughout. I never quite understood why Berserk was chosen to be the experiment so many times while they released other, much less popular manga series with such higher quality.

Around the time I first started buying Dark Horse's Berserk volumes I also bought another favorite manga of mine that they had just started releasing called Eden. It was clear Eden got the better treatment. They were beautiful. So much care was put into it. The paper was of high quality, the outside was smooth and soft, translations were perfect, there was no corny designs to the logo or lame summaries on the back. It was clear which series was getting the better treatment. Yet, Berserk sold infinity better than Eden, to the point that they just gave up on releasing Eden at all. They just stopped in the middle of the series. I have half the series on my shelf. Too bad for me. Meanwhile Berserk was still getting shaft and worse still suddenly we had sound effect boxes on everything. Then we had one random book with different paper that stood out from the rest. The list goes on and on. If Dark Horse treated all their properties like that I would at least understand it, they just don't care enough, but there's an inconsistency that has nothing to do with sales so I just don't get it. Dark Horse has a chance now to really redeem themselves and do the series right. They are totally capable of it, and Berserk is a seller for them. It should be a win win.

But it won't of course because some suite wearing upper management douche hates Berserk and so they subtlety slight us every chance they get. At least that's what I believe. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:26:42 AM »
It's unbelievable. Why sociability? lol Who gives a shit how social he is. We don't read Berserk because we're interested in seeing Guts try to make friends in the cafeteria on his first day at high school (... or maybe we are what do I know).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:55:15 AM »
Tim Cook. He's so white.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:19:58 AM »
lol Yea. I mean, I'm going by what these pages look like in the online preview here

Note the many other errors.  I can't believe I let myself get mildly excited over this.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 04:33:43 AM »
Regarding a retranslation, or at the very least a re-edit ("Fuck you to you!"), There's a recent precedent. DH has gone back and revised their name for the Sovereign from the half-translated "King Hanafubuku" to "Flower Storm Monarch." So if they're going to do that, why not dig deeper and fix (some of) the older stuff too?

He's referred to as King Hanafubuku in the guidebook they just put out so...

Video Games / Re: Favorite Video Games (Series)
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:24:20 PM »

In terms of other series that I like, Iím not sure if two-game series count, but one of my favorite series is Chrono Trigger. Even though itís unlikely that a new game will ever come out, such a game would be an instant buy for me. I think I own at least three different copies of Chrono Trigger, one of which is my original copy of Final Fantasy Chronicles, which I bought even though Iíve never owned a PS.

Another favorite of mine, in my personal top 5, would be the Suikoden series. Especially the first two. Those games had such a great continuity between them and was even doing the whole load your save file from the previous game into the new one for special cutscenes, extra dialog, returning characters and entire quests. Way ahead of it's time.

Another honorable mention goes to the Legacy of Kain series. Blood Omen, Soul Reaver and the final mash up of both series Defiance. Shouldn't be forgotten. The writer for that series, Amy Henning, went to work on another great series, the Uncharted games.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 94
« on: April 01, 2018, 10:24:20 PM »
Great skullkast guys. Kentucky Fried Griffith lol. Somebody's going to have to Photoshop a bucket of KFC with Berserk images at some point.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:39:45 AM »
Oh boy, what a time to be alive. After all these long years of struggle, itís finally happened. I never thought Iíd see this moment, and now that itís finally here.... I donít know what to say.
It does put me in a reminiscent mood. Like many of you have said before me, Iíve been on this wild ride for many years. My entire adult life, actually. How long has it been exactly? 18 years, I think, or close to. In the time that I first discovered Berserk, and longed for Cascaís sanity, I graduated high school, and college, my career has changed several times, I got married, had a kid, and separated. My interest waxed and waned over the years, partially due to the hiatuses, to Life, and also because I just never thought theyíd get off that fucking boat. In that time I have read and reread the series from first to last, and Iím in the middle of it again. The timing couldnít be better, as Iíve just come to Episode 82.
But here it is! Itís beautiful. Itís wonderful. And itís heartbreaking. For so long Cascaís kept herself locked away from those horrific events, the death of all those she held dear, and the betrayal of the one she saw as her Savior. It broke her, and her madness was the last line of defense. Now sheís been forced to confront it, to relive those most painful moments, by those who thought they had her best interest in mind. Will she be thankful? Can she handle the harsh realities? Will she be able to come to terms with the truth, to accept the world she now finds herself in?
I really donít have any insight to share. Itís been years since Iíve said anything here, or discussed Berserk at length, so youíll have to forgive me. Iím happy to see this forum is still living and breathing, and welcoming new strugglers! I really just wanted to peek my head in for once and share in this momentous occasion.
(Apologies if I overshared there  :farnese: or didnít share enough   :carcus::casca: )

DUDE, I swear to god the other day I was actually thinking that with all these crazy new developments I wonder if some old timers ( specifically Slightly Green, as I first knew you) would pop up. I'm so glad that's the case. Welcome back friend!

PS - Fuck you the boat trip was awesome.

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 93
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:38:55 AM »
I missed the last 15 minutes but does anyone mention whether they think Casca will cut her hair short again or will she keep it long?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:23:56 PM »
I don't know if anyone else mentioned it but I've been playing the new South Park game, The Fractured But Whole, and it's really great.  Surprising long too. I'm 12 hours into and I'm still just scratching the surface.  These guys are obviously big fans of classic open world RPGs and they are succeeding in turning the South Park world into a great series of games

Podcast / Re: SkullKast: Episode 91
« on: December 27, 2017, 02:20:04 PM »

That stew looks so good. I ended up being sick the last few days, woke up Christmas morning with the worst cold I've had in years. Now I'm back at work still ill (I've gone the whole year without using sick time, just a few more days and I'll get a big bonus) but at least I'll be able to listen to the skullcast while I'm taking it easy. Thanks guys!

Seriously though, I wish I had that stew right now.  :beast:

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:14:36 PM »
Finally! Can't wait. Merry Christmas indeed.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: October 29, 2017, 10:38:52 PM »
I know this has been mentioned before at points but I was watching The Night Before Christmas with my son last night and I couldn't help but be reminded of the visual similarity between the evil wheelchair bound Dr. Finkelstein and GH member Ubik.   Obviously coincidental, but Dr. Finkelstein is a great antagonist character that does indeed have an evil appearance which is very effective at being scary to young children. Something about those dark glasses tightly pressed into a bald white head and a creepy mouth with big lips. Miura tapped into this unique type of appearance with Ubik originally. Seeing Dr. Finkelstein in motion in the claymation style had me trying to visualize what Ubik would be like while watching his scenes, which I could picture well. I forgot how well done and unique Nightmare is, having not seen it in many years. Not much else quite like it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 13, 2017, 11:42:34 PM »
Well, I got my ticket to 2049 at 3:30pm after work, before I have to come back for an 8pm meeting, but the fucking movie is so long I had to bypass a theater a few blocks away because it doesn't start there until "4:30pm" and if they don't it get going before five I might not have time to get back and setup for my own meeting! :ganishka: So, given the date I decided to play it safe with the earlier showtime and a short drive. Will update with my thoughts when I can (when I finally read the thread after the embargo I had to put on a few days back =).

As an aside, at first I tried making a date to see it with my dad this weekend, as I first watched the original with him like 20 years ago  (:isidro:), but, despite the positive word of mouth and his only begotten son wanting to take him, he's going to wait for it to hit cable. :schierke: BOOOOOO! Well, then I'm not coming to visit this weekend, dad!

That's funny, I'm in the same position. My father and I are supposed to see it this weekend but since I work nights I have to try to find a showing that's earlier enough and close enough so that I can make it to work on time. But because it's so damn long, it's actually harder than I thought it would be. At least my dad did agree to go with me.  :ganishka: I think that's just because he misses me though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:15:07 PM »
Dammit. I didn't realize the two part final was the last two episodes on the same night. For some reason I was under the impression that we had two episodes left and the final would be a two parter, like an extra long episode, like Game of Thrones just did. But it'll be over this Sunday. Bummer!

But yea Coopers return was triumphantly awesome.  After the blueballs from when I thought Cooper was returning after getting zapped, this was a jump up and yell type hype. I've been saying "100%" a lot the last few days with a thumbs up.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Coolest moment in ALL of Berserk ?
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:26:52 PM »
In terms of big epic spectacle like Walter said, I'd go with the death of Ganishka and the subsequent surprise appearance by Skullknight. The entire sequence, including the battle and the brief flashback of Ganishka's life, and then the panels with Skully appearing and Zodd caught off guard with Femto in his God Hand form is flawlessly done.

Honestly though another top "cool" moment is when Guts dons the armor for the first time and attacks the force sent to destroy Flora. I mean, it's just the coolest moment of the series. Doesn't get much better than that.

Runner up - The entire sequence towards the end of the Sea God episodes where Guts has his showdown with the massive creature by entering it and fighting his way through it's innards. That was a unique challenge for Guts and not the type of thing you get to see in much these days. As a young child, I was terrified when Pinocchio rescues Gepetto from Monstro the whale. That thing gave me nightmares and it stuck with me.  It was great to see Miura utilize that in Berserk. Certainly a cool scenario for me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:43:17 PM »

Well, here's where my head is at the moment: I don't think I can go through 20 more episodes like the last two I watched if something doesn't really grab me besides the occasional "lol they're fucking with me" moment or genuinely scary Lynch nightmare sequence, so my plan after the advice and resources I've been offered here is to go with Nighty's middle way and watch to the middle of season 2, where I understand it kind of gets away from the Lynch/Frost MO anyway, then read summaries of the following episodes as Wally suggested, jump to the finale, the movie, and start season 3. I don't particularly like this half-measure, but it's hard to swallow an extra 12 episodes even the hardcore fans don't recommend when I'm not even that engaged yet. My ideal hope is that by the time I reach that fork in the road something clicks on the show or in my head and I am engaged to the point I simply can't look away like after the season 1 finale (and as Grail recommends and I agree with in principle), so we'll see!

I won't hold it against you. In fact, maybe the reason I don't remember some of the later episodes is because I skipped a few myself. Nightcrawlers advice isn't a bad way to go (for what it's worth i gave you some good karma for the suggestion Nighty  :serpico: ).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:53:08 PM »
Season 2: Bad but essential, just as I'd feared. I may have to go it alone. :ganishka:

I'll let you know what I think of season 1 once we wrap it up. It's not as weird as I'd expected yet, probably because TV has had plenty of room to grow just as weird in the meantime, though definitely offbeat as hell and I'm enjoying all the 80's faces I'm recognizing. It's a bit of a weird experience that it's nostalgic for me when I haven't seen it before.

I didn't watch the show until years after either, I ran into the same problems as you. For everything I had heard about it, it wasn't quite as strange and surreal as I was expecting, especially already being a mega Lynch fan. Although, like you said, it has it's charm and is somehow nostalgic anyway and I really grew to love it. Then season 2 happened ... It's a slog to get through. I must have amnesia about it too because so much of the final third of that season is erased from my memory (save the final of course). But the movie is really cool and essential. I just wish there was a special edition of the movie where the Missing Pieces segments were back in, because there's some great stuff in there too.

But hang in there Griff! This new season is paying off awesomely well. It's everything I wanted in the original series but felt there wasn't enough of. Some of these more surreal episodes are classic Lynch with nightmare inducing sequences. I'm absolutely loving it, even though I haven't put in the time or effort most others have to unlocking all the secrets, leaving me quite confused at moments   :schnoz:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:39:12 PM »
Oh, and don't get me wrong, I expect the Grunbeld novel to be average at best, but I'm annoyingly a completionist xD I played through Sword of the Berserk to get the full story.

It's not like it was a bad game. It was pretty awesome for it's time.

Funny I played Sword of the Berserk when first came out in the states in 2000. Technically that was my introduction to Berserk.  I didn't watch the 97 anime until a few years later and for some reason didn't connect the two until a few more years later when I started the manga.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:11:22 PM »
When in doubt, I refer to the rule of thumb.

Always trust in Miura

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 39 release
« on: June 22, 2017, 07:04:50 PM »
I love this cover. I tend to like the more busy looking covers though. I don't think messy is the right word but the covers that are filled corner to corner with tons of shit going on are the one's that I enjoy the most, with lot's of details crammed into it. For example, volume 5, 9, 11, 24, 25 and especially this new one. In fact I love this one even more coming off the last one, 38's cover, which was probably my least favorite of the entire series and the last in a line of covers that weren't really doing it for me, starting after Volume 34 (which might be my absolute favorite :femto:).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 03:26:49 PM »
Just you wait untill the next one. I'm sure it won't be as "easy" as it was for the moment. They do look tired and dirty though. So I would not say that it was a walk in the park. And considering where the last fragment is, they might not come back unscathered mentally and physically. Though I doubt anything mortal will happen.

Yea, if you read the whole dreamscape sequence from the beginning it is quite the journey. Surreal, confusing, emotional, informative, and by the way the characters appear at the end of this last episode here, clearly it's been an exhausting experience for them. Also let's not forget that there was a lot that we weren't shown, given how small the broken fragments were. We can assume that they spent a lot of time collecting the pieces. In fact, I like to think that since they aren't exactly bound to the laws of real time, perhaps they've been doing this for what could seem like an eternity, fighting off endless waves after waves of enemies. So even without Miura needlessly showing it to us, we can fill in the blanks and piece the whole incredible journey together which honestly, just imagining it seems draining, physically and emotionally. And of course it goes without saying that the real challenge is just ahead. If you think it's been too easy for them so far, just imagine that everything up until now has been the easy part and just look at how exhausted and disheveled they look at the end there. The real challenge has only just begun.

Anyway loved the episode, of course. A little bummed about the break though. I never comment on the breaks, but this one stings because I was expecting a steady stream through summer and was really looking forward to it (WE'RE SO CLOSE! WE NEED CASCA BACK! :casca:).  C'est la vie.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:15:18 AM »
I'd just like to say that I'm proud to still have never watched any Berserk related animations after that first Golden Age movie all those years ago. I feel so bad for everyone that has been forcing themselves to sit through this just because it's Berserk related, especially the admins.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:55:13 PM »
Go on. I thought the extended cut supposedly fixed it?

I'm guessing you haven't seen it?  I'm going to disregard the theatrical edition totally since it's a complete mess. The Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is another example in the same way as Prometheus in that it's a massive letdown because all the work that went into the movie can't save it from the few glaringly obvious bad decisions. On the one hand this is a movie I really want to enjoy because it's a historical epic about the crusades that looks fantastic, has a great cast and if you're like me and enjoy long movies like the Godfather or Apocalypse Now, Kingdom of Heaven is four hours long and made in the classic Hollywood tradition containing an overture and an intermission. Scott could have a masterpiece on his hands here, even with the liberties taken with the actual history. But despite how much I want to like this movie I have no desire to ever sit through it again (although I did sit through it many times out of fascination). For the average person, once is enough, like Prometheus.

That's actually more threadbare than I thought it would be. The truth is Scott's not some auteur, he's a great director and a producer, but obviously not a writer, so he cedes a lot of creative control over the quality of his stories, which explains why there's such irregularities there. Since he's in his writers' hands, if they don't have the goods the best he can do is polish a turd.

This is basically what I've come to believe is the major problem. Even if the issue with the movie isn't necessarily with the actual script, like dialog or specific plot points, it's with general preproduction choices that have major consequences for the film. It's still no excuse though, and I'll use Kingdom of Heaven as an example. Scott may not be a writer, and maybe he's wise for letting others do the writing, but he chooses his projects very carefully and it's still baffling to me as to how he can move forward with the problem decisions. Maybe it's a case hindsight is 20/20. Or maybe that's just how it always is, whether it's Scott, Spielberg, Cameron or Lucas. But honestly, Scott being underrated or overrated as a filmmaker aside, he's just as peculiar as the others when it comes to the trend of tarnishing ones own legacy or staying on the mound too long or however you look at it. Alien is without a doubt a masterpiece.

First big problem with KoH is that Scott seemingly caved into the studio pressure to have everyone speaking English. Let's be real here, this movie looks gorgeous. The attention to detail is amazing. Game of Thrones's art department and wardrobe on steroids. If you're going to make the film look this authentic with the giant sets and exotic locations and incredible armor departments then why not apply the same thinking to the language aspect? I understand why studios don't want subtitles in movies for American audiences but you'd think someone like Scott would have enough clout to make the call on his big budget period piece. But I guess he folded here and it's devastating to see the great Muslim Saladin talking to all his generals in this weird English accent, clearly affecting his performance too. All the characters speak English in the entire movie, there are no subtitles. The whole world spoke English, which is very distracting after the heavy multicultural diversity message that's at the heart of the movie. There are scenes that take place in the Muslim army and they all speak English to each other. It's even worse when it's actually used in the plot when an eavesdropping captured English crusader overhears some important information being spoken between Muslim generals and can easily converse right back with them. DOH!

Another big issue for a four hour movie like this is the pacing. I actually enjoy really long, slow movies, but even my patience is tested here and it wouldn't be that big of a deal if it wasn't for the fact that they are constantly skipping over major battles that could have injected some life into the movie. Again, I understand why they do this. They want to save it all for the final big battle, a massive siege for the final 15- 20 minutes. But when you have 3 and a half hours of buildup, that final siege needs to be one of the greatest battles ever put to screen and, of course, it is not. It's not that bad, it's actually totally serviceable. But when we have The Lord of the Rings and Troy and even Scotts own Gladiator, where the battle is right at the beginning, it's a gamble to save all the action for end of the 4 hours. It could have been satisfying had there been other conflicts throughout the movie, just a few smaller battles here or there. They even have a perfect opportunity for a great battle in the desert a little over the halfway mark into the movie where the Muslim army ambushes the English who decided to march into the desert without enough supplies. But they skip over it, instead showing the before and after. We see the torn up battlefield and we wish we could have witnessed some of the action. In a show like Game Of Thrones I can understand not being able to film a big battle scene, especially in the first season, and having to cut around it, but in this movie there's really no excuse. After four hours of politics I don't know if any movie could wow it's audience with action. It's got to be dispersed throughout. 

The final MAJOR problem is Ridley Scott made here is casting Orlando Bloom as the lead. He simply cannot carry this movie for it's length. Imagine Jon Snow in the first season of GoTs. Lots of staring, looking confused, not speaking a lot, or speaking slow in a deep gravelly voice. Furrowing of the brow. It's painful to watch and it actually gets worse with multiple viewings. I don't know how Scott could have overlooked this. It destroys his movie.

Spielberg, Scott, Cameron and Lucas. They're all different enough that you can't use the same brush to explain away all the problems that come with all their recent work. But with the exception of Cameron, they've all revisited their own franchises to try and capture that same magic again, and they all end making the weakest iteration of their own series. Out of all of them though Scott to me is the most frustrating. Talk about ranking piles of shit, besides the prequels out of all those directors Scott has the most bottom turds. I mean, have you seen 1492: Conquest of Paradise? Makes Kingdom of Heaven look like Lawrence of Arabia. I could talk about all the problems with that movie too, but there's hardly anything even remotely redeeming about that movie. Literally not worth it.

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