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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What'd you do over the weekend?
« on: April 24, 2016, 10:28:33 PM »
Went to a Bernie Sanders rally in my home state. It was really great. Lot's of cool people and some great speeches, including one from the man himself who spoke for nearly 2 hours. I also got a slight sunburn on my face, the first of the year  :judo:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 13, 2016, 01:30:45 PM »
Where did you see them if I may ask? I was in Oregon, it was a magical experience.

My home state, Rhode Island.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hello Everybody!
« on: April 10, 2016, 09:54:04 PM »

About me outside of Berserk, I like music a lot. My favorite Band is Have a Nice Life, my favorite musician is Bob Dylan, and my favorite Album is Deathconsciousness by Have A Nice Life. I saw Neutral Milk Hotel Live this past summer and even got my record signed.

I also saw Neutral Milk Hotel last summer. It was pretty great. The summer before that I saw Jeff perform solo live as well. Never really thought that would happen.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: New cover design + volume 38 cover
« on: April 09, 2016, 12:37:58 AM »

Wow. Just Wow. That is absolute rubbish. Who's coming up with this shit? Who's making these decisions? I'd almost expect this type of cover from Dark Horse. Really blows my mind. It's not like it's a case of just the die-hard fans being overly critical either. The new cover design is pure comical trash and it's insulting to Berserk as a series and the fact that it's going to retroactively damage past covers is like salt on the wound. Miura must not have control over stuff like this because I can't imagine he'd be happy about it.

Yet again Berserk is treated with embarrassing and disrespectful decisions that come from people who you would think haven't even read the series or have very little to no understanding about it. At the end of the day I really just feel bad for Miura.  So much of the merchandise and general byproducts of his lifelong work are terrible and misrepresent the series. From this new design, to the last anime trilogy, to "GROOVY". 

Sorry, had to rant a bit. :azan:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:00:27 PM »
YES! They should have just used this for a movie. Kyle Katarn was a good Expanded Universe character. The Duke Nukem of Star Wars.

Dark Forces was so fucking awesome.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 08, 2016, 06:51:50 PM »
The "many bothans died getting us this information" line is actually in reference to the second Death Star's plans in Jedi. These are the plans Leia gave to R2 in New Hope.

I remember playing Dark Forces back in the day and thinking it was awesome how that game's storyline tied into the movie (I can't remember if it had to do with the first Death Star or the second) and it fit nicely. Now they're trying to get me excited about a whole movie event that's basically the same idea.  It just feels like video game territory.

Now that i think about it, I'd rather play a new Dark Forces Rogue One than go watch it in a theater. :serpico:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 74
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:38:04 PM »

However, on the topic of videos... this year we're all in agreement that we'd like to do a video podcast reviewing the Berserk Dreamcast game's cinematic sequences. That's about as far as we've gotten in the discussion: the desire to do one  :guts:

Nice  :guts:

Speculation Nation / Re: How do you think Berserk will end?
« on: March 30, 2016, 03:19:06 PM »
If humanity wants a world over run with fuckoff monsters as you put it, humanity gets a world with fuckoff monsters. Thatís how IOE works, what humanity as a collective wants is horrifying, that is why the Abyss and the God Hand are so dangerous, they are obeying a collective will that is self-destructive, again I have to ask, where does the deception come in?
 humanityís reason for suffering now comes as cool ass monsters rather than the mundane and pointless suffering humanity is used to. But if you understand that why do you believe that the IOE doesnít do what human will commands it to do?

Dude, you're really having a tough time understanding the concept of the God Hand and IOE. You seem to think that IOE and the God Hand are obeying humanties collective will. Or that they are following what humanity commands them to do. That is totally backwords.

Once upon a time, humans desired reasons for all the negative things in life. Pain, sadness, suffering, their own sensless deaths. This is where the Idea of Evil was created. However, it has become so powerful that it is now its own entity. It is not a slave to humans consciousness or anything like that. In fact, it is now controlling the destinies of mankind, to serve it's own purpose, which we as readers do not yet know to what extent.

Comparing the IOE to a genie in a bottle is just retarded. It has purposefully and specifically designed things so that the God Hand and the Apostles would come to serve it, obediently, while also doing own their own bidding and following their own path. This is where the deception comes in and it's a display of how powerful IOE is. Not only that, but since the "merger" (the overlapping of the Astral world and Corporeal world) humans must now rely on the God Hand and the Apostles to keep them safe from the dangers of the Astral world. Again, they are being deceived. Needing the truly evil beings of the world as their protectors. 

Humans are not desiring the monsters or all the pain and destruction they bring. All that is a result of the will and control that the Idea of EVIL has woven for it's own desire.  And rest assured that it is not to "create an ideal world demanded by humanity".  Do you understand this?

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:50:42 AM »
Yea that episode probably will be animated the only problem is, like Aaz pointed out, it'll be some strange timeline where they mash different parts of the story into one. I have a feeling they're going to use parts of the first two episodes like meeting Puck, the skeletons in the woods, and weeve that directly into the Conviction Arc. Skipping the Snake Baron and The Count, which really sucks because the whole Count story line is practically begging to be adapted. It's the perfect introduction for a Black Swordsman era anime. It's got a little bit of everything and it culminates with our first meeting with the God Hand.

Who knows, maybe they will do that but I doubt it. I'll be very pleasanlty surprised if that's the case.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:27:17 PM »
It's been a while since I've read it but I remember Battle Royale being a great read. And of course I wouldn't be doing my job around here if I didn't mention Eden:It's an Endless World. Great sci-fi manga.

Creation Station / Re: Fanarts of mine
« on: March 13, 2016, 12:38:26 AM »
Definitely not too girly. Besides, has a great group of female members. Small, but great. Really enjoy your art. Would love to see more.

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: March 02, 2016, 05:05:46 PM »
I'm going to say Locus for me is a favorite Apostle. I remember when I first saw his Apostle form ... just wow. It blew me away because at the time we hadn't seen anything quite like that and it made me reevaluate what some other powerful Apostle forms could be. It's so unique and creative and terrifying actually that it stands out among all the other Apostles, even though they are all insanely unique. I remember when I first read that episode he reminded me of the T-1000 from T2. He almost looks like something that doesn't belong in Berserk. He's got a sci-fi vibe going on. I absolutely love it. I'm still trying to imagine a practical scenario where Locus could be defeated. You just know that fight is going to be a bitch!

As for creatures, I liked when we started seeing all the familiars during the Ganishka plot because you never knew what was coming next and Miura masterfully kept upping the ante with what he threw at us. Just when you though you'd seen it all, another creature would turn up and start wrecking shit and Guts would then have to kill that. However, I would have to say that my favorite creature right now would be the Garuda(s). Again, when Garuda first showed up I just had to geek out at how this random pterodactyl came out of nowhere and started flying around  :ubik:. It added to the complete chaos and madness of the situation. And seeing it's continued role in the story has made it even more fun and interesting.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: What's up,
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:31:14 AM »
I also read some other manga/watch other anime but not too much (Vagabond, Kaiji, and Eden: It's an Endless World! to name a few)

Finally another fan of Eden. One of my favorites.  It's an incredible manga. Welcome to the site Acumen.

Creation Station / Re: Moth's Berserk art
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:28:37 AM »
Pretty cool dude. I like it. Welcome to!

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls II
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:51:32 AM »
So I've been playing this sporadically over the last few months trying to finish off a few of the things that I never got around to doing and I'm proud to say that after many, MANY attempts I finally killed those two giant tiger pets in the Frigid Outskirts in the final DLC area. Man that was a tough one. I'm not online anymore either but I did summon some npc help. Of course typical Dark Souls fashion the whole journey there and the subsequent battle took me many tries but on the try that I actually beat it, it was really easy and I don't think I took any damage at all.

Now if I can just beat the Darklurker boss I'd have done everything just about.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:41:31 AM »
DAT GRASS ! This is great, dude. Really enhances the scene. Gives a good impression of the sheer scope and magnitude that arriving to this point on the Skellig has. Also it really makes you appreciate the diversity and size that Guts' group has grown to. I mean we see them all the time and we know them all so well but these group shots, especially highlighted by the colors and textures here are just so flat out cool and wonderful. They really are a great group of colorful and well drawn characters. I can always stop and appreciate that.

If I had never heard of Berserk and had no knowledge of it's existence and I saw just this shot, I'd immediately be interested and want to know more. That's pretty much Miura's genius, where every page, every panel evokes that.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: 1/4 GUTS bust W.I.P. painting!!!!!
« on: February 27, 2016, 02:20:29 AM »
THis is awesome man! Good job.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: February 03, 2016, 03:23:04 AM »
I actually love The Edge, at least when I first saw it in the late 90's. I really wish they had used Burt the Bear in The Revenant instead of just using CGI bear because, although it was probably the best CGI bear done in film yet, it still stuck out to me as being totally fake and I was really disappointed that given the ultra realistic approach to every other aspect of the film, the infamous bear attack was computer generated.

As for Academy recognition, since these days the best Bear roles are now being lost to CGI, what hope can we have that they'll ever have their day?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:20:11 PM »
Good call on The Thing and The Shining, I'd def put those on. Hmmm Alive, Ravenous (remember loving it back in the day for its soundtrack), Fargo, Cliffhanger (to lighten the mood among such serious movies).

Ravenous! yes indeed. What a strange one that was.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / The Best Movies to Watch When Snowed In
« on: January 29, 2016, 08:50:50 PM »
Because of the snow storm last week I snowed in for a few day (it actually wasn't that bad) but I was well prepared to stay in my pj's, drink some hot coco (with vanilla ice cream, as is tradition in this house) and watch movies nonstop. As mentioned in the "weekend" thread, power did not go out, so I was good to go.

Going through my massive blu-ray and dvd collection I started to realize there's some truly awesome movies that perfectly compliment the weather outside. Here's my own recommendation.

1. Jeremiah Johnson - This is a no brainer. It's old but stands well the test of time. Highly recommend it to anyone that has not experienced this classic.

2. The Thing - Another no brainer.

3. The Great Silence - Arguably Sergio Carubucci's (the other Sergio) greatest Italian Western set in the snow with a silent protagonist and a bleak ending. 

4. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell - I recently dug up my collection of LWaC movies (six in total) and I distinctly remember the final film having an epic snow setting. The ending to this movie has got to be one of the biggest and most insane final battles to ever put to film, along the lines of The Wild Bunch. Itto takes on entire army on a the slopes of mountain.

Those are the ones I watched over the weekend. Other movies that instantly come to mind when I think of snow are Doctor Zhivago and Fargo. I also recently saw The Revenant and Hateful Eight at the theater too. Those would both be worthy additions.

News & Not News / Alan Rickman Dead at 69
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:23:10 PM »
Also cancer. What a shame. Great actor. So many memorable roles. I just watched Die Hard over the Holidays weekend too.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:54:35 PM »
It was alright I guess. Some cool scenery, some amusing humor. But nothing especially stood out as 'amazing'. Wouldn't especially recommend it unless old dudes walking the Appalachian Trail seems appealing somehow.

I've been saying for years that Hollywood needs to tap into the goldmine that is elderly people camping.

The wife and I finished our Sopranos run (second time for me, though I didn't see them all before). Anyway, it was better than I remembered, particularly the last few seasons, which weren't as great as the first few, but also not as as obnoxious as I originally thought either (I always thought the show was dragged down by the weight of it's own expectations, but I realize that problem was largely on our/my end and I likely suffered the frustration of release schedule syndrome I've so denounced with Berserk)

I've just took on this epic re-watch as well. Mostly because I'd never watched the whole series from start to finish before, and I'd actually only caught maybe two and half seasons overall during it's initial run. I was a little too young to fully grasp everything at that time so now seems like as good a time as any to really dig in and embrace The Sopranos in it's full glory. Even more exciting is I've never seen the final season. Of course I've heard a lot about it from... well everywhere, but I'm still very much in the dark about the ending, so I'm excited to experience that.
I'm just about to finish the first season and man, I'm really appreciating the ability to binge on such high quality and classic series (like this and The Wire before it) because when I sit down and start flipping through the channels for something good to watch every night after work, there's really nothing that compares. After a few minutes it's like, fuck it. I'm turning on the hboGO and reliving the glory days. I'm already wondering what it'll be after this. Oz perhaps?

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: I'm late, and it's yours.
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:43:12 PM »
Hope you enjoyed your birthday Mr. Aaz  :guts:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 72
« on: January 02, 2016, 05:39:46 PM »
Your little son was adorable Walter haha. So cute.

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