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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: October 29, 2016, 10:24:40 PM »
I think Bill Maher described it best when he said " I preach the Gospel of 'I Don't Know'. And that's okay". I guess I'd be lumped into the agnostic category.

 But then again, when I really think about it, I'm always reminded of something Stephen Colbert said. "Agnostics are just atheists without balls".

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:00:39 PM »
The first trailer for LOGAN is up and it looks solid now the wait for March has begun.

I'm glad it's being directed by James Mangold, the same director of the previous Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the Directors Cut of that movie, even though he was walking the tightrope between pg-13 and R. But now that Deadpool has opened up the door for R rated superhero movies, I think this one will be very good.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 08, 2016, 01:37:32 AM »
Hopefully the North American and European region can buy these costumes as DLC. Doubt we will have any pre-ordering bonuses.

In all the Dynasty Warrior games on the 360 or ps4 they have tons of costume packs that are available as DLC. Sometimes they are even free.

So yea I wouldn't doubt it.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls III
« on: October 01, 2016, 11:08:44 PM »

Yeah, again, it comes back to what's really worth your time, or what game you just HAVE to play, not that you want to or would potentially be interested in. I'm assuming DX is like that for you since you bought and played it from the get go? We'd probably all be better off saving our money and time just for those games instead of bothering with a backlog of "games we want to play" that are arguably the opposite.

Not to derail this thread too much but this is basically the attitude I've adopted since I shelled out the $400+ for my Uncharted PS4 Edition (Uncharted 4 inevitably ended up in my backlog  :ganishka:) because I bought the system specifically for Dark Souls 3. Now I'm on a strictly one-game-at-a-time diet. After DS3 (which I can't say I didn't get my moneys worth) it's Deus Ex, which in my opinion is that good (holds me over until the new Mass Effect, which will also be a day one purchase).  But without the time or money for a backlog, prioritizing like this works just fine.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: October 01, 2016, 10:31:30 PM »
Personally I'm reading Berserk, Vinland Saga and Vagabond. I find Vinland Saga more interesting for now, especially in lastest chapters ( still chapter 131.5 was weird ), while Miura beside last episodes didn't draw something epic for something like ... 30 episodes? And last 30 episodes of Vinland Saga are epic, full of emotions and such content, cliffhangers are there as well.

I've been enjoying Vinland Saga just fine, but honestly I can't remember a Berserk episode that hasn't been "epic" in recent ... shit years now. The whole manga at this point is just one grand spectacle after another. Every episode in Falconia is epic, Guts' story reaching Elfhelm is obviously a big deal, and before that, the Sea God, hell even the flashback was epic in a sense.

Anyway I've said it a zillion times but the only other manga that has really kept my interest over the years (besides maybe Blame) that I recommend to everyone because I think it's criminally underrated is Eden: Its an Endless World. Check it out if you haven't.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 80
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:48:45 PM »
Great podcast! Also finally got around to reading the episode. Not much to add to the thread or to what you guys have said except that I wonder if any of the imagery within Casca's dreamscape will have anything to do with very early childhood, possibly stuff we haven't seen before or possibly some things from the brief flashback episodes she had told Guts about in the cave. I wonder if the likeness of the nobleman who Griffith had saved her from, for example, could form as part of a collection of imagery that has been repressed representing all the male figures who have attempted to take advantage of her. Or perhaps as Walter mentioned for the type of imagery used to show her isolation (her being alone in the dark, or out in a battlefield) maybe in keeping with the childhood theme her isolated village in the mountains or her neglectful parents.  In any case there's no doubt it's going to be an incredible journey into her psyche.   

I've also got to thinking about the relationship between Guts and Casca as a whole too, from the very beginning. I kind of want to go back and read that part of the story again, while focusing on the more romantic aspects between the two of them and their budding relationship, the power struggle, the leader aspect Casca could potentially serve, just to get a better idea of how things could be in the future. The dynamic is going to change so much. I could see a scenario where they have to almost fall in love again. Re-discover what makes them so compatible, if at first they clash a bit. It doesn't have to be a big thing, but just something along those lines.

I certainly don't think it'll be one of those situations where they see each other across a field and start running into each others arms calling their names. 

Also just to give my impression about the awesome final page. I didn't get the "eye", especially now that we know there's going to be some type of battle field imagery in the future, it's just an eclipse, shown through black smoke and darkness. There needs to be a light source for the eclipse so the light shining through the dark smoke is necessary, but not necessarily to make the image of an eye. Just a streak of light, which actually reminds me more of the images we have seen of the Falcon of light shining through clouds or smoke in the past.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 24, 2016, 11:01:00 PM »
Just released after two weeks in rehab and it looks like I missed a shit ton of updates. Man do i have a lot to catch up on. This all looks awesome though! DOn't have a lot time to read now sadly so if any of my fellow Berserk brothers feel like giving a rundown of these latest events (missed the episode too :judo:) I'll pay you back (in favors(sexual))

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: September 17, 2016, 12:06:51 AM »
Does that mean we'll get to see :schnoz: in all his glory?

Now that you mention it, think about all of the amazing things that happen in this arc of Berserk. The Millennium Falcon arc is my favorite arc (Fantasia could easily surpass it though) because of how expansive it is for the story. It's got a little bit of everything and it's just so massive and filled with big epic scenes, tons of new creatures and characters, new locations, massive battles, magic, apostles, etc. Its a huge undertaking to try to adapt this part going forward, under any medium, you'd want so badly for it to be awesome, now more than ever. It's so depressing that they are actually pushing forward with this.

Honestly though the thing that'll make me hate it the most is if Miura ends up taking more breaks with the manga to help with the anime. Not that I blame him, it's just the situation that's frustrating. These terrible animes are slowing down the manga  :mozgus:   

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:42:22 PM »
I was waiting for official confirmation, since Twitter is...yeah.

It's for real. The end of the last episode says "2017 spring, the next arc arrives." It cuts from the same footage of Flora's mansion shown in the first episode to a panning shot of the Berserk Armor, ending on this:

I didn't even realize how much I dreaded a season 2 until now, knowing there's more to come. I was so happy it was coming to an end, where it could die and never be brought up again. But nope, there's going to be more of this nonsense. Dammit.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: September 14, 2016, 02:31:58 PM »
It'll be fun to read it all in one sitting. Reading it episodically, I felt it was too much of a slow build for a 7-part miniseries, but by the end I was satisfied. I particularly like Prome and her relationship with Delos. There's a lot with them that's reminiscent of Guts and Schierke, though Delos is more akin to a bizarro Guts.

You might also be interested in the podcasts we recorded around that time, where we reviewed each issue as they came out. It's Eps 38-44.

I'm glad you reminded me because I also just ordered that and will be reading it for the first time as well. Also, I'm sure it's been mentioned before but have you guys considered doing a podcast for the other two one offs that Miura was a part of, Japan and King of Wolves?

I was never bothered by that scene. I remember when I first read it being surprised, but it was more about what was happening in the situation. I definitely didn't find it sexual or suggestive. Schierke is a little girl, who happens to be in an extremely awkward situation. Talk about emBARE-ASSing!  Miura just drew that scene the way he did for maximum impact.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 08, 2016, 02:26:14 PM »
Also, I've got quite a stockpile of purportedly quality titles backed up, there's still Doom 2016 to continue, MGS5, GTAV, Alien Isolation, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Wolfenstein: The New Blood, Shadow of Morder, Deus Ex: HR, even old ass Assassin's Creed 2... I don't know, any recommendations or must-plays out of that group?

Here's what you do. Play Deus Ex: HR immediately because that game was awesome and then you can jump into the new Deus Ex: MD with all of us kids playing that right now  :guts: After that, you can skip Alien Isolation and Wolfenstein because even though they are solid titles (for the most part) after playing something like Deus Ex or new Doom, they'll seem really bland.  And just forget Shadow of Mordor.  Don't waste your time on that. But if must play it, play for an hour and then just imagine that for another 49 hours. Save yourself time. 

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: September 03, 2016, 10:21:41 PM »
I think the first Berserk website I looked at was Yongs Berserk Page. Anyone remember that one?

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:05:57 PM »
Not on Puella posted the correct translation on the day Young Animal came out: March 26, 2004.
In fact, I had never seen that translation abomination until someone reported it's what Dark Horse had decided to use.
I think what you remember might be that we used the untranslated title at first (I did for a long while in particular), but the difference is it was "Hanafubuku Ô". Untranslated, not half-translated. And we stopped using it in 2006, so 3 years before Dark Horse released volume 28.

Ah yes, that's right.

Also about Puck and his brothers Pick, Peck, Poock and Pock, it reminded of one of my favorite games of all time Suikoden 2, which  has well over 100 characters that you can recruit with a good portion of them being secret and difficult to find. Among these are the five squirrels, the first of which, Mukumuku, is obtained pretty early on. Then much much later in the game, you can find his brothers Makumaku, Mikumiku, Mekumeku and Mokumoku, if you're patient.  It's pretty silly and they all look the same except for slight variations such as different color capes, but together they can execute a unite attack that's an instant kill ( 

I'm holding out hope that Puck and his family will have a chance to fight together at some point, I'm sure they have a coordinated attack of their own. :troll:

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: August 31, 2016, 01:29:21 PM »
Thank you all for another great podcast! I must say I really enjoy the addition of Grail to the lineup.

About the puzzling Dark Horse translation "Hanabufuku King", I've had this theory in the back of my mind, at least the way I always imagined it happened.
 I first remember seeing the "Hanabufuku King" translation on forums in the early days, and certain members would throw that term around because they didn't know any better. Now I'm sure some members here remember many years ago we had some guy who was something of an outside resource for Dark Horse translators. I don't think he was on their payroll, but he without a doubt gave input to their official translations, despite not reading or speaking Japanese, to our dismay (we have him to thank for things like "groovy").  I've always chalked up this ridiculous translation error to either him, or somebody like him. As Griff said in the podcast, it ultimately is do to laziness or pure negligence on Dark Horse's part. But for my own piece of mind, after seeing how things were done, I can imagine a scenario were some "outside specialist" was looking for a translation for that part (probably browsing to see if anyone threw out the correct translation) and just kept seeing people throw around Hanabufuku King, and so gave his expert advice to whomever and their it is, in print in our books. 

Not that it really matters, but it is amazing how these things happen sometimes.

Buying / Selling / Re: WTB Berserk TCG Stuff
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:17:51 PM »
I bought a lot of the TCG from Tirade years ago. I think I cleaned him out actually.  :guts:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 28, 2016, 01:09:05 AM »
I can't wait to get Deus Ex. Human Revolution was so much fun. I could play stealth for hours on end in that game.

Creation Station / Re: Grail makes doodlies?!
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:31:45 PM »
Incredible, praise be to Grail

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 346
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:24:41 PM »
Amazing episode! I'm actually so happy that after years and years of buildup Miura still managed to throw us a curve ball by introducing the Queen! And in the way he did, creatively subverting our expectations of finding an old elf king sitting on his throne waiting for Guts.   I don't want to get too hung up on the new element since we don't really know anything, but I wonder just what kind of importance it will eventually be shown to have.  I was already toying with the idea that Miura would introduce something new and truly mystical, a sort of force-like mystery power that would explain everything in the magical world (Jedi Guts fantasy).  Of course I don't seriously expect that to happen, but I do think that we are going to have some major world building bombshells dropped on us in the near future that may change the way we view certain aspects of the story. New elements and the like, Miura could really go all out with this  :guts:

Creation Station / Re: Theoden's 3D Sculpts
« on: August 09, 2016, 03:15:30 AM »
This looks great man!

Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:09:01 AM »
So I'm scrolling Skullknight watching South Park on Comedy Central tonight at 3:00 in the morning after a long night at work and suddenly during a commercial break I'm seeing clips of this new Berserk anime. Caught me off guard a little. I didn't think Crunchyroll would be doing cable television commercials for Berserk. It was a good 15-20 seconds too, all devoted to Berserk with "Crunchyroll" at the end.

I guess it's not a big deal, and as terrible as this anime is suppose to be, I must say just the idea of seeing a Berserk commercial on my television during a mega popular show like South Park while I'm scrolling is a little surreal. It's kind of settling in with me that we have entered a new generation with Berserk.  There's kids that are the age I was when I first discovered Berserk out there and they could be discovering this series right now this way.  Hopefully that path will lead them to be proper fans and support the manga. For us this anime might be shit, but for some kids out there who are interested in fantasy and dying to sink their teeth into a new series, they could see a commercial like that and with an open mind they could discover this amazing series that we all know and love.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 1
« on: August 07, 2016, 06:18:15 PM »
What is this horse shit.

Damn dude I thought you died. Best thing about these shitty animes is the chance it brings back some lost members.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 07, 2016, 12:57:16 AM »
I wasn't kidding when I compared Snyder's Watchmen to the first Berserk movie because they both have the same problem. Even though the Ultimate Cut of Watchmen is better than the theatrical and the Black Freighter animated comic being integrated into the movie was pretty cool, the movie still can't hold up next to the source material. Even with a shot for shot, panel for panel copy of the book what's missing is everything between the lines, the meaning behind the scenes and the characters themselves. It doesn't matter how close it comes to looking like the comic because in the end the movie doesn't capture the essence of what's happening in the scenes and the characters don't feel like how they are suppose to, even though they may look and sound like they should.

When Watchmen first came out I actually saw it in the theater and I really liked it. I'm not a big comic book guy, I didn't grow up loving super heroes (except for Burton's Batman, obviously any 90's kid grew up with that) and I had never read the book. So for me, I thought it was cool because I was already sick of super hero movies back in 2009, so this was something different and I became a fan. Then the Ultimate Cut came out and I really enjoyed it even more. A 3 hour anti-superhero movie with great animated segments woven in and a sweet soundtrack and it came in a beautiful box set (I will defend the packaging for this box set still, which rivals even the Lord of The Rings Extended Box Sets. It's better than most classic movie sets that deserve this level of care and craft such as Once Upon a Time in America, Apocalypse Now, or even Star Wars).

However, I also watched the motion comic that came with it and that was equally as impressive and made me realize just how much I was missing. So just like with the 90's Berserk anime series, this prompted me to go out and buy the graphic novel. I've since read it several times over and now I can't help but be frustrated with the movie on so many levels, even some very simple and easy tweaks that they could have made to at the very least, get a little bit closer to the spirit of the book. But it's clear they were completely unable to do that. One easy example of this, without bringing up the big ending debate, is the final scene between Jon and Adrian in the book which is such a critical and important scene, it's the final scene for both these characters in the story and it wraps up a lot everything that just happened and it's missing in the movie. It would have only taken a few minutes but instead they needed something more dramatic so they have some of Jons final lines directed at Laurie and then have them share one final kiss before he leaves. DAWW. And of course because they missed out on the great "Nothing ever ends" line they had to finagle it by having Laurie say it to Dan with an awkward "I know what Jon WOULD HAVE said. He WOULD HAVE said ..." , yea, had they not fucked around with those scenes earlier. The whole movie is like this, literally every scene. I understand when adapting a movie sacrifices and changes must be made but if you're going to compromise to that degree and still call it a faithful adaptation, you really can't get mad when people call bullshit.  And just like Berserk, if you really love the comic I don't see how you can honestly get behind all these adaptations and not see through the visual aesthetic and realize that they're not really all that faithful and they don't really hold a candle to the source. I understand everyone is different and of course people can enjoy whatever they want. We have some respected members here even that enjoy these recent Berserk animes. That's totally fine, but they aren't faithful. Guts from the manga is not the same Guts from those movies and Adrian Veidt in Watchmen is not the same character in the movie.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:10:24 PM »

Dave Gibbons 100% endorsed the Watchmen film. You know, the "other guy". He ainīt a fan of the further recent WB Watchmen projects, i am mixed on them, but Zodd bless the Watchmen Toaster.
Alan though is currently busy refusing credit on the Marvelman reprints, his Watchmen before Watchmen, and worshiping a snake god. What a trooper... The film is nearly identical to the comic, to a degree that it endangered Zackīs career. Ebert even wrote an interesting 4/4 review for the (flawed) TC, look it up.

Snyder's Watchmen movie was to the comic what those Berserk Golden Age trilogy movies were to the manga.   

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:11:50 PM »

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Update: Nevermind:


These guys are never going to produce a good movie again, let alone a successful multilayered franchise. That's truly mindblowing to me, like a perfect textbook example of the tail wagging the dog and movie executive creative malfeasance.

Makes sense, from what I've seen and understand basically all the movies listed above play like one giant movie long trailer anyway.

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