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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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?

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 78
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:05:57 PM »
Not on SK.net. 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6tI2kPtACU).

http://suikoden.wikia.com/wiki/5_Squirrel_Attack 

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:

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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 sk.net 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.

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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:

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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.

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

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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:

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

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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 sk.net 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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


Quote from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/suicide-squads-secret-drama-rushed-916693

Update: Nevermind:

 :isidro:

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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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:47:58 PM »
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I think a lot of it comes down to being able fast travel from the outset, like you literally fast travel just to arrive at the first area; you don't really walk around and explore, but just go to different zones, like levels. Completely different experience from DS1, and I think it hurts even more on the design than user end because they don't really unify and connect the world because of it (they didn't have to). I still really enjoy playing the game though, it's the most refined and looks gorgeous and checks off all the boxes for capping off the series, but yeah, if this is it I'd really like to see them do something different.

I thought about that too and I agree. While I do appreciate the more straightforward "level" type of design in most modern games now, mostly because of how overdone the open world sandbox design is these days, I still feel that for Dark Souls, they perfected it the first time around. When I first played DS, it was tough to pinpoint what could or should stay and what could or should be changed or lost for future installments because there were so many wonderful things about it. Now, I think it's clear that out of all the other great things, the level design and the way the world connected and forced you to travel and explore was probably at the top of the list as to why that game is still the best. That aspect is just as important to Dark Souls as the combat, or the lore, or the great boss fights. It's in the very DNA of why that game blew everyone away originally and sadly that's the one thing the other games really weren't able to capture. 

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 25, 2016, 05:40:05 PM »
Between this and the cat, I should probably just stop trying to call out "firsts" for things in Berserk at this point  :void:

Not to keep beating the proverbial dead horse but when you mentioned the cat thing I thought specifically about the black cat in Solitary Island because it was an image I singled out for my Berserk picture game many years ago and I always really liked that shot. I should try to bring that game back actually, it's fun and we have a lot of new members since then  :casca:

Also Grail mentioned the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon from the 70's and I agree that when I first saw the Guru's I instinctively got vibes from that show. Nothing too specific but the art style from those old cartoons mixed with the classic fantasy caricatures of old wizards with pointy hats and great beards is nostalgic to me. I watched those a lot when I was a kid.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 77
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:48:59 AM »
I was hoping this would be up before my late night drive home from work. Sweet.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2016 Berserk TV series: Episode 4
« on: July 23, 2016, 01:08:25 AM »
Do I get a prize for being the earliest to quit on the series, barring any tru fanz that never watched and never will? I honestly only got like 5 minutes in before tapping out.

I should get a prize for being that true fan, but I think the complete ignorance of the show is a reward by itself.  :ganishka:  I was never planning on watching from the beginning, but after reading all these threads I'm even more relieved that I never got even the slightest touch of hopeful expectations with this Frankenstein train wreck of a production.  I've completely given up on any type of adaptation of Berserk in any form a long time ago. Pretty much since the 97 anime. Once I discovered the manga it was obvious there was no way (and no need) for any other alternative form of media to try to adapt Berserk and have it be half as cool. Unless it's something uniquely separated like the Dreamcast game, all this shit just gets in the way. I mean, WE HAVE THE MANGA! It's amazing how many people really care about it being animated. Those IGN reviews made me sick. Listening to some of these Youtube reviews, even without having seen the show, just listening to them talk about why Berserk is great feels like a personal insult.  Berserk is unadaptable. People should accept that. And don't start with the "But Watchmen was unadaptable and look what Zack "the Next Kubrick" Snyder did"!  In a perfect world, a shot for shot remake of the manga with perfect casting and music and big budget etc, maybe it could work. But since that's not going to happen, and the manga is flawless, there's nothing to be done.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:30:57 AM »

The gurus go on: "Now almost all forests of spiritual trees around the world have been burned to ashes. Because of that, the world tree got more power. So the ancient chaos when the real world and the astral world are mixed together is going to come back." Ged says that now, he wants to ask a question to the man in black, who has a deep relation to him: "Who the hell is the Falcon of Light? Can you tell me what he wants to do by twisting the world like that? What desire led him to be reborn as a Guardian Angel of Desire?"


So this confirms that the burning down of Flora's tree wasn't an isolated incident. Griffith probably sent out many groups of Apostles to many locations around the world to burn down spiritual trees. I guess Flora was singled out in particular (possibly because of the armor or the connection to Skullknight) because both Zodd and Grunbeld showed up.

I love the Guardian Angel of Desire line. Brings me back to the early episodes.

Of course, thanks to Aaz and Puella!

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:33:05 PM »
How'd you feel about Nameless King?

Honestly the prospect of running and dodging a flying enemy who can spout flame made me stop playing and it's been rough finding time to get back into the game.

Other than that, I believe I have everything done on my first playthrough other than the last boss. I messed up most of the NPC quests so I'll have to do almost all of them in NG+ or a new character, but I honestly expect that on my first play of a Souls game.


Same! Other than the final boss (and messing up 80% of the NPC quests) the only thing left is the Nameless King but I really wanted to do my first play through solo,but that fight is impossible. I put the game down after like 60 hours straight and can't seem to find the energy to pick it back up and finish the damn thing.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: July 21, 2016, 01:24:18 PM »
This... looks... amazing. For as long as I've been following Berserk, sadly I wasn't a current reader when Guts first met up with Flora, so this is going to be great. The amount of information we are about to get...

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I know that and I like Griffith for this otherwordly feeling but at the same time it seems lazy.

That damn Miura is just so lazy! He's been pumping out this series for over 25 years, writing the same characters, developing them, making them grow, while also consistently retaining the highest standard in his illustrations and making sure his artwork is incredibly detailed far above and beyond average.

But when it comes to writing one of the most important characters ... he just phones it in. Ain't nobody got time for that. LAZY!

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