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Well, I am not glad that you see Miura as someone who doesn't do mistakes, at least I am getting that vibe.
Anyway try to see it at different angles, it's not like everything the author of Berserk has done is perfect.

Your failure to see Griffith/Femto as an interesting character isn't Miura's mistake. It's not really a popular opinion here (especially on forum dedicated to Berserk, CRAZY RIGHT), but that doesn't mean everyone else is wrong and not being critical enough. We all love this series here, and believe me, if you read through past threads over the years there's plenty of members that have been critical about different things, including the admins. Just look at the anime thread that's active right now. Obviously, if something is wrong or if it sucks, nobody is afraid to call it out. But what you're talking, the MAIN antagonist of the series being boring, well yea ok it's your opinion and I'm sorry you feel that way, but you're not going to convince anyone else here, because it's not an opinion held by anyone else here. You think Griffith was more interesting when he was human and he had to work to obtain his Kingdom. Great, got it. Femto is a slightly different character that us readers don't get to experience the same way as we did when Griffith was human. Honestly, how would that work anyway? Femto is a member of the God Hand, don't you think it would be silly if we got insight into is thoughts and such like we did for Griffith in the Golden Age? He is suppose to be detached, out of reach, beyond our understanding. Should we get Void's inner monologue too when he saw Skullknight? That's way more boring and typical of a villain. It's just not how the story is. I'm sorry that's boring to you but I have to agree, I'm glad you're not in charge here.


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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:15:47 PM »
That idolmaster moment. Welp, we've reached rock bottom, people.  Ker-Plunk.

It's actually strange when you think about how the manga is at such a high and pivotal point that we've been waiting over a decade to witness ... while at the same time some of the absolute worst and most embarrassing byproducts of a successful manga are being shoved in our faces.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 09, 2016, 01:32:22 AM »
Well, I quickly jumped ship on DS2 for 3 once my birthday came around and it with it, and so far haven't gone back (gorgeous btw, and feels a lot more like DS1 both in gameplay and art/lore). I've only reached the Undead Settlement but so far I've found it satisfactory in terms of difficulty (but then I haven't played the DS2 dlc yet). Though, I'm finding my trusty Claymore (+1 and enhanced with fire from my starting gift =) seems a bit slow for the action this time around, and the timing is much less forgiving in terms of hitting them before they hit you and cancel out your attack altogether (maybe I need to go with a speedier straight sword this time around). As cursedone said I've had more trouble with the tougher regular enemies than bosses so far. It does feel like there's more room for error with the relatively unaggressive groups, but the more specialized enemies the Knights are a bigger pain in the ass than ever. Oh yeah, and souls yielded and leveling is way more stingy than even DS1, let alone the level-fest that was 2, but while still separating endurance and equip load (and armor doesn't seem too impactful thus far, but I started as a Knight so maybe my starting gear is already good enough). Anyway, I'm erroring on the side of caution with my points and when in doubt pumping them into life.

I started as the Knight as well and I found that the starting armor is really good, I wore it for a third of the way through basically. As for leveling, I wouldn't dump too much into life. You're definitely going to need to get your equipment load really high as you progress. It kills me to look at how many points I put into that (almost at 40!), meanwhile, my vitality is around 15. I also didn't find leveling to be a problem though, I mean, by the end of the game I was at 90, and I didn't really grind all that much. I would say less than 10 levels in my first playthrough were obtained specifically from farming souls to get a stat up.

btw, do go back and play the DLC for DS2. It's really fun. Best part of that game for sure. I suppose it's meant to be played with another player (at least some parts are) but I'm proud to say that I beat all three dlc areas on my own, since I was on my xbox and didn't want to pay for live (except for the Frigid Wasteland, I did summon NPCs for that part because fuck that place and that boss)

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 76
« on: July 07, 2016, 02:00:02 PM »
I'm sure it's been discussed before but I wonder exactly how useful the Beherits are now in the new world. Are they still being used and functioning as they were before? Are new apostles still needed? If not, what function do they have now? Is it just a paperweight?

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: July 07, 2016, 01:47:28 PM »
Anyways, I asked him how much Miura was involved with the production of the anime. His response, "He was involved from top to bottom. He checked every script and went to every voice recordings for it."

I wonder if he's playing up Miura's involvement. Every voice recording? Really?

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:21:42 AM »
Dark Souls (NG+), Dark Souls II: SotFS and as soon as I wrap it up I'm starting Dark Souls III.

I did that, and I'm just about finishing up DS3 now. I found that coming off the DLC areas in DS2, which rev up the difficulty in that game, and then going into DS3 actually sort of hindered me from finding the first 2/3rds of the game challenging.  It felt way too easy. Luckily it does start getting far more challenging towards the end.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:34:15 PM »
I truly think Zack is Kubrik´s true heir and not the also great Nolan. I was nearly in tears by the end of the flawed TC of BvS back in March. Only Return of the King, Forrest Gump and Schindler's List accomplished that so far.

You've GOT to be joking.  :ganishka:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 25, 2016, 03:08:11 AM »
Agreed. One thing I was telling Gobolatula the other day is that I'm not sure many people realize what a historic time in Berserk this is. Not that every episode isn't awesome, but we're really at a pivotal moment in the series, more so than the Eclipse was. What is happening right now will set the story on a trajectory towards its ending. Those who thought volume 24 was an incredible expansion of what we know of the Berserk world should probably hold on to their seats because volume 39 will not fuck around.

I was thinking about this too. It's been almost 10 years since I started reading the current episodic releases of Berserk.  By that time, the group had left Flora, Schierke had joined the group, and Ganishka was in the middle of waging his war on Midland. Since I've been reading on an episodic level I've yet to experience a moment when Guts and his group could truly relax in relative safety and absorb a wealth of new information about the world in general.  I can only imagine how crazy this must be for people who have been reading even further back. At least to to the beginning of the Millennium Falcon Arc, episode 183, when Puck first exclaimed that they should travel to the one place where Casca may find help. His home. That volume came out 12/24/01. I was 13 years old at that time. It's crazy to think about.

It's almost a religious experience. This is finally it. We have finally arrived. The characters are finally on the threshold and us readers are closer than ever to getting so many answers, and even better, possibly experiencing the return of Casca. You know how people must feel when a new Star Wars movie comes out?  like those mega fans that can't even comprehend that they're living in a moment when a NEW Star Wars movie is being released. For me, being able to read a new Berserk episode with a restored Casca is that moment. Everything that I know and love about a classic character like her is all from the past. Since I started following Berserk, I've only known Casca as she is now. 10 years of following this series and I can't believe that could change. I'd almost forgot that it was going to happen someday.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:17:22 PM »
Kuka kind of reminds me of a young Christina Ricci, from Addams Family Values

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 344
« on: June 22, 2016, 01:23:20 PM »
Wow. THis is it guys! We have arrived! And it doesn't disappoint. I love the look of the village. I think it looks very close to how most of us thought it would, a bigger version of Floras mansion basically. Schierke must be in heaven. After all the shit she's been through being dragged along through human towns and cities she's finally in a comforting village of her own people. You can see how happy and comfortable she is.  Looks like we're going to get lot's of little tidbits of info about tons of stuff. The moonlight boy, Flora, Puck.

I'd also like to say just how gorgeous the art is in this episode. I can't tell if it's because we've been away for so long or what but it's glorious for some reason. This episode looks very funny too.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 21, 2016, 03:25:23 AM »
Was there anyone else wondering why Rickon ran in a straight line?? I'd imagine hitting a zigzagging target would be worlds more difficult.

I know right.  Didn't he see Apocolypto?

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 343
« on: June 12, 2016, 11:23:24 PM »
I can't not see smoke coming out of Guts' head when I look at those covers.

In the covers defense, Guts does get very, very angry (it is called Berserk, after all). :troll:

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Anime Asylum / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 11, 2016, 02:21:36 AM »
Out of boredome I watched the first Berserk movie Egg of the King on the Netflix the other day when I noticed it on there. It's only the second time I watched this after my first viewing years ago when it came out (I still haven't seen the other movies). Man, was it rough. I think it even managed to age horribly just in the few years it's been out.  It's a complete mess, all over the place.

Anyway, I never had much to say when they made that trilogy, and I don't have much to say now with this new project. I've avoided just about everything that's related to these new animations over the years and I don't feel like I've missed out on a damn thing. I think I'll maintain that position for the foreseeable future.

See y'all in the new episode threads!  :guts: 

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Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Live in Boston
« on: June 08, 2016, 01:08:52 PM »
You guy's were in Boston? WHy didn'y anyone call me That's my town! :azan: Finally East Coast gets some love instead of stupid Cali! :troll:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How was your day?
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:59:06 PM »
I dont know but I one thing I've had to get used to is what they call "floaters" in ones eye. Basically I've noticed these annoying little transparent squiggly type things in my vision, mainly when viewing something bright or a flat surface.It's super annoying, and the more I move my eyes around the more noticeable they are. Like shadows passing around. Sometimes I'll think there's a fly buzzing around me only to realize it's just these damn eye things. More than once I've waved my hand around trying to swipe away at non existant bug.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls III
« on: June 01, 2016, 02:48:22 PM »
I haven't played it yet, but it could be that you're just so used to these "Souls" types of games that you've already mastered the basic element of survivability in them. That's honestly the toughest part of the learning curve for these things, I think -- learning how to cope.

That's what I'm thinking.  My buddy isn't all that experienced in the Souls series. So I guess it makes sense that he's sturggling and I'm having no problem.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls III
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:22:27 PM »
So I've put about 30 hours or so into this game so far and I'm really enjoying it but I must say I actually think this is the easiest of the three so far. Does anyone else get that feeling? A friend of mine is also playing it along with me and he's having trouble and slowing way down but to me, i don't know, I seem to be breezing right through, compared to the others. Maybe it just seems that way because I only finished playing the DS2 DLC a few months back, which amped up the difficulty on the game so maybe that's still fresh in my head? I don't know. Other than a few moments here and there, and 2 boss fights in particular, I haven't had anything really slow me down much. Also, I'm worried that this game is significantly shorter than the others? I'd be disappointed to know that I'm more than halfway done. Currently, I just defeated the Pontiff Sulyvahn and cleared the Irithyll Valley, then I went into the dungeons and did a good amount of that before dying. I also prefer to do boss fights by myself, without summoning other players. I feel it makes fights a cake walk if there's two of you. I get much more satisfaction doing it by myself.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:53:49 AM »
Here's a big secret about the Souls games: they're not that hard. Their difficulty is vastly overstated by everyone for some reason I can't quite understand. It's as if along the way people forgot that games are meant to have some measure of challenge, and require you to learn their mechanics in order to progress. Same thing happened recently with Hyper Light Drifter, a game I finished in Hard mode without any trouble but that apparently the Internet lost its marbles over because it was supposedly so hard. Walter told me the devs even had to patch the game to make it easier! All these people need to be put in front of Castlevania or Ninja Gaiden on the NES, that'd give them a taste of what a truly punishing game is.

Yea pretty much. The games are more traditionally challenging rather than brutally difficult. People got soft in the last decade+ where games lose a lot of their difficulty by the fact that a lot of the time you can save your game anywhere, or checkpoints are numerous, or there's just not really any penalty for dying. The Elder Scrolls games are notorious for this. It drains all the life out of the game when your character is overpowered and you all you need to do is stop for a second to save your game before you take any chances or make any decisions. There's nothing at stake really.  Now the Souls games come around and they have some of those old school ways and it's super refreshing.

Anyway I myself just picked up a PS4. I had put it off for so long because I was still debating if that was the direction I wanted to go in, seeing as how I had a 360 instead of the ps3. But I figured there really wasn't any choice this time around. It sucks that all those achievments I racked up are gone and now I'm starting fresh with 0 trophies on the ps4, which isn't a big deal but I won't lie, it bums me out a little. But I managed to grab the limited edition Uncharted ps4 which looks really nice. It's all blue with gold lights. Of course the first game I'll be playing is Dark Souls 3  :guts: I just couldn't put it off any longer.

UPDATE- After putting about 10 hours I shut it off went to bed and the very next morning went to turn it on and the ps4 wont turn on. It beeps once and powers back off. This is so typical that it would happen to me, I can't even tell you how pissed I am. Anyone have an issue like this?

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: May 14, 2016, 02:29:37 AM »
I think most of Del Toro's movies are overrated.  I really didn't care for Pacific Rim at all either. But I will say, the Hellboy movies are pretty great, especially the second one. I could watch Hellboy 2 The Golden Army any day. That movie is so damn enjoyable it's hard to knock it for any faults it may have. The costumes, practical effects, the sets, the music (both the score and the soundtrack are brilliant) the characters, the choreography, the comedic scenes, the attention to detail for the many smaller moments etc. I could go on and on about how great Hellboy 2 is haha  :guts:

My one big complaint is the very end (spoilers I guess, in case someone hasn't seen it yet and plans too). I didn't like how they finished off the main villain in the final fight. I always felt that, being the better warrior, Prince Nuada should have beaten Hellboy in the final duel but then before he can claim totally victory his sister would inflict a mortal wound on herself, thereby killing him as well. That's kinda what happens except they couldn't bare to have the hero Hellboy lose the fight  :schierke:. So instead we have Hellboy win the fight in a very anticlimatic way and then refuses to kill the Prince, who then sneaks up behind Hellboy to stab him in the back after being defeated, which seemed out of character and really weakened his character right at the end. Oh well. That would have made the move perfect in my eyes but it's still great.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 30, 2016, 03:42:49 PM »
No you're definitely right about that. It makes zero sense that they'd kill off Oberyn's own blood family. They might as well be the powerpuff girls at this point. This whole storyline was a mess since it was first introduced last season and it really bogs down the show. Here's to hoping that it doesn't overstay it's welcome or at worst, go back to being boring.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How's everyone doing today?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:48:37 PM »
Oof, I feel you on this. I just got over the flu recently, it started with a sore throat, but turned into a cough and then pain in my lungs. I really hope you start feeling better soon. It was miserable for me, and I was out of commission for two weeks, hopefully yours is just a sore throat and not the flu. Get well soon!

Yea my girlfriend was sick for a while and it started with a sore throat and got worse, I caught what she had for sure. So the next few days are going to suck.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: How's everyone doing today?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:29:12 PM »
I'm sick right now, my throat is so soar it feels like I'm swallowing a cactus everytime I gulp.  :judo: Incredibly painful. 

Other than that I've been recently promoted at work and transferred to a new building which is a much smaller and slower operation. Because of this, I'm basically running things here and have more responsibilities. I'm absolutely loving it not only because of the obvious perks that come with more power at a job and having people underneath me, but because it's not nearly as busy here I have far more down time which means more office time, which means not being on my feet all day busting my ass.  Now that I'm older I can definatley  appreciate being able to sit and work and my own speed in an office (and browse more Skullknight  :guts:). 

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hi! I'm new!
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:18:49 PM »
Hi to everybody here!
Anyway, I'm 34 and I  have a Huge hype for the new Berserk tv anime that will start in July!   :guts:

Hello and welcome! I too have a massive raging hype for the new tv show. Hopefully it's well done.

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:14:43 PM »

Another edit: I don't love these movies. I enjoy them, but on their own they're 3 star movies, and as adaptations 2 star movies.

Out of how many stars? 100?

I've only seen the first movie, and it didn't really leave a lasting impression, but I thought the opening siege was good. Mainly because it was the only thing they really expanded upon in a good way. I was really enjoying that opening battle sequence because it looked like they were going to add more of what they could to what they were adapting. But as soon as the dialog started and the characters started talking, with the Bazuso scene, it all went out the window because I could tell that the characters weren't the same characters from the manga. But yea everything up until then was good.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:46:15 PM »
Well, last night's episode was already better than most of last season's, so that's a good start (they managed to reconnect to every plot thread I cared for and ignore or tie up those I didn't). It was nice to see what surely seemed like more dreadful times with the Boltons ("Now I'm REALLY gonna torture you!") denied by Brienne for now, and for Theon Greyjoy to show a bit more of his old self by putting those sword skills to use (this guy was professionally trained since childhood, no reason he should be a cowering ninny with a sword in his hands). Speaking of rebirths, the make or break element for me though is how long they drag out Jon Snow's Stark's inevitable resurrection. I put the over/under at 3 episodes, at which point I start getting very impatient.

Yea I though the opening episode was miles better than 90% of the episodes last season. From a technical standpoint also. Better pacing, unique composition, cinematography, lighting, music etc. The whole episode had a weight to it, perfectly paced. All doom and gloom. With a few exceptions from some standout moments, last season was overall pretty bland and uninspired. I tried re-watching it before the new season started and it was really difficult to get through some of those storylines again. It's such a drag. Hopefully it just turns out to be that slump season overall.

As to you're prediction with Jon, I'm going to say it'll be even longer than that. Over half the season even. I have a gut feeling that they're going to do exactly that and drag that resurrection for as long as humanly possible for maximum payoff. They managed to go a whole season without Bran, so I wouldn't be surprised if we went most of this season without Jon (being alive at least). Plus with rumors going around about lengthy flashbacks possibly in the form of Bran's visions, I think they might pad out some episodes to put more time into Jon being lifeless. Other than that though, I think this season will be a redemption from the last. It kind of HAS to be. They clearly meandered last year and were just killing time (and characters(pointless Ser Barristan death scene)) to get to the good stuff, and considering the end is pretty much in sight at this point (the writers said that despite HBO asking for more seasons, they'd ballpark it at about a season and a half remaining, I'm guessing Soprano's style final season part 1 and 2) all that's left is the good stuff.

BTW, I thought the scene with the Sand Snakes was really surprising. I wasn't expecting them to take over through so quickly with such ruthlessness. The whole storyline with them last season bored me to tears and yet they are already quite exciting this time by starting with such a bang.

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