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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:54:51 AM »'s hive mind is being split down it's pragmatic and purist halves by this issue! :void: I'll probably skip it out of laziness principle. :griffnotevil:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:28:58 AM »
Dark PhoeniX

Appears to have no plot, and certainly none resembling the comic (why redo it poorly yet again?), besides blandly ruminating on the title character like the last one (these movies are the two hour film embodiment of knowingly saying the title of the movie within the movie). McAvoy is now playing Xavier as boring as Professor X was always meant to be, Fassbender has gone from slumming it to being culpable in the badness, Jennifer Lawrence went from wanting out of this franchise to sort of needing it, and I'm so bored I hardly care. Next.

I'd rather see Shyamalan's Glass.

But dread it nonetheless because it's been so long, the director's track record is still what it is, and despite the hard won comeback story that's usually about the time the floor falls out from under you again. =)

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 02:37:29 AM »
I know it's just a dumb video, and I actually kind of like it too, weird as it is, especially the print images surprisingly (maybe cause they remind me of our bad Photoshops =), and that's all it would amount to if it wasn't the cherry on top of other all too real disappointments. It'd just be nice to get some genuinely kickass, or just up to par, Berserk stuff once again instead of this fucking around (it's not funny when everything not produced directly by Miura is bad). I sure miss the nostalgic days of the merely underwhelming '97 anime, respectably authentic Dreamcast game, and actually awesome artbooks (even the postcard one =). Now we just have to basically be numb to this shit and that's really too bad.

BTW, back to the video, what's the big idea behind it? Like who is that guy? Is he some old Japanese action star or manly actor? Is this like if they'd cast Arnold in the part or something? Or is it just the guy is old and it's stupid and... that's the joke? :???:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:54:13 AM »
In context of Hakusensha putting out something (anything, apparently) small-scale to promote vol 40's release. I'm okay with it. In the same way I'm okay with those goddamned pachinko machines for being hilariously bad, there's something endearingly cheesy about this.

After all, what if that video ended with: Coming to Netflix 2019  :ganishka:

First you defended DH volumes, then the guidebook, even the novel, and now THIS!? You've been broken, man! :guts:

This just goes to show how bad Berserk fans get treated outside of the manga and, like, statues, I guess. These are our expectations! Why can't we just get the regular decent merchandise the fans of any shitty series can take for granted? Why does it always have to be downright AWFUL!? :judo:


Ok, done with that now. :griffnotevil:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 28, 2018, 01:46:01 AM »

10,000 POSTS

I'm out! *mic drop*


P.S. I'm not out. :griffnotevil:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:48:48 AM »
I buy everything that has Miura's name on it, and the artwork still gives me a small window into his intent with the story. So I appreciate it for that, if nothing else.

Even the movies and TV adaptations that bear his name and promotional artwork? :carcus:

Pretty much what Walter has said for me. I'll get it mostly for the illustrations of Miura. I'll still read it though out of curiosity and since it'll be translated.

It's hard for me NOT to geek out about a Berserk EU novel in my native tongue, except I know it'll leave a lot to be desired.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:51:54 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?

Like Aaz said there's been a few of them registered on here, but nothing very satisfying ever came of it. It was a lot of telling us why they couldn't do better or please everybody at the time instead of just improving things, and I don't think our input or influence was going to change the bottom line, or they would have done it right in the first place and certainly after fans complained (and some things have improved with the series' increased success, to be fair). Too bad they didn't believe and invest in their "best seller" from the start, and I remember when they weren't even interested in a special edition, but here we are.

I think it's way too early to say this isn't a worthwhile endeavor. If they print something that fixes the old errors (faded print, typos) and has nice, glossy paper, upsized to a big edition, that's worth the money for me.

I would agree with that because, hey, I actually want to enjoy these too! Hard to be optimistic about it though given the track record (and it's not just us radicalized extremists complaining, unless we're also the commenters on the articles about it =), and because so far I'm not seeing any details indicating these aren't just larger collected versions of their original run. It reminds me of the Vagabond VIZBIG editions, minus the quality to begin with, which I guess is why some of us are poisoning the well with expectations and pinning all our hopes on it, not just to be the special re-release of DH's version, but, to fix all our gripes and be the ideal, definitive English version of Berserk (YMMV) we wanted in the first place. Once again, we could just be happy we got an English edition at all, let alone a "deluxe" release of it. But it's hard when you're this passionate about something and compare its treatment to the best out there, or even just the average or minimum, only to see it seemingly getting short shrift and a subpar result (and more bitterly it seems to happen to Berserk in every fucking medium; TV, games, movies, books, though at least DH has improved somewhat as you noted). Anyway, I hope DH suprises us with an edition that meets our expectations by at least incorporating the refinements you mentioned (are you reading, DH? =).

The make or break for me may be the modified artwork being restored (I believe there's at least one prominent example in volume 3, so we'll know with the first deluxe volume).

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:55:03 PM »

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all...  my adult life. :farnese:

On topic, is anyone springing for this? For all my shitting on them I've got all DH's Miura releases except the latest volumes. The guidebook, however silly, is a no brainer for the interview and just for what it is (plus, I've reveled in plenty of questionable Berserk analytics myself, so bring on Guts legerity quotient =), but this is a different animal being written by someone else, predominantly text, and therefore extremely transition dependent, obviously. That's a lot of suspect elements stacked on top of eachother, the original artwork by Miura being the only unassailable part.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases "Deluxe" Berserk Edition
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:19:17 PM »
That's dumb. They should have done a clean up at least for these translation and it's not like they don't have the ressources to do it. Bummer.

It doesn't mean they can't fix names, clean up typos or other egregious errors, or maybe the info on their site NOW is copy/pasted and wrong, or maybe they were going to hire a new translator, but...

Not by coincidence, I'm running out of excuses to buy this. They better clean up the fuckery with the artwork or I'm just out. I'll hold on to my original "deluxe" editions, the regular Japanese volumes. :carcus:

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:10:48 PM »
I dig the sepia toned dream poster but am in the Casca looks a little weird there camp (just not my ideal of Casca), though they should have also updated her picture on the info page to reflect her change. =)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:44:30 AM »
So two whole days after taking twenty years to beat Super Metroid, I beat Metroid Zero Mission!

It was short, simple but effective, a very polished experience as promised. Mother Brain was really looking tough until I used my skills instead of trying blunt force (Ridley set me up cause it was so quick and easy to missle spam). The final portion was a weird and not totally welcome change of pace, though interesting, but the Final Boss was way too easy with well placed Super Missles after the Mother Brain gauntlet. Oh yeah, and the original Metroid was unlocked! A great value considering Nintendo still charges $5 for it on the eshop. I was genuinely excited that the expense of buying the game was mitigated so. Now that's a reward. =)

Oh yeah, the flashback stuff in the temple was weird, like, why do a "plot" at all at that point? And I found my way back into Crateria and the rest of the maps. A very nice change of pace from Super Metroid arbitrarily locking you inside Tourian forever if you unwittingly use the second save room.

Now it's back to Metroid Fusion, and maybe even Samus Returns if I can repair my 3DS by cannibalizing another for parts.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 26, 2018, 02:30:07 AM »
You've always been pretty even-keeled, at least verbally. Like instead of bothering with the protracted pissing contest you'd wisely disengage, or if that option wasn't accepted... eliminate the problem. :carcus:

It used to take Aaz and I days of embarrassing quote posts to reach the same conclusion. :mozgus:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 25, 2018, 06:35:58 AM »
It's undeniable that the majority of JRPGs, especially the old ones tackle lighthearted themes with anime like designs and generic (at least by contemporary standards) high fantasy worlds, good vs evil narratives, the power of friendship and so on, which is why it's fair to assume they were targeted at a young demographic, but I don't think you necessarily have to be a teenager or a youngster to properly enjoy them.

Sure, but a lot of those examples are general story elements or universal themes not only appealing to a young audience but to anyone,  and can be found in almost all fantasy, or fiction, from ancient mythology, Shakespeare, to LotR, Star Wars, Marvel, and even Berserk. I'm talking more specifically when like Final Fantasy's character archetypes skew more towards some fucked up school-aged fashionista as opposed to a classical hero like Guts. So, it's about specific bubblegum elements meant to appeal to certain idea of hip or cool that's just hard for those outside that demo to identify with or find appealing unless it's really on point otherwise.

This brings about a whole separate argument, which is that adults who still play and enjoy video games in general have a persistent childish and melancholic side to them, which didn't disappear with adulthood and might never fully stop lingering. That might explain why a vast number of grown-ups are still passionate about JPRGs, old and new alike.

Going DEEP! I think you could say that about many adults these days irregardless of whether or not they're gamers. Just look at the most popular entertainment brands out there and they way people identify and interact with media. We didn't put our childish things away when we grew up, we're essentially growing them up with us into legitimate forms of adult entertainment.

It's a given that I'm too old to fully engage with most of those stories, but a well written adolescent story would still interest me. And hindrances like bad localization and voice acting can be insurmountable hurdles when it's already an uphill climb.

Right, everything has to sort of click because it's not naturally appealing. Case in point: Infinite Space.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: September 25, 2018, 12:06:54 AM »
I think I'm just too old for JRPGs these days, even though they were very influential for me growing up. Small quirks like lazy/bad voice acting will ruin the experience. Length certainly doesn't bother me, since Xenogears is one of my favorite RPGs.

Countertheory: You are too old, but bad voice acting isn't the problem; on the contrary, no matter how well localized, and perhaps even because of it, the translation/dub is going to be an issue to us because most of those games are YA stories now, if they ever weren't, and no longer to our taste. It didn't always seem that way, and maybe it wasn't in simpler times when you basically had middle aged programmers writing their own games and the translations were literal at best (which imbued them with a kind of stilted, almost proverbial seriousness). Now, between exponentially improved sound, graphics and production values, it's impossible to escape the fact these games are largely about and for teenagers, which also wasn't so bad when WE were teenagers. =)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Returning old member
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:55:20 PM »
I found some old forums where I used to "hang around" back in 2009 and, damn! I was a childish asshole! It's a weird moment in life but I guess that's advancing. I guess it would be wrong to look back at those old comments and say "ha! I was and still am awesome", at least mine comments.  :ganishka:

People regret their past Internet behavior!? :isidro: As even-keeled as I now strive to be, I kind if miss the old spark, really. Better to be brash than boring, maybe. :guts:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 24, 2018, 09:45:17 PM »
Well I just picked the two that I know people tend to ask about a lot. But it's 16 pages so there's a LOT.

It's unfortunate that's what so many focus on, especially since I know the interest in breaks isn't like, how he's balancing his home life and work prep. I always imagine he just spends the time drawing more unique Kushan soldier's armors and the like. =)

"This is going to take masterpiece to the next level!" :miura:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:57:18 PM »
Don't forget that it has a sizable (16 pg), recent interview with Miura, touching on things like his message to fans about the breaks, he and his staff's reaction to the anime (slim, but it's there), along with a variety of other awesome topics.

I value anything Miura has to say, and I know he goes into some good shit there too, but those are not awesome topics. :griffnotevil: Makes me wish you, Aaz, puella and the community could do another correspondence with him. Now THAT was awesome. :casca:

You know where that interview could have been? At the end of a new artbook. :casca:

Ouch, way to twist the knife! Yeah, it's like they took the informational section at the start of the volumes and tried to stretch it into something of value on its own, but if you can't even nail the facts down there's little point. I'll still buy it like all Miura's things (I have his other DH published mangas besides Berserk and if they gave me ANY reason to get the deluxe editions I'd probably do that too).

Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: September 23, 2018, 09:12:18 AM »
At first Zero Mission felt a bit like a regression, landing somewhere between Metroid and Super Metroid naturally, but then you start to feel the little Fusion influences and streamlining and see that it's more  a bit more innovative and polished than that. I got to play for a while tonight and got through Kraid, so I'm well on my way.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:41:09 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.

This page alone is incredible:

Aside from the fun of the "estimated" vital statistics (couldn't they settle on those for the purposes of selling a book on them? =) and completely made up parameters (happy to know Guts' legerity is stronger than his sociability; he also got a 1 out of 2 score for 50% on eyeballs possessed and his depth perception rating is accordingly lacking), was Guts' description switched with Farnese's in the original guidebook or did DH manage to fuck that up on their own? I'm betting they did it, but it's great either way because it means they're either that dumb or just too lazy and on autopilot to fix it. :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: September 23, 2018, 08:07:12 AM »
It sounds so bad it's like it could honestly set entertainment back if it was somehow successful. I don't think that will happen since everyone will keep presenting a better alternative, but for what Apple lacks in substance and integrity it does make up for in money and influence among the lowest common denominator. Hopefully they give up on this shit one way or another; just call it something different from "Apple" like Disney with Buena Vista or Miramax and then do whatever to be relevant/competitive. Then again, they haven't had to do that in years. The extent of Tim Cook's idea of how to make great products is to put the Apple logo on them, so not doing that would be a pretty big stretch.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:42:37 AM »
I hate Apple so this was hilariously validating for me:

Apple's Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It 'Expensive NBC'

Heh heh, off to a good start already! :guts:

The Journal wrote that CEO Tim Cook personally shot down Apple’s first scripted drama Vital Signs, about the life of hip-hop magnate Dr. Dre, after he watched the already-filmed show and was alarmed to see scenes featuring cocaine use, an orgy, and “drawn guns”:

It’s too violent, Mr. Cook told Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, said people familiar with Apple’s entertainment plans. Apple can’t show this.

Oh my, guns drawn! Excuse me while I unclutch my pearls. :carcus:

That included watering down a show proposal from, um, M. Night Shyamalan, whose post-The Sixth Sense career is not exactly considered edgy, to remove crucifixes

Hey Tim Cook, Nintendo called, they want their 90's policies back. :serpico:

According to the Journal, Apple also outbid rivals for a costly (up to or over $12 million an episode) drama about a morning news program starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The show is now delayed after issues with an executive producer, but also because Apple “wanted a more upbeat show and took exception to some of the humor proposed, according to people working on the project.”

WTF? :???:

Finally, Apple also found new showrunners for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories after concluding it was too “dark,” the paper wrote.


So, like E.T.'s dying dark or the full Temple of Doom?

Good God, Dr. Dre is one thing, but M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg are too risque for Apple TV? So, Apple's basically going to charge $10 a month for Disney Channel lite (why not just watch Qubo for free)? It'll probably make billions anyway as were all forced to submit to inoffensive blandness as actually good, "It just works!" :judo:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:47:17 AM »

Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.

I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films.

No shit, it shouldn't be hard not to release them every six months. It's too bad the Obi-Wan movie was a casulty of that, since it's actually a sort of natural idea given his status in the series and a 20 year hiatus to work with. Too bad most of that potential has already been tapped in comics and cartoons, but Hell, after they fucked up separating the wheat from the chaff of the EU (they should have at least kept the Thrawn trilogy for credibility, but nope, gotta sell new, worse, stories). Hell, they should have just adapted the Thrawn trilogy for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX but extended the timeline to 30 years later. Would probably be better than the Last Jedi and what's to come, and that's probably where it's headed with the fans ("Thrawn is the REAL sequel trilogy!" =).

Disney should just make THIS:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:35:30 AM »
John Carpenter - The Shape Returns from the Halloween (2018) soundtrack.

Good preview since it contains parts of the main theme and other examples of what to expect from the score (it'll be interesting to see how they'll use those weird clicks and snaps and if it's effective). I can't lie though, I was hoping to hear the new version of the classic theme since I expect that they really blew it out. There's a video of the credits that contains part of it and it sounds like they go relatively big with the guitars and shit (but not where it sounds like some cheese rock =). Speaking of which, for reference here's the version from Carpenter's Anthology album, which is less atmospheric and more propulsive than the original since it's showcasing it as a composition rather than using it to set a mood:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: The New Picture Thread
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:18:14 AM »
I must say, Skully's quite popular with the ladies. While waiting for a cab outside, he got a couple of smiles and "Ouuuu's" here n there.

Reminds me of when I'd wear my crimson Beherit and draw all sorts of curiosity... until I explained it. Of course, I explained it by getting naked, pouring cold water over them and myself, and talking about my dream to own my own country someday! :griffnotevil: Eventually I just said it means I'm going to rule the World, which went over strangely well. :femto:

Hey, looking pretty manly and Zappa-esque (that's a compliment from me =); methinks the ladies were just using Skully as a pretext. :carcus:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releasing Berserk Guidebook
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:51:04 AM »
He's referred to as King Hanafubuku in the guidebook they just put out so...


So, they're just re-releasing the exact same prints as the old DH volumes but larger, virtually confirmed, right? I bet they didn't even draw from a higher res source; it'll probably be the regular print version all all blown up, blurry and shit. It's a "deluxe" shit job, extra shitty. :carcus:

Hell, they probably got pirated scans of their own editions online to reprint, "Hey, these look pretty good... I think they cleaned up the quality in Photoshop!" :troll:

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