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Games / Re: Post the Last Thing You Ate
« on: July 22, 2018, 09:39:37 PM »
Pork schnitzel

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Random Babble / Re: General Chat Thread
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:19:42 PM »
Oh yeah, Farny's a good pick.  She's had a great arc and utterly phenomenal character growth, even by Berserk standards.  It's been a total treat to get to see her develop over the series.  She's definitely up there for me as well, but Casca will always be my number one fave (thus my getting really emotional over 354).
Yeah, even if Casca isn't my absolute favourite I think just about everyone likes her and is getting really invested in this. For me, there's also the element of Farnese and Schierke being involved. I've always liked how Guts just never tells anyone about himself, so much of the cast is much more in the dark than the reader. Seeing them slowly piece together just who Guts and Casca are and what they mean to each other is great.

Conviction's a really good arc, though I can definitely see why people dropped off there since, coming off of the last arcs end, you're thrown pretty much directly into some of the bleakest points in the series' history.  I personally prefer the Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc for reasons I won't go into to avoid talking your ear off too much, but I've definitely enjoyed each arc in some way or another.  Not to mention, Conviction did introduce one of my favourite minor characters.
I really like it because despite how bleak it is it's ultimately about finding the strength to put up with it. I almost forgot about how great Luca is, but I also think her and all the stuff with Nina help to drive that home. Also Mozgus is great.

I like the Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc too, really the only problem  think it has is that it's too long. Even though just as much happens as in the other major arcs, it's over nearly twice as many chapters. But even among all the "nothing" there are still a lot of great character moments. I especially like the bit where Schierke and Sonia meet without being aware that they're on opposite "sides".

And, because I forgot to ask this in my first post (and it's really the most important opinion a Berserk fan can have), what are your thoughts on the greatest hero in the series and our lord and saviour?
Beyond positive. The only reason I didn't list Him as my favourite is because it wouldn't be fair to everyone else.

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Random Babble / Re: General Chat Thread
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:27:08 PM »
Honestly, I refuse to celebrate until 355 comes out (so help me if it's a Falconia chapter) because I don't trust that this will go off completely without a hitch.  Though, given Rickert's actions on the bridge in 337 and the fact that he suffered no repercussions, maybe it's okay to hope.
Oof, I never thought of it, but cutting to something else at this critical moment is absolutely possible. I trust Miura, though. Ignoring hiatuses he's been pretty consistently pushing towards this since they got off the boat.

Also, yo another Berserk fan!  Who's your favourite character?  What's your favourite arc?  When did you get onto Miura's Wild Ride?
My favourite character is probably Farnese, and accordingly my favourite arc is the Conviction arc. Honestly, there's just something about her backstory and how it shaped her into the utterly messed up person she used to be, as well as the way she's been able to grow and progress beyond that that really stands out to me. Guts is an obvious very close second, since he is pretty much the heart of the series.

I think it's actually only been around 4 years for me now? Maybe a bit longer, since I remember I stopped between arcs for a while at one point, but it's been about that long since I was up to date. My "DECADES" was more of a general statement than personal experience, but I'm sure some people have been waiting that long.

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Games / Re: all the wrong answers to warriors
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:06:47 PM »
Hellshake, in honour of Hellshake Yano.

What kind of prey does WindClan typically eat?

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Random Babble / Re: General Chat Thread
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:14:52 PM »
Just sittin' in a burger joint, getting real emotional thinking about the latest Berserk chapter.  Please Miura, don't hurt me with this.

HWAKASTAR OMG
BUT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND

IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING
AND THUS FAR HAS NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL

IT'S BEEN DECADES

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Random Babble / Re: General Chat Thread
« on: January 02, 2018, 07:07:27 PM »
Hey @hyperadam, the holidays are over and this month we get a new Insidious movie and a new Maze Runner movie.  So you know what that means...

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

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Games / Re: all the wrong answers to warriors
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:13:31 PM »
Does he look like a blueberry?
He has long ebony black hair (that's how he got his name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches his mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell him he looks like Amy Lee (AN: if u don't know who she is get da hell out of here!). [[He's not related to Gerard Way but he wishes he was because he's a major grapefruiting hottie.

What do the Clans do on the full moon?

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Random Babble / Re: Video Games?
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:29:20 PM »
I finished Xanadu Next and I really liked it. It's a shame it didn't sell very well and I don't see any talk about it even among Falcom fans, since it's a really good game.

It's pretty different on the surface from all the other Falcom games I've played, but its got a lot of fundamental similarities to Ys. It's got the same great dungeon design, where dungeons seem really confusing and overwhelming at first but they very quickly start to make sense as you explore them, except taken even further. Whereas in post-Napishtim Ys you can eventually freely warp from save point to save point so dungeons can mostly exist independently of each other, here you can only freely warp back to town one-way so every dungeon has to have a point that can become easily accessible from town so everything has to eventually loop back together in some way (i.e. at the end of the first floor of the eternal maze, you can unlock a door that allows you to get to the second floor directly from the town). It's neat and makes things feel all connected.

Honestly, there is a lot of Ys-like stuff, too. The way the story focuses on a long-dead civilization, and how you can collect and translate records from that time to learn about the past which ties into the main plot... Hell, there's even an accessory that's literally just the Mask of Eyes, only is actually gets more use than the Mask of Eyes ever did in Ys.

The combat is pretty different, though. It's a lot slower since it's more focus on exploration than action, but I enjoyed all the dungeon crawling and puzzles. I really liked a lot of the RPG elements as well, I feel like out of the Falcom games I've played this is probably the closest to a "traditional" RPG as far as character building goes. I never really used it, but the ability to go down a level to respec your character is pretty neat.

I'm planning on tacking the very daunting bonus dungeon next week, but for now I'm just taking a break. Still no release date for Zwei II, so I might have time to eventually pick up 7th Stand User before then.

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Games / Re: all the wrong answers to warriors
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:31:49 PM »
Samuel de Champlain

What happened to Bluestar's sister?

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Games / Re: What're You Listening To? v5
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:13:26 PM »
solid as the Rock of JUNO - Falcom Sound Team jdk

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Games / Re: all the wrong answers to warriors
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:33:13 AM »
Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Where does Midnight live?

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Random Babble / Re: Anime and Manga
« on: September 23, 2017, 02:59:45 PM »
Is Berserk extremely long? I've heard good thing and wanna check it out, but it would be cool to know what sort of time investment I need to prepare for xD
It's not too long, about 39 volumes right now. Berserk has been around for nearly thirty years, but it goes on hiatus a lot so its not hard to get caught up. Definitely read the manga rather than watch the anime, since the manga has incredible art whereas the recent anime series is plagued by really cheap CGI.

I've also been watching KonoSuba as of late.  I'm enjoying it quite a bit!
I love KonoSuba too!

In the spring and summer I've also watched all of the Monogatari series, and I'm absolutely in love with it.  The last couple of seasons were starting to drag a bit after the Sodachi arc, but the ending made up for all of it, it was incredible.  Also, Monogatari Second Season when taken alone might just be in my top three anime of all time; it's that good.
I actually picked up the series around the same time and I really enjoyed it too. I thought the ending was fantastic as well. Apparently the novels continue on, but I honestly thought Owarimonogatari ends on such a perfect note both narratively and thematically that I don't know where you could go from there.

Which arc in Second Season was your favourite? I really liked both parts of Nekomonogatari and the twist in Otorimonogatari, but I think Koimonogatari might be my favourite section of the series.

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Random Babble / Re: Video Games?
« on: September 23, 2017, 02:33:06 PM »
I finished Ys SEVEN last week and it was pretty good. I liked it, but I think I would rank it somewhere around the lower end of the series. Although I don't have as many issues with it as I do I or Ark of Napishtim, it doesn't really have the same high points either. I think part of it is that it's very much the start of a new "era" for the series, so although they've packed in tons of new stuff and made it more of a full-featured game instead of the more streamlined older Ys games (which I kind of liked... no fluff, just straight to the point and all the more effective because of that), a lot of the new features and mechanics feel kind of half-baked compared to how polished Oath in Felghana and Origin were. It was still just really fun to play though, as all Ys games should be. All of the characters had nice distinct playstyles (Aisha and Elk were my favourite to play as), and they give you good reason to quickly switch through characters. It was consistently good, but it didn't quite manage to have any noticeable high points. It was also much too easy.

It's also gotten me a lot more excited about Ys VIII. I still don't have a PS4, and it's going to be a while before I can play it, but I've heard so many great things about it and it looks so good. Again, I don't really have a beef with the party system itself, just that I feel it wasn't able to reach its full potential in SEVEN because they were starting from scratch rather than building upon a solid foundation from the previous games. From all the footage I've seen, it looks like VIII is Falcom doing just that and refining everything from the previous party system games. If it is to SEVEN what Felghana was to Napishtim I'm sure I'll love it.

In the mean time, I've been playing Gurumin and it's... good. There's a lot of stuff I like about it, but it also doesn't control very well. It feels sluggish at times, and the camera is pretty bad. As far as I can tell, I think this might have been Falcom's first full-3D game with this much camera control, so I guess that explains why those aspects of it are so rough. If the feel of movement and combat was as good as any of the Ys games from that era it could have been something amazing, since I like a lot of the ideas and systems that are at play here.

Once I'm done with that, I'll move on to Xanadu Next which I'm really looking forward to. After that, I'll be finished with my Falcom Backlog, hopefully in time for Zwei II to come out. Then to just... hope I can afford to play Ys VIII sometime not too far in the future.

Oh God, and Trails of Cold Steel III is out in less than 5 days... I've been watching all the footage from the demo at TGS and I'm so excited about this. I'm going to try to catch a stream on release day and then just... nothing. Not just to avoid spoilers for the game itself, but for the Crossbell games as well. Man it's going to be rough, when after all this waiting for the JP release it finally sinks in that I'll probably have to wait another couple years for an English release... Going from following all the information and news to just... cold turkey for who knows how long.

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Random Babble / Re: Video Games?
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:20:23 PM »
Things are slowly picking up again, so since it's been a while I'm double-posting with a longpost about a bunch of video game stuff.


I finished my Bachelor playthrough in Pathologic a while ago and I really liked it... with some reservations. I'm more than a week removed at this point, but while I was playing I was completely engrossed and the atmosphere and story are just great. But like I said before, it does need some polish, and that is especially evident after playing it for 50+ hours. Copy-pasted dialogue at certain points, quest flags that fail to trigger unless you do things in a very specific manner, combat in general, that one quest where you have to get 5 rifles... I understand playing this game is supposed to be like a struggle, but there really are some parts that are needlessly frustrating. If anything I'm now really looking forward to the remake in the hopes that it can fix some of the problems and build on the already fantastic foundation.

I'm too exhausted to jump back in, but whenever I decide to come back I'm looking forward to the Haruspex's storyline. I did all three of the characters "solutions" just for completeness and because I managed to keep all of the Bound alive, but out of them I honesty preferred the Haruspex's. Even though I was playing as the Bachelor, I still wan't fully convinced that he was right since the Kains just seem like a bunch of deranged cultists. Even though everything they say is true I still don't trust their vision of the future. He also seems to get mixed up with the parts of the town that I'm most interested in, so that seems interested. I'm just really eager to see a different perspective, since so much of the story is about clashing ideologies and characters keeping secrets.

Also Aspity is great and one of my favourite characters. She's just so bitter and mean, but it's all so justified because pretty much everyone in the town is awful and she's just brutally honest. One of my favourite moments is when she leads you on a wild goose chase. The place she directs you to even gets a quest marker, but you get absolutely nothing. In a game where time is the most important resource, tricking you like this is actually a pretty cool idea.


I haven't really been playing anything else recently, since I wanted to take a bit of a break after Pathologic. The PC port of Ys SEVEN is coming out next week though, so I'll break my hiatus once that hits. I haven't played it on PSP, so I'm really looking forward to it.


Beyond that, the long-overdue Trails of Cold Steel III trailer finally hit yesterday and I've already watched it like a hundred times. Even though it hasn't been subbed yet, I can tell there's so much going on and I'm so hyped. Like holy mandarin, playable Aurelia during a fight against Arianrhod, and it looks like that happens pretty early on. Looks like there will be playable Olivier too. Ooh, and what looks like two separate fights against Campanella, one of them with McBurn. And one with all of the Ironbloods at once. My Japanese is trash, but I think I could make out [REDACTED] saying something along the lines of "for the sake of [our/my(?)] father". AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

(click to show/hide)

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Random Babble / Re: Ww Movie Nights Round 2 - JULY 28: HEATHERS
« on: August 13, 2017, 06:28:55 PM »
I'm always down for more movie nights.

Might want to also advertise it on discord.

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