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On 5/5/2021 at 11:13 AM, Julius said:

easily some of the best fight animations

All the animations are great :o
Granted, I've only seen the first three episodes, but if the anime can keep up the quality I'm in for a treat :D

I've also read the first 21 chapters and I love it.

So, you said Season 1 ends with chapter 52?
Is the movie canon, i.e. does it follow the anime series/the manga? If so, when should I watch it?

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6 minutes ago, drahkon said:

All the animations are great :o
Granted, I've only seen the first three episodes, but if the anime can keep up the quality I'm in for a treat :D

I've also read the first 21 chapters and I love it.

So, you said Season 1 ends with chapter 52?
Is the movie canon, i.e. does it follow the anime series/the manga? If so, when should I watch it?

Oh man, you're in for a treat when you get to the latter half of the season, I'm getting chills now just thinking about it :bouncy:

And yes, the movie is canon, which I think is such a great move - hope we see other anime follow suit. It adapts the Mugen Train arc which starts at chapter 53, so where Season 1 ends leads straight into it :peace:

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3 minutes ago, Julius said:

Oh man, you're in for a treat when you get to the latter half of the season, I'm getting chills now just thinking about it :bouncy:

And yes, the movie is canon, which I think is such a great move - hope we see other anime follow suit. It adapts the Mugen Train arc which starts at chapter 53, so where Season 1 ends leads straight into it :peace:

Awesome, thanks :D

It's been a while since I've seen an anime. Demon Slayer seems like a great way to return :cool:

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Read all the way through Demon Slayer's chapter 52 today and I'm currently at episode 9.

Can't get enough :D It's too good.
Looking forward to seeing all the fights in glorious animation :peace:

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On 5/7/2021 at 7:29 PM, Julius said:

Oh man, you're in for a treat when you get to the latter half of the season, I'm getting chills now just thinking about it 

It was amazing :o Having read the manga I expected the anime to have less of an impact but I was wrong. So much fun, so much hype, SO GOOD :D

And Inosuke might be the funniest character I've ever seen in an anime :laughing:

Anyways, will read the next arc and hope I'll be done by the weekend so I can watch the movie :bouncy:

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On 09/05/2021 at 12:53 PM, Ike said:

New Dragon Ball Super movie has been announced. Releases in 2022 for Japan, so probably 2023 everywhere else.

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Unexpected character? Did Toriyama remember about Launch? That would be surprising.

https://www.funimation.com/blog/2021/05/08/toei-animation-officially-announces-new-dragon-ball-super-movie-coming-2022/

Bring back Perfect Cell and have him assrape Golden Frieza into oblivion!

Need to get back into the Super and finish it. PS4 has been busy playing Dark Souls, and now I've got to a sticky point my interest in the game is starting to wane...

 

Started second season of Dr Stone yesterday. The concept of explaining the science behind things I really like. I keep trying to get the wife (a microbiologist) to confirm whether some of it is correct, but she's never paying attention. 

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Berserk mangaka Kentaro Miura passed away two weeks ago on May 6th due to aortic dissection :(

I watched the 1997 anime for the first time last week over a couple of days and was blown away. Sure, the animation was a bit clunky at times and I know quite a few things were cut from the manga, but the quality of his story writing, worldbuilding, and character arcs shone through. I actually ordered a few volumes of the manga which are still on the way, because it grabbed me that much.

Guts' speech in Episode 14, what we learn about him (like how he clearly cares about the people on his company), and the commentary on his purpose as well as theirs, struck deep with me, as I'm sure it did many others. 

That the 1997 anime is timeless is a great testament to how legendary his work is, and I found myself reading through what I could find about his career and life after watching the show. The guy was writing manga at 10 which was being published for his school, I mean, that's pretty insane!

I know many in this thread are fans from what I've read in this thread before, and I know that he's had a profound influence on a number of people in a number of industries, particularly in video games, manga and anime. I'm grateful that I'll get to experience his work for the first time, and that he has so much out there from his career, but that pales in comparison to the loss of a great artist, man, and most likely the completion of his life's work in Berserk. 

May he rest in peace. 

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Read the Mugen Train arc of Demon Slayer and was a tad disappointed.
The first battle was pretty boring. What followed after that, however, was awesome :D 

Gonna be interesting whether I will enjoy the movie or not, given that I think this was the worst arc so far.

 

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12 hours ago, drahkon said:

Gonna be interesting whether I will enjoy the movie or not, given that I think this was the worst arc so far.

Loved it :bouncy:
The arc is so much better when animated. What a stunning movie.

And Inosuke's antics will never get old :laughing:

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The outpouring for Miura since Thursday was great to see. The Final Fantasy XIV tributes in particular really hit me hard when the lines just kept going, and going, and...

A lot of tributes from the gaming and manga world too, one particular highlight was Saito Kenji from Platinum saying that he wanted to push harder for a Berserk game to be greenlit over there:

It remains to be seen what will happen next. Many think the series should end where it got to, as it won't live up to its previous heights without Miura, though others are optimistic that his team of assistants at Studio Gaga can take on the challenge if Miura left plans for the story's direction and wanted them to carry on with it.

Miura supposedly only worked on storyboards for Duranki, with his team responsible for the art, and I think it's actually very close. Now, whether or not they have the chops to continue with the story in line with his vision and voice seems an impossible task, but I do think the art is more or less there:

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My copies of the Berserk manga that I ordered last week got split into two separate deliveries, and the second one still hasn't dispatched from what I can tell, so I've only got volumes 6, 12, and 14 on my shelf. I think my order might have been delayed initially, but stock is probably going to be the bigger issue now, seeing as Berserk is taking up most of the top 10 spots in the manga section on Amazon and other places, but I don't mind waiting! 

Instead, to get my Berserk fix in the meantime, today I watched the first movie in the trilogy adaptation of the Golden Age arc, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King. I went in knowing it would be something of an abridged version considering just how much they'd need to condense it down, and even though I knew this, it still felt very poorly paced, to the point that if I hadn't seen the 1997 anime a couple of weeks ago, I would be well and truly lost when it came to a few scenes. In fact, I know one or two of the things the 1997 anime cut out from the manga, and seeing as they haven't turned up here either, I'm starting to wonder if it's a movie retelling of the 1997 anime adaptation? Which would be weird, so perhaps I just haven't got to that point yet. 

The use of 3D CG animation in a number of scenes is impossible to go without noticing throughout, often swapping back and forth between that and a more traditional 2D look for certain characters multiple times per scene, and filling the background with these lifeless dolls. It's a shame, because the 2D stuff actually looks really nice, so while I know that they went with CG for budget reasons, I think they should have just taken the time to bring it all to life in 2D, as the CG is jarring 90% of the time.

The other 10% of the time, in key scenes where they've clearly taken extra time to adjust the lighting of the scene (such as with Nosferatu) or the pacing of the scene so that you aren't focused on it for too long (the events that transpire the night of the first ball), it actually works quite well! 

The music has definitely been the highlight so far, which isn't much of a surprise considering the involvement of Susumu Hirasawa. The opening for this is much more suitable in tone than the English opening for the 1997 anime (though that was clearly in line with the times!):

My favourite scene in the film was the one on the night of the first ball, and boy did it deliver musically with Blood and Guts. That scene in particular is probably the only one in the film that I think was handled potentially better than it was in the 1997 anime so far, strengthened tremendously by the music in this instance, every bit as haunting and tragic as the scene called for.

Naturally, I've had it on a loop pretty much since then :p

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So almost every volume that I order of Berserk except for for the first few volumes has turned up, it got dispatched in the middle of the week so I imagine it ended up getting delayed due to the Bank Holiday weekend. No big deal, but I do hope it arrives soon, as I'm itching to dig into the manga at this point. 

In lieu of those turning up, over the weekend I instead got around to watching Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent. A lot of the same issues as the first film for me, mainly poor pacing as it blitzes through several volumes with each film and some poor examples of how to use CG (though I think III ends up with the least CG and generally uses it much better than the two films which preceded it), yet the source material still pierces through all of that. I don't think the second film does much to step up from the first, but I think the third film genuinely does the best it can with how much it needs to adapt - which is one hell of an achievement if you consider that all three of these films released within a year! - and I don't think its any coincidence that each of these films ended up longer than the last; I think they knew that they needed to pace it out better and stretch it a bit more. 

The third film has that scene, which I genuinely think I'll never grow tired of seeing play out, even if I find it horrifying every single time that I do see it. I also found it interesting that it introduced elements here not in the anime that I knew to expect from the manga, such as Skull Knight, genuinely one of the most badass characters in these films (and that's saying something). It was also great seeing what happened after that scene which I you don't get in the 1997 anime, and considering that they didn't introduce a certain someone in that, I guess they did kind of put themselves in corner there. My favourite part though...

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RICKERT LIVES! HELL YES! 

Obviously going off of the 1997 anime I thought that the kid died at the hands of that demon/monster (think it says something that I'm not even sure how to refer to them yet!) as he's not seen after the camp is attacked due to where the show ends and everyone gets killed after that fairy turns up, so I'm curious to see how the manga handles it, as the film and 1997 anime seem to play out differently, but I'm wondering if both are present and true in the manga, and if Rickert somehow escapes the attack from the 1997 anime? 

Also my favourite version of Blood and Guts is in the credits, genuinely think it's up there with Guts' Theme and Behelit as one of the best in the Berserk library of music.  

So yeah, now it's just waiting for the early volumes of the manga to turn up so that I can make my way through the Golden Age arc one final time before seeing the rest of this series, and I seriously can't wait to. 

And no, in case you're wondering: I won't be watching the 2016 anime :p 

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Finished reading Demon Slayer.

Overall a great manga that I enjoyed a lot.

The final battles, however, suffered from what I call One-Piece-Syndrome: One or two pages of the fight and BAM, 1 1/2 chapters flashback. What it did better than One Piece, though: After the flashback the fight continued with almost no interruption.
(just take One Piece's current arc...the fights are so boring 'cause there really are no fights...a million different locations and characters are involved in something but nothing gets enough attention).

Wish we gotten to know a little more details about the main villain. There was plenty of time between each arc to flesh him out. He's quite the interesting character.

Still: Enjoyed reading it and can't wait for the anime adaptation. If they can keep the production value up, the battles will look amazing :D

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Berserk volumes have finally arrived :bouncy:

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