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The Black Swordsman is back. The latest fan-edit continues on from right where the previous one ends, with Guts on his quest for revenge against the Apostles and God Hand. But an urgent vision shared by all leads him back to Casca, who he had left in the safety of his friends. Meanwhile, after witnessing the supernatural with Guts, Farnese buries her insecurities with her faith by doubling down on religious duties by assisting an Inquisition into suspected Heretics at an ancient holy tower.

Notable inclusions in this edit are Zoddís vision, and an extended and fixed encounter between Guts and Skull Knight. Farnese and Serpico are no longer overtly brother and sister. Many other smaller edits, and voice dubbing have been made to correct the story and avoid visual confusion. The aim is to make this feel like a movie.

If any problems are spotted, please call them out and Iíll do my best to correct them in the next update.

There will be at least one more Redux coming to complete the Conviction arc.

Special thanks to Mista_L for audio splitting, and to the team at Berserk Fandub, CapnFloof, Lucien1911, Bomberguy, Diegmeist, Henry Schraeder, Crok425, and Shin Chie, and Manganomix for additional voice work.

-Color correction will bring all four animation sources looking similar.
-Zodd prophesy scene added from Musou with new dialogue
-All commercial transitions removed
-All references to Farnese and Serpico being siblings has been removed.
-The encounter between SK and Guts has been re-dubbed and extended to be more accurate
-The heretic orgy has more ominous cult music.
-Clang has been diminished
-Many unnecessary crazy camera moves have been modified to be more coherent

The link to it can be found over at

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:57:01 PM »
Awesome work! I love Lith's art!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:42:25 PM »
It's the new go to for newbies with questions after reading it. Really well done guys!

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:37:49 PM »
I had a D&D group that played regularly and someone kept talking about this amazing anime that kind of fit the D&D world. The guy gushed about it, but we were all a bit skeptical because anime can be pretty polarizing and weird at times. But he wore us down and we decided to do a screening night with drinks and pizza over the course of two nights. It started pretty typically and we were all bemoaning cliches here and there that were later subverted and by the time we got to the court intrigue, we were all hooked.

Fast forward a year or two when I was going through different comic series and I decide to see what that whole Eclipse thing was about and see where the story went from there. It was the First Manga I read since Akira, and remains that way, but I was hooked. The Art, the story, the characters. The creativity and brutality, and the commentary on human nature. What's not to love? Ever since then I've been on at least once a week, and have been following it episodically ever since.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Happy Birthday, Kentarou Miura
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:03:15 PM »
Happy Birthday Miura! I hope you enjoy it however you see fit!

Berserk Redux - Chapter 5: The Black Swordsman is now out. The new fan-edit continues on from right where the previous one ends, at the Eclipse. With his comrades all lost, Guts goes down a new path into darkness against impossible odds, and becomes a dark legend hunted by the Holy See.

For those unfamiliar, Berserk Redux is a project aiming at blending together the Golden age trilogy, the í97 anime, the 2016 anime, and the musou game into a more faithful and cinematic narrative than the originals presented. The original media in each often left plot and character moment holes that other media filled. These fan-edits aim to fix that.
This particular fan-edit combines media from several sources to put together a Berserk plot arc not found fully in any of the media available, but only in scattered pieces. This led to four different primary sources for this film (the most so far) as well as significant help from the Berserk Fan dub community to fix several incorrect lines, and create previously non-existent plot elements.

Those familiar with the manga will know that the Count and the Lost Children arc are unavailable on any media outside the manga, and the 2016 anime takes several liberties, so donít consider this a replacement for either the very excellent manga, nor any of the original media included for that matter, all of which has itís own unique tone and personality.

Special thanks to Mista_L for audio splitting, and to the team at Berserk Fandub, CapnFloof, Lucien1911, Bomberguy, Diegmeist, Henry Schraeder, Crok425, and Shin Chie, and Manganomix for additional voice work.

- This fan-edit combines The Golden Age: Advent, The '97 Berserk anime, The Berserk Musou game, and Berserk 2016, making this film the first Redux with so many different media sources.
- The 2016 footage is uncensored and has updated animations
- English Dub used for consistency with previous Redux entries
- All commercial break logos cut
- Replaced narrator dialogue with better voice actor that sounds like Void
- Updated the title sequence to have a dark skinned Casca and new music
- Updated the Dragon Slayer Clang Sound to sound less ridiculous
- Skull knight meeting now includes a lot of additional dialogue to set up the interstice better and explain the Demon Child, and Guts's quest for vengeance
- Casca giving birth is included
- Puck is now included in the bar scene after the time skip
- Added iconic 'It was too big to be called a sword' line after it's first use in the bar.
- Guts has nightmares about the Eclipse while camping in the woods
- Guts's encounter with the spectres at night in the '97 anime has been shortened due to looking bad and being very redundant to the dialogue after the skeleton fight
- The Demon Tree is removed due to it upstaging the snake Baron, being strangely placed, and using the canon too frequently. It is also confusing to Guts nightly hauntings
- The Snake Baron story is included
- The tree does not attack after the skeletons, and the skeleton fight is slightly extended.
- Collette and Morgan are included in the Bar scene, making them recurring characters
- Additional frames have been added to fight sequences that move too fast in 2016
- Added preview footage when Guts kills the second set of Holy Iron Chain Knights, because the original looked cheap and sloppy
- Flashback to Golden Age after Guts is captured uses original dialogue from '97 anime
- Small edits in Farnese's interrogation to remove some of the cheaper looking flashbacks
- Changed sword hits on spectres to match the sound from the Golden Age: Advent film
- Added small eclipse flashback to make the Apostles dialogue make more sense
- Cut about a minute of the Apostle and Guts talking about meat quality
- Small edits with the possessed Horse to make the scene look less pervy, but still feel uncomfortable
- Theres nothing I can do about the credits over the final images

The link to it can be found over at

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:27:23 PM »
This article on the series just came out BTW, outlining the behind the scenes disaterpiece that occurred.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:19:34 PM »
Unfortunately this episode is bringing up some people that believe Casca was raped by the apostles before Femto in the eclipse (phallic creatures), and don't that want to understand that she was not.

It's always been a bit ambiguous, especially with the time gap between when we last see her and when Guts does. The flashbacks focusing on them don't help either. However it doesn't seem physically possible due to the size and shape of some of the apostles. Hopefully the coming episodes will lay all this to rest once and for all.

Regardless, Casca had a traumatic experience throughout the Eclipse. Even without raping her, the monstrous apostles were probably their hedonistic selves and left a deep impression.

EDIT: BTW Please note that I did NOT name the linked to topic that title.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:26:23 PM »
Really??  His canon is extending through his fucking hand:rickert:

Yeah, it's really stupid. Even with an extra week to animate it, they had models cliping through stuff.  The fight itself is pretty slow and they don't add a single extra blow between the two of them, making it feel like a couple hits and they're done. And of course there's tons of monologuing between attacks.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 09, 2017, 07:57:03 PM »
It was better than most, but as usual, sloppy where it mattered. Also it looks like they're cutting out the apostle assault on Wyndham (and Ganishka's introduction). But who really cares anymore?

Maybe. My guess is they're doing the same crap they did with the beginning of this season with Griffith in Shet. I bet we open with Locus and friends at Wyndham next episode. Even if we do, the pacing and ordering on this thing sucks.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 07:51:31 PM »
The praise I'll give it is where it didn't cheap out completely. I was honestly expecting three apostle clones to repeat ad naseum, but they did take the effort to design and build almost all of them (through background ones look pretty unintimidating). So good on them for staying true to apsotles each being mostly unique.

That said, the apostle transformations sucked really bad. They looked super cheap, and if it was a matter of budget, just have them emit steam to hide it like they do with Zodd or Wyald. That can't cost too much.

The fight with Grunbeld out of armor was mostly faithful, but it somehow lacks urgency and stakes. The intro to the armor was mostly well done.  Zodd still looks like a really cheap model (Why!? He's a primary character!). The series feels both cheap, and weighted down by being a nearly 1:1 adaptation to the manga. It really is faithful to a fault.

Hate on the Golden age films all you want, but the creative license in their scenes made them feel cinematic while this just feels clunky. This doesn't feel like a show or a series. It feels like a paint by numbers exercise by someone cashing a check.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:57:09 PM »
Why the fuck are they gonna waste an episode on recap filler? If the next episode needs more time, just take a page out of Miura's book and delay until it's done right. An audience doesn't need context switch right at a pivotal moment just so the anime team can get their shit together. These bozos...

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:31:37 AM »
This series has no more story for more than two more seasons at the pace it's at. And that's pushing it.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:28:50 AM »
I'm kind of loving the pacing right now. I feel like between the last couple episodes we're getting the right amount of exposition and time to relish moments, but we don't linger too long on things as it goes. No need for a big fight with the Wheel flame, or Golem, we all get it. We don't need an elaborate memory for everything that holds her together, just the highlight reel along with an interesting journey. It really is interesting that the two who go to rescue Guts love also have a crush on him.

Very interesting and distinct creatures. I almost expected the bat-cape creatures to be consistant throughout. This is much more fun. I agree with Aazealh, the climax will take a couple episodes. It should, to deal with the trauma that has led up to this point. I can't think of another series that has such a main character out of the action for so long. Miura has really earned this as a serious matter that doesn't get a hand waived cure. I wouldn't be surprised if we don't have some more significant difficulty involved. Honestly in some ways it's been interesting but fairly strait forward so far. It has me expecting something more than merely a revisit to the Eclipse. I like the idea that the memory is what breaks her, and has to be discarded. It could really set up some differing motives. Shame or guilt for having deified Griffith and therefore being responsible for her men's demise could be interesting as well, but much less likely.

The interesting thing is that we've never truly spelled out how and when her mind broke. Could it have been something beyond the betrayal and rape? She was a strong woman, and I don't buy that she just collapsed at the experience and retreated internally. It's strait forward, but not realistic if it's just the experience. It would have been messed up beyond words and I totally understand life changing mental trauma, but Casca's condition is kinda beyond that. She's a walking potato. I'm thinking it's specifically tied to her being branded when Femto raped her. Something akin to a curse that they have to lift. I don't know maybe I'm speculating too much, it just feels like the reveal will be more than something we've seen before.

Anyhow, we're closing a major chapter in Berserk lore once this all happens. The series will have a more specific direction once we know the result of all of this and what SK's prophesy was all about. I really hope Miura continues beyond the Anime season's run.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 10, 2017, 07:52:20 PM »
They're going to catch up with the Manga next season. They're racing towards a red light. At best they can go back and animate the Black Swordsman and Lost Children. Then what? Animate the Grunbeld novel?

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:09:36 PM »
Another pretty faithful episode that relies very heavily on the manga panels. Isidro and Schierke are coming our really well. The art is better, but the style things are presented are still very often awkward. I do have to say that I'm seeing improvements overall.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 86
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:12:18 PM »
Great show guys! It's always an interesting analysis.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 28, 2017, 07:26:26 PM »
Another fairly faithful episode. I noticed a few lines cut, but nothing that really seemed catastrophic. This was an essential episode to the series lore, so I'm glad it stayed mostly intact. The animation was mostly fine as well, other than a few clunky camera moves. The colors are really working well for the series in these last two episodes.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:03:47 PM »
Definitely not.

Well here's hoping they translate it into english then. :sad:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:14:26 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if we still get a Grunbeld backstory in the manga as well, in the same form we often get for characters like Rosine and The Count. Maybe not a full episode dedicated, but maybe a few pages. The novel may just be an expanded version of such a backstory, filled with details and backstory that is unnecessary for a comic medium. I wonder how much more world building will be covered in such a novel.

Would a novel like this that is essentially canon be a part of the Patreon translation project? It certainly seems like a worthy candidate, even if it were just an abridged version. The implications it may have for the world of Berserk and the characters could be interesting.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:57:18 PM »
Great episode. Some very concrete growth for Guts and Serpico nailed down. I also love that the memories are felt by Scheike and Farnese. They will leave this dream feeling like they know the old Casca to some extent.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 21, 2017, 06:09:45 PM »
I actually thought this was one of the better episodes the show has had. Aside from the trolls, the animation was pretty strong, and the story was really faithful. Isidro's comedy worked for me better here than in the manga at times. All this being said, this was a character development episode which actually took it's time. I'm expecting the next couple to get bad again as we get to Enoch village's big fight.

I also fully expect the Apostle's at Flora's village to be copy pasted as well, which will piss me off a lot.They're each supposed to be unique.

Anyway, this one was a pretty decent episode.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:37:47 PM »
Lighten up guys. Are we really saying we can't have fun with the poor choices this poor adaptation made, or else risk the reputation of the series being ruined forever? That's a little hyperbolic, and the quality of the manga stands on it's own feet.

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »
And how about that use of Saxophone in the series. What a great choice! It totally fits the fantasy tone!

Just take a look:

Berserk Anime / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:10:33 PM »
This series... Again pretty faithful, if you exclude the random placement of the introduction of the new Band of the Falcon. I guess we can be happy we got those moments, as it will make things less confusing for first time viewers. But still, what the hell? Why do it like this? is it that important to have two Guts centric episodes first. We now have two episodes starting with this scene.

And how about the art? Wow this stuff was sloppy. You'd think guys they give close ups to would get a little more attention. I've watched cartoons with my nephew that are more put together than parts of this.

Things I like:
- Rakshas was great
- The Shet scene existing at all
- It was faithful for the most part, with some abridgments I could live with.
- Guts & Co. have much better models.
- The pace is moving along at a good clip.

Things I hated:
- Is Griffiths hair plastic?
- Is Zodd green?
- Why is the action so boring? I mean really? This is an action series with great drama, but you'd never guess it with this show. It's a step behind the '97 anime as far as action goes. Giant battles that are amazing in the manga reduced to sloppily animated stills of those panels.
- This series has really neutered Zodd. I feel like he's cream of the crop in the manga, but in this he comes off like a random orc werewolf apostle. It pisses me off, be/c the last two adaptations managed to get him basically right.
- Why are scenes so jumbled? Makes no sense.

But I will say that it looks like they are doing the whole manga. Which I'm kinda fine with since no one else has stepped up. I know I got into the series because of the anime. I know most people are that way. If that leads more people to the manga, I'm all for it. But let me make it clear to any first time viewer reading this: This series is incredibly inferior to the quality of the manga. By orders of magnitude.

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