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We’ve had some very generous support so far from the Skull Knight community and I want to thank everyone who’s helped us make our movie ‘The Replacement’ a reality. It really means a lot. We’ve recently signed on Mike Bove, ( a three time Emmy winning cinematographer to shoot the film. 

However we only have 6 days left to meet our funding goal otherwise we don’t keep anything we’ve raised so far. It’s all or nothing. If you were considering donating before but haven’t gotten around to it yet, please don’t delay. 

But because I don’t like to plug my stuff without giving you something new to see, we’ve released our final faux political campaign ad. This time our clone has made it all the way through Congress and is running for President.. and Vice President. Vote today for a leader who can be everywhere at once:

Thanks again!  :serpico:

Character Cove / Re: What Apostle/Creature did you like the best?
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:30:54 PM »
Honestly the Count is a fantastic design. He's just so creepy and original looking. And that mouth...

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:27:07 PM »
Given everything they're skipping or cutting out, it's going to be a clusterfuck if/when they get to the Millennium Falcon arc and beyond.

Agreed. There will be little conflict for Guts to backslide into his Apostle hunting ways instead of protecting Casca. Probably no Beast of Darkness. That entire conflict is central to the character, not to mention a huge influence for the Berserker armor.  And if we don't see Apostles until after birth ceremony, aside from the Beherit apostle, I feel like a casual audience is going to be really confused as to who all these monster men are. The Black swordsman arc and Lost Children chapter does so much world building that pays off later, I feel like they're hamstringing themselves and don't even realize it.

Not to mention that Guts won't be getting a beherit from the Count or Snake Baron in this version...

And ultimately they are skipping stuff to race towards a red light. What happens if the show is popular and they catch up to the series? I bet they'll wish they took they're time then.

I imagine there will be factions like the Dynasty Warriors games. Possibilities include:



old Band of the Hawk (New and Old)

New Band of the Hawk

Black Swordsman
-Berserker Guts

- King of Midland?
-Count Julious
-Sir Owen
-Sir Raban
-White Tiger knight Commander

Holy See

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:23:40 PM »
God Dammit. How do they fuck this up this badly? Not only does the animation look like a mixed bag between 'maybe acceptable' and 'pastel garbage,' but they decided to make a 24 episode season and cut out 2 full arcs. I get that the Conviction arc feels a bit more epic, but c’mon! They have so much room to work with. I was expecting an abridged Black swordsman and Lost Children Arc to at least show how Guts kinda loses it on his quest for vengeance against apostles before getting pulled back to save Casca. I could have lived with that, even if we only see him go after one of the three prominent ones we see, and imply some others through a montage. That could have worked, and we’d see Guts go BERSERK as a vehicle of rage and vengeance, that he struggles with as the series goes on.

But without any of that, how is it even going to make sense? He leaves with the Dragon Slayer (to do what?) fights a possessed tree and some skeletons only to be immediately captured by the Holy Iron Chain Knights, escapes and heads back right away to find out Casca ran off.  There is so much wrong here. For example:

-Why are the H.I.C.K.s even after him if he hasn’t left a wake of dead bodies as the Black Swordsman? He’s just some random guy with a big sword, unless they are pinning the Eclipse on him.

-What is Guts going on a quest for if he doesn’t encounter any Apostles? Will our audience even remember what the Apostles are by the time they appear much later on (whoops).

-Will we even have enough time to set up Casca giving birth to the demon child, locking her up with Rickert and Godot, getting the Dragon Slayer, and meeting Puck. Is this all in the same episode as the skeletons and Collete? How?

-How will there be any character arc between an enraged Guts who wants to destroy the God Hand, and one who wants to protect the only person left to him.  You have to set up the first part of him to lead into the second.

-How do a bunch of amateur knights like the H.I.C.K.s manage to overpower the Hundred man Slayer if he’s not already beaten to a pulp.

-Are we cutting the Beast of Darkness too now?

-Does Guts get a beherit?

Okay, rant done. Here’s the only way I can see them salvaging this knowing what we know now.

The first episode would have to be a longer one, maybe 40 min. There is precedent for this. We open with a minor flashback to the eclipse out of a nightmare from Guts and we find that Casca has wandered off from the cave. Guts finds her and we have the demon child birth, pissing off Guts more. They do the whole DS intro, including with the pig apostle, and this prompts him to go off.  They then show us Guts Black swordsman period in an extended montage sequence, showing several Apostles he’s killed and how he sheds his humanity more and more with each passing encounter, and he gets a beherit near the end implying that he’s on a dark path. He meets Puck somewhere during this and we finally have someone questioning what he’s doing and why he’s so gloomy. We have ‘The Brand’ episode with Collete and the skeletons and Guts is near a breaking point, and this is where the H.I.C.K.s encounter him, near the corpse of a child they accuse him of murdering.
Continue from Conviction arc onward.

That’s a lot to cover in the first episode, but I think it might be possible. If they did this, it would be far from ideal, but I thing you could still get the core of what the series needs to propel into the Conviction arc. My faith that they’ll do this is super low though.

I guess I may have to revisit this series as a part of Redux as well to fix these awful colors and include the Black Swordsman episode. God Dammit.

More Fun stuff!  We're nearly 50% there and today's our halfway point! If you haven't checked out our campaign we added some new fun rewards and content. Come check us out and consider donating so we can get over the hump today.

We just released a new video as well, this time it's for our clone running for 43 seats of congress. It's pretty fun:

We also just got featured on WGN Chicago's Nick Digilio show and had a fun talking about the movie and what led us into making it.

Check it out on his podcast here:

Thanks again to all the supporters so far.

Hey guys, thanks for all the support so far.

We just released some new content for you guys, so if you haven't checked out our project, this might be a good peak inside!

We're releasing a series of political campaign ad for the clones starting to run for office.


Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: May 26, 2016, 02:12:17 PM »
Someone posted this on Reddit.  Thought I'd share.

Guts Character Design:

Thank you guys so much! It means a lot!  :ubik:

Here's some additional content from the movie, a commercial set in world, Robocop style:

Please spread the word, we need donors!

Thanks, you guys are awesome!

Hey Skullknighters,

So I've just launched my first Kickstarter project. I've worked in Film for about fifteen years now doing shorts, commercials, and occasional feature work, and now I've decided to make an ambitious project of my own.  It's a dark comedy called 'The Replacement' and it's set in a future where people grow their own memory sharing clones as often as they get new outfits. Living parallel lives, the clones can become experts at things much faster, with some going to different university, others practicing music, others exploring the world. They start changing the world for the better, but their natural born originals can't share memories; instead they get a small hare of each of their clones wage.   

It's a world where normal people are unemployable and can't aspire to anything because their clones are just taking care of everything. And it pisses a lot of people off, who see their clones living out all their own dreams of fame and talent. The movie is set on election night as our main character flips through channels seeing his clone on each one in different roles until he finds his clone elected as the first clone President. And he's had enough.

If you guys are interested, I'd appreciate any support you can give, even if it's just to share it around on social media. This is a pretty tight community and I'm hoping to get it out there a little more.

Here's the link

I'll have several fun updates to post as we progress. I'm happy to answer any questions as well.  :serpico:

I'm sorry but this is the most ridiculous set of assertions I've seen on the site in a while. Despite it being a dark fantasy series, Berserk if pretty grounded compared to other mangas. It makes it a big point that it's a struggle between a man against demi-gods and their monstrous legions.  The fact that he's not a super-hero is part of the point. He's just a peak condition soldier, conditioned to wield a very big sword.  Nothing more.

You really think Guts can move at Mach 127. Really? Does anyone here buy that? Does anyone buy that he can even move Mach 1?  BTW Mach 127 is 97443.2 mph.  For comparison, the fastest man made object is Voyager 1 which is currently moving at 38,610 mph.  A bullet is 768 mph.

Guts approaches superhuman with the Berserker armor, but nothing like you're talking about resonance, and the evidence is throughout the manga.  In marvel, Guts would be on par with Captain America, which is still impressive, because he faces foes that are otherwise so much more physically powerful than him. It's his guile and recklessness that usually wins out the day, not his overpowering atomic swings.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 75
« on: May 16, 2016, 04:48:34 AM »
Loving it you guys!  Keep doing these re-reads!

There's a bit from Nietzsche, you might say Machiavelli for Griffith. You could say that determinism is a big factor on how the God Hand view things, yet they are able to influence the cause and effect subtle.  There is no one philosophy that is overt though.  Miura uses many influences and has many original ideas himself as well.   

Berserk Anime / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:14:33 PM »
I've heard of Berserk Redux, and have been meaning to check it out. I'll try to find it when I get home. Thank you for making this!

It was fun and really satisfying.  It helped that each adaptation covered parts that the other missed. And both have the same voice actors.

Berserk Anime / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 02:54:34 PM »
As an adaptation, I tried to make it more faithful with a fanedit of both the movies and the original anime blended. It's called Berserk Redux.

Here's the trailer

You can find it online with some persistence.

Berserk Anime / Re: Berserk GA Arc Appreciation Thread
« on: April 26, 2016, 02:21:38 PM »
I absolutely love the opening castle siege.  It sets the tone of the world really well.  THat and I think the Eclipse is mostly done brilliantly (some small exceptions with Guts breaking through Femto's powers. That was horse shit)

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Coming to America Episode
« on: April 15, 2016, 01:50:12 PM »
First we set up a lobby, then we create the SkullKnight Party just in time for 2020. :SK:

We're gonna make Midland great again!

Podcast / Re: SPECIAL: Coming to America Episode
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:56:51 PM »
Cool mini episode! How was your time in the states Aaz? Did you guys take any pictures to mark the occasion?

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:07:15 PM »
It seems to me that this quote speaks to his level of involvement in the series. Or lack thereof.

Fingers crossed indeed.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Silent Observer with a slight worry...
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:02:33 PM »
It's not that much slower if you look at the historic release schedule. It's just your perspective if you started it more recently because you didn't have to wait over the last 20 years for each release. If anything, it's sped up recently to a monthly schedule that went on for about 6 months, and is looking to resume in a month or two. 

As to fearing you may get into a series that may arbitrarily end... Welcome to basically any type  of media.  Beloved TV shows are canceled all the time.  It doesn't make the journey up to that point any less fantastic. 

What would make it bad is a rushed ending just to satisfy an impatient public. And then all the arm chair critics would bitch at how we don't have any more Berserk to look forward to, and that Miura should go back and ret-con his ending.  :schierke:

Miura isn't even close to being elderly, so lets not act like he's at deaths door and that there's a big risk to starting the series. And he's hardly beholden to some big company who will yank his ability to continue the series. Kick back, strap in, and enjoy the long ride.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 74
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:51:47 PM »
All the stuff about takedowns on Youtube isn't usually court related, it's usually Youtube covering its ass preemptively when someone complains, and then sometimes deciding for itself that fair use would apply if anyone escalated the complaint, and being willing to stand up for you enough to continue to host your material.   Being sued and then defending the material as fair use usually doesn't enter into it.

Yup this was my experience with Berserk Redux. There was no DMCA notice or cease and desist letter from rights holders, just vimeo updating its copywrite detection software.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hi! I'm new!
« on: April 01, 2016, 03:00:43 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: April 01, 2016, 04:18:00 AM »
Let's also not forget that the promotional videos for the movies had a reborn Griffith and Guts as the Black Swordsman.  This all turned out to be proof of concept demo footage that was actually never in the movies at all. So even the clips we have available are no guarantee of where they're going.

Berserk Anime / Re: New Berserk Anime for 2016
« on: March 27, 2016, 05:25:26 AM »
It ends with Skully saving the day and taking guts to the cave with Rickert and Erica. Casca is insane and Guts runs off in hysterics when he remembers what happened. He runs until night fall and is attacked by ghosts, and Skully tells him what his new life is going to be. Guts fights all night until dawn, and then we see him leave the cottage with the Dragons Slayer as the Black Swordsman.  Godo is never seen.

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