Arakan Posted December 7, 2016 Share Posted December 7, 2016 On 17.11.2016 at 2:17 PM, Let's Get Kraken said: As you say, I've had the reverse experience. I've been following Berserk almost religiously for more than ten years now, and just started reading TSA last month. I think both series are brilliant, but I do prefer Berserk, which is my longstanding favorite fantasy series. Of course, I haven't even finished all of TSA yet, so who knows where I will stand when all caught up. It's interesting that you mention this, because I was just thinking last week that TSA reminded me a bit of Berserk. That scene at the end of TWP especially made me think of what happened to poor Casca during the Eclipse. The Inchoroi was even described a bit similar physically to Femto. Plus the Godhand and the No-God both like to chill inside whirlwinds. It made me wonder if perhaps Bakker read Berserk during the early stages of writing TSA. Both series are re-imaginings of the two major fantasy archetypes (Lord of the Rings for TSA and Conan for Berserk). Both are also far and away darker and more disturbing than any other fantasy series I've ever read (and I've read a lot of fantasy). Both explore the dark side of sexuality, and have all sorts of creepy, phallic monsters that just scare the shit out of me. And really what stands out to me with both are the intellectually rich metaphysics and the vast, sprawling worlds that you can just lose yourself in, even upon multiple rereads. And yeah, Kellhus did remind me a lot of Griffith, though the former is more more developed in his intellect and the way he manipulates people. Of course they also both suffer some of the same weaknesses. From what I gather, one of the major criticisms of Bakker's work is the way that he writes female characters (as I believe has been discussed on these forums quite a bit). While I think that the women of Berserk are more well rounded than some of Bakker's females, it kind of disturbs me that Casca gets stripped down and nearly raped something like a dozen times throughout the series. Plus I'm never a fan of writing that has all of the female characters develop an infatuation with the male protagonist the way Slan, Schierke, Casca, and Farnese all do with Guts. At least in TSA this serves the narrative. The storytelling itself is very different, as one would expect across different mediums. Though Berserk has always read more to me like a western fantasy novel than what I typically expect from manga or comics. Berserk has more humor (or at least does it better) and is more action intense, while TSA has a more introspective tone that lingers on the heavily philosophical aspects of Bakker's writing. I found Berserk to be more emotionally evocative, while TSA made me think more. Let's say Berserk is the Psukhe to Bakker's Gnosis. TLDR, Yes. Great post and analysis Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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