- May 17, 2008
I would say, A Song of Ice and Fire, is a little bit like Berserk except it's grounded in reality, (the high-fantasy part is creeping in little by little, as magic is slowly returning to the world etc ...), and it's a world gone to shit once the war breaks out, bandit roaming the land taking what they want, when they want, and the knights who are sworn to protect you, are raping, killing and doing the bidding of their lords.Dorian Cornelius Jasper said:And Japan can do do soul-crushingly, horrifically brutal and depressing dark fantasy. It's called Berserk. It's a bit less presumptuous in that it's very much a young men's action comic, though in Japan the young men's demographic (or "seinen" as it were, and "gekiga" before it) has for a long time been notorious for senseless violence and exploitative material. Which, I suppose, is exactly what that comic is, though its fanbase considers it a long-languishing and unfinished "mature fantasy" epic masterpiece.
Which sounds familiar.
So you don't have demons taking over villages .... yet ;p ...., and turning the men into rat demons before they decide to have an orgy with the women before eating them, demons are so ... demonic.
But at the end of the road, Berserk turned into power ranger once Gats/Guts/Gatsu gathered his little D&D team (does Farnaise count? - she does handle kitchen and cleaning duties wonderfully, I think). I stopped reading once the team went on their little sea trip.
Still, Dragon Age was probably the one who tried emulating ASOIF along with a mix of LotR and the gods know where BioWare may have borrowed more ideas. I don't think you can even compare DA with ASOIF, one was trying to be an epic, the other seems to be a bit more than that, sure I expect the last 3 books to be exactly what LotR is, with all the warring factions allying themselves to face a much bigger treat, but still, the journey is much more important than the ending.
But I agree, the Japanese are no stranger to mature, dark and gritty stories, once you know where to look.