Honestly I will say Miura's legacy is controversial to say the least. While his work was definitely a proof his dedication. Works like Goblin Slayer drew heavy inspiration from berserk and it had it's share of misogynistic ideals about female characters who serve as aeither a)objects that fawn over Goblin Slayer or B)As objects of sexualized violence. He may be a product of the boom of violent OVA anime and manga that favored machismo male leads, but his works don't really have a place in modern media without being called problematic
That's kinda like blaming Akira
for works like Genocyber
. I mean, sure it was a direct influence, but it's not Otomo's (or Miura's) fault that stupid people decide to interpret their work in the most shallow manner. That's not to say Berserk
doesn't have problematic depictions of women, but heck, so does Lord of the Rings
. Everybody obviously needs to decide what they're okay with in any particular work of fiction though.
I fully agree that the female characters in Berserk are mishandled and lacking in terms of ability to fight and defend themselves. Casca, despite being described as a competent fighter, only holds her ground once in single combat. As a character, she is only interesting in regards to her relationship with other men - first Griffith then Guts. Farnese is likewise only interesting in regards to her character growth because of Guts. The women in the manga in general lack their own agency and are often very hopeless.
I disagree about Farnese. Until the end of the Tower of Conviction arc Farnese is very interesting in her own right. I mean, it's definitely fun to see her try and be proud and powerful when confronted with Guts and utterly failing at it, but what made her interesting were her own struggles and fears regarding her religious believes, her desires, and her clouded judgement of right and wrong. If there was any male character that made Farnese the most interesting it was actually Serpico. That one flashback of them right before the Fantasia arc was probably Farnese at her most interesting.
I actually think a more problematic female depiction in Berserk
is Slan. The one Godhand who's a woman and obviously looks the most hot as a result. And on top of that she's always sexually aroused and fondling herself, because you know, she's demonic. And I mean, I like Slan for the crazed demonic hellspawn that she is, but it's certainly a bit telling.
Really sad about this. Love Berserk, and pretty cut up that we're unlikely to see an ending to the story. I wanted that Griffith comeuppance, goddamnit!!
Hey man, we got the slap. Just imagine some sitcom endcredits theme playing over Rickert walking away.