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Hehe everytime I think "This manga is on par with Berserk!" I go to check back on Berserk and notice: "Damn, Berserk is soooo good...".
Vinland Saga does look great. I don't think that it's really on the same level of Berserk, but close to it. As I said, it even improved during the latest arc. But I think most important is still that a style chosen for a manga looks conclusive and good for itself, and that's totally given for Vinland Saga. And the general panels/composition is great, too.
Some pages might not be just as brilliant in arts and detials as Berserk, but they're just absolutely cool.
Two examples (neither are real story spoilers)
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; February 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM.
Indeed, I understand Vinland Saga has it's own style to look after and to make it it's own style and not let's say be a copy of Berserk is good. One thing I would say though a manga being like Berserk is nothing to be looking down at. But mostly to me a "manga similar" to Berserk means one that has good art but the art is not a copy.
Well just to be clear anyway, I just pointed out the progression of the art that is inherent in most manga, not just Berserk or Vinland. A lot of manga start out sucky in art. Kokou no Hito is another example.
Anyway, the art really isn't such a turn off in the beginning parts of Vinland Saga. It's very "cute" and curvy and soft despite its subject matter, but the kick-assery of the whole package makes up for it.
Also, the mangaka really makes use of facial expressions well. I love how he draws the characters' faces in this manga.
Last edited by baboysai; February 18, 2011 at 05:16 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
It's Yukimura after all, he had great faces in Planetes already when the overall arts was worse
In comparison of panels over time and between different "moods" of the story it sometimes looks like they'ld come from totally different manga, yet somewhat suiting in style. By which I mean that the style differs a lot, but it doesn't look like an unintentional mistake/unconsistency, but rather a good use of various styles.
I don't think that Kokou no Hito ever sucked in arts, but that's a different topic ofc
Thanks everyone for the explanation of the art and such in Vinland Saga, oh well this weekend will be filled with free time for me so hopefully I will get far in the chapters, on more thing though this involves the story it has not fantastic elements what so ever right?
Em why should Berserk be always taken as the standard? Its a great manga and may be one of the earliest seinens to reach that height of greatness, but there are some better ones that have come out since. Vinland saga can definitely become one of those. It already beats berserk in non-linearity i believe.
I don't personally take Berserk as a best manga or seinen. Yeah, Berserk is really great and I love it. But in fact I like more Vinland Saga than Berserk, actually I like Vinland Saga more than anything. It features my favourite theme middleage and vikings, it has great art. And it excellents in plot and characters psyche. Yukimura Makoto is my favourite mangaka which he proves even in Planetes and Sayonara ga Chikai no de. I enjoy every chapter of VS and I find this slave arc awesome. It features Einar, great character, good friend to Thorfinn. For Thorfinn... his development is really very well done. He was consumed by hatred and only death of his target can save him. I just love Vinland Saga and I hope that it will be still for a long time (It's a saga after all).
Thanks for clarification.
Last edited by You Say; April 15, 2011 at 03:09 PM.
@ you say [witty username lol]
I don't see the need for a spoilers here. You aren't talking about the latest chapter or mentioning any part of it ...so you don't need spoilers for that.
Once a chapter has been out for 24 hr. it can be discussed without spoiler tags. That applies to any series in this forum. Anyone reading this thread who isn't caught up is risking spoilers anyway.
I don't entirely like the comparison between VS and Berserk. There are similarities but they're are enough differences that each stand on their own. Vinland is one of the best realistic history series, free of fantasy and super powers, nor romanticizing what the middle ages were like. All the violence is left intact. Berserk is one of the best fantasy series ever written, an epic of violent symbolism. I think has more in common with ancient epics, like Paradise Lost or the Odyssey, than it does with Vinland. Actually, I think Berserk has more in common with One Piece than Vinland Saga. One Piece is the manga Argonautica, an epic voyage in search of the golden fleece. Berserk is the Odyssey, a cursed warrior forced on a violent journey against his will.
I think comparisons between the two exist because of the setting, themes, and even some of the characters being similar. However, the narrative thus far isn't THAT similar.
It's more that they look similar.
That being said, I think he's been influenced my Miura at least somewhat.
Can someone provide me with a link to a timeline, or maybe spell out the dates for me?
It's been a while since I have read some chapters, but I am completely lost on the dates since the slavery arc started.
I have no clue how old anyone is any longer, I have no clue how long the slave arc has lasted....
thanks in advance for your help
Also the drawing style of Berserk seems a little "dirtier" to me than that of Vinland Saga, which especially now looks very clean. This is no rating however, it's just a stylistical difference. I even prefer the dirty look of Berserk.
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; April 16, 2011 at 03:35 PM.
any case its true that vinland saga and berserk are rather different, but its not entirely impossible to compare between them on general grounds like plot,characterization etc.
on those counts i find berserk (and one piece) rather falling short of the depth in relation to the comparisons you have made for them.
i would say vinland saga has a more feeling of an epic,than berserk,even though the later rather conspicuously tries to become one. May be that's why vinland has done better so far. Instead of trying too hard to be all epic and great, it sort stayed within itself and patiently kept exploring and increasing its own boundaries.
I think one interesting thing to note is, that Berserk isn't really much about society or human interaction (with society), it's really a lone wolf scenario of interesting individuals clashing which each other.
But in VS it's a lot about behaviour towards others and in society, even though it took Thorfinn quite a while to realise that. Here nobody is totally independend like Gatsu or Griffith are, which also makes it much more realistic in social terms. Even stray dog Thorfinn always was or is part of a certain group and has his dependencies.
This ultimately makes VS a little more adult imo.