Berserk has been inspired by many sources. Surprisingly, a character can even be based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Kentaro Miura’s long-running seinen manga Maddened has followed its protagonist Guts cutting bloody swaths of carnage through his enemies for over 30 years. The series is known for its dark stories, violent battles, complex characters, and a wide range of influences. Drawing inspiration from real-world history, literary classics, and popular media, Miura constantly finds new ways to misrepresent iconic tropes in surprisingly nuanced ways. Perhaps most interesting of all, one of the series’ weirdest villains, Captain Bonebeard, appears to be inspired by Disney’s. pirates of the Caribbean films.
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Guts and his companions first encountered Captain Bonebeard, in the port city of Vritannis, who looked like a stereotypical pirate with his pegleg, eye patch, and frown full of teeth and gum ripping his tangled beard. In a brilliant comment on the nature of his character and the world in general, he explained that he was giving up piracy to sell slaves in an attempt to become a law-abiding businessman. Even this cruel “redemption” did not last.
While one might assume that Bonebeard is just a general pirate pastiche, there is evidence to suggest that it is directly inspired by Disney. Pirates Movie (s. His first appearance, in Chapter 247 of the manga, was released in 2004, a year after the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Before the introduction of Bonebeard, there wasn’t even a hint of a pirate focus in the manga; Guts and his companions were busy fighting an army of apostles. The timing of the series’ shift in focus suggests that Miura intentionally altered the narrative (at least in part) after watching the first pirates of the Caribbean film.
Captain Bonebeard has strikingly similar clothing and facial features to those Pirates Captain Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush. The two share the same wild hair, pronounced nose, and shabby teeth, though Barbossa is missing the body parts Bonebeard is missing and a slightly wilder beard. In addition to using pirate nautical jargon, Bonebeard also has an unbridled speaking style that seems to combine Barbossa’s menacing threats with Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow ravings.
The action scenes in both works also have similarities. Maddened is famous for his complex fights, usually centered on Guts or his companions. Bonebeard was featured in a swashbuckling fight that emphasized the importance of footwork when dueling on unconventional terrain, something suspiciously similar to the duel between Jack Sparrow and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), a fight that has been cited as one of the best choreographed in Hollywood. sword fights.
During the event known as the Great Roar of the Astral World, the spirit plane altered the physical world. All of Bonebeard’s crew were transformed by a god of the sea, acquiring properties similar to both aquatic life and the undead. The parallels to the skeletal crew of the Black Pearl and the fish-like sailors serving aboard the Flying Dutchman in the second and third Pirates movies are not difficult to watch.
While it is impossible to know for sure whether Miura was directly inspired by the pirates of the Caribbean movies without asking him directly, the evidence suggests that Bonebeard and his team owe their existence at least in part to the Disney franchise. Considering how Miura draws inspiration from many unexpected places, it is no exaggeration to think that a great movie like Curse of the Black Pearl could have shaped one of the series’ most memorable antagonists.
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