The reason why I draw the comparison to Gundam is because Berserk has its setting to consider. This clearly takes place in medievil Europe. And if you're familiar with history at all, if you were a woman you were basically property unless you were of royal lineage. Berserk has a clear and concise reason why a lot of the woman in this story are treated the way that they are. What you're complaining about is the same as if I wrote something that took place back in 1950's America that had a housewife toiling in the kitchen.
Then why did the author even bother putting a woman in armor and sword in said setting? I don't even complain because it's not even realistic. But since they showed Casca (at first) to be this cool sword wielding girl, and then turned her into a broken, rape fantasy material plot device, it felt cheap.
Secondly, I specifically mention Tomino directed Gundam for a reason.
What is it? Is it the usual, overused excuse of the "realism" of war? Because I don't buy it. Gundam has so far failed in doing so.
And Gundam Unicorn is not among his projects.
As such, bringing up Ple Twelve isn't exactly a fair assessment given what Tomino basically gave Harutoshi Fukui to work with.
Gundam Unicorn initially established Marida/Ple Twelve as this cool action mobile suit pilot with a very stoic personality. But that immediately fades away with weakness and Damaged Goods Moe. She's the fantasy for all those overgrown children who jerk off to Puru porn. If you ask me, the way her character is being treated is mysoginist in itself.
Ple Twelve is a test tube lab rat that was established back in ZZ Gundam (which Tomino did work on).
The circumstances given to her relate to her gender (such as being sold into prostitution), sure.
Which is why it's wrong.
However, the condition of this character wouldn't be very much different had this character been a male.
Actually, it would: if this character had been male, he would be given a fairly
different treatment. They might even go as far as to give his issues the sensitive, responsible treatment they deserve. Or, if this sounds too idealistic, the character would instead just shrug these issues off until the plot demanded it.
And I personally feel that given that there were so many Ple clones in this unit, it was quite a shame that we only got to know two of them throughout the course of the initial TV series.
Why? For more pedo porn? And even if they were developed like how you say, their fate wouldn't have been any different.
So as I writer myself, I can see the desire to explore these characters further.
Write fanfiction then.
But the reason I mention Tomino is because of characters such as Chara Soon, Recooa Londe, Rosamia Badam, and the entire Shike Team just to name a few. They were all characters with glaring personality flaws that directly related to their gender and were generally treated with no respect by the writers involved. And they really served no purpose but to die and give the main character grief as a result in order to emotionally manipulate the audience.
And the same will be with Marida. I'm willing to be 15 euros she'll die before the end, precisely because of these very same points you just mentioned.
But I get the feeling that you can't tell the difference either way. I get the feeling that if there is any kind of tragic or helpless character that happens to be female, you'll call "foul". And as a writer, I'm mildly offended by that.
Why do Gundam fans always feel the need to treat girls like idiots? Is it because they're emotional? So far, every time girls bring up the mysoginism that reeks in that franchise, you start dismissing our arguments and calling us names and telling us to "get back to the kitchen".
There's nothing wrong with tragedy: but when it's done in an exploitative way, like with Marida, it offends me
For instance, is Annerose from LoGH offensive? No, because she isn't established as a "badass" from the start: the viewer already knows that's not going to be her role. (Although Episode 110 shows that she can be dangerous on her own)
Conversely, girls like Frederica Greenhill and Hildegard von Mariendorf are shown to be badass by using their brains instead of relying on brawns. Sure, they are secretaries and marry and whatnot, but they are female characters that are well handled and who don't need to be rape or anticlimatic murder victims for the sole purpose for the male leads' character development.