Kentaro Miura, the creator of Berserk, passed away on May 6 at the age of 54 due to a ruptured aortic dissection. The news was announced on May 20, 2021, by Hakusensha’s Young Animal editorial department via Miura’s Twitter account.
【三浦建太郎先生 ご逝去の報】— ベルセルク公式ツイッター (@berserk_project) May 20, 2021
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Miura was born in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1966. He was a graduate of Nihon University College of Art. Among his works prior to writing Berserk were the one-shot manga Futatabi, which was one of the winning entries in the 34th Weekly Shōnen Magazine Best New Author category, and the one-shot manga Noa, which was featured in Fresh Magazine in 1985 and was his first serialized work.
In 1988, he wrote the prototype for Berserk, which was sent to ComiComi and published in its November issue while he was still at university. The serialization of Berserk began in Hakusensha’s Monthly Animal House in 1989, with Miura also working on a manga project titled Ourou (King of Wolves), based on a script by Hokuto no Ken’s original creator Buronson, the same year. It was published in Monthly Animal House magazine in issues 5 and 7 of that year. In 1990, Miura worked on Buronson’s prequel to Ourou, Ourouden, which was published in Young Animal magazine.
The two later collaborated again on a manga titled Japan, which was serialized in Young Animal in 1992 and was later released as a stand-alone tankōbon.
“The Golden Age” arc of Miura’s Berserk was adapted as an anime series by OLM, which aired for a total of 25 episodes from October 8, 1997, to April 1, 1998. In the 21st century, the arc received an adaptation by Studio 4°C also in the form of a film trilogy titled Berserk: The Golden Age Arc. The first two films, The Egg of the King and The Battle for Doldrey, screened in Japan in February and June 2012. The third film, The Advent, was later released in February 2013. A CG TV anime adaptation of Berserk from GEMBA and Millepensee later aired from 2016 to 2017. Berserk has also been adapted into several video games, including 2016’s Berserk Musou.
In 2013, Miura released a new manga project titled Giganto Makhia. This was his first original project in 24 years since he began Berserk. In 2019, Miura launched the manga Duranki in Hakusensha’s Young Animal Zero magazine. In an interview with Comic Natalie (via Otaquest), Miura said that he was responsible for the “storyboards and rough copies for the series” and also provided the “general direction” of the art and story, while his assistants at his production company, Studio Gaga, were responsible for the majority of the work.
Dark Horse Manga describes the Berserk manga as:
His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won’t take his fate lying down; he’ll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned — and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death…or vengeance. Created by Kentaro Miura, Berserk is manga mayhem to the extreme — violent, horrifying, and mercilessly funny — and the wellspring for the internationally popular anime series. Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, Berserk asks for no quarter — and offers none!