Kentaro Miura, the creator of the iconic dark manga series Berserk has passed away
In an official statement from Young Animal Comics on May 20, the heads announced that Author Kentaro Miura has passed away . Miura’s passing is a huge loss to the world of manga and the many other works he inspired. Best known as the creator of Berserk, Miura’s impact and legacy extends far beyond even that legendary manga series.
Berserk is Miura’s debut manga, which began in 1989. Telling the brutal story of the black swordsman, Guts, the manga is about what a man is willing to sacrifice for revenge. Berserk’s dark setting is a fantasy genre that has become a dark depp legend 30 years after it was released. Aside from his incredibly detailed artwork – some of Berserk’s hand-drawn panels look like they’re a piece of museum art – Miura’s storytelling is a major part of why. Amidst swords and spears and magic, death and destruction, Miura tells a story rooted in real emotions, from anger at betrayal to uncertainty about the future – and a journey of revenge. full of blood.
It’s hard to overstate Berserk’s influence. From Final Fantasy VII to Devil May Cry, even up to the more recent Castlevania, swordsmen swinging giant swords across genres and vehicles can often attract associations with a return to Guts. This is especially true for the Dark Souls series, with its fantasy dark setting and monster design a nightmare that is clearly related to Berserk. Kentaro Miura really left his mark on the fantasy genre, even if Berserk is still unfinished.
It’s easy to look at Miura’s passing and lament Berserk’s uncertain future, but it’s important to remember the man behind the manga. According to a 1996 interview published in the Berserk Illustrations File, Miura mentioned that, when he started, he didn’t have a specific plan. As the series progresses, Berserk will also become notorious against rival Huter X Hunte. When Miura recently started another manga series, which Duranki also hadn’t finished yet, he pushed the fantasy genre in new directions, just as he did with Berserk, although some see it as a missed opportunity. miss to do more of the classics.
Here’s a better quality recording showing the full line of Dark Knights on Final Fantasy XIV’s Balmung server paying tribute to Miura-san.
The turnout is amazing.
For those unfamiliar with FFXIV, the Dark Knight job and Guts share a lot of similarities. pic.twitter.com/ToMO0LM07X
— Josh (@EliteFourJosh) May 20, 2021
All of this to say, Kentaro Miura is a mangaka, he does what he likes and watches what he wants to see, bringing unparalleled quality to each of his works at a time. Of course, like most mangakas, Miura’s work schedule is an extremely demanding one, following that same ’96 interview (and that’s likely to remain stable over time), so It’s not that he’s easy. Regardless, Miura’s quirky and bright personality is as much a part of his legacy as any of his manga. When remembering Miura’s impact, it’s important that we remember what we know about who he is.
With tributes constantly appearing in Final Fantasy XIV and on the internet, it’s clear that Kentaro Miura’s work has touched the lives of so many people. Few manga are as lauded, analyzed, and influential as Berserk, which is likely to continue to grow in the future as more and more people come to the series based on the popular fan base. its. Kentaro Miura’s legacy is undeniable – we can only hope he understands how much his work meant to fans before he passed away.