Kentaro Miura, the creator of the manga Berserk, has died at the age of 54. He died on May 6 from an acute aortic dissection, according to a statement from the editors of Young Animal Comics, where Berserk is serialized in Japan.
“The news of Miura’s sudden passing left Young Animal’s editorial department in deep sorrow,” the publication said.
Dark Horse Comics, which released Miura’s work in the United States, also released a statement.
“Miura-sensei was a master artist and storyteller and we have had the great privilege of publishing many of his finest works, including his masterpiece, Berserk.
“He will be sorely missed. “
Miura’s most famous work, Berserk, began serialization in 1989. A dark fantasy manga set in a brutal medieval-inspired universe, Berserk’s impact can be seen in multiple works of fiction. Video games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Final Fantasy alongside manga and anime like Demon Slayer, Castlevania, and Vagabond all bear the mark of Miura’s influence.
Kentaro Miura started drawing at the age of 10, creating manga for his classmates, but quickly moved on to reality, working as an assistant to George Morikawa, the creator of boxing manga Hajime No Ippo, aged 18 years old.
Berserk told the story of “Guts”. A mercenary swordsman embroiled in a wild world of endless battles and magic, he seeks revenge against his former master Griffith, who has become a demon god. He was renowned for his steadfast, often brutal visual storytelling mixed with some of the most dazzling and detailed art ever seen in manga.
Fans have paid tribute to Miura online.
Due to the popularity of Berserk, an anime was produced in 1997. A series of films, covering the early arcs of manga history, was produced in 2012, with an additional series released in 2016. Several video games based on Berserk have also been published.
The serialization of Berserk was underway, and as a result, Miura’s manga will likely remain unfinished.