Kentaro Miura, the creator of the manga Berserk, has passed away at the age of 54.
CNET reported the news after the editorial department of Young Animal Comics released a statement on Twitter announcing Miura’s death. He died on May 6 as a result of acute aortic dissection, according to the official statement. “We would like to express our utmost respect and gratitude to Dr. Miura’s painting work and pray for his soul,” the message concluded.Kentaro Miura (Source: IMDb)
Miura was best known for his acclaimed dark fantasy manga Berserk, which began serialization in 1989. The manga series tells the story of Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the “Band of the Hawk.” Guts served as a template for many heroes that came after him. The ridiculously big sword he wields in the Berserk manga arguably started a trend in anime, which spread to characters like Cloud Strife and Ichigo Kurosaki.
As one of the best-selling manga series of all time, Berserk has made a significant impact on mainstream media and multiple works of fiction in the years since its debut. Its influence can be seen in video games like Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Final Fantasy, as well as contemporary manga and anime such as Demon Slayer, Castlevania, and Vagabond. Berserk also spawned several adaptations of its own, including two anime series, a film trilogy, and various video games.
Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to Miura following the news of his death.
So yeah, Kentaro Miura the creator of #Berserk died. His artwork is beyond amazing and the story he crafted is one of the fundamental and most influential pieces of media. So much of what I’ve consumed has been his works and works influenced by him like Dark souls. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/6hBQdjjBUz
— Zimzilla99 (@OG_Zimzilla99) May 20, 2021
Rest in peace, Miura. Thank you for your amazing work that’s touched so many people’s lives. I know personally that Guts’ perseverance has spoken volumes pic.twitter.com/KnoGeZ1YYD
— pereden (@perepereden) May 20, 2021
Berserk’s influence was unreal. No exaggeration to say we might not have gotten some of these characters the way they are if it wasn’t for Miura’s work. pic.twitter.com/ML2VdZ0ffb
— Dante Redgrave (@DanteRedgrave87) May 20, 2021
One of the greatest artists in the entire medium; rest in peace Kentaro Miura and thank you for BERSERK pic.twitter.com/ANsmagArYx
— Nibel (@Nibellion) May 20, 2021
— Berserk Archive (@BerserkArchive) May 20, 2021
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.