Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6th at 2:28pm, from acute aortic dissection, a condition that affects blood supply to the internal organs.
Miura is best known for creating the manga series Berserk, which is a fantasy story about a former mercenary named Guts, now known as the “Black Swordsman,” who is out for revenge after being betrayed by someone he most respected and trusted. The manga started serialization in 1989 followed by several anime adaptions.
On May 20th Japan time, Hakusensha, the Tokyo-based publisher that’s currently serializing Berserk in its Young Animal anthology magazine, first reported the news on its official website.
2021年5月20日 株式会社白泉社 ヤングアニマル編集部 pic.twitter.com/baBBo4J2kL
— ベルセルク公式ツイッター (@berserk_project) May 20, 2021
Translation of tweet:
Mr. Kentaro Miura passed away.
Mr. Kentaro Miura, the creator of “Berserk”, passed away on May 6, 2021 due to acute aortic dissection. We would like to express our utmost respect and gratitude to Mr. Miura for his art work, and we sincerely pray for his soul rest in peace.
May 20, 2021 Young Animal Editorial Department, Hakusensha Co.
They also added that “the farewell ceremony was held privately by the family.”
Kentaro Miura’s workspace at Studio Gaga, separate from the assistants.
The editorial staff of Young Animal offered their condolences, along with their memories of Miura:
“This is a difficult reality to accept, and we are not sure how to process it. Honestly, it’s hard to put our feelings into words. When we remember our time with Miura, whenever we would meet with him, he was cheerful and happy to talk about manga, anime, and movies that he’d enjoyed, and he always had a smile on his face. We never once saw him look angry or upset. He always looked like a happy person who was a kid at heart.”
Kentaro Miura’s childlike happiness is a stark contrast to his dark fantasy story full of betrayal, battles, revenge and incredible artwork. His dedication to a story he cherished for over 30 years since he started in 1989, will always be remembered by those who knew him personally, and the fans who followed his journey.
The opening from the classic Berserk anime from 1997:
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