The dark fantasy manga series Berserk by the late Kentaro Miura is set to continue with the help of the creator’s assistants and under the supervision of Kouji Mori.
The Berserk manga series was fully launched by the late Japanese manga artist Kentaro Miura in 1989, although he first published a one-shot version of Berserk in 1988, it was which went he released the entire series that made it sell more than 40 million copies across the globe making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time.
Berserk follows the story of Guts, a superhuman strong warrior who wields a large sword, where each night, he wanders through a dark medieval world filled with demons, corrupt and decadent nobles, and other horrors. As he makes his way through the world assailing demons, he must be able to slay his former friend turned demon who took everything from him. The success of Berserk was followed by an inspired television anime series of the manga series in 1997, as well as a film anime trilogy from 2012 to 2013. And in 2016, another television anime series premiered followed by its second half in 2017.
Hence, the unfortunate passing of Kentaro Muira last May 06, 2021, at the age of 54 due to acute aortic dissection truly left a heartbreak among Japanese creators and artists, and with his avid readers and fans throughout the world. The passing of Mori also left a question of whether the manga series and the story of Berserk will continue.
But putting the worries of fans and readers at ease, with the help of Muri’s assistants and manga creator, and Muri’s close friend, Kouji Mori, they announced that the Berserk manga by the late Kentaro Miura will continue and will end its current arc, to pave the way to the beginning of a new arc.
In an announcement made by the Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine and Kouji Mori, they shared the news that “the Berserk manga series will continue beginning with this year’s 13th issue of Young Animal on June 24. The manga will first have six chapters that will go to the end of the “Fantasia Arc/Elf Island Chapter,” with a new arc beginning afterward.” They further shared that as the series moves forward, the manga will now contain the following credits, “Original work by Kentaro Miura, manga by Studio Gaga, supervised by Kouji Mori.”
Studio Gaga is actually Kentaro Miura’s studio where he worked with his assistants and apprentices who alongside helped him with Berserk. While Kouji Mori is a close childhood friend of Miura, and whom he frequently consulted with plot details for Berserk. And last year, Kouji Mori even drew a one-shot manga in Young Animal that narrates the story of his lifelong friendship and creative relationship with the late manga artist.
Mori even shared that he knows the story of the manga series up to the very end and says that both of them have discussed the ending of Berserk since the manga’s iconic ‘Eclipse’ event about 30 years ago. That is why after the passing of Kentaro Miura, he thought about discussing the ending through an interview or coming up with illustrations with an accompanying article but he thought that this will not be sufficient enough for the entire story of Berserk. And through the offer of Studio Gaga to help them continue the manga series, Mori accepted and promises to recall the details as much as possible and tell the story to fans. He also reassures the avid readers that even though his telling of the story can be imperfect, he is almost sure that it is possible to tell the story that Kentarou Miura wanted to tell.
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