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Tragic news coming in from the Publisher Hakusensha, Mangaka Kentarou Miura has passed away on May 6th at 2:48 p.m. due to acute aortic dissection. He was 54. His family held a private service, the company issued a statement on Twitter:

Miura was born on July 11th, 1966 in Chiba City, located in the Chiba Prefecture. At the age of 10, he created his very first Manga titled “Miuranger” which was published for his classmates in the School Newsletter. The Series would span for 40 volumes while he was underage. Miura would later mention that his love for Shojo Manga inspired his later works.

Berserk Volume One Cover
Image Credit: Darkhorse Comics

He would then make his Professional Manga Debut when he was 18 years old, starting as an assistant to famed mangaka George Morikawa, best known for his series Hajime no Ippo. Morikawa quickly saw the talent that Miura possessed and said that there was nothing more than Morikawa could teach him, dismissing him as his assistant.

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While he attended Nihon University in 1988, Miura created the first draft of Berserk, submitting it to ComiComi’s Manga-School prize, eventually coming second overall. The first chapter of the revised version of Berserk would eventually be published in October 1989 in Monthly Animal House which would later be known as Young Animal in 1992. Since then, the series has gained worldwide fame, topping the Best Manga lists around the world. Berserk led Miura to the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize of Excellence in 2002. The manga inspired a television anime series in 1997, as well as an anime film trilogy from 2012 to 2013. Another television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2016, and the second half of the new series premiered in April 2017. The latest chapter of the series was published in the January 2021 issue of Young Animal.

Many Fans, Creators, Artists, and Gamers paid tribute to the Manga Creator, Players in Final Fantasy XIV held a Virtual Vigil, all carrying large swords and wearing Black.

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Thank you, Kentarou Miura, for your hard work, for being an inspiration to many, and for bringing joy.

News Source: Anime News Network, Crunchyroll, Official Berserk Twitter.

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