The Berserk manga will likely be returning. Regardless of the premature demise of authentic sequence writer and creator Kentaro Miura, the darkish fantasy sequence will proceed below the route of Miura’s former manufacturing studio, Studio Gaga, and shut buddy Kouji Mori, based on writer Hakusensha.
Berserk will proceed with six chapters to conclude the present Fantasia Arc/Elf Island Chapter after which the sequence will start a brand new arc. The sequence will proceed to be credited to Kentaro Miura as the unique writer however the manga will now say “Unique work by Kentaro Miura, Manga by Studio Gaga, Supervised by Kouji Mori”.
In a submit on their web site and on social media, Hakusensha mentioned,
“Earlier than his passing, Kentaro Miura spoke to his shut buddy Kouji Mori in regards to the tales and episodes he had in thoughts for Berserk. He additionally had comparable talks together with his studio workers and editor. He puzzled, would everybody be shocked if I drew one thing like this? How a couple of character like this? Would this storyline be attention-grabbing? The talks weren’t meant as his final phrases, however had been part of his atypical days as a manga artist.
“Such atypical days continued for greater than 1 / 4 of a century. Our minds and hearts are nonetheless crammed with the ideas Mr. Miura shared with us throughout that point. Now we have additionally discovered memos of concepts he wrote and designs for characters that he drew and left behind.
“We had been reluctant to finish his story with out sharing these together with his followers.
Our hope is for everybody to learn the final episode that now we have put collectively, till the final body.”
The continuation of the sequence will hew as intently as potential to the concepts for the sequence that Miura would talk about with buddies and colleagues, as Miura didn’t depart behind any formal outlines or written drafts to work from:
“Since he didn’t depart behind tough drafts, it’s unattainable for us to create a manuscript precisely in the best way he would have meant. Nonetheless, we’ll write the manga in order to not deviate from Mr. Miura’s personal phrases. We want to take the “Kentaro Miura” that we knew so fondly by our conversations and work and convey this to all of you in a honest method.
“We consider that this coverage, though imperfect, is one of the best ways to ship the Berserk that Mr. Miura envisioned to everybody as faithfully as potential.”
Kouji Mori manga writer of Holyland and Destroy and Revolution, gave a press release:
“Almost 30 years in the past, Miura referred to as me and mentioned, “I want to speak to you about drawing a tough draft.” I went to his office simply to speak as we all the time do, however Miura seemed extra severe than standard. “I want to attract the Eclipse,” he mentioned. I sensed it might be arduous work, however couldn’t consider it after I was trapped indoors for every week… In that very second, the storyline for Berserk was accomplished, till the final chapter.
Unusually, the story for Berserk went on precisely as we mentioned on the time, with virtually no modifications. I continued to speak to Miura usually, each time there was an enormous episode. We did so ever since we had been college students, consulting one another whereas engaged on manga.”
On being introduced on board to provide the remainder of the Berserk story alongside Miura’s apprentices at Studio Gaga:
“I’ve a message and promise to everybody. I’ll recall the small print as a lot as potential and inform the story.”
“I’ll solely write the episodes that Miura talked to me about. I can’t flesh it out. I can’t write episodes that I don’t keep in mind clearly. I’ll solely write the strains and tales that Miura described to me. After all, it won’t be excellent. Nonetheless, I feel I can virtually inform the story that Miura wished to inform.”
Kentaro Miura died unexpectedly from an aortic dissection in Could 2021 leaving followers and the manga world surprised – with tributes pouring out within the worlds of comics and gaming.
Berserk is a world bestselling manga with over 50 million copies in circulation. The ultimate chapter of the sequence by Miura, chapter 364, was launched posthumously and picked up in tankōbon format as quantity 41 in December 2021. The English translation will launch later this 12 months from Darkish Horse Comics.