Kentaro Miura 1966 – 2021

Kentaro Miura 1966 – 2021

Kentaro Miura, the legendary creator of the manga Berserk passed away today at the age of 54.

“His US publisher Dark Horse Comics, describing Miura as a “master artist and storyteller”, said he had suffered acute aortic dissection and died on 6 May. “He will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.”

The Japanese artist was best known for Berserk, which he wrote and drew. It first launched in 1989 and has been running ever since. Set in a world inspired by medieval Europe, it follows the story of the mercenary Guts, a warrior with a huge sword and an iron hand, and Griffith, leader of the mercenary Band of the Hawk. Dark, violent and humorous, Berserk ran to 40 volumes with more than 35m copies sold worldwide, according to its Japanese publisher Hakusensha. It was also adapted into anime TV series, films and video games.

Miura’s character designs were hugely influential on other comics and games, including Dynasty Warriors, Final Fantasy and Dark Souls. On Thursday, thousands of fans were gathering online to pay tribute to Miura, holding virtual memorials in video games such as Final Fantasy XIV.

His work has some most intricately detailed scenes in the history of Manga. Miura’s vast talent as an artist will leave an equally huge void behind him.

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Comments (3)

  • Talos Valcoran Reply

    If only we could trade the dude who writes Game of Thrones for Miura-sensei… *goes to put Gatsu on repeat*

    May 21, 2021 at 12:34 am
  • Clamantis Reply

    I’ve never heard of Miura, but that first image has my interest perked.

    I’d like to also give praise to comic artist John Paul Leon, who passed away on May 1st. I shared some classes and mutual friends with him in college but never ran in his circles. He broke into the comics business while in college in the early 90s, and about half a decade after graduation, I began to truly admire his storytelling abilities when his style was coming into its own- realistic, illustrative, with palpable world-building and excellent use of blacks. His style was bit of an anomaly in modern mainstream comics, harking back to comic strip greats like Alex Toth, Jim Holdaway, Milton Caniff, and Alex Raymond with the modern sensibilities of a Mike Mignola. Taken away too soon, R.I.P. and condolences to his loved ones.

    May 21, 2021 at 2:59 am
  • Dane Reply

    He trusted Pharma I take it…

    GG Kentaro.

    May 21, 2021 at 5:39 am

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