Kentaro Miura, who is famous for creating, drawing, and writing the hardcore dark fantasy manga series Berserk, has passed away on 6th May. He was 54.
According to an official statement on Oricon News (via Joey the Anime Man’s Twitter), Miura died due to “acute aortic dissection”.
Miura Kentaro: one of my favorite manga artists and the creator of one of my favorite manga series “Berserk”, has just passed away at age 54.
I don’t even know what to say.
As a massive fan of Berserk, this is just soul crushing.
Long live, Berserk.
Rest In peace, sensei. https://t.co/1iUDpB7ni2
— Joey (@TheAn1meMan) May 20, 2021
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
Miura’s work also includes Gigantomakhia and Duranki. Thanks to his stellar work that is Berserk, he has influenced many manga and comic book artists/writers into tackling dark fantasy, or at least adding a little bit of darkness & detail (as well as huge-ass swords & armored edgelords) in their stories and art. It’s safe to say that he was the pioneer of the dark fantasy genre as a whole.
Rest in peace, legend of manga, and long live Berserk.