News culture Berserk: Kentaro Miura’s revelations about the future of the manga before his death
The announcement has stirred thousands of readers: Kentaro Miura, the author of the gigantic Berserk, died almost 4 months ago. While fans were able to read the final chapter of the dark fantasy work drawn by the master himself and published posthumously on September 9, the final interview with Miura Sensei resurfaced. He indicates among other things what the future of Berserk should be.
Fans around the world were mourning the death of Kentaro Miura after the information was released on May 20. Berserk, manga monument of dark fantasy, then saw its future darken, crushing in the passing the hope of the readers to see one day this major work obtain the conclusion it deserves. Indeed, since the death of the author, very little information has circulated about Berserk. Speculation is rife, and there was recently talk of Miura’s assistant taking up the torch in order to complete the work of the great author. However At the release of chapter 364, the publishing house Young Animal released a statement indicating that for the moment, no decision had been taken concerning Berserk, the work thus remaining in abeyance:
To all Kentaro Miura fans
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Berserk readers who have supported us all this time. Chapter 364 published in this volume is the final work of Kentaro Miura. We were able to complete and publish the manuscript he left behind thanks to the unwavering support of the members of Studio Gaga, who have collaborated on Berserk with Kentaro Miura for years. We are also happy to announce the release of the last volume this December. We thank the readers for having waited so long, and especially in this situation where the information was imprecise and ambiguous … moment. However, we can promise you that here at Young animal, Kentaro Miura and Berserk will always be our priority. (…)
The future of Berserk is therefore, for the moment, completely uncertain. As a (meager) consolation, fans may have heard of Miura Sensei’s final interview, which included information about the next stage in Guts’ adventures, or after chapter 364. So be careful, since the following information potentially contains spoils.. If you really don’t want to know anything, we recommend that you continue reading Berserk before inquiring.
First of all K. Miura indicated that in chapter 364, Berserk’s advance was between 60% and 80%. A relatively broad idea, which the author explained by his inability to predict the number of secondary arcs he intended to include in his work. Another major information: the evolution of the duel between Guts and Griffith. The two protagonists had, according to Kentaro Miura, to fight several times before their final clash. The revelations of chapter 364 then take on a new meaning and a new confrontation could have, finally, arrived quickly after this last chapter. Additionally, Miura Sensei clarified that after the Elfheim arc (the last arc in progress) Guts had to hit the road alone, or at least with a small team. And finally, we also learn that Guts and the Skull Knight had to face each other. a clash of the titans that we will, unfortunately, probably never see. Chapter 364 and this information nevertheless allow us to imagine what Berserk might have looked like:
Finally, if it is possible to emit a bunch of hypotheses and other eccentric theories, it is true that Kentaro Miura’s last words about his series are enough to make us regret his departure. Anyway, Berserk will forever remain Miura’s masterpiece, a dark, violent, mature, epic and uncompromising work that has thrilled the souls of thousands of readers.
Berserk is made up of 40 volumes, all available from Glénat. Kentaro Miura’s final chapter was released on September 9, 2021.
Berserk: posthumous chapter 364 offers 24 emotional pages of Kentaro Miura’s work