In May 2021, fans around the world mourned the sudden passing of Kentaro Miura, author of Berserk. As volume 41 is about to be released with us, it’s in a press release, posted on Twitter, that Kouji Mori announced the resumption of the manga.
On May 20, 2021, the world learned of the death of Kentaro Miura. Beyond the loss of a manga master, this news made the future of Berserk manga, published since 1990, completely uncertain. Since then, several rumors announcing the return of the work have circulated, but none of them had been made official by the Japanese publisher Hakusensha. At least until this morning.
Indeed, in a statement posted on Twitter, the publisher of Berserkexplains that before his death, Kentaro Miura had confided to Kôji Mori, his best friend who is also a mangaka (author of Suicide Island and Genesis), the story he was thinking of for the rest of the series. What's more, Miura had taken care to leave notes on the continuation of the plot, as well as various draft designs.
Berserk: The manga will resume under the supervision of Kôji Mori
The press release, published on Twitter, actually has two. The first was written by the editorial team of the preprint magazine Young Animal. The team tells us about their desire to continue Miura’s work in the best possible conditions and explains that the drawing will always be the responsibility of Studio Gaga, the collective created by the master in person, and that the series will now be under the supervision of Kôji Mori.
The second press release is a speech by Kôji Mori. This one looks back on the birth of Berserk, but also explains why he accepted the publisher’s proposal. He insists that, out of respect for his friend, the story will go to the place Miura envisioned. No changes will be made to the story imagined by Miura.