The sad occasion brought manga fans of all kinds together on the internet, to mourn Berserk author Kentaro Miura.Beloved manga artist and author Kentaro Miura, famous for his series Berserk, died of heart problems on May 6th, 2021, at the age of 54. The death has hit the manga community hard, particularly after a difficult year of COVID-19, where many have been cooped up inside and found particular enjoyment in their favorite manga and anime. After the official announcement of Miura’s death from his publishing company, Hakusensha, the internet has been hit with a rush of sad posts from fans, acquaintances mourning the loss, and quite a few tributes to his work.
Many fans initially got the news from the official Twitter account of Berserk, Kentaro Miura’s most famous series, and one of the best-selling mangas of all time. The tweet itself was a simple announcement from Berserk’s publisher, sharing the simple facts of the author’s death, and an accompanying image containing messages from individuals at the publishing company.
Former acquaintances soon came out of the woodwork to share stories of Kentaro Miura, including Hakusensha editor Ayako Mori. She writes “20 years ago, when I was a novice editor, I was unsure and always worried about the work I was doing. Kentaro-sensei encouraged me in a direct and straightforward way, saying ‘get to work!’ Thanks to him, I’m still working in this field.”
And everyday fans shared their sadness as well, like the Twitter account of this high school art club, which has kept a small bust of Berserk protagonist Guts around the art room as a little good luck charm for as long as anyone can remember.
Of course, among the sad posts were tributes to artist, and evidence of the creativity that Kentaro Miura inspired in his fans. Fan art of Berserk characters has flooded Twitter, reminding us all how beloved this series is to so many.
Some art, like this work in progress, is clearly inspired by the detailed, realistic work of Miura himself.
Other tributes have taken the characters in a whole new direction! But all of it shows the love that fans feel for this long-running series, which has been in publication for over 30 years―for some fans, their whole life.
One sentiment was clear: Thank you, Kentaro Miura, for all the work you shared with the world!