Japanese artist-author Kentaro Miura — creator of “Berserk,” one of many best-selling manga sequence of all time – has died of an acute aortic dissection. He was 54.
On Thursday, his US writer Darkish Horse Comics confirmed that he handed away on Could 6. Miura was a “grasp artist and storyteller,” his reps announced in a statement. “He might be tremendously missed. Our condolences exit to his household and family members.”
Miura launched his beloved sequence in 1989. It now spans 40 volumes and 35 million copies have been bought, in line with its Japanese writer Hakusensha. In 2017, Miura’s Darkish Horse editor introduced that more than 1.2 million copies had been sold in North America as properly.
Set in a darkly humorous fantasy world impressed by medieval Europe, the adventures of sword-wielding warrior Guts and Griffith, chief of the mercenary Band of the Hawk, have additionally impressed an anime TV sequence, characteristic movies and video video games.
Miura’s US editor, Chris Warner, once hailed the series as “a harrowing darkish fantasy of monumental depth, complexity and audacity,” one which weaves an “astonishing visible tapestry is like nothing else in graphic fiction . . . Whereas the horror and violence are at occasions disturbing and unquestionably grownup, Miura nonetheless manages to supply real emotion and loads of humor.”
“Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers for this tragic loss,” tweeted Hisashi Koinuma, producer of the online game “Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.”
The final impression of “Berserk” is mirrored in a number of platforms: Online game sequence corresponding to “Darkish Souls,” “Bloodborne” and “Ultimate Fantasy” — in addition to manga and anime titles together with “Demon Slayer,” “Castlevania” and “Vagabond” — all “bear the mark of Miura’s affect,” in line with the know-how specialists at CNET.com.
Upon listening to of Miura’s dying, thousands of “Berserk” fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the enduring artist.