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Kentaro Miura, author of Berserk, dies at 54

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edited May 2021 in Social Entropy++


Kentaro Miura passed away on the 6th of May of acute aortic dissection. He was famous for his long-running, fantasy genre-defining manga, Berserk. Though it was not published continuously during its whole duration, it was always of the utmost quality and has been genre-defining for fantasy. In comics, novels, video games, tabletop roleplaying games, TV and film, Miura's work has been deeply influential since Berserk began publication in 1989.

(Not the last two published pages of the manga)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70GD2SBCq64

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    milskimilski Poyo! Registered User regular
    Fuck

    I ate an engineer
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    milskimilski Poyo! Registered User regular
    Dammit, FUCK.

    I ate an engineer
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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I am still reeling from this

    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    that's not actually the last two published pages of the manga

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    that's not actually the last two published pages of the manga

    thank you, fixed

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Yeah, there were two or three more chapters since then.

    But still.

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    HE WAS SO YOUNG

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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod

    I'm begging scanlators to proofread better, but yeah

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    notyanotya Registered User regular
    It's really difficult watching someone go before they've been able to finish their life's work.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Yeah, a panel from Berserk could pass as a masterclass woodcutting

    The amount of detail and care is utterly mind boggling

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    Absolutely devastating news

    The man was still so young, and had so much left to do, so much left to offer the world

    The work he did remains peerless and iconic and quietly, massively influential, and I guess you can't ask for more than that as an artist (or from an artist)

    But god

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    LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    Time assaults me with billowing waves that seem to pierce the clouds
    in answer to the drowned-out voices that prowl the roads at night

    I will not forget about you
    I still stand alone on this bleak and brutal road

    With the elegance of a wounded bird, I will endure the rain

    I sleep bathed in the blood of an unhealing earth
    Oh stars, grandly recount the tale of this night!

    I will not forget about you
    I simply live on alone in this freezing night

    Oh unfading voices, now revive your power!

    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!
    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!

    Hear me, oh soaring tower of shadows, where even the wind does weep,
    light your lamps for the wounded one who prowls the roads at night!

    I will not forget about you
    I still stand alone on this bleak and brutal road

    Go forth, oh loquacious shadows! Come and guide me!

    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!
    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!

    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!
    Hai Yai Forces! Hai Yai Forces!

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but dies in the process.
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    LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Lanz wrote: »

    This is beautiful

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    BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Fuck that is so young. Not to mention that you can tell the amazing influence he's had on so many industries.

    Shit, I should finally go read Berserk

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    LanzLanz ...Za?Registered User regular
    That same year, in 1982, Miura enrolled in an artistic curriculum in high school, where he and his classmates started publishing their works in school booklets, as well as having his first dōjinshi published in a fan-produced magazine. Miura at age 18 worked as an assistant to George Morikawa, of Hajime no Ippo fame. Morikawa quickly acknowledged Miura's high artistic level and dismissed him, saying there was nothing he could teach that Miura did not already know.[3] In 1985, Miura applied for the entrance examination of an art college in Nihon University. He submitted his project Futanabi for examination and was granted admission. This project was later nominated for Best New Author in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine. His first serialized work, Noa, was published in the magazine, but it did not work out.[4] In 1988, while working for Buronson in a project titled Orō (王狼, lit. "King of Wolves"),[3] Miura published a prototype of Berserk in Hakusensha's Gekkan ComiComi.[5][6] This 48-page prototype placed 2nd at the 7th ComiComi's Manga-School prize.[7] The serialization of Berserk began in Hakusensha's Monthly Animal House in 1989.[5]

    Good lord

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    PolaritiePolaritie Sleepy Registered User regular
    Dammit. Memes about slow release aside, the manga is up there with the best of them for that art and influence on media.

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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    that's the thing, you joke about it never ending because it has a slow release, you don't joke about it never ending because of a tragic freak medical accident

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    Kevin CristKevin Crist I make the devil hit his knees and say the 'our father'Registered User regular
    My first exposure to Berserk was the ps2 intro I saw back in early 2004ish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iiH0xlCXog

    I thought whole thing was awesome and made me wish I had the system.

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    ph blakeph blake Registered User regular
    Fuck

    This one is hitting kind of hard

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    TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    Fuck.

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    miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
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    FlorinFlorin Registered User regular
    It helped me with my depression greatly over the years, this hits harder than anything. And I find out about it today on my birthday, almost like a tragic cosmic prank. Rest in peace Kentaro Miura I'll miss you forever. :(

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    Shenl742Shenl742 Registered User regular
    edited May 2021
    Absolutely devastating news to wake up to. Rest in peace, sir.

    I find it kind of oddly fitting that this should happen after the characters in Berserk actually reach Elfheim, a beautiful and peaceful land where Guts is finally able to fulfill a promise he made to Casca so many, many years ago...

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    Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    He was only about as old as my parents. Fuck

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    korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    I am incredibly upset by this. Berserk has been a huge influence on me ever since I played Sword of the Berserk on the Dreamcast over 20 years ago. Berserk got me through some very rough times in my early adulthood, and as I've gotten older, seeing all of the other things I enjoy that have been influenced by it has been incredible.

    Knowing Miura will never get to finish his life's work is devastating.

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    Man, this really, really sucks. I love Berserk a lot

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    DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
    One of my favorite deathcore bands is heavily influenced by Berserk as well. Their name, song titles, and lyrics all draw heavily from it.

    https://youtu.be/s2mnUa_Fz0U

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    A duck!A duck! Moderator, ClubPA Mod Emeritus
    Berserk was one of those things I had always expected to not be finished, but not like this. It's terrible that he passed so young, and I hope his assistants can land on their feet.

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    Berserk is one of those things that I never got around to, but the media I love is so influenced by it that I know I would love it. I had figured because of the inconsistent schedule I’d start reading when the story was done.

    This fuckin sucks.

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    EspantaPajaroEspantaPajaro Registered User regular
    Just found out , berserk is still some of the best dark fantasy even if it never finishes.

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    NaphtaliNaphtali Hazy + Flow SeaRegistered User regular
    Fuck.

    Rest in piece Mr. Miura, now you can play all the Idolmaster that you want.

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    OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? the foot of mt fujiRegistered User regular
    rhylith wrote: »
    Berserk is one of those things that I never got around to, but the media I love is so influenced by it that I know I would love it. I had figured because of the inconsistent schedule I’d start reading when the story was done.

    This fuckin sucks.

    Yeah, the ultimate consequence of this for me is that I'm finally going to pick up Berserk volumes

    Maybe it's cruel to wait until a time like this to engage with and enjoy someone's work directly, but, well. I haven't read Game of Thrones yet either, and I'm a lot less likely to start that these days

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Olivaw wrote: »
    rhylith wrote: »
    Berserk is one of those things that I never got around to, but the media I love is so influenced by it that I know I would love it. I had figured because of the inconsistent schedule I’d start reading when the story was done.

    This fuckin sucks.

    Yeah, the ultimate consequence of this for me is that I'm finally going to pick up Berserk volumes

    Maybe it's cruel to wait until a time like this to engage with and enjoy someone's work directly, but, well. I haven't read Game of Thrones yet either, and I'm a lot less likely to start that these days

    Without getting into spoilers, I will say that the story does at least have a nice ending point with the current volumes available.

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    The Zombie PenguinThe Zombie Penguin Eternal Hungry Corpse Registered User regular
    I've never read berserk, but I've certainly been aware of it. This sucks that he's died at such a young age

    Ideas hate it when you anthropomorphize them
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