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Hit manga series 'Berserk' to return in bid to deliver late creator's unfinished story

Berserk Volume 41 (Hakusensha)

TOKYO -- The popular manga "Berserk" will resume its serialization on June 24, thanks to the efforts of a manga artist and editing staff members who aspire to continue delivering the story started by author Kentaro Miura, who passed away last year.

    Tokyo-based publisher Hakusensha announced June 7 that it will resume the serialization of Berserk from the 13th issue of "Young Animal" magazine to be released on June 24. Berserk's author Miura died of acute aortic dissection in May 2021. Now, a new story will be put together and conveyed, while trying to create what the original author envisioned as faithfully as possible.

    Before his death, Miura had talked about the storyline he had in mind for Berserk to his close friend and manga artist Kouji Mori, as well as staff members and editors in charge of the series, according to the editing department. Furthermore, notes with ideas jotted down and designs for characters have also been found. The editing department explained, "We were reluctant to end his story without sharing these with his fans." While acknowledging that it is impossible to "create a manuscript exactly in the way he would have intended," the staff vowed to "write the manga so as not to deviate from Mr. Miura's own words."

    Mori is tasked with passing down Miura's story. He released a statement revealing that his friend had described scenes to him and that he knows the story for Berserk up until the very end. Mori confessed, "Only the genius Kentaro Miura can write a masterpiece like Berserk. However, a great responsibility has fallen on me." Calling on fans, he said, "Many of you may not be fully satisfied with the Berserk written without Miura, but we hope everyone's thoughts will be with us."

    The serialization of Berserk began in 1989, and in total, over 50 million copies of the series' books have been sold in 20 countries and regions. The numbering of the manga volumes will continue in order, and credits will be written as "Original work by Kentaro Miura, Manga by Studio Gaga, Supervised by Kouji Mori."

    The statement by the Young Animal Editing Department has been released on the publisher's website in various languages, including Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese -- an indication of the manga's popularity both in and outside Japan.

    (Japanese original by Yuya Sudo, Cultural News Department)

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