The passing of Kentarou Miura, the creator of the Berserk manga, has devastated fans around the world and gotten many Western news outlets (who usually ignore manga) to pick up the story. Since then, condolences have amassed.
“Miura no longer exists in a physical space,” said Susumu Hirasawa, music composer for the 1997 anime adaptation of Berserk. “From now on, we won’t be able to talk with each other about unresolved matters. He will always occupy a part of my mind regardless of time or space. Miura. Once again, I hope that we can get along earnestly.”
“Berserk is what allowed my youth to remain with me,” said Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima. “Even at my age, I’d still get excited at each new volume that came out. Now I am stunned in grief. May Miura-sensei rest in peace.”
“When I woke up, Kentarou Miura had passed,” said Black Lagoon creator Rei Hiroe. “Ahh.. So Berserk will be unfinished… It was a solid fantasy and a great manga. It’s one of the few manga that I’ve continued to buy since way back, so I’m shook. You did well, may you rest in peace. R.I.P.”
“I just learned about Kentaro Miura’s death,” said Vinland Saga creator Makoto Yukimura. “At the same time, my fans are tweeting about my health. Thank you very much. I will take care of my health and will surely complete the Vinland Saga series. I’m very shocked. I can’t put it into words. It was a tremendous job. I think drawing was his life.”
“Beloved across generations, Berserk was the Bible of my friend group,” said Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ohkubo. “I had just binged the entire manga… It feels like yesterday when my classmates and I rushed to go see Miura-sensei at an event in Shibuya. You left us too soon!”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.