The beloved legendary mangaka Kentaro Miura passed away this month.
The mangaka passed away at the age of 54 on May 6 as a result of acute aortic dissection, according to a statement released by Hakusensha, who are the publishers of his manga.
Miura has been drawing since he was 10 years old. At age 18, he worked for the legendary creator of Hajime no Ippo, Jyoji Morikawa. Eventually, he published his own hit manga and the rest is history.
Kentaro Miura is best known for being the creator of one of the best selling manga series ever created; Berserk.
First launched in 1989, Berserk is considered a masterpiece and a seminal work in the manga industry, which went on to inspire countless other artists and writers. The series is known not only for its dark and tragic story but also for its impeccable art.
It is full of page after page of incredible double page spreads that evoke the pristine beauty of Renaissance paintings, while occasionally dipping into mind-bending surrealism not dissimilar to MC Escher.
The influence of this dark fantasy series can even be felt in the gaming industry. From direct influences like Dark Souls and Drakengard to story influences like in Final Fantasy Tactics (read more here) and even visual influences like the red orbs in Devil May Cry, the influence of Berserk can be seen subtly threaded through some of our most beloved games.
Berserk ran for 40 volumes and sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. It has also been adapted into a few anime series and video games.
Fans from around the world have been publicly expressing feelings of grief and loss over the passing.
We at Emmen Gaming are big fans of Miura-sensei and his work. It was influential on us in many ways. As such, we would also like to join in mourning the passing of a beloved and supremely talented individual.
Rest in peace, Miura-sensei.