Berserk ending released by manga fans in lieu of Young Animal’s silence


Young Animal 2021 #18 Berserker Commemorative Edition.
Young Animal 2021 #18 Berserker Commemorative Edition. Photo credit: @kaii278/Twitter

Today, on the first anniversary of Kentaro Miura’s death, fans commemorate and honor the loss of one of the greatest mangaka in history – the creator of our beloved epic dark fantasy manga series Berserk. The questions that concern everyone today are once again: “Will they officially Berserk manga continue?” “Is Guts finally getting his happy ending?” “Will Guts finally kick Griffith’s ass in an epic showdown?”

A full year has passed and Hakusensha’s Young Animal Magazine, the magazine that brought out Berserk, has yet to officially comment on Berserk being canceled or completed by another mangaka. While that’s not confirmation, it does give fans hope that the series could finally have a revival.

Miura was the writer, illustrator and artist for Berserk, but he had a talented team of assistants at his in-house Studio Gaga. Now, after his untimely death, these students of the late mangaka master may have a chance to show their mettle in completing the legendary series.

Berserker became a global pop culture phenomenon

Berserk began publication in 1989 in Monthly Animal House, later renamed Young Animal, and has been one of the longest continuously running manga. Berserk’s harrowing tale of one man’s struggle to rid the world of demons and often controversial issues propelled it into a global pop culture phenomenon. Throughout his career, Miura has raised the bar not only for himself but for the entire manga world by showing unmatched skill on the pages of his manga using extremely time-consuming artistic skills such as pointillism, stippling, and cross-hatching .

Hakusensha Editorial published a letter to his fans in the Young Animal Magazine issue, introducing the final chapter #364 produced by Miura: “We are very sorry to inform you that there is currently no information about the future of the Berserk series there . One thing we can promise you, as Young Animal, the editor who worked with Kentaro Miura on Berserk, our first priority will always be him—what would he think if he were still with us.”

Chica Umino's tribute art for Berserk.
Tribute to Berserk by Chica Umino, Photo Credit: Young Animal Issue 18.

To honor Miura’s commitment to Berserk, perhaps the best way would be to finish the series under his loyal protégé. Miura’s love for his character Guts was evident throughout his work, and it seems only logical that Miura wanted Guts to eventually have his “happy ending.”

There is speculation as to how many notes and outlines Miura left behind. Does his protégé and studio Gaga know how Berserk should end?

Shizuya Wazarai's tribute art for Berserk.
Homage illustration to Berserker by Shizuya Wazarai. Photo credit: Young Animal, Issue 18

Miura’s assistants are up to the task when given the opportunity

If the chance of a revival of the manga was zero, an official cancellation statement would probably have already been issued. Studio Gaga member Akio Miyaji tweeted on May 21, 2021 that he “would do that [his] best” to work on a possible posthumous sequel along with the other members of Studio Gaga – Yoshimitsu Kurosaki, Shinshu Hirai and Arihide Nagashima. These wizards were trained by and trusted by Miura (particularly in the Duranki manga). So if they’re given the opportunity to continue his legacy, I believe it’s in good hands.

Tribute art by Ena Moriyama for Berserk.
Tribute illustration by Ena Moriyama. Photo credit: Young Animal, Issue 18

Chapter 364 was most likely completed primarily by Miura himself, and any sequel beyond this chapter would have to be done by Studio Gaga alone. There is a rumor that Miura’s crew is currently working on a Berserk Chapter 365 that would serve as an official audition to earn the rights to continue their teacher’s epic story under Young Animal, but only time will tell if Berserk will have one has future.

This must-read fan comic continues the story of Berserk after Chapter 364

Chapter 364 ended on a massive, everything-changing cliffhanger that left fans clamoring for closure. One fan rose to face this daunting challenge. Artist @theophiasco posted his version of Berserk’s End on his Twitter account. The fan-made manga follows right after the dramatic ending of Chapter 364 and begins being narrated in Casca’s POV.

Fan-made Berserk manga page.
Fan-made slayer manga page 1. Photo credit: @theophiasco/Twitter
Fan-made Berserk manga page.
Fan-made slayer manga page 2. Photo credit: @theophiasco/Twitter

The art style is different from Miura’s but amazing in its own right. The comic feels very professional and you can tell that a lot of thought went into its creation. Theo’s “cinematography” seems to be on point with some cool angles and dramatic panels. The manga isn’t finished yet, but it’s still a must-read for any die-hard Berserker fan who’s curious how the manga would have progressed past chapter 364.

Fan-made Berserk manga page.
Fan-made Berserk manga page 9. Photo credit: @theophiasco/Twitter

You can read the rest of the fan-made manga in this Twitter thread:

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