The 41st compiled book volume of Kentarou Miura‘s Berserk manga, which includes the final chapters that Miura had created for the series, will launch in the United States and France next summer.
This is the series’ first volume since Miura’s passing in May, and the first in three years.
The 41st manga volume shipped in Japan on Friday. Full-page advertisements for the volume appeared in The New York Times, Le Monde, and Asahi Shimbun newspapers:
The afterword in the 41st volume from Hakusensha‘s Young Animal magazine’s editorial staff stated that the future of the manga is still undecided. The staff also thanked its readers.
The editorial staff had stated in September that there was “no information to share about the future” of Kentarou Miura‘s Berserk manga “at this time.” The statement added that the staff’s priority will “always be placed on him — what he would think if he were still with us.”
The 41st volume’s release came in both regular and special editions, the latter of which includes special canvas art and a drama CD. Miura drew the canvas art (pictured left) that adorns the special edition of the 41st volume. The drama CD features the return of the anime’s cast and portrays the manga’s key “Awakening” chapter, which has never been seen in any of the manga’s anime adaptations. Makoto Fukami also returned to pen the drama CD’s script.
Miura passed away on May 6 due to acute aortic dissection. He was 54. Since the announcement of Miura’s passing, creators in Japan and throughout the world have offered their condolences.
The Berserk manga follows Guts, a superhumanly strong warrior who wields a large sword, as he wanders a dark medieval world filled with demons, corrupt and decadent nobles, and other horrors. Every night, he is assailed by demons, attracted to the curse branded on him after a traumatic event. He makes his way through the world on a quest to slay a former friend turned demon, who took everything away from him.
Miura published the one-shot version of the Berserk manga in Hakusensha‘s Monthly Comicomi magazine in 1988. He launched the full Berserk manga series in Hakusensha‘s Monthly Animal House magazine in 1989, and the series continued in Hakusensha‘s Young Animal magazine until now. The series has over 40 million copies in circulation. Hakusensha published the manga’s 40th volume in Japan on September 28, 2018. Dark Horse Comics published the same volume in North America on October 8, 2019. Dark Horse Comics began reprinting the manga in the deluxe hardcover editions in February 2019. Each volume features three normal compiled volumes of the manga.
The manga inspired a television anime series in 1997, as well as an anime film trilogy from 2012 to 2013. Another television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2016, and the second half of the new series premiered in April 2017.
Sources: Berserk volume 41, Comic Natalie