The editing department of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine and manga creator Kouji Mori have announced that the Berserk manga by the late Kentarou Miura will continue beginning with this year’s 13th issue of Young Animal on June 24, 2022. The manga will first have six chapters that will go to the end of the “Fantasia Arc/Elf Island Chapter,” with a new arc beginning afterward.
The full announcement with comments from Young Animal‘s editorial department and from Mori are available in English.
Moving forward, the manga will now have the following credits: “Original work by Kentarou Miura, manga by Studio Gaga, supervised by Kouji Mori.”
Studio Gaga is Miura’s studio with his assistants and apprentices who also worked on Berserk alongside him. Mori is a close childhood friend of Miura’s, whom Miura frequently consulted with for plot details on Berserk. Mori said in the statement he “know[s] the story for Berserk up to the very end.”
In the statement, Mori noted that he has discussed the ending of Berserk with Miura since the manga’s iconic “Eclipse” event 30 years ago. After Miura passed, he thought about discussing the ending through an interview, or through some illustrations with an accompanying article, but deemed these methods as insufficient. He welcomed Studio Gaga’s offer to continue the manga, and promises to “recall the details as much as possible and tell the story,” assuring readers that while the telling will be imperfect, he thinks he “can almost tell the story that Miura wanted to tell.”
Both Mori and the Young Animal editing department promised not to “deviate from Mr. Miura’s own words.”