Berserk manga resumed serialization by publishing two chapters, 365 and 366, in issue #24 of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine on June 24, 2022. And it seems that fans of the series who were eagerly or skeptically waiting for the post Miura era of the Berserk manga were not disappointed.
Berserk started trending on Twitter in no time, as many were impressed with the artwork and the plot progression in the two chapters.
They especially took note of and praised the face off between Guts and Griffith and also the surprising arrival of Nosferatu Zodd at the end of chapter 366.
While there was a slight change in the designs of characters from the Miura era, there was a general consensus among the Berserk faithful that Studio Gaga had done an impressive job handling them.
For many fans, the skepticism that they may have harbored is no longer there, as they believe that Berserk manga is in the right hands with Kouji Mori supervising it and Studio Gaga working on the finer details.
However, though the quality of artwork was high, some fans did accept that there was a difference in quality and were of the opinion that it was not as good as that of Miura. Some chimed in saying that Berserk chapters 365 and 366 came with adjustments, that were done to make up for the gulf, albeit a small one, in detailing.
The next chapter of the manga releases in two week’s time.
On June 7, 2022, the editorial department of Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine and Kouji Mori had released a statement saying that Kentaro Miura’s magnum opus will resume serialization. The manga is being supervised by Miura’s long time friend and fellow mangaka, Mori, and is worked on by Miura’s studio, Studio Gaga, which comprises of his assistants and apprentices.
Berserk now has the credits, “Original work by Kentarou Miura, manga by Studio Gaga, supervised by Kouji Mori.”
The statement also said that a new arc will begin once the Elf Island arc concludes.
Kentarou Miura first published a one-shot version of Berserk manga in Hakusensha’s Monthly Comicomi magazine in 1988. He later launched the Berserk manga in Hakusensha’s Monthly Animal House magazine in 1989 which later continued in Young Animal magazine till date.
The manga has 40 million plus copies in circulation.
The manga further inspired a TV anime series in 1997 and a trilogy of movies from 2012 to 2013. A re-edited version of the Berserk: Golden Age Arc trilogy movies will be broadcast on TV as ‘Berserk: Golden Age Arc Memorial Edition‘ in 2022. It will be first time the trilogy will be broadcast on TV.