He’s left-handed, and In 1976, Just 10 years old, Miura maked his first manga entitled “Miuranger”, ended up finishing at around 40 volumes. A year after he created his second manga called “Ken and no michi” (剣への道) “The Way Of The Sword”, by using Indian ink for the first time.
In 1979, in middle school, Miura’s drawing matured a lot as he started using professional techniques, and his first dojinshi was published, with the help of friends, in a magazine in 1982.
In 1985 Miura tried his hand in an entrance exam of an art college in Nihon University. For the exam he submitted “Futanabi”, and was immediately admitted. This project and a new one named “Noa” where also submitted to the Shonen magazine, and the magazine awarded Miura a prize for the best new author for “Futanabi”.
In 1988 Miura came back with a 48-page manga called “Berserk Prototype”, an introduction to the fantasy world of the current Berserk, the beginning of his fame and his masterpiece. For that he won the prize of the Comi Manga School.
In 1989, after graduating, Kentarou started a project called “The Wolf King” (王 狼) based on a book by Yoshiyuki Okamura (Buronson), writer of “Hokuto no Ken”. It was published in the monthly Japanese Animal House magazine in the 5th and 7th edition of that year. In 1990 was made a sequel of The Wolf King named “The Legend of the Wolf King” (王狼伝) which was published as a prologue to the original on Young Animal magazine. That same year, the tenth edition of Animal House brings the first volume of “Berserk project”, though it only enjoyed limited success.
Yet another joint effort between Miura and Okamura in the 1992 gave birth to “Japan”, appearing in issues 1 through to 8 of Animal House for that year.
Miura‘s fame grew with “Berserk”, which was serialized in “Young Animal” in 1992 with the release of “The Golden Age“, and the huge success of his showpiece made him one of the most prominent contemporary mangaka.
In 1997 Miura oversaw the production of 25 episodes of the anime Berserk that aired in the same year on NIHON TV in Japan. Although many art books and supplementary materials by Miura based on Berserk were made.
In June 2002 took place in Japan the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, an event in which rewards the best quality manga. Well, the top two finishers were respectively Inoue with his Vagabond and second place for Miura. Here’s some picture of the Sensei during one of the stages of the award. Miura is the one with the glasses, the other, of course, is Inoue.
In 1999 Miura gave a small contribution to the video game “Sword of the Berserk: Guts‘ Rage” (ベルセルク 千 帝国の鷹(ミレニアム・ファルコン)篇 ~喪失花(わすれはな)の章) for the Dreamcast. In 2004 saw the release of yet another video game adaptation entitled “Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc: Chapter of the Record of the Holy Demon War” (ベルセルク 千年帝国の鷹篇 聖魔戦記の章) for the PlayStation 2.
The series has also spawned a whole host of merchandise, both official and fan made, ranging from statues, actions figures to key rings, video games, and a trading card game.
On the 22th of November 2013 appears on Issue 23 of the magazine Young Animal a new manga by Kentarou Miura entitled “Gigantomakhia” which will consist of 6 episodes plus an additional episode as a special. This is the first original work after almost 20 years.
The fantasy series “Guin Saga” by Kaoru Kurimoto was his greatest inspiration. The mangaka Go Nagai(creator of Devilman) was a key element in the development of Miura’s style. Other influences were, although on a smaller scale, the western film productions, such as “Excalibur” and “Conan the Barbarian”, as well as the films of Tim Burton and Sam Raimi.
INTERVIEW WITH KENTAROU MIURA CREATOR OF BERSERK PART 1 OF 2
INTERVIEW WITH KENTAROU MIURA CREATOR OF BERSERK PART 2 OF 2