The Berserk artwork exhibition: A strong, and hopeful, expertise for followers of the darkish fantasy manga

Our Berserk-loving reporter finds one thing to smile about whereas nonetheless coping with the disappointment of the sequence creator’s loss of life.

It’s been nearly a 12 months and a half since the passing of manga artist Kentaro Miura, however the shock nonetheless hasn’t light totally. Because the creator of Berserk, which had been operating since 1989, Miura felt like a everlasting presence within the manga/anime world, and the suddenness of his loss of life, at 54 years previous, wasn’t one thing followers had been in any respect bracing for, as there was no public data of his well being illnesses.

Our Japanese-language reporter Mr. Sato nonetheless remembers when he discovered that Miura had handed away. It was whereas he was out within the discipline doing legwork for an article, and when, in an idle second, he checked the information on his telephone, there it was. A surreal emotion came visiting Mr. Sato, like time had stopped, and his coronary heart nonetheless felt heavy as he headed to Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood this week for an advance take a look at the Berserk artwork exhibition.

Formally referred to as the Nice Berserk Exhibition: 32 Years of Kentaro Miura Art work–Ginza Version, the occasion is being held on the Matsuya division retailer. One of many first issues friends will see upon getting into the venue is a full-scale recreation of the Dragon Slayer, the large greatsword/”heap of uncooked iron” wielded by Berserk’s protagonist Guts. Seeing it in the actual world drives house the inhuman energy required to swing it round like Guts does, and likewise the superb harmful drive it could unleash on anybody or something unfortunate sufficient to be on the receiving finish of its strikes.

The Dragon Slayer isn’t the one intimidating 1:1 recreation both. One of many highlights of the exhibition is a life-size rendering of Zodd, considered one of Guts’ monstrous foes,

On the opposite finish of the spectrum, the shows from high-end statue/determine maker Prime 1 Studio. The extent of element is astounding, and Mr. Sato thinks if he had considered one of these items gracing his house, he might spend all day admiring it with out ever operating out of facets to admire.

▼ If the title Prime 1 Studio rings a bell, it could be as a result of they’re the corporate that made that tremendous Last Fantasy VI statue a whereas again.

However for longtime Berserk followers, the perfect a part of the exhibition is the partitions of Miura art work.

These are the unique hand-drawn illustrations that have been used for the pages of the manga, and there’s additionally a piece with the colour art work that serves because the covers for the collected volumes.

▼ Befitting their standing as true artworks, the drawings are individually framed.

As a loyal reader, none of those have been new to Mr. Sato, within the sense that he’s seen all of those illustrations earlier than whereas studying the sequence. Seeing the unique items, although, the precise factors the place Miura took pen and pencil to paper and the pictures in his thoughts grew to become art work for all the remainder of the world to see, was a deeply transferring expertise, and in that sense it felt to Mr. Sato like he was actually seeing them for the primary time.

The Berserk Exhibition is a touring occasion that’s additionally been held in different components of Japan over the previous 12 months, however the present Ginza iteration is the primary time for 12 items of art work to be publicly displayed. Out of these 12, the six proven above are among the many remaining items of artwork that Miura accomplished earlier than his loss of life.

It’s laborious to not marvel if Miura had any concept that these can be among the many ending factors to his prolific profession, and standing there, Mr. Sato as soon as once more felt that sensation of time stopping. Finally, although, he turned his consideration to the opposite six items which can be being exhibited for the primary time.

These six have been drawn not by Miura, however by Studio Gaga, the staff of Berserk assistant artists who Miura labored with.

As talked about above, Berserk began in 1989. It was by no means concluded after which rebooted or restarted with a sequel. It’s nonetheless an ongoing sequence, with the destiny of its character arcs and conflicts unknown…besides to at least one man, Miura’s shut pal and fellow manga creator Kouji Mori. Many years in the past, Miura laid out his total supposed plot for Berserk to Mori, who says the manga had been following that roadmap proper up till Miura’s passing. After a lot soul-searching, Mori got here to the conclusion that Miura would need followers to see the ending he had deliberate out for the sequence, and the choice was made for Studio Gaga to renew drawing Berserk, with Mori supervising the story in accordance with Miura’s plan.

Seeing the brand new Berserk art work, exquisitely drawn reminders that the sequence will go on, Mr. Sato felt like time was transferring ahead once more, however he was nonetheless comfortable and grateful for the possibility to look again on the story to date too.

Occasion data
Nice Berserk Exhibition: 32 Years of Kentaro Miura Art work–Ginza Version / 大ベルセルク展 ~三浦建太郎 画業32年の軌跡~ 銀座Edition
Venue: Matsuya Ginza (eighth flooring) / 松屋銀座(8階)
Handle: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 3-6-1
Runs September 21-October 4
Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (till 7:30 p.m. on September 25 and October 2, till 5 p.m. on October 4)
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