Dark Souls fans celebrate Berserk Creator and its impact on FromSoftware

Fans of Dark Souls and Berserk are mourning the loss of the Japanese mangaka who died earlier this week, his work has influenced many creators.

After the official statement which confirmed the death of the mangaka Kentaro Miura, the author and illustrator behind Berserk since the 1980s, fans have celebrated his creation online. A community of players, in particular, the Dark souls fans, celebrated the Berserk creator and the impact of his work on the FromSoftware franchise and games.

Berserk is a Japanese manga series set in a dark, medieval Europe where demons exist. The manga follows the story of a young mercenary named Guts who carries a huge sword on his back and fights terrifying demons on a journey of revenge. The manga was created as a prototype in 1988, having had a major influence on the dark fantasy genre, which can clearly be seen in FromSoftware. Dark souls franchise and the unpublished Elden ring Title.

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Through various FromSoftware-based subreddits on Reddit, fans have posted dedications to Miura’s passing and Berserk, remembering how their work influenced the games they love. There are thank you messages, fanart from Guts and the like Berserk characters, as well as images of references to Berserk universe inside the Dark souls series and in the unpublished Elden ring press images. From these posts, like that of user Reddit MagnoBurakku, the influence is clearly visible. Without Guts’ monstrous strength, there might never have been a wave of anime characters wielding huge swords more than half their size.

Berserk is known to be a particularly dark material, filled with grotesque images and harsh violence. The story is filled with religious images and sub-texts, marking both the good and the bad in a gray light, leaving humanity hanging in the middle with no way out. These are all items found in games from FromSoftware, in particular Dark souls, including the challenging and tough gameplay which reflects the great loss of life shown in Berserk. While there are few examples of developers and studios discussing the manga as a direct influence, the evidence speaks for itself.

While fans who have been patiently awaiting the end of the story for nearly thirty years may never get an answer on how Gut’s story ends, they are not alone. Fans of all the different series and franchises influenced by Miura’s work are also mourning the loss of the famous manga artist. Miura’s legacy will live on in the artists, writers and creatives inspired by her work.

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Source: MagnoBurakku / Reddit

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