Born in 1966 in Chiba City of Japan's Chiba Prefecture, Kentaro Miura first began drawing manga when he was ten years old. His first manga, Miuranger, was created and published for his classmates in a school publication. His second manga, Ken E No Michi (The Way to the Sword) was the first time that Miura would use India ink, and when he went to middle school, his drawing technique would improve greatly as he started using professional drawing techniques, with a doujin being produced with the help of his friends in 1982.In 1985, Miura created and submitted another manga called Futanabi for the entrance exam of an art college at Nihon University, which not only got him his admission into the college, but got him a nomination for Best New Author work in Weekly Shonen Magazine. Miura would publish another manga called Noa for Weekly Shonen Magazine that same year. Due to a disagreement with one of the editors, Noa was stalled and eventually dropped, which marked the point where Miura's career would hit a slump.In 1988, three years after Noa, Miura created the foundation for what people would know him for in Berserk Prototype, which would win him a prize from the Comi Manga School. The story had Guts, who would soon become the main protagonist of the series, as a less cold character with an eyepatch (which he gives up before the prototype's end) who had elements of a Deadpan Snarker and took up Demon Slaying after his mother was killed by one. The Big Bad was to be a single demon lord by the name of Vana (instead of the five archdemons known as the Godhand that take up the role in the series proper). Lastly, the prototype was intended to be a Shōnen story, but it was changed to its now-familiar Seinen form likely because the story was still too dark.After receiving his doctorate degree in 1989, he entered into a collaboration with Yoshiyuki Okamura, better known as Buronson, for a manga by the name of Ouro (The King of Wolves), with Buronson providing the script and Miura providing the art. 1990 saw the publication of Ouro Den (Legend of the Wolf King), the sequel to this manga. In 1992, Miura would do one last collaboration with Buronson, creating the manga Japan, again with Miura providing the art to Buronson's story.The first volume of Berserk was published in 1990, though it met with little success. The series would not really take off until it was serialized in Young Animal in 1992 with the publication of the Golden Age arc. Miura's epic tale of friendship, romance, betrayal, horror, vengeance and supreme demon asskicking is still ongoing today, with 38 volumes and counting. There's also been a 25-episode 1997-98 anime series that covers the Golden Age arc of the manga, one video game each for the Sega Dreamcast (Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage) and the PS2 (Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō), a 2012-13 theatrical Golden Age movie trilogy, a second TV anime of 24 episodes beginning July 2016, and a newly announced Dynasty Warriors game.He keeps vampire hours and puts in 16 hour workdays with no breaks or holidays while he's working on a deadline. Fans speculate about the cause of his increasingly frequent hiatuses, which have made the pace of new releases slow to a crawl, but because he is somewhat reclusive the reason remains a mystery.Miura's primary influence comes from works in different media, with his primary inspiration being Kaoru Kurimoto's long-running Guin Saga fantasy series, and additional influence being drawn from Go Nagai's two darkest and most violent mangas, Devilman and Violence Jack. Miura's style is at times quite beautiful and emotional, but at other times, he comes up with and draws some truly messed up and frightening shit.In addition to Berserk, Kentaro Miura has also created Kamui Gakupo, a Vocaloid whose design is based on Japanese Visual Kei artist Gackt. He is also a fan of Nico Nico Douga and The Idolmaster, though contrary to a popular rumor he plays other games besides Idolmaster and is not obsessed to the point of neglecting his work.
Works by Kentaro Miura:
- Ken E No Michi (The Way to the Sword)
- Futanabi - One of his cyberpunk works (yes, really)
- Berserk Prototype
- Ouro (King of the Wolves)
- Ouro Den (Legend of the Wolf King)
- Kamui Gakupo
Tropes Associated with Kentaro Miura:
- Actually, That's My Assistant: A gag from when Nico Nicholson's 2010 comic short based on interviewing him has her mistake Miura for one of his assistants. Since she was Expecting Someone Taller, she feels shocked that such a mellow-looking guy could draw those epic battle scenes.
- Awesome Art: Whether you enjoy his stories or dislike them, you can't deny that the man is dedicated to his craft. Kentaro Miura's art is acclaimed by readers everywhere as some of the best art seen in manga.
- Darker and Edgier: His stories tend to contain themes of tragedy and horror, and Berserk is pretty much a Trope Codifier for Darker and Edgier manga.
- Ill Boy: It's been said that the stress he gets from writing and drawing for Berserk can take such a toll on his health that he would have to take hospital breaks in order to recover.
- Workaholic: Contrary to memes that claim he wastes his time playing The Idolmaster, Miura spends almost all of his time on Berserk. In 2009 he told the members of Skullknight.net, "I start working at 2:00 PM and I finish at 7:00 AM. Of course, the time I spend eating is included. I work 15-16 hours everyday, without holidays."