Remembering Kentaro Miura

Kentaro Miura, the creator of "Berserk," tragically passed away from aortic dissection, a stark reminder of human vulnerability. His profound impact on manga through intricate storytelling and detailed art lives on.


May 2024

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Kentaro Miura, the celebrated manga artist known for his epic dark fantasy series Berserk, left an indelible mark on the world of manga and its fans. However, his untimely death in May 2021 at the age of 54 was a poignant reminder of the human vulnerability to sudden medical conditions, specifically aortic dissection. His passing deprived the literary and art community of a visionary and brought to light the critical nature of this medical emergency.

Who was Kentaro Miura?

Kentaro Miura was born in Chiba City, Japan, in 1966. He began his career in professional manga during his early twenties while still attending college. Miura’s Berserk debuted in 1989 and quickly became a titan in manga circles, celebrated for its intricate plot, complex characters, and detailed artwork. Over the decades, it amassed a huge following, deeply influencing the landscape of adult fantasy literature and inspiring many adaptations, including anime series, movies, and video games. Berserk itself, renowned for exploring themes of fate, struggle, and resilience, now also stands as a testament to the creator’s own enduring spirit and dedication.

Risk Factors and Prevention

While the exact cause of Miura’s aortic dissection has not been publicly detailed, the condition itself can occur due to a weakened aortic wall, often exacerbated by high blood pressure, genetic conditions, or existing damage to the aorta. Preventative measures focus heavily on managing blood pressure and in cases where genetic predisposition is known, regular monitoring with cardiovascular imaging.

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The Legacy of a Visionary

In the wake of his death, discussions about aortic dissection have increased among both his fans and the public, highlighting the importance of awareness and timely medical intervention. It is a poignant reminder that behind the captivating plots and characters created by artists like Miura lie real human stories and vulnerabilities.

Remembering Kentaro Miura
Remembering Kentaro Miura
Remembering Kentaro Miura
Remembering Kentaro Miura

Spreading Awareness

As the charity dedicated to increasing understanding and raising awareness about aortic dissection, we continually seek innovative approaches to engage the public and broaden the conversation about this critical condition. This year, we are thrilled to announce another creative partnership with AFTR DRK, a leading name in anime apparel, to release a special memorial edition vintage-inspired anime t-shirt.

Following the successful collaboration in 2022, this 2024 initiative features a limited edition set of screen-printed t-shirts, showcasing characters Guts and Griffith from Kentaro Miura’s Berserk. Each piece is hand-printed with meticulous attention to detail to honour the legacy of Miura, introduces our cause to a wider, perhaps younger audience, and generates necessary funding to support ongoing research and education about aortic dissection. By wearing these t-shirts, supporters become ambassadors of awareness, carrying the message of prevention and the importance of prompt medical attention for aortic dissection into their communities.

We believe that such creative partnerships encapsulate the spirit of innovation and community engagement that is crucial in raising the profile of this life-threatening condition.

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