Status of Berserk's Pre-publication

Walter

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Am I overreacting or could there be a real chance of the story never getting finished?
I still don't really consider this to be likely, because when Miura is asked about his commitment to the series in interviews, it never feels like he's wavering. I don't think there's any difference now than any other time we weren't getting a Berserk episode. If it's not evident, a few of us are perhaps more bummed because we hoped Miura would maintain the 3-month delay he adhered to between April 2020-Jan 2021. But it was only ever conjecture, as it always is.
 

Aazealh

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Well, one month more or less changes nothing anyway. What matters is the number of episodes released per year on average. It would be better to have a gap of two years without anything and then 8 episodes per year each year than to have one episode every three months without discontinuing for five years. I'm exaggerating for the sake of the point I'm making, but I believe that's also how Miura is thinking about it. That's why he set about to overhaul the way he works. In any case, while it's painful for us readers, the only thing we can do is wait patiently.
 
I don't know what's going on with the assistants but I think it's been clear for many months now that things didn't go according to the plan. That aside, Miura's comment for episode 363 was that he was exhausted...
Damn. Do you have any ideas what might have happened?

Personally, I thought the art in Duranki was great -- if that's all the work of Miura's assistants rather than the master himself, then I'm floored by their talent and ability to emulate Miura's style. With that said, I would not be surprised if Miura is an unrelenting perfectionist, for whom nothing ever seems good enough...
 

Aazealh

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Might sound a bit controversial, but I would rather never get an ending than get a bad one.

I'm really not at all worried about that. Miura is an exceptional storyteller and I don't think he'd ever compromise on telling his story the way he wants.

Damn. Do you have any ideas what might have happened?

Nope. I guess he worked a lot? Maybe it was a comment about how much work episode 363 required (it is chock full of details in every panel), maybe it was about something else.

Personally, I thought the art in Duranki was great -- if that's all the work of Miura's assistants rather than the master himself, then I'm floored by their talent and ability to emulate Miura's style. With that said, I would not be surprised if Miura is an unrelenting perfectionist, for whom nothing ever seems good enough...

He is definitely a perfectionist and drawing manga is his life. As for Duranki, as far as we know he was fairly involved in making it thus far. That includes drawing the storyboards and touching things up at the end to harmonize the styles.
 
Nope. I guess he worked a lot? Maybe it was a comment about how much work episode 363 required (it is chock full of details in every panel), maybe it was about something else.
This is probably baseless conjecture with a dash of cope, but perhaps he has been working on setting up the next few episodes, the Guts v. Griffith fight , for a smooth and consistent release schedule? I mean these next episodes may be some of the best episodes in the series, and to have them release smoothly and without issue would be a dream come true.
 

Aazealh

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This is probably baseless conjecture with a dash of cope, but perhaps he has been working on setting up the next few episodes, the Guts v. Griffith fight , for a smooth and consistent release schedule? I mean these next episodes may be some of the best episodes in the series, and to have them release smoothly and without issue would be a dream come true.

I think you should keep an open mind regarding how the story will develop because nothing's guaranteed. And yeah, the next five episodes will be very important for the series, but so have been the last five and so will be many others in the future. That aside, from what we know of him, Miura is pretty much always working in some form or another. So you're right in that sense, but it doesn't mean he's been stockpiling episodes himself.

When it comes to the serialization, it's the Young Animal editors who call the shots, so hypothetically it'd be their decision to accumulate a bunch of issues. I honestly have no idea whether they'd do that or not, but I guess it's possible. They might want to time it so that the volume comes out at the same time as the exhibition for example. That's really just speculation though, and I wouldn't hold my breath... I think if they had three episodes available they'd just publish them.
 
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