Berserk is Re-entering Hiatus (And Why it Happens So Often)

It took 12 weeks, but Kentaro Miura is putting Berserk back on hiatus following the June 23rd issue of Young Animal. Miura claims the hiatus will end sometime this winter.


Miura has been working on Berserk since 1989 and has produced 350 (soon to be 351) chapters so far. While Berserk is a monthly manga, Miura has been working on an irregular schedule since 2006.

But the question on some many minds is, “Why?” Why does Berserk always go on hiatus? Is there something Miura is not telling us? Well, friends, let’s look at some of the possibilities and theories.


Miura just needs a break.Berserk

A mangaka’s work schedule is hell, with little to no downtime for relaxation and decompression. Miura has been working on Berserk for 28 years! It’s not out of the question that he would like to take a break to enjoy life.


Miura doesn’t know where to take the story.Berserk

Guts and crew were on a boat for seven long years. Maybe Miura takes these hiatuses so he can have more time planning out the story without the pressure of a deadline.


Miura has an undisclosed health issue.Berserk

Miura is notorious for being a private person, so he could be hiding health issues from the public. Mangaka, like Togashi, have well-documented health issues, but that doesn’t stop fans from being critical. Instead of facing the unfair flake, maybe Miura keeps it hidden?

Back and wrist injuries are common due to the slouching and constant drawing. Since Miura has been a mangaka for 28 years, it’s not out of the question that he could have developed arthritis, which has caused him to slow down.


“Young Animal” is taking a publication break.Berserk

No matter how many hiatuses Miura takes, fans and critics have always praised him for his extreme attention to detail. Rumor is that Miura doesn’t enjoy having assistants these days, which means he is responsible for 100% of the artwork.

It would be unorthodox, but Young Animal (the magazine that publishes Berserk) could be taking publication breaks to give Miura more time to work on his chapters. They might not tell fans this so Miura won’t feel pressured to meet a deadline and sacrifice art quality.


Miura and Togashi are the same person.Hunter x Hunter

Have you ever noticed that Berserk only goes on hiatus when Hunter x Hunter re-enters publication and vice versa? What if Miura and Togashi are the same person. I mean, have you ever seen those two in the same room? WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!


The iDOLM@STERBerserk

Much to the chagrin of the “manly men” who love Berserk, Miura is not ashamed for his love of The iDOLM@STER. And guess what’s about to come out, motherfuckers?

The iDOLM@STER: Million Live Theater Days is heading to Android and iOS later this year, which is more than enough to prompt Miura to take a vacation. On top of that, The iDOLM@STER: Million Live! is getting ready to release a new CD drama series that will run – wait for it – between this summer and winter.

Pack it up lads, we have our answer!

Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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