This is not a drill: Kentaro Miura is launching a new manga.
Titled Duranki, Kentaro Miura’s new series will launch on September 9 as one of the first series in Hakusensha’s upcoming sister magazine to Young Animal (where Berserk is serialized), Young Animal Zero.
The news was leaked earlier in the week before being confirmed with the release of the latest issue of Young Animal issue no. 17 on August 23. Alongside the announcement, we also got our first look at the project by way of a key visual, which features a small, blonde girl riding on a dragon with a lion-like animal companion.
Obviously, this news was not exactly with open arms by fans of Kentaro Miura’s currently ongoing and most famous manga, Berserk.
While the series has been off and on hiatus for decades now, the story has now reached a crucial juncture that seems to signal an imminent end for the saga, which now spans over 30 years of serialization.
But don’t worry too much, Berserk fans – Duranki will only last for two chapters, launching with 64 pages for it’s first chapter in Young Animal Zero. It seems as though Hakusensha is simply using the name of Miura to launch their new magazine, which is a wise business decision – if one that causes much grief at the onset.
Kentaro Miura has also launched many one-shots and short series over his career while Berserk has been in serialization, including 1993’s samurai story Japan and the more recent 2013 one-shot Gigantomakhia.
These haven’t affected the production of Berserk that much (Miura hasn’t dropped his iconic dark fantasy series in favor of them, that is) so those worried about the future of Guts, Casca et al. shouldn’t worry too much about Duranki – especially as big things continue to happen in the ongoing story.
Kentaro Miura’s new manga Duranki will launch on September 9 in Young Animal Zero, and will last for two chapters.