Earlier this week, it was announced that Kentaro Miura, the creator of the manga Berserk, had died at the age of 54. It's hard to overstate the influence Berserk has had on video games, from the iconic Buster Sword of Final Fantasy 7 to the design of the monster and the world. from the Dark Souls series. But news of Miura's death seemed to particularly affect the Final Fantasy 14 community, which was quickly organized. huge gatherings to pay tribute to him.
On several servers, thousands of players dressed up their Dark Knight team – which closely resembles Berserk's main character, Guts – and stood guard in the streets of one of the main cities, Ul'Dah. It was an emotional and emotional memorial for one of Japan’s most influential anime artists and creators. And for those players who took part in the honor of Miura's passing, game director Naoki Yoshida has a message: Thank you.
"It will show the amount of people it has received from Mr. Miura and his artwork," Yoshida told me in an interview yesterday. "It was exciting to see how much influence it has had on the players. I also want to thank the players for taking the time to acknowledge it. Even the Japanese players are also very affected by this and there is a big clash between the fans too ".
It’s a pain that Yoshida said he shares deeply with the players. He told me that he started reading Berserk decades ago when it was published in Young Animal, a monthly magazine in Japan. "It's no exaggeration to say that I kept buying the latest installment of manga magazine just to read Berserk," Yoshida said. "So definitely a very sad and unfortunate loss."
"Honestly speaking – and this is not limited to Final Fantasy 14, but with any game I have been a part of – there are elements in which, consciously or unconsciously, I was influenced by the work of Mr. Miura," Yoshida continued. The most obvious of these inspirations is Final Fantasy 14’s Dark Knight, which carries a huge sword in combat. ”We were inspired by the way Guts looks in these Berserk panels, and those were the images I showed. to my team to reference them when we thought of [Dark Knights]. Even when we thought about position and composition in each of the cut scenes, there were many times we referred [Berserk]. "
Yoshida said referring to Berserk became a tried and true method of communicating mood and style for some FF14 cut scenes. When the words failed to convey what Yoshida was anticipating, he showed the development team specific manga panels. "Mr. Miura's work was definitely very artistic and wonderful in the way he represents some of these great elements."
"It's unfathomable how much influence he's had on everyone," Yoshida said, clearly emotional. "It's such an unfortunate loss."
Kentaro Miura died on May 6 from acute aortic dissection. The news of his death was only made public earlier this week when Young Animal's editorial department released a statement via Berserk's official social media channels.