If you know anything about the world of manga, Berserk is quite probably a title that has come up at one point or another. Now, Berserk is a classic, but with all the hiatuses and Miura’s untimely death, the series’ future had been jeopardized for years. Still, in 2022, it was confirmed that Berserk would continue under the supervision of Koji Mori, Miura’s friend, and colleague, and reach the end that Miura intended. This fact made a lot of fans happy, but while Berserk is going to continue, Miura’s last two volumes, as well as his personal journey through Berserk, are going to end this year with the publication of the Deluxe Edition of Berserk Volume 14, and in this article, you are going to find out everything you need to know about this upcoming release.
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14 is going to be the final deluxe edition of the manga featuring Miura’s work; it is going to collect Volumes 40 and 41, the two final volumes Miura worked on before his death, as well as some additional content, including the Berserk Official Guidebook and two fold-out color posters. This special, oversized, hardcover volume is going to be published on November 21, 2023.
The rest of this article will bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14, which will be published later this year as Miura’s final Berserk work. You’ll find out about its official release date and all the other information we have, including the contents of this special edition that will certainly make many fans happy. We will also give you additional information on the special edition so you can prepare for this publication when it comes out later this year.
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14 release date and content
Berserk is a manga series written and drawn by Kentarō Miura. The story focuses on Guts, a cursed warrior forced to wander relentlessly to survive and seek vengeance. The story, initially of horror but gradually enriched with elements of the fantasy genre, explores the deepest recesses of human nature.
The main themes are the illusion of free will, the obscure and necessary power of violence, the destiny of man, and the omnipresence of evil. Both the anime and the manga are known for their raw violence.
The manga has been serialized in Japan by Hakusensha in the Young Animal series since 1989. Following the author’s death in May 2021, the series was continued by Kōji Mori and Miura’s assistants starting June 24, 2022. The success of the manga led to the creation, in 1997, of the first anime television series, of a trilogy of films between 2012 and 2013, titled Berserk – The Golden Age, and of a second television series in 2016, followed by a second season in 2017, as well as several video games.
Miura’s first work on what would become Berserk dates back to 1988 and is a 48-page one-shot titled Berserk – The Prototype. Already from this prototype, Miura’s interest in Hindu mythology, which will also be present in the serialized manga, was quite visible.
The chapter deals with the story of Guts, a forerunner of the protagonist of Berserk. The author wrote the work for the competition of the Manga Comi School of the Hakusensha publishing house. Satisfied with the product, the publishers offered him to serialize his work in what became the Berserk series. The stand-alone chapter was later released as a bonus in Volume 14 of the series and is associated with the Conviction Arc.
Berserk made its debut on August 25, 1989, on the pages of the Seinen magazine Monthly Animal House, which changed its name to Young Animal in 1992. Until 2006, the new chapters were published bimonthly every second and fourth Friday of the month. Subsequently, the publication became irregular, with frequent pauses and interruptions by Miura.
In July 2015, the series finally continued its publication on a regular monthly basis, except for new interruptions, the last of which was in the second half of 2017. The chapters are periodically collected in tankōbon volumes published by Hakusensha under the Jet Comics imprint. They have been published since 26 November 1990, initially on a six-monthly basis and subsequently irregularly.
On May 6, 2021, Miura passed away, leaving the manga unfinished and the future of the series up in the air. On June 7, 2022, the editorial staff of Young Animal announced the continuation of the manga on June 24, 2022. The work is supervised by the mangaka Kōji Mori, a friend of Miura to whom the author had revealed in broad terms the development and the conclusion of the story he had in mind, and by the previous curator of the series, and is designed by Studio Gaga, a collective formed by Miura’s aides.
The manga has been translated and exported to various countries around the world.
As for the collected editions, the manga was published in individual volumes, which were later grouped into special, exclusive Deluxe volumes that collected two or three volumes simultaneously. The Deluxe volumes were oversized, hardcover editions with special content and were, basically, collector’s editions of the series that were more lore-accurate than traditional manga volumes. So far, 13 Deluxe volumes have been published:
|1||February 27, 2019||978-1-50671-198-0||Volumes 1–3|
|2||June 26, 2019||978-1-50671-199-7||Volumes 4–6|
|3||October 23, 2019||978-1-50671-200-0||Volumes 7–9|
|4||February 26, 2020||978-1-50671-521-6||Volumes 10–12|
|5||June 24, 2020||978-1-50671-522-3||Volumes 13–15|
|6||November 18, 2020||978-1-50671-523-0||Volumes 16–18|
|7||March 10, 2021||978-1-50671-790-6||Volumes 19–21|
|8||August 25, 2021||978-1-50671-791-3||Volumes 22–24|
|9||November 10, 2021||978-1-50671-792-0||Volumes 25–27|
|10||March 9, 2022||978-1-50672-754-7||Volumes 28–30|
|11||August 10, 2022||978-1-50672-755-4||Volumes 31–33|
|12||November 9, 2022||978-1-50672-756-1||Volumes 34–36|
|13||March 8, 2023||978-1-50672-757-8||Volumes 37–39|
But, with volume 39 being the last one collected, fans were certain that Miura’s last volumes (40 and 41) would also be collected, and it was finally confirmed that a special, 500-page Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14, collecting said volumes, would be released on November 21, 2023.
The edition will, alongside the volumes, contain the Berserk Official Guidebook and two fold-out color posters, making it a very special edition, not just because it will be Miura’s last. All subsequent Deluxe editions will feature work by Miura’s successors, and while they are going to continue the story, this special edition will remain a piece of history. That is why it was so important for us to bring you all the information you need to know about it, including its release date and content.
Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14 story
As stated, the story of Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14 will collect Miura’s volumes 40 and 41. If you still haven’t had a chance to read them and are waiting for November’s Deluxe release, we are going to bring you just a brief publisher’s synopsis:
Deep within the nightmare realm of Casca’s dreams, Schierke and Farnese battle endless horrors to reach the dark secret that has imprisoned Casca’s mind since the shattering events of the Invocation of Doom. But if they are successful and Casca reclaims her sanity, will she be able to face Guts the Black Swordsman and the harrowing memories of her gruesome ordeal he is sure to trigger?– Dark Horse Comics
Where to buy Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14?
As we have said, Miura’s final Berserk work comes out on November 21, 2023, online, and you will be able to order it at that time, with a lot of retailers already allowing pre-orders of the edition. The price is set at $49.99, but you can always check sites like Amazon or Barnes & Noble for some discounts before the edition comes out. As for your local book and comic book stores, you can expect the Berserk Deluxe Edition Volume 14 to be available on November 22, 2023.