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Hakusensha, Inc. (株式会社白泉社) is a Japanese publishing company founded on 1 December 1973 as a subsidiary of the Hitotsubashi Group. It is headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Specializing in manga and light novels, Hakusensha is known for publishing shōjo and seinen titles. It has been instrumental in bringing to the forefront some of Japan's most iconic manga series, including Berserk by Kentarou Miura.

History[]

Early Years and Expansion[]

The company quickly established itself in the manga industry, focusing initially on shōjo (young girl) manga. By the 1980s, Hakusensha expanded its portfolio to include seinen (young adult male) manga, a strategic move that broadened its market reach.

Kentarou Miura and Berserk[]

In 1989, Hakusensha became the publisher of Berserk, which first appeared in the now-defunct magazine Monthly Animal House, which was later renamed Young Animal. Berserk quickly gained a cult following due to its dark narrative and complex character development, centering on the tragic and brutal journey of its protagonist, Guts.

Chronology of Key Events Involving Berserk[]

  • 1 October 1989: Berserk began serialization in Monthly Animal House.
  • 9 October 1992: Berserk was moved to Young Animal (starting from issue #11 of the same year), where it continues to be published today.
  • 8 October 1997: The first anime adaptation of Berserk is released, expanding the franchise's reach and popularity worldwide.
  • 1 July 2016 – 23 June 2017: A new anime series adaptation of Berserk is aired.
  • 18 September 2020: Hakusensha began promoting the Great Berserk Exhibition.
  • 6 May 2021: Kentarou Miura passed away.
  • 7 June 2022: Hakusensha announced that Berserk would continue under the supervision of Studio Gaga assistants that worked with Miura, as well as Miura's close friend and fellow mangaka Kouji Mori, using what source materials Miura left behind and what he divulged to Mori regarding the future of Berserk.[1] The stated intention has been to remain as faithful to Miura's original vision as possible.
  • 24 June 2022 – present: From episode 365, Berserk has continued to be published under the aforementioned stewardship.

Notes[]

  • Hakusensha is said to be upholding the translation of "Knight of Skeleton" for the Skull Knight, with the mistranslation having supposedly originated from an Art of War statue released circa 2000.

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