Kodansha has announced that Versus, written by ONE, will be available as a simulpub title on its K MANGA service. Service users will be able to access the manga starting November 24 at 7:00 a.m. PST (November 25 at 12:00 a.m. JST). For those unfamiliar with the structure of simulpub services, simulpub is a combination of concurrency and publishing. Simulpub series are released and translated (usually into English) at the same time as the original Japanese version is released. This is the first time the Versus series has been available in English anywhere.
The story was created by ONE, who also created the fan-favorite series One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100. Kyoutarou Azuma, author of The King of Fighters: A New Beginning, is credited as the creator Create artwork of manga. bose is processing the ingredients. Kodansha describes the plot as follows:
Demons are natural enemies of humans. For several hundred years, they tortured and toyed with humanity… The world was under the rule of the Great Demon King and his 47 Demon Lords. While humans lived in fear, 47 heroes from around the world were chosen to destroy the Demon King’s Army. Now, with the fate of humanity at stake, the final battle against the demons is about to begin…
In a message sent to K MANGA readers, the creators of Versus said the following: “I’m so glad you’re reading this! I really hope you enjoy it.” -ONE“I will try my best to draw beautiful works every month!” -Kyoutarou Azuma “I hope that this novel fighting manga genre will become a huge hit across the pond!” -Bose
K MANGA launched in May 2023 and has since distributed hundreds of popular English manga titles. Notable projects include Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit!, Heavenly Delusion, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, In the Clear Moonlit Dusk, Lightning and Romance, Skip and Loafer, and Space Brothers. K MANGA also distributes additional simulpub titles in a similar manner to Versus, such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Clayman Revenge. By the end of this year, the service will have a total of more than 100 titles for its extensive library and plans to continue adding more in the distant future. K MANGA is available on both iOS and Android devices as well as on their official website.
Kodansha hardly needs an introduction; they are a leading Japanese publisher and distribute a wide variety of content including manga, novels, magazines, news magazines, anime, movies, and video games. Around since 1909, they are perhaps best known as the licensors of best-selling manga IPs such as AKIRA, Attack on Titan, and Ghost in the Shell.
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