Ranking of Kings’ English manga translation suspended by Booklive

Prince Bojji and Kage
Prince Bojji and Kage from the Ranking of Kings anime. Pic credit: zerochan

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, BookLive, which is a digital bookshop of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., issued a notification and stated that the English version of Sōsuke Tōka‘s Ranking of Kings manga volume 1-7 circulation will be temporarily suspended.

The Ranking of Kings manga was released digitally in English, on February 25, 2022. This contained volumes 1 to 4, and is available on BookWalker’s global website, with BookLive Co., Ltd. as the publisher.

Sosuke Toka wrote and designed the original Japanese manga series, which was published in May 2017.

Wit Studio’s anime television series adaption of the manga aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block from October 2021 to March 2022

Ranking of Kings’ English manga suspended

In a statement, BookLive announced that Ranking Of Kings was temporarily suspended due to typographical errors and bad translations.

After the distribution began on February 18, 2022, fans reported these flaws.

BookLive’s statement is as follows:

This situation caused by the inadequacies of BookLive Co., Ltd., which is in charge of distributing the English version of ‘Ranking of Kings’ in the management and confirmation of translated content. We are very sorry for distributed the English version that may have spoiled the image of ‘Ranking of Kings’. We deeply apologize to all the readers who have been supporting ‘Ranking of Kings’, the original author Mr. Sousuke Toka and all related parties for the inconvenience and concern caused by this.


Furthermore, Booklive assured readers who previously purchased the English versions of the books, that they will be able to download the retranslated version for free once it is released.

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What is the Ranking of Kings manga’s story about?

Bojji, a deaf, feeble prince who can’t even handle a children’s sword, is the protagonist of the manga.

He works hard as the firstborn son and aspires to be the greatest king in the world. Behind his back, others talk about him as “a good-for-nothing prince” and “no chance he can be king.”

Bojji meets his first friend, “Kage” (shadow), a genuine shadow on the ground that somehow understands Bojji.

Additionally, Kage is the last surviving member of the Kage assassin clan, which was nearly wiped out.

Kage, no longer a mercenary now survives by stealing. We follow Bojji’s coming-of-age as he encounters countless people throughout his life, beginning with his fatal encounter with Kage.

The first season of the TV show adaptation was a work of art in modern anime literature.

It told a sophisticated, provocative narrative about heroism (and what heroes look like) throughout 23 episodes. This kept viewers guessing the entire time. It was absolutely beautiful.

Meanwhile, with the first season is in the rearview mirror, what does the series’ future hold?

On the whole, neither WIT Studio, nor Fuji TV, the show’s Japanese broadcaster, have officially announced Ranking of Kings Season 2.

Hold on! Fans (including us) who are curious about the anime’s future should attend a ‘Summer Festival Special Event’ day on July 10th, 2022 at the Tokyo International Forum.

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This event is currently planned to be a Ranking of Kings celebration with panels.

We won’t be shocked if something concerning Bojji and Kage’s future is revealed.

Hopefully, we get an announcement on the future of Bojii and Kage, check back for more updates.

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