On October 21, 2022, reliable anime news leaker @MangaMoguraRE revealed that ONE, the creator of the popular manga and anime adaptations Mob Psycho 100 and One Punch Man, has a new manga project in the works.
ONE’s new original fantasy battle manga series is titled Versus and will debut through Shounen Sirius Issue 1, 2023 magazine on November 26, 2022. The manga Versus will feature art by Azuma Kyoutarou.
With Mob Psycho 100’s 3rd Season currently airing the hype for ONE’s brilliant mind and his amazing manga creations is real.
Apparently, the story will center on a conflict between humanity and demons. 47 heroes are chosen to fight against 47 demons, who work for the Demon King. Both of ONE’s other works, One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100, are set in modern-day worlds, but with the supernatural elements that people have superpowers (granted by their strong desires) or psychic abilities (such as telekinesis). This new manga will be in the sword-and-sorcery genre, which will be something completely different from what we usually expect from ONE. It will be interesting to see ONE’s take on magic and its limitations.
Who is Azuma Kyoutarou?
Since 2014, Azuma Kyoutarou has been making a name for himself as a talented upcoming manga artist. Kyoutarou is best known for illustrating the popular manga series Tenkaichi which tells the tale of Oda Nobunaga’s successor.
The story of Tenkaichi is set in the year 1600. Ten years have passed since Oda Nobunaga unified the whole country. When Nobunaga realizes that he’s dying he announces that he will hand over the country to the one who produces the strongest warriors.
The shogun (warlords), whose dreams of unifying the country have been dashed, set up their own strongest warriors and set their sights on becoming the king of Japan.
Kyoutarou also illustrated the manga Sakura Brigade, which ended a few years ago, and worked on King of Fighters: A New Beginning.
Kyoutarou has shown his skill in drawing intense and captivating battle sequences, and handling fight choreography. Versus is sure to be visually stunning!
When will Versus be available in English?
Currently, it’s hard to say when the Japanese chapters of Versus will be translated, but since the publisher of Shounen Sirus is Kodansha it will likely be their responsibility.
For example, one of Kodansha’s shounen magazines releases chapters of Edens Zero with a week delay between the Japanese and English releases. This is in part due to Edens Zero’s popularity, but ONE is such a big name that after a few chapters have been released it’s probable there will be a fast release schedule.
Keep an eye on the manga streaming platform Azuki, Versus may come out in December 2022 or January 2023. Anime Geek will be sure to keep you posted as soon as we know when and where you can read the English release.
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