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Viz Media Releases Juni Taisen Manga Digitally For Free

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Akira Akatsuki's manga launched in Japan on Saturday

The Twitter account for Viz Media's Shonen Jump brand announced on Friday that it will begin releasing Akira Akatsuki's (Medaka Box, Luger Code 1951) Juni Taisen - Zodiac War manga digitally for free on Saturday. The manga launched in Japan on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app and website on Saturday.

The manga adapts writer NisiOisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and illustrator Hikaru Nakamura's (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) light novel Jūni Taisen: Zodiac Warriors. The light novel is also inspiring a television anime adaptation that will premiere in Japan on October 3. Crunchyroll will simulcast the series, and Funimation will stream an English dub.

Crunchyroll describes the anime's story:

The record of the bloody battle between the twelve proud warriors—

The 12th Twelve Tournament that gets held every twelve years… Twelve brave warriors who bear the names of the signs of the zodiac fight each other for the lives and souls. The participants are twelve very strange warriors: “Rat,” “Ox,” “Tiger,” “Rabbit,” “Dragon,” “Snake,” “Horse,” “Goat,” Monkey,” “Rooster,” “Dog,” and “Pig.”

The victor of this tournament gets to have one wish granted, whatever the wish may be. The one wish they want granted—

Who will be the final survivor? Whose tears will flow on the bloody battlefield filled with conspiracy and murder?

A soul-shaking battle royale is about to begin.

NisiOisin and Nakamura published the novel in May 2015. Viz Media will release the novel in hardcover format in October.

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