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New Ninja Slayer Manga Series Launches on April 19

posted on by Egan Loo
Kyoto Hell on Earth series reunites writer Yoshiaki Tabata, artist Yūki Yogo

The official Twitter account for writer Yoshiaki Tabata and artist Yūki Yogo's Ninja Slayer manga announced on Wednesday that the two creators are launching a new Ninja Slayer manga series on April 19. In a manga short story posted in 10 Tweets, the account revealed that the Ninja Slayer: Kyoto Hell on Earth series will start in the June issue of Akita Shoten's Champion RED magazine.

The previous Ninja Slayer manga series ended in December, although the 13th and 14th volumes of that series will both ship on February 10 with additional pages.

Vertical publishes the first manga in English, and it describes the story:

In the first volume of Ninja Slayer, the Neo Saitama of the future is a sprawling urban landscape constantly flooded by neon light. And in its shadows lurks a vast criminal world with all sorts of shady characters. Among them are the deadliest force known to humanity…NINJAS!

The first manga began serializing in Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine in 2013, and it moved to Kadokawa's Comptiq magazine in September 2016. Kadokawa published the manga's 12th compiled book volume (seen right), titled Ninja Slayer: Stranger Stranger Than Fiction, in June 2017, and Vertical released the eighth volume, Ninja Slayer: Merry Christmas Neo Saitama, last May. Tokyo Otaku Mode published chapters from the manga's first volume online.

Kodansha Comics also publishes a separate manga adaptation of the franchise by Kōtarō Sekine titled Ninja Slayer Kills.

The Ninja Slayer story was originally posted piecemeal on Twitter by Japanese "translators" Yū Honda and Leika Sugi, allegedly translating the work of American authors "Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez." After the story grew in popularity, Enterbrain published the first Japanese-translated volume in print in September 2012. A 26-episode net anime series premiered in April 2015. Funimation streamed the series in North America with English subtitles, and also streamed an English dub. Funimation released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in December 2012.

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