Kengan Ashura Manga Gets Smartphone Game
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Shogakukan and CYBIRD launched a website on Friday to announce that Yabako Sandrovich and Daromeon's Kengan Ashura manga is inspiring a smartphone game adaptation titled Kengan Ultimate Battle that will launch in Japan this spring. The "muscle training battle RPG" will be free to play, with optional in-game purchases.
In the manga's story, businesses and merchants wager large sums of money to hire combatants for unarmed hand-to-hand fighting matches. The winner takes all in these Kengan competitions that originated during the Edo period. Merchants use the fights as a means to resolve disputes with each other.
The strong and mysterious Ōma Tokita, whose nickname is Ashura, enters these matches. Nogi Group president Hideki Nogi keeps his ambitions to himself when he meets Ashura. Events begin to swirl around the Kengan fights as Ashura enters the fray.
An anime adaptation will stream globally only on Netflix later this year, and is also slated to air on television in Japan. The anime will have its Japanese premiere screening on January 27. The anime had its world premiere at Anime Expo in July. The manga won a fan voting contest in 2015 to receive the adaptation.