KAIO: King of Pirates To See Anime Adaptation

By Ishaan . December 23, 2012 . 10:30am

Marvelous AQL have already launched one successful multimedia franchise on the Nintendo 3DS in Senran Kagura, and now they’re looking to start another. KAIO: King of Pirates, being developed in collaboration with Mega Man creator, Keiji Inafune, looks like it’s set to be Marvelous’ next big bet.


Originally announced earlier this year, KAIO: King of Pirates is intended to be a trilogy of games that depicts the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story. Aside from the game, Marvelous AQL have also shared the license for a manga adaptation that will debut in V Jump magazine next year.


Additionally, Marvelous also revealed at Jump Festa this weekend that KAIO will have an anime adaptation as well. No details regarding the anime have been revealed yet, but the 3DS game and the manga are both still slated for 2013. Marvelous AQL have also filed American and European trademarks for KAIO.


That makes two Marvelous AQL games for the Nintendo 3DS we know next to nothing about. One is KAIO and the other is Dragon Marked for Death, which Marvelous shared with Siliconera is going to have “amazing” online features.

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  • puchinri

    How much money does it take to do this? While I’m glad they’re able to and are expanding their franchises (even if both are ones I do not care for), could there be a potential conflict between this money maybe going to future game projects, or are their divisions/groups that well split between the gaming and anime half (MMV is involved with a number of anime, without being involved with the game portion, right)?

    What’s the chance of seeing future IPs also getting this level of support from them? (Or was this was a long-term plan to lessen the number of IPs, but advertise and expand them more heavily?)

    • Marvelous actually own an anime studio named Artland who have collaborated with other anime studios on various anime projects and been the main studio for others like Hitman Reborn and Penguindrum, too. They’re also doing the Senran Kagura anime for their parent company.

      If anything, I think MAQL are choosing which projects to turn into multimedia franchises very carefully. For example, there’s no Harvest Moon anime or No More Heroes anime.

      Instead, they’re doing Kagura for the fanservice market and KAIO for the kids’ market. Both are story heavy series, and they both have a decent shot at success. (Kagura’s already been pretty successful to an extent, since they have multiple ongoing manga series and merchandise.)

      I don’t think they’re cutting down on new IP at all. I think they just needed the right platform to introduce new hit IPs on, and they finally seem to have found the one that’s working for them. Last gen, they focused really heavily on the Wii but that didn’t work out at all. 3DS seems to be their ideal platform, though. Everything has been doing well so far.

      • malek86

        I think it’s also a matter of new directions though. NMH and Harvest Moon are older – they probably know that it’s easier to introduce a new franchise from scratch, rather than turn an existing game into one.

        For the future, I don’t think it’s unlikely that they’ll start making their projects with more chances of tie-ins.

        • Yup, it makes sense. Marvelous have always been involved with multimedia. Animation, music, games. They’re finally embracing that side of their business.

      • puchinri

        I knew they had an anime studio (relation) of sorts, I just never realized that they actually owned the studio. Heh.
        I knew they were involved with Reborn though, which is why I bought it up, but interesting that Penguindrum was also MMV involved/collabed.

        Admittedly, I also assumed that HM wouldn’t get an anime because it’s older, but in a way, also because of how broad it is (someone would lose fandom-wise unless they went with an original title). But I was hinting at them carefully choosing which to turn into anime, because of their previous financial situation.

        I can’t think of many other new IPs from them though? Aside from these two and maybe a couple of others (that I can’t even remember the names of)?

        I’m glad if they’ve found a good place for them though, and I hope they thrive.

  • Hollowkoopa

    Is there any gameplay for the game?

    • They’re gonna debut it at Jump Festa.

      • Actually, I think that plan may have changed. I haven’t seen any hands-on impressions from Jump Festa yet. I don’t think the game is playable there like they said it would be.

        • Holy crap, you’re right.

      • Anime10121

        Jump Festa has been over for hours in Japan. Its been Monday there for the past 7 hours. Jump Festa was Saturday and Sunday in Japan, so technically, it ended Saturday night.

        I think its as Ishaan says, they probably had a change of plans and the game isnt far enough along to show legitimate gameplay. They did release a trailer (I think its new?), even subtitled it, but as far as gameplay goes, nothings been seen or heard unfortunately :(

        • My mistake! This was a quiet Jump Festa, I figured I’d know when it was on by news being retarded.

          KAIO was announced super early and the fact that a year later they still don’t have anything to show is kind of worrisome.

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    Yeah, that’s great but where is the gameplay we were promised?

    • Jump Festa

      • Kristoffer Brandberg

        That I already know, so where is the gameplay?

        • Apparently Jump fFesta already passed, no idea where the gameplay is at…

  • riceisnice

    Looks like they’re investing a lot into Kaio.

  • Hmm, if you ask me, I think KAIO looks like it merits a 3D animation. I dunno, it just does.

  • neetyneety

    Man, the game isn’t even out yet. They must have a lot of confidence if they think they can establish another franchise when it’s core fanbase has yet to even see the final product (the game I mean).

  • Ethan_Twain

    This is becoming a trend! There are an awful lot of games with anime TV show adaptations either released or coming. Senran Kagura, KAIO, Goukai Watch, Inazuma 11, Devil Survivor 2, Persona 4, and Little Battlers just off the top of my head. And then there’s Pokemon which is just kind of a constant.

    I guess this is being proven to be profitable? There wouldn’t be so many companies jumping onboard if it wasn’t.

    So what do you guys think will be next to get an anime? I can definitely see it happening for SMT IV and/or Persona 5, I know Tales of Vesperia got an animation, why not Tales of Xillia? And why are so many RPG companies jumping onboard with this trend but not Square Enix?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      How about a Tsukihime anime? :D
      I would probably want a Mega Man Zero anime… I don’t know how they would do the action scenes or go about the stages, but I would just love to see everyone voiced especially after hearing the drama tracks on the Remastered OSTs. Would like to keep it as faithful to Toru Nakayama’s original artwork as well.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised to see Namco Bandai pursue a God Eater anime of some sort.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Does God Eater have much of a narrative element? I’m not really up on this hunting sub-genre of game but I hadn’t ever heard of much storytelling really. If that genre is fair game though, then Monster Hunter is a pretty obvious pick. It’s been licensed and merchandised in most every other way possible – is a TV show inevitable?

        • Well, God Eater is Namco’s own take on the hunting genre, which means a very heavy focus on the anime style. Less of an emphasis on armour/weapon customization and more of a story element. Monster Hunter itself doesn’t have much of a story, though. There’s a premise, a setting, and it’s up to you to imagine the finer story details. :)

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    Sigh… I guess the actual “gameplay” is only referred to the screenshots of this article here. http://nintendoeverything.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/king_of_pirates_scan.jpg
    To make matters worse, it’s not even a good scan,,,

  • isfuturebright

    I hope this game is like a action RPG, kinda like zelda or something :)

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