Fighting game pro Daigo “The Beast” Umehara’s manga Daigo the Beast: Umehara’s Fighting Gamers! will be getting an English adaptation which will be featured, most fittingly, at this year’s EVO tournament. [Thanks, Shoryuken.]
Published by UDON Entertainment, the manga series follows Umehara’s early career and journey as he battled in Japanese arcades during the golden age of fighting games. The first volume in particular will focus on Daigo’s rivalry with fellow pro gamer Shinya “Nuki” Ohnuki. Additionally, the first volume will release in December 2017, but those who attend EVO this year will be able to get their hands on a copy before anyone else if they visit the UDON/NSURGO booth.
Here’s an official overview of the manga from UDON Entertainment:
“He is the most dominant fighting game champion in the world. But before he was Japan’s first pro gamer, Daigo was one of many players battling their way through Japanese arcades during the golden age of fighting games. Now, North American fans can learn how the player became the legend as UDON Entertainment prepares to publish the DAIGO THE BEAST: UMEHARA FIGHTING GAMERS! manga series.
Daigo Umehara is best known for his aggressive play and nearly psychic ability to predict and counter his opponent’s next move. This power not only paralyzes world-class opponents, but has also led to many unforgettable comebacks from the brink of defeat. His many victories and bloodthirsty style have earned him the nickname “The Beast.”
The DAIGO THE BEAST manga explores the real-life events that built the fighting game community, and the strategies and play styles developed by Daigo and his fellow gamers. In Volume 1, Shinya Ohnuki, a gamer with prodigious talent, is drawn into the wild and wonderful world of fighting games after a chance meeting with Daigo. As they face off in iconic games like Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha, and Darkstalkers, an enduring rivalry between Daigo and “Nuki” is born!”