UDON Entertainment announced a brand new manga volume of Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers that tells the story of Japanese arcade fighting video game player Daigo Umehara.
Daigo Umehara is one of the world’s most famous Street Fighter players and currently holds the Guinness World Record for “the most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter.”
As detailed in a press release from UDON, Umehara is “one of the most dominant fighting game champions in the world, a legend in the FGC!”
While he might be a legend now, he “started out as just a kid, battling through challengers in Japanese arcades during the golden age of fighting games.”
And his story will continue to be told in UDON’s action-biography manga Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers!
In this manga, UDON details that readers will “explore the real-life events that built the fighting game community, and the strategies and play styles developed by Daigo and his fellow gamers.”
It will specifically highlight Daigo’s “aggressive playstyle and nearly psychic ability to predict and counter his opponent’s next move.”
UDON Entertainment’s Publisher Erik Ko touted the series, “We are very excited to be able to complete the epic DAIGO THE BEAST manga series.”
He added, “Daigo is an absolute legend, and watching his matches is mind-blowing. The manga captures that intensity perfectly, and we think fighting game fans and manga fans will be thrilled with the quick releases of the rest of this story.”
UDON Entertainment will be publishing all five volumes of Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers!
The first and second volumes are already available to purchase at book and comic shops everywhere.
The third volume will hit stores in December 2021 with the fourth volume following in February 2022. Finally, the fifth volume will be released in May 2022.
The first volume currently retails for $19.99. It’s official description reads, “hinya Ohnuki, a gamer with prodigious talent, is drawn into the wild and wonderful world of fighting games after a chance meeting with Daigo Umehara… “The Beast!” An enduring rivalry between Umehara and “Nuki” is born in the heat of battle!”
The second volume also retails at $19.99. Its description states, “In the 1990s, the young Daigo is rising above the fray on the challenging Akihabra arcade beat. But when his singular dedication to gaming faces the resistance of an unforgiving society, conflict begins to brew.”
The upcoming third volume’s description says, “An arrogant fighter with an unusual character preference unleashes his fangs at a Kawasaki arcade. With a big mouth and a penchant for ignoring game theory, he seems to win without trying. But is he the real deal?”
The fourth volume’s description proclaims, “The battle between Daigo and Naraken grows ever fiercer as a third man, Ogou, shrugs off the tension proclaiming, “It’s only a game.” A teen boy who can’t let things go and an irrational man who laughs in the face of common sense. The stage is set for a rematch… Daigo vs. Ogou!”
The description for the fifth volume simply reads, “The Epic Conclusion!”
Do you plan on getting your hands on Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers!?