The Sandbox has announced its partnership with Shonen Manga Fist of the North Star to launch a new game experience in the Sandbox metaverse. The action manga will be making its web3 debut in collaboration with Coamix Inc. and Minto Inc, with NFT collections, games, and more.
An Iconic Debut
The Fist of the North Star manga series gained popularity in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1983 to 1988. Written by Takeru Takemono and Tetsuo Harra, the iconic manga featured hard-boiled action that follows the protagonist confronting different antagonists in a post-nuclear war world.
The action-filled shonen manga is considered one of the best-selling manga series of all time. With a reported worldwide circulation of over 100 million copies, the series is still loved by millennials worldwide.
The Fist of the North Star Sandbox experience, End of the Century LAND, aims to stay true to the dystopian experience set in the manga and translate it to the metaverse experience. The Sandbox has shared that the partnership will also involve the production and sale of exclusive NFTs and more to enhance the experience and make it more immersive.
Tetsuo Hara, the author of Fist of the North Star, shared in a press release:
“I am looking forward to seeing the world of the manga ‘Fist of the North Star’ come to life in the new gaming metaverse. It’s a little strange to be a voxel, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Kenshiro and the rest of the Hokuto characters come to life and run wild.”
Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox, commented:
“In my home country of France, ‘Fist of the North Star’ is very popular, and we are delighted to welcome this globally loved content. I look forward to bringing the unique dystopian world of Fist of the North Star to life to our metaverse and to making it accessible to both fans and a wider gaming audience.”
On the Flipside
- The Sandbox previously partnered with a popular sports manga series, Captain Tsubasa, to bring the popular soccer manga and anime to the metaverse.
- Captain Tsubasa LAND represents the first Japanese manga property in The Sandbox and the first Captain Tsubasa metaverse appearance.
Why You Should Care
Anime and manga are an integral part of modern Japanese culture that has broken into mainstream media worldwide. As a result, the art form has seen interest from many enthusiasts worldwide and is deemed quite popular among the Millennials and Gen-Z.
Given the web3 space is dominated by both these generations, the iconic manga series’ debut in the metaverse will be positive news for most users.
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