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'Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers' manga series gets English release, available early at EVO 2017

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 5, 2017 at 10:10 a.m. PDT • Comments: 31

CYG|Daigo Umehara's manga series, "Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers," is getting an official English release. Though the book is slated for a December 2017 launch, fans who attend EVO 2017 next weekend will have the opportunity to grab a copy early.

Published by UDON Entertainment, the manga tells of Daigo's journey to becoming the fighting game legend he is today. In volume 1, we are given a deeper look into the origin of Daigo's rivalry with fellow fighting game veteran Shinya "Nuki" Ohnuki.

The first volume of Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers comes in at 386 pages with a price tag of $19.99 USD. If you'd like to score a copy, be sure to head over to the UDON/NSURGO booth at EVO.

EVO is set to take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 14th - 16th, 2017. For more information, head over to Shoryuken.

You can check out a few preview pages of Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers volume 1 below. Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers press release

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!

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