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AUGUST 22, 1997 -- Viz Comics is proud to announce the shipment of SAMURAI SHODOWN, a graphic novel collecting the entire run, plus previously unprinted material, of the _only_ SAMURAI SHODOWN manga (or comic) to be printed in English.
SAMURAI SHODOWN, originally printed in SHONEN SUNDAY COMICS SPECIAL in 1994, is an original story by writer Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Yuki Miyoshi which tells the events leading up to the first video game.
The year is 1787, the Tenmei Era, a time of plague and famine in Japan, when ordinary swordsmen only add to the piles of corpses in the streets. Together, Haohmaru -- the headstrong, sake-guzzling samurai -- and Nakoruru -- Ainu priestess and protector of Nature -- set out on a journey to stop the carnage, encountering black magic and strange creatures as they oppose the disciples of the Dark Kingdom and the half-human wizard Madou Shiranui. On their way they also meet friends -- friends such as Shogunate ninja Hanzo and the 'Rose of Versailles,' the swordswoman Charlotte. If Shiranui's troops succeed in fomenting a war between Japan's warlords, the resulting devastation will clear the way for the Dark Kingdom's invasion of Earth...
"It's about time it came out in one big collection," said Jason Thompson, former Editor of Game On! USA. "GAME ON! USA, the magazine in which it was originally printed, ended at Issue 7 with more than 32 pages of the story left to go. Now it's all finally together, and it's a great tribute to the game."
"Plus, Nakoruru looks great," Jason added.
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