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Deadpool is taking his talents to Tokyo with missions to fight crime in the English release of the Deadpool: Samurai manga. The Merc with a Mouth will recruit deadly young heroes from Japan, join the Avenger’s brand new ‘Samurai Squad’, and even get help from the renowned hero All Might from the Japanese manga My Hero Academia.
Deadpool: Samurai was published in Japanese last year and had exceeded one million views online in 2021. This manga marks the first partnership between Marvel and Japanese comics publisher Shonen Jump.
Now, the manga has arrived in North America with an official English translation so that all English-speaking Deadpool fans can have a taste of his adventures in Japan.
The mission follows Deadpool’s quest in Japan alongside young heroes as his comrades. There also happens to have a delightful crossover when Deadpool gets help from All Might, the #1 hero in My Hero Academia, a hit Japanese manga that has sold 65 million copies worldwide.
Sanshiro Kasama, author of Deadpool: Samurai, said he was thrilled to take on the job as he has always loved Marvel heroes and wanted more Japanese people to love the anti-hero.
“I said, yes, yes, yes, yes! I really want to do it. It’s unbelievable the guy who always wanted to create a manga like Deadpool really gets to do Deadpool. I was so excited,” Kasama told The Associated Press.
However, one challenge is that Marvel is quite protective of its characters. Kasama shared how in one scene, Deadpool is shooting someone and had to change his weapon into a paint gun instead of a real gun.
The manga features illustrations by Hikaru Uesagi, Kasama’s collaborator, and for the scenes with All Might, they were illustrated by My Hero Academia manga artist Kohei Horikoshi himself.
Deadpool: Samurai also marks the first collaboration between Marvel and manga publisher and anime distributor VIZ Media. VIZ Media is hyping the manga’s debut with a special trailer and officially describes the manga as “Deadpool moves to Tokyo and makes a mess of everything!”
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