Yen Press Has Announced a New Manga Series Based on the Game Sekiro

Manga publisher Yen Press has announced  Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying, a new manga series inspired by the hit video game Sekiro: Shadow Dies Twice, which is coming out next week.

Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying synopsis: "Life beyond death…A foolish notion with which to deceive oneself. But what happens when death does not come? Hanbei the Undying has lived longer than most, yet he's found no sense of purpose along the way-no reason to swing his blade. With a history vaster than most could hope to comprehend, it's only natural to wonder: Who exactly was he before he met the Wolf? Find out in this must-read tale for fans of FromSoftware's hit game SEKIRO: Shadow Dies Twice!"

Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying cover art from Yen Press
Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying cover art from Yen Press

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is one of the most successful games of 2019. It shipped almost four million copies. It has received "universal acclaim," according to Metacritic, and won many awards, including Game of the Year from The Game Awards 2019 and the Award for Excellence at The Japan Game Awards. Produced by FromSoftware, the makers of the bestselling and punishingly difficult Demon Souls and Dark Souls games, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has you playing as a ninja bodyguard. He fights his way through countless mythical and supernatural adversaries and bosses in a fantasy version of Medieval Japan to save his young lord from a would-be despot.

Hanbei the Undying is not only a character but one of the most punishingly difficult boss battles to defeat in the game. Every boss enemy in the game has a detailed story that also explains their unique powers and fighting styles, all of which can kill the player character in one blow. The spinoff prequel manga Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying provides rich insight into the history of the game's main character.

Yen Press announced the release today on their Twitter feed:

Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying launches in print and digitally on June 23rd.

About Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist who just likes to writer. He wrote radio plays for the BBC Radio, “JLA: Age of Wonder” for DC Comics, “Blackshirt” for Moonstone Books, and “La Muse” for Big Head Press. Most recently, he wrote “Her Nightly Embrace”, “Her Beautiful Monster” and “Her Fugitive Heart”, a trilogy of novels featuring a British-Indian private eye published by Atria Books, a division Simon & Schuster.

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