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Ranking of Kings’ English manga translation suspended by Booklive

Prince Bojji and Kage
Prince Bojji and Kage from the Ranking of Kings anime. Pic credit: zerochan

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, BookLive, a digital bookstore of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., made a report and stated that the English version of Sōsuke Tōka’s Ranking of Kings manga volume 1-7 will be temporarily suspended.

The Ranking of Kings manga was released digitally in English on February 25, 2022. It contains parts 1 to 4 and is available on BookWalker’s worldwide website, with BookLive Co., Ltd. as a publisher.

Sosuk Toka wrote and designed the original Japanese manga series, which was published in May 2017.

Wit Studio’s anime TV series adaptation of the manga aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block from October 2021 to March 2022

Kings’ English manga ranking suspended

In a statement, BookLive announced that Ranking Of Kings has been temporarily suspended due to typographical errors and poor translations.

After distribution began on February 18, 2022, fans reported these flaws.

BookLive’s statement is as follows:

This situation was caused by the shortcomings of BookLive Co., Ltd., which is responsible for the distribution of the English version of “Ranking of Kings” in the management and confirmation of translated content. We are very sorry for distributing the English version which may have spoiled the image of ‘Ranking of Kings’. Our sincere apologies to all readers who have supported Ranking of Kings, the original author Mr. Sousuke Toka and all related parties for the inconvenience and concern caused by this.

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In addition, Booklive assured readers who previously purchased the English versions of the books that they will be able to download the retranslated version for free once it is released.

What is the story of the Ranking of Kings manga about?

Bojji, a deaf, weak prince who can’t even handle a child’s sword, is the main character of the manga.

He works hard as the firstborn son and strives to become the greatest king in the world. Behind his back, others talk of him as “a worthless prince” and “no chance of becoming king”.

Bojji meets his first friend, “Kage” (shadow), a real shadow on the ground that somehow Bojji understands.

In addition, Kage is the last surviving member of the Kage assassin clan, which was nearly wiped out.

Kage, no longer a mercenary, now survives by stealing. We follow Bojji’s coming of age as he encounters countless people throughout his life, starting with his fatal encounter with Kage.

The first season of the TV show adaptation was a work of art in modern anime literature.

It told a sophisticated, provocative story about heroism (and what heroes look like) over 23 episodes. This kept viewers guessing all the time. It was absolutely beautiful.

Meanwhile, with the first season in the rearview mirror, what does the future of the series hold?

Overall, neither WIT Studio nor Fuji TV, the show’s Japanese broadcaster, has officially announced Ranking of Kings Season 2.

Hold on! Fans (including us) curious about the future of the anime should attend a ‘Summer Festival Special Event’ day at the Tokyo International Forum on July 10, 2022.

This event is currently planned as a Ranking of Kings panel party.

We won’t be shocked if anything is revealed about the future of Bojji and Kage.

Hopefully we get an announcement about the future of Bojii and Kage, come back for more updates.


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