Zatch Bell! Smartphone Game Launches Wednesday – Konjiki no Gash Debut
The official Twitter profile for Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Towa no Kizuna no Nakama-tachi (Zatch Bell: The Eternal Friendship), the mobile game inspired by Makoto Raiku‘s Zatch Bell (Konjiki no Gash!!) manga series, disclosed that the game will be launched on the upcoming Wednesday.
Toei Animation‘s YouTube channel has also published a new video for the game. It features a rendition of Chiwata Hidenori’s “Kasabuta”, the initial opening song of the anime adaptation, played by OxT.
The game is being developed by NEOWIZ.
The manga series started to be published in
Weekly Shonen Sunday
in 2001 and concluded in 2007.
issued 33 compiled volumes of the series.
brought out 25 volumes of the manga in North America before discontinuing it. The story, as Viz describes it:
Arrogant junior high student Kiyomaro Takamine has grown unpopular at school due to his extraordinary intellect and the resulting curve-busting grades. Therefore, his father sends him a peculiar birthday gift: a peculiar boy named Gash to assist him in fostering friendships and correcting his hostile demeanor. Gash brings along a mysterious red volume of spells, and Kiyomaro discerns that summoning magical powers occurs when reading from it. However, there are even more unbelievable surprises awaiting, and Kiyomaro’s life is about to transform unimaginably!
The manga led to 150 episodes of a television anime that aired from 2003 to 2006. Additonally, the anime films Zatch Bell: 101st Devil and Zatch Bell: Assault of Mechavulcan were produced in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Toonami broadcast 77 episodes of the anime from 2005 to 2007. The initial 100 episodes of the series were released on DVD compilations by Viz Media from 2005 to 2007.
After resolving a dispute with the publisher about five colored artworks by Raiku that were lost, Raiku ended his collaboration with Shogakukan. In March 2022, Raiku introduced the Konjiki no Gash!! 2 manga on a range of digital platforms.
In 2009, Raiku began his Animal Kingdom manga, known as Dōbutsu no Kuni in Japanese, in Kodansha‘s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, which was concluded in 2013. Kodansha brought out 14 compiled volumes of the series. North America saw the manga being issued by Kodansha Comics.