Ed-0: Zombie Uprising gets three-part manga series [EXCLUSIVE]

Highlights “Manga Ed-0: Zombie Uprising expands the world of Edo-era Japan with crisp art style and bombastic storytelling.” “The manga captures the fast-paced action of the game, with distinct characters and expert use of chutes to indicate speed.” “Game fans will enjoy the manga, while manga lovers might be drawn to experience the game, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two.”

Ed-0: Zombie Uprising, the roguelike zombie game from developer Lancarse and D3Publisher, recently released on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, and fans of that world will be able to get even more soon thanks to a new three-part manga series. Indeed, the premise of Ed-0: Zombie Uprising – taking on zombies during Japan’s Edo period as a ninja, samurai or sumo wrestler – is bombastic enough that its manga translation makes for a quick but entertaining read.

Ed-0: Zombie Uprising takes place during a fictional period of isolation, while the rest of the world experiences a fictional event called the “Zombie Industrial Revolution”. This leads to a newfound colonization of Japan via zombies, as the Black Ships require it to be opened to the outside world. As zombies from these black ships attack Japan, the citizens turn to the “zombie beings”, three figures that can be resurrected to fight the hordes but are unaffected by the zombies. The game sees players grow stronger through unique dungeons, while the roguelike elements come to life as each run is different thanks to its random generation.

Ed-0: Zombie Uprising Manga: First installment closing

While the manga Ed-0: Zombie Uprising seeks to expand on the fictional zombie-dominated world of Edo-era Japan, as well as providing new background and information about the zombies, perhaps what stands out the most is the sharp art style. Everything is conveyed very cleanly, with each character being distinct and each zombie standing out from the next. Furthermore, the third page is one of many that show an expert use of gutters to indicate speed and action. Indeed, it seems that the basic tenets of Ed-0: Zombie Uprising naturally find themselves at home in manga form, even with its bombastic tendencies.

Those who played Ed-0: Zombie Uprising are likely to enjoy this manga and vice versa; manga lovers might love it and go check out the game. There’s definitely a symbiotic relationship between the manga’s presentation and its gameplay. Also for lore lovers it will be interesting to see how this is expanded and how other characters are treated as well.

After all, if the manga is so good at depicting speed, it will be interesting to see how Matoka the ninja excels with her arsenal of flying weapons, ninjutsu, and so on. At the same time, it will be interesting to see how the panels split to take a look at Raiden the sumo wrestler and his physical techniques.

Ed-0: Zombie Uprising is available now for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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