The 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Comic Anthology has some pretty cool artists including Ikumi Katagari, Mekki Kuroyama, AgohigeX, and Hiroki Haruse.
Update: This story was originally published on August 18, Atlus announced on August 27 a kindle version of the 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Official Comic Anthology. Both the physical and digital kindle version are up for preorder on Amazon Japan.
If you’ve never heard of 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, don’t expect me to get into the the game’s details in here when we already explained everything.
If you clicked this article, already know about 13 Sentinels, and are an anime otaku you probably know what a Comic Anthology is. If you don’t, well, basically whenever a franchise, be it a game, anime, a manga, a movie, or anything, launches, there’s a good chance multiple mangaka and illustrators who liked it will gather up and do one of theses. Officially commissioned by the IP holder but fueled by passion, a Comic Anthology will be a succession of short manga stories, illustrations, or short novels, all focused on the same franchise. Celebrating the characters with mainly gag-oriented stories, that may or may not include spoilers. It’s the entry level of derivative products, so even relatively unpopular and niche franchises can get them.
It’s not a secret, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim didn’t sell that much in Japan. Hopefully it’ll do better in the west. Atlus West is pushing out some good promotion for it too. It’s nearly not as much as everything that was done in Japan before the game’s release there. But it’s definitely more than what Japanese games usually get. Speaking of which, some might say Japanese games’ promotion in their native country reveal too much. I wholeheartedly disagree with that. Despite having covered every single stream, trailer and press release Sega, Atlus and Vanillaware pushed out in Japan, 13 Sentinels‘ story is still incredibly amazing and full of surprises. But I digress.
The 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Official Comic Anthology will be launching on September 10. And needless to say, we’re only talking about a Japanese release here. Comic Anthology books rarely ever leave Japan. They rarely get digital editions too, and none was announced so far, meaning it’s gonna be a pain to import, especially in Covid-19 times.
The book will have 14 artists in total.
Probably only otaku used to this stuff would read such an article this far anyway. But note that we’re talking about Japanese artists here, who are otaku themselves and have no qualms about sharing or drawing explicit artwork of characters regardless of their apparent gender or age. Click on their Twitter profiles at your own risk.
Here’s the list of artists participating in the 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Official Anthology Comic:
Some of the illustrators on this list have already published multiple gorgeous 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim fanart on Twitter. Some also shared samples of their contributions to the Comic Anthology:
— そと (@sotok) July 18, 2020
— ムベ山 (@tadanorisatsuma) May 9, 2020
『十三機兵防衛圏 公式コミックアンソロジー』に漫画11ページ寄稿させて頂きました！9月10日（木）発売です。大好きなゲームの公式アンソロジーに参加できて大変光栄です！ pic.twitter.com/Tt79gF53Yv
— 乃原美隆 (@n0harayoshi) August 18, 2020
十三機兵防衛圏 コミックアンソロジーに載せていただいているのは、三浦くんとなっちゃんの短い日常のお話です pic.twitter.com/RaxVw0nifl
— ムベ山 (@tadanorisatsuma) August 22, 2020
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim will be out exclusively on PS4 on September 22, following a short delay. It’ll have Japanese and English voices, alongside subtitles in English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can preorder it on Amazon to support DualShockers.
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