Manga Giveaway: Umineko Giveaway

It’s nearly the end of May, which means its time for another manga giveaway! This month you have the opportunity to win the first volume of Ryukishi07 and Kei Natsumi’s Umineko: When They Cry as published by Yen Press. The omnibus (equivalent to the first two volumes in the original Japanese release of the series) collects the first half of the Legend of the Golden Witch story arc. As always, the giveaway is open worldwide!

I’m not sure that it’s ever really come up here at Experiments in Manga before, but I’m a bit of a gamer. My “specialty” is Euro-style boardgames and abstract strategy games (and I like to pretend that I’m a decent mahjong player), but I enjoy games of all sorts, including video games. Recently I’ve noticed more and more manga being released in English that are based on or adaptations of video games, visual novels, and dating sims. I’m not sure if there has been an actual increase in these type of licenses or not; it may just be that I’m paying more attention to what’s being released nowadays. Either way, Umineko: When They Cry is one well-known example of a recent manga that is an adaptation of a game. Though to be honest, while I have read the manga, I haven’t actually played the original game myself.

So, you may be wondering, how can you the first omnibus of Umineko?

1) In the comments below, tell me about a manga that you’ve read that was based on a game. (If you’ve never read one, you can simply mention that.)
2) For a second entry, name another manga that is an adaptation of a game which hasn’t yet been mentioned by me or by someone else.
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

So there you have it! Each person can earn up to three entries for this giveaway. As usual, you will have one week to submit your entries. If you have trouble leaving comments, or if you would prefer, you can e-mail me your entry at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com and I will post the comment in your name. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 5, 2013. Game on!

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: Umineko Giveaway Winner

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  1. I read Kingdom Hearts by Tetsuya Nomura and Shiro Amano. It’s a shame the series got cancelled in Spain :,(

  2. 1.) Ive read Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories by Tetsuya Nomura and Shiro Amano. I never got to finish reading Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts 365/2 Days :(
    2.) Theres this manga called Amour Sucre which is based off the online otome game. I ordered the book and I should get the book in a couple of days,but the down part is that its in French :( I gotta try to translate it xD

  3. 1. I’ve read Fate/Stay Night. Didn’t know it was originally a video game/visual novel. learned it was after the anime was released. lol.

    2. The Manga adaptation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It’s a popular nintendo DS game. You should check it out. Already got vol. 1 of phoenix wright. might order the rest of the volumes next month since i’m a huge fan of the ace attorney series :3


  4. I don’t believe I’ve ever read a game-based manga. At least to my knowledge. The closest thing I have read to that is the manhwa ID_eNTITY, which is loosely patterned off video games and game culture in general. Sadly only the first 12 volumes of which have been published in English.

  5. The big one, the huge one that I’ve read is Dragon Quest: Dai’s Adventure, which was like a 90s battle manga by the Beet the Vandel Buster team that between licensing and lack of interest hasn’t made it over to the west yet.

    It’s a bit of a weird one, originally being a short series about a young boy on an island full of friendly DQ monsters, but then got serialised, aged the main character and turned it into an epic quest to take out a villain that’s corrupting monsters the world over. It’s a bit special in how it takes a popular video game and kinda tells its own story with it whilst staying true to the original material, unlike that other Weekly Jump video game adaptation.

    Dunno if I’m supposed to mention another one for the one no-one else has mentioned, but Monthly Shonen Jump had a wicked Fire Emblem adaptation called Hasha no Tsurugi that was pretty great.

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  6. 1) I’ve read the manga that was based on Disgaea and Disgaea 2. Not as good as the games, but entertaining enough, especially for Disgaea fans.

    2)There’s also Atelier Marie and Elie, based on a couple of the Atelier games. Unfortunately, the US never got the games they were based on.

    3)Retweeted as @Usagi_Aiya

  7. 1)First manga I have ever bought was Higurashi: When they cry by Ryukishi07. Now I have first 13. volumes of Higurashi and extra arc Demon exposing. Story is always by Ryukishi07 but artists are different in every arc.

    2)School Days, story by 0verflow, art by Homare Sakazuki.
    First was visual novel then manga then anime.


  8. 1)I’ve read Clannad by Key and Juri Misaki, but only first 4 vol. I watched anime Clannad and Clannad After story.
    2)Kanon by Key and Petit Morishima


  9. 1)I’ve read Steins;Gate by Sarachi Yomi, but anime was awesome.

    2)DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 by Atlus and Shiota Haruto.


    3)Retweeted as @deardaoine

  10. I can think of two such manga. One is based on a non-existent game: “Angelic Layer”, a “mash-up between Pokemon and Barbie dolls”.

    And then there’s a manga based on a real honest-to-God board game: “Hikaru no Go”. Who knew it would be so interesting (of course, everything is interesting if you have a Heian-era ghost as a tour guide).

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  11. 1) The manga based on the Legend of Zelda games are a lot of fun…especially the ones based on Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. They’re really cute and a nice supplement to the games!
    2) “Sakura Ganbaru!” is a fun and adorable series centered around Sakura from the Street Fighter video game series, and I’ve always enjoyed it. I was really happy that Udon released it here in English, I figured it never would because compared to the SF video games, it’s not as gritty or action-packed (which is one of the reasons I liked it so much! It’s a nice change of pace from the normal SF manga titles). Plus Sakura’s always been one of my favorite characters, heh.
    3) Retweeted you at @bunnycartoon! ;D

  12. 3)Retweeted as @kokcej

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    1)I’ve read Chaos;Head by Nitro+ and Sumihey. Steins;Gate is way better, especially the story. Chaos;Head starts well but ending is just bad.

    2)Air by Key and Yukimaru Katsura.

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