Kengan Omega Chapter 0 kicks off the sequel series with strong, promising action for old and new readers alike.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Kengan Omega Chapter 0, available for free in an English translation on Comikey.
When it came to following Kengan Achoura, the martial arts manga Kengan Omega had all the task ahead. The epic series followed a tournament arc that seemed to extend to everyone in martial arts, involving a conspiracy that threatened the world itself. When throwing a sequel, there would always be a challenge to make the fights and the stakes higher.
Kengan Omega starts off strong, introducing a new cast of characters in Chapter 0 while keeping the key characters from the original series the center of attention.
With the Japanese martial arts manga finally receiving an official English translation after years of building an international fan base, many readers around the world are likely discovering the world of Kengan for the first time. With Kengan Omega being a series following its predecessor Kengan Achoura, new readers may worry about embarking on a new story in a world they don’t know. However, Chapter 0 alleviates those concerns by providing a perfect entry point to the series.
Much of the basic setup of the original series is organically repeated in Chapter 0. The Kengan Association is an ancient collection of major players in the business world who settle many of their most important differences during martial arts matches using proxy fighters. Matches take place outside the realm of the public eye, but have a major influence in the world of global politics. As captivating as the concept sounds, however, the franchise maintains its roots by offering thrilling action and cool melee combat scenes first and foremost.
Omega kicks off with that same tradition, introducing a new fighter to the series. Narushima Koga, a newcomer to the world of martial arts, shows so little restraint in his matches that he risks being excluded from official combat. That doesn’t bother Koga, who turns to his web-savvy friend to hunt down the underground martial arts tournaments that certainly exist somewhere on the Dark Web. His friend discovers rare rumors about Kengan’s matches which are so unbelievable that the friend rejects them outright.
However, Koga becomes more determined than ever, focusing on one particular image: Tokita Ohma. Serve as the closest thing Achoura Due to a protagonist from the previous series, Ohma was the nearly matchless fighter who nearly won the previous tournament. He used a unique set of skills known as the Niko style that very few people have ever mastered, but which pushed his body to such an extreme that he passed away at the end of the series.
Determined to test his own skills, Koga sets out to experience Kengan Association matches. With the first set of chapters available for free online, readers of the English translation are free to follow to see if Koga’s journey is successful in subsequent stories.
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