Even if you're not fine-tuned to the competitive fighting game scene, you've likely heard of Daigo Umehara, champion of Street Fighter. Whether you're familiar with the championships under his belt, or that time the rapper Lupe Fiasco surprisingly defeated him, you know his name.
And Daigo doesn't only exist in the real world, he's floated into the realm of books and manga too. Since 2014, a long-running manga series entitled Umehara Fighting Gamers! has been published in Japan. It's never been translated into English. That is, until now.
After nearly three years, UDON Entertainment is publishing Umehara Fighting Gamers! in English, with a very minor name change too. The English release of the manga will be called Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers!, likely to put a recognizable name at the forefront of the series (whether readers know him best for Daigo's nickname or his first name).
The manga follows Daigo's rise from Japan arcade dweller to legendary fighting game champion. Of course, with some creative embellishments. (This is a manga after all.) "Daigo Umehara is best known for his aggressive play and nearly psychic ability to predict and counter his opponent's next move," reads the manga's press release. "This power not only paralyzes world-class opponents, but has also led to many unforgettable comebacks from the brink of defeat. His many victories and bloodthirsty style have earned him the nickname "The Beast.""
The first volume of the English published edition of Umehara Fighting Games! Will release in December 2017 for $19.99. Though if you're headed to EVO 2017 next week from July 14 to 16, then you can pick up a copy far in advance from UDON Entertainment's own booth.