Bitcoin-themed Manga Series Debuts in Japan
The cryptocurrency-manga bond is growing stronger. While manga-flavored token monacoin (MONA) was arguably the first major crypto-manga crossover, a new series of bitcoin (BTC)-themed comics is now the talk of the town in Japan.
The new title is named Genesis Code, and is being serialized in manga magazine Young Animal, published by the Tokyo-based manga powerhouse Hakusensha.
The front cover of the first edition, published on April 28, features the series’ hero holding a token emblazoned with the bitcoin logo, and the publisher has released a promotional video.
Per a dedicated page on the publisher’s website, Genesis Code is set in 2009, just after the birth of bitcoin. However, rather than focusing on real-life events, it tells the story of Phantom Wolf, a maverick hacker – haunted by the death of his father – who takes part in a tense contest to find a hostage.
The contest has a high-stakes reward: a BTC 1 million prize pot awaits the victor.
Phantom Wolf is forced to use his hacking ability and powers of reasoning to crack a mystery case tied to the “genesis” of bitcoin – but if he fails, the publisher explains, there will be “deadly” consequences.
Also involved in the story are a charismatic female internet live streamer, a mysterious smartphone app and two co-workers who agree to help Phantom Wolf on his hacking- and BTC-related adventures.
As previously reported, manga and anime creators have been looking for blockchain- and crypto-powered collaboration avenues for several years.
Will Young Satoshi make an appearance, we wonder?