In collaboration with GameOn and NEOWIZ, Toei Animation has exciting news for fans of Makoto Raiku’s “Zatch Bell” manga series. They’ve announced the development of a new smartphone game titled “Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Towa no Kizuna no Nakama-tachi” (Zatch Bell: Friends are an Eternal Bond), which will be released later this year.
Spearheaded by NEOWIZ, the game is currently accepting applications for a closed beta test until September 6, with the testing phase scheduled for mid-September. Zatch Bell!, created by Makoto Raiku, takes us on an extraordinary journey filled with magic, battles, and heartwarming friendships. The series beautifully combines action, humor, and emotion, creating a rollercoaster of excitement and heartfelt moments.
This franchise teaches us the value of friendship, determination, and the character development that comes from believing in oneself. Are you ready to experience the world of Konjiki no Gash in a completely different medium? Because we are.
Zatch Bell!: Everything to Know
Zatch Bell!, originally known as “Konjiki no Gash!!” in Japan, is a popular Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. Serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from January 2001 to December 2007, the series comprises thirty-three manga volumes.
This series also found its way onto television screens through an anime adaptation by Toei Animation. Airing on Fuji TV from April 2003 to March 2006, the anime consists of 150 episodes. The franchise’s influence extended beyond the screen, with licensed merchandise, video games, and two animated films. The anime also made its mark internationally, airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami and Miguzi blocks in the U.S. for 77 episodes, as well as on YTV’s Bionix block in Canada from 2005 to 2008.
The manga’s resounding success is evident, with over 23.8 million copies, both physical and digital, in circulation as of March 2017, making it one of the best-selling manga series.
The Plot of Zatch Bell!
Meet Takamine Kiyomaro, a seemingly apathetic and world-weary individual who suddenly finds himself entrusted with an extraordinary responsibility. His life takes an unexpected turn when he’s tasked with taking care of Gash Bell, a diminutive demon.
Unknown to him, Gash is entangled in a fierce competition where demons select human partners to engage in a brutal contest, fighting for dominance.
Kiyomaro becomes Gash’s human counterpart, throwing them both into a series of intense clashes. Through these trials, Kiyomaro evolves, shedding his bad attitude, and discovers the significance of friendship and valor.
Zatch Bell! has had a commendable journey of adaptations, bringing its magical world and enjoyable story to various media formats. Originally a manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku, it quickly gained popularity for its unique premise and engaging characters.
The manga’s success led to the creation of an anime adaptation that aired from 2003 to 2006. Several video game adaptations were also released on platforms like Game Boy Advance and PlayStation 2.
The series’ popularity went beyond pages and screens with merchandise like trading card games, toys, and other collectibles that let fans enjoy the characters and spells in other tangible ways. While Zatch Bell! might not be as widely known as some other anime and manga series, its adaptations have left a lasting mark on those who have experienced its magical world.
From the pages of the manga to the screens of anime and games, the journey of Zatch and his friends continues to grow with the upcoming RPG mobile game, reminding us of the power of friendship and the unexpected adventures that life can bring and how to enjoy it!