VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing the first volume of Rei Toma’s The King’s Beast manga on February 2, 2021. The volume will be released in paperback and will retail for US$9.99. The story is set in the same world as Toma’s Dawn of the Arcana series.
Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palaces as beast-servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When they were children, Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu was ripped from her arms and sent to the palace to attend Prince Tenyou as a beast-servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody dynastic intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope at avenging her brother is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace.
Prince Tenyou is not what Rangetsu expected, and the political currents in the palace run deep and strange. Does Rangetsu have any chance of finding justice for her brother, or will she become just another Ajin casualty in the game of kings?
Rei Toma created her first complete manga for a graduation project in design school. When she drew the short story manga “Help Me, Dentist,” it attracted a publisher’s attention and she made her debut right away. She is the creator of Dawn of the Arcana and The Water Dragon’s Bride, both available in English from VIZ Media.