News.Bitcoin.com talked with the comic book's Editor-in-Chief to learn more.
Manga Dedicated to Crypto
Shonen Crypto will be published "every three weeks or one month," creator "Editor-in-Chief Taro" told news.Bitcoin.com. According to him, this is the first comic book series focusing only on cryptocurrencies. "I never heard there are any [other] comic books about crypto," he claims.
Currently, the series is only available online but Taro hopes that it will get published as physical books in the future. "I would like people to read it at cafes or many crypto events," he shared. The first issue has partially been translated from Japanese into English at the time of this writing, and there are plans to produce music and music videos about crypto based on this comic as well.
Initially, there were 10 people working on this manga; they created the first issue. Now, there are 20 members performing different roles. "Someone can draw pictures, someone can gather information about shitcoins, someone can create songs, and someone can make videos," Taro elaborated and explained the reasons for starting the series:
I want everyone to know crypto and its potential. Recently, I feel that the number of active users of crypto is decreasing, and I often hear doubts about crypto.
Citing that "there are still lots of scams" relating to cryptocurrencies, he understands why some people are skeptical but reiterated that "It is not a good situation for crypto." Therefore, through manga, he hopes to properly introduce crypto and its technology to the masses. Although "there are already lots of articles about crypto," he noted that they contain "only lots [of] words" and, in Japan, the "masses usually don't read such articles."
The first issue has six parts. The first part is called "Crypto Heroes," which is a story about Bitcoin Senpai who leads other crypto characters in fighting with fiat characters. "The fiat characters of Crypto Heroes are USD, JPY, and EUR," Taro revealed, adding that there will be a greater variety of characters in the near future.
The second part introduces "what happens in the Bitcoin world (industry)" with a character named "Crypto-kun." In the first issue, this character teaches about the Mcafee Pump, Mt Gox, the "Bitconnect Scam," and Zaif's glitch that allowed users to buy BTC at 0 yen.
The third part is "the introduction of masternodes, which includes the lifecycle of masternodes" and investment advice.