It was announced on Twitter by Shihei Lin, the manga editor of Dandadan, that Dandadan created by Yukinobu Tatsu is getting a digital release with English translation. It will be available to read on Viz Media's website on Monday according to the tweet. Since the time of writing this post, Viz announced that Dandadan is going to begin printing with English translation in the Fall of 2022. It also landed a spot on our top sci-fi manga to release so far!
If you haven't checked out Dandadan yet, the story follows Momo Ayase, who comes across a boy named Ken Takakura that's being bullied. Because of her kind heart and her knack for jumping into situations without thinking, she ends up confronting the bullies and saving Ken. Ken then takes this opportunity to try and make a friend and attempts to connect with her by talking about one of his favorite topics, the occult. Ayase rejects his claims and says she doesn't believe in aliens, but that she does however believe in ghosts. Funny enough though, Ken exclaims that he doesn't believe in ghosts.
The two break out in an argument and set up a challenge to determine who's correct; Ayase will head to a fabled local alien hot spot and Ken will head to a fabled local ghost hot spot. When they both reach their destinations though, it turns out that both of them were right. Not only do aliens exist, but ghosts do as well. Thus begins their wild journey as they attempt to navigate the supernatural and sci-fi worlds they've stumbled into and work together to return their lives back to normal.
Dandadan is one of my favorite new stories and I'm really happy to see this one getting an English release--albeit a digital one only. I have to say that after I read the first few chapters, I remember being perplexed by what I read but absolutely loving it at the same time. It's absolutely bonkers but in the best way possible and I really love what I've read so far, so I recommend checking it out. Hopefully, we will be getting news of a physical release soon, because this is one that definitely deserves it!
You can check out Shihei Lin's tweet about the upcoming release below!