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Japanese Folklore-Inspired 'The Witcher Ronin' Lands On Kickstarter

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Japanese Folklore-Inspired 'The Witcher Ronin' Lands On Kickstarter

The Witcher: Ronin is an upcoming manga of the world penned by Andrzej Sapkowski and it is soaring to higher heights on Kickstarter, raising over $100,000 in a matter of hours.

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"In a world such as this, the role of a professional monster slayer is just as essential - as dangerous Yokai and Oni (Japanese spirits and demons) are constantly on the prowl," reads the description from CD Projekt RED. Yes, it's the official developer of the successful series of games that is behind this adaptation, with writer Rafał Jaki and artist Hataya.

"I personally love the new monsters and folk tales we can experiment with," said Jaki in an interview with IGN. "Both Europe and Japan have a unique tradition in this area, and bringing iconic Japanese stories and monsters and fitting them in a Witcher context was the most exciting thing for me."

Check out the trailer for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf below, a film that follows a younger Vesemir as he grapples with the trauma of his past and newfound threats to the Continent. It's streaming now on Netflix.

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Almost 11,000 backers have brought the total funds to a massive $540,000, at the time of writing. However, some fans aren't so sold on the manga, and are confused that CD Projekt has used Kickstarter to cover the cost of the comic. In its latest fiscal report, the company shared that it has earned $95 million in profits from products and that this is a 54% year-on-year increase. Furthermore, CD Projekt itself is valued at $8.1 billion, making it the most valuable video game company in Europe.

The exclusive hardcover version of the manga is only available through Kickstarter, and while the first volume of the story is almost complete, CD Projekt RED would use feedback from fans to "push the quality of a single-volume comic book as far as we possibly can". That would include inviting guests artists and exciting extras that purchasers won't get anywhere else. Still, fans are finding the price for the hardcover edition (the lowest tier is $43) to be difficult to swallow.

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"I like the idea, I'm not even bothered by the Kickstarter. But €35 for the book, plus €19 - €39 for shipping depending on where outside of Poland, and then custom charges if you are outside of the US, EU, AUS or Japan. Even as a massive Witcher fan, I can't justify that," said evonix4 on YouTube.

Featured Image Credit: CD Projekt

Topics: The Witcher, CD Projekt Red

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