Fist of the North Star and The Sandbox partner for "End of the Century LAND" in collaboration with Minto
Hong Kong - 19 January 2023 - The Sandbox, a leading decentralized gaming virtual world and subsidiary of Animoca Brands, today announced that it will create "End of the Century LAND" (*1), a new experience based on Fist of the North Star, on its Web3 gaming metaverse The Sandbox. "End of the Century LAND" is created in collaboration with Coamix Inc. and Minto, Inc.
Fist of the North Star (original story: Takeru Takemono, manga: Tetsuo Hara) is a hard-boiled action manga that depicts Kenshiro, a Hokuto Shinken master, confronting evil in a post-nuclear war world dominated by violence at the end of the century. It is a masterpiece in the history of Japanese manga and one of the best selling manga series of all time, with a total worldwide circulation of over 100 million copies, that is still loved by many fans in Japan and abroad.
The Sandbox's "End of the Century LAND" is the first appearance of Fist of the North Star in the metaverse. It aims to be a powerful and overwhelming dystopian experience in The Sandbox, featuring attractions and events that will allow players from all over the globe to experience the post-apocalyptic world of Fist of the North Star. The partnership will also involve the production and sale of NFTs to further enhance the LAND experience and make it even more immersive.
Comments from representatives of each company
“I am looking forward to seeing the world of the manga "Fist of the North Star" come to life in the new gaming metaverse,” said Tetsuo Hara, author of Fist of the North Star. “It's a little strange to be a voxel, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Kenshiro and the rest of the Hokuto characters come to life and run wild."
“In my home country of France, Fist of the North Star is very popular and we are delighted to welcome this globally loved content,” said Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox. “I look forward to bringing the unique dystopian world of Fist of the North Star to life to our metaverse, and to making it accessible to both fans and a wider gaming audience."
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(*1) LAND are parcels in the virtual space of the virtual world The Sandbox
About "Fist of the North Star”
“Fist of the North Star" is a manga series published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1983 to 1988, written by Takeru Takemono (original story) and Tetsuo Hara (manga). It is set at the end of the century when civilization has been lost due to nuclear war and violence has taken over the world.
Official website: https://hokuto-no-ken.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/hokutonokeninfo
Copyrights: © Takeru Takemono, Tetsuo Hara / Coamix Inc. 1983 Copyright License EL-212
About Coamix Inc.
Coamix Inc. is engaged in publishing and copyright management business mainly centered on manga, including "Fist of the North Star," "City Hunter," "Unsung Cinderella Hospital Pharmacist Aoi Midori" and "Record of Ragnarok”.
The company also edits the monthly comic magazine "Monthly Comic Zenyon" and the website Zenyon Editorial Department, and operates the Silent Manga Audition, the world's largest international manga award in which manga artists from over 100 countries participate.
Official website: https://www.coamix.co.jp
About The Sandbox
The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has been fueling the recent growth of virtual real estate demand, having partnered with major IPs and brands including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, CryptoKitties, and more. Building on existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox metaverse offers players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize their creations. For more information, please visit www.sandbox.game and follow the regular updates on Twitter, Medium, and Discord.
About Animoca Brands
Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights and contribute to the establishment of the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Animoca Brands Japan, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, Darewise Entertainment, Notre Game, TinyTap, Be Media, PIXELYNX, and WePlay Media. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 380 Web3 investments, including Colossal, Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit www.animocabrands.com or follow on Twitter or Facebook.
About Minto Inc.
Quan Inc., which has the world's No. 1 track record in character chat sticker downloads (5billion) and IP production in the NFT/metaverse domain, and wwwaap inc., which has the No. 1 track record in SNS marketing utilizing anime and manga in Japan, merged to form Minto in January 2022. Minto Inc. will leverage the strengths of the two companies to create a creator economy for manga and anime creators and continue to increase the amount of content reaching the world.