Ousama Game: Kigen
King's Game: Origin
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Ousama Game: Kigen

Alternative Titles

English: King's Game: Origin
Japanese: 王様ゲーム 起源


Type: Manga
Volumes: 6
Chapters: 30
Status: Finished
Published: May 25, 2013 to Jan 25, 2016
Genres: MysteryMystery, HorrorHorror, PsychologicalPsychological
Authors: Yamada, J-ta (Art), Kanazawa, Nobuaki (Story)
Serialization: Monthly Action


Score: 7.211 (scored by 45394,539 users)
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Ranked: #51072
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Popularity: #1126
Members: 10,166
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In the year 1977 in Yonaki Village, Kazunari Honda and Natsuko Honda—his cousin and girlfriend—live a peaceful life despite most of the other villagers not approving of their relationship. But soon, they will have more to worry about than the opinions of the townsfolk, as a mysterious black envelope appears and informs the villagers that they will be participating in the "King's Game." The rules state that the commands must be followed by the end of the day, and that no one is allowed to quit. With most viewing the appearance of the envelope as a joke, they soon realize that those who don't obey the orders will die.

As more villagers meet their demise, Kazunari and his friends realize they must play the terrible King's Game, all the while suspecting that someone in the village may be the King.

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Ousama Game: Kigen was published digitally in English as King's Game: Origin by Crunchyroll from January 24, 2014 to January 25, 2016.

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Dec 13, 2016
Jacob_Chimera (All reviews)
Before writing a review for this manga, I decided to backtrack and read the original "Ousama Game" story. Here's the thing, "Ousama Game" and "Ousama Game: Kigen" are essentially the same story just with different settings.

Now to be fair, "Ousama Game: Kigen" is a far better told version of "Ousama Game". I didn't care much for the original at all, but I was legitimately interested in the story of this one. All the problems with the original were fixed in this story. The cast is smaller and have better character development with their progression towards going insane and murdering each other done much better. Overall, read more
Apr 29, 2018
Masshiroi (All reviews)
It´s not very common that prequels exceeds its original, but this is exactly what happened with Ousama Game. OG: Kigen serves as a prequel and offeres a very unique insight to the times, where the "King" was forced to use letters instead of phone messages and how would a whole village react to the common enemy.
According to me, the story was very good and decent. Art was also very pleasurable. This manga contains totally different characters and I dare to say, better characters than Ousama Game. The explanation is given according to the whole "virus" thing and about creation of the "King" and "Kings´s read more
Oct 17, 2017
Mr_Robotto (All reviews)
Woah, it's like the author suddenly gained some IQ points. Really, this is so much better than the original Ousama Game.

The plot is basically the same as the original Ousama Game, but replace the modern students with villagers from an isolated village in the year 1977. But here, the execution is so much better. A lot of things aren't happening at once, unlike the original manga. It also explains some stuff you might not have understood. BUT, despite all that, it isn't perfect, sadly. It feels quite unfinished and at some points, rushed (Especially at the ending). Some more explanation could've helped, too.

The Art is read more
Nov 3, 2017
Seed_Ex (All reviews)
Ousama Game: Kigen or King's Game: Origins is way better than Ousama Game(the one set in the school setting) so if you read that one and just because you didn't like it. Please read this one. I gave this manga a 9/10 because in my opinion this manga is so good.

The art is so beautiful. The first thing I look at before reading a manga is the art so if you're like me you will enjoy this one.

I don't want to spoil you but the ending is not that good BUT the overall story is better than the Ousama Game(high school setting).

The characters in read more

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