It was probably only a matter of time, but here we are: Dandadan by Yukinobu Tatsu has finally been licensed in English following a very successful, viral Japanese debut.
Predictably, the series will be heading to VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service as well as Manga Plus ‘around August or September’ this year, according to Jump Plus editor Shihei Lin. It therefore follows a similar path to both SPY x FAMILY and Kaiju No. 8, although the key difference is that it won’t be coming to Manga Plus first.
Ever since chapter 1 of Dandadan dropped, fans outside of Japan have been clamoring for someone, anyone, to license the series in English. The fact that it’s going to VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump and Manga Plus isn’t exactly surprising given that SHUEISHA has a stake in both services, but the most important thing is that now even more fans are going to be able to discover the madness of a series promoted and mentored by both Tatsuki Fujimoto and Yuji Kaku.
In my initial review, while I said that the presentation was undoubtedly engaging, it wasn’t as immediately appealing as something like Chainsaw Man for me because of its stock supernatural premise and strange sexual content.
Now that we’re over half a dozen chapters in, I have to stand corrected: not only is the supernatural concept far from ‘normal,’ sexuality is an integral part of this series’ humor. Admittedly, what helps this last part is that there have been no more alien abductions with the threat of impregnation.
Once Dandadan is released in English, its star will no doubt continue to rise. If the series’ wasn’t already Jump Plus’ next big thing, then it definitely will be later on this year when international fans can get their hands on it.
In the meantime, you can catch the latest chapters as they go live in Japanese every Tuesday via Jump Plus.