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Tengen Hero Wars Volume 1 Review

Volume 1 cover of Tengen Hero Wars

Publisher Summary


After receiving a mysterious invitation to ‘come play in Heaven’ Oda Nobunaga and his sister are transported to a mysterious new world where the mightiest warriors from history will meet to do battle! Here the pair will meet legendary figures such as Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Zhuge Liang and plenty of others, to see who will be crowned the greatest of all time!


Authors: Kubaru Sakanoichi (art), Yasu Hiromoto (story)


Translated by: Motoko Tamamuro and Jonathan Clements


Letterer: Tom Williams


I received this volume as an ARC from Titan Manga in exchange for an honest review!


Background


Published by Coamix in Japan, Tengen Hero Wars has been running in Comic Zenon magazine since October 2021. Titan Manga announced the English license in July 2023.


I haven't heard much about this series going into it other than that it got licensed for an English release. I was curious to see how this series was since people I spoke about this to make comparisons to Record of Ragnarok.


Review

 

While the aesthetic might draw comparisons to Record of Ragnarok, the series is closer to Fate/Stay Night with an isekai twist. It's a survival battle royale with historical military figures. The figures were transported to some unknown world being told to "seize the world" by an unknown voice.


Our lead Oda Nobunaga (not the historical figure) is transported to a new world alongside his sister. His sister is then kidnapped and Oda vows to rescue her.


He discovers that various historical figures were transported into this world and are battling for control. He ends up meeting and enlisting the help of the true Oda Nobunaga and his army on the condition that he help True Oda (that's what I'm gonna call him) conquer this world.



Oda Nobunaga introducing himself to the lead character, Oda Nobunaga (same name different person)


The story follows the lead character who is a regular person from present day. He and his sister being transported to the world is a question I'm curious to see if they'll address this situation in the future.


Oda himself is the standard "never give up" protagonist, like something you'd read out of Black Clover or My Hero Academia. What makes him unique is his love of world history, specifically, about military figures such as his namesake (Oda Nobunaga) or Hannibal Barca.


He has studied their military strategies of the figures present in this world. This knowledge gives him an advantage when allying with True Oda who wants to use his knowledge to conquer their kingdoms. This uniqueness is something you don't see with many manga licensed in English.


What I disliked is that the entire volume was exposition and build up for an upcoming large scale battle...only to end just before the battle begins. The pacing seemed too slow in some of the early chapters and when things are about to start, the volume ends.


There is a fight between Zhuge Liang and another figure that is done off screen. The reader only sees the preparation and the end of the battle. There doesn't have to be dozens of battles in each volume, but at least one would suffice. I felt like part of chapters 3 and 4 could've been removed and the rest combined.


Final Thoughts

 

If you're a fan of Fate/Stay Night or battle royale series, you'll enjoy historical military figures duking it out in Tengen Hero Wars. However, the lack of seeing an actual battle between the figures as the story teases makes the volume fall short of a must buy.


Verdict: Pick it up on Sale


Tengen Hero Wars volume 1 from Titan Manga is now available at all retailers

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