Phantasy Star Online 2 Gets 'Episode 0' Manga in February

The March issue of Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine revealed on Thursday that the magazine will launch a new manga based on SEGA's Phantasy Star Online 2 game in the magazine's next issue in February. The manga is titled Phantasy Star Online 2 Episode 0, and Kiyu Kibako will draw the manga. Kibako posted a preview image of the manga on Twitter on Thursday.


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The manga will focus on Matoi, Phantasy Star Online 2's main heroine, but the story will begin with Arks member Melphonshina investigating a planet, and meeting a certain girl.

Sega released the free-to-play Phantasy Star Online 2 role-playing game for Windows PC in Japan in 2012, followed by a PlayStation Vita release in 2013, and an Android and iOS release in April and May 2014, respectively. The game launched on the PlayStation 4 last April, alongside the game's "Episode 4" update. The game has more than 3.5 million registered users.

Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation, a television anime series based on the game, premiered last January. The anime has a completely original story. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for home video.