Youhei Yasumura’s 2017 manga “The Dungeon of the Black Company” brought readers into the strange adventure of Kinji Ninomiya.  

The 24-year old lived a life of wealth and comfort thanks to early investments that turned him into a successful real estate mogul. Kinji was deep into his mockery of the working class when a hole suddenly opened up and sent him into a modern world called Amuria with mythical creatures. The NEET businessman had to start his new life from the ground up by working in the demon mines. He failed making a company the way he did on Earth and his new debts landed him into hard labor. When he seemed to have no chance of getting back any form of luxury, luck showed him a hidden area of the mines. Even though danger lurked in the shadows, he knew he had to down to find a way to reach the top of the corporate food chain.

“The Dungeon of the Black Company” may be an isekai (otherworld) title with an Earthly transplant in a world of fantasy but it has different traits by not going the reincarnation route for the protagonist and having a society that is like current times. Kinji himself differs from other stories like Satoru/Rimuru of “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”, Kumoko of “So I’m a Spider, So What?” and Suzuki/Satou of “Death March Rhapsody into Parallel World” with his ruthless and greedy personality. Even with the back-breaking work and penny-pinching, he still maintains most of his old self. Hopefully being on the other side of an enterprise, he can learn some humility and become a kinder man.

Volume Two of “The Dungeon of the Black Company” will be on shelves in November 2018. Interested readers can also check out both the manga and anime of “Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon”, a series Yasumura contributed the art. For more information on “Black Company”, visit Seven Seas Entertainment’s page.